Architects Launch “SpeakUp” Advocacy and Action Training


July 13-15 Event Geared To Increasing Architects’ Advocacy Skills in Legislative and Political Arenas

Washington, D.C. – April 25, 2016 – (RealEstateRama) — The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced the opening of registration for its first-ever “SpeakUp” advocacy and action event, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on July 13-15 in Washington, D.C.

SpeakUp is open to any AIA members who believe they can make a difference in the world through engaging in the electoral and legislative process at the national state or local levels. SpeakUp’s attendees will receive training from top political and policy experts on how to push legislation, develop policy messages and raise money in workshops and interactive role-playing exercises. Some attendees also will head to Capitol Hill to meet with their elected representatives and advocate for the AIA’s policy agenda.

“AIA members believe that advocating for the profession is one of the Institute’s highest priorities,” said AIA President Russ Davidson, FAIA. “SpeakUp will give architects the tools they need to be more active and engaged in the political and governmental processes, helping ensure they have a seat at the table when big policy decisions are made.”

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit

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