August 2017 News

Architects – YOU are AWESOME!!

You guys make me so PROUD and you should be too! And you know why if you attended the July ACFA/AIA Awards luncheon. Thru the ACFA golf tournament and member firms YOU awarded seven students with scholarships totaling $12,000. Seven students YOU directly influenced and are supporting in their 2017 – 2018 school year. The students and their parents got to experience what a great architecture community their son or daughter will be a part of when they graduate. AIA LOVE!

And to make you even PROUDER, YOU recognized our newly licensed architects. It is a long rough road to get licensed in architecture and expensive. We are so proud of our newly licensed architects. They set an example for the scholarship winners at the luncheon.

We will be promoting AIA membership and the ACFA over the next few months to show you other ways you are making a difference in the design community and to let you know of other ways you can get involved and make a difference.

Keep up the great work and keep on making a difference. You make me so PROUD.

Peace & PROUD,

Rhea Williams, AIA Birmingham and ACFA Executive Director

Thank you to our 2017 AIA Birmingham Chapter Sponsors!

A full list of sponsors is listed on the right column of this page. Check out the 2017 sponsorship brochure here.  

August Chapter Meeting: ADA and Architectural Access Plan Reviews with Jim Terry, AIA (1.5 HSW)



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Our own ADA/Universal Design expert Jim Terry, AIA of Evan Terry Associates will present this exciting topic! Don’t miss this event!  

AEC Mega Meeting 2017 presented by the University of Alabama Financial Affairs Division: CYBER SECURITY (1 LU)

Tuesday, September 19
Regions Field
1401 1st Avenue South

10:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12:00 p.m. Keynote

Speaker: Darren J. Mott, Supervisory Special Agent for the Counterintelligence Program for the Birmingham Division of the FBI


Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring? Click here to view more information!   

ACFA Golf Tournament

Click here to view the registration and sponsorship flyer!   

July Chapter Meeting Recap – ACFA Scholarship Awards and Your Town Alabama

On Tuesday, July 18, the ACFA held its annual awards ceremony at The Club, where we celebrated scholarship winners, newly licensed architects and the 2017 AIA & ACFA Presidents’ Award winner. Steve Ostaseski, our keynote speaker, gave a presentation highlighting the Your Town Alabama organization and annual workshop for city leadership around the state. The Your Town Alabama workshop addresses a range of issues in rural community planning and design. The curriculum focuses on the process by which rural communities construct a vision about their future.

Thank you to our title sponsor, Laney & Foster P.C., for supporting this event once again! We appreciate everything you do.

And thank you to our meeting patrons as well: Design Alabama, ArchitectureWorks, Barrett Architecture Studio, Barry Davis Architects, Birchfield Penuel & Associates, CCR Architecture & Interiors, Hendon + Huckestein Architects, Nequette Architecture & Design, Rob Walker Architects and Strout Architecture.

Click here to view photos from the event!

Thank you to our generous scholarship donors!

  • ACFA Golf Tournament Sponsors & Players
  • AIA National Component Scholarship Grant
  • Birmingham Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute
  • bDot Architecture
  • Bruce & Amy Herrington
  • KPS Group
  • Mike and Melissa Rutland

2017 AIA & ACFA Presidents’ Award

Robert Thompson, AIA, LEED AP

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 ACFA Scholarship Winners!

  • Kayla Bailey (Pelham); fourth year student at Auburn University; $2,500
  • Justin Davis (Montgomery); second year student at Auburn University, $1,500
  • Matthew Giddens (Vestavia Hills); fourth year student at Auburn University; $2,500 (given by KPS Group in memory of Murray Kidd, AIA)
  • Bess Jay (Greensboro); incoming freshman at Auburn University, $500
  • Zachary Johnson (Homewood); incoming freshman at Auburn University, $1,000
  • Adam Koons (Madison); second year student at Auburn University, $1,000
  • LeGerrett Mosely (Sawyerville); fifth year student at Tuskegee University, $3,000

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Newly Licensed Architects! 

  • Wil Bradford, AIA – TurnerBatson Architects
  • Emily Coe, AIA – Nequette Architecture & Design
  • Kurt Funderburg – Davis Architects
  • Rebecca Hayes – Hendon + Huckestein Architects
  • Skylar Howard – Davis Architects
  • Mary McGarity, AIA – ArchitectureWorks
  • Bill Moore – Christopher Architecture & Interiors
  • Wade Nolan – GA Studio
  • Andrew Taylor – Davis Architects

Emerging Professionals

Site Visit: Southern Company Colonnade Renovation (1 HSW)

Parking: Park in West Deck on 4th level and proceed to South Building (map forthcoming)

RSVP to by August 8th


PPE Requirements:

  • Closed toed shoes
  • Hard hat (AIA Birmingham will have a few but bring your own if you have it)
  • Hi-Viz shirt or vest (available at site)
  • Safety glasses (available at site)
  • No shorts

Southern Company has leased and is in the process of renovating two former AT&T buildings at the Colonnade in Birmingham, AL. The project is 669,438 square feet in two buildings and is being renovated for approximately 1,700 employees. Two adjacent parking structures are also being modernized. Two Southern Company subsidiaries: Southern Nuclear and Southern Power, as well as two departments: Engineering and Construction Services and Fleet Operations and Training will move into the two red- roofed buildings. Renovation of the buildings is underway and as floors are completed, employees will move in. Final occupancy is expected in late 2018.

Career Center

Jobseekers – we have LOTS of jobs listed on the website! Don’t miss AIA Birmingham’s Career Page for the latest local opportunities.

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.
Employers – post your jobs on the AIA Birmingham website! FREE for local member firms. Email Rhea or Kathryn for more details.