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AIA 2020 Policy Platform

Dear Members,

As a fellow architect and chair of the AIA Government Advocacy Committee (GAC), I am excited to finally share with you the 2020 AIA Policy Platform! This Policy Platform serves as a statement on AIA's policy priorities for the final U.S. presidential candidates and administration. The AIA is launching this Policy Platform in an effort to better define our advocacy priorities for the next administration and Congress, and to ensure that AIA's voice is heard.

This is the first time that AIA has provided a Policy Platform to the major presidential candidates, Congress, and other policymakers. AIA was very intentional in formulating a singular platform statement, rather than a partisan one. We hope that this will encourage members of all political parties to reach across the aisle to better address the growing needs in the built environment and beyond. I think we can all agree that the acrimony in Washington continues to stifle productivity and progress. 

AIA has already shared its Policy Platform with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Republican National Committee (RNC). The Policy Platform focuses on three key areas: the economy (infrastructure), climate action, and healthy and equitable communities.

It is critical to note that the AIA GAC worked with AIA Knowledge Communities, component executives, and leadership to establish the parameters and substance for this Platform. If you find the AIA 2020 Policy Platform as inspiring as I do, please feel free to share it with your friends and colleagues. AIA will also be working with interested component leaders to further distribute this to state and municipal leaders.   

Finally, it is more important than ever that we, as architects, exercise our right to vote. If you would like to register to vote or request an absentee ballot, please go to the AIA's Voter Registration Center. You will find information about the candidates, absentee voting, early voting, and more. 

In the meantime, be safe and be well. 

Thank you, 

Timothy Hawk, FAIA

Chair, AIA Government Advocacy Committee 

AIA 2020 Policy Platform Press Statement

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