CANstruction 2017 call for entries

The 12th Annual Canstruction Cleveland/Akron registration is open until February 20th! Form a team now and help the Cleveland/Akron Food bank in their annual Harvest for Hunger Campaign. The theme for this year is “Champions for Hunger”.

Build night is April 27th at Strongsville Mall. Help feed and inspire the world – one can at a time. Follow the links below to find out more:

2017 Call For Entries with akron

Register Now!

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president’s post

Eric F Pros aia






Dear AIA Akron,

As the year begins, I wanted to introduce myself as the new AIA Akron President. I am incredibly honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the Akron Chapter in this capacity, and I look forward to the year ahead expectantly.

I would like to thank those that served on the 2016 board that will be retiring from their positions. Your dedication to the profession and commitment to the Akron Chapter is immensely appreciated. I would also like to thank the incoming board of directors in advance for their service. These industry leaders are uniquely poised to steer the Akron Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in the 2017 year.

I wanted to share my vision for the year ahead in the hope that this mission resonates with you, and that you will join me in my efforts to bolster the architectural profession in the Akron region. In addition to providing educational opportunities, there are three primary areas that I would like to focus our attention in the year ahead.

First, I wish to increase AIA Akron’s engagement with architecture students and young professionals in our region. It is my belief that the profession of architecture attracts some of the best and brightest young minds in the world. These individuals are truly the future of our profession, and it is our duty to support them as they embark on an architectural career path. Secondly, I aim to activate our chapter in initiatives targeting Community Development . As practitioners we have the duty to protect the Health Safety and Welfare of the public, AIA Akron must be an advocate for these goals in the broader context of the neighborhoods of Northeastern Ohio. Lastly I am targeting opportunities for greater Public Outreach throughout our region and beyond. Opportunities present themselves for enhanced member communications, collaboration with regional partners, and a greater public presence in our communities.

I look forward to receiving your input and for the chance to collaborate with you on these initiatives in the following months. I am optimistic about our endeavors, and enthusiastically look forward to working together to empower architects and design professionals to do their best work.
Eric F. Pros, AIA, NCARB, MBA President

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Thank You Carolyne!


Carolyne Tinsley Retirement

The board of directors of AIA Akron and Akron Canton CSI would like to thank Carolyne Tinsley for her service over the past 7 years. She has done an exceptional job over the years and we wish her all the best as she retires. She will be missed!

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January 11 Lunch + Learn

 AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI
January 11, 2017 Lunch and Learn
final call

Roof Selection Criteria  Presented by Mark Pittman with Firestone Building Products.

We will discuss the critical factors to consider when deciding on a new roof.
  • Form an understanding of what a warranty means, and the what it does and does
    not do.
  • Form an understanding of setting realistic expectation for what a new roof can and cannot do.
  • Form an understanding of managing those expectations through maintenance as necessary for achieving optimal roof life.

1 LU/HSW Credit


Important message about non-member form of payment:
If you are registering as a Non-Member of AIA Akron or Akron-Canton CSI, you must pay by PayPal or credit card. We are not accepting payment at the door. You must notify the office 5 working days prior to the event to receive a refund.
Wednesday January 11, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Add to Calendar

AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI Fairlawn Office
2841 Riviera Drive
Suite 120
Fairlawn, OH 44333
Driving Directions

Questions? Contact:

Joanne Brussee, Executive Director

AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI

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Welcome to AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI’s Executive Director

Joanne Brussee has accepted the position as executive director or the AIA Akron and Akron-Canton CSI. 

Joanne is a graduate of the Kent State University School of Architecture and is a current associate member of the AIA. She brings experience in the profession of architecture and the building industry to the executive director’s position and we look forward to working with Joanne in this important position for our two professional boards. Joanne will be starting her position on January 3, 2017. 

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AIA Akron, Akron-Canton CSI & NAWIC Annual Holiday Social

Come enjoy an evening of camaraderie, fine hors d’oeuvres, and delicious cocktails!

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm.

Where: Pub Bricco
1841 Merriman Road
Akron, OH 44313

Costs: AIA Akron and Akron-Canton CSI members included in dues.
$25 – NAWIC members
$25 – non-members of AIA Akron or Akron-Canton CSI

If paying by check, please make payable to AIA Akron to be received at the AIA Akron office by the 11/28 deadline. (costs include food and one complimentary drink ticket)


We are offering a door prize at the social.
There is a place on the registration page to select the option to be included in the drawing. The door prize is a 3-month LifeStyles Family Membership at one of the three Akron General Health and Wellness Centers (Bath, Stow or Green).

Bring new hats and gloves to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve and receive an additional complimentary drink ticket.
Deadline to RSVP is Noon, November 28, 2016

Register Now!
If you have questions, please contact Carolyne Tinsley at or 330-699-9788.

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2016 AIA Akron Fundraiser – Dueling for Schooling

aiakron dueling for schooling

AIA Akron Fundraiser – Online Registration
On November 10, 2016 AIA Akron is hosting our annual Dueling for Schooling Fundraiser at The Tangier to benefit the Chapter’s annual scholarship program.  Past fundraisers have been a great success, raising monies for Kent State University’s College of Architecture students and professional education programs for members. This year’s event will feature Dueling Pianos provided by Dueling Pianos International ( ) and is sure to be an enjoyable evening!  There will also be a number of silent auction items to bid on. Please consider joining us for an evening of fellowship and entertainment.
Registration Deadline – Nov. 7, 2016
 When:          Thursday, November 10, 2016,
                        5:30 social, 6:30 dinner, 7:00 entertainment
Where:         The Tangier –  532 W Market St, Akron
Make your RESERVATION now!
reservation includes dinner, drinks, and entertainment
  • Single reservation – $60.00
  • Table reservation (8 people per table) – $450.00
  • Student reservation – $30.00
We are also still looking for sponsors and silent auction items.  Please click on the links below for more information regarding these opportunities.

Dueling for Schooling Flyer

Deadline to Register Is November 7, 2015



Thursday November 10, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM EST


The Tangier
532 W Market St
Akron, OH 44303

Driving Directions

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact:
Carolyne Tinsley, Executive Director

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2016 AIA Akron Annual Meeting


The 2016 Annual meeting was a successful meeting and planning event. Held at the alluring Blu Jazz, members enjoyed good food and libations while socializing.

The following news and planning session was extremely productive and informative, especially as the results of a member survey were shared and discussed.

Thank you to all who attended!

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AIAU – GSA Case Study and more!


Four new courses from AIAU deliver best practices in lighting, building enclosures, post-disaster resiliency, and teamwork, including a GSA case study on the health benefits of designing for circadian light.

Optimizing Circadian Stimulation in the Workplace
Earns 1 LU / HSW / GBCI / RIBA
Follow the circadian development cycle, as state-of-the art moves from daylighting to workforce health benefits. Understand GSA’s federal building findings, and learn how to design and deliver cost-effective lighting solutions to improve workplace health and well-being.

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Building Enclosure Fundamentals and New Technologies
Earns 1 LU / HSW / GBCI / RIBA
From high rises to single-family homes, high-performance building enclosures are revolutionizing thermal efficiency and durability. Get up to speed on the materials, technologies, and strategies to build a competent and confident high-performance practice.

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Positioning Architects as Leaders in Project Collaboration
Earns 1 LU / RIBA
Collaboration is key in today’s complex projects. Discover the strategies, methods, and tools to position yourself as a high-performing leader of multidisciplinary, motivated teams.

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Mind the Gap
Earns 1 LU / RIBA
Get on the front-line of post-disaster reconstruction and the resilience movement with this new course led by emerging professionals. Understand resiliency, explore common gaps in planning, and learn how to make a powerful impact on your communities and your projects.

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Bundle and save an extra 15%!
Take advantage of AIAU’s bundle discount and save an additional 15% when you buy four or more courses.

That’s 15% off the special member price of $25/course. Non-members save 15% off the non-member price of $40/course.

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Get your discount to study for the Building Systems ARE

The American Institute of Architects

Exclusive Associate AIA Member Discount on Building Systems ARE ® Prep Video Seminar – Registration Ends on October 6

The AIA supports you on your journey to licensure; this offer is dedicated to helping you with one of the most difficult parts of the ARE — the Building Systems Exam.

AIA Associate Members get 3 weeks of access to this high-quality online video series for only $295 — a $100 members-only savings! Hurry, you need to register beforeOctober 6.

PROGRAM RUN DATES: October 20th thru November 10th
Your desktop, tablet, or smartphone
October 6th

Register Today

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“With the help of your online seminar, I passed my Building Systems Exam! With the overwhelming amount of info to study for this exam, the videos do a great job of conveying the right amount of info to pass.” Amber Seminar Customer Josh Johnson

Register for access by October 6th and you get:

  • An in-depth understanding of Building Systems Exam concepts, including thermal resistance, HVAC, and more.
  • Engaging Vignette Practice.
  • A hard copy of the instructor’s study guide, ARE Building Systems Study Guide and Practice Exam: The Amber Book.

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Election Tools from AIA

The 2016 election is almost here – are you prepared to make your voice heard? Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, it’s critical that you exercise your right to vote.

In OH the deadline to register to vote is coming up quickly – October 11. If you aren’t sure if you are registered, the American Institute of Architects is here to help. Go to the AIA Advocacy Action Center, select “Voter Registration” from the menu on the right, and you will be taken to your state’s website to get the process started!

Now that you are registered to vote, make sure you are prepared when you head to the polls. During the primary season, we debuted the 2016 Presidential Candidate Profiles that showed where the candidates stood on issues that impact architects the most. Now that the election is just around the corner, we’ve updated the profiles with new insights and information on the major third party candidates. We hope you find this information useful as you make this important decision.

Don’t want to wait until November 8th to cast your ballot? You’re in luck – early voting begins in OH on October 12.

How you vote is a personal decision – the AIA does not endorse candidates for President. But it’s important to make your voice heard in this election! We hope that the AIA Presidential Candidate Profiles will help you as you make your decision.

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AIA Akron Annual Meeting – October 18

October 18, 2016 Annual Meeting
Blu Jazz
47 East Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44308
5:00-6:00 PM Registration, Social, Cash Bar
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:00-8:30 PM Annual Meeting
Please join your fellow architects and associates at the annual meeting of The Akron Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  We will be recognizing newly registered architects as well as architects and associates who have joined the chapter this past year.  We will present the programs and results of these programs from the past year and well as the financial health of the chapter.
If you have not had a chance to reply to the survey see below for a link.  The Chapter will compile the information received from the survey to help develop a Strategic Plan for the chapter.  The results of the survey  will be presented at our the meeting.  We will also be taking comments from those present at the meeting which will be then incorporated into our final Strategic Plan. Your participation will help us keep the Akron Chapter at the forefront of the design community.


If you have questions, see contact information below:
Carolyne Tinsley, Executive Director
AIA Akron

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