Policy Positions

Stock Plans/Model Schools

AIA MA believes the school building is a partner in student learning. Twenty-first century learning environments must incorporate sustainable building strategies, current pedagogy and state-of-the-art technology to enhance learning. An economical school design must be viewed in the context of the buildings life-cycle costs. Architects minimize costs by designing energy efficient schools with classroom designs based on academic priorities and constantly changing technology. Stock school plans, or Model Schools, undermine the effectiveness of the learning environment, fail to incorporate individual communities’ educational needs, quickly become technologically obsolete, are not green buildings and do not save money.


Smart Growth/Transit Oriented Development


AIA MA supports transit-oriented, smart growth development. AIA MA believes that smart, mixed-use development, which includes residential, commercial, retail, and municipal buildings in close proximity to transportation options, cuts down on automobile use and promotes walkable, healthy neighborhoods.


Qualifications Based Selection


AIA MA strongly supports Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) for procuring professional design services for public projects. QBS is required for federal projects as described by the Brooks Architect/Engineer Act (Public Law 92-582, 40 U.S.C. 541 et seq.).


Health and Design


AIA MA strongly supports government policies and programs that use the remarkable power of design to build healthier, thriving communities. Buildings and cities profoundly shape the way we heal, move, live, and work. A committment to modernizing our nations communities will create the jobs, infrastructure, and social capital to ensure America’s leadership into the 21st century.


Green Schools

AIA MA strongly supports government policies and programs that spur the creation of high-performance green schools. These schools improve health and educational achievement, promote energy savings, and effect positive environmental change. A committment to modernizing our states schools will also create jobs in the design and construction industry across the entire state.


Construction Defect Reform Legislation


AIA MA supports construction defect reform legislation. AIA MA believes excessive litigation has dampened the construction defect insurance market and costs designers/builders more time and money, which increases costs for homeowners.


Certificate of Merit


AIA MA supports enacting certificate of merit legislation to reduce the number of nonmeritorious lawsuits filed against design professionals.


Taxation of Architectural Services


AIA MA believes taxing architectural services would significantly hurt the design industry by encouraging clients to turn to unlicensed designers for services, seriously eroding protection of the public’s health and safety. Taxing architectural services would put the architectural profession at a competitive disadvantage with unlicensed individuals and would hurt small businesses most. AIA MA believes taxing architectural services would have an adverse impact on the state’s revenue, economy, and public welfare and health.

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