October 2018 Newsletter

Hi Making a Positive Difference Friends,

I wish all of you were not so busy right now. We have one of the most interesting town hall meetings tomorrow (Oct. 5th) in Ensley. There is a reason you do not all know the speakers, we did not select them. T. Marie King who is known for her way of saying it like it is but in a way that is so eye opening, you walk away with a new perspective on how to help.  T. Marie knows the people who live and work in the “other” Birmingham. She has selected a very unique panel and individual speakers.  If you can’t make it for the full three hours, that’s okay, show up when you can. I want you to hear what they have to say and offer your thoughts too.

And hope to see you Friday evening at the Women in Architecture Exhibit. The impact these Alabama women have made/are making on the profession is mind blowing. I am honored to work with each of them.

Peace & WIA Love,

Rhea Williams, Executive Director AIA Birmingham

Alabama Center for Architecture

Thank you to our 2018 AIA Birmingham Chapter Sponsors!
A full list of sponsors is listed on the right column of this page.
Check out the 2018 sponsorship brochure here.

The IMPACT of Women in Architecture Exhibit

The Alabama Center for Architecture will host the AIA Houston traveling exhibit, “THE IMPACT OF WOMEN in ARCHITECTURE,” opening on October 5, 2018. The exhibit will highlight local and national leaders, women who have a particular focus in the built environment and provide a snapshot of the changing roles of women in the architectural profession. The timeline for the exhibit begins in 1850, yes, women were making an impact in 1850!

Opening Reception:
October 5th, 2018
109 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd South
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

On October 5th, AIA Birmingham will host Intentional Design: Creating with the Community in Mind, featuring conversations about redlining, revitalization efforts, and a community engagement panel.

Click here to learn more about the conversations to come.

October 5th
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Live: 1816 Ave E
Ensley, AL

$5 // Free for Emerging Professionals
RSVP to sarah@aiabham.org by October 2nd

Purchase your ticket online at

Sponsor & Member Appreciation Tradeshow 2018

We want to show our appreciation for our dedicated sponsors and members with a free lunch and tradeshow celebrating a remarkable 2018! Friday, November 2nd, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, revel with us at the Alabama Power Old Auditorium at 1200 6th Ave North (3rd floor). Bring a firm handshake and lots of business cards for a chance to win spectacular prizes from the AIA Birmingham sponsors!

Friday, November 2nd
Alabama Power Old Auditorium (1200 6th Ave North)
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Free to attend for AIA Birmingham members – RSVP to jessica@karmamanagementinc.com

Only Platinum, Gold & Silver Sponsors can exhibit –

click here to reserve your space! 


September Chapter Meeting Recap: Rosenbaum Restoration

On September 18th at the Alabama Center for Architecture, we heard Don Lambert, AIA elaborate on the extensive restoration of the Rosenbaum House, including details about water damage, termite destruction, and electrical failure. He also brought original blueprints and copies from the restoration! All we can say about those is WO!

We would like to give a special thanks to Don Lambert for coming to speak about this beautiful, historical landmark! We hope to see everyone at Intentional Design on Friday.

Florida Building Code Seminar

The Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design requires a minimum of (2) hours of an Advanced FBC course every biennium. The deadline for architects licensed in Florida to renew their license is February 28, 2019, but courses must be completed by December 31, 2018.The Alabama Council has purchased a DVD course on the Advanced FBC: A Walk Through the Code Changes from the 5th to 6th Edition, that will allow members licensed in Florida to satisfy their Florida Building Code biennial requirement. We have arranged to hold Group Viewings.The course lasts for 2 hours and is approved for 2 HSW credits. At the conclusion of the course, each person completes a short quiz which we return for reporting to the National Continuing Education system.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders
5000 Grantswood Road
Birmingham AL 35210

Register here!

AIA Conference on Architecture ’19

Every year the Conference on Architecture travels to an iconic city for three immersive days of what’s new and now in architecture and design. In 2019, we’re heading to Las Vegas, a city that captivates millions of visitors each year and is home to some of the most exciting and imaginative architecture and experiences in the world.

Click here for more information!


Government Affairs

AIA Birmingham has been reaching out to our local representatives to discuss the National AIA Issue Briefs. We’ve been advocating for Disaster Recovery Reform Act to pass and it did. Advocacy works!

AIA Applauds Passage of Disaster Recovery Reform Act

Legislation paves way for enhanced national guidelines for building safety assessments following disasters.

Click here for more information on the Disaster Recovery Reform Act passing!

View the most current issue briefs here:

Middle Income Housing Tax Credit
Strengthening Career & Technical Education

Emerging Professionals

Career Center & Contract Documents

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 Sarah@aiabham.org for more details.

Click here for information on contract documents!

Join us on October 18th at Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley for a sensational day filled with golf, BBQ, and live music! Registration will begin at 10 am sharp till 11:30, followed by a shotgun start at 12! Is there a better way to raise money for the ACFA’s educational programs and student scholarships than to challenge your fellow co-worker to a hole in one? We think not! Click here to sign up!

We have awarded $77,750 to architectural students since 2006. Tee off to support our future architects!

Sponsorships available
Hole, Meal, Drink Cart, and more!

View the sponsorship and registration brochure here!

RSVP to Sarah@karmamanagementinc.com by October 11th

ACE Mentorship

Call for Mentors!

The ACE Mentor Program is looking for mentors for the 2018-2019 school year.   ACE is a biweekly after-school program for high school students designed to educate them about the fields of Architecture, Construction and Engineering, with the hopes that they will pursue one of these fields in college and beyond.  Mentors are typically young professionals in related fields who help guide the students through various projects, activities, and site visits.  There are about 16 meetings each year at various offices and construction sites, plus a final recognition banquet for students, mentors and families.

For more information about the local Birmingham affiliate, visit https://www.acementor.org/affiliates/alabama/birmingham/about-us/.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact tim.anson@greshamsmith.com for more details.