June 14, 2018
from the desk of
Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director, Government & Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles


As AIA|LA prepares for our upcoming third annual “Design For Dignity” housing conference, we’ve become aware of two competitive grant funding opportunities that both aim to scale innovative solutions to advance affordable housing and homeless support services.

Design For Dignity” is scheduled for July 13th and you can register to attend here.

Housing Innovation Challenge

Do you have an idea for an innovative, creative and scalable housing solution that you’d like to see implemented by the County of Los Angeles? As part of the LA County Homeless Initiative, the Housing Innovation Challenge will award a total of $4.5millon in funding to non-profit, for-profit and government organizations. The County is looking for proposals that will deliver housing solutions that offer faster, more cost-effective construction, rehabilitation and creative financing, which results in the production of one or more units of permanent housing for homeless individuals and families.

To be considered, you need to register by September 5th and complete your application by October 2nd, 2018.

On July 13th, at the third annual “Design For Dignity” conference, we will be coordinating several break-out discussions where we can further develop innovative ideas to advance. I welcome you to connect with me directly if you’d like to explore the possibility to partner with AIA|LA on this important initiative.

To read more about the Housing Innovation Challenge, please CLICK HERE.


Last month, United Way LA’s Homes For Good Funders Collaborative launched the LA Homeless Challenge competition, with financial awards offered by the Watt Family Foundation. The Challenge offers a total of $400,000 towards innovative ideas to support and scale service solutions to help end homelessness in Los Angeles County.

Any individual or a team of agencies & individuals can apply – but each team needs to include a member with experienced working on the frontlines of Homelessness here in LA. For a complete set of rules on who is eligible to apply, please CLICK HERE.

You must register to apply by August 21, 2018 with your full application due by September 5, 2018.

To learn more about the LA Homeless Challenge competition, please CLICK HERE.


Architect’s Voice – May Advocacy Update

May has been a busy month for the Government Relations team. The bill to impose the sales tax on services, including architectural services, had its first hearing… and no vote was taken on the bill! Our bill to extend the sunset date on the law that allows architectural, engineering, and land surveying firms to organize as Limited Liability Partnerships passed the State Senate and will have its first hearing in the State Assembly in June. Here are some of the items AIACC Government Relations team worked on in May 2018:

* Sales Tax on Services
* Limited Liability Partnerships
* School Bonds
* Department of Industrial Relations Registration
* Advocacy Network

Read the AIACC Advocacy Update HERE.


AIA Model Harassment Policy

The new Core Member Services require components to comply with AIA's policies on antitrust and sexual harassment. In order to support AIA components in meeting this requirement, we have developed the attached Model Harassment Policy for Components. 

  View the Model Harassment Policy >

Connect Architects with Civic Leaders

The 2018 AIA Public Awareness Campaign focuses on the powerful partnership between architects and civic leaders.

In recent years, the AIA has conducted research with both architects and the public. The research showed there is tremendous respect for the profession of architecture, but the public isn't always aware of what architects do or how their work affects society. The truth is, in partnership with their clients and communities, architects plant the seeds that blossom into stronger communities. That's a story we want to tell.

This year’s campaign, Blueprint for Better, brings to life the role of architects as thought and action leaders in improving our cities, towns and neighborhoods. One of the AIA’s main goals this year is connecting with civic leaders and elected officials. We want architects to have a key seat at the table when important civic decisions are made.

The campaign’s media and public relations efforts include a partnership with innovative outlets like Wired, a continuous presence at the 2018 Conference on Architecture, sponsorships, and events such as Civic I/O at SXSW.

We encourage civic leaders across the country to get in touch with their local AIA chapters. If you hear from your local official, you can help us advance our mission by connecting them to

For more information, please contact:

Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director, Government & Public Affairs
American Institute of Architects/ Los Angeles Chapter
3780 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 701
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(o) (213) 639-0764
Last updated: 14-Jun-2018 05:22 PM
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