COVID-19 Resources

Architects: Rise.

Problem-solving is in your DNA. You build hospitals, community plans, affordable housing – our world – by considering an infinite amount of variables, opinions and interests. Sometimes the project is so large that you collaborate with other firms, navigating complex business relationships to ultimately deliver a better solution. You weather legal threats, natural disasters and financial twists. Now it’s time to apply those skills in a unique and unprecedented way.


The COVID-19 crisis will end. Keep that always in the front of your mind as we roll up our sleeves and get to the work of today.


Like you, we are receiving vast amounts of information that is changing daily. Sorting through and compiling the items that are most useful to you is AIA Middle Tennessee’s priority for the day. Please help us by contributing your ideas and experiences. Email


See all of AIA’s COVID-19 resources for architects.

Quarantine Casual Dress Code

Organizations are building virtual meetings and webinars to provide insight to firm owners. We know you have multiple monitors – use one of them to register, show up and share what you know. This is a good time to run a rendering and hop on your iPad for a minute.

Four part series
AIAU Course, 1 LU > Learn more
Live Course: Economic Impact of COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to great uncertainty at architecture firms. In this series, AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker walks you through the latest developments and economic data and discusses the impact it is having on firms, and how they are responding so far.


Session 1 – Non-Residential Focus – Wednesday, April 1, 2pm CST
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Session 2 – Residential Focus – Wednesday, April 8, 2pm CST

Session 3 – Employment Data Focus – Wednesday, April 15, 2pm CST

Session 4 – Architectural Firm Data Focus – Wednesday, April 22, 2pm CST

Mon., April 6, 2:30pm CT
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Construction Administration during COVID-19 Webinar


As designers, we are constantly creating solutions to work within new constraints. The novel Coronavirus presents new challenges for keeping job sites safe.


Join us Monday, April 6, for an interactive session with AIA Middle Tennessee Board Member David Bailey, AIA. David is a Principal at HASTINGS and will share their COVID-19 site policy in this challenging time. He will discuss policies informed by, and in accordance with, the guidelines, restrictions, and directives issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health officials, and government agencies.


This will be the first of several nano-learning segments ranging from 15-30 minutes long. Participant interaction is encouraged.

Mon., March 30, 2020, 10am CT
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When disaster strikes – How do AIA Contract Documents address COVID-19 issues? > Access the Recording


For the foreseeable future, the design and construction industry may experience considerable disruptions, such as material shortages, construction delays, work stoppages, and projects that are deferred due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Join us for a free webinar as expert presenters explore contract provisions regarding project delays, extensions, suspension and termination, payment, dispute resolution, and insurance.


Attendees will:

  • Learn about Force Majeure, a French term, literally translating to “a superior force” and how the AIA’s various agreements allocate these types of risks, including disruptions, materials shortages, delays, and other issues.
  • Explore the roles and responsibilities of the project team members. Learn the importance of effective contract documents and communication among project members in order to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  • Review A201®️-2017, General Conditions of the Construction Contract and B101™️-2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect to examine standard of care provisions, services, evaluations of the work, and more.
  • Become familiar with other AIA Contract Documents forms, resources, guides, and opportunities for additional learning.


Additional information regarding how AIA contract documents can address project disruptions resulting from Covid-19 are available on the AIA Contract Documents website.

Tues., March 31, 11:30am CT
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Is Your Firm Prepared? Business Continuity Planning for Architects


Floods, cyber-attacks, pandemics, and unexpected staff absences are just a few of the risks that can prevent architecture firms from remaining open and profitable during disaster and disruption. And yet only 22% of firms with 1–19 employees have a Business Continuity Plan.


This exclusive live course will explore the business impacts of common and timely hazard events, review the essentials of business continuity planning, and introduce a new guide that, when implemented, will leave firms with the confidence to weather any storm.


You’ll hear from leading firms how ransomware, hurricanes, the sudden loss of a firm leader-and yes, even COVID19-can impact your employees, clients, projects, and ultimately, your ability to conduct business. They’ll share lessons learned from their own experience and best practices in business continuity planning for the building industry. At the end of the course, you’ll know how to perform a business impact assessment and develop a plan to reduce business disruption for your firm.

COVID-19 ArchMap

The COVID-19 ArchMap provides information on health care facilities—including alternative care facilities—around the globe responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. AIA’s task force developed the map—in partnership with the Kansas University Institute of Health + Wellness Design—to help identify solutions to growing bed surge needs and to support the development of design best practices for alternative care sites that support pandemic response. Architects, designers, engineers and facility owners are asked to contribute current, in progress or completed COVID-19 projects—as well as collaborative initiatives addressing the pandemic—to AIA’s repository. Project information will appear on the COVID-19 ArchMap.

Take Action: Help Your Healthcare Heroes

The AIA Middle Tennessee Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) group is reaching out with a huge ASK! If your firm has a 3D printer, you can join other local architects in powering up that machine to print face masks for our own hometown heroes on the front lines.


Get the files and directions for donating printed pieces.


This article discusses how other architects have teamed up to manufacture face shields to protect hospital workers treating coronavirus patients.

Use Your Influence: It Takes Less Than 30 Seconds

As architects, we are committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public.  The COVID-19 outbreak and the current health crisis strikes at the very core of our mission. In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, members of Congress are debating additional measures to help those affected by this pandemic and to stimulate the economy.


If you would like to help in this outreach, please take a minute to send a letter to your member of Congress urging them to provide additional resources to those affected by the virus and for our frontline responders. Please ask them to include significant investment for 21st Century infrastructure and to provide temporary relief measures for business owners.

Share Your Wisdom:
Architecture Firm Best Practices, Resources & Templates

Communications and Temp Policies in Response to COVID-19


As architects scrambled to adopt policies in a rapidly changing environment due to COVID-19, the team at the Practice of Architecture saw a need to create a living resource to illustrate how firms are responding to keep their practices open, and what we can learn – quickly – from one another as a community.


We are in the process of gathering examples from firms of different sizes to demonstrate various responses in live time to changing operations of architecture firms all over the country. We are particularly focused on case studies that demonstrate communication and policy changes with staff and clients. We will continue to update this document as we receive new information, and will do our best to organize all best practices and templates by firm size.


This living document was started on Monday, March 16 2020 by Practice in Architecture in response to a simple tweet asking firms to share policies that they have already shared with their staff and clients

Apps to Work Remotely

  • Teams

    • Reduces email
    • Organized conversations
    • Document Sharing

  • Slack

    • Reduces Email
    • Adaptable to your team
    • Document Sharing

  • Zoom

    • Video conferencing
    • Ideal for online meetings/calls
    • Small to medium size groups

  • Microsoft 365

    • Easy access to files
    • Shared Drive
    • Online versions of Microsoft Office