From health care to small business taxes to ensuring design excellence in our nation’s embassies, the AIA is involved in the issues that are critical to architects, businesses and our communities.

  • We fight for fair state laws and regulations regarding the built environment.
  • We work to educate Virginia legislators about the complicated issues surrounding the practice of architecture: building codes, qualifications-based selection, statutes of repose, historic tax credits, growth management, historic preservation, and more.
  • We propose state regulations that benefit the practice of architecture.
  • We position architects as leaders in the community through recommendations for gubernatorial appointments.
  • We provide comments and recommendations on statewide codes and regulations.
  • We track and provide you with updates on legislation of interest to architects.
  • We sponsor a Political Action Committee that supports legislators (on a non-partisan basis) who have been identified as friends of the profession.
  • We encourage Citizen Architects by supporting volunteer, elected, and appointed leadership service within government, civic and charitable organizations.

Interested in finding out how to get involved in advocacy efforts? Email

Membership News

  • Architects as Leaders

    Architects must “speak up” and be engaged in the public discourse that shapes our society, communities, and neighborhoods.

Professional Development News

  • ArchEx Call for Presentations

    Celebrating its 30th year, ArchEx has always strived to help push the profession forward. We are looking for exciting and engaging topics and speakers to make this historic ArchEx, a truly special one.

Government Advocacy News


Virginia Accord

  • The Virginia Accord

    Bringing together the planning and design disciplines to examine two key themes critical to the future — job creation and environmental sustainability — on Sept. 19-20, 2014 at the Virginia Accord.