AIA Akron members and guests are invited to attend our Annual Meeting on Monday, October 15th at Laziza’s Restaurant in downtown Kent to recognize our volunteers, current members, and learn about the current state of the Chapter. This year will also feature a keynote presentation by Michael Bruder, Kent State University’s University Architect and Executive Director of Facilities, focusing on the ten-year renovation and construction process to improve Kent State University’s campus, including the phasing process, master planning, financing, and Q&A.

AIA members earn 1 LU credit.

Annual Meeting Agenda: 

5:30pm – Registration and Networking
6:00pm – Dinner Served
6:15pm – Keynote Presentation: Kent Campus Gateway Master Plan
7:15pm – AIA Akron Business Meeting


Michael E. Bruder has been with Kent State University in the Office of the University Architect since 1999. In his current role as University Architect and Executive Director of Facilities, Planning and Design, Michael is responsible for all design and construction projects on the Kent Campus as well as Kent State University’s seven regional campuses.

With a staff of 25 full-time employees, the office manages over 200 projects per year with an annual design and construction budget averaging $100 million. In the fall of 2017, the university completed the Foundations of Excellence construction initiative that involved the addition of 300,000 s.f. to the campus and the renovation of seven major facilities. The completed buildings have been recognized for their outstanding design and commitment to sustainable architecture.

In 2017/18, he led the team that developed the university’s first comprehensive facilities master plan in 20 years. The 10-year, $1.2B “Gateway to a Distinctive Kent State” master plan was adopted by the board of trustees and phase I of the master plan is approved to move forward. He will oversee the implementation of key Gateway plan projects including a new building for the College of Business Administration and the rehabilitation of an aging facility into a modern Design Innovation Hub.

In his role as university architect, he stresses a collaborative process to provide well-designed, sustainable buildings in a cohesive campus plan that fosters a positive environment for learning, researching, living and working for students, faculty and staff.

Lunch + Learn: June 13, 2018

AIA & CSI Lunch & Learn (June 13, 2018)

ADA Access Requirements for Performance Areas
Presented by LIFT-U, a Division of Hogan Manufacturing, Inc.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

This presentation will provide an overview of 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and Code requirements regarding universal access and available options for providing stage access in schools, churches, and performing arts centers.
Learning Objectives 
  1. 2010 ADA Standards requirements for performance areas,
  2. Additional regulations to consider,
  3. Important design considerations for providing access to performance areas, and 
  4. How the features, components, and operation methods of the accessibility options fulfill the standards.

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Registration will close with 20 registrants or
the Friday before our event, whichever comes first.

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:
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

Leveraging Information with VDC TechnologiesAIA CES Logo

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 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.

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


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Next, you should receive a confirmation email.
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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)

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.

September Chapter Meeting


September 12 Chapter Meeting
The Health Education Campus: Hardhat Tour
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus – Cleveland Ohio
Parking on site at the corner of East 100th Street and Chester Road
5:30 meet in the main job trailer for briefing on the project
6:00 Tour departs
7:00 Tour terminates back at the main job trailer
7:15 Meet at Ninja City for Happy Hour appetizers and drinks
……..11311 Euclid Avenue
……..Cleveland, OH 44106
$10 for members – (money to be used for happy hour drink specials)
$15 for non-members
Visitors are required to bring hard hats, vests, closed toe shoes, and no skirts
Registration open for 25 people
*Registration will close when there are 25 people attending.

Toguchi Lecture 2017


Toguchi Lecture Dinner – Kent State University
September 11, 2017

5:30-Social, held at the new Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
6:00-Dinner registration takes place when you click the blue button below
* dinner parking validated.
6:45-Depart to Cartwright Hall*, AIA Continuing Education System registration takes place at the lecture hall
*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.  See the latest Campus Map
7:00-Toguchi Lecture, Cartwright Hall
Cost of Dinner: 
Non-chapter members of AIA Akron or Akron Canton CSI and guests – $50.00
AIA Eastern Ohio Members – $25.00.
KSU Students – Non AIAS members – $15
AIAS members – $10
Akron-Canton CSI members & AIA Akron members – included in their 2017 dues.
PayPal:  payment may be made by credit card at the time of registration.  It is not necessary to have a PayPal account in order to pay with a credit card.
Check:  We need to receive your application before the registration deadline.  Please print and fill out the online form. Send it with your check made out to Akron-Canton CSI.  Mail it to the address below.
September 4th, 2017 is the
Registration Due Date
 peter bohlin
Peter Q. Bohlin

Principal, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Peter is one of the founding principals of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which began practice as Bohlin and Powell in 1965. The firm’s success, and the professional recognition it has attained, are in large measure attributable to his design insights and unflagging dedication to setting the highest standards for all design work produced by the firm. His leadership and inspiration have established a culture of thoughtful, thorough design thinking throughout the practice, and he remains keenly interested in both broad conceptual thinking and detail expression, reviewing the development of design and documentation regularly with project teams. In 2010, the American Institute of Architects awarded Peter with the Gold Medal, the highest honor for an individual in the profession. Accreditation: FAIA
Learning Units:  1.5 LU – AIA CES Learning Units are pending approval
Here is the latest Campus Map that shows the new building for Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement.

August Chapter Meeting: Working Towards Lien Rights for Ohio Architects

final call
August 3rd Chapter Meeting
Working Towards Lien Rights 
for Ohio Architects
When:  August 3, 2017, RSVP by July 28, 2017
Where: TC Architects

430 Grant Street

Akron, OH 44311
Cost:  AIA Members – Included in dues, Non-Members of AIA Akron – $25, AIAS Students – $10, KSU students – $15
5:30 pm       Happy Hour
6:30 pm       Seminar/Dinner
7:30 pm       Social
Christopher Toddy_ AIA

Christopher Toddy, AIA is the President of Christopher @ Architects LLC in Cleveland. Chris is an AIA, 2030, and USGBC speaker on Leadership Development, Architects’ Lien Rights, and Sustainability.
Chris is a member of the AIA national Small Firm Exchange committee, the First Vice President of AIA Cleveland, and the Vice Chair of the Cleveland 2030 District. As an AIA Ohio board member, he helped to organize Ohio’s 2009 Habitat for Humanity Green House Competition.
Continuing Education:  
Working Towards Lien Rights 
for Ohio Architects 
Course Description:

Are you having difficulty collecting your fees?  We’d like to know.

Architects could consider their lien rights when looking for options to collect earned fees.  In all but one state, architects can secure payment on their design contracts by attaching them to the property itself.  They are utilizing the legal concept that those who add value to the site deserve to be paid.  In Ohio, however, the state legislature has determined that architects and their consultants do not add value to the site. The AIA Ohio Lien Rights Task Force is currently considering options to possibly re-gain these rights for Ohio architects.

Attend and let us know if lien rights are important to you.

Learning Objectives:
  1. To understand the concept of lien rights – to secure payment of your contract with the assets of the land – as a powerful business tool.
  2. To understand the general procedure for implementing lien rights: yours and your contractors; an overview to help you talk to your attorney.
  3. To understand why Architects in Ohio do not currently have lien rights, and why this is an unusual problem that needs to be addressed.
  4. To understand what AIA Ohio has done and is now reviewing regarding the recovery of these lien rights for Architects.
Course number: OHAK080317 registration in process for 1 LU.
Registration Due Date Is July 28, 2017
August 3rd Lien Rights Membership Meeting 
After Party!
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
8:00 PM
529 Grant St.
Akron, OH 44311