A’19: A Report from AIA Akron 2020 President Julie Whyte, AIA

In early June, delegates from AIA Akron traveled to Las Vegas for the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture.

Components from all over the country gathered for the AIA Annual Meeting to kick off the conference. During the annual meeting, delegates voted on the proposed bylaw amendments as well as the approved resolutions. The two amendments voted upon were regarding the titling of allied members and the long-term financial stability and flexibility of the organization. Both amendments passed after hearty discussion and debate. Eleven amendments were proposed at the meeting as well, the highlight of these being Resolution 19-11: Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action. The new resolution proposed that AIA prioritize urgent climate action and support the movement to “decarbonize” buildings and the environment. The resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority of the delegates. The conference in the three days that followed was centered around the theme “Blueprint for a Better Future,” with sessions focusing on design being the incubator for transformation and positive change within communities. The city of Las Vegas was a stunning backdrop for this inspiring and motivating conference.

Practice Innovation Lab: OVR


The Ohio Valley Region of AIA, with the support of the Young Architects Forum and National Associates Committee, is hosting a Practice Innovation Lab (PIL) workshop.


The workshop consists of three sessions over two days in Cincinnati in tandem with the OVR Convention. The PIL will consist of teams of 5-7 individuals of any member category from each chapter in the OVR and will commence on August 2nd with a half-day workshop focused on introductions and high-level conversation on innovation. Teams will return home and spend the next several weeks working together to develop their concept. On Thursday, September 19th, teams will reconvene in Cincinnati for a full day of development in preparation for Friday’s presentation at the OVR Convention Keynote session. Travel stipends have been budgeted for teams to make the trip.

The 2019 Heritage Ohio Annual Preservation & Revitalization Awards 

The 2019 Heritage Ohio Annual Preservation & Revitalization Awards are now accepting nominations for individuals and projects across 18 award categories to promote successes in historic preservation and community revitalization across Ohio.


To nominate a person, building, or project, complete a nomination form and attach supporting documents and high-resolution photos. If your documents or photos are large files, please email them to fquinn@heritageohio.org with the name of the nomination in the title of the email. To view a detailed description of the awards categories, view the 2019 Awards List.

All nominations must be received by July 1, 2019. Nominations that do not follow the formatting provided in the form, and incomplete entries will NOT be accepted.

Not sure if your nomination fits a category? Contact them 614-258-6200 or fquinn@heritageohio.org.


The 2019 Heritage Ohio Annual Awards Ceremony will take place in Newark on October 22, 2019. Tickets to the conference will go on sale in June of 2019.


Scheeser Buckley Mayfield Earns American Institute of Architecture West Virginia Award

Scheeser Buckley Mayfield won the Citation Award for Achievement in Architecture Renovation for the John Marshall High School project in Glen Dale, WV. The honor was bestowed by the American Institute of Architecture West Virginia recently at their 2019 Design Awards and Scholarship Benefit.

Partnering with West Virginia firm Silling Architects for the renovation and addition, SBM provided the mechanical and electrical engineering designs for the 224,000 square-foot, $16 million project. Interior renovations included nine new laboratories, a new kitchen and dining area, new classrooms and offices, and a new front entrance. Exterior renovations included a new enclosed connector between the main classroom and performing arts buildings and new LED site lighting for the main parking lot.

Nominations for the Young Architect Regional Director

The AIA Ohio Valley Regional Assembly is soliciting nominations for the Young Architect Regional Director (YARD) to represent the AIA Ohio Valley Region.

Young Architect Regional Director (YARD), to replace Matt Toddy, AIA.  Any component from the AIA Ohio Valley Region may nominate a candidate.  Individual declarations of candidacy may be made as well.  The individual elected will begin a two-year term on Jan. 1, 2020 and will serve through Dec. 31, 2021.  Nominations and declarations of candidacy should be made by sending a letter of intent from the candidate, supporting letters (not required…no more than three) and a list of qualifications to the AIA Ohio Valley Region, by June 14, 2019.

Biographical information on each nominated or declared candidate for RAD and YARD shall be submitted to: Attention Kate Brunswick, AIA Ohio Valley Region, 17 S. High St., Ste. 200, Columbus, OH  43215-3458.  If you choose, you may submit via email to: Kate@assnoffices.com

Nominations or declarations will be forwarded to the AIA Ohio Valley Region Assembly for an election scheduled for August 2, 2019.  Candidates should plan to be available to attend this OVR Assembly meeting, which will be held in Cincinnati, OH, in order to be interviewed by the Assembly.  Each candidate will have five minutes to present their qualifications, prior to question and answer by the Regional Assembly.

Smart Sustainable Building Summit

The Home Builders Association of Summit & Portage Counties invites you to their Smart Sustainable Building Summit on May 1st, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Akron, Ohio.

AIA Akron members are invited to attend, to help be prepared for the new Building Code Changes coming July 1st!

The new codes will change your typical construction details and alter the cost of doing business. During this one-day seminar, experts will explain the new codes and show you how to build to the new requirements. Experience new products and discover cost-effective solutions.

National Concrete Symposium

The National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance is hosting the second annual National Concrete Symposium on Tuesday – Wednesday, May 14 & 15, and you’re invited!

This event will combine hands-on and lecture style courses for a compelling continuing education opportunity for architects, engineers, and construction professionals wanting to learn the latest in concrete innovation at the nation’s only advanced corrosion and materials performance research center.

To learn more, visit their website.

AIA Akron is pleased to support Bruce Sekanick, FAIA for AIA President

If you are a member of AIA in Ohio, you know the name Bruce Sekanick, FAIA.  His leadership roles span nearly 30 years, from a small, local component (AIA Eastern Ohio – 65 members) to AIA Ohio (2,100 members) to serving on the AIA National Board of Directors, the AIA Strategic Council and as the AIA National Secretary.  Bruce has enthusiastically embraced all opportunities to participate and positively contribute to the architectural profession as a leader within the AIA.

Bruce has uniquely served all levels of the organization and his work, dedication and commitment to the organization continue to have a substantial impact on the AIA and its members.  As many might imagine, service at the national level is similar in many ways to that at AIA Ohio and the local components.  Board meetings, committee meetings and events or programs take control of your calendar throughout the year. But while the work at the state and local level is principally between you and other members of the board, the work at AIA national, is in large part, about interacting with the AIA Senior Leadership Team and individual members. While each board member may be focusing on the same issue, you are looking at these issues from many different angles.  This somewhat different perspective has provided Bruce the opportunity to better understand not only the needs of the organization nationwide, but also the needs of our local components. While as AIA President his energy and service will focus on the issues affecting the entire AIA family, it is his dedication to the members of Ohio that drives his passion to serve. The Akron Chapter of AIA  enthusiastically supports Bruce Sekanick, FAIA, for 2020 First Vice President/President-elect and the 2021 President of the Institute.  We hope you will as well.

Check out his website, www.brucesekanick.com and if you have any questions about his candidacy, or wish to get involved in supporting his election, you can reach Bruce directly at bruce@phillips-sekanick.com or (330) 968-1472.

AIA Fellow Activities in Las Vegas, A’19

AIA Fellows are recognized with the AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Architects who have made significant contributions to the profession and society and who exemplify architectural excellence can become a member of the AIA College of Fellows.

To find out what our AIA Fellows will be doing for A’19, check out the flyer below.

A’19 Tri-Fold Conference Guide