In Remembrance

AIA Akron Members-

It is with extreme sorrow we share news of the passing of Craig Thompson, AIA.

Born in Manassas, VA, Craig was a resident of Cuyahoga Falls and was the owner of Craig Thompson Architecture. A 1991 graduate of Stow High School, he earned his undergraduate degree in architecture from Kent State University. Craig had a strong work ethic and was a brilliant designer. He studied and became a registered architect. Craigtook great pride in establishing his own firm in order to bring modern architecture to northeast Ohio. His experience included Jamaica, Miami (FL), Ft. Lauderdale, and San Francisco.

Our hearts go out to Craig‘s family in the face of this tragic loss.

Jillian R. Tipton
Executive Director

AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI

More than a competition – A New Way of Design Thinking.

ZeroThreshold is a design competition that is about more than creating accessible spaces. It’s about elevating the idea of accessibility through intentionally beautiful design.

This competition is an important step in changing the conversation about accessibility. Not only will it launch Cleveland towards being the world’s best “barrier- free city”, the solutions that surface can be broadly applicable to cities throughout the United States and around the world.

In partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, and others, North Cost Community Homes has launched a design challenge for 2019 meant to help rethink how we envision and talk about accessibility in housing. Not only will students and professional competitors be designing accessible housing solutions for one of multiple categories for cash prizes totaling $11,000, the winning design will have the opportunity to be built in the Cleveland, OH neighborhood of Old Brooklyn. The competition is open to national and international designers. There is also a special student division.

For more information, see the brief below.

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2019 Diversity Recognition Program—Apply today!

The AIA Diversity Recognition Program recognizes people, programs, and AIA chapters whose work challenges the norms and helps diversify the architecture profession. We’re looking for submissions that showcase work, influence, and change in five different categories.
Deadline: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Annual Meeting Recap & Upcoming Events

AIA Akron Members-
Thank you to everyone who participated in the annual meeting on Monday. The votes have been tallied, Julie Whyte will our 2019 president-elect and Melinda Scalfaro will be the AIA Ohio DirectorIf you were unable to attend our Annual Meeting and would like to know what was discussed, please reference the attached document, and let me know if you have any questions.
We look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming events:
  •  October 23, 2018, 7:00 pm @ KSU’s CAED Building – KSU’s AIAS Napkin Sketch
    •  AIA Members are invited to participate in a Napkin Sketch competition hosted by Kent State’s AIAS chapter. Attendees will participate in a 60-second sketch competition, providing AIAS members the opportunity to interact with their professional counterparts in learning about critiques and design in a less formal atmosphere. Prizes will be awarded to the top three sketches.
  • October 25, 2018, 5:00 pm @ Missing Mountain Brewing Company in Cuyahoga Falls
    • The OH KY Chapter of IIDA invites members and guests of ASLA, CSI Akron-Canton, IIDA and AIA Akron to our next Akron Design Professional Happy Hour Social. This event is open to everyone -including non-members, guests and potential members. No RSVP needed.
  • November 1, 2018, 5:30 pm @ The Tangier – AIA Akron’s Dueling for Schooling Fundraiser
  • November 12, 2018, at 5:15 pm – 2019 AIA Akron Planning Meeting
    • Join the AIA Akron board as we discuss AIA Akron’s goals and events for 2019. The meeting will be held in the Fairlawn area, and information regarding the meeting location will be sent soon.
  • December 6, 2018, 5:30 pm @ Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar– Joint Holiday Social

As always, let me know if you have any questions. 

Jillian R. Tipton 
Executive Director


Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
The lecture begins at 5:30 pm
Cene Lecture Hall
CAED Building, Kent State University


AIA and CSI members and guests are invited to Kent State University’s campus on Tuesday, October 9th to attend a this year’s Toguchi Lecture, presented by Billie Tsien. Titled “Practicing”, Tsien’s lecture will focus on built projects.


There will be limited seating available in the Cene Lecture Hall- attendees are encouraged to arrive early. If seating is unavailable in the Cene Lecture Hall, seating will be available in classrooms throughout the CAED Building, with the lecture presented on screens in each room. AIA & CSI members and guests are invited to join the KSU community for a reception with heavy hors-d’oeuvres following the lecture in the CAED Building. There will be no formal dinner for AIA & CSI members and guests this year. The nearest parking deck is the Kent Central Gateway, located at 201 E. Erie Street, Kent Ohio 44240.


Registration closes October 4, 2018.


September Chapter Meeting- Canceled.

UPDATE (9/10/2018): Grace Jeffers’s lecture on September 13th at Kent State University has been canceled due to a death in the family. This event will be rescheduled for a later date. Information will be sent when more information is available. 

AIA Akron members and guests are invited to our September Chapter Meeting, titled “Global Forestry 101”, by Grace Jeffers on September 13th at 5:30 pm. The meeting will be held in the Cene Lecture Hall at The College of Architecture & Environmental Design Building at Kent State University, and is open to the public. Those who register are invited to Treno for dinner after the presentation.
Lecture Description:
The world is losing its forests at such an alarming rate we now have global laws in place to protect our remaining woodlands. This lecture guides designers through the dense undergrowth involved in protecting forests. Designers will learn about endangered trees, their illegal logging, and how to identify the origin of wood before they specify. Global Forestry 101 also shows how to identify illegally obtained wood and reviews legal alternatives that protect forests and satisfies client needs. Recent global laws are very serious, and the lecture explores stark examples for design professionals to note so that they can protect their practices.
ffers’s lecture on September 13th at Kent State University has been canceled due to a death in the family. This event will be rescheduled for a later date. 

Two Day Concrete Symposium

The National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance (NCERCAMP), is hosting a two-day event on sustainable concrete Thursday-Friday October 11 & 12, at 264 Wolf Ledges Pkwy. University of Akron, Akron, OH. 44325

Concrete Innovations

Low additive high early-strength concrete is becoming more popular, but what is it?

Concrete is a versatile building material that enjoys excellent thermal mass and varied design options but can require significant amounts of noncementitious materials carrying a high carbon footprint for maintenance. Low additive high early strength concrete relies on natural solutions and chemistry to produce more resilient concrete with less impact on our environment.

Smart micro-encapsulated corrosion inhibitors help guard against concrete corrosion, specifically in areas where steel rebar makes contact with the concrete matrix. This system of limiting corrosion of concrete will be explained in a one hour lecture on October 12th by NCERCAMP’s own Dr. David M. Bastidas.

On the 11th & 12th of October, live demonstrations of another natural concrete, reactive copolymerizing solids (RCS), will take place outside on campus.

For more information contact:

AIA State Economic Profiles

AIA National has recently published The State Economic Profiles, which contain economic indicators at the national, regional, and state level (e.g., employment, construction starts) to demonstrate the importance of architects and the industry to society. This important collection of economic indicators showcases the impact of the architecture industry on society including employment and gross domestic product. See how Ohio compares with the nation.