A.R.E. 5.0 Study Sessions (Hosted by AIA Akron)

A.R.E. 5.0 Study Sessions, hosted by AIA Akron

AIA Akron is hosting ARE 5.0 study sessions, and we’re inviting you to the first planning meeting: a sort of  “demystification” of what the exams are and how to tackle them effectively. We will have a panel made up of recently registered architects and current test-takers to talk us through what to expect.
All study sessions will be free to members of AIA Akron, and will cost $35 for non-members, but this first meeting will be free to all! Take this chance to tell us how you would want to study and get answers to your testing questions.
Join us on April 7th, 2018 at 11:00am. 
190 N. Union Street
Ste 400
Akron, OH 44304
Lunch will be provided. 
Registration closes March 30th- register by clicking below.
If you have questions, please contact: admin@aiaakron.org
We look forward to studying with you!

Chapter Meeting: April 4, 2018

April 4 Chapter Meeting


Leveraging Information with VDC Technologies

Park at Akron Children’s Hospital, Cedar Building
157 West Cedar Street
Akron, OH 44308

5:30  Check In on the 2nd Floor
6:00  Dinner
6:30  Presentation, 1 LU/HSW
7:30  Presentation Completed

Registration will close at noon, on April 2nd, 2018.




Phil brings a wide range of expertise in Building Information Modeling processes including pre-construction, site planning, phasing, construction, MEP Coordination and facilities management. Phil is committed to bringing innovation to every project with practical use of technology, aimed at facilitating collaboration and communicating information effectively among project stakeholders.

LEED Green Associate
OSHA 30-Hour
FAA Certified Drone Pilot

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Virtual Design and Construction Staff Phil Nagle and Neale Whitehead of Welty Building Company will discuss various innovative technologies and processes the can be used throughout the design and construction of a project. These tools are focused on enhancing collaboration between teams, reducing material and financial waste, and creating a safe and efficient work environment for everyone involved on the project. The tools that will be covered in the presentation include 3D laser scanners, virtual reality, fully-integrated BIM to prefabrication, and field observation techniques for continuous improvement. Technical examples will be shown from Akron Children’s Hospital projects to illustrate the benefit of the processes, discuss team member feedback, and explain lessons learned through the developmental journey.

After the course presentation, the session will allow users to interact and engage with these technologies to see their benefit first-hand. Equipment will be setup at different stations within the room, and the group will cycle through the stations to observe, experience, openly discuss the various tools in operation.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify how 3D laser scanners and drones are used to capture existing conditions, generate models that can merged with other design data, and review content in various platforms to aid in streamlined programming and design.
  • Investigate the tools and workflow associated with virtual reality, and identify value-added functions in development of design with active involvement of building occupants to ensure their spaces are designed to provide the best care.
  • Describe how a fully integrated model can be leveraged for precise layout and prefabrication of building components to reduce material waste, improve quality of construction, and reduce worker strain.
  • Identify various construction observation techniques and analysis procedures to capture current state of activities on site for collaborative team review, and explore improvements that focus on worker safety, efficiency, and quality of work in adherence to design documents.

Presentation, 1 LU/HSW

If you have any questions, contact Jillian Tipton at jtipton@aiaakron.org or 330.699.9788.

Lunch + Learn: March 28, 2018

AIA & CSI Lunch & Learn (March 28, 2018)

Light and Color with LEDs

Presented by Myriad Energy Solutions

Our eyes can play tricks on us when it comes to color and how the eyes adapt.  Lighting designs are affected, positively and negatively, by this.  Understanding basic vision science, and how the eye perceives colors of objects and the environment, are important elements in design considerations. Comprehending color metrics that are used with conventional and LED sources will allow for a more thoughtful technical and artistic approach to the design.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the basics of vision science, and how we see color in our environment.
  2. Describe current color metrics and terms such as: CRI and evolving color scales, Correlated Color Temperature, and trichromatic theory.
  3. Describe how lighting affects how we perceive the color of objects and the environment, and the tradeoffs between color rendering and efficacy.
  4. Understand these effects when designing lighting solutions, using conventional and/or LED sources.

Register Now!

Registration will close with 20 registrants or 
Noon, March 9th, whichever comes first.


At the time of registration, you will receive an “on screen” confirmation of registration.
Next, you should receive a confirmation email.
If you do not receive this email, you did not successfully register for the meeting.
Please try again or contact jtipton@AIAakron.org



AIA Ohio: Equity in Architecture Survey 2018

Please remember to take Equity by Design’s third Equity in Architecture Survey before it closes Friday, March 16! Developed by AIA San Francisco, the survey aims to explore career equity experiences among architecture school graduates.

The survey should take between 20-25 minutes to complete. If you’ve already received an invitation from another organization, please take the survey only once. Also, do not forward this survey link to others to preserve the integrity of the survey.

Take the Survey

To learn more about Equity by Design and this year’s survey, visit www.eqxdesign.com.
For questions about the survey, please contact our research partner, Kendall Nicholson at knicholson@acsa-arch.org

Thank you for your participation!

Lunch + Learn: March 28, 2018

AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI
March 28, 2018 Lunch and Learn
Light and Color with LEDs
1 HSW  – 1 hour
Course Description:
Our eyes can play tricks on us when it comes to color and how the eyes adapt. Lighting designs are affected, positively and negatively, by this. Understanding basic vision science, and how the eye perceives colors of objects and the environment, are important elements in design considerations. Comprehending color metrics that are used with conventional and LED sources will allow for a more thoughtful technical and artistic approach to the design.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the basics of vision science, and how we see color in our environment.
  2. Describe current color metrics and terms such as: CRI and evolving color scales, Correlated Color Temperature, and trichromatic theory.
  3. Describe how lighting affects how we perceive the color of objects and the environment, and the trade offs between color rendering and efficacy.
  4. Understand these effects when designing lighting solutions, using conventional and/or LED sources
Important message about non-member form of payment:
If you are registering as a Non-Member of AIA Akron or Akron-Canton CSI, you must pay by PayPal or credit card. We are not accepting payment at the door. You must notify the office 5 working days prior to the event to receive a refund.

Chapter Meeting: March 1, 2018

March 1, 2018 Chapter Meeting

The Akron Children’s Hospital

Considine Professional Building Addition Tour

Tour Address: 215 West Bowery Street Akron, Ohio. Park in the Bowery Parking Deck 

5:30  Registration – Meet in the construction field office on the 2nd floor of the building (the ground floor off Bowery Street). All hard hats, glasses and PPE will be provided for the tour.

6:00 Tour departs

7:00 Tour terminates

7:20 Meet at Baxter’s for drinks and social hour. Baxter’s Address: 205 S Main St, Akron,            OH 44308

Visitors are required to wear pants and closed-toe shoes.

Registration will close noon February 27, 2018

In March 2017, Akron Children’s Hospital broke ground on a 230,000-square-foot addition to the Considine Professional Building. The new building will bring together all of our outpatient clinics on the Akron campus.

AIA CE logoTour of Considine construction, 1 LU/HSW

There will be a brief project presentation and tour of the 220,000 SF addition to an existing medical office building.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate Lean Principles and how they merge with an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method during design and construction to maximize efficiency.

  2. Observe the advantages of above ceiling rack prefabrication for building systems. They will participate in detailed design techniques using BIM technology to fully understand above ceiling coordination prior to starting onsite.

  3. This course will cover how exterior envelopes in building construction can be fast-tracked using prefabricated wall panels. Participants will evaluate wall components to determine what was achievable for construction while maintaining the design intent.
  4. This course will cover construction Takt Sequencing utilizing a Last Planner System (LPS) to produce predictable workflow and rapid learning during design and construction.

    Tour Guides
    Brian Lapolla, AIA (Akron Children’s Hospital)
    Marge Zezulewicz, AIA (Hasenstab Architects)
    Tom Conti (Welty Building Company)



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2017 AIA Akron Holiday Social


Pub Bricco

1841 Merriman Rd, Akron, OH 44313

Join us for a evening of camaraderie, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails. Bring a set of new hats and gloves to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve and receive an additional drink ticket.

RSVP (rsvplandl@aiaakron.org or 330-699-9788) to the AIA Akron Office.

Lunch + Learn: Form, Function & Fire Safety

 AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI
December 6, 2017 Lunch and Learn
Form, Function & Fire Safety
Learning Units: This program is registered with AIA / CES for 1.0 Learning Unit Hour
and qualifies for a Health Safety Welfare (HSW) credit.
This live course offers an in-depth look at fire-rated glazing and framing materials and
their role in fire protection.
Topics covered:
* New trends in fire-rated glazing
* Active vs. passive fire protection systems
* Fire-rated glazing system testing: fire, impact and hose test
* Project assessment: What to look for when specifying fire-rated glass
* How to meet codes without compromising aesthetics
* Fire-rated glazing systems and sustainable design
By completing this course, participants will:
* Learn what questions to ask to ensure that the proper product is specified and
* Gain a better understanding of the different categories of fire-rated glazing materials,
and their role in fire protection
* Receive current information on how the latest codes and product developments
impact design
* Explore new trends in fire-rated glazing and innovative design options
* Learn ways to incorporate fire-rated glazing systems into an overall sustainable
This presentation includes a discussion, DVD presentation and question and answer time.Technical Glass Products (TGP) is the North American and Middle East distributor of a
wide range of fire-rated glazing and framing products.


Lunch + Learn: UAV/Drone Technology

 AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI
November 8, 2017 Lunch and Learn
UAV/Drone Technology for the A/E/C Industry
Chad Hankins, one of our certified Remote Pilot/Drone Operators will be highlighting all of the benefits of UAV/Drone Technology as well as safe operations and best practices. You will understand what a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is, its technical capabilities and applications within the A/E/C industry. The presentation will cover FAA regulations, accuracy, camera detail, inspecting inaccessible or hazardous areas, flight characteristics and limitations.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Safe and Responsible UAV operations- as this technology rises in popularity, so do the regulations. UAVs reduce the fatality rate of workers when accessing difficult and high risk locations as well as other safety hazards. This course will illustrate the value which safe UAV operations can provide.
  2. Applications within the A/E/C industry- all of the uses and limitations to add efficiency and reduce costs. UAV’s provide accurate imagery from an aerial perspective to help improve everything on a site, even the social demographics of an area. There are a variety of uses such as aerial photography, Topographic mapping, DTM and DSM modeling, 3D Point Cloud modeling, progress photos, facility assessments, and inspection of infrastructure, parking lots etc., as well as many, many more.
  3. Technical capabilities of the UAV, its flight characteristics, limitations etc. Due to the longevity of the imagery and its accuracy, it could still be valuable 50 to 100 years from now.
  4. Knowledge of FAA regulations
Course #CTL021 – 1 HSW
AIA CES Provider: CTL Engineering, Inc.
Chad Hankins
Chad Hankins has been with CTL Engineering for almost two years in the role of Senior Geologist. He also now heads up the Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) department which has become a great tool supporting all of our services. He has a BS in Environmental Science from Kent State University and graduated in 2013. Chad has over 20 years mining experience in exploration and hydrology. He was on site in Alaska when he was with the Newmont Company. When Chad worked for Barrick he was on site in Nevada, Utah and Canada. He also has experience in copper exploration in Zambia working for Teal Mining Company. Chad is FAA certified and following are some of the projects in which he utilized the UAS. Our UAS team, led by Chad, did a building envelop survey of the  downtown Columbus iconic multi-story building – ‘James Rhodes Tower’ – a 41 story, 690 feet sky scraper, the tallest building in Columbus and 5th tallest in Ohio. The fame from this project led to another project for doing the survey of another historic and iconic building well known as ‘Lincoln LeVeque Tower’ a 47 story Art Deco Style, 555.5 feet sky scraper, the tallest building from 1927 to 1974 in Columbus. The team also mounted an infrared camera and conducted roofing survey of the largest convention center in Columbus – Greater Columbus Convention Center – a 1.8 million square feet facility to identify water leakage.

AIA Akron November Fundraiser – Online Registration

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On November 2, 2017 AIA Akron is hosting the 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 members. This year’s event will feature Dueling Pianos International and is sure to be a wonderful 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.

When: Thursday, November 2, 2017
5:30 Social, 6:30 Dinner, 7:00 to 9:00 Entertainment
Where: The Tangier – 532 W Market St, Akron OH 44303
Make your reservations now!!
Reservations include dinner, drinks, and entertainment
  • Single Reservation – $60.00
  • Table for 8 Reservation – $450.00
We are also looking for sponsors and silent auction items.  Please click the link below for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities.
Deadline to Register Is October 27, 2017


Introducing, live!


Artist: Noel Leaman:
As a former Dueling Pianos Entertainment   Director for 6 traditional Dueling Pianos venues located in Michigan, Alabama and Florida, Noel has trained many of today’s up and coming Duelers in the art of Sing Along. He is also responsible for creating our innovative wedding performance format. With over 2,500 Dueling Pianos performances under his belt, Noel has placed smiles on hundreds of thousands of faces from California to Japan to New York. Amid the thousands of Clients, Dueling Pianos International has served, Noel is requested more than any of our other entertainers combined!

Artist: Dan Louisell: 

Dan is considered to be one of the funniest entertainers on the Dueling Pianos circuit. His clever and witty comedic timing along with his award-winning smile have made him one of the most sought after Entertainers on the Dueling Pianos circuit. When not on the road, Dan can be seen performing at one of many Sing Along venues in his hometown. If you are fortunate enough to have Dan perform at your next event, ask him for a CD of his comedic material.
Dueling Pianos by  Dueling Pianos International:  an all request, rock n roll, comedy piano show that makes the AUDIENCE the stars of the show!  All Tips placed on the pianos will be given to AIA Akron.  This is a great show that you definitely don’t want to miss.  See you there!!!