A message about COVID-19

There is no higher responsibility than protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our employees and the communities we serve. AIA is taking numerous steps to address COVID-19 risks. Tell us what you’re doing.

The risk posed by COVID-19 has prompted new policies to ensure the safety of members, employees, partners and the broader public while maintaining operations and services.  Here are some of the policies we’re implementing that may work in firms and components.

COVID-19 task team

AIA created a special organizational task team to recommend and facilitate operational planning. Twice weekly communications to employees keep them apprised of the latest decisions and activities.  

AIA Conference on Architecture

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, AIA has made the difficult decision to cancel the AIA Conference on Architecture 2020 in Los Angeles.  A’20 will not be rescheduled. AIA is currently exploring options host a virtual or live event later this year. For more information, please visit the Conference FAQ.

Largescale telework practices

AIA is implementing required telework for all staff indefinitely, based on current information. Following a largescale telework day on March 13 to test capabilities, and training on a variety of remote work technologies, we are confident that we can maintain business systems without significant interruption.  The building remains safe, and we are taking this step out of an abundance of precaution, and in compliance with CDC recommendations on social distancing.  

Travel and meetings

Non-essential air travel is suspended until further notice. Essential travel will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and virtual alternatives are encouraged when feasible.

Facility rentals

AIA has suspended outside facility rentals, both for the welfare of our employees and our guests. This is in line with our policy of moving to virtual meetings, suspending business travel and encouraging social distancing.  

Bottom line

Like you, AIA is taking this issue very seriously, and we are actively monitoring unfolding events and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and local, state and federal officials.  As the situation evolves, we will share additional updates through our various communication channels.      

Contact us

We’d like to hear what members and architects are doing to maintain business operations during this uncertainty. Please contact us at feedback@aia.org to share any operational adjustments or meeting cancellations so we can track developments on behalf of our full membership.

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