Following the passing of Senator John McCain, AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning made the following statement:


“Today, our country mourns the loss of a great American, John McCain. No matter which side of the aisle you call home, his voice, his moral clarity, and his insistence on speaking up for what’s right will be sorely missed.


From his Vietnam service as a naval aviator, to selflessly refusing to be released before his fellow Prisoners of War, he always put his country first. As a member of the House of Representatives, a United States Senator, and the Republican nominee for President, he understood the great burden of responsibility placed on our military and their families and he consistently fought to get them the resources they need. And by working across the aisle, Senator McCain was responsible for important legislation defending American values and ensuring care for our deserving veterans.


As we pause to celebrate the life of this archetypal American patriot, it’s worth recalling his words: ‘Our shared values define us more than our differences. And acknowledging those shared values can see us through our challenges today if we have the wisdom to trust in them again.’”