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Indy’s Insights: Chronicling an Internship with AIA Advocacy

Lawmaker Video Clips & AIA Digital Tool

This week I worked on finishing up my previous project, which involved taking a look at the bills affecting the regulation, work, and practice of architects. I watched various Senate and House committee hearings where the bills were discussed or debated. Ultimately, I was looking for moments in the debate where it is readily apparent that lawmakers did not grasp the full scope of architecture or factors influencing it. We then extracted short moments from the lengthy debates that really focused in on this issue at large. I prepared the clips, along with a background and summary of the bill and lawmakers involved, and inserted them into a presentation which will be shown at the convention in June. I hope that this will really persuade and convince architects that being involved in these crucial debates is extremely important. I never really knew that there was such a large amount of legislation at state levels that can have such a profound impact on the profession of architecture as a whole!

Afterwards, I switched gears and began designing a new digital tool for architects. This new tool will be a means by which an architect may present the value they bring to a project effectively and with a lasting impression. We believe this will help lawmakers broaden their understanding of architecture and its importance. The state team had a concept for the tool on boards, but were looking for any means to take it to the next level. I decided that the best way to utilize this tool would be through the use of a mobile app. I have just completed the first working conceptual design draft and so far the team seems extremely excited about it. I will continue to refine it as well as work on a supplement as I move forward. This upcoming week I will be working with Stephanie in Codes Advocacy!

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