April 5, 2019

April 2019  

April Fool's Day... an annual tradition characterized by fool's errands and practical jokes. We hope you made it through the first of the month unscathed by pranksters, with your pride still intact. We also hope that you will finish out this week with your MEMBERSHIP intact, as any who have not yet renewed will be lapsed by the first of next week.
It's no joke that we value your involvement and sincerely hope you will remain able to participate in the many interesting opportunities in store this year. We are work on several programs that will offer our members a chance for public recognition, continuing education and community engagement. Some, like our annual design awards program and code workshops, have been around for many years. Others, such as digital strategies for your practice and new industry/public outreach events, we are trying for the first time.
Whatever your professional needs, we are here to provide resources and support that will help you succeed. Read below to see what we're currently working on and, if you think something is missing, please let us know!
In This Issue
The Historic Fayette County Courthouse was a 2018 AIA Kentucky Honor Award recipient.
2019 AIA Kentucky Honor Awards: 
Call for Submissions

Excellence in Architectural Design  
Your firm has work that is worthy of recognition, and now is your chance! AIA Kentucky is accepting submissions for the 2019 Honor Awards for Excellence in Architectural Design, now until June 7

Projects completed in the last 10 years are eligible and may be submitted in several categories, including Unbuilt Work. Visit www.aiaky.org/honorawards2019 to learn more and get started today!

Video Solutions for Architects

FREE Webinar Recording
Miss our March 14 webinar on Video Solutions for Architectural Professionals? No worries! 

You can still view a recording of the live session and learn how video can enhance both your marketing efforts and your  inspections in construction administration. Click below to learn about:
  • Trends and stats on the power of video
  • Practical video applications for your practice
  • Viable production strategies
And be sure to listen for discounts available through AIA Kentucky's affinity program with Virtuous Circle Media!
View Webinar Recording        
Click for info on the 2019 OVR Practice Innovation Lab
2019 Ohio Valley Regional Convention
September 19-21 in Cincinnati, Ohio

Exhibits and Sponsorship
We are now accepting  exhibitors and sponsors for this fantastic regional conference, which will  bring together more than 300 architects and allied professionals from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Spread the word and click below to get involved today!

Practice Innovation Lab
The AIA OVR Practice Innovation Lab is a multi-day event where teams that include architects, associates, students, and seasoned professionals work together to answer the question: With so much of the world in flux- through changes to climate, technologies, and construction techniques- how will architects adapt ways of practicing that will advance the profession? 

The PIL will culminate with presentations and voting for the People's Choice Award at the OVR Conference on September 20. Click here to learn more and stay tuned for information on how to participate!.

*OVR members please SAVE THE DATE and look for registration to open in July 2019.

DesignIntelligence Schools Rankings

Annual Survey for Hiring Professionals
DesignIntelligence is once again seeking the input of three distinct groups to their survey for design professionals. If you are responsible for hiring or supervising other designers, you are a qualified respondent. If you are not responsible for hiring or supervising other designers, please feel free to forward this email to others in your firm who are qualified to participate.
The rankings will come from the hiring professionals survey results and will be reported for Undergraduate and Graduate Architecture Programs, Undergraduate and Graduate Landscape Architecture Programs and Undergraduate and Graduate Interior Design Programs.The results will be published to a website as the 2019 America's Top Ranked Architecture & Design Schools. 
To learn more about the survey and view the 2018 rankings, visit di-rankings.com. To participate, please click the applicable link below:
Toot your own horn... send us your news so we can share it!
Member News  

Wayne M. Meyer, AIA (EM), Mark W. Ryles, AIA and David C. Banks, AIA (EM) have been appointed as members of the Finance and Administration Cabinet's Architectural Services Selection Committee, for a term expiring March 5, 2020. The committee shall participate in every instance of the Cabinet's procurement of architectural services.

Member Benefit Spotlight
HR-outsourcing can help you identify problem areas in your practice. Now, through the AIA Trust, members can request a free XcelHR 360 Audit to help you manage your firm's HR activities. Learn More

Firm News
Integrity/Architecture project manager, Sam Montgomery, passed the ARE and became officially licensed last week. Sam is Integrity's 6th licensed architect, bringing the firm's total to more than 50% of their professional staff!

Employment & Achievements
Welcome New and Returning Members:
(Joined or Reinstated since March  1, 2019)
  • Glenn W. (Wes) Nowell Jr., AIA, Brandstetter Carroll, Inc., Nicholasville
  • Travis K. Wilson, Assoc. AIA, Falls of Rough

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:

Jun. 1 - AIA CKC Annual Retreat in French Lick, SAVE THE DATE
Jun. 6-8 - AIA'19 Conference - Las Vegas (Business Meeting on Wed. June 5?)
Jun. 12-15 - Congress for New Urbanism national meeting - Louisville
Jun. TBD - AIA Kentucky/CAAK/HBC Code Workshops - 3 cities, 3 days
Aug. 22 - Hard Hats with Heart, Lexington - SAVE THE DATE
Sept. 19-21 - AIA Ohio Valley Regional Convention, Cincinnati - SAVE THE DATE
Oct. 26-27 - Bluegrass Taliesin Festival at Norton Center for the Arts, Danville

AIA CKC and ASHRAE hosted a program March 20 on the 2018 Kentucky Building Code
CKC News

View the latest edition of the AIA CKC  E-News  for more information about the following:
  • AIA CKC Annual Retreat
  • UK CoD Historic Preservation Symposium
  • 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.

AIA EKC volunteers answered calls and recorded pledges during the annual KET telefund on March 16
EKC News

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

NKY News

The Northern Kentucky section is excited to host their April Beer & Learn at Darkness Brewing on Tuesday, April 9. Allied Members from Pella Windows & Doors will make a 30-45 min CEU presentation, and they have graciously offered to buy the first round of beverages for attendees.  See you there!


New AIA Study Tool!
AIA is preparing to launch ArchiPrep- a new ARE study tool designed to help emerging professionals get licensed faster! For a limited time, members who are studying for ARE 5.0 can access and use ArchiPrep for free, before it launches to the public.

Now is your opportunity to provide critical feedback on a product designed to support emerging professionals on the path to licensure. To obtain access, or for any questions, email archiprep@aia.org Try it today!

The first quarter issue of the Young Architects' Forum (YAF) Connection has been published, including insight into the design culture of Payette (recipient of the 2019 AIA Firm Award), takeaways from Equity by Design's 2018 Symposium, and an interview with Oswaldo Ortega, AIA, NOMA (recipient of the 2019 AIA Young Architect Award). Click here to read these articles and other inspiring content in this EDI-focused issue.
The YAF is also seeking content for their Q2 issue and welcomes the submission of articles, projects, interviews, and other entries on ARCHITECTS IN CIVIC, CULTURAL, AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP ROLES. Contact the Editor In-Chief at johnclarknm@gmail.com for more information.

CoD News

K. Norman Berry Associates has been selected as the Architect of Record for the renovation of the Reynolds building, to become the UK College of Design's future home. The CoD is also excited to announce the six finalists being considered as the National Design Architect. 

This shortlist was selected from 29 initial submissions and all six finalists will be participating in interviews with the selection committee on April 17. Each will also give a 30-minute, public presentation on their firm's past projects. Interested members of the community are encouraged to attend.
The finalists are:
  • The Living
  • Marlon Blackwell Architects
  • Oyler Wu Collaborative
  • Studio Gang
  • Trahan Architects

AIA National News

Architectural Billings Index: February 2019

OVR Member a Candidate for 2021 AIA President
A member of AIA Ohio, Bruce Sekanick, FAIA has been serving the AIA in various leadership roles for nearly 30 years. Fondly nicknamed, "Mr. AIA", he has enthusiastically embraced all opportunities to participate and positively contribute to the architectural profession as a leader within all levels of the Institute.

His passion to serve has now driven him to run for 2020 First Vice President/President-elect and the 2021 AIA President. We are excited to see a member of the OVR family pursue service to the Institute at this highest level and we wish Bruce the very best of luck!

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The Last Word

How is it that a quarter of the year is already behind us?! And what an excellent start it has been, with plans shaping up for AIA Kentucky to be involved in many new and exciting opportunities.
We are excited to lead TWO sessions at the AIAS Midwest Quad Conference at the University of Kentucky next week and hope that the experience will allow us to impact many aspiring architects in positive ways. We have also been invited to participate in the steering committee for Lexington's second annual 'Hard Hats with Heart' event and in the planning and execution of the Bluegrass Taliesin Festival at the Norton Center for the Arts in October. Stay tuned for details on this two-day celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright and William Wesley Peters to be held in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Centre College.
With so much to look forward to, we hope you will not let this newsletter be your last! We'd like to say THANK YOU to all of the AIA Kentucky members who have renewed their membership or joined the AIA in 2019. We appreciate your involvement and support and are honored to serve you. If you haven't yet renewed...we hate to see you go and hope you will reconsider! While your membership will lapse this week, you can reactivate your benefits at any time by submitting payment of your annual dues. If there are financial or health circumstances that are impeding your ability to renew, I hope you'll email or call me at 859-221-0154 so we can explore options that may be available to you.
Thanks again for supporting AIA Kentucky as we continuously strive to add value to your practice and your profession. We are grateful to have more than 600 of the best members in the Institute and we look forward to your engagement in the variety of exciting opportunities ahead.


Kelly E. Ives, AIA, LEED AP 
Executive Director

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