KSU CAED Spring Lecture Series

From the Kent CAED Events page:

The 2013 Spring Lecture Series is right around the corner. Stay tuned as we post specifics on each event. Preliminary dates are as follows:

  • Eric Firley – Feb 20
  • Gail Caskey Winkler – February 25
  • Nicholas DeMonchaux – March 11
  • Julio Amezcua – April 8
  • Mario Carpo – April 17

More to come.  Stay tuned….



Thursday, January 17, 2013

“Architecture Building Design Competition Presentations”

Two Hours HSW/SD CEUs



In August, Kent State President Lester A. Lefton announced that the College of Architecture and Environmental Design will get a new home on the Kent State University Esplanade, a pedestrian walkway through campus that is currently being extended into downtown Kent, Ohio.


The new $40M College of Architecture will unite a program which is currently being housed in three separate buildings.  After receiving 37 submissions from international and national design firms, a short list of four has been created.  Please join us as we listen to the long awaited presentation of their solutions.


The four teams selected for the last stage of the design competition are:

  • Bialosky + Partners Architects, with offices in New York and Cleveland, in association with Architecture Research Office of New York
  • Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc. of Cleveland in association with Weiss/Manfredi of New York
  • The Collaborative Inc. of Toledo, Ohio, in association with the Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle
  • Westlake Reed Leskosky with offices in Cleveland and four other cities


Learning Objectives:

  • The four firms will outline their strategy for creating a sustainable solution for the building.
  • Each firm will present their solution for siting and justify it as it relates to aesthetics, connections to campus and maximizing environmental effects on the building.
  • Discuss overall programming and code adherence in addition to general life safety compliance.
  • Each firm will show how their solution provides a contextual, yet unique, solution and how it ties into the campus utilizing proper materials, building entry/connection, and building siting.


The new architecture building is part of the university’s campus transformation, called “Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future,” which involves the construction of new buildings, facility upgrades and establishment of dynamic, new spaces. The goal of this initiative is to create the most outstanding academic experience for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater community enriched by the university.


On January 17, 2013, the four selected teams will present their design concepts, sustainability data and a cost estimate to the selection committee, followed by an abbreviated presentation that will be open to the public, including College of Architecture and Environmental Design students and faculty. While the sustainability data is analyzed and the cost estimate will be reviewed by independent sources, the presentation materials will be further evaluated by the jury to determine the winning design scheme. The winner of the competition is expected to be announced in February 2013.



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



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

Parking tickets will be validated

* There is a short, outdoor walk between the location of dinner and the program. Please plan accordingly. There is not guaranteed parking at the Cartwright Auditorium and walking is recommended.



* AIA Akron members – included in dues

* Non-members of AIA Akron and guests – $25.00 to be paid in advance of meeting by noon, Thursday, January 10, 2013


To Register:

Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or RSVP@aiaakron.org

by noon, Thursday, January 10, 2013.


Learning Units:

2 AIA LUs/HSW/SD will be issued for the program. The program is equal to 2 contact hours for other organizations requiring continuing education.

2013 ‘Architecture Is …’

2013 ‘Architecture Is …’


AIA members,

Send forms to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.


Download ‘Architecture Is…’ information and forms to send to family, friends, and neighbors.



AIA Akron, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is announcing its annual competition for T-shirt Design and Essay writing for Grades Kindergarten through 12th grade and Special Education this spring. The purpose of this contest is to help promote an awareness of the roles that architecture and the built environment play in everyday life. Results should reflect each student’s personal interpretation of just what “Architecture is…” We would appreciate it if you would distribute copies of the enclosed flyers to the teachers or art teachers within your school district. Or give the information to children in your family, or to your friends and coworkers. We want this program to reach out to as many children as possible.


The Awards Ceremony will be held at Camp Y-Noah on May 7, 2013. This year, AIA Akron broadened the exposure and experience of “Architecture Is…” through a traveling art and essay exhibit that was extended throughout the year to showcase the students and their schools into the greater Akron community. In the past, we have seen the impact on each participant for being in the “spot light” for just one night. We would like to extend that “spot light” and showcase the winners throughout different public venues, such as libraries, hospitals, city halls, and art museums as well as utilize the winning artwork for promotions for the following year’s program at participating schools. We envision the artwork traveling to the venues for display, for an estimated 2-3 month show, so that the community at large can enjoy the artwork of your students.


AIA Members Participation Needed to Distribute

Thank you for your assistance in distributing this information to as many contacts as possible. Send the ‘Architecture Is…’ documents to family members, friends, co-workers, church, or your local school. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or admin@aiaakron.org.


Download ‘Architecture Is…’ information and forms for distribution.


Kent State University AIAS

AIAS – “How To Be An Architect”

Call to AIA Members to Attend Student Chapter Meeting
December 8, 2012

RSVP NOW – Deadline Dec. 6, 2012 

Dear AIA Akron Members,


AIAS at Kent State University is having a meeting “How To Be An Architect” and needs AIA Akron membership participation. Please consider attendance.

December 8th (next Saturday). Pizza and refreshments will be served, the price will be $3-5. The location is 202 Taylor Hall. RSVP’s in by 12/06/12 so we know how much food to purchase.

Adrian Helton, AIAS president

2012 Holiday Social

Annual Joint Holiday Social


AIA Akron , Akron-Canton CSI, and NAWIC



Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm.

Pub Bricco

1841 Merriman Road

Akron, Ohio  44313



Carolyne Tinsley at rsvpAC-CSI@hotmail.com

Deadline to RSVP is 11/28/12.


Costs:  Akron-Canton CSI and AIA Akron members included in dues, NAWIC members and all guests are $25.00 per person.  Bring new hats and gloves to donate to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve and receive a complimentary drink ticket.

2012 Annual Meeting Report

Annual Meeting Report

At the AIA Akron Annual meeting October 9, we held our election of officers for 2013.

We are happy with the slate of candidates we received and are looking forward to a great year.

One issue came up during the election that we wanted to bring to your attention:
Per Bylaw Article 4.1.1, it states that we must hold an Annual meeting in October and at that meeting we are to elect next year’s officers. Under article 4.2.2 it states that a quorum for such meetings is required to be 20% of the chapter membership. The meeting was held per 4.1.1 but we did not have a quorum per 4.2.2. We presented the issue to the members who were present and it was unanimous to proceed without a quorum, but to inform the chapter membership of the vote and allow you to weigh in with any nominations or questions regarding the slate of officers.

Don Rife, AIA 2013 President Elect

2013 Slate of Officers & Directors:

President Don Rife
President-Elect Emily Steiner Little
Past President Don Funk
Secretary Melinda Scalfaro
Treasurer Todd Westover
3-year Director Brian Miner
3-year Director Phil Steinberg
3-year Director Paul Waltz
1-year Director John Wheeler
1-year Director Susan Allen
1-year Director Stefanie Smith
Associate Director Mike Sanbury
1-year KSU CAED Liaison Doug Steidl, FAIA
3-year AIA Ohio Director Bob Chordar
3-year AIA Ohio Alternate Director Jeff Barber
Kent State University AIAS

UPDATE: AIAS Kent State Architectural Firm Crawl

AIAS Kent State

Architectural Firm Crawl

Moved to November 1, 2012, 2-5 pm due to weather 

October 30, 2012, 2-5 pm

Facebook Link


Join AIAS in visiting 3-4 local architecture firms in the Akron/Canton area.
We will spend around 30-45 minutes at each firm where the architects will present about the day to day workings of an office and showcase some of their work. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in the future profession, or wishes to get a foot in the door.

AIAS members are FREE
Non-AIAS members are $10
Anyone who wishes to carpool will be given free admission and provided with a $10 gas card

If you have any questions, please contact any of [the] firm crawl committee [members]:
Evan Andersky, Barbara Russell, or Michaila Crislip

Contact AIAS Kent for more information

October 9 Annual Meeting

Steve Litt is a native of New York with more than 30 years experience as a journalist specializing in art, architecture and urban development. Steve joined The Plain Dealer in 1991 after moving north from Raleigh, N.C., where he worked for The News and Observer newspaper. He is a regular guest on public radio, WPCN 90.3FM and television, WVIZ and contributes to ARTnews magazine and other national publications including Metropolis, Architectural Record and Planning, the magazine of the American Planning Association. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in art from Brown University and a master’s degree from the School of Journalism at Columbia University, and is completing a master’s degree in city planning at Cleveland State University. Since 2004 he has been named Best Critic in Ohio seven times by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and The Cleveland Press Club. In 2010, Steve was awarded the Robert Bergman Prize of the Cleveland Arts Prize, given to community leaders dedicated to a democratic vision of the arts. Steve lives in Shaker Heights with his wife, Rosalie, and daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth.

Update: Mr. Litt will address Repositioning Northeast Ohio’s Cities. Steve says, “Our region has been given up as a lost cause, but cities are rebounding because of changing demographics, a new interest in urban living, new financing tools and a rising emphasis on sustainability. Yet the region still faces immense challenges from the inefficient pattern of sprawl encouraged by the interstate highways. What role should architects play in this changing landscape?


Location:    Kent State University|Dinner: 306ABC – 3rd floor

Program:    Kiva, 1st floor Student Center

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

DEADLINE TO RSVP – October 3, 2012


Cost:            AIA Akron members included in 2012 dues.

Non-members of AIA Akron and guests – $25, to be paid in advance of meeting by October 5.

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

Please Note: Parking validation will be provided. Remember to bring your parking ticket to the meeting to have it stamped.


To Register:    Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or RSVP@aiaakron.org

AIA Ohio Annual Convention

“Body + Building / Architecture:
Creating Environments for Well-Being”

September 12 – 15, 2012   l Cleveland Ohio


The Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects  is pleased to host the upcoming AIA Ohio Convention, September 12-15, 2012.   The convention is expected to bring together over 400 architects and allied professionals from around the state and regionally for four days of programs and networking.  The host hotel is the Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square, 1260 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115


On the AIA Ohio page you will also find a Tentative Schedule of Events, a Complete Schedule with Session Descriptions, the Tour Descriptions, Registration Fees and Hotel Information

Keynote speakers include Stanley Saitowitz, Natoma Architects Inc.; Massimiliano Fuksas, Massimiliano Fuksas Architetto; Fred Collopy, Case Western State University Weatherhead School of Management; and Farshid Moussavi, Farshid Moussavi Architecture,

It wouldn’t be an AIA Ohio Convention without fun social events at interesting venues, and 2012 will be no exception.  The Thursday Host Chapter Icebreaker reception will be at the beautiful and elegant Cleveland Botanical Gardens.  On Friday evening enjoy the settings provided by the Playhouse Square Theatres while you attend the AIA Ohio Awards Banquet.


REGISTRATION IS OPEN! – Register today for the AIA Ohio Convention.

2012 Toguchi Lecture — John Peterson

Tuesday, 04 September 2012
Kent State University

A joint meeting of AIA Akron, AIA Eastern Ohio and Akron-Canton CSI

Social and Dinner – Ballroom Balcony, 3rd Floor, Student Center
Program – The Kiva

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

Cost:  AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI members – included in 2012 dues. Non-chapter AIA or Non-chapter CSI members and guests – the cost is $50.00, to be paid in advance of meeting by Aug. 29. Payment may be made by credit card.

To Register:  Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or admin@aiaakron.org by noon, Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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


Speaker: John Peterson, AIA, Founder and President of Public Architecture
Discussing the role architects play to the community and what impact they can exert through design.


John Peterson, AIA, Founder & President of Public Architecture, conceived of and established in 2002. John serves as the chief spokesperson and strategist for Public Architecture as well as design director and a member of the board of directors. John maintains a small private architectural practice, Peterson Architects, which for over 15 years has dedicated an extraordinary amount of time to pro bono work, serving arts institutions, city agencies, community development corporations, nonprofit organizations, and social service agencies. John has been appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom to both the San Francisco Green Vision Council and Open Space Task Force. He is also an elected member of the South of Market Business Association board of directors as well as past chair and a current member of the Urban Solutions board of directors.

John is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Nice Modernist award from Dwell magazine, the Jefferson Award for Public Service, numerous citations from all levels of the AIA, as well as the 2009 Designer of the Year award jointly with former Executive Director John Cary. John earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. During the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Public Architecture’s Founder and President will speak about opportunities for designers to more fully engage the nonprofit sector and provide service to populations that have historically not invested in the design of the built environment. He will highlight the use of design to tackle social issues, the development of a new market for design services, and how Public Architecture is developing the resources and infrastructure to support the intersection of the design and social sectors. You can expect to acquire an understanding of the current state of pro bono service within the design profession. He will present different models of pro bono service. You will learn how to incorporate pro bono service into current practice and learn opportunities to provide design services to underserved communities.






Update: Thank you to Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, Editor-in-Chief of AIA California Council and past Board Member of Public Architecture, for standing in and delivering the Toguchi Lecture.



The Akron AIA, Akron Canton CSI,
and Cleveland CSI 2012 Golf Outing

Register Now



Friday, July 20, 2012


Pines Golf Club and Restaurant
1319 North Millborne Road
Orrville, Ohio 44667
Phone: 330-684-1010



The day will include:

10 A.M. Shotgun Start
Lunch at the Turn
Practice Putting, 18 holes of Golf
with Cart, Course Refreshments,
Evening Reception, Dinner and Prizes.

Flyer [pdf ]

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