AIA Eastern Ohio is a member driven chapter of the American Institute of Architects and work within the Policies and Positions established by the Institute to create a better environment.  By working with closely with AIA Ohio, the members of our chapter work with public agencies and officials to develop guidelines and requirements that advance community needs and that create better, more livable communities.

2016 AIA Eastern Ohio Advocacy Agenda

School Barricades:  AIA Eastern Ohio will review the barricades issues will AIA Ohio to help provide architects with common sense responses to the concerns and upcoming Ohio BBS requirements for temporary door locking devices in school buildings.  More information on these devices and the November 16, 2015 hearing can be found here. [December 2015]

Design Build:  AIA Eastern Ohio will provide programming in cooperation with the Builders Association on Contracting, Construction Manger at Risk and Design Build issues.  This program will take place on February 10, 2016 and will focus on the challenges of navigating through these delivery methods with the OFCC.

National Design Services Act:  AIA Eastern Ohio will continue to work with AIA Ohio and the Institute to support the efforts of the NDSA.  Through work of Eastern Ohio member Bruce Sekanick AIA, Tim Ryan (D) Howland became a co-sponsor of this bipartisan bill.  This bill allows graduates from accredited architectural programs to reduce student loans through service to communities via community design centers.

UPDATE! 179D Extender:  Through the work of many members from across the country and those here at AIA Eastern Ohio and AIA Ohio, the 179D extender bill has passed.  The Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (§179D), with the refinement provides incentives for private investments to provide energy efficient buildings while at the same time promoting job growth or retention.