September 2017 News

Happy September!

Have you registered for the September events yet? You need to today. First we have the David Baker lecture at Iron City (only 40 tickets left). AEC Mega Meeting presenting Cyber Security by FBI Agent Darren J. Mott. We have two exhibits in the ACFA gallery. We have the National AIA EP exhibit through September and the Faux-Realism exhibit by Turner McLemore. Oh! And a site visit to Nequette Architecture. These are events/experiences you cannot get at your desk in the office. There are benefits to being in the AIA family. We go the extra mile to bring great speakers, exhibits and tours that are interesting and qualify for CEUs for you – AIA MEMBERS!

Don’t forget to register ASAP for both events! We will NOT be able to take any walk ins for the David Baker lecture.

Peace & AIA Love,
Rhea Williams, Executive Director AIA Birmingham & Alabama Center for Architecture

Welcome, Sarah Godbee, to Karma Management Inc.!

Sarah Godbee, born in Montgomery, moved to Birmingham in 2012 to pursue an education from UAB. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in public relations with a minor in international studies in May. While in school, she participated in UAB’s Public Relations Student Society of America, and she won a Medallion Award & two Awards of Excellence. Sarah discovered her passion for social media through an internship at the UAB Web Communications Department, where she managed several student accounts and consistently gauged the interest of the student body.

When she isn’t working, Sarah’s favorite pastimes include attending plentiful art and music events, spontaneous cooking, hiking, films, photography, traveling to new cities, and escaping to the beach when the opportunity arises. If she had to live by one quote, it would be: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

We are excited to welcome Sarah to Karma Management! Many of you have already met Sarah, either at Design Awards, a chapter meeting or when you’ve stopped by the ACFA. Send her a message at to welcome her!

Hurricane Harvey Update from AIA National

Many of our members affected by Hurricane Harvey have begun the initial stages of recovery.  The growth of mold and mildew are of great concern for healthy occupancy.

  • AIA is hosting daily support calls with affected components and members. These discussions have centered on the following issues:
    • Chain of command/the role of FEMA.
    • Obtaining formal requests from jurisdictions to perform safety assessments.
    • Volunteer training and credentialing requirements.
    • Communication management for member firms and members.
  • AIA trained TSA members this week in its “emergency” version of the Safety Assessment Program so that they may perform building safety assessments once waters recede, and shelter for volunteers is identified.
  • AIA is working with its counterparts at the federal level to coordinate and offer support.
    • AIA enabled volunteering in Texas through a partnership with ICC/BOAT.
    • FEMA has requested AIA members to join its Mitigation Assessment Teams.


For those members unaffected, if you have office equipment, furniture, office supplies, etc., to share with your fellow design professionals in the areas impacted by Harvey, the Texas Society of Architects is organizing shipments at an appropriate time.  Please contact

All trained SAP members (ATC-45/CAL-EMA):  At this time, Texas is not mobilized to accept assistance from out-of-state architects.

For daily updates and more information about what you can do to donate time or money, visit

Hurricane Irma Prep- is your certification current??

SAP Online Evaluator Training (ATC-45/CAL-EMA)
If your SAP Evaluator card has expired or is about to expire, you can continue your registration in the program by taking this refresher training.  SAP Evaluators can update their contact information here. For best results, please use Windows Internet Explorer as your browser to access this training.

September 15th: Open House at the ACFA/AIA Office

Come check out two way cool exhibits.

Open House Hours
Friday, September 15
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

We will have coffee from 8:30 – 10:00.

Bring your lunch and we will have sodas until 1:30. You can sit at the bar or in the conference room. Make it a Friday Firm Field Trip!

The National AIA EP exhibit has traveled to Birmingham and will be on exhibit through September. The young professional minds have thought of solutions to proposing plans to:

  • Equalize and activate water spaces along the Tonghui River in Bejing.
  • Designing transition housing for homeless using over passes. Birmingham needs to take a close look at this with these TALL flyovers we have under construction.
  • A Park that creates a pedestrian friendly and inviting streetscape.
  • Growing Canopies is a comprehensive proposal for improvements to holistic health in Ghana.
  • And MORE!

Architects of all ages are all the same – PROBLEM SOLVERS! Where would we be without architects???!!! You make the world a better place.

Looking for art? Come check out Turner McLemore’s Faux-Realism exhibit and installation. Mini art and if you need an Anti–Depressant, we have them too. 

Project Boards! Are they your projects?

Past Design Awards entrants, we have your Design Awards boards from ??? through 2016! Please come by and pick them up at the ACFA by September 30 or they will be recycled.

We have boards from:

Adams Design Associates- 2
Appleseed Workshop – 6
ArchitectureWorks – 9
bDot Architects – 3
CMH Architects – 5
CCR Architecture & Interiors – 6
Davis Architects – 2
Dorsey Architects – 5
Dungan Nequette – 5
Ellis Architects -1
Goodwyn Mills Cawood – 1
Gresham Smith & Partners – 4
Hoskins Architects – 2
Krumdieck Architecture & Interiors – 1
LIVE Design Group – 3
Nequette Architecture & Interiors – 1
Paul Bates Architects – 1
Simonton Swaika Black Architects – 2
Studio C Architecture & Interiors – 1
TRO Jung Brannen – 2
Turner Batson Architects – 3

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.

Save the date for the 2017 AIA Birmingham Member & Sponsor Appreciation Tradeshow!

Friday, November 3rd
Alabama Power Old Auditorium (1200 6th Ave North)
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Free to attend for AIA Birmingham members – RSVP to if you can attend

Only Platinum, Gold & Silver Sponsors can exhibit – click here to reserve your space!  

ACFA Lecture: 9 Ways to Build Community with Urban Housing (1 HSW)

Sign up today, tickets are selling fast (less than 40 available)!!

Menu: Arugula salad, grilled chicken breast with terragon cream sauce, grilled vegetables, mac-n-cheese, cheesecake.

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

Menu: Chicken Roulade, roasted red potatoes, collard greens, rolls and Ghirardelli brownies


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

Click here to view the registration and sponsorship flyer!    

August Chapter Meeting Recap – August Chapter Meeting: ADA and Architectural Access Plan Reviews with Jim Terry, AIA

Our sold-out chapter meeting on August 15 at the old Alabama Power auditorium was a hit! Thanks to everyone who joined us for a delicious lunch and informative lecture on ADA & Architectural Access Plan Reviews presented by our very own Jim Terry, AIA of Evan Terry Associates. Thank you Jim for sharing your knowledge with us, and thanks to our friends at IIDA Alabama for partnering with us on this event!

Click here to view photos from the event!   

Emerging Professionals

Site Visit: Nequette Architecture & Design New Office Building (1 HSW)

Tuesday, September 12
4:30 -5:30 p.m.
2227 2nd Ave North

Parking: Street
PPE: Closed Toed Shoes

1 AIA HSW/1 IDP hour pending

RSVP to if you’ll be attending.

Join us for a free site visit to Nequette Architecture & Design’s beautiful new office building.


After the visit for those interested we will visit the ATOMIC LOUNGE (2113 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203) for drinks and networking! (Drinks on your own dime!)

Save the date for Liquor Treat 2017!

Thursday, October 26
More information coming soon!

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.