AIA CA and Members regularly work with state agencies whose functions impact the work of architects.  For example, AIA CA has regular contact with the CA Architects Board, the Division of the State Architect, the CA Building Standards Commission, to name just a few.

Over the past months AIA CA, the Construction Managers Association of America, and the Associated General Contractors of California have held meetings with the leadership with the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Life Safety Division.  This Division oversees plan review and code compliance inspections of state-owned and state-occupied buildings.

The purpose of the meetings is to develop a strong working relationship between the OSFM and the design and construction industry.  We are working to achieve continuous improvement in the processes for plan review and approval, and inspection.  We are hopeful that, through these meetings and honest dialogue, a sustained effort is underway to improve the experience for architects, contractors, construction managers, and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

If you have any experiences with the Office of the State Fire Marshal that you would like discussed during these meetings, please feel free to email our Director of Government Relations Mark Christian, Hon. AIA CA at

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Celebrating over 75 years of service, the AIA California actively promotes the value of design and advocates for the architectural profession. AIA CA is an association of 11,000 dedicated and passionate members who share a commitment to design excellence and livability in California’s natural and built environments.

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