March 2017 Update

There is lots going on with AIA Birmingham and the Alabama Center for Architecture this month! Mark your calendars for the events below.


Graphic Means Screening – Design Week Birmingham + AIGA

Tuesday, March 7th
6-8:30 p.m.

Alumni Theater in UAB’s Hill Student Center
1400 University Blvd.

$5 admission | Free for students & UAB ID holders

Register here:

AIGA Birmingham, Design Week Birmingham, and the Department of Art and Art History at UAB present a preview screening of Graphic Means, A History of Graphic Design Production. Following the film, Production Director and producer Briar Levit will speak about the project and take questions.

It’s been 30 years since the desktop computer revolutionized graphic design. Graphic Means documents production from the 1950s through the 1990s—from linecaster to photo composition, from paste-up to PDF. To learn more about the film, click here.

Living Small

Lecture – 1 HSW
Thursday, March 9
11:30-1:00 p.m. at Iron City

Housing is one of the most pressing challenges our country faces as more people move into cities and adopt an urban lifestyle. LIVING SMALL endeavors to instigate a thoughtful conversation about how to house the growing urban population while retaining the character and quality of life in our cities.

Architect Garrett Reynolds, AIA, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Seattle, will present a lecture about the design of micro living spaces from his research in New York City, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Seoul, and Tokyo. The discussion seeks to provide a dialogue between his research and the changing housing climate in Seattle, Birmingham, and around the world.

Buy tickets online here!
Email to purchase your ticket if you want to pay with check or cash.
Tickets will be processed in the order they are received.

Exhibit Opening
Thursday, March 9
5:30-7:30 at the ACFA

The intent of Birmingham’s Living Small exhibition is to explore what urban living means in Birmingham as people return to the city core. The exhibit will add local projects and development typologies to the original Living Small exhibition to catalyze a dialogue about potential opportunities and best practices for Birmingham as it rediscovers its historic density.

There will be an open house during the opening reception in one of the Tiny Homes designed by Jeff Dungan in the lot behind the ACFA office.

Exhibit sponsored by Alagasco, Birmingham Realtors and Clayton Homes.

Can’t make the Opening Reception?
Hours for the Indoor portion of the exhibit are M-F from 10a-4p through March 31.

Hours for the Tiny Home Tours are as follows:
Friday, March 10, 10a-4p
Saturday, March 11, 10a-3p
Monday, March 13, 11a-1p
Tuesday, March 14, 11a-1p
Wednesday, March 15, 11a-1p
Thursday, March 16, 11a-1p
Friday, March 17, 11a-1p
Or by appointment (call 205-322-4386 to schedule)

Rapid Fire​ x Design Week Birmingham

Friday, March 10
6 pm (Doors/Refreshments)
7pm – 9pm (Presentations)

MAKEbhm, 4000 3rd Ave South
Free admission

This special Rapid Fire event brought to you by Design Week Birmingham is not to be missed! Join us as we bring together 6 creatives from the Birmingham art and design community to share their inspiration, talents and ideas.

Kenwyn Alexander

Brian Authement

Lloyd Cooper

Amanda Loper

Steven Watson

Winslet and Rhys

NCARB & You: AXP, ARE and Certification – 1.5 LU

Tuesday, March 28
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Alabama Center for Architecture (109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd South)

Free with registration
Register here:

NCARB’s Director of Examination, Jared Zurn, AIA, NCARB, will be speaking on licensure-related topics in Birmingham, AL.

Topics will include:

  • The entities involved in the licensure process
  • How to progress successfully through the Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™)
  • What to expect with the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)
  • Recent changes to NCARB programs
  • The value of the NCARB Certificate

Following the presentation, Jared will remain on-site to address questions on an individual basis.

Vulcan Park & Museum’s Drink & Drop: Inaugural Egg Drop Competition

Thursday, April 6 (rain date April 13)
5:30-8:00 p.m.

$250 for a team of 5, $20 to attend
Includes 2 drink tickets

In conjunction with the 28th Annual Brent Newman Memorial Egg Drop, Vulcan® Park and Museum will host its inaugural Drink and Drop adult egg drop competition and cocktail reception. Science minded teams and individuals, over 21 that is, can try your hand at the classic elementary student competition by keeping an egg protected after dropping it from the top of Vulcan’s 124-foot pedestal. The goal: to keep your egg from landing sunny side up! Join us for this fun, inaugural event, including a cocktail reception on Vulcan’s Plaza.

Click here to sign up a team, buy tickets or sponsor the event! 

2017 Sponsorships Still Available! Renew TODAY!

All chapter sponsorships expired at the end of December, so please renew today if you haven’t already! Check out the 2017 sponsorship brochure here.

THANK YOU to all our sponsors who PAID in FEBRUARY 2017! (A full list of sponsors is listed on the right column of this page.)

Alabama Graphics
Yanmar America

RO Supply Company

Consulting Construction Engineering
Lighting Solutions
Mullins Building Products
Office Environments
Robert F. Henry Tile Company

Sponsor Spotlight – Yanmar America Energy Systems

Since 1912, YANMAR has been leading the way in the innovation of premium diesel engine products, all engineered and manufactured by YANMAR. Our founder, Magokichi Yamaoka’s diesel engine innovation in 1933 was the world’s first commercially viable small diesel engine, which he designed to ease the work load of the Japanese farmer. By continually focusing on engineering, YANMAR is able to deliver products that exceed customer expectations and deliver exceptional lifetime value; these include industrial and marine diesel engines, generators, pumps, utility task vehicles, agricultural equipment, compact construction equipment, net cleaning robots, natural gas VRF systems, CHP systems and more.

YANMAR America Energy Systems is the North, Central and South American headquarters for the company’s Variable Refrigerant Flow and Combined Heat and Power systems. Our team and products are focused on three main things: sustainability, reliability and efficiency.

Click here to view more about Yanmar America!

Save the date!

Sponsor Luncheon: YANMAR America
Friday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Free, RSVP required to

Mix and mingle with one of our newest platinum sponsors, Yanmar America! More info about this event is coming soon.

Holcombe Doors and Windows CEU event – RSVP by March 28, 2017