October 5-11, 2020
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 bractice 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.

Michigan Mass Timber Summit

Three Tuesday mornings – September 29, and October 6, from 8:30 AM until noon.

Architects receive 7.25 LU’s, of which 5.25 are HSW!

Student registration is free! All others are $50.
Up to 6 HSW's Credits - 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.
Service Day:Life Remodeled
Fri., Oct. 9 - More Information

Product Selection for Wall Assemblies that need to Comply with NFPA 285
Wed., Oct. 14 - More Information

Press Release: Scholarship Award

ARE Virtual Study Session & Check-In
Wed., October 14 - More Information

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

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

Technical Building Systems in Mixed-Use, High Rise Construction
Wed., Oct. 14 - 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

Annual Business Meeting - virtual
Wed., Oct. 7 - More Information

Technical Building Systems in Mixed-Use, High Rise Construction
Wed., Oct. 14 - More Information

Email AIA Michigan for current ad rates!
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

Driven Design, Battle Creek, MI

8.30.2020 Driven Design is seeking a Draftsperson, Project Architect, and a Project manager. To learn more about
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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