AIA|LA Executive Committee Project and Policy Review Guidelines

Last Updated: February 17, 2011

In order to promote effective dialogue on design and planning issues in the Los Angeles metropolitan region and to promote values that help make Los Angeles a better place to live for everyone, AIA Los Angeles has established the AIA|LA Executive Committee Project and Policy Review Guidelines:

Project Review Guidelines

The Executive Committee is authorized by the AIA Los Angeles Board of Directors to review and formulate the Chapter's viewpoints on projects in the Los Angeles metropolitan region.

Any Chapter member can request that the Executive Committee provide input on a specific project; however, the decision to review, and the action of taking a position on a project is at the discretion of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee may exercise such discretion when it deems a project will:

  1. Improve the quality of the built environment
  2. Improve the historical, cultural and/or future qualities of the Los Angeles metropolitan region

The Executive Committee will venture to execute their project review and project position in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Reviews to take place with the project's visual representations
  • Executive Committee members who have reason to benefit from the AIA|LA's point of view shall make that conflict of interest known and recuse themselves from deliberation.
  • After review and input from the majority of the Executive Committee, the President, Vice President/ President-elect and Executive Director will make a final decision on the wording of a Position Statement.
  • Input from the Board, relevant Chapter committees, Chapter staff and other AIA components shall be sought when appropriate.
  • Positions should be constructive and informative but not aim to avoid controversy.
  • Positions must expand beyond the issues of aesthetic quality to at a minimum, speak to those qualities that rendered the decision to review the project in the first place (see 1 and 2 above).
  • Positions not requiring in-person presentations to be rendered within a one-week turn-around.

Policy Review Guidelines

The Executive Committee is authorized by the AIA Los Angeles Board of Directors to review and formulate the Chapter's viewpoints on public policy or initiatives that have an impact on the Los Angeles metropolitan region.

Any Chapter member can request that the Executive Committee provide input on current or future public policy or initiatives; however, the decision to review, and the action of taking a position, is at the discretion of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee may exercise such discretion when it deems public policy or a specific initiative will:

  1. Improve the quality of the built environment or the quality of life of its inhabitants
  2. Improve the historical, cultural, environmental, social, economic and/or future qualities of the Los Angeles metropolitan region

The Executive Committee will venture to execute their review and position in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Reviews shall take place with historical backup of proposed policy or initiative, if currently in the public realm. If not currently in the public realm, reviews shall take place with description of the proposed work necessary to raise awareness of an issue. Policy position statements may be written by any member of the AIA Los Angeles Chapter, or, if written by a non-member, be presented by a member of the Board or Staff of the AIA Los Angeles Chapter.
  • Executive Committee members who have reason to benefit from the AIA|LA's point of view shall make that conflict of interest known and recuse themselves from deliberation.
  • After review and input from the majority of the Executive Committee, the President, Vice President/ President-elect and Executive Director will make a final decision on the wording of a Position Statement.
  • Input from the Board, relevant Chapter committees, Chapter staff and other AIA components shall be sought when appropriate.
  • Positions should be constructive and informative, but not aim to avoid controversy.
  • Positions must speak to those qualities that rendered the decision to review the project in the first place (see 1 and 2 above).
  • Positions not requiring in-person presentations to be rendered within a one-week turn-around.

Additionally, when the Executive Committee endorses certain broadly-scoped policies, they enable the Executive Director the ability to adapt those broader policies to narrower frameworks that advance the same initiatives.

For more information, please contact:

Will Wright
Director, Government & Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles
Tel: (213) 639-0777
Email: Will Wright.

Last updated: 12-Dec-2012 07:15 AM
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