May 28, 2021 Newsletter

FWA Group
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Arcons Design Studio
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K2M Design
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Miller Architecture
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Freeman White
Project Architect III

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 



The UNC Charlotte School of Architecture Summer Design Academy 2021 is a one-week program June 6 - June 12 that will introduce high school students to the discipline and study of architecture.

The 2021 edition of the program will be held entirely online/remote. Follow this link for more information and to apply now.

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.



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 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 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 >

New! Architect's primer on renewable energy
Incorporating renewable energy into your projects is easier and more affordable than ever. AIA's newest resource is a starter guide to help your members meet their client's goals while contributing to a more sustainable, distributed electric grid. Share this resource with your membership today. Learn more >

Design for Water: Resilience and discovery
Incorporating renewable energy into your projects is easier and more affordable than ever. AIA's newest resource is a starter guide to help your members meet their client's goals while contributing to a more sustainable, distributed electric grid. Share this resource with your membership today. Learn more >

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. Review the latest release to see the increase in popularity of hands-free sensor faucets in kitchens and bathrooms and the demand for larger pantry space, likely due to COVID-19.  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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