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AIA Akron is a local component of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). We represent over 170 members in 11 counties of the greater Akron area. Our mission is to organize and unite in fellowship the members of the Architecture profession. We promote the aesthetic, scientific and art of planning by advancing the standards of architectural education, training, and practice, to coordinate the building industry and the profession of architecture to ensure the advancement of the living standards or people through their improved environment.

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Changes to the AIA Ohio Valley Region Practice Innovation Lab

Hopefully by now you’ve heard of the AIA Ohio Valley Region Practice Innovation Lab. This program is an event where teams comprised of students, associates, architects, Fellows, and other seasoned professionals come together to develop new practice models in the profession of architecture. Originally envisioned as a multi-day event, we are consolidating this to a single day workshop, in conjunction with the AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention, in an effort to allow more individuals the opportunity to participate.

The PIL will consist of teams of 5-7 individuals of any member category from each component in the OVR. You can register as an individual, or you can register a team (up to six people). Registration is being extended to August 23. After this date, we will form teams from the individual registrations and will prepare them for the event on Sept. 19, when teams will convene in Cincinnati for a full day workshop to develop concepts into presentations. On Friday, Sept. 20, teams will present their vision at the Ohio Valley Region Convention Keynote session. Convention attendees will select a People’s Choice award and prizes will be given.


In summary – the AIA Ohio Valley Region Practice Innovation Lab is:
  • a one-day workshop – Sept. 19, in conjunction with the Ohio Valley Region Convention in Cincinnati.
  • a Keynote Presentation opportunity on Sept. 20 – People’s Choice will be awarded and prizes given.
  • free! there is no cost to participate – and if you plan to attend the Convention, you’ll already be in Cincinnati.
  • a chance to help shape the future of the profession – and to work collaboratively with others who are in different stages of their careers in architecture.
We hope you’ll consider participating.


The AIA Ohio Valley Region Practice Innovation Lab is sponsored by Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc., the CNA Insurance Companies and the AIA Trust, providers of the AIA Trust Professional Liability Insurance Program.


You can find more information about the event and a link to register for it here: www.aiaohio.org/PIL
This is a link to a video summary of the original PIL event from October 2017.

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Jillian R. Tipton
Executive Director

2841 Riviera Drive, Ste. 120
Fairlawn Ohio 44333
Appointment Only. 

P: 330-699-9788
E: jtipton@AIAakron.org