LLB Architects, Nat Rea (photo)

Committee on Practice

See the Chapter Calendar for when the Commmittee on Practice meets.

The committee has 7 official charges for 2021-2022:

  1. Hold regular meetings to create a forum to discuss practice and legislative related issues. Coordinate with Communications and Events Committees as required.
  • Create a private forum for members to discuss legislative goals
  • Create a public forum for non-members to engage/comment on AIA legislative goals
  1. Create subcommittees as needed to address:
  • Practice issues, including Small business practice and Construction Contract Administration
  • Legislative items
  1. Create/publish an electronic resource document, a RI Architect’s Handbook on Practice, to include information on state codes, 128 form, and a template for Final Affidavits.
  2. Consider means of 1) reminding firm owners/deciders of projects they consider ethical implications of a project in advance of project commence, and 2) notification and engagement options for at-will employees who are assigned to projects they have an ethical conflict working on. Present findings to Board.
  3. Manage a comprehensive Advocacy Plan:
  • Create Legislative Hot List of Pending Bills (state house) being tracked by Chapter
  • Create Goal List of Desired Action (state house) the Chapter would like to see implemented, including architect required construction control, and public disclosure of known demographics (gender/race/state of residence) of licensed architects.
  • Support AIA policies and position statements through engagement of elected leaders in government, members, and others willing to work with the chapter on legislative issues.
  • Review opportunities to engage next NAAB accreditation review conference and next NCARB Practice Analysis. Consider expanding architectural history requirements to span the globe.
  1. Review AIA-RI’s Directory of Public Policies and Position Statements. Identify to the Executive Director which existing AIA public policies and AIA supporting statements the committee would like to review in 2021 and 2022, for potential AIA-RI supplemental public policies and/or supporting statements. Commence review and submit a detailed report at quarterly intervals.
  • Consider policies on NAAB and NCARB education standard and opportunities to reduce financial impediments to entry into the profession.
  1. Identify 1 member to liaison to the communications committee.

If you are interested in joining or contributing to any of these items, please contact Roni Phipps at roni.phipps[@ aia-ri.org].