Architects set 2017 federal agenda

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Washington, D.C.  January 31, 2017 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced its agenda for the new Administration and Congress, advocating programs and policies that create more livable and energy efficient communities with investments in buildings as key elements of the national infrastructure.

“The AIA will continue to advance architecture as a powerful catalyst that stimulates economic activity while enhancing the common good,” said AIA President Thomas Vonier, FAIA. “Congress and the Federal agencies must expand efforts to build sustainable communities, with fair and affordable housing for all Americans.”  

Vonier cited the results of AIA’s recent survey of its membership, which takes place with each presidential and mid-term election. In that survey AIA members called for:

  • Increased spending on infrastructure that includes public buildings.
  • Energy conservation goals and objectives for federal buildings. The AIA will continue to lead efforts to maintain Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which sets ambitious energy savings goals for federal buildings by 2030.
  • Fair tax reforms for businesses. The AIA supports simplifying the tax code while maintaining incentives that encourage historic preservation and energy efficiency. The AIA supports efforts to ease conditions for small businesses, which make up roughly 80 percent of all U.S. architecture firms.
  • Livable, healthier communities. The AIA supports policies that encourage transit-oriented development and walkable communities, which improve public health and combat the epidemic of diseases such as obesity and diabetes.

“Good design is vital in society,” Vonier said. “Our commitment to the power of design is unwavering,” he added. “We call on Congress and the White House to advance policies that foster inclusive, diverse, sustainable and prosperous communities.”

About The American Institute of Architects

The members of the American Institute of Architects work to create buildings and communities that are valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable.  Founded in 1857, the AIA works through its state, local and international chapters to advance public policies that promote economic vitality and human wellbeing. AIA members adhere to a code of ethics and the highest professional standards and engage public officials, policymakers, business leaders and the public in designing solutions for pressing issues in society. Visit


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