AIA Kentucky
May 5, 2015

Twenty AIA leaders met April 16-17 in Louisville to develop a three-year Strategic Plan, which will serve as a guidepost for AIA Kentucky and the local chapters as we continue to align our programs and initiatives to better serve our Members. A succinct new Mission Statement and Vision Statement were both created and will be adopted by the AIA Kentucky Board of Directors at its next meeting in June:

Mission:  Advancing the profession of architecture

Vision:  Inspiring leadership through the creation of quality places and spaces.

Goals: Five Goals were identified as core competencies:  areas in which the Board is committed to allocating sufficient resources:
  • Member Value- Delivering value and uniting the profession.   
  • Career Development- Providing continuing education, resources and career-long value.
  • Credible Voice- Advancing and protecting the profession through political influence.
  • Community Engagement- Improving public awareness through community engagement.
  • AIA Resource Management - Advancing the strategic plan through collaboration of state and chapters.
Champions have been identified for each Goal, and progress toward plan goals will be reviewed by the Board of Directors at each meeting.  
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 Kentucky
Strategic Planning Retreat

April 16-17, 2015
AIA Kentucky Lobbyist Greg Brotzge talks with Past President Joe Schwab AIA and KSAPAC Chairman Tony Kleyer AIA.

AIA Kentucky Treasurer Randall Vaughn AIA (center) talks with EKC President-elect Melinda Joseph-Dezarn, AIA and EKC President Roland Mueller AIA.

AIA Kentucky President-elect Jeff Stivers AIA talks with Greg Brotzge.

Planning discussions continued over dinner....

...and during breaks.

Facilitator Bob Harris led AIA Kentucky and local chapter leaders in crafting a 3-year Strategic Plan. Our THANKS go out to our friends at The Underwriter's Group in Louisville for hosting us at their headquarters.

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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.
Quick Links
Energy Code Workshops - Four Locations 

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.  "Understanding and Applying the Kentucky Energy Codes" covers the 2012 International Energy Code, which Kentucky adopted effective last October with Kentucky amendments, with additional attention to the Kentucky residential code as well. Click here for online registration. The dates and locations are:

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

Seating is limited at all locations, and these workshops typically sell out early. If you wish to attend one of the sessions, please register without delay. 

Free SMPS Program with KY DECA: Intro to Master Agreements - May 11  

Architects and firms currently doing work with the State or who want to do work with the State are invited to "Introduction to Master Agreements," a workshop presented by SMPS Kentucky on Monday, May 11, 2015 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Conference Center, 200 Mero Street in Frankfort. Doing business with the State is a unique process, and figuring out where to begin can be daunting...until now. For the first time ever, the Division of Engineering and Contract Administration (DECA) is opening its doors for a half-day program where you will be introduced to Master Agreements, guided through the process and get face-to-face with DECA project managers. 

View program details and register here.

KY/Regional Events at AIA Convention 
AIA Kentucky Happy Hour
Kentucky Members attending the national convention in Atlanta next week are invited to stop by Meehan's Public House at 200 Peachtree Street on Thursday, May 14 between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.  Meet up with fellow Kentuckians at this informal gathering and have a quick refreshment prior to heading off to whatever evening plans you may have.  If desired, you can make your dinner reservation at Meehan's by calling 404.214.9821.

Andersen Windows Happy Hour
Bob Lysack of Andersen Windows (an AIA Kentucky Allied Member) invites Kentucky architects attending the convention to enjoy a complimentary beer or a glass of wine while you tour the Andersen Windows booth during "Happy Hour" on Thursday, May 14 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Or stop by any time during the Expo to earn additional learning units by participating in "2015 Expo Chat" be sure to ask for Laura.

AIA Ohio Valley Region Breakfast

Thursday, Thursday, May 14, 6:30-7:30 a.m.

Georgia World Congress Center, Room B212

Attend this complimentary breakfast to hear updates on the Region and learn about events taking place during the convention. 


AIA Ohio Valley Region Reception

Friday, May 15, 7-8 p.m.

Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Room A703

All members of AIA Ohio Valley Region are invited to attend and help us recognize the Region's newest Fellows, George Acock, FAIA; Michael Cadwell, FAIA; April Pottorff, FAIA; and Jonathan Spodek, FAIA. 


There is no charge to attend either of these events, but we need to know that you are coming.  Click here to complete the registration form by Friday, May 8.  


Member News
Congratulations to Craig Chamberlain, Assoc. AIA, who has been elected by the AIA Ohio Valley Regional Council as Associate Director, representing the Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio associates on the AIA National Associates Committee. Craig is a project manager at JRA Architects, in Lexington.

Congratulations to two Kentucky firms participating in the 2015 Architizer A+ Awards competition.  De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop won both the Jury Choice and People's Choice Awards in the Commercial Retail category for Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitors Center in Lawrenceburg and and the Jury Choice Award in the Preservation Category for the Guthrie Transportation Museum and Visitors Center in Guthrie, KY.  Pohl Rosa Pohl Architects' Helix Garage in downtown Lexington advanced to finalist status, competing against parking structures built in places from Boston and Detroit to Slovenia.
Welcome New Members: (since April 1, 2015)
  • James A. Croley, AIA, Bristol Group, Lexington
  • Scott L. Emerson, AIA, GRW Inc., Lexington
  • Nathaniel E. Hocker, Assoc. AIA, Sherman Carter Barnhart, Lexington
  • Sean A. Mathews, AIA, Summit Architectural Services, Lexington
  • Allied Benefactor: Blue Energy

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

Calendar of Events
AIA Kentucky and local chapter events are consolidated on a single calendar accessible via the AIA Kentucky website. 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:
  • AIA/CKC 4th Annual Procrastinators Weekend
  • May Program: Pivotek Presentation hosted by Messer Construction
  • "Historic Houses of Louisville" Series Continues
  • SMPS - Gain Access to DECA: Free Event
  • Upcoming Events
For information on AIA Central Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activies, Follow us on Facebook or Twitter
View the latest edition of the AIA East KY Chapter E-News with information about the following:
  • What's Happening
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Good News
  • Upcoming Events
For information on AIA East Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow us on Facebook.
IDP Streamline Coming July 1
Information below provided by NCARB 
July 1, 2015, NCARB will streamline the Intern Development Program (IDP) by no longer requiring elective hours. Learn what you need to know about the upcoming changes:
What's happening?

Starting July 1, the IDP will require 3,740 total hours defined by the existing 17 experience areas. You can learn more about the new requirements here.


How will the streamlined IDP impact you?
Your jurisdiction may have additional requirements, as each jurisdiction sets its own requirements for initial licensure. Some may continue to require 5,600+ hours and/or have a minimum employment duration requirement. You can find out what your jurisdiction's experience requirement is here.

What will happen to your hours?

Good news-you'll continue to report hours through My NCARB and the My IDP mobile app. You won't lose the hours you've already reported, and you'll still be able to view them in My NCARB. We recommend that interns continue to report all experience. Doing so will help facilitate licensure and reciprocity in jurisdictions that require additional experience.


What's next?

NCARB will continue to share updates with you over the next few months. Remember, it's a good idea to check with NCARB or your jurisdiction for the latest rules and regulations. And you can always reach out to our Customer Service team at 202/879-0520 or 

UK CoD News
Dean Candidate Finalists Visit UK Campus
Four finalists in the search for the next Dean of the UK College of Design have been scheduled to visit campus, either last week and this week. Each candidate has been asked to participate in a public forum to provide a brief presentation and answer questions from faculty, staff, students and others interested in the College. One or more AIA Kentucky leaders are scheduled to attend each session.  The remaining forums are scheduled for 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in 207 Pence Hall.


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.

West Liberty Studio Presents Rebuilding Concepts; Fabrication Partnership Emerging  

Last week students from the University of Kentucky College of Design presented their concepts to aid in the rebuilding of West Liberty, as well as their work on a farm-to-table restaurant that will lay the foundation for an emerging fabrication partnership for the community ravaged by a tornado in spring of 2012. Now in its third year, UK College of Design began addressing issues related to West Liberty starting with a National Science Foundation-funded Systems Thinking for Sustainability (NSF-STFS) course in 2013 led by UK College of Design Associate Dean for Research Gregory Luhan, the John Russell Groves Endowed Professor of Architecture, and a team of UK and Texas A&M University (TAMU) faculty from multiple colleges and departments.  Learn more.


AIA National News

Economic Update April 2015 - Free online
In this free, 15-minute quarterly update, the AIA's Chief Economist Kermit Baker and ARCHITECT Magazine editor-in-chief Ned Cramer discuss the current state of the economy in relation to the construction industry, the outlook on firm hiring in 2015, and the factors that influence a full recovery in construction. View online.

New Contract Documents Coming in May

Webinar:  May 6 at 1 p.m.  Register
The May 2015 4.11 AIA Contract Documents release includes four new documents including the Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder for a One- or Two-Family Residential Project and the Standard Form of Teaming Agreement between Team Manager and Team Member.  


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: 

  • Design for Aging Review Awards (with LeadingAge) recognizes facilities for senior citizens. Submissions Due: May 29
  • Regional and Urban Design Committee Webinar, The Architect's Role in Mitigating Climate Change, June 17
  • Project Management Webinar: LEAN Applications in Healthcare Design and Construction, June 24
  • Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference: Challenging the Status Quo Call for Presentations. Conference: November 18-21 in Miami. Form submission deadline: May 8.
  • Academy of Architecture for Justice - Social Justice Video (latest in a series): Principles aimed at achieving 2030 energy consumption targets. View on YouTube.
A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at


The Last Word
Last month's Strategic Planning Retreat was an invigorating endeavor for AIA Kentucky and local AIA chapter leaders, for me and for our new Member Outreach Coordinator Kelly Ives.  Our facilitator Bob Harris, who is the best in the association world, allowed us nowhere to hide.  We took an honest look at the organization's strengths and weaknesses alike.  Our efforts laid the groundwork for us to not only become an organization that provides the very best value for you, our Members, but also provides a framework for us to operate more collaboratively and efficiently in doing so. Thank you for being part of AIA and for supporting your elected leaders and staff as we chart a course for continued success!
Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President