APRIL 23, 2020

This week has come with some good news and many are beginning to glimpse a light at the end of the tunnel. States are sharing their readiness benchmarks, and many businesses are beginning to develop their own phased plans for reopening. This week's issue includes some resources to help as you continue to navigate both your current situation and your possible next steps.

And check our web calendar and AIAU for free educational opportunities, such as:
  • Our June Code Workshops are going virtual! Stay tuned for registration info to come by the first week of May.

FREE Access the journal of Technology I Architecture + Design (TAD)
Due to the pandemic, the journal of  Technology | Architecture and Design (TAD)  is free and open until August 1, 2020.  This issue has many papers that should be of interest to practitioners including an essay challenging the research/practice divide, reviews of California Energy regulations and the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, an essay on mass-timber performance-based codes, and a paper about how questions that arose in practice and were researched through academic partnerships contributed to Helsinki's new public library. There is also an analysis of Guastavino specifications and a paper describing a project for neurodiverse students. Finally, in the COVID-19 period, there is much discussion of robotic construction - this issue has an essay by the founder of a layout automation startup and a paper by an interdisciplinary team considering  a utomation and the future of equitable work.
Typically only 2 papers are open per issue to non-subscribers - take advantage of the opportunity to read this journal!


Did you know that Kentucky businesses saw a success rate nearly 10 points better than the national average in landing PPP loans? We have been delighted to hear many of you reporting that your firm is among those who received this support and, if you haven't yet, there is still hope!

Congress is discussing the next COVID-19 relief measure right now, including additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Loan Disaster Program. Join AIA's efforts and tell Congress to act now. We believe this bill will pass in the next few days and new funds will go quickly. Firms should apply for PPP loans immediately.

As we being looking forward to a phased reopening of our business and communities, AIA Kentucky sent a third letter to Governor Beshear's administration, asking that they consider appointing an AIA member to the state's recovery task force. We're also collecting and sharing resources such as:
  • Prometric centers will resume testing operations in their U.S. locations on May 1, 2020, if they can do so in compliance with local directives and regulations. Click here to learn about the processes and safeguards that will be put in place and visit the NCARB blog for tip on managing AXP during COVID-19.


We hope that these updates are a helpful way for you to stay connected and informed during these times and, if there are other steps that we can be taking to support you, we hope that you will let us know We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you continue to stay safe and healthy!

Kelly E. Ives, AIA
AIA Kentucky Executive Director