June Newsletter

Coffee or Walk on the Rotary Trail?

Hi AIA Family,

Do you have any idea how excited I am that we are back to face-to-face meetings?!?!?! I am doing my happy dance! Most of you know I love people and get my energy from being with people. And my favorite people are creatives, you give off the best energy. I have missed all of you. It is my goal to see each of you by the end of the year or at the very least have some type of one-on-one communication with you. I learned from COVID to appreciate spending time with you. I would love to catch up and hear how you are doing, where you are in life, what you learned from COVID, any new ideas for AIA, and just SEE you in person. Shoot me an email, call, or text and let’s get coffee or take a walk on the Rotary Trail.

I hope I see you at the June 22nd in PERSON, FACE to FACE chapter meeting at Evolutia. Yummy lunch catered by Tre Luna.

See you soon! Have a fun weekend and live grateful.

Peace & AIA Love,

Rhea Williams, Executive Director AIA Birmingham, Alabama Center for Architecture (ACFA)

Our Chapter Sponsors are the best of the best. Their continued support is crucial in everything we do; grateful is an understatement! We encourage our members to consider Sponsors first if they are in need of products or services.

See right sidebar for a full list of 2021 Chapter Sponsors.

2021 SPONSORS: See below for upcoming sponsorship opportunities at the 2021 AIA Birmingham Design Awards! July 15 at Regions Field.

VW Gallerie at VW Supply Company
(Silver Chapter Sponsor)

Thanks to V&W Supply Company for their support of AIA Birmingham!

Sponsors As a reminder, Platinum, Gold, and Silver Sponsors get one free ad in one AIA Birmingham newsletter, a $250 value! Please email katie@karmamanagementinc.com to take advantage of this opportunity.

6/17: Design Awards Opening Reception

AIA Birmingham Design Awards Submissions are going on exhibit at The Pizitz Food Hall from 6/15-26.
Online voting begins Monday, 6/14!

Don’t miss the Opening Reception on 6/17 and from 4:30-6:30 PM. We cannot wait to see all your faces and catch up over Happy Hour drinks! Happy Hour drink specials at The Louis Bar end at 6 PM.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, 7/15! AIA Birmingham Design Awards are happening in-person this year at Regions Field. Join us for a night of baseball and celebration of design!

Tickets & Tables- Purchase online or by check mailed to AIA Birmingham at 109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S., Birmingham, AL 35205. If you mail in a check, please let us know who your attendees will be.

Interested in sponsoring Design Awards?

Download a sponsor form below and email katie@karmamanagementinc.com with any questions.

AIA Birmingham Events

Thanks to everyone who has continued participating in AIA Birmingham events virtually! We record many of our Zoom events, so feel free to check out the recordings of our March Chapter Meeting with Navigate Affordable Housing Partners and our April Meeting with First Light Shelter if you are interested.

We still have virtual events planned, but in-person events have returned!!! Keep reading to see what’s coming up.

Questions about an AIA Birmingham event or continuing education?
Email katie@karmamanagementinc.com!

Click here to register for this FREE informational session!

Thanks to 1st Resource Credit Union for their support of AIA Birmingham and SEAoAL’s Emerging Professionals!

Can’t wait to see you at the June Chapter Meeting!
The first in-person Chapter Meeting since February 2020.
(Lunch & 1.5 HSWs included

Click here to register online!

  • 11:30 AM-12:30 PM: Thermally Modified Wood Presentation by Thermory USA (1 HSW)
  • 12:40-1:10 PM: Reclaimed Wood Presentation & Site Tour from Evolutia (.5 HSW)

Email katie@karmamanagementinc.com with any questions or dietary restrictions before 6/14.

Another Great Site Visit on 6/30
Register online here!

Creature’s Mercantile on Morris project will include 47 residential condos available for purchase ranging from micro to two-bedroom. Units will feature historic charm with modern finishes. Residents will have access to a terrace that overlooks the bustling pedestrian plaza. The project has 14,000 SF of retail space available for lease. Some retail options include frontage on Morris Avenue and 1st Avenue North that opens into an interior pedestrian plaza. Through the creation of the pedestrian plaza, patrons and residents will be able to experience the development as a destination for their entire day. Join us on 6/30 to learn more!

Emerging Professionals

  • AIA Birmingham offers HSW opportunities and site visits throughout the year; these can also count as AXP Experience Hours!
  • Free AIA Membership for new grads
  • We have the Brightwood Architecture ARE 5.0 Study Guides available to check-out. Members provide a fully refundable $50 cash deposit. Click here to learn more.

4/28 Event Recap– ARE Prep: Understanding a Geotech Report

We had so much fun seeing our EPs for the first time in more than a year! Thanks to everyone who came out to MBA Engineers Geotech Lab in April. Huge shoutout to Drew Thornbury and the team at MBA Engineers, Inc. for being such gracious hosts.

5/26 Event Recap — AG Gaston Site Visit w/ SEAoAL

We cannot thank Fred Keith and Rogers Hunt, III from AG Gaston Construction for sharing their time and expertise with us! It was a treat to see the AG Gaston Motel, a place where civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed and planned.

Learn more about the AG Gaston Motel project:

Job Search Assistance for AIA Birmingham Members

For additional job listings, check out the AIA National Career Center and AIA Alabama Job Board!

Contract Documents

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AIA Birmingham Members get a 10% discount when they order documents through AIA Birmingham. Click here for more information!

Helpful Links from AIA National

Register for all ACFA events & pay for Membership online here!

  • 7/20/2021: Auburn University Urban Studio Project (HSW Pending)
  • 8/10/2021: Zimmerman & David Baker Architects in Ensley (HSW Pending)
  • Fall 2021: Affordable Housing Symposium with David Baker Architects (HSW Pending)
  • October 2021: ACFA Golf Tournament (Benefitting Scholarship Program)
  • October 2021: National Building Museum’s Evicted exhibit traveling to Birmingham

Want to help the ACFA continue offering scholarships, educational outreach, and more?

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Become a Member! Do you want to impact the lives of Alabamians through architecture? Give to the ACFA and help support their educational outreach initiatives such as dreamARCHITECTURE, N2 Architecture, and the ACFA Scholarship Program.

Pay for Membership online here OR mail a check to the ACFA at 109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S., Birmingham, AL 35233. Email katie@karmamanagementinc.com with any questions about ACFA Membership!

AIA Birmingham is proud to have many Member Firms and Sponsors who belong to the ACFA:

  • Adams Gerndt Design Group
  • Alabama Concrete Industries Association
  • B-Group Architecture
  • Bill Whittaker, Registered Architect
  • Brasfield & Gorrie
  • Blackmon Rogers Architects
  • CCR Architecture & Interiors
  • Ghafari Associates
  • KPS Group
  • Line Scale Form
  • Revolutionary Architecture
  • Risk Strategies
  • Studio 2H Design
  • Studio C Architecture & Interiors
  • Taylor Plosser Davis, Architect
  • Thompson Architecture
  • Williams Blackstock Architects

Participate in fundraising HSW events! The ACFA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Each time you attend an ACFA fundraiser, proceeds from your purchase go directly to carrying out their mission of advancing the enjoyment of architecture and design through engagement, education, and collaboration.

Are you an Amazon Shopper? If so, consider starting your shopping at https://smile.amazon.com, and choose the ACFA as your nonprofit. Amazon will donate a portion of your sale to the ACFA!