A Message to AIA Austin and Austin Foundation for Architecture Members and Friends Regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

Updated April 4, 2020 5:02 PM


Dear AIA Austin Members and Allied Members,

If you are a small firm with hardships from the COVID-19 crisis, I encourage you to apply for an SBA Disaster Loan as quickly as you can. Information is here from Architectural Record as to how it can help architecture firms. If you have questions please send me an email, as there are some firms who have applied and can provide guidance.

Regarding construction in Austin, all construction is now considered an Essential Service. Supplemental Guidance from the City of Austin on the Governor's Executive Order regarding construction in Austin is here.

We appreciate the difficulty of this situation. We know Mayor Adler and Judge Eckhardt have the very best intentions for the safety of Austinites. I will continue to post here as the situation evolves.



City of Austin Supplemental Guidance on Construction 4_2_2020

Allensworth & Porter Analysis 4_2_2020

Mayor Adler's latest address, including information about current construction rules 4_1_2020

NAHB Construction Jobsite Safety Recommendation 4_1_2020

Update: Allensworth & Porter Analysis of Governor Executive Order 3_31_2020

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Executive Order 3_31_2020

Latest Analysis of City of Austin Orders for Construction from Allensworth & Porter 3_31_2020

FAQs from Allensworth & Porter 3_30_2020

City of Austin Administrative Process to Approve or Deny Construction 3_30_2020

City of Austin Construction Exemption Information 3_30_2020

City of Austin Guidance for Construction 3_30_2020

Travis County Guidance FAQ for Construction 3_31_2020

Travis County Guidance Document for Construction Orders 3_30_2020

Travis County Coronavirus Information 3_30_2020

CISA updates on Critical Infrastructure 3_28_2020


Allensworth & Porter Analysis 3_26_2020

Coalition Letter to Mayor Adler and Judge Eckhardt: Keep Austin Building 3_25_2020

Allensworth & Porter Assessment of Austin Guidance Document 3_24_2020

City of Austin Guidance Document to the AEC Industry 3_24_2020

Austin Stay Home Work Safe Order 3_24_2020


Ingrid Spencer
Executive Director
AIA Austin and Austin Foundation for Architecture


To read what other firms are sending out and to share your firm's documents, use our shared COVID-19 Firm Resources folder.





Travis County Resources and Information

COVID-19 City of Austin Resources for Architects The Development Services Department COVID-19 page. Of note: Austin Energy and Austin Water walk-ins are suspended through April 1; most DSD services and submissions are available through email.

COVID-19 Austin Chamber Resources for Small Businesses

Texas Society of Architects COVID-19 Resources

City of Austin COVID-19 Info Page includes information for individuals and businesses, including telehealth options (under the 'You and Your Family' tab) and current business restrictions and advice (under 'Businesses')



AIA State COVID-19 Executive Order Exemptions

AIA State Disaster Recovery 3_31_2020

Architect Standard of Care Relative to Site Visits during the COVID-19 Pandemic

AIA Summary of CARES Act for Architecture Firms and Employees

COVID-19 Resources from AIA National General resources and best practice advice on financial planning, telework, etc.

AIA Architect: How Firms are Responding to COVID-19 Interviews with principals around the country on how they are adapting to public health distancing practices.

Small Business Administration loans for small businesses hit by COVID-19



Architectural Record article How will the COVID-19 Relief Package Affect Architects 4_3_2020

AEI National Coronavirus Response

Andy Slavitt Podcast

Article from Mass Design Group about Designing Spaces for Infection Control

Article about Social Distancing from Washington Post A widely shared, easy-to-understand explainer on "flattening the curve."

For information from the World Health Organization on how COVID-19 spreads and how to prevent it, please go here. Current information can be found here.