“It is somewhat troubling that he sort of portrays the notion that we have a relationship when we certainly do not,” Frank said.

After writing that letter to Congress, Gage was told, according to Frank, that “membership in AIA alone does not give any individuals the right to speak on behalf of the institute or represent the institute’s views.”

When I spoke with him after the event, Gage played up the importance of the venue.

“[AIA] can’t ignore the evidence of what we’re saying,” he said. “They can’t just say ‘it’s those guys out there.’ Now ‘they’re’ in ‘our’ house.”

When I asked him directly, Gage acknowledged that this was not an official AIA event but a rented space open to all members of the public, adding that he feels he hasn’t been given his proper due by the organization in the past.

But he is hopeful that one day he will be invited to officially address this boardroom.

“We need to be here with the board members of the American Institute of Architects so that they cannot ignore this evidence any longer,” Gage said.

He also hopes to be invited to speak at future AIA conventions and be given the chance to host free “educational” booths  or seminars—a request that the AIA has denied. Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth has exhibited at national and local AIA conventions in the past, but only after paying for booth space.

Gage should not expect those invitations any time soon, according to Frank: “There is absolutely zero relationship … [between our groups], nor will there ever be in the future.”