December 5, 2019

December 2019  

December is here! The time of year when bells are jingling and exterior illumination is taken to extremes. We hope that you are finding joy in the spirit of the season and looking back at a year full of blessings.

We are reflecting on a successful 2019 and look forward to celebrating that success with many of you at our holiday party next week. ( Sign up through Friday.

We are also making preparations for new and exciting opportunities in 2020, so be sure to renew your membership by December 31st in order to avoid interruptions in your benefits and communications.  Contact us if you need any assistance with your renewal and read on for what's happening this month!
In This Issue
A Message From Your President

Wow, the last 12 months have gone quickly! I hope everyone has had a good year all-around, and I would like to offer best wishes to all for a peaceful and joyful holiday season. Relax as much as possible and take pleasure in your family, friends, and peers. As we finish out our calendar, it is a time where we all tend to reflect on the year and anticipate the holiday season.

I would like to acknowledge all the hard work and able leadership of our current board and executive committee. I am excited to see Ed Krebs, Daniel Ware, and Rob Deal stepping forward and bringing continued insight, energy and leadership to our organization... Read More
It's the Most Wonderful Time...
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6 to 9 p.m.

We have extended the registration deadline to the close of business this Friday, so you can still sign up and join us for a great party!

All AIA KY members and their guests are invited to join the AIA Kentucky Board of Directors for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres & holiday cheer as we celebrate the season, recognize new licensees, and say THANK YOU to those who've helped to makes this year a success!

Register by Friday, 12/6 at aiaky.org/holiday19
2020 Membership - Renew and Refer!

2020 will be another important year for the architectural profession, in Kentucky and beyond, and it is as important now as ever to renew your membership and to encourage others to join as well. (Refer a colleague here.)

Renew/refer by December 31 for a chance to win an iPad Air or a $200 Visa Card! Or, set up monthly payments by enrolling  in AIA's dues installment program. AIA is committed to meeting your needs, whatever they may be, so feel free to contact your AIA KY staff to let us know how we can help!

LU Credit Deadline        
A reminder that AIA Members are required to earn 18 continuing education credits - with at least 12 of those pertaining to topics of Healthy, Safety & Welfare - per calendar year to renew their membership. Don't wait until the last minute if you still need hours. Check out the library of fantastic content available through AIAU and complete your requirements today!
Download a copy of your complete Member Benefits Guide
Member News  

Member Benefit Spotlight: 
As you reflect on the end of one year and prepare for another, it's a good time for a holistic review of the countless membership benefits available to you at every stage of your career. Explore how to get started, get connected, get engaged, and get ahead - in both your membership and in the profession. We hope you'll learn a lot from reviewing these pages and share them with your colleagues as well!

Firm News
Roberto de Leon, FAIA, of de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW), was featured in Dwell Magazine's November/December article, ' 16 Architects on Regional Style and What American Design Means to Them'. DPAW was also ranked #22 of the top 50 firms in the United States in the Design category of Architect Magazine's 11th Annual ' Architect 50'. Way to go DPAW!

Employment and Achievements
Congratulations to Ron Murrell, AIA who is retiring after 26 years of dedication to designing for public education at RossTarrant Architects. We wish him the best!

We are pleased to congratulate the following members, who recently completed the ARE and received their license in the state of Kentucky:
  • Nathan Tanner, AIA, Omni Architects, Lexington
  • Anna Triplett, AIA, Reese Design Group, Louisville
Welcome New and Returning Members:
(Joined or Reinstated since October  1, 2019)
  • Benjamin Schenck, Assoc. AIA, DPAW, Louisville
  • Miller Valentine Group, New Allied Sponsor 
  • Lay 3D Reality Capture, 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 on the calendar:


2020 - Save the Dates!
Mar. 3 - AIA CKC / CSI Trade Fair
Sept. 17-19 - 2020 AIA KY/IN Convention, Louisville
The AIA CKC/CSI Holiday Party is 12/17 at the Filson Historical Society
CKC News

View the latest edition of the AIA CKC  E-News  for more information about the following:
  • 2020 EP/Associate Membership Grants
  • Volunteer Opportunities 
  • Upcoming Programs & Events
For additional information on AIA Central Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow CKC on  Facebook or   Twitter.
Entries for CANstruction 2019 are now on display in the Lexington Center!
EKC News

View the latest edition of the AIA East KY Chapter's  
E-News  for more information about the following:
  • EKC Annual Meeting & Holiday Party
  • CE Opportunities
  • CANstruction Lexington 2019
For information on AIA East Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow EKC on  FacebookTwitter and Instagram.
CoD News

MbD - Mentors Needed ASAP!
The CoD is seeking 10-15 A/E/C professionals to support the 2019-20 Mentorship by Design (MbD) program. MbD is a volunteer-based initiative that pairs individuals working in the professions of Architecture, Interiors, Historic Preservation, and Urban Design with students preparing to transition from the classroom to the workplace.

Individuals who are willing to spend 1-2 hours a month helping students become young professionals will benefit personally as well. You will be invited to join monthly networking events with your mentee, where you will also have the chance to meet faculty at the University of Kentucky and other design professionals. 
Click here to learn more and sign up to participate!

In early-October, 12 licensure candidates from diverse backgrounds gathered in Washington, DC, for NCARB's eighth annual Think Tank. Over the course of two days, members evaluated current licensure requirements, brainstormed ideas  to strengthen the relationship between licensure candidates and supervisors and discussed the ethical responsibility of architects-all while considering diversity and inclusion in the profession. Review a snapshot of their experience  here .
Conditions rebounded in October, after flat billings for most of the year
AIA National News

Architectural Billings Index: October 2019

When, Not If
What can architects do to prepare for the inevitability of financially turbulent times? Three experts share insights on weathering a tough economic climate and what they've learned from decades of financial ups and downs. Get Their Take

Raising the Stakes
Across several fronts, AIA and its partners are changing the narrative around architecture education, raising up new voices and removing barriers to educational success. Learn More

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The Last Word

As we celebrated Thanksgiving last week, I was able to reflect on how thankful I am for the opportunity to serve as your Executive Director and for what a wonderful first year 2019 has been. I appreciate the trust and support that so many of you have shown and I am extremely grateful for the volunteer leaders who generously give their time in service to our profession. AIA Kentucky would not be what it is without them!

Before we can blink, we'll be ringing in 2020 and, with nearly a year in the bag, I am inspired by what we've accomplished and am excited about the opportunities that await in the new year. I look forward to continuing our journey together and hope that you will all explore how you can strengthen your profession and your communities through engagement with the AIA. I welcome you to reach out with questions or suggestions at any time and, until then, I wish you the happiest of holidays!


Kelly E. Ives, AIA, LEED AP 
Executive Director

AIA Kentucky Allied Benefactors


Allied Sponsors


Allied Membership is recognized by all three local components, with a portion of dues supporting local programs. Learn More