2018 Day on the Hill

“Just because you don’t take an interest in politics, doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” — Pericles


Join architects across the state to understand how laws are made in Tennessee, discuss with our legislators important issues affecting the practice of architecture and most importantly represent the Profession on Tennessee’s Capitol Hill!  New this year, we are having a joint legislative reception with Engineers and Contractors. The combined event will present a unified front to legislators relative to the development of legislation important to the design & construction industry in Tennessee.­

We also encourage you to bring an Emerging Professional for them to learn the legislative process – we have a special rate just for Associates and EPs licensed less than two years.

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Please allow time to park, walk over to the Cordell Hull Building located at 425 5th Ave. North, Nashville, TN (see map below), go through security and to take the elevators up to the 8th floor. *AIA Staff will be there to greet you when you get off the 8th floor. Be sure to bring a government-issued I.D. and be prepared to go through security as you would at the airport.


Tentative Schedule of Events – March 6, 2018

10 AM – Noon (Central) – Day starts on the 8th Floor Conference Room of the Cordell Hull Building

  • Welcome – Bea Thompson, AIA – President
  • Office of the State Architect – 2018 Update
  • The Highlights, Challenges and Opportunities of Cordell Hull – Exclusive Presentation by Centric Architecture
  • Senator Bo Watson (R-Hamilton County)
  • Lobbying 101 – How to meet with a legislator
  • Legislative Briefing / Q&A

Noon – Legislative Visits

Learn your State Representative and State Senator by visiting the AIA Advocacy Center – you will need to make an appointment to visit with them on March 6!  It’s ever too late to make an appointment!

2:50 PM – 5 PM – Tour of the TN State Museum Project – as of Feb. 28 the tour is full. (if you register onsite, you can put your name on the wait list)

  • 2:50 pm Meet on the corner of Gay Street and 5th Ave (outside the Cordell Hull building) – we will walk to the site.
  • 3 – 5 pm Tour of TN State Museum
  • Please note: Participants MUST have closed toe shoes (boots preferred) and bring your own hard hat, safety vest and safety goggles. Prescription glasses are allowed to be used if they have safety lenses (only). You will be asked to sign a waiver in order to participate on the tour.

5:30 – 7:30 pm – NEW THIS YEAR! Architects + Engineers + Contractors Legislative Reception at the Musicians Hall of Fame (directly across the street from Cordell Hull) located at 401 Gay St, Nashville, TN 37201.

In an election year, when activities in the Tennessee state legislature will be more concentrated and receive more attention from various constituencies, it is important for the design & construction industry in our state to make certain our collective voice is heard. To facilitate that process, AIA Tennessee is holding a new coordinated reception with ACEC of Tennessee (engineers), AGC of Tennessee and ABC of Tennessee (contractors). The combined effort will present a unified front to legislators relative to the development of legislation important to the design & construction industry in Tennessee.

Online Legislative Briefing – Friday, March 2

AIA TN will hold an online legislative briefing to discuss any “Late Breaking” news, Day on the Hill Agenda and Legislative Issues on Friday, March 2 at 9:30am/central (10:30am/eastern). We will send out instructions to Day on the Hill attendees prior to the briefing.

Please be sure to ACT when you receive a Call to Action from us on legislation! It’s imperative that our legislators hear from their constituents on issues that are important to the Profession.

Join our AAP (Architects Advocating for the Profession) Program! It doesn’t take much of your time, but can have a HUGE impact on YOUR profession. 


Contact our office at 615.255.3860 or email ashley@aiatn.org.

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