August 24-28, 2020
AIA Michigan and AGC of Michigan held its Mid Summer Conference on Mackinac Island August 6-8. Our format was slightly different this year. The continuing education was open to all members via live streaming.

This was a great success and we hope to continue in the future. Kermit Baker, AIA National economist and Ken Simonson, AGC economist spoke to us about the future outlook of the architecture and construction industry. This was free to all members of AIA and AGC. If you missed the presentation you can view it here.
State Forecasting Information
ConstructConnect, an AIA Innovation Partner, has provided state forecasting information, including significant sector forecasts for the four largest states – New York, Florida, Texas, and California. See reports
Free webinar: Answering your contract questions
Join Sept. 10 for a free, live Q&A with AIA Contract Documents Information Manager, Ben Segal, as he answers commonly asked questions regarding popular AIA documents such as payment applications, A201 general conditions, and more! Please email questions prior to the webinar to Register
The Whitney M. Young Jr. Award
This award distinguishes an architect or architectural organization that embodies social responsibility and actively addresses relevant issues, such as affordable housing, inclusiveness, or universal access. Please nominate candidates who continuously advocate for societal equity through our profession. Nominations for this prestigious award are open now through September 1Submit nominations
COVID-19 Re-opening tools & resources 
AIA convened a virtual charrette with architects and experts in public health, engineering, and facilities management to develop guidance for building re-occupancy. Input from the charrette led to a new Building Risk Management Plan Worksheet, enhanced Re-occupancy Assessment Tool, and expanded ArchMap.
AIA Re-occupancy Assessment Tool which provides a framework of strategies for re-opening buildings. Informed by authoritative sources (CDC, WHO, OSHA, etc.) and public health experts, the tool includes baseline parameters for re-occupancy, architectural and engineering strategies, and administrative policies that promote the health, safety, and welfare of the public while creating opportunities for non-essential facilities to provide services.
How AIA contracts address the COVID-19 pandemic
For the foreseeable future, the design and construction industry may experience considerable disruptions, such as material shortages, construction delays, work stoppages, and suspended and terminated projects due to the coronavirus pandemic. This article provides some tips on how to handle project delays, suspensions, and terminations with AIA documents, and also provides a list of some insurance issues to consider.
Please download the MI Practice Advisory and share with your colleagues!
Prometric Operations and Social Distancing

NCARB is issuing an additional six-month rolling clock extension to Architect Registration Examination (ARE) candidates and has expedited efforts in order to launch an online proctored version of ARE 5.0 in late 2020. More Information

Harnessing the passion of our Members and the broader design community, AIA National is taking steps to advance racial justice and equality in our organization, in our profession, and in our communities. 
AIA National has begun to put together resources which represent just a few tools to help bridge the gap – the gap between complacency and knowledge, between knowledge and action, and between action and progress.
We invite you to contact AIA National at to suggest additional resources.

2020 F.I.E.R.O. Webinar Series & Design Awards Program - click here for more information
September 8, 2020 - Register Today!
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Free AIAU courses for AIA members
We're in the midst of a pandemic and the business environment is rapidly changing. Many of our members are already feeling the impact. To help you navigate these uncertain times, we're making some of AIAU's best business and tech courses available to AIA members for free. Learn valuable skills about virtual practice, successful business strategies, risk management, and more from some of the most innovative architects, firms, and design professionals. Browse Courses
Michigan Historic Preservation Network - 40th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference
“Preservation on the Frontline” 
Virtual! September 21-22, 2020
AIA Michigan has Brightwood's 5.0 Study Guides. Please call 313-965-4100 or email Evelyn Dougherty to borrow the study materials! 
AIA Huron Valley has the ARE 5 Review Manual and the ARE 5 Practice Problems available to loan out free of charge. If you are interested please email AIA Huron Valley

AIA Saginaw Valley has the ARE materials available for their section members to borrow! If you're a member of the AIA Saginaw Valley chapter please contact AIA Saginaw Valley to borrow the materials.

AIA Southwest Michigan has the Brightwood ARE 5.0 Study Guides (physical copies & ebooks), the Ballast ARE 5.0 Review Manual, and an electronic copy of the The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice (15th edition). All are available for members to check-out with no fee. Please contact AIA Southwest Michigan to borrow the materials.
DABUG CEU Program: Cameras and AI
Wed., Aug 26 - More Information | Innovator Spotlight: Andrew Heumann
Wed., Sept. 9 - Save the date!

Celebration of Architecture Live Broadcast
Thurs., Sept. 24 - More Information

Service Day:Life Remodeled
Fri., Oct. 9 - More Information

Golf Outing
Fri., August 21 - Register Today!

Learn from a Leader in Delivering Exterior Grade Phenolic (EGP) Rainscreen Cladding Systems.
Wed., Aug 25 - More Information

Annual Golf Outing
Wed., Sept. 9 - More Information

2020 Honor Awards Celebration
Thurs., Oct. 29 - Save the Date!

Pressure Equalized Back Ventilated Rainscreen Systems
Tues., August 25 - More Information

Registration and Call for Entries - 2021 AIA Huron Valley Honor Awards 

Wed., Sept. 2 - More Information

Virtual Membership Meeting - Webinar
Thurs., August 20 - More Information

Learning in Lockdown: Crites-Tidey - Sound Off!
Tues., August 25 at 12:00 - More Information

Learning in Lockdown: Pella - Understanding Window & Door Performance
Tues., Sept. 8 at 12:00 - More Information

Learning in Lockdown: Cambria - Color's Impact
Tues., Sept. 22 at 12:00 - More Information

Learning in Lockdown - LEDCONN/MLS - Backlighting 
Tues., Oct. 13 at 12:00 - More Information

Learning in Lockdown: Axis Lighting - Light & Circadian Environments
Tues., Oct 23 at 12:00 - More Information

Learning in Lockdown: HunterDouglas - Ceiling Design
Tues., Nov. 10 at 12:00 - More Information

The Future of Fire-Rated Glass & Framing
(FREE AIA HSW Course!)
Thurs., Aug. 27 - More Information

26th Annual AIA NAWIC CFMA Joint Golf Outing
Fri., Sept. 11 - More Information

Email AIA Michigan for current ad rates!
T+E+A+M, Ann Arbor, MI

8.24.2020 T+E+A+M is seeking a Designer. To learn more about T+E+A+M visit

Kohler Architecture, Ann Arbor, MI

8.12.2020 Kohler Architecture is seeking an Architectural Draftsman. To learn more about Kohler Architecture visit

Daniels and Zermack Architects, Ann Arbor, MI

7.16.2020 Daniels and Zermack Architects is seeking a Project Architect. To learn more about Daniels and Zermack Architects visit

Partners in Architecture, Mount Clemens, MI

7.6.2020 Partners in Architecture is seeking an ArchitectArchitectural Designer, and a Construction Administrator. To learn more about Partners in Architecture visit
Seeking Architectural Designer position: Resume
APAC Architects Political Action Committee

We know that many of our fellow AIA Members have been hit hard with the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s affect on your business and personal life. The last thing you may be thinking of doing is contributing to APAC right now. But give us a moment to share with you a couple thoughts.

  • This is the end of the legislative session in Michigan.
  • A legislative cycle lasts two years where we deal with some consistency amongst our elected officials
  •  After the cycle ends we have to start over next year with new faces and initiatives.
  • This is the last opportunity to push through two legislative efforts.
  • The Government Affairs Committee has highlighted these issues in the GAC Legislative updates that can be found on the AIA Michigan website.
  • Historic Tax Credits
  • Certificate of Merit
  • This is a presidential election year which always amplifies the political process.

This year’s $20 in support of APAC’s $20 in 2020 Campaign! was designed to encourage first time donations to APAC and assist in the progress of focusing on architectural related issues in Lansing that support our practice. Please consider giving to APAC this year as we work toward our goal of $10,000. Giving is simple, just follow the link to the APAC donation page and click on the amount you wish to give. All donations must be from personal funds, no corporate donations are allowed by law. Donating by credit card is easy and fast.

Please consider donating now as you read this update.

Only personal contributions allowed
Affiliations able to contribute: AIA/AIAE, FAIA, Associate AIA

Thank you and with great appreciation,


Executive Director of AIA Michigan: Events and Programming, Finances, Communications, Membership, Government Affairs, Sponsorship

Operations Director: Event Planning, Documents, Continuing Education, Membership, Sponsorship, Emerging Professionals

Administrative Assistant: Events, Membership, Documents, Continuing Education