AIA California names state Senator Scott Wiener Inaugural Legislator of the Year Award Recipient

Wiener’s legislation critical in addressing key issues facing California.

(Sacramento, CA) California state Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, is the American Institute of Architects California (AIA CA) inaugural Legislator of the Year. 

“Scott Wiener is a positive change-maker when it comes to climate action and housing, issues that are priorities for members of our organization serving communities throughout California. He has and continues to advance smart, inventive, impactful legislation that improves quality of life and addresses these two global crises,” said 2023 AIA California President Scott Gaudineer, AIA.

“He exemplifies AIA California’s vision: to harness the transformative power of architecture and design to address the greatest economic, environmental, and social challenges of our time,” observed Gaudineer. “His commitment supports current and future generations.”

Among the 65 bills that state Sen. Wiener has authored and ushered through passage and signing are:

  • SB 700, the largest investment in clean energy storage in California
  • SB 35, alandmark law to expedite housing permits, which has resulted in thousands of new affordablehomes in San Francisco
  • SB 10, which provides a powerful tool for local governments to zone
    for more housing more quickly
  • SB 886, which streamlines and accelerates student housingproduction across the state
  • SB 379, which requires cities to implement instant permitting for solar and energy
    storage systems

Wiener, who Chairs the Senate Housing Committee, is a coalition builder, respected within the Capitol for his diligence in working with others to further legislation in key areas. He has enriched AIA California members’ understanding of the policy process and has been an excellent partner on priority issues. He is accessible, visible, and transparent about the need for the architectural community’s involvement in solving the housing crisis.

“AIA California initiated this award to recognize elected officials whose influential policy-making demonstrates the values important to the architectural profession to build a better California,” noted AIA Executive Vice President Nicki Dennis Stephens, Hon. AIA, LEED Green Assoc. “State Sen. Wiener’s contributions epitomize the award.”

About the American Institute of Architects California (AIA CA)

AIA California is dedicated to serving its members, and uniting all architecture professionals in the design of a more just, equitable and resilient future through advocacy, education and political action. The organization represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, the AIA CA is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit

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