2012 AIA National Convention

In May, representatives from AIA Columbus traveled to Washington DC to attend the AIA National Convention. Our Executive Director, Gwen Berlekamp, who sits on the CACE Executive Committee was even asked to attend a White House briefing with representatives from the current administration address issues facing architects and the building industry as a whole. Besides having the opportunity to advocate for architects at the national level, several Bylaws ammendments were voted upon, as well as some newly elected officers. 

For more information about the goings-on at the convention, visit the AIA National Website

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Legislative Action Alert

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A few weeks ago we asked you to stand up for architecture in Ohio - and now your help is needed more than ever.

Despite a last-minute substitute bill and ongoing conversations with the sponsor, the Certified Interior Design Bill (HB 504) passed the Ohio House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee last Tuesday - and now we need you to act to protect architects in the state. The revised bill still completely fails to address the primary concerns of architects including:

  • The practice of interior design as defined in the bill significantly overlaps with the practice of architecture, creates confusion and will lead to the unlicensed practice of architecture.
  • The newly created regulatory board lacks necessary expertise and meaningful oversight.
  • There is no evidence of a genuine need to regulate interior design to protect public health and safety.

The bill will next come up for a vote on the House floor - can you take one minute to send a message to your representative to protect architecture in your state? 

Now is the time to make your voice heard - stand up for architects in Ohio TODAY.