October 19-23, 2020

Please join us for a webinar on Thursday, October 22, 2 pm ET, for a status update on the work of the Resolution 18-7 Regions Implementation Task Force. Task Force members Rusty Bienvenue, AIA Houston, and Georgi Bailey, AIA New York State, will help present the work along with consultant Suzanna Kelley of McKinley Advisors. The webinar will be recorded. 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. This course will provide the benefits of being part of the 2030 Commitment, tips for elevating your practice, and insight into how small firms across the country are transforming. 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. Better space offers a better interior work environment, which can improve work efficiencies. Clients will understand the cost much better if you show the value your services provide. 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. Staying on top of your accounts receivable is not merely a cash-flow issue. It is a matter of liability. Read the measures you can take throughout the project cycle to help ensure you get paid. 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 

  1. Be cautious of unsolicited requests for any personal information. LARA will not contact you directly asking for personal information.
  2. Be suspicious of any unexpected emails or links to websites. If your personal information is compromised, it may be used in other fraud schemes.
  3. Do not respond to or open hyperlinks in emails or text messages requesting to validate your personal data.
  4. Do not share your licensing, personal, or financial information over the telephone or via text message with a purported representative of the Department. If asked for sensitive information, please request the representative to contact you from a email account or provide you with an official request by mail. You may also contact us at the email address or phone number below to verify if the Department is requesting any information from you.
  5. If there are any hyperlinks, check the link or URL before clicking. LARA websites will have the “” domain name.
  6. Correspondence from LARA will always include a contact number or email address.
  7. If you suspect fraud, report it immediately online to

Should you have specific questions regarding this email communication or would like to report a possible scam regarding licensees, please contact our office at or 517-241-0199.
Best Practice: Essential resources for starting a firm

Though one could launch a firm without any professional assistance, it is wise to assemble a core group of trusted professional advisers and other resources you can rely on for timely information, valuable advice, and support. This best practice will help in forming the ideal team. Learn More
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. 
Design assist vs. delegated design
“Delegated Design, Design Assist, and Informal Involvement,” a joint white paper by the AIA and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), is now available. This resource explores commonly used terms that design professionals and the construction industry can adopt. Read the white paper
Best Practice: A check list for working drawings
The quality of working drawings is among the primary metrics clients use to assess the quality of an architect’s services. A preparation checklist can help you render high-quality drawings every single time. Learn More
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
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 in mid-November 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.

Docomomo Tour Day 2020:
"the ‘70s Turn 50"
Sunday, October 18th 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Cranbrook Virtual Behind-the-Scenes Program
Movement Control - Concrete Masonry Walls
October 20, 2020 - 9am - 10am
FREE 1 HSW Credit - Register Today!
2020 F.I.E.R.O. Webinar Series & Design Awards Program - click here for more information
Sierra Pacific Windows - FREE Seminars
10/27 Architectural Powder Coating
11/17 Sustainable Forestry Initiative
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.
AIAD:COMMONSAfroUrbanism and REPAIRations with Lauren Hood
Mon. Oct. 26 - More Information

Virtual Freedom Village Virtual Tour with IDCFC
Wed., Oct 28 - More Information

Gleaners Charity Drive Donation - Extended Deadline
Sat., Oct 31 - More Information

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
Tues., Nov 10 - More Information

Press Release: Scholarship Award

2020 Honor Awards Celebration
Thurs., Oct. 29 - More Information

2021 AIA Huron Valley Honor Awards 
Thurs., Oct. 22 - More Information

Annual Meeting
Thurs., Nov. 5 - 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

Design Award - Call for Entries
Entries due by Sat., Oct. 31 - More Information

Email AIA Michigan for current ad rates!
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

Cornwell Architects, Traverse City, MI

9.30.2020 Cornwell Architects is seeking a Project Architect. To learn more about Cornwell Architects visit

Environment Architects, Traverse City, MI

9.17.2020 Environment Architects is seeking a Project Architect. To learn more about Environment Architects visit

SmithGroup, Detroit, MI

9.8.2020 SmithGroup is seeking a Director of Business Development. To learn more about SmithGroup visit
Seeking Architectural Designer position: 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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