AIA Ohio - Representing all members as we Connect, Engage, Lead and Innovate. Happy Holidays to all of our friends and colleagues.
AIA Ohio, established in 1933, works to organize and unite in fellowship the membership of the architectural profession; to promote the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession; to advance the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice; to coordinate the building industry and the profession of architecture to ensure the advancement of the living standards of people through their improved environment; and to make the profession of ever-increasing service to society.
The 2014 AIA Ohio Handbook of Architects, to be published in July, 2014, will feature the firm profiles of Ohio architectural firms whose principals are members of the AIA.
YOU MUST COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM AND PAYMENT BY APRIL 15, 2014, IN ORDER FOR YOUR FIRM TO BE INCLUDED.
In order to be listed in the AIA Ohio Handbook, one principal or partner in your firm must be a member and the firm must have an Ohio Certificate of Authority to practice architecture.
The cost to list your firm in the profile is $50. Individual listings are a benefit of membership. To access the form, click here.
Each year we hear from several disgruntled members who feel that they were inadvertently left out of the "Profile" section of the book. Again, please understand that as a member you automatically receive an individual listing, and if you feel this listing is sufficient, stop here - But, if you would like to feature additional information about your firm, or your work, here's how to obtain a "Profile" listing in the Handbook.
If one principal or partner in your firm is a member of the AIA and your firm holds a Certificate of Authority to practice in Ohio:
1. Determine who in your firm will fill out the information.
2. Submit your firm profile listing online by April 15, 2014. There will be no exceptions to this deadline, as in the past this has caused significant delays to the printing of the Handbook. Click here to access the online form to submit your firm's listing. Note: you must complete the online form. The publisher will not accept copies of listings from previous years.
Remember that the information will be printed as you present it, and it must be presented clearly in order for it to be accurate! The publisher will send out a confirmation of your listing prior to publication.
The deadline again is April 15, 2014. Don't delay and risk being left out of this important marketing tool. This is your only chance to be included in the 2014 Directory!
AIA Ohio, in collaboration with host chapters AIA Eastern Ohio and AIA Akron will be hosting the 2014 AIA Ohio convention at Kent State University on September 18 - 20, 2014. Working together with members of the profession from throughout Ohio, this year's convention will be the first time that AIA Ohio has worked to bring its annual convention to the site of one of the state's architectural programs.
This year's theme, "A Future Practice" focuses on careers, business and practice opportunities for those who are just entering the architectural profession as well as long time practitioners looking for ways to change their existing practices. Hosted out of the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center, the convention will focus on the connection of practice to the academy as the profession is redesigned. AIA Ohio members have a unique opportunity to participate in the convention by presenting a breakout session based on their area of expertise. Click here for the Call for presentations site and submit your idea(s) by March 28 in order to be considered. Presenting at the AIA Ohio convention adds to your resume, gives back to your profession, and helps to grow the next generation. Join us!
AIA-Ohio is pleased to support the 2014 Ohio Construction Conference set for Thursday, March 13 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University.
With 300 industry leaders expected to attend, the Conference is the largest professional education event in the Midwest. Gathering owners, facility managers, design professionals, contractors and suppliers, the OCC encourages the exchange of information about regional and national initiatives, as well as best business practices.
The one day conference features a variety of general and breakout sessions, including, “An Owner’s Take on Technology: Small Group Discussions Led by Local Owners and Design Professionals.” To wrap up a day of dialogue, Conference participants will sit with owners and design professionals at small roundtables to discuss challenges facing the industry.
Cost to attend the Conference is $255 for the entire day’s programming, meals and refreshments. If you can’t commit to the entire day, consider a half-day registration for $160 per person. Firms may also take advantage of a bulk discount for multiple registrations and get 3 full-day registrations for $550! All registrations are non-refundable but may be transferred to another employee at the firm.
HCR25, which would ban the use of USGBC's LEED v4 in Ohio, has been heard three times by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Because a vote could come next week, now is the time to make your voice heard! A vote by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee could occur as early as Feb. 25!
Proponents, primarily the chemical and forestry associations, contend that the USGBC process that was used to create version 4 was neither open nor transparent and discriminates against safe building materials such as vinyl, PVC, paints and Ohio forestry products. They argue that when measuring state energy efficiency and environmental performance, Ohio should only use green building rating systems, codes and standards developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). They say many of Ohio's chemical and forestry-related jobs will be lost if Ohio uses v4.
Opponents, including AIA Ohio, have testified that:
- Banning LEED version 4 in public buildings undermines competition in the market-based economy, prevents innovation, and abandons a proven, consensus-based program that has delivered energy and water savings.
- LEED certification offers project owners a broad set of standards to choose from to validate that their project, in its totality, delivers measurable environmental benefits. Employee health, life-cycle costs, student performance can all be improved with strategies that the LEED programs reward and which drive market innovation and improved product options.
- LEED v4 encourages innovation in that the strategies that have been rewarded are now the "baseline" and incentives have been added to go above and beyond those.
- LEED v4 represents the natural progression of all standards to continue to improve outcomes, stay current with technologies and recognize success.
- Countering the charge that LEED v4 was neither open nor transparent, opponents described the multi-level committee process that included six (6) public comment periods prior to a vote of the USGBC's 13,000 members. They noted that last fall the Government Services Agency (GSA), following an open and collaborative evaluation process spanning several years, and allowing for agency, public, and private sector input, recommended LEED v4 as one of two green building certification systems.
Time to contact your Senator as well as members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources.
Go into as much detail as you like, however, at a minimum, ask them to vote "no" on SCR25.