August 1, 2017
August 2017  

The dog days of summer are coming to an end... students will soon head back to school and, at AIA Kentucky, we are excitedly returning to our own fall institution - the anticipation of our fantastic annual convention!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN  for the 2017 AIA Ohio Valley Convention, which will be held in Indianapolis, IN September 27-29. The OVR Convention committee has created a fascinating lineup of programs, tours and events. Here are just some of the activities that await you in Indy:

Keynote Design Lectures by: Peter Bohlin, FAIA, of Bohlin Cywinksi Jackson (Wednesday); Carl Elefante, FAIA, National AIA President-Elect (Thursday); Max Burton, founder of Matter (Thursday); and Katherine Darnstadt, AIA, of Latent Design (Friday).

Off-site Events that include Alumni Receptions hosted by Indy firms and an EP Afterparty with the Region's Fellows. PLUS educational tours of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and the Market East District will be offered on Thursday afternoon!

You can earn up to 16.5 AIA/CES learning units at your choice of 25 break-out sessions, visit with new and interesting vendors during the exhibit hall reception, network with colleagues, and enjoy presentations of the 2017 Design and Service Awards. Three full days of education, entertainment and engagement with colleagues - you don't want to miss it!

In This Issue
The 2017 AIA Kentucky Honor Awards Jury met in Atlanta on Wed., July 12
2017 Design Award Winners Selected

The 2017 AIA Kentucky Honor Awards Jury met in Atlanta on Wednesday, July 12 and selected nine (9) projects from among a record 56 entries from 25 firms. We appreciate the strong level of participation from so many of you!  The jury provided the following general comments about this year's submissions:
"Serving on the 2017 AIA Kentucky Honor Awards Jury is a most rewarding experience in that we get the opportunity to see great design projects and what other architectural design firms are doing.  The entries are very impressive, clearly showing that there is design enthusiasm and excellence across the country, not only in metropolitan areas.  The jury was impressed with every submission and with the vitality of the design community active in Kentucky."
The awards will be presented during the AIA Ohio Valley Regional Convention on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in Indianapolis, and we hope you'll plan to attend!  A special note of thanks goes out to R. Wayne Estopinal, AIA, of TEG Architects for an outstanding job as 2017 Honor Awards Chairman.

Support the 2017 OVR Convention

With the 2017 AIA OVR Convention right around the corner, we are still welcoming exhibitors and sponsors who will support this exciting, three-day event. We are offering a wide variety of packages to suit all budgets and schedules - we've even coordinated our Exhibitor Reception to accommodate vendors who are participating in the CSI Tradeshow the next day! 

Event information and details about our many options for Exhibits and Sponsorship can be found here. Please spread the word and the link!

ACE of the Bluegrass is a nonprofit mentoring program that endeavors to inspire & encourage high school students interested in the Architecture / Construction / Engineering industries. You can support their mission by either sponsoring or participating in the Clay Shoot Tournament that they are hosting on Friday, August 25 at the Elk Creek Hunt Club. 

Excellence in Preservation Awards: Call for Nominations

Submission Deadline - August 31
Each year, thousands of Kentuckians work tirelessly to preserve the Commonwealth's heritage in our historic buildings, structures, landscapes and prehistoric sites. In 2012, Preservation Kentucky established the Excellence in Preservation Awards to recognize these folks and their exceptional accomplishments in the preservation, rehabilitation and interpretation of our architectural and cultural heritage, and to distinguish best practices in the field. Work may be submitted in a number of categories including Preservation Education, Service and Excellence in Heritage Tourism, so nominate your favorite preservation projects, educational programs, heritage tourism sites, sustainability advocates and craftsmen/women today!

Member News

Member Benefit Spotlight
Kentucky and many other states accept your AIA continuing education transcript as an official record when renewing your state license. AIA.org allows you to track your credits in one place, print a copy of your transcript, and quickly check whether you've met your continuing education requirements for the year.
Welcome New and Returning Members:
(since July 1, 2017)
  • Barbara Gilbert, Assoc. AIA, Luckett & Farley, Louisville
  • Tyler J. Mullins, Assoc. AIA, Stengel Hill Architecture, Jeffersonville
  • Tony L. Shircliff, Assoc. AIA, Luckett & Farley Architects, Louisville
  • Edward L. Tagg, AIA, ECS5.8 LLC, Jeffersonville
Send your news for inclusion in the next e-newsletter!
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:
CKC Members earned CE credit during a tour of the Kitchen Kompact plant on July 18
CKC News

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

EKC Members earned CE credit  during a tour of the new UK Science Building  on July 21
EKC News

View the latest edition of the AIA East KY Chapter's    E-News  for information about the following:
  • Volunteer and Outreach Opportunities
  • CE Programs and Tours
  • Lexington Emerging Professionals Network (LEPN)
For information on AIA East Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow EKC on  Facebook or  Twitter.

New Associate Dean for students, Bruce Swetnam
CoD News

New Associate Dean
Having served as a professor in the School of Architecture for 30 years as well as
the Kentuckiana Masonry Institute Endowed Professor for the past 16 years, Professor Bruce Swetnam is entering a new association with the University of Kentucky College of Design as the associate dean for students.
"The college has had a laudable history of retention and graduation, and this new position is intended to enhance that practice and the bridge between our studio culture and recruitment and admissions," Dean Mitzi Vernon said.  See Full Article.

New Faculty
The College of Design at the University of Kentucky is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Vivian as the new chair of the Department of Historic Preservation. Vivian, a historian and preservation specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the field, comes to UK from the University of Louisville where he most recently served as associate professor in the Department of History.

Vivian's emphasis on community-engaged scholarship and culturally significant research made him the clear choice to lead the Department of Historic Preservation into its next phase of development. This is the perfect transition from the current leadership and dedication of Allison Carll-White, who will be stepping down as chair this summer. 

New Degree
The Department of Historic Preservation of the College of Design is pleased to announce a new Online Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation. Designed specifically for working professionals, the online certificate is a focused, 12-credit-hour course of study that examines the history and theory of historic preservation, current laws and regulations, and allows for exploration of one or more specializations. Practicing architects and interior designers have found it useful for developing the skills and knowledge needed to better serve their client base and take on commissions involving older buildings. The online certificate builds upon the success of the department's Masters of Historic Preservation, a recognized leader in the field. 

For more information, see http://design.uky.edu/historic-preservation-curriculum/ or contact Daniel Vivian at Daniel.Vivian@uky.edu or (859) 323-6392.

Sights on Success participants met at TEG Architects on July 8 to discuss the Programming & Analysis Exam

Architectural Experience Program (AXP)
A recent article in AIA Architect showed that emerging professionals and their firm leaders may not be on the same page when it comes to the value of licensure. Although 88 percent of supervisors indicated that it was "very important" for the EP's who they supervised to get licensed, a survey conducted showed that not all associates are receiving the support that they need to successfully pursue licensure.

In an effort to help bridge this divide, AIA recorded a free webinar with recent IDP Firm Award recipients, ARE providers, and other design firms to explore best practices in empowering staff and supporting the path to licensure.  You are invited to view this presentation and learn about resources and innovative products that can easily be incorporated. View Recording PowerPoint Slides

Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
Our Sights on Success, ARE Prep program kicked off its second session on Saturday, July 8, with a very productive workshop on Programming & Analyses. We'd like to thank Sean Abercrombie, AIA and Matt Miller, AIA, of TEG Architects, for hosting our group and leading our discussion; and another thank you goes to our Allied Benefactors at Allegion (Glen Buckner, AIA) for providing a fantastic breakfast. Stay tuned for updates on the great things to come from this group!

AIA National News

Practice: Architectural Billings Index
Firm billings start summer on a strong note in the ABI for June 2017.
Compare recent trends with AIA's Updated Monthly and Quarterly Economic Indicators.

AIA 2030 Challenge
AIA recently released the 2016 "2030 By the Numbers" report, representing an overview of the progress made in 2016. This will be followed in the coming months by several reports taking in-depth looks at specific aspects of the 2016 data. Some initial takeaways:
  • Participation in the Commitment continues to grow-175 firms reported their portfolios in 2016, a 15 percent increase from 2015. There are now more than 400 signatories, with 53 new firms joining in 2016. However, growth in the program and progress toward goals, are not yet occurring at the pace required by the urgency of climate change.
  • In 2016, the average predicted energy use intensity (pEUI) percent savings was 42 percent, compared to 38 percent in 2015 and continuing the steps forward that the 2030 Commitment has taken over the last few years.
  • The 70 percent target is reachable, as evidenced by the portfolios of six firms and the 331 individual projects that met or exceeded the target.
  • Energy modeling is critical to success, with modeled projects averaging pEUI reductions of just over 50 percent, as compared to only a 35 percent pEUI reduction for projects that were not modeled.
  • Your participation matters! Considering last month's announcement that the US will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the 2016 report serves as a reminder that the Commitment, and those who actively participate in it, are living examples of how our profession is leading the effort to combat climate change.
Events & Opportunities:
A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at network.aia.org/RoundUp

The Last Word

I'm unplugging for a couple of weeks!  I'll be out of the office from August 1-11, 2017, with no access to email.  If you need assistance during that time, please contact Member Outreach Coordinator Kelly Ives, AIA at kives@aiaky.org or 859-221-0154.

Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President

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