July 6, 2017
July 2017  

July certainly arrived with a bang for AIA Kentucky... this weekend we celebrated the receipt of FIFTY-SIX submissions for our annual design awards program - the most projects ever! 

Our jury will meet in Atlanta on July 12 to select the winners in each category and the recipients will be announced at the Ohio Valley Region's convention in September. It's sure to be an exciting couple of days and we hope you will mark your calendar to join us September 27-29 in Indianapolis for many great programs and events focused on the architect's role in influencing our built environment. "We Built This City", OVR 2017 registration will open by the end of July so be on the lookout for an announcement in the next couple of weeks!

In This Issue
QBS Coalition Off to a Fast Start

The Kentucky QBS Coalition is off to a quick start spreading the word about the value of Qualifications Based Selection for A/E services in the public realm.  AIA Kentucky members Joe Jones, AIA, Richard Polk, AIA, and Eric Zabilka, AIA have joined EVP Janet Pike, Hon. AIA at several meetings with representatives of KSPE/ACEC-KY who approached us about engaging in this group dedicated to promoting and expanding use of QBS by public entities.  Additional industry partners are being approached to join the Coalition, and together we are developing resources including a web site, a QBS guidebook, a speakers bureau, and other assistance for public entities putting QBS in place for A/E procurement.
Two opportunities have already arisen to share our message.  The first was a presentation on June 9th at a meeting of the Executive Directors of Kentucky's Area Development Districts, organized by Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo of the Department for Local Government.  Janet and Joe joined with two ACEC-KY representatives in making a presentation that was very well-received and generated a lot of interest and good questions from the audience.  On August 24th the Coalition will present a workshop session at the Governor's Local Issues Conference at the Galt House in Louisville. The session includes an overview presentation followed by a facilitated discussion with panelists representing agencies which use and administer this process and contractors who see the real world benefits.

Submit for Available Leadership Opportunities!

A reminder that AIA Kentucky is seeking expressions of interest from members interested in serving in leadership positions on the AIA Kentucky Board of Directors. The position of Secretary for 2018 will be open, with preference given to an East Kentucky Chapter member to maintain geographic balance on the Executive Committee. This is a one-year term that traditionally leads to ongoing service in subsequent years as Treasurer, President-Elect and then President of AIA Kentucky. The Associate Director, to be filled by an AIA Associate Member, serves a one-year term on the AIA Kentucky Board, for the 2018 calendar year.  Architect Members interested in the Secretary position and Associate Members interested in the Associate Director position should submit a letter of interest to Nominating Committee Chair (and past president) Jeff Stivers, AIA no later than Friday, July 21, 2017.  Ballots for all 2018 AIA Kentucky Officers will be distributed 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting, per the bylaws, with ratification of election results at the AIA KY Annual Meeting during the September convention.

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

Do you ever find yourself asking this question when it comes to the value of your AIA membership? The truth is there are countless ways that the Institute is working every day to serve you at the national, state and local levels. But AIA recognizes that some of this goes on behind the scenes and may not be immediately apparent. 

With this in mind, AIA has developed new, member-centric engagement web pages, showcasing the many benefits of membership. These pages can help you at every stage of your career to get started, get connected, get engaged, and get ahead, both in your membership and in the profession. We hope you'll explore these pages and share them with your colleagues as well!

Allied Memberships Available - Spread the Word!

Did you know that AIA Kentucky and our three local components currently receive vital support from more than 40 affiliated professionals in Kentucky's A/E industry? Our Allied Membership program is a win-win for both our members and these invaluable partners, and we are always open to welcome more!

YOU work with countless suppliers, contractors and consultants who could also benefit from a relationship with AIA Kentucky, so please share this opportunity with them when you have a chance. Program information and registration are available at aiaky.org/allied2017 - pass it on!

Take us on Your Trips!

Are your summer travels taking you to any architectural landmarks? Take us along! Share your photos with your colleagues across Kentucky by tagging @AIAKentucky on Facebook and Twitter, or send them to us to share for you. We can all enjoy and celebrate some great works of architecture... and also get some ideas for planning our next trip! 

Member News

Firm News
Cheryl Creech Kersey, AIA, of Kersey & Kersey was featured in the June 14 issue of Louisville's Business First. Read Full Article.
Welcome New and Returning Members:
(since June 1, 2017)
  • Debby Bird, Assoc. AIA, Keyes Architects & Associates, Louisville
  • Samantha Goodwin, Assoc. AIA, Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Chovan, Inc., Louisville 
  • Kevin M. Gough, AIA, EOP Architects, Lexington
  • Robert S. Powell, AIA, Denham Blythe Co., Inc., Lexington
  • Vince Thompson, Assoc. AIA, Hubbuch & Company, Louisville
  • Steve White, AIA, White Pollard Architects, Lexington
  • FASTSIGNS, Louisville, New Allied Friend
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 News

The June 16 issue of Louisville's Business First newspaper featured some favorite Louisville buildings, as selected by local architects, as well as a current list of the area's largest architectural firms. Check them out!

View the latest edition of the AIA Central KY Chapter E-News for information about the following:
  • ARE Study Materials
  • 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 News

EKC's Canstruction competition is shaping up to be an exciting competition to highlight the value of design and to serve the Lexington community this holiday season. All team openings have been filled, but some sponsorships  may still be available. Access sponsorship information here , and contact Beth Hunter Bauer, AIA to participate!

View the latest edition of the AIA East KY Chapter  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.

CoD News

The University of Kentucky Department of Historic Preservation in the College of Design was presented with the Service to Preservation Award from the Kentucky Heritage Council at the annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards ceremony held May 30, at the Berry Hill Mansion in Frankfort, Ky.

The award was given for the Historic Preservation Symposium, an annual conference that Professor Clyde Carpenter and Michael Spencer (former department co-director) premiered in 2005. 


New NCARB data reveals diversity is increasing among emerging professionals. 

Architectural Experience Program (AXP)
Associate Members can learn about construction administration in the newest Emerge by AIAU course entitled Conquering the Construction Site. Check out the full series offerings. There are over 8 hours of AXP credit for Associate Members this month!

Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
Don't forget that ARE 4.0 will sunset on June 30, 2018!

Thanks to the feedback from nearly 3,000 early testers in the latest version of the ARE, NCARB has not only been able to set cut scores for all six divisions-they have also made a couple of ARE 5.0 upgrades to improve your testing experience. Upgrades include improvements to the on-screen calculator and additional Prometric locations, PLUS the resources within case studies have been improved to provide clearer visibility of graphics and text in all case studies throughout all six divisions of the exam. And remember, candidates taking ARE 5.0 will typically receive scores within two to three business days of testing!

Curious about the ARE 5.0 cut score process? Click here to learn the outcome of the cut score process and how it impacts the number of questions you need to get correct to pass. 

AIA National News

Practice: Architectural Billings Index
Business conditions continue to show encouraging trends in the ABI for May 2017.
We often talk about the future. Here's your opportunity to define it! Apply to join 60 emerging professionals, architecture leaders, and entrepreneurs this fall at the Practice Innovation Lab, hosted by the Young Architects Forum. We'll explore ideas to redefine the practice of architecture and move our profession forward alongside thought leaders in entrepreneurship, technology, company culture, and other areas.

It's happening at the Crystal City campus of 1776 Startup Incubator, a global incubator whose members are bringing new technologies and entirely new business models to market. Applications due by July 10!

In addition, the call for nominations for the at-large representative position on the AIA Strategic Council is now open. The d eadline for submission is August 1, at 5pm, ET.

Get ready to show your best work! The Institute is now accepting submissions for the 2018 AIA Awards, in each of the following categories: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Regional & Urban Design, Twenty-five Year Award. Learn More.

Also, a reminder that the search is underway for subject-matter experts to speak at the 2018 Conference on Architecture in New York City. If you have a great concept for  an A'18 education session, be sure to   submit your proposal by August 1, 2017.

Knowledge Community Opportunities & Webinars
  • Submit your project for the Design for Aging Review Awards, 14th Edition by July 17.
  • Healthcare Webinar on July 18, 2017 at 2-3pm ET. Earn 1 AIA LU/HSW. Register.
  • Congratulations 2017 COTE Top Ten Recipients! Now in their 21st year, the COTE Top Ten Awards highlight projects that exemplify the integration of great design and great performance. Submissions are required to demonstrate how the project aligns with COTE's rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value. View the 2017 recipients.
  • The Small Firm Exchange (SFx) is pleased to announce the 2017 Small Firm Business Models Survey. As architects, we are all too familiar with the process and benefits of modeling our designs prior to construction. This effective medium allows us to study our proposed creations, make incremental improvements, and communicate the resultant concepts to our clients. Take the Survey!
A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at network.aia.org/RoundUp

The Last Word

Random notes from the EVP mind:
  • Over 213 people attended this year's AIA Kentucky/CAAK/HBC Code Workshop series last month, with stops in Versailles, Louisville and Erlanger.  This year's topics (Mixed Occupancies and Assembly Means of Egress) got high marks for relevancy, and our ICC speaker did a good job covering A LOT of information.  Next year we hope to showcase the new Kentucky Building Code based on the 2015 IBC, which we expect to be approved and adopted later this year or early 2018.  Stay tuned for info when we know more.
  • If you haven't renewed your architectural license for 2017, the renewal deadline was June 30.  Contact the Board of Architects ASAP (859-246-2069 or www.boa.ky.gov) with any questions.
  • On a related note, we are closely following recent developments in Frankfort regarding the Governor's proposed reorganization of the many professional licensing boards, including our own Board of Architects.  Implementation of proposed changes has been delayed for now, but we'll keep you posted as this moves forward.
  • Hope you have September 27-29 blocked off on your calendar so you can attend the AIA OVR Convention in Indianapolis.  It's going to be GREAT!
  • Watch for the latest edition of the AIA Kentucky Membership Directory and Firm Profile, which should land in your mailbox later this month.  We'll have a new online flipbook up on our website shortly thereafter.
  • Finally, after spending a few days out of state over the July 4th Holiday, I realized that sometimes we don't seize the opportunity to get out and enjoy examples of good design, art and architecture right here in Kentucky.  For example, an exhibition of Dale Chihuly glass art opened this week at the Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto.  I had the opportunity to visit the Chihuly museum in Seattle a couple of summers ago, and the work was just stunning.  I'll be checking that out this summer, maybe in conjunction with a stop at the Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitors Center in Lawrenceburg, recognized as winner of both AIA KY and AIA National design awards.  A great road trip for a sunny summer day.
Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President

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