AIA|LA : Call for Issue Briefs

Calling all AIA|LA Members :: do you have a particular issue item you'd like to advance, which will help shape public policy that influences the built environment?

The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA) engages the public in many ways.  We craft Press Releases announcing events, achievements and initiatives; we formally develop Issue Briefs as part of our annual Legislative Day at City Hall advocacy efforts, and, additionally the Chapter develops Position Statements to represent the professional interests of architects and our members.  These Position Statements serve as advocacy tools to help shape public policy and our environment.

Any AIA|LA member-in-good-standing may submit a Position Statement for consideration as an official position of AIA|LA. The following outlines steps for how to do so.

1. Draft Position Statement - We suggest your Position Statement be brief and specific, ideally fitting on one page. The following format is requested:

  • ISSUE - one paragraph defining the problem.
  • POSITION - one paragraph summarizing your objectives
  • DISCUSSION - several paragraphs giving background information on the issue and direct recommendations for how to solve the problem.
2. Identify Sponsor Committee - Identify an AIA|LA committee with an area of interest related to your issue and contact the staff liaison of that committee requesting to have your Position Statement added to the agenda of an upcoming meeting. For information on AIA|LA committees, CLICK HERE. If you would like assistance in understanding what committee would be the most appropriate for your proposal, or in contacting the staff liaison, contact Will Wright, AIA|LA Director of Government Affairs.

3. Committee Review – Forward your draft Position Statement to the sponsor committee and be prepared to present your position at a committee meeting. If the committee supports your proposal, it will be forwarded to the AIA|LA Board of Directors for consideration. If the committee feels that additional study is needed, the committee's leadership may encourage you to form a sub-committee to further develop your proposal.  If the sponsor committee does not support your proposal or if no consensus can be reached, you may still ask the staff liaison to forward your Position Statement to the Board, however, it will be noted that the proposal did not gain the support of the sponsor committee.

4. Board Review – Once the sponsor committee’s staff liaison has forwarded your Position Statement to the Board of Directors, the Board may ask you and/or the sponsor committee leadership to present your Position Statement at an AIA|LA Board meeting.  If the Board feels that additional consideration is needed, the Board may encourage you to further develop your proposal. If the Board endorses your Position Statement, it becomes an official position of AIA|LA.

In the event that your Position Statement becomes an official position of AIA|LA, you may be asked to help represent the issue to the greater public at various events.

AIA|LA is its membership and your ideas advance the profession.

For additional information, please contact:

Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director, Government and Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles
3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90010
213.639.0764 office
310.309.9580  mobile
213.639.0767  fax
Last updated: 05-Mar-2013 12:06 PM
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