June 2, 2017
June 2017  

"Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind..." or maybe not so much! Business is still abuzz at AIA Kentucky, where both of our annual awards programs are in full swing and we are preparing to attend several upcoming conferences. 

We will head to St. Louis this month for AIA's State Government Network (SGN) Meeting - a fast-paced, two-day conference full of education, networking, and innovative collaboration with colleagues, and government officials. Then, in August, the Council of Architectural Component Executives will gather in Portland for two more days of professional development that will aid us in our continuous mission to deliver exceptional service to the members of AIA Kentucky.

These are just a couple of examples of the countless educational opportunities that the Institute offers to AIA's leaders and staff in hopes of advancing the architectural profession, across the U.S. and beyond. Please continue reading on about plenty of other activities underway right here at home!  
In This Issue
AIA Kentucky Service Awards - Call for Nominations

Local chapter presidents are accepting nominations for the 2017 AIA Kentucky Special Awards for Outstanding Service to the Profession, now through Friday, June 30, 2017. Awards may be given in eight (8) categories.  View the program information and nomination form here.

AIA Kentucky Design Awards - Call for Submissions

It's still not too late to submit your design work for the recognition that it deserves! AIA Kentucky is accepting submissions for the 2017 Honor Awards for Excellence in Architectural Design, now until June 30th, 2017. Projects completed in the last 10 years are eligible and may be submitted in several categories, including this year's addition of Unbuilt Work. Learn More and register today at www.aiaky.org/honorawards2017

Call for Interest: AIA KY Leadership Opportunities

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.
Annual Code Workshops: Seats Still Remaining!  

Seats are still available for each of the sessions below in our annual Code Workshop series and you won't want to miss this opportunity. This year's workshop, which focuses on Assembly Means of Egress & Mixed Occupancies will provide 6 LU|HSW but time is running out. Register here without delay to grab a seat before registration closes on June 15!  Dates and locations are as follows:
  • Monday, June 19 - Versailles: KCTCS Headquarters
  • Tuesday, June 20 - Louisville: Builders Exchange of Kentucky,
  • Wednesday, June 21 - Northern Kentucky: Receptions Conference Center
Sights on Success 2.0 - Session 2 Registration Open!

Whether you have already begun testing, or are just getting started, Sights on Success 2.0 can help you complete the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) in 2017!  Registration for SESSION 2 is now open,  focusing on ...
  • Programming & Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Practice Management
Participants will receive a subscription for AIA ARE Prep, powered by Black Spectacles
for the duration of their enrollment in the program and to supplement their independent review of these tutorials, AIA Kentucky will facilitate multiple workshops for group study, complete with opportunities for Q&A with recent licensees and subject-matter experts.   Don't wait another day to begin advancing your career  - click here to learn more and enroll today!

KSA PAC New Member Challenge

The Kentucky Society of Architects Political Action Committee is looking for new members at a suggested contribution of $25.00.  For those who have not contributed before, lobbyist Greg Brotzge, Hon. AIA has agreed to match the first 10 contributions for a maximum of $250.00.  All contributions must be made with personal funds (no corporate checks/credit cards) and are not tax deductible. If you're interested in donating visit KSAPAC.com.

AIA KY Health Plan - An Option to Consider

This is just a friendly reminder of a likely option to maintain quality medical benefits at the lowest cost.  This program, through the AIA KY, merits your consideration if you currently offer medical insurance benefits to your employees - or are considering doing so.
Rate increases are higher than average for 2017.  If you are a "grandmothered" group or "community rated" or don't know what either of these terms mean - please feel comfortable to contact us to briefly discuss this over the phone or in person.  We can efficiently guide you through this and determine if the AIA KY plan deserves a further look.
Even if your renewal is not until December or January, the summer is the time to plan on how to manage upcoming renewals.
We look forward to speaking with you!
Daryl Carlson at 859-422-3885 or dcarlson@bbandt.com
Collin Barber at 859-422-3884 or cbarber@bbandt.com

Ready for Your Closeup? Casting Call for Architectural Firm Owner

A casting producer with ITV Creative, a New York and LA based production company, who has produced shows such as American Grit, Alone, Forged in Fire and Tackle My Ride, is working on a new series that will feature an architecture firm looking to hire new employees within the next few months. In this observational series, they would like to get behind the scenes of a job interview. There is no fee for firms to participate. The show will be connecting the selected firm with a reputable recruitment firm to help find the best candidates to interview your open position. Click Here to view the promo of the UK version of the show. Click Here to learn more.

The Design Awards  Jury  for AIA Indiananapolis met at Omni Architects on May 18
Member News

Employment and Achievements
Congratulations to Meredith Peck Guy, AIA on her recent completion of the Architecture Registration Examination!

Firm News
Lexington's NOMI Design was featured recently in an AIA Architect magazine article about their design and fabrication work of various scopes and scales. Check it out!

Kerr-Greulich Engineers Inc., a 34-year-old mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm in Louisville, has named a new president and vice president.  Associate Ben Gries will step into the role of president and Leiah Roy will be vice president and director of mechanical engineering. Founder Don Greulich will remain with the firm as principal and CEO and Scott Setliffe will remain as principal and director of business development.

Six AIA Kentucky firm leaders were recently selected to serve as the 2017 Design Awards Jury for AIA Indianapolis. The Jury was chaired by April Pottorff, FAIA and included Michael Jacobs, FAIA Martha Tarrant, AIA, Susan Hill, AIA, Graham Pohl, AIA and Rick Ekhoff, AIA. The group met at Omni Architects on May 18, where they selected ten projects worthy of recognition. Those interested may check the AIA Indianapolis website after June 8 for an announcement of the winners!
Welcome New and Returning Members:
(since May 1, 2017)
  • Sarah B. Barker, AIA, Stengel Hill Architects, Louisville
  • Sarah B. Blanchard, Assoc. AIA, Clotfelter Samokar, Lexington
  • Joseph R. Cavallo, Assoc. AIA, Alt32, Lexington
  • Matthew A. Myers, AIA, Myers Architecture PLLC, Versailles
  • John Welcher, Assoc. AIA, de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, Louisville
  • The Kleingers Group, 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:
Members of CKC tour the Healthy House in Louisville's Portland neighborhood on May 16
CKC News

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

The Lexington Emerging Professionals Network (LEPN) gathered at HopCat on May 17
EKC News

View the latest edition of the East KY Chapter E-News for information about the following:
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • UK CoD News - Creative Mornings
  • Upcoming Programs and Events
For information on AIA East Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow EKC on Facebook or Twitter.

A toast to the dedicated service of Ray Mack at AIA KY's 5/23 Board Meeting
NKY News

AIA Northern Kentucky's current director on the AIA Kentucky Board, Raymond Mack, AIA, announced his upcoming move to Columbus, Ohio at the Board's meeting on May 23. Both AIA Kentucky and the Northern Kentucky section are disappointed to be losing such a fantastic volunteer leader, member and colleague. We appreciate Ray's many years of dedicated service to his state and local component and we wish him the best in his future endeavors!
Northern Kentucky members who are interested in filling Ray's vacancy on the AIA Kentucky board should contact AIA Kentucky Treasurer, W. Mark Powell, AIA at mark.powell@ch2m.com.

For more information on AIA Northern Kentucky events and activities, checkout the NKY Website at aia.org/northernkentucky.

CoD News

UK Alumni Event at NeoCon
Going to NeoCon 2017? Join the UK CoD for a Design Salon! Find us June 13, 2017 from 3-5 p.m. in the Tandus | Centiva Showroom on the 3rd Floor, Merchandise Mart, #3-380. Please RSVP to Lori Matthews if you plan to join us!
Dr. Gregory Luhan, AIA Honored as University Research Professor
Dr. Luhan was one of 16 University Research Professorships approved by the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees for the 2017-18 year. Read More.
New Hires
Technology - Bill Massie (formerly at Cranbrook)
Historic Preservation - Daniel Vivian (from U of L)

The Sights on Success crew was all smiles as we took a selfie 
to wrap up Session 1!

Applications are being accepted for the AIA & Architects Foundation ARE Scholarship, now through June 19, 2017. Eligible applicants are Associate AIA members who are eligible to take the ARE. Recipients will receive study materials and funding to cover the cost of the ARE. More Info

Apply for the Herman Miller Scholarship by August 1. Up to eight emerging professionals seeking licensure will be selected to attend the 2017 Healthcare Design Expo and Conference.

Sights on Success
Our final Session 1 workshop was led by Rob Selin at Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects, and came complete with a taco bar provided by Builders Exchange of Kentucky! We are so grateful for everyone who has supported this program to date and we look forward to continued success with Session 2. Don't forget to sign up here by June 9!

New AIA Commercial:
Blueprint for Better
AIA National News

Architecture Billings Index
Billings stay in positive territory for third-straight month. Read More.
COTE Meets With EPA
Thanks to the wonderful response to the Call to Action to the EPA- 775 firms responded!- Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the EPA, invited AIA representatives to meet with him. Jon Penndorf, FAIA, a member of the COTE Advisory Group, recounts the visit here.
Call for Proposals - Speak at A'18 in New York City!
Each year, the AIA Conference on Architecture features hundreds of speakers and an unrivaled range of education sessions on emerging trends, thought-provoking topics, practice strategies, and some of the most interesting ideas in architecture. The Institute is planning its 2018 program and would love your help! If you're a subject-matter expert with a great concept for an A'18 education session, you are invited to  submit your proposal by August 1, 2017.

Blueprint for Better
In May, the Institute launched the latest installment of its annual public awareness "I Look Up" campaign, which is intended to raise the visibility and understanding of architecture and the profession with targeted audiences. The latest developments include:
  • AIA Television Commercial - This commercial will air on HGTV and Hulu for 3-4 weeks this summer, and again for 4-5 weeks in the fall. AIA also will be among the sponsors for HGTV's popular "Urban Oasis" home giveaway.
  • Film Challenge - The third annual I Look Up Film Challenge will explore the life-changing impact architects can create in communities everywhere. Registration and submission of films will be ongoing from June 1 to August 13. Read More/Register.
  • Paid Goggle Search - AIA's paid search optimization via Google will also run during the spring and fall flights on HGTV and Hulu. That traffic will be directed to the newly-launched, public-facing website www.topicarchitecture.com.
  • Topic Architecture - Also known as TopicA, this public-facing website will build awareness among potential clients of how great design can change lives.
  • The Architect's Voice - Do your part to get involved in the public awareness campaign through face-to-face communication with potential clients, community leaders, local businesses and in your schools. The Architect's Voice message book has tested messages to improve how you can describe to key audiences the value architects bring to any project.
Knowledge Community Opportunities & Webinars
A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at network.aia.org/RoundUp

The Last Word

I spent a wonderful day at Omni Architects a couple of weeks ago, observing the Jury deliberations for the AIA Indianapolis Design Awards.  Six Kentucky AIA members (see list in Member News above) reviewed in advance over 40 projects submitted, and then spent a full afternoon in lively and thoughtful discussion of the top contenders.  It was exciting to listen to their evaluations and follow their progress toward consensus on the winning projects.  Many thanks to the Jurors for their excellent work!
This experience reinforced for me the wisdom of changes we've made this year to our own Honor Awards submittal format, which are similar to AIA Indy's approach.  While we still require some basic project information for all submissions, the majority of the submission document can be designed to showcase your project in whatever way you decide (within space/size limitations).  We've also added an Unbuilt category to encourage emerging professionals and others to share conceptual work and unrealized designs.  So get those creative juices flowing and submit your best work to the 2017 Honor Awards program.  Click here for more info.
And finally, I hope you'll take a moment to consider who among your colleagues - or persons outside the profession - should be recognized for service to the profession and/or contributions to the furthering the goals of AIA Kentucky.  Nominations will be accepted through June 30 for our 2017 Special Awards.  Click here for more info.

Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President

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