Advocacy

Advance AIA's legislative priorities and empower members to advocate for their profession.  

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Accreditation Requirements

  

Requirement 1: State Component only: Plan and conduct advocacy efforts at the state level:
  • Develop a state legislative agenda that is aligned with AIA Public Policies and Position Statements. Share that agenda and critical legislation with AIA and with local components around the state.
  • Engage with the state’s legislature and other officials on issues of importance to the architectural community.

Documentation: State components provide a copy of their legislative agenda, which should address any key legislative issues that affect the architecture profession in their state. Also provide a summary of efforts made in the most recent legislative session to advance the state legislative agenda and results produced by those activities. Use the advocacy action template provided.

Provide a summary of engagement with the state licensing board.

Resources:

Advocacy action template

Policy Platform 2020

How to develop a statewide agenda and advocacy strategy

Directory of AIA public policies and position statements

Five Elements of a Legislative Campaign

Hiring and managing state contract lobbyists

Webinar Recording: Core Service- Advocacy

  

Requirement 2: Local Components only: Engage with local government agencies, decision makers, and building officials on issues of importance to the architectural community.

Documentation: Local components provide a summary of their engagement with local government officials and staff. (Examples may include engagement with the permitting office, zoning board, discussions about regulatory or legislative concerns, invitations to chapter events, and partnerships as appropriate with other industry organizations and local business networks.)

Resources:

Local Component Engagement Form

Developing a public policy board

How to create and use a Local Advocacy Tracker

Five elements of a legislative campaign

  

Requirement 3: International components only: If appropriate within the political framework of your host country, component should engage with local government agencies, decision makers, and building officials on issues of importance to the architectural community. The component should coordinate any such efforts with the primary architecture association in the host country.

Documentation: Provide a summary of these engagement activities, including interactions with local government officials and staff; for example, discussions about regulatory or legislative concerns, invitations to chapter events, and partnerships with local business networks.

  

Requirement 4: Appoint and maintain contact with the volunteer AIA State
Disaster Coordinator to interface with emergency management officials, to help components around the state prepare for potential natural or other disasters.

Documentation: State components must provide the name and contact information for the AIA State Disaster Coordinator.

Resources:

Roles and responsibility in AIA State Disaster Assistance Program

Why engage an architect in Disaster Assistance?

Disaster Assistance Handbook

Disaster Assistance Program

Need help with Advocacy?

AIA National staff are available to help.  We are available to answer questions, brainstorm a strategy, or help you leverage national content, expertise, and program resources so that you can maximize your components successful delivery of services in this core service area.

Government Relations
Sarah Dodge
Sr. Vice President, Advocacy & Relationships
(202) 626 7309

Cindy Schwartz
Managing Director, Government Affairs & Policy
(202) 626 7494

Patrick Willard
Sr. Director, Advocacy
(202) 626 7372


Davon Gray
Sr. Director, Political Affairs
(202) 626 7441 

Anne Law, Esq. 
Sr. Director & Counsel, State & Local Policy
(202) 626 7480

Kara Kempski

Director, Federal Relations
(202) 626 7589

Michael Winn, AIA
Sr. Manager, State & Local Policy
(202) 626 7597

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