COVID-19 resources for architects

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Last updated: October 28, 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.

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The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work—Are We Ready?

Microsoft's 2021 Work Trend Index outlines findings from a study of more than 30,000 people in 31 countries and an analysis of trillions of productivity and labor signals. They lay out 7 trends for the future of work from flexible work strategies to employee wellbeing.

The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work—Are We Ready? >

The future of work after COVID-19

Echoing the Microsoft findings, McKinsey explores what flexible work means to business and future planning worldwide. They cite faster adoption of automation and AI and remote work as trends that are here to stay.

The future of work after COVID-19 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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