May 2018 Newsletter

Silver Sponsor John Sorrell presenting Charrette results at this year’s AIA Alabama and Alabama Center for Architecture Design Road Trip.

THANK YOU to all our sponsors for their time and dedication to AIA Birmingham!

We would like to welcome Deangelis Diamond to our silver sponsors!

Check out the 2018 sponsorship brochure here.

Purchase tickets by June 1st

Interested in sponsoring?
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Boards due by May 30th!

AIA Birmingham 2018 Jury
Chair Steven Shinn –
Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED –
Kevin de Freitas –
Jennifer Luce –
Dave Gilmore –
Maxine Ward – 

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2018 Alabama Center for Architecture Awards Ceremony

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Scholarship Awards Ceremony!

Join us at The Club on July 17th to honor our 2018 scholarship winners and newly licensed architects. In partnership with the Birmingham Audubon Society, our keynote speaker is Claire Halpin from Studio Gang. Founded by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang is an architecture and urban design practice with offices in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Architect Claire Halpin is a Senior Project Leader in Studio Gang’s Chicago office, leading design teams for ecological, cultural, and educational projects. Driven by the complex, interdisciplinary, and spatial problem-solving nature inherent in architecture, design, and planning, Claire is experienced in designing and leading teams with a wide range of disciplines. We hope to see you there!

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

WOW! What an unbelievable time we had at the 2018 AIA Alabama Design Road Trip. We started off the weekend with a City of Neighborhoods Charrette in partnership with Design Alabama & Florence Main Street. Later that afternoon, we shared the results of the charrette with all attendees at our Product Show. Saturday morning, we kicked things off bright and early with mimosas and a delicious breakfast at Alabama Chanin. We toured the facilities and heard a presentation from owner and designer, Natalie Chanin. Afterwards, we headed back downtown to the Walnut Street Historic District for a walking tour with local experts.

Saturday afternoon, we learned about the renovation and rebirthing of the building that now hosts the UNA School of Interior Design, as well as the renovation of Jackson Highway Recording Studio. Our evening was delightful – beginning with a musician panel at the beautiful Gunrunner Hotel in downtown Florence and ending with a jam session and yummy hors d’oeuvres.

Sunday morning was an unforgettable experience – Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rosenbaum House! We want to thank everyone who came and all the remarkable sponsors who helped make this event possible. Photos from the event.

April Chapter Meeting – Electric Buses Recap

Thanks to everyone who attended our April Chapter Meeting: Electric Buses: “Here and Now!” Our speaker, Robin White with Alabama Power, spoke about the sustainable and economical design that is electric buses. We took a tour and even rode around in an Xcelsior CHARGE – one of the sample buses provided by Alabama Power. Many thanks to the Birmingham Intermodal Facility for providing our space and to Alabama Power for hosting! Click here to view the photos.

Women in Architecture Spring Mixer

Thanks to all the wonderful ladies who joined us at Carrigan’s Public House for our Spring Mentor Mixer! We are happy to announce that WIA Birmingham will be starting a mentoring program for emerging and intermediate professionals in the architectural field. If you are interested in joining and were not able to come to the mixer, please email Stay tuned for another WIA event soon! View the photos here.

Emerging Professionals

100 Fold Design Lecture (1 HSW)

June 8th, 2018
The Alabama Center for Architecture
109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd South
Free – Bring your own lunch

AIA Birmingham Emerging Professionals present 100 Fold: Design Lecture for ALL with John Hudson, founder and architect. 100 Fold Studio is a nonprofit architecture firm providing affordable and innovative design services to charitable organizations around the world. John is committed to demonstrating the love of Christ through architecture. His passion is to invest his fifteen years of professional experience in young architects. John’s vision is to equip 100 licensed architects to serve in global missions over the next 25 years! Please RSVP to by June 6th if you would like to attend!

Now Open: 2018 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship

Architects Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Jason Pettigrew Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of emerging professionals in the early stages of their careers by defraying the costs associated with the Architect Registration Exam (ARE). The scholarship also pays tribute to late friend and colleague Jason Pettigrew.

Recipients will receive funds to cover the cost of the ARE exams, as well as study materials.

If you are an Associate AIA member with an NCARB record and are eligible to sit for the ARE, you are eligible to apply.

Applications for the 2018 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship are now open through July 11. Learn more and apply today!

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.

dreamARCHITECTURE Birmingham Awards Ceremony

We had a blast this past Thursday, May 3rd at our 22nd annual dreamARCHITECTURE Awards Ceremony! Thank you so much to everyone who participated; out of 2,661 entries we only chose 34 winners! All of those who entered came from school districts around the Birmingham area and our theme this year was draw your Dream Theme Park! Thank you to SawWorks Studio for allowing us to host in your space- we appreciate all of our sponsors who made this event possible: Barrett Architecture Studio, Barry Davis Architects PC, Black Design Architecture, Herrington Architects, Israel and Associates PC, Thompson Architecture, Studio C Architecture & Interiors, and Williams Blackstock Architects! Thank you to Gallery Services Incorporated for framing the artwork beautifully – We hope to see you all next year! Click here to view the photos.