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Just the Facts, Please… DEC  |  9  |  2009

Once again, we are in the midst of the holiday season and I find it hard to believe that another year is about to begin.

My year as President of AIA Arizona has exceeded every preconception I had about the demands and opportunities to be encountered.  Due to the our dedicated staff, my time commitment was easy to manage – thank you Alex, Charnissa, Diana, Cathy, Brent and Tina for your support!

What I did not expect was the demonstrated passion that so many of you are willing to harness as volunteers throughout our organization.  We have heard weekly from our members about the challenges this year has brought because of the economic conditions, yet contrary to what I expected, this created greater volunteerism and participation in the organization

The Board of Directors were my partners in creating a climate of listening to members and then finding appropriate responses to the local industry trends and political impacts of our state that seem to change month-by-month.  I give my thanks to this committed group of advisors and leaders for their opinions and guidance.

Most importantly, I had an amazing opportunity to meet so many fellow architects and develop new friendships that will influence me throughout the rest of my career.  Thank you for allowing me to serve in this role for what seems, in retrospect, just a brief moment.


Mark Patterson, AIA, LEED AP
2009 AIA Arizona President


12-10-09 Phoenix Metro YAF

12-11-09 Grand Canyon Chapter Holiday Party

12-12-09 Southern Arizona Chapter Holiday Party

12-15-09 Phoenix Section Meeting

12-15-09 Small Firm Roundtable

12-16-09 Survival 101 Seminar

12-18-09 AIA AZ Board Meeting

12-18-09 Phoenix Metro Homes of the Year Deadline






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Phoenix Metro Young Architect’s Forum – Presents, “Art of Sketch and Watercolor,” on Thursday, December 10, 2009 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm presented by Jeremy Jones, AIA. Bring your drawing and/or watercolor materials. RSVP to Diana Smith.

Survival 101: Marketing Musts & Social Media for Architects
– This is an excellent opportunity to refresh your marketing approach. This seminar will merge the “tried and true” marketing practices that many firms have shelved for too long with Social Media tactics few firms have dared to dive into. Join us at the AIA Arizona office on December 16, 2009. Registration 7:30 a.m., Presentation 8:00-10:00 a.m. Click here to register.

A.R.E. Seminar Programming, Planning & Practice – This seminar is coming up in the month January. Click here for details and registration.

Southern Arizona Chapter Holiday Party – Saturday, December 12, 2009, from 6pm-9pm at the home of Brent Davis and Christine Barfield (425 N. Dodge Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona). RSVP to Donna McQuery. Spouses and guests are welcome. This is a free event.

Grand Canyon Chapter Holiday Party – Friday, December 11, 2009 at 6pm at Hassayampa Inn’s Peacock Room in Prescott, Arizona. Enjoy the Acker Musical Showcase after dinner. Please RSVP to Holly Jaleski by December 1, 2009.

Phoenix Metro Home of the Year Competition – AIA Phoenix Metro and Desert Living magazine invite architects to submit the best examples of home design in the Metro Phoenix area. Click here for details. Deadline for submittals is December 18, 2009.

Architect Finder – Still not listed on our Architect Finder? Click here to fill out the paper work.

Pre-Demolition Estate Sale – On Saturday, December 12, 2009, 180 Degrees Design + Build will hold a Pre-Demolition Estate Sale. Appliances, landscape materials, window treatments, fencing, millwork, anything visible and vintage items are available. All items are negotiable and many items free. Click here for further details.

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Phoenix Metro Affiliate Lunch
– The next meeting will be held on January 7, 2009 from 12pm to 1pm in the AIA Arizona office. RSVP to Diana Smith.

Affiliate Finder
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Build-it-Green Call for Speakers –
The 2nd Annual Southwest Build-it-Green Expo & Conference will take place on March 18-20, 2010. Educational sessions will take place on Thursday 3/18 and Friday 3/19. If you are interested in participating at the conference as a speaker, click here.

Best of 2009 Arizona Breakfast – Come join Southwest Contractor for breakfast on December 15th at the
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merzproject architects – Named Architectural Record’s 2009 Design Vanguard recipient. Click hereto read the press release.

Architekton – The Tempe Transportation Center designed by Tempe’s Architekton + Otak, constructed by Adolfson & Peterson is one of four recipients of the 2009 National EPA Award for Smart Growth Achievement.

Been in the news recently? Receive an award or special recognition? We’d love to hear about it! Please email Alexandra Evjen your updates!

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SDA – SDA Phoenix Chapter Holiday Mixer & Food Drive – Wednesday, December 16th, 5:00 – 7:30 pm at Ticoz Resto-Bar 5114 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Click for details.

Future City Golf Tournament
– On Saturday, 16 January 2010, the Phoenix Region Future City Competition (www.futurecity-phoenix.org) will kick off the year with its 9th Annual Golf Classic Tournament at the Whirlwind Golf Club. Click for details.

Arizona – Click here for information on December’s meeting.

CANstruction call for entries!

ULI Arizona – Save the date for the all-day seminar, “Siting Solar in Arizona: a Sky High or Pie-in-the-Sky Opportunity?” Click here for details.

Phoenix Reference Library
Click here to view the Reference Library’s December events.

ASID Arizona South –  the 2010 Design Excellence Gala is coming up. Click herefor details.

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AIA Arizona’s mission is to promote the architectural profession through the strength and participation of members. AIA Arizona is a component of the American Institute of Architects, and was chartered on October 1, 1959. There are three chapters within our component: AIA Phoenix Metro, AIA Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona and AIA Southern Arizona in Tucson. We have just over 1,500 members statewide. To contact or learn more about AIA Arizona, please visit our website (www.aia-arizona.org)
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