Celebrate your profession! Architecture month with be observed once again statewide this April. Area activities related to architecture during the month include:
Allied Member Firm Visits- April 1
Allied Member Business Meeting- April 1
AIA Iowa Spring Social- April 1
ISU Lecture Series- April 1
Governor Branstad to Sign Architecture Month Proclamation- April 2
Seminar and Section Luncheon- April 2
IAF “Talk & Tour” Series- April 6
Dine and Discover- April 8
CIAS Ping Pong Tournament- April 9
IAF “Talk & Tour” Series- April 13
BSAFE Training- April 14
Spring Conference and Business Meeting- April 15
IAF “Talk & Tour” Series- April 20
ISU Lecture Series- April 22
Look for more event details to be released on the AIA Iowa Calendar of Events. Also be on the lookout for the AIA Iowa insert in your newspaper on April 8th!
2015 Legislative Session
Thank you for your interest in AIA Iowa’s advocacy efforts. This year we launched the new Advocacy News newsletter which is delivered to our members’ inboxes weekly. We have had several bills of interest make it past the first funnel including bills regarding the Statute of Repose and the Board of Regents project delivery. For more information, keep an eye on your inbox.
In addition- thank you to nearly 50 AIA Iowa members for attending our 8th annual Design Professionals Day on the Hill event on February 9, 2015. In addition to our membership we were joined by the Great Plains Chapter of the International Interior Design Association, the Iowa Chapter of the Structural Engineering Association, the Construction Specification Institute of Iowa, and the United States Green Building Council Iowa Chapter. AIA Iowa Firm Members that exhibited included: RDG Planning and Design, BNIM, FEH Associates, The Design Partnership, OPN Architects, Shive Hattery, CMBA, and DLR Group.
As in years past, Bill Dikis, FAIA, Government Affairs Committee Chair, and Paula Dierenfeld, our lobbyist gave an informative briefing to the membership in attendance. To view the issues covered, open the 2015 AIA Iowa Advocacy Platform. In addition, Governor Branstad as well as Lt. Governor Reynolds, Senator Danielson, and Representative Baltimore addressed the group.
AIA Iowa leaders attended the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. March 4-6. Despite the snow storm that shut most of D.C. down, the group was able to meet with 4 out of the 6 legislative offices.
Issues discussed included:
1. Promoting the Preservation of Historic Buildings and Spaces
2. Helping Communities Prepare to Withstand Natural Disasters
3. Investing in the Next Generation of Leaders.
Attendees included Mindy Aust, AIA, AIA Iowa Board President Elect; Bill Dikis, FAIA, AIA Iowa Government Affairs Committee Chair and Citizen Architect Award Recipient; Katie Harms, AIA, Central States Region Young Architects Regional Director; Jamie Malloy, AIA, Central Iowa Architects Section President; Nate Otis, AIA, South East Iowa Architects Section President Elect; Joseph Tursi, AIA, AIA Iowa Board President; Kevin Wagner, Assoc. AIA, AIA Iowa Board Associate Director; and Jessica Reinert, Hon. AIA Iowa, Executive Director. You can see pictures of the group’s experience here. You can also watch the video that announced Bill Dikis’ Citizen Architect Award.
For more information on the AIA's federal agenda, visit AIA.org.
The public's view of architects and AIA Iowa is shaped primarily by how the individual AIA members interact with their clients and their communities. The Citizen Architect Program, launched in 2008 by the AIA Iowa Public Relations Committee, recognizes members who represent AIA's values to their communities through public service. This honor is bestowed upon all members who meet qualification criteria and is intended to encourage all AIA Iowa members to actively engage in their communities and share in the AIA mission. New this year, members can apply for the Advocacy track of the Citizen Architect Program. This track focuses on recognizing members who are engaged in their local legislative affairs and advocacy on behalf of the profession.
Each member enrolled in the program for 2015 will be recognized at the AIA Iowa Annual Convention in September, on the AIA Iowa website, and with a press release sent to their local newspaper. We encourage all AIA Iowa Architects and Associates who are involved in advocacy to participate. Click here to complete your application.
Visit AIAIowa.org to view the 2014 participants of the Citizen Architect Program.
You can now view our award winning magazine online for free! The latest issue of Iowa Architect featuring the AIA Iowa Design Award winners and the Central States Design Award winners can be found here. If you’d like to advertise in the upcoming issues, please see our 2015 Media Kit.
Emerging Professionals Scholarship
Free Registration for AIA National Convention and AIA CSR Convention in Des Moines!
Emerging Professionals! Here is your opportunity to earn free registration for the AIA National Convention in Atlanta this May and the AIA Iowa/CSR Convention in Des Moines this October. The Central States Region is offering two scholarships to AIA CSR members to cover the costs of expenses, travel, and registration to these prominent upcoming events. Each scholarship will value $2,500. One scholarship will be awarded to an associate CSR member and the other will be awarded to a Young Architect CSR member. Apply for this scholarship here by 5 p.m. on March 27, 2015. Questions about the scholarship? Email Ross Miller, Assoc. AIA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also view all of our Design Award winners and featured projects on IowaArchitecture.org. This is a fantastic resource to share with family, friends, and potential clients.
Following a nine-month stretch of positive billings, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed no increase in design activity in January. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 49.9, down from a mark of 52.6 in December. This score reflects a very modest decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.7, up from the reading of 51.3 the previous month.
“The average of index for the ABI has softened but the Midwest regional average has remained steady this month with a repeat of a score of 50.8,” said AIA Iowa Executive Director, Jessica Reinert, Hon. AIA Iowa, CAE, IOM. “With weather playing a big role in the construction activity around this time of year, the demand for design services can be in a flux.”
View the full press release here.
Join your colleagues for a fun night at the AIA Iowa Spring Social at the Sioux City Hard Rock Café on April 1st. This networking event is free and open to AIA Iowa members and sponsoring Allied Members. If you’d like more information, please visit AIAIowa.org
Free Lunch April 2nd in Sioux City
Join us for a Section Luncheon! AIA Iowa Past President Nathan Kalaher, AIA and board member Toi Sullivan, AIA will be visiting with members of North West Iowa to discuss the section repositioning and AIA Member Services Tool Kit. Lunch will be available at this free event. All are welcome! Come and learn how AIA Iowa is improving its methods of bringing more services to your area of the state. Register here to let us know you are coming.
Register before March 25th to save $35! Join us for Exposed: Design Process on April 15th in Ames. This year’s conference focuses on how you do what you do and exposing the processes and methods behind the making of great architecture. We have great keynotes from world-renowned firms including Min | Day Architecture, Ehrlich Architects, and Snohetta. For more information and to register, visit AIAIowa.org.
Please join your colleagues at the Annual Chapter Business Meeting during the AIA Iowa Spring Conference April 15th. The meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. after lunch on at the Scheman Building in Ames. Updates from all levels of the AIA will be shared, as well as reports from the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University and the Iowa Architectural Foundation. Please visit this link, AIA Iowa Annual Chapter Business Meeting, to view the full meeting packet including agenda and written reports
BSAFE- Be a First Responder
This training on April 14th will equip licensed architects and engineers as first responders to natural disasters as declared by the Governor of Iowa. In the event of a disaster, The BSAFE team will assist in the assessment of affected structures in order to expedite the process that will return the building back to daily operations. All licensed and unlicensed architects and engineers can participate, however unlicensed persons will not be called to action unless Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Department (IHSEMD) is involved. Learn more and sign up at AIAIowa.org.
AIA National Convention- Design with a Purpose
The AIA National Convention and Design Exposition 2015 will take place May 14-16 at the Georgia World Congress Center Expo in Atlanta Georgia. The convention boasts a packed agenda with top speakers including former President Bill Clinton, and Welby Altidor and Jessica Dixon- two of the world’s most creative communicators. The early bird rate ends TODAY. Discounts are available for young professionals, new AIA members, and AIAS members to attend, visit AIA.org to register.
Mike Mistele with Ameristar Fence will conduct a Dine & Discover presentation at noon on April 8th
at AIA Iowa a webinar option will be available. More details to follow. Register online at AIAIowa.org
Dale Mullikin with ACH Foam Technologies will conduct a Dine & Discover presentation at noon on May 13th
. More details to follow. Register online at AIAIowa.org
Al Ostrander with The Stone Shop will host a Dine & Discover presentation at noon on June 10th
. For more details and to register, visit AIAIowa.org
New Student Affiliate
James Lieven, ISU
Justin Pagorek, ISU
Nick Raap, ISU
Heidi Reburn, ISU
Kira Strong, ISU
Jenna Wiegand, ISU
Wenjie Zheng, ISU
New Graduate Member
Joshua Arguello, Assoc. AIA, Heery International
Aaron Fulton, Assoc. AIA, Heery International
Harlow Sanders, III, Assoc. AIA, Substance Architecture
Eric Stalheim, Assoc. AIA, Angelo Architectural Assoc.
Dillon Weitl, Assoc. AIA, Accord Architecture
New Associate Member
Rachel Bryant, Assoc. AIA, Design Alliance, Inc.
Kevin Hoffmann, Assoc. AIA, Walker Coen Lorentzen Architects
Meri Lawler, Assoc. AIA, Imprint Architects
Brandon Persson, Assoc, AIA
Jane Van Woert, Assoc. AIA, Heery International
New Architect Member
Christopher Collins, AIA, Neumann Monson Architects
Eric Einhorn, AIA, RDG Planning and Design
Benjamin Hovland, AIA, OPN Architects
Re-Instated Architect Member
Jeffrey Bodin, AIA, Story Design
Benjamin Foote, AIA, Faithe-Built Architecture
Jennifer Goode, AIA, Hy-Vee, Inc.
Gary Hintermeister, AIA, Shive-Hattery Architecture
Timothy Roach, AIA, Shive-Hattery Architecture
Sarah Segelhorst, AIA, BLDD Architects, Inc.
Philip Simpson, AIA, University of Northern Iowa
Cody Utterback, Assoc. AIA, Selser Schaefer Architects
Steve Wagnon, AIA, Heery International
Allied Member Updates
Mark Aust, CI3/ADG, Replacing Steve Watrous, Allied Gold Alternate
Rob Beaman, JTH Lighting Iowa, New Allied Silver
Jerry Best, Iowa EPS Products, Inc.replacing Mike Cataldo, Allied Gold Alternate
Steve Boers, Renda Electric, New Allied Bronze member
Jonathan Daniels, Miron Construction, Replacing Jason Imhof, Allied Bronze
Megan Hansen, Kate-Lo Tile & Stone, Replacing Pete Mickey, Allied Silver Alternate
Barry Jennings, Advanced Architectural Products, New Allied Gold
Mike Kearney, Manko Window Systems, Inc., New Allied Bronze
Joe Marrah,Building Products Inc. of Iowa, replacing Robbe Brown, Allied Bronze
Loi McLoughlin, Icynene, New Allied Bronze alternate
Pete Mickey, Kate-Lo Tile & Stone, Replacing Mike Miller, Allied Silver
Bill Pitts, Beeline + Blue, Replacing Trent Ainsworth, Allied Gold Alternate
Kari Smith, Principal Financial Group, New Allied Gold Alternate
Jonathan Suther, Advanced Architectural Products, New Allied Gold Alternate
Cory Tamm, Icynene, New Allied Bronze
Jim Turner, Shaw Contract Group, New Allied Silver
Vince Ward, JE Dunn Construction, Replacing Troy Hodapp, Allied Silver
If you are one of the remaining 10% of individuals who have not renewed their 2015 AIA dues, your National AIA member benefits will lapse April 1st. Please renew your membership TODAY using one of these 6 options:
If you need a copy of your renewal invoice, we will be happy to provide one to you. Please contact Vicki Hoogeveen if you would like assistance: 515-244-7502 or email@example.com. Thank you for your continued support of AIA. We value your membership.
- Online at www.aia.org/renew by electronic check - login required
- Online at www.aia.org/renew by credit/debit card - login required
- Online at www.aia.org/renew by Payment Plan (Dues Installment Program) - login required
- By mail to: The American Institute of Architects
C/o PO Box 64185
Baltimore, MD 21264-4185
- By Fax to: 202-626-7547
- By Phone to: 800-242-3837 option 2
Upcoming PD Seminars
April 2nd- 1 LU/HSW Historic Preservation Seminar- Sioux City
Iowa has one of the most robust historic preservation programs in the country with the largest number of historic preservation commissions participating in the certified local government program, an effective state historic tax credit program and significant architectural and archaeological resources. Come learn from Steve King, AIA about how you can be part of this and the tools that are available for historic preservation. The workshop will focus changes to the Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program adopted during the 2014 Legislative session. Cost is $25 for AIA Iowa Members, $50 for non-members. Register Here. Stay for a free lunch for the Section Luncheon after the seminar, more details here.
This training on April 14th will equip licensed architects and engineers as first responders to natural disasters as declared by the Governor of Iowa. All attendees will learn 6 AIA CES HSW learning units for attending this seminar. Find more information here.
Spring Conference 2015- April 15
Join us for Exposed: Design Process in Ames. This year’s conference focuses on how you do what you do and exposing the processes and methods behind the making of great architecture. Members who attend the Spring Conference on April 15th at the Scheman Center can earn up to 4.5 AIA CES LUs/HSW. Sign up here.
Firm Visits and Business Meeting
There are still a few spots available for the Allied Member Firm Visits and Business Meeting in Sioux City on April 1st. Sign up today to secure your spot!
Join an AIA Iowa Section
Did you know that as an Allied member, you can join an AIA Iowa section for only $75/year? You can join as many sections as you like. By doing so, you gain more targeted access to our members statewide and you have the opportunity to share your services by hosting Dine and Discovers across the state. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see our section map here.
If you’re still interested in hosting a Dine and Discover, there is one date available: December 9th. If you would like to reserve the date, please contact Jennifer Peters at email@example.com. Sections will also be hosting Dine and Discovers. If you would like to schedule a presentation for a section that you are a member of, please contact your section president. You can find contact information here.
AIA Iowa is requesting nominations for the following awards to be presented at the AIA Iowa Design Awards Banquet at the Central States Region/AIA Iowa Convention.
Medal of Honor
Nominations Due: June 26, 2015
This award recognizes an AIA Iowa member for distinguished service to the profession of architecture, nomination form.
Nominations Due: August 7, 2015
This award recognizes an Iowa educator within or outside the profession for his/her contributions to architectural education in Iowa. Any AIA Iowa member colleague or student may nominate candidates for this award, nomination form.
Nominations Due: August 7, 2015
This award recognizes a person of esteemed character who is not eligible for membership in the Institute of this Chapter but who has rendered distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and science allied therewith within the territory of this Chapter. This person may be admitted to membership in it as an Honorary Member, nomination form.
View past award winners by visiting AIAIowa.org.
In the Career Center candidates and recruiters are able to search for jobs, post openings and resumes, and search for the perfect fit between a firm and a candidate.
Current Job Openings:
-Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C.- Architect/Drafting
-Design Alliance Inc.- Architect
-FEH Associates Inc.- Design Architect
-FEH Associates Inc.- Project Architect
-Cannon Moss Brygger Architects- Intern Architect
-Roseland, Mackey, Harris Architects PC- Project Architect
-Carlson Design team PC- Intern Interior Designer
-StruXture Architects- Architect/Intern Architect
-StruXture Architects- Intern Architect
-Des Moines Park and Recreation- Park Planner
Be sure to create a profile and maintain your resume by keeping it up to date. Visit AIAIowa.org
and log-on to the Chapter Career Center
to get started.
Firm members- did you know you can also post your job openings on the national AIA Career Center? Click the picture below for more information
Iowa Architectural Foundation
The public is invited to attend the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s seventh annual April Architecture Month Talk & Tour Lecture series in Des Moines. This year’s topic is “ReUse”. The series highlights tours of buildings that have revitalized downtown Des Moines buildings. To find out more details on these FREE presentations, including the date and time visit iowaarchfoundation.org.
The Iowa Architectural Foundation has elected the following people to serve on the 2015 Iowa Architectural Foundation Board of Trustees:
Tim Bungert, an architect with Brooks Borg Skiles in Des Moines, as a trustee.
Gina Verdoorn, a lawyer with Sporer & Flanagan in Des Moines, as a trustee.
The following trustees were elected as Executive Committee of the 2015 Iowa Architectural Foundation Board of Trustees:
Eric Beron, an architect with DLR Group in Des Moines, as past chair.
Julia Gauthier, a program manager at The Weidt Group in Des Moines, as secretary.
Stacey Hanley, an associate architect at OPN Architects Inc. in Cedar Rapids, as chair.
Alan Peitz, a Certified Public Accountant at Denman & Company in Des Moines, as treasurer.
Michelle Sacco, an associate architect at RDG Planning & Design in Des Moines, as at-large.
Gary Van Dyke, an architect at Shive-Hattery in West Des Moines, as vice-chair.
The Iowa Architectural Foundation is pleased to announce the upcoming fourth annual Eat.Drink.Architecture fundraising event. This progressive food, drink, and architectural tour of downtown Des Moines will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015. The journey begins at El Bait Shop/High Life Lounge at Noon and continues to Ichi Bike, The Royal Mile, and will finish at Hessen Haus. Each stop will have small plates and appetizers along with beer samples. Along the route, participants can socialize and take part in a guided walking tour of downtown Des Moines. A brand new route for 2015 will take participants further into Des Moines' East Village neighborhood to learn about the history and revitalization of this historic neighborhood.
Eat.Drink.Architecture: An Iowa Architectural Foundation Fundraiser
Saturday, April 18, 2015 – Rain or Shine
Event begins at noon and will last approximately 4 hours.
Route Begins at El Bait Shop / High-Life Lounge (200 Southwest 2nd Street)
Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased here. All proceeds benefit the Iowa Architectural Foundation's educational outreach programming.