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A Week In Brief
Monday, October 16, 2017
In This Issue
Architecture after 5
2018 AIACOC Board Nominees
AIA November Luncheon
What's My Title?
Register for AIA Conference on Architecture!
Conference Partners
Drinks X Design
Preservation Oklahoma Member Appreciation Event
American Concrete Oklahoma Chapter Luncheons
ASPE Monthly Luncheon
Mark Your Calendars!

October 19-20: AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture
October 20: AIA Oklahoma Design Awards Banquet
October 26: Architecture after 5 at ADG
November 2: OCFA's Drinks X Design
November 16: AIACOC Luncheon
March 2: AIA Sporting Clays Tournament
April 9-15: Architecture Week 2018
May 7: AIA Golf Tournament


Architecture after 5 at ADG!
Arch after 5
J oin us for Architecture after 5 at ADG!

Thursday, October 26th
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
920 West Main Street, OKC

Architecture after 5 is free to our AIA, Associate AIA and Allied members and their guests.   

Architecture after 5 is meant to bring the local A/E/C community together throughout the year for some much needed social time.

2018 AIACOC Board of Directors Nominees
Elections for the AIA Central Oklahoma 2018 Board of Directors will take place on Thursday, November 16th at the AIACOC Luncheon.  Nominees for the open positions on the Board are:

Mike Patterson, AIA of Beck Design
I was born and raised in Lawton, OK and am a graduate of Oklahoma State University. After college, my wife and I have had the great fortune of pursuing our careers in Oklahoma City while remaining a short and safe distance away from our immediate family. I am a project manager at Beck Design and currently serve on the AIACOC Board as Treasurer. At home, I am a husband and father of 3 children and also a self-proclaimed hobbies hobbyist. I particularly enjoy learning new skills and interests to share with my family.

Seth Cavin, AIA of Spur Design
I'm an Oklahoma native and a 2003 University of Oklahoma Architecture graduate.  After spending five years in Kansas City, my wife Erin and I moved back to Oklahoma.  In 2008, I struck out on my own and started Spur Design.  After seven fast-paced years, we now have three great kids, Elizabeth, Vivian and Hank and a great group of staff here in Oklahoma City and Kansas City.

Bethany Jackson, AIA of SMA Tandem
Bethany Jackson is a Principal of an Oklahoma City based Architecture Design firm, SMA Tandem. Mrs. Jackson has over 18 years' experience in the design industry. Through her career, she has had the opportunity to work on local, national and international projects from corporate, ecclesiastical to healthcare. She is an AIA member, a Registered Architect NCARB Certified, a Registered Interior Designer (RID), NCIDQ certified and currently serves on the AIA Central Oklahoma Board as the Associate Director. She has a unique educational background holding 3 degrees of a Masters in Construction Administration, Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Interior Design all from The University of Oklahoma. She has served on the Interior Design Advisory Board for the last 7 years, and continues to offer her expertise and dedication to the future students at The University of Oklahoma. She recently received the Outstanding Alumni Award 2014-2015 from The University of Oklahoma, College of Architecture ID division and received recognition for completing the Leadership AIA Class I 2015 in June. Mrs. Jackson continues to serve by giving back to the community and is committed to the profession. 

David Brewer, AIA of DAB Architecture
David Brewer is the principle architect of DAB Architecture, and has been involved in the architecture and construction industry for almost 20 years. David is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Architecture, and is a State of Oklahoma Licensed Architect. He has had the opportunity to work on notable projects throughout the US including Colorado, Hawaii, New York, and Alaska. Today David Brewer has committed himself to making the community a better place in his home state of Oklahoma He has experience on a variety of project types including residential, office, retail, hotel, restaurant, and military facilities.   Mr. Brewer is a highly active member of the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter. As a nominated treasurer on the Board of Directors for the AIA, he is a voice that influences the latest issues and opportunities that could affect his client's development projects. David participated in the inaugural 2015 class of Leadership AIA, and received recognition from national AIA President, Elizabeth Chu Richter. He also enjoys giving his time annually to an event called KIDesign, which is a unique day camp where children from 1st through 6th grade are introduced to architecture and design in the world around them through creative and artistic projects.
Chris Nuttle, AIA of Guernsey
Grew up in Blackwell.  Went to college at OSU (Go Pokes!).  Ran track for a year at OSU (wow that was a long time and 20 pounds ago).  Spent a year of exchange in Belgium in a city called Louvain-La-Neuve. (A very interesting town.  Basically a college town built from scratch, and designed for pedestrians.  The center of town isn't even accessible by automobile, except for underground parking.)  Out of school I worked in OKC for 2 years, then San Diego for 6 years, and now back in OKC for close to 7 years.  I really enjoy putting on my headphones, and walking urban areas to experience the energy that the architecture and city planning create.  I am also passionate about the arts and education.
AIACOC November Luncheon
The AIA Central Oklahoma November Luncheon will take place on Thursday, November 16th from 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. at OSU-OKC in the Student Center on the 3rd Floor.  Our program is,
What's Happening In Your Community?

Our guest speakers will be:

Randy Entz, Director of Planning & Zoning

Elizabeth Weitman, Community Development Director

Susan Connors, Planning & Community Development Director

Oklahoma City
Aubrey McDermid,  Planning Director

Join us to learn more about the exciting things happening in these communities.  The deadline to register is Friday, November 10th.  AIACOC members attend free, nonmembers $25.00.  

Thank you to our sponsors!

Boldt Construction


I'm confused! Who am I? What title can I use? Is it legal? Who says so? 

By: Jean Williams, Executive Director, Oklahoma Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects & Interior Designers

I have been asked by Melissa Hunt, Hon. AIA Executive Director to explain and try to clarify the acceptable and proper titles assigned to people pursuing their education, training and testing for licensing purposes.  You are not alone in asking these questions.  Here is the low down......
The American Institute of Architects, known as AIA is currently wrestling with the topic of titles architectural candidates or applicants are able to use.  As of this writing, they have decided to use "Associate Architect".  That is fine for them to determine you are able to use the title, however it is illegal. "Why", you ask?  Because it is against the State Architectural and Registered Interior Designers Act, which is your only authority. They have no legal authority to tell those in or pursuing the profession of architecture what they are able to use or not.  This organization is a professional organization made up of practicing architects, their firms and associates.  It is voluntary to belong to this group and has no authority to issue your license, maintain its status or define legal terminology.  They promote the profession and educate the public on the value of the profession as it applies to their health, safety and welfare.
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, known as NCARB is an organization whose voting membership is the state boards, territories and provinces.  This organization was established to develop methods to ease reciprocal licensing among the states and transfer records in support of applications.  It has now grown to write the examinations through volunteer licenses, keep records on persons applying to take the examinations by tracking the completion of all examinations, experience and education for licensure.  It also transfers electronic records to support initial licensing and reciprocal licensing.  Currently it is establishing agreements for international reciprocities from country to country.   NCARB had a committee that studied this title topic a few years back for the purpose of including the title in their Model Act and Rules.  A resolution was presented to the Annual Meeting, voted on and passed which enables the inclusion of the title in the Model Act and Rules and published.  Later, another committee thought the subject needed further clarification, so it was sent to another NCARB Committee to study again.  This time, when it came out, the recommendation was to eliminate the term "Intern Architect" or variations of this name.  This was due to the fact that the state licensing board's laws prohibit the terms "Architect" or any derivation of the term for usage other than licensed professionals.  This was again sent to the Annual Meeting and the term "Intern Architect" was removed from the Model Act and Rules by a passing majority vote of states present.  NCARB is out of the title business now concerning persons completing the requirements for licensing, which I will call Architectural Interns.
A Model Act and Rules are just that ... a model the state licensing boards can use to develop each state's statutory requirements and rules to say how all is to be applied in the real world.  Models are wonderful tools to use, however, each state has a Legislature, elected by the people of that state that has their own ideas of what is or is not acceptable.   The Legislature presents their ideas and develops legislation known as a bill.   The bill is then sent to committees in each house and if it passes the committees, is sent to the floor for action, then on to the opposition house of the Legislature for the same processes there.  Once passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, is it then delivered to the Governor who either signs it into law or vetoes the bill.  If the Governor signs the legislation, it becomes law.  If a Governor vetoes the legislation it is sent back to the Legislature.  There, the Legislature has the authority to try and override the Governor's veto and make the legislation law.   If unable to do this, the legislation dies and has no effect. If successful, it becomes law.  The state licensing agency develops rules that basically go through the legislative processes much like a law.  The Governor then signs the rules or vetoes them.  If the rules are signed, then they also have the same effect as law and are enforceable through the courts.
So, what does all this legislative information on passing laws have to do with what title is given to a person pursuing architecture?  Everything.  The only entity that has statutory jurisdiction over titles people use in architecture is the Board of Governors of the Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects and Registered Interior Designers of Oklahoma, known as the state board (agency) governing architecture and only within the boundaries of Oklahoma. It is the legislative process.  Other state boards have jurisdiction within their own state, so you have differing requirements state to state and presumed all are legal.  They are the state agency that is given responsibility for implementing and enforcing the requirements of the law.  This is due to the fact most state licensing agencies (board) have a title and practice act, meaning how you practice and titles you use are determined by the Act and Rules of the jurisdiction of the state licensing board and no other entities.  Currently, our Rules allow you to use "Intern Architect" or "Architect Intern" and it is legal if you qualify under the definition in our Rules.  Other topics of interest can be found in these documents.  The current versions of the Act and Rules are on our website www.ok.gov/architects.  Make this website your authority as to what you can and can't do.  If you have questions on any topic within the Board's jurisdiction, please give us a call at 405-949-2383 or email:  Ellen.White@boardofarch.ok.gov; Leslie.Hanska@boardofarch.ok.gov; or Jean.Williams@boardofarch.ok.gov.
Join Us In Bartlesville! 
Deadline for advance registration: 
Noon on Monday, October 16th
at the door registration cost increases by $25 
so be sure to register in advance!  

AIA Oklahoma Thanks Our Conference Partners!


Drinks X Design

Back by popular demand!  The Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture's Drinks X Design event will take place on
Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.  

Our stops all include architecture by local architects and fabulous food and drink from local restaurants & breweries!

Attendees will board a bus at the OKC Foundation for Architecture office at 1300 North Shartel Avenue and head out for an evening of architecture, food, drink and fun!
OKC Foundation for Architecture Members: $50
Nonmembers: $60
Seating is limited!


Join Preservation Oklahoma on October 30!
Member Appreciation Event!

Monday, October 30
5:30-7 pm
Overholser Mansion
Preservation Oklahoma is proud of the work we do to inform Oklahomans about the importance of preserving our historic resources.  We are also fully aware that none of this would be possible without the generous support of our members! 
In order to thank them for their support, we are hosting a Porch Party at the Overholser Mansion on Monday, October 30 from 5:30 to 7 pm.  Drinks and light refreshments will be served.
Not a member? Please join us to learn more about our organization!
Contact David Pettyjohn with any questions.  He can be reached at 405.525.5325 or  david@preservationok.org

American Concrete Oklahoma Chapter Luncheons
The American Concrete Oklahoma Chapter meetings are the Second Tuesday of every month.

November 14th - Mr. Tim Gatz, OTA Director 

December 12th - ORMCA / NRMCA Speaking about the Concrete Paving Recommendation from Geotechnical Engineers

January 9th - Advanced Masonry / DaVinci Stone speaking On Fiber Reinforced Concrete

February 13th - Dr. Amy Cerato Speaking on the XRF Project. Detection of Stabilizer Content in Stabilized Soil

We meet at McAlpine Center  428 W. California Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102,   Parking Lot Access is Located off Walker or Hudson Ave.

Lunch at 11:30, Program at approximately  12:00

Cost is $20.00 per person, Cash or Check only
Please make checks payable to  ACI Oklahoma

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday Afternoon to tinam@metco.us.  Remember, an accurate count of attendees is important to make sure enough food is available
ASPE Monthly Luncheons

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