AIA Ohio: Equity in Architecture Survey 2018

Please remember to take Equity by Design’s third Equity in Architecture Survey before it closes Friday, March 16! Developed by AIA San Francisco, the survey aims to explore career equity experiences among architecture school graduates.

The survey should take between 20-25 minutes to complete. If you’ve already received an invitation from another organization, please take the survey only once. Also, do not forward this survey link to others to preserve the integrity of the survey.

Take the Survey

To learn more about Equity by Design and this year’s survey, visit
For questions about the survey, please contact our research partner, Kendall Nicholson at

Thank you for your participation!

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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.
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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)

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Lunch + Learn: February 14, 2018

Understanding Poly Ash Trim and 

Other Categories of Exterior Trim

time for lunch and learn

February 14, 2018

Noon to 1:00 @ AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI Fairlawn Office

Click Here to Register Now

(1 LU/HSW – 1 hour)

Course Description

An examination of the new Poly-Ash category of exterior trim product as it relates to other types of soft trim, specifically around the areas of installation, longevity, maintenance and sustainability.

Learning Objectives

* Identify the various categories of exterior trim

* Understand key attributes of each exterior trim category

* Define the Poly-Ash category of exterior trim

* Identify key applications and installation guidelines for Poly-Ash products

* Discuss the sustainable advantages of poly-ash trim products

Facilitator Qualifications

All facilitators will be Boral Tru Exterior Sales personnel, or distributor product specialists who have undergone training on CES guidelines and presentation skills.

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See What’s New!

Experience enhanced video streaming or search for courses by keyword—it’s all part of AIAU’s new platform and the first in a series of exciting enhancements we’ll be rolling out over the next few months. Check out the site! You’ll find the same great content with anytime, anywhere access, along with several great new features.

Visit the AIAU website to see all the great new features!

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2017 AIA Akron Holiday Social


Pub Bricco

1841 Merriman Rd, Akron, OH 44313

Join us for a evening of camaraderie, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails. Bring a set of new hats and gloves to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve and receive an additional drink ticket.

RSVP ( or 330-699-9788) to the AIA Akron Office.

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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.

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2017 Design Awards Recap


The 2017 AIA Akron Design Awards Masquerade Ball was an amazing success. Many congratulations Continue reading

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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.
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AIA Akron November Fundraiser – Online Registration

aiakron dueling for schooling


On November 2, 2017 AIA Akron is hosting the 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 members. This year’s event will feature Dueling Pianos International and is sure to be a wonderful 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.

When: Thursday, November 2, 2017
5:30 Social, 6:30 Dinner, 7:00 to 9:00 Entertainment
Where: The Tangier – 532 W Market St, Akron OH 44303
Make your reservations now!!
Reservations include dinner, drinks, and entertainment
  • Single Reservation – $60.00
  • Table for 8 Reservation – $450.00
We are also looking for sponsors and silent auction items.  Please click the link below for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities.
Deadline to Register Is October 27, 2017


Introducing, live!


Artist: Noel Leaman:
As a former Dueling Pianos Entertainment   Director for 6 traditional Dueling Pianos venues located in Michigan, Alabama and Florida, Noel has trained many of today’s up and coming Duelers in the art of Sing Along. He is also responsible for creating our innovative wedding performance format. With over 2,500 Dueling Pianos performances under his belt, Noel has placed smiles on hundreds of thousands of faces from California to Japan to New York. Amid the thousands of Clients, Dueling Pianos International has served, Noel is requested more than any of our other entertainers combined!

Artist: Dan Louisell: 

Dan is considered to be one of the funniest entertainers on the Dueling Pianos circuit. His clever and witty comedic timing along with his award-winning smile have made him one of the most sought after Entertainers on the Dueling Pianos circuit. When not on the road, Dan can be seen performing at one of many Sing Along venues in his hometown. If you are fortunate enough to have Dan perform at your next event, ask him for a CD of his comedic material.
Dueling Pianos by  Dueling Pianos International:  an all request, rock n roll, comedy piano show that makes the AUDIENCE the stars of the show!  All Tips placed on the pianos will be given to AIA Akron.  This is a great show that you definitely don’t want to miss.  See you there!!!
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2017 Design Awards

The 2017 Design Awards
Registration will close when there are 120 people attending.
The Facts:
Where: Greystone Hall        103 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308
When:  October 13th / 6:00 pm
Price:   AIA Akron Members – included in dues / Non-Members – $50 / Students – $15

Do you have your mask ready for the AIA Akron Design Awards?
Don’t worry AIA Akron has have you covered. Attached to this email are mask templates to get you started.  With less than 3 weeks left, you can improve an existing template or create your own.
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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.
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