COVID-19 resources for architects
Last updated: March 31, 2020
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.
Architect's Guide to Business Continuity
Understand the elements of a business continuity plan and its value in reducing risk and protecting profits. Assess hazard and climate risks that can disrupt your ability to conduct business. Apply a methodology for analyzing business impacts triggered by various hazards. Identify actions that reduce vulnerability and minimize disruption
Disaster Assistance Handbook
The Disaster Assistance Handbook helps architects to prepare for and respond to disasters, including guidelines on emergency and disaster preparedness, disaster response, and disaster recovery.
Good Samaritan Compendium
Good Samaritan legislation affords critical liability protection to architects providing disaster assistance. The Good Samaritan Compendium discusses the advantages of Good Samaritan laws and details each state's Good Samaritan protections for architects. It also includes AIA model legislation for those interested in understanding and advocating for the adoption of such legislation by states.
Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Visit the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) resource page, which compiles important resources for small business owners, including guidance on loan opportunities and debt relief programs.
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)
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.
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.
NCARB: Coronavirus Update
If you’re on the path to licensure, visit NCARB’s “Coronavirus Update” page for changes to ARE 5.0 testing, including test center closures, rescheduling and rolling clock information, new testing policies, and FAQs.
Live course: Is Your Firm Prepared? Business Continuity Planning for Architects:
This free AIAU course, worth 1.5 LUs, explores the business impacts of common and timely hazard events, reviews the essentials of business continuity planning, and introduces a new guide that, when implemented, will leave firms with the confidence to weather any storm.