What are Policy Committees?
Policy Committees focus on issues that impact AIA|WA architects. Members contribute knowledge in a particular issue area to help AIA|WA make informed decisions regarding political action. AIA|WA keeps Policy Committees informed of substantive political issues in their area of interest. Members of Policy Committees pledge to review legislation and give immediate feedback. This give-and-take informs the steps taken by the AIA|WA to advance State architects’ legislative interests.
The Policy Committees are “open committees” which operate on an ongoing basis (there is no term of commitment). Members participate at their own pleasure. The committees operate primarily by email. There is also the possibility of conference calls as needed to address specific issues. The committees seldom meet in person. Committee chair positions are reviewed and reconfirmed every 3 years by the President.
You can join a Policy Committee at any time. Click on an icon in your area of interest below to sign-up. You may choose to join as many as you would like.
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Maintains an ongoing dialogue about adequate funding for design services and development. Implements improved programming and design processes, contract administration and methods, and project delivery with the intent of maximizing the efficient use of public funds. Maintains equitable business relationships. The Capital Projects Committee focuses on issues such as:
Committee Chair: Donald King, FAIA, DKA Architects
- A/E Procurement
- Architects in Government
- Capital Budgets
- Equal Opportunity
- Operating Budget
- Owner’s Project Representative
- Public Housing Policy & Funding
- Public Works Project Delivery
- School Construction Funding & Policy
- Transportation Policy & Funding
Maintains an ongoing dialogue about A/E Procurement and the competitive selection of architects and engineers for state and local government (public sector) work, equal opportunity employment, Insurance Regulation/Tort Reform, expansion of the scope of services and fees of the architect/design team who initially provided the design services, alternative delivery methods for public sector projects when appropriate, registration and licensing, and the Statute of Repose. The Taxes & Regulations Policy Committee focuses on issues such as:
Committee Chair: Sue Lani Madsen, AIA
- Architectural Education
- Health Care
- Insurance Regulation/Tort Reform
- Liability Reform
- Registration and Licensing
- Regulatory Reform
- Statute of Repose
- Unemployment Insurance
- Workers Compensation
Maintains an ongoing dialogue about the adoption and enforcement of consensus codes and standards that are the product of informed education, research, and review. Creates policies that provide for continued aggressive energy conservation consistent with the principles of sustainable design. The Codes & Zoning Committee focuses on issues such as:
Committee Chair: Mike Fowler, AIA
- Accessible Environment
- Building Codes and Standards (I-Codes, Energy Code, Accessibility Code, etc.)
- Growth Management Act
- Historic Preservation
- International Green Construction Code (code development/adoption)
- Shoreline Management Act
Maintains an ongoing dialogue about Regulatory Reform, protection of the environment and the development of a healthy economy, improving land use regulation, the principles of Sustainable Design as a means to support and improve the environment, and the role of the architect in preserving and protecting our planet from environmental damage. The Sustainable Design Policy Committee focuses on issues such as:
Committee Chair: Les Gerstmann, AIA
- Energy Use
- Government Use of LEED, IgCC, etc.
- High Performance Public Buildings
- Washington Sustainable School Design Protocol
- Water Conservation (rainwater capturing)