AIA TN Legislative Priorities

The AIA Tennessee government relations committee and staff work throughout the year to protect the profession and advocate on behalf of Tennessee architects. AIA TN’s Government Relations Committee holds weekly conference calls to discuss legislation that potential to threaten public safety, the practice of architecture and architects in general. The 111th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 2 and will reconvene on January 14, 2020, at Noon/central.

AIA Tennessee will release a final 2019 legislative-year end report in the coming weeks to membership.

Government Relations Committee Guidelines 
AIA Tennessee represents its members before the Tennessee General Assembly, the Governor/Cabinet, and State Agencies. AIA’s Tennessee’s Government Relations Committee in collaboration with staff and lobbyists, oversees these responsibilities:

AIA Tennessee’s Government Relations Committee, in collaboration with staff and lobbyists, oversees the following:
• Represents AIA Tennessee’s interest at the state legislature and various state agencies
• Reviews and monitors state legislative activities
• Develops positions on legislative matters (Board must approve)
• Plans and implements advocacy and communication strategies
• Informs and engages members on government affairs

AIA Tennessee’s 2019 Legislative Priorities include (listed in no particular order):
1. State’s Built Environment
2. Historic Preservation
3. Economic Development and Growth
4. Building Codes and Zoning Regulation
5. Professional Licensure
6. STEAM Education
7. Safe School Design
8. Architect Selection and Procurement (QBS)

Trey Wheeler, AIA, is the chairman of the Government Relations Committee.  Sign up here if you are interested in serving on the committee.

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Click here for an overview, media coverage and resources.

Additional information about 2019 legislation will be posted in the next few days.

Contact Ashley Cates at to obtain Legislative Year-end Reports from previous legislative sessions.