|What We Do For You!
As the only organization that
represents the interests of architects at state-level
policymaking, AIA Oklahoma is the voice of the
architectural profession in Oklahoma.
AIA Oklahoma would like to thank the following
individuals who made personal contributions to the
Architects’ Political Action Committee (ARCPAC) in 2011
Creative Technologies Consulting
Pardee Construction, LLC
Architecture & Advocacy
Would you like to know who
your local Legislators are or how you can contact them?
this site to find the Legislators that represent
||Architects' Political Action Committee
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behalf of Oklahoma's architects. Click here to make a
AIA Oklahoma — with the strength of almost 800 members — can
have significant influence at the State Capitol when lawmakers
are considering bills that will govern the way architecture is
practiced in Oklahoma. Regulatory issues that affect the
architectural profession are broad and far-reaching, including
issues ranging from licensure and liability to public safety and
To accomplish its advocacy goals, Clayton Taylor serves as
AIA Oklahoma's Government Affairs Coordinator. Because AIA
Oklahoma recognizes that its members face daily challenges
relating to legislative and regulatory issues, AIA Oklahoma is
charged with addressing those concerns in the following ways:
- monitoring and reviewing legislators, regulators, and
- reviewing and tracking bills;
- attending meetings of the Oklahoma Legislature and
relative regulatory agencies;
- monitoring opinions of the State Attorney General;
- monitoring court actions;
- drafting position papers; drafting bills, rules and
amendments to bills/rules;
- testifying before legislative bodies regarding AIA
- coordinating member testimony before legislative and
- coordinating advocacy efforts with allied professional
- creating issue-specific materials to guide AIA members.
Why should architects care
While AIA Oklahoma maintains a regular presence at the State
Capitol, members must recognize that individual architects also
play an important role in protecting the profession from bad
legislation. Elected officials may listen to lobbyists, but they
vote on issues that align with the interests of their
constituents back home. It is important to remember that the
driving force behind any politician is the voice of his or her
district's constituency because those constituents will vote
according to how well they believe their interests are
What's the connection
between advocacy and architecture?
The main connection is that government creates the parameters
in which architects practice. So if the Oklahoma Legislature
receives no message from the architectural profession, laws will
be created that may likely hinder the profession and the
profession will fail to prosper.
With that said, AIA Oklahoma's leadership understands that
architects are the only design professionals who are educated,
trained, and tested in integrating all essential systems that go
into creating the built environment for human use and occupancy.
Unfortunately, however, our elected officials don't always think
along these same lines. Legislators don't necessarily need to
understand the importance of architectural training — that's why
it's AIA Oklahoma's job to know what bills are being considered
and how they are likely to affect the architectural profession.
(Think about it: None of the 101 state representatives or 48
state senators are architects. They need architects to educate
them about the impact bills have on the architectural
How can architects become
There are many ways to become an advocate for the
- Get involved.
- Stay informed of laws that impact
If laws are hindering your practice, let us know.
- Know your legislators.
If you don't know who those people are, go to
for names and contact information. Also, attend town hall
meetings and/or political fundraisers or volunteer on a
- Invest in ARCPAC.
ARCPAC is a voluntary political action committee whose
membership consists of architects. As a political action
committee, ARCPAC complies with all state campaign reporting
laws. The voluntary contributions ARCPAC receives are used
to support candidates for state office who demonstrate their
support for the architectural profession.