February Newsletter

You guys are the BEST!!! We asked you to donate art supplies for two schools and you did. Dick Pigford and I had the pleasure of delivering them to the kids.  They were all so excited, except for one little girl who was disappointed she did not get to take them home with her. Both teachers were very appreciative, and our timing was spot on since their art supply money was spent for the year. The kids are starting on their dreamSCHOOL project this week. It will be fun to see what their imaginations come up with, we will share with all of you since the kids are the reason you design schools.  They may have design solutions  for your next school project.

Our Young Professionals Group also raised money for art supplies for schools. Hector Orozco and Janine Mwenja, Assoc. AIA delivered art supplies to Wylam K-8 School & Smith Middle School on February 1st!

All of you make me so proud. Let’s keep up this giving mind set all year long and keep making a positive difference one design at a time.

Peace & AIA Love,

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

Sponsors, it’s time to Renew for 2019!  Click here to renew online! 

Wow, what a great year we’ve had! Just a reminder that all chapter sponsorships expired at the end of December!

Check out the 2019 sponsorship brochure here.

THANK YOU to all the sponsors who paid their 2019 sponsorships in January!

AIA Birmingham Design Awards Call for Entries 2019

Click here to fill out your entry forms ONLINE!

Click here to pay your entry fees!

February Chapter Meeting: Wood Design Symposium

A Wood Design Symposium is a multi-faceted educational event on the use of wood in commercial and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 4 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 4 PDH credits, or 0.4 ICC credits (one per attended seminar). Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.

The Harbert Center
2019 Fourth Ave North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 5:15 PM (CST)

Register Now

Early Bird Tickets through January 31st: $30
Starting February 1st: $40
For AIA Member price of $15.00 use the following code: AIAAL

Price includes lunch and evening reception 

Onsite Check-in begins: 11:30 am
Wood Design Awards Presentation 11:45 am
Opening Plenary Session & Lunch 12:00 noon
Exhibit Area Open: 11:30 am – 6:00 pm
Reception: 5:15 – 6:00 pm

Join us for a reception immediately following the symposium including beverages and light appetizers.

Reception sponsored by: Alabama Forestry Association


Richard Simonton, AIA President, Jennifer Wilson, SEAoAL President, and Event & Chapter Sponsor, John Sorrell – Alabama Concrete Industries Association

January Chapter Meeting Recap > Designing with Wood Seminar 

We had a FABULOUS chapter meeting to kick off the year: Resiliency in Construction. Alabama Concrete Industries Association brought in our rock star presenters. Dr. David Roueche, Auburn University shared his research findings on concrete structures that survived hurricanes. Preliminary damage trends were presented to highlight key performance factors such as the age of construction, retrofits and local terrain. Concrete definitely out performed the other structures on the coast. Tien Peng – National Ready Mixed Concrete Association gave great case studies of fires in structures and how concrete gives people more time to escape a burning building, saving lives. John Cicciarelli – Oldcastle Architectural presented the safety and durability of concrete.

THANK YOU to our lecture sponsor Alabama Concrete Industries Association, we could not have hosted these interesting speakers without you.


Emerging Professionals


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.



Building with Bricks > LEGO!!!

The LEGO exhibit was a huge success last year. More than 200 people attended the exhibit and built cool structures with LEGOs, oooed and ahhhed over your project boards on exhibit. It was fun to see so many non- architects in the gallery admiring your work. We would love to add architectural models to the exhibit. People LOVE to see models and the kids would think they are so cool too.

If you missed this event last year; the conference room turns into a LEGO design build room for kids (and adults). The gallery space exhibit has LEGO buildings and DESIGN AWARD project boards.

We need your project boards ($100 for each project board, $50 for a model). This is an opportunity to market your projects to a captive audience (literally). This is another great opportunity for us to educate the public about the VALUE of hiring an architect. If you are interested in helping with this exhibit, or you would like to exhibit your firm’s projects email aiabirm@aiabham.org or fill out this form here to enter a board or model!

Click here to see the photos from last year’s LEGO Event!


The Alabama Center for Architecture hosted the Fourth Annual Posters, Pints & Pies Exhibit opening reception on Thursday, January 31st. This years exhibit included more than 50 music posters from private collections. A BIG THANK YOU to The Beveled Edge for sponsoring this event – they still have some posters for sale as part of the exhibit! Our delicious pizza was provided by Dave’s Pizza and beer/wine was provided by Diplomat Deli & Cahaba Brewery. A special thanks to Mom’s Basement, Live & Listen, & Diplomat Deli for donating raffle prizes! The exhibit will be up in the ACFA through February 28th. Hours are Tues-Th 10-3 and F 10-3.

This year we added live music with the YOUNG and very talented AndBlack. These kids are 15 and 16 years old playing old school music. We will all be paying big money to see these kids play one day. We can say we knew them when…..

As part of every exhibit, we promote architecture.  The design wall is always a part of the annual poster show. The design wall is your design awards project boards and everyone loves to look at your creative inspiring projects each year. Hope to see you in 2020 for our Five Year Anniversary! Yes, five years, time flies when you are having a “Good Time.”

P.S. Props to Lance Black, architect and dad to one of the musicians in the band.

Click here to view photos!

2019 dreamARCHITECTURE Teacher Workshop!

Charles Williams II presented Designing Schools 101 to 13 teachers representing 13 different schools. This was the most interactive teacher workshop we have had to date. Charles did a great job explaining why certain things get cut from the design, who is making those decisions, why there are only a certain number of bathrooms and why they can’t have margarita machines in the teacher lounge. We all agree they need one!  One request Charles heard several times from the art teachers, we need an adult sink and more rest rooms. It is hard to get 50 students in and out of the restrooms in a timely manner, much less orderly. Teachers were asked to leave their design suggestions at the end of the workshop.  Check out what teachers suggest here!

Click here for more information on this amazing program or to learn how to become a sponsor!