Architects Praise Passage of Design Build Reform in Defense Authorization Bill

Design Build Reform Means Better Opportunities for Small Business, More Value for Taxpayers    

Washington, D.C. – December 15, 2014 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today praised Congressional passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

The language reforms military procurement rules so that leading edge design and construction firms can deliver projects that are safe, productive and sustainable – without fear of losing money in the process. The bill now goes to President Obama for his expected signature. 

Please attribute the following statement to AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA:

“This legislation provides more certainty and opportunities for design firms of all sizes who wish to enter the federal marketplace. It will ensure that military agencies have the ability to select the most qualified design-build teams who will deliver the best buildings for agencies and taxpayers. 

“We would like to express our thanks again to members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who worked to advance this important legislation.

“And we all owe a deep debt of gratitude to the AIA members who made our views on Design Build Reform known with their Congressional delegations. It shows what the AIA can accomplish on any issue as long as we speak with a strong, unified voice.”

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit


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