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Feb 3 – PMC Affiliates

Feb 4 – Office Closed

Feb 8 – Section Meeting

Feb 9 – SAC Chapter Meeting

Feb 9 – Small Firm Roundtable

Feb 10 – PMC Board Meeting

Feb 11 – AIA AZ Board Meeting

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Three cheers for mentors!

There’s only so much you can learn from books and school. In a complex profession such as architecture, the period of apprenticeship that occurs after college is key to rounding out our education, and preparing us for the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE).  In the last decade, the Intern Development Program (IDP) has provided a comprehensive structure to what an architect-in-training should learn. Prior to the IDP, most of us in the profession had to rely on mentoring provided by other architects at the firms where we worked. I can remember two in particular at Cornoyer Hedrick and DFD that provided me with the education I needed to have a successful career.

But what happens after we pass the ARE? We shouldn’t stop learning or we’ll soon find ourselves out of step with the latest technologies, codes, methods, etc. Sadly, most firms don’t have an established mentoring program to continue to bring young architects along. I am so excited that the AIA College of Fellows has agreed to implement a mentorship program which will headed by John Kane, FAIA, and initially presented at the Young Architects Forum meetings. Yet another no-added-cost benefit to being an AIA member.

Even if you fall outside the demographic of the College of Fellows or Young Architects Forum, I would encourage you find a little time to develop a mentoring relationship with a younger architect, and find a more experienced architect to seek the counsel of in those areas of your practice where you need advice or improvement.  In this challenging economy, we should be supporting and encouraging one another, and helping each other avoid costly mistakes.

I like the analogy of the flying fuel tankers filling up other jets in flight so they don’t have to land to re-fuel, they can keep going… In mentoring, sometimes we’re the jets, and sometimes we’re the tankers!

Joseph H. Worrall, AIA
2011 AIA Arizona President

Component News

Mike Rhodes, AIA – A year ago, AIA Arizona member, Mike Rhodes, was diagnosed with ALS, and the disease has progressed very quickly. His wife Bonnie has informed us that Mike has 1 week of life remaining, and has asked that if his friends would like to stop by, he’d love to have a visit. He and Bonnie are at home at 1023 E. Palo Verde Drive, Phoenix, 85034. Please feel free to visit anytime during the day – just drop in!

AIA Phoenix Metro Associates – Click here for your 2011 Calendar of Events.

Office Closed – On Friday, February 4, 2011 the AIA Arizona office will be closed.

2011 Desert Classic Volleyball Tournament – The AIA Arizona Phoenix Metro Affiliates are again sponsoring the Annual Desert Classic Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, March 26th at Scottsdale Ranch Park. Enter a team and/or become a sponsor today!

ARE Structural Systems – Sign up for our latest A.R.E. Seminar Structural Systems February 3 – March 10. Click here to register.

Phoenix Metro Home Tour – Save the date! Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

AIA Forum | Arizona – We’re looking for writers and peer reviewers. Click here for details!

Architect Finder– The public and potential clients can now search for you on our website. Not listed?  to fill out the form.

AffiliatesPhoenix Metro Affiliate Meeting – Thursday, February 3 from 12pm-1pm at in the AIA Arizona Conference Room. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Diana@aia-arizona.org or 602-252-4200.

Affiliate Finder – Now the public and architects can search for you online! Not listed? .

Advertise in Just the Facts, Please…Advertise your business to your target audience of over 2,000 people! Click here for details and check out the ad block in the left-hand column.


Taliesin West Lecture Series – Pliny Fisk will share about “35 Years of Serious Commotion at The Center For Maximum Potential Building Systems” on February 3, 2011 at 7pm in the Pavilion Theater at Taliesin West. Click here for details.

CHAIRity 2011 – Students from the ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts competed in the 2011 CHAIRity design competition. Chairs are on display the the Burton Barr Library beginning March 4th, and at Phoenix City Hall beginning March 25th. Click here for more information.

U of A CALA Speakers Forum – Brooks Jeffery, Assoc. AIA; Bob Vint and James A. Gresham, FAIA will be speaking about, “A Life’s Work: Seven Elements of Design,” on February 9, 2011 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in Aerospace Mechanical Engineering, Rm. 202S.

U of A presents The Collaborative Legacy of Merce Cunningham Exhibition
– The University of Arizona and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson will host an exhibition and related programming focusing on the collaborative works of Choreographer Merce Cunningham, his collaborators, and legacy from February 14, 2011 – March 22, 2011 in the Sundt Gallery of the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

ASU Latino Urbanism Symposium – The Latino Urbanism Symposium, to be held at ASU’s Phoenix Urban Research Lab in downtown Phoenix, will highlight Latino Urbanism and its role in American placemaking. We will spend two days celebrating and understanding how Latino Urbanism is reshaping the American urban landscape. May 4, 2011 – May 5, 2011 at PURLClick here for details.

Career Opportunities
Win a trip to Coverings 2011 – March 14-17, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Your chance for a trip to the premier international trade fair dedicated exclusively to showcasing the newest in ceramic tile and natural stone. Click here for more info.

WAN Awards – The WAN AWARDS Education Sector is a major international competition, and the first of their 6 bi-monthly ‘Excellence in Design’ series by sector for 2011. Submit your built or unbuilt projects by February 28, 2011. Click here.

Job Board – Check out our new job posting!

If you’re a member, you can post your resume for free! Click for more information.

members in the news

Line and Space, LLC – The University of Arizona Poetry Center was recently published inObjekt and Public Architecture Now.

Been in the news recently? Received an award? Tell us about it! alexandra@aia-arizona.org

Relevant AssociationsSDA Phoenix– Click here for upcoming events.

IIDASW – Click here for upcoming events.

CSI Phoenix – Click here for upcoming events.

ULI Arizona– Click here for upcoming events.

AZASLA – Click here for the latest news and events.

USGBC AZ– Click here for upcoming events.

SMPS Arizona – Click here for the latest news and events.

Phoenix Reference Library – Click here for upcoming events.

Valley Forward – Click here for upcoming events.

About Us

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)

Paul Johnson, AIA
Suad Mahmuljin, Assoc. AIA
Bill Timmerman
Tina Litteral, Hon. AIA, CAE

Doug Nielsen, Assoc. AIA

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