May 3, 2017

May 2017  

With Derby weekend ahead, it certainly feels as if we're off to the races! This week we launch our annual Honor Awards program for Design Excellence, with our Special Awards for service to the profession soon to follow. This will keep us busy throughout the summer and, before you know it, we'll be gathering in Indy for another fantastic Ohio Valley Regional Convention! We hope that you will take advantage and participate in these exciting programs - just a couple examples of the countless benefits that your AIA membership offers.
We also want to highlight a couple of additional resources recently released by AIA. First, the Firm Benchmarking Tool offers an interactive portal for members to compare themselves against the profession at large, and by firms of comparable size and specialization. This is just the initial release of the tool, which will eventually be a place for firms to compare themselves against other firms across many dimensions, starting with data from the Firm Survey.
Second, The Foresight Report is an environmental scan of trends that could disrupt or affect the future of architecture as a discipline and a profession. There are two tools that complement the report this year: a powerpoint with data excerpts and a workbook to help firms incorporate foresight into their strategic planning. We hope these additions make the report even more actionable, especially for smaller firms.
In This Issue
AIA Kentucky Honor Awards - Call for Submissions

YOU have work that deserves to be recognized. Here is your chance! AIA Kentucky is accepting submissions for the 2017 Honor Awards for Excellence in Architectural Design, now until June 30th. Projects completed in the last 10 years are eligible and may be submitted in several categories, including this year's addition of Unbuilt Work.

We have also relaxed the submission criteria to allow more creative freedom in the presentation of your work and our Honor Awards Chair, R. Wayne Estopinal, AIA has put together a fantastic jury out of Atlanta, Georgia. It's going to be an exciting year for the advancement of this esteemed program so don't miss your chance to be a part of the fun. Check out our Submissions Site at www.aiaky.org/honorawards2017 and sign up today!

The Hillside Inn, in Madison, IN is the site of this year's retreat
Annual Procrastinator's Retreat

AIA Central Kentucky invites the members of AIA East Kentucky and AIA Northern Kentucky to attend its annual Procrastinator's Weekend retreat, which will be held June 3, 2017 in Madison, IN. Up to 6.5 learning units (4 HSW) can be earned while attending presentations on practice management, hands-on roofing demonstrations and a guided tour of historic, downtown Madison. PLUS you can network with colleagues from across the state.

Click here to learn more about the weekend agenda and reserve your spot today!
TEG Architect's 2017 CANstruction Team
Member News

Employment and Achievements
Congratulations to Beth Hunter Bauer, AIA of RossTarrant Architects, on her recent completion of the Architectural Registration Exam!  

Firm News
Tucker Booker Donhoff + Partners Architects (TBD+) announced in April a company name change, following the retirement of Bob Booker in 2016. Tucker Booker Donhoff + Partners Architects is now known as: Donhoff Kargl Nall Architects (DKN), which reflects the current ownership and leadership of the company. "Our clients past and present will notice no other changes in our well respected and recognized architectural business and staff." said Rob Donhoff, AIA CEO of DKN Architects. For more information, including portfolios and profiles, visit www.dknarchitects.com.

Lexington-based design-build firm, Gray Construction, has acquired Spencer Bristol Engineering, a consulting design engineering firm in Norcross, GA. Spencer Bristol will continue its work in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and process piping design engineering under the leadership of principals Morley Spencer and Doug Bristol. For more information, visit Gray.com/spencerbristol

A recent article in Louisville's Business First magazine featured The Weber Group, Inc. and the 5-ton Viking display that they designed for a new thrill ride at Busch Gardens, in Williamsburg, VA. The display for the park's new Viking-themed wooden roller coaster, InvadR, features an intimidating dragon head battering ram, inspired by Norse mythology. Read More

TEG Architects was recently involved in Louisville's CANstruction, a competition of teams comprised of professionals from the AEC industry who create large structures made entirely out of cans of food. This year, the TEG team built a figure resembling a character that's no stranger to hunger - Cookie Monster! The team utilized more than 3,500 cans of tuna, earning the award for most cans, as well as the top honor of this year's People's Choice. The TEG team included: Ida Wrocklage, Assoc. AIA; David Bratcher, Assoc. AIA; John Sprouls, AIA; and Joel Wallace, AIA.
Welcome New and Returning Members:
(since April 1, 2017)
  • Haviland Argo, AIA, Hermitage Farm, Goshen
  • Clifford I. Collins, AIA, Ft. Knox Directorate of Public Works, Ft. Knox
  • Nicholas P. Ehret, AIA, Kovert Hawkins Architects, Louisville
  • Christopher D. Litton, AIA, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Gov., Lexington
  • John F. Ramsey, AIA, Tetratech, Lexington
Send your news for inclusion in the next e-newsletter!
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:
AJRC's site development plan for the new Passport Health project
CKC News

Kudos to the members of AIA Central Kentucky who were instrumental in encouraging a positive approach to the planning and economic development for the new Passport Health project at 18th and Broadway in Louisville, former site of a proposed Wal-Mart. The Russell neighborhood will be strengthened by this higher quality project that will support the locally-owned businesses and spur more positive surrounding growth.
Another successful effort by AIA CKC!

View the latest edition of the AIA Central KY Chapter E-News for information about the following:
  • Request for Proposal
  • Member Announcements
  • 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

AIA East Kentucky is sponsoring a CANstruction build at the Lexington Center on November 14, 2017. Entrants will be limited to eight (8) teams so read more/sign up  ASAP!
Leadership Lexington is accepting applications through May 15th. We would love to see some East KY architects in this year's class! More Info 
View the latest edition of the East KY Chapter E-News for information about the following:
  • 2017 Special Awards Program
  • New East Kentucky Website
  • Upcoming Programs and Events
For information on AIA East Kentucky Chapter events and other regional architecture-related activities, Follow EKC on Facebook or Twitter.

Representatives from Luckett & Farley spoke with CoD Director, Jeffrey Johnson, AIA at UK's Career Fair on April 5
CoD News

YOU are invited to the University of Kentucky College of Design's End-of-the-Year Show at Pence Hall, from 5-7 p.m. this Friday, May 5. The event is free and open to the public, giving everyone a chance to view students' work from the past year. Come and mingle while you enjoy music and a catered Mexican buffet! 

Several AIA Kentucky firms exhibited during UK's Career Fair on April 5 and reported a great turnout from CoD students seeking employment. A huge thanks to Dean Mitzi Vernon, Assoc. AIA and School of Architecture Director, Jeffrey Johnson, AIA for spreading the word and encouraging these scholars to connect with the professionals in our state!  
EVP Janet Pike_ Hon. AIA and scholarship recipient _ Ari Sogin
EVP Janet Pike, Hon. AIA with AIA Kentucky scholarship recipient, Ari Sogin
Representatives from AIA Kentucky also attended the College's annual awards & recognition ceremony at the Grand Reserve on April 20th, where we were excited to meet and congratulate several of our scholarship recipients.  

Finally, the CoD is pleased to announce that five of its faculty members received eLII Faculty Development Grants through the eLearning Innovation + Design Lab! The following were a part of Round 3 Faculty Skill Development awardees: Douglas Appler, assistant professor in the Department of Historic Preservation; Patrick Lee Lucas, director of the School of Interiors; Dr. Gregory Luhan, AIA associate dean for administration and professor in the School of Architecture; Julie Riesenweber, assistant professor in the Department of Historic Preservation; and Helen Turner, assistant professor in the School of Interiors. View the Press Release for complete details.

We have seen a tremendous amount of support from Kentucky's members, firms and Allied Members throughout Session 1 of this year's Sights on Success program. Most recently, we gathered at the office of Potter & Associates Architects in Louisville's Preston Pointe building for a workshop on Contract Documents. We were treated to an amazing breakfast of local favorites by Glen Buckner, AIA, and Allegion while Eileen Van Hoose, AIA led us in a productive discussion on Specifications and the Project Manual.

We are so pleased by the commitment and engagement displayed by our Session 1 participants and we can't wait to add some new faces in the second half of our journey. We will be seeking additional hosts and discussion leaders as well, so contact Kelly Ives, AIA regarding any questions or interest in participating, and stay tuned for Session 2 registration to open in late May/early June!
William J. Bates, FAIA, from AIA Pittsburgh was elected 2018 First Vice President, 2019 President-elect.
AIA National News

Three new leaders were elected at AIA's A'17 Conference on Architecture last week, including the 2019 President-elect. A number of Resolutions and Amendment were also passed by a majority vote from the membership. View a summary of the propositions actions here.

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continued its surge as the first quarter of the year ended. The AIA reported a March ABI score of 54.3, up from 50.7 the previous month. Read More.

The AIA Committee On The Environment (COTE) completed an "extreme makeover" of the criteria for their annual design awards program this year, allowing
issues that have gained prominence in recent years to be brought to the forefront. Read More.

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

New Fellows Michael Jacobs, FAIA and Steve Wiser, FAIA with Larry Leis, FAIA, a former Chancellor of the College of Fellows.
The Last Word

The AIA '17 Conference on Architecture last week in Orlando was a well-organized and executed event, especially in terms of the breadth and depth of experiences available for learning, networking, inspiration and fun.  One of the best ever... and I've seen a lot of them!  A series of topical and inspiring keynote presentations were interspersed throughout the schedule, along with continuing education sessions on every subject you could want, and every kind of tour you could imagine of Orlando architecture, neighborhoods, and attractions.  Among my personal highlights:
  • Celebrating with Michael Jacobs, FAIA and Steve Wiser, FAIA upon their induction to the AIA College of Fellows.  So great to see their contributions and accomplishments recognized.  They make Kentucky proud!
  • Hanging out with UK College of Design Dean Mitzi Vernon, Assoc. AIA, School of Architecture Director Jeffrey Johnson, AIA and Director of Philanthropy Lori Matthews as we co-hosted a fun (and hot!) Happy Hour for AIA Kentucky members and UK grads from across the country.  Lots of good connections were made!
  • Experiencing AIA President Tom Vonier, FAIA's conversation with former First Lady Michelle Obama, who spoke thoughtfully about how architecture and design can address her own favorite issues like diversity and equity, childhood health, better educational environments, affordable housing, and increased nutritional access in neighborhoods.  Very inspiring!
  • Exploring ideas on how to incorporate some of AIA's successes in Orlando into our upcoming AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention in Indianapolis this fall.  Ready to shake things up!
All that and I get to come home to all the excitement of Derby Week.  Hope you all pick a winner!
Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President

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