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A Week In Brief
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
In This Issue
AIA September Luncheon
AIACOC Design Awards Call for Entries
Women in Architecture BINGO
Register for the AIA Kickball Tournament
Local Advocacy Needs Your Input
Register for the AIA Oklahoma Conference!
Support ARCPAC for a Chance To Win!
AIA Oklahoma Honor Awards - Call for Entries
Architecture Garage Sale!
Neighborhood Alliance Needs Your Help!
Continuing Education Opportunity
Burgess Company Gives Back
Mark Your Calendars!
August 27: Architecture after 5 hosted by Olsson (Sold Out)
August 28: Deadline for Design Awards Forms and Fees
September 17: AIA Luncheon 
September 24: Women in Architecture Virtual BINGO
September 26: AIA Kickball Tournament
September 30 - October 2: AIAOK Conference on Architecture 
October 22: Architecture after 5 at Timberlake Construction
November 11: AIA Luncheon
November 12: AIACOC Design Awards Celebration
November 19: Architecture after 5 at Spur Design
December 3: Architecture after 5 at FSB Architects & Engineers

Register for September AIA Luncheon
Join us on Thursday, September 17th at 11:30 a.m. for the AIA Central Oklahoma September Luncheon Program. 
Our guest speaker will be Michael Carrier with the Oklahoma Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Join Mr. Carrier to learn more about the exciting new convention center and its impact on tourism in Oklahoma City.  

Mike Carrier joined the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau in July 2007 as its President. He is a native of Bristol, Tennessee and holds both a Bachelors degree in Accounting and a Masters in Education from East Tennessee State University.
He has been active in the travel and tourism industry for over 35 years, working in meeting planning, hotel sales, facilities management and has served as President of Convention and Visitors Bureaus in Greenville and Columbia South Carolina and Knoxville Tennessee. Prior to his move to Oklahoma City, he served as the General Manager of the Shreveport Convention Center.
Carrier has been actively involved in numerous industry associations including serving as President of the Carolinas Chapter of Meeting Professionals International and 3 years on the Board of Directors of the Destination Marketing Association International. He currently serves as a member of the Convention Center Subcommittee of the MAPS3 Program in Oklahoma City.

This luncheon will be held in person at the Capitol View Event Center with a maximum capacity of 50 people (and masks required). REGISTER FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE

AND virtually via Zoom.  

AIACOC Design Awards -  Forms & Fees Due Friday!
WiD invites WIA to BINGO night!  
The AIA Eastern Oklahoma Women in Design group has invited our Women in Architecture group to join them for BINGO on Thursday, September 24th from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. via Zoom Video Call. 

Cost: $5 for WiD & WIA members
$15 for nonmembers

Questions?  Email Lindsey Ellerbach at lindsey@aiaarchitects.com 

Register for the AIA Kickball Tournament!

Saturday, September 26, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
PCAA Fields
3100 West Britton Road, OKC

$400 - Team of 12 Players

AIACOC Local Advocacy Needs Your Input!
The Oklahoma City Planning Department is managing a multi-phase project to update the City's development-related codes, including the Zoning and Planning Code, Sign Code, and Subdivision Regulations. Changes are intended to implement the City's comprehensive plan, planokc, address challenges with existing regulations, and respond to feedback received from users of the existing codes.
First up for review is the Sign code. Please take a few minutes to take this survey and give your input so AIA can weigh in on behalf of the membership during this process.
SIGN CODE: Click Here


LANDSCAPING AND SCREEN REGULATIONS (adjacent to sign discussion due to landscaping requirements tied to signage): 


Registration is Open for the AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture!
Because the AIA Conference on Architecture is virtual this year, we'll be doing the ARCPAC raffle virtual as well!  

You can purchase your tickets now through noon on October 2nd to support AIA Oklahoma's work at the Capitol and for a chance to win!

AIA Oklahoma Honor Awards Call for Nominations

OKC Foundation for Architecture Garage Sale! We Need Your Donations!

Due to COVID-19, many of the OKC Foundation for Architecture events have been cancelled so we're looking for new ways to reach the community and to raise funds.  And we've decided to have an Architecture Garage Sale!  

We're looking for items you might  have stashed away in your attic or garage that you would be willing to donate.  We ask that items have an architecture theme... such as architecture books, furniture, etc.  

The Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture (OCFA) is a 501c3 nonprofit so all donations will be tax deductible.  

The tentative date for the Architecture Garage Sale is Saturday, October 17th.  

If you are interested in supporting the OCFA by donating an item or two, CLICK HERE.  

Neighborhood Alliance Needs Your Help
Neighborhood Alliance is undertaking a film project showcasing homes in OKC.  They're specifically looking for current photos of these types of homes:  

Neoclassical Revival
Arts and Crafts Style 
Paseo Style 
Newer McMansions with their European Styles
Modern Style Homes around St. Anthony's 

If you live in a home of one of these styles or have a recent project showcasing the style, and would like to assist Neighborhood Alliance, please email Georgie Rasco at georgie@nacok.org

Continuing Education Opportunity
Burgess Company & Oklahoma Board of Architects Form Innovative Partnership to Support Oklahoma Non-profits During Pandemic
The move to remote working amidst the COVID-19 pandemic inspired Burgess Company, a local commercial construction sub-contractor, to partner with the Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Registered Interior Designers (OBA) in developing their Credits for a Cause program. This innovative program raised $11,450 to be split between two Oklahoma non-profit organizations - the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma.

In Oklahoma, licensed architects and designers are required to maintain a level of education credits to retain their license. In lieu of the typical in-person training with a provided meal, Burgess Company partnered with OBA to provide virtual training during the months of May and June, donating the money they would have typically allotted for the meals during an in-person training class. "The Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects and Registered Interior Designers is excited and proud to have partnered with Burgess Company to provide Oklahoma licensees with necessary continuing education opportunities in a way that also gave back to Oklahoma and its citizens during a time of need," said Lauren Vaughn, OBA enforcement compliance officer.

The 15 online courses offered during the Credits for a Cause program series saw more than 209 individual participants from 23 states across the U.S. "This spring and summer, Oklahomans saw many disruptions to their normal business practices. Burgess Company wanted to come up with a creative way to continue to deliver professional education opportunities to our customers, while also giving back to our neighbors in need," said Erika Wright, architectural consultant at Burgess Company. A sizeable donation match was also contributed by Burgess business partner, Moderco - a Canadian based manufacturer of operable wall partitions.

One in four Oklahoma children live with food insecurity, a number expected to worsen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. The $5765 donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will be matched, dollar for dollar, thanks to their current "Food for Kids" matching campaign. "We love to see Oklahoma companies finding innovative ways during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue to give back to the communities where they live and work," said Deb Bunting, interim CEO of the Regional Food Bank. "The work done by Burgess Company and OBA will help to provide 46,120 meals to Oklahomans living with food insecurity thanks to the generous donation by Burgess Company via their meal funds."

"Innovation, especially in 2020 and the age of COVID-19, is how businesses stay vital and relevant. It is great that the Burgess Company is not only innovative and thoughtful in their business practices but also in their philanthropy," said Dr. Kim Winton, CCO Board Vice Chair. Steve Bender, National Wildlife Federation's Director of Conservation Partnerships for OK, KS, IA and TX, stated "the National Wildlife Federation is always excited when our affiliates, like the Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma, find new and out-of-the-box ways to fund their important efforts. The partnership with the Burgess Company is a great example of how business and conservation efforts can work closely together to benefit wildlife and conservation".

"With back-to-school season here, many of our school children and their families rely on the Regional Food Bank's Backpack program to supplement nutrition in their homes. We wanted to be able to be part of giving to feed these families during a time of great need in our state," added Erika Wright with Burgess Company. "Additionally, the Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma does incredibly important long term work in our state to provide a unified voice for common-sense conservation policy, encouraging Oklahoma's youth to connect with nature and learn about wildlife and habitats, and creates opportunities for citizens and lawmakers to become more aware of conservation issues impact in our state. This is an area of giving that is important to our company, so we wanted to support the efforts of this incredible organization as well. We are humbled and honored to play a role in furthering the mission of these non-profits and we challenge other industries to do the same with their revised online business practices."

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