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!

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



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.  www.thewegallery.com


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

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 rsvp@aiaakron.org by noon, April 3, 2013.

2012/2013 Design Awards Submittal

AIA Akron 2012/2013 Design  Awards Submittal

 2012-2013 Design Awards Graphic


Dear AIA Members:

Please consider entering the 2012/2013 AIA Akron Chapter Design Awards program. This program
provides recognition for exceptional work in the local area and beyond, and affords us the opportunity
to showcase our efforts to the public, our clients, and our peers.

As always, we hope to increase the number of entries, especially encouraging those who have not
traditionally participated in the program to submit their best work. Towards this end, we are accepting
projects in the categories of commercial, residential, unbuilt projects, miscellaneous, and student work.
We believe that this will encourage entries in all of the various market sectors, as well as “other” work
created by member firms or individuals.

Qualifying members/firms include any individual AIA Akron members completing work under their
own name (person holding the contract) or firms with at least one principal as an AIA Akron member
as of December 1, 2012. Entrants are asked to clarify if they are the Design Architects or Architects-of-
Record and Awards may be given jointly to the Design Architects and Architects-of-Record if they are
different. Students shall be Associate Members of AIA Akron or student members of the AIAS.
Qualifying projects for the built category are those completed after January 2010. Past winning
projects (in any category) are not eligible.

The first step in the submittal process is to send a completed entry form (attached) and entry fee for
each project to the AIA Akron offices at the address below. Upon our receipt of this completed entry
form and payment, you will be emailed a PowerPoint Template. This email will include instructions for
describing each entry, and instructions for graphic and photographic portions of the submittal. Once
again, we are requiring that all graphic information be provided in electronic format, so that digital
images can be used to more fully describe your project.

A complete schedule is detailed below:

PowerPoint Templates available January 14, 2013
Entry fee of $75 per project is to be paid and entry form received before template is provided; make
checks payable to AIA Akron and send both to Design Awards, 2841 Riviera Drive, Suite 120,
Fairlawn OH 44333.

Submittals due, emailed by close of business on February 22, 2013. Submit entries to email address:

Judging, week of March 4, 2013.

Notification of winners, week of March 11, 2013

Awards Dinner – April 9, 2013

We look forward to receiving your submittal and recognizing the quality work produced by the firms
and individuals in our chapter. Please contact Carolyne Tinsley with any questions or comments on the
2012/2013 Design Awards Program at the AIA Akron Office.



2012-2013 Design Awards Letter, Submission Form and Student Flyer



Entries are due February 22, 2013, for
“Student” category projects – these
are projects completed during the
2010 -2011 or 2011-2012 school years
that are your own or your team’s work
(not under the direction of a firm)

In addition to receiving this prestigious award, the winning
entry(ies) will each also receive a $100 gift card.

There is no cost to submit projects and entry is completed
using electronic format which can be obtained through
AIA Akron

Judging by a Jury selected by AIA Akron

Call Carolyn Tinsley, AIA Akron – Executive Director at
(330) 699-9788
Or e-mail admin@aiaakron.org for details.

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

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 ]

Please right click the pdf link above to download if it does not open in your browser.


2012 Architecture Is …

AIA Akron May Chapter Meeting



May 1, 2012

Architecture Is…

T-shirt Design and Essay Competition

Deadline to RSVP is 4/27/12

… AIA Akron’s annual competition for T-shirt Design and Essay writing contest. Come join us for a fun night and see the creativity in pictures and in words as submitted by the next generation. The competition is for grades Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade and Special Education. The purpose of the contest is to help promote an awareness of the roles that architecture and the built environmental and how that  plays out in everyday life. Dinner for members is included in their dues.


Register Now for May 1 Chapter Meeting  

Deadline to RSVP – 4/27/12

RSVP@aiaakron.org   or call – 330-699-9788


Location:         Camp Y-Noah · 815 Mount Pleasant Road · Clinton, OH 44216

Time:                 6:00 – 6:30 Check in| 6:30 – 7:30 Dinner | 7:30 – 8:30 Awards Presentation

Cost:                 AIA Akron INCLUDED IN DUES

Non-chapter AIA Akron – $25.00

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

by noon, April 27, 2012

AIA Akron Canstruction 2012







AIA Akron Canstruction 2012

Design/Build Can sculpture Charity Event


Team Entry and Volunteer Sign-Up  – AIA Akron Canstruction 2012

Sponsors Form – AIA Akron Canstruction 2012


Who: Teams of Architects, Engineers, Corporations, Artists, Clubs, Contractors, Designers, Groups, Students, Organizations, Societies and Charitable People join together

What: Design & build structures made entirely from canned foods within a 10′ x 10′ x 8′ space

Why: To benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank which serves 8 counties and over 180,000 neighbors in need


5/1 Team Entry Deadline (please email intent to admin@aiaakron.org by that time, team entry form and $50 check can be mailed)

5/15 Team Final Design Drawing Due

6/1 Build Day – Teams and volunteers only inside gallery for safety, We Gallery shop and Uncorked Wine Bar are open to all

6/2 5-7pm Akron ArtWalk, Downtown Akron Partnership – trolley stop at We Gallery –open to all, kid friendly, free, donations accepted

6/2 7pm Awards Gala – presentation of jury selected Canstruction awards to teams, friends and family invited, open to all, donations accepted

6/1-6/30 Exhibit Open throughout June to all during We Gallery and Uncorked Wine Bar hours – please call or check websites for times

6/30 Decanstruction

Where: We Gallery   20 N High St. Akron, Oh 44308 (330) 252-0988

and Uncorked Wine Bar 22 N High St, Akron, OH 44308 Telephone: (330) 374-1850


Contact: AIA Akron The American Institute of Architects – Akron Chapter, 2841 Riviera Dr #120, Fairlawn, OH 44333-3413 Executive Director, Carolyne Tinsley



Sarah Markley, AIA Ohio Associate Director 2012, AIA Akron Canstruction Coordinator and Associate Director 2011, Design Smartly

Michael Sanbury, AIA Akron Associate Director 2012, Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects

Kim Samartino, SE Blueprint, Inc.


Event Sponsors: (as of April 2012)

Imaginit Technologies, a Rand Worldwide company, Authorized Autodesk Company

SE Blueprint, Inc. Akron and Cleveland locations, supporting local business since 1990

W.L. Tucker Supply Company, Inc. since 1915


Teams: (as of April 2012)

Geis Companies

Akron’s Downtown Historic District

Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects and Alan Burge Architecture