Election Tools from AIA

The 2016 election is almost here – are you prepared to make your voice heard? Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, it’s critical that you exercise your right to vote.

In OH the deadline to register to vote is coming up quickly – October 11. If you aren’t sure if you are registered, the American Institute of Architects is here to help. Go to the AIA Advocacy Action Center, select “Voter Registration” from the menu on the right, and you will be taken to your state’s website to get the process started!

Now that you are registered to vote, make sure you are prepared when you head to the polls. During the primary season, we debuted the 2016 Presidential Candidate Profiles that showed where the candidates stood on issues that impact architects the most. Now that the election is just around the corner, we’ve updated the profiles with new insights and information on the major third party candidates. We hope you find this information useful as you make this important decision.

Don’t want to wait until November 8th to cast your ballot? You’re in luck – early voting begins in OH on October 12.

How you vote is a personal decision – the AIA does not endorse candidates for President. But it’s important to make your voice heard in this election! We hope that the AIA Presidential Candidate Profiles will help you as you make your decision.

AIA Akron Annual Meeting – October 18

October 18, 2016 Annual Meeting
Blu Jazz
47 East Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44308
5:00-6:00 PM Registration, Social, Cash Bar
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:00-8:30 PM Annual Meeting
Please join your fellow architects and associates at the annual meeting of The Akron Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  We will be recognizing newly registered architects as well as architects and associates who have joined the chapter this past year.  We will present the programs and results of these programs from the past year and well as the financial health of the chapter.
If you have not had a chance to reply to the survey see below for a link.  The Chapter will compile the information received from the survey to help develop a Strategic Plan for the chapter.  The results of the survey  will be presented at our the meeting.  We will also be taking comments from those present at the meeting which will be then incorporated into our final Strategic Plan. Your participation will help us keep the Akron Chapter at the forefront of the design community.


If you have questions, see contact information below:
Carolyne Tinsley, Executive Director
AIA Akron

CRAN Symposium : watch the live stream


Houzz and AIA CRAN have joined together to extend CRAN Symposium 2016 to industry professionals around the world. Watch the live stream to learn, share, and discuss topics covering both residential design and business practice including:

  • Wine and Design
  • Client Management – What Are You Really Managing Anyway?
  • Maximum Kick with Minimum Impact: Explorations of Low Carbon Building Systems
  • Photography & Architecture: A Marriage of More than 150 Years
  • Behind the Design: Real Life Business Strategies for Architecture and Development

Livestream begins today, September 19, and runs through September 22.

An exclusive for the Houzz pro community: Create your free professional profile to view – it’s quick and easy.

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AIA Akron 2016 Survey

surveyAIA Akron 2016 Survey

The Akron Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is embarking on a membership and architect survey to better gauge areas in which the chapter can better serve the architectural community of the greater Akron area.

The AIA Akron chapter has an exciting year ahead. The board of directors is constantly looking for ways to better serve our members, stakeholders, and others in allied disciplines. We recognize that you are very busy, but we ask that you would please take a few moments to help us understand how we can best serve your interests and represent the industry in our region. We ask that you follow the link below to a survey that will help us make informed decisions as a group.

The Chapter will compile the information received from the survey to help develop a Strategic Plan for the chapter.  The results of the survey  will be presented at our Annual meeting on Tuesday, October 18.  We will also be taking comments from those present at the meeting which will be then incorporated into our final Strategic Plan. Your participation will help us keep the Akron Chapter at the forefront of the design community. Thank you for partaking in the survey and hope to see you in October.

Because member benefits and desires are important to us, collecting this data is vital to delivering the best services possible for 2016 and the coming years.  Once you complete this survey, we encourage you to pass it along to those within your office or fellow colleagues (member or non-member, registered architect or not – anyone that may find value from AIA Akron).  The information collected will help AIA Akron focus future efforts, programming, and services on the wants and needs of those in the greater Akron architectural community. Thank you in advance for taking the time to assist with this effort.

We want to gather the results by October 14, 2016. Take the survey now…

Click Here to Go to Survey

Thank you!

Don’t wait until December!


Don’t wait until December to earn your continuing education for the year. AIAU has 150+ career-boosting courses on an array of topics, earning you AIA LUs and HSW, ADA, GBCI, and RIBA credits. Here are 10 favorites.


Therapeutic Justice: A New Family Justice Center Courthouse
Earns 1 LU / HSW / RIBA

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Disruptive Small Firm Practices
Earns 1 LU / RIBA

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Mind the Gap
Earns 1 LU / RIBA

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The NEW Collaboration Between Residential Architects and Custom Home Builders
Earns 1 LU / RIBA

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Fabulous Pre-fab: Applying Modular Construction to Multifamily Residential Projects
Earns 1 LU / HSW / GBCI / RIBA

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Designing for Net Positive Energy and Water
Earns 1 LU / HSW / GBCI / RIBA

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Optimizing Circadian Stimulation in the Workplace
Earns 1 LU / HSW / GBCI / RIBA

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Supportive Environments for People with Low Vision: Seeing the Light
Earns 1 LU / ADA / HSW / GBCI / RIBA

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Building Team Cohesion: Positioning Architects as Leaders in Project Collaboration
Earns 1 LU / RIBA

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Building Enclosure Fundamentals and New Technologies
Earns 1 LU / HSW / GBCI / RIBA

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Take advantage of AIAU’s bundle discount and save an additional 15% when you buy four or more courses.

That’s 15% off the special member price of $25/course. Non-members save 15% off the non-member price of $40/course.

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Explore the New ARE 5.0 Community

We know you’re ready to start preparing for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0—and you’re not alone! We’re excited to announce the new ARE 5.0 Community, where you can learn more about ARE 5.0, find helpful resources, and engage in discussions with NCARB experts and fellow candidates.

Explore the Community

Get Expert Help

Have a question for us? Our examination experts will moderate the community throughout the business week, ready to give you the support you need to succeed. We know you still have a lot of questions, so join the community to ask the experts and prepare for ARE 5.0.

Form Study Groups

In the ARE 5.0 Community, you can easily share test prep tips and start study groups—online or face-to-face. Now is the perfect time to start preparing to be an early tester!

Other Resources

Looking for more information on ARE 5.0? Check out the new ARE 5.0 Guidelines and Handbook, full of in-depth information on exam policies, division structure, and sample questions.

ARE 5.0 Video Prep Series

Coming later this month, our ARE 5.0 video prep series will cover each of the six new divisions, walking you through practice questions, providing key division information, and suggesting new additions to your study library.

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POSTPONED! – 2016 Toguchi Lecture

Due to a scheduling conflict with Daniel Libeskind, he will be unavailable for the September 15 lecture.

We have decided to cancel the dinner as well.

The Dinner Fee will be refunded to those who paid through PayPal.

The Kent State College of Architecture and Environmental Design is working on rescheduling the Toguchi Lecture with Mr. Libeskind.

As soon as that date becomes available, an invitation will be sent to register for the event.

— Thank you for your understanding —

Make your AIA Ohio Hotel Reservations Now!

A block of rooms is being held until Sept. 5 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Akron, Ohio, for the AIA Ohio Convention, Oct. 6-8, 2016. AIA Ohio has secured a group of rooms at the very competitive rate of $129 plus tax per night.
To reserve your room for the convention contact the hotel directly at 800-321-2211 and be sure to mention that you are part of AIA Ohio to receive this special group rate.
Contact AIA Ohio at aiaohio@assnoffices.com, or 614.221.0338
See you in Akron!

Sponsorship – Toguchi Lecture 2016

FINAL CALL for SPONSORSHIP, September 2nd, 2016!

Sponsor now!

Toguchi Lecture at Kent State University

Guest Speaker:

Daniel Libeskind


Network with 100+ Architects and get your firm’s name out there!

POSTPONED! – 2016 Toguchi Lecture

September 15, 2016
Toguchi Lecture at Kent State University
Noon, September 9, 2016 Registration Deadline
Click Here if You Can’t Make It

Click Here  if you would like to be a sponsor.

Guest Speaker…
Daniel Libeskind
Presenting: The Language of Architecture

Where: Kent State University, 800 E. Summit Street, Kent, OH 44240
When: 5:00Social & Registration, Room 306abc*, 3rd floor Student Center
  * Remember to bring your parking ticket to room 306abc to be validated.
6:45-Depart to Cartwright Hall*, Registration
*There is a short, outdoor walk between the location of dinner and the program. Please plan accordingly. There is no guaranteed parking at the Cartwright Auditorium and walking is recommended.
7:00-Program, Cartwright Hall
Cost: Akron-Canton CSI members & AIA Akron members – included in 2016 dues. 
$25  AIA Eastern Ohio Members
$10  AIAS
$15  KSU Students (non-members of AIAS)
$50  Non-chapter members of Akron-Canton CSI or AIA Akron and guests
Pay by credit card, PayPal or check; to be paid in advance by the Sept. 9 RSVP deadline. 
No fees collected at the door. Please make checks payable to Akron-Canton CSI.
AFTER PARTY at Ray’s Place
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In the architecture world, few designers can claim to have a more clearly-defined style than Daniel Libeskind. Much of Libeskind’s work is instantly recognizable for its angular forms, intersecting planes, and frequent use of diagonally-sliced windows, a style that he has used to great effect in museums and memorials – but which seems equally adaptable to conference centers, skyscrapers and shopping malls.
Not long after completing high school, in 1965, Libeskind became a naturalized American citizen. That same year, he chose to study architecture, enrolling at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Libeskind told Cathleen McGuigan of Newsweek that his pursuit of architecture seemed like a natural progression, as it is a field that “combines so many of my interests. Mathematics, painting, arts. It’s about people, space, music.” When the World Trade Center was under construction, Libeskind used to wander down to the site, as he related to Devin Leonard of Fortune magazine: “We used to come down here at lunch when the trade center was being built. It was the most incredible building in New York.”
Studio Libeskind is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural and commercial projects around the globe.  Our Studio is a collaboration of architects and designers that believe architecture is a practice of optimism. We approach our projects with the attitude that to make great places, you must believe in the future, but also remember the past.
Daniel and his partner Nina Libeskind established Studio Daniel Libeskind  in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Daniel Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Daniel Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment.
Buildings by Daniel Libeskind?
Jewish Museum Berlin, “Between the Lines,” Berlin, Germany, 1989-1999.
Felix Nussbaum Haus, “Museum ohne Ausgang,” Osnabrëck, Germany, 1995-1999.
Danish Jewish Museum, “Mitzvah,” Copenhagen, Denmark, 1996-2003.
Extension to the Victoria & Albert Museum, “The Spiral,” London, England, 1996-2006.
Imperial War Museum North, “Earth Time,” Manchester, England, 1997-2002.
Studio Weil, Private gallery for Barbara Weil, Port d’Andratx, Mallorca, Spain, 1998-2003.
Jewish Museum San Francisco, “L’Chai’m: To Life,” San Francisco, CA, 1998-2005.
Maurice Wohl Convention Centre, Bar-Ilan, “The Book and the Wall,” Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2000-2004.
Extension to the Denver Art Museum, “The Eye and the Wing,” Denver, CO, 2000-2005.
London Metropolitan University Post-Graduate Centre, “Orion,” London, England, 2001-2003.
World Trade Center Site Plan, “Memory Foundations,” New York, NY, 2002-.

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The Language of Architecture
1 LU/HSW, AIA CES pending approval
The AIA Ohio Convention this year will take place in Akron, Ohio, at the John S. Knight Center.  In addition to provocative and interesting educational sessions, this year’s convention will offer dynamic keynote speakers and unique social events.  Earn LUs, meet up with friends and colleagues, learn a little bit and have fun – all at the AIA Ohio Convention!  We’ve posted everything you need to know about the convention here: 
www.aiaohio.org/convention, including the schedule of events, a link to download the convention app and a list of Registration fees (spoiler alert:  It’s a bargain!).
REGISTRATION IS OPEN! – Click here to register today for the AIA Ohio Convention.  Want a discount?  We’ll offer 10% off registration fees to those who register by Aug. 1!  Use EARLYBIRD10 in the discount code box to receive this discount.
Hotel reservations can be made at the Courtyard by Marriott, located at 41 Furnace Street in Akron.  Call the hotel directly at 800-321-2211 to reserve your room.  Be sure to mention that you are with AIA Ohio to receive the group rate of $129 plus tax per night.
Questions?  Contact AIA Ohio at aiaohio@assnoffices.com, or 614.221.0338.
See you in Akron!
Thursday September 15, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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Kent State University
800 E. Summit Street
Kent, OH 44240
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Click Here if you would like to be a sponsor

 If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call me. Contact information below.


Thank you for your attention and response. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.




Carolyne Tinsley
AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI

AIA Ohio Convention 2016

We have two keynote speakers scheduled during the AIA Ohio Convention in Akron.  On Thursday, Oct. 6, convention attendees will hear from Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, from the AIA National Gold Medal Firm (2007) of Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston.  Jane is a design leader in campus academic facilities and campus design in general, and has a special expertise in award-winning infrastructure and transportation design. Dedicated to the craft and technology of design, she has led many of the firm’s investigations of new materials and systems.  Jane has been a Visiting faculty member at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning and at the University of Arizona College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where she was on the Dean’s Advisory Committee. In 2002 she was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. She lectures and participates on design juries widely throughout the United States, Italy, and the Middle East. She has been a Design Critic and Lecturer at several universities in the U.S. and abroad.
On Friday, Oct. 7David Riz, FAIA, from Kieran Timberlake in Philadelphia will join us offering a keynote presentation as well as his perspective as the jury chair for the AIA Ohio Design Awards.  David practiced architecture in Japan and taught design in Taiwan prior to joining Kieran Timberlake in 1999. He has led projects that employ experimental construction methodologies with radically altered supply chains and lofty sustainable goals.  Focusing on promoting open, collaborative exchanges that foster design, David has significant experience with the large-scale integration of architecture, landscape, and the public realm. He was responsible for several campus projects such as the Northwest Campus Housing Infill at University of California Los Angeles; a master plan for a new Liberal Arts Campus for Yale University and the National University of Singapore; and the West Campus Residential Initiative at Cornell University.

Full registration at the AIA Ohio Convention includes these two dynamic keynote speakers – register today!
The Convention website includes all the information you need:
Already registered?
Make sure to download the Convention App to access your schedule, speaker handouts, session surveys, sponsor & exhibitor info, and to connect with colleagues.

Akron Hotel Block Information
A block of rooms is being held until Sept. 5 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Akron, Ohio, for the AIA Ohio Convention, Oct. 6-8, 2016. AIA Ohio has secured a group of rooms at the very competitive rate of $129 plus tax per night. To reserve your room for the convention, contact the hotel directly at 800-321-2211and be sure to mention that you are part of AIA Ohio to receive this special group rate.  You can also book online, by clicking here.

2017 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention Dates Announced
Next year, the AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention
will take placeSeptember 27-29, at the Union Station Crowne Plaza in downtown Indianapolis, IN.  More information will be forthcoming – for now, save the date!
Contact AIA Ohio at aiaohio@assnoffices.com, or 614.221.0338
See you in Akron!

2017 AIA Awards

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Call for subissions: AIA Awards 2017

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Show us your best work
AIA awards celebrate the best buildings and spaces and the people behind them. Projects in a class of their own that are innovative, beautifully designed, and improve lives and communities around the globe.

Show us your best work. We’re accepting submissions through August 12 for the following 2017 AIA Awards:

This award celebrates stunning contemporary architecture of any type, size, budget, or style.

Interior Architecture
This award honors innovative and spectacular interior spaces including new construction, renovations, and restorations.

Regional & Urban Design
This award recognizes the best in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development.

Twenty-five Year
This award showcases precedent-setting buildings that have stood the test of time for 25-35 years and continue to set standards of excellence.

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Questions? HonorsAwards@aia.org