June 6, 2016

Summertime, and the living is... busy! AIA Kentucky is hard at work this month as we visit Hebron, Louisville and Versailles to present our annual code workshops with HBC and the Code Administrators Association of Kentucky. We are also collecting submissions and nominations for our Design and Service awards (deadlines June 20 and July 1) and continuing to put exciting details into place for our KY/IN Convention this fall. Plus we are working with leaders at AIA National on the effects of their Digital Transformation at the local level, which will result in a valuable new resource for Kentucky's members toward the end of this year.  Learn more about all that's in progress and in store as you read ahead! 
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

May Highlights
2016 Convention in Philly - AIA KY Happy Hour at the Independence Beer Garden

CKC Members, Ben Grove and Abbie Grove at AIA KY's Happy Hour

More food and fellowship at the Independence Beer Garden in Philly

Michael Jacobs enjoying happy hour with with Mike and Shannon Sparkman

AIA KY President-elect, Randall Vaughn with 2016 President, Jeff Stivers at the annual business meeting in Philly

AIA East KY kicked off their anual Design Slam with a pre-slam mixer at West 6th
EKC Tour of UK's new Football Training Facility (RossTarrant Architects)

Members of EKC participated in a build day with Habitat for Humanity

AIA Benefit of the Month
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AIA Kentucky/Indiana
Sep t. 15-17, 2016
Lexington, KY
Quick Links
Annual Code Workshops: Two Dates Remaining!  
Seats are still available for the Louisville and Versailles sessions in our annual Code Workshop series and you won't want to miss this opportunity. This year's workshop, which focuses on third party independent firestop inspections, is not your average day of continuing education. On top of providing 6 LU|HSW credits right when you need them, we have music, interesting demonstrations and prizes to win - but time is running out!

Register here without delay to grab a seat before registration closes for June 9 in Louisville (register by close of business on Tues. 6/7) and June 16 in Versailles (register by COB on Tues. 6/14).

AIA KY Scholarship  Awarded 
CONGRATULATIONS to Oliver Hidalgo, who is the recipient of the 2016 AIA Kentucky Scholarship (supported by matching grant funds from AIA National). Oliver is a native of Chile who aspires to become a licensed architect and to provide affordable housing for low-income families. For more information about Oliver's background, click here.
KY HBC Board News    
The adoption of the 2016 KBC is in progress, with various task forces meeting late in June to determine their recommendations. Krisia Rosa, AIA reports that the Residential Task Force met on May 12 to review the 2015 IBC/IRC. The group reviewed an extensive summary of the 2015 IRC, which had been prepared by the Code Administrators Association of Kentucky and observed that many of the revisions made are in alignment with the recent trend in "tiny houses". Right now, the intent is to issue the next version of the KRC as a loose leaf binder, so that pages can be switched out as the code is amended. The Residential Task Force will begin meeting soon to review the proposed changes, and the group hopes to have recommendations ready for approval in August.

An AIA ad hoc committee led by David Carter, AIA is also reviewing proposed changes to the 2015 IBC for adoption and will present its recommendations to the HBC Code Revision Task Force this month. Joining David on the AIA committee are Eric Zabilka, AIA; Les Olson, AIA; John Warmack, AIA; Merrill Moter, AIA and Kevin Locke, AIA.

Kevin, who is AIA Kentucky's representative on the HBC Board, reports that the board is expecting to review all of the recommendations for the KBC at their August meeting and plans to have it to the LRC at the end of this year for possible adoption in May or June 2017.

Job Openings
In other news, HBC reports that architectural plan reviews are currently running 37 days. The office has recently hired two new plan reviewers and has posted an opening for another one, which they hope to fill shortly. HBC is also looking for two new field inspectors.  These openings are posted at www.careers.ky.gov.  
New Overtime Rule
On May 18, 2016, the US Department of Labor ("DOL") issued its long-awaited Final Rule for overtime exemptions, after processing over 270,000 public comments on its proposed rule late last summer. The Final Rule will take effect December 1, 2016 and will:
  • Raise the salary threshold indicating eligibility from $455/week to $913 ($47,476 per year), ensuring protections to 4.2 million workers.
  • Automatically update the salary threshold every three years, based on wage growth over time, increasing predictability.
  • Strengthen overtime protections for salaried workers already entitled to overtime.
  • Provide greater clarity for workers and employers.
For more information on the details of the Final Rule, go to the Department of Labor.

Member News
TEG Architects Expands Leadership 
TEG Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of two team members. Kyle Wilson, AIA and Ernie Dreher IV, AIA have been promoted to Partners and are now shareholders of the firm. These promotions allow TEG to continue moving forward into generational leadership and continuity in the firm's approach to service, quality and creativity. "Ernie and Kyle embody the values of TEG - Service, Quality and Creativity. Both gentlemen demonstrate every day that they strive to improve in every aspect of their profession," said Wayne Estopinal, AIA President of TEG Architects. "Leadership is incredibly important to our firm's culture and to the quality design we provide our clients. Ernie and Kyle jointly have demonstrated great insights, skill and commitment to our clients and staff. Adding both as Partners is an honor."
Welcome New Members:
(since May 1, 2016) 
  • Ryan Clark, Assoc. AIA, RossTarrant Architects, Lexington
  • Jason A. Hunsucker, Assoc. AIA, Tetra Tech, Louisville
  • Rochelle Jansing, Assoc. AIA, JRA, Louisville
  • Kevin L. Setser, Assoc. AIA, Summit Architectural Services, Lexington
  • Mark Thurnauer, AIA, Glaserworks, Ft. Thomas
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:
Kentucky architects and architectural students/interns are invited to participate in a design competition for a monument to be built in the Louisville area. This monument, which means "deep gratitude" in the Vietnamese language will be a place of special recognition for the tremendous sacrifices the American and South Vietnamese Armed Forces made during the Vietnam War in order to give the Vietnamese people a chance to live in freedom. The registration fee for students is just $35/ entry. Non-student registration is $75. The top three entries (as determined by the jury) will be awarded $4,000 each and the winning entry will be constructed in Louisville, KY. For additional details and guidelines, please visit the competition website.

View the latest edition of the
AIA Central KY Chapter E-News for additional information about the following:
  • AIA CKC Homes Tour
  • CE Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events
For information on AIA Central Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow CKC on Facebook or Twitter.

May was a busy month for the East Kentucky Chapter as they hosted a mixer to gear up for Design Slam, PLUS provided a construction tour for their members and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity! Check out our photo gallery for some of these highlights.

View the latest edition of the AIA East KY Chapter E-News  for additional information about the following:
  • Design Slam 2016
  • Associate Scholarships for the 2016 AIA KY/IN Convention
  • Volunteer Opportunitites
For information on AIA East Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow EKC on Facebook or Twitter.

CoD News
The University of Kentucky College of Design recently announced the appointment of Jeffrey Johnson, AIA as the new Director of the School of Architecture. Johnson joins the faculty from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University where he was the founding director of the Asia Megacities Lab.

"I am thrilled to be joining the amazing team at the UK College of Design and look forward to working directly with the students and faculty of the School of Architecture at such an exciting time," said Johnson. "We have a great opportunity to build on the School's esteemed reputation as we continue its course as a leader in architectural education."
Johnson, who received his Master of Architecture in 1992 and his Bachelor of Architecture in 1990 from Ball State University, begins as Director of the School on July 1. 

Destination Architect
The Architectural Experience Program (AXP) will launch on June 29, replacing what was formerly known as the Intern Development Program (IDP). To make sure that your firm's licensing advisor is up to speed on the six new experience areas, the new AXP e-Portfolio option and other helpful transition tools, visit the NCARB website.    

Don't forget that the newest iteration of the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE 5.0) will also launch later this year. You can learn more about ARE 5.0 and prepare for this transition by following NCARB's ARE 5.0 blog series.

Sights on Success
AIA Kentucky's ARE Prep pilot program, Sights on Success, will wrap up this month with our final workshop on Schematic Design. We look forward to our discussion at Brandstetter Carroll, which will be led by Phil Schilffarth, AIA and we are grateful to our Allied Benefactor, Thermal Equipment Sales for sponsoring this last session. Stay tuned for a summary of the progress made by our participants since beginning the program last September. 
AIA National News
National Convention Updates
Many representatives from AIA Kentucky were in Philadelphia last month where the 2017 AIA National officers were elected.
  • President-elect/2018 President - Carl Elefante, FAIA
  • Secretary - Bruce Sekanik, AIA
  • Director-at-Large - Peter Exley, FAIA
For more details and information click here.
Also at convention, members passed an amendment to the bylaws (section 2.313*) giving the Secretary of the Institute the authority to waive age requirement for Emeritus membership status. This authority would apply only to the age requirement for Emeritus status, would be exercised only on a case-by-case basis, and would permit waivers only "in exceptional circumstances and for adequate cause."

Shortly before last month's national convention, the Institute launched the pilot for the new AIA website, which is being designed to deliver more personalized content to members in a platform that is faster and easier to navigate than the classic site. As an extension of this new platform, we are also in the process of developing a new website for AIA Kentucky! We are very excited to bring this to our members later this year and, in the meantime, we hope that you have fun exploring new.aia.org.

I Look Up Film Challenge 
With the success of the inaugural I Look Up Film Challenge , the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has launched a new film challenge inviting filmmakers and architects to team-up to produce short films that demonstrates architecture as a solution.  Registration is open now through July 10 for individuals who wish to participate. The challenge will run from July 18 to August 14. Winners will be announced in September 2016.  To learn more about how to register, visit: ilookup.org/filmchallenge

Knowledge Community Opportunities
A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at network.aia.org/RoundUp

The Last Word
We are so excited about what we have planned for the AIA KY/IN Convention September 15-17 in Lexington! We're excited to announce that we've confirmed three fantastic keynote presenters:
  • Paul Mankins, FAIA - Substance Architects, Des Moines - Read more
  • Jonathan Segal, FAIA - Jonathan Segal FAIA & Development, San Diego - Read more
  • Julie VandenBerg Snow, FAIA - Snow Kreilich Architects, Minneapolis - Read more
We're also in the process of finalizing a diverse collection of break-out education sessions focusing on design, practice and building science/technology. There'll be something for everyone from a learning standpoint (with lots of HSW credits), and many sessions will be presented by architects from throughout the region.
The opening night party on Thursday, June 15 will be the Big Ass Design Build Bourbon Blast, a collaboration with the AIA Central Kentucky Chapter and related industry associations that is a fundraiser for the ACE Mentor Scholarship Funds in Kentucky and Indiana, supporting high school students interested in architecture, engineering and construction. We've also just confirmed that our Friday evening Happy Hour will take place in the gardens at Botherum, the restored historic home of renowned landscape and garden designer Jon Carloftis, located a 5-minute walk from our convention headquarters at the Hyatt/Lexington Center. That's two fantastic evening events to put the finishing touches on two days of great education programming, awards presentations, exhibit hall and more. We're also planning a full morning of programs for associate members and emerging professionals (licensed less than 10 years) on Saturday morning of the convention, along with a couple of local tours.
There are lots of great ways to support both the Bourbon Blast and the convention. Click here for information on sponsorship opportunities. Ticket sales for those wishing to attend the convention and/or the Bourbon Blast will open sometime in mid-July. Bourbon Blast tickets will be included in some convention registration packages, or may be purchased separately. We're in the process of finalizing all the details and setting up the online registration site ... watch for announcement from us when that's ready to go.

Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President