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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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2013 Chapter Meeting/Annual Meeting

Chapter Meeting/Annual Meeting

October 29, 2013

The Tangier


5:00pm Registration & Social, cash bar
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Annual Meeting
7:00 Presentation | 1 LU


MORE INFORMATION TO COME… We are moving to ONLINE REGISTRATION. You will receive an invitation with instructions to register.
There will be a vote for the following slate of officers and board of directors at the October Annual Meeting.


Emily Little – President
Melinda Scalfaro – President Elect
Don Rife – Past President
TBD – Secretary
Brandilyn Fry – Treasurer
Brian Miner – Director
Robert Marshall – Director
Phil Steinberg – Director
Craig Thompson – Director
Paul Waltz – Director
John Wheeler – Director
Robert Chordar – AIA Ohio Director
Don Rife – AIA Ohio Alternate
Mike Sanbury – Associate Liaison
Bill Willoughby – KSU CAED Liaison



Deadline to Register, October 24, 2013

AIA Akron is moving to on-line registration. You are invited to our October Annual Meeting. You may pay by credit card or by check. If by check, it must be received by October 24 (registration deadline), and payable to AIA Akron.

Cost:    AIA Akron Members – included in 2013 dues.

Non-chapter members of AIA Akron – $25.00. 

You may pay using a credit card or by check, to be paid in advance by the October 24 RSVP deadline.





PRESENTATION / 1LU AIA CES approved / 1 contact hour for other organizations:

Eugene P. Baxendale, PE, LEED AP: President, Business Improvement Catalysts:  Mr. Baxendale has over 35 years of experience in managing virtually every aspect of a professional business. This experience spans a wide spectrum of assignments which includes performing engineering services for automotive and industrial businesses to managing financial, purchasing and project management operations for a petroleum company. He started a Business Development organization from scratch for The Osborn Engineering Co., a professional engineering and architecture firm, and successfully built it for 18 years. He then was named President of the company and guided it to some of its greatest growth and prosperity, while modernizing its operations. Through his current consulting business, Business Improvement Catalysts, successful commissions include:

  • Assisting a minority-owned professional services firm in stabilizing operations and financial conditions. Designed a Business Development strategy and developed Business Projections for future business success. Assisting in developing alternative funding sources for Working Capital
  • Served as Vice President for Business Development for a small Construction Management firm, where he helped them gain access to new markets.
  • At the collegiate level, he is assisting a small college to plan and implement energy-saving capital improvements at their campus power plant.
  • Provided an analysis of the operations of the engineering arm of an architectural firm and developed an improvement plan for enhancing its operations and profitability, as well as its efficient integration in the organization of the company.
  • Provided guidance to a non-profit organization in planning and implementing the incorporation of a donated sculpture into a prominent building site.
  • Providing informal mentoring for a young engineer, with a focus on balancing career goals and objectives with family responsibilities and other life goals.
Wayne Minich will be a co-presenter with Mr. Baxendale on the Ownership Transition portion of the presentation. Wayne is the Owner and President of Applied Financial Concepts. He is a Certified Financial Planner that works primarily with small and medium sized companies and owners to assist with financial planning, succession planning and ownership transition. In serving his clients, he works with the philosophy that “I shall recommend that course of action which, were I in the same situation, I would apply to myself.”



Toguchi Lecture 2013

Toguchi Lecture 2013 

September 3, 2013

Deadline to RSVP, Noon, August 29

James P. Cramer

James P. Cramer has spent his career serving the architecture and design community. He is the founder and chairman of the Greenway Group, one of the country’s leading strategy consulting and business foresight firms for the design and construction industry. In this capacity, he researches, consults, and gives seminars for professional firms around the world. Cramer is also the founding editor and publisher of Design Intelligence and the  Almanac of Architecture & Design, which has been hailed as “indispensable” by Pulitzer prize-winning architecture critic Robert Campbell.


He has authored several hundred articles and the critically acclaimed book  Design Plus Enterprise: Seeking a New Reality in Architecture. He is co-author of the books How Firms Succeed: A Field Guide to Design Management Solutions and The Next Architect: A New Twist on the Future of Design.


In addition, Cramer is co-founder and president of the Design Futures Council, a think tank devoted to advancing innovation and shaping the future of the A/E/C industry. The interdisciplinary Design Futures Council is a network of design, product, and construction leaders exploring global trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of the industry and environment. Members include leading architecture and design firms, innovative manufacturers, service providers, and forward-thinking A/E/C firms of all sizes that take an active interest in their future.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013


5:00-Social – Ballroom Balcony, 3rd floor Student Center

5:30-Dinner – Ballroom Balcony

6:30 – walk 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.

REMEMBER to bring your parking ticket for free parking validation stamp.

7:00-Program, Cartwright Hall


Cost:  AIA Akron members & Akron-Canton CSI members – included in 2013 dues.

Non-chapter members of AIA or CSI and guests – $50.00, to be paid in advance by the August 29 RSVP deadline. 

 Payment may be made by credit card, contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788.


To Register:  Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or admin@aiaakron.org
 by noon, Thursday, August 29, 2013


Learning Units:  1 AIA LU (Learning Unit) will be issued for this seminar. This seminar is equal to 1 contact hour for other organizations requiring continuing education.



The presentation will explore the visible and invisible evolution of the design professions and how they will succeed in being resilient in an age of shifting and game changing times.  Strategies and models will be presented for effecting stronger service in architectural and interior design projects and firms.  These changing parameters demand that the design professions “make a difference” and thus students and professionals mus t see the advantage of a broader knowledge base with greater options.  The goal of this continuing education presentation is to transmit a vision that focuses on foresight as a key to the future of the profession.



  • Understanding the value of design  as perceived in the future
  • Required diverse knowledge alternatives for design success
  • Realizing the conceptual and technical demands on built environment designers and how the defined professional disciplines interact
  • Understanding of the changing perspectives regarding knowledge and process in designing and constructing the environments in which we live



Contact Us

Jillian R. Tipton
Executive Director

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

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