January 3, 2018
Welcome to 2018!  

And just like that, it's a New Year! As we leap headfirst into what 2018 will hold, we also look back at a great year in 2017 and we say THANK YOU to the members and volunteers who have done and continue to do so much for AIA Kentucky.

We are kicking this year off at a record high of 625 members and our newly president, John Robertson, AIA and the rest of AIA Kentucky's Board of Directors are excited to represent and serve each one. We hope that you will show them your support as they lead us through another successful year and we hope to see even more of you step up and get involved in the months ahead. 

Read more below to see what is coming up and feel free to contact us for more information on how you can get plugged in. In the meantime, we wish you all a Happy New Year filled with Curiosity, Creativity and Collaboration!
In This Issue
2017 AIA Kentucky President, John Robertson, AIA
A Message from Your President

On behalf of AIA Kentucky, I would like to wish all of members a prosperous and Happy New Year. Opportunities to expand our businesses and our profession are strong in 2018. The Commonwealth experienced significant economic growth in 2017 and the runway is set for expansion in our profession to continue into the new year.
As incoming President, my first order of business is to thank Randall Vaughn, AIA for his service and contributions to this office in 2017. His leadership skill sets set a high bar for those of us that follow.
As many of you know, several years ago AIA Kentucky adopted a new Strategic Plan. My purpose will be to continue the good works of the Strategic Plan that serve to advance our profession through advocacy and support to our membership.
I encourage all to study the Strategic Plan and to share your thoughts with our Leadership Team. I thank you in advance for your feedback and your support and I look forward to working with each of you in the coming year.

John C. Robertson, Jr., AIA

2018 Membership - Renew and Refer! 

2018 is shaping up to be a very important year for the architectural profession in Kentucky, and it is as important now as ever to renew your membership and to encourage others to join as well.

Holiday spending now have you on a tight budget? A dues installment plan is available through AIA, as well as Associate & Emerging Professional grants for members of the Central Kentucky Chapter.

Let's also continue to grow our chapter this year! 
Refer a colleague and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card. Just complete the form and AIA will do the rest! Terms and conditions apply. 

If you have misplaced your renewal invoice, let us know and we can provide a copy to you. Renewal deadline is January 15.

AIA KY Day at the Capitol

Registration is open for AIA Kentucky's annual Legislative Day at the Capitol on Thursday, February 8. This event will include breakfast with your legislators from 8-9:30, followed by appointments in their offices for those who desire to stay.  This is an excellent opportunity to meet your representatives and discuss pending bills that could affect architecture in Kentucky, so Sign up Today !

STEP Into the Sun:

Solar Training for Design Professionals
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Most architects and engineers don't have much experience, or know where to begin, when it comes to including solar PV design in their projects, but this training could help to change that. Created especially for design professionals, the course introduces participants on how to incorporate solar photovoltaics (PV) into designs, how to differentiate themselves in the marketplace by offering solar PV, how to speak with clients about its benefits, and where to find information on financial incentives.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, this program will be offered in only 22 US cities and, in cooperation with AIA Kentucky and Bluegrass ASHRAE, Versailles, KY is one of them! This training was developed by the Building Codes Assistance Project, the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), and 15 national solar energy experts and provides 6.5 LU | HSW continuing education credits to participants. 

Take advantage of this unique educational opportunity and sign up today!  

PSMJ Project Management Bootcamp

AIA Kentucky has partnered with PSMJ Resources, Inc. to bring their renowned A/E/C Project Management Bootcamp to Kentucky!  PSMJ offers their training programs throughout the country, but never in Kentucky and rarely close enough to avoid costly travel/overnight expenses.  We're changing that in 2018!

This intensive two-day Bootcamp helps Project Managers to improve project delivery, financial performance, and client satisfaction. Designed for Project Managers at any stage in their career, PSMJ's A/E/C Project Management Bootcamp compresses a wealth of knowledge and insight built from decades of real-world PM experience into two engaging days.  These are must-know strategies and must-have techniques of today's most successful project managers!

AIA members receive $200 off the standard PSMJ fee, an additional $100 off for early registration, and 25% off for the 3rd and all subsequent registrants from a firm.  You won't find a better opportunity - at a lower price - for Project Management training of this caliber, so sign yourself and/or your associates up today!! 

Resolve to be Registered in 2018
One week left to enroll for this program!

As we begin a new year, AIA KY remains extremely committed to supporting our Emerging Professionals - especially in their difficult pursuit of licensure. This month, we will launch the third round of our fantastic ARE Prep program, Sights on Success. This program, has proven to be a valuable resource for dozens of Kentucky's EP's, so  we are bringing it back for two sessions in 2018- with added resources and an opportunity to  win back your cost of Sights on Success program registration!

In 2018, the Sights on Success program will cover all six divisions of ARE 5.0 during a 10-month period in which candidates may participate in either or both of two, five-month sessions, but time is running out.  Registration for Session 1 ends on Wednesday, January 10 , so sign up today !

Member News

Member Benefit Spotlight
Members receive up to 27% off standard prices on 
AIA Contract Documents. For firms only needing a few contracts per year, customizable documents can be purchased one at a time. For firms needing the flexibility of unlimited use, annual licenses are available for one to 60 users. Free webinars also offer insight on our new 2017 contracts and how to use the online service. Find out more.

Firm News
Congratulations to de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop on the national coverage of their recently-completed Owsley Brown II History Center. The project, which won a 2017 AIA Kentucky Honor Award for Excellence in Architectural Design, is featured in the January 2018 issue of Architectural record! Read More  

Activity and Achievements
Congratulations to  Sarah H. Barker, AIA who has been named associate principal at Stengel Hill Architecture, in Louisville.

James K. Piper Jr., AIA, of GRW Architects in Lexington, has been appointed to continue representing licensed architects on the Housing, Buildings and Construction Advisory Committee for a term expiring Nov. 30, 2020. Jimmy was instrumental in efforts to protect the Kentucky Commercial Energy Code during his service on this Committee in 2017, and we are thrilled that he will continue to represent AIA Kentucky in the coming years!

Welcome New and Returning Members:
(Joined or Reinstated since December 1, 2017)
  • Emma J. Adkisson AIA, PCA Architecture, PSC, Fort Wright
  • Susan B. McCane, Assoc. AIA, TEG Architects LLC, Jeffersonville
  • Daniel G. Thornberry, AIA, Pearson & Peters Architects, Lexington  
  • Louisville Tile Distributors, Reinstated Allied Sponsor
  • Shaw Contract, New Allied Friend
  • Spohn Associates, Inc.New Allied Friend 

Bookmark AIA KY's web calendar to stay up to date on state/local events
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:
The 2017 AIA CKC/CSI Holiday Party was held at Louisville's Tim Faulkner Gallery on December 12
CKC News

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

EKC had a great turnout for their annual holiday party and CANstruction awards at HopCat on November 30
EKC News

View the latest edition of the AIA East KY Chapter's    E-News  for more information about the following:
  • ACE Mentor Program Fundraiser
  • Continuing Ed Opportunities
  • Upcoming Programs & Events
For information on AIA East Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow EKC on  Facebook or  Twitter.

AIA NKY had a wonderful holiday party, sponsored by R.I.W. Ornamental Metal, at the Hofbrauhaus in Newport
NKY News

Earn 6 AIA LU | HSW at our January CE Workshop:

Applying the 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
Friday, January 26, 2018 from 8:30 - 4:00

PDS of Kenton County, the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction, and AIA Northern Kentucky are pleased to announce this professional development opportunity for building officials and design professionals who work to restore and re-use existing buildings in Kentucky. The 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) will soon replace the premise of Chapter 34: Existing Buildings within the 2013 Kentucky Building Code and the KBC and IEBC intend to provide flexible alternative approaches to safeguarding public health, safety, and welfare without compromising the original character and use of buildings as they are repaired and altered for today's needs. This is your opportunity to learn what this means and how you'll benefit! 

Click here for additional information and registration.

Mentorship by Design participants held their December mixer at Goodfellas Pizza, in Lexington

A December mixer for the Mentorship by Design program was held at Goodfellas Pizzeria, in Lexington's distillery district. The program included a presentation by the architect of the pizzeria's adaptive reuse project.

The January gathering will include a tour of the UK Student Center Project, guided by Michael Jacobs, FAIA. For more info on the program, follow Mentorship by Design on Facebook.  
AIA National News

Architectural Billings Index:  November billings see fastest growth pace of the year

Candidates for Office
To date, six AIA members have declared their intent to pursue the offices of 2019-2020 Secretary, 2019-2021 At-large Director, or 2019 First Vice President/2020 President-elect at the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture. View the candidates.

2017 Research Summit Report
The 2017 Research Summit advanced the AIA's goals around research, with its key objective to help form an architectural research agenda and action plan for the Institute. The Summit brought together the professional practice and academic communities to talk about mutually beneficial interests to advance the interests of both. Read the Report .

Specialty Credentialing
The AIA has been involved in credentialing for more than 20 years. The AIA's involvement includes the Continuing Education Program, course curriculum programming, and our formal recognition of industry programs. This report  provides an update on 2017 discussions and next steps.  

Knowledge Community Opportunities:
  • Two days of thought-provoking sessions, discussions, and networking at Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic retreat! The 5th annual HRC Taliesin Colloquium (Friday, February 9 - Saturday, February 10, 2018) explores the tools and knowledge current practitioners and future architects need in their work with existing buildings. Register
A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at network.aia.org/RoundUp

The Last Word

Happy New Year!  First day back in the office in 2018 brings news of a legislative proposal to require each state agency to conduct a comprehensive review of all occupational licensing regulations under its jurisdiction every five years.  See pre-filed bill.  This would include professional licenses for architects, engineers, and landscape architects.  Similar legislation has been proposed in other states, in response to tales of over-regulation in some areas.  We are prepared to work with the Board of Architects to advocate for the importance of the architect's registration law and regulations to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.  This is one of several proposals we will no doubt be watching in the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly session.  Watch for a weekly update each Monday throughout the session, and periodic alerts when we need YOU to take action and contact your legislators. Government Affairs Committee Chairman Eric Steva, AIA and lobbyist Greg Brotzge are heading up our efforts.  If you'd like to be involved on the Government Affairs Committee this session, let me know.
As you may have seen, in order to provide tax relief for pass-through businesses which are taxed at individual rates, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act creates a new 20 percent deduction for these businesses to reduce their tax liability. However, both the initial House and Senate's bills prevented architects from taking advantage of this provision.  AIA argued to lawmakers that excluding architects from tax relief would treat them unfairly, putting them at a competitive disadvantage to other industries. Thanks to intense lobbying by AIA members, architects and engineers were removed from the list of professions prevented from taking the new deduction in the final version of the bill.  This means that architects will now be able to take full advantage of the tax relief being offered to other industries.
While the Historic Tax Credit was eliminated entirely from early legislation, the final bill did include an HTC credit, in more limited form. The 10 percent historic credit for all pre-1936 properties will go away, but the 20 percent credit for certified historic buildings will remain in place. This 20 percent credit can no longer be taken in the first year, and must instead be pro-rated over five tax years. These changes will reduce the effectiveness of the credit, but it is a far cry from complete elimination.  Retention of an incentive for the preservation of historic places is a positive development in the face of the possibility that the credit could have been wiped away completely.
Again, strong advocacy from AIA national and local chapters was key. Your participation and action matter!
While advocacy remains a primary focus for AIA Kentucky, you can see above that our priorities continue to include providing you with Continuing Education programming that truly addresses topics in which our members are most interested. Our first two installments are a Solar Design workshop for design professionals on January 31 in Versailles (6.5 LU HSW), followed by a comprehensive 2-day Project Management Bootcamp on March 28-29 in Louisville (13 LU).  These are first-rate programs presented in cooperation with established experts on these topics.  We hope you'll take advantage of these opportunities to increase your knowledge and skills, right here at home!
I look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President

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