Chapter Bulletin

October 2018
Newsletter of AIA Rhode Island ,
the most hospitable chapter of the AIA in the union's smallest state .
Emre Arolat, co-founder and LEAD architect of EAA Architecture, is one of the largest architectural offices of Turkey, also has recognized presence in the global scene along with offices in New York, London, and Istanbul. They've built an impressive range of work from urban masterplans, airports to residential, cultural buildings and workplaces.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Discussion begins at 6:30pm

Followed by a reception in the Gallery

Rhode Island School of Design
Bayard Ewing Building, Lecture Hall
231 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903

AIAri is committed to excellence in architecture and looks forward to celebrating outstanding works of architecture through its annual Design Awards Program. The purpose of the program is to recognize achievements in design by Rhode Island architects and to honor the project teams and the clients who work with them to create and enhance our built environment.
Click  here  for the full submission requirements, eligibility information, and instructions on how to register and submit your project to the 2018 AIAri Design Awards. 
ENTRY FEES: First Entry = $150, Additional Entries = $100

Register your entry   here .

Upload your submission  here .

Submission deadline is October 26, 2018.

The 2018 Providence Symposium Preservation and Place: The Cultural Landscape of Providence will present a range of events aimed to engage the public, design professionals, students, and PPS members as we investigate the layers of (sometimes invisible) cultural landscapes present in this city.

Each use shapes our city’s landscape in tangible and intangible ways, from buildings and rivers to place names and memories. The Symposium will explore the many landscapes of our city—sacred, industrial, formal, threatened, vanished—and contemplate the ways we can recall and protect them or their memory for those who follow us. 

On November 1-3, noted academics and heritage professionals will help us to unpack the breadth and depth of this emerging area of study, as well as offer case studies to relate elements of cultural landscapes to our ever-evolving urban landscape.


American Institute of Architects has a long tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture and the AIA. Here are some of the winners two categories: Honor Awards and Citations.
AIA New England announces recipients of the 2018 AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm Program. The program aims to identify firms within the region that are committed to the advancement of Emerging Professionals through various firm initiatives that foster professional development and personal growth. In the inaugural year of the award, 35 firms were recognized. Congratulations to LLB Architects who made the 2018 list!

The Emerging Professionals of AIAri organized a construction tour of the Wexford Innovation Complex in downtown Providence, RI on Thursday September 27, 2018. The tour was offered in partnership with Shawmut Design and Construction and led by Shawmut’s own Chi Yik and Alex Wilson. The 200,000 sf project was designed by Baltimore based Architect Ayers Saint Gross and will be the new home for the Cambridge Innovation Center, Johnson and Johnson, Brown University’s School of Professional Studies, and more.

The completely booked tour offered construction experience to emerging professionals and a CEU credit for licensed professionals. The group first gathered in the construction trailer for an overview and introduction of the project and then headed out into the field for a fun and engaging hands-on learning experience.
In the field, the group learned about soil cell integration, MEP and structure coordination, design-assist processes, curtainwall construction and building health, safety and welfare components of the project.
A big thank you to Shawmut Design and Construction, Wexford Science and Technology, Delta Mechanical Contractors and all the participants for coming out and making this tour a great success!

If you were not able to register for this tour, be sure to look for future construction tour opportunities on our AIAri events calendar, e-mail notifications, Chapter Bulletins and social media. We hope to see you there!
- By Cara Pomeranz
IYRS School of Technology & Trades
Come tour the IYRS (International Yacht Restoration School) historic buildings and modern shops.

Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 12pm

Location: 449 Thames Street, Newport, RI

RSVP First come first serve basis. To reserve your spot please email Emerging Professionals Director Kaitlin DeGregorio, Assoc. AIA at: Photo credit IYRS.
CLEAResult on behalf of National Grid is hosting seven events throughout October and November in Rhode Island.
CLEAResult is National Grid's lead vendor for the Energy Code Technical Support Program in cooperation with the Rhode Island Building Code Commission.

Register now for upcoming events on Tuesday, November 6th and Wednesday, November 7th.

CertainTeed Ceilings Architectural Experience Come Join Us
October 25th, 4:00-6:00 PM
Acoustical Supplies RI, 11 Ricom Way, Providence, RI 02909.

Join us for drinks and appetizers and a hands on look on floating cloud options in the acoustical industry and other ascetically new ceiling options. See the new showroom of one of our distributors and learn some of the best acoustical approaches from our technical specialist Thomas Callahan. Tom will be showing the best techniques for floating acoustics, perforated gypsum and other ACT acoustic options. He will be joined by Bill Humlhanz who will demonstrate installation ease for your clients and provide grid and trim solutions for your ACT designs. You will walk away feeling much more comfortable with your ceiling designs.

CEU is from 4:30-5:30 PM.
image courtesy of CertainTeed

Who Should Attend??? 
 Architects and Interior designer professional looking to learn more
Learning Materials & Takeaways 
Detailed learning material and takeaways will be provided  
Quick Time Saving Tips 
 Professional techniques, that result in reduced labor and cost  
Hands-On Training & Discussion   
On-staff experts with decades of installation experience will guide attendees 

The Rhode Island Board of Examination and Registration of Architects (“Board”) is in the process of conducting its first continuing education hours (CEHs) audit, since the requirement change went into effect on January 1, 2016. 

The continuing education audit process has revealed that there seems to be some confusion with the continuing education hours (CEHs) requirement. 

The Board’s Continuing Education requirements are consistent with the NCARB Model Regulations. 
  • Effective for the 2016-2017 reporting period, a minimum of 12 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) each year, all of which must be in HSW, are due with the biennial renewal application due on December 31st of the odd numbered years. 
  • Excess CEHs may not be credited to a future calendar year. 
  • A more expansive definition of structured education activities that can be used was defined. 
  • Recordkeeping requirements were clarified and updated. 
  • A process for satisfying the continuing education requirement if credits obtained are not approved by the Board was outlined. 

For the most recent version of the Rules and Regulations, please visit the Board’s website at the following link:  link 
Find the latest products and innovations, learn critical industry information, and network with colleagues at the largest annual design and construction industry event in the Northeast.

Explore the digital Attendee Brochure for details on exhibit floor features and the educational program: 99 workshops, the all-new specialty spotlight on interiors and landscape architecture, special events, registration rates, and more.
November 28-29th at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA.

Register now and get free access to the exhibit floor. View the attendee brochure .
Join the AIA Rhode Island Board of Directors
We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Board of Directors.

Check out NEW Job Openings!
AIAri is your resource for finding job openings in the RI architecture industry.

Current openings include positions at DBVW Architects, Union Studio Architecture, and Gail Hallock Architect, Inc. and more. See the full listing here .

 Have a job opening to share? Email the description and contact information to:

Looking to broaden your search, or post your job opportunity to a national and / or international audience? Check out the AIA Career Center !
As of October 1, 2018 the Architect Registration Examination fees increased. The cost of each ARE 5.0 division increased from $210 to $235.

Come join our Test Prep Collective for access to Study Materials, Review Sessions and Seminars with ARE Mentors. Our group meets regularly and is a great resource to complete your "Path to Licensure." The Collective meets Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 at a different location every week.

RSVP : For more info and to RSVP, please contact Austin Blanks
Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (RIOER) issued RI’s new voluntary commercial and residential stretch codes. Rhode Island’s stretch codes are part of a comprehensive effort to reduce long-term energy usage, support the state’s growing green economy and increase energy affordability for residents, businesses, and governments. 

Rhode Island’s Stretch Codes are meant to be used on a voluntary basis on private project to guide the construction and/or renovation of buildings that use less energy, have less negative impact on the environment, and achieve higher levels of occupant health and comfort. The commercial stretch code can also be used as a compliance path for public projects required to comply with RI’s Green Buildings Act. The commercial stretch code was developed to provide a single resource that can improve building performance, qualify for utility incentives, and demonstrate compliance with the Green Buildings Act when applicable. 

For more information see links below:

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Founded in 1875, AIA Rhode Island is a statewide component of the American Institute of Architects, and is the seventh oldest AIA chapter. It is a professional association representing over 200 professionals and 35 Corporate Affiliate members. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures clients, the public, and colleagues of an AIA-member architect’s dedication to the highest standards in professional practice. Corporate Affiliate and Allied members include engineers, contractors, owners/clients, public officials, other allied professionals, students, and others interested in design and the built environment.
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Communications Committee
Caroline Stevens – Executive Director
Bethany Rochefort - Interim Executive Director
Jonathan M. Taylor, AIA – Chair/Editor
Cara Pomeranz, AIA
Conor MacDonald
Eric N. Zuena, AIA – Chapter President
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