June 11, 2021 Newsletter

Meyer Greeson Paullin Benson 
Architecture & Design Firm
Project Mgr/Intern Architect

Studio Fusion
Architect Project Mgr
Mid Level Intern 

J Davis Architects
Project Architect

FWA Group
Project Manager

Freeman White
Project Architect III

WIA would like to invite you to our new monthly book club starting June 22, 2021 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm via Zoom. 

The book club will be held on the third Tuesday of every month.  Our first book will be Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel, PhD (revised and updated version). During our first session we plan to discuss the introduction and first chapter.  Please register here to obtain the zoom link. 

YAF Leadership Program Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 program.  The core purpose of the program is to support young architects in Charlotte with programming that addresses professional advancement within the profession as well as in the community.

The objective of the YAF Leadership program is two-fold: 
  • First: Identify and develop Young Architects as leaders in the profession. Provide programs that develop their leadership abilities and their confidence to step into leadership positions within their profession, their community and within the AIA leadership structure.
  • Second: Connect Young Architects to the civic components in the public sphere. Architects are under-represented on public advisory boards, non-profit and institutional boards, as well as civic leadership in City and County Government. This program would provide the opportunity for Young Architects to be motivated and inspired to pursue leadership opportunities in the public sphere.
More details to include the schedule and application are available here



Firm billings for April 2021
AIA's Architecture Billings Index is a recognized leading indicator for nonresidential construction and is available to AIA members for free. April's index showed billings continue their rebound, with a strong ABI score of 57.9. Firms also reported concerns over price and availability of construction materials and products. View resource >

Northwest One: Low-income displacement
Loss of neighborhood identity can lead to stigmatization of residents both pre- and post-displacement. In this session, you'll learn the story of the Northwest One neighborhood in Washington, DC, and how Urban Renewal began a process of displacement and gentrification. Earn 1 LU/HSW   Register >

Learn more about 2021's best in education design
Join the Committee on Architecture for Education as we celebrate the 2021 Education Facility Design Award winners and hear directly from the firms about what makes these projects so special. Earn 1 LU Learn more >

New Payment Applications
Join us to learn about the new Cost of the Work Payment Applications, when to use the forms, key distinctions from the traditional G702 and G703, and the implications of a Schedule of Values that changes over time. Register today >

Lessons learned from COVID-19: Solutions to America's housing crisis
In this session, National Low Income Housing Coalition President and CEO Diane Yentel will share insights into how the pandemic exacerbated America's housing crisis, accelerated racial inequities, and exposed significant gaps in our nation's housing safety net. Earn 1 LU/HSW  Register >

Call for submissions: 2021 Design for Aging
This competition recognizes innovative design solutions that improve quality of life for aging communities. Submissions will be evaluated against the AIA Framework for Design Excellence, among other criteria. New for 2021 is an affordability category. Submissions are due by 5pm ET on July 15.  Learn more >

Call for submissions: 2021 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative grants
The Upjohn program funds up to six research grants of $15,000-$30,000 per recipient annually for projects completed in a 6- to 18-month period. Research should be relevant and applicable to practicing architects and correlate to the priorities outlined in AIA's Climate Action Plan. Deadline: September 1, 2021. Submit proposals >

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 June 23 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 June 30 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 >

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 >

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 >

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