CANstruction 2017 call for entries

The 12th Annual Canstruction Cleveland/Akron registration is open until February 20th! Form a team now and help the Cleveland/Akron Food bank in their annual Harvest for Hunger Campaign. The theme for this year is “Champions for Hunger”.

Build night is April 27th at Strongsville Mall. Help feed and inspire the world – one can at a time. Follow the links below to find out more:

2017 Call For Entries with akron

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Sol Harris Day… a 20+ person North Canton firm with both a prominent office and name: SōL, Latin for Sun, represents light, life and sustainable design.

“The SōL Experience is our formalized process of gaining relevant input about the type of people who will use the proposed building and the activities those people will engage in. It is about more than just constructing a container. Spaces should be built to satisfy the human experience, creating a ‘holistic environment’ that inspires people to aspire to their best in everything they do, whether it’s working, learning, playing or relaxing.

This process asks the kind of questions that go to the essence of what the building is all about and who will be using it. The information is essential in understanding how people are influenced, interact, and behave in response to their environment. Defining how form will follow people keeps those who will use the spaces now and in the future at the forefront of our thinking, from beginning to end.”

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AIA Akron, Akron-Canton CSI & NAWIC Annual Holiday Social

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

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm.

Where: Pub Bricco
1841 Merriman Road
Akron, OH 44313

Costs: AIA Akron and Akron-Canton CSI members included in dues.
$25 – NAWIC members
$25 – non-members of AIA Akron or Akron-Canton CSI

If paying by check, please make payable to AIA Akron to be received at the AIA Akron office by the 11/28 deadline. (costs include food and one complimentary drink ticket)


We are offering a door prize at the social.
There is a place on the registration page to select the option to be included in the drawing. The door prize is a 3-month LifeStyles Family Membership at one of the three Akron General Health and Wellness Centers (Bath, Stow or Green).

Bring new hats and gloves to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve and receive an additional complimentary drink ticket.
Deadline to RSVP is Noon, November 28, 2016

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

2016 AIA Akron Annual Meeting


The 2016 Annual meeting was a successful meeting and planning event. Held at the alluring Blu Jazz, members enjoyed good food and libations while socializing.

The following news and planning session was extremely productive and informative, especially as the results of a member survey were shared and discussed.

Thank you to all who attended!

AIAU – GSA Case Study and more!


Four new courses from AIAU deliver best practices in lighting, building enclosures, post-disaster resiliency, and teamwork, including a GSA case study on the health benefits of designing for circadian light.

Optimizing Circadian Stimulation in the Workplace
Earns 1 LU / HSW / GBCI / RIBA
Follow the circadian development cycle, as state-of-the art moves from daylighting to workforce health benefits. Understand GSA’s federal building findings, and learn how to design and deliver cost-effective lighting solutions to improve workplace health and well-being.

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Building Enclosure Fundamentals and New Technologies
Earns 1 LU / HSW / GBCI / RIBA
From high rises to single-family homes, high-performance building enclosures are revolutionizing thermal efficiency and durability. Get up to speed on the materials, technologies, and strategies to build a competent and confident high-performance practice.

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Positioning Architects as Leaders in Project Collaboration
Earns 1 LU / RIBA
Collaboration is key in today’s complex projects. Discover the strategies, methods, and tools to position yourself as a high-performing leader of multidisciplinary, motivated teams.

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Mind the Gap
Earns 1 LU / RIBA
Get on the front-line of post-disaster reconstruction and the resilience movement with this new course led by emerging professionals. Understand resiliency, explore common gaps in planning, and learn how to make a powerful impact on your communities and your projects.

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Bundle and save an extra 15%!
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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Get your discount to study for the Building Systems ARE

The American Institute of Architects

Exclusive Associate AIA Member Discount on Building Systems ARE ® Prep Video Seminar – Registration Ends on October 6

The AIA supports you on your journey to licensure; this offer is dedicated to helping you with one of the most difficult parts of the ARE — the Building Systems Exam.

AIA Associate Members get 3 weeks of access to this high-quality online video series for only $295 — a $100 members-only savings! Hurry, you need to register beforeOctober 6.

PROGRAM RUN DATES: October 20th thru November 10th
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Register for access by October 6th and you get:

  • An in-depth understanding of Building Systems Exam concepts, including thermal resistance, HVAC, and more.
  • Engaging Vignette Practice.
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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!

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 —