COVID-19 resources for architects
Last updated: July 21, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ensure That Your Customer Relationships Outlast Coronavirus
Harvard Business Review has tips for making sure your customer relationships outlast the COVID-19 crisis.
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.
Coronavirus and Business: The Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review
The Harvard Business Review’s new coronavirus and business e-book is free and helps businesses understand what to do now to counter the current challenges.
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.
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.
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.
Strategies for safer senior living communities
This AIA report details strategies that can reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission in senior living communities. The report and 3D models were developed by a team of architects, public health experts, engineers and community managers as part of AIA’s initiative, “Reopening America: Strategies for safer buildings."
Reopening America: Strategies for safer schools
Architects, public health experts, engineers and facility managers develop pandemic mitigation strategies for k-12 schools as part of AIA’s initiative, “Reopening America: Strategies for safer buildings."