2019 August Newsletter

Happy August,

I love survey results! The AIA Birmingham Executive Committee is working on a five -year strategic plan and the survey results will help guide our plan. MEMBER input is crucial for us to be successful and have the greatest impact. I am loving the results we have collected to date, most of you are on the same page regarding social/community engagement, chapter meeting attendance, and using the AIA Birmingham office as a resource.

If more TIME could be a member benefit, we would have more members than any other organization. TIME is what keeps you from attending events or getting involved. The average time spent on taking the survey; 6 minutes and 15 seconds. We need more survey results please CLICK HERE FOR THE SURVEY.

We want to be INCLUSIVE with our five-year strategic planning, and speaking of INCLUSIVE, make sure you register for the INCLUSIVE Workshop that is around the corner, August 20th. Learn challenges and solutions from local case studies. Are you familiar with Recreational Therapist? People first language? Register for the INCLUSIVE workshop to find out more!


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

Take the AIA Birmingham Survey to help with our Five-Year Strategic Plan!

2019 AIA Birmingham Member Survey

AIA Birmingham’s leadership wants to understand the needs and preferences of its members as it develops a new 5‐year strategic plan. This 25-question survey should take less than ten minutes and will make your voice heard. All answers are anonymous. Thanks for being an engaged member and follow the link that pops up after you complete the survey for your chance to win one of multiple $25 Amazon gift cards! Take the AIA Birmingham Member Survey now!

Thank you to our 2019 AIA Birmingham Chapter Sponsors!
A full list of sponsors is listed on the right column of this page.
Check out the 2019 sponsorship brochure here.


Join us on Tuesday, August 20th at the Alabama Power Old Auditorium from 11:30-3:00 PM for “Inclusive”, a jam-packed workshop and EXPO with 3 HSW’s & speakers from PlayCore, the City of Hoover, and Goodwyn Mills Cawood.

Registration  – $40.00 Advance Tickets // $60.00 Late Registration

RSVP to katie@karmamanagementinc.com before August 16th to ensure a spot!

Click here to purchase tickets! 
Click here to become an exhibitor or sponsor for this event!

Speakers & Topics:       

Jennie Sumrell, PlayCore
Director of Education: Programs, Partnerships & Professional Development

“Inclusion Matters: Making Play a Priority for Everybody!”
Be inspired to innovate high quality outdoor play experiences for people of all ages and abilities by aligning evidence-based design best practices to inclusive play destinations to encourage active, independent, and meaningful play for all. Both a physical and social event, inclusive play is not solely about physically accessing an environment, but what experiences happen once an individual gets there. Learn inclusive design principles that go beyond minimum accessibility and intentionally address the needs of the whole child.

Dee Nance, CTRS, CADAP, City of Hoover
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist & Certified Americans with Disabilities Professional

“Therapeutic Recreation”
Attendees will learn about Therapeutic Recreation and the role that it plays in an inclusive environment. Then they will be introduced to the concept of “people first” language and will learn about its importance. Participants will also learn the value of including a CTRS/ADA specialist, or a person with a disability, on their design team. Learn challenges and solutions to local project case studies. Dee thinks of everyone who wants to experience parks and playgrounds – all ages and all disabilities. Let’s all learn to think like Dee.

Dale Brasher, PLA, Goodwyn Mills Cawood
Landscape Architect

“Accessible Site Design: Point A to B”
Dale will discuss accessible site design and the challenges site accessibility requirements can present. Though your design does have to meet ADA requirements, there are ways to be creative and accessible while not sacrificing the quality of your design. Dale will share case studies and project applications for inclusive site design.

Click here to learn more about our speakers!

Goodbye Sarah

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What is it about Chicago??!!! We are so sad Sarah is leaving us for the Windy City to chase her big city dreams. She joined the AIA (Karma) family in February 2017 and fell in love with architecture (as you can see in our social media). She took our social media to a whole new level and came up with a strategic social media campaign. Sarah is responsible for creating our Instagram account and now we are at more than 1000 followers. We have all had good times with her at annual Posters, Pies, & Pints, Building with Bricks, design awards, chapter meetings, site visits, trivia night, EP Film Series, Liquor Treat, Block Party, meetings, and golf tournaments. Great memories! She will always be a part of our AIA family, and her goal is to stay in the A/E industry in Chicago. Send her an email, text or go old school and call her to let her know how much you appreciated her kind nature and willingness to help all these years. She made us all look good. Flights are cheap to Chicago, when do you want to go visit her?? Let’s crash at her new place, free place to stay in Chicago!!

Hello Katie

Hello Katie Parker! Most of you have met Katie Parker who is stepping into the Executive Assistant role. Katie has been working with AIA part time since late Spring. Hopefully, she will fall in love with architecture too and architects (but not like Danya Humaideh Segrest did, lol). Katie recently graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a degree in Communication Studies and a concentration in Public Relations. She also has a minor in Social Media Marketing Strategies. During her time at UAB, Katie worked pro bono as a student PR Consultant for Collat Jewish Family Services and the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation. She also completed three internships, one of which was at the prestigious Birmingham Museum of Art. Throughout her senior year, Katie served as Vice President of Programs for the UAB chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Public Relations Council of Alabama. She is excited to join the AIA Birmingham family and grow as a professional. Be sure to welcome Katie into the AIA family and be nice!

MOVIE NIGHT!!! Join AIA Birmingham Emerging Professionals on August 6th from 5:30 PM-6:45 PM as we explore the impact & importance of design and beauty in everyday life through a series of NOWNESS short films called Great Gardens. This is a series of intimate portraits showcasing some of the world’s most beautiful gardens and the people who create them. Libations and light snacks will be provided. We can’t wait!

NOWNESS is an online video channel premiering the best in global arts and culture across Art & Design, Culture, Fashion & Beauty, Music and Food & Travel.

Registration – $7 // RSVP to sarah@aiabham.org before August 2nd to ensure a spot!
Purchase your ticket here!
SPONSORED BY: Foresite Group, Inc.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 ACFA Awards Ceremony! Many of us gathered at The Club on July 16th to celebrate ACFA scholarship winners and newly licensed architects. Our keynote speaker was Craig Lewis FAICP, LEED AP, CNU-A from Stantec. Lewis gave an insightful presentation titled, “Downtown Vibrancy: Let’s Walk One More Block Together!” He spoke about urban trends and the City of Birmingham Master Plan. His talk discussed designing our cities to be more pedestrian-friendly and livable. What a great presentation! Click here to learn more about the City of Birmingham Master Plan.

The ACFA would like to thank Title Sponsor, Creature & Speaker Sponsor, Dix Hite. They are also grateful for Spire, the Medallion Sponsor & Webster Henry, Awards Lunch Sponsor. Spire provided the beautiful medallions for our newly licensed architects, and Webster Henry supplied lunches for the honorees. In addition, there are many other Support Sponsors who helped make this dream a reality, including Aho Architects, Birchfield Penuel & Associates, David Baker Architects, Fifth Dimension Architecture & Interiors, LLC, Herrington Architects, Poole & Co Architects, LLC, and Jim Griffo. We could not have this special day without their support!

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Birmingham Newly Licensed Architects!

  • Raphael Arsenian – KPS Group
  • Robert Benner – Davis Architects
  • Justin Collier – Coendeavor
  • Kim Edwards – Birchfield Penuel & Associates
  • Roger Mainor – ArchitectureWorks, LLP
  • Derek Needham – Williams Blackstock Architects
  • Allison Vosicky – Birchfield Penuel & Associates

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 ACFA Scholarship Winners!

  • Adam Davis (Spanish Fort); Auburn University- $1,500
  • Andrew Edwards (Oxford); Auburn University- $500
  • Jihoon Jeong (Oak Mountain); Auburn University- $1,500
  • Caroline Jones (Dothan); University of Texas- $500
  • Adam Koons (Huntsville); Auburn University- $750
  • Alden Peterson (Hoover); Auburn University- $750
  • Miriam Villamonte (Athens); Auburn University- $500
  • Lauren Wertz (Mobile); Auburn University- $2,500

Jobseekers – we have many jobs listed on our website! Don’t miss AIA Birmingham’s Career Page for the latest local opportunities.

Attention Employers! Post your job openings on the AIA Birmingham website. It is FREE for local member firms! Email katie@karmamanagementinc.com for more details.

Check out the AIA National 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. 

Contract Documents from AIA Birmingham

Click here for information on contract documents!

AL Concrete Industries Association CEU Day

A Day of Concrete Knowledge is designed to provide valuable education programs on concrete topics. This full-day seminar provides 8 hours of AIA approved HSW LU & engineering PDH credits. Certificates will be issued to both architects and engineers.

There is a fee of $30 to attend. All proceeds go to the Alabama Concrete Industries Foundation (ACIF). The ACIF yearly awards two $8,000 scholarships to students enrolled in architecture, engineering, or building sciences at one of Alabama’s universities. Payments can me made online or the day of class.

Click here to view the flyer & session topics and speakers!

Moss Rock Festival GLAMPOUT Exhibition

The Moss Rock Festival at The Preserve has been going on for 14 years, each year attracting more than 10,000 visitors for a weekend of eco-creative experiences through Nature, Eco Ideas, and Art + Design. This year, Moss Rock Festival will engage the public’s imagination by showing them into the endless possibilities of experiencing nature through THE GLAMPOUT.

One installation will be chosen for a grand juried cash prize of $2500, with up to five juried cash honorariums of $250 to selected proposals.

The challenge is to create a +Design project which conceives an innovative glamping outdoor space/room design with a sustainable twist of inspiration. The Moss Rock Festival conceives the outdoors as a multi-sensorial space. They ask that the participants demonstrate reflection and interaction in their concept, and design to advance the preservation and enjoyment of natural resources as a foundation for design and space use.

Moss Rock Festival promotes an encounter between diverse disciplines and as such encourages participants to form interdisciplinary teams to submit proposals, if desired. These teams may include partnerships between different A+D firms, furniture and retailers, contractors, etc.

Criteria for Glamping projects include

  1. Installation within a 16′ x 16′ wooden platform (provided)
  2. use of recycled/upcycled objects or natural elements as part of the design
  3. Delivery + Installation in the space chosen by the participants or as allocated by the MRF
  4. Project statement, quote, or object/source of inspiration image provided for signage onsite
  5. Decor and furniture items may be offered for sale (optional) (MRF manages sale)

For questions, please contact Lindsey Christina, Glamping Coordinator, at findart2@findartbirmingham.com.

Click here to view the application!

Click here for more information about the Moss Rock Festival GLAMPOUT Exhibition!


2019 Call for Entries Now Open!

Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association (BIA) has sponsored one of the country’s most prestigious architectural award programs. For decades, BIA has been recognized by the architectural community as the authority on clay brick. As such, the Brick in Architecture Awards has become the nation’s premiere architectural award featuring clay brick.

With 8 categories, you can submit your projects in a variety of areas. All entries must be complete by the October 31, 2019 deadline.

To learn more about categories, prizes, and the online submission process, visit: www.gobrick.com/ArchitectureAwards or View the official flyer here!