COVID-19 Resources:

AIA Philadelphia Member Focus and Pandemic Response

What our staff team at AIA Philadelphia most wants you to know in this moment – in the midst of these unprecedented times – is that our focus remains on you. We created this page to serve as a helpful tool as you navigate this new reality. Find resources from other member firms as well as city, state, and national organizations. 


Update from BIA - 03/27/20

COVID-19 Benefits and Business Issues - 03/25/20
New Webinar from My Benefit Advisor
Password to access: [email protected]

Owner's Roundtable: Maintaining Practice Amid COVID-19 - 03/19/20
In case you missed the 03/19/20 Owner's Roundtable, here is a link to the recording


Any architecture firm and/or allied firm members are encouraged to submit programming pertaining to how to practice through a pandemic/disaster to the AIA Philadelphia website calendar. AIA Philadelphia staff is also working hard to gather as much information that is sent to us and add it to our calendar. Please check the calendar daily to stay up to date with the numerous webinars we are adding with short notice.

View the Calendar


Sharing resources and ideas is something all firms can benefit from. Does your firm have a pandemic response plan or other resource it would consider sharing? We created an open Google folder for our members to share documents, forms, and other planning tools. Our hope is that our small firms in particular who have less capacity to develop such plans will be able to learn from their peers.

Here is the Google folder link:

Anyone can view, add, or edit this folder using the link above. Please refrain from editing content that is not your own. Information that is confidential should be redacted.


AIA Pennsylvania staff is in the process of coordinating the development of a series of educational webinars/virtual roundtables for the benefit of all members. They are currently seeking advice from those firms, small to large, whose operations (telework infrastructure and policy, continuity plans) are more equipped to handle an unforeseeable scenario like the one we are currently facing. If you would like to share how your firm is responding via virtual webinar format, please complete the quick form linked in the button below by Monday, March 23.
AIA Pennsylvania also wants to hear from you with any questions/concerns that you would like addressed from an operations (HR, contracts/legal/liability, technology) perspective. If you have questions to pose to our network of partners and/or your peers, please complete the quick form linked in the button below by Monday, March 23.

Share Your Questions + Insights


  • Committee meetings will continue as remote dial-in opportunities. Details for these calls will be sent to committee lists in advance of the meetings.
  • We will continue to provide opportunities to earn CES credits. Some programs will be offered as webinars or even Facebook Live programs such as what we are planning for this year's Annual Meeting. Details will always be updated on the AIA Philadelphia website calendar.
  • All calendar listings will show if an event that was previously scheduled is canceled, postponed, or offered as a webinar.
  • Use the AIA Career Center to access resources for licensure and continuing education through AIAU.
  • You can purchase AIA Contract Documents through the AIA Bookstore website or by contacting Finance Director, Joe Martinelli at [email protected].
  • Helpful tips from My Benefit Advisor


City of Philadelphia

City of Philadelphia COVID-19 Main Webpage

City Issues Stay at Home Order - 03/22/20
L&I Issues Guidance on Construction Work - 03/20/20
BIA Summary of Daily COVID-19 Press Release - 03-19-20
Water and Streets Departments Updates - BIA Announcement
Daily COVID-19 Press Release - 03-18-20
Essential City services remaining open - 03-18-20
How to Obtain L&I Services During the Shutdown  - 03-18-20
FAQ for Applications Filed on Paper - 03-18-20
Press Release from BIA Regarding L&I Services - 03-17-20
Daily COVID-19 Press Release- 03-17-20
COVID-19 Utility Services Update - 03-16-20
Restrictions on Commercial Activity - 03-16-20
SURVEY: Business Impacts of COVID-19 - 03-16-20
City Announces New Restrictions on Business Activity - 03-16-20


Governor Wolf Announces new restrictions on businesses - Video courtesy WTAE Pittsburgh 03/19/20
AIA PA COVID-19 Round-Up Page
A Message from Steve Swarney
AIA PA Executive Director
Business Resources for Coronavirus
PA Chamber of Business and Industry
COVID-19 Business Resources
PA Department of Community and Economic Development

Working From Home

Tips for Working From Home from Parallel Edge and RevitGods
Parallel Edge and RevitGods YouTube video of webinar presentation

Tips for Working From Home from Parallel Edge and RevitGods
Parallel Edge and RevitGods Webinar slide deck

An Architect's Guide to Virtual Practice - AIA Trust
Sample Telecommuting Policy - Global Workplace Analytics
AIA national Telework Policy - AIA National
How to Shift from Physical Events to Virtual Events - Social Media Today

From AIA From National or Other AIA Chapters

A Message from Robert Ivy -AIA National Executive Director
Updates from AIA's Disaster Assistance Program - AIA National
Small Firm Exchange - AIA National
Straightforward Advice on Preserving Cash Flow - AIA Trust
Navigating the Economy: Architects Weather Ebb and Flow of Projects - AIA Architect 2009 AIA National Email Newsletter
The AIA Foresight Report and navigating through a recession with new business model - AIA National
Contingency Planning - AIA Colorado

Other National Organizations

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources - SBA
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
World Health Organization (WHO) Recommendations for Mass Gatherings - World Health Organization
National Institutes of Health - NIH
United States of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration - OSHA
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - NIAID
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center - Johns Hopkins University & Medicine
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 - OSHA
How Coronavirus is Impacting the AEC Industry - Building Design + Construction
How Architecture Firms are Responding to COVID-19 - Architect Magazine