December 4, 2017

December 2017  

Season's Greetings, AIA Kentucky family! We are in the homestretch of a fantastic year and, at an all-time membership high of 624, we sit poised for more good things to come in 2018!
In January, we will launch another session of Sights on Success - the ARE Prep program that assists Kentucky's emerging professionals in their pursuit of licensure. We also look forward to working with some new partners to deliver interesting and relevant educational programs and we will continue making beneficial enhancements to our annual conference and awards programs.
As we anticipate all of this, we are also looking back on a very successful 2017 and we are extremely thankful for the members, allied members and dedicated volunteers who make this possible. We hope that each of you will enjoy some well-deserved downtime with family and loved ones over the holidays and we look forward to working with you in the new year!
In This Issue
A Message from Your President

As 2017 comes to a close, we look back on a successful year for AIA Kentucky with our membership at an all-time high.  As of November 15, we recorded 624 members.  This is only possible with the commitment of you, the members of the AIA.   You value the importance of the AIA and I hope we were able to deliver the services you have come to expect.   Executive Vice President, Janet Pike, Hon. AIA, and Member Outreach Coordinator, Kelly Ives, AIA are the strength behind the association, along with each of you.  Our members have answered our call to serve on committees and represent AIA Kentucky at programs and events throughout the year - including AIA KY Legislative Day, Housing, Buildings & Construction Advisory Committee, Building Code Committee, AIA Awards Programs, QBS Coalition Committee along with KSPE/ACEC - KY, and AIA KY's Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) to name a few.   I would also like to congratulate Jeff Stivers, AIA on his election to serve on the national AIA Strategic Council, succeeding OVR Senior Director Drew White, FAIA of Indianapolis .  We wish Jeff all the best as he represents Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana members at the national level.   

Challenges remain ahead with state tax reform and its impact on the profession and we maintain a watchful eye as things progress.  Many thanks to Greg Brotzge for guiding the association through the many legislative challenges. We hope our CE programs and seminars have met your expectations and look forward to presenting a promising lineup of education for 2018.  I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our Executive Committee and the AIA Kentucky Board for their support and guidance.  Please join me in welcoming President-elect John Robertson, AIA with open arms and offer him the support you provided me.  

Lastly, I hope you will join us on December 19, 2017 for our holiday gathering at Holly Hill Inn.  Our special guests will be the newly licensed Architects in Kentucky.  We want to take this moment to recognize this group of individuals on a major accomplishment and welcome them to the AIA.  I hope you will find time to relax during the holidays and spend time with loved ones.
Happy Holidays,
Randall Vaughn, AIA

Resolve to be Registered in 2018
Sights on Success is ARE Prep that (Literally) Pays!

If you intend to complete the ARE in the coming year, then we have the resources and the plan to help you achieve your goal. AIA Kentucky is proud to share that an impressive 30% of the architects licensed in Kentucky this year have participated in our ARE Prep program, "Sights on Success". Because of the positive results we have observed and the feedback we have received, we are bringing it back for two sessions in 2018 - with added resources and an opportunity to win back your cost of registration!

This program also offers an excellent opportunity for established professionals to mentor the next generation of architects, so whether you desire to learn or to teach, you can benefit from Sights on Success. 

Visit our event page to learn more about this opportunity and contact Member Outreach Coordinator, Kelly Ives, AIA, with any questions.

Continuing Ed to Start the New Year! 

STEP Into the Sun:
Solar Training for Design Professionals

A new accredited course specifically designed for architects and engineers debuts in Versailles, KY on  January 31st , in cooperation with AIA Kentucky and Bluegrass ASHRAE.  The training includes design considerations for incorporating solar photovoltaics (PV) into buildings, how to speak with clients about the benefits of solar PV, where to find information on financial incentives, and much more.

The one-day training was developed by the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP), the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), and national solar energy experts, in partnership with American Institute of Architects (AIA) and ASHRAE. The cost of the training includes lunch and is reduced due to sponsorship by the U.S Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative: regular price is $150; AIA and ASHRAE members pay just $125; NGOs, veterans - $75; and students $15.

Special offer: Register with a friend and both tickets are 50% off.
Education credits: 6.5 AIA LU/HSW, 0.65 ICC Preferred Provider CEUs, and 6.5 GBCI

Register Here or contact Maria Ellingson for additional information.

Casting Call:  Could YOU be the Next TV Star?

Are you or someone you know super talented when it comes to homes? Seeking enthusiastic, charismatic people who love to rehab, renovate, restore or re-design homes. Are you a contractor, builder, renovator, designer, craftsman, furniture maker or more? We are seeking people from all over the United States who love making over homes, cabins, sheds, barns, garages and more! We're really open to other ideas of creative ways to renovate, rehab and more, so please tell us what you do!  This is an opportunity of a lifetime!

Please include the following:
  1. Your name and names of people who work with you (i.e. spouse, siblings, family members, friends, etc).
  2. City and State you live in
  3. Age(s)
  4. What you specialize in and why you love working on homes
  5. How many renovations or rehabs you do a year (or amount of furniture you make)
  6. Please include photos of before and after of your work
  7. Why you would be great hosting a show!
Please include current photos of yourself and people who work with you to homeshowhostcasting@gmail.com and castmebev@yahoo.com

AIA KY Members / Allied Members Appointed to High-Performance Buildings Advisory Committee

On November 2, Gov. Matt Bevin appointed David Andrew Edward, Sherry Diann Redmon, Randy Edward Vanhook, Michael William Jacobs, AIA, Cheryl Creech Kersey, AIA,  Christopher Robert Tyler and Robert Finley Messick to the High-Performance Buildings Advisory Committee.
  • David Andrew Edward, of La Grange, is a professor and professional environmental engineer. He will represent the Kentucky Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and serve for a term expiring Aug. 22, 2018.
  • Sherry Diann Redmon, of Russell Springs, is co-owner and operator of Red-Sun Homes, Inc. She will represent the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute and serve for a term expiring Aug. 22, 2018.
  • Randy Edward Vanhook, of Somerset, is a project manager for Green Mechanical Construction, Inc. He will represent the Associated General Contractors of Kentucky and serve for a term expiring Aug. 22, 2018.
  • Michael William Jacobs, AIA, of Lexington, is an architect. He will represent the design and construction industry involved in public works contracting and serve for a term expiring Aug. 22, 2018.
  • Cheryl Creech Kersey, AIA, of Louisville, is an architect. She will represent the Kentucky Society of the American Institute of Architects and serve for a term expiring Aug. 22, 2018.
  • Christopher Robert Tyler, of Lexington, is CEO of Thermal Equipment Sales. He will represent the American Society of the Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and serve for a term expiring Aug. 22, 2018.
  • Robert Finley Messick, of Frankfort, is executive director of the Kentucky Concrete Association. He will represent the Kentucky Ready Mixed Concrete Association and serve for a term expiring Aug. 22, 2018.
The High-Performance Buildings Advisory Committee is charged with establishing the criteria for the high-performance building standards and the benchmarks by which those standards will be measured. The Committee researches cost-effective, energy-saving, recycled and renewable energy sources, and other green methods of construction for state and local high-performance building design, construction, maintenance and operation.

Building Operator Certification Program

The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC), at the University of Louisville, with funding provided by the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), in partnership with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), is initiating a Building Operator Certification (BOC) program in Kentucky. Download this flyer to learn more and apply for the program. Applications should be submitted directly to Haley Keegan with MEEA at hkeegan@mwalliance.org as soon as possible.

Member News

Member Benefit Spotlight
AIA's 2030 Commitment helps our members by providing a framework and tool to benchmark, target, and track progress in their project designs toward increased energy efficiency and carbon neutrality by 2030. Over 450 firms are already leading the way in this important effort to measure progress and make lasting change. Find Out More.

Activity and Achievements
CKC member, Debby Bird, AIA was selected to serve on a joint AIA/NCARB committee that will meet in December to review proposed changes to the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and make recommendations to the Council. Thank you, Debby, for volunteering to be a voice for AIA Kentucky!

Welcome New and Returning Members:
(Joined or Reinstated since November 1, 2017)
  • RJE Business Interiors, Louisville, New Allied Sponsor
  • Sanket Shroff, Assoc. AIA, GRW, 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:
A great turnout for CKC's November program, which included a tribute to Clyde K. Warner, Jr., FAIA (EM)
CKC News

View the latest edition of the AIA Central KY Chapter's  E-News  for information about the following:
  • Holiday Party & Charitable Opportunities
  • 2018 Membership Grants
  • Upcoming Programs and Events
For information on AIA Central Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow CKC on  Facebook or   Twitter.

CANstruction 2017 is on display at the Lexington Center through December 5
EKC News

View the latest edition of the AIA East KY Chapter's    E-News  for more information about the following:
  • CANstruction 2017
  • AIA East Kentucky Holiday Party
  • Upcoming Programs and Events
For information on AIA East Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow EKC on  Facebook or  Twitter.

NKY News

All members of AIA Kentucky are cordially invited to attend the 4th annual AIA Northern Kentucky Holiday Party, hosted by our Allied Sponsors at R.I.W. Ornamental Metal, Inc., on Friday, December 15 at the Hofbrauhaus in Newport. Event Info .

UK CoD Assoc. Dean for Students, Bruce Swetnam, speaks to a group of orphans in Port Au Prince, Haiti
CoD News

Final Reviews
End of semester reviews will be held December 6-8, with AM and PM sessions in Miller and Pence Halls. People interested in the reviews may contact Jeffrey Johnson, AIA for more information.

Humanitarian Studio Seeks Support for Travels
Earlier this year, Associate Dean of Students, Bruce Swetnam, led a group of students from the School of Architecture to Port Au Prince, Haiti where they began collecting information and making plans for a renovation and expansion of the Chez Moi orphanage. The group is now seeking donations to fund a return trip to Port Au Prince in order to further the Chez Moi project. Click here to learn more and support this initiative.


Examination administrations are exceeding an already optimistic forecast for FY 2018. Of particular interest is the growing participation in the new ARE 5.0 as ARE 4.0 approaches retirement. 

With its focus on the six phases of practice and simulation of workplace context, the new exam is getting very positive reviews and appears to be incentivizing faster progress through the multiple divisions. While it will be some time before sufficient data exists to truly spot trends, the early results are very encouraging. Moving candidates through the experience and examination path at a faster pace, without sacrificing rigor, reinforces the goal of facilitating licensure.

We are also working to facilitate the path to licensure for ARE candidates in Kentucky. Check out our Sights on Success program site for more information and see how! 

AIA National News

Architectural Billings Index: Growth returning to firm billings in October.

AIA Innovation Award Recipients Announced
The Innovation Awards recognize the exemplary use and implementation of innovative technologies and progressive practices among architects and designers, their collaborators, and their clients, in support of the design, delivery and operation of buildings or research in practice and academia.  View the 2017 recipients.

The call for nominations of candidates to stand for election at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018, is open through January 31, 2018.

Submit your sustainable project to COTE Top Ten
COTE Top Ten is the industry's best-known awards program for sustainable design excellence. The Award highlights achievements in both design intent and actual performance across the triple bottom line of social, economic, and environmental value. Submissions are due by January 17 at 5pm ET.  Learn more and apply.

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

The Last Word

One of our primary roles here at AIA Kentucky is advocacy on issues affecting architects, architectural practice, and the communities you serve through your work.  The past few weeks have been busy:
  • Members and staff met last week with officials in the Department of Housing Buildings and Construction regarding building code regulations that will be submitted to the Legislative Research Commission for review in January.  We have urged the Department to maintain the 2012 IECC for commercial projects, after recommendations had been made to roll back to the 2009 IECC.  We're encouraged that adoption of the 2015 IBC and IRC with amendments appears to be moving forward, which includes input provided by AIA Kentucky's code review committee and other industry groups.
  • AIA Kentucky is participating in a coalition with other organizations offering professional services, in anticipation of possible inclusion of taxes on professional services in Kentucky tax reform efforts expected in 2018.  The coalition is researching professional service tax experiences in other states to identifying how we can contribute to the conversation about this and other tax reform approaches that would affect our firms.
  • We've been working closely with the AIA national advocacy team to bring you up to date information about the federal tax reform proposals making their way through the U.S. Congress.  I hope you've taken the time to review and act upon the action alerts we've sent out.  Our efforts to maintain the Historic Tax Credit (along with those of the National Trust and other preservation groups) had an impact in the Senate bill approved in the early hours of Saturday morning.  That version of tax reform eliminates the 10 percent credit for rehabilitation of structures that aren't historic.  The 20 percent credit for historic structures would be retained but spread over five years. The bill also eliminates any credit for buildings in operation before 1936 that are not on the National Register of Historic Places. The Senate bill is an improvement over the U.S. House of Representative version of the bill, in the eyes of preservationists, but still falls short of the existing tax credit benefits. The House-approved bill cuts the historic tax credit from the federal tax code altogether. 
  • Unfortunately, both bills for some reason continue to exclude architects and other small business service professions by name from lower tax rates on pass-through income.  AIA continues to advocate to preserve tax policies that support and strengthen small businesses and insure fairness for professional service firms.  We will keep the pressure on Kentucky's House and Senate members during conference committee reconciliation of the two bills. 
As the year comes to a close, my thanks go out to 2017 President Randall Vaughn, AIA.  Randall's knowledge, insight and positivity have been evident as we've faced many opportunities and challenges, and I so appreciate both his approach to leadership and his friendship as we've worked together this year to make AIA a valued resource to you.  I also offer my thanks to all our members, for your  financial support through your dues AND your engagement through participation in our initiatives, including advocacy, honor awards, educational programming and Sights on Success, to name a few.  
And, finally, I look forward to working with 2018 President John Robertson, AIA, and I know you will join me in offering him your support as he takes the helm.
Best wishes to all for Safe and Happy Holidays!

Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President

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