Inside the legislative priorities on the AIA’s agenda for 2015. Plus, how to navigate the political process to benefit your practice.
For much of recent memory, the news about Congress has more often been about partisan gridlock than about progress. Congressional job approval ratings last year averaged a near-historic low of 15 percent. Even so, the AIA managed to move some important legislative priorities through the system, according to Andrew Goldberg, Assoc. AIA, managing director of the Institute’s Government Relations & Outreach. “In 2014, we were able to get two key pieces of legislation passed,” Goldberg says. “The tax incentive for energy efficient buildings had expired and the AIA helped lead a big coalition to get it back in the books. We also made some strides towards reforming the laws on how the government does design and build.”
Some strides, yes, but a lot of work remains. In 2015, a record number of members—nearly 6,000—contributed to the AIA’s annual call for legislative priorities, which informs the Institute’s four-part legislative plan. They overwhelmingly asked for a strategy to support and protect their work. “Members want policy that promotes the value of what they do every day for their communities and policies that help position architects and their firms to design better buildings,” Goldberg says.
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