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AIA Akron

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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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



Pecha Kucha Cleveland – Volume 19

Pecha Kucha Cleveland – Volume 19

THIS Friday, August 23rd, 2013, Rain or Shine*


Doors Open: 7;00pm

Presentations Begin: 8:30pm

Beverage Break: 9:20

Presentations Resume: 9:45pm

Presentations End: 10:30pm


In 5 days PKN will be taking over West 24th street, sitting in the shadow of the West Side Market in Ohio City. In the event of rain, PKN will take place in the Tasting Room of Great Lakes Brewery, just down the street*.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page and Twitter for the announcement of whether or not it will be on West 24th or in the Great Lakes Tasting Room. The announcement will be made by 1pm on Friday, and really, if you show up to West 24th on Friday and we aren’t there, we are in the tasting room; just walk on down.


As always, each presenter will get to show 20 images of their work, with each image pre-timed to 20 seconds per image.  While PKN19 is free and open to the public, the occasional $5 donation for their outdoor events to help subsidize some of the misc. equipment/permit costs.


*If it rains and PKN end up in the Great Lakes Tasting Room, it will be a limited entry to 200 people. Guests that do not get in at first are encouraged to return at the break (9:20pm) to see if any spots have opened up. Typically quite a few spots will open up at the break.


The presenter list (in NO particular order):

  • Faith McFluff  – Hula Hoop instructor and performer at Cleveland Exotic Dance
  • Mark Stadiot – Illustrator and Designer
  • Fred and Laura Bidwell – Photography collectors and co-founders of the Transformer Station (partnership with Cleveland Museum of Art)
  • Mike Zubal – Owner of Zubal Books (amazing book collection and to add to it, own a former twinkie factory where books are stored)
  • Loren Naji – Amazing Sculpture artist and gallery owner
  • Johnny S – Owner, JohnnyVille Slugger, Custom engraved baseball bat store in Ohio City
  • Sam McNulty and Andy Tveekrem – Owner and Brewmaster, respectively, at Market Garden Brewery
  • Marilou Suszko – Journalist, foodwriter and culinary educator
  • Wayne Mortensen – Architect with a passion for Architecture, Urban Design and Social Work
  • Paul Brenner – Founder and Brew Expert at The Cleveland Brew Shop
  • Mark Raymond – Founder, The Cleveland Hostel
  • Marc Ciccarelli – Architect and owner of Studio Techne



Twitter: @PechaKuchaClev

Event Hashtag: #PKNCLE19

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PKNCleveland


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