June 4, 2021 Newsletter

Studio Fusion
Architect Project Mgr
Mid Level Intern 

J Davis Architects
Project Architect

FWA Group
Project Manager

Arcons Design Studio
Intern/Project Architect

K2M Design
Project Architect

Freeman White
Project Architect III


COVID SURVEY: AIA Charlotte is planning for the return of in-person programs.  As part of this planning, we have developed this brief survey to gauge members' comfort level with various types of in-person programs.  The survey should take 2 minutes or less to complete. Thank you for your invaluable feedback, which will inform our plans moving forward.

LogoLightweight Building Skins | June 9 Virtual Session

The course outlines a brief history of lightweight construction with an introductory look at the new materials and the digital advances which make this technology compelling today.   It covers when to use this type of construction and provides definition of key components while addressing structure, form, and climate.   Issues affecting the growing use of these technologies and materials in façade design are considered.   Further, the design process is described from idea generation to problem solving.  Finally, we look at the future of this technology and discuss its advantages in building today.   Register here |  1 HSW credit 



Are you interested in the design of the buildings that provide Charlotte's unique backdrop, understanding the backstories of the goals that drove the design, and powerful stories from the users? Then you're sure to enjoy Little's new podcast, "If Buildings Could Talk." Join hosts John Komisin, Chairman of Little, and Kelly Thompson, Little's Director of Engagement & Communications, as they explore the untold stories behind buildings in our own backyard and how the design of these spaces impacts the lives of individuals and the success of our city.

Subscribe now and listen to the first episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.



Firm billings for April 2021
AIA's Architecture Billings Index is a recognized leading indicator for nonresidential construction and is available to AIA members for free. April's index showed billings continue their rebound, with a strong ABI score of 57.9. Firms also reported concerns over price and availability of construction materials and products. View resource >

Northwest One: Low-income displacement
Loss of neighborhood identity can lead to stigmatization of residents both pre- and post-displacement. In this session, you'll learn the story of the Northwest One neighborhood in Washington, DC, and how Urban Renewal began a process of displacement and gentrification. Earn 1 LU/HSW   Register >

Learn more about 2021's best in education design
Join the Committee on Architecture for Education as we celebrate the 2021 Education Facility Design Award winners and hear directly from the firms about what makes these projects so special. Earn 1 LU Learn more >

New Payment Applications
Join us to learn about the new Cost of the Work Payment Applications, when to use the forms, key distinctions from the traditional G702 and G703, and the implications of a Schedule of Values that changes over time. Register today >

Lessons learned from COVID-19: Solutions to America's housing crisis
In this session, National Low Income Housing Coalition President and CEO Diane Yentel will share insights into how the pandemic exacerbated America's housing crisis, accelerated racial inequities, and exposed significant gaps in our nation's housing safety net. Earn 1 LU/HSW  Register >

Call for submissions: 2021 Design for Aging
This competition recognizes innovative design solutions that improve quality of life for aging communities. Submissions will be evaluated against the AIA Framework for Design Excellence, among other criteria. New for 2021 is an affordability category. Submissions are due by 5pm ET on July 15.  Learn more >

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 >

Permit streamlining: New resource for components
AIA has published a new resource for advocates of permit streamlining, especially state and local component members and staff, as a first step in planning for changes in their community. View resource >

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 >

How hybrid are you? A frank consideration of your post-pandemic workplace
This June 23 discussion will take a hard look at the ongoing definition, development, and hurdles of hybrid work environments in the A/E field and beyond, with insights from leading workplace designers and behavioral scientists. Earn 1 LU/HSW  Register today >

The Crossroads for Design and Leadership
This June 30 session will cover effective strategies for collaboration, innovation, and interchange between emerging professionals and seasoned practitioners. Attendees will learn how to incorporate professional practice methodologies conducive to mentorship and career development. Earn 1.5 LUs Learn more >

Local COTE Guide for chapters
The COTE guide offers best practices, context, examples, and other resources to chapters or related groups operating or stating in local or state AIA components. Kick off your sustainability group and access the guide here.

Claims against design professionals
Design professionals have continued to report claims in the last year despite the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the design and construction industry.  Hear from an executive insurance claims counsel about the project types and issues involved in these claims and how to avoid them. Register today >

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 >

Call for proposals: Academy of Architecture for Justice Fall Conference
Sessions should explore how architects and allied professionals shape new approaches to justice. Consider how to introduce the community and therapeutic courts, restorative and trauma-informed practices, peacemaking centers, opportunities for diversion, deflection, and other community-based alternatives to incarceration that support healing and recovery. Submit by June 11 at 5pm ET.  Learn more >

Small cities take on climate change
Northampton, Massachusetts and Dubuque, Iowa have frequently outperformed larger jurisdictions on issues of climate change and resilience, emerging as leading municipalities. Their experiences provide insights to frame a future direction for other communities seeking to build the civic infrastructure and strategies that will lead to success.  Learn more > 

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 > 

Component grants - Emerging Professionals programs
The College of Fellows awarded over $22K in funding to support component Emerging Professionals programs in 2020. Submissions for 2021 are now being accepted and the deadline is Monday, June 14. Check out the submission guidelines. Learn more >

Announcing the 2021 COTE Open Forum

This year's virtual COTE Open Forum on Thursday, June 24 at 3:30 pm ET will examine how architects can pursue climate action and climate justice through advocacy, commitments, electrification, and resilience. Come for an interactive discussion and actionable takeaways!  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 >
2021 Annual Business Meeting Information
The AIA 2021 annual meeting will be called to order on June 10, 2021. Find everything delegates will need to participate in the 2021 AIA annual meeting, plus information on accreditation, voting, and candidate speeches. Learn more

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