Humanitarian Efforts Are A Way Of Life For Anthony Petrello

When Hurricane Harvey swept through Houston, Texas and the Gulf Coast area, it left a devastating path of destruction. Homes were destroyed, and millions of people were displaced. The demand for food, water, and other necessities was high, but the quantity was very scarce. The flood waters rose to astronomical heights, and even took some lives. People were scurrying around in an effort to find safety with just the clothes on their backs. It is during perilous times like this that the communities band together to help in any way that they can. So it was for Anthony Petrello and the employees of Nabors Industries Ltd.

Anthony Petrello is the Chief Executive Officer of Nabors Industries is a well known philanthropist who is passionate about giving back to the people in his community. He and his company employee were very instrumental in the Hurricane Harvey relief, and recovery efforts. He allowed the employees to go into various areas and assist in any way possible, and necessary. He gave them days off with pay for the relief aid. The company facility has an on site cafeteria where they prepared large volumes of meals, three times per day, to feed those who were affected by the storm.


The employees set up a relief fund also to help those in need. It was called The Nabor Disaster Relief Fund. Tony Petrello announced that he would match what ever amount that was raised by his employees. They raised almost $200,000.00 for the people of Houston, and the Gulf Coast area. Nabors Industries employs about twelve hundred people, and according to the Corporate Manager, ten percent of them were affected by the Hurricane. The company is no stranger to helping out and giving back in times of crisis. It has donated to many national foundations and organizations. The Nabors Charitable Foundation gives education scholarships to employees and their children.

Although he was born in New Jersey, Tony Petrello has called Houston home for a number of years. He and his wife Cynthia enjoy donating to different charities and foundations. One of their favorites in donating to the research for childhood neurological disorders. They made a generous donation of $7 million dollars to the Texas Children’s Hospital for such research. This made Texas Children’s the first research center in the world that did research on children neurological disorders. Anthony Petrello is a graduate of Yale University.

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The American Institute Of Architects Provides Clients A Blue Print For Confidence In The Their Architect

Since its founding in New York City in 1857 as a guild for architects, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA)mission statement reads, “promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members and elevate the standing of the profession.” The reason that architecture needed to have its standing elevated was that at the time of the AIA’s establishment there was no formal training or licensing of architects. Anyone who was so inclined could hang-out a shingle declaring himself to be an architect.

Eighteen architects comprised the organization’s founding committee. Initially called the New York Society of Architects the group’s by-laws and a constitution were composed on March 10, 1857, and ratified five days later. In 1858 the expanded purpose of the organization was added to its constitution.

It read, “to promote the artistic, scientific, and practical profession of its members; to facilitate their intercourse and good fellowship…and to combine the efforts of those engaged in the practice of Architecture, for the general advancement of the Art.” Delegate Thomas U. Walter proposed changing the group’s name from the New York Society of Architects to the American Institute of Architects.


During the decade following its forming the AIA began recruiting for the establishment of chapters in other cities. In 20 years the AIA had grown to include 11 chapters. Five of the chapters were set-up in cities along the Eastern Seaboard, four in cities across the Midwest, with a single chapter in Washington DC.

In the 1960’s 1735 New York Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. was chosen as the site of the American Institute of Architects headquarters building. The headquarters would also be the site of the American Institute of Architecture Students, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

The initial plans for the AIA headquarters were drafted by Mitchell Giurgola. Giurgola’s submission failed to pass muster with United States Commission of Fine Arts. In response, the Cambridge Massachusetts firm The Architects Collaborative was chosen to draft the second design that was approved in 1970 with construction being completed three years later.

In recognition of the American Institute of Architects’ sesquicentennial, their headquarters was rechristened the American Center for Architecture. Today, the AIA’s roster consists of 90,000 licensed architectural professionals and associated professionals. The AIA holds it members to rigid standards. The professional and ethical qualifications a member must meet works to the benefit of clients.

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