Government Affairs Committee

Government Affairs Committee Mission
American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession and the resource for its members in service to society. AIA Minnesota is the voice of the architecture profession dedicated to: serving its members; advancing their value; and improving the quality of the built environment

Chair: Eric West, AIA and Heredith Hayes Gordon, AIA

AIA Staff Liaison: Beverly Hauschild-Baron Hon. AIA

Meeting Date: First Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at AIA Minnesota Board Room

2013 Action Items

1. Support a 2013 asset and infrastructure investment for capital projects in order to boost the Minnesota economy, support capital preservation, and create design and construction jobs.

2. Develop an effective strategy for correcting the May 2007 legislation that impacted the Statute of Repose for architects.

3. AIA Minnesota continues to oppose any proposed interior design licensure legislation. AIA Minnesota will continue a dialog with MIDLAC support organizations.

4. Support the Building Jobs Coalition in its efforts to create opportunities for funding design and construction projects for Minnesota architects and other members of the coalition.

5. Oppose legislation that would place a sales tax on Professional Services. Work in coalition with other professions. Click here to download the AIA Minnesota's Red Letter regarding the Proposed Sales Tax on Professional Services.

6. The AIA Minnesota Board of Directors will develop legislation that would align Minnesota law with the AIA National position and NCARB model law related to Intern Titling.

Monitored Items

The Government Affairs committee continues to monitor the following issues:

* Indemnification – work with ACEC to pass legislation clarifying indemnification language and strengthening enforcement.
* Support legislation that encourages sustainable design of buildings, and monitor legislation related to building performance; building-related green house gas reduction and sustainability rating systems for buildings.
* Support economically viable transportation initiatives, i.e. LRT, multi-modal regional transit that includes pedestrian and bicycle trails, buses, and bus ways, commuter rail, and high-speed rail.
* Monitor any legislation affecting the State Designer Selection Board.
* Monitor the Board of Registration legislation.
* Monitor any legislation affecting the Capitol Area Architectural Planning Board.

Legislative Issues

In 2011, Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) for the State Designer Selection Board (SDSB) added new goals for Targeted Groups (TG) for subcontracting firms, including firms that are owned by racial minorities, women, and people with disabilities.
Although the majority of firms responding to RFP’s from the Board have been able to meet these new goals, the Board has had some questions from the field about the requirement.
Click here to download information that:
1) Outlines the history of TG goals, the current requirements, common mistakes, and
2) Explains how to get help with your application.
Watch for a program at the AIA Minnesota Convention in November, co-sponsored by the Government Affairs Committee, where representatives of the SDSB will present fundamental information on the process of submitting for a project.

AIA 2007-2008 Legislative Tracker is a weekly report distributed by email describing the status of Minnesota State legislation affecting our industry. If you would like to receive the Legislative Tracker please email your request to Beverly Hauschild-Baron at

AIA Minnesota urges members to contact their legislators about these and other issues. If you have questions or are aware of significant legislative initiatives affecting the practice of architecture, please contact Beverly Hauschild-Baron at