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History of Codes and Regulations

8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Advocacy News
Featured speaker:
John Nunnari, Executive Director of AIA/MA

This is a brief report on state code and regulatory activities including the status of pending legislation and Building Code / regulatory changes of interest to Owners, Developers, Architects, and Engineers.

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Presentation
History of Codes, Regulation and Other Stuff
Guest speaker:
Lawrence Schwirian AIA

Longtime committee member, Larry Schwirian, has studied codes and their development for many years. For today’s meeting, Larry will discuss how building codes facilitated the evolution of an urbanized world and its attempts to improve and control how buildings respond to man-made and natural catastrophes.

Larry will discuss the beginning of modern codes and regulations, following a timeline of advancements and innovations in technology that affect the current design and construction practices of architects, engineers and builders. The multi-slide presentation is divided into three periods: Hammurabi to 1870, the 1871 Chicago Fire to 1960, and 1961 to current day.

As a complement to the presentation our speaker will provide a PDF to all attendees who request it.

This meeting may also be attended via video-conferencing – but CEs are through self-reporting. To join remotely, go to, run Zoom Launcher, and use Meeting ID: 473-355-5948

1.5 LU/HSW AIA credits are available.

To learn more about the Codes Committee, visit

The co-chairs of the BSA Codes Committee are:

Tarica Leskiw AIA, CBT Architects, [email protected]
Andrew Kollar AIA, Fused Studios [email protected]
Drake Jacobs AIA, Group One Partners [email protected]