November 3, 2017

November 2017  

As has become the custom, the calendar flips from October to November, and the holiday season begins! Before you get caught up in the hustle and bustle, be sure to Save The Date for AIA Kentucky's Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 19 at the Holly Hill Inn, in MidwayStay tuned for additional details and registration info and, while you're at it, mark the calendar for your local chapter's gathering as follows:
  • Nov. 30 - AIA EKC Holiday Party, Annual Meeting and CANstruction Awards at HopCat, in Lexington
  • Dec. 12 - AIA CKC Holiday Party at the Tim Faulkner Gallery, in Louisville
  • Dec. 14 - AIA NKY Holiday Meeting at the Hofbrauhaus, in Newport  
These will be here before you know it and we look forward to seeing you there!
In This Issue
Tax Reform - Get Ready to Mobilize!    

A Message from AIA President Tom Vonier, FAIA
Early yesterday, congressional leaders unveiled the Tax Credits and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) to rewrite our nation's tax code. Preliminary assessments of the proposal indicate this bill could do real damage to thousands of architecture firms and would eliminate incentives for good design.

The bill excludes professional services such as architecture firms from the same lower small business tax rates as other industries, essentially forcing them to pay higher taxes than other business types. The proposal also eliminates a significant number of deductions, credits, and other incentives like the Historic Tax Credit and the tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings (179D). 

The combination of higher taxes on design firms and fewer incentives for responsible design could be devastating to architects and the communities they serve, and congressional leaders say they hope to pass this tax reform package by the end of the year. That's why we are mobilizing now!

Over the coming weeks, AIA will continue meeting with legislators in Washington, D.C. and engaging AIA members across the country as this proposal makes its way through the legislative process. It is imperative that YOU make your voice heard as well. Here is how you can help:
  • Join the AIA Legislative Action Network (LAN) and receive in-depth, up to date information on this and other key issues. You'll be invited to briefings and trainings that strengthen your advocacy activities and ensure you're the first to know how federal legislation affects you.  
  • Contact your representatives and tell them how these changes will affect you and your business. 
  • Send a letter to your members of Congress to urge them to protect the tax provisions that affect you the most.
  • STAY ALERT - this bill may move fast, and if it does, we will need to mobilize quickly.  If you see an AIA Action Alert in your inbox, don't delete it: Read it and ACT. It may be our only opportunity to weigh in with Congress.
Together, we can speak up for our shared values as architects and make sure that we are at the table when Congress makes big decisions that affect us!

AIA KY'S 2017 Special Award winners were honored during a ceremony at the Indianapolis Arts Garden on Thursday, September 28, 2017
Continued Awards Coverage    

AIA Kentucky's Design and Service Award recipients continued to receive additional press coverage throughout the month of October. Winners from both programs were published in several local papers, including Louisville's Business First, Lexington's Herald Leader, AND they reived a full-page layout in the October Lane Report - check it out!

We have also added the Special Awards presentation videos for each of our service award recipients to our website so be sure to view them and learn more about why each of these outstanding individuals was recognized.

Finally, due to a typographical error, we mistakenly omitted the Northern Kentucky University Campus Recreation Center - which received a Merit Award for Additions/Renovations/Restoration: greater than $5M - from the list of design award winners in the October E-Newsletter. We sincerely regret this oversight!   

AIA KY EVP, Janet Pike, Hon. AIA received CAAK's 2017 Patron of the Year Award on October 16, 2017
AIA KY Executive Honored by Code Administrators 

In October, AIA Kentucky Executive Vice President Janet Pike, Hon. AIA was recognized by the Code Administrators Association of Kentucky (CAAK) as the 2017 Patron of the Year for "extraordinary effort in the interest of Life Safety". This recognition was an acknowledgement of Janet's collaboration with CAAK on legislative and regulatory matters of shared interest related to the building code, and her leadership over the past nearly 10 years in coordinating the annual joint AIA KY/CAAK/HBC Code Workshop series. These workshops have brought together architects and code officials in the same room for high quality codes education (and required credits!) on topics such as ADA, fire sprinklers/fire safety, green codes, and the all-important in-depth review of updates to the Kentucky Building Code as they evolve.

Calling all Citizen Architects

Now, more than ever, it is critical that Architects have a voice in the issues affecting our profession. Challenge yourself to think globally and act locally by becoming more aware of the issues that affect you professionally and personally and then volunteering in a capacity where you can have an impact. 

Not sure where to begin? Check out this recent Equity by Design (EQxD) Action Article for some motivational suggestions of how to get involved and make a difference!

Already a Citizen Architect in your community? AIA Kentucky is updating our contact list of AIA Members who serve in elected and appointed positions for their state or local government. Members who hold such positions and would like to be listed are encouraged to email Kelly Ives, AIA to share your current information.   

Erin Engler, Assoc. AIA and Justin White, Assoc. AIA recently joined the team at integrity / Architecture
Member News

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Employment and Achievements
We are pleased to congratulate the following member, who recently completed the ARE and received his license in the state of Kentucky:
  • Nicholas. J. Wiley, AIA, integrity / Architecture, PLLC, Lexington

integrity / Architecture, PLLC is pleased to announce their recent addition of two Architectural Designers - Erin Engler, Assoc. AIA and Justin White, Assoc. AIA.


Additional changes in employment include Holly Wood, AIA, who has joined Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. and Ryan Clark, AIA, who recently took a position with BACK Construction. 

Welcome New and Returning Members:
(Joined or Reinstated since October 1, 2017)
  • R.I.W. Ornamental Metal, Inc., Wilder, New Allied Sponsor
  • Shaffner Heaney Associates, Inc., Louisville, New Allied Friend
  • Jared S. Burt, AIA, TEG Architects LLC, Jeffersonville
  • Thomas R. Covert, Assoc. AIA, Jose Garcia Design, Covington
  • Erin Engler, Assoc. AIA, integrity / Architecture, PLLC, Lexington
  • Gaoda Jiang, Assoc. AIA, RossTarrant Architects, Lexington
  • Ian-Michael S. McHone, AIA, Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects, Lexington
  • Jonathan M. Ruiz, Assoc. AIA, RossTarrant Architects, Inc., Lexington
  • Tanner Jacob Smith, Assoc. AIA, Mason & Hanger, Lexington
  • Nicholas. J. Wiley, AIA, integrity / Architecture, PLLC, 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: 

CKC News

View the latest edition of the AIA Central KY Chapter's  E-News  for information about the following:
  • Annual Membership & Fall Planning Meetings
  • 2018 Slate of Officers and Directors
  • 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 News

AIA East Kentucky's CANstruction competition begins this month! The main build will take place on November 14 and all designs will be on display through December 5 in the lower level of the Lexington Center.

Awards will be given in various categories and will be announced at the East Kentucky Holiday Party, which will be on November 30, 2017, from 6:00-8:30 pm at HopCat @ The Square. All food collected for the competition will be donated to God's Pantry upon the conclusion of the exhibit.

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

UK CoD hosted a Product Design Roundtable in September
CoD News

After a two-day "think tank" round table, the College of Design University of Kentucky is ready for the next steps in adding Product (or Industrial) Design to its program offerings. The opportunities that this creates for collaboration with the University's other colleges is very exciting!  Read More

Upcoming Lectures
Members of AIA Kentucky are welcome to attend the following presentation, which is part of the 2017-18 CoD Lecture Series:
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Instant, provisional feedback now available upon completion of each division of ARE 5.0

The wait is over for your ARE 5.0 test results! Effective November 1, Architect Registration Examination (ARE) 5.0 candidates can now view immediate provisional feedback on their exam performance. Read More

Don't forget that ARE 4.0 will be retired in less than 10 months. Here are five things to know as you make your plan to finish the exam.

Are you an emerging professional licensed five years or less? Take this short survey to help AIA's development of content, initiatives, and support for your career stage and be entered for one of six Amazon or AIA Bookstore gift cards. The survey closes November 10.

How do Emerging Professionals view firm culture and the future of the architectural workforce? Associate OVR Regional Director and AIA East Kentucky Member, Craig Chamberlain, Assoc. AIA, offered his opinions on the interests and desires of the rising generation of Architects in the October 18 article he wrote for aia.org. Check it out!

Craig is also organizing efforts to create a structured Emerging Professionals Community (EPiC) within the Ohio Valley Region. He and his team will be meeting with 2018 AIA KY Associate Director, Brad Beatty, Assoc. AIA in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 18. If you have ideas on how this community can serve our Region's EP's, please share them with Brad, and he will pass your suggestions on to the planning team.

On October 21, we held the final workshop for AIA Kentucky's Sights on Success (SoS) 2.0 at the office of Omni Architects. Eric Zabilka, AIA led an extremely productive discussion on Practice Management and Aerotek Recruiting and Staffing provided a delicious lunch from Blue Door Smokehouse.

Kentucky has seen a significant increase in new licensees since the launch of the SoS program two years ago and we are privileged to play a small role in the success of our chapter's emerging professionals. We recognize, however, that this program would not have been possible without the invaluable time and resources donated by our volunteers and sponsors. A HUGE THANKS goes out to the following individuals/firms, for their vital support!
  • Project Planning & Design 1: RossTarrant Architects (Sarah Lamere, AIA, Beth Bauer, AIA and Steve Maggard, P.E.) and Thermal Equipment Sales
  • Project Planning & Design 2: Greg Buccola (KPFF), James Troutman (Shrout Tate Wilson Consulting Engineers) and Debby Bird, AIA
  • Project Documentation & Design 1: JRA Architects (Rob Deal, AIA and Les Olson, AIA), Jenny Leitch (Staggs & Fisher Consulting Engineers) and Jordan Goff, Assoc. AIA
  • Project Documentation & Design 2: Potter & Associates (Eileen Van Hoose, AIA) and Glen Buckner, AIA (Allegion)
  • Construction Evaluation: Sherman Carter Barnhart (Rob Selin) and Builders Exchange of Kentucky
  • Programming and Analysis: Allegion and TEG Architects (Matt Miller, AIA, Sean Abercrombie, AIA and Jim MacMillan, Assoc. AIA)
  • Project Management: integrity / Architecture, PLLC - Joey Nolasco, AIA
  • Practice Management: Omni Architects (Eric Zabilka, AIA and Mark Manczyk, AIA) and Aerotek Recruiting and Staffing
EP's in the Lexington area won't want to miss the next meeting of the Lexington Emerging Professionals Network. Save the Date for November 21 and watch the LEPN Facebook page for event details, coming soon.

AIA National News

Meet the AIA Strategic Council

As part of the AIA's leadership structure, the AIA Strategic Council is charged with surveying the evolving climate of the profession, engaging in strategic planning that informs the overall goals of the Institute, and informing the Board of Directors and other Institute bodies about important professional issues and opportunities. Although it's not a governing body of AIA, the Council's work is vital to AIA's ability to serve the profession.


Because the Council is dedicated to connecting with and informing the membership at large, they have created the Strategic Council Handbook as a resource for the relationships that advance the work of the Council and the framework establishing its actions. For a more specific overview of the Council's endeavors throughout this year, members are also invited to review the 2017 Strategic Council Yearbook. Click here to learn more and to view the handbook and yearbook.


Architectural Billings change course, firms see a modest decline in September. Read More

Newly revised 2017 AIA Architect Scope Documents were released on October 19. Join AIA for a free, detailed webinar exploring the revised 2017 Architect Scope Documents and how they can impact your projects when providing services such as site evaluation, historic preservation, facility support, and commissioning services.
  • Tuesday, November 28 from 3-4pm EST | Earn 1 AIA LU - Register
Unable to attend the 2017 AIA Leadership Institute in person on November 16? Digital access passes are now available, allowing you to watch the keynotes and participate in discussions from any location! Set up the broadcast in your conference room, tune in live as a virtual attendee and earn up to 3.75 LU's | HSW.
Register here by November 12.

The Codes & Standards Council (CSC) , which was established to advise the International Code Council's(ICC) board of directors regarding applications for codes- and standards-related committees and to review and provide oversight of codes- and standards-related procedures. The CSC utilizes staggered terms and. at this time, ICC is receiving applications to fill five expired terms/vacancies effective Dec. 31.

Current CSC members who are eligible for re-appointment whose term expires Dec. 31 must reapply to be considered. Codes & Standards Council members are appointed by the ICC board. Click here for an application and submit / apply by Friday, November 10, 2017.

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

The Last Word

The countdown is on:  only two months left in 2017!  But things haven't slowed down just yet:
  • In recent weeks we've been following discussions within the KY Department of Housing Buildings and Construction about rolling back the Kentucky Commercial Energy Code from 2012 IECC to 2009 IECC.  We've expressed our concerns about this to the Department, as have several other groups including USGBC and ASHRAE chapters in Kentucky, in light of our support for keeping up with code changes as they evolve, and our commitment to participate in the process that's long been in place to adopt new code versions with KY-specific amendments.  We continue to have conversations with the department officials in hopes of retaining the 2012 IECC, with amendments crafted to address any specific provisions that have been raised as problematic.
  • We also convened a meeting of the Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) in mid-October, which brought together 15 members representing firms doing K-12 work to discuss the KFICS Building Assessments now required by the Kentucky Department of Education.  We were fortunate to have Greg Dunbar, AIA from KDE attend the meeting, and he provided excellent feedback and answered questions about the process and software that's been put in place.  At Mr. Dunbar's suggestion, CAE Chairman Kevin Locke, AIA followed up with a written summary of the challenges architects faced in completing the assessments and recommendations for enhancements to improve the experience in the future.
  • Last week AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley and I initiated discussions about the 2018 KY/IN Convention, and met with organizers of the Exhibit Columbus initiative about a potential tie-in to their event in Columbus, Indiana next fall.  While logistics are challenging, we are exploring the feasibility of some kind of collaboration.  Any comments pro or con about visiting Columbus, IN for next year's convention are welcome.  The 2019 OVR 3-state convention will return to Cincinnati/Northern KY.
  • This week we had a meeting with the leadership of the Kentucky Interior Designers Legislative Organization (KIDLO) to explore areas of common interest in advancing the interests of the Kentucky design community in the public arena as well as to the population at large.  Legislative Chair Eric Steva, AIA, PAC Chair Tony Kleyer, AIA, our lobbyist Greg Brotzge and I had a good meeting with the KIDLO leaders and we will involve our Legislative Committee in the near future.
  • The Legislative Committee and Mr. Brotzge continue to monitor developments in Frankfort in regard to both pension reform and tax reform and how proposed changes may impact our profession.
We're already looking towards 2018!  Next week, on November 9th, we're bringing together state and local AIA leaders for the annual Fall Planning Meeting.  In addition to some basic board orientation and training to better prepare us all to lead and manage our chapters, we'll be analyzing the data available in the 2017 AIA Foresight Report to help guide us in establishing our CE programming, focusing our legislative and regulatory efforts, and responding more directly to the needs of our members and their firms. Your ideas and insight on how we can increase our value to you is welcome.  Send comments to me.
Wishing each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President

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