October Newsletter


Hello Beautiful Architects,

Usually, I would say Happy Fall in the October Newsletter, but Mother Nature is not ready for Fall yet.

Thanx to all who took the AIA Member survey. Thankfully most of you think we are doing a good job.  We try. Your responses are going to guide our chapter meetings in 2020. Top responses for chapter meeting content in order; community engagement, business of architecture and current balance is good.  We love feedback.  Members also suggested members sharing their success stories or projects that are making a positive impact in the community.

We will also start giving props to members who are currently giving their time and energy to AIA. This will take some TIME since so many of you GIVE/VOLUNTEER so much to AIA Birmingham; serving on committees, mentoring, site visits, school presentations, hosting socials, and serving in the communities.

We would like to give a shout out to Tammy Cohen, AIA, CCR Architecture & Interiors for hosting the Women In Architecture social. I can’t imagine the work Tammy did to have 30 architects at CCR.

Mike Gibson, AIA, CREATURE led the Emerging Professionals site visit at the DENHAM building and shared the challenges and successes. That project still blows me away.

Angela Nash, AIA, Studio2H and Ty Cole, AIA, GA Studio who are in their 24th year of planning the annual Golf Tournament. With their leadership, this event has allowed AIA/ACFA to award $153,500 to charity and scholarships. Kudos!!!

And Robert Thompson, AIA, Thompson Architecture, who has been the chair for N2Architecture for ten years. He spoke to 1017 students in the 2018-2019 school year about architecture!!!! Hope he does not read this and realize it has been ten years, he may call me and say ENOUGH, no more!

Fifty-two of the responses said they are interested in volunteering. Robert is giving you that opportunity on October 15th at the ACFA, he is presenting the N2ARCHITECTURE canned presentation. No obligations, just come learn about the program. See if this is a good fit for you.

Thanx to everyone who volunteers, we will give you a shout out too, it will take time to recognize all of you. Keep making a difference!!!

Peace & AIA LOVE,

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


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.

2020 Proposed Slate of Officers

It is hard to believe it is time for the 2020 slate. Time flies.  Below is the proposed AIA Birmingham Slate of Officer and councilors. We will vote at the annual Member & Sponsor Appreciation Trade Show November 1st, 2019 at the Old Alabama Power Building.

President – Lissy Frese, AIA
Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds Architecture & Interiors

Vice President – Danny Trotter, AIA
Rob Walker Architects

Treasurer – Laura Bartlett, AIA
Paul Bates Architects

Secretary – Travis Burke, AIA
Nequette Architecture & Interiors

Second Year Director – Topper Parham, AIA
KPS Group

First Year Director – Charles Williams, AIA
Charles Williams & Associates

Emerging Professionals Director – Janine Mwenja, Associate AIA
David Baker Architects
(2-Year Position; No Voting Necessary)

2020 Proposed AIA Birmingham Councilors

Tim Aho, AIA
Aho Architects, LLC

Tim Anson, AIA
Gresham Smith

Ty Cole, AIA
Giattina Aycock Architecture Studio

Jeremy Cutts, AIA
Williams Blackstock Architects

Oscar Martinez, AIA
Hendon + Huckestein Architects, PC

Chris Reebals, AIA
Christopher Architecture & Interiors

Rebecca Whitlow, AIA
Revo Architecture

October Chapter Meeting – Sloss Pour & Tour

Join us on October 8th for a unique chapter meeting and 1 LU at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark (20 32nd St. N) from 8:15-9:15 AM. This meeting will feature a special behind-the-scenes tour and an iron pouring demonstration from Marshall Christie, Director of Metal Arts.

In addition, there will be art available for purchase from local metal artists and scratch blocks for $20. Scratch blocks will be poured during the demonstration, and participants will be able to take those home as souvenirs!

Parking Info- Turn left onto 32nd Street South. Proceed over the railroad tracks and turn left into the first gate after crossing the railroad tracks. The gate is in between a parked black locomotive and our spray pond. Follow the road to the back of the site to the Visitor Center parking lot.

RSVP to katie@karmamanagementinc.com by October 7th.

Buy tickets here!


Marshall Christie, Director of Metal Arts at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
A native of Birmingham, Marshall Christie is Director of Metal Arts at Sloss Furnaces. For over four years, he has collaborated with numerous entities to continue the development of a metal arts program with local and national acclaim, including Vulcan Park and Museum, Talladega Superspeedway and Alabama Power. Christie studied architecture at Mississippi State University and is a skilled wood-worker. He served seven years as Project Architect with Dungan-Nequette Architects and four years managing his own furniture design/build company aMcBUILT. Christie has become a prominent mentor for the next generation of metal artists, guiding such notable young artists as Ajene Williams, 2016’s Magic City Arts Connection Emerging Artist of the Year.

Sloss Metal Arts’ resident artists will have work for sale at the event. Most of these young local artists are also available for commissioned work. Consider them for your next project!

Check out AIA Birmingham’s social media channels below to see more metal art from Sloss Metal Arts’ resident artists!

AIA Birmingham Facebook
AIA Birmingham Instagram

N2 ARCHITECTURE Informational Meeting

Have you thought about volunteering with N2 ARCHITECTURE?

N2 ARCHITECTURE brings local practicing architects to middle or high schools to present a 30 to 45-minute PowerPoint presentation designed to educate students about the built environment and the architectural profession. This program is offered at no cost to the school.

We hope you will join us on Tuesday, October 15th from 12-1 PM at the Alabama Center for Architecture (109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S.) to learn more about the ACFA’s middle & high school outreach program. Bring your own lunch and meet at the ACFA at noon! Robert Thompson, AIA, Chair of the N2 ARCHITECTURE Committee, will run through a presentation, and there will be time for questions after the mock presentation.

Click here to view a list of past presentations!

Click here to view the existing N2 ARCHITECTURE Committee!

RSVP to katie@karmamanagementinc.com.

Alabama Center for Architecture
Golf Tournament

Please consider signing up for the 24th Annual Alabama Center for Architecture Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley Course! All proceeds benefit the ACFA’s educational programs & student scholarships.

RSVP to katie@karmamanagementinc.com!
Reach out by October 11th to reserve your spot.

Sponsorships Available – Hole, Meal, Drink Cart, and more!
Purchase sponsorships & teams here!

Sponsored by: The Prewitt Group

Liquor Treat 2019

3 drinks, 3 stops, 5 dollars! Liquor Treat is an annual AIA Birmingham Emerging Professionals event that promotes networking and AIA membership to young architects. We will meet at the Alabama Center for Architecture for grilled cheese and one drink, then we will venture to 5th Dimension Architecture & Interiors and Nequette Architecture & Design.

Space is limited, so RSVP to katie@karmamanagementinc.com before October 18th to reserve your spot!

Buy a ticket here!


AIA Birmingham Sponsor & Member Appreciation Tradeshow

We want to show our appreciation for our dedicated sponsors and members with a FREE lunch and tradeshow celebrating a remarkable 2019! Friday, November 1st, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, join 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!

**Free to attend for all AIA Birmingham members**

Only Platinum, Gold & Silver Sponsors can exhibit –
Click here to reserve your space! RSVP and send all forms to katie@karmamanagementinc.com by October 30th

EP Design in Film: In Residence

We hope you will join us on November 19th from 5:30 PM-7 PM at Christopher Architecture & Interiors (2601 Highland Ave. S.), as we explore the impact & importance of design and beauty in everyday life through a series of NOWNESS short films. Libations and light snacks will be provided.

Commissioned exclusively for global video channel NOWNESS, In Residence is a series of intimate portraits that take viewers inside the homes of celebrated architects, designers, and artists.

Registration – $7 Tickets // RSVP to katie@karmamanagementinc.com 

Purchase your ticket here!

SPONSORED BY: Environmental Design Studios

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

Employers post your jobs on the AIA Birmingham website! FREE for local member firms. Email katie@karmamanagementinc.com for more details.

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.

Did you know that AIA Birmingham offers contract documents for sale? We can ship them or you may pick them up from our office at 109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S. Call 205-322-4386 or email katie@karmamanagementinc.com to place an order today!

Click here for more information!

Brick in Architecture Awards Competition

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 prizes and the online submission process, visit: www.gobrick.com/ArchitectureAwards or View the official flyer!