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2009 AIA Arizona Award Winners

10Thank you to all of those that attended our 2009 Celebrate Architecture Gala this past Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Phoenix Convention Center, and thank you to all of those that made it possible to host this event!

Below, you’ll find award categories and links to the winners, as well as photos and video. If you would like to receive copies of any images, please email Alexandra Evjen. Enjoy!

2009 Design Award Winners

2009 Special Award Winners

2009 Imagination Cube Winner

2009 SRP Sustainable Award

2009 APS Energy Award

2009 AIA Arizona Firm of the Year – Weddle Gilmore

2009 AIA Arizona Sustainable Firm of the Year – Line + Space


Photos of the Gala

Celebrate Architecture Awards Gala

3966848230_fd02c069a12009 Celebrate Architecture Awards Gala
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Phoenix Convention Center (100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, Arizona)

Single $75.00 on or before September 11, 2009
Single $100.00 after September 11, 2009

6:00—7:30 pm Cocktail Reception/Silent Auction
6:00—7:30 pm Light Hors d’oeuvres
7:30—9:00 pm AIA Arizona Awards Presentation
9:00—10:00 pm Dessert & Coffee—Celebrate Winners

Questions, please call 602-252-4200.

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AIA Arizona 2009 State Conference

Registration is now open for one of our biggest events of the year! Don’t miss our 2009 State Conference, “The Next 50: A discourse on our urban landscape.” The event will be on Thursday, August 27, 2009 from 7:00AM – 7:00PM as The Buttes Conference Center in Tempe, Arizona. AIA members can earn up to six learning units.

Speakers will include Joel Garreau, author of Edge City: Life on the New Frontier; Alan Berger, Director of P-REX, Project of Reclamation Excellence at MIT; Darren Petrucci, AIA, Director of SALA at Arizona State Univeristy; Jan Cervelli, FASLA, FCELA, Dean of CALA at University of Arizona; Reed Kroloff, Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art; Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, Co-Author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions of Redesigning Suburbs.

Click here for more information and registration.

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Survival 101: Merging or Partnering – Is it right for your firm?

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Time: 8:00a.m. registration; 8:30-10:00 a.m. seminar
Cost: $10.00 members, $25.00 non-members
Place: AIA Arizona Offices
Questions: contact Tina Litteral, Hon. AIA, CAE.
Cont. Ed: Earn 1.5 AIA Learning Units

Many firms and sole practitioners are considering multiple strategies to stay viable in this challenging economy.  One of the strategies they are considering is merging with another firm or finding a partner to share the costs and risks.  What should you consider when making this decision?

This seminar will discuss:
1. How to develop a partner “wish-list”
2. How to find a partner
3. What to consider when evaluating partnership/mergers
4. What are the steps to begin the partnership/merging process
5. What are the pitfalls of merging/partnering
6. What are the rewards of merging/partnering

You will leave the seminar with:
1. A defined “wish-list” for your ideal partner
2. Actions to take to begin the process of finding your partner
3. A list of legal, financial, and cultural criteria to evaluate your prospective partners.

Join Andrea Norman, MBA, Principal of Mind the Gap Marketing Solutions, as she takes you through the issues related to partnering or merging your architecture firm.


Advertise in the Directory – Reach Your Target Audience

The 2009-2010 AIA Arizona Firm Profile and Membership Directory is the exclusive source for the most-up-to-date information on all AIA Arizona members and architectural firms. Click here for details on how to advertise.

Survival 101 Seminar: Insurance – What Do I Need?

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Time: 8:00a.m. registration; 8:30 – 9:30a.m. seminar; 9:30a.m. – 11:00a.m. roundtable discussion
Cost: FREE for Members, $20.00 Non-Members
Place: AIA Arizona Offices
Questions: contact Tina Litteral, Hon. AIA, CAE.
Cont. Ed: Earn 1 AIA Learning Unit
* Continental breakfast will be provided.

The following topics will be discussed:
·    What is liability insurance and why do I need it?
·    Are you dealing with COBRA Insurance?
·    What about disability insurance?
·    What’s new in health insurance?

Presented by:
Scott Schmidt – Stuckey Insurance
Jeff Smith & Dan Hardesty – Southwest Professional Insurance Consultants
Jeff Gerrick – Professional Underwriters
Matt Schmidbauer – Professional Planning Associates


Smart Ways to Save Money with Technology

There are several technologies out there such as Google Analytics, Skype, WordPress, etc. that can not only save you money, but possibly make you more money.

•    Learn new business technology and software
•    Compare features and benefits of technology solutions
•    Calculate money saved by using new technology

Presented by Adrian Vender of eFusion Internet Marketing, LLC

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Time: 11:30 Registration; 12:00 – 1:00PM Seminar
Cost: $5.00 Member, $20.00 Non-Members
Place: AIA Arizona Offices
Questions: contact Alexandra Evjen.

* Lunch will be provided. This is seminar is also a part of the Phoenix Metro Chapter Small Firm Roundtable.


2009 Design Awards & Special Awards

It’s that time of year again…Registration is now open for AIA Arizona’s 2009 Design Awards and Special Awards. Make sure to fill out your entry forms today!

AIA Phoenix Metro Home Tour – Architecture Week 09


Please join us this Sunday, April 26, 2009 from 10:00AM – 5:00PM for the annual AIA Phoenix Metro Home Tour. Click here for the list of homes and a ticket order form. Tickets are $22.00 in advance and $25.00 the day of the tour. You can purchase tickets the day of the tour at location on the tour.

2009 International Codes Seminar


Want to learn about new changes to the 2009 International Codes? Well, now is your chance. This seminar will cover the building codes, residential codes, fire codes, energy conservation codes, mechanical codes, plumbing codes and fuel gas codes changes. Presented By Kelly P. Reynolds & Associates, Inc.

Tuesday – April 28, 2009
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Walker Building
30 North Third Avenue in Phoenix (NW corner of 3rd Avenue and Washington), second floor. Parking is available in the city garage located at the southwest corner of 3rd Avenue and Washington. (Parking in city garage will be validated)

$10.00 AIA Members; $25.00 Non-Members.


2009 AIA Arizona Photography Contest


It’s that time of year again…the 2009 AIA Arizona Photography Contest is asking for submissions of your best photos! The deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Click here for submission requirements. Click here for an entry form.

SketchUp – An Introduction for Architects

Due to popular demand, we’ve added a second date for this seminar – Wednesday, April 22, 2009. The April 1st, 2009, seminar is full.

SketchUp is a 3D modeling program designed for architects and civil engineers and related professions. It is an intuitive, flexible and easy to use program. If you haven’t tapped into this resource or you are in need of assistance using this tool, come to this workshop!

DATE: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
TIME: 8:00 a.m. Registration & breakfast; 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Seminar
LOCATION: AIA Arizona – 30 N. 3rdAvenue, Ste. 200, Phoenix, AZ 85003
*Parking will be validated for the public parking garage on the southwest corner of Washington and 3rd Ave
COST: $10.00 Members; $20.00 Non-members
PRESENTER: Robert Pearce, AIA, Pearce Design Studio, LLC
RSVP to  Alexandra Evjen with registration form ( by April 21, 2009.


Social Media: Marketing for Success

“Social media” is a buzz phrase people are using left and right. I’m sure you are hearing people talk about Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Flickr and blogs incessantly and you are waiting for someone to explain why you should start using these technologies. Well, if you want to know the answer, come to this seminar. You will walk away understanding why you should use these technologies, how to leverage them for more business and how to beef up your marketing strategy.

DATE: Wednesday, March 25, 2009
TIME: 8:00 a.m. Registration & breakfast; 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Seminar
LOCATION: AIA Arizona – 30 N. 3rdAvenue, Ste. 200, Phoenix, AZ 85003
*Parking will be validated for the public parking garage on the southwest corner of Washington and 3rd Ave
COST:$5.00 Members; $20.00 Non-members
PRESENTER: Adrian Vender, Director of eFusion Internet Marketing, LLC


Fill Out Directory Firm/Business Profile

It’s already that time of year again when we need your business to fill out a profile for the AIA Arizona 2009 Directory. Please fill in the fields and click the button at the bottom of the document to send it directly to the publisher (not to us). These are due April 1, 2009.

Architecture Firm Profile

Professional Affiliate Company Profile



March is AIA Arizona’s “EcoMonth!” We have several building tours and lectures focused on the importantce of sustainability for FREE! These events are also open to the public! Check out the flyer for a list of dates and times!

EcoMonth First Friday

Come join us this Friday, March 6, 2009 from 6:00PM – 9:00PM as we open our doors for Downtown Phoenix’s First Friday Art Walk. The AIA Arizona Gallery will be kicking off this month’s exhibition of the AIA Top Ten Green Projects awarded by the AIA National Committee on the Environment (COTE). There will be  refreshments and a “Pecha Kucha” sustainability presentation from the Phoenix Metro Chapter’s Young Architects’ Forum starting at 6:30PM. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Smith.

LEED Seminar

Don’t miss your last chance to prepare for the LEED AP Exam under LEED-NC 2.2! You have until MARCH 31, 2009 to register for the LEED-NC 2.2 exam and must pass the exam by the end of JUNE 2009! AFTER JUNE 2009 THE EXAM REQUIREMENTS WILL CHANGE! The seminar will start at 7:30AM on Friday, March 6, 2009 and continue until 5:00 p.m. On Friday, March 13, 2009 from 8:00 am – 12:00 p.m. there will be a mock exam, review and Q&A. Cost is $300.00 for members; $450.00 for non-members. Please RSVP by Noon on Wednesday, March 4th. Please fax registration form to 602-273-6814 or email to Earn 10 HSW AIA learning units! For registration and more information, click here.

What Every Architect Needs to Know About Lien Laws

“What Every Architect Needs to Know About the Lien Laws” will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at AIA Arizona’s office. Continental breakfast will be provided. The cost is $20.00 for AIA Members, $40.00 for Non-Members. Please RSVP by noon on Monday, February 23rd please fax registration form to 602-273-6814 or email to Click here for registration and more information.

Resume Workshop – Survival 101 Series


When: Wed, Feb 18, 2009 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Where: AIA Arizona Office (30 N. 3rd Avenue, Ste. 200, Phoenix, Arizona, 85003. Parking across the street and will be validated)
Presenter: Jim Kelley, AIA Arizona Affiliate Director, A&E hiring consultant for Aerotek. He will share his experience, perspective and best resume practices.
Cost: $10.00 AIA members, $25 Non-Members,  $5 for AIA Associates
RSVP: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 to Charnissa Moore (


Follow us on Twitter!


AIA Arizona is now on Twitter! Follow us (AIAARIZONA) and find out what’s going on within our component instantaneously! Don’t have a Twitter account? Make one! It’s a great way to stay in the loop quickly. You can even install an application to get “tweets” or messages to your phone!

Survival 101 Breakfast



Wednesday, February 11, 2009 from 8:00AM – 10:00AM, AIA Arizona is hosting a breakfast (FREE for members) for those that are either seeking work or are trying to keep their stuggling business alive. This breakfast is the kickoff to a year full of resources and programs that AIA Arizona is hosting to help you stay afloat! RSVP to Alexanda Evjen by Tuesday, February 10, 2009.

Early Bird Registration for National Convention

Register by February 17, 2009 for the AIA National Convention in San Fracisco, California and AIA members will receive an additional 5 percent discount off of your convention fees when you register using the promo code MEMBER. Convention fees are based on your registration category. This offer is valid for a limited time only and cannot not be applied to on-site registrations. NOTE: AIA national members in good standing qualify for the 5 percent discount. National and local allied or affiliate members and cornerstone partners are not eligible.

First-time architect, associate, and international associate members who join the AIA between May 18, 2008 and May 2, 2009, are invited to attend the 2009 national convention free of charge. Register today to experience the full benefit of your membership by attending the leading design and construction industry event. NOTE: Lapsed, national and local allied or affiliate members, and Public Architect registrants are not eligible for this offer.

2008 Governor’s Achievement Awards for Innovative School Design

The 2008 Governor’s Achievement Awards for Innovative School Design have been annoucned! Check our the winners here!

Coming up…

2009 is in full swing and we sure have a lot of events going on! Make sure to check out our web calendar to find out about continuing education events, ARE seminars, lectures and chapter meetings!

New Website

The AIA Grand Canyon chapter just launched a new website! Let us know what you think!

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


2008 ARE Seminar: Pre-Design

Presenter: Mike Kolejka, AIA – Orcutt Winslow

Thursday January 31
Tuesday February 5
Thursday February 7

: 6:00 – 8:00pm

: 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.

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


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).

Happy Holidays from AIA Arizona

We wish you and your families peace and joy during the holiday season! Ring in the new year with laughter and we’ll see you on the other side in 2008!

Reminder: Our offices will be closed from December 24th – January 3rd.

Holiday Parties

Remember that Phoenix Metro Chapter and Southern Arizona Chapter have their holiday parties coming up this Friday, December 7th. Please check out out calendar for more detials.

Phoenix Metro Website

For those of you that have been wondering when the Phoenix Metro website will be launched…we have an answer! You can look forward to surfing the site on December 15th – just in time for the new year!


Some of you may have noticed a big black space on our home page. Well, pictures should have been showing up in that spot, and now they hopefully are. Unfortunately, when people typed in the photos weren’t appearing, but if you typed (no w’s) everything worked fine.

Well, the problem has been officially solved and everyone should be able to see our beautiful photos of the 2007 Design Award Winners. If you are still having problems make sure to update your Internet Explorer with the latest version and to download Adobe’s Flash Player ().