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Members of the American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter are motivated by education and professional ethics to offer their specialized knowledge, skills and experiences to enhance Iowa communities - a substantial challenge as design, construction and society undergo constant change. We are committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of Iowans through the four initiatives within our 2020 Advocacy Platform. For more information please visit:
   • 2020 AIA Iowa Advocacy Platform
   • Building Codes Issue Brief
   • Energy Efficiency Issue Brief
   • Project Delivery Issue Brief
   • School Safety Issue Brief

Join us, Design Professionals Day on the Hill 

Annually, The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa) plans and hosts Design Professionals Day on the Hill at the Iowa State Capitol. Nearly 75 design professionals from across the State of Iowa will be in attendance. Architecture Firms and several other organizations related to the design profession and building industry are invited to host a display table. We hope you will join us. Additional information and how to register can be found here, AIA Iowa Calendar of Events.

> Legislators: We are coming to you! Hear from your constituents from across Iowa on issues that affect the places where we live, work, play, and worship.
Design and Building Industry OrganizationsInterested in having a table at this event? Please contact Amy Spike at aspike@aiaiowa.org.
> AIA Iowa Members: Join us! Advocate for the issues that affect you on a daily basis.

AIA Members, Contact Your Legislator 

Please take action and start building relationships today! Invite your Legislator to our annual Design Professionals Day on the Hill, Legislative Roundtable, or reach out to them via phone or email. Not sure where to start when contacting your legislator? We have put together some simple steps to help guide you through it! Visit this link for our AIA Iowa Member Legislative Took Kit.


Bidding and Construction

When beginning your construction process you must be sure you have a good understanding of Iowa's competitive bidding laws as they relate to the bidding and award of public works construction projects. As partners AIA Iowa, Master Builders of Iowa, and American Council of Engineering Companies of Iowa undertook the initiative to build a Resource Guide that focuses  primarily on the design / bid / build project delivery system required by Iowa law for most public contracts. Public owners will be served better by a thorough understanding of how this particular project delivery system works with an emphasis on the legal pitfalls along the way to a successful construction project. 

  • Resources: Alternate Project Delivery
  • Public Owners: Guide on the Bidding and Award of Construction Contracts in Iowa
  • Policies: Alternate Project Delivery Methods for Public Projects
  • Design Build: Design Build Bridging

Qualifications Based Selection

The AIA strongly supports Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) for procuring professional design services for public projects. QBS provides owners with a selection process that is not only straightforward and easy to implement, but is objective and fair. View the complete Issue Brief here.

Manual of Recommended Procedures 

The intent of this document is to provide recommended ground rules for competitive bidding procedure and award of building construction contracts. At the heart of these recommendations is the conviction that ethical competition is good for everyone. Use of these guidelines by the Architect or Engineer will secure for the Owner the best value per dollar spent and assures the Contractor his bid will be processed fairly, thus enabling him to price competitively. Click to view the complete Manual of Recommended Procedures.

AIA Positions and Policies

AIA Position Statements

Public Policies are AIA statements of belief to policy-makers, the public, and the construction industry on issues of public policy affecting the membership, the profession of architecture, or The American Institute of Architects. Click to view a complete directory of the AIA Position Statements.

AIA Policy Platform

American architecture stands as a testament to our unique place in the world. Our architects work at the leading edge of a $1T construction industry that promotes commerce and drives consumer confidence. Architects have always dared to reach higher and set new standards. Our next architectural achievements will be measured by how well they respond to a post-pandemic world, eradicate inequity, fuel economic recovery, eliminate carbon emissions, and nurture individual and community health. Click to view the AIA Policy Platform.

Click to view a complete copy of the AIA Position Statements

AIA Iowa Firm Members