May 3, 2018

May 2018  

Happy Cinco de Derby, Y'all! It's an especially fun time when these two holidays fall on the same day and, whether you are celebrating with mint juleps, or margaritas (or both - we don't judge), this Saturday is bound to be full of festivity in the Bluegrass!
The Run for the Roses is a time-honored Kentucky tradition and, every spring, it also marks the kickoff of several AIA Kentucky traditions. This week, we are launching both our annual summer code workshops and our 2018 design awards program - with our service award nominations soon to follow. These programs, plus the A'18 Conference in New York City, will keep us busy throughout the summer and before you know it we'll be gathering in Columbus, Indiana for an "out of the box" state conference at the Exhibit Columbus Symposium.
Much has been happening and MUCH lies ahead, so we hope you will read on for additional details and announcements. We look forward to seeing each of you in the months ahead and, in the meantime, we wish you a wonderful Derby weekend!
In This Issue
Annual Code Workshops - Four Dates, Four Cities!

AIA Kentucky has once again teamed with the Code Administrators Association of Kentucky and the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction to host our annual Code Workshop series in June. This year's workshop will focus on the 2018 KBC* and will offer 6 AIA LU | HSW. Click here for online registration. The dates and locations are:
  • Tuesday, June 12 - Louisville
  • Thursday, June 14 - Owensboro
  • Monday, June 18 - Erlanger
  • Tuesday, June 19 - Versailles
Seating is limited at all locations, and these workshops typically sell out early. If you wish to attend one of the sessions, please register without delay.

*The Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction will soon be adopting the 2018 Kentucky Building Code and 2018 Kentucky Residential Code.  The codes will be based on the 2015 International Building Code and 2015 International Residential Code, both with some Kentucky specific amendments.  The amendments have been filed with the Legislative Research Commission and will be on their agenda in early June.  A link to the proposed amendments will be posted as soon as possible.


The Paris-Bourbon County Public Library expansion was a 2017 AIA Kentucky Honor Award recipient.
AIA KY Honor Awards -  Call for Submissions!

Your firm has work that is worthy of recognition, and now is your chance! AIA Kentucky is accepting submissions for the 2018 Honor Awards for Excellence in Architectural Design, now until July 13th. Projects completed in the last 10 years are eligible and may be submitted in several categories, including Unbuilt Work.

Remember that the submission criteria has been significantly relaxed to allow more creative freedom in the presentation of your work so pick a project (or several) that you'd like to enter and have some fun with it! Visit www.aiaky.org/honorawards2018 to get started today!

A'18 - Kentucky Events in NYC

Heading to the Big Apple for the A'18 Conference on Architecture? Join your colleagues from Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Region for our state/regional gatherings while you're in town! First, we will have a regional luncheon at noon on Wednesday, June 20, in the Murray East Room at the NY Hilton Midtown. We hope you will come and hear updates on activity in the region. Stay tuned for an email invitation and link for registration coming soon.
Please also join us on Thursday, June 21 for a reception hosted jointly by AIA Kentucky and the UK College of Design! The gathering will take place at FXCollaborative (22 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011), from 6:30-8:00 p.m., so stop in for a drink and a bite with Kentucky friends and alumni before you head off to your evening plans in the city! Watch for an email invitation to register, coming soon from the College of Design.
Finally, on Friday, June 22, the OVR will host a reception for Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio members, at which we'll recognize our region's new Fellows. This will take place from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the NY Hilton Midtown. An RSVP will be included in the coming invite, which will include all KY/OVR events for A'18.  We look forward to seeing you there!

NCARB CEO, Michael Armstrong and AIA KY Executive VP, Janet Pike, Hon. AIA with T. Rexford Cecil, AIA at the April meeting of the KY BOA
AIA KY Thanks T. Rexford Cecil, AIA

On April 24th, the Kentucky Board of Architects honored Executive Director T. Rexford Cecil, AIA for his years of service and dedication to the profession of architecture in Kentucky. Mr. Cecil recently announced that he will be retiring as Executive Director of the Kentucky Board of Architects by the end of June, with his last day in the office expected to be the end of May.
The KY BOA has begun the process of identifying Mr. Cecil's replacement (view job posting),but may not proceed with selection until potential board reorganization efforts are settled. Mr. Cecil will assist the BOA in an advisory capacity as needed and will stay active on several NCARB committees. He also pledged his continued participation in AIA Kentucky, which he joined in 1974!
Thank you, Rex, for your many years of membership and service to our profession. CONGRATULATIONS and best of luck to you in your retirement!

KET Programming Partnership

As part of our ongoing partnership with Kentucky Educational Television, and in recognition of KET's 50th Anniversary, AIA Kentucky is proud to be a prime-time programming sponsor, beginning in May through June 30. In addition to our on-air spots, we will be recognized on the KET website and in their state-wide, Visions magazine. 

Visit ket.org for information on the programming schedule and look for us again in July when KET will air three NEW episodes of the popular "10 that Changed America" series!

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Member News

Member Benefit Spotlight
It is tempting to think that, as an architectural firm, you are not at risk for malicious cyber threats, but this is a dangerous misconception. Fortunately, the AIA Trust has just published the Architect's Guide to Managing Cyber Threats because it's vitally important for you to understand this growing threat-and to take the steps outlined to protect your firm's future. Read more about the growing threats in our industry and implement the recommended steps ASAP!

Employment & Achievements
Josh Ives, AIA joined the Lexington office of JRA Architects in April and, earlier this week, Michael Hughes, AIA joined the team at RossTarrant Architects. Best of luck to Josh and Michael as they each embark on a new journey.

We are proud to announce that Mike Carter, President of Lynn Imaging was named the recipient of the 2018 Mike Duff Award for distinguished service to ReproMAX and in the reprographic industry. Congrats Mike!  Read More

Firm News
Congratulations to Central Kentucky member, Rachel Worley, AIA, whose company, Three Dot Design, was selected as one of the top 5 finalists for CVG's Architecture Business Plan Competition! Rachel and the other finalists will present their plans to a jury on May 18, for a chance at prizes valuing $5,000. We wish her the best of luck! Read More

Congratulations to GRW, Inc., who received three Grand Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky during its 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards program in March. View Projects

Kraft Heinz's new factory in Davenport, Iowa, designed and built by Gray Construction, was recently named as Food Engineering magazine's 2018 Plant of the Year. This award is widely recognized as the best example of manufacturing excellence in the food and beverage sector. Congratulations to the entire project team at Gray!

Welcome New and Returning Members:
(Joined or Reinstated since April 1, 2018)
  • Robert C. Johnson, Assoc. AIA, Bayus Design Works, Louisville
  • Siplast, Berea, New Allied Sponsor

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:
CKC's April program was a tour of Louisville's new Rabbit Hole Distillery
CKC News

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

EKC News

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

NKY News

Periodic updates on NKY news, events and activities can also be found on the AIA Northern Kentucky website .

The Sights on Success crew thanks Shrout Tate Wilson for hosting our April workshop!

ARE 4.0 to Retire in June
A reminder that ARE 4.0 is set to retire on June 30 . Any members with active eligibility are encouraged to review this document  and make sure that you are in the best position possible to roll with this change on July 1.
AXP & ARE Resources                                      Emerge by AIAU , is an online course series that provides emerging professionals on the path to licensure with experience hours in NCARB's Architectural Experience Program (AXP). The bonus? Courses in this series are FREE for Associate AIA members! You can gain extra experience hours that you might not get in a firm on your own time, on your own terms. Watch these videos to help you complete AXP and jump start your career!
In April 2018, Black Spectacles® became the first ever NCARB-approved provider of study materials for two divisions of ARE 5.0: Project Planning & Design and Project Development & Documentation. This designation confirms Black Spectacles' content appropriately covers the key elements of each division. Read More
Upcoming ARE Workshops
Looking for extra help with your exam prep? We have opened our 'Sights on Success' program workshops for "Ă  la carte" registration to all ARE candidates in Kentucky. These group study sessions include material presented by subject-matter experts and opportunities for Q&A with recent licensees.
Our next workshop, on Project Design & Development, will be held at K. Norman Berry Associates on Saturday, May 19. The primary focus will be on Specifications & the Project Manual so, if this is an area here you could use some guidance, please join us! Info & Registration
A huge THANK YOU to James Troutman and Robbie Bottoms, of Shrout Tate Wilson Consulting Engineers, for hosting our April workshop. STW went above and beyond to accommodate our group and we are grateful to have the support from such amazing partners!
Join our ARE Group!
We are so pleased by the commitment and engagement displayed by our Session 1 participants and we can't wait to add some new faces in the second half of our journey. 
We will be seeking additional hosts and discussion leaders as well, so email us with any questions or interest in participating, and stay tuned for Session 2 registration to open later this month!
Dean Mitzi Vernon, Assoc. AIA welcomed 23 firms as she kicked off the CoD's Job Fair on April 4
CoD News

The College of Design's End of Year Show will be May 4 from 5-7 p.m. in Pence Hall. Read More

Stay tuned to the CoD Website and Facebook Page for additional lectures, events, and updates.

AIA National News

Architectural Billings Index
Firm billings slow down in March: Read More
The Architecture Billings Index is a recognized leading economic indicator, and AIA is looking for firm leaders to join our panel. Through this monthly survey, members will have the chance to lend their voice and contribute to the ABI. Join the panel.

AIA/GC/CC Economic Webcast
With construction activity flourishing, the webcast will disclose what economists in the construction industry expect for the months ahead. ConstructConnect's complimentary May 10 Webcast, featuring three of the sector's top economists, is specifically designed to help you navigate through the uncertainty.
The free webcast is open to all. AIA members are eligible to receive 1.5 AIA CEU credits. Register.

A'18 Conference on Architecture
The AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 is happening June 21-23, in New York City!  Event Info
  • On June 22, AIA is taking over Hammerstein Ballroom for a night you won't forget. DJ Questlove opens The Party! with a 90-minute set that incorporates his vast collection and renowned knowledge of music. It's our biggest party, and it's going to sell out. Register Today!
  • See above for other Kentucky/OVR events taking place in NYC that week.
Knowledge Community Opportunities:
  • The latest edition of the Practice Management Digest has been published! Read several articles on Presentation Strategies and connecting with potential clients to increase your chances of closing the deal.
  • Free May 7 webinar: The new YIMBY / pro-housing movement. Learn why grassroots YIMBY/ pro-housing movements have sprung up in high cost cities; what they want; how they advocate; and how they impact architects' work. Register  
  • Join Committee of Design in Vancouver Canada for their Spring Conference from May 17-19. Learn more and Register
  • You're invited to submit an article, case study, etc. in the field of healthcare design for the AAH Academy Journal. The submission deadline is May 31. Learn More
  • Earn 1 LU free: Finding Money for Sustainable Renovations. Join this webinar discussion on June 4 as an architect and developer talk through ways to creatively fund single and multi-family housing renovations.
  • HRC at AIA Conference - Join us for lunch at a national historic landmark! Check out HRC's list of recommended sessions at A'18 and learn more about the annual HRC Luncheon. Explore LUs
Visit aia.org for more information on joining one of AIA's  Knowledge Communities

The Last Word

BEST WISHES:   I was fortunate to attend the Kentucky Board of Architects meeting last month as the Board honored Executive Director Rex Cecil, AIA, who will retire in a few weeks.  Rex has been a trusted and valued colleague who has worked closely with me, Kelly, and lobbyist Greg Brotzge on a myriad of issues and initiatives during his tenure.  He has been a tremendous advocate for strong enforcement of Kentucky's architectural licensing requirements and for upholding the values inherent in your profession as architects.  His stature nationally was evident with the attendance at the meeting of NCARB CEO Mike Armstrong and two additional NCARB staff from Washington.  His influence surely extends beyond Kentucky. We are grateful for his leadership and wish him well in his retirement.
LAST CALL FOR INDIVIDUAL AND FIRM INFO UPDATES:   I hope you saw the emails we've been sending out for several weeks to ALL members asking you to update your contact information for inclusion in this year's Membership Directory & Firm Profile publication.  Over 57% of AIA Kentucky members completed the update by the April 30 deadline - THANK YOU!
We've also requested those firm principals whose payment of AIA Kentucky supplemental dues make them eligible for a Firm Profile listing to review and update the firm info as well. Slightly over 50% of the Firm Profiles have been reviewed and updated. 
If you didn't respond to one or both of those requests to verify your information and think you DO need to make changes, please contact Kelly (859-221-0154).  Even if you've recently made changes to your record in the AIA national database, we have to keep separate records here in our communications and registration systems, and we do not have a reliable way to track and incorporate all those changes as they take place. Oh, the blessing and curse of technology!  We appreciate you helping us keep your information accurate.  We'll be finalizing all information next week to send to our publisher.
A very Happy Derby Weekend to all of you.  Hope you pick a winner!

Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President

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