November 2016 News

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THANKS GIVING. THANKSgiving. ThanksGIVING. Notice anything about this holiday? The words in THANKSGIVING. THANKS, we should all give thanks for what we have; jobs, health, friends, family, loved ones, our four legged family members, freedom, education, food, clothing, and shelter….

GIVING, if you have more than you need, give it to someone who does need it. Giving – share what you are thankful for with others. Give thanks. It is better to give than receive. I love the feeling when you give something to someone who needs it, it makes you feel good inside. Share that feeling.

I am thankful for each one of you. You make a difference every day. Help AIA Birmingham keep making a difference, get involved in our community outreach programs. We have programs for kindergarten thru high school. Call or email me to get involved.

Have a THANKFUL November.
Peace and THANKSgiving,
Rhea Williams, AIA Birmingham & ACFA Executive Director

Sponsor & Member Appreciation Tradeshow – LAST CHANCE TO RSVP!


Complete list of sponsors exhibiting:

  • Alabama Graphics
  • Alabama Power Company
  • AMA Lighting (awesome door prize- 40″ SMART TV!!)
  • Hohmann & Barnard
  • J.R. Prewitt & Associates
  • Boral Building Products
  • Walter Schoel Engineering Company
  • ACME Brick
  • AFS Repair
  • American Gypsum
  • Camacho & Associates
  • Continental Building Products
  • Dale of Alabama
  • Ferguson
  • The Garland Company
  • Interior Elements
  • KONE
  • Murray Building Company
  • Office Environments
  • Parrot Structrual Services
  • Pella Windows & Doors
  • PPG Industries
  • Robert F. Henry Tile Company
  • The Sherwin Williams Company
  • Smith Lacey Sales & Associates
  • Thyssenkrupp Elevators

Announcing the 2017 AIA Birmingham SLATE OF OFFICERS

The membership will vote to install these officers at the Sponsor & Member Appreciation Tradeshow.

  • Lauren Gwaltney, AIA – President
  • Bill Segrest, AIA –Immediate Past President
  • Ross McCain, AIA – Vice President
  • Richard Simonton, AIA – Treasurer
  • Lissy Frese, AIA – Secretary
  • Alicia Pughsley, AIA — Second Year Director
  • Brannon Foster, AIA – First Year Director


  • Emily Bullard-McClellan, Assoc. AIA
  • Ty Cole, AIA
  • Cindy Coyle, AIA
  • Jeff Slaton, AIA
  • Keith Starnes, AIA
  • Laura Bartlett, AIA
  • Travis Burke, AIA
  • Danny Trotter, AIA
  • Charlie Abram, Assoc. AIA – Emerging Professionals Director
  • Bruce Herrington, AIA – Government Affairs Liaison

AIA Birmingham Holiday Party


Art x Architects Exhibit – Need Your Artwork!!art-x-architects-header

AIA Birmingham and the Alabama Center for Architecture are proud to announce the first Art x Architects Exhibit, a group exhibit and fundraising event that celebrates the artistic talent of architects. Enter your work in a variety of mediums: sculpture, acrylic, watercolor, sketch, photography, furniture, jewelry, etc.

NO ENTRY FEE; however, this is a commissioned art show, with 30 percent of all sales going to the ACFA for architecture scholarships and educational programming. Non-members are welcome to participate, 50 percent of all nonmember sales will be donated to the ACFA, and if there are space concerns AIA members will receive first preference. ACFA will manage all sales.

The official launch of the exhibit will take place at the AIA Birmingham Holiday Party on December 1, 2016 at the Alabama Center for Architecture (members only).

Fill out the entry form HERE and return by November 18th! 

Limited Edition Birmingham Landmarks Ornaments & Prints


Order now at!

We are so excited about our community fundraiser. The ACFA commissioned 4 local artist/architects/landscape architect to paint a watercolor of four of our local landmarks. The goal of this fundraiser (of course besides raise money) is to promote awareness of our landmarks and encourage people to visit them, support and promote local artist, and promote the architectural/design profession.

The ACFA will donate a $1 back to each corresponding landmark and the remainder of the proceeds will support ACFA K-12 educational programs and lecture series.

Ornaments are here and ready to order, and prints will be available December 1st.
Great gifts for clients, friends, family or secret Santa too.

Click here to order       

Birmingham Home & Garden needs your projects!

bhglogoBirmingham Home and Garden is seeking projects for upcoming issues. Of course we are always on the lookout for whole house projects, but our specific needs are bathrooms (new or renovated), kitchens (new or renovated), and before and after stories. Please email Cathy McGowin at Thank you!

Recap: 2016 ACFA Golf Tournamentgolf

On Thursday, October 13th we gathered at RTJ Oxmoor Valley for our 21st annual golf tournament, sponsored by J R Prewitt & Associates, Inc.. The weather was beautiful and everyone had a great time! Special thank you to our players and sponsors. Because of you we will be able to fund educational programming for the ACFA and give student scholarships to architecture students. See you next year!

Click here to view photos from the event  

Emerging Professionals Section

Save the Date: AEC YP Holiday Party!

Tuesday, December 6th
5:00-8:00 pm
The Wine Loft in downtown Birmingham

ncarb-logoNCARB Releases ARE 5.0!!

As of November 1, ARE 5.0 is now AVAILABLE! 4.0 will be phased out and 5.0 will be the new testing standard. There is a 5.0 Demo Exam available through NCARB so you can see what to expect:

Your Town Alabama Needs your Help!


In 1998 Your Town Alabama (YTA), was founded by a group of volunteers from across Alabama and from both the public and private sectors. They represented design education, economic development, historic preservation and resource preservation. Our vision was to expose community decision makers to asset-based planning techniques, focusing on identifying ‘what is right’ within their community and building on these unique community assets. However, the costs for the workshop are never fully covered by the registration fees. We need assistance in providing this valuable experience. Click here to view more.

ulilogoULI Birmingham/Alabama Trends in Real Estate 2017

Wednesday, November 9th
11:30 am -1:00 pm
Sloss Furnaces Welcome Center
20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222
Members:  $40 | Non-Members: $75
Register here

What are the key emerging trends that will shape the real estate market in 2017? What does the future hold for real estate investment and development?

Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2017 is a trends and forecast publication with a 38-year history, and is the most highly-regarded and widely-read forecast report in the real estate industry. Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2017, undertaken jointly by PwC and ULI, provides an outlook on U.S. investment and development trends, real estate finance and capital markets, property sectors, metropolitan areas, and other real estate issues. The report draws on formal and informal surveys of real estate executives, investors, developers, and market experts around the U.S., including survey responses from over 1,500 real estate executives and personal interviews with over 350 industry leaders.

Proof Is Possible Tour: Nov. 28 – Dec. 3 at Innovation Depotpossible

Proof Is Possible Tour brings the world’s highest performing tiny house to teach homeowners and homebuyers to take control of their houses with diagnostics, and get proof they got what they paid for.

  • MON-FRI, 5-6pm: Open House Tours of the #TinyLab tiny house on wheels (FREE- No registration required)
  • TUESDAY, 12-1pm: Open House Tours of the #TinyLab tiny house on wheels (FREE- No registration required)
  • WEDS, 9-10:30am: Profiting from Home Performance in Real Estate ($20- registration required)
  • THURS, 6-8pm: Home Performance Crash Course for Homeowners (FREE – registration required)
  • FRI, 9am-1pm: Advanced Techniques and Tools for Home Performance ($99- 2 BPI CEUs, registration required)
  • SAT, 11 am-1pm: How To Engineer and Build a High Performance Tiny House ($49- Limited to 8, registration required)

For more information and to sign up for updates go to or click here to view the press release.

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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