July 8, 2015
Dear :

Believe it or not, this year's Annual Convention will be here before you know it!  A strong convention committee of AIA Members and staff from AIA Kentucky, AIA Indiana and AIA Ohio are putting the finishing touches on the program for the 2015 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention set for October 11-13 in Columbus, Ohio.  Here's a quick snapshot of the exciting speakers and activities that await you:
  • Keynote Design Lectures by:  Marshall Brown, a licensed architect and urban designer in Chicago, IL (Sunday); Bryan MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC, Hon. FAIA, from Nova Scotia, Canada, who has contributed to architectural education in the region for 30 years (Monday); and Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA, a National Design Award winner, who is widely recognized as a pioneer in the application of robotic technology to building fabrication (Tuesday).
  • Off-site events at the architecturally interesting High Line Car House (a renovated event space featuring high ceilings, wood floors and exposed brick walls that was originally built in 1873 as a car house and horse barn for Columbus' streetcar system) and The Joseph (a new build hotel, located at the southern end of the Short North Arts District, that is architecturally integrated into the neighborhood so well that it feels like it's always been there. Any window you look out gives you a brand new view of Columbus - whether it's eye-level with the tops of the neighborhood's iconic arches or a long-distance view of Ohio State's campus).
  • Educational Tours of 1) notable buildings at Ohio State University, and 2) the Italian Village area located near our convention hotel that features wonderful Italianate-style buildings and more recent modern designs.
  • Earn up to 17.5 AIA/CES learning units at your choice of over 30 break-out educational sessions or tours spread across three days
  • Exhibit Hall & Reception with new and interesting vendors
  • Presentations of Design Awards and Special Awards of Recognition

Plan to join in the learning, fun and fellowship at the AIA OVR Convention.  View Tentative Schedule.  Online registration will open on or around August 1. 


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





Allied Membership is now recognized by all three local chapters in 2015, with a portion of dues supporting local programs. Learn more.


CKC Procrastinator's Weekend
Hands-on demonstrations were among the highlights of Procrastinators Weekend.

Michael Pluta AIA and Anne Del Prince AIA enjoy the outdoor learning space.

Architects enjoyed classroom learning as well as outdoor activities at General Butler State Resort Park.

Portia Shields AIA puts some elbow grease into a hands-on activity.

EKC Design Slam

The team from Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects takes home the Golden T-Square as this year's Design Slam winners.

A crowd of onlookers cheered on teams from SCB, EOP, RossTarrant and UK College of Design. Each vote cast contributed to the money raised to support Lexington Habitat for Humanity.

AIA Benefit of the Month
 AIA Leadership Institute - Live Broadcast Oct. 23 


The AIA Center for Civic Leadership will host the 2015 Leadership Institute in Washington DC, with live broadcasts to AIA components in four additional cities:

  • Boston, MA
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • San Antonio, TX

As partners for the inaugural year of the re-envisioned and re-designed AIA Leadership Institute, these five locations will work together with the goal to bring timely, relevant, and interactive training to AIA members across the country. We will digitally connect in a one-day, shared national dialogue on leadership and architecture. The hybrid model leverages technology to live stream web-enabled video and in-person presentations. The program will showcase the best of national and local leadership knowledge.  


Anticipated attendance is over 250 participants. Watch for future communications and information on speakers, topics, and registration by visiting the website as updates continue to be announced.


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
Historical Overview & Tour of Kentucky State Capitol Building - July 30 

AIA Kentucky invites you to enjoy an afternoon visit to Kentucky's acclaimed State Capitol in Frankfort on Thursday, July 30th from 2 to 5 p.m. You'll learn about the architecture of the Capitol building - past and present, what happens there that impacts architects, and take a tour of the building.  

Featured speakers include David Buchta, Director of the Division of Historic Properties for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Ed Krebs, AIA of K. Norman Berry Associates, the architects for the most recent restorations and renovations of the building.  Closing out the program will be our Lobbyist Greg Brotzge, who will provide an overview of how AIA Kentucky's activities in the Kentucky legislature serve the profession.  

The program will offer 3 AIA/CES LU HSW.  This is a FREE program but advance registration is required.  Register here by July 27th. 

2015 Honor Awards - Submit Your Outstanding Projects by July 20 

Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 AIA Kentucky Honor Awards Program recognizing excellence in architectural design.  We encourage all Kentucky firms to submit your BEST projects: large, small and everywhere in-between; new construction or extended use.  2015 Honor Awards Program Chairman Michael Koch, AIA of Michael Koch and Associates Architects in Louisville has confirmed as jury chair Annie Chu, AIA of Chu + Gooding Architects, who is assembing a national jury to make this year's selections.

The awards will be presented in October at the 2015 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Winning projects and architects will also be recognized in statewide media, on our web page and in social media.


Significant program changes have been implemented this year:

- New Project Categories

We've revised our project categories to better showcase for the Jury the diversity in project type and size of the entries. The Jury will be encouraged to recognize Honor, Merit and/or Citation Award status in any or all of these categories.


- New Online Entry/Submission Process

We are also excited to introduce a revised submission process this year that incorporates a web-based single-stage entry/submission process that eliminates all print materials and mailing/delivery of files on CD. The entry fee ($150 per project) and ALL descriptive information, digital photos and drawings will be submitted using the online system, which incorporates the PowerPoint template used in prior years, with only a few very minor changes. The requirements for quantity and format of photos and drawings remain the same. Entrants may begin a project submission, save work-in-progress, and return to complete the submission as time allows. It's straightforward, convenient, and can be accessed from anywhere.   

View program details and register here.

Call for Nominations - 2015 AIA KY Secretary and Associate Director 
The AIA Kentucky Nominating Committee is accepting nominations in the form of expressions of interest from Members who wish to serve as Secretary of AIA Kentucky or as Associate Director on the Board of Directors.  Please send a letter of interest and credentials to Joe Schwab, AIA by August 1, 2015 if interested in one of these positions.
AIA Kentucky on Houzz 

AIA Kentucky is excited to be a participant in the Houzz Affiliation Badge Program. With more than 25 million homeowners using Houzz every month, we know that using Houzz can help you build your brand and grow your business, and The Badge Program will let you showcase your AIA Kentucky affiliation right on your profile!

Please follow us on Houzz and add the AIA Kentucky badge to your Houzz professional profile today by clicking the "Add as Affiliation" button under the Members area. Our logo will appear as an affiliation badge on your profile. If your company is not yet on Houzz, just create a professional profile on Houzz here - it's free and takes just a few minutes to set up. Houzz is providing our members with personalized expert support, please schedule a time if you would like assistance
.  Or contact Member Outreach Coordinator Kelly Ives, AIA at AIA Kentucky if you have any questions.
Look Up Film Challenge - Focus on How Architects Shape the World 
The AIA has announced the Look Up Film Challenge, a filmmaking competition that challenges participants to make a short film about how architects and their work enrich our personal lives and our community. Registration deadline July 15, 2015. The Look Up Film Challenge is truly a groundbreaking opportunity - a chance for architects and filmmakers to tell an inspiring story of how these professionals shape our physical world, our personal lives, and our community as a whole.  Films will be judged by a panel of esteemed AIA members and media professionals presenting awards in areas such as sustainability, social good, arts, and technology/innovation.
Member News

Congratulations to Jason Groneck, AIA of GBBN Architects in Louisville, who has been named one of the 2015 Business First "Forty Under 40" Honorees.


Nathan Hocker, Assoc. AIA and Robert Barnhart, Assoc. AIA have joined the Lexington office of Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects.


Welcome New Members: (since June 1, 2015)
  • Chadwick G. Gallas, AIA, Omni Architects, Lexington


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:

For information on AIA Central Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, 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 or Twitter.

University of Kentucky Provost Tim Tracy announced on June 19 that Mitzi Vernon will assume the position of dean of the UK College of Design. Vernon received a Master of Science in engineering in product design from Stanford University in 1995; a Master of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1986; and a Bachelor of Science in interior design from the University of North Carolina (Greensboro) in 1984.Prior teaching experience includes the California College of the Arts, the University of Southern California and Arizona State University, and Vernon is currently professor of industrial design at Virginia Tech. Subject to approval by the UK Board of Trustees, she will join the university in September.

NCARB Announces Streamlined IDP

On July 1, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced plans to streamline the Intern Development Program (IDP). Effective immediately, the program will require 3,740 total hours defined by 17 experience areas. Click here for newly updated IDP Guidelines.


NCARB By The Numbers - New Report  

NCARB has released its NCARB by the Numbers report, now available for free download. The report's findings include:

  • A record high of 37,178 aspiring architects either reporting hours through the Intern Development Program (IDP) or testing for the Architect Registration ExaminationŽ (AREŽ).
  • 107,581 licensed architects reported by the 54 U.S. licensing boards, a three percent increase since 2011.
  • The average age of an architect upon initial licensure fell to 33.3 in 2014, shaving off 2.7 years since 2008.
  • Racial and ethnic minorities made up 41 percent of the aspiring architect talent pool in 2014, compared to 22 percent in 2007.
  • Women made up 38 percent of aspiring architects who completed the IDP in 2014, compared to 25 percent in 2000. Women also accounted for 35 percent of candidates who completed the ARE last year, a percentage that has nearly doubled since 2000.
AIA National News

Call for Entries:  AIA 2016 Institute Honor Awards
Submittals are due August 21st.  More info.


Support the National Design Services Act 

On June 25, the National Design Services Act was re-introduced by Representative Ed Perlmutter (CO-7). This program would authorize student loan debt relief for architectural school graduates who provide volunteer services to communities in need through nonprofit community design centers.


Emerging architectural professionals currently face some of the highest student debt loads when compared with graduates in other fields. Beyond tuition, additional costs unique to architecture, such as modeling materials, technical books, and specialized software only add to the burden. In order for the profession of architecture to remain relevant, we need to ensure that our emerging professionals have every opportunity to gain experience, pay down their debt, and find rewarding work in the architectural field.

This program would reduce the burden of debt on emerging architectural professionals while bringing quality design within reach for underprivileged communities. Contact your member of Congress NOW and ask him or her to co-sponsor the National Design Services Act! Email your Representative.


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:  

  • Register for the AIA Womens Leadership Summit (September 17-19 in Seattle) by July 15, and save $50. Strengthen your brand and your network. Elevate your exposure and your reach. And grow your legacy beyond your practice. Register
  • Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 2015 Symposium in Minneapolis, September 19-23. Early Registration ends July 10 
  • View a live tutorial and software demos to learn about AIA Payment Applications and Change Order forms, which are key to successful project management for building design and construction professionals. July, 30, 2-2:30pm EDT. Register 
  • Housing Knowledge Community (HKC) Webinar: Department of the Navy Housing Privatization and Veterans Affairs Housing Programs, August 6. Register
  • Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Fall Conference in conjunction with EDspaces in New Orleans, October 28-30. Early registration ends September 11
  • Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) 2015 Herman Miller Healthcare Intern Architect Scholarship. Apply by August 14
A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at network.aia.org/RoundUp


The Last Word
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Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President