March 11 Chapter Meeting

AIA Akron March 11 Chapter Meeting

NeoMed Hard Hat Tour

This will be a building tour of two facilities: The Campus Research and Academic Expansion (RGE) is a four story addition to the existing NEOMED campus in Rootstown, Ohio. The building includes a four story biomedical research building of 83,000 SF, a Comparable Medical Unit of 20,400 SF, and renovations to 8,000 SF of existing research space.

The project is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The project is occupied having been completed in July of 2014. The second project is a Health, Wellness and Medical Education Center. This project consists of a new 176,600 SF Health & Wellness Center. The building will tie into an existing building on campus and will feature a fitness area, pools, atrium, urgent care, conference center, back-of-house facilities, meeting and office spaces, and a STEM+M school.

Location:  Meet in the Dr. Chatchai and Eleanor Watanakunakorn Medical Research Building lobby, 4209 Ohio 44, Rootstown, OH 44272 (Building F –  people should park in Lot “F”)

Time:  Arrive by 4:45, tour is 5:00 to 7:00 (we will split the group up and do two tours of each building, one at 5:00 and one at 6:00).

There will be no meal included with the tours.

Tour Guides:  Health and Wellness Center – Todd Westover (TC Architects), Bryan Snyder (Ruhlin), RGE/CMU building – Lindsey Loftus (NEOMED), David Krutz (Ruhlin)

NOTE: People should bring Hard hats and safety glasses for the Health and Wellness Center tour

This tour will be 2 LU/HSW
Both buildings have unique HVAC systems due to the research taking place in th eRGE and the need for humidity control in the HWMEC building.

Building Systems – both buildings have unique HVAC systems due to the research taking place in the RGE and the need for humidity control in the HWMEC building.

Materials and Methods – Due to to the research taking place in the RGE, special flooring and materials were selected. The HSMEC tour will discuss the proper selection of material due to the usage and longevity requested by the owner.

Construction methodology – While the NEOMED campus is located in a suburban setting, The campus is a hub of activity which created a tight site situation.

Energy Efficiency – The RGE is a LEED Silver facility and we will discuss the methodology for attaining that designation.

2014 January Chapter Meeting

AIA Akron January Chapter Meeting

Kent State University

Integrated Design/CM at Risk as a Viable Process


The Kent State University is in the process of designing a new facility for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design utilizing Integrated Design combined with a Construction Manager at Risk delivery system.  The process has resulted in a facility that addresses in a more comprehensive manner the goals of the College.  Understanding the dynamics, individual perspectives, forces shaping each participant’s role and how the end result was an improvement to the project while reinforcing the design concept will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the process of Integrated Design and Construction.
  2. Through presentation of a real project example, follow the decision making in an IDC project from selection of the competition winner until the completion of schematic design.
  3.  Understand the perspective and roles from the viewpoint of the design architect, executive architect, construction manager at risk, university architect, and the user.
  4.  Understand the means by which win/win situations can be achieved in the design process.


  1. Marion Weiss, Weiss/Manfredi Architects
  2. Michael Manfredi, Weiss/Manfredi Architects
  3. Michael Bruder, Kent State Director of the University Architect’s Office
  4. Jeff Long, Pre-Construction Manager, Gilbane Construction
  5. Alan Renzi, Principal, Richard L Bowen Architects
  6. Douglas L Steidl, Dean, KSU College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Location:   Kent State University | Dinner – Student Center Ballroom Balcony, 3rd Floor | Program – Cartwright Auditorium*

* 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.


Time:        5:00 – Social | 6:00 – Dinner | 7:00 Program*


Cost: AIA Akron members – included in dues  *  Non-members of AIA Akron and guests – $25.00 to be paid in advance of meeting by noon, January 13, 2014.


To Register: By noon, January 13, 2014.


Learning Units: 1AIA LUs/HSW will be issued for the program. The program is equal to 1 contact hour for other organizations requiring continuing education.


AIA Transcripts: AIA members, you will need to sign in on the registration sheet at Cartwright Hall for the CEUs to be recorded on AIA CES transcripts.


All others will need to request a PDF certificate to be emailed to them. Please contact me at if you want a certificate.



Click on the link below to register or RSVP.
Thursday January 16, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST
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Kent State University
1075 Risman Drive
Kent, OH 44242
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2013-2014 ARE Study Sessions





Download The Flyer Here!

Who:  AIA Associates, future architects, all welcome

Where: Vocon 3142 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44115


AIA Associates: $20 per Session / $110 All Sessions

Non-AIA Members: $40 per Session / $210

Deadline To Register: Thursday Prior To Each Session

Note: There will be no late registration option

When: 9AM – 1PM (All Dates)



  • October 12: Building Systems (Mechanical & Electrical) Study Session

Hosted by:  Matt Morgan (Mechanical Engineer) and Shawn Callahan (Electrial Engineer) of Karpinski Enginering

  • November 9: Structural Systems Study Session

Hosted by:  Aaron Lobas of Osborn Engineering

  • Jan 11, 2014: Construction Documents & Services + Programming, Planning, & Practice Study Session

Hosted by:  Eric Pempus of Oswald Companies: Selvaggio-Teske & Associates

  • Feb 8, 2014: Site Planning & Design Study Session

Hosted by:  Jack Baumann of Cleveland State University

  • March 8, 2014: Building Design & Construction Systems Study Session

Hosted by:  TBD

  • April 12, 2014: Vignettes – All Tests

Hosted by:  TBA (Will be multiple volunteers)


The American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.), Cleveland and Akron chapters are proud to announce the 2013-14 Architectural Registration Exam (A.R.E.) Study Session Series for all future architects. …


Follow this link for more information and to register.

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
 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



Industry Night

Greetings AIA Akron Area Members, Associate Members, Students at UA and KSU…
On behalf of the Home Builders Association of Portage and Summit Counties, and the HBA Architects, we extend a cordial invitation to the Greater Akron area architectural community. This year’s Industry Night has been expanded to include an “HBA Associates and Trades Expo”. Over 50 exhibitors are participating. Energy Rater, George Trappe will be presenting a one hour program on RCO Chapter 11 – Energy Efficiency Compliance Paths.
The event is Wednesday, April 24th at St. Joseph’s Family Center,  610 West Exchange Street, Akron.
  • Education registration 3:45 PM with program starting at 4 PM.
  • Expo doors open 5PM.
  • Admission is FREE for Architects. Associates and students.  SEE VIP invitation announcement and ticket below…
Please pass on the invitation to your office associates.  We look forward to your attendance on the 24th…
                                    Todd Ederer, HBA President
 Diane McCort,  Hallie Bowie, and Marty Caruso, HBA Architects

AIA Akron Canstruction 2013

canstructionlogoAIA Akron Canstruction®  2013 is happening in May!  We need teams, sponsors, and volunteers for the event!


AIA Akron Canstruction®  2013 Build Day is scheduled for Friday, May 17 at the WeGallery in Akron, Ohio.


The Awards Gala will also be held at the WeGallery, on Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm.  This event is family friendly, open to all, and free!  Canstructures will be on display throughout the month of May.  Stop by the WeGallery 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 AkronCanstruction®  2013! 


Download 2013 Canstruction Volunteer Form Here


Download 2013 Canstruction Sponsor Form Here


Download What is Canstruction – Rules & Regulations Here

Kent State University AIAS

CANCELLED – AIAS Kent – Emerging Professionals Panel + Mock-Interview Workshop


Cancelled. We will repost when rescheduled.

AIAS Kent – Emerging Professionals Panel + Mock-Interview Workshop

As part of a workshop series AIAS Kent is looking for AIA Akron volunteers for our mock-interview workshop. It would be a two hour commitment on Saturday, April 13th from 1-3pm in 202 Taylor Hall.

We are looking for two categories of volunteers:

Emerging Professionals: (5+ individuals)
We would like to engage engage a few emerging professionals to sit on a panel and take turns answering students questions such as what to wear to an interview, how to craft a good follow up email, IDP process, examinations etc.
Interviewers: (4+ individuals)
We are seeking Architects who have experience with interviewing to interview our members as if they were applying for a position. After the “interview” critique them their performance. Give them advice on ways they can better their portfolio, resume, image etc.
If you are not an emerging professional but would still like to sit on the panel you are more than welcome to come. We would love to have as many architects show up as possible. Our main theme of this workshop is “employability skills” but we are also wanting to give our members a chance to meet professionals and get the questions answered that studio doesn’t answer.


Send inquiries to:
Adrian Helton .
AIAS Vice-President
AIA Akron Liaison

2012/2013 Design Awards Program

AIA Akron 2012/2013 Design  Awards Program

 2012-2013 Design Awards Graphic


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

University of Akron Martin Center

RSVP by noon April 3, 2013


This event is one of AIA Akron’s most prestigious events as we honor our local architectural firms for their excellence in building design. We want to recognize those who have made significant contributions to our profession and our community.


Please plan on joining us to honor our award winners for the 2012/2013 AIA Akron Chapter Design Awards. Our region has been blessed the past two years as our chapter produced 49 total entries, including 18 of those coming from KSU students and intern architects. A talented local jury was assembled to compare and contrast the entries, finally coming to a consensus on the winners which will be announced in a celebratory event at the Martin Center on The University of Akron campus on April 9, 2013. Please make your reservations now to join us for an evening of food, drink, and award winning design.

Did you know that the Martin Center was The University Club of Akron from 1909 to 1987?

In 1909 a group of young college graduates, most away from home, formed the University Club of Akron. The club, initially open only to men with at least two years of college, had a social, cultural, athletic and educational purpose. Nine years later, having grown considerably, the members built and moved into the building now known as The Martin Center. The lower two floors were used for social activities and the upper two floors for sleeping accommodations. At the rear of the building were clay tennis courts.

For the next fifty years, the club served as a gathering place for members and their dates or spouses. Intertwined with the growth of Akron, the roster of members read like a Who’s Who of the international rubber community. From club shows and dances to tennis tournaments and educational programs, the club thrived. Due to the buildings convenient location, many University of Akron activities also took place here.

In the 1970s, it became increasingly difficult for the membership to maintain the building. As a result, the facility was donated to The University of Akron in 978 with the agreement that the University Club organization be preserved, if possible. However, by 1987 it was apparent that the days of the old University Club were over and the membership disbanded.

Today, after considerable remodeling, the building once more reflects the grandeur of its early days. A center for University activities as well as numerous community, social, and education events, the spirit and ideals of the club and its founders endure.

Location: University of Akron Martin Center | 105 Fir Hill | Akron, OH 44304


Time:  5:30 Social, Hors D’oeuvres, Cash Bar, | 6:15 Dinner, followed by Awards Presentation


Cost:  $30 for ALL attendees


To Register: Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or by noon, April 3, 2013.