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

2016 Save the Date Akron Horizontal

 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

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 (www.duelingpianoshows.com) 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

AIA Akron new logo

 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 www.kent.edu/caest.
For more information about Kent State’s Foundations of Excellence initiative, visit www.foe.kent.edu.


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.

2015 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention

OVR 2015

2015 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention

October 11-13, 2015
Hilton Downtown
Columbus, Ohio

Registration open now!


schedule of events

Keynote speakers include:

Marshall Brown, a licensed architect and urban designer in Chicago, IL

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Bryan MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC, Hon. FAIA, from Nova Scotia, Canada, has contributed to architectural education in the region for 30 years

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Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA, a National Design Award winner, is widely recognized as a pioneer in the application of robotic technology to building fabrication

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2015 Toguchi Lecture

toguchi 2015

FINAL CALL for REGISTRATION, September 2nd, 2015!

Register now!

Toguchi Lecture at Kent State University

Guest Speaker:

Kevin Daly

Case Studies in the Architecture of Sustainable and Performative Urbanism: The Work of Kevin Daly Architects


Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

5:00- Social & Registration, Room 306abc*, 3rd floor Student Center

5:45 – Dinner

6:45 – Depart to Cartwright Hall**, Registration

7:00 – Program, Cartwright Hall

*Remember to bring your parking ticket to room 306abc to be validated

**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.


Cost: Akron-Canton CSI members & AIA Akron members – included in 2015 dues. AIA Eastern Ohio members, register as AIA Eastern Ohio, pay by credit card or PayPal or check – must be received at the office by Sept. 2. No fees collected at the door.

Non-chapter members of CSI or AIA, and guests – $50.00, to be paid in advance by the Sept. 2 RSVP deadline. Please make checks payable to Akron-Canton CSI.

Payment may be made by credit card at the time of registration.

2015 ToguchiKevin Daly Architects
 Kevin Daly Architects believes  architecture must transform the  everyday built environment.  Established in 1991 as Daly Genik  Architects, Kevin     Daly Architects  practices the practical magic of  architecture as an alchemy of craft, materials, and form. Kevin Daly Architects weaves innovation into its projects by bonding  technology with fabrication, sustainability with urbanism, and livability with economy. The firm’s award-winning  portfolio includes environmentally and socially responsive educational, residential, and institutional projects ranging in scale from single room artist  work spaces to campus master planning. The practice has been recognized with over thirty AIA awards, the Rudy Bruner Foundation’s Gold Medal  for Urban Excellence, and the AIA Los Angeles Firm of the Year Award.
2015 ToguchiKevin Daly, FAIA
For over twenty years, Kevin Daly, FAIA, has made architecture that explore the paradox between urban conditions and the consequences of intervention. Projects by Kevin Daly express his belief in an architecture that performs on every level: environmentally, structurally, economically, and aesthetically. His work exhibits the benefits of research into advanced and unconventional building technology. His projects include expertise ranging from public schools, custom residences, university buildings to affordable housing.
He is a design faculty member at UCLA and has served on juries or lectured at institutions internationally, including Stanford University, Cornell University, Rice University, SCI-Arc, the Architectural League of New York, the University of Texas at Austin, and RISD.
Kevin received a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University and he holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of California in Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and has served as a board member for the AIA Los Angeles Chapter.

Continuing Education
Case Studies in the Architecture of Sustainable and Performative Urbanism: The Work of Kevin Daly Architects
1.5 LU/HSW, AIA CES approval to be determined.
This course will introduce participants to case studies of work by Kevin Daly Architects. For over twenty years, his firm has worked in communities and urban setting s with the goal of making building perform on every level: environmentally, structurally, economically, and aesthetically. Case studies will include in environmentally and socially responsive educational, residential, and institutional projects with particular emphasis on affordable housing, water conservation, and educational facilities with innovative learning environments that consider the health and well-being of the learner.
Learning objectives
1. Participants will be introduced to ways of transforming sites into buildings that reconnect the urban fabric and restore community identity; attendees will be able to compare examples and apply these strategies to their own practice.
2. Attendees will be able to outline characteristics affordable housing while also emphasizing sustainability, water conservation, and the human welfare of residents.
3. Attendees will compare the differences between traditional, flexible, and open-ended learning spaces and when to apply these in elementary school design; participants will be introduced to a case study with special emphasis on ways to connect schools to the civic fabric and use the spaces on site to promote community health and learning within the schoolyard.
4. Participants will recognize climactic differences where conservation of water is of paramount health and environmental concern for architects working in arid climate conditions; site strategies and use of building systems will be introduced to attendees.

Tuesday September 8, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
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Kent State University
800 E. Summit Street
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. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.



Carolyne Tinsley
AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI

2015 AIA Akron Canstruction

2015 AIA Akron Canstruction


Deadline for Entries is Friday, July 24th, 2015

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, July 31st, 2015!!

2015 Theme: Rubber City

This year’s Canstruction competition is being hosted by Goodyear in conjunction with the Akron Marathon’s Burn Rubber Race on August 15th. Teams will build the structures Friday, August 14th which will then be on display near the start/finish line throughout the race activities. Let’s show Goodyear and the public our creativity and help Akron Canton Regional Foodbank in their Fight Against Hunger.

Click here for “call for entry” form.