AIA advocating to prevent future federal design mandates

Submitted by mtinder@aia.org on Fri, 09/17/2021 - 18:03
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Dina Titus (D-NV). \u201cIt will also\nensure that design input for federal buildings flows from local communities and\nartists to the government, not the other way around. I thank Congressman\nSimpson for joining me to sponsor this meaningful legislation.\u201d\n\n"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The \u201cDemocracy in\nDesign Act\u201d\u2014co-sponsored by Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)\u2014would\ncodify the U.S. General Services Administration\u2019s (GSA) "],[0,[1],1,"1962 Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture"],[0,[],0," and prohibit the federal government from mandating any preferred\nnational design style. Additionally, the legislation would safeguard the "],[0,[1],1,"Design Excellence Program"],[0,[],0," by directing the GSA\nto undergo enhanced formal rulemaking processes\u2014to include public comment\u2014to any\nproposed changes to the Design Excellence Program, which guides the GSA\u2019s\nprocess to acquire, design, and construct public buildings. By doing so, the\nlegislation would effectively increase transparency and prevent political\ninfluence in the federal design process while also allowing the program to\nevolve for modern needs. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\n\u201cRecent attempts to establish a federal design mandate demonstrated the crucial\nneed to institute well defined, transparent, and democratic processes around federal\ndesign decisions,\u201d said 2021 AIA President Peter Exley, FAIA. \u201cWe are committed\nto working with lawmakers who support AIA\u2019s effort to safeguard our nation\u2019s\nbuildings from being subject to political preferences in the future and to\nensure public buildings meet the needs of the communities they serve.\u201d "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"On Feb. 25, the Biden\nAdministration overturned the former Executive Order, \u201cPromoting Beautiful\nFederal Civic Architecture.\u201d Under the Executive Order, government agencies\ncould mandate an architectural style preference for federal courthouses and\nother federal buildings. It also promoted \u201cclassical\u201d and \u201ctraditional\u201d\narchitecture above other designs and required extensive justification to use\nother styles. The order also conveyed misinformation about the GSA\u2019s Design\nExcellence Program, which the AIA strongly supports. Overall, the mandate\ninappropriately elevated the design tastes of a few federal appointees over the\ncommunities in which the buildings would be placed."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\u201cWhat fits for Boise,\nIdaho doesn\u2019t always work for Washington, DC, and vice versa,\u201d said Rep. Mike\nSimpson (R-ID). \u201cI am a cosponsor of this legislation because I don\u2019t want any\nAdministration\u2014Republican or Democrat\u2014to be able to mandate certain\narchitectural styles. Let\u2019s try to keep politics out of the design of our federal\nbuildings.\u201d"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Prior to the Biden\nAdministration overturning the Executive Order, Rep. Titus introduced a\nprevious version of the \u201cDemocracy in Design Act\u201d (H.R. 7604) in an effort to thwart\nany design style mandate. This latest version of the bill has been enhanced by\nadding provisions for the GSA\u0027s Design Excellence Program."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"For more than a\nyear-and-a-half, AIA has taken a multi-pronged approach to stopping the\nExecutive Order and safeguarding the Design Excellence Program. In February of\n2020, AIA members "],[0,[2],1,"sent more than 11,400 letters"],[0,[],0," to the White House\ncondemning a mandated design preference. Additionally, AIA leadership issued\nletters on "],[0,[3],1,"Feb. 6, 2020"],[0,[],0," and "],[0,[4],1,"Feb. 20 2020"],[0,[],0," to the Trump Administration strongly opposing the\norder. AIA also worked closely with the Biden Administration to ultimately\nreverse the Executive Order."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Visit "],[0,[5],1,"AIA\u2019s website"],[0,[],0," to learn more about its advocacy efforts."]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[6],1,"About AIA"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Founded\nin 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and\nsustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200\ninternational, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that\npromote economic vitality and public wellbeing."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them\nin their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders\nand the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities,\ninstitutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct\nto ensure the highest professional standards."]]]]}
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New bipartisan legislation would prevent political influence on federal building design and require transparent processes.
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The AIA is advocating for legislation re-introduced in Congress today that will prevent future administrations and the federal government from mandating preferred design styles for federal buildings.
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