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Invest Your Passions
Convention 2011
Day at the Statehouse
Doing Good to Do Well
AIA is the voice of the Profession
AIA Ohio Member Named State Architect
Kunce elected AIA Vice President
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Presidents Message, AIA Ohio is Working for You (Part Two)  

Steve ShinnBy Steve Shinn, AIA



We are half way through the year and well into our planned initiatives.  We continue to flesh out our goals and strategies that were established last fall and also respond to new opportunities as they arise.  Below is an overview  of our recent activities and efforts.



Government Affairs

Legislative InitiativesThis year, we have actively tracked up to 15 legislative issues on behalf of our profession.   Several issues have involved meetings and letters promoting our policies and interests.

·         Communication – Letters were sent to national senators and state representatives to congratulate the new candidates and to promote our issues.

·         SAO BIM Protocol – We wrote letters and met with the State Architects Office (SAO) to share our recommendations for BIM requirements for future State projects.

·         2009 IBC – We successfully encouraged the adoption of the 2009 International Building Code to promote health, safety and security in our built environment.

·         State Architect – We supported the elevation of Lane Beougher, AIA to the position of State Architect.

·         Building Departments – We worked behind the scenes to defeat an attempt to allow Park Districts to establish building departments.

·         Construction Reform – We worked behind the scenes to promote and improve construction reform in the budget bill.

·         Capital Bill – Letters have been sent to our Governor to encourage the passage of a Capital Bill to fund public projects and to create jobs.

Day at the Statehouse – This year, the event was very successful with over 150 architects engaging over 120 legislators and their staff members in the Statehouse Atrium.  Governor John Kasich presented Senator Chris Widener, FAIA, with the AIA Ohio “Good Government Award”.  During lunch and afternoon visits our members promoted four legislative issues with their Representatives and Senators including:  Capital Bill; Construction Reform; Regulation of Change Orders; and Historical Tax Credits.


Advocacy Grants

Local Advocacy Grants– We continue to encourage and support local chapter outreach with our Advocacy Grant Program.  This year, over $13,000 in funds will be awarded to support local chapter civic engagement raising awareness of the value of AIA Architects in their communities.


Political Outreach

Website – Our website is updated on a regular basis to serve as a current and relevant resource for our members, clients and media.  It includes legislative issues, a local and state calendar of events.

Electronic Firm Directory – The AIA Ohio Directory is being printed and it will be available on line to the media and public.



PR/Media – The Advocacy/Communications Committee is creating a State media campaign to help us as we slowly come out of this economic recession.  We are working with a media consultant to shape our message, identify our audience, determine the best media placement and we will work with the local components to place the message.

Member Outreach – We engage the local chapters with the AIA Ohio President and President-elect visits during board meetings and/or member functions.  We are encouraging local chapters to focus on membership and leadership drives and we have participated in the AIA Cleveland Principal’s Breakfast and the AIA Toledo’s Principal Meeting.  A similar meeting is scheduled in AIA Akron.  The goals of the meetings are to solicit grassroots feedback to help AIA at all levels to be more effective. 

Chapter Outreach – We also facilitate quarterly President’s Conference Calls to become more familiar with pressing local issues and to give us a chance to personally share some of the state level activities.  This outreach helps us refine our activities and programs to provide more value and relevance to our members.



AIA National – We work on a regular basis with National.  Ohio is well represented on the National Board with members on the executive committee, the board, taskforces, and committees, including Advocacy and Diversity.  Our efforts to elect Debra Kunce, FAIA (our current regional director) to Vice President of AIA next year were successful at the National Convention in New Orleans.

OVR – We are working with the Ohio Valley Region representatives to coordinate activities between Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, including more frequent regional conventions.

Schools of Architecture – This year, one of our board meetings occurred at the School of Architecture at Miami University.  Faculty representatives from all four schools of architecture and AIAS officers from Miami were present.  During the meeting, we discussed ways to increase engagement and interaction between the profession, faculty and students.  A subsequent meeting will occur in the fall.  After the meeting, board members participated in student critiques with faculty and students.

Associates – We are promoting more collaboration between our young associates and our membership to build leadership.  This year, the Associates “Unconvention” will take place at the same time as our regional convention in Dayton.  The goal is to encourage more engagement between our young and senior members.



Convention – The 2011 Regional Convention will be in Dayton, September 15-17. 

Day at the Statehouse – In conjunction with our legislative event at the Statehouse, we also offered a continuing education program titled “Doing Good and Doing Well…Advocacy as a Business Strategy” to explore the link between advocacy endeavors and real projects.  Over 100 people attended the event.

Schools of Architecture – This year, we established a Research Grant Competition for our four accredited architecture programs in Ohio.  The goals are to encourage academic research from our professors and students and to disseminate the results to our membership at our conventions.  The grant submissions are currently under review.  For our regional convention this year in Dayton, we are going to encourage the four schools to provide presentation boards describing their current research activities so our attendees can also benefit from the ideas being generated by our future architects.

Private Sector Collaborations – We continue to co-sponsor private sector continuing education seminars focused on architectural issues.



We will continue to press our agenda at the local, state and regional levels and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.  You may contact the AIA Ohio office at 614.221.0338 or my cell number 614.551.8896.

Invest Your Passions and Interests to Build the Institute

By Judson A. Kline, FAIA, LEED AP
AIA Ohio President-Elect


The leadership of AIA depends upon its members stepping up to participate in  driving and working on the committees, boards, juries communities and commissions to deliver services and create the policies for practice. To populate these groups, the AIA president makes appointments at the beginning of their term of office. In order to participate on the AIA committees, members need to submit credentials to the components to put forward to the National leadership and committee chairs for review and recommendation to the president for appointment. To find out more about the various opportunities to serve, go to the leader’s page on, in the section titled “AIA National Board of Directors.”


Consider sharing your knowledge, talents and skills with your colleagues through the avenue of service to the institute. Please send a brief (one or two pages) resume and a photograph head shot (B&W or color, low resolution) so that when his/her qualifications are being reviewed by 2012 President-elect Jeffery Potter, FAIA, he can make an informed decision. The nomination deadline is 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) Friday, September 30, 2011. Component leaders making the nominations will need credentials and photographs  no later than August 15, 2011 to prepare a letter of nomination. Information should be sent to AIA Ohio Valley Region, attention Kate Brunswick at She will then distribute to AIA Ohio and AIA Ohio Valley leadership.   Following that deadline, staff will be reviewing the nominations received. On October 20, 2011, 2012 President-elect Jeffery Potter, FAIA, will review all nominations and make appointments for the upcoming year. Shortly thereafter, the successful nominees will be notified of their appointment, and those not selected will also be advised accordingly.


AIA Ohio and the components represent an important part of the national organization and should be well represented on these committees, councils, commissions, boards, juries and communities. However, of the 1857 available positions, AIA Ohio representatives only hold 66. If we want to be leaders in the institute, we need to be more prolific in this service.


Consider joining your colleagues in shaping the future of AIA through your service. For those already in serving the Institute, thank you for your involvement and for those interested in serving, thank you for your consideration and participation. The following list represents the current members of AIA Ohio serving with various groups, committees, boards, etc.:


Peter L. Bardwell, FAIA, FACHA Lane J. Beougher, AIA
George Snyder Brian Baker, Leed AP
Brian McAlexander, Assoc. AIA Bianca R. Beadling
Wayne A. Mortensen, Assoc. AIA, NASW Aaron Michael Buirley, AIA
Jim Ruschau Brian T. Comer
Robert D. Loversidge, FAIA Amy M. Kobe, Hon. AIA, CAE
John C. Senhauser, FAIA David Morrison
David S. Collins, FAIA Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA
Timothy C. Hawk, AIA Donna Anne Poliak
John W. Rogers, AIA, ACHA Mark S. Salopek, AIA
John Patrick Rademacher, AIA Sharon E. Stambolos
Charles Schreckenberger, AIA Beth Blostein
Douglas L Steidl, FAIA Alexander D. Christoforidis, AIA, AICP, LEED ap
Carole J. Olshavsky, FAIA Jack L. Hawk, AIA
Lisa Aller Dr. Craig L. Hinrichs
Gwen Berlekamp, CAE Sandra A. LaFontaine, AIA
Kate Brunswick, Hon. AIA, CAE Joseph F. Kuspan, AIA
Patricia Daugherty, Hon. AIA, SDA/C, CAE Hal P. Munger, FAIA
David Field, Hon. AIA, CAE Judson A. Kline, FAIA
Mary Helen Hammer William M. Laditka, AIA
Marlene S. Mort, Assoc. AIA Henry I. Reder, AIA
Carolyne Tinsley Jack Baumann, AIA
Jane Treiber Bruce Sekanick, AIA

AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention 2011     


AIA Dayton will be hosting this year’s AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention, Sept. 15-17, 2011, at the Dayton Convention Center.  Exciting changes in 2011 will make for a dramatically different convention schedule, but one that offers something for everyone.


Discover.Design.Dayton.  It will be different from any other AIA Ohio or AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention.  Highlights of the changes include:

There will NOT be a formal design awards banquet.  The Convention Planning Committee wants to take advantage of Friday’s Urban Nights event in Dayton.  How will award winners be recognized?  Two ways:  1st – AIA Indiana, AIA Kentucky and AIA Ohio Design Award winners will be recognized at Thursday’s Celebrating Design Luncheon.  Keynote Speaker Brad Dunning will speak (see below), prior to award winners being acknowledged. 


Friday night tours – Dining by Design.  On Friday, Sept. 16, the city of Dayton will host Urban Nights, a free event that showcases downtown Dayton’s dining, nightlife, art and music.  AIA Dayton has put together a series of tours, all of which begin with the AIA Ohio Valley Region Honor Awards Reception, and then take participants out into various parts of the city to enjoy Urban Nights.  Registration for these is separate, and costs are as low as $10 so make sure you register early to get the Friday evening experience you want!  Several of these tours end with a PK event planned by AIA Dayton.  Click here for more information. 


Three keynote sessions with a focus on design.  Your Convention Planning Committee is thrilled to announce our 2011 Design Speakers:

Brad Dunning

Roberto de Leon, Jr., AIA, De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Dan Maginn, AIA and Josh Shelton, AIA, el dorado inc.

DunningBrad Dunning
( a designer known for working on architecturally significant properties, restorations and contemporary design. Besides his own designs he has worked on homes by such architects as Richard Neutra, Wallace Neff, Quincy Jones, Albert Frey, John Lautner, and many others. He has also written about architecture and design for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and was a contributing editor on architecture and design for GQ Magazine.  Brad will be speaking during the Thursday Design Awards Luncheon. 

De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop was established in 2003 as a design studio focusing on cultural and civic environments.  Based in Louisville, KY, the firm uses the contextual specificity of the region as an open-ended opportunity for research and investigation.  Roberto de Leon, AIA, will be the Friday morning keynote speaker.   

conv 1The firm el dorado inc., located in Kansas City, KS, does both commercial and residential work, in addition to a public art studio and industrial studio.  This forward-looking firm earned the AIA Kansas City Firm of the Year award in 2008, and designed The Avenue at the 2011 AIA National Convention in New Orleans.  Principals Dan Maginn, AIA and Josh Shelton, AIA, will share their experiences, expertise and insights on design on Friday afternoon.  Visit the web site,, to learn more about this truly remarkable architecture firm.


The AIA Ohio Valley Region 2011 Convention Planning Committee is putting finishing touches on programs, venues and arrangements for the Convention.  We are committed to providing an enjoyable learning experience that is gentle on our environment.


The Convention events will take place at the Dayton Convention Center 
(  Situated in downtown Dayton and adjacent to the Convention Host Hotel, the Crowne Plaza, this impressive facility is the perfect location for the AIA Ohio Valley Region 2011 Convention.

We’ve arranged for other fun and impressive venues as part of this event as well.  The Icebreaker Reception on Thursday, Sept. 15, will be at the Taj Ma Garaj (  There will be wonderful food, plenty of spirited beverages and fun entertainment.  This is the one party of the year that you won’t want to miss in a truly unique venue.  In collaboration with the Icebreaker, the convention will host the first ever AIA OVR DesignSlam.  Small teams will compete to answer a Design Challenge specific to the region for prizes and bragging rights. 

Visit the AIA Ohio
Convention web site for a full listing of the convention schedule.  Registration is scheduled to open in July.  An online invitation will be sent to all AIA members from the Ohio Valley Region.  We’ll see you in Dayton!

Kasich“Day at the Statehouse” Garners National Attention
David W. Field, CAE, Hon. AIA,

Executive Vice President


Governor John Kasich drew architects, lawmakers and the press to AIA Ohio’s June 8 “Day at the Statehouse” event honoring AIA Ohio past president and Chairman of the Ohio Senate Finance Committee, Christopher Widener, FAIA.  The Governor praised Widener and others for helping him turn a $7 billion deficit into a balanced budget.


During a luncheon in the historic Statehouse Atrium the Governor presented Widener with AIA Ohio’s “Good Government Award.” The following day the Governor’s videoed comments carried the AIA banner throughout the country. You’ll find the video at the Governor’s YouTube channel:


Following lunch AIA Ohio members visited their Representatives and Senators to discuss four legislative issues leaving behind the following summaries:


Capital Bill:  AIA Ohio strongly encourages the adoption of a capital bill to simultaneously create jobs, improve our economy and spawn healthier, more sustainable communities. Americans in the design and construction industry have been significantly impacted by the current economic climate. Architectural employment has decreased 24% since 2008. Ohio construction jobs are off 18% since 2006. Architects are the “canaries in the coal mine” signaling a healthy economic climate where jobs are being created and real economic growth is taking place. Where architects and related design professionals are busy, others will soon be back at work, paying taxes, supporting the economy and our state.


Construction Reform:During the 128th Ohio General Assembly the legislature approved pilot construction projects that utilize three alternative methods of construction. Experience has shown that projects using these methods are less costly, completed faster and are more satisfying to owners.  AIA Ohio supports the expansion of construction reform embodied within the Budget Bill (HB 153).


Regulation of Change Orders (HB 176):  Upon occasion, when unexpected funding has become available, public owners have utilized change orders to increase project scope.  AIA Ohio does not promote such practice, however, arbitrarily limiting change orders on public projects (to less than $50,000 or 2 1/2% of the total contract price) would severely limit alternatives when dealing with unexpected issues such as adverse soil conditions, asbestos, or other uncovered conditions, etc.  AIA Ohio believes careful scrutiny should be given to such an approach.


Historical Tax Credits: AIA Ohio strongly supports the Historic Preservation Tax Credit as an economic tool to refuel the construction industry, leverage private and federal investment in Ohio, encourage re-development of small towns and urban centers, and to provide unique business opportunities and living environments for emerging businesses and vital and exciting residential options.


“Talking Points” on these issues can be found at:  (URL).


Doing Good to Do Well….Advocacy as a Business Stratagy 

Judson A. Kline, AIA LEED AP
AIA Ohio President-Elect

 We often find our members asking: “When will the AIA do something to make the public appreciate architects more?” Talk about a loaded question, this is where we need to change the focus from the collective to the individual. Because no AIA program or proclamation will elevate the public’s view or architects by itself, we need to have greater civic engagement to enhance our public status.


Politicians consult bankers and developers because they see their civic involvement and see them as resources to address community challenges. We may not like what they ask of the decision-makers, but can’t deny they have their ear. Furthermore, people respect non-profit service providers because they do thankless tasks with little regard for financial reward and there is admiration for optimists and dreamers because they have big goals and lofty aspirations.


Here’s our task…combine community engagement with good works and big ideas and we’ll get the public appreciation we want and the attention we need to survive. When we recognize how our creative talents and design skills applied to community challenges through architect led civic initiatives, we will discover our capability to improve the quality of life in the community and raise the level of recognition for architects. We also can be viewed by institutions as a valuable resource when we offer knowledgeable insight to assist in pursuing and fulfilling their agenda.


This can be the beginning. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. What if more individual efforts were joined to a common purpose? Take your pick–what new cities and regions could be reinvigorated through design assistance teams, how many who can’t afford it will find housing, how many gigawatts of energy could be saved or tons of pollutants could be diverted, how many families can be reassured by a skilled and compassionate evaluation after disaster strikes, and how many classrooms will be visited where a child could meet someone who opens the door to a life long love of architecture?


What is it that holds back the entire profession from getting to a whole other level of engagement and recognition of the value we can provide and talent we can offer?  We have a pronoun problem. There’s too much “you shoulds” and not enough “we coulds” or better yet “I will.”


These are times when design does indeed matter. And this is where our greatest talents intersect with the world’s most pressing needs. Carpe Diem, seize the moment. Don’t let it go with “the AIA ought to…” We are the AIA. And our public is ready for us. The results could be transformative to our communities and our practices. There is a connection between advocacy and business opportunity resulting in a value proposition leading to our recognition as a community resource for problem-solving and business opportunity contributing to our success.


In order to achieve the outcome we want, we need to consider some strategic questions in addressing the process of developing an approach to discover the nexus between the civic challenge and business opportunity.


  1. What key elements might be considered in developing a strategic advocacy approach?
  2. What are our passions and how could they be leveraged for civic good?
  3. What areas of action and roles architects could play in community leadership and action?
  4. What business benefits could derive from these efforts?

 Give it some thought. The result could be astonishing.

AIA is the voice of the Profession and a resource for its members in service to society.

Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA



AIA Ohio is taking steps to elevate this program to a level equal to that of other professional grants.  The application was different this year, albeit slightly, as the grants program is more finely tuned.  The 2011 application asked for evidence of collaboration.  Each Chapter was asked to demonstrate their level of collaboration with other community groups or other organizations with similar project goals.  This year, each applicant was to provide metrics.  What tool would the Chapter use to measure the success of the project and to demonstrate the success or progress with regard to Advocacy?  It was clearly stated that the grants for 2011 would be competitive. 

To add a bit of spice to the competition, any Chapter that achieved 18% participation in the PAC efforts would receive a 50% increase in their grant award.  If the Chapter worked diligently for the PAC and reached 25% participation in the PAC efforts would have a 100% increase in their grant award.  Changes to the 2012 application will include a calendar adjustment to make it easier for the Chapters to reach their PAC goals.

The Jury kept in mind the purpose of the grants…to support initiation and substantiation of Advocacy Programs within the Chapters of AIA Ohio. The jury looked for imagination, civic engagement, effectiveness, effort, and specificity.





Top Winner – AIA Eastern Ohio

The Eastern Ohio Chapter received a $2500 grant for their “History of Youngstown” Program.  Started last year, this program has a new twist in the 2011 expansion. Partnering with the Youngstown City Schools, program has expanded by sending architects to primary grades as well as middle schools. The program will include the publication of coloring books and puzzles designed by chapter architects and featuring local architectural landmarks.  The Eastern Ohio Chapter was the only chapter to meet their PAC goals and therefore increased their grant amount by 100%.  This “Best of Show” program received a $500 bonus for incorporating every one of the goals of the Advocacy Grants.


AIA Akron

With a new spin on their long standing (and national award winning) “Architecture Is…” program, Akron meets this year’s Advocacy Grant requirements by expanding the architect/student contact hours and by turning the results of the program into a travelling exhibition.  The $2500 grant will be utilized to frame the student work in a format that can be accepted by public venues such as the Akron Art Museum, the Children’s Hospital, and the Akron Public Schools.  AIA Akron will receive $2500.


AIA Toledo

AIA Toledo has chosen to leverage the impact of the new federal offices and U.S. Courts building by engaging the community in conversation about the GSA Design Excellence competition results and the process of the successful design architect.  With their partner, the Toledo Design Center, AIA Toledo, civic leaders, and the community will participate in public fora to highlight this dynamic process.  AIA Toledo will receive $2500.


AIA Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s VISION is a Leadership Program to encourage architects toward full civic engagement.  The program teaches Advocacy to architects, accepts enthusiastic applicants to the program on a limited basis.  The jury awarded AIA Cincinnati $2500 to be used specifically toward a scholarship for women or persons of color.  As a bonus, AIA Cincinnati will receive a $500 program sponsorship from AIA Ohio.


Congratulations to all of our winners.  Look for the 2012 applications.  They will be available this fall to assist planning.


Ghandi once said that in order to find oneself, one should lose oneself in service to others.

AIA Ohio Member Named State Architect

Lane Beougher, AIA, is Ohio’s new state architect, after serving in the post on an interim basis since March. He joined the State Architect’s Office in 2005 and has worked in the construction field since 1987. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in architecture.  Congratulations Lane!


Debra S. Kunce, FAIA, Elected 2012-2013 AIA Vice President

AIA Ohio Valley Region member Debra S. Kunce, FAIA, from AIA Indianapolis, was elected as the 2012-2013 AIA vice president. Currently serving as Ohio Valley Regional Director on the AIA National Board of Directors, Kunce is an associate with Schmidt Associates, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, a full-service architecture and engineering firm providing planning, design, and construction services in the K-12, higher education, health care, and urban markets.


“My AIA service has centered on strategically planning an AIA future that nurtures emerging professionals, advances our legislative agenda, and promotes the AIA brand,” Kunce says. “Design is the new currency, and it is our time to demonstrate the strength of our organization and our members’ ‘can do’ attitude.”


Kunce’s national experience also includes board representative to the Strategic Directions Group and Board Community Committee; chair of the Integrated Media Task Force (2009-2010); AIAS Honor Awards Jury (2009); and member of the Young Architect’s Forum Advisory Committee (2003-2005).


Kunce has been active in the AIA for more than 15 years, including service to AIA Indianapolis as the associate director (1995-1996), public relations director (1998-1999), secretary (2002), treasurer (2003), vice president (2004), and president in 2005. For AIA Indiana, she served as the treasurer (2006-2007), vice president (2008), and president in 2009.

Getting Started in Ohio
Melissa Sieg, AIA
AIA Columbus Assoicate Director

Congratulations to the ’11 architecture grads. Now that you are all caught up with finals, theses and sleep, we hope you are contemplating your path to licensure. Regardless of the seemingly long and tedious
process, being here in Ohio has a few advantages worth sharing.

Sandra Lafontaine (State IDP Coordinator) and Amy Kobe (Executive Director for the Ohio Architects Board), make sure to visit the four architecture schools in the state at least once every year. They explain how to become an architect, and go over the NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards), the ARE (Architect Registration Examination), and the IDP (Intern Development Program) in an all in one presentation. Thank you for your efforts.

Another great offer worth mentioning is worth $100. If you have yet to complete your degree, you can get started with your IPD and have 100 dollars reimbursed from your base payment by the Ohio Architects Board. For more information, go to:

If you have completed your professional degree, you can complete the seven architecture exams (ARE) while going through the IDP. Concurrency of the IDP and ARE makes the waiting time shorter. Not every state allows it. Lafontaine says, “It is advantage to [complete the exams] and get rid of the stigma of being an intern”.

“It is important to get started early with your IDP”, adds Lafontaine. Opportunities lay with AIA events, building tours, the Neighborhood Design Center, LEED accreditation, CSI exams, community service hours, magazines’ continued education sections, the Emerging Professional Companion, and NCARB’s professional conduct free monogram to name a few outside the traditional architectural firm environment.

The Intern Development Program (IDP) is only getting easier. Coming this fall, we’ll see IDP 2.0, phase 3. A new and improved version of the already all computerized process. For more information on this, read this IDP e-news. If you are already licensed, please pass this along to any of your non-yet-licensed colleagues. We would like them to see them getting started as well.

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