February 4, 2016

Welcome to National Heart Month! With a large part of the state affected by heavy snow in January, we are happy to celebrate the arrival of February and, thanks to Punxsutawney Phil, the forecast of an early Spring! There is plenty to love about what is going on in AIA Kentucky this month, so read on for information about our exciting membership initiative, numerous educational programs and other upcoming events. And please share your affection for AIA Kentucky with others in your network by letting them know about the many opportunities available in the weeks ahead. Let's expand the AIA Kentucky family in 2016!
In This Issue
2016 AIA KY Officers
Jeffrey C. Stivers, AIA
Randall C. Vaughn, AIA
John C. Robertson, AIA
W. Mark Powell, AIA
Charles C. Cash, AIA
Past President



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

Scenes from Sights on Success
January Workshop for ARE Prep 

Brad Boaz, civil engineer at CMW, illustrates strategies for site grading and drainage.

Brad Boaz and CMW President, Brian Hill, PLA, respond to questions from workshop attendees.

Participants learned how to calculate slope cross pedestrian routes.

Workshop leaders/attendees discussed strategies for site layout and design.

AIA Benefit of the Month
Small Firms Series
The first issue of AIA Architect's 2016 small firms series will examine how principals can find the time and the resources to fully wrap their heads around policy issues.

For additional support, visit the
AIA Small Firms Resources Center.

AIA Kentucky/Indiana
Sept. 15-17, 2016
Lexington, KY
Quick Links
Don't Miss AIA Kentucky's Day at the Capitol!   
It's not too late, so please join us next Wednesday, February 10 for AIA Kentucky's annual Breakfast with Legislators. This will be held in the Capitol Annex cafeteria from 8 to 11 a.m., followed by appointments in legislative office for those who desire to stay. Come meet your legislator and discuss pending bills that could affect architecture in Kentucky. Register today! 
AIA Is Growing - Invite Your Colleagues to Join!    
AIA's Ohio Valley Region has received the charge of increasing its membership by 6% over the next 9 months. You can help these efforts by spreading the word to your colleagues who are not yet members and educating them about the professional and personal benefits that AIA membership provides. Watch/share this video where OVR members (including CKC President, Portia Shields, AIA) discuss the many opportunities for community engagement, networking, continuing education and leadership that the AIA provides. All of these are critical in growing and maintaining a successful career in architecture, so encourage others to Join Now! 

High Performance Buildings Workshop   
The AIA KY/KY NEED/DEDI High Performance Buildings Workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 15, from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, at the Kentucky Community Technical College System Office. Throughout the past decade, this workshop has focused on market transformation - integrating energy efficient strategies and new technologies in the design, construction and operation of Kentucky's public schools. Today, Kentucky's schools have set new standards of efficiency, earned national recognition, and saved millions of taxpayer dollars.
This year, we build on that success by sharing that message with all public officials. Public officials recognize they must inspire innovation and creativity in their communities to maintain services while meeting the demands of a changing economy. This workshop is a unique opportunity for them to hear the success stories from fellow Kentuckians and learn how to transform your community through energy efficient, high-performance building strategies.
This workshop is for city, county, and state officials, school leaders, architects, energy professionals, owners and operators of public buildings, and anyone interested in seeking ways to introduce energy saving strategies in public facilities. Attendees may earn up to 6 AIA LU/HSW and will:
  • Learn about the financial benefits of energy efficiency and sound energy management practices
  • Discuss measures that can improve new and existing buildings
  • Collaborate with energy professionals, designers and engineers
  • Listen to other public officials as they share their success stories in their communities
View the agenda.
Click here to register as an attendee.
Interested in participating as an exhibitor? Click here for details.
CE Workshop with Ron Blank Associates - Save the Date!   
March 30, 2016 - Georgetown College Conference Center

We hope that you will join us for this workshop, held in conjunction with Ron Blank Associates, which will include 6 CE sessions worth 6 AIA LU/HSW and 6 GBCI. Additional details regarding registration and the day's agenda will be announced ASAP so please save the date and stay tuned!  

Earn Your "MBA"  
'Mastering the Business of Architecture', provided by AIA Columbus

Whether moving up or starting your own firm, it's important to learn critical skills and new

ways of thinking from leaders and business professionals. This series, Mastering the Business of Architecture, will provide in-depth exposure to topics important to practitioners. This series is geared toward emerging and emerged leaders and intended to fill an important gap in the practical, distilled and advanced knowledge available to small and mid-sized practitioners.


Sessions will be held the second Friday of the month from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Learn More 

Explore AIAKY.ORG  
Resources Available
Are you taking advantage of the many resources that AIA Kentucky's website has to offer? Among a wealth of information about the state and local chapters, at aiaky.org you can also find up to date job postings, RFQs, and opportunities for competitions and grants. We hope that you will check in regularly for new opportunities such as these and to stay informed about other upcoming programs and events.
Updates In Store  
Your AIA Kentucky staff has been selected to participate in the American Institute of Architects Digital Transformation pilot program, where we are providing feedback that we hope will ultimately result in a more integrated, more intuitive and more personalized, interactive experience for our members in your search for information at both the national and the local level. We are therefore postponing any significant modifications to our web interface until the completion of this process. In the meantime, you can also have your voice heard by signing up as a test user.
Member News
Congratulations to Kevin Locke, AIA, who has been promoted to Shareholder and Senior Associate of the firm RossTarrant Architects!

David Carter, AIA
of Sherman Carter Barnhart, AIA has agreed to serve a committee formed by the KY Department of Housing Buildings and Construction to review the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) for adoption or revision of the Kentucky Building Code. Van Meter Pettit, AIA of VMP Architect in Lexington has agreed to serve on a similar committee that will review the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) for possible adoption or revision to the Kentucky Residential Code. Any suggestions, comments or questions may be directed to Van Meter or David.

We recently said a fond farewell to David Proffitt, AIA, a long-time member and leader in both AIA Kentucky and the Central Kentucky Chapter, who will be moving to Nashville, TN. In addition to his legacy of committed service to the profession, David leaves behind openings on the KSA PAC, the Louisville Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning. We strongly encourage our members to consider filling these positions, and we wish David all the best!   

Welcome New Members:
(since Jan. 1, 2016)
  • Jon Martin, Assoc. AIA , Kersey and Kersey Architects, Louisville
  • Kristofer M. Nonn, Assoc. AIA , NoLi CDC, Lexington (transfer from AIA SW Wisconsin)
  • Theodore Scripps, AIA, Berea College
  • Jason G. Stewart, Assoc. AIA , Stengel Hill Architecture, Louisville
  • Ida Wrocklage, Assoc. AIA , TEG Architects, Jeffersonville  
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:
Congrats to the recipients of AIA CKC's 2016 Associate grants: Ashlyn Ackerman, Assoc. AIA, Jon Martin, Assoc. AIA, Chuck Netherton, Assoc. AIA, and Ida Wrocklage, Assoc. AIA

Louisville SDAT Focuses on Neighborhood Revitalization
The AIA's Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) recently completed a study of Louisville's Russell neighborhood. Once the boyhood home of Muhammad Ali, the neighborhood has a proud history as a cultural hub for the entire city prior to urban renewal. However, today it exhibits classic indicators of how neighborhood inequality can play out at the local level. The SDAT has developed a strategy focused on re-connecting the neighborhood to the city physically, economically, and socially. To learn more about this project, you can view this short film, view the SDAT's presentation and review their final report.

Kudos to Mitchell Kersting, AIA, who was AIA Central KY's representative on the SDAT!

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 CKC on Facebook or Twitter.

View the latest edition of the AIA East KY Chapter E-News with information about the following:
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • UK/CoD Updates
  • Upcoming chapter events
For information on AIA East Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow EKC on Facebook or Twitter.

CoD News
As the College of Design (CoD) at the University of Kentucky begins work on a major expansion, they are seeking an energetic, forward-thinking Director of Philanthropy & Alumni Relations who will be charged with developing a complete alumni networking program to engage our stakeholders in supporting the work of the College. Short and long-term plans for major gift cultivation will be the main directive of this position. The Director will coordinate with the Dean and the Director of Communications to ensure that development opportunities and benefits are integrated with marketing and programming plans to accomplish the strategic goals of the College. A personable approach and a familiarity with the design industry are necessary to fully realize this role.

Submit an online application to requisition number RE05685 at: http://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/89462  Contact HR Employment for questions at: (859) 257-9555, option 2.

Application deadline is February 14th, 2016

Sights on Success
The Sights on Success program resumed in January after an extended holiday break and, as we approach the halfway mark, we remain optimistic about the level of engagement from our program participants and the results that they are reporting to date. We have recorded a 75% pass rate in those reporting their exam progress, which is exciting news for Kentucky's architectural community!

In addition to the dedication that our participants have demonstrated, AIA Kentucky's professional members and allied members have shown a generous commitment to supporting our emerging professionals in their pursuit of licensure, and we continue to be grateful for the provision of office space to gather in, volunteer time to lead workshops and monetary donations for food and beverage. We would specifically like to thank CMW Architects and Engineers for hosting and leading January's workshop on Site Planning and Design (dinner provide by Element Design) and Gray Construction who will be hosting February's workshop on Building Design and Construction Systems this Saturday, 2/6. Breakfast for this workshop will be provided by BLUE Energy Group, one of AIA Kentucky's valued Allied Benefactors.

Stay tuned for additional updates and more good news!

The New IDP
NCARB has launched a new monthly blog series that will dissect and provide an inside look at each of the new IDP experience areas. See recent posts:

Practice Management
Project Management

AIA National News
AIA National Membership exceeded the 2015 year-end target and reached an all-time historical high of nearly 88,000 members as of December 31! This figure is up 2.7% from 2014 year-end totals of 85,566.

Registration is now open for AIA Convention 2016! With more than 500 career-changing workshops, seminars, tours, and events led by visionaries, industry leaders, grassroots champions, and rising stars, PLUS a dynamic expo floor turned into a temporary built environment with hundreds of exhibitors, first looks, and surprises, it is bound to be the architecture and design event of the year. Register today!

Photography Competition   
AIA St. Louis recently announced the opening of the 2016 AIA National Photography Competition, with deadline of April 1, 2015. The rules/regulations and entry form for this juried competition can be found here. The winning images will be exhibited at the AIA National convention in Philadelphia in May 2016.

Contract Documents Survey
AIA Contract Documents, in conjunction with Ipsos Insight, is conducting its bi-annual survey of the design and construction industry. The purpose of the survey is to acquire feedback on AIA documents and the state of the industry, so that AIA agreements and forms can be updated and enhanced.

Knowledge Community Opportunities
  • 2016 AIA AAJ Justice Facilities Review Awards Program. Submit
    by February 8, 2016.
  • Webinar: Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) "The Business Model of Custom Tools." February 16, 2016, 2 pm EST. Register here
A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at network.aia.org/RoundUp
The Last Word
I always love it when I see recognition of AIA members and their work in the news! For example:
  • Last year's AIA Kentucky design awards winners were showcased in last week's AIArchitect e-newsletter that is sent to all AIA members across the country. View here.
  • Several AIA members were included in Business First of Louisville's "20 People to Know in Construction" special section published on January 15, including: Mark Trier, AIA of JRA Architects, Brad Stengel, AIA of Stengel Hill Architecture and John Stewart, AIA of Encompass Develop Design and Construct. View here.
  • Business First of Louisville also ran a very nice article on David Proffitt, AIA in BusinessFirst, upon his departure from the Louisville Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment and the Metro Planning Commission. View here.
  • A home renovation designed by Architect Anne Del Prince, AIA was featured as the Home of the Day in Business First this week. View here.
Whenever either YOU or YOUR FIRM is recognized in the press or other media - either print, TV, or online - please share that news with us, so we can share with others via our social media outlets! Send to Member Outreach Coordinator Kelly Ives, AIA.

Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President