April 2022 Newsletter
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As we wrap up April, I hope this newsletter finds AIA Charlotte members healthy, busy, and engaged with interesting projects. This is a shamefully long opener, but a chance to update you on what AIA Charlotte has been up to!

One question for you: How are you really doing?

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Those who joined us for the 4th annual Women in Architecture Mimosa Breakfast were "really" clearly happy to ponder that question together. It was incredible to early morning gather once again in the beautiful light filled space of the Mint Museum last week to see familiar faces again, meet lots of new colleagues and listen to a fabulous group of women discuss wellness in the workplace. It never fails to start off your day with this event... there was so much energy in the room with our membership connecting in person again. 280 people! Huge thanks to our WIA committee Chairs Asa Santa Cruz and Chelsea Hansen along with their committee of AIA, ULI and SMPS representatives, and our panel for their leadership and commitment to getting us back together and focusing on our wellness. AIA Charlotte wants to also give special thanks to our WIA Chairs that kept the WIA group together during the pandemic lead by Jeanne Huntsman and Amelia Wilson. Volunteer members are the glue that keeps this committee so strong.

Since our last newsletter, our committees and partnerships have put on such interesting programs including UNCC'S Inside I Outside program which was an excellent opportunity to hear from industry experts on our indoor environments, the Building Enclosure Council's programs on Carbon Neutral Skins and Building and Envelope, the Climate Action Committee's 2030 Building Challenge, participated in the BOOM festival with our Scale Up Kits and joined in on the celebration for 50 years of the UNCC SOA. Again, amazing volunteers chaired and organized respectively by Liz McCormick, Kip Wilcox, Donald Green, Jennifer Todd, Liz Richardson, and Anna Anklin.  Thank you.

One more great piece of news, this month AIA Charlotte formally set up an endowment with UNC Charlotte's School of Architecture to fund our two scholarships. Both are structured to continually support an incoming student of an underrepresented population. The endowment is an important commitment to diversity and inclusion in our field. AIA Charlotte has had yearly scholarship commitments to UNCC for years, but the endowment will free up opportunities to increase our support for additional types of scholarships, possibly focusing on our Charlotte graduating high school students looking for assistance to attend architecture school. Thoughts or ideas? Let us know. Thanks to Sam Funari, Melanie Reddrick, Marc Manack and Liz Richardson for their work.

What's coming up?

Our May membership meeting is our Emerging Professionals Showcase. We want to see AIA Charlotte's future show up and present! Firm leaders, AIA Charlotte wants to see what's coming down the pipeline with talent. Keep in mind, that presenting here is a bonus towards participating in the YAF Leadership Charlotte Program. Know someone who we need to hear from?

The AIA Charlotte I Arts for Life Fantastical Charlotte Coloring Book Project. If this sounds silly to you, please keep reading. This is the deal: When a child or teen enters the Levine Cancer Center, one of the first objectives upon entry is to get their mind focused on something else. At its essence, this project is mindfulness triage for a special kid with the weight of the world on their shoulders. We are looking to provide a coloring book and supplies, given to patients at the entry to immediate have something in hand for them to relax and do. Most patients are not from Charlotte and never get to see Charlotte. While Arts for Life has structured projects for patients and families over the time of their stay, they do have a need for an immediate distraction from the initial transition. We've set up the program with Arts for Life's arts therapist to guide us through what level of drawing and subject matter our coloring book clients will respond to. We've set up an initial day at Freedom Park to focus on what a page could look like and give folks some time to start drawing. We'll have a date later in the summer for a second session. If you can draw, then we need you!!! If you don't like to draw but are interested...we need you! Come out on May 21st. Bring your kids. Can you draw at home and send your drawing in you ask? Absolutely... but come out and find out what our experts say about what the page should hold!  Huge thanks to Matthew Sohner of Team Lighting for bring this project to us and spearheading the committee, Julie Mullen for figuring the path to making it happen, Tracy Sansavera and Caroline Kraft for pushing us forward. We've received an Activate grant from AIA North Carolina and will be looking for more opportunities to help with printing costs, coloring utensils and an event to show the fantastical charlotte pages.

Golf... Mallamo. Come out and have fun as usual... before it gets too hot!

More knowledge events... Pedro Pinero is firming up some commitments to bring programs that focus on Art and Architecture, Lunch and learns from our Sponsors, amongst CEU events for our practice. Please keep an eye out. He's working hard right now.

Design and Service Awards. We are firming up the AIA Charlotte Design Panel. We are working to mirror AIA North Carolina's entry requirements to make design awards effort more streamlined. The call for service awards is going to be open earlier and extended this year... and we're adding a new category. Look around and celebrate someone you think is worthy. Thanks to Ronna Emerling and Matt Butler for chairing this committee for 2022!

Interested in volunteering? Join us. We have lots of room on committees, 999 members and want to work with you. Oh yeah, and if you know one person that isn't a member that should be, it would admittedly be pretty cool to say we had 1000 members, finally.

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On to warmer weather.

Thanks!
Jana Hartenstine
AIA Charlotte President


 

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[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.

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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: brandfolder.com/aia-chapters/aia-chapter-name)

Honors & Awards' top awards open
The Architecture Award, Regional & Urban Design Award, and Interior Architecture Awards are now open. Visit the Honors & Awards pages now to begin your submission for these prestigious design awards.

Webinar series: BIM and construction contracts
On April 27, learn the fundamentals for minimizing risk when including provisions for the use of BIM in your design and construction contracts. Then on May 18, don't miss Part 2 of this free webinar series which focuses on the topic of using BIM as a contract document.
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Firm billings for February 2022
AIA's Architecture Billings Index is a recognized leading indicator for nonresidential construction and is available to AIA members for free. February's index remained positive, with a score of 51.3. Firms also reported the impact of supply chain disruptions on projects is more serious now than one year ago.  Learn more >
 

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