COVID-19 resources for architects

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Last updated: Feb 25, 2021

As we navigate this unprecedented crisis in our global community, AIA is committed to equipping our members with the information they need to help navigate these uncertain times. This page is intended to provide guidelines, policies, and tools for our members and will be updated frequently as new resources become available.

Business planning

The next normal arrives: Trends that will define 2021—and beyond

The next normal is going to be different. It will not mean going back to the conditions that prevailed in 2019. McKinsey outlines key business trends that will impact the pandemic recovery and business planning as they look past 2021 and into the future.

The next normal arrives: Trends that will define 2021—and beyond >

Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loan

At the end of 2020, Congress has made changes to other programs – including Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL Program), the Employee Retention Tax Credit, a Venue Grant program, and SBA loan programs –that will benefit small businesses. The US Chamber of Commerce offers this resource as a guide for everything small business owners need to know right now.

Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loan >

COVID-19 Business resources to thrive

The AIA COVID-19 Business Task Force has gathered key talking points and resources architects can use when speaking with clients to reinforce the many ways their services are of great importance and value, now and in the future. This work is focused on three key areas: why architects and design matter, business and financial strategies, and construction and shovel-ready project strategies.

COVID-19 Business resources to thrive >

Five Steps to Thrive

This five step guide can help you demonstrate your value to clients and potential clients as they review their future budgets and plans.

Five Steps to Thrive >

Ten Thoughts on the Future of Practice

Phil Bernstein, FAIA, associate dean and senior lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture, shares ten thoughts on how the architecture profession may be impacted, and potentially transformed, by the economic downturn.

Ten Thoughts on the Future of Practice >

Professional Service Firms Should Have Health and Safety Plans

Many professional service firms seem to think that health and safety rules are requirements for contractors and others performing construction work. Firms often are surprised or confused when a potential client requires that they submit their health and safety plans as a contractual requirement.

Professional Service Firms Should Have Health and Safety Plans >

Covid-19: What About My Insurance?

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed nearly everything in our lives and in architectural practice. This AIA Trust article reviews some resulting insurance issues that are important to consider and address.

Covid-19: What About My Insurance? >

Ensure That Your Customer Relationships Outlast Coronavirus

Harvard Business Review has tips for making sure your customer relationships outlast the COVID-19 crisis.

Ensure That Your Customer Relationships Outlast Coronavirus >

Architecture Firm Best Practices, Resources & Templates for Communications and Temp Policies in Response to COVID-19

Review or contribute to a living document of resources that compiles guidelines and examples of how architecture firms are adapting to keep their practices open during the pandemic. (Created by the team at Practice of Architecture)

Architecture Firm Best Practices, Resources & Templates for Communications and Temp Policies in Response to COVID-19 >

How Architecture Firms Are Responding to COVID-19

Wanda Lau at ARCHITECT Magazine interviews several design firms about their reactions to the impact of COVID-19 on their staff, clients, office operations, and projects. Lau profiles firms of various sizes and diverse locations, focusing on how they are adjusting to remote work and how they are maintaining connections to their clients.

How Architecture Firms Are Responding to COVID-19 >

A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers

Harvard Business Review provides detailed examples of how to overcome the challenges of working remotely and how managers can help support remote employees.

A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers >

Straightforward Advice on Preserving Cash Flow

Learn how to preserve cash flow through appropriate contract terms and collection procedures to help your firm navigate difficult times.

Straightforward Advice on Preserving Cash Flow >

An Architect’s Guide to Virtual Practice

Today, a new reality in architectural practice is that most architects are no longer interacting across their workstations. Nearly every practicing architect engages in some form of virtual practice. This guide outlines the important considerations that should be made when running a virtual practice.

An Architect’s Guide to Virtual Practice >

How to Navigate the AXP During the Coronavirus Outbreak >

Business Plan Template for Small Architecture Firms

Modified specifically for small architecture firms, the Small Firm Exchange developed a business plan template and a business model dashboard to assist firms in creating and evaluating sustainable business practices.

Business Plan Template for Small Architecture Firms >

Paying Back Your PPP Loan

ARCHITECT Magazine looks at how much firms must pay back and by when.

Paying Back Your PPP Loan >

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