March 12, 2021 Newsletter

Workplace Office Studio Principal

Project Architect

Clark Nexen

Axiom Architecture

Architectural Designer

JDavis Architects, PLLC
Sr. Project Manager

BHM Architects, PA
Project Architect

Intermediate Level Architect

[Image]March 24th Membership Meeting with Michael Smith

Michael J. Smith is the President and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners, an organization that envisions and implements strategies and actions to drive the economic, social and cultural development of Charlotte's Center City. Smith's background blends corporate and non-profit experience.

Since 2005, Smith has been the driving force behind a number of city-changing initiatives, creating and helping shape initiatives that have changed the landscape for the Charlotte in sustainability, economic development, urban neighborhoods, homelessness, transit and hospitality. Over the last couple of decades, Charlotte's urban core has been transformed into a major destination, become a thriving neighborhood and expanded as the Charlotte region's major employment center. 


AIA Charlotte has a new Fellow!
The 2021 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects elevated 101 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. 
      Kenneth A. Lambla, FAIA
AIA Charlotte
      Ken Lambla advances architectural education and expands the role of architects in society through the creation of multi-disciplinary, research-based design education programs, innovative community engagement initiatives, and sustained professional mentorship strategies.

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Congratulations to the other 3 Fellows in North Carolina!


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Need up-to-date salary information? Participate in the 2021 AIA Compensation Survey! The AIA's biennial Compensation Survey, last conducted in 2019, is the benchmark for the profession, and a valued resource for firms and practitioners, and during the current economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this information is more critical than ever. As a participating firm, you will receive a complimentary PDF copy of the complete survey report when it is released. If you received an invitation to participate, we ask that you respond as your reply is vital for the success of this study. If you are a firm leader who has not received an invitation and would like to participate, please send an email to the AIA Economics & Market Research team at We thank you in advance for your participation

On behalf of North Carolina's Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NCNOMA) and American Institute of Architects North Carolina (AIANC), it is our pleasure to invite you to showcase your work through SAY IT LOUD - NC virtual exhibition in spring of 2021.

You can submit to SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina here! Deadline March 31

We appreciate the support of our community across the State dedicated to SAY IT LOUD as we share these stories. If you are interested in being involved we would love to speak to you!


Call for jurors: 2022 Fellowship jury
The call for jurors for the 2022 Fellowship Jury is now open. We need individuals whose fellowship experience includes Design, Practice, and Education, Research, and Literature. Candidates from Florida, the Gulf States, Michigan, New England, New Jersey, and Texas are of particular interest. Applications are due March 31 at 5pm Eastern. Learn more > 

Firm billings for January 2021
AIA's Architecture Billings Index is a recognized leading indicator for nonresidential construction and is available to AIA members for free. While January's index showed a continued decline in billings, fewer firms reported declines, and inquiries into new work reached the highest level since February 2020. Read more > 

Become an Academy of Architecture for Health fellow 
AAH stipends, ranging from $2,000 to-20,000, support students and emerging professionals pursuing their interest in health care design. Submit your applicaiton by April 23 at 5pm ET. Learn more > 

Embodied Carbon Analysis: Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Office Building
Learn about the deep retrofit that transformed this 1970s concrete high-rise, resulting in dramatically improved performance and occupant experience. The session will also include analysis methods and strategies to reduce embodied carbon in adaptive reuse and other architectural projects. Earn 1 LU/HSW Learn more > 

Understand Contract Terminology
Whether you are drafting a contract or reviewing one, becoming familiar with common terminology will help you better understand the contract. Geared towards construction contract novices, this webinar will walk you through basic terminology that you may recognize but not fully understand. Register today >

Carbon drawdown now! Achieving climate crisis healing with low-rise buildings
Making "drawdown buildings" is much less complicated than you think! This session will explore tools for calculating embodied carbon emissions and carbon storage in materials, including environmental product declarations, LCA software, carbon emission databases, and biogenic carbon databases. Earn 1 LU/HSW Register today >

Creating healthy communities: People own what they help create
Attendees will learn the processes used to engage a vulnerable, underserved population in Tempe, Arizona. The project team will also discuss how this process facilitated a health care facility responsive to the community's needs and aspirations. Earn 1 LU HSW  
Register today > 

Economic resources from ConstructConnect
Access complimentary construction economic news and construction forecasts from AIA Innovation Partner ConstructConnect. These trends can help firms and components strategically plan during unprecedented times. Sign up today

Senior housing designs post-pandemic
New strategies for health and safety will be crucial in the post-COVID designs for all senior environments, including multi-family housing, mixed-use, and hospitality. Join the Knowledge Community, Design for Aging, as we explore COVID's impact on senior environment designs and daily operations and consider best practices to create safer spaces for residents, families, and caregivers. Earn 1 LU/HSW Register today 

Embodied carbon and life cycle assessment in traditional and heritage buildings
This live course will explore energy efficiency in traditional and heritage buildings and discuss emerging research on climate change and its effect on heritage buildings. 
Earn 1 LU/HSW Learn more >

Show me the money
The 2021 AIA Trust-Victor & CNA Component Grants Program submissions are due by Monday, April 5, 2021. Submit your winning program ideas for grants up to $3,000 each! More than $300,000 has been awarded directly to AIA Components for innovative programs fostering leadership development and management education. Past award-winning programs are listed here for reference. Learn more

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

New post-occupancy evaluation toolkit
This Academy of Architecture for Justice toolkit provides the opportunity to gather and analyze information about several aspects of a building's performance, such as functional area operations, user and occupant satisfaction, maintenance requirements, technical performance, and safety and security. Review this toolkit and see how it can aid your courthouse designs.  Learn more
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