Following several AIA legislative successes in 2014, the organization's new agenda focuses on job creation, resiliency, design excellence, and historic preservation.
By Caroline Massie, Assistant Editor, ARCHITECT
The AIA released its annual legislative agenda for Congress today, days before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 20. AIA’s legislative priorities aim to increase construction activity, create jobs, preserve the nation’s historic structures, and ensure that resiliency is a key focus in planning communities.
"We have an ambitious legislative agenda, and we will work hard to aggressively move it forward," said AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, in a press release. "Working together, the more than 85,000 members of the AIA have proven to be a powerful catalyst for passing legislation on Capitol Hill that not only increases economic activity but also enhances the common good."
According to that press release, the AIA’s agenda includes the following propositions:
Advance policies that help communities prepare for and respond to the challenges they face.
The AIA supports laws and regulations that help design and construction firms create jobs.
The AIA supports policies that promote good design.
The AIA supports policies that invest in the next generation of architects and the profession.
The AIA had several legislative successes in 2014, including the passage of two bills that the organization supported: the Design Build Reform in the National Defense Authorization Act, which requires federal agencies to justify shortlisting more than five finalists on a specific project and mandates the use of the two-phase selection process, and the 179D tax deductions for energy-efficient commercial buildings. In 2014, the AIA also effectively helped block two bills to which it was opposed, including a proposed tax increase on some small architecture firms—which was thwarted for the fifth consecutive year—and a repeal of the law applying the 2030 challenge targets to federal buildings.
This article was originally published in ARCHITECT January 2015.
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