Government Relations Committee

Curt Wilson, Co-chair

Dick Bryant, Co-chair

John Blumthal

Stan Chesshir

Bill Foster

John Jennings

Mark McKechnie

Bill Seider

Stuart Smith

Cindy Robert, Lobbyist

Central to the mission of AIA Oregon is representing the interests of the architectural profession before the legislature at the state capital Capitol in Salem. Our advocacy goals are twofold. First, AIA Oregon promotes legislation and regulations that benefit the daily practice of architects. Examples include successfully advocating for the selection of architects based on quality vs. fee for public projects statewide, maintaining high standards for our profession, defending our practice from encroachment by others, and protecting our members from unreasonable liabilities and regulations. A second area of advocacy includes promotion of the value of design in solving the social and environmental challenges of our time. Examples include initiating and supporting legislation for sustainable and energy efficient design, working in opposition to recent ballot measures that would weaken Oregon’s nationally respected land-use planning laws, and encouraging laws and regulations that support livable communities and historic preservation. We encourage input and comments and invite participation from members throughout our state.