March 2022 Newsletter

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[Image]Did You Know?

In July of 2019, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law HB 871, which significantly changed North Carolina's anti-indemnity statute, NC GS §22B-1, for architects, engineers, landscape architects, and surveyors. With the combined efforts of AIA/NC, ACEC/NC, Kimley-Horn, Perkins&Will, Safran Law Offices, the Wooten Company, Parker Poe, and our Platinum Sponsor IMCI/Nexus, North Carolina became the fourth state in the country to adopt this type of law.  Only a few other states have successfully followed since then.
What did the passage of the law mean for my firm?
The "Fair Contracts" bill, as it was known, changed the business landscape for design professionals in North Carolina.  Prior to its passage, both public and private clients of design professionals could transfer via their contracts:
  • the duty to provide a legal defense in the event of a claim based on alleged professional malpractice; and
  • the duty to indemnify, or make whole, another party, even when the design professional wasn't the direct cause of the damages.
The 2019 law eliminates the rights of owners to strong-arm design professionals during the contracting process to accept these transfers of risk.
Was this a big deal?
Yes!  Transferring legal expenses from one party to another through a contract just because you have greater bargaining power is unfair and, for design firms, also uninsurable.  Professional liability insurance policies specifically exclude coverage for this type of contractual risk transfer.  Prior to HB 871, the impact was felt most significantly by small, disadvantaged firms because they often didn't have the leverage to win the battle and were forced to walk away from otherwise lucrative contracts.  The North Carolina Legislature understood this, and deemed that the practice was against public policy.
What now?

In 2022, we still see contractual provisions that include a design professional's duty to defend their client in the event of a claim.  Is this okay because it's neutralized by NC GS §22B-1?  Maybe, but why risk it by waiting to have it interpreted by an arbitrator or in court?  Why not use the law to ask your client to modify their contract to meet the intent of the law?  And if you're working in other states, check local statutes to see how the law works there.  Fewer than 10 states in the country have successfully passed similar laws.  If you're working in a state that doesn't offer the same protection that North Carolina does, consider joining forces with other firms to build on the progress we've made here in North Carolina.

[Image]Are you a Citizen Architect?

AIA Charlotte is trying to identify architects who serve their communities as elected or appointed officials, such as elected members of a city council or school board, appointed members of a planning commission, a design review board or the board of a non-profit who could participate in the AIA Charlotte Citizen Architects program.

The goals of the Citizen Architect program are to make significant efforts to identify opportunities for the Citizen Architect to get involved in their local community, acquire leadership positions, announce vacant opportunities, finding or creating networking and collaboration opportunities that will insert our citizen architects to the forefront, and a forum to learn about each other and assist them in carrying out their public duties.

Please help us collect your information by completing this quick online form.


Join us at NoDa Brewing Company for the
Inside Out Symposium | March 31

Register here to attend

[Image]2021-22 SoA Lecture Series Speakers AIA Continuing Education

The School of Architecture's (SoA) 50th Anniversary Lecture Series celebrates the vision of the SoA during its 50-year history and into the future. Throughout the fall and spring semesters, renowned practitioners and scholars will explore historical developments in architecture since the School's inception and examine current and future trends in the discipline as we consider the School's place in a continuously changing profession.

The SoA invites AIA members and state registered architects to join these free, one-hour presentations to satisfy their continuing education requirement for AIA membership and state licensure. All presentations will equal 1 LU of non-HSW continuing education credit.

April 1 | Mario Carpo, The Bartlett School
April 22 | Jenny Sabin, Cornell University


Thank you to the Event Sponsors!


[Image]April 26  Membership Meeting
AIA Charlotte: Climate Action Committee
AIA 2030 Challenge and City of Charlotte SEAP: how to use data for energy efficiency

Speaker:  Katie Riddle Rhodes | City of Charlotte
Energy and Sustainability Coordinator 
Strategic Energy Action Plan Project Mgr

Speaker: Jeff Austin, Architect Emeritus
Founder, RExplore LLC
Environmental Sustainability Consultancy

Donald Green - Moderator | Progressive AE
AIA Charlotte Climate Action Cmte Co-Chair



Join us for insight into the AIA 2030 Challenge and how it relates to the City of Charlotte's Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP) and what you can do, as members of AIA, to affect positive change. You will be provided with updates and knowledge of what the SEAP is all about and current efforts regarding benchmarking of city facilities. An understanding of how the architectural profession can learn from and aid the process of benchmarking in concert with the AIA 2030 Challenge and the City's SEAP. You will also learn what the AIA Charlotte's Climate Action Committee has planned for 2022 and the coming years with regard to the AIA 2030 Challenge and the AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action.

Learning Objectives
  1. Gain understanding of the City of Charlotte's Strategic Energy Action Plan and the impact on overall health and welfare of the city, it's inhabitants and workers.
  2. Understand what the AIA 2030 Challenge is, define operational and embodied carbon and how we as architect's can aid the reduction of carbon in our atmosphere.
  3. Gain knowledge of data collection through benchmarking and how to use that data to create energy efficient projects.
  4. Understand the impacts of climate change on our professions and how the AIA 2030 Challenge and the City of Charlotte's SEAP can be used as tools to affect positive change.

Queen City Nights of Lights
More details here

April 28 | 4-10PM
Slingshot Social Game Club
Hosted by Team Lighting


[Image]May Membership Meeting
Emerging Professionals Showcase

The AIA Charlotte May membership meeting is a celebration of our Emerging Professionals. AIA Charlotte is looking for Associate and Young Architects licensed 10 years or less to showcase their projects during the membership meeting.

Click here to sign up to showcase your projectThis is an informal format with multiple displays setup at the same time.  Register here for the May 19 event.

A'22 promotional materials now available
You can now access materials to promote the AIA Conference on Architecture 2022. Log in to your chapter Brandfolder account to view and download print and digital ads. (As a reminder, Brandfolder links are custom to each chapter!  Here is the recipe to get you started:

Component Leaders: 2022 Resolutions webinar
Component leadersplease join AIA Secretary Bill Turner, AIA, for a conversation with the sponsors of our proposed 2022 Annual Meeting resolutions. Here's a chance for you to ask clarifying questions and ensure you and your component's accredited delegates are informed before casting a vote on these resolutions at the 2022 virtual Annual Meeting. 
Register today >

Emerging Professionals component grant
In 2021, the College of Fellows awarded $25,150 to support Emerging Professionals programs led by components. This year, we're awarding up to $5,000 to components facilitating community outreach activities directly involving Emerging Professionals. Submissions for 2022 are due Friday, April 8.  Learn more >

Honors & Awards needs jurors
Honors & Awards is seeking jurors for our people-based and project-based awards. Please submit your application here. We are also seeking jurors for the  Honorary Fellowship  and the Jury of Fellows. And, as always, several awards are now open for submissions. Visit the Honors & Awards page for more information.

Firm billings for January 2022
AIA's Architecture Billings Index is a recognized leading indicator for nonresidential construction and is available to AIA members for free. January's index remained essentially the same as December's, with an ABI score of 51.0. Firms also reported that they expect significant compensation increases again this year.  Learn more >

2022 Small Project Design KC Grant
The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support for non-profits working with architects on community-based projects. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2022.  
Apply today >

The climate of public architecture 2022
The American Institute of Architects' Public Architects (PA) Knowledge Community brings together practitioners and AEC industry professionals to discuss the critical issues facing the profession and environment. The purpose of this symposium is to establish an ambitious agenda for Public Architecture practice for 2022 and beyond.  Learn more >

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