During a United States presidential campaign dominated by the discussion of terrorism, immigration, and economic inequality, there hasn’t been a lot of talk about the built environment. Still, the candidates have offered some clarity about where they stand on some issues of vital importance to architects: energy, climate, taxes, and student debt.
As the two parties settle on their respective nominees and start drafting their platforms, they’ll begin transition planning well ahead of the election. That will give outside groups a chance to educate and inform advisers about top priorities, says Andrew Goldberg, Assoc. AIA, managing director for government relations and outreach at the AIA.“We’re not a single issue kind of organization,” Goldberg says. “There are a lot of different policies at the federal level that impact the practice of architecture.”
What follows is a summary of the major policy areas the AIA will focus on in 2016, as well as early hints of where the various presidential candidates stand on those issues.