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

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Accreditation Requirements


Requirement 1: State Component: Plan and conduct advocacy efforts at the state level:
  • Develop a state legislative agenda that is aligned with the AIA Public Policies and Position Statements. Share that agenda and critical legislation with the Institute and with local components around the state.
  • Engage with the state’s legislature, licensing boards, procurement agencies, 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.


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 Component: 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 engagement activities, including interactions with local government officials and staff, discussions about regulatory or legislative concerns, invitations to chapter events, and partnerships with local business networks. 

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: State Component: Send a representative to the SGN annual meeting once every three years to ensure component advocates have access to training, resources, and networks across the institute.

Documentation: None required. The institute will verify.


State and Local Government Network

State and local issues


Requirement 4: State Component: Appoint a 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 of the AIA State Disaster Coordinator.


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 of Advocacy & Relationships
(202) 626 7309

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

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

Kara Kempski

Director of Federal Affairs
(202) 626 7589

Anne Law, Esq. 

Director & Counsel, State & Local Policy
(202) 626 7480

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

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