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ADVOCACY

As the voice of Colorado architects, one of AIA Colorado’s primary goals is to influence public policy that impacts our member architects and shapes the profession.

Part of our advocacy includes supporting policies that protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of Colorado, and creating an environment where the architectural profession can thrive.

For more information on the type of bills we support and the ways we engage in public policy, take a look at the AIA Colorado Directory of Policies and Positions.

As a component chapter, AIA Colorado will not take positions that conflict with the national organization. However, every state has a unique legislative climate, with different issues, challenges and priorities at the State Capitol.

There are a number of policy areas that AIA Colorado has identified as being of particular interest to the architecture profession here in our state. These areas, as formally adopted by our Board of Directors in December 2017, include the following:

  • Architectural Licensing and Regulation of Practice
  • Liability and Tort
  • Sustainability and Resilience
  • Governmental Regulation of the Built Environment

The current AIA Colorado Policies and Position Statements are in effect until December 2019. This document is intended to guide our Board of Directors, the Government Affairs Committee and our members on how to successfully review and take action on state policies.


We also seek to empower AIA Colorado members become advocates themselves.

But like many citizens, you may need a refresher on how laws are passed in Colorado. If so, take a look at our advocacy blog.


2018 Legislative Session Update

Our Government Affairs Committee and Legislative Subcommittee are hard at work reviewing new bills proposed during the 2018 legislative session that began last month. Here are some items of interest to the architecture profession. With the exception of HB18-1190, AIA Colorado is not taking a formal position on the following bills at this time. To see all the bills we are monitoring, click here.

If there’s a bill you’re passionate about (listed below or not), please contact Nikolaus Remus at 303-228-3914 or at nikolaus@aiacolorado.org. Our members are encouraged to take personal action on bills that affect them and we want to be a resource to help you be effective.

2017 Legislative Overview

More information, including a brief summary of the legislation, the current status of the bill and AIA Colorado’s position, is included below. Currently, this list is not all-inclusive and contains only some of the legislation we are currently monitoring.

To view the full list of bills AIA Colorado is currently monitoring click HERE

Select a topic below for more information.

 

 

Construction Defects Litigation Reform
Business and Labor Issues

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Position – Monitor
Status – Passed Senate Appropriations Committee, referred to Senate for 2nd Reading

Position – Monitor
Status – Passed Senate Third Reading

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Regulation and Licensure of Professions

Position – Oppose
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

House Bill 17-1112 would provide immunity from civil and administrative penalties imposed by regulatory agencies for individuals who practice a profession without prior authorization if they 1) initiate a voluntary disclosure of the unauthorized act with DORA, 2) have not previously engaged in unauthorized practice 3) are authorized to practice in a related field.

Position – Monitor
Status – Sent to Governor

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Public Projects and Infrastructure

Position – Monitor
Status – House Concurred With Senate Amendments and Repassed

Position – Monitor
Status – Passed House Second Reading

Position – Monitor
Status – Governor Signed

Position – Monitor
Status – Governor Signed

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Position – Monitor
Status – Senate Concurred With House Amendments and Repassed

Position – Monitor
Status – Governor Signed

Energy, Conservation and the Environment

Position – Monitor
Status – Introduced in House

Position – Monitor
Status – Signed by Governor

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Housing

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Position – Monitor
Status – Passed Senate Second Reading

Position – Monitor
Status – Postponed Indefinitely

Accessibility

Position – Monitor
Status – Signed by Governor

House Bill 17-1067 updates ANSI references in existing statutes to refer to current standards by eliminating information pertaining to a specific, earlier version of the standards.

Position – Monitor
Status – Signed by Governor

Private Development

 

2016 Legislative Summary

2015 Legislative Summary

2014 Legislative Summary

POLICIES & POSITIONS
Policies and positions are developed by members through local, state and national tiers of AIA. At AIA Colorado,we focus on issues that will affect our members, the architecture profession and the health, safety and welfare of citizens. In years past, we’ve advocated around issues like historic preservation, sustainable design, school bond issues, construction defects, land use, licensure and scope-of-practice protection.

Every 7 – 10 years, Colorado’s licensing statute comes up for “Sunset Review.” AIA Colorado is the only organization that works to have a voice in this process and is the only organization that fights to protect the interests of Colorado architects.

Click to read the AIA Colorado Directory of Policies and Positions

Past Positions:

National Directory Public Policies and Positions

USE OF THE TERM 'ARCHITECT'
In Colorado, as in most states, the term “architect” is protected by law when used in relation to the built environment because it distinguishes individuals who are duly educated, trained and tested in the design of buildings and areas surrounding them. The license signifies an individual who is qualified to protect public health, safety and welfare as it relates to design of the built environment.

It is illegal for unlicensed design professionals to hold themselves out as architects, or as practicing architecture or architectural services. Similarly, a majority of a company’s owners or partners must be licensed architects in order to use the term “architect(s)” within the company name, so as not to mislead the public. An exception is for the title of “architectural intern,” which may be used by individuals working under the supervision of a licensed architect and in the process of completing required practice hours in preparation for the architect licensing exams. See Colorado Revised Statute 12.25.3 for more information.

 

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The architecture profession is significantly influenced by elected officials and the actions they take. The Architects of Colorado Political Action Committee (ARCpac) and Architects of Colorado Small Donor Committee (ARCsdc) empower architects to play an active role in the election process and raise funds for that purpose. Both are used to collectively pool funds and donate to candidates who fight for issues of importance to Colorado architects.


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