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2020 US Presidentail Candidates on Architectural Issues
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Policy Platform 2020
American architecture stands as a testament to our unique place in the world. Our architects work at the leading edge of a $1T construction industry that promotes commerce and drives consumer confidence. Architects have always dared to reach higher and set new standards. Our next architectural achievements will be measured by how well they respond to a post-pandemic world, eradicate inequity, fuel economic recovery, eliminate carbon emissions, and nurture individual and community health.
Now is the time for urgent and decisive action on these issues. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) represents more than 95,000 architecture professionals. We step forward to address the needs of our economy, climate, and communities. We seek support for the crushing student debt of our members; support for disadvantaged businesses; and real progress to end the systemic racism that has existed for centuries and continues to grip our nation. We seek meaningful policies and commit to better buildings that will sustain a healthy country.
In a spirit of cooperation, we challenge others to join us in support for the following initiatives. Learn more here.
News from AIA Ohio
A Letter from the President: AIA Ohio Legislative Day
On Tuesday February 4, 2020, architects from around Ohio visited the Statehouse to meet with our state legislators. AIA Ohio organized “Statehouse Day” for members of AIA Ohio to discuss the issues affecting our profession from a legislative perspective. AIA Columbus was represented by a contingent of five members of our chapter and held meetings with three State Senators and one State Representative.
During our meetings with legislators, we discussed Senate Bill 136 (Payment Assurance Legislation) and House Bill 402 (Interior Design Licensing). We were able to explain to the law makers the role that Architects play in the improvement of our communities, and how these two bills affect that role. Regarding SB136, most were surprised to hear that Ohio is the only state in the country without some sort of codified legislation that protects the rights of Architects to get paid for their work. On HB402, we were able to help the representatives understand how the building permitting process works at a local level and what role we play as design professionals in ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Beyond discussion of the two pieces of pending legislation, we had talks revolving around sustainable design practices and the state of design education at Ohio schools of Architecture.
The meetings presented an opening to connect with our representatives that allowed for an understanding on both sides of how the bills that are proposed and passed impact the built environment. Every opportunity we get to connect with and help educate not only our law makers, but the general public, on what we do is a chance to demonstrate the value we bring to our communities through the built environment.
Mike Vala, AIA
AIA Columbus 2020 Chapter President
AIA National Advocacy Top Issues
Together, with our members, we advocate for architects, the profession and the built environment at the federal, state, and local levels.
AIA Supports Green New Deal Framework
AIA Supports the Invest in America Act