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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

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Photos of the Gala

Celebrate Architecture Awards Gala

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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.

Twitter & Facebook

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If you haven’t done so already, make sure to follow our updates on Twitter! http://www.twitter.com/AIAARIZONA

We also have several Facebook groups and a fan page.

Check them out and become a fan!

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.

PLEASE FILL OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM TO RSVP! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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

PLEASE FILL OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM TO RSVP! REGISTER HERE

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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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

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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

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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.

REGISTER HERE NOW!

2009 AIA Arizona Photography Contest

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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 (alexandra@aia-arizona.org) by April 21, 2009.

REGISTRATION FORM

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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

EcoMonth

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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 charnissa@aia-arizona.org. 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 charnissa@aia-arizona.org. Click here for registration and more information.

Resume Workshop – Survival 101 Series

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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 (charnissa@aia-arizona.org)

REGISTER HERE

Follow us on Twitter!

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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

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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.

REGISTER FOR FREE!
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!

2009 AIA National Convention – Register Now!

Attend the AIA 2009 National Convention and Design Exposition and experience the power of diversity for yourself! April 30 – May 2, 2009!

The profession of architecture is in the midst of incredible change. As our world becomes more complex and diverse, so too does our work.

San Francisco, the host city for the AIA 2009 National Convention, embodies the changes occurring not just in our profession, but the world. Considered one of the most European of American cities, San Francisco also stands as a gateway to the Pacific Rim–an exciting bridge between west and east. Few cities embody the true spirit of diversity as clearly as our 2009 convention site. Learn more…

Register now and received the early bird rate!

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!

PREPARING FOR DOWNSIZING – LESSONS LEARNED IN HAWAII IN THE ’80s

By Melina Renee Meshako, CCS, LEED AP Captial Specs, LLC

BEFORE IT HAPPENS
If your firm is in downsizing mode, here are a few things to do to prepare yourself:

1.       Have all of your medical tests, annual exams etc. done now – before you are downsized and before your insurance runs out.  This includes eye and dental exams too.
2.       Refill all of your prescriptions.  If your plan permits it, buy 3 months worth.  If you need a new pair of eye glasses, do it now.
3.         Update your resume.

THE DAY
4.         Don’t take it personally.  This is all about the bottom line.
5.         Leave gracefully because you never know when you may work with any of your colleagues at that firm again.
6.         Sign up for COBRA medical coverage at your exit interview or as soon as possible.
7.         Your colleagues may have leads for your next job, so give your friends your home contact information (phone numbers and email address)
AFTER
8.         Sign up for unemployment the next business day after your employment has been terminated.  Yes, you may land a job within days or weeks of your downsizing event, however the unemployment benefits take a while to process.  And a percentage of your weekly salary is better than nothing when you’re unemployed or employed and waiting for that first check from your new employer.
9.         Your colleagues may have leads for your next job, so keep in touch. (Also it’s good for socialization needs.)
10.       If you don’t have an answering machine or answering service on your phone plan, then now is the time to invest in one of these. 
11.       Find one thing to do first thing every morning.  Choose a physical activity to get you moving into the day.  (I climbed Diamond Head at 6:30 am every morning for several months – 198 steps in the 1.4 mile trail.  My nephew kayaked across a lake in Georgia every morning while he was in transition between jobs.)
12.       Remain sociable.  The biggest adjustment when you’re unemployed is being alone more than you were during your normal work day.  (In Hawaii, we use to joke about buying 2 or 3 items at a time at the grocery store just so you would need to go through the check out line again later in the day.)  Check in with your local AIA Chapter.  In addition to job boards, sometimes they will host informal gatherings for the recently unemployed (resume updating, networking, interview skills, how to post resumes on the internet and how to search internet job postings).

Downsizing is never pleasant, however these tips may make it less stressful for you and may be helpful to your fellow associates.

Melina Renee Meshako, CCS, LEED AP
CAPITAL SPECS, LLC
melina@capitalspecs.com
www.capitalspecs.com

Paul Moran, AIA, Has Passed Away

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1966 – 2008

Out of a Cocoon of Colon Cancer…
A Butterfly Has Taken Flight

On Sunday, March 30, 2008, A. Paul Moran, AIA, devoted and loving husband, father of five beautiful children, son, brother, colleague and environmental design leader, was transformed and has begun a new journey of discoveries.

The Memorial Service will be Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 11:00 am at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 3801 E. Greenway Road in Phoenix. Immediately following, a luncheon in Paul’s honor will be held at the Parish Hall.

Condolences may be sent to the Moran residence at 3001 E. Calaveros Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85028. The family is in the process of identifying two organizations or repositories that would receive donations.

Please keep this family and members of this firm – in your thoughts and prayers.
Tina Litteral, Hon. AIA
AIA Arizona

Government Affairs: School Construction Moratorium

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As you are all aware – Arizona is in a severe budget deficit and the legislators think that one way to solve this issue – is to put a moratorium on school construction. SB1305 would require the school facilities board to not approve any new school construction for the remainder of the 2007-2008 fiscal year and for fiscal year 2008-2009.We are not sure if this stand alone bill will continue through the legislative process or if this will become a part of the overall bill for the budget.

Please contact your members of the legislature and let them know that school construction is important for our kids, economy, as well as to those communities that are experiencing growing student populations and require new schools.

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AIA Arizona
30 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85003

AIA DESIGN VOTE 2008

The 2008 Presidential election is proving to be one of the most hotly contested in years. With recent close elections in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, Florida, and Michigan, the week between February 2nd and February 8th is going to be a major deciding factor in the race for both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.

This year marks the first time in nearly a century that neither a sitting president nor vice president is running for the presidency. There is an incredible opportunity to be part of the change that is coming with a new administration. The American Institute of Architects and its more than 80,000 members have a chance to play an active role in the process. By being a strong, united voice in this election, we can ensure that the issues important to architects are heard above all of the noise of this campaign.

For over 150 years, AIA members have advocated for policies and programs that have benefited the built environment and the practice of architecture.  We have enacted change at every level of government, and we have done it both as strong individual leaders and as a group unified by the same goals and values.

AIA Arizona has partnered with AIA National DesignVote08 to provide you with information that may help you to participate in the upcoming Arizona Presidential Primary. DesignVote08 is a non-partisan program focused on getting issues important to architects front and center in the 2008 campaign, as well as enabling architects to get involved in the political process by sharing information and resources.

AIA National DesignVote08 has put together the following Web site to assist you with the Arizona Primary: www.aia.org/designvote_supertuesday.  If you have any questions regarding the election, or if you would like to know more about DesignVote08, please contact AIA National at designvote@aia.org or (202) 626-7403. In addition, feel free to send us an e-mail or call us with any interesting stories, news, or other important information about the election.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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USGBC of Southern Arizona “Holiday Bash”

AIA Southern Arizona’s Affiliate Happy Hour location is being changed to USGBC’s Holiday Bash on Wednesday, December 19th, 2007 at 6:30PM.

Head over to Cantina at the Old Artisan Courtyard @ 201 North Court Avenue. It’s very informal. All you can eat for $4.00 per person. Please RSVP to Tracy Miller at tracy.miller@thomasrepro.com

Design Professional Survival Course

Owners have embraced the CM@Risk and Design/Build project delivery methods
in the belief they will improve results, reduce change orders, and eliminate disputes.
The rapid adoption of building information models also promise a fundamental
transformation to integrated design and construction teams. For better or
worse, these new technologies and business methods are a wave sweeping
through the design professions. Join our panel of legal and insurance experts to
catch the wave and ride it to better and more profitable projects.

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