2017 Design Awards

The 2017 Design Awards
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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

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2015 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention

OVR 2015

2015 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention

October 11-13, 2015
Hilton Downtown
Columbus, Ohio

Registration open now!


schedule of events

Keynote speakers include:

Marshall Brown, a licensed architect and urban designer in Chicago, IL

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Bryan MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC, Hon. FAIA, from Nova Scotia, Canada, has contributed to architectural education in the region for 30 years

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Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA, a National Design Award winner, is widely recognized as a pioneer in the application of robotic technology to building fabrication

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2015 Toguchi Lecture

toguchi 2015

FINAL CALL for REGISTRATION, September 2nd, 2015!

Register now!

Toguchi Lecture at Kent State University

Guest Speaker:

Kevin Daly

Case Studies in the Architecture of Sustainable and Performative Urbanism: The Work of Kevin Daly Architects


Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

5:00- Social & Registration, Room 306abc*, 3rd floor Student Center

5:45 – Dinner

6:45 – Depart to Cartwright Hall**, Registration

7:00 – Program, Cartwright Hall

*Remember to bring your parking ticket to room 306abc to be validated

**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.


Cost: Akron-Canton CSI members & AIA Akron members – included in 2015 dues. AIA Eastern Ohio members, register as AIA Eastern Ohio, pay by credit card or PayPal or check – must be received at the office by Sept. 2. No fees collected at the door.

Non-chapter members of CSI or AIA, and guests – $50.00, to be paid in advance by the Sept. 2 RSVP deadline. Please make checks payable to Akron-Canton CSI.

Payment may be made by credit card at the time of registration.

2015 ToguchiKevin Daly Architects
 Kevin Daly Architects believes  architecture must transform the  everyday built environment.  Established in 1991 as Daly Genik  Architects, Kevin     Daly Architects  practices the practical magic of  architecture as an alchemy of craft, materials, and form. Kevin Daly Architects weaves innovation into its projects by bonding  technology with fabrication, sustainability with urbanism, and livability with economy. The firm’s award-winning  portfolio includes environmentally and socially responsive educational, residential, and institutional projects ranging in scale from single room artist  work spaces to campus master planning. The practice has been recognized with over thirty AIA awards, the Rudy Bruner Foundation’s Gold Medal  for Urban Excellence, and the AIA Los Angeles Firm of the Year Award.
2015 ToguchiKevin Daly, FAIA
For over twenty years, Kevin Daly, FAIA, has made architecture that explore the paradox between urban conditions and the consequences of intervention. Projects by Kevin Daly express his belief in an architecture that performs on every level: environmentally, structurally, economically, and aesthetically. His work exhibits the benefits of research into advanced and unconventional building technology. His projects include expertise ranging from public schools, custom residences, university buildings to affordable housing.
He is a design faculty member at UCLA and has served on juries or lectured at institutions internationally, including Stanford University, Cornell University, Rice University, SCI-Arc, the Architectural League of New York, the University of Texas at Austin, and RISD.
Kevin received a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University and he holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of California in Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and has served as a board member for the AIA Los Angeles Chapter.

Continuing Education
Case Studies in the Architecture of Sustainable and Performative Urbanism: The Work of Kevin Daly Architects
1.5 LU/HSW, AIA CES approval to be determined.
This course will introduce participants to case studies of work by Kevin Daly Architects. For over twenty years, his firm has worked in communities and urban setting s with the goal of making building perform on every level: environmentally, structurally, economically, and aesthetically. Case studies will include in environmentally and socially responsive educational, residential, and institutional projects with particular emphasis on affordable housing, water conservation, and educational facilities with innovative learning environments that consider the health and well-being of the learner.
Learning objectives
1. Participants will be introduced to ways of transforming sites into buildings that reconnect the urban fabric and restore community identity; attendees will be able to compare examples and apply these strategies to their own practice.
2. Attendees will be able to outline characteristics affordable housing while also emphasizing sustainability, water conservation, and the human welfare of residents.
3. Attendees will compare the differences between traditional, flexible, and open-ended learning spaces and when to apply these in elementary school design; participants will be introduced to a case study with special emphasis on ways to connect schools to the civic fabric and use the spaces on site to promote community health and learning within the schoolyard.
4. Participants will recognize climactic differences where conservation of water is of paramount health and environmental concern for architects working in arid climate conditions; site strategies and use of building systems will be introduced to attendees.

Tuesday September 8, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
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Kent State University
800 E. Summit Street
Kent, OH 44240
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If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call me. Contact information below.


Thank you for your attention and response. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.



Carolyne Tinsley
AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI

2015 AIA Akron Design Awards

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2015 AIA Akron Design Awards

AIA Akron hosted its 2015 Design Awards program at Northside Lofts on Saturday, August 1st in conjunction with the Akron Art Walk.  There were 75 in attendance who enjoyed spectacular views of the city from the unfinished penthouse space and rooftop terrace.  Michael Maise, AIA, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Mike Gwinn, AIA, of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, served as this year’s keynote speakers and design jury along with a third juror, Mary Cerrone, AIA, of Mary Cerrone Architecture and Interiors.  The evening was topped off by perfect weather, delicious food and local brews.

Many thanks to our event sponsors  –  Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects, Thorson Baker & Associates, Milliken & Company, Belden Brick, and SE Blueprint.

Also, thank you to our ‘celebrity’ bartenders – Dennis Check, Rob Habel, Elizabeth Murphy, Domenic Ferrante, Matt Sutter, Eric Wright and Zada Lines



Congratulations to this year’s AIA Akron Design Award Winners:






DA2015-Cornice-Treehouse team

Brandilyn Fry, AIA; Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President; David Leach


DA2015-Hasenstab-Kay Jewelers Pavilion






DA2015-Hasenstab-Kay Jewelers Pavilion team

Scott Radcliff, AIA; Marge Zezulewicz, AIA;  Michelle Tomei, Lucas Moore, AIA; Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President







DA2015-SolHarrisDay-Campbell team

Sarah McCurdy, Yvette Zingery, Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President, Andrew Lallathin, RA








DA2015-BraunSteidl-ATC team

Chas Schreckenberger, AIA; Tom Stecky; Cindy Leitson (VP of Facilities at Tri-C); Rob Habel, AIA; Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President







DA2015-SolHarrisDay-ParkCentre team

Burt Marzley, AIA; Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President


DA2015-SolHarrisDay-Akron CF





DA2015-SolHarrisDay-Akron CF team

Dennis Jansky (Controller at Akron Community Foundation), Yvette Zingery, Sarah McCurdy, Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President







DA2015-Mota-DBA team

Brett Moses, AIA; Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President


DA2015-Chang Ong-Allegheny





DA2015-ChangOng-Allegheny team

Derek Chang, Timothy Ong, Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President













DA2015-Ong-Zigzag team

Timothy Ong, Melinda Scalfaro, AIA President





Burt Marzley, Andrew Lallathin, Sarah McCurdy, Dave Zingery



Awards Jurors: Mike Gwin, AIA and Michael Maiese, AIA



Design Awards



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.

2014 CANstruction


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AIA Akron Canstruction®  2014 is happening in September!  We need teams, sponsors, and volunteers for the event!


AIA Akron Canstruction®  2014 Build Day is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17,  just before the AIA Ohio Convention in Kent, Ohio.


The Awards Gala will also be held in conjunction with the AIA Ohio Convention, on Friday, September 19.  Canstructures will be on display throughout the AIA Ohio Convention.  Stop by and donate to vote for the People’s Choice award…  monetary donations and/or canned food donations will be equally appreciated!

We need your support to continue this tradition of outreach and advocacy of the architectural profession by providing 6,500 meals for a portion of the 180,000 people served in 8 counties who are in need. Please team together with your company, peers, contractors, and engineers to enter in AIA Akron Canstruction®  2014!

The 2014 AIA Ohio Convention

The 2014 AIA Ohio Convention

“A Future Practice” 

September 18 – 20, 2014

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center

Kent, Ohio

AIA Ohio, in collaboration with host chapters AIA Eastern Ohio and AIA Akron will be hosting the 2014 AIA Ohio convention at Kent State University on September 18 – 20, 2014. Working together with members of the profession from throughout Ohio, this years convention will be the first time that AIA Ohio has worked to bring its annual convention to the site of one of the states architectural programs.  

This years theme, “A Future Practice” focuses on careers, business and practice opportunities for those who are just entering the architectural profession as well as long time practicioners looking for ways to change their existing practices.  Centered out of the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center, the convention will focus on the connection of practice to the academy as the profession is redesigned.

As we work to reposition the AIA, we hope that you will plan on joining us this September as we connect Academy and Practice.

The link to the AIA Ohio page is here where you can register and see the even schedule, etc.

Comedy Night!


Children portrait

Date:  Tuesday, August 5
Social @ 5:30
Dinner @ 6
Presentations @ 7
CEUs by Kelly McCrone of Sherwin Williams and David Fox of Knoll
Comedian @ 8
National Joke Teller, Ryan Dalton
Location:  The Funny Stop, Cuyahoga Falls

Cost: AIA Akron members – included in 2014 dues.  Non-chapter members of AIA Akron – $20 to be paid in advance by the July 28, 2014 RSVP deadline.

RSVP:  by noon on Monday, July 28 [click here to register]

AIA Akron April 24 Chapter Meeting

Children’s Hospital Hard Hat Tour

Deadline to Register Is April 21, 2014


Tour guide and presentation speaker, Marge Zezulewicz, AIA, serves as a Medical Planner and Project Manager for the Akron Children’s Hospital Critical Care Tower project.  She also is a member of the Project Leadership Team (PLT), responsible for the oversight of the project.

A graduate of Kent State University School of Architecture and Environmental Design, Marge has provided master planning, programming, design and construction administration services for over thirty years.  Since joining Hasenstab Architects in 2000, she has served as Akron Children’s Hospital’s project architect at both the Akron and Mahoning Valley campuses.  Marge has engaged in multiple Lean Six Sigma Training and Kaizen events with the Mark A. Watson Center for Operational Excellence and supports the Lean culture at Akron Children’s Hospital.


Tour guide, Patrick  Oaks, has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years, nearly 10 of which have been spent with the Welty Building Company as the President of Welty Facility Services Group (WFSG) where he was charged with divisional oversight along with full P & L responsibility.  He is committed to cost effective management of resources, delivering quality, value based performance and ensuring the successful implementation of the client’s vision.

Pat’s nearly decade-long relationship with Akron Children’s Hospital, with nearly 100 projects on their main campus, best suited him to quarterback the $180 Million Ambulatory Surgery Center and Critical Care Tower project that Welty was awarded alongside Joint Venture partner Boldt Construction.  Pat’s involvement in this project will require him to be the fully dedicated Project Executive through project completion.


Tour guide, Cliff Greive, has 36 years of engineering and construction experience. As Director of Construction at Akron Children’s Hospital, his responsibilities include completing design and construction projects on time and on budget with concentrated, detailed analysis of costs, both initial and operational. Maintaining the Hospital’s goals for energy efficient designs and lean concepts, the continuing success of the Hospital’s building programs is thriving. Recent projects include the Renovation of the Operating Suite at the Mahoning Valley Campus, A Behavioral Health Emergency Department and a one-of- a- kind Expressive Therapy Center.

Cliff started as an intern while completing his studies at The University of Akron. During his internship he worked on various projects including the design of many unusual structures and systems for the NASA Lewis Research Center. Following that obtained his Professional Engineer’s license from the State of Ohio.


 Presentation speaker, John Labriola, Summit County, Ohio; Chief Building Official, has 39 years construction and building inspector experience. He has been chief building inspector for Summit County since 2009. His experience in the construction industry extends from 1975 withPedersen Electric; Helper / Apprentice / Journeyman Electrician. John is looking forward to  sharing with Design Professionals the requirements of the Ohio Building Code and specifically Chapter 17 special inspections.



WHERE:  Akron Children’s Hospital, Cedar Locust Building, 157 West Cedar Street, Suite 200.

Surface Parking Lots are available at the north and south sides of the building.  Participants should enter at the north entrance (closest to the parking deck).


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Attendees should bring hard hats, safety glasses and wear enclosed shoes for the tour.


TIME: 5:00pm – Registration and Social

5:15 – 6:15 Tour new building

6:30 – 7:00 Dinner

7:15 – 8:15 Presentation: John Labriola, Summit County Building Department

8:30 – 9:30 Presentation: Marge Zezulewicz


COST: AIA Akron members – included in 2014 dues. Non-chapter members of AIA Akron – $25.00, to be paid in advance by the April 21, 2014 RSVP deadline. Register


CEUs: AIA CES,  3 LUs/HSW for tour and 2 presentations. This event is equal to 3 contact hours for other organizations requiring continuing education.


AIA CE logoHard-Hat Tour of Akron Children’s Hospital Critical Care Tower / 5:15 – 6:15

The tour provides a first hand glimpse of an Integrated Lean Project Delivery (ILPD) construction site.  We will explore strategies that explain how eliminating waste in construction promote a safer project site and improve the construction experience at this healthcare facility. Learning Objectives: 1.  Identify the difference between traditional and ILPD construction sites. 2.  Learn strategies that improve safety and efficiency for the first users of the building – the construction personnel. 3.  Investigate the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire suppression building systems within the hospital building. 4.  Understand Life Safety Systems that protect the general public in hospitals.


Presentation: John Labriola / Ohio Building Code- Updates / 7:15 – 8:15

Chapter 17- Special Inspections. Learning objectives: 1. Identification of Special Inspections Required. 2. Review the responsibility of the Design Professional, as related to Special Inspections. 3. Understand what are the special Inspections and the Plan Review Process. 4. To make the Design Professionals aware of the requirements of the Ohio Building Code and inclusion thereof into submitted construction documents.


Presentation: Marge Zezulewicz, / Building on the Promise: Lean Facility Design and Construction /8:30 – 9:30

Collaboration, exploration and continuous improvement are key characteristics of the Lean Facility Design & Construction process.  By re-allocating involvement and resources among the users, designers and constructors, the traditional design and construction process is improved for the addition at Akron Children’s Hospital. Learning Objectives: 1.  Understand ‘Lean’ and Integrated Project Delivery and how this integrated design process benefits the end users of buildings. 2.  Discuss how involvement of key stakeholders throughout design and construction can improve the health, safety and welfare in buildings. 3.  Understand contractual relationships of ILPD team members. 4.  Demonstrate strategies that improve decision making with this non-traditional design and construction process. Demonstrate strategies that improve decision making in design.