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2023 District Days

June 16 @ 8:00 am - August 31 @ 5:00 pm

Advocate in August 

AIA Pennsylvania is looking for your availability to schedule meetings with your elected officials at home in the district throughout August for District Days, our signature advocacy event.

District Days is our annual opportunity to mobilize to introduce and remind lawmakers and their staff of architects’ contributions and expertise, offer AIA Pennsylvania as a resource, and inform them of our position on the issues moving in the legislature that impact both practice and the communities we serve.

Over 50 new legislators, many unfamiliar with architects and our issues, took office in January for the 2023-2024 legislative session. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned advocate, we need you to take a summer break to advocate!


pictured left to right above: Daryn Edwards, AIA; Jeremiah Woodring, AIA; Al Comly, AIA; Rep. Christina Sappey; Stephen Heinz, AIA;  Catherine (Katie) Broh, AIA

Steps for Advocacy Success

Here’s a step-by-step review of the District Days pre-meeting action items that will set you up for success.

1. Identify Your Legislators

Identify your state legislators (Senator and Representative) by inputting your home address in the “Find Your Legislator” feature. You will be asked to identify your legislators at registration.

2. Register with Your Availability 

We encourage you to meet in person in your legislators’ district office or host a “take-your-legislator” to work visit. Register yourself or your office* with your preferences and availability for August by Friday, July 14. 

3. Register for the District Days Primer

We will host a preparatory webinar on Tuesday, July 25, at 11:00 am to cover a step-by-step roadmap for your meetings and get you up to speed on the issues impacting your practice that need your voice. On-demand replay access will be made available to those that cannot attend.

We anticipate the priority issues will be those listed as items 1 – 3.
1 | Statute of Repose
2 | Accessibility Provisions and the Uniform Construction Code
3 | Mandatory Continuing Education
4 | School Construction Funding
5 |  High-Performance Buildings

4. Review the Blueprint

In July, we will distribute a District Days “Blueprint” to participants, covering the issues and additional step-by-step guidance for in-meeting, post-meeting, and some helpful dos and don’ts.

5. Schedule a Pre-Meeting (if applicable)

Hosting your legislator(s) in your office? Do some reconnaissance to determine if your colleagues are constituents and invite them to participate in the visit/meeting. If you are meeting with your legislator in a group or hosting them in your office, schedule a pre-meeting with all participants/colleagues to adapt the blueprint to work for your group and determine who will be responsible for introducing the issues.

*If you are a Principal or Firm Leader, consider hosting your legislator(s) at your office. Legislators are elected to serve you based on your residential address. Suppose your legislator(s)’ territory does not include your firm’s office. In that case, we will look at several factors before extending the invite. A firm visit will allow your legislator to see firsthand how your work impacts clients and communities in their district, throughout the Commonwealth, and beyond.

Register by completing the form below.

  • Get to Know Your Legislator

    Visit http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/ to input your home address to find and get to know your State Senator and State Representative
  • Group leaders will be the designated point of contact for other constituent AIA members, AIA staff and legislative staff in order to facilitate legislator meetings. Group leaders should also have a familiarity with AIA Pennsylvania's issues and/or have participated in Architects Action Day.
  • Select Your Availability to Meet with Your Legislators.

    Please select 3 available dates and times between August 1st and September 20th to schedule two 30 minute meetings with your Senator and Representative.
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  • As part of your District Days participation, the Pennsylvania Architects Political Action Committee (ArchPAC) needs your support!

    The ArchPAC relies on members' voluntary donations to bolster the profession's interests and influence. Less than 3% of the membership has contributed to the ArchPAC this year.

    National benchmarks for associations our size average 20% member participation. Your donation, at any amount, will help us reach our goal of 10% member participation.

    2023 marks the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Pennsylvania Architects PAC. With that, we are suggesting a donation of $23.

    Any contributions or recurring monthly donations of $180.00 or more in 2023 will receive a 20 oz AIA Pennsylvania YETI Tumblr.

    *Contributions to Pennsylvania Architects PAC are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to the Pennsylvania Architects PAC are for political purposes. All contributions to the Pennsylvania Architects PAC are voluntary. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. The proposed contribution amounts are suggestions; you may choose to contribute more or less, or not at all. AIA Pennsylvania will not favor or disadvantage anyone by reason of the amount of their contribution or their decision not to contribute. State law requires political committees to report the name, address, occupation and name of employer for each individual whose contributions aggregate in excess of $250 in a calendar year.


June 16 @ 8:00 am
August 31 @ 5:00 pm
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AIA Pennsylvania