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Addenda: December 2014

Main News

Awards Celebration 2014
Convention Success

Year in Review

2015 Legislative Session


AIA Iowa Membership

Your Membership
New Graduate Associate

Renew Today

Day on the Hill 2015

Calendar of Events

Member News
Welcome New Members

Chapter Meeting
Board of Directors

Professional Development
Thank You


Allied News
Allied Membership
Dine and Discover


Festival of Trees

Call for Entries


Career Center
Job Openings


December Addenda Sponsors:

Allied Gold Members:

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Allied Bronze Members:






December 2014 Addenda



AIA Iowa Awards Celebration 2014

The 2014 AIA Iowa Awards Celebration was held on Thursday, September 25th at the Central Library in downtown Des Moines. This annual event recognizes excellence in architecture and craft and emphasizes the importance of the profession in Iowa's communities. The celebration occurred alongside the AIA Iowa Annual Fall Convention. Congratulations to the award winning firms: ASK Studio, Neumann Monson Architects, RDG Planning & Design, and substance architecture. One Educator Award was also given to Rob Whitehead, AIA of Iowa State University. Two Honorary AIA Iowa honors were awards to Julie Severson, Hon. AIA Iowa of substance architecture and Jessica Reinert, Hon. AIA Iowa, CAE, IOM of AIA Iowa. Rod Kruse, FAIA, (pictured above with Executive Director Jessica Reinert, Hon. AIAIOwa, CAE, IOM and Board President Nathan Kalaer, AIA) of BNIM Architects was awarded the Medal of Honor Award, the highest of all AIA Iowa Awards.

Visit this link, AIA Iowa Awards Celebration Presentation, to view the winning designs.


2014 AIA Iowa Convention- Another Success

Special thanks to all the volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees that made the 2014 AIA Iowa Convention another successful one. Convention registration in 2014 repeated the all-time high record that AIA Iowa hit in 2013 with over 1000 attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and sponsors 



2015 is an exciting year as AIA Iowa has the honor of hosting the regional convention in conjunction with our annual event. AIA members from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma will all be invited to Des Moines to collaborate and network at the convention. 


Mark your calendars, the AIA Iowa Central States Region will take place on October 15-16, 2015 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. 


Year in Review: AIA Iowa Accomplishments

2014 was a very successful year for AIA Iowa due to the amazing dedication of volunteer members and the assistance of the AIA Iowa staff. Our component's efforts helped to increase the awareness of architects and architecture in Iowa and provided much value to you, as an AIA Iowa Member, by engaging in projects that enhance the profession. Together the AIA Iowa staff has put together a document “Year in Review 2014” that highlights all of the things that took place in 2014. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our volunteers who made these undertakings possible. We are looking forward for another successful year in 2015!

Take Action Today: 2015 Legislative Session

The 2015 Legislative session will start on January 12th, the full calendar can be found here, Even though we are five weeks away, it is never too early to start building a relationship with your legislator. A simple email, telephone call, or personal visit is the key to getting your voice heard on issues that are important to you and the architectural profession. 
Step 1: Find your legislators and reach out to them to express your thoughts on issues that are important to you. 
Step 2: Mark your calendars for February 9th, Design Professionals Day on the Hill. Join us at the Capitol to continue advocating for the architecture industry including the restructuring of the Statute of Repose and Board of Regents issue


AIA Iowa Membership

Your Membership

There are many reasons to join the AIA, both at a national and local level. We at AIA Iowa work hard for our members. We create and host many opportunities for continuing education-allowing you to get the credits you need to stay up to date. We promote your best work through our award programs and award-winning magazine. We also provide free marketing and networking opportunities, and much more! If you have questions about why you should become an AIA Iowa member, please take a look at our website-, or give us a call at (515) 244-7502

New Graduate Associate Membership

Did you know that new college grads get free Associate AIA Membership for up to 18 months? As a recent graduate, there are no dues at the national or Iowa Chapter Level. Learn more!

The AIA has your needs in mind—with benefits designed to help new grads like you: 

• Events, activities, support, and networking opportunities through your local AIA component. Develop leadership skills and create visibility for the profession in your own community 
• Intern Development Program (IDP) support, including help finding IDP coordinators and mentors
• The Emerging Professional's Companion, an online resource to gain IDP credit
• AIA Transcript to track AIA continuing education provider courses. Each AIA learning unit is equal to on IDP Supplemental Experience hour
• Architect Registration Examination (ARE) study resources and instruction to support you on the path to licensure
• AIA Career Center assistance to find internship and professional opportunities, including resume & job search preparation
• Free registration for AIA National Convention- 2015 Convention: May 14-16, Atlanta
• Great discounts to help you get started  

Renew Today 

It’s time to renew your AIA Iowa membership for 2015. You should have received an invoice both to your mailing address and your email recently. If you have not, or if you have any questions, please contact Pam at You can also visit!

AIA Iowa Advocacy- What it Means for You.

At AIA Iowa, we strive to represent the interests of our membership to the best of our ability. Part of representing your interests is done in the state capitol. AIA Iowa is fortunate to have a very dedicated Government Affairs Committee Chair in Bill Dikis, FAIA, as well as a great relationship with our lobbyist, Paula Dierenfeld of Nymaster, Goode, West, Hansel, & O'Brien P.C. This year we were able to pass the Good Samaritan Bill which protects architects and engineers as a part of a disaster assistance team from facing extraneous law suits during declared disaster situations. As we look forward to 2015, we will be focusing on a reform of the statute of limitations and issues surrounding the Board of Regents. If you have questions or if you would like to get involved in shaping the legislation that impacts your profession, please contact us. For more information on AIA Iowa's Design Professionals Day on the Hill coming up early in 2015, please continue to read below.


Save the Date for Design Professionals Day on the Hill

Once again, AIA Iowa will host Design Professionals Day on the Hill at Iowa's State Capitol.

The event will be February 9th, 2015. Please make plans to attend during the afternoon from 12:30-3:00 pm. Like in previous years, we will offer opportunities for AIA Iowa Firm Members to showcase their work and we will meet with legislators to discuss the issues that are impacting the profession. Please invite coworkers and allies of the architecture profession. We will see you on the Hill!

2015 Canstruction

Central Iowa Canstruction- March 28-April 4, 2015
The Central Iowa Canstruction® is a design/build competition to create structures entirely of canned foods, showcasing the ingenuity of Iowa's design community to benefit The Food Bank of Iowa. The 2015 build will take place on Saturday, March 28th at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines.

The theme this year is “A Night at the Movies
Be sure to keep an eye out for team registration details on the Central Iowa Canstruction® Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @cIAcanstruction as more information becomes available for the 2015 build.


2015 AIA Iowa Calendar of Events

2015 is just around the corner and AIA Iowa is excited to announce the lineup of 2015 events. Check out the complete details on, a sampling of the fun is below! 
January 1, 2015 New Year's Day (Office Closed)
January 8, 2015 Section Meeting
January 12, 2015 1st Day of Legislative Session
January 12, 2015EP Meeting
January 13, 2015PR Meeting
January 14, 2015 Dine and Discover
January 22, 2015 Allied Member Business Meeting and Firm Visits (Des Moines)

Member News

Welcome New Members 


New Student Affiliate Members
Christopher Behnke, ISU 
Nicole Brissett, ISU
Graham Hanson, ISU
Amanda Hoefling, ISU
Ronald Reyes, ISU
Brittany Schenk, ISU
Thomas Thatcher, ISU
Adam Winkelmann, ISU

New Graduate Members
Tyler Chalstrom, Assoc. AIA, InVision Architecture
Sean Davies, Assoc. AIA, Architects Smith Metzger
Elizabeth Goll, Assoc. AIA, OPN Architects
Samantha Henke, Assoc. AIA, InVision Architecture
Michael Madsen, Assoc. AIA, PlaN Architecture
Sara Murray, Assoc. AIA , Neumann Monson Architects
Barrett Peterson, Assoc. AIA, BNIM Architects
Ryan Smart, Assoc. AIA, AWS
Alex Streyffeler, Assoc. AIA, OPN Architects 

New Associate Members
Jared Beenken, Assoc. AIA, How to Building Center
Randall Hamilton, Assoc. AIA, Des Moines
Re-Instated Members
Neil Sutton, AIA , Cannon Moss Brygger Architects

Transfer In
Michael Nolan, AIA, Oak Tree Homes 
Re-Instated Professional Affiliate Member
Scott Bowman, Integrated Design + Energy Advisors

New Honorary AIA Iowa Members
Jessica Reinert, Hon. AIA Iowa, CAE, IOM, AIA Iowa
Julie Severson, Hon. AIA Iowa, Substance

Allied Member Updates
Brian A’Hearn, Michaels Energy, New Allied Gold
Mike Espeset, Story Construction, New Allied Bronze
Larry Gardner, Farris Engineering (Replacing Allied Bronze Mike Salmon)
Fred Maharry, CB Solar, (Formerly with Wind + Solar Specialists)
Justin Sullivan, Iowa Roofing Contractors Assoc., New Allied Bronze

2014 AIA Iowa Chapter Meeting

The annual AIA Iowa business meeting occurred on Friday, September, 26th at the 2014 AIA Iowa Convention. View the approved meeting minutes on the AIA Iowa website.

2015 AIA Iowa Board of Directors

The 2015 State of Officers and Directors was approved at the chapter's annual business meeting during the AIA Iowa Convention on September 26. AIA Iowa extends its deepest gratitude to member of the 2014 Board for their hard work during a busy year. View the 2015 Board of Directors list here.

Professional Development

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who participated in our seminars and learning opportunities in 2014. Throughout the year, AIA Iowa was able to offer 8 AIA Iowa Seminars, 20 seminars in partnerships with Main Street Iowa, Weidt Group, Wright on the Park, Dardis Leadership, AIA National and other affiliates. Twenty-nine and a half hours of continuing education credits were offered through standalone PD events, 28 total credits (9 per attendee) at AIA Iowa Convention and 10.5 total credits (4.5 per attendee) at the AIA Iowa Spring Meeting. A total of 188.5 combined hours of learning units were offered throughout the year. 

Looking forward to 2015, Professional Development seminars are being planned for the New Year! 

AIA Iowa welcomes your program ideas and speaker recommendations for professional development seminars. If you have a program already developed for delivery and would like to submit a proposal, please include the following information in our Course Submittal Application Form: descriptive title, program description, learning objectives, speaker(s) list (including their contact information), and time-length. Your proposal will be reviewed by either the Professional Development Committee and/or the Convention Workshop Committee. Please send your suggestions and/or proposals to Amy Spike, Communications & Programming Coordinator for AIA Iowa.


Allied News

Allied Membership

We've just added new Allied Member benefits for 2015, so there's never been a better time to join AIA Iowa or to renew or upgrade your membership. You now have the chance to attend eight firm visits around the state, be featured in several areas of our website- including the homepage for gold and silver level sponsors- and take advantage of many opportunities to promote your products and services to our members. If you want to see whats new for 2015, check out our updated Allied Member Brochure. If you have any questions, please contact us!


Don't Miss Out- Host a Dine and Discover in 2015

There are only 5 spots remaining for 2015 Dine and Discover Presentations! Don’t miss your chance to present your product or services to your target audience.

What is a Dine & Discover event? Practitioners from firms in Iowa are invited to come to the AIA Iowa office (or a different location if the presentation is being hosted in another part of Iowa)  one or two times a month to participate in a one-hour lunch and learn provided by an Allied Member. 

How do they work? The presenting Allied Member provides a marketing paragraph for AIA Iowa to include in an announcement that is sent out approximately two weeks prior to the program. RSVPs are collected by AIA Iowa and are due at noon the day prior to the lunch. AIA Iowa then notifies the Allied Member of the number of people signed up. The Allied Member is responsible for ordering lunches and drinks for the meeting and providing a location for the lunch if it is not held at the AIA Iowa Office.

How do I sign-up? Below are the remaining available dates for the Dine & Discover Program in 2015. Dates are on a first come-first serve basis.  If you would like to reserve a date for your company to present at a Dine & Discover event, please contact Jennifer at

Available dates, all on Wednesday's from 12:00-1:00 p.m.:
January 14, 2015
June 10, 2015
August 12, 2015
September 9, 2015
December 9, 2015


Iowa Architectural Foundation

Des Moines Festival of Trees Participation

The Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF) is pleased to announce its participation again in this year’s Festival of Trees and Lights in Des Moines. Former IAF Executive Director, Kristin McHugh-Johnston, returned to Des Moines to design and decorate IAF’s tree with help from volunteers of the Iowa Architectural Foundation. All materials were generously donated by Kristin, with the exception of the laser-etched ornaments, courtesy again of ASI Signage. The tree was valued at nearly $4,000 and was the third tree to be underwritten at this year’s gala. All proceeds benefited Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines.

The IAF tree, “Iowa Architectural Details,” was decorated in bronze, gold, and green tones and featured custom-made ornaments of significant Architectural details throughout Iowa, including the whimsical windows of Blank Children’s Hospital, the window of the American Gothic House, a column base of the Dubuque Public Library, one grotesque of the Equitable Building of Des Moines, the intricate frame of one of the stained glass windows of the “Jewel Box” bank in Grinnell, a planter outside the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Park Inn of Mason City, the curved windows of the Warren Opera House in Greenfield, and an exterior frieze of the Woodbury County Courthouse.

Each ornament is based on a photo that was carefully scanned and subsequently drafted by volunteer architects of the Iowa Architectural Foundation. The ornaments were then laser-etched by ASI Signage of Grinnell on clear material for maximum impact when the tree lights are on. 

The holiday season is special for children of all ages and the Iowa Architectural Foundation was proud to share its vision of “Iowa Architectural Elements” to support Blank Children’s Hospital. Architectural elements, while individual, combine to create the beauty of an entire structure.  Like architectural elements, IAF recognized that Blank Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Services and Child Advocacy Outreach are key pieces necessary to treat children with life threatening illnesses. We hoped our tree brought joy and happiness to all who viewed it.

Call for Entries- IAF Logo Design

As part of the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s branding enhancement project, the Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF) Board of Trustees is seeking to refresh and update its current logo graphic (see right) in order to improve IAF’s name recognition and to better represent the great programs that the Foundation supports and provides. The current logo was developed by one of AIA Iowa’s own and has served IAF well for many years. IAF would like to reach out again to our colleagues in the architectural, interior design and graphic design communities for the next big idea. For additional information about the Foundation, please visit our website at or contact our Executive Director at 515-244-1888. All entries are welcome. Although ultimately a high resolution graphic will be needed, in order to not limit the number or individuals who wish to submit, entries should be submitted in a simple color .pdf or .jpeg format. 

Entries should be submitted electronically to Carolyn Larson at no later than January 17th at 5:00 p.m. For more information, please view the Call for Entries.


Career Center

Are You Taking Advantage of AIA Iowa's Career Center? 

In the Career Center candidates and recruiters are able to search for jobs, post openings and resumes, manage profiles and search for the perfect fit between a firm and a candidate.

Current job openings: 
-Intern Interior Designer, Carlson Design Team PC
-Project Architect, Roseland, Mackey, Harris Architects, PC
-Project Manager/Project Architect, Bergland + Cram
-Intern Architect/Architect, Slingshot Architecture 
-Intern Architect- Spencer, Cannon Moss Brygger Architects 
-Intern/Entry Level Architect & CAD Technician, SVPA Architects Inc. 
-Project Architect, FEH Associates Inc.
-Design Architect, FEH Associates Inc.
-Architect, Design Alliance Inc. 

-Architect/Drafting, Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C.

Be sure to create a profile and maintain your resume keeping it up to date. Visit our website to update or create a profile.  


In addition, be sure to take advantage of the AIA National Career Center at



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