AIA Ohio Valley Convention Discover.Design.Dayton

The AIA Ohio Valley Region held this years convention in Dayton, OH, on September 15-17, 2011.  The convention featured a variety of keynote speakers, educational programs, networking opportunities, association meetings and awards programs for membership of AIA Ohio, AIA Indiana and AIA Kentucky.  The convention brought together more that 360 architects, associates and others in the industry who were able to participate in many of the more than 30 events and programs developed to address the needs of both emerging professionals and seasoned architects. These programs included several keynote presentations, including a presentation by Brad Dunning on Alexander Girard, a presentation of “Barn Variants” by De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, and a Friday afternoon presentation by el dorado inc. of Kansas City, titled “Work in Progress”.  The AIA Ohio Design Awards program was also held as part of Thursday’s Luncheon.  Design Awards will be posted on the AIA Ohio website.

This years programs offered the opportunity to select from over 45 different CE opportunities over the three days of the event.  Included in these programs was the “Uncovention”.  This unique program was developed to bring together associates and emerging professionals in an educational track geared to meet the needs of the newest members of the architectural profession.

The events and programs also provided an opportunity for each of the three state components to hold their annual meetings.  As part of the Thursday morning meeting, AIA Ohio had the opportunity to elect our new officers for 2012.  Elected as the incoming President was Jud Kline, FAIA, President Elect, Mike Schuster, FAIA, Secretary of the Board, Elizabeth Murphy, FAIA, and the newest member of the board, as Treasurer, Jim Sarks, AIA from AIA Toledo.  Steve Shinn, AIA will remain on the executive committee as immediate past president.  Bruce Sekanick, AIA, the current past president who will be leaving the board, was presented with a presidential citation for his service to the organization by Steve Shinn, AIA, AIA Ohio President.

The conference also included several networking and recognition opportunities.  The Icebreaker Reception was held at the Taj Ma Garaj and included food, drinks and the first ever AIA Ohio Design Slam.  A Celebrating Excellence Awards Celebration was held on Friday evening at the Schuster Center in Downtown Dayton.  Recognized by AIA Ohio as part of the three states awards program was Kate Brunswick, CAE Hon. AIA for her selection earlier this year as an Honorary Member of the Institute, Paul Muller AIA, 2011 recipient of the AIA Ohio Public Service Award, and Bruce Sekanick AIA, 2011 recipient of the AIA Ohio Mentor Award.  The 2011 AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm Award was presented to MSA Architects of Cincinnati, represented by Michael Schuster, FAIA.  The 2011 AIA Ohio Gold Medal Award was presented to Hal Munger FAIA, of Munger, Munger & Associates Architects, Inc of Toledo.  The Gold Medal Awards are the highest recognition presented to individuals and firms by AIA Ohio.  We congratulate all of the award winners.

The planning for the 2012 convention next year in Cleveland is underway.  Please plan on joining AIA Ohio in Cleveland for Body + Building.