March 2018 News

Happy March!

What a successful first quarter! We have had so many opportunities for HSWs and it is only March. We are going to Cahaba Brewery for our March meeting, it is time to hear about CONCRETE!

March is ARCHITECTURE awareness month at the Alabama Center for Architecture. We have NO IDEA what to expect with our LEGO Design Build exhibit. We could have 500 kids visit the exhibit or 100, this is our first exhibit that targets kids. Parents have to bring the kids to the exhibit and that is our opportunity to educate the parents about the VALUE an ARCHITECT brings to any project, small or large.

We still need volunteers to PLAY at the exhibit. If you have a kid, volunteer and bring him or her and spend some quality time building with LEGOS at the exhibit. We have a photo booth to take pictures of the completed LEGO designs too. We also have some great LEGO architecture on exhibit Alabama Power headquarters, Alabama Theatre, The White House, Falling Waters and more!

And the most exciting news is our Florence Design Road Trip (replaces state convention)!!! Volunteer for the Friday Charrette working in the Florence downtown community with Main Street Florence. Friday evening, opening reception with story boards from the charrette. Saturday morning breakfast, lecture and tour with Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin. Incredible designer! Then a tour thru the Walnut neighborhood, recording studios and an evening with a musician panel at the GunRunner Hotel. I can’t wait!!! And then Bloody Mary Sunday’s at the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in the state of AL – the ROSENBAUM!!! More info coming soon!

Peace and AIA Love,

Rhea Williams, AIA Birmingham and ACFA Executive Director

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 & February!


  • Alabama Power Company
  • AMA Lighting
  • Crow Friedman Group
  • Hohmann & Barnard
  • J.R. Prewitt & Associates
  • Murray Building Company
  • Petersen (NEW)
  • Sesco Lighting (NEW)
  • Alabama Graphics


  • Alabama Lighting Assoc.
  • Allsouth Appliance Group
  • Hoar Construction
  • Edmonds Engineering
  • MBA Engineers
  • RO Supply Company
  • Schoel Engineering
  • Spire (ALAGASCO)
  • Southern Clay Brick Co.


  • ACME Brick
  • Alabama Concrete Ind. Assoc.
  • American Gypsum
  • Armstrong Floors & Ceilings
  • AVX 
Building & Earth Sciences
  • Business Interiors
  • Camacho & Associates
  • Cambria USA
  • Consulting Construction Eng.
  • Dale of Alabama
  • ECS Southeast
  • Henry Tile Company
  • Holcombe Doors & Windows Lighting Partnership
  • Mullins Building Products
  • Office Environments
  • Parrot Structural
  • PPG Industries
  • Robins & Morton
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Smith Lacey Sales & Associates
  • Tandus Centiva
  • ThyssenKrupp Elevators


  • Bhate Geosciences
  • Coral Industries
  • Cosentino
  • LBYD
  • MJ Harris Construction
  • Patterson Pope
  • Park Lane Construction
  • Tennessee Valley Metals
  • National Cement Company of Alabama, Inc.

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

Jury will be held March 12th, 2018 from 8:30-12:30 in sunny 
San Diego, California!
AIA Birmingham 2018 Jury

March Chapter Meeting – Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction (1 HSW)

Tuesday, March 20th
 Cahaba Brewery
4500 5th Ave South
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

$15 members, $30 nonmembers
RSVP to by March 16th

  • Understand the basic design criteria and construction elements of commercial and institutional buildings built with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs)
  • Demonstrate and recognize the energy efficiency characteristics and economic benefits of building with ICFs
  • Understand the contribution concrete makes to a building’s resilience to natural disasters, including fire, flood, wind and earthquakes
  • Identify ways that ICF concrete construction can contribute efficiencies to the on-site construction phase of the project and to long-term efficiencies during the operational phase.

A BIG Thank You to John Sorrell and the Alabama Concrete Industries of Alabama for hosting this chapter meeting!

Click here to register!  

February Chapter Meeting Recap > ALASAW: The Urban Forest

We had a blast at MAKEbhm for our February Chapter Meeting! Cliff Spencer from ALASAW gave a wonderful presentation on the urban forest and how to integrate urban wood into building projects, as well as proposing creative reuse solutions with projected wood yield, costs, and carbon sequestration and calculations! A BIG thank you to MAKEbhm for hosting us in their incredible space and to ALASAW for educating us on how diverted logs from the landfill can become sustainable & beautiful architectural elements and furniture.

Click here to view photos!  

Simpson Strong Tie – Residential CEU Fat Tuesday!

Thank you to Simpson Strong-Tie for presenting to our architects on Fat Tuesday! The Mardi Gras-themed lunch & learn covered an introduction to deck design and building and attachments for the IRC.

Women in Architecture: Small Group Discussions Recap

On February 15th, we engaged the minds of many at Cahaba Brewery with small group discussions hosted by our Women in Architecture committee! We explored many table topics over a delicious lunch, including overcoming career obstacles, leadership development, the missing 32% and more! Stay tuned for another event coming soon!

Click here to view photos.  

Emerging Professionals

ARE Trivia Night – Project Planning & Design

March 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hosted by the AIA Birmingham Emerging Professionals

Thursday, March 15th 6:00-7:30 p.m.
The Alabama Center for Architecture
109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd South

$10 single player, $25 team of 3 (we will make teams with single players)
Includes pizza & beer – click here to order your ticket today!
RSVP to by March 15th

This is a great opportunity to inform upcoming young professionals about your companies!
Interested in sponsoring this event? Fill out this form and contact today! 

EP Site Visit: Country Club Place Recap

A BIG thank you to Paul Bates Architects for leading a wonderful EP Residential Site Visit, a Mountain Brook home built by Philip Woods Home Builder!

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.

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

February Alabama Center for Architecture Newsletter

Building with Bricks > LEGO!!!!!

Join the Alabama Center for Architecture this month as we celebrate architecture through Building with Bricks (featuring LEGO®), a design-build, hands-on experience for kids and adults too! (download a donation form here)

Our exhibit will feature projects donated from our WONDERFUL firm members, a private collection of incredible architectural wonders made of LEGO®, and a design & build room for kids! Architects will be on site on Saturdays and during spring break (March 26-30). We have lots of spots open to volunteer for lunch hours during the week! If you would like to volunteer, please pick a time slot here. We hope to see you there!  

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

Thursday, April 5
5:30-8:00 p.m.

$100 for a team of 5, $10 to attend
Includes 2 drink tickets

In conjunction with the 29th 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. There are many benefits to sponsoring as well – click here for more sponsorship information! 

2018 Egg Drop Sponsor Team Form

For complete details about payment or team registration, contact Elizabeth Choy at or give her a call at 205.933.1409 x111