August 2015 News


scholarshipsHello Smart Architects

So much to discuss with you. First give yourselves a pat on the back! Through generous contributions and the golf tournament, you guys awarded $9250 in scholarships. And contributed $6000 to the Alabama Center for Architecture capital improvement campaign (still accepting donations too). Nice work! We have AV equipment now, official donor signage and acoustics are in progress. Movie night coming soon!

It is that time of year, time to nominate new councilors for the 2016 AIA Birmingham board. Responsibilities include attending one board meeting a month, attend all state quarterly meetings, serve on a committee, attend chapter meetings, represent our membership and help promote the profession. We have a good time. The board meetings are not stuffy. We will present the 2016 board at the November 6th annual tradeshow. Not ready for that much of a commitment? Try a committee to test the waters. We are always looking for new peeps on committees and welcome FRESH NEW ideas. Design Awards this year will be a FRESH format, don’t miss it! Open to other new ideas, email or call 322.4386.

Enjoy the last days of summer vacation with your families and get ready for a rocking AIA Fall.

Random – I love this quote.
Architecture is inhabited sculpture. Constantin Brancusi

Peace & AIA Love,
Rhea Williams, Executive Director AIA Birmingham


Thank you to all our sponsors who paid for memberships in June (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 with any questions.

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2015---Design-Awards-InviteWe had an impressive jury this year! Our jurors were:

  • Nick Holt, SOM – Chair
  • Kim Yao, Architecture Research Office
  • Paul Lewis, LTL Architects
  • Joel Barkley, Ike Kligerman Barkley

Don’t you want to know WHO won??? Buy your tickets TODAY! Enjoy cocktails and appetizers on the roof top at the downtown KRESS building. This is not your USUAL DESIGN AWARDS format, so get ready for a new experience with our favorite EMCEE Chris Davis.
And entrants, don’t forget display boards are due August 13 by 4:00 p.m.! The boards will be on exhibit at the Alabama Center for Architecture following design awards.


Celebrate 75 Years of Frank Lloyd Wright at the Rosenbaum House! – 4.5 LU


SEAoAL-FINAL-sSafe Room Design & Examples – 1.5 HSW

Part of Structural Engineers Association of Alabama 5th Annual Conference & Expo
Thursday, August 27 | Rosewood Hall, 2850 19th St. South, Homewood AL 35209
Early Registration: $30 member, $50 nonmember | Late Registration: $50 member, $70 nonmember
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Registration, Breakfast & Coffee Bar
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Lecture

In the past few years, building for natural disasters has been thrust into the public eye after recent tornadoes wiped out entire cities and took many American lives. Architects must work to stay aware of these challenges when setting out to design safe, strong and durable buildings for tenants and occupants. This lecture will focus on building design and the strength needed to withstand natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.

Click here to register!!

mega-meeting“Alabama: OPEN for Business”—2nd Annual AEC Group Mega Meeting (1 LU)

September 15, 2015 | Regions Field
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Exhibitor Hall Open
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Program
$35 to attend (sold out last year!) | $400 to exhibit

Don’t miss this opportunity to position your firm in front of members of almost every organization in the A/E/C industry. Principals, Business Development Professionals, Marketing Professionals, and Decision Makers will all be in attendance at this meeting.

Milton Davis, BL Harbert, Moderator
Brian Hilson – Birmingham Business Alliance
Brooks Kracke – North Alabama Industrial Development Association (NAIDA)
Mike Horsley –  Alabama Hospital Association
Ted Clem – Alabama Department of Commerce’s Business Development
Greg Knighton – Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA)

Click here to register!
Click here to exhibit!

Wine Down Wednesday Program – September 23 – 2 programs, 1 HSW + 1 party!






July Chapter Meeting & Scholarship Awards

More than 75 people attended the ACFA scholarship awards luncheon July 21, 2015 at The Club Inc. Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville, Inc., gave the keynote address, “Making Main Street Legal Again: The SmartCode Solution to Sprawl.” The SmartCode is an ideal tool for municipalities like Birmingham to adopt in order to legalize the use of traditional planning techniques in the development industry. Click here to view photos from the meeting.

Special thank you to all who made this meeting and the scholarships possible: Laney & Foster, PC, AIA National Matching Scholarship Grant, bDot Architecture, the Birmingham chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute and KPS Group.

The winners are:

  • Shirley Fung (Hoover); Auburn University; $3,500
  • Matthew Giddens (Vestavia Hills); Auburn University; $2,500 (given by KPS Group in memory of Murray Kidd, AIA)
  • Rob Warlick (Vestavia Hills); Mississippi State University; $1,500
  • Kayla Bailey (Pelham); Auburn University; $1,250
  • Ria Bennett (Hoover); Mississippi State University; $500

golf20th Annual ACFA Golf Tournament – Register today!

Thursday, October 15 | Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley course
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration
10 a.m. Driving Range with free balls
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Box Lunch
12:00 p.m. Shotgun start
5:00 p.m. BBQ Dinner & Live Music

Register today for the 20th annual ACFA Golf tournament! Don’t miss a beautiful day on the links, with all proceeds going to architecture student scholarships.

Click here to view registration and sponsorship information!


N2 Architecture – Join our committee!

Architects, we are looking for a few good men and women to join our N2 Architecture committee. The N2 Architecture program brings the architecture profession to local middle school students through a 30-45 minute presentation (presentation is ready). We need volunteers who can commit to giving 3 presentations in schools per semester. Please email Kathryn Moore ( or Robert Thompson ( ) for more information!


Photography Competition Call For Entries

2015 AIA Birmingham 4th Annual Photography Competition Poster


Walter Anderton, Architect, requests a 2009 paper copy of the Sweet’s catalogue. If you have one to sell or donate please contact Walter Anderton at 205-613-3911.

ACEC Fall Golf Classic

September 16, 2015
Ballantrae Golf Course, Pelham AL
Click here for registration information!

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