April 2015 News


Happy Spring, Architects!

Help us HELP YOU MARKET your Firm. It is hard to help you if you don’t let us. Join us in April for Marketing/Social Media month. Have you seen the National AIA #ILookUp campaign? No, well check it out below.

AIA National’s #ILookUp Campaign

Ike Piggot, Alabama Power Communication Strategist will show YOU how to utilize the #ILookUp national campaign to promote your firm and projects at our April chapter meeting; Merging Form and Function through Social Media. You will not get many opportunities to utilize a national commercial to highlight your local firm.

And check out the rest of the media coverage AIA Birmingham has received to date!

We are working hard to promote the architectural profession thru all media outlets.  If you do the same for your firm/projects, we will share your projects on AIA Birmingham social media sites too. Start tweeting, posting, instagramming, and connecting on all your social media sites and do no forget about good ole PRINT media too. Send out those media releases every chance you get.

Let’s use the #ILookUp campaign to YOUR BENEFIT!

Peace and Social Media Love,
Rhea Williams
Executive Director AIA Birmingham

Connect with us on Social Media!

If you are active on social media channels (which you should be), remember we retweet and share what our members are doing, giving you some extra eyes on your projects!

Save our Architecture Firm History!

We are putting together a BIRMINGHAM ARCHITECTURAL FIRM FAMILY TREE for the upcoming 50-year anniversary. The goal is to create a mural size poster illustrating the evolution of architectural practice in Birmingham over the last 50 years (1965-2015). To make this happen we need your help. If you are interested in having your firm represented, please click here for more information. Contact Brannon Foster, AIA, LEED AP at brannonfoster@hotmail.com to help today!



Thank you to all our sponsors who paid for memberships in March (below). A complete list of sponsors is listed on the right side of the page. If you have not renewed, please see the sponsorship form here or email kathryn@aiabham.org with any questions. See the recent “Ask an Architect” photos here.


Holcombe Windows & Doors


Brewery Design & Home Brewing – 1 HSW

Tuesday, April 7 | $15 for members includes one drink ticket
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Cahaba Brewing Lecture & Tour | 2616 3rd Ave. S
6:00-6:30 p.m. | Hop City Home Brew Lecture | 2924 3rd Ave. S

RSVP to Kathryn@aiabham.org by April 6. Seating is limited for home brewing lecture.

The second in our 50th Anniversary Celebration Series, Brewery Design & Tour will be a time to learn from Cahaba Brewing Company’s Eric Meyer about what brew masters want in brewery design — all while you network & enjoy libations. Then, if you’d like, make your way to Hop City Birmingham for a lesson in the art of home brewing. Please specify in your RSVP whether you would like to attend one or both lectures.

  • Cancellation policy: Must give 24 hours’ notice of cancellation. If you cancel less than 24 hours before or do not show up to the meeting without notice, you will be billed the cost of the meeting.

houzzUsing Social Media & Houzz to Promote Your Business – 1 LU

Tuesday, April 14 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. | FREE
Alabama Center for Architecture | 109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South
RSVP to Kathryn@aiabham.org by April 10.

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTS!! This workshop is for YOU! During this session, learn directly from Houzz professionals how you can harness Houzz and integrated technologies to improve business efficiency, reach new prospective clients and streamline communications. In addition to a brief overview of the top things to do and maintain with your Houzz profile, professionals will learn features that help you define your brand via your Houzz profile including best practices for writing your business description, proactive brand management tips and a preview of new Houzz features.

Bring your laptop or tablet and get personalized attention from a Houzz employee!!

Ike-Pigott1April Chapter Meeting – Merging Form & Function through Social Media – 1 LU

Tuesday, April 21 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | $15 members, $25 nonmembers
Location TBA
kathryn@aiabham.org by April 17.

Ike Piggot of the Southern Company will share his media expertise so you can:

  • Better understand the social media revolution
  • Use social media to set yourself apart
  • Promote a specific project using social media tool

Cancellation policy: Must give 24 hours’ notice of cancellation. If you cancel less than 24 hours before or do not show up to the meeting without notice, you will be billed the cost of the meeting.


Skate_076Recap: March Meeting – Wheel Friendly Parks & Special Needs

Faith Skate Supply held the March Chapter Meeting, and our hosts Crys Worley and Peter Karvonen spoke to their work with The A.Skate Foundation, the nonprofit founded by Crys and Peter, which uses skateboards as a means of therapy for children with autism. Skatepark designer Michael McIntyre, who has worked alongside A.Skate for years to bring a skatepark to Birmingham, presented his own design strategies and discussed the accessibility features that make a park ideal for autism therapy. See photos from the event here.

1Auburn University Birmingham Summer Design Camp – 6th, 7th and 8th grades

Session 1 | July 20-24, 2015 (8:00 am – 4:30 pm daily)
Session 2 | July 27-31, 2015 (8:00 am – 4:30 pm daily)

Auburn University’s Design Workshop offers an engaging program for rising 6th – 8th grade students interested in a professional career in design. Hosted by the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture and the School of Industrial and Graphic Design, both located in the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction, this week-long day camp offers an intensive design experience while exploring that explores the disciplines of graphic design, industrial design, architecture & landscape architecture. For more information, visit http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/opce/auburnyouthprograms/bhamdesign.htm.



Southern_012Great Temple of Travel: Exhibit Photo Gallery

Our exhibit opening of the Great Temple of Travel was fantastic – more than 125 people attended to view the exhibit, which is on display in the ACFA through April 10! Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this event possible: Birmingham Public Library, Goodwyn | Mills | Cawood, Architectural Design Specialties, Jane Reed Ross, ASLA, Philip Morris, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, The UPS Store 2389, Caldwell Mill Road, and Chris Green Design. Catering by Tre Luna Catering. Click here to view photos of the event.


March Site Visit – Thomas Jefferson Building / Leer Tower

2015-04-09 Thomas Jefferson Tower Demolition

2nd Ave N & 17th St. N

Parking is street OR in the gravel lots on the alley between 1st and 2nd Ave.
Hard hat & Closed-toed shoes required

RSVP by April 8 to kathryn@aiabham.org.

Grandview-sProject Life Cycle Meeting Series: Pt. 4 (Financial)

Friday, April 24 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Free with RSVP + Lunch
Alabama AGC Building | 5000 Grantswood Road

RSVP to Anne.McCarley@thehartford.com and indicate which group you represent.

If you missed the first meeting, young professional groups of contractors, engineers, architects & financial managers are teaming up to host a series of meetings tailored to the young professional. We are taking a known local project, the Grandview Hospital on 280, and using it to walk through a job from the perspective of each industry group. If you are new to your industry or a seasoned veteran, this is something you don’t want to miss. This month’s meeting will be a panel discussion featuring representatives from legal, subcontractor default insurance and surety.

HagermanHagerman & Company appointed as an Autodesk Platinum Tier Partner

Company Recognized for Industry Expertise, Services, and Customer Satisfaction

Mt.Zion, IL March 2, 2015 – Hagerman & Company today announced that Autodesk has promoted the firm to an Autodesk Platinum Tier Value Added Reseller (VAR). Only a small number of Autodesk Value Added Resellers worldwide have achieved Platinum Tier status.

“Our Platinum Tier acknowledges the instrumental role these companies play in delivering world-class design solutions, products and services,” said Steve Blum, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Services at Autodesk. “Whether through the services they deliver, or their notable customer satisfaction scores, these partners constantly show that they can provide exemplary services and capabilities to their customers.”

Platinum partners provide their customers with best-in-class full solutions from pre- and post-sales support, consulting, training, implementation, and customization. Hagerman & Company works closely with Autodesk to help customers design, simulate and analyze their ideas, increase operational efficiencies and maximize their return on investment in Autodesk software solutions.

“Hagerman & Co., Inc. has a long standing initiative to deliver world class products and support”, said Hagerman & Company CEO Sandy Hagerman. “We are pleased to be awarded the Autodesk Platinum Tier Partner status. Meeting and exceeding the requirements of this exclusive award was driven by our commitment to offer value and innovation to our customers.”

About Hagerman & Company

Hagerman & Company is a 30-year Autodesk reseller providing design software, expert training, support and consulting services to clients throughout the Midwest, South and California. Learn more at www.hagerman.com. Imagine it, Design it, Build it . . . We’ll help!

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