February 2018 News

Change, Change, Change!!!

And yes you are supposed to sing it.  We started the year off with a change of pace offering you 3 HSWs and a boutique tradeshow. Followed by Brian Roberson with Bdot presenting a design lecture on the similarities between the creative processes of music improvisation and design, and how they can be applied to architecture. He even gave a short saxophone concert. Inspiring!  February brings even more interesting opportunities for continuing education. More info, but you have to keep reading the newsletter.

The Alabama Center for Architecture is hosting a LEGO Design Build exhibit that promotes architecture thru a fun exhibit and hand’s on LEGO room for the kids. Thru AIA and the ACFA we are educating the public about what you do and why they should hire an architect. You do have to participate for this to be successful. More info, but you have to read the newsletter.

Design Awards – Change, change, change…. No Categories – no limits or restrictions. If this is a complete failure, we won’t do it again, but let’s shake things up and see what happens. We want to see all those projects you never entered due to the limitation of the categories. More info, but you have to read the newsletter.

Other CHANGES are coming, but I better let you process the first quarter so we do not send you into shock.  We have to keep it fresh just like your design  work.

Keep making a difference one design at a time.


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

Congratulations Kathryn Moore Trammell!

We have enjoyed working with you for the past almost four years and will miss you. We have had some good times at chapter meetings, golf tournaments, site visits, board meetings, design award galas, liquor treats, special events and exhibit openings.  We wish you the best  in your next chapter of life with UAB Optometry Department.  Don’t be a stranger, come see us!

Sponsors, it’s time to Renew for 2018!

Wow, what a great year we’ve had! Just a reminder that all chapter sponsorships expired at the end of December! Check out the 2018 sponsorship brochure here.

THANK YOU to all the sponsors who paid their 2018 sponsorships in January!


Crow Friedman Group
Murray Building Company
Petersen Aluminum


Edmonds Engineering
RO Supply Company
Southern Clay Brick Company


ACME Brick
Alabama Concrete Industries Association
American Gypsum
Armstrong Floors & Ceilings
Building & Earth Sciences
Business Interiors
Consulting Construction Engineering
Dale of Alabama
Henry Tile Company
Holcombe Doors & Windows
Mullins Building Products
PPG Industries
Robins & Morton
Smith Lacey Sales & Associates
Tandus Centiva


Bhate Geosciences
Coral Industries
MJ Harris Construction
Patterson Pope
Park Lane Construction
Tennessee Valley Metals

Design Awards 2018 > Forms & Fees Due February 8th!!

We are BREAKING THROUGH THE DESIGN CEILING… with NO CATEGORIES in the AIA Birmingham 2018 Design Awards!

AIA Birmingham Design Awards Call for Entries 2018

Click here to fill out your entry forms ONLINE! 

Click here to pay your entry fees!   

February Chapter Meeting – ALASAW: The Urban Forest (1 HSW)

Tuesday, February 20th
MAKEbhm (4000 3rd Ave South)
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

$15 members, $30 nonmembers
RSVP to sarah@aiabham.org by Feb. 16th

  • Recall facts and provide general statistics about carbon sequestration in trees in order to convince stakeholders of the benefits of integrating urban wood into building projects
  • Identify at least ten species of regionally native trees, from images of bark, wood, leaves and other identifiers
  • Participants can explain the health benefits of integrating urban forest wood. The feelings of natural warmth and comfort wood elicits in people has the effect of lowering blood pressure and heart rates, reducing stress and anxiety, increasing positive social interactions and improving corporate image
  • Propose a creative reuse solution for a fictional jobsite and support recommendations with projected wood yield, potential costs and carbon sequestration calculations

Click here to register!   

Introduction to Deck Design/Deck Building and Attachments for the IRC (1 HSW)

Presented by Simpson Strong Tie

Tuesday, February 13th
Alabama Center for Architecture (109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South)
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

$15 members, $30 nonmembers
RSVP to sarah@aiabham.org by Feb. 9th

-3 Basic Design Loads loads their application to deck design -define the code required loading and attachment requirements for ledgers, guardrails and post.

-Design a deck that incorporates the concept of continuous load path.

-Select key connectors and fasteners that create a continuous load path and account for the 3 basic design loads.

-Select connectors with an appropriate level of corrosion resistance based on site and material specific conditions.

Click here to register!

Women in Architecture > Small Group Discussion

 Click here to buy tickets!   

January Chapter Meeting Recap > Designing with Wood Seminar

We had a FABULOUS chapter meeting to kick off the year, including 3 hours of CE from some amazing wood experts. This event was sponsored by Simpson Strong Tie and our lunch was provided by Alabama Forestry Association / Sustainable Forestry Initiative. We had a wood expo including vendors such as Structural Wood Systems, Huber Engineered Wood, Hoover Treated Wood, WoodWorks Wood Products Council and Weyerhaeuser. We heard presentations from Jason Partain of MBA Engineers Inc., Billy Viars of Simpson Strong Tie, and Jeff Peters of the WoodWorks- Wood Products Council.

THANK YOU to all of our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees who made this event a success!

Click here to view photos!

Here are the reference materials given by Jason Partain:

Sawn Lumber


SCL Manufacturers






Wood trusses


Emerging Professionals

Site Visit: Country Club Place

Thursday, February 15th
4:30-5:30 p.m.
2308 Country Club Place, Birmingham AL 35223

RSVP to sarah@aiabham.org!

Join us for a site visit to a Mountain Brook home designed by Paul Bates Architects and built by Philip Woods Home Builder.

Parking and PPE information coming soon!

ARE Trivia Night Save the Date!

Save the date for the evening of THURSDAY, MARCH 15th!

We will be hosting our FIRST ARE Trivia Night of the year, exploring the Project Planning & Design test. There will be pizza, beer and fun prizes. Look for an invite going out later this month, and start thinking about who to ask to join your team! 

Recap: Music & Improvisation Design Lecture

We really enjoyed having Brian Roberson from bDot Architecture speak at the Emerging Professionals design lecture, “Music Improvisation and Creative Process!” The lecture focused on preconceptions and how they affect the art of music and design, as well as developing a personal design process. Look for another design lecture in the late spring!

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.

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

PRESS RELEASE – Ward Scott Architecture names new principal

Ward Scott Architecture, a full service architectural and interior design firm located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is pleased to announce the promotion and expansion of our leadership team with Zach Ward named principal.

Click here for more information!   

February Alabama Center for Architecture Newsletter


Building with Bricks > LEGO EXHIBIT!!!!!




Recap > 3rd Annual Posters, Pints & Pies – Opening Reception!

The Alabama Center for Architecture hosted the Third Annual Posters, Pints & Pies Exhibit opening reception on Thursday, January 25th. This years exhibit included more than 60 music posters from private collections. Special thank you to The Beveled Edge for sponsoring this event — they still have some posters for sale as part of the exhibit! Yummy pizza was provided by Dave’s Pizza and beer was provided by Diplomat Deli. A special thank you to CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival for donating tickets for our amazing raffle as well! The exhibit will be up in the ACFA through February 28th. Hours are Tues-Th 10-3 and F 10-3.

Click here to view photos!