2017 State Legislative Agenda

AIA Wisconsin, the state society of the American Institute of Architects, supports state policies that protect the health and safety of the public, encourage economic development, strengthen the design and construction industry, and improve our quality of life.

AIA Wisconsin members are helping Wisconsin build for the future.  Wisconsin architects collaborate with community leaders to revitalize neighborhoods, improve public facilities and support sustainable economic growth.

With over 1,400 individual members, AIA Wisconsin represents architects in private practice, business, industry, government and education.  Member architects are interested in the following issues that may be considered during the 2017-18 session of the Wisconsin Legislature.

  • Economic Development – AIA Wisconsin supports state initiatives to encourage economic growth and development.  Architects are small businesses on the leading edge of the state’s building industry. When a client hires an architect, 30 additional jobs are created to build the project the architect designs.
  • State Building Program – AIA Wisconsin supports a capital budget for the biennium that provides adequate funding for the state building program, including repairs, remodeling and new construction.  Now is the time to protect our investment in state building facilities located in communities and on campuses across the state.
  • State Taxes – Architects support a state tax code that promotes economic expansion, fairness and predictability. AIA Wisconsin opposes proposals to expand the sales tax to architectural and other professional services because of the adverse effect such a tax increase would have on small businesses and efforts to grow the state’s economy.
  • Historic Tax Credits – AIA Wisconsin supports the state historic tax credits program.  This effective incentive encourages the rehabilitation of historic buildings and the redevelopment of local communities, creating new jobs and economic opportunities.
  • State Building Codes – AIA Wisconsin supports contemporary state building codes that are developed with the active participation of architects.  At least one of the two members of the Commercial Building Code Council representing design professionals should be an architect.
  • Resiliency – AIA Wisconsin supports state policies, programs and incentives to encourage energy conservation and waste reduction in buildings as well as the development of energy from renewable sources.  
  • Architect Selection – AIA Wisconsin supports the use of a qualifications-based selection (QBS) process for procuring architectural services for public building projects, including state agency, UW System, local government and school district facilities.
  • Licensing – AIA Wisconsin supports updating state licensing requirements to facilitate Wisconsin architects becoming credentialed to practice in other states.

Please contact AIA Wisconsin for more information on these and other issues of interest to AIA Wisconsin members and the state’s design and construction industry. 

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