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AIA Advocacy @ Convention: Politics and the Profession

By Yvonne Castillo, Director, State & Local Government Relations

From June 20 to 22, thousands of AIA members will be descending on Denver, CO for the 2013 AIA Convention. How will you make a difference for your community while you are there? By attending one of the AIA Advocacy events! Over the next few weeks, we will be outlining these events in greater detail. First to be featured is Moving to an International Practice.

TH109: Politics and the Profession: NOT a Pretty Picture

In this compelling presentation, a panel of architecture policy experts will discuss the state of state policy and why architects continue to lose ground as leaders in the design and construction industry. State laws regulate public design and construction procurement and the sad reality is that 99 percent of lawmakers in state legislatures across the country are not architects yet they lead the public policy debate on the value of design. If you want to see first-hand how lawmakers debate issues that impact architects, attend Politics and the Profession: Not a Pretty Picture seminar at the National Convention. Among other interesting information, we’ll share video clips of lawmakers talking about the practice and its relation to life safety, QBS, and lawsuits.

We’ll discuss emerging trends in practice, project delivery and ways that architects can get involved to make a difference.

Event Details

Date: 6/20/2013
Time: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Fee: $0
Learning Credits: 1.0 LU
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 3C

Provider: AIA State & Local Relations

Stan L. Bowman, Hon. AIA|WA
Executive Director, AIA Washington Council, Olympia, WA

Yvonne R. Castillo, Esq.
Director, AIA State & Local Relations, The American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC

Joe Simonetta, CAE
CAE Executive Director, AIA-NJ, Trenton, NJ

You can add this program to your plan and view presenter biographies on the program’s event page. Stay tuned for features of more advocacy programs!

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