2020 US presidential candidates on architectural issues

Last updated: July 21, 2020

Presidential candidates profiles

Candidate positions are described based on their campaign platforms and, where applicable, previous votes/work on the issue at hand. AIA makes no candidate recommendation with these profiles. We are not endorsing a candidate. The information provided below is for your consideration as you make your own determination on the candidates.

Presidential candidate profiles

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Where AIA stands

AIA works with local, state, federal, code, and international policy makers to advance the interests of architects and the communities they serve. The AIA Board of Directors identified six top federal issues on which AIA has focused this Congress. Below is a brief synopsis of each of those six policy areas and AIA’s position, listed in alphabetical order. For the most up-to-date information about the issues and how to get involved, check out the AIA Architect Action Center.

Climate change

Climate action is a global imperative. For decades, architects have been on the forefront of this challenge, developing methods to design greener buildings and more sustainable communities. AIA believes the time has come for bold, decisive action to coordinate these efforts and exponentially increase the pace of progress. Buildings account for roughly 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally. As weather events become more severe, buildings are also called upon to withstand more and perform better than ever before. Architects are up to the design challenge, but we need to bring more stakeholders into the fold if we are going to make climate mitigation and adaption a national priority. To that end, AIA is engaging with policy makers to promote sustainable practice in the built environment, including by increasing support for tax incentives, research funding, and green infrastructure. AIA opposed the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement to address climate change, as well as other recent steps to deregulate environmental rules. These include:

  • changes in how methane emissions and refrigerants are regulated
  • rollbacks of the Clean Power Act, the Clean Water Act and news standards for more energy efficient light bulbs

AIA also opposes efforts to withhold federal studies that project the impact of climate change because architects need to understand the impact of environmental changes in order to design structures that will last for decades.

Check out AIA’s Where we stand: climate action to learn more - Where We Stand on Climate Change >

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