AIA Austin directs ongoing advocacy efforts with the general community on the value of design and the work of architects. AIA Austin actively promotes and leverages the expertise of its members to influence and shape the designed environment, as well as policies and legislation affecting that environment. AIA Austin Board of Directors established the President’s Board Advocacy Committee in 2009 to focus specifically on efforts to best address both internal and external advocacy efforts. The President’s Board Advocacy Committee meets monthly to assist Chapter leadership, AIA committees, and our membership in coordinating consistent and systematic efforts to promote the expertise of our membership and identify audiences, venues, and mediums to communicate and advance the values of our organization. If a member has an issue they would like the AIA Austin Advocacy Commission to address, please see this diagram and contact AIA Austin.

2021 President - Stephi Motal, AIA
Commissioner - David Carroll, AIA

Land Development Code Liaisons - David Carroll, AIA; Blair McKay, AIA
Commercial Liaisons - Terry Newton, AIA, Chair; Chi Lee, AIA, Chair-Elect
Residential Liaisons - Bhavani Singal, AIA, Chair; Kim Power, AIA, Chair-Elect
Urban Design Committee - Meghan Scornia, Chair; Julio Carillo, Chair-Elect
Committee on The Environment - Kendall Claus, AIA, Chair; Ashley Gryzwa, AIA, Chair-Elect; Miguel Walker, Past Chair
Executive Director - Ingrid Spencer

For more information regarding current issues select one of the following categories.

Have an issue that you would like to have our Advocacy team address? View the structure of our advocacy efforts here. View the AIA's Citizen Architect Handbook here.

Recent letters from AIA Austin:


AIA Austin Letter Regarding Urban Design Principles for I-35

AIA Austin Letter Regarding Build More Housing by Transit Act

AIA Austin Letter to Mayor Adler Recommending Building and Construction Permit Extensions


AIA Austin Urban Design Letter with Recommendations for Downtown Recovery from COVID-19

AIA Austin Letter of Support for Historic Design Standards

AIA Austin Letter of Support for Austin Climate Equity Plan

AIA Austin Letter to Members Endorsing Propositions A and B


AIA Austin Letter to City of Austin Development Services Dept. regarding residential permitting privacy

AIA Austin Letter to Mayor and Council Regarding Convention Center Expansion

AIA Austin Letter to Mayor and Council Regarding LDC Code Rewrite: Transition Zone Mapping

AIA Austin Letter to Mayor and Council Regarding Land Development Code Rewrite


AIA Austin Letter Regarding Immigrant Detention Centers


AIA Austin Mueller Tower


AIA Austin Big Jump

AIA Austin I35 Transformation

AIA Austin SCW APA Award

AIA Austin IRC

AIA Austin Every Place Counts


AIA Austin/Coalition Lobbying Resolution


Interested in how downtown Austin came out of recession in the early 90's? Check out this video created by AIA National about Austin's Regional Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT)

Watch a video here created by our Advocacy Commission and KUT.


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