career development

whether you’re looking to make a personal career change, ready to expand your firm, or have a colleague on the job hunt…keep in mind the AIA Akron Job Posting page!

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Call for Entries – 2017 AIA Akron Design Awards

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AIA Akron Designers,
On the behalf of AIA Akron, I would like to formally invite you to participate in the upcoming AIA Akron Design Awards Biennial.  I know that there has been a tremendous amount of exceptional work completed in our region over the past two years, and I hope that you will take the time to share your accomplishments with us.  Awards submissions will be due August 25th 2017, with the awards ceremony date on October 13th 2017.  I ask that you strongly consider sharing your work with us this fall, and I wish you the best of luck.  Please see below for submission requirements
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
General Submission Requirements
Firm:  The submitting firm must be the Design Firm.
Location: The design Firm must have an operating office in the AIA Akron Territory; and the project must have been produced in an AIA Akron region office. (project/job offices are not eligible)
Submissions: The submitting designer, or at least one principal from their firm must, be a member of AIA Akron.
Entries may be in one of the following categories. 
Category 1: Newly completed buildings, additions, remodelings, renovations, restorations;
Category 2: Interior projects;
Category 3: Urban design or planning projects/studies;
Category 4: Unbuilt projects.
Category 5: Student projects.
  • Entries must be completed since January 1, 2011 regardless of project size, geographical location, budget, style or building type.
  • Unbuilt projects include a design that will never be executed (i.e. a contest entry that was not chosen).
The design awards program will promote and focus attention on quality design, sustainability, and AIA’s 10 principles of livable communities.  The jury will evaluate all projects based on the aesthetic, functional, contextual and social characteristics of the design.  The jury will also evaluate submissions in categories 1-4 based on their successful response to one or more of AIA’s 10 principles of livable communities.
Those ten principles are:
  1. Design on a human scale
  2. Provide choices
  3. Encourage mixed-use development
  4. Preserve urban centers
  5. Vary transportation options
  6. Build vibrant public spaces
  7. Create a neighborhood identity
  8. Protect environmental resources
  9. Conserve landscapes
  10. Design matters
The principles will be broadly interpreted to apply to all categories of projects. Projects will be evaluated based on the information contained in the submissions. The jury will not visit projects.
Sufficient drawings including a site plan, floor plan(s), section(s), etc. to explain the solution are required.
  • Exterior images of the project sufficient to completely describe the work accomplished are required, except for Interior Submissions.
  • For current projects, a minimum of two required images shall depict the major exposed sides of the building along with the immediate environs.
  • For projects involving exterior alterations to an existing building, similar “before” and “after” images are strongly suggested.

Specific Submission Requirements
Highlight Image in addition to the category images, all submitting projects are required
to upload an image that will be used for the people’s choice award, and on the AIA Akron website if the submission is given an award. 300dpi if possible.
  • Category 1: Newly completed buildings, additions, remodelings, renovations, restorations will require up to 15 images, including drawings of a site plan, floor plan(s), section(s), and a minimum of 2 exterior and 2 interior images.
  • Category 2: Interior submissions will require up to 15 images, including drawings of floor plan(s), section(s), and a minimum of 4 interior images.
  • Category 3: Urban design or planning projects/studies will require up to 15 images adequately representing the project.
  • Category 4: Unbuilt projects will require up to 15 images adequately representing the project.
  • Category 5: “The AIA Akron Student Design Awards program focuses on high quality, innovative design responses. This program allows students to submit any school project they have worked on during the past academic year, including projects completed outside of the classroom setting (e.g. competitions). Students may even elect to re-address projects previously submitted as part of coursework and improve their original design solution. The AIA Ohio Student Design Awards provides all students with the opportunity to submit their best and most innovative work.”
Students may submit any work that they have completed either individually or as a team (identified as such) within the past academic year. (May 2016 -May 2017)
The work can be from a studio project, independent study or just a project or
concept that appeals to the student.  Will require up to 15 images, including
drawings of a site plan, floor plan(s), section(s), and a minimum of 2 exterior
and 2 interior images.
The students, in addition to their images, will need to submit a written
description of their work.  This should be a 100-150 word statement of their
process, or their approach to addressing the studio problem.  While projects will be evaluated on the entire composition, it is also important for the projects to be juried against the students’ own statement.
Updated Cost: $75 (Fee waived for Student Work)
Payable to: AIA Akron
Thank you in advance for your participation in this noble tradition.
Best,
ERIC F. PROS, AIA, NCARB, MBA
Director of Design | President, AIA Akron
____________________________________________________________________

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2017 Golf Outing Recap

The AIA Akron, Akron-Canton CSI and Clevand CSI

12th Annual Golf Outing

Despite a delayed start from an early morning thunderstorm and threats of more rain later in the afternoon, our 12th Annual golf outing was played on July 7th at Raintree Country Club in Uniontown, Ohio.  Sixty-four golfers filling out 16 foursomes plus numerous volunteers enjoyed the golf, food and fun.
The winners this year came from the architectural firm Sol Harris Day and their foursome of Burt Marzley, Nate Kobb, Andrew Lallathin and Jeff Hostetler.  They broke the 60 barrier with a 59!  The second and third place teams both shot 62 with a tie breaker (score on highest handicap hole) giving the edge to the W.L. Tucker Supply team of Rick Oberhauser, Brian Belden, Dana Mitchell and Jim Green.  The third place group was the Chas E Phipps team of Brad Hicks, Ted Scheetz, Bruce Wilson and Dave Hall.
A special thanks to our event sponsor, Oberfields.  Bill Nettling went over and above helping to make this outing a success.  Also, thanks to our food sponsors, Specrete Grouting Additives for the breakfast and EPIC Engineering group for the dinner.  And, last but not least, thanks to Karen Bialosky and SE Blueprint for their printing donation.
John Anderson reporting.
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August Chapter Meeting: Working Towards Lien Rights for Ohio Architects

final call
August 3rd Chapter Meeting
Working Towards Lien Rights 
for Ohio Architects
When:  August 3, 2017, RSVP by July 28, 2017
Where: TC Architects

430 Grant Street

Akron, OH 44311
Cost:  AIA Members – Included in dues, Non-Members of AIA Akron – $25, AIAS Students – $10, KSU students – $15
Schedule:
5:30 pm       Happy Hour
6:30 pm       Seminar/Dinner
7:30 pm       Social
Christopher Toddy_ AIA


Christopher Toddy, AIA is the President of Christopher @ Architects LLC in Cleveland. Chris is an AIA, 2030, and USGBC speaker on Leadership Development, Architects’ Lien Rights, and Sustainability.
Chris is a member of the AIA national Small Firm Exchange committee, the First Vice President of AIA Cleveland, and the Vice Chair of the Cleveland 2030 District. As an AIA Ohio board member, he helped to organize Ohio’s 2009 Habitat for Humanity Green House Competition.
 
Continuing Education:  
Working Towards Lien Rights 
for Ohio Architects 
Course Description:

Are you having difficulty collecting your fees?  We’d like to know.

Architects could consider their lien rights when looking for options to collect earned fees.  In all but one state, architects can secure payment on their design contracts by attaching them to the property itself.  They are utilizing the legal concept that those who add value to the site deserve to be paid.  In Ohio, however, the state legislature has determined that architects and their consultants do not add value to the site. The AIA Ohio Lien Rights Task Force is currently considering options to possibly re-gain these rights for Ohio architects.

Attend and let us know if lien rights are important to you.

Learning Objectives:
  1. To understand the concept of lien rights – to secure payment of your contract with the assets of the land – as a powerful business tool.
  2. To understand the general procedure for implementing lien rights: yours and your contractors; an overview to help you talk to your attorney.
  3. To understand why Architects in Ohio do not currently have lien rights, and why this is an unusual problem that needs to be addressed.
  4. To understand what AIA Ohio has done and is now reviewing regarding the recovery of these lien rights for Architects.
Course number: OHAK080317 registration in process for 1 LU.
Registration Due Date Is July 28, 2017
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EXTRA
  
August 3rd Lien Rights Membership Meeting 
After Party!
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
8:00 PM
529 Grant St.
Akron, OH 44311

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AIA Akron Design Awards Biennale

aiakron

Good morning AIA Akron Designers,
On the behalf of AIA Akron, I would like to formally invite you to participate in the upcoming AIA Akron Design Awards Biennale.  I know that there has been a tremendous amount of exceptional work completed in our region over the past two years, and I hope that you will take the time to share your accomplishments with us.  Awards submissions will be due August 25th 2017, with a tentative awards ceremony date of October 20th 2017.  I ask that you strongly consider sharing your work with us this fall, and I wish you the best of luck.  Please see below for submission requirements
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
General Submission Requirements
Firm:  The submitting firm must be the Design Firm.
Location: The design Firm must have an operating office in the AIA Akron Territory; and the project must have been produced in an AIA Akron region office. (project/job offices are not eligible)
Submissions: The submitting designer, or at least one principal from their firm must, be a member of AIA Akron.
Entries may be in one of the following categories. 
Category 1: Newly completed buildings, additions, remodelings, renovations, restorations;
Category 2: Interior projects;
Category 3: Urban design or planning projects/studies;
Category 4: Unbuilt projects.
Category 5: Student projects.
  • Entries must be completed since January 1, 2011 regardless of project size, geographical location, budget, style or building type.
  • Unbuilt projects include a design that will never be executed (i.e. a contest entry that was not chosen).
The design awards program will promote and focus attention on quality design, sustainability, and AIA’s 10 principles of livable communities.  The jury will evaluate all projects based on the aesthetic, functional, contextual and social characteristics of the design.  The jury will also evaluate submissions in categories 1-4 based on their successful response to one or more of AIA’s 10 principles of livable communities.
Those ten principles are:
  1. Design on a human scale
  2. Provide choices
  3. Encourage mixed-use development
  4. Preserve urban centers
  5. Vary transportation options
  6. Build vibrant public spaces
  7. Create a neighborhood identity
  8. Protect environmental resources
  9. Conserve landscapes
  10. Design matters
The principles will be broadly interpreted to apply to all categories of projects. Projects will be evaluated based on the information contained in the submissions. The jury will not visit projects.
Sufficient drawings including a site plan, floor plan(s), section(s), etc. to explain the solution are required.
  • Exterior images of the project sufficient to completely describe the work accomplished are required, except for Interior Submissions.
  • For current projects, a minimum of two required images shall depict the major exposed sides of the building along with the immediate environs.
  • For projects involving exterior alterations to an existing building, similar “before” and “after” images are strongly suggested.

Specific Submission Requirements
Highlight Image in addition to the category images, all submitting projects are required
to upload an image that will be used for the people’s choice award, and on the AIA Akron website if the submission is given an award. 300dpi if possible.
  • Category 1: Newly completed buildings, additions, remodelings, renovations, restorations will require up to 15 images, including drawings of a site plan, floor plan(s), section(s), and a minimum of 2 exterior and 2 interior images.
  • Category 2: Interior submissions will require up to 15 images, including drawings of floor plan(s), section(s), and a minimum of 4 interior images.
  • Category 3: Urban design or planning projects/studies will require up to 15 images adequately representing the project.
  • Category 4: Unbuilt projects will require up to 15 images adequately representing the project.
  • Category 5: “The AIA Akron Student Design Awards program focuses on high quality, innovative design responses. This program allows students to submit any school project they have worked on during the past academic year, including projects completed outside of the classroom setting (e.g. competitions). Students may even elect to re-address projects previously submitted as part of coursework and improve their original design solution. The AIA Ohio Student Design Awards provides all students with the opportunity to submit their best and most innovative work.”
Students may submit any work that they have completed either individually or as a team (identified as such) within the past academic year. (May 2016 -May 2017)
The work can be from a studio project, independent study or just a project or
concept that appeals to the student.  Will require up to 15 images, including
drawings of a site plan, floor plan(s), section(s), and a minimum of 2 exterior
and 2 interior images.
The students, in addition to their images, will need to submit a written
description of their work.  This should be a 100-150 word statement of their
process, or their approach to addressing the studio problem.  While projects will be evaluated on the entire composition, it is also important for the projects to be juried against the students’ own statement.
Cost: $75 (Fee waived for Student Work)
Payable to: AIA Akron
Thank you in advance for your participation in this noble tradition.
Best,
ERIC F. PROS, AIA, NCARB, MBA
Director of Design | President, AIA Akron

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12th Annual AIA Akron, Akron Canton CSI, & Cleveland CSI 2017 Golf Outing

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12th Annual
AIA Akron, Akron Canton CSI, & Cleveland CSI
2017 Golf Outing
July 7th
Deadline to register – June 30, 2017
REMEMBER June 30th is the absolute deadline if you want Sponsorship Signage and info in the Golf Outing Program
   
Don’t miss the best golf outing of the season presented by AIA Akron, Akron-Canton CSI, and Cleveland CSI. Golf outing is on Friday, July 7 at Raintree Country Club.

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Akron Innerbelt Design Charrette

Akron Innerbelt Design Charrette
Please join us on Saturday, June 3rd from 10am-3pm for an inter-disciplinary collaborative event at the new CAED facility.
 We’re cosponsoring a design charrette for local architects, landscape designers, college students in any design discipline, and area artists (in the visual & performing arts) to re-imagine the Akron innerbelt.  Lunch & basic sketching materials will be provided.
Please RSVP to ensure there’s enough food for you!  You may RSVP at the hot button below (AIA registration page) or by going to the Craig Thompson Architecture Facebook page:
Register by May 30th
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The registration deadline is May 30th.

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Drones for Good

May 25th Chapter Meeting
final call
Drones for Good
When:  May 25, 2017, Deadline to register is May 19, 2017
Where: The Ruhlin Company

6931 Ridge Road
Sharon Center, OH 44274
Cost:  AIA Members – Included in dues, Non-Members of AIA Akron – $25,
AIAS Students – $10, KSU students – $15
Schedule:
5:30 pm       Dinner – arrive early and sign-in.
6:30 pm       Seminar
7:30 pm       Drone Demonstration
Continuing Education:
    Thomas Wasinski, certified Remote Pilot/Drone Operator and Founder of Aerial Agents will be highlighting all of the benefits of UAV/Drone Technology as well as safe operations and best practices.
“Drones for Good” Presentation will cover:
* Inspecting inaccessible and hazardous areas
* Gather accurate site data
* Safe Operations of drones on the job site (Do’s & Don’ts)
* Best Practices
* FAA regulations
* Practical uses
* The difference between the many types of small Unmanned Aerial Systems
Learning Objectives:
  1. Safe and Responsible UAV operations are going to be extremely important as this technology is becoming a big part of our future. There will be drones on every job site, before, during, and after construction is complete. When humans try to access hard to reach places for inspection purposes, there has been tragedy. We can reduce the fatality rate of workers needing to access difficult and high risk positions by using the UAV technology that is available to us.  Our firemen benefit greatly from the perspectives that a drone provides. This course will illustrate the value that safe UAV operations can provide.
  2.  An aerial 360º view will surely help anyone get a perfect perspective of a target site. Once the boundaries of the site are viewed in a way that hasn’t been previously available, this can inspire new ideas and fresh concepts. This includes the planning and design of parking surfaces/garages and entrances/exits of the certain location by monitoring traffic patterns. UAV’s provide accurate imagery from an aerial perspective that has been used to help improve even the social architecture of an area. This includes the best location for playgrounds, pools, recreation areas, Tree and plant life, etc. that may be part of a community based housing or other various specialized lifestyle living facilities.
  3. 100% accurate imagery is always extremely valuable to site planners and architects alike. The imagery could also be valuable 50 to 100 years from now. The way that visual data is preserved now, allows society to have a record of the way an area looked previously. Even fireman have benefited from the invaluable perspectives that drones have been known to provide. By empowering our police, firemen, and EMS workers with view that help them discover the best angles to pursue.
  4. Knowledge of FAA regulations
Course number: OHAK052517
Learning Units:  2 HSW’s.
Deadline to Register Is May 19, 2017
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2017 Akron-Canton CSI ProductFest & Expo

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2017 Akron-Canton CSI ProductFest & Expo
Thursday, May 18, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
John S. Knight Center – Downtown Akron
   
•  Eight Diverse Education Sessions  – Topics for Design Professionals and Contractors, including seminars by NFPA and others on the latest in smart home and building technology
• ‘Meet and Greet’ Pavilions  – includes Owners, Contractors, and Construction Managers.  This special area will allow attendees and exhibitors to meet with representatives of some of the largest construction project generating entities in our area on a one-to-one basis.
•  Trade Show Floor  – Meet with over 50 diverse exhibitors displaying their newest and innovative products
•  Beer Tasting – Akron’s Finest Craft Brewers’ will be represented at sampling stations along with a complimentary dinner
   
   
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May 10 Lunch + Learn

 AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI
May 10, 2017 Lunch and Learn
Insulated Composite Back-up Panels
– A Simpler Solution
Description: 
 
“Insulated Composite Back-up Panels – A Simpler Solution” and why they are an excellent option for building envelope weather barrier construction.  The presentation explores exterior wall design performance; energy code requirements; the influence of air, moisture, thermal and vapor barriers; and actual project case studies are presented.

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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 AkronContinue reading

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#firmcrawlfriday 04.07.2017

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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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