March 2016 News


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 February (below).

Armstrong Ceilings
Interior Elements
Parrot Structural Services

Brasfield & Gorrie

Ask-an-ArchitectsAsk an Architect – For Sponsors!


Alabama Center for Architecture | 109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South
8:30-9:00 a.m. Coffee & Networking (free for members and sponsors)

9:00-10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion
RSVP by March 9th to

SPONSORS- this is a FREE opportunity to get YOUR questions answered by architects. Rob Walker, AIA – Rob Walker Architects, Brannon Foster, AIA, Christopher Architects, Richard Simonton, AIA Simonton Swaika & Black Architects and Jennifer Carr, AIA of Gresham Smith & Partners. Find out how to get past the gate keeper, how to get your product specified, why do architects spec a product and then it gets changed!? Get your company new business and win employee of the month!

*For platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors only.*

March Meeting – Tax Incentives for Historic Rehabilitation – 1 HSWAIA-&-CSI-March-Meeting-Invite

RSVP to!!

Find out how to apply for the historic tax credit from the two experts, Jennifer Bailey and Chole Mercer. They have all the answers. The Federal Reserve is a working construction site.

If it is raining, please wear your rain boots – if it is cold, you need to dress WARM, there is no heat or cooling in the building. Restrooms are in the construction trailer or use the portalets (ewww).
Parking – Limited parking in the construction trailer lot, enter on 4th North. There is also street parking and a public lot on 4th.
AGAIN – dress appropriately for a constructions site. No kvetching on site – you were warned about the conditions!

ADVOCACY UPDATES — Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit staples-pake-s

As many of you know, our main advocacy efforts this year are extending the HRTC Bill. We are partnering with the Alabama Center for Architecture, Alabama Council of the American Institute of Architects, Associated General Contractors of Alabama, Associated Builders & Contractors of Alabama, Structural Engineers Association of Alabama and Alabama Power to advocate for a 7 year extension of this tax credit bill. The extension of this credit will provide work for everyone in the industry. We will host a traveling exhibit (Montgomery, Birmingham, and Mobile) showing the economic statistics and images of the buildings. Stay tuned for dates & locations of these exhibit openings!

View the bill and the amendment and call your senators and representatives to urge them to support the extension of this credit WITHOUT the added amendment!



Forms & Fees Due Monday, March 14

Click here to view the Call for Entries!

ATC 20 & ATC 45 Seminar – Presented by Structural Engineers Association of Alabamatornado-photo1

Download more info here! 

February Meeting RecapTUck photo

At our meeting on Feb. 16th, more than 100 of you showed up to welcome Seab Tuck, FAIA of Tuck Hinton Architects. Tuck’s presentation, “Symbolic Influences in Design,” explored historic examples of symbolism incorporated into architecture. He also gave examples of some of his own projects, such as Nashville’s Frist Center, Bicentennial Park, Country Music Hall of Fame and Music City Convention Center. The more recent examples suggested why and how specific music icons and imagery of Nashville imparted the final design of those projects. Thanks to Mr. Tuck for coming down and inspiring our architects to include local and historical symbolism in their designs!! See photos here.

Site Visit Recap: Birmingham Intermodal FacilityPhoto Feb 18, 4 11 28 PM

On Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, the AIA Birmingham Emerging Professionals visited the Birmingham Intermodal Facility. The $30 million facility encompassing three blocks on Morris Avenue will be the home of the Birmingham Transit Authority, Greyhound and Amtrak stations, as well as a hub for taxis and Megabus pickup. The design for both the bus terminal and the Amtrak/administrative offices resembles a lofty “glass box” shaded by a broad, flat roof. The project will be completed later in 2016. Thanks to Giattina Aycock Architecture Studio for giving us a tour! See photos here.

NCARB Releases ARE 5.0 Details and Question Type Demosncarb-logo

The next version of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), ARE 5.0, will include six divisions with test durations ranging between three and a half to five hours—a substantial decrease from ARE 4.0. Each division will include at least 80 questions, one to two case studies, and incorporate new testing technologies. Click here to view the full press release! 

AIA National Corner


Playhouzz 2016 Competition Collaboration

Houzz and AIA are launching a charitable playhouse design competition to showcase architecture and the value of design through the creative work of architecture professionals and students in the U.S. and Canada. AIA components whose members submits at least 20 entries will be eligible to receive a $5,000 grant to build the winning design. Learn more.

Awards Opportunities and Webinars

  • 2016 Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) Healthcare Design Awards. Submit by March 14, 2016.
  • Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) U40 List: List of Healthcare Design’s Best Under 40. Submit an application by April 1, 2016.
  • Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) 2016 Call for Papers: Submit articles, innovative project case studies, completed research projects, and monographs in the field of healthcare design by May 31, 2016.

A full list of Knowledge Community events is always available at

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.

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