November 1, 2016

As 2016 draws closer to its end, AIA Kentucky is busily making plans for a smooth transition to the year ahead. Current and incoming board members will meet next Friday, November 11 for the annual fall planning meeting, where they will discuss their responsibilities and objectives as we move into 2017. If you have any issues that you would like to see discussed at that time, please communicate them to your component leaders as soon as possible.
Some of the changes that we already look forward to are additional improvements in our awards programs - both the nominations/submissions and the selection processes - the launch of Sights on Success 2.0, and the launch of a new website that will be more directly linked with Institute resources at the national level. In the meantime, however, don't forget about the wealth of information already available to you at aiaky.org. Visit our business center today for current job postings, competitions, scholarships, etc. and take advantage of the many resources offered there. Of course, our monthly newsletters also offer valuable information and resources, so please read on for what's happening now in your AIA!
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 components, with a portion of dues supporting local programs. Learn More

October Highlights
Members of AIA East Kentucky toured Pax Christi Catholic Church in Lexington on October 14. 
Members of AIA East Kentucky toured Pax Christi Catholic Church in Lexington on October 14. 
Members of AIA East Kentucky toured Pax Christi Catholic Church in Lexington on October 14.
As a result of the NKS SDAT, new basketball courts were provided in Covington, Kentucky's Randolph Park.
As a result of the NKS SDAT, additional picnic shelters were provided in Covington, Kentucky's Randolph Park.
As a result of the NKS SDAT, additional benches were provided in Covington, Kentucky's Randolph Park.
AIA Benefit of the Month
Do you practice in a firm of 10 employees or less? The AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFx) Scan collects knowledge resources for small firm practitioners and design professionals to strengthen their practice and professional careers. It advocates for small firms, promotes firm and professional leadership, and supports local component round tables and small firm networks.
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Indianapolis, IN
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16 Emerging Professionals Receive AIA KY Leadership Scholarships
AIA Kentucky received 16 applications for the 8 scholarships we intended to offer for to the attend the 2016 AIA Leadership Institute in Indianapolis on Friday, November 18. Due to the excellent quality of all 16 applications, we strongly believe that each of the Emerging Professionals (Architect Members licensed less than 10 years or Associate Members) who submitted deserves an opportunity to participate in this program. Therefore, we are excited to announce that all 16 of the applicants listed below will be awarded a scholarship to cover their registration for the program! Congratulations to these future leaders in AIA Kentucky: 
  • Craig Chamberlain, Assoc. AIA, JRA Architects
  • George Donkor, Assoc. AIA, Gray Architects & Engineers
  • Chadwick Gallas, AIA, Omni Architects
  • Chris Gipson, Assoc. AIA, RossTarrant Architects
  • Sydney Goetz, AIA, Sydney Goetz Architect, LLC
  • Abbie Grove, Assoc. AIA, Skinner Design Associates
  • Ben Grove, AIA, AXIOM Architecture, PLLC
  • Nathaniel Hocker, Assoc. AIA, Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects
  • Michael Hogan, AIA, RossTarrant Architects
  • Melinda Joseph-Dezarn, AIA, RossTarrant Architects
  • Kristofer Nonn, Assoc. AIA, NoLi CDC
  • Andrew Owens, AIA, Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects
  • Iesha Roberson, Assoc. AIA, RossTarrant Architects
  • Phil Schilffarth, AIA, Brandstetter Carroll, Inc.
  • Matthew Triplett, AIA, Kersey and Kersey Architects
  • Ida Wrocklage, Assoc. AIA, TEG Architects
Group Health Insurance Available
The health insurance landscape in Kentucky is changing rapidly as 2017 approaches, and many of you may be facing changes in your health insurance plans and options. Before your firm locks into group health plans for 2017, I hope you'll explore the options available to you in the AIA Kentucky Association Health Plan, through the Kentucky Construction Industry Trust.   If you have two or more employees, I encourage you to see if the AIA Kentucky program through KCIT provides an affordable solution for you. Our agent Daryl Carlson at BB&T Insurance Services is available to explain the plan options and work with you to provide a quote for coverage. Reach him at dcarlson@bbandt.com or (859) 422-3885.

A4LE (CEFPI) Annual Conference
Formerly known as the Council for Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI), the newly named Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) invites you to attend the eleventh annual Kentucky Chapter Conference on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

An exciting day is planned with thought-provoking and interactive presentations on topics relevant to those who plan, design, manage and benefit from today and tomorrow's 21st century learning spaces, a showcase of state-of-the-art tools to move learning forward and numerous opportunities for networking with your colleagues. Click here for Details and Registration.

'Tis the Season - Save the Dates!   
The holiday season is an extremely busy time of year, so be sure to save the date for Tuesday, December 6 and plan to join us for the AIA Kentucky Holiday Party at the Holly Hill Inn, in Midway. Additional details and registration info are still to come.

All three of our local components will also be hosting holiday gatherings that we hope you can attend so please add these to your calendar as follows: 
AIA Seeking Key Contacts
As the 2016 election draws closer, the AIA Government Relations team is gearing up for the 115th Congress in January. As they do this, AIA Kentucky is assisting in connecting the team with members who have working relationships with sitting members of Congress or candidates currently in the race.

We would also like to know of any architects who are running for any local offices.  
If you have a good relationship with a member of Congress and / or their challengers, or know of an architect currently holding or running for a local office, please email us with details.  

Member News
Firm News

Murphy Group Architects, PLLC
(formerly Murphy + Graves + Trimble) is proud to debut its new corporate identity, effective November 1, 2016. The new brand supports the evolution of the firm's internal structure and aligns with its mission of enhancing people's quality of life through architecture. Visit www.murphygroupky.com or the firm's Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn pages for more information.

Aric M. Andre
w, AIA, senior vice president and director of higher education market segment at Luckett & Farley, was recently as the Louisville-based architectural firm's new leader. His appointment takes effect Jan. 1 and he replaces Ed Jerdoneck, AIA, who spent 22 years with L&F, an employee-owned form of more than 100 people.   
Welcome New and Returning Members:
(since October 1, 2016) 
  • Josh A. Ayoroa,Assoc. AIA, Ayoroa Simmons, PLLC, Lexington
  • Brent M. Bohannon, AIA, Oldham County Board of Education, Lagrange
  • Kelly Fink, Assoc. AIA, EOP Architects, Lexington
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 for information about the following:
  • Upcoming Programs and Continuing Ed
  • Slate of Officers for 2017
  • Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities
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  for information about the following:
  • 2016 EKC Holiday Party
  • UK CoD and AIAS News
  • Learning Opportunities
For information on AIA East Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow EKC on Facebook or Twitter.

CoD News
The CoD's own Jeffrey Johnson, AIA director of the School of Architecture, had an op-ed piece featured last week on CNN.com. Click here to read the article, which offered international recognition for the College of Design at the University of Kentucky!

Exhibitions and Lectures
"Why should we care about form? If you fly in airplanes, ride in boats or automobiles, if you eat with utensils, if you interface with anything artificial, form is important, perhaps even life-saving, every day." - Mitzi Vernon, Dean of the College of Design at the University of Kentucky. Dean Vernon's exhibit - FORM: Line-Plane-Solid - will be on display at the Downtown Arts Center in Lexington through Nov. 30. The exhibition features 200+ projects by students from Virginia Tech, where she taught before arriving at UK.
The School of Architecture will also host a lecture by Michael Szivos, Founder, SOFTlab in NYC at 6:30 PM on Friday, November 11 in the 2nd Floor Auditorium at the 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington.

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Jurors are needed for both the Design Development presentation and the Final Exhibition by students in Dr. Greg Luhan, AIA's fall studio. Contact Greg if you are interested in participating in either of the dates below:

Pre-Final Presentation - Design Development (11/16) - Pence Hall Basement Gallery, 2:00-6:00pm

Final Exhibition - Presentations 12/07, 12/08, 12/09 - Location Reynolds Building (exact time, date, and location in Reynolds to be determined) (ALL DAY)
As of November 1, candidates looking to test in ARE 5.0 can begin scheduling exams. Early administrations of the new testing format will affect the establishment of new cut scores for all six (6) divisions of ARE 5.0. This may result in a reporting period of 6-10 weeks for the first candidates who test in ARE 5.0 to receive their results. Therefore, as an incentive to take the new exam early and influence these new metrics, the first 600 candidates to test on each division will receive a $100 gift card!
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Recent NCARB data has revealed that the pool of licensure candidates is growing more diverse and, simultaneously, indicates that the time it takes to earn a license is decreasing. View Details
AIA National News
As part of its commitment to improving communication and information-sharing across all levels of the Institute, the AIA Board has summarized the actions and discussions from its September 16-17, 2016 meeting in an action memo.
New Overtime Rule 
If you were not able to join AIA for their FREE webinar that explored how the Department of Labor's new overtime regulations will impact you and your firm, a recorded copy is now available to view at your convenience. The link below will take you to a landing page where you can enter your company and contact information. Then click "Submit," and you will be taken to the webinar.
This webinar provides practical guidance on what designers and architecture firms alike can expect when the rule goes into effect this December, and how you can evaluate and make changes in your business operations in light of the changing overtime rules.
New Contract Document Service 
As of December 31, 2017, AIA Contract Documents desktop software will be sunsetted and no longer supported. From now and throughout 2017, customers will be asked to renew their license on the online service, ACD5. Visit the AIA Contract Documents toolkit for talking points and FAQs about this transition.

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:
A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at network.aia.org/RoundUp 
The Last Word
"Every man owes a part of his time and money to the profession or business in which he is engaged.  No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere..." - Theodore Roosevelt
Within the last couple of weeks you've likely seen a request for renewal of your AIA membership in both your email box and your snail mail box.  As you reflect on the value of your continued commitment to AIA, please consider both Roosevelt's entreaty about obligation to one's profession and this quick summary of the tangible - and in some instances intangible - benefits you enjoy. 
Representation and Advocacy
AIA is the only organization with the primary purpose of representing and protecting you as a professional, and your practice.  In both the public (national/state/local) and private realm, AIA is advocating for you and your interests to ensure the continued well-being of the architectural profession.  Kentucky firms recently shared with AIA their experiences with the 179D tax incentives on public projects, providing real-world project data that AIA is using to share with Members of Congress considering legislation to continue the incentives.  This is but one example demonstrating that AIA's highest priority is maintaining your place in influencing and enhancing the built environment while protecting your ability to thrive in a quickly-changing regulatory and business environment.  The AIA has an impact collectively beyond what individuals acting alone can achieve.
Knowledge and Education
Your local chapter regularly hosts high quality, FREE programs, where you can earn continuing education credits to meet your license and AIA requirements.  AIA Kentucky provides member discounts for additional educational opportunities at full-day workshops and seminars, as well as the annual convention.  AIA's transcript service is FREE for members, to help you keep track of multiple state license requirements, and its CES Provider program establishes a standard of quality recognized by most state licensing boards.  AIAU and the AIA Knowledge Communities offer knowledge you need as well.
Business/Practice Resources
As an AIA member you receive access to and special discounted member fees for a variety of products and services:
  • the industry standard AIA contract documents for your projects;
  • access to group health insurance and other benefit programs through the AIA Kentucky Association Health Plan and KY Construction Industry Trust;
  • insurance, financial planning, firm management and practice tools tailored for your needs, through the AIA Trust, many of them developed with the small firm and sole practitioner in mind;
  • AIAU - a vast array of online educational seminars delivered by certified providers;
  • the latest market research and analysis, including the Architecture Billing Index, Foresight Report, Client Insight, Economic Forecasts, Home Designs Trends Survey, Compensation Report; and more;
  • the AIA Career Center to find qualified candidates or search for career opportunities;
  • special pricing programs for critical business expenses like rental cars, shipping, design tools, office supplies and more.
Recent member surveys show that engagement in AIA programs and activities creates higher satisfaction for members.  AIA provides you with opportunities to build your leadership skills while working on behalf of your profession. In fact, AIA Kentucky just funded 16 members' participation in a full-day Leadership Institute program in Indianapolis, coming up in a couple of weeks.  The more involved you are in your local chapter's outreach activities, committees, educational programs and social events, the more value you receive.  AIA is what YOU make it.  Staying connected to and interacting with your fellow architects is critical to the continued health and growth of your chosen profession.
In summary, AIA provides representation, knowledge, encouragement and pathways to opportunities and resources to advance your career.  We ask you to continue to invest in your future through your AIA membership.

Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President