COVID-19 Resources for Utah Architects

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As we navigate this unprecedented crisis in our global community, AIA Utah 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.

For real-time updates on COVID-19 in Utah, please visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov.

Free Resources

Utah's Healthy Together Contact-Tracing App: New Mobile Platform Provides Symptom Tracking, Connects Users with Testing, and Helps Public Health Trace Spread of COVID-19. Learn more >

BQE: In response to COVID-19,  AIA member/firms will receive 3 months of BQE Core for free with an annual subscription.  BQE will also provide 2 hours of private orientation with one of BQE’s Core Trainers for free (typically a $595 value).  BQE will also make available its extensive training-video resource library (over 100 videos), and robust mobile apps for iPhone and Android - for free. BQE offers >

ARCHICAD: offering free 60-day emergency access to BIMcloud as a Service to all commercial ARCHICAD users worldwide.  This allows ARCHICAD users to get set up in 10 minutes to upload their projects in the cloud and work remotely without any technical set up. The 30-day emergency license: for users who have the software, allowing them to access the software without a hardware key. ARCHICAD offers >

Archiprep: ArchiPrep® is giving new and current subscribers free access to their ARE® prep software for the month of April (Associate AIA members only). Access Now >

AIA Career Center: The AIA Career Center is offering expert résumé review for free. On your account overview page, scroll to the TopResume section at the bottom to submit your résumé. The Career Center is also offering employers a 60-day job posting at the 30-day rate (promo code SPRINGSALE2020). Resume Review >

Houzz Pro: Houzz Pro is the all-in-one marketing and management solution built exclusively for home remodeling and design professionals. Save 50% on the Houzz Pro Essential Package. Sign-up Here >

Firm Culture

  • AIA Guides for Equitable Practice: The Guides for Equitable Practice are a vital part of AIA’s long-term commitment to lead efforts that ensure the profession of architecture is as diverse as the nation we serve. These guides will help you make the business and professional case for ensuring that your organization meets the career development, professional environment, and cultural awareness expectations of current and future employees and clients. Guides for Equitable Practice >
  • Intercultural Competence: You'll learn architecture’s challenges—including white male–dominated structures, the hero-architect trope, and extreme criticism—clash with collaborative practices, work-life balance, and practitioners’ diverse backgrounds. This guide covers questions to assess organizations’ intercultural competence levels along with concrete steps individuals and firms can take to create a level playing field and effect structural change. Chapter 1: Intercultural Competence >
  • Workplace Culture: You’ll learn how workplace culture affects individuals, firms, and the profession—from retention to strategic planning and perception of the field. This guide also contains the legal aspects of harassment, including individuals’ responsibilities, questions to assess organizations’ workplace culture, and ways to improve your own organizations’ workplace culture. Chapter 2: Workplace Culture >
  • Advancing Careers: You'll learn how firms and institutions can help support career advancement equitably by clarifying criteria for promotion, supporting networks, changing workplace culture from career ladder to lattice, and providing access to training and development. This guide details the importance of approaching career advancement as a shared responsibility between employee and employer. Chapter 7: Advancing Careers >

Business Planning

  • Coronavirus and Business E-Book: Lead your business through the crisis. As the pandemic is exacting its toll on our lives and wreaking havoc in the global economy, HBR is helping companies and managers make sense of this unprecedented situation and lead employees through it. View the Free e-Book >
  • 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 >
  • Is Your Firm Prepared? Business Continuity Planning for Architects: This on-demand offering of our exclusive live course explores the business impacts of common and timely hazard events and reviews the essentials of business continuity planning. It will also introduce AIA's newest free member resource, the Architect's Guide to Business Continuity, which, when implemented, will leave firms with the confidence to weather any storm. Business Continuity Planning for Architects >
  • An Architect's Guide to Managing Cyber Threats - A Guide to Analysing and Addressing Cyber Threats to Your Firm: Cyber attacks are happening more frequently, especially now that most offices are working remotely. This guide outlines the essential security measures architecture firms should take to mitigate various types of cyberattacks. An Architect's Guide to Managing Cyber Threats >
  • An Architect's Guide to Virtual Practice: Today, a new reality in architectural practice is that most architects are no longer interacting across their workstation. 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. An Architect's Guide to Virtual Practice >

Economic Data and Outlook

Legal

  • Practice Considerations: Manage Your Architecture Firm’s Risk in Response to COVID-19: Firms are managing risk and making decisions rapidly amidst this pandemic. Follow the steps outlined in the document to make firm-specific decisions, and gather the resources needed to follow through on those decisions. Practice Considerations: Manage Your Architecture Firm’s Risk in Response to COVID-19 >
  • NAIOP Utah Market Watch: Force Majeure: The commercial real estate industry is not immune to the current climate brought on by COVID-19. One question that has bubbled to the top is, does COVID-19 qualify or constitute force majeure? Brian Cheney, managing partner of Cheney Law Group, addresses questions and walks through ways to determine if a force majeure provision may be exercised. NAIOP Utah Market Watch: Force Majeure  >

Financial

  • Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan: The recently announced program uses $11 million in state funds to provide gap funding to Utah’s small businesses. Loan amounts range from $5,000 to $20,000 with 0% interest for up to a 60-month period. Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan >
  • 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 and Loan Resources >
  • Brookings Institute - Understanding Unemployment Insurance: Social distancing has shuttered stores and factories, and unemployment is soaring. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted on March 27, 2020, expands the unemployment insurance (UI) system to provide relief to those who are out of work. What is the UI system, and how does it work? Learn More >

Design

  • New Pademic-Related Architecture and Design Competitions: Experiencing a quarentine rut? These pandemic-related architecture and design competitions will get your creativity flowing. Competitions >
  • COVID19 ArchMap: Help AIA identify solutions to growing bed surge needs and to support the development of design best practices for alternative care sites that support pandemic response by sharing contributing content. View the COVID-19 ArchMap > Contribute data to the ArchMap >
  • Alternative Care Sites Preparedness Tools: The goal of these assessment tools is for architects to help hospital and other public health agencies identify appropriate adaptive reuse sites such as convention centers, sports arenas, community centers, hotels, dormitories, or other spaces for occupancy during the pandemic. View the Guide >

Legislation and Relief

  • AIA Webinar - What Architects and Firms Need to Know About the Federal Coronavirus Stimulus Plan: Gain essential knowledge and information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This discussion was recorded live on AIAU on April 2, 2020. View the Recorded Webinar > Access Updated FAQs>
  • Utah COVID-19 Rapid Response Team: Developed to ensure Utah businesses and individuals understand and utilize federal resource programs designed to help businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. If you have questions regarding any of Utah's COVID-19 support programs, please submit a help request to the Rapid Response Team. Submit a Help Request >
  • Utah COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force: This Task Force was established as a resource for all Utah corporations, small businesses and entrepreneurs struggling economically because of the COVID-19 pandemic. View the Task Force response >

Home Schooling and Education

  • "Kids Home Architecture Camp" by Judson Kline, FAIA of Ohio:  The "Kids Home Architecture Camp" is filled with lessons and activities focused on learning about architecture. It includes three little books: "10 Architects to Know", "10 Important Houses to Know" and "10 Significant Buildings to Know". The program includes 7 sections on drawing, design, famous architects,  homes, structures, model building, famous buildings, and sustainability. There are lessons and activities for younger students and older students. Kids Home Architecture Camp >
  • Child Art: Dimensions in Architecture: For Home Schooling in varying "Dimensions in Architecture", consider a special Architecture Issue of "Child Art" Magazine: supported by national AIA. The introduction to this special edition was written by Tom Vonier, FAIA, national 2017 AIA President. This tremendous volunteer effort was entirely coordinated by Fred Marks, AIA of La Jolla, CA. Articles were written for a targeted 14-year-old audience by 2012 AIA Gold Medalist, Steven Holl, FAIA, noted Children's author, Michael Crosbie, FAIA, former Disney Imagineer, Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA, former national AIA Resident Fellow, Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, and 2014 AIA Jefferson Honor for Public Architecture recipient, James Logan Abell, FAIA. Child Art: Dimensions in Architecture >
  • Online Learning for Kids: The Washington Architectural Foundation remains committed to providing young people in the Washington area with early design education. Whether home from school trying to stay busy or seeking a fun and creative activity as a positive distraction, these challenges encourage discovery of the local built environment. View activities >

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