July 2016 News


Hi Talented Architects,

WOW! You guys have been the talk of the website and social media since design awards. Birmingham Business Journal on line picked up the design award winners. Since Design Awards our FB has reached 4400 people. We have had 4486 people visit our website since Design Award winners were announced. People love looking at your projects. Did you know that when people are looking for an architect, we send them to the Find an Architect page and Design Awards page to look at our members’ beautiful work, true story.

Help us keep spreading good design. Like our FB page, comment on it, share it, and we will reach the world before you know it! Yes, big expectations, but go big or go home, right?!

Keep changing the world one design at a time! It is noticed by everyone even if they do not tell you. I love ARCHITECTS!!!!

Peace and Patriotic Love,

Rhea Williams, AIA Birmingham & ACFA Executive Director

July Chapter Meeting: CATASTROPHE, RECOVERY, and RESILIENCY: Architects in the Humanitarian Response– 1 HSW


Tuesday, July 19 – 1 HSW
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Social Venture (5529 1st Avenue South, Birmingham AL 35212)
$15 members | $30 nonmembers
Easy Parking

Come hear Phil Black, AIA speak on July 19th at Social Venture in Woodlawn about his volunteer work in Haiti, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and Tuscaloosa. The presentation will:

  • Examine commonalities among various natural disasters relative to impact on the built environment, effect of displaced populations on neighboring communities and infrastructure, and critical versus chronic needs.
  • Explore the various initial disaster responses and the associated successes and failures. Both official governmental agency responses (first responders, FEMA) and non-governmental (NGO) responses will be explored.
  • Explore the various long term disaster responses with a focus on what has worked and what has not. Examples include Building Code changes/implementation, urban and regional planning, improvement to the built environment, etc.
  • Assess what weaknesses exist in the current disaster response systems and what can be learned from past failures.

Make all checks payable to AIA Birmingham.

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.


SAVE THE DATE! 2016 ACFA Golf Tournament on October 13th

Click here to view the Registration & Sponsor form 

RECAP: AIA Birmingham Design Awards awards-2

Congratulations to all our Design Award winners!! We had a fabulous celebration at Christopher House Antiques on June 16th recognizing all of the talented architects in our chapter. Thanks to Crow Friedman Group and XL Insurance for sponsoring our gala for the 7th year in a row.

Winning firms include: Williams Blackstock Architects, Christopher Architecture & Interiors, Bates Corkern Studio, ArchitectureWorks, Barrett Architecture Studio, Simonton Swaika Black Architects, Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds, Appleseed Workshop, and KPS Group. A special award of recognition was given to Philip Morris, Hon. AIA for his lifelong contributions to the profession.

View all the winning projects here: http://aiabham.org/design-awards-2016/
View photos from the event here: http://aiabham.org/2016/06/22/design-awards-2016-event/

ACFA Scholarship Awards Luncheon 2016


acfaOn Tuesday, June 7th the ACFA honored the 2016-17 Scholarship Winners at a luncheon at The Club. John Hudson, AIA of 100 Fold Studio in Montana gave the keynote address, “Red Clay to Rice Fields: The Value of an Architect in Developing Nations,” which discussed the work Hudson’s non-profit architecture organization does throughout the US and abroad in the developing world. Who knew that dormitories in Cambodia would look like the high-end vacation homes in Alys Beach?

It is inspiring to see an old friend making such a positive difference thru design.

Congratulations to our scholarship winners!

  • Kayla Bailey (Pelham); second year student at Auburn University; $1,500
  • Carrie Bowlin (Ashville); incoming freshman at Auburn University, $500
  • Justin Davis (Montgomery); incoming freshman at Auburn University, $1,000
  • Matthew Giddens (Vestavia Hills); second year student at Auburn University; $2,500 (given by KPS Group in memory of Murray Kidd, AIA)
  • Bradford Moore (Mountain Brook); incoming freshman at Auburn University, $500
  • Alden Peterson (Vestavia Hills); incoming freshman at Auburn University, $500.

Scholarships funded by ACFA Golf Tournament, AIA Component Scholarship Grant, CSI Birmingham, bDOT Architecture, Bruce & Amy Herrington, and KPS Group. Please contact Rhea at aiabirm@aiabham.org if you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund.

View photos from the event here.

Emerging Professionals Section


Site Visit: The Carrigan Loft

Thursday, July 14th
4:30 pm
Meet at AIA Birmingham/ACFA office (109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South, Birmingham AL 35233)
RSVP to kathryn@aiabham.org.
Hard hats and closed toe shoes required.

Dying to get a look inside the loft overlooking the Rotary Trail on 1st Ave North between 21st and 22nd St. South? Us too! Join us for a site visit to see a modern residential loft in the heart of downtown. Thanks to Bruce Lanier with Standard Creative for hosting us! 

NCARB Headlines


Alabama Architect Kristine A. Harding

Alabama Architect Kristine A. Harding Inaugurated as NCARB President

Kristine A. Harding, NCARB, AIA, was inaugurated as the 97th president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its Annual Business Meeting. During her term as president, Harding will focus on implementing NCARB’s new experience and examination programs, enhancing benefits to the NCARB Certificate, and streamlining the path to licensure for experienced professionals. Congratulations, Kristine! See more here. 

ARE 5.0 Launches NOVEMBER 1!!ARE5-Header

Ready to transition to the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0? Mark your calendars for November 1, 2016, the official launch date of the updated exam. Once the exam launches, you’ll be able to log in to My NCARB, self-transition your eligibilities to ARE 5.0, and make an appointment to take an ARE 5.0 division. ARE 5.0 will incorporate new testing technologies and feature a format that more closely aligns with modern practice. The six-division exam will include case studies that simulate real-world practice, and will be offered without a fee increase. – See more at: http://blog.ncarb.org/2016/June/ARE-launch-date.aspx#sthash.D0ZP5ebG.dpuf 

IDP is Now AXP

The Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly the Intern Development Program (IDP), officially launched June 29. See NCARB website for details. Licensing Basics, ARE Prep, and AXP Resources are now available on the AIA pilot website.

AIA_LOGO_RGBAIA National Corner


The Call for Presentations for the AIA 2017 Convention in Orlando is open. We encourage all presenters and experts with compelling content to submit a proposal for 1) 60- or 90-minute presentation sessions or panel discussions and 2) half-day and full-day preconference workshops.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2017 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit

The 2017 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit – which will host 400 architectural leaders – welcomes proposals for sessions and presentations on the theme “Creating Tailwinds.” New ideas and scholarship with a diversity of topics and presentation styles are sought.

Awards Opportunities and Webinars

  • 2016 TAP Innovation Awards program now open.  Submit your project by August 29.
  • Save the date for Taliesin West Colloquium: Preservation’s New Paradigm: Converging preservation, environment, design and development, February 10-12, 2017. To be notified when registration opens, sign up here.
  • Apply for the AAH Herman Miller Intern Healthcare Scholarship to attend the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference this November. Submit materials to AAH by August 26.
  • Attend the AAH/ACHA Summer Leadership Summit, a comprehensive “deep dive” into the healthcare industry’s adaptation to revolutionary change, July 22-24 in Chicago. Register by July 8.
  • The Custom Residential Architects Network 9th annual symposium, Wine & Design: Regionalism, Modernity, and the Residential Context, will be held in Sonoma County wine country, September 18-22. It is is expected to sell out quickly, so register now to reserve your spotEarly registration ends July 22.

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.

Announcement Regarding Elevators in Alabama

Six Month Moratorium on Hydraulic Machine-Room-Less (MRL) Elevators

Traction Machine-Room-Less (MRL) Elevator Control Rooms 

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