Archive for January, 2008

AIA Arizona Legislative Alert

This is an URGENT plea for all of you to contact the legislators listed below.SB 1171 would eliminate the Board of Technical Registration and move all of its functions and registrants to the Registrar of Contractors. All matters would then be decided by the Registrar of Contractors and not a Board of your peers.Please copy me on all email messages you send to these legislators.
Tina Litteral, Hon AIA
AIA Arizona
 

 SB 1171 – Board of Technical Registration Repeal; ROC
This piece of legislation has been assigned to two Senate Committees. The Committee on Commerce and Economic Development and also Government. However, this bill has not been scheduled for a hearing yet.
BUT WE NEED YOU TO CONTACT THESE LEGISLATORS TODAY!

If this legislation passes – there will no longer be a Board that looks out for your best interest. The Registrar shall have all of the control that is currently held by the Board members.

The BTR fulfills a vitally important mission to assure that architects, engineers, land surveyors, and other related professions are properly qualified to provide their services. The BTR also protects the public by restricting or revoking registration privileges of any registered design professional who does not comply with the Board’s Rules.

The Registrar of Contractors has a different mission and it is entirely unprepared to assume responsibility for regulating design professionals. There are no similarities in the way in which the two agencies work and it is not in the best interest of the public to merge the two into the Registrar’s office.

Members of the BTR are all licensed design professionals who understand exactly what other members of their professions must do to demonstrate and maintain their competence. Design professionals are not like contractors and they shouldn’t be regulated by the agency that also regulates contractors.

The BTR is a 90/10 agency supported entirely by the fee income it collects and it does not draw money from the General Fund. Abolishing the BTR will not help Arizona solve its budget problems.

 Senate Commerce and Economic Development CommitteeChair Barbara Leff  bleff@azleg.govVice Chair Robert Blendu   rblendu@azleg.gov

Senator Carolyn Allen    callen@azleg.gov

Senator Meg Burton Cahill   mburtoncahill@azleg.gov

Senator Ken Cheuvront  kcheuvront@azleg.gov

Senator Pamela Gorman  pgorman@azleg.gov

Senator Richard Miranda  rmiranda@azleg.gov

Senator Jay Tibshraeny  jtibshraeny@azleg.gov

Senate Government Committee

Chair Jack Harper  jharper@azleg.gov

Vice Chair Robert Blendu  rblendu@azleg.gov

Senator Meg Burton Cahill  mburtoncahill@azleg.gov

Senator Jake Flake  jflake@azleg.gov

Senator Jorge Luis Garcia  jgarcia@azleg.gov

Senator Linda Gray  lgray@azleg.gov

Charlene Pesquiera  cpesquiera@azleg.gov

PLEASE LET THESE SENATORS KNOW THAT THEY SHOULD VOTE NO ON SB1171. 

Univ. of Arizona CALA Lecture

U of A CALA – Spring Lecture Series
Lecturers: Jack DeBartolo, Jr. and Jack DeBartolo III. and William Bruder
www.debartoloarchitects.com  & www.willbruder.com

April 4, 2008 @ 4:30 p.m.

The Reference Library Box Lunch

The Reference Library Box Lunch – Stego
@ AIASAC Conference Room
12:00PM – 1:00PM

Details coming soon…

Univ. of Arizona CALA Lecture

U of A CALA – Spring Lecture Series
Lecturer: Edward Allen
March 28, 2008 @ 4:00 PM

The Reference Library Box Lunch

The Reference Library Box Lunch – Mapai
@ AIASAC Conference Room
12:00PM – 1:00PM

Details coming soon…

AIA Continuing Education Seminar

AEP Acoustics
Tucson
11:30 A.M.

Click here for registration form and information about this event.

The Reference Library Box Lunch

The Reference Library Box Lunch – Julius Blum
@ AIASAC Conference Room
12:00PM – 1:00PM

Details coming soon…

The Reference Library Box Lunch

The Reference Library Box Lunch – Custom Building Projects
@ AIASAC Conference Room
12:00PM – 1:00PM

Details coming soon…

Univ. of Arizona CALA – Lecture

U of A CALA Lecture Series
Lecturer: Victoria Bell www.ballardbell.com
@ 4:30PM

The Reference Library Box Lunch

The Reference Library Box Lunch – Stone Elements
@ AIASAC Conference Room

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Phoenix Metro Chapter Meeting

What: Phoenix Metro Chapter Meeting
Date: Feb. 28, 2008
Time: 5:30
Details to come

Phoenix Metro Chapter Meeting

Excavating American Modern Architecture 
AIA Phoenix Metro has teamed up with SMoCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art) to bring you ARTiculations: Excavating American Modern Architecture featuring Gwendolyn Wright.
 
Gwendolyn Wright, professor of architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, explores the best contemporary architecture in the Southwest.
 
In her most recent book, USA, (Reaktion/University of Chicago Press, 2007), the first history of American modern architecture, Wright recasts prevailing definitions, chronologies and locations of the topic.

Time: 7:00 p.m. Presentation, Book signing afterwards
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2008
Place: Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts,
Stage 2; 7380 East 2nd Street in Scottsdale
RSVP: 602-252-4200 or  Diana@aia-arizona.org
Cost: $7.00; The first 40 RSVP’s get in FREE
Continuing Education: 1 AIA Learning Unit
Parking: Free parking is available in the parking garage located to the west of the Center for the Arts building and directly behind Los Olivos Restaurant on Wells Fargo Ave.

2007 Documents Review

AIA Arizona Continuing Education Opportunity
2007 Documents Review Seminar

Presented by: P. Douglas Folk

This overview program will introduce the new organization and forms in the
standard AIA contracts system. Major changes in the standard of care
contract administration, and dispute resolution procedures will affect the way
in which architects, owners and contractors do business with each other. The
program will also introduce the new AIA Digital Practice documents and
compare them to the consensus documents contract system promoted by
contractor and owner groups. This program is geared for firm principals,
project managers, and contract administrators.

Where: AIA Arizona Office (30 N. 3rd Avenue, Ste. 200 Phoenix, AZ 85003)
Parking is available in the city garage located at the southwest corner of 3rd Avenue and
Washington. (Parking in city garage will be validated)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – Registration (Continental breakfast will be provided)
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Program
Date: Thursday – January 31, 2008
Cost: $50.00 for AIA Members, $75.00 for non-members
RSVP: By noon on Tuesday January 29th please fax registration form to the AIA at
602-273-6814 or email to charnissa@aia-arizona.org

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

2008 ARE Seminar: Pre-Design

Presenter: Mike Kolejka, AIA – Orcutt Winslow

Date
:
Thursday January 31
Tuesday February 5
Thursday February 7

Time
: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Place
: Orcutt|Winslow Partnership
3003 N. Central Avenue, 16th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85012
*Free parking is available at the garage on the NW corner of Catalina Drive and 2nd Street. Please check in with the security desk in the lobby to be let up to the 16th floor.
24 hour cancellation notice must be given for refunds all no-shows will be billed.

Cost
:
$30.00 Associate AIA/AIAS Members
$60.00 Non – Members

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

December’s Calendar is Sponsored by Aerotek: Architecture & Engineering

The month of December is sponsored by Aerotek: Architecture & Engineering. To learn more, visit their website: http://www.aerotek.com/Default.aspx

November’s Calendar is Sponsored by Thomas Reprographics, Inc.

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October’s Calendar is Sponsored by RLB | Rider Levett Bucknall

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September’s Calendar is Sponsored by Tin Cactus Studios

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August’s Calendar is Sponsored by Walsh Bros. Office Environments

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July’s Calendar is Sponsored by Bonded Materials Company

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June’s Calendar is Sponsored by Caruso Turley Scott, Inc.

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May’s Calendar is Sponsored by Taylor Technical Services, Inc.

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April’s Calendar is Sponsored by Professional Planning Associates, Ltd.

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March’s Calendar is Sponsored by Armstrong World Industries, Inc.

The month of March is sponsored by Armstrong World Industries, Inc. Visit their website http://www.armstrong.com/ to learn more.

February’s Calendar is Sponsored by Arizona Tile

The month of February is sponsored by Arizona Tile. Visit their site http://www.arizonatile.com/ to learn more about this company.

AIA Member Selected by ARCOM to sit on MASTERSPEC Architectural Review Committee

October 27, 2007

During the fall meeting of the MASTERSPEC Architectural Review Committee, Ronald L. Geren, AIA, CSI, CCS, CCCA, SCIP, was selected to fill one of six positions on the committee.  Ron’s nomination, along with two other new members, was approved by the AIA in January 2008.  Architectural Computer Services, Inc. (ARCOM) is the publisher and distributor of MASTERSPEC, a master guide specification having over 12,000 licensed users throughout the country and internationally.  MASTERSPEC is a product of the American Institute of Architects.

The position is a one-year assignment, involving quarterly trips to ARCOM’s offices in Alexandria, Virginia.  The assignment can be renewed annually for up to three years. Committee members do not write the specifications for ARCOM, which has its own staff of qualified specification writers, but members review and provide technical advice on existing specification sections that are due for revision or new sections that are being added to the MASTERSPEC libraries.

ARCOM’s Vice President of Architectural Specifications, Paul Brosnahan, AIA, CSI, CCS, states that Ron Geren’s location in the desert southwest provides a perspective from an area of the country that has been under-represented on the committee in the past.  He adds that Ron’s knowledge of building codes provides a technical expertise that is not typical for this committee.

Taliesin West: Apprentice Lecture Series

Please join Taliesin West for this seasons Apprentice Lecture Series. The seasons theme will explore the blurry boundary between art and architecture.

James Trahan, AIA
180 Degrees Inc., Phoenix
www.180degreesinc.com

Time: 7:30
Place: Taliesin West, The Pavillion Theater

If you have any questions you can contact Taliesin West @ 480-860-2700 or visit their website: www.taliesin.edu

Taliesin West: Apprentice Lecture Series

Please join Taliesin West for this seasons Apprentice Lecture Series. The seasons theme will explore the blurry boundary between cheap cialis online art and architecture.

Kostas Terzidis
Harvard GSD, Cambridge
Author of Algorithmic Architecture

Time: 7:30
Place: Taliesin West, The Pavillion Theater

If you have any questions you can contact Taliesin West @ 480-860-2700 or visit their website: www.taliesin.edu

Taliesin West: Apprentice Lecture Series

Please join Taliesin West for this seasons Apprentice Lecture Series. The seasons theme will explore the blurry boundary between art and architecture.

SPECIAL TALIESIN AIAS CHAPTER LECTURE
Felipe Assadi & Francesca Pulido
Assadi & Pulido, Santiago
www.felipeassadi.com

Time: 7:30
Place: Taliesin West, The Pavillion Theater

If you have any questions you can contact Taliesin West @ 480-860-2700 or visit their website: www.taliesin.edu

Taliesin West: Apprentice Lecture Series

Please join Taliesin West for this seasons Apprentice Lecture Series. The seasons theme will explore the blurry boundary between art and architecture.

Andrea Zittel
A~Z Joshua Tree, Ca
www.zittel.org

Time: 7:30
Place: Taliesin West, The Pavillion Theater

If you have any questions you can contact Taliesin West @ 480-860-2700 or visit their website: www.taliesin.edu

Taliesin West: Apprentice Lecture Series

Please join Taliesin West for this seasons Apprentice Lecture Series. The seasons theme will explore the blurry boundary between art and architecture.

Wallace Cunningham
Cunningham Architects, San Diego
www.wallacecunningham.com

Time: 7:30
Place: Taliesin West, The Pavillion Theater

If you have any questions you can contact Taliesin West @ 480-860-2700 or visit their website: www.taliesin.edu

Taliesin West: Apprentice Lecture Series

Please join Taliesin West for this seasons Apprentice Lecture Series. The seasons theme will explore the blurry boundary between art and architecture.

DEAN SIDY LECTURE
John Cary
Public Architecture, San Francisco
www.publicarchitecture.org

Time: 7:30
Place: Taliesin West, The Pavillion Theater

If you have any questions you can contact Taliesin West @ 480-860-2700 or visit their website: www.taliesin.edu

Taliesin West: Apprentice Lecture Series

Please join Taliesin West for this seasons Apprentice Lecture Series. The seasons theme will explore the blurry boundary between art and architecture.

Eric Howeler & Meejion Yoon
Howeler & Yoon, Boston
www.hyarchitecture.com

Time: 7:30
Place: Taliesin West, The Pavillion Theater

If you have any questions you can contact Taliesin West @ 480-860-2700 or visit their website: www.taliesin.edu

AIA Member Selected for ASU College of Design Council for Design Excellence

Scottsdale, AZ – (December 14, 2007) –The Arizona State University College of Design Council for Design Excellence (CDE) selected Peter M. Koliopoulos, AIA, principal of award winning Circle West Architects, as president for the coming term. 

Prepare for Slow Times – Firm and Family

Written By:
Penny Hamilton Posedly, FAIA, Past Chair of the national Practice Committee

Although many firms are busy, the newspaper warns us that slow times are ahead. If you work in housing, you feel it already. How can you lessen the effect on your firm and your family?

Pay off the credit cards. Why? If you don’t have much work, you won’t want to be paying the income you benefit to your firm or your family. Move your credit debt to a lower interest – often introductory offer – account, then pay it off as fast as you can.

· But don’t close them: In prolonged slow times, many families and firms have “lived on their credit cards”. You will want them unused but available.

Pay cash. When you don’t have enough cash on you, use your debit card.

Keep the cash-flow coming. Don’t wait 1.5 months to discover that your clients are late paying your invoice. Don’t let your invoices get 60 or 90 days out. People don’t like dealing with people they owe money to. It makes them feel guilty.

· Invoice as soon as the project merits. Don’t wait for a standard billing cycle. Bill when the project ends a phase or as soon as your contract allows.

· Learn your client’s approval and payment system. Many companies have layered approval systems. Your invoice can languish on someone’s desk unnecessarily.

· 1-week after you send the invoice. Call to see if it has been received. Ask if it is clear and if there are any questions. If not, can you approve it now to move on to the next person? “Wonderful! We appreciate your help, Sam.”

· 1-week later: “Did you receive our invoice from Sam?” “Is it clear? Do you have any questions about it?” If all is well, “When will you be cutting checks on this?” (Mark your calendar for one day after that date.) “Great. It is such a pleasure to work with you and your company, Janice.”

· Check cutting day + 1: Call their accounting department or office manager: “Janice said you’d be cutting checks about now. Do you have all the information you need on our invoice? Oh, you did it yesterday? Wonderful! It is great to deal with you; you are so efficient.”

Get those expense accounts to your accounting department quickly. Those charges need to go with the next invoice to keep the cash in your pocket and avoid paying credit card interest on them.

Supplies – mine desk drawers! Check any empty-desk drawers for pencils, pens, post-its, etc. It is amazing how you can replenish your supply cabinets with partially used items still in your office. While you are at it, ask everyone to mine their desk. Keep one of each kind of drawing tool, and so on, and turn the rest back to the cabinet. Some firms have been known to avoid buying supplies for a month or two based on the items returned to the cabinet.

Cut FedEx costs. When we’re rushed, we send many things same-day. Consider before you send, whether the recipient actually needs the item that fast. Can it wait a day? Next day or 2-days later can save your contract ½ the cost or more. Better yet, is someone from the office going over for a meeting? Hand carrying costs nothing!

Service vehicles and equipment now. In slow times, we put it off. Then if the slow times persist, we end up with repair charges. Run that car in now.

Architects tend to need a growth economy. Economies are cyclical by nature. Following these suggestions can help you, your family, and your firm through the show times.

President Bush Signs Landmark Energy Bill

Written by AIA Government Advocacy Team
Published in The Angle; Volume 5, Issue 27

AIA-backed provisions to improve building efficiency become law

President Bush signed into law historic energy legislation Wednesday that will shape U.S. energy policy for decades to come. The law seeks to dramatically reduce U.S. energy consumption over the next 25 years by applying the AIA’s 2030 carbon-reducing targets to federal buildings, increasing fuel efficiency standards for automobiles, and establishing new energy efficiency standards for appliances.

The new law includes numerous provisions advocated by the AIA to promote sustainable design in the built environment. Christine W. McEntee, the AIA’s executive vice president and chief executive officer, praised the efforts of policymakers as she attended today’s bill-signing ceremony at the Department of Energy’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

“In crafting this law, Congress and the president have recognized what architects have long known: that improving the energy efficiency of our buildings will do more to promote energy independence and reduce our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels,” McEntee said.

Bill includes 2030 targets for federal buildings


 
2007 AIA President RK Stewart, FAIA, (second from left) testifies before a House Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee on energy-efficient building legislation.
 
Nearly two years after the AIA Board of Directors approved a policy position setting incremental energy reduction targets for all buildings, Congress included these goals for federal buildings in the bill the president signed today. Under the new law, all new and significantly renovated federal buildings are required to be carbon-neutral by 2030, dramatically reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by the built environment.

“Applying the 2030 challenge to federal buildings was the AIA’s number one federal legislative priority in 2007, from the Grassroots conference in February through the summer and fall,” noted Paul Mendelsohn, vice president for Government and Community Relations. “The passage of the energy bill means that the year-long advocacy effort by AIA members, leadership, and staff reaped huge dividends for the profession, the environment, and our nation’s long-term energy future.”

AIA leaders testified on four separate occasions before congressional committees this year in support of provisions to improve building energy efficiency. In addition, the AIA led an effort by several organizations to support the 2030 targets for federal buildings. “This was truly a team effort,” said Mendelsohn.

Many other AIA-backed provisions
Aside from making major reductions in the amount of fossil fuel-generated energy that government-owned buildings consume, the energy law includes many other provisions the AIA championed throughout the year. The law:

Authorizes the Department of Energy to construct a photovoltaic wall, called the “Sun Wall,” on its Washington headquarters
Provides grants for schools to improve the environmental quality of their facilities
Creates new opportunities for small businesses seeking to pursue or expand sustainable design services.
For a complete description of the AIA’s provisions in the energy law, please see the fact sheet on AIA Priorities in the Energy Law.

AIA members champion sustainable design
Throughout the hard-fought negotiations on the bill, AIA members made a record number of contacts with their senators and representatives to guarantee that the legislation addressed the built environment. This month, AIA members sent nearly 9,000 emails and letters to their members of Congress asking them to support the energy bill and the provisions relating to the building sector.

As the Senate wrangled over the energy bill last week, members of the AIA Board of Directors and Executive Committee took Capitol Hill by storm, meeting with more than one third of the U.S. Senate to make the case for sustainable design. Last Thursday, as the Board met at AIA headquarters, Senate approved the energy bill by a vote of 86-8. Yesterday the House passed the Senate measure 314-100, setting up today’s historic bill-signing by the president.

Andrew Goldberg, Assoc. AIA, senior director for Federal Affairs, stressed that the implications of the energy law cannot be understated. “This energy law ensures that over the next 25 years, America’s architects will have a central role to play in designing a more sustainable built environment. AIA members spoke, and Congress and the president listened.”

The Angle is published by the AIA Government Advocacy Team, 1735 New York Ave., NW, Washington DC, 20006. To contact The Angle, send an email to angle@aia.org.

Registration now open for 2008 National Convention

AIA 2008 National Convention and Design Exposition.

Register today. Then join us in Boston, May 15-17, for an incredible convention.

See the new Boston, from the Big Dig and Fenway Park to the stunning Institute of Contemporary Art. Dine in the company of some of Boston’s most auspicious firms. Visit cutting-edge biotech and medical facilities, and tour diverse architecture across the city and beyond.

> See more from the Boston Society of Architects/AIA

Explore this year’s theme, We the People, and learn how architecture works on behalf of all people and society

Participate in a variety of education formats–workshops, seminars, tours, and expo education–and earn all the learning units you need over four days
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Visit more than 800 exhibitors and discover new products and technologies you can use in future projects
> Preview exhibits

Download your copy of the complete convention guide now at www.aiaconvention.com/guide.

Remember, register by February 22 and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount.

REGISTER TODAY AT WWW.AIACONVENTION.COM

First Friday Art Exhibit – Call for Entries

February 1st, 2008 AIA Arizona will be hosting an art exhibit entitled, “Women in Architecture,” in concordance with Phoenix’s monthly First Friday Art Walk.

However, before we can enjoy the art, cheese and wine, we need entries for the exhibit! Please click here for an entry form. Entries can include photography, paintings, sculpture and poetry. (All poetry entries must be framed).

January’s Calendar is Sponsored by P S I

The month of January is sponsored by P S I. Visit their website http://www.psiusa.com/
to learn more.