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AIA Iowa’s advocacy platform includes three major principles to enhance Iowa’s
vitality and viability: Livable Communities, Resiliency, and Quality Design.

To support those principles, in 2018 we are advocating for: School Safety, Energy Conservation, and Alternate Project Delivery.

Find our 2018 Advocacy Platform here.


Contact Your Legislator Toolkit 

Please take action and start building relationships today! Not sure where to start when contacting your legislator? We have put together some simple steps to help guide you through it! Click here to learn how to get stated with our Legislator Toolkit. 

Day on the Hill 

AIA Iowa represents the voice of architects within the state of Iowa. Each year as an association we visit Iowa State Capitol to visit with legislators and express our concerns for the future health of our profession and our communities. For more information on this year's event visit the AIA Iowa Calendar of Events


Alternate Project Delivery

Design Build:Design Build Bridging

Resource Information :Alternate Project Delivery
Policies: Alternate Project Delivery Methods for Public Projects


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


Legal Issues on 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. 


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.


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.

Click to view a complete copy of the AIA Position Statements

AIA Iowa Firm Members