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

AIAU New Energy Series

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AIAU’s new Energy Series plugs you into the latest developments in energy use and efficiency. From HVAC innovations to climate-specific strategies, these courses cover the tools, techniques, ideas, and innovations that power your designs forward. The AIAU Energy Series is sponsored by Big Ass Solutions.

Sustainable HVAC Design
Earns 1 LU / HSW / RIBA
Discover how innovative HVAC design delivers surprising savings and improved air quality by pairing traditional HVAC with energy-efficient air movement.

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Designing Climates: Enhancing Thermal and Visual Comfort
Earns 1.5 LUs / HSW / GBCI / RIBA
Re-establish your control of comfort with this course that reintroduces the fundamental principles of thermal and visual comfort in buildings and landscapes.

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Design and Performance: The Tesla Motors Lesson
Earns 1 LU / RIBA
Put your career into high gear, and learn how an integrated design approach can revolutionize process and product.

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Creating Comfortable Outdoor Spaces for People and Communities
Earns 1.5 LUs / HSW / GBCI / RIBA
Learn the tips, tricks, and tools to manipulate the microclimate and maximize comfort and efficiency in your designs.

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The Power of Zero: Optimizing Value for Next Generation Green
Earns 1.5 LUs / HSW / GBCI / RIBA
Explore the costs and savings of next-generation green technologies as leading authors and experts evaluate performance against industry standards.

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Designing to an Energy Budget: Focus on Small Firms and Projects
Earns 1 LU / GBCI / RIBA
This case-study course introduces you to the ease, impact, tools, and approach to effectively integrate energy performance into your process and your projects.

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Net Zero Energy Buildings in 7 Climate Zones
Earns 1 LU / HSW / GBCI / RIBA
Study the challenges and learn the techniques and solutions for Net Zero Energy Buildings in 7 distinct North American climates.

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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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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

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 Ohio Valley Region Convention

2015 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention

October 11-13, 2015
Hilton Downtown
Columbus, Ohio

Registration opening in July


schedule of events

Keynote speakers include:

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

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

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

April Chapter Meeting

AIA Akron & ASHRAE Akron/Canton Chapter Meeting

When:              April 14, 2015

Where:            Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market Street, Akron, OH – third floor

The building is located at 140 E. Market Street on the corner of Market and Summit Streets. The building has colorful flags on it and has old engraving that says Akron Public Library. Visitors should turn south onto Summit Street and park in the lot behind the building, on the street or at the Art Museum lot across Summit Street. The entrance is on Summit Street. Someone will be at the door to direct people to the elevator.

Time:               Registration 4:30 – 5:00

                          Presentation 5:00 – 6:30    

                          Dinner @6:30 w/open bar – followed by a social

                                  including the opportunity to explore the artists’ galleries

Cost:                AIA Member, included in membership.

                          ASHRAE Member, $30 to be received at registration.

                          Non-Member, $32 to be received at registration.


Registration:  Click Registration Button below. Deadline to register is noon 4/9/15.

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Legal Considerations in Digital Practice and Building Information Modeling


This course explores digital trends in design and construction- such as building information modeling (BIM) – and investigates the ramifications digital developments have on project participants, project success and the public in general. Key topics will include the use and exchange of digital data, the impact of digital data and BIM use on project communication and efficiency, and other issues related to the use and transmission of digital data.


Learning Objectives:

1. Explore new issues and trends in digital practice and building information modeling; discover business and practice implications to be considered by owners, architects and contractors; and assess the effects of these trends on practitioners and the public in general.

2. Understand roles and responsibilities in projects that utilize digital practice and building information modeling; and recognize their effects on traditional roles and how digital practice and BIM will minimize confusion and project delays and contribute to a more efficient process.

3. Analyze the potential liability associated with the transmission and use of digital data; including key issues associated with the appropriate transmission, maintenance, management and archiving of digital data and with post project uses of digital data for facilities management and other Owner related interests.

4. Discover the new AIA Contract Documents addressing digital practice and understand how they facilitate the responsible use and exchange of digital data, including BIM, on a project.


Paula Selvaggio with Oswald Companies

Eric Pempus with Oswald Companies

Attorney Martin Pangrace with Brennan, Manna & Diamond.


Deadline to Register Is Noon, March 9, 2015

February Chapter Meeting

AIA Akron Chapter Meeting

February 23, 2015

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Preparing for LEED v4, ASHRAE 90.1, and 

2030 Challenge with Building Modeling

w/ Heapy Engineering

1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CE -(LUs Pending)

Come check out one of Akron’s award-winning Breweries while you learn how to create better and more efficient projects using building modeling!


Social & Registration: 5:00 PM

Appetizers: 5:30 – 7:00 – Cash Bar

CEU Presentation: 6:00 – 7:00



High-performance building standards continue to evolve, becoming more stringent and often causing confusion throughout the industry.  Many of us design professionals have agreed to improve the performance of our projects in parallel with these criteria, but how do we get there?  This session will review each of the mentioned sustainable building standards to offer an understanding of the associated goals, and outline design concepts and processes for achievement of these guidelines.



AIA Akron members – included in 2015 dues.

Non-chapter members of AIA Akron – $25.00, to be paid in advance and received at AIA Akron office by the February 18, 2015 RSVP deadline.

AIAS Members pay $10 to be paid in advance by the February 18, 2015 RSVP deadline.

Deadline to Register Is Noon, February 18, 2015

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AIA Akron Annual Business Meeting + October Chapter Meeting

October 7, 2014
The Tangier

Our guest speaker for the evening presentation is Keeven White

Keeven WhiteKeeven White, founder of WhiteSpace Creative, has more than 25 years experience building brands from the ground up. As agency president and CEO, he is responsible for creating, communicating, and implementing the organization’s vision, mission, and overall direction to benefit the company, clients and community.

Keeven launched his career at The Little Tikes Company, a division of Rubbermaid in Hudson, Ohio. For seven years, he managed a creative team responsible for the company’s print collateral and advertising materials, as well as redeveloped a comprehensive packaging identity.

Going from corporate employee to founder of a communications firm was a very natural transition for Keeven. Raised in a family that owned and operated a printing company, he had early exposure to the challenges of managing a small business. In fact, the printing company was where Keeven gained a solid background in printing technology and a strong work ethic. Those very attributes are the foundation of WhiteSpace’s creative solutions and are continually reflected in the agency’s daily efforts.

Keeven openly shares his expertise and experience with the community through a variety of speaking engagements. He has presented to both students and professionals alike, from participating in round-table discussions to being a guest speaker at various conferences and chamber events. He has served on the executive advisory board of The University of Akron marketing department and as an advisory board member of the Ohio Film Office, based in Columbus, Ohio. Keeven currently serves on several area boards, including the Area Agency on Aging board of directors as the marketing chair and a nominations committee member.

In addition to WhiteSpace’s corporate honors, Keeven has been recognized for his individual business, creative and community service efforts, including:

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, Cascade Capital Business Growth, 2009
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, The Small Business Council of the Greater Akron Chamber, 2007
  • 30 for the Future Award, Greater Akron Chamber and LIVE Publishing, 2006
  • Small Business Leadership Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) North Central Ohio Chapter, 2006
  • Crain’s Cleveland Business inaugural 40 Under 40, 2003

A graduate of Kent State University, Keeven has a BFA in visual communications. He lives in North Canton, Ohio, with his family.

Presentation/CEUs 1LU: As Repositioning the Institute is underway, this presentation will help AIA Akron to take the appropriate steps to make the most of this opportunity. This presentation will help members to see themselves from a different perspective. We will explore strategies to redesign the profession by understanding how our community views us, investigate ways that we can relate to our clients better, and discuss methods for moving forward during this time of change within our organization. Learning Objectives: 1. Understand what a brand is. 2: Identify methods to help AIA Akron and its members to tell your story better. 3: Leverage different types of media. 4: Discuss the role of Repositioning as it applies to our organization.

Social & Registration: 5:00
Dinner: 6:00
CEU Presentation: 7:00, 1LU

AIA Akron members – included in 2014 dues.
Non-chapter members of AIA Akron – $25.00, to be paid in advance by the October 3, 2014 RSVP deadline.
AIAS Members pay $10 to be paid in advance by the October 3, 2014 RSVP deadline.

Tuesday October 7, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

The Tangier
532 W Market Street
Akron, OH 44303

Register: Click here.

2014 Toguchi Lecture

Toguchi Lecture, Kent State University

September 2, 2014

August 27, 2014 Registration Deadline Register Now

Guest Speakers Roberto de Leon & Ross Primmer 


De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW) is a design studio with a focus on non-profit cultural & civic projects. DPAW’s working methodology draws inspiration from regional traditions of craft and fabrication, placing an emphasis on the potential of conventional materials and construction methods. Through an immersive process of research & investigation, the studio cultivates an understanding of contextual specificity as a nuanced relationship between place, time and local culture.

In implementing this approach, the Workshop purposefully embraces a rigor of ‘reduction’ aimed at a clarity and economy of design. The Workshop was chosen for the 2010 Design Vanguard by Architectural Record, the 2011 Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York, and the 2012 American Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre For Architecture Art & Urban Studies. Most recently, DPAW received the 2013 American Institute of Architects National Honor Award for the Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility, a project which has garnered attention for its innovative use of passive sustainable strategies.

DPAW has been published widely and their work has been exhibited at various venues internationally, including the 2012 Istanbul Biennial, the 2011 Beijing International Design Triennial, and WOOD 2010 in Smaland, Sweden.

5:00Social & Registration, Ballroom Balcony*, 3rd floor Student Center

* Remember to bring your parking ticket to the Ballroom Balcony 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 2014 dues. AIA Eastern Ohio Members, register as AIA Eastern Ohio and your AIA member fee will be collected at the door.

Non-chapter members of CSI or AIA and guests – $50.00,  to be paid in advance by the August 27 RSVP deadline.  Please make checks payable to Akron-Canton CSI.
Payment may be made by credit card at the time of registration.

Continuing Education – 1.5 HSW De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW) is a collaborative design studio focusing on public projects with a cultural, civic or not-for-profit basis. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the workshop uses the contextual specificity of the region as a springboard for research and investigation. Established in 2003, DPAW’s history of working with non-profit organizations and grass-roots community efforts has grounded their practice in the exploration of architectural solutions that enrich and nurture the surrounding communities through design and collaborative processes.

Learning Objectives: 1. Attendees will understand techniques for documenting the character of their own specific region and through case study projects and learn how to incorporate those techniques into practice. 2. Attendees will be able to compare different project types and budget constraints based on a comparison between public (not-for-profit) and private clients. 3. Attendees will be able to identify how public projects can be constructed and detailed of exposed wood, renewable materials, and sustainable combustible materials while still maintaining expectations for performance, code compliance, and safety. 4. Attendees will be able to tell the difference between a traditional practice model and a workshop model that advocates collaboration, sustainability, research, investigation, and community involvement by fostering grass-roots community efforts.

Roberto de Leon, Jr., AIA, LEED AP Roberto received a Master in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1993, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. Roberto has served as a panelist for the Mayors’ Institute On City Design, a national advisory conference in association with the NEA for U.S. mayors on current planning issues.

M. Ross Primmer, AIA Ross received a Master in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1993, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Kent State University in 1989. Ross has served on the board of the Louisville metro government’s Landmark Commission and participates in many culturally related urban and citywide strategic focus groups and planning committees.