Letter to Chapter

AIA Akron

A Chapter of The American Institute of Architects
2841 Riviera Drive, Suite 120
Fairlawn, Ohio 44333


August 31, 2012


Dear AIA Akron,

I hope that 2012 has seen many positive things for you, both personally and professionally. Increased project pursuit opportunities and hiring are signs that our industry is regaining momentum.

AIA Akron would like to continue this momentum with our programming for 2013. As your President Elect, I am inviting you to be part of what is shaping up to be a great year. We are always looking for people with new ideas to keep AIA Akron fresh and relevant to our chapter members.

Opportunities to get involved are numerous, from a couple of openings on the Board to volunteering for events. I would challenge owners of firms to raise up future leaders within your own companies, and to encourage participation from those just beginning their careers.

I look forward to serving as your President for 2013 and working alongside each of you to make AIA Akron a strong and vibrant organization.



Don Rife, AIA


AIA Ohio Annual Convention

“Body + Building / Architecture:
Creating Environments for Well-Being”

September 12 – 15, 2012   l Cleveland Ohio


The Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects  is pleased to host the upcoming AIA Ohio Convention, September 12-15, 2012.   The convention is expected to bring together over 400 architects and allied professionals from around the state and regionally for four days of programs and networking.  The host hotel is the Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square, 1260 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115


On the AIA Ohio page you will also find a Tentative Schedule of Events, a Complete Schedule with Session Descriptions, the Tour Descriptions, Registration Fees and Hotel Information

Keynote speakers include Stanley Saitowitz, Natoma Architects Inc.; Massimiliano Fuksas, Massimiliano Fuksas Architetto; Fred Collopy, Case Western State University Weatherhead School of Management; and Farshid Moussavi, Farshid Moussavi Architecture,

It wouldn’t be an AIA Ohio Convention without fun social events at interesting venues, and 2012 will be no exception.  The Thursday Host Chapter Icebreaker reception will be at the beautiful and elegant Cleveland Botanical Gardens.  On Friday evening enjoy the settings provided by the Playhouse Square Theatres while you attend the AIA Ohio Awards Banquet.


REGISTRATION IS OPEN! – Register today for the AIA Ohio Convention.

2012 Toguchi Lecture — John Peterson

Tuesday, 04 September 2012
Kent State University

A joint meeting of AIA Akron, AIA Eastern Ohio and Akron-Canton CSI

Social and Dinner – Ballroom Balcony, 3rd Floor, Student Center
Program – The Kiva

5:00 – Social  |  6:00 – Dinner  |  7:00 – Program

Cost:  AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI members – included in 2012 dues. Non-chapter AIA or Non-chapter CSI members and guests – the cost is $50.00, to be paid in advance of meeting by Aug. 29. Payment may be made by credit card.

To Register:  Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or admin@aiaakron.org by noon, Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Learning Units:  1 AIA Learning Unit will be issued for this seminar. This seminar is equal to 1 contact hour for other organizations requiring continuing education.


Speaker: John Peterson, AIA, Founder and President of Public Architecture
Discussing the role architects play to the community and what impact they can exert through design.


John Peterson, AIA, Founder & President of Public Architecture, conceived of and established in 2002. John serves as the chief spokesperson and strategist for Public Architecture as well as design director and a member of the board of directors. John maintains a small private architectural practice, Peterson Architects, which for over 15 years has dedicated an extraordinary amount of time to pro bono work, serving arts institutions, city agencies, community development corporations, nonprofit organizations, and social service agencies. John has been appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom to both the San Francisco Green Vision Council and Open Space Task Force. He is also an elected member of the South of Market Business Association board of directors as well as past chair and a current member of the Urban Solutions board of directors.

John is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Nice Modernist award from Dwell magazine, the Jefferson Award for Public Service, numerous citations from all levels of the AIA, as well as the 2009 Designer of the Year award jointly with former Executive Director John Cary. John earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. During the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Public Architecture’s Founder and President will speak about opportunities for designers to more fully engage the nonprofit sector and provide service to populations that have historically not invested in the design of the built environment. He will highlight the use of design to tackle social issues, the development of a new market for design services, and how Public Architecture is developing the resources and infrastructure to support the intersection of the design and social sectors. You can expect to acquire an understanding of the current state of pro bono service within the design profession. He will present different models of pro bono service. You will learn how to incorporate pro bono service into current practice and learn opportunities to provide design services to underserved communities.






Update: Thank you to Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, Editor-in-Chief of AIA California Council and past Board Member of Public Architecture, for standing in and delivering the Toguchi Lecture.

CUDC Pop Up City To Be In International Exhibition

The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) proudly enters the international spotlight with Pop Up City which will be represented at the U.S. Pavilion of the 13th annual Biennale Architettura (Venice Architecture Biennale) entitled “Common Ground”, from August 29 to November 25, 2012. This prestigious event in the world of architecture is an opportunity for architects and designers to meet, discuss, and view international showcases of contemporary work.


This year’s theme for the U.S. Pavilion is “Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good.” In addition, Pop Up City will appear in a special August 2012 issue of Architect magazine. Read full story here.