Policy Platform 2020
American architecture stands as a testament to our unique place in the world. Our architects work at the leading edge of a $1T construction industry that promotes commerce and drives consumer confidence. Architects have always dared to reach higher and set new standards. Our next architectural achievements will be measured by how well they respond to a post-pandemic world, eradicate inequity, fuel economic recovery, eliminate carbon emissions, and nurture individual and community health.
Now is the time for urgent and decisive action on these issues. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) represents more than 95,000 architecture professionals. We step forward to address the needs of our economy, climate, and communities. We seek support for the crushing student debt of our members; support for disadvantaged businesses; and real progress to end the systemic racism that has existed for centuries and continues to grip our nation. We seek meaningful policies and commit to better buildings that will sustain a healthy country.
In a spirit of cooperation, we challenge others to join us in support for the following initiatives.
Building a healthy America
A Future Economy
When business thrives, America thrives. Architecture firms lead a $1T building construction industry that catalyzes private investment. Most of these firms meet the federal government’s definition of small business. The administration’s tax policies should support small business, innovation, and talent recruitment. AIA commits to voice strong support for a future economy that advances the success of architecture firms and the profession.
Prioritize job creation and equitable access to opportunities
- Increase STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, and Math) investment and student debt relief to strengthen diverse and inclusive talent pathways into the profession
- Strengthen workforce training for new, sustainable building technology and practices
- Strengthen the inclusion of businesses owned and operated by historically underrepresented communities including women and racially and ethnically diverse business owners
- Develop a Civil Service Corps option for graduates
Leverage private investment
- Utilize tax incentives to spark resilient, sustainable, and equitable development
- Invest in low-income housing tax credits
- Recommit to historic preservation tax credits
Adopt business-friendly tax policies
- Prioritize favorable tax policies for small businesses
- Provide research and development tax credits and research funding