Issues & AdvocacyIssues & Advocacy
Week of 4.22-4.26
This week began with a meeting with the State and Local relations team. This included meeting with Kristen, Zach, and Yvonne. This is an extremely dedicated and hardworking team which focuses its time on important issues at state levels. The project I worked on this week involved taking a look at bills affecting the regulation, work, or practice of architects. This primarily looked at sunset bills which were going to House and Senate committees in different states. It was an interesting look into the process, but more important was seeing the implications and effects that arose in situations depending on whether architects were or were not present in the discussion. What I ultimately did discover is that often the scope of architecture is not so easily understood by lawmakers. The negative implications that can arise from this misunderstanding are definitely magnified when an architect is not there to advocate and defend their position, beliefs, and knowledge on the subject. I noticed that when architects were present, they were much more successful in protecting their profession and procurement of future projects. This becomes more important at times when architects are coupled with other design professionals, such as interior designers and engineers, where the definition of who is required for a project may be blurred. This is where architects are most crucial in the discussion to really define and outline the work they do, and where they are needed to advocate and protect procurement of projects. This upcoming week I look forward to working on developing a visual digital tool to further help architects speak and get their message across to lawmakers.
Next week I will be working with the State Department. I expect it to be just as exciting, insightful, and interesting as my first week!
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