president’s post 20170419

Eric F Pros aia

Dear AIA Akron,

As the first quarter of 2017 comes to a close, I ardently look ahead to the many exciting initiatives we have planned for the rest of the year.  Our Chapter is focusing its attention on the AIA tenets of Community Redevelopment, and Public Outreach for the month of April.  Last week we spent some time talking with Akron’s Director of Planning and Urban Development, Jason Segedy about ideas for Planning to Grow Akron.  It is very encouraging to hear that the City of Akron is diligently working on the policy side of the equation to pave a path for reinvestment into the city. The course has been charted for designers and community activists to take advantage of the many opportunities that exist throughout our region.

Further building on the theme of Community Redevelopment, on the eve of the AIA national convention we will have a lunchtime discussion with Kyle Kutuchief and Dan Rice on the initiatives that the Knight Foundation is promoting throughout the city of Akron.  With guidance from community leaders like Segedy, Kutuchief, and Rice, it is not implausible to imagine how AIA Akron could perform as resource to the community and serve as an instigator for positive change throughout the neighborhoods of North Eastern Ohio.

Our Public Outreach initiatives are gaining momentum this month as well.  The Cleveland | Akron CanStruction effort is in full swing with the build day scheduled for April 27th at Strongsville Mall.  The theme: Champions for Hunger will help generate resources for the Cleveland | Akron Food bank in their annual Harvest for Hunger Campaign.  An awards reception will be held on April 29th, and the installations will remain on display until May 8th.

AIA Akron will once again be participating in the STEM career day at Firestone High School.  We look forward to the opportunity to meet the many talented young minds that will be in attendance.  We eagerly anticipate the chance to share our passion for the inspiring profession of architecture which perfectly blends the best aspects of science, technology, engineering art and mathematics into a creative and rewarding process.

Lastly, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue to build relationships with others at the u AIA National Convention coming up at the end of this month.  I never tire of learning new ways of working together to inspire architects and designer to do their best work.  I hope to see you in Orlando!

Excelsior,

Eric F. Pros, AIA, NCARB, MBA

President

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#firmcrawlfriday 04.07.2017

cedarwood arch

Cedarwood Architectural is the architectural design arm of Cedarwood, a national real estate company offering full-service in-house resources through its family of companies that include Cedarwood Development, Tri-C Construction and Riverview Management. Our vertically integrated resources are designed to ultimately save our clients time and money throughout the development, design and construction process. We treat every client with integrity and respect. Continue reading

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#firmcrawlfriday 03.31.2017

tc architects

SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

For over sixty-four years, TC Architects has been involved in “Green” architecture and the design of sustainable, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly buildings. We have consistently designed high performance buildings that are cost effective to build, operate, and maintain with low impact to the environment. Continue reading

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April Chapter Meeting

April Chapter Meeting
Planning to Grow Akron
When:  April 5, 2017, Deadline to register is March 29, 2016
Where: Aqueduct Brewing
529 GRANT ST #106, Akron, OH 44303
Cost:  AIA Members – Included in dues, Non-Members of AIA Akron – $25,
AIAS Students – $10, KSU students – $15
Schedule:
5:00 – 6:00       Registration & Social
6:00 – 7:00       Presentation
Continuing Education:
Assistant to the Mayor
Director of Planning and Urban Development
Jason Segedy formerly served Continue reading

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#firmcrawlfriday 03.24.2017

Dec.-28-2006-e-912x684

GPD Group is an interdisciplinary firm of over 500 employees. We’re a stable, employee-owned company and we’ve been serving the Northeast Ohio area for over half a century. Continue reading

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#firmcrawlfriday 03.17.2017

mota

Mota Design Group was founded in 2012 by Brett Moses and Joel Testa.  Having worked together previously on multiple projects, it was a natural partnership. They share a passion for progressive, forward thinking design. Continue reading

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March 22 Lunch + Learn

AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI
March 22, 2017 Lunch and Learn
Sustainable Solutions for Shading & Daylighting
By Construction Specialties, Inc. 
 
Description:
One hour seminar detailing the use of sun controls on commercial buildings.   Continue reading

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AIAU – New Project Solutions from the Experts

AIAU
Any question, every challenge, all the topics & skills

The best way to build new skills

Thousands of architects, designers, and firm owners rely on AIAU as their problem-solving partner. With more than 160 fast-paced courses led by some of the industry’s best architects and firms, AIAU is the leading source for expert instruction, ideas, and inspiration.

Continue reading

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#firmcrawlfriday 02.17.2017

hasenstab

Hasenstab Architects

hoz’-in-stob : hard to pronounce. easy to work with.

The “easy to work with” part has been our reputation and our story for nearly 35 years of delivering high quality architectural and engineering services from our offices in Akron, Ohio to the Northeast Ohio region and points beyond. Continue reading

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Cancelled – Daniel Libeskind @ Toguchi Lecture 2.0

The #DanielLibeskind lecture next week at the #CAED is cancelled.

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#firmcrawlfriday 02.10.2017

Mann Parsons Gray Architects

Founded in 1972, the firm has had a consistent history finding viable solutions to building needs for clients. The success of this is best expressed by the continued confidence of our clients as demonstrated through successive projects and years of continuous service.

Concern for individual client’s needs and desires combined with the fine expertise and diverse background of the firm’s members, provides a solid base from which all aspects of a building project can be analyzed and solved. From aesthetic desires to economical considerations and long range planning, the firm has addressed and guided clients with varying building requirements.

The majority of our work is commissioned by repeat clients. We have provided professional services for a long list of healthcare, commercial hospitality, governmental and multi-family residential clients representing a wide range of building types. We urge you to explore our online portfolio.

The firm has continued to grow over the years due to our straightforward practical approach to building design, providing not only functional, but also visually pleasing architecture. The office/studio environment is one of collaborative input among the professional staff. Frequent contact between the Principals, architects, and support staff permits a continuing shift of perspectives which foster creative, fresh design solutions. Broad experience in a diversity of project types affords a solid background to handle most unique building situations.

Clients of Mann Parsons Gray Architects enjoy the benefits of a well established local firm and the collaborative design efforts associated with a team approach for each and every project.

learn more @ www.mpg-architects.com

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AIA Ohio Valley Region – Call for open positions

AIA OVR

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AIA OVR REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TO THE AIA STRATEGIC COUNCIL, REGIONAL ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, AND YOUNG ARCHITECTS REGIONAL DIRECTOR

** February 21 is the deadline for candidates to submit for the three Ohio Valley Region positions, outlined below **

The AIA Ohio Valley Regional Assembly is soliciting nominations for three positions to represent the AIA Ohio Valley Region.

  1. Representative to the AIA Strategic Council, to replace Drew White, FAIA.  Any AIA Ohio Valley Region component may nominate a candidate.  Individual declarations of candidacy may be made as well.  The individual elected will begin a three-year term in December 2017, and serve until December 2020.  Nominations and declarations of candidacy should be made by sending a letter of intent from the candidate with supporting letters (not required…no more than three) and a list of qualifications to the AIA Ohio Valley Region, by February 21, 2017.

AIA Strategic Council members are responsible for establishing the vision and long term goals of the Institute.  The AIA Strategic Council serves an advisory role to the AIA National Board, but is not involved in governance.    Questions on the function, duties and responsibilities of the position can be emailed to Drew White (dwhite@axisarchitecture.com) if clarifications are needed.

Biographical information on each nominated or declared candidate shall be submitted to:

Attention Kate Brunswick, AIA Ohio Valley Region, 17 S. High St., Ste. 200, Columbus, OH  43215-3458.  If you choose, you may submit via email to Kate@assnoffices.com

Nominations or declarations will be forwarded to the AIA Ohio Valley Region Assembly Delegates for an election scheduled for April 21, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN.  Candidates should plan to be available to attend this Ohio Valley Region Assembly meeting in order to be interviewed by the Assembly.  Each candidate will have five minutes to present their qualifications, prior to a question and answer period by the OVR Assembly.

Please note, Drew White, FAIA, holds the position of the Second Representative to the Regional Council (see excerpt from the OVR bylaws, below).

Section 5. Election of Regional Director

The Regional Council shall call for the nomination of and shall elect the Regional Director(s) by vote of a simple majority of the Delegates present. The first Director from the Ohio Valley Region, shall be elected to serve a three-year term, and shall be perpetually succeeded by a director elected from the eligible membership of a Component in Ohio. The second Director shall serve an initial two-year term and shall be perpetually succeeded by a director elected from the eligible membership of Ohio, Indiana or Kentucky.

  1. Regional Associate Director (RAD), to replace Craig Chamberlain, Assoc. AIA.  Any component from the AIA Ohio Valley Region may nominate a candidate.  Individual declarations of candidacy may be made as well.  The individual elected will begin a two-year term on Jan. 1, 2018, and serve through Dec. 31, 2019.  Nominations and declarations of candidacy should be made by sending a letter of intent from the candidate, supporting letters (not required…no more than three) and a list of qualifications to the AIA Ohio Valley Region, by February 21, 2017.
  1. Young Architect Regional Director (YARD), to replace Chris Gerrity, AIA.  Any component from the AIA Ohio Valley Region may nominate a candidate.  Individual declarations of candidacy may be made as well.  The individual elected will begin a two-year term immediately upon election and will serve through Dec. 31, 2018.  Nominations and declarations of candidacy should be made by sending a letter of intent from the candidate, supporting letters (not required…no more than three) and a list of qualifications to the AIA Ohio Valley Region, by February 21, 2017.

Biographical information on each nominated or declared candidate for RAD and YARD shall be submitted to:

Attention Kate Brunswick, AIA Ohio Valley Region, 17 S. High St., Ste. 200, Columbus, OH  43215-3458.  If you choose, you may submit via email to: Kate@assnoffices.com

Nominations or declarations will be forwarded to the AIA Ohio Valley Region Assembly for an election scheduled for April 21, 2017.  Candidates should plan to be available to attend this OVR Assembly meeting, which will be held in Indianapolis, IN, in order to be interviewed by the Assembly.  Each candidate will have five minutes to present their qualifications, prior to question and answer by the Regional Assembly.

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