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AIASF represents professionals and practices from all parts of the architectural industry. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area while advancing the architecture and design professions. In our advocacy priorities we continue to develop a progressive sustainability agenda at the local, state, and federal levels of AIA. 

 

LOCAL

 

The Public Policy & Advocacy Committee (PPAC) in partnership with the San Francisco Planning Department aim to raise awareness of Bay Area issues impacting the architecture profession and our community.

AIASF's PPAC was established to further AIASF’s mission to advocate and advance the quality of life in the Bay Area, as well as promote and advance the architectural profession and practice. PPAC’s goal is to strengthen the constituency for progressive design in the Bay Area through direct engagement with neighborhood, advocacy, political, regulatory and legislative bodies. More broadly, PPAC seeks to affect positive change through education and action related to urban issues impacting the architecture profession and our communities.

Within the PPAC, Design Advocacy Group (DAG_SF) provides a forum for practitioners to voice opinions and exchange ideas. The mission of DAG_SF is to strengthen the constituency for progressive design in the Bay Area through vocal advocacy of design issues impacting the architecture profession and our communities. It relies on the singular expertise of local design professionals as leaders in exploring complex issues of design and its impacts on our City.

Read the latest opinion papers released by DAG_SF and more about this partnership at www.aiasf.org/group/PPAC.

 

CURRENT INITIATIVES 

  •  AIASF Board of Directors Statement on Urban Design Guidelines - The proposed Urban Design Guidelines will serve as the document for design review in the neighborhood commercial, downtown, and mixed-use districts in the City, providing a framework for the review process for Planning staff, the Planning Commission, project sponsors, design professionals, neighborhood groups and the general public.
  •  AIASF Board of Directors Statement on Residental Expansion Threshold - The Planning Department regrets to announce that it has suspended efforts to advance the proposed Residential Expansion Threshold (RET) Project to allow for additional review. The Residential Expansion Threshold Project’s primary objective is to eliminate the ineffective Tantamount to Demolition controls and place more emphasis on the size and density of buildings by incentivizing a higher number of residential units while discouraging exceedingly large single-family homes.
  •  Federal Historic Tax Credit - The Historic Tax Credit (HTC) has made an enormous difference in communities across the country, bringing with it economic revitalization, good design and the protection and restoration of some of our most treasured works of architecture.
  •  Historic Preservation - The Planning Department's Historic Preservation program supports the rehabilitation of significant elements of the built environment. AIASF PPAC meets regularly with the Planning Department Historic Preservation staff to advance best practices. 
  •  Mayor's Directive Statement - On September 27, 2017, Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued Executive Directive 17-02, charging all City Departments to work collaboratively toward faster approvals for housing development projects at both the entitlement and post-entitlement permitting stage. 

 



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STATE

 

The American Institute of Architects California Council is an association of individuals in California, with more than 11,000 members including licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners in design.  AIACC provides unified representation in all statewide matters affecting the architectural profession within the State of California. Located in Sacramento close to the state Capitol, the AIACC’s primary mission is to advocate on behalf of architects and the architectural profession to

 

Click here to learn more about State Initiatives.

 



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NATIONAL  

 

For more than 150 years, AIA has been advocating on architecture’s most pressing issues in the White House and Congress. Today, more than 88,000 members are leading change in federal, state and local governments, advocating for policies that shape smart decisions and encourage innovation legislation that secures the future of the profession and allows communities to benefit from the value of architecture regulations and codes that ensure buildings and spaces are healthy and safe.

 

Click here to learn about National initiatives.