COVID-19 resources for architects

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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.

Business planning

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

Architect's Guide to Business Continuity >

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.

Disaster Assistance Handbook >

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.

Good Samaritan Compendium >

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.

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources >

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 >

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.

NCARB: Coronavirus Update >

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.

Live course: Is Your Firm Prepared? Business Continuity Planning for Architects >

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