January 4, 2019

January 2019  

Happy New Year from AIA Kentucky! We are excitedly turning the page and looking forward to the many new opportunities ahead in 2019, but first we will kickoff the New Year with a celebration of the 30 before.
We look forward to seeing many of you at Fasig-Tipton next Thursday, where we will recognize the unparalleled service to AIA Kentucky by Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA. This special evening is our chance to show Janet the gratitude that we all feel for her countless contributions to the profession.
After we have this chance to play, it's back to work! We will forge ahead with some exciting new CE programs, such as our Safety Assessment Training this month and a PSMJ Leadership Bootcamp in April. (Additional info below.)
With programs like these on the calendar, and an all-time membership high of 649, we are poised for a fantastic year. We hope that you will give our new president, Mark Powell, AIA, and the rest of our outstanding Board your full support as they lead us through the opportunities and challenges that we will face in the months ahead. 

We also hope that you will look for ways that YOU can participate and plug in. Read more below to see what is coming up and feel free to contact us for more information at any time. We wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year!
In This Issue
A Message From Your President

As we start a New Year, it is a time where we almost always think about transitions: reflect on the last year, plan for the new year, set goals and aspirations, and establish "resolutions" related to perceived opportunities for "raising our bar", whether it be individual or collective. This January is no exception, and in fact offers us an especially significant time for both reflecting while pressing forward.

As we start 2019, I would like to first acknowledge all the hard work and able leadership provided by our outgoing president of 2018, John Robertson, AIA. His soft-spoken clarity, combined with thoughtful insights, provided us with both able leadership and comradeship. I also greatly appreciate the service modeling and friendship of John's predecessors Randall Vaughn AIA, Jeff Stivers AIA, and Charles Cash AIA - they have individually and collectively contributed to our successes of the past several years. During this period... Read More

2019 Membership - Renew by January 15

2019 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.

Holiday spending now have you on a tight budget? A dues installment plan is available through AIA, as well as Associate & Emerging Professional grants for members of AIA Central Kentucky ( due today).

If you have misplaced your renewal invoice, email us and we can provide a copy to you. The 2019 renewal deadline is Tuesday, January 15.

2019 Continuing Ed Opportunities

Disaster Assistant / Safety Assessment Training
How would you like to make yourself a more valuable resource to your community, and earn 6.5 LU | HSW by the end of this month? On January 31, AIA Kentucky will offer a unique opportunity when we host AIA's Disaster Assistance Volunteer Training right here in Central Kentucky.

This full day workshop provides training to architects who are interested in volunteering their professional skills in times of crisis.  Upon completion of this training, you will be certified as a Building Evaluator through the nationally-recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP), managed by Cal OES, and you will be able to assist local governments in evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster.

This is a fantastic opportunity to benefit both personally and professionally, but we only have 40 spots available and they are filling up fast. Visit www.aiaky.org/2019KYSAP for additional information and register today!
PSMJ Leadership Bootcamp
Because of the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from last year's Project Management Bootcamp, we plan to bring PSMJ instructor, William Hinsley, back again on April 18-19 for a two-day A/E/C Leadership Bootcamp. This course is designed for anyone currently involved in or aspiring to a firm leadership role and is sure to move the needle at your firm. We hope you will SAVE THE DATE and take advantage of this opportunity to bring out the best in your firm's current and future leaders!
AIA KY Day at the Capitol

Registration is open for AIA Kentucky's annual Legislative Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, February 6. The event will include breakfast and conversation with your legislators from 7:30 - 9:00, followed by appointments in their offices for those who desire to stay. 

This is an excellent opportunity to meet your representatives and discuss pending bills that could affect architecture in Kentucky, so Sign up Today!

Visit the AIA Center for Practice for your practice resources and services 
Member News  

Member Benefit Spotlight
For a prosperous New Year... The Center for Practice is a new initiative addressing the needs of AIA members and their firms on themes related to prosperity. The mission of the AIA Center for Practice is to facilitate easy and effective access to and integration of relevant AIA resources and services to enable its members' practices to thrive. Learn More

Employment & Achievements
Congratulations to Marty Merkel, AIA who was recently named an Associate at JRA Architects!

Citizen Architect
Ben Barlage, AIA of GBBN Architects, was sworn into the office of Edgewood, KY City Council in December after a successful November election. This begins Ben's third, two-year term. Congratulations, Ben!

Firm News
We always knew that AIA Kentucky has the most generous Allied Members in the industry! Last month, Ilija "Rocky" Rokvic, of R.I.W. Ornamental Metal, Inc., donated more than 1,000 coats, blankets, pillows and jackets, which officers from the Cincinnati Police Department delivered to individuals in need. Rocky's desire to give back to his community stems from the support his family received as refugees when he was young. Read More

Welcome New and Returning Members:
(Joined or Reinstated since December 1, 2018)
  • Abigail L. Davis, Assoc. AIA, Lexington
  • Christopher M. Mekus AIA, Mekus Tanager, Georgetown
  • Mr. Bryan M. Porterfield, Assoc. AIA, Richmond
  • Sarah G. Young, AIA, Reese Design Collaborative. Louisville

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:



Mar. 1 - UK CoD Design Career Fair, SAVE THE DATE
Mar. 9 - NKY Restoration Weekend, SAVE THE DATE

Apr. 18-19 - PSMJ Leadership Bootcamp for A/E/C Professionals, SAVE THE DATE

CKC News

View the latest edition of the AIA CKC  E-News  for more information about the following:
  • 2019 CKC Associate Grant Applications
  • Recognition of Holiday Sponsors
  • Upcoming Events
For additional 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's  
E-News  for more information about the following:
  • 2018 Year in Review
  • 2019 Officers & Directors
  • 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

Thanks for such a great AIA turn-out at the Fifth Annual Holiday Party hosted by Allied Member, R.I.W. Ornamental Metals, Inc. We had wonderful food, great cheer and plenty of door prizes. We even had a guest appearance by Ray Mack, AIA who now hails from Columbus, OH!

As we settle in for 2019, we would like to begin populating the calendar with project tours, continuing education and c omradery. Please watch your calendars for our first site visit of the year, the Bavarian Brewery/Kenton County Courthouse project in Covington, and please contact Ben Barlage, AIA with suggestions for additional project visits & CEUs.
AIA NKY would also like to thank Janet Pike, Hon. AIA for all she has done for our section over the past 30 years. Cheers!


BKEP Speak on EDI
The third installment in AIA Brooklyn's EP 'Speak' series included three of the chapter's Emerging Professionals discussing the topics of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. With a grant from the AIA College of Fellows, they were able to record a live stream of the discussion - check out the edited version here.

How to Get Hired - Advice from Firm Owners
AIA asked experienced architects from Perkins+Will, Encompass Architects, and FXCollaborative to weigh in on questions students had about the job search and interview process- and how to get a leg up amid a sea of applicants. Get a head start and read more of what they had to say!

CoD News

The University of Kentucky has plans to move the College of Design (back) to the Reynolds Building complex, which will support the College's ability to expand new majors and meet the state of Kentucky's workforce needs. Read more about the University's plans for campus modernization here.

ADU Winners Announced
The professional and student winners of the ADU Design Competition, organized by  Architecture Professor, Brent Sturlaugson, AIA, were recently announced. Congratulations to SCB Architects, and Erin Ruhl, Assoc. AIA (Omni Architects), who were both among the winners. And congratulations to Michael Neureither. AIA, (RossTarrant Architects) who received honorable mention! Read More

AIA National News

Architectural Billings Index: November 2018

AIA President William J. Bates, FAIA, shares his thoughts on the year ahead
Watch the inauguration speech where he outlines his vision for architects to lead efforts to create a more fair, sustainable, and peaceful world.

2019 Candidates for Elective Office
To date, five AIA members have declared candidacy for three offices. AIA members interested in standing for election to the offices of 2020-2022 At-large Director, 2020-2021 Treasurer, or 2020 First Vice President/2021 President-elect at the 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture are requested to declare their intent by 5pm ET, Friday, February 15, 2019. Read More

New AIA Contract Document Pricing
New pricing for certain AIA Contract Documents products will take effect at the start of 2019. The price increases apply to single and two user unlimited licenses and DoD contracts. Member pricing for single unlimited license subscriptions will be $999.99 and pricing for two user unlimited license subscriptions will be $1,999.98. DoD contracts for members will cost $27.99. Refer to aia.org for additional information and direct any questions to caitlinsweeney@aia.org.

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The (First) Last Word

What an amazing journey it has already been! After joining the staff of AIA Kentucky as Member Outreach Coordinator in 2015, I spent four incredibly enjoyable years working with and learning from an invaluable mentor. I cannot express the gratitude I feel toward Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA for taking a chance on me that changed my life. She has been a colleague, a teacher, a role model and a friend and I wish her nothing but the best in her next chapter.
Entering this new year, I am honored for the opportunity to serve our members and our profession in this new capacity and I am extremely optimistic about the opportunities ahead. We have truly hit the ground running in this first month - with a fantastic party planned for next week, registration open for our annual legislative breakfast, and an an exciting lineup of new programs already on the calendar.
I hope that each of you will find a program that interests you and will look for an opportunity to get involved as we move forward. I have been blessed to work with many of our members to date and I look forward to an opportunity to engage with those who I have not yet met. I welcome you to reach out at any time with questions, concerns and suggestions as we build upon the strong foundation that is already in place and I look forward to our sustained success.


Kelly E. Ives, AIA, LEED AP 
Executive Director

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