April 2018 Newsletter

Happy Spring Beautiful Architects!

Time. We all need it. We never have enough. Where did it go? This month I know where your time went, volunteering for AIA or the ACFA. You have been so generous volunteering your time. You answered our call for help in Calhoun County on very short notice and spring break week. Architects and structural engineers assessed approximately 686 structures in 8 days. You helped a city recover much quicker than if they had to do it alone, getting people back in their homes sooner than later. You saved lives by placing the red placards on the structures that were NOT SAFE for anyone to enter. We volunteered three hundred sixty eight hours.

The LEGO Design Build was a huge hit!!! Kids and parents both enjoyed the exhibit. We had 200 people attend the LEGO exhibit, from 20 cub scouts to 11 interior design students from University of North AL. It was an all age friendly exhibit, something for everyone. Architects (and spouses too), sponsors (thank you Jenna Zappa) and board members all volunteered a total of one hundred hours to help promote awareness about architecture.

And this month is our Florence Design Road Trip!!!!!!!! The Rosenbaum restoration photos are unreal and Don Lambert will share what it took to get the house restored and Al Rosenbaum will be on site to share what it was like growing up in a Frank Lloyd Wright house. I can’t even imagine. And the musician panel, I still can’t believe Ben Tanner, keyboard for the ALABAMA SHAKES is on our panel. Have you ever listened to R.L. Burnside? His nephew is Cedric Burnside is doing an acoustic jam session for us. He is so talented!!! And there is more. Hope to see you in Florence.

All of you make me so PROUD!!!!! Good people.

Peace & Love,
Rhea Williams, Executive Director AIA Birmingham & ACFA

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
  • PAC-CLAD 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.

AIA Alabama Council & Alabama Center for Architecture Design Road Trip – Florence, Alabama

April 20 – April 22

AIA Alabama & Alabama Center For Architecture

Design Road Trip & Annual Meeting
Florence, Alabama April 20 – 22, 2018

View the full itinerary HERE for more details about this amazing trip!  

April Chapter Meeting (1 HSW) Electric Busses – “Here and Now!”
April 17th, 2018
Location TBA
11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
$15 Members; $30 Non-Members
RSVP to sarah@aiabham.org by April 13th

  • Participants will learn about the impact of emissions on children and our elderly and how diesel powered buses emit NOx that can cause asthma, which affects 1 in 10 in the US. Electric buses will make our cities cleaner and residents healthier due to no emissions.
  • Participants will learn about fuel price determination by geo-political and environmental factors and how using more electric transportation protects from the risk of global oil price hikes.
  • Participants will discuss the difference between electric buses and traditional internal combustion motors and how this leads to fewer operational and maintenance issue, preventing little to no disruption in bus routes in which our communities depend and contributing to more savings for our municipal transit systems and communities.
  • Finally, participants will learn about noise reduction and pollution with electric buses and how this is an important benefit in improving the quality of life for our communities.

Thank you very much to Alabama Power for hosting this meeting!

Click here to register today   

Join Women in Architecture: Birmingham for a Spring Mentor Mixer at Carrigan’s Public House on April 23rd from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to sarah@aiabham.org by April 20th. We hope to see you there!

March Chapter Meeting Recap Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction

Thanks to everyone who attended our March Chapter Meeting: Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction! Our speaker, Mike Cleary with ICF Panels, LLC., spoke about understanding the basic design criteria and construction elements of commercial and institutional buildings built with ICFs. A BIG thank you to John Sorrell and the Alabama Concrete Industries of Alabama for hosting this chapter meeting! View the photo gallery here!

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


Save the Date!

For more information, visit http://conferenceonarchitecture.com/


Emerging Professionals

ARE Trivia Night Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out for our EP ARE Trivia Night! We had a blast learning about project planning & design, all while having some delicious Dave’s Pizza and Good People brews!! A huge THANK YOU to our sponsors Edmonds Engineering & Hereford Dooley Architects – we hope to see you at the next Trivia Night this summer! 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!

WOW – what an incredible turnout we had for the Building with Bricks Exhibit! Our exhibit featured local projects from our amazing firm members, a private collection of incredible architectural wonders made of LEGO®, and a design & build room for kids! We had over 130 people come through the exhibit, leaving with a lasting impression of the importance and meaning of architecture. Thank you to all who participated – we could not have done it without you! Click here to see photos!

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 ticket

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. We hope to see you there!