March 3, 2016

Spring has nearly sprung and, while we await its arrival, AIA Kentucky activity is already in full bloom! In the last couple of weeks, our leaders and members have visited with legislators at the state Capitol, attended the AIA Grassroots Leadership conference in Detroit, and have made significant progress in planning for the AIA KY/IN convention this fall. Now is the time for you to jump in too! Submit a presentation to share at the convention, attend one (or more) of several upcoming opportunities for continuing education, and take advantage of/spread the word about the philanthropic opportunities, membership grants, and competitions described below. Read on for more information about what the next few months hold in store!
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

February Highlights
The fantastic volunteers from Gray Construction- host of February's Sights on Success  (SoS) Workshop.

Randall Vaughn, AIA, Terry Hainley, AIA, Tom Ollinger, AIA and Steve Brown presented over two hours of content for our participants!

SoS participants preparing for their next exam on Building Design and Construction Systems.

AIA KY members and staff talking with Representative James Tipton during Breakfast at the Capitol on Feb. 10th

Eric Steva, AIA discusses HB225 with Kentucky Board of Architects Executive Director, Rex Cecil, AIA.

With one of our breakfast guests, Kentucky Senator Mike Wilson.

AIA Kentucky President-elect, Randall Vaughn, AIA with AIA Central Kentucky Chapter President, Portia Shields, AIA and CKC President-elect, Jean-Paul Grivas, AIA at the Grassroots Leadership conference in Detroit.

Randall Vaughn presents Kentucky's 'Sights on Success' ARE Prep program at the OVR Meeting at AIA Grassroots in Detroit.

AIA Benefit of the Month
The Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) provides access to research in all facets of the built environment. As an AIA member, you are eligible for substantially more full-text, abstracts, and citations via BRIK through a subscription to three EBSCO databases-Art & Architecture Complete, the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, and the Sustainability Reference Center.
Click here to learn more and begin your free trial. 
AIA Kentucky/Indiana
Sep t. 15-17, 2016
Lexington, KY
Quick Links
Call for Presentations: KY/IN Convention    
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2016
The Call for Presentations is open for the AIA Kentucky/AIA Indiana Convention, taking place September 15-17, 2016 in Lexington, KY. "CRAFT: Distilling Design" is the theme of this year's event, which will attract nearly 300 architects from Kentucky and Indiana. We are seeking presentations for a limited number of break-out sessions to complement three keynote design presentations. Our hope is to provide diverse educational programming that will attract the interest of seasoned architects, emerging professionals and students alike.

You have knowledge to share and best practices that others need to learn, so use this opportunity to put yourself and your firm out in front of your peers. You'll have a great experience and earn discounted Convention Registration so don't delay - click here to learn more/submit your program today!
CE Workshop: Materials and Methods 2.0  
Wed., March 30th at Georgetown College
Come, explore the latest innovations in materials and methods during this one-day program on a range of topics from a variety of presenters. With programming coordinated by Ron Blank CE Academy, this fast-paced series of six (6) courses from seasoned presenters will provide information you can immediately put to work in your practice. Each one-hour program will be reported individually by Ron Blank CE Academy, with a total of 6 AIA LU/ HSW credits available to all AIA members attending. Learn More/ Register Here.

KET Programming Partnership 
As part of our ongoing partnership with Kentucky Educational Television, AIA Kentucky is proud to be sponsoring the upcoming episodes of the station's "10 that Changed" series. Stay tuned for schedule information on the new installments in this series and, in the meantime, be sure to catch their re-airing of the episodes listed below:

10 Buildings That Changed Louisville: KETKY: April 6 at 10:30am; April 7 at 7:30pm; April 8 at 9:30pm

10 Buildings That Changed America: KET2: April 3 at 8pm

PlayHouzz 2016     
Submission Deadline: April 8, 2016
If you ever wish you could be a kid again, then now's your chance! Participating in PlayHouzz 2016 will allow you to tap into your inner child as you design a playhouse that showcases the importance of creative design in child development.

When you play, everyone wins in this competition. Houzz and the AIA will fund the construction of top designs and their sales will benefit children and charities around the country. PLUS participating AIA chapters with at least 20 entries are eligible to receive a $5,000 grant! Click here to learn more/play today.
Member News
New Kentucky Fellow
AIA Kentucky is extremely proud of Roberto C. de Leon Jr., FAIA, who was one of 149 professionals recently elevated to the AIA College of Fellows! We congratulate him on achieving this prestigious recognition for both his individual achievement as well as his contributions to architecture and society on a national level. Roberto and all of the 2016 honorees will be recognized at an investiture ceremony at the 2016 National Convention.

Change of Employment
GBBN Architects announces that Chris Bowling, AIA, has joined the firm as an Associate and Project Manager in the Louisville Office. Chris has been actively engaged in the AIA for years. He is a past-president of the Central Kentucky Chapter and is currently serving as CKC Treasurer. On the recent hire of Chris, GBBN CEO Matthew Schottelkotte states, "as demonstrated by his passion to improve the built environment as well as his involvement in the community, Chris is committed to the continual advancement of Louisville and the profession of architecture." 
Welcome New Members:
(since Feb. 1, 2016)
  • Brian Buckner, Assoc. AIA , RossTarrant Architects, Lexington
  • Michael J. Mundy, Assoc. AIA , Zephyr Arch, Redwood City, CA
  • Benjamin L. Robbins, AIA, Robbins Architecture, Louisville
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:
Membership Grants Available
CKC is still accepting applications for five Associate/Emerging Professionals Grants. The Associate/EP grant program has a proven record of developing successful chapter leaders and, this year, the program has been enhanced to include a travel/lodging stipend for one of the grant recipients to attend the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity - review the CKC website for program details and submit an application today!

NEW CE Programs in Western Kentucky 
Thanks to Ben Grove, AIA, CKC members in western Kentucky will now have an opportunity to attend local CE programs on a regular basis! These will typically be held the third Wednesday of each month at
Western Kentucky University's Owensboro campus. The first will be on Wednesday, April 20, at 12 PM CST. Additional program details TBA. 

View the latest edition of the AIA Central KY Chapter E-News for additional information about the following:
  • 2016 CKC House Tour - Call for Entries
  • Leadership Grant Applications
  • Upcoming Programs and Events
For information on AIA Central Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow CKC on Facebook or Twitter.

Project Tour
AIA East KY is pleased to offer its members an opportunity for continuing education in conjunction with a tour of the construction for UK's Limestone Park Residence Halls. The tour will take place on Friday, April 15th from 3:00 - 5:00 PM and will qualify for 1.5 AIA LU's/HSW. Register Here

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

NKY Restoration Weekend
NKY Restoration Weekend is a FREE two-day event focused on educating professionals and homeowners about historic preservation and rehabilitation. The Friday sessions are geared toward continuing education for design professional and those interested in learning more about historic preservation and the Saturday event is geared toward the DIY property owner. Learn More
CoD News
New Administrative Position
In mid-February, the UK CoD announced that Gregory A. Luhan, AIA, will be the College's new Associate Dean for Administration (ADA). As the new ADA, Professor Luhan will be responsible for coordinating the college's long-term planning activities, including the strategic planning process. He will also provide coordination in the development of curricula by the faculty of all three programs - architecture, historic preservation and interior design - and their review at the college level by Dean, Directors, Chairs, Faculty and other university officials.

Search for New Director - Update
The search committee for the UK College of Design Director of the School of Architecture has already received more than 40 applications from a very broad range of excellent national and international practitioners, educators and scholars. The group will be narrowing down the field of candidates in the coming months, and finalists will be invited to deliver a public lecture and share their work on campus in mid-April. AIA members are invited to attend these important presentations once they are scheduled.

Sights on Success
Now more than halfway through the "Sights on Success" program, we continue to be amazed at the dedication of both our participants and our supporters! We held a fantastic workshop at Gray Construction on February 6th, with food and beverage provided by BLUE Energy Group. Four licensed architects presented more than two hours' worth of content on Building Design & Construction Systems to a dozen or our ARE candidates.

We are continuing to record a 75% pass rate for those reporting their exam progress to date, so we remain optimistic that Kentucky will have several newly licensed architects around the time our program wraps up in late June! 

The New ARE
NCARB recently announced that ARE version 5.0, set to launch later this year, will replace the vignettes from ARE 4.0 with new question types: hot spots and drag-and-place, plus the incorporation of case studies. In addition to these new testing methods, the exam will continue to use multiple choice, check-all-that-apply, and quantitative fill-in-the-blank.
The exam will now include six divisions with test durations ranging between three and a half to five hours. The total "seat time" for ARE 5.0 will be 25 hours and 30 minutes, which is a substantial decrease from the 33 hours 20 minutes for the seven divisions of the previous version. For more information about ARE 5.0 visit www.ncarb.org/ARE5.
AIA National News
In the last month, AIA National has announced an amazing lineup of keynote speakers for the 2016 National Convention, including Kevin Spacey, Neri Oxman and Rem Koolhaas. Sign up today for this awesome experience and refer your friends and colleagues as well. New members will receive free convention registration! 

2016 Equity in Architecture Survey - deadline April 1, 2016
The 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey, sponsored by AIA San Francisco and the Equity by Design Committee, will seek to create a comprehensive national dataset detailing current positions and career experiences of architecture school graduates. The resulting research will focus on differential experiences of women and men as well as underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. It is expected to provide insights into talent retention in firms by exploring pinch points that influence decisions to leave the profession as well as factors that promote satisfying and sustainable careers in architecture for all architectural professionals.

Public Awareness Campaign 
On February 29th, the AIA launched a
national PR push that will run on cable news outlets for sixteen weeks during the political primary coverage. The commercial will air in primetime during coverage of key primaries on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. There will also be spots running on Hulu programming from March until the end of May.

The theme is a continuation of the "Look Up" campaign that aims to showcase the correlation between design and how people interact with the spaces around them and to generate greater awareness for the impact that architects have on spaces that are used on an everyday basis.

AIA staff and volunteer leadership worked in conjunction with The Purpose Institute, LOS YORK, CSpence Group and GSD&M for the creative elements of the commercial and the orchestration of the overall public awareness campaign. The campaign itself is also supported on social media with the hashtag, "#ilookup." View the commercial.

Construction Forecast
The AIA's semi-annual Construction Consensus Forecast (factoring in projections from Wells Fargo, moodys.com and other groups) expects construction spending in the nonresidential market to increase by just over 8 percent this year. Heavy demand for hotels, offices, and manufacturing plans leading the way, with additional spending projected for retail establishments, hospitals and schools, hospitals. View the full press release.

Additionally, Architecture Billings Index (ABI) panelists were queried for the design trends that they think will be the most prevalent over the next decade: increased energy efficiency, innovative building materials were the top answers, as well as design software enhancements that will help reduce waste, cost overruns and project delays. View the survey results.

AIA State Economic Profiles
This month, AIA released the first update to the State Economic Profiles since they were re-launched in July. Each state profile contains economic indicators at the national, regional, and state level, which can help members make better business decisions and inform discussions on policies.

Knowledge Community Opportunities

World Deaf Architecture (WDA), a newly created group for AIA Knowledge Community and Network, will hold a symposium during the national pre-convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on May 18, 2016. (Building/room location TBA.) Every AIA member who plans to attend the 2016 AIA Convention is welcome to attend this event.

The WDA was established in 2015, in association with the AIA Department of Diversity and Emerging Professionals Engagement. Its mission is specifically for professional architects and designers who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing. WDA endeavors to bring together American and International deaf/hard of hearing architects and designers to provide opportunities for networking, professional development, and education worldwide.

Other Knowledge Community Opportunities include:  
  • 2016 Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) Healthcare Design Awards. Submit by March 14, 2016.
  • Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) U40 List: List of Healthcare Design's Best Under 40. Submit an application by April 1, 2016.
  • Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) 2016 Call for Papers: Submit articles, innovative project case studies, completed research projects, and monographs in the field of healthcare design by May 31, 2016.
A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at network.aia.org/RoundUp
The Last Word
There were many informative takeaways from the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference last week in Detroit. Among the most exciting is a new television advertising campaign that kicked of March 1 with placement of a terrific new AIA ad on CNN, Fox, MSNBC during prime election coverage and continuing through the spring campaign season. If you haven't seen the ad yet, check it out here. What a great feeling to see this message on architects and their value come through my TV screen!
We also saw an increased focus in AIA on better support for architects and firms. President Jeff Stivers, AIA and Vice President Randall Vaughn, AIA joined me at an in-depth two-part workshop called "Strategic Foresight: Connecting Members to Prosperity," featuring fascinating research about firm structure, compensation, profitability and more from the experts at Design Intelligence and the Design Futures Council. The session included discussions about how this research informs AIA Kentucky and other chapter leaders as we develop innovative, compelling and relevant programming that truly meets the current and future needs of our members. We all left energized and enthusiastic about the future of the profession!

Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President