Kent State CAED Spring Lecture Series 4/1

No April Fool’s here…this lecture is really happening!

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Save the date!

Please join us at the Cleveland Museum of Art on April 1 for a major symposium exploring productive relationships between comics and architecture. Short presentations and roundtable discussions among leading architects, artists and scholars will begin at 1:00 PM, followed by an illustrated keynote conversation between Françoise Mouly and Chris Ware at 5:00 PM. MIX at CMA (art, music, and mingling) will follow the keynote conversation.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but there is a charge for parking and tickets to MIX at CMA ( Please arrive early for seats in Gartner Auditorium!

April Chapter Meeting

We’re shaking it up and trying something new…come join us for breakfast!

April Chapter Meeting
Breakfast & Workshop
Best Practices Marketing, Business Development Practices
For Seller/Doers
When:  April 6, 2016, Deadline to register is April 1, 2016
Where: The Tangier, 532 W Market St, Akron, OH 44303, free parking
Cost:  AIA Members – Included in dues, Non-Members of AIA Akron – $25, AIAS Students – $10, KSU students – $15
7:30 – 8:30       Registration & Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00     Presentation
  10:00 – 10:30     Break, beverages provided
  10:30 – 12:00     Presentation
Continuing Education: 3 hours / 3 LUs (AIA CES approved)
Peter J. Kienle, FSMPS, CPSM, MBA
Kienle Communications, LLC
Strategies for Marketing Professional Services
Pete Kienle currently works in Virginia, but is a native of Ohio where he attended OSU for his BSBA and MBA.  Mr. Kienle has over 25 years of experience in the AEC Industry and is a past SMPS National President (Society for Marketing Professional Services). He has worked in marketing and business development for such firms as NBBJ, Acock Associates and Moody Nolan. His background also includes work as an Owner’s Representative, allowing him to understand what Owners are looking for.  He was the manager for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and oversaw the planning, design and construction of institutional facilities totaling over 200 million dollars.
Kienle writes a monthly column called Executive Strategies for the PSMJ publication, AE Marketing Journal.  He has also written articles for numerous national publications, including Marketer, the Journal of the Society for Marketing Professional Services.  He has presented over 100 marketing and BD programs for AEC firms, ACES, SMPS and AIA Chapters across the country. Mr. Kienle is a Certified, Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) and has been designated a Fellow of SMPS, the highest national honor for an AEC professional services marketer.
Workshop Program
Kienle will cover best marketing / BD practices for Seller/Doers, the backbone of any successful marketing/BD program in this very competitive environment.
   Topics will include:
  • How to make a good first impression
  • Why AE firms are hired
  • Effective networking practices at a conference or event
  • Tips for making effective presentations
  • Developing and leveraging relationships that win
  • BD selling exercise.
  • The four buying influences
Bring your tough marketing and BD questions for this experienced AEC marketer.
Deadline to Register Is April 1, 2016


Wednesday April 6, 2016 from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT


The Tangier
532 W Market St
Akron, OH 44303
Driving Directions

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call me. Contact information below.
Thank you for your attention and response, and I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Carolyne Tinsley, Executive Director
AIA Akron

AIA Convention 2016


You’re invited!

The Philadelphia Museum Art crowns the city’s illuminated Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The culturally rich stretch is home to many parks, public works of art and museums, including Swann Memorial Fountain (pictured), the Barnes Foundation, the Rodin Museum, The Franklin Institute, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Sister Cities Park and many other attractions.

Have it all in Philly

May 19-21

AIA Convention 2016 is the architecture and design event of the year.
A provocative lineup of celebrity speakers. An awe-inspiring array of tours, parties,
exhibitors, seminars, and more. All happening in a legendary American city known
for attitude, passion and perspective.
Click here for more info and to register now!

AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI February Joint Meeting

AIA Akron & 
Akron-Canton CSI
February Joint Meeting
Please join us for a comprehensive discussion of Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits and the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits.
When:         February 18, 2015
                              5:00 PM Registration, Social, Cash Bar
                              6:00 PM Dinner
                              7:00 PM Panel Discussion
Where:        Secret Cellar
                              176 E Main St, Kent, OH 44240
Deadline to Register: 4:30 February 12, 2016
Lauren A. Pinney Burge, AIA, Principal Lauren Burge
Chambers, Murphy & Burge Historical Architecture
Lauren Burge is a registered architect and principal of Chambers, Murphy & Burge Historical Architecture.  Ms. Burge is a graduate of the Kent State College of Architecture and Environmental Design. She holds a certificate in Optical Microscopy from the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education.   For over twenty years, she and business partner, Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA have dedicated the firm’s practice to work on historic and existing structures.  They are nationally recognized for their expertise in historic preservation.   Projects range from great estates and state capitols to Main Street revitalization plans and humble historic farmsteads.
Ms. Burge served on the working group that formed the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit application process. She is currently a member of the AIA National Historic Resources Committee Advisory Group and will serve as National Chair in 2019.  She has served multiple terms as a board member of Progress Through Preservation of Greater Akron.  Ms. Burge has presented lectures on historic preservation, design guidelines, and preservation technology at regional and national conferences.
Chambers, Murphy & Burge created the first commercial National Register Historic District in downtown Akron.  To date, the historic tax credit work of the firm has leveraged over $46 million dollars of construction in the greater Akron area, and over $150 million dollars statewide.
Dana Noel
Dana Noel is a lifelong resident of Akron, Ohio. He is a contractor who has been engaged in multifamily and commercial construction for over 25 years. He founded JERA Contractors in 2001, and for fifteen years has specialized in federal and state tax credit projects involving the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. JERA Contractors has restored many building types, both large and small, and re purposed them into a variety of award wining commercial and residential uses.
Dana believes strongly in the necessity of preserving our past as a way to maintain identity and place. JERA Contractors mission is to play a collaborative role in restoring use and vitality to our landmarks and to maintain a continuity of spirit where people and community can thrive.
Current work in progress is rehabilitation of the Grace Hospital campus in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland. Besides upgrading facilities and reinstating dormant in-patient clinical services, the adjacent historic Olney Mansion is being converted to a therapeutic spa, and the Olney Gallery, one of the nations’ fist public art galleries, will become a specialty grocery.
AIA CE logoPART 2: Rehabilitation Tax Credits and the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits. This panel
discussion will feature experienced team members in the preservation profession. They will review the process from the point of view of the architect, the construction manager and the owner. This is a unique opportunity to see how the building preservation process is accomplished from all members of the team.
Bring your questions with you as there will be time to talk with members of the panel.
Learning Objectives:
  1. What are the project requirements to qualify for Federal Rehabilitation and Ohio Historic Tax Credits? Are they compatible with building code requirements?
  2. Does rehabilitating an existing building cost more? What factors impact cost? How do the tax credits impact the overall building proforma?
  3. How do preservation and tax credit rules affect construction schedule and management? What happens if you can’t find the right craftsmen?
  4. How do the rules associated with the tax credits impact design? Is creativity stifled?
AIA CES Approved Credits 1 LU/HSW.
Deadline to Register, February 15, 2016


Thursday February 18, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST


Secret Cellar
176 E Main St
Kent, OH 44240
Driving Directions

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call me. Contact information below.
Thank you for your attention and response, and I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Carolyne Tinsley, Executive Director
AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI


January Chapter Meeting

AIA Akron & 
Akron-Canton CSI
January Joint Meeting
Please join us for a comprehensive discussion of Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits and the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits. This panel discussion will feature some of the best preservation professionals in our area. They will review the process from the point of view of the designer, the financing and the owner. This is a unique opportunity to see how the building preservation process is accomplished from all members of the team. Bring your questions with you as there will be time to talk with members of the panel.
When:         January 14, 2015
                              5:00 PM Registration, Social, Cash Bar
                              6:00 PM Dinner
                              7:00 PM Panel Discussion
Where:        Laziza Restaurant
                              195 E Erie St, Kent, OH 44240
                               Ample parking: on street – free after 5 PM, behind restaurant,
                                and parking deck
Deadline to Register: January 8, 2016
Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA, Principal
Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects
Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA is the 2012 AIA Ohio Gold Medal architect, the AIA Ohio immediate past president, and is past chair of the Advisory Group for the American Institute of Architects National Committee on Historic Resources.  Ms. Murphy is a Professional Peer for the GSA Design Excellence and First Impressions Programs.  She has served on several design awards juries including the AIA National Interior Architecture Awards, AIA National Honor Awards, the GSA National Design Excellence Awards, the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Award, the AIA Cleveland Honor Awards, and more.
With her professional degree from the University of Notre Dame, Elizabeth completed the Masters of Architecture program at Kent State University to allow herself more research time in preservation of the built environment.  Elizabeth is a Professor of Practice at Kent State University where the students she teaches have won eleven national awards in the sixteen entries made to the Charles E. Peterson Prize Competition. Ms. Murphy is registered with NCARB, NCIDQ, and LEED®.
Chambers, Murphy & Burge will repurpose old and historic structures for new uses or restore unique landmarks to appropriate conservation standards.  The firm of which Ms. Murphy is principal was founded as Chambers & Chambers Architects fifty years ago, and is dedicated solely to preservation and restoration technology and design.
Chad Arfons
McDonald Hopkins
A business advisory and advocacy law firm
Chad focuses his practice on real estate and commercial finance. He specializes in project development and financing using capital campaigns, federal, state and local grants and loans, historic preservation tax credits, renewable energy tax credits, and new markets tax credits. Chad counsels developers, investors, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education in real estate acquisition, financing, leasing, development, construction, management, and disposition. His extensive experience also includes representing financial institutions and borrowers in financing transactions.
Mr. Arfons has represented an institution of higher education in all aspects of its $35 million rehabilitation and modernization of a historic building, including development agreements, construction documents, commercial debt financing, obtaining and syndicating federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, state historic rehabilitation tax credits and new markets tax credits, applying for and complying with the requirements of state and federal grants and subsidies and assisting with capital campaign activities. He has represented a purchaser in structuring and negotiating a prepaid power purchase agreement and in all aspects of the 2.2MW solar photovoltaic project, including negotiating and documenting the project site lease, bridge loan financing, security interests, and interconnection agreement and reviewing the EPC contract and operation and maintenance contract.
AIA CE logoCombining the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits and the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits looks great to your client. How does it look to the architect when design, code, preservation, and contract administration are all dumped into the same pot? This course will address the advantages of bundling incentives and the challenges that are presented when design work must meet conflicting requirements. Is there ever a chance one would politely refuse the offer of the additional money? This course will address, with guidance of a legal perspective, how one may select the best course of action for the project. What are the best approaches to balance design and compliance issues”, and how might one address “unforeseen circumstances” if the discovery is a magnificent piece of 19th century history that does not meet code.  Essential to bundling, also, is proper structure–not just the building, but the ownership, the tax position, and schedule.
This course will be taught by a preservation tax credit team, experienced with for-profit entities, not-for profit entities, and combinations demonstrative of imagination.  Project samples cover many use-types and many building-types.
Learning Objectives: 1. What projects are eligible for federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits, Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits, and Conservation Easements?  Can they be bundled with Ohio Housing Finance Agency incentives, New Market Tax Credits, and other financial candy? 2. Learn, from a legal perspective, the ideal position for a bundled project and how to structure ownership to match. 3. Explore the possible design and construction conflicts within a bundled project that has competing sets of performance criteria. 4. Discuss the architect’s position as queen of compliance. AIA CES Approved Credits 1 LU/HSW.


Deadline to Register, January 8, 2016


Thursday January 14, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST


Laziza Restaurant
195 E Erie St
Kent, OH 44240
Driving Directions

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call me. Contact information below.
Thank you for your attention and response, and I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Carolyne Tinsley, Executive Director
AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI


The 2016 AIA Ohio Convention

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 Mark your calendars…it will be here before you know it!

AIA Akron will be co-hosting this event alongside AIA Eastern Ohio.

Committee planning is in full swing and geared to deliver another outstanding convention!

++  October 6th – 8th  ++

Interested in being part of the convention planning committee?

Please contact AIA Akron Past President: Melinda Scalfaro AIA, LEED AP BD+C

With the start of the new year right around the bend, the convention committee has continued to work to advance the planning of the conference.  Join us in our efforts.  As one of the Host Chapters, all members are encouraged to participate in the planning committee.

As part of our effort, we ask that members help us secure sponsorship for the event.  While we are currently developing our sponsorship brochure, we ask that you consider contacting suppliers and vendors and visit your office and ask them to be part of this state wide event.  We look forward to seeing you in Downtown Akron!

The 2016 AIA Ohio Convention. design. remake. & renew.

October 6th – 8th

John S. Knight Convention Center

Akron, Ohio

2015 Holiday Social



Annual Joint Holiday Social with AIA Akron, Akron-Canton CSI, and NAWIC

Come enjoy an evening of camaraderie, fine hors d’oeuvres, and delicious cocktails!

When: Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 5:30pm

Where: Dante Boccuzzi Akron (21 Furnace St., Akron, Ohio 44308)

Costs: AIA Akron and Akron-Canton CSI members included in dues. NAWIC members and all non-members of AIA Akron or Akron-Canton CSI are $25.00 per person.

*If paying by check, please make payable to AIA Akron to be received at the AIA Akron office by the 11/30 deadline. (Costs include food and one complimentary drink ticket).

Bring new hats and gloves to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve and receive an additional complimentary drink ticket.

RSVP Carolyne Tinsley, REGISTER ONLINE here by 11/30/15.

If you have questions, please contact Carolyne Tinsley at or 330-699-9788.

AIA Akron Fundraiser

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2015 AIA Akron Fundraiser

DEADLINE to REGISTER is November 9th, 2015

Register now!


On November 12, 2015, AIA Akron is hosting our first Dueling for Schooling Fundraiser to benefit the Chapter’s annual scholarship program at the Tangier. Past fundraisers have been a great success, raising monies for Kent State University’s College of Architecture students and professional education programs for mentors. This year’s event will feature Dueling Pianos provided by Dueling Pianos International ( and is sure to be an enjoyable evening! There will also be a number of silent auction items to bid on. Please consider joining us for an evening of fellowship and entertainment.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Tangier – 532 West Market Street, Akron

5:30 Social; 6:30 Dinner; 7:00 Entertainment


Reserve your tickets now!

tickets include dinner, drinks and entertainment

Single Tickets: $60.00

Table Tickets (8 tickets per table): $450.00

Student Tickets: $30.00

We are still looking for sponsor and silent auction items. Please click on the links below for more information regarding these opportunities.

Sponsor Letter

Dueling for Schooling Flyer

Click here if you can’t make it

2015 Tour & Annual Meeting

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 October 6, 2015 Tour & Annual Meeting


DEADLINE to REGISTER is September 30th, 2015

Register now!


3:00 – 5:00pm: Tours, 2 HSW

Meet at Student Center Main Lobby by the main staircase. Be there between 2:45 and 3:00.

Tour leaves promptly at 3:00.

5:30 – 6:30pm: Dinner

Dinner at Ballroom Balcony, 3rd Floor Student Center.

*Remember to bring your parking tickets to be validated.

6:30 – 7:00pm: Annual Meeting


Click here if you can’t make it


Aeronautics and Technology Building
Aeronautics and Technology BuildingThe Aeronautics and Technology building is the new facility for the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology. The building is approximately 55,200 gross square feet and includes air traffic control training rooms in a lower level, classrooms and shop areas on the first floor, and faculty offices and classrooms on the second floor. The building was completed in December 2014.
The impact of giving was felt deeply at Kent State University on Friday, April 24, as the university hosted the grand opening for the new Aeronautics and Technology Building, made possible by generous donors.
The event celebrated the opening of the 55,000-square-foot building and the move of the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology from Van Deusen Hall to the Science Corridor. Construction on the building began in summer 2013.
During the ceremony, Kent State President Beverly Warren; Robert Sines, interim dean of the college; and Dennis Eckart, Kent State University Board of Trustees chair, welcomed guests to the college’s new home. Students led tours of the space and demonstrated the capabilities of specific labs, while attendees also experienced the new Air Traffic Control Lab, Sustainability Lab, Aeronautics Teaching Lab and the Materials and Processes Lab.
Sines says the move was necessary for the college.
“I think the students are getting a much better educational experience in the new building because of the new facilities, new equipment and new surroundings,” Sines said.
 The building is a part of Kent State’s Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future initiative. Through the FoE initiative, Kent State is constructing new buildings, completing facility upgrades and establishing dynamic, new spaces.
The Aeronautics and Technology Building was made possible through the FoE initiative and the combined support of many generous donations, including those from several leading companies: Rockwell Automation, Ajax TOCCO, Lubrizol and Tinker Omega. Through these gifts, donors are helping Kent State create more than just brick and mortar facilities; they are helping the university transform its campuses into state-of-the-art academic environments to meet the needs and expectations of the 21st-century student, and beyond.
For more information about the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, visit
For more information about Kent State’s Foundations of Excellence initiative, visit


Center for the Visual Arts- Future Home for the School of Art

Center for the Visual ArtsThe new Center for the Visual Arts will combine two existing buildings (Van Deusen Hall and the Art Annex/Power House). Through repurposed and new construction, we will unify the college’s studio, classroom and gallery spaces, currently located in various buildings across campus, under one roof. The facility includes approximately 115,000 square-feet of space that will provide access to the range of media, resources and expertise that have distinguished the school for tradition, innovation and technologies. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed in late summer 2015.

Continuing Education | AIA CES Approved 2 LU/HSW
Construction progress at Kent State University
A walking tour of Aeronautics & Technology Building (ATB), Center for Visual Arts (CVA) and discussion of the new Architecture Building progress. Led by Michael Bruder, University Architect. The three buildings kicked off the renaissance of Kent State Universities main campus.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discussion of material selection and products used on exterior and interior of the ATB and CVA buildings.
  2. Discussion on the project delivery method and the success of the projects from a team delivery aspect.
  3. Discussion of the energy efficiency methods put in place and green building practices included in the projects.
  4. Discussion of overall building design including spacial relationships and code implications.