January 8, 2016

We are very excited to welcome you into the New Year! With excellent new leaders in place to continue the work begun by last year's outstanding team, the members of AIA Kentucky have a lot to look forward to! There will be many opportunities throughout the year for continuing education, advocacy, professional recognition, fellowship and community - PLUS a convention in Lexington in conjunction with AIA Indiana! We sincerely hope that you will choose to get involved and take full advantage of all that your AIA membership offers in 2016 and we hope that you will support our newly-elected leaders in their endeavor to advance the profession of architecture in Kentucky and beyond. Best wishes to you for a happy and prosperous year!
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 the 2015 AIA Kentucky Holiday Party
We were thrilled to have a great turnout of both professional and allied members.

PAC Chair, Tony Kleyer, AIA with winner of this year's Distinguished Firm Award- Scott Kremer, AIA - and valued allied member, Roger Nealis of RAN Sales.

Employees of Studio Kremer Architects (Winners of the 2015 Distinguished Firm Award) visit with Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick from the Louisville Division of Fire- this year's recipient of our Citizen's Laureate Award.

2015 Chair of AIA KY's Government Affairs Committee, Eric Steva, AIA and Ben Barlage, AIA of GBBN.

2016 President-elect, Randall Vaughn, AIA with 2016 Treasurer, John Robertson AIA.

Anthony Peters, AIA, with representatives from Shrout Tate Wilson Consulting Engineers - one of AIA Kentucky's valued allied members.

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AIA Kentucky/Indiana
Sept. 15-17, 2016
Lexington, KY
Quick Links
Renew Your AIA Membership Today! 
It's time to renew your AIA membership! The renewal deadline is January 15, 2016. AIA Kentucky members should by now have received a hard copy invoice as well as an email notification from the AIA national membership team, with links to view the renewal invoice and make an online payment, if desired. If you have not received your invoice, contact Kelly Ives.

Extended Payment Plan: AIA continues to offer an installment payment plan in 2016 to help those who need additional time to pay dues in full. Click here for information.

Note to Firm Principals: Please be sure to complete the firm supplemental dues section of the invoice (either on paper or online) and add the correct amount to your individual dues. AIA Kentucky bylaws require that one architect principal per firm (including sole practitioners) must pay $70 per architect, intern architect or technical employee in the firm, up to a maximum of $1,200. The firm supplemental dues support our advocacy efforts on behalf of firms and triggers the firm's inclusion in the AIA Architect Finder online searchable database as well as the Firm Profile listing in the AIA Kentucky Directory.

2016 General Assembly Underway   
The 2016 General Assembly began on January 5 and is scheduled to conclude on April 12, 2016. This will be the long session and the major order of business will be the passage of the biennial budget. While revenues are up and the state is expected to carry a surplus into the next fiscal year, Kentucky's underfunded employee pensions and additional Medicaid costs will consume this surplus and then some. Look for the new Governor's budget that will be unveiled on January 26 to be an austere budget reflecting these realities.
One other item that will influence the session is the fight for control of the Kentucky House. The partisan split is currently 50-46 with the Democrats maintaining the majority. There are four vacant seats that will be filled by a special election on March 8. If the Republicans pick up all four seats, the split becomes 50-50 at the most critical point in the session. This will have a major impact on the budget negotiations and all the other major issues that typically get resolved at the end of the session.
AIA Kentucky is expecting a busy session. Public Private Partnership (P3) legislation will be filed again and we will be actively involved in the debate. We are expecting legislation from the Board of Architects that will amend our licensing law and we will support the local option sales tax legislation or LIFT. There will also likely be several other issues that surface as the session progresses.  Calendars and schedules for the 2016 legislative session can be viewed online. 

AIA KY Legislative Breakfast - Wed. February 10
Join us for AIA Kentucky's annual Breakfast with Legislators in the Capitol Annex cafeteria from 8 to 11 a.m., followed by appointments in legislative office for those who desire to stay a bit longer. Meet your legislator and discuss pending bills! Register today.
KY HBC Board News  
Task Force to Review 2015 IBC/IRC; Single Family Inspection Report Issued
AIA Kentucky's representative to the Board of Housing Buildings & Construction, Kevin Locke, AIA reports that the Board has agreed to continue with the vetting/adoption process for the 2015 IBC / IRC (2016 KBC / KRC). A joint task force will be formed to look at the various updates and existing amendments in more detail. AIA Kentucky will have a representative on the Task Force. The Board created a task force in 2015 to review single family inspections statewide. A report has been issued that discusses the potential costs as well as the process by which counties that do not currently inspect single family dwellings could begin to do so. (View Report.
Citizen Architect Opportunities  
Architect Positions Open on KY Board of Architects and State Plumbing Code Committee
The Governor's office is seeking nominations from AIA Kentucky for seats on the Kentucky Board of Architects and the State Plumbing Code Committee. Current appointees Jack Ballard, AIA (BOA) and Tom Lett, AIA (Plumbing) will expire in February. While both are eligible for reappointment, the Governor's office has asked AIA Kentucky to submit three names for consideration by the Governor in making these appointments. Anyone interested in either of these opportunities to serve the Commonwealth, please contact Janet Pike by January 20, 2016.
Convention Kickoff   
The committee for your 2016 AIA KY/IN Convention will convene for a kickoff meeting on Tuesday, January 12 to discuss the schedule and overall objectives for this year's event. The individuals listed below will be serving on the convention committee so please get in touch with them if you have ideas that you would like to contribute for discussion and they will share your information with the group. We also have room for additional committee members, so please contact Janet Pike or Kelly Ives if you would like to get involved. We look forward to making this year's event a big success!

Leonard Bowers, AIA
Wayne Cowan, Omni Architects
Nathan Hocker, Assoc. AIA, SCB Architects
Melinda Joseph-Dezarn, AIA, RossTarrant
Greg Luhan, AIA, UK CoD
Robert Lysack, Andersen Windows
Bobby Morris, AIA, EOP Architects
Joey Nolasco, AIA, Integrity Architecture
Iesha Roberson, Assoc. AIA, RossTarrant
Mike Smith, AIA, SCB Architects
Jeff Stivers, AIA, RossTarrant
Mathew Triplett, AIA, Kersey & Kersey
Randall Vaughn, AIA, Gray Construction
Sarah Watson, Aerotek Recruiting & Staffing
Joe Woods, Lynn Imaging

Member News
Congratulations to Harding Dowell, AIA, Jason Dunn, AIA, Bobby Morris, AIA, Ben Simmons, AIA and Daniel Ware, AIA, who were recently promoted to Associate in the Louisville and Lexington offices of EOP Architects ! 

AIA KY Allied Benefactor, Big Ass Solutions, will expand their residential market in 2016, bringing 100 new jobs to Lexington! Read more

Another of our Allied Benefactors, Lynn Imaging, was recently recognized in the Herald Leader for more than 70 years of service to the architectural community! View the Article

Welcome New Members:
(since Dec. 1, 2015)
  • Aaron Bivens, AIA, Integrity/Architecture PLLC, Lexington
  • Scott C. Cox, Assoc. AIA, JRA Architects, Louisville
  • Tim Doelling, Assoc, AIA, Murphy, Graves, Trimble PLLC, Lexington
  • Matthew Evans, Assoc. AIA, Gray Construction, Lexington
  • Jon P. Holifield, Assoc. AIA, ENCOMPASS Develop, Design & Construct, Louisville (Transfer from LA)
  • LG&E KU, new Allied Benefactor!
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 Associate Grant Program
  • January CE Program
  • CKC/CSI Trade Show, March 1
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:
  • 2015 Holiday Party Recap
  • 2016 Board of Directors
  • January CE Program
For information on AIA East Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

CoD News
Wallis Miller, Charles Parker Graves Endowed Associate Professor in Architecture, has been nominated and selected for the Great Teacher Award for 2016. This student nominated award is the oldest, continuously presented award to recognize teaching at UK. A committee comprised of members of the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors reviews many nominations submitted by students and takes great pride in awarding 6 Great Teachers annually with this distinction. Recipients are also recognized at a dinner, recognized on the floor of Rupp Arena prior to a UK Basketball game and receive a $3,000 stipend.
The UK College of Design's School of Interiors was recently selected by DesignIntelligence as one of the top 5 interiors graduate schools in the South. View the press release.
The Historic Preservation program was given a $200,000 eLearning Innovation Initiative (eLII) grant for its upcoming master's in Historic Preservation online program. View the press release.

NCARB has released their 2015 Annual Report. Click here to read about the progress and accomplishments achieved through efforts focused on innovation and collaboration.

On June 29, 2016, the Intern Development Program's (IDP) current 17 experience areas will be realigned into six broad practice-based areas. In order to make this a smooth transition for those already enrolled, NCARB has released the IDP Experience Calculator. This tool can help you to determine how your hours will transition into the six new experience areas and, in conjunction with the experience area map, the calculator can also help you to plan how you will earn hours going forward.

AIA National News
Seeking User Testers for Digital Transformation  
Get involved in AIA's Digital Transformation by becoming a user tester. There are several features and functionality ready for your feedback. The testing exercises must have a balanced mix of career stages, member types, and special interests to be valid. Help us match your unique perspective on available tests by completing this survey.

Knowledge Community Opportunities  
  • 2016 COTE Top Ten/Top Ten + Awards. Submit by January 19, 2016.
  • Webinar: Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) "The Business Model of Custom Tools." February 16, 2016, 2 pm EST. Register here
  • 2016 AIA CAE Education Facility Design Awards. Submit by January 19, 2016.
A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at network.aia.org/RoundUp
The Last Word
We begin the New Year with fantastic new leadership (see the opening article and list of 2016 officers above), a newly-adopted 5-year strategic plan, and a "Statewide Member Service Plan" that establishes how the state and local chapters are collaborating to ensure every AIA Kentucky member is provided with AIA Core Member Services.   We've also created a Memorandum of Understanding between AIA Kentucky and the local chapters that extends to the chapters some specific additional staff services from AIA Kentucky.

This allows us to enhance the role of our Member Outreach Coordinator Kelly Ives, AIA who, by the way, is now the primary author of your monthly E-News. I hope you'll agree she's doing a great job and I encourage you to continue to provide your firm news and professional milestones to her for inclusion in future issues. Kelly's also managing our Facebook and Twitter feeds and keeping our web site up to date. We hope you'll follow us on these platforms if you're not already doing so! Contact Kelly.

All these touch points are designed to increase our ability to provide AIA Kentucky Members with up to date information about issues, opportunities and events. We hope you'll stay connected with us and with one another through these various resources in the coming year. We also hope you'll reach out and invite colleagues not currently in AIA to join us in supporting our Mission: Advancing the profession of architecture, and our Vision: Inspiring leadership through the creation of quality places and spaces.

Here's to a Fantastic 2016!
Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President