January 6, 2017

Happy New Year! 

As you can see, more than just the year has changed for AIA Kentucky! Along with our new, mobile responsive e-news template, we have increased staff support at the state level, which will translate to increased support for all three local components, and we have hit an all-time membership high of 604! 
We also have newly-elected leaders in place who are ready to hit the ground running with our continued mission of advancing the profession of architecture in Kentucky and beyond. We hope you will show these wonderful volunteers your full support in their endeavors and we also hope to see YOU step up and become more involved in 2017. Best wishes for a happy and prosperous year ahead!
In This Issue
A Message From Your President

Dear ,

The holidays are a great time to be with friends, family, and loved ones. It's also a time to reflect on life over the past year and look forward with hope and promise for a prosperous new year. For each new year, we set priorities and goals in our personal and professional lives. As the 2017 President of AIA Kentucky, I'm looking forward to serving the members of AIA Kentucky and to advocate AIA member policies, services, activities and programs. We have a wonderful staff in Executive Vice President, Janet Pike, Hon. AIA and Member Outreach Coordinator Kelly Ives, AIA, who keep AIA Kentucky running smoothly.

We will work for the membership and tackle the challenges faced by the profession. This year marks a first in AIA Kentucky history. We reached a membership mark of 600 for the first time, and in fact have blazed past that to 604! Credit goes to each of you, our members of AIA Kentucky, for your trust and confidence in the AIA to address and support your professional needs. Hats off to Past President Jeff Stivers, AIA for championing the Membership Goal of our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. We're heading into year two of our strategic plan which we'll use to guide us in 2017. Our focus will be on the areas of Member Value, Career Development, Credible Voice, Community Engagement and AIA Resource Management. We have some dedicated folks serving as champions for each strategic goal. If you have an interest in participating, please let us know and we will engage you accordingly.

The strength of our organization lies within our AIA members, allied members, friends and advocates for AIA. I hope I will get a chance to reconnect with those members I know and have an opportunity to meet those of you I have yet to meet. Our first board meeting will be in Louisville, Kentucky on January 24 at the offices of K. Norman Berry Associates Architects in Louisville. Local members are encouraged to join us for Breakfast & Conversation from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (sign up), and the Board will meet from 9:30 - Noon.   I hope to see you there.

Randall Vaughn, AIA
2017 President
2017 Membership - Renew and Refer!

AIA Kentucky topped 600 members in December! This is a great sign for the state of the profession in Kentucky, but it is still as important as ever to renew for 2017 and to encourage others to join as well.
On a tight budget? A dues installment plan is available through AIA, as well as Associate member grants for members of the Central Kentucky Chapter. Read more about this opportunity in CKC's December E-News.

All In with our Emerging Professionals!

In late November, AIA Kentucky provided scholarships for sixteen of our Emerging Professionals to attend the AIA Leadership Institute in Indianapolis. Each of these young professionals returned from that experience with a renewed energy, inspired to take on more active roles in both their firms and their communities.
We remain extremely committed to supporting our EP's in 2017, which is why we have put together a fantastic ARE Prep program to guide each participant through all six divisions of the new ARE 5.0. Learn more on the Sights on Success event page and sign up soon - Registration for Session 1 ends on Monday, January 9!
In addition to these career development opportunities, OVR Associate Director, Craig Chamberlain, Assoc. AIA, has created the Lexington Emerging Professionals Network (LEPN), to provide young architects in the Lexington area an opportunity for networking and fellowship with their peers. The goal of the LEPN is to engage all emerging professionals in the larger Lexington architectural community. The LEPN will hold monthly meet-ups at local restaurants, where all area emerging professionals will be welcomed, regardless of AIA membership. The January EP Meet-Up will be on Monday the 23rd at HopCat. Please RSVP via Facebook by Friday, January 20th and follow LEPN on Facebook to stay up-to-date on future events.

AIA KY Day at the Capitol

Please plan to join us on Tuesday, March 7 for AIA Kentucky's annual Legislative Day. 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 Save the Date!

Regional Position on AIA Strategic Council

Are you interested in service at the AIA National level? You may have an opportunity to serve as the AIA Ohio Valley Region (KY/IN/OH) Director on the AIA Strategic Council, which is the AIA's think tank evaluating opportunities and issues of importance to the profession which are then presented to the AIA Board of Directors for action. The term of current Council member Drew White, FAIA of Indianapolis, IN ends in December 2017, and the OVR Regional Council will select his successor at its meeting this coming April. To learn more about what's involved in this position and how to become a candidate, contact Drew at dwhite@axisarch.com or (317) 654-1521, or our second OVR Council Director Tim Hawk, FAIA of Columbus, OH at thawk@swastudio.com or (614) 824-1633.

Member News

Firm News
On December 16th, K. Norman Berry Associates Architects (KNBA) moved from its West Main Street office in downtown Louisville to the Glassworks building at 815 West Market Street, Suite 502. KNBA's experience on Louisville's Main Street has been one that will never be replaced, spanning the past 40 years. In 2017, a new chapter begins in a new location, providing a work environment that encourages collaboration, harnesses technology and expands the vision of the firm with our staff, consultants and clients.

In 2016, Luckett & Farley Architects, Engineers and Interior Designers purchased a building adjacent to their existing headquarters at 737 S. third Street, with the intent of converting it into a mixed-use development. However, since that time the Louisville firm has seen a surge of employee growth with more than 20 new hires. The new plan is to expand their headquarters into the adjacent facility. The firm will use approximately 50,000 of the 80,000 square feet available in the two buildings, and will reserve the remaining 30,000 square feet for a mix of tenant uses.

Bobby Morris, AIA, formerly of EOP Architects, recently ventured into small firm ownership as Principal of morris workshop architects, pllc. MWA is a full design architecture studio which aims to expand the expectations of what a building can be by employing responsive, intelligent, and sustainable design solutions to practical (and impractical) project types. Congratulations and best wishes, Bobby! 

Employment and Achievements
Joel L. Wallace, AIA has returned to TEG Architects as a Principal. Joel had previously been an active member of the TEG team while working on a variety of health care, commercial, municipal, educational and multi-use facilities. He is a very talented architect who helped shape the firm for many years and who represents TEG within its local municipality. "It is great to have Joel back at TEG...," said Wayne Estopinal, AIA president of TEG Architects. "His knowledge of our projects and process, as well as his commitment to quality services is a win-win for our clients and our team."

Dan Church, AIA
, a previous recipient of our prestigious Oberwarth gold medal, has rotated off the board of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators Board, after 7 years of service. Dan spent 5 years as National Secretary, and 2 as the Board Member at Large and he says, "It has been an extraordinary experience to meet and work with the founders, esteemed artists, Architects and illustrators whose work I have admired throughout my career."

Congratulations to Brian Buckner, AIA on recently completing the Architectural Registration Exam! 

Welcome New and Returning Members:
(since December 1, 2016)
  • Allender P. Stewart, Assoc. AIA, Murphy Group Architects, Lexington
  • Catherine Noble Ward, AIA, Studio Kremer, Louisville
  • Daniel S. Preston, AIA, architection pllc, Louisville
  • Dann M. Reilly, AIA, Lexington (transfer from AIA DC)
  • Emily M. Bottom, Assoc. AIA, Frankfort
  • KPFF, Louisville, New Allied Sponsor
  • Matthew B. Hemberger, Assoc. AIA, Anchor Properties, Inc., Covington
  • Rebecca S. Davis, AIA, AXIOM Architecture, Owensboro
  • Transitions Lift & Elevator, Lexington, New Allied Friend

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 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.

EKC News

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

AIA National News

2017 Conference on Architecture
Registration is open for this year's national convention, which has been rebranded as the 2017 Conference on Architecture - A'17. Taking place April 27-29 in Orlando, FL, the event will be focused on Anticipating a Better Tomorrow. AIA members will save $300 with early bird rates, young professionals save an additional 30%, and new members (since May 22, 2016) can register for FREE! Learn More/Register

Knowledge Community Opportunities
  • COTE Top Ten submissions are due January 18 by 5pm ET. 
  • Historic Resources Committee's Taliesin Colloquium: A New Paradigm for Architecture: The Convergence of Preservation, Environment, and Design. February 10-12, 2017, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Purchase the Design for Aging Review 13th Edition, a comprehensive review of architectural design trends in aged-care facilities, of interest to all design professionals working in this building type.
  • 2017 AIA SPP Pop-Up Competition is open, with the theme Reflection. The winning entry will be presented at AIA Convention 2017, Orlando.
The Last Word

Happy New Year AIA Kentucky Members! As I watch the first snowfall of 2017 and read about the rapid pace of change in Frankfort and in the nation's capital, I know that AIA Kentucky must - and will - adapt to those changes and continue to advocate for you and your professional interests. This will require a strong voice and clear direction from your elected national, state and local AIA leaders...and from all of you. There is no AIA - and no voice - without our members. We can only succeed in our work on behalf of architects and architecture with the support of individual members who are engaged through giving time, talent, energy and dollars. THANK YOU for your membership and participation.
I'll leave you with a couple of recent quotes from 2017 AIA President Tom Vonier, FAIA:
"The American Institute of Architects derives its strength from its members, and our deep convictions about the power of architecture in society. We seek social progress, equity in human affairs, and responsible environmental practices." "Our truest values as professionals - and as citizens - are of critical importance today, perhaps now more than ever in our lifetimes." "It is wonderful to become your president at a time when our members are so engaged - you might say they are paying attention as never before - and just when we most need unity of purpose and strength." - speaking at his inauguration ceremony in December.
"The AIA belongs to us. Let's act that way." - speaking to students at the annual AIAS conference last week in Boston.

Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President

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