November 2017 Newsletter


Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)

What Happened?!?! Where did it go?!?!
Where did the year go and how is it November??? AIA members, you have been so busy this year. It makes me happy to hear most of you have a back log of projects. Yet, you still managed to attend AIA Chapter meetings, design lectures, exhibits and site visits. We had a record attendance this year with sold out meetings!

We have started the planning for 2018 too. We are starting the year off with “It’s all About WOOD,” designing with wood and WOOD tradeshow. Vendors that are wood related (Simpson Strong Tie, Hoover Fire Treated Wood, Weyerhaeuser and more TBA) will be on site for you to learn more about these products. In February, we will visit Alabama Sawyer and hear from Cliff Spencer about milling wood that would have ended up in landfills.

Are you into Lego’s??? We will partner with the ACFA for a Lego – Design Build your Home exhibit in March/April. This exhibit will focus on residential architecture.

And I guess I need to finish 2017 before I get you all jazzed about 2018. We are giving you a platform for your creative talents with Art X Architects and Santa’s Stocking Stuffer Pop Up Shop – all at the ACFA!! More info in the newsletter, keep reading!

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

P.S. I bought this great book at a museum store the ARCHITECT says Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom. Look for the quote each month!

Sponsor & Member THANK YOU Tradeshow 2017 – LAST CHANCE TO RSVP!


Great door prizes again this year – including an iPod Shuffle (Building & Earth Sciences) and a Sony 43” 4k Ultra HD Smart LED TV (AMA Lighting)!!!!

RSVP to ASAP!!!!

Complete List of Sponsors Exhibiting:

Alabama Graphics
Alabama Power Company
AMA Lighting
Crow Friedman Group/Risk Strategies
JR Prewitt & Associate
Murray Building Company

Alabama Lighting Associates
Allsouth Appliance Group
Edmonds Engineering
Hoar Construction
MBA Engineers
RO Supply Company
Southern Clay Brick Co.

ACME Brick
American Gypsum
Armstrong Floors & Ceilings
Building & Earth Sciences
Camacho & Associates
Cambria USA
Continental Building Products
Dale of Alabama
ECO Spec
ECS Southeast
Holcombe Doors & Windows
Lighting Partnership
Lighting Solutions
Office Environments
Parrot Structural Services
Pella Windows & Doors
PPG Industries
Robert F. Henry Tile Company
Sherwin Williams
Smith Lacey Sales & Associates
Thyssenkrupp Elevators

Announcing the 2018 AIA Birmingham SLATE OF OFFICERS

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

  • President: Ross McCain, AIA, KPS Group
  • Immediate Past President: Lauren Gwaltney, AIA, Williams Blackstock Architects
  • Vice President: Richard Simonton, AIA, Simonton Black Architects
  • Treasurer: Lissy Frese, AIA, CCR Architecture & Interiors
  • Secretary: Alicia Pughsley, AIA, Birchfield Penuel & Associates
  • Second Year Director: Laura Bartlett, AIA, Paul Bates Architects
  • First Year Director: Danny Trotter, AIA, Rob Walker Architects
  • Emerging Professionals Director: Charlie Abram, Assoc. AIA, Birchfield Penuel & Associates

2018 AIA Birmingham Councilors

  • Tim Anson, AIA, Gresham Smith & Partners*
  • Travis Burke, AIA, Nequette Architecture & Design
  • Ty Cole, AIA, Giattina Aycock Architecture Studio
  • Cindy Coyle, AIA, ArchitectureWorks
  • Sarah Dunn, AIA, Williams Blackstock Architects*
  • Topper Parham, AIA, KPS Group*
  • Charles Williams, Jr., AIA, Charles Williams & Associates*

*indicates new board member

Sponsors, it’s time to Renew for 2018!

Wow, what a great year we’ve had! Just a reminder that all chapter sponsorships expire at the end of December! Check out the AIA BHM Sponsor Brochure 2018 here!

If you renew your membership by December 01 and pay by January 05, we will give you $100 off your sponsorship (platinum, gold and silver levels only)! See the brochure or contact Rhea or Kathryn with questions.


RSVP to today!

Save the Dates for December!

WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE Screening– Wednesday, Dec. 6th
In 2018 AIA Birmingham is starting a Women In Architecture group. Join us for our kick-off meeting with a screening of Rosa Sheng’s presentation “AIA Equity by Design” and a short discussion panel to follow. Men are invited to attend as well – this is not just an event for women, it is for all members of the architecture profession.
More information, including a pre-event survey, will be sent out soon!

Wednesday, Dec. 6th
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
$15 members, $30 non-members (includes lunch)
Alabama Center for Architecture, 109 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd South, Birmingham AL 35233
Space is limited, so RSVP to!

PROCRASTINATION EDUCATION (up to 4+ HSWs!) – Tuesday, Dec. 12th
Hear presentations from our Platinum and Gold Sponsors, and complete your CEUs for 2017! Up to 5 HSWs – hear from Crow Friedman Group, AMA Lighting, J.R. Prewitt & Associates, and AllSouth Appliance Group! More info to come.

Tuesday, Dec. 12th
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Alabama Center for Architecture, 109 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd South, Birmingham AL 35233
$15 for members, $30 for nonmembers (includes lunch and coffee bar all day)
Space is limited, so RSVP to! 


Emerging Professionals

Site Visit: UAB School of Business (1 HSW pending)

Thursday, November 9th
4:30-5:30 p.m.

710 13th Street South
Birmingham AL 35233

Parking: Entrance is off 13th Street, park behind the jobsite trailer.

Required PPE: Vests, hard hats, glasses and closed toed shoes.

RSVP to if you can attend! 

ARE Study Group – Thursdays at Octane Homewood

Join us each Thursday evening for AIA BIRMINGHAM’S EMERGING PROFESSIONALS ARE study group! No matter if you are taking ARE 4.0 or 5.0, we would love to have you join us for discussions and encouragement. Bring your study materials and notes to contribute to the discussion.

Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Octane in Homewood, 2821 Central Ave, Homewood, AL 35209

Please contact Kyle Stover, Assoc. AIA, for more information about the group!

RECAP: Liquor Treat 2017 

More than 30 Emerging Professionals and Auburn Urban Studio students attended the 2017 edition of the Liquor Treat firm crawl on October 26th. We visited the Alabama Center for Architecture, Fifth Dimension Architects, Design Initiative, Dale of Alabama and Goodwyn Mills Cawood, having a cocktail and a tour of each office. We ended the night at Cantina! in Pepper Place for yummy food and more fellowship!

THANK YOU to all our host firms and those who attended – we can’t wait for 2018!! #AIALiquorTreat

Click here to view photos!  

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. 


RFQ for General Architectural Services

Navigate is seeking an architectural consultant for assistance with the development, renovation or repositioning of multi-family and single-family properties in the Birmingham Metro Area.  This Consultant will work with Navigate on a case by case basis to provide conceptual design options and construction cost estimations for our development projects. This RFQ closes on November 15th.

View the RFQ here: RFQ -General Architectural Services 

Do you have an old antique drafting table?

Brannon Foster of Foster Architect is looking to purchase one. Email him at if you have one!



November 2017

2017 Holiday Ornaments!

It’s that time of year again folks! We are proud to present four beautifully-water color painted ornaments, representing landmarks all over our state! The Alabama Landmarks series includes original watercolor paintings by local Alabama artists and architects. Each painting celebrates the incredible designs of historic landmarks throughout the state of Alabama, and best of all they are MADE IN THE USA!! We still have ornaments and prints from last year’s collection as well. These are great gifts for family, co-workers, and close friends! Check out the new collection on our website today!


Art X Architects – We need your creative submissions, architects!

Attention all art lovers, collectors, and holiday shoppers! The Alabama Center for Architecture is excited to present “ArtXArchitects,” a fundraising event that celebrates the artistic talent of architects. We would love to include YOUR ART in our gallery for the month of December. All pieces will be for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Alabama Center for Architecture! The art will be on display from December 1-19th – Tuesday thru Friday, 10-3 & Saturday 10-3.

To include your art for the exhibit, fill out this form [[ Art x Architects ]] and email to Sarah Godbee,, by Nov 25!  

ARCHITECT ARTISTS/MAKERS! We need your goods for the Santa’s Stocking Stuffers Pop-Up Shop! 

Want to get a head start on holiday shopping this year? Look no further than the Alabama Center for Architecture Stocking Stuffers Pop-Up Shop, featuring local Birmingham artists! At a maximum size of 11 x 17, these tiny treasures are a perfect gift for friends, family, and co-workers! Our artist submission deadline is November 25th and SSS Pop-Up Shop will be open to the public from December 1-19, Tuesday thru Saturday 10-3. You can read more about it in IRON CITY INK. We hope to see you here!

To apply, fill out this form [[ SSS Call to Artists with Form ]] and email to Sarah Godbee,, by Nov 25! 

2017 22nd Annual ACFA Golf Tournament

We had a great day on the links celebrating the 22nd Annual ACFA Golf Tournament at RTJ Oxmoor Valley! Thanks to all our players and sponsors, especially our title sponsor J R Prewitt & Associates, Inc., for making our event a success each year! The proceeds from the tournament go to student scholarships, so THANK YOU for making a difference in the lives of architecture students!!

View the photo gallery from the tournament here!   

Rent Our Space for your Office Holiday Party!

Holiday parties are right around the corner, and so are we! The Alabama Center for Architecture makes for a delightful, spacious, and unique venue for your next event. The ACFA’s facility is available to rent for corporate meetings, classes, gallery exhibits, fundraisers, wedding receptions or other events. Renovated in 2013, our historic building in downtown Birmingham includes private conference room, kitchen and bar area, mezzanine, and exhibit/gallery space. For more information regarding availability and rates, please contact Kathryn Trammell, Assistant Director, at or call 205.322.4386. Please set up an appointment if you would like a walkthrough of the space!   

Amazon Smile!

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