February 3, 2017

February 2017  

While we may have to wait a while longer for the end of winter, the wait for AIA Kentucky's NEW WEBSITE is over! It is still a work in progress but, after many months spent in AIA National's pilot group for the development of chapter websites, we are thrilled to share our new page with you. Please take a minute to check out the sleek new look and seamless integration with the Institute's recently-transformed website. Likes/dislikes? Let us know what you think!

This month, we are also excited to open the door to a deeper understanding of our members through our new survey question of the month. It is our hope that your feedback to these brief queries will strengthen our ability to serve you, and the architectural profession, in the months and years to come. Please take a moment and answer this month's question now!  
In This Issue
AIA KY Day at the Capitol

Registration is open for AIA Kentucky's annual Legislative Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 7. This will include breakfast with your legislators from 8-9:30, followed by appointments in their offices for those who desire to stay. This event is an excellent opportunity to meet your representatives and discuss pending bills that could affect architecture in Kentucky, so Sign up Today!

Last Call for Must-See KY Buildings

USA Today Travel is seeking AIA Kentucky's input in compiling a list of the top 25 "must see" buildings in our state, and we need your help! Tell us which architecturally significant tourist destinations you feel highlight the beauty and personality of the Bluegrass State. Don't wait, though... We are only accepting suggestions until 5:00 PM on Monday, February 6, so Tell us your top 5 Today!

Kentucky's Newly Elevated Fellows
AIA Kentucky is proud to have two new Fellows among us! Michael W. Jacobs, FAIA and Stephen A. Wiser, FAIA were recently bestowed with the Institute's highest membership honor, which recognizes architect members who have made outstanding contributions to the profession through design excellence, contributions in the field of architectural education, or to the advancement of the profession. 
Michael W. Jacobs, FAIA
Stephen A. Wiser,
Fellowship is a highly prestigious honor, as approximately only 3% of the AIA's 90,000+ members have this distinction. Michael and Steve will be recognized for this accomplishment during an investiture ceremony at the A'17 Conference in Orlando this April.
Member News

Employment and Achievements
Congratulations to Joe Jones, AIA who recently retired from JRA. Joe has been an instrumental part of AIA Kentucky for many years and we wish him the best in his new endeavors. 

Firm News
Jerry A. Taylor, AIA has moved the offices of his firm, Taylor Architects, from Lexington to 332 Capital Avenue, Third Floor, Frankfort 40601.
Studio A Architecture has also moved to 2330 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, 40206. Their phone/faxand website will remain the same.
Welcome New and Returning Members:
(since January 1, 2017)
  • Nathan Coyle, AIA, Denham-Blythe Company, Lexington
  • Shelby Ewing, Assoc. AIA, Gray Architects and Engineers, PLC, Lexington
  • Matthew D. Miller, AIA, TEG Architects LLC, Jeffersonville
  • Dean Mitzi Vernon, Assoc. AIA, UK College of Design, Lexington
  • Stacy D. Williams, AIA, GBBN Architects, Inc., Louisville

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 Archiving Program on January 17
CKC News

View the latest edition of the AIA Central KY Chapter E-News for information about the following:
  • 2017 AIA CKC/CSI Trade Fair
  • 2017 Associate Grant Applications
  • Upcoming Programs and Events
For information on AIA Central Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow CKC on Facebook or   Twitter.

Lexington EP Meet-Up on January 23
EKC News

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

CoD News

Talks and Exhibitions
A College of Design faculty-wide exhibition - Current Works - is being held through March 1 in Pence Hall on UK's campus. The exhibit contains works from faculty of all three programs: architecture, interiors and historic preservation.

Singularities - the new exhibition by UK College of Design architecture professor Mike McKay - is now on display at the UK Art Museum. The exhibit runs through April 23.

Make plans to attend the annual Historic Preservation Symposium, held each year through the College of Design at the University of Kentucky. This year's event - "Conflict, Violence and Preservation: Interpreting difficult history" - will be March 31 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Singletary Center on UK's campus. The event is free and open to the public, with the opportunity to attend a paid luncheon at the Hilary J. Boone Center. The cost of the luncheon will go toward a scholarship in the HP program.

University Career and Internship Fair 
The 2017 University of Kentucky Just in Time Job and Internship Fair is the last opportunity in the spring semester for employers interested in meeting with UK students to fill both full-time and internship opportunities. Open to students in all majors for employers, government agencies, and non-profit organizations who are seeking students and alumni for full-time entry-level positions and/or internships. The fair is for ALL Majors and Degree levels. An opportunity to interview interested applicants at the James W. Stuckert Career Center the following day or later in the semester will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register Here

First SOS 2.0 Workshop on Jan. 28

ARE Prep
The first workshop for Sights on Success 2.0 was held at RossTarrant Architects last weekend, and we are off to a great start. Thanks Sarah Lamere, AIA and Beth Bauer, Assoc. AIA for volunteering your time, and thanks Thermal Equipment Sales, for the grub!

This is a group of highly-motivated, bright young professionals and we expect to see great things from them over the next few months. Several in our group have opted to take advantage of the 5-exam plan, by transitioning from ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0, and they are not alone - over 1000 ARE candidates have also made this transition! Learn More

Fun and Fellowship
Don't forget about the Lexington Emerging Professionals Network, created by Craig Chamberlain, Assoc. AIA. The next EP Meet-up will be at 6:30 on February 13th at Goodfellas Distillery. Reply via Facebook by February 10 if you will be there!  

OVR News

Three Regional Positions Available 
If you have an interest in leadership and service at the National level, now is your opportunity! The AIA Ohio Valley Regional Assembly is soliciting nominations for three (3) positions to represent the AIA Ohio Valley Region (KY/IN/OH). Positions are available for both Architect members and Associates to serve as an AIA Strategic Council Member, a Regional Associate Director and the Young Architect Regional Director. To learn what these positions entail, as well as the timeline for nominations and selection, read more.
2017 OVR Convention
Save The Date for your 2017 OVR Convention, "We Built This City", in Indianapolis this September 27-29. The convention committee is hard at work with plans for outstanding programs, tours and events. If you have ideas or suggestions to share, send them to AIA Kentucky's convention co-chair, Craig Chamberlain, Assoc. AIA.

AIA National News

Free or Reduced Registration for A'17
The AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 (A'17) is coming to Orlando this April and volunteer power is needed to make this event a success. Five hours of volunteer time will be compensated with a 1-day pass for A'17 and giving 10 hours of volunteer time results in full registration being waived. Want to learn more? Click here.

Advocacy Across the Institute
The American Institute of Architects has announced its federal agenda, advocating for policies that create more livable and energy efficient communities and emphasizing investments in buildings as key elements of the national infrastructure. The agenda is the result of AIA's recent survey of its membership, which takes place with each presidential and mid-term election.
The AIA has also published "Where Architects Stand; A Statement of Our Values," a document that re-asserts the values of the architecture profession and where it stands on a host of issues. This document is intended to be a guidepost for AIA members as they advocate for the profession on the federal, state and local level for policies that  foster inclusive, diverse, sustainable and prosperous communities.

Knowledge Community Opportunities

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

Breakfast with the AIA KY Board at KNBA Architects
The Last Word

We're off and running for 2017!  Over 40 AIA Members attended Breakfast with the Board on June 24th in Louisville.  Many thanks to the folks at K. Norman Berry Associates Architects for hosting the breakfast and meeting in their beautiful new offices.   Sights on Success 2.0 got off to a great start with a workshop for a dozen A.R.E. candidates on January 28th, hosted at RossTarrant Architects, with breakfast sponsored by Thermal Equipment Sales.
President Randall Vaughn, AIA and I had lunch last week with Jeffrey Johnson, AIA, director of the School of Architecture at UK since last July.  Jeffrey has some terrific plans for strengthening ties between the school and practicing professionals, including an upcoming Job Fair (April 5 - see info via calendar link above) and a shared focus on equity and diversity in the profession.  Jeff has assumed the AIA KY Endowed Professorship post this year and has already attended the first AIA Kentucky Board meeting of the year.   2016 President Jeff Stivers, AIA, Randall and I have been meeting quarterly with UK College of Design Dean Mitzi Vernon, Assoc. AIA since her arrival in November 2015, and we're excited about her vision for the College.  And....UKCoD and AIA Kentucky will co-host a Happy Hour reception to bring together alumni and friends at the national convention in Orlando (details to come).  All this means that the future looks bright for building more and more connections between UKCoD and the professional community.
Earlier this week Kelly and I traveled to Indianapolis for a meeting of the Convention Planning Committee for the Ohio Valley Region Convention set for Sept. 27-29 in Indy.  Craig Chamberlain, Assoc. AIA (Kentucky's co-chair on the committee) attended as well, along with AIA members and staff from Indiana and Ohio.  Lots of great ideas for schedule, speakers, and off-site events were discussed - it's shaping up to be a great convention with an exciting new look and feel.  Save these dates on your calendar and stay tuned for info as details are confirmed!
Coming up next:  AIA Kentucky Legislative Day at the Capitol set for March 7th in Frankfort.  Hope to see you there!  In the meantime, check out your local chapter events for more opportunities to learn and share with fellow AIA members.

Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President

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