September 2016 News


Roll Tide Architects,

JUST KIDDING! The University of Alabama Construction Administration Division is sponsoring the AEC Mega Meeting, and I had to give them a shout out, plus it got your attention. Now, I am going to get all these hate emails the rest of the day! Heavy sigh…………

So hard to believe it is September and football season. I feel like we were just hosting the music and architecture series and that was in January! Our meetings have been SOLD OUT every month this year, I know… it is because Bill Segrest is president. LOL

This month our chapter meeting is the AEC MEGA MEETING. This is the third year to host it, only a handful of architects have attended this event, try to make a special effort to attend this year. The speaker is so funny and knows her generations. All of us know or have experienced the challenges of cross generations working together on projects. It can be a little frustrating for everyone at times. We have to make it work, our future depends on it. We can each learn something valuable from each other if we would only be open to new ideas or old ideas. Office cultures are changing too, they are much more flexible, offer unusual perks/incentives for motivation that create a more positive productive work environment.

Invite everyone in the office, let’s get the whole office on the same page or at least in the same book!

“Roughly 10,000 new millennials reach the legal drinking age every year (21 years old) and in five years, 40 percent of the workforce will be part of this generation. It is estimated that in 10 years, 75 percent of the workforce across the globe will call themselves the millennial generation.”  Meagan Johnson.

Rhea Williams, AIA Birmingham & ACFA Executive Director

AEC Mega Meeting sponsored by University of Alabama Construction Administration Division (1 LU)Mega-Meeting-logo-with-UA

Monday, September 19th
Regions Field
Tradeshow begins at 10:30 a.m.
Lunch served at 11:30 a.m., sponsored by Robins & Morton
Speaker begins at 12:00 p.m.

Don’t miss the networking event of the year for the AEC industry. Join the AEC Mega Group for the third annual Mega Meeting, featuring generational humorist Meagan Johnson! Johnson will present “Zap the Gap: From Boomers to Linkster, How to Work with Multiple Generations.” We all talk about how we struggle working with multiple generations, Meagan will give us helpful hints on how each generation can learn from the next one creating a much more productive work environment. Each generation communicates differently and has a different view of what makes a positive work environment. Back in the day, we all used a landline and snail mail, then beepers to cell phones to emails and now it is easier and quicker to text. How do we all work together in an office and be productive? Register today to find out!

This event will also feature a tradeshow featuring professional vendors who can help you run your business more efficiently. Register today at:

Participating associations are: Alabama Center for Architecture, American Institute of Architects Birmingham, Structural Engineers Association of Alabama, Associated Builders & Contractors, American Society of Landscape Architects AL, United States Green Building Council AL, Design Build Institute of AL, Society of Marketing Professional Services, Subcontractors Association of Alabama, Alabama General Contractors, American Society of Civil Engineers, NAWIC, and Construction Financial Management Association.

Register today! 

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ACFA Golf Flyer 2016

Teams of 4 | Individual Player
Hole Sponsor | Meal Sponsor | Drink Cart Sponsor | Music Sponsor (SOLD OUT)

Sponsor & Member Appreciation Tradeshow – SAVE THE DATE!2016 Tradeshow INVITE (2)

Are you a platinum, gold or silver sponsor?
Click here to download the Exhibitor Registration form!
Due by Oct. 28th to reserve your spot!

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An example of Jonathan Meadows' sketches.

An example of Jonathan Meadows’ sketches

The Alabama Center for Architecture is participating in the first ever Artery event, a bikable tour of Birmingham art. Our gallery space will host two exhibits: Light Dreams, a walkthrough of an architect’s sketchbook ( and the AIA Birmingham’s Top 38 Architecture Projects.

Studios! Workshops! Pop-up shops! Group shows! Murals! Music!
Join us for a tour of Birmingham art, Downtown, Avondale, Woodlawn, and Eastalke. A bike guide will lead you, or explore on your own using our handy dandy map! For more information visit:  

Lights Camera Action!


On Tuesday, August 16th, AIA Birmingham hosted Anthony Stabley, producer and set designer at Super Grande Films, at our monthly chapter meeting at Cahaba Brewing Company. Stabley discussed the movie he is currently filming in Birmingham, entitled “Let There Be Light,” focusing specifically on the locations he chose around Birmingham and why he chose those locations. It was hard to fathom the budget for the movie sets that would be torn down once the movie was completed. All that money and no architecture left intact, I saw architects flinching at this information. Movies are forever too though just in a different medium.

Thanks to everyone who attended! (see more photos here) 

Emerging Professionals Section

ARE STRUCTURES SEMINAR ARE Structural Review poster

NCARB Update


ARE 5.0 Guidelines Now Available

To help you prepare for the November 1 launch of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0, we’ve released the ARE 5.0 Guidelines! The document includes an introduction to the exam, an overview of appointment times, plus five steps to completing the exam. – See more at:

Want to start testing in 4.0?

If you’d like to start testing in ARE 4.0, you’ll need to request eligibility in 4.0 though My NCARB by October 31, 2016.

horizontal ace logoACE NEEDS MENTORS!!!

ACE Mentor Program of Alabama is looking for mentors to work with high school students. As more high school students learn about the AEC industry and opportunities with ACE, more mentors are needed to guide and direct the future of our industry. Over the past 2 years, ACE has received a record number of applications, and we can’t adequately mentor high school students without the help of professionals working in the construction industry.

As a mentor, you’ll attend ACE meetings every other Tuesday from 5:30-7:30. You’ll hear and discuss a presented topic, and then you’ll work on a project during the ACE session. It’s a great way to meet others working in the same environment, a great way to meet local high school students and help them decipher what the future holds, and most importantly, it’s a great way to give back to an industry that is so important to each of us. It’s also tons of fun.

Contact Cale Smith at if you’re interested!

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UPDATE YOUR PROFILE ON AIA!!! Help us help you better.

To ensure that you receive their 2017 renewals and other AIA mailings, PLEASE update your address and contact information at MyProfile!

AIA Message Book Offers Tips to Support Public Outreach 

Let the AIA Message Book be your guide for crafting clear positive, and memorable messages to a variety of audiences and settings. After months of research, surveys, and message testing from both the public and architects, the AIA Message Book is now available online.

Understanding the New Overtime Rules

With the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules set to go into effect in December, AIA has prepared a brief guide to help members cut through the misinformation and learn what’s really in store for architects and their firms. Download the one-pager.

Help Louisiana Recover from Historic Floods

After the August flooding, AIA Louisiana and AIA Baton Rouge have set up a fund to support affected members firms and their homes across the state. At least 60,000 homes have been impacted. Many homes were not in designated flood areas and owners are without flood insurance. Donate today

Free Live Stream of CRAN Symposium 2016 

CRAN Symposium 2016 is sold out!  You can still be part of the action by tuning in to the FREE LIVE STREAM on Houzz that covers content of the event starting September 19. Topics will cover both residential design and business practice.

Join the Resilience Network

The Resilience Network is a forum for knowledge sharing and networking on topics related to hazard mitigation, climate adaptation, and community resilience with opportunities for project participation. As external opportunities and internal projects are initiated via the Board and Strategic Action Plan, AIA staff will match members to opportunities based on the interests and expertise noted in the member profile. To join, complete the member profile

Awards Opportunities and Webinars

  • Register early and save on Committee on Design’s fall conference in Portland, Oregon, October 6-9.  Early registration ends September 2.
  • Hear AIA National President Russell Davidson, FAIA discuss the current disaster in Louisiana by registering for the webinar, Resilient Design: Design Responses to Rising Waters, hosted by Housing Knowledge Community.
  • Learn How to Become a Contributor to Your Local Media Outlets, hosted by AIA Media Relations. Register for this webinar.
  • If you’re planning education spaces for the future, consolidate your professional development, networking, and product research into one event at the AIA-CAE Fall Conference: November 2-4.
  • Register by September 14 and save $100 for the Academy of Architecture for Justice Fall Conference in Hawaii, November, 2-4.
  • Register to attend the AAH webinar Increasing Your HCAHPS Scores Through Design on September 13, 2:00-3:00 PM, EDT. Earn 1.0 AIA LU/HSW.

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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