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AIA urges Congress to address the effects of coronavirus on the architecture profession – Archpaper.com

On March 19, the AIA sent a letter to Congress requesting swift relief for architects from both the economic impact of coronavirus as well as climate change

The AIA sent the letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (Martin Falbisoner/Wikipedia Commons)
The AIA sent the letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (Martin Falbisoner/Wikipedia Commons)

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On March 19, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) president Jane Frederick and CEO Robert Ivy sent a letter on behalf of the organization to Congress regarding the economic impact that the novel coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, will have on the architecture profession with suggestions for an economic stimulus package. Representing around 95,000 members, making it the largest design organization in the United States, the letter implores Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to provide temporary relief measures for business owners and to make a long-term investment in 21st-century infrastructure.

To address the already-felt economic impact of the pandemic on building design and construction, the first initiative requests an investment in Small Business Interruption Loans for businesses under 500 employees. Providing relief in the short run, the letter contends, will allow employers to avoid layoffs while covering costs associated with payroll, rent, and other obligations in the immediate term. “Furthermore,” the letter reads, “the federal government should suspend the collection of business taxes, including payroll tax, for the duration of the pandemic.”

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