August 11, 2015
Dear :

REGISTRATION IS OPEN 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); 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 (Monday); and Brian MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC, Hon. FAIA from MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects in Nova Scotia, Canada (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 18.25 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


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.


AIA KY State Capitol Tour
July 30, 2015

Ed Krebs, AIA discussed the Capitol masterplan and recent renovations.
David Buchta from Kentucky's Division of Historic Properties described the many restorations- past and future- required to preserve the quality of the beautiful historic building.
Attendees admired the Capitol dome, located atop its lovely rotunda.
Technological improvements are currently underway in the House of Representatives.
AIA Benefit of the Month
 New AIA Member-Only Research Databases Now Available  


The Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) includes a new member-only subscription feature that increases access to practice-relevant research. Three EBSCO academic research databases (Art and Architecture Complete, the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals and the Sustainability Reference Center) are connected to BRIK and accessible to AIA and NIBS members. A free trial is underway until September after which a nominal fee will be charged. Learn more.  


AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention
Oct. 11-13, 2015
Columbus, OH
Quick Links
AIA Kentucky to Offer New Program for A.R.E. Exam Prep  
AIA Kentucky is proud to be one of thirteen AIA chapters to receive grant funding through the AIA College of Fellows for proposals supporting innovative programs for Emerging Professionals. The grant will support a new 10-month ARE study program titled 'Sights on Success' utilizing ARE Prep, Powered by Black Spectacles. We will soon be accepting applications from IDP Candidates and also seeking professional volunteers to lead question and answer sessions with the exam candidates. Watch for additional information about this exciting program in the near future, or contact Member Outreach Coordinator  Kelly Ives, AIA.
AIA Offers New, Improved State Economic Profiles 
The AIA has launched a new and improved version of its State Economic Profiles, a collection of economic indicators that can help you make better business decisions specific to your area as well as to help you inform discussions on policies affecting the industry. View July 2015 Kentucky Profile.
Strong Towns Conference 

This September 24-25, Preservation Kentucky, in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council, Kentucky Main Street Program and Preservation Louisville, will host a Strong Towns Conference for Main Street managers, downtown planners, developers, contractors, elected officials, community leaders, historic property owners, realtors, preservationists, public transit supports, bicycle enthusiasts and anyone interested in community sustainability.


The purpose of the conference is to: 1) explore strategies for community growth and development based on 21st century challenges; 2) develop ways to improve Kentucky's cities, towns and neighborhoods through citizen participation and community collaborations; 3) focus on sustainable, incremental changes that build long-term prosperity; and, 4) position Kentucky's Main Street Program as the cornerstone for communities seeking a low-risk, high-reward strategy to long-term financial solvency.


For more information regarding conference content and locations, click here.


Member News
Mason & Hanger has received a national Engineering Excellence Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies for design of the Asymmetric Warfare Training Center in Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia, which includes 41 buildings and a network of roadways, train tracks, sidewalks, tunnels and parking lots on a 490 acre site.
Congratulations to members Andrew Owens, AIA (Sherman Carter Barnhart) and Phil Schilffarth, AIA (Brandstetter Carroll, Inc.) who recently became Registered Architects in Kentucky.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky, Division of Engineering & Contract Administration (DECA) signed an agreement with Lynn Imaging to provide construction information management software services. As of July 1, contractors are able to download plans on any DECA project in the bid phase at no charge. DECA's use of Lynn's eCommunication software will increase project communication, track the workflow and approval processes of project documents and build an electronic document closeout for project archives. In conjunction with this contract, Lynn Imaging is offering full color, wide-format printer rentals for a reduced rate that helps speed the delivery of information to contractors who prefer to work with hard copies.  Read more.

Welcome New Members:
(since July 1, 2015) 
  • Alberto J. Gomez-Irizarry, Assoc. AIA, Lexington (transfer from Puerto Rico)
  • Matthew P. Schultz, AIA, EOP Architects, Louisville
  • Holly Wood, AIA, Gray Construction, Lexington
  • Allied Member:  Dryvit Systems, Inc.

Correction:  Robert A. Burry, AIA
was misidentified in the photo below in last month's edition.  Our apologies for the error!

Update Your AIA Profile! 
The 2016 membership renewal season will begin soon!  Update your contact information at www.aia.org/myprofile.
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:

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View the latest edition of the  AIA East KY Chapter E-News with information about the following:
  • Habitat for Humanity Build Day
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Member News
  • Upcoming Events
For information on AIA East Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
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. Learn more.
  • Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Fall Conference in conjunction with EDspaces in New Orleans, October 28-30. Early registration ends September 11
  • Historic Resources Committee (HRC) Taliesin Colloquium October 9-10. If you would like to be notified when registration opens, please complete this form.
A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at network.aia.org/RoundUp
The Last Word
Do you think like an entrepreneur?  The AIA recently held an Entrepreneur's Summit in Denver, focusing on business fundamentals and innovative approaches being embraced by entrepreneurial architects.  Click here for more about the Summit. Interested in more of these kinds of discussions?  One educational track at the upcoming OVR Convention has a multitude of educational sessions that will help you improve your business practices. We hope to see you there!  www.aiaky.org/convention15
Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President