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April 29, 2020
Chapter News

Architects Tele-Action Day

By Tiffany Mercer-Robbins

Next Tuesday, May 5th
Anytime between 9 am - 5 pm

From the safety of your home 

Now, more than ever, it's critical to remind policymakers that architecture is a vital industry with the capacity to help solve some of Pennsylvania’s toughest immediate public health and economic challenges. Architects Tele-Action Day is our opportunity to make the biggest collective impact to inform legislators that architecture goes beyond beautiful buildings: it strengthens communities, boosts economies, and protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public. 

AIA Pennsylvania has shifted our legislative priorities to reflect the priorities of the times:

  • Business continuity, stimulus, and economic relief for architecture firms
  • Getting Pennsylvania’s essential AEC industries back to work safely
  • The architect’s role in designing and retrofitting for post-COVID-19 spaces

Members of all career stages and specialties are invited to pledge to pick up the phone on Tuesday, May 5th to share your professional and personal COVID-19 realities with your state Senator and Representative (or their knowledgeable staff).

Here is a rough blueprint of items you might consider covering in the brief conversation. 

  1. Call your State Senator and Representative's district office between the hours of 9 am - 5 pm on Tuesday, May 5. Ask to speak to the legislator, legislative staff, or constituent services associate or schedule a time to talk at a later date/time.* Find your legislator’s information here by inputting your home address. **
  2. Introduce yourself as a constituent and mention you are a member of AIA Pennsylvania, representing nearly 3,000 architecture industry professionals across Pennsylvania. 
  3. Share how the coronavirus has professionally and personally impacted your life, livelihood, immediate community, business network, and/or the AEC community.
  4. Take a moment to educate legislators on all of the things you do with help from the AIA Message Book (Message Book download, Message Book AIAU training, 2019 AIA PA District Days webinar recording & slidedeck).
  5. Ask your legislators what their biggest challenges are right now. Listen and take notes to offer how you or AIA Pennsylvania could follow up to offer assistance.
  6. Remind legislators to use architects and AIA Pennsylvania as a resource. Historically, architects have been overlooked as legislation impacting the built environment has been moved through the process. Now is the best time to amplify the architect’s voice in the chorus of the construction industry to ensure that it is not drowned out as decisions that affect the health, safety, and welfare of the public and the position of the architect will continue to be made during these times.
  7. Thank them for their time!

*If you can't get anyone on the phone, take a moment to drop an e-mail note with some of the above points or schedule another time to talk. Legislator e-mail contacts/forms are found in linked icons indicating website or e-mail links in legislator profiles found after input of your home address here.

**Once you have inputted your home address, click on the linked name of your PA House and PA Senate legislators to locate contact information on profile pages' left column. Call your respective legislator's district office phone number to reach out for Architects Tele-Action Day.

pledge to take tele-action by filling out the form here

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