November 12, 2021 Newsletter

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Hear from AIA National's Managing Director of Research and Practice, Michele Russo, who will provide an economic forecast discussing market insights, the Architecture Billings Index, and economic trends effecting the architecture profession.

In addition to hearing from Michele Russo, the membership will vote on the 2022 Board of Directors.  

More details, to include Slate of Officers, is available here.


Morning Session: Social Justice in Practice - Planning
Five Points Forward Project
Center City Partners Second Ward Vision Plan

Afternoon Session: Social Justice in Practice -

Environmental Justice
Environmental and Social Risk - A local perspective
The History of Redlining in Charlotte

Closing Keynote:
Sekou Cooke - Hip Hop Architecture
Director, Master of Urban Design Program UNC Charlotte

Registration opens next week. Earn your CEUs!

Congratulations to all of our 2021 Design Award Winners.  

Check out the Design Award Winners,
Service Award Winners and Student Design Winners here


Upcoming Webinars hosted by General Shale

November 17th | Just Hanging Out on the Wall Masonry Rainscreens

December 15th Look to the Interior - Thin Masonry for Internal Beauty and Design


Architectural | Engineering Services for
Southwest Community Resource Center &
East Community Resource Center
Mecklenburg County requests a Statement-of-Qualifications from interested architectural firms for services on two new Capital Improvement Program building projects.  Firms shall assemble a design team to provide master planning, design, bidding, construction contract administration, and closeout/warranty services for potentially both Community Resource Center projects.

A copy of the complete RFQ may be obtained by sending an official Notification-of-Interest via mail, email or facsimile to: Steven Sweat Senior Project Manager, Mecklenburg County Asset & Facility Management, 3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 6000, Charlotte, NC 28075,
Email:, FAX: (704)-432-0633

Submittals must be received by Asset & Facility Management by
Tuesday, 11/23/21 at 2:00pm.

Upon request, this information will be made available in an alternate format
for persons with disabilities by calling 980-314-2521.


New Series of Modernism + Film
Back for its 10th season, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's Modernism + Film series will kick off with a slate of four free films, shown in conjunction with the exhibition Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi -- A? Marvellous? Entanglement. The series launches on Wednesday, November 10 with Precise Poetry: Lina Bo Bardi's Architecture.  

Developed in partnership with the Charlotte chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, the program includes introductions to the films by scholars, urban planners, architects, art historians, film experts, and others. 

Thanks to Bank of America's Wednesday Night Live program, visitors can arrive early to view Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi -- A? Marvellous? Entanglement for free before the film. 


This summer the City of Charlotte Planning, Design & Development Department kicked-off the Charlotte Future 2040 Policy Map process as a first step in putting the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan into action.

Now that the community has shared their input to help map our future growth, it's time to review the DRAFT outcome together. Join us in October to discuss how the Charlotte Future 2040 Policy Map and the Charlotte Streets Map will inform future growth, development, and mobility throughout the city.
  • The Charlotte Future 2040 Policy Map is a companion to the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan and identifies appropriate locations for future development in our neighborhoods.
  • The Charlotte Streets Map identifies the multimodal vision for Charlotte's streets to support mobility between the places you live, work, and play.   

[Image]The School of Architecture's 50th Anniversary Lecture Series celebrates the vision of the SoA during its 50-year history and into the future. Throughout the year, 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.

Upcoming Lectures:

11/12/2021: Michelle Chang, Harvard

1/21/2022: K. Michael Hays, Harvard

2/11/2022: Bryan Lee, Harvard

3/4/2022: Mabel O. Wilson, Columbia

4/1/2022: Mario Carpo, University College London

4/22/2022: Jenny Sabin, Cornell

Register for Lectures here

2022 Call for National Committees
The 2022 Call for National Committee applications is now open. The deadline to submit is 5pm ET, Monday, November 8. Please share this opportunity with those you think might be interested in national volunteer service. Learn more >

Tuition and ARE Scholarships now open
Applications are open for tuition scholarships and additional ARE grants. Scholarships are available for students attending NAAB-accredited architecture programs and aspiring African American architects studying for the Architect Registration Examination.
Apply today >

Taking sustainable justice guidelines to the next level | November 12, 2021
This workshop is hosted collaboratively by the Research Committee and Sustainable Justice Committee of The AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice. Session participants will help transform the existing "Sustainable Justice Guidelines into a living resource that responds to both past and current events in the justice system. Earn 3 LU/HSW
Register now >

Facility Guidelines Institute 2022 Edition: Changes coming to the Emergency Department
Join us to learn more about the major additions and revisions coming to the Emergency Department chapter within the upcoming release of FGI 2022 Edition. Bryan Langlands (NBBJ) and Virginia Pankey (HOK), both members of the Health Guidelines Review Committee for the 2022 Edition, will review the upcoming changes. Learn more >  

Transform & Reform: AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) Fall Conference October 13-15, 2021
Take part in AAJ's 2021 virtual conference, which presents an unique opportunity to reach out nationally and internationally to architecture colleagues in parallel fields, such as health, mental health, and education. Also connect with professionals in disciplines that intersect with the justice system, such as criminology, psychology, and social work. Earn up to 17.25 LU/11 HSW 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. The latest release shows home offices and outdoor living spaces remained popular. Billings also remained strong and project backlogs increased, reaching a record high.  Access more >

2022-2023 At-large Representative to the Strategic Council
The Strategic Council is accepting submissions for the position of At-large Representative. Up to five candidates may be elected. If you know of someone (member or non-member) who is innovative, open-minded and forward thinking, is a strong communicator/connector, and embodies a collaborative, partnering spirit, encourage them to submit! Learn more >

Firm billings for September 2021
AIA's Architecture Billings Index is a recognized leading indicator for nonresidential construction and is available to AIA members for free. September's index reported another month of healthy business conditions, with an ABI score of 56.6. Firms also reported investing most heavily in technology for communication and collaboration. 
Learn more > 

How the new Custom Residential Agreements help architects
The new AIA Custom Residential Documents streamline the contractual process for architects by tailoring them for the distinctive requirements of the custom residential construction market. Discover how these agreements can enhance your contractual process.   Learn more >

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