July 16, 2021 Newsletter

Upcoming Events
Freeman White
Various Opportunities

Senior Marketing Specialist

Experienced Intern Architect

Hord Coplan Macht
Architectural Designer
Project Designer

WGM Design
Architectural Associate

STG Design, Inc. (Nashville)
Intermediate Project Manager- Highrise
Intermediate Project Manager
Technical Architect
Intermediate Technical Architect - Highrise
Architectural Designer

Schrader Design, Inc.
Project Architect

Perkins Eastman
Project Manager III


YAF Leadership Program Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 programApplication deadline extended to July 23. The core purpose of the program is to support young architects in Charlotte with programming that addresses professional advancement within the profession as well as in the community. 

The objective of the YAF Leadership program is two-fold: 
  • First: Identify and develop Young Architects as leaders in the profession. Provide programs that develop their leadership abilities and their confidence to step into leadership positions within their profession, their community and within the AIA leadership structure.
  • Second: Connect Young Architects to the civic components in the public sphere. Architects are under-represented on public advisory boards, non-profit and institutional boards, as well as civic leadership in City and County Government. This program would provide the opportunity for Young Architects to be motivated and inspired to pursue leadership opportunities in the public sphere.
More details to include the schedule and application are available here


[Image]It's Time to Update your Firm Profile for the 2021 AIANC Firm Directory!

Firm updates must be completed before Friday, July 23.  Use these instructions to update your firm's profile. Update your profile here.


If you are interested in serving on the AIA Charlotte Board beginning in 2022, please complete this online application before August 4, 2021.  We have the following positions open:
  • Secretary
  • Membership Director
  • Outreach Director
  • Associate Director

Join us September 8 for our kickoff event for networking, a brief presentation about the Mentorship Exchange Program. 

For those of you unfamiliar with the program, it is a mentoring program that is not like the traditional model of one-on-one. The Mentorship Exchange concept incorporates a cross-section of the profession (students, associates, newly licensed professionals, licensed professionals and senior professionals) so it takes all levels to make the program successful.

Each group is customizable to meet the needs of its members. The goal is to provide new experiences and different perspectives for all those involved. The program facilitates a connection between the academic and professional realms of architecture.

Sketchy Tuesday (October 12), Call for Volunteers: Sketchy Tuesday is back! Bring your pencils and paper. This year we will be meeting in four of Charlotte's most sketch worthy neighborhoods NoDa, South End, Elizabeth, and Uptown. We are currently looking for volunteers to lead sketching groups. Please email Anna Anklin if interested in leading one of the groups in either Elizabeth, NoDa, or South End. Each group will meet at a location designated by the guide and sketch for about an hour then reconvene at a watering hole in each respective neighborhood to share their drawings and socialize.
AIA Charlotte is looking for firms interested in participating in this year's Architecture Month Firm Crawl on October 21st. Firm tours will start around 4:30pm and a closing reception at 6:00pm. If your firm is interested in being a part of this event please contact Amy Craddock 

Call for Submissions Opening Soon

New Construction & Substantial Renovation
Adaptive Reuse/Preservation
Interior Architecture
Unrealized Projects

Student Design Competition

More details coming soon.


Interested in volunteering for the golf committee?
Kate Shelton

The 11th Annual South Atlantic Regional Architecture + Health Chautauqua
Friday, August 20, 2021 | Atlanta, GA | Earn 6.5 LU/HSW Credits! Details here

Firm billings for May 2021
AIA's Architecture Billings Index is a recognized leading indicator for nonresidential construction and is available to AIA members for free. May's index showed billings continue to climb, with a strong ABI score of 58.5. Firms also reported the work on existing buildings account for more than half of firm billings. Learn more >

Call for submissions: Membership Honors
Each year, AIA Celebrates the best buildings and spaces and the people behind them. Submissions are now open for Gold Medal, Fellowship, the Whitney Young Award and more. Deadlines for submitting nominations are quickly approaching from July 27 - October 5. Learn more >

Call for submissions: 2021 Innovation Awards
This program recognizes exemplary use and implementation of innovative technologies and progressive practices among designers, collaborators, and clients to support project design, delivery, operation, and research. Share your innovative work! Submissions are due by 5pm ET on August 5.  Learn more >

Call for submissions: 2021 Justice Facilities Review
Projects should align with the AIA Framework for Design Excellence and demonstrate community engagement, rehabilitation, sustainability, accessibility, and safety. Designers and allied professionals, such as justice planners and community organizers are encouraged to submit. Deadline is August 19 at 5pm ET.  Learn more >

Join the NAC and YAF Advisory Committees
The National Associates Committee and the Young Architects Forum are looking for volunteers who want to be a catalyst for change and positively impact the architecture profession. It's a great opportunity to develop leadership skills, network with peers, and advocate for the profession. The deadline to submit here is August 6, 2021, 11:59pm ET.

Architects Guide to Business Continuity
Floods, cyber-attacks and the unexpected loss of a team member can easily interrupt operations for any firm. Will you be able to provide clients with the assurance that work will continue despite a disruption? Updated for 2021, the Architect's Guide to Business Continuity helps firms become more resilient with a step-by-step process and accompanying worksheets for assessing and reducing risks associated with disruption.
Learn more >

Licensure candidates: Apply now for ARE scholarship
Applications are open through August 27 for the 2021 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship. Apply today for this grant covering the full costs of the Architect Registration Examination, as well as study materials and access to ArchiPrep®. Apply today >

Member Tip: Fellowship (FAIA) eligibility requirement
To be eligible for FAIA nomination, a member must have been an architect member (AIA) for at least ten cumulative years. Regardless of breaks in membership, all periods of architect membership adding up to 10 years suffices, excluding Associate and Honorary membership. Please verify your membership with aiamembershiphistory@aia.org.

Register for NCARB's Licensing Advisor's Summit
NCARB is hosting a free in-person and virtual summit on August 5-7. The Summit is a great way to learn more about the path to licensure, and is open to anyone who wants to help candidates get licensed.  Register today >

AIA Film Challenge 2021 is Open
Enter the seventh annual AIA Film Challenge and you could win up to $7,000! Produce a 1:30- to 3-minute short documentary film that tells a story of architects, civic leaders, and their communities working together to achieve a zero-carbon, resilient, healthy, and equitable built environment. Submissions are due August 16.  Register today >

Latest residential firm trends

The AIA's Home Design Trends Survey is a recognized source of emerging trends in residential design and business conditions at residential firms. The latest release shows a dramatic increase in outdoor living spaces while project billings, inquiries, and design contracts continued to remain strong. View resource >

Call for submissions: 2021 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative grants
The Upjohn program funds up to six research grants of $15,000-$30,000 per recipient annually for projects completed in a 6- to 18-month period. Research should be relevant and applicable to practicing architects and correlate to the priorities outlined in AIA's Climate Action Plan. Deadline: September 1, 2021. Submit proposals >

2022 Awards Cycle: See what's open
The 2022 Awards cycle has kicked off with several awards that are currently open. Among those are Architecture, Architecture Firm, Gold Medal, Interior Architecture, Regional & Urban, and Twenty-five year.  Learn more >

Gold Medal and Architecture Firm Award
The 2022 Gold Medal and 2022 Architecture Firm Award are open for submission through July 27, 2021 at 5pm eastern.  Submit now >

Take action with this Sustainability Action Plan
A solid Sustainability Action Plan can transform your firm. From firm best practices to worksheets that connect to the Framework for Design Excellence, Creating a Sustainability Action Plan that works! guides you through developing--and ultimately implementing--a Sustainability Action Plan, regardless of your firm's expertise around sustainability concepts.   Learn more > 

2021 Henry Adams Medal submissions
Submissions are now open through October for the 2021 Henry Adams Medal. Schools may submit the name of one graduate of a BArch, MArch, or DArch program, who displays general excellence throughout his or her academic career for this medal and certificate.
View the 2020 Medalists >   Nominate your student >

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