ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

AIA Akron members and guests are invited to attend our Annual Meeting on Monday, October 15th at Laziza’s Restaurant in downtown Kent to recognize our volunteers, current members, and learn about the current state of the Chapter. This year will also feature a keynote presentation by Michael Bruder, Kent State University’s University Architect and Executive Director of Facilities, focusing on the ten-year renovation and construction process to improve Kent State University’s campus, including the phasing process, master planning, financing, and Q&A.

AIA members earn 1 LU credit.

Annual Meeting Agenda: 

5:30pm – Registration and Networking
6:00pm – Dinner Served
6:15pm – Keynote Presentation: Kent Campus Gateway Master Plan
7:15pm – AIA Akron Business Meeting

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MICHAEL E. BRUDER

Michael E. Bruder has been with Kent State University in the Office of the University Architect since 1999. In his current role as University Architect and Executive Director of Facilities, Planning and Design, Michael is responsible for all design and construction projects on the Kent Campus as well as Kent State University’s seven regional campuses.

With a staff of 25 full-time employees, the office manages over 200 projects per year with an annual design and construction budget averaging $100 million. In the fall of 2017, the university completed the Foundations of Excellence construction initiative that involved the addition of 300,000 s.f. to the campus and the renovation of seven major facilities. The completed buildings have been recognized for their outstanding design and commitment to sustainable architecture.

In 2017/18, he led the team that developed the university’s first comprehensive facilities master plan in 20 years. The 10-year, $1.2B “Gateway to a Distinctive Kent State” master plan was adopted by the board of trustees and phase I of the master plan is approved to move forward. He will oversee the implementation of key Gateway plan projects including a new building for the College of Business Administration and the rehabilitation of an aging facility into a modern Design Innovation Hub.

In his role as university architect, he stresses a collaborative process to provide well-designed, sustainable buildings in a cohesive campus plan that fosters a positive environment for learning, researching, living and working for students, faculty and staff.