March 31, 2020

AIA weekly COVID-19 update | March 31, 2020

This is the first in a new weekly series dedicated to AIA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re curating the content you’re asking for—working remotely, business continuity, economic updates, relief for our industry, and more—to help you adapt your practice, minimize disruptions, keep projects moving, and protect your business.

All this info will live on the AIA National COVID-19 response page, which has even more resources. We’re updating it regularly, so bookmark it and visit frequently.

Please stay in touch. Let us know how you’re doing and share your feedback and ideas at We’ll be in your inbox again next week with new resources and information.

Firms around the world are making difficult decisions as they deal with the impact of COVID-19. This new resource from AIA Risk Management will help you develop your firm’s response to address current work, project considerations, and federal, state, and local restrictions. In case you missed it, watch the recording of last week’s webinar on how AIA Contract Documents address COVID-19 issues. There’s also advice on conducting site visits during COVID-19 and an AIA Best Practice on getting paid.

Like most other businesses, US architecture firms don’t know what the economy has in store for them. This special economic and market impact report assesses the short-term impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on architecture firms. AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker gets into the details in his new weekly webinar, hosted every Wednesday.
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President Trump signed the CARES Act into law on March 27. What does this $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package mean for architects and firms? AIA’s detailed report has an analysis for you, plus there’s a live update on April 2. Governors across the US are issuing executive orders that impact architects’ work. This list of exemptions by state shows what architecture activities may be considered exempt. The legislative landscape changes daily, but this recap of the last two weeks will bring you up to speed.
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We’re a few weeks into working remotely and still figuring out the kinks. This free AIAU course on virtual practice has you covered. This roundup of software and tools will help make a remote setup viable. These practical tips can also help.
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COVID-19 is changing everything, and businesses want to help. Some of AIAU’s best business and tech courses are free for AIA members. ArchiPrep® is giving new and current subscribers free access to its ARE® prep software for the month of April (Associate AIA members only). Autodesk is offering free and extended access to cloud collaboration products and encouraging customers with cashflow constraints to talk to their Autodesk sales rep or reseller partner. This simple, organized list showcases 111 free products and services from all types of companies.

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