November 2-6, 2020
New Visual Identity Implemented To Support AIA Priorities To signal a big change, you have to change something big. That’s the guiding principle behind AIA’s updated brand identity, which launches this month. Learn more about AIA’s new focus, and join us in this effort at Read More
AIA makes strategic move to invest in Contract Documents program Read More
CRAN® seminar series 
Six AIAU live courses will focus on timely topics including practicing during COVID-19, social equity, and sustainability. This series replaces the annual CRAN Symposium and will run through December 2020. Earn up to 5 LU/3 HSW Register
EDspaces 2020: The virtual experience 
New virtual experience will include all the elements you know and love about EDspaces: innovative educational content over multiple days, a robust marketplace of product, service, and solution providers, private appointments with exhibiting companies, virtual tours, networking, and more! Register
Five key contract clauses
Design firms must have a thorough understanding of five key clauses. Nov. 5 free webinar - Earn 1 LU Register
Updated AIA documents released
New documents including two complex residential documents, the popular Condominium Project guide, an updated Contractor’s Qualification Statement, a revised Pro Bono services contract, and a new Warranty Bond. See how these documents can enhance your practice. Register
Making the 2030 Commitment work for your small firm The 2030 Commitment was created a decade ago as a resource and tool for firms to track their project performance and improve their buildings' energy efficiency. Register
Best Practice: Architecture as a value proposition
When selling services to potential clients, it is important to sell the value of good architecture rather than the cost. Learn more
Built around health: The impact of COVID-19 on urbanism The typical architecture firm may have half or more of its assets tied up in yet-to-be-paid—and yet-to-be-billed—fees. Learn More
We are aware of a scam targeting architect licensees. Therefore, our office would like to provide the following tips to avoid falling for one of these scams 

If you would like to report a possible scam regarding licensees, please contact our office at or 517-241-0199.
Probation and fine if State of Michigan Mandatory CES requirements are not completed.

State of Michigan will place the Respondent on probation for a minimum of one day not to exceed one year. During the probationary period, The Respondent shall complete and submit proof to the Department of successful completion of the deficient 24 hours of continuing education. This continuing education shall not apply in computing Respondent's current continuing education requirement for license renewal. Respondent is fined $250.00 which must be paid within 180 days. Failure to comply with terms shall result in license suspension. 
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!
NCARB is excited to announce that Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) candidates will be able to schedule remote-proctored appointments after December 14, 2020. Remote (or online) proctoring enables candidates to take the ARE in a private location that meets specific requirements.

Whether you plan on testing in-person or online, here are several updates all candidates should be aware of. You can read the full remote proctoring launch announcement online.

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.

APG + MIT Sustainability Series #2: Urban Planning, Heat Island Effect, and Climate  
1 HSW - Nov. 5 at 1:00 - Register Today 

Oldcastle Building Envelope Presents: Rainscreen Systems – Expanding the Envelope
1 HSW - Nov. 19 at 1:00 - Register Today
The 2020 Virtual Hip Hop Architecture Camp® Internship Program - The Hip Hop Architecture Camp
Students around the country have completed their vision for a business in their neighborhood focused on social justice. Now these developers are teaming with architecture, engineering and construction firms around the country to enhance their visions. The goal of this program is to provide these young developers with a week-long paid internship to enhance their social justice projects in their neighborhood. The students will act as owner/architect of the business venture created during the Hip Hop Architecture Camp. More Information
2020 F.I.E.R.O. Webinar Series & Design Awards Program - click here for more information
Sierra Pacific Windows - FREE Seminars
11/17 Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Curating fine art and custom designed products for a project is often burdensome and requires a great deal of time and coordination to ensure good results in a timely manner. Local curator and art advisor, Andrea Bogart is your conduit to obtain diverse, original artwork crafted by reliable local artisans - saving you time and budget. 
Andrea acts as a designer agent, managing the sourcing, transaction and scheduled delivery of quality, creative products. For more information - or to discuss her free, art consultation services - call her at (248) 702-4902.
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.
The Use of Ozone to Sanitize Commercial & Institutional Environments
Wed., Nov 4 - More Information

VOTE: The 2021 BEC Board of Directors
by Thurs., Nov. 5 - VOTE

AIA Detroit Annual Business Meeting
Tues., Nov 10 - More Information

Firestop: Life Safety Fundamentals with the BCRC
Wed., Nov 11 - More Information

BEC's The Physics Behind Lessons Learned in a Full-Size
Blindside Mock-Up
Thurs., Nov 12 - More Information

Scrap Culture: Sustainable Design Practices in a World of Waste
Tues., Nov 17 - More Information

Modular Metal Panel Systems & Their Benefits
Web., Dec 2 -  More Information

2020 Annual Virtual Business Meeting & Opening of 2021 Election
Tue., Nov. 3 - More Information

ARE Virtual Study Session & Check-In
Wed., Nov.11 - More Information

Annual Meeting
Thurs., Nov. 5 - More Information

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

Advia Credit Union Building Tour, Kalamazoo - we've imposed additional COVID restrictions so space is limited. Register without delay!
Thurs., Nov. 5 - More Information

CEU "Relay Days" 
The event will be virtual this year; spaced out into multiple smaller sessions to be held on several different days. EventBrite hitting your inbox now!
Fri. Nov. 6 & Fri. Nov. 13 - More Information

Email AIA Michigan for current ad rates!
TowerPinkster, Gaylord, MI

11.2.2020 TowerPinkster is seeking an Architectural Project Coordinator. To learn more about TowerPinkster visit

Sidock Group, Inc., Gaylord, MI
10.26.2020 Sidock Group Inc. is seeking a Project Manager/Project Architect and CAD Position. To learn more about Sidock Group Inc. visit

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority (GFIAA), Grand Rapids, MI

10.19.2020 The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority (GFIAA) is seeking Professional Planning, Design & Engineering expertise for a Consolidated In-line Baggage Handling System.  Statements of Qualifications shall include information describing relevant experience, proposed team members, and project approach as described in the Request for Qualifications and available at “Doing Business Here”/”Business Opportunities” on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority web site

Kohler Architecture, Inc., Battle Creek, MI

10.8.2020 Kohler Architecture Inc. is seeking a Construction Document Specialist. To learn more about Kohler Architecture visit
Interior Architecture recent graduate seeking: Resume
Architectural Intern looking for 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
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