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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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AIA Akron Annual Business Meeting + October Chapter Meeting

October 7, 2014
The Tangier

Our guest speaker for the evening presentation is Keeven White

Keeven 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.

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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