AIA Kentucky
April 3, 2015

AIA Kentucky was center stage at the AIA Grassroots Leadership & Legislative Conference in Washington, DC last month. Our chapter was recognized as a recipient of the Member Service Alignment Grant announced last November, and was showcased "on the big screen" at one of the general sessions for their visit with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Despite a snowstorm that shut down government offices, our undeterred members also met with staff in the offices of Sen. Rand Paul and Cong. Thomas Massie.

Several other Congressional meetings were cancelled and we are working on rescheduling meetings in their Kentucky offices when Members of Congress are back in the state.
In This Issue
2015 AIA KY Officers
Charles C. Cash, AIA
Jeffrey C. Stivers, AIA
Randall C. Vaughn, AIA
John C. Robertson, AIA
Joseph T. Schwab, AIA
Past President

AIA Benefit of the Month: Annual Report

A look back at all the AIA accomplished in 2014, from looking up and transforming digitally to launching AIAU and hiring the Institute's first Chief of Staff. 

AIA Ohio Valley Region
Oct. 11-13, 2015
Columbus, OH
Year of the Advocate

What does it mean to be an advocate? The AIA has declared 2015 to be the Year of the Advocate, which means the Institute will be focusing its efforts on what advocacy means to AIA Members and how to make an impact in your state and community. Embrace the Year of the Advocate & get the tools you need to make a difference: contact your legislator, donate to ArchiPAC, and access best practices & toolkits at Advocacy365.
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2015 Legislative Day
State Sen. Chris McDaniel talks with AIA KY Legislative Chair Eric Steva AIA.

KSA-PAC Chair Tony Kleyer AIA talks with Shane Lyle AIA and Steve Eggers AIA.

Foreground: Tom Lett AIA and KSA-PAC Treasurer Daniel Ware AIA.  Background: Rex Cecil AIA and Jimmy Piper AIA.

2015 Grassroots Conference

Melinda Joseph-Dezarn AIA, Jean-Paul Grivas AIA, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Jeff Stivers AIA and Randall Vaughn AIA visit the Senate Majority Leader's office.

Ray Mack AIA and Marty Merkel AIA talk with a colleague from Indiana at the AIA Ohio Valley Region Dinner.

Charles Cash AIA enjoys time with colleagues from Ohio at the OVR Dinner.

AIA state and local leaders Roland Mueller AIA, Ray Mack AIA, Randall Vaughn AIA, Jean-Paul Grivas AIA, Marty Merkel AIA and Portia Shields, AIA convene at Grassroots.

"Like" AIA Kentucky on Facebook!

AIA Kentucky is excited to announce the launch of your organization's new Facebook page! Please take a moment to visit  and 'Like' this page in order to take advantage of the opportunities for awareness and collaboration that this platform will provide.


Following AIA Kentucky on Facebook will allow you to stay more informed about current activity in the industry and to easily share this information with your friends and colleagues. In addition, it provides an opportunity for collaboration, where you can offer feedback and engage in conversation with other members of Kentucky's architectural community.


Beyond providing information for our members, we are seeking input from our members. To begin, AIA Kentucky would like to call attention to the national organization's  I Look Up campaign, which is intended to increase public awareness of architects and their contributions to society. 'I Look Up' recognizes that architects draw inspiration from numerous aspects of the environment around them- from history, nature, art, etc. AIA Kentucky wants to know what inspires YOU. We are encouraging our members to send us images - whether they are photographs, sketches, or doodles - of the forms that inspire you so that we can share them on our page and celebrate the creative process. We can't wait to hear from you! 

"NCARB & You" Workshop April 9 in Lex  

AIA Kentucky is co-hosting an NCARB outreach program, "NCARB & You: IDP, ARE, & Certification" on Thursday, April 9, 2015, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at RossTarrant Architects, 101 Old Lafayette Avenue in Lexington. The program is presented by NCARB Outreach Manager of Education + Internship Kimberly Tuttle, AIA, and is approved for AIA/CE approval for 1.5 LU. Students, interns, and architects (including IDP supervisors and mentors) are encouraged to attend.  View program details and register here.

AIA KY CE Workshop - April 16 - 5 LU HSW 

AIA Kentucky and AIA Indiana will co-host a continuing education workshop on April 16, 2015 in conjunction with the Kentucky Building Materials Association conference at Belterra Casino and Resort in Florence, IN.  "Materials & Methods From the Ground Up" features five one-hour sessions covering subfloors, air/water/moisture management, mortarless stone veneer, aluminum fenestration coating options and synthetic slate roof tiles. The program has been submitted for AIA/CE approval for 5 LU HSW.

Registration will also include the KBMA Luncheon with Medal of Honor winner Sgt. Dakota Meyer as featured speaker, and the KBMA Expo and cocktail reception to close the day. AIA KY members are also invited to participate in a Certainteed plant tour and golf outing the following day. 

View program details and register here

Save the Dates: Energy Code Workshops 

AIA Kentucky has once again teamed with the Code Administrators Association of Kentucky and the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction to host our annual Code Workshop series in June.  This year's topic is the 2012 International Energy Code, which Kentucky adopted effective last October with Kentucky amendments. Arrangements are still being finalized, so registration is not yet open.  However, the dates and locations are confirmed as follows:

  • Monday, June 15 - Northern Kentucky
  • Tuesday, June 16 - Versailles
  • Wednesday, June 17 - Owensboro
  • Thursday, June 18 - Louisville

All AIA Kentucky members will receive an invitation email from our registration system when registration opens in mid-April. We cannot accept registrations until that time.  

AIA Committee to Review 2015 IBC & IRC  
The Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction (HBC) has advised that it is in the beginning stages of evaluation of the 2015 IBC and 2015 IRC as approved by the HBC Board.  This will include a comprehensive study of the two codes as well as writing code changes and justifications for the Kentucky amendments to submit to the Board for review.  David Carter, AIA will once again chair an ad hoc committee for AIA Kentucky that will review the new code, recommend changes, and evaluate proposed amendments as they are developed.  Anyone wishing to participate on that committee, please contact Janet Pike.
2015 Ohio Valley Region Convention News 

AIA Kentucky, AIA Indiana and AIA Ohio, together with AIA Columbus invite you to save the dates for the 2015 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention taking place Oct. 11-13, 2015, at the Hilton Downtown in Columbus, Ohio. This Regional Convention will run from Sunday through Tuesday, with featured keynote speakers, a large exhibit
hall, and networking events. More information will be forthcoming. Plan now to join us in Columbus!


CLICK HERECall for Presentations - 2015 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention - Deadline Extended - Due April 5, 2015!  Share your expertise with your peers! 

CLICK HERE - AIA Ohio Valley Region 2015 Convention Exhibitor Opportunities


 Check out the Confirmed Keynote Speakers:  
Plan to join us in Columbus October 11-13, 2015. 
Reminder: Renew Membership/Update Info 
The 2015 AIA Kentucky Membership Directory and Firm Profile will begin production in April. We need your help to make sure the information included is correct.  An email survey has been sent to you by Janet Pike requesting that you review and update your individual  contact information. This will only require a quick review, so please take a few moments TODAY to respond.

In order to insure you are included, your membership needs to be active on April 9, when we pull the files to send to the publisher.  If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2015, please do so right away. Verify renewal status or request 2015 renewal invoice.

It is also important that Kentucky firms keep their information on the AIA Architect Finder searchable database up to date.  We will pull the file for firm data on April 9 as well, so please take a minute to ensure that your Firm's information is correct and complete.  Only firms whose supplemental dues obligation for 2015 has been met will be included in the directory.

If you have questions about supplemental dues or if you are experiencing a situation that impacts your ability to renew, please contact Janet Pike.


Member News

East Kentucky Chapter President Roland Mueller, AIA got some great on-air exposure talking about AIA and architecture during EKC's night working the KET Telefund on March 10th. Click here to see his interview with KET personality Bill Goodman.


Congratulations to the following AIA Members  recognized by the UK College of Design at its annual Celebrating Excellence Awards Dinner last month:    

  • Gregory Luhan, AIA - Dean's Award for Excellence
  • Gary Rohrbacher, AIA - Faculty Excellence 
  • EOP Architects - Friend of the College


Pohl Rosa Pohl is a finalist in a worldwide design competition for its work on the new Helix Garage facade on Lexington's Main Street. The Architizer A+Awards honor architecture and design in a variety of categories, judged by a jury of architects, designers, developers and others. A popular vote category is also open through April 3 (Vote Here). Winners will be announced April 14. The Helix Garage will compete against parking structures built in places from Boston and Detroit to Slovenia. 


John C. Gilbert, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP has joined G. Scott & Associates, Architects PLC in Frankfort.

John has 14 years' experience in school design, teaching, and project management. 


Welcome New Members: (since March 1, 2015)
  • Tyler R. Watkins, Assoc. AIA, Work Architecture+Design, Newport
  • William Tyler Whitehead, AIA, Insulated Roofing Contractors, Louisville (transfer from IN)
  • Allied Benefactor:
    •  Thermal Equipment Company
  • Allied Friends:
    • Gate Precast Company
    • RAN Sales Associates
    • PPG Paints

Send your news for inclusion in the next e-newsletter!

Calendar of Events
AIA Kentucky and the local AIA chapters are now utilizing a shared online design calendar called Design Ffunnel, which is also available for use by other design organizations in Kentucky. We'll post information about conferences, chapter events and other "happenings" of interest to the architectural community. A sampling of upcoming items to check out on the calendar:

View the latest edition of the AIA Central KY Chapter E-News with information about the following programs and events:
  • April CEU Program: CaptiveAire, Inc. Presentation
  • ARE Study Group: 'Programming, Planning & Practice
  • May Program: Pivotek Presentation hosted by Messer Construction
  • "Historic Houses of Louisville" Series Continues
  • Upcoming Events
View the latest edition of the AIA East Kentucky E-News with information about the following:
  • What's Happening
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Good News
  • Upcoming Events
For information on AIA/EKC events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow us on Facebook.

April 14 - Tour of City of Cincinnati new Streetcar Maintenance and Operation Facility (MOF), 5:30 to 7 p.m., Meet at intersection of Race St & Henry Street, Cincinnati (along Race Street, 1900 block, in Cincinnati's historic Over-the-Rhine district). David N. Kirk AIA of DNK Architects will lead a tour of the facility which they designed for the City of Cincinnati's new Streetcar Operations. The streetcar system itself, which will operate 18 hours a day and 365 days a year, is scheduled to begin operations in spring 2016. Click here for more MOF project background.   

UK CoD News

UK AIAS Hosts Quad Conference April 10-11

The UK AIAS Chapter hosts the AIAS Midwest Quad Conference in Lexington, April 10-11.  Fabricate2015 will feature intensive day-long workshops of small studios that will allow participants to create collaborative projects with dedicated designers from across the Midwest. 


The AIA Kentucky Board of Directors has authorized a $2,000 donation to AIAS in support of the conference, and several events are open to AIA members who may wish to participate:

  • Friday April 10, 7:00 p.m. - Keynote Lecture from Nader Tehrani of NADAAA
  • Friday April 10, 9:30 p.m. - Bar Hop in downtown Lexington
  • Saturday April 11, 5:15 p.m. - Panel Discussion with workshop instructors
  • Saturday April 11, 6:00 p.m. - Gallery/Reception

Click here for a full schedule of Fabricate2015 events. 


Beaux Arts Ball Set for April 11

The Beaux Arts Ball will be held Saturday, April 11 at the Pepper Warehouse, 1200 Manchester St., Lexington.  Click here for info and tickets.  


UK CoD End of Year Show Set for May 8

The College of Design will hold its sixth annual End of Year Student Show on May 8. This year's show features student work that displays the innovative research, design and partnerships taking place at the CoD through the work of the most noteworthy studios. Studios presented in the show are revolutionizing design solutions for problems experienced on a global level and within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The exhibition will be held at Pence Hall. Reception for graduating students and their families will be held from 6-7 p.m. General reception will be held from 7-9 p.m.

AIA National News
Future of Architecture Residental Design Contest & Showcase - Deadline to Enter & Vote: April 7, 2015
Working with strategic partner Houzz, AIA is helping new or emerging architects and architecture students showcase their best work. If that describes you or someone you know, then submit your most interesting design projects and ideas today in the  Future of Architecture Residential Design Contest & Showcase. Over $25,000 in prizes will be awarded to multiple winners.

Beyond this innovative contest, AIA's partnership with Houzz offers members practicing residential design a proven way to connect architects and design professionals to millions of homeowners who are actively building and remodeling. AIA Kentucky members interested in a presence on Houzz, read more here

AIA Knowledge Communities - Your Resource! 

AIA Knowledge Communities are a great way for members to access their peers and AIA learning opportunities. Here's a sampling of what's coming up: 

A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at


AIA Convention 2015 - Registration Is Open!

Registration is now open for AIA Convention 2015, one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S.  This year's schedule is incredible: President Bill Clinton's day one keynote address. 300+ career-changing workshops, seminars, tours, and events led by visionaries, grassroots champions, change agents, and rising stars. A dynamic expo floor turned into a temporary built environment with hundreds of exhibitors, first looks, and surprises. See what AIA Convention 2015 is all about.  


Volunteer & Earn Free Registration!

Interested AIA members are encouraged to sign up for volunteer opportunities at the AIA Convention 2015 in Atlanta, May 14-16. Members who commit to at least four (4) time slots will receive full complimentary registration to the Convention. Sign up here.  
Nominations Accepted through April 17 for KHC Historic Preservation Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 37th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards, a signature springtime event presented in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council. The ceremony takes place each May at the Kentucky Governor's Mansion during National Historic Preservation Month. The statewide awards recognize excellence in the preservation of Kentucky's historic buildings and cultural resources, including archaeological sites. Contributions can be for investment in rehabilitation, advocacy and education, creating partnerships, nonprofit leadership, volunteerism, public involvement, or a lifelong commitment or significant achievement. They are given in three categories: Preservation Project; Service to Preservation; and the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Award.  


All nominations must be received in the KHC office or postmarked by Friday, April 17. At right, find guidelines, nomination form, submittal instructions and more about previous recipients.   Nominations may be submitted via email; by fax to 502-564-5820; or via mail or in person to the Kentucky Heritage Council office, 300 Washington Street, Frankfort, 40601. Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of judges representing various agencies and nonprofit organizations, including the KHC and members of the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation. Click here for more info


The Last Word

Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President