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Addenda: December 2015

Main News

Awards Celebration 2015
Convention Success

Year in Review

2016 Legislative Session
Free IA Architect-Online

Firm Displays

AIA Iowa Membership

Membership for Everyone
New Graduate Associate

Renew Today
Get Involved

Day on the Hill 2016

Calendar of Events

Member News
Welcome New Members

Chapter Meeting
Board of Directors

Professional Development
Thank You


Allied News
Allied Membership
Statewide Dine and Discovers


Happy Holidays
Volunteers Needed
Administrator Opening


Career Center
Job Openings


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December 2015 Addenda


AIA Iowa Awards Celebration 2015

The 2015 CSR | AIA Iowa Awards Celebration was held on Thursday, October 15th at Capital Square in downtown Des Moines. This annual event recognizes excellence in architecture and craft and emphasizes the importance of the profession in Iowa's communities. This year, the event also celebrated excellence in design in the Central States Region of Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri. The celebration occurred alongside the CSR | AIA Iowa Fall Convention. Congratulations to the AIA Iowa Design Award Winners: Neumann Monson Architects, PLaN Architecture, BNIM Architects, and substance. Iowa based CSR Award Winners included: ASK Studio, BNIM Architects, INVISION, Neumann Monson Architects, and substance.

The inaugural Young Architect award was given to Jessica Terrill, AIA, of substance (pictured above with AIA Iowa Executive Director Jessica Reinert, Hon. AIA Iowa, CAE, IOM and AIA Iowa President Joseph Tursi, AIA). One Educator Award was also given to Tom Leslie, AIA, of Iowa State University.

Visit this link, AIA Iowa Awards Celebration Presentation, to view all award winners and award winning designs.

2015 CSR | AIA Iowa Convention- A Record Breaking  Year

Special thanks to all the volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees that made the 2015 CSR | AIA Iowa Convention another successful one. Convention registration in 2015 hit a new record with over 1200 attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and sponsors participating. 

Mark your calendars, the AIA Iowa Convention will take place on September 22-23, 2016 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines.


Year in Review: AIA Iowa Accomplishments

2015 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 2015” that highlights all of the things that took place in 2015. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our volunteers who made these undertakings possible. We are looking forward for another successful year in 2016!

Take Action Today: 2016 Legislative Session

The 2016 Legislative session will start on January 11th, 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 29th, 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, terminology surrounding the licensure of architects, and Board of Regents issue.


Subscribe to Iowa Architect- Online for FREE

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Firm Displays- A New AIA Iowa Firm Member Benefit

Have you noticed the changing windows at AIA Iowa? We are proud to host our firm member's displays as they show off their work to the public. If you haven't gotten a chance to sign up yet, contact Jennifer Peters at There is only one month left for 2016 and 2017 is also filling up fast! Displays below by INVISION, OPN Architects, and substance.


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AIA Iowa Membership

AIA Iowa Membership is for Everyone

We have a membership for everyone! 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 or what membership is right for you, 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 the 2016 AIA National Convention
• Great discounts to help you get started  

Renew Today 

It’s time to renew your AIA Iowa membership for 2016. 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 Vicki 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. 

One of the most valuable benefits of being an AIA Iowa Member is the Chapter’s representation of the profession at the State level. As we look forward to 2016, we will be focusing on a reform of the statute of limitations, terminology around the licensure vs. registration of architects, 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 2016, please continue to read below. Also, keep an eye on your inbox for the 2016 Advocacy News.

Get Involved

Start your New Year off right by getting involved with AIA Iowa. All AIA Iowa members are eligible to volunteer and serve the Chapter through multiple committees and short-term projects. The benefits of getting involved including development of leadership skills, getting to know others in the profession, IDP hours, do we need to go on? Visit for our list of Committees and our specific areas of need on our Get Involved page. Contact any AIA Iowa staff member today by calling 515.244.7502 or emailing, let us know what your professional goals are and we will find a spot for you

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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 29th, 2016. 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! You can register today by clicking here- don't worry, we'll remind you when it gets closer!

2016 Canstruction

Central Iowa Canstruction- Spring 2016
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 2016 build will take place in early April at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines (the final date is still TBD).
The theme this year is “Back to the Past” – build something icanic from your favorite decade. Last year’s competition donated over 32,000 lbs of food to the Food Bank of Iowa. Let’s do something great again this year!

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 2016 build.

2016 AIA Iowa Calendar of Events

2016 is just around the corner and AIA Iowa is excited to announce the lineup of 2016 events. Check out the complete details on, a sampling of the fun is below! 
January 1 New Year's Day (Office Closed)
January 11 1st Day of Legislative Session
January 11 EP Meeting
January 12 PR Meeting
January 13 Dine and Discover
January 21
Allied Member Firm Visits (Des Moines)
 January 21 Section Meeting 
January 26 Excom Meeting

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Member News

Welcome New Members 


New Student Affiliate
Paolo Orlando, Iowa State University

New Graduate Member

Noah Diemer, Assoc. AIA, Shive-Hattery Architecture-Engineering
Naghmeh Pak, Assoc. AIA, Cannon Moss Brygger Architects
Hannah Schurrer, Assoc. AIA, DLR Group
Andreya Veintimilla, Assoc. AIA, OPN Architects

New Associate Member

Blaine Perau, Assoc. AIA, RDG Planning and Design
Tamika Watts, Assoc. AIA, Simonson & Associates Architects
Kurtis Wolgast, Assoc. AIA, ASK Studio

Re-Instated Member
Eric Wirth, Assoc. AIA, Solum Lang Architects

Transfer In
Paul Desmond, Assoc. AIA, OPN Architects
Samuel DeWall, Assoc. AIA, OPN Architects
Kathryn Thuesen, AIA, DLR Group

Upgrade to Registered Architect
Leila Ammar, AIA, Haila Architecture Structure Planning
Jennifer Ross Buck, AIA, BNIM Architects
Gabriel Comstock, AIA, Heery International, Inc.
Jonathan Kaufman, AIA, Avant Architects

Upgrade to Emeritus
David Johanson, AIA, Urbandale

New Allied Members

Mannington Commercial (Commercial Consultants), Bronze, Todd Mithelman

Allied Member Updates
Advanced Architectural Products, joined Central, NE, NW, and SE sections
JTH Lighting Iowa, joined Central section
Nawkaw Midwest, Inc., Silver to Bronze
Rapid Results, Inc., Bronze to Silver
Saxton, Jenna Thompson replaces Kim Augspurger as primary
Skold Companies, Bronze to Gold
United Brick, A Division of Sioux City Brick, add Mike Warner as Alternate

2015 AIA Iowa Chapter Meeting

The annual AIA Iowa business meeting occurred on Friday, October 16th at the 2015 CSR | AIA Iowa Convention. View the approved meeting minutes on the AIA Iowa website.

2016 AIA Iowa Board of Directors

The 2016 State of Officers and Directors was approved at the chapter's annual business meeting during the CSR | AIA Iowa Convention on October 16th. AIA Iowa extends its deepest gratitude to member of the 2015 Board for their hard work during a busy year. View the 2016 Board of Directors list here.

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Professional Development

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who participated in our seminars and learning opportunities in 2015. Throughout the year, AIA Iowa was able to offer 9 AIA Iowa Seminars and two conferences/conventions. We also provided additional learning opportunities through partnerships with Preserve Iowa, Main Street Iowa and other AIA Chapters. Over 27 continuing education credits were offered through AIA Iowa standalone PD events, 28 total credits (9 per attendee) were offered at AIA Iowa Convention and 10.5 total credits (4.5 per attendee) were offered at the AIA Iowa Spring Conference. In total, AIA Iowa offered 102 combined hours of learning units held throughout the year.

Looking forward to 2016, we would like your feedback! Complete our 2016 Professional Development Survey for a chance to win free 2016 AIA Iowa Convention Registration. All surveys must be completed by December 31st to be entered to win!

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.

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Allied News

Allied Membership

We've just added new Allied Member benefits for 2016, 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, submit career center job openings and review resumes, 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 what’s new for 2016, check out our updated Allied Member Brochure. If you have any questions, please contact us!


Host Dine and Discovers Statewide in 2016

AIA Iowa would like to invite you to host a Dine and Discover during 2016. We have reformatted and expanded the program for 2016, giving you a chance to engage any or all of our five AIA Iowa sections throughout the year.

Please sign up for no more than one Dine and Discover per section.

Also, please note that Central Iowa Dine and Discovers are held at the AIA Iowa office (unless otherwise approved- please contact us with questions) on the dates specified in each box. For all other sections, dates and times will be arranged by the Allied member and the section.

As host, you are responsible for providing food and drinks to all participants. Central Iowa Dine and Discovers will be coordinated through the AIA Iowa office, all other Dine & Discovers will be coordinated by Section leadership. Please contact Jennifer Peters at with questions.


Find the Sign Up Sheet Here. Please do not alter the choices of any other Allied Member. 

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Iowa Architectural Foundation

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF)! Please remember to give a donation to the IAF with your end-of-year charitable giving. All donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made online here.

Volunteers Needed

The IAF is currently seeking designers for a Community Design Program charrette in Carlisle, Iowa. This charrette will take place January 28-30th, 2015. Volunteers are needed in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design and community planning. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please contact Carolyn at for more information. Carlisle is seeking design improvements to their downtown business district. They would like recommendations for an improved and unique downtown streetscaping and façade look. Carlisle has recently made enhancements to their recreation and boast the motto: “The Natural Choice.” They would like this to be incorporated into the design concepts as well. 

Administrator Position Open

Looking for a new start in 2015? The Iowa Architectural Foundation is hiring an administrator. The administrator of the IAF serves as the sole employee of the foundation. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the administrator manages the organization's finances, day-to-day administration, coordinates programming, and fundraising. Carolyn will be stepping down from her role as Executive Director in March due to the birth of her second child. For more information, please click here. The deadline to apply is January 1, 2016

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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:
Architectural Interns- OPN Architects
Project Manager or Project Architect- OPN Architects
Interior Designer- OPN Architects
Intern Architect/Architectural Designer- Aerotek                                                             
Architect- Waggoner & Wineinger Architects
Intern Architect/ Project Architect- Selser Schaefer Architects
Project Architect- Slingshot Architecture
Intern Architect- Slingshot Architecture

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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