The drumbeat of news about effects related to a changing climate—and the resulting loss of life and property—refuses to stop. The 2018 IPCC report clearly communicates the urgency to take substantial steps towards reducing our energy consumption and combating climate change—for our well-being and that of our environment.
With 40 percent of US energy consumed by buildings, architects play a key role in making significant reductions in CO2 emissions. The AIA 2030 Commitment program offers architects a way to publicly show their dedication and track progress toward a carbon-neutral future. Since 2009, participants in the Commitment have reported the performance of their firm portfolios over each calendar year. The data, collected via the 2030 Design Data Exchange (DDx), includes building type, area, baseline energy performance, and predicted energy performance.
Firms who have joined the 2030 Commitment are already putting in the work. In this single year, the 2030 Commitment participants reported energy savings equivalent to the carbon that would be sequestered by 21 million acres of forest in the US in a year. That’s nearly as big as the state of Maine.
Learn more about the impact 2030 Commitment firms are making in the 2017 by the numbers summary report, now available for download.
Akron AIA members and associates –
The House of Representatives has approved the HB 504 this past week. As this bill moves to the Senate for review, AIA Akron asks that all our members please take the time and understand what this can potentially mean for the Architect profession. Though the bill provides opportunity to the Interior Design profession, it will also provide hardship for the Architectural profession as well, especially in the current economic position of our region.
As a practicing professional I can attest to the current competitive nature of our profession. We are currently in a construction market and there is a lot of opportunity. In this situation the architectural fees tend to trend downwards. Imagine adding an additional profession that are able to bid on the same projects further diluting fees and expanding the owners possibility for selection. This will drive fees down further for the same amount of work in order to stay competitive.
In addition to potential lost fees and increase work load to maintain profit and revenue, the greatest concern is the health, safety and welfare to the public. The HSW of the public is what architects have been taught and practiced their whole educational and professional careers. We have sworn to protect the inhabitants of our buildings and surroundings, hence our elevated standard of care for the public. Though the interior design education and professional system is robust, there are additional HSW elements that may be missed. The Architectural profession provides a holistic approach that combines multiple building elements to provide safe shelter for its inhabitants.
As AIA members and Architectural professionals please take the time to reach out to our representatives to express your concerns. We believe HB 504 provides multiple issues for the architectural profession and can provide hardship for our profession in the future.
Benjamin Riha, AIA
175 Montrose West Ave, Suite 400
Akron, OH 44321
The Young Architect’s Forum has published the latest issue of their quarterly architecture and design journal CONNECTION. This issue is titled “Habitat” and focuses on how emerging professionals are tackling the New Urban Agenda.
- October 23, 2018, 7:00 pm @ KSU’s CAED Building – KSU’s AIAS Napkin Sketch
- AIA Members are invited to participate in a Napkin Sketch competition hosted by Kent State’s AIAS chapter. Attendees will participate in a 60-second sketch competition, providing AIAS members the opportunity to interact with their professional counterparts in learning about critiques and design in a less formal atmosphere. Prizes will be awarded to the top three sketches.
- October 25, 2018, 5:00 pm @ Missing Mountain Brewing Company in Cuyahoga Falls
- The OH KY Chapter of IIDA invites members and guests of ASLA, CSI Akron-Canton, IIDA and AIA Akron to our next Akron Design Professional Happy Hour Social. This event is open to everyone -including non-members, guests and potential members. No RSVP needed.
- November 1, 2018, 5:30 pm @ The Tangier – AIA Akron’s Dueling for Schooling Fundraiser
- This fundraiser directly supports the Chapter’s annual scholarship program and provides educational programs for our AIA members. This event will feature Dueling Pianos, a silent auction, and raffle. For more information and to register, visithttp://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efhmd0ttdcbe6186&llr=n4on88cab
- November 12, 2018, at 5:15 pm – 2019 AIA Akron Planning Meeting
- Join the AIA Akron board as we discuss AIA Akron’s goals and events for 2019. The meeting will be held in the Fairlawn area, and information regarding the meeting location will be sent soon.
- December 6, 2018, 5:30 pm @ Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar– Joint Holiday Social
- Your invited to celebrate a successful year with members of AIA Akron, Akron-Canton CSI & Akron NAWIC. Members and guests are invited to an evening of networking, cocktails, and hors-d’oeuvres. Guests are invited to bring new hats, scarves, and gloves to donate to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve. To register, visit https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efqk65eb9793b69e&oseq=&c=&ch
As always, let me know if you have any questions.
UPDATE (9/10/2018): Grace Jeffers’s lecture on September 13th at Kent State University has been canceled due to a death in the family. This event will be rescheduled for a later date. Information will be sent when more information is available.AIA Akron members and guests are invited to our September Chapter Meeting, titled “Global Forestry 101”, by Grace Jeffers on September 13th at 5:30 pm. The meeting will be held in the Cene Lecture Hall at The College of Architecture & Environmental Design Building at Kent State University, and is open to the public. Those who register are invited to Treno for dinner after the presentation.Lecture Description:The world is losing its forests at such an alarming rate we now have global laws in place to protect our remaining woodlands. This lecture guides designers through the dense undergrowth involved in protecting forests. Designers will learn about endangered trees, their illegal logging, and how to identify the origin of wood before they specify. Global Forestry 101 also shows how to identify illegally obtained wood and reviews legal alternatives that protect forests and satisfies client needs. Recent global laws are very serious, and the lecture explores stark examples for design professionals to note so that they can protect their practices.
ffers’s lecture on September 13th at Kent State University has been canceled due to a death in the family. This event will be rescheduled for a later date.
The National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance (NCERCAMP), is hosting a two-day event on sustainable concrete Thursday-Friday October 11 & 12, at 264 Wolf Ledges Pkwy. University of Akron, Akron, OH. 44325
Low additive high early-strength concrete is becoming more popular, but what is it?
Concrete is a versatile building material that enjoys excellent thermal mass and varied design options but can require significant amounts of noncementitious materials carrying a high carbon footprint for maintenance. Low additive high early strength concrete relies on natural solutions and chemistry to produce more resilient concrete with less impact on our environment.
Smart micro-encapsulated corrosion inhibitors help guard against concrete corrosion, specifically in areas where steel rebar makes contact with the concrete matrix. This system of limiting corrosion of concrete will be explained in a one hour lecture on October 12th by NCERCAMP’s own Dr. David M. Bastidas.
On the 11th & 12th of October, live demonstrations of another natural concrete, reactive copolymerizing solids (RCS), will take place outside on campus.
For more information contact: NCERCAMP1@uakron.edu
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:
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.
AIA National has recently published The State Economic Profiles, which contain economic indicators at the national, regional, and state level (e.g., employment, construction starts) to demonstrate the importance of architects and the industry to society. This important collection of economic indicators showcases the impact of the architecture industry on society including employment and gross domestic product. See how Ohio compares with the nation.