February 2016 News


Hello Fun Architects,
We had so much fun in January, can’t wait for February.  We have one more meeting for music and architecture, Seab Tuck, FAIA who designed the Country Music Hall of Fame will be presenting in February and then we move on to Historical Preservation.  As you all know the historical tax credit expired in 2015. They are taking applications until May 2016. As part of the series, we are hosting a historic tax credit project exhibit to use as a tool/resource to advocate to extend the historic tax credit.  There are 39 projects that received a state tax credit reservation and 13 on the waiting list.  Our goal is to have a project board for each project. Projects on the waiting list will be listed on a board.
The exhibit will travel across the state and will be in Mobile Al for the National Preservation Conference in late July.

2016 is dedicated to showing off your work, proving you are problem solvers, bring value to each project and advocating for the industry. What would the world look like without architects? We would be one big hot mess!

Please email me a list of your historical tax credit work if you want to participate in the exhibit.

Keep changing lives one design at a time! You are appreciated.

Peace & AIA Love,
Rhea Williams,
Executive Director, AIA Birmingham & Alabama Center for Architecture

2016 Sponsorships Now Available!

It’s not too late! You can still renew your 2016 AIA Birmingham sponsorship! See the brochure or contact Rhea or Kathryn with questions. Thanks to all the sponsors who paid in January (below). A full list of sponsors can be found on the right side of the page.

Click here to view our Sponsors’ Contact Information!

Crow Friedman Group
Hohmann & Barnard
Hoar Construction
Gallery Services

Acme Brick, Tile & Stone
AFS Repair
Cardno Haynes Whaley
Consulting Construction Engineering
Dale of Alabama
Dodge Data & Analytics
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
G2 Lighting Agency
Lighting Partnership
Signage, Inc.
Smith Lacey Sales
Southern Bath & Kitchen
Tandus Centiva
ThyssenKrupp Elevators
Ai Corporate Interiors
Coral Industries
National Cement Company of Alabama

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Friday, March 4th
Alabama Center for Architecture | 109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South
8:30-9:00 a.m. Coffee & Networking
9:00-10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion

RSVP by March 2nd to kathryn@aiabham.org.

SPONSORS- this is a FREE opportunity to get YOUR questions answered by architects. Learn tips from architects on how to catch their eye. Get your company new business and win employee of the month! *For platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors only.*


February Meeting – Symbolic Influences in Design with Seab Tuck, FAIA – 1 HSW

February 16 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Iron City | 513 22nd St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
$20 AIA members/sponsors, $30 Nonmembers/Guests | Cash, check or credit card at the door

This talk will explore infusing symbolic references in the Design process. We will see how this defines projects by looking at historic examples, a few past projects of Tuck-Hinton Architects, and then more recent work such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the convention center (Music City Center). The more recent examples suggest why and how specific music icons and imagery of Nashville imparted the final design of those projects.

Seab A. Tuck, and his business partner Kem Hinton, formed Tuck-Hinton Architects over 30 years ago. Their projects range from private residences to schools, from college buildings to civic structures, and from museums to commemorative parks. Such examples include the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Bicentennial Capitol Mall, the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Public Square Park, Adventure Science Center, Headquarters for Warner Bros. Records, Country Music Association and Brooks Telecommunications. He more recently completed the Nashville Convention Center (Music City Center), and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Expansion, and multiple projects on the Lipscomb University Campus. Seab received his Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University in 1975. In 1998, he was inducted into the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. In 2002 he received the Avalon Award for Creativity from Lipscomb University. Last year he was honored with The Tennessee Society of Architects Lifetime Achievement Award.

THANK YOU to our sponsors for this event– Williford Orman Construction and Williams Blackstock Architects!

Click here to view the Call for Entries!


To acknowledge excellence in Architecture, AIA Gulf States Region conducts an Annual Honor Awards Program. This Honors program identifies built works of distinction designed by AIA members in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. These awards also bring greater public recognition to our Gulf States Region’s outstanding Architects and their remarkable projects. Philip Black, AIA – Alabama will chair the 2016 Program.

We want our Birmingham architects represented!! Click here to view the Call for Entries!

EP Site Visit: Birmingham Intermodal Facility

12553085-standardThursday, Feb. 18 | 3:30 p.m.
Morris Ave. between 17th and 19th Streets | Street Parking
REQUIRED: Hard hats, closed toed shoes, safety vests, protective eyewear.

Our February site visit will feature the new Birmingham Intermodal Facility. When completed, the new $30 million complex will serve MAX and regional bus services and Amtrak train service. Expected completion date is late 2016. Ty Cole from Giattina Aycock Studio will lead the tour.


Music Poster Exhibit

Architects, hippies, graphic designers, musicians and music lovers all had one thing in common on January 14, 2016 – MUSIC POSTERS!!! The Alabama Center for Architecture hosted an opening reception for the Music Poster exhibit. Posters were from private collections. Click here for a list of the posters on exhibit.  It was so inspiring to see the eclectic crowd in the ACFA gallery space. The space was created to bring awareness to design and it is succeeding. As part of the exhibit, Davis Architects had a collage of music venue projects exhibited and we were able to subliminally educate a new audience.

Special thank you to Dave’s PizzaWeld for Birmingham,Hunter’s CleanersCreate BirminghamSaturn Birmingham,Davis Architects and AIA Birmingham for partnering with us on this event! View more photos here: (on Facebook) (on our website). 

panel-discussion2Dirty Socks???? Who Knew???

Our music venue panel discussion at Saturn Birmingham on Jan. 19th was phenomenal! We had 100+ attendees at our event, with an expert panel comprised of Neil Davis, AIA, Brian Teasley, Aaron Greene, Sean Price and of course our hip moderator from CCR (and SUBSTRATE RADIO) Jacklyn Loquidis-Hamric. We learned musicians have very dirty socks after a show/concert. Some musicians actually throw their socks out the window after a concert! SMELLY! Every musician at some point has had to play in a dirty filthy bar at some point while touring.

Hospitality goes a long way in the touring band world. Musicians are on the road for months and a smile at the door and let me help you goes a long way.

The panel discussed various elements of venue design, including safety, lighting, acoustics, amenities, hospitality and so much more. There was a lot of discussion about the stage: how much weight it can hold, leave the sides of the stage open for the touring bands lighting and other equipment, think about how they load in their equipment and breaking it down after a show.

Safety was addressed and all agreed if the current codes were enforced, many of the accidents would never happen or would not have been as tragic.

  • Here’s what some of our members had to say about the panel:
  • “They were each articulate in their own way, which made for a very good panel discussion.” – Emory Kirkwood
  • “I was expecting a typical “architecty” discussion but instead got to understand what the fans, owners and bands value in a facility. The panel was a perfect mix of humble talented artists and the result was refreshing.“– Louis Nequette, AIA
  • “Nice to hear professionals discussing what they are passionate about. Reminds me of what it means to love what you do.” Lissy Frese, AIA

After the panel discussion, Teasley gave us a tour of Saturn’s Green Room (artist hospitality suite) above the venue and coffee shop. The large loft had a full-size kitchen, built in bunk beds, washer/dryer (for those smelly socks) , bathrooms, a pool table, media room and even a mailbox for writing postcards home to friends and family. Definitely a draw to get touring bands to perform at Saturn and musicians TALK and word will spread quick about this ROCKING GREEN ROOM in Avondale AL. Click here to view photos of the event!

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AIA Contract Documents Survey

AIA Contract Documents, in conjunction with Ipsos Insight, is conducting its bi-annual survey of the design and construction industry. The purpose of the survey is to acquire feedback on AIA documents and the state of the industry, so that AIA agreements and forms can be updated and enhanced.

Awards Opportunities and Webinars

  • 2016 AIA AAJ Justice Facilities Review Awards Program. Submit by February 8, 2016.
  • 2016 AIA SPP Pop-Up Project Design Competition: This year’s theme is “TACTICAL URBANISM – CREATING PLACE.” Submit by February 12
  • Webinar: Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) “The Business Model of Custom Tools.” February 16, 2016, 2 pm EST. Register
  • 2016 Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) Healthcare Design Awards. Submit by March 14, 2016.

A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at network.aia.org/RoundUp

Career Center

Jobseekers – check out the AIA Career Center for all the hottest jobs and access to the Career Learning Center, which encourages an integrative career and professional development process that enhances your skill set. Also don’t miss AIA Birmingham’s Career Page for the latest local opportunities.

Employers – post your jobs on the AIA Birmingham website! FREE for local member firms. Email Rhea or Kathryn for more details.

Auburn ACI logoAuburn ACI – 2nd Annual Concrete Day

The ACI Student Chapter at Auburn University and the ACI Alabama Chapter will be hosting its second annual “Concrete Day” on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 11:00am until 3:00pm in the Student Center room 2222/2223. “The Philosophy of Engineering for the Burj Khalifa, the World’s Tallest Structure” will be presented by Lawrence Novak, Director, Engineered Buildings Portland Cement Association. Mr. Novak’s presentation will be followed by a luncheon and technical exposition. During the technical exposition companies in the concrete industry throughout Alabama and Georgia will have the opportunity to display projects and products. PDH credit is also available! (you can download more info here)

All proceeds from the event will go to assist the ACI Student Chapter to attend the 2016 ACI International Spring Convention representing the area in the Student Competitions. To learn more about Concrete Day please follow the link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=fbiu7zab&oeidk=a07ec4hrral6644f7dc