AIANYS Advocacy Day – May 17th, 2017 at the State Capitol Building, Albany, NY

2016 Architects in Albany Advocacy Day 

On May 17th members from local chapters around the state will travel to Albany to participate in the 2016 Architects in Albany Advocacy Day.  This day-long event will focus on some of the most pressing issues facing the architecture profession.  A legislative briefing and continental breakfast will be provided at the Renaissance Albany Hotel right down the street from the Capitol.  After the briefing, members will travel to the Capitol and the Legislative Office Building to begin a very busy day jam packed with legislative meetings.

This year’s Advocacy Day participants will discuss: (1) Alternative Project Delivery; (2) Design Liability Reform; (3) Due Process Rights; (4) QBS; (5) Historic Preservation Tax Credit; (6) Rehabilitation Tax Credits for Distressed Properties; (7) Emergency Responder Act; and (8) the defeat of the Interior Design Practice Expansion legislation.

If you would like to participate in this year’s Advocacy Day, please contact your local chapter

Schedule Overview (Tentative) 

8:30 AM Continental Breakfast (Renaissance Albany Hotel)

9:30 AM Legislative Briefing (Renaissance Albany Hotel)

11:00 AM-4:00 PM Legislative Meetings Begin (Legislative Office Building)

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Lunch (LOB 3rd Floor Terrace)

4:00 PM Depart from Capitol

If you have any questions related to Advocacy Day or the AIANYS Legislative Program, please contact AIANYS Director of Government Affairs, Michael Burridge at (518) 449-3334 or

The Value of Government Advocacy 

The origin of most trade and professional associations can be traced back to one overarching need—a unified voice to advocate on behalf of a group of individuals who share similar interests.    Like many professional associations, AIA New York State (AIANYS), an organization of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), came into being out of the need to coalesce and amplify the concerns of the profession, the built environment, and the protection of the public’s health, safety, and welfare.   Thus, the primary reason for the creation and organization of AIANYS was to provide its members, and the profession as a whole, with a credible voice in the halls of state government, Government advocacy continues to be the foundation for its existence today.

What is Government Affairs?

Government advocacy priorities are developed at the national and state level, through extensive input from member surveys and policy networks, such as AIA’s State Government Network (SGN).

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