AIA NY State: Clarification from NYS Governor's Office on the Role of Architects per executive order

Thank you AIA New York State for the update.

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During these challenging times, AIA New York State is actively collecting useful information to share with our members. We plan to send out email blasts every Tuesday and Friday unless the information provided is time sensitive. Let's use this time to demonstrate the strength of our community in helping one another along with our greater communities throughout New York State.

Part 1 | Clarification of Executive Order 202.6 – Construction

AIA New York State has received clarification from the NYS Governor’s Office as it relates to the role of architects under essential services.

From Executive Order 202.6

9. Construction

· skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers

· other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes.

No Part of the Guidance Document has Changed

AIA New York State has received clarification from the NYS Governor’s Office that whatever architects do in support of construction is essential, and they should all be employing physical distancing techniques and telecommuting to greatest extent possible.

Once again, no part of the Guidance document that defines essential projects has changed as of now, but this does clarify that the role architects play in the design and construction process is essential to the designated essential projects. A link to the full document is found below. Please review for the current listing of essential projects.

We all have to make smart decisions about protecting our staff and educating our clients on how we can meet our contractual obligations while working remotely.

While this clarification is helpful for essential project work, the health and safety of all members of the profession, their firm employees and our AIANYS staff is still paramount.

AIA New York State strongly recommends the adoption of Governor Cuomo’s recommendations and requirements on social distancing and working remotely.

Note: This communication is the best effort of AIA New York State to interpret the government’s current directives; you are encouraged to review ongoing directives being issued by the State of New York via the official website at

Part II | COVID-19 Guidance for NYS OGS D&C Contractors and Consultants

As distributed by OGS on 3/21/20

The New York State Office of General Services Design and Construction Group (”OGS D&C”) has received multiple requests from the construction industry seeking confirmation that contractors, consultants, construction management services and material suppliers are considered exempt from reduction in workforce requirements outlined in Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202, as amended. The Executive Order provides that essential businesses and services not subject to the in-person restrictions include construction transportation infrastructure including vendors that provide essential services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government.

OGS D&C is continuing implementation of its capital program as an essential government function and will continue to bid and construct projects. The companies awarded such contracts including subcontractors, suppliers, vendors and specialty firms are all exempt for work to support the capital program. This includes professional services required to support these functions.


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