October 2020

Looking back on AIA Birmingham fall pre-COVID!


  • Danny Trotter, CCR Architecture & Interiors – President
  • Laura Bartlett, Bartlett Projects – President Elect
  • Travis Burke, Nequette Architecture & Design – Treasurer
  • Topper Parham, KPS Group, Inc. – Secretary
  • Charles Williams, Jr., Charles Williams & Associates – Second Year Director
  • Tim Aho, Aho Architects, LLC – First Year Director


  • Tim Anson, Gresham Smith – Councilor
  • Ty Cole, GA Studio/BLOX – Councilor
  • Jeremy Cutts, Williams Blackstock Architects – Councilor
  • Taylor Plosser Davis, Taylor Plosser Davis, Architect – Councilor
  • Bo Skowronski, Poole & Company Architects – Councilor
  • Matthew Smith, Goodwyn, Mills, & Cawood – Councilor
  • Joel Solomon, Jeffrey Dungan Architects – Councilor
  • Rebecca Whitlow, Revolutionary Architecture – Councilor

If you live or work Downtown, you have homeless neighbors.

Happy Fall Y’all,

I really thought I would have seen your beautiful faces by now, but nope. Darn this COVID! I hope I see you before 2021!

At the beginning of the year, Madame President Lissy announced AIA Birmingham’s goal to listen to the needs of our communities, community awareness and engagement.  Then once we’ve educated ourselves, we will see where AIA Birmingham can make a positive change. This is a long-term commitment.

We have upcoming presentations scheduled about; Chronic Homeless. Temporary Homelessness. Houselessness. Affordable Housing. Section Eight Housing. Labor Force Housing. Multifamily Housing. Safe Shelter. How can AIA BHM help? Even with all these types of housing, there is still an affordable housing shortage. AIA BHM does not have a solution; our hope is to help find a way to make more truly affordable housing available. If you are up for a challenge, care about others, and believe housing should be a social justice, consider joining the task force.

The Alabama Center for Architecture has secured the National Building Museums traveling exhibit EVICTED for October-December 2021. Alabama statistics will be highlighted in the exhibit. Please read the book Evicted, by Mathew Desmond who created the exhibit.

Visit https://www.nbm.org/exhibition/evicted/ to get a peak of the exhibit!

I am very excited and humbled to be a part of this long-term commitment. You make me so PROUD!!!!

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


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Design Awards

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Community Engagement

We are excited to continue our educational journey exploring social justice in the built environment. First we learned from the great folks at Urban Impact, Inc. and BuildUP, and now we are getting into the housing piece with our upcoming meetings. We want to do more than just share the problems we are facing; we aim to share possible solutions too! We hope to follow each “problem” meeting with a “solution,” such as case studies and other innovative resolutions.

If You Enjoyed the BuildUP Presentation in July, check this out!

October Chapter Meeting: One Roof

10/27/2020 | 12-1 PM | HSW Pending

Join us for our next Chapter Meeting featuring Michelle Farley, Executive Director of One Roof. One Roof is a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to equip and empower our community to prevent and end homelessness through advocacy, education, and coordination of services.

 One Roof is the coordinating agency for the homeless Continuum of Care of central Alabama. As a continuum organization, One Roof secures funding from Housing & Urban Development (HUD) for agencies who are a part of our continuum and provide housing services needs.

November Chapter Meeting:
Congo Street Initiative
(+ 2021 Slate of Officers Voting)

11/10/2020 | 12-1 PM | HSW Pending

Our November Chapter meeting will bring in Brent Brown, Founder of the buildingcommunityWORKSHOP ([bc],) a Texas-based nonprofit community design center that enriches the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to areas of their cities where resources are most scarce. To do so, [bc] recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic, and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work. Brent Brown will specifically be discussing the Congo Street Initiative, a project that involved stabilizing the homeownership of five families on a street that was forgotten and slated to be redeveloped. This initiative grew through intense interaction with residents, stakeholders and partners into a collaborative design and redevelopment effort.

As the only community design organization working across Texas, [bc] is unique in its approach to community engagement. They form strong relationships through collaborative design work, educational outreach activities, and social media channels, enabling them to engage with a broad segment of the population. The success of their work is contingent upon reaching those residents not typically sought out by the design and planning community.

Women in Architecture

Emerging Professionals

Thanks to all who joined us for the ARE 5.0 Overview session with Scott Heywood, AIA, NCARB, VP of Ghafari Associates’ Alabama Office. We loved learning more about how the test is created and gained some helpful study tips!

If you are interested in receiving a recording of the presentation, please email katie@karmamanagementinc.com. The recording is $10 for both Members and Nonmembers. All proceeds will go into the AIA Bham EP Fund!

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