The Governor Wants Climate Action

AIACA, Climate Action, Government Relations, Relevance|

Governor Newsom released his proposed State Budget on Monday.  The budget proposes to spend more than $284 billion, and includes a surplus that is expected to be more than $20 billion.  The State Budget that will be passed by the …

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Letters of Opposition to Munger Residence Hall Proposal

AIACA, Relevance|

As many are aware, UC Santa Barbara’s November proposal of a behemoth Munger Hall student residence project has caused national concern. The proposal has students boycotting and journalists investigating the reason for a “jail like design.”

The building …

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February Advocacy Update

Advocacy Updates, Relevance|

Bills, bills, bills

February 19 was the deadline for the legislature to introduce legislation (bills) for 2021.  Nearly 2,400 bills have been introduced, on a wide range of topics.  The issue of housing (affordable housing, new housing, planning for housing, …

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Do Architects Have COVID-19 Vaccination Priority?

AIACA, Relevance|


The profession of architecture itself does not fall within any of the vaccination priorities.  However, a strong argument can be made that architects and non-licensed staff of architectural firms who visit job sites do fall under one of the …

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AIA CA Advocacy Update: What does 2021 Look Like

Advocacy Updates, Relevance|

The new 2021-22 California State Legislature is back in session.  A week later than planned, due to COVID.  But it is back.

The November Election was good to the Democratic Party.  They maintained their supermajority in both the State Assembly …

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2020 Award Recipients Video

Awards, Design Awards, Relevance|

Awards Presentation

Challenge upon challenge upon difficulty upon arduous task have beset the entire world this year, and the architecture field is no exception. From pandemic to social unrest; from climate action emergencies to political upheaval, all have faced obstacles in one …

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The Economic Outlook: The Alphabet Soup

Practice, Relevance|

BY: Steven Hall, AIA

While she promised no crystal ball regarding what the economic future could bring, Michele Russo, the Managing Director of Research and Practice at AIA National, did provide some hope in her October 27, 2020 webinar to …

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White Paper: The Business Case for Climate Action

Climate Action, Relevance, What you can do right now, White Paper|


By: Henry Siegel, FAIA, Jonathan Feldman, AIA and William Leddy, FAIA

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Most architects understand the enormous impact our work has on the environment: more than 25% of carbon emissions …

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