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Addenda: March 2016

Main News
Architecture Month 2016
People's Choice Award
2016 Legislative Session

Grassroots 2016 
Citizen Architect Program

IA Architect Online
ABI Update

Spring Social

Spring Conference 2016
Chapter Meeting
National Convention

Member News
Welcome New Members
Membership Lapses

Professional Development
Upcoming PD Seminars

Allied News
Join a Section
Dine & Discovers Now Statewide

AIA Iowa Award Nominations
Members Receive National Awards

Career Center
Current Job Openings

New Executive Director
2016 Trustees
Architecture Month Series
Volunteers Needed
Public Education Classes

March Addenda Sponsors:

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Main News

Architecture Month 2016

Celebrate your profession! Architecture month with be observed once again statewide this April. Area activities related to architecture during the month include:

Governor Branstad to Sign Architecture Month Proclamation- March 24
Allied Member Firm Visits- March 31st
Allied Member Business Meeting- March 31st
AIA Iowa Spring Social- March 31st
SWIAS Dine and Discover- April 1
ISU “What is the Urban?” Symposium- April 4-5
ISU Lecture: Charles Rice- April 6
IAF Architecture Month Lecture Series: Star-chitects- April 7
Central Iowa Canstruction- April 9
BSAFE Training- April 20
ISU Lecture: Gary Bates- April 20
CIAS Ping Pong Tournament- April 20
Spring Conference and Business Meeting- April 21
IAF Architecture Month Lecture Series: Star-chitects- April 21

Look for more event details to be released on the
AIA Iowa Calendar of Events.

AIA Iowa People's Choice Award

To celebrate Iowa Architecture in April AIA Iowa's Public Relations Committee is excited to announce the brand new People's Choice Award! The AIA Iowa People’s Choice Award empowers the public to serve as the jury and helps bring awareness to the built environment and great design.

AIA Iowa Firm members are invited to submit their project(s) to be considered for the People’s Choice Award.

The project must have been built in the last five years and be located in Iowa. All project types are eligible.

The public will have the opportunity to vote once per day for their favorite project on in April to celebrate Architecture Month. The deadline for firms to submit participating projects is March 28th.

Visit to submit your projects today, the process is the same as design award submissions but no CIN is needed and the entry process is FREE!

Questions? email Amy Spike at


2016 Legislative Session

Thank you for your interest in AIA Iowa’s advocacy efforts. We had great response to our Advocacy News- a weekly update for AIA Iowa Members in 2015, so we are continuing to provide this service in 2016. Be sure to check your inbox each Monday for the most up to date information from the Capitol.

In addition, thank you to everyone who joined us for our 10th annual AIA Iowa Design Professionals Day on the Hill on Monday, February 29, 2016. The day began with presentations by our Government Affairs Committee Chair, Bill Dikis, FAIA and AIA Iowa’s lobbyist Paula Dierenfeld. Governor Branstad joined us to discuss his support of lowering the Statute of Repose from 15 years to 10 years and to share his priorities for the 2016 session. Following the Governor, Senator Jeff Danielson and Representative Chip Baltimore expressed their support for AIA’s positions on the Statute of Repose and the issues involving the Board of Regents project delivery. Over 60 AIA members and members of related organizations were able to speak with their legislators and several firms and organizations displayed their work in a public forum. See more pictures of the day here.

Grassroots 2016

AIA Iowa leaders attended the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference in Detroit February 23-25. The 2016 conference included several workshops and keynote speakers focused on leadership as well as opportunities for networking. Attendees included Mindy Aust, AIA, AIA Iowa Board President; Matt Ostanik, AIA, AIA Iowa Board President Elect; Kayla Ohrt, Assoc. AIA, AIA Iowa Board Associate Director; Doug Foreshoe, AIA, AIA North East Iowa Section President; Katie Harms, AIA, Central States region Young Architects Regional Director; and Jessica Reinert, Hon. AIA Iowa, AIA Iowa Executive Director. 


Citizen Architect Program 2016 Advocacy Track

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. Again 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.

Thank you to all who applied for the Community Track! Participants will be announced at the beginning of April.

Each member enrolled in the program for 2016 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- Due May 16th


Visit to view the 2015 participants of the Citizen Architect Program.

Read Iowa Architect Online

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

You can also view all of our Design Award winners and featured projects on This is a fantastic resource to share with family, friends, and potential clients.

ABI Update

Following a generally positive performance in 2015, the Architecture Billings Index has begun this year modestly dipping back into negative terrain. 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 49.6, down slightly from the mark of 50.9 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 55.3, down from a reading of 60.2 the previous month.

“The fundamentals the nonresidential design and construction market are predicted to stay steady,” said AIA Iowa Executive Director, Jessica Reinert, Hon. AIA Iowa, CAE, IOM. “January was a rocky month throughout the economy, with falling oil prices, international economic concerns, and with steep declines in stock market valuations in the U.S. and elsewhere. Some of the fallout of this uncertainty may have affected progress on design projects.”

View the full press release here.

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Spring Social

Join us at the MacNider Art Museum in Mason City to kick off the celebrations of Iowa Architecture Month in April. We will be hosting a free social event with heavy apps and drinks while enjoying the ambiance of the museum.

To keep things exciting we will have a scavenger hunt for attendees to participate in! Winner(s) will take home a cash prize of $100! Come enjoy the company of those in your profession.

The details:
AIA Iowa Spring Social
Thursday, March 31
MacNider Art Museum
303 2nd St SE Mason City, IA 50401
5:00 p.m.


Register before March 31st to save $35! Join us for Expanding Practice on April 21st in Ames, Iowa. This year’s conference explores professionals, businesses, and topics that go beyond architecture and fill needs and niches within the design profession. We have great keynotes including Dominique Davison, AIA, and Brad Baer. 

Chapter Meeting April 21st

Please join your colleagues at the Annual Chapter Business Meeting during the AIA Iowa Spring Conference April 21st. 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.

BSAFE- Be a First Responder

This training on April 20th 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. Registration coming soon.

AIA National Convention 2016

The keynote speakers for the 2016 AIA National Convention, May 19-21, in Philadelphia have been selected. Speakers include Kevin Spacey, Neri Oxman and Rem Koolhaas. Registration is open and more information can be found at: Convention.AIA.Org

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Member News

Welcome New Members

New Student Affiliate Members

Alaa Aldoss, Iowa State University
Rahul Attraya, Iowa State University
Kaela Burmeister, Iowa State University
Cole Davis, Iowa State University
Megan Dunham, Iowa State University
Hannah Jo Hillyard, Iowa State University
Kendra Koch, Iowa State University
Joshua Kurnia, Iowa State University
Kevin Larson, Iowa State University
Katherine McNulty, Iowa State University
Alicia Pierce, Iowa State University
Kimya Salari, Iowa State University
Easton Sothman, Iowa State University
Minxue Wang, Iowa State University
Ben Wright, Iowa State University

New Graduate Members

John Countess, Assoc. AIA, Slingshot Architecture
Hugh Soward III, Assoc. AIA, OPN Architects, Inc.
Jordan Trannel, Assoc. AIA, OPN Architects, Inc.
Kelsey Vetter, Assoc. AIA, Design Alliance, Inc.
Alexander S. Vondrak, Assoc. AIA, Sioux City
Austin Weitl, Assoc. AIA , Simonson & Associates Architects, LLC
Yi Zhi Yew, Assoc. AIA

New Associate Members

Kimberly Bellmann, Assoc. AIA, FEH DESIGN
Jarrod Jaspersen, Assoc. AIA, Dean Snyder Design Group
Hasib Momand, Assoc. AIA, INVISION Planning Architecture Interiors
Beth Riesberg, Assoc. AIA, OPN Architects, Inc.
Steven Wilke-Shapiro, Assoc. AIA, Slingshot Architecture

Re-Instated Members

Laura Coffman, Assoc. AIA, Imprint Architects
Ryan Ellsworth, Assoc. AIA, OPN Architects
Michael Garcia, Assoc. AIA, Roseland Mackey Harris Architects
Jason Lewis, Assoc. AIA, Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C.
Kenneth Shane, AIA, Shive-Hattery Architecture-Engineering

Transfer In

Nicholas Forbes, Assoc. AIA, INVISION Planning Architecture Interiors
Angela Swanton, Assoc. AIA, Mason City

Upgrade to Registered Architect

James Hosek, AIA, Allers Associates Architects, P.C.
Bonny Reynolds, AIA, Shive-Hattery Architecture-Engineering
Damion Spilman, AIA, GTG Architects

New Firm Members

[design][build] by architects, Davenport, Andrew Dasso, AIA
HDLB Architecture and Design, Fairfield, Holly Butler, AIA
ISG, Des Moines, David Hofmann, AIA

Firm Member Updates

Neumann Monson Wictor changed firm name to Architecture by Design, Inc.

New Allied Members

Architectural Products, Inc., Bronze, Bryon Hendricks; Alternate, Andy Ward
ICON Construction, Gold, Keith Colgan; Alternate, Dave Wharff
IPI - Iowa Prison Industries, Bronze, Ann Baughman
Team Services, Bronze, Stacy Brocka

Allied Member Updates

ACH Foam Technologies, Add NE section
Aerotek, Remove Tyler Nugent as alternate
Allen Consulting Group, Add Ryan Kinneberg as Alternate
Andersen Windows, Add Nathan Treloar as alternate
ASI Signage Innovations, Bronze to Gold, add Tony Squire and Bryce Carlson as alternates
Assa Abloy Door Security Solutions, Add Julie Jorgensen as alternate
Atlas Roofing and Wall CI Board, Silver to Bronze
Bell Structural Solutions, Add all sections
CI3/ADG, Gold to Silver, Mark Aust to replace Glenda Durst, no alternate or section
Coreslab Structures (Omaha), Inc., Add Central section
Custom Woodworks Ltd, Add NW Section
Enterprise Precast Concrete, Inc., Bronze to Gold
Graham Construction Co., Add Central, NE, SE sections
Icynene, Cancel Loi McLoughlin as Alternate
Kate-Lo Tile, Silver to Bronze, Primary contact from Pete Mickey to Jared Wittrock
Keller & Associates, Add Central section
King's Material, Inc., Add Jesse Borcher as alternate
Moehl Millwork, Chester Smith to replace Chris Wickliff as contact
MPC Enterprises, Inc., Add Central and SE sections
NRG Sales, L.L.C., Primary contact from Leonard Nicol to Ron Reidburn, Cancel Pete Veren as Alternate
Nyemaster Goode P.C., Change name from Nyemaster, Goode, West, Hansell & O’Brien, P.C.
Principal Financial Group, Gold to bronze, remove Kari Smith as alternate
Saxton Inc., Add Central and SE sections
SGH, Inc., Add Trevor Jessick as alternate, add Central section
SNB Building Solutions, Bronze to Silver
The Hansen Company, Inc., Remove Nick Aldrich as Alternate
The Weitz Company, Primary to Justine Bangert, add Ben Bruns as alternate
Thompson Electric Company, Primary contact from Skip Perley to Ray Dewitt
Wells Concrete, Gold to Silver, add Central and NE sections
WindSmart, Name changed to WindSmart, Technologically Advanced Roofs, Add Andy Six as alternate

AIA Membership Lapses April 1st

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:
  • Online at by electronic check - login required
  • Online at by credit/debit card - login required
  • Online at 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

If you need a copy of your renewal invoice, we will be happy to provide one to you. Please contact Vicki Scott if you would like assistance: 515-244-7502 or Thank you for your continued support of AIA. We value your membership.


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Professional Development

Upcoming PD Seminars


This training on April 20th 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. Registration coming soon.

Spring Conference 2016
Join us for Expanding Practice in Ames. This year’s conference explores professionals, businesses, and topics that go beyond architecture and fill needs and niches within the design profession. Members who attend the Spring Conference on April 21st at the Scheman Center can earn up to 4.5 AIA CES LUs/HSW. Sign up here.


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Allied News

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 You can see our section map here.

Connect Statewide with AIA Iowa Dine & Discovers

New for 2016, AIA Iowa is helping to coordinate Dine & Discover presentations statewide! See the available months here and sign up today. For Dine & Discovers hosted outside of Central Iowa, we will help you to find a date that works for you and the section you are presenting to. Please do not alter the choices of any other Allied Member. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Peters at 

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AIA Iowa Award Nominations 2016

AIA Iowa is requesting nominations for the following awards to be presented at the AIA Iowa Design Awards Banquet at the 2016 AIA Iowa Convention.

Medal of Honor
Nominations Due: June 17, 2016
This award recognizes an AIA Iowa member for distinguished service to the profession of architecture, nomination form.

Educator Award
Nominations Due: August 5, 2016
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.

Honorary Membership
Nominations Due: August 5, 2016
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.

Young Architect
Nominations Due: August 5, 2016
The Young Architects Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in the areas of design, education, and / or service in an early stage of their architectural career. Nomination form

View past award winners by visiting

Members Receive National Awards

Mindy Aust, Carey Nagle, & Anna Jones Recognized for Young Leadership
The American Institute of Architects has announced their individual awards recognizing those who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their architectural careers. Three of AIA Iowa’s members are being acknowledged with these awards on a National level. Mindy Aust, AIA of Substance Architecture, and Carey Nagle, AIA of BNIM have both won an AIA Young Architect Award, and Anna Jones, Assoc. AIA of Substance Architecture has won an AIA Associates Award. All have been recognized as young leaders in the industry and will be presented with their awards at the 2016 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along with other recipients from around the country.

Edd Soenke recognized by NIBS
Edd Soenke, AIA, has recently received a national award from the National Institute of Building Sciences’ (NIBS). NIBS’ highest award, the Honor Award, was presented to Soenke on January 14th for his 7 years of work on the Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment as the chairperson of the Low Vision Design Committee.

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Career Center

Are You Taking Advantage of AIA Iowa’s Chapter Career Center?

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:

-Trade Sales Representative, Prairie Pella Inc
-Program Outreach Consultant, The Weidt Group
-Project Architect/BIM Manager, Imprint Architects
-Architectural Intern, Wold Architects and Engineers
-Project Architect, Roseland, Mackey, Harris Architects, PC
-Intern Architect, Roseland Mackey Harris Architects, P.C.
-Commercial Sales/Architectural Coordinator, Logan Contractors Supply
-Intern Architect, Brost Architects & Planners LTD
-Intern Architect / Architectural Designer, Aerotek

Be sure to create a profile and maintain your resume by keeping it up to date. Visit 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.


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Iowa Architectural Foundation

IAF Hires New Executive Director

The Iowa Architectural Foundation has hired Claudia Cackler as the new Executive Director of the Iowa Architectural Foundation. Claudia assumed her duties on March 1. She recently returned to Des Moines after moving to St. Paul in 2005, and is happy to be back working with her favorite group of professionals, the Iowa architects.

During the course of her career, she has initiated, built and maintained relationships that have resulted in millions of dollars in revenue for nonprofit organizations. With 25+ years in public relations, nonprofit management and development, Claudia has worked with talented teams at Twin Cities Public Television, AIA Iowa, The Nature Conservancy, Salisbury House, Sherman Hill Association and Drake University.

Claudia is excited to contribute her skills and knowledge to inspire increased awareness of the importance of architecture to Iowa’s quality of life. She hopes to translate that into increased support for the Foundation. She will work tirelessly to increase community involvement through partnerships, tours and events.

She invites you to stop by and say hello at IAF’s office in the Iowa Center for Architecture at Capital Square. Be forewarned, however, that she may very well try to sign you up as a donor or as a volunteer for one the Foundation’s architectural programs.

IAF Elects New Trustees and Officers

The Iowa Architectural Foundation has elected the following people to serve on the 2016 Iowa Architectural Foundation Board of Trustees:


Milagros (Millie) Quijada-Stevens, an associate architect with Invision Planning l Architecture l Interiors in Des Moines
Francis Boggus, Community Planner and Strategist with Francis O. Boggus & Associates, LLC

The following trustees were elected to the Executive Committee of the 2016 Iowa Architectural Foundation Board of Trustees:

Chair: Michelle Sacco, an architect at RDG Planning & Design in Des Moines
Vice Chair: Tim Bungert, an architect with Brooks Borg & Skiles in Des Moines
Treasurer: Alan Peitz, a Certified Public Accountant at Denman & Company in Des Moines
Secretary: Julia Gauthier, a program manager at The Weidt Group in Des Moines
Past Chair: Stacey Hanley, an associate architect at OPN Architects Inc. in Cedar Rapids

The public is invited to attend the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s eighth annual April Architecture Month Talk & Tour Lecture series in Des Moines. This year’s theme is “Big Architects: Medium City.” The series highlights tours of buildings that have been designed by world-renowned architects. These tours are free and led by IAF volunteers:

• 4/12/16 @ 6:30 - Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Avenue
• 4/19/16 @ 6:30 - Des Moines Catholic Pastoral Center, 601 Grand Avenue
• 4/28/16 @ 6:30 - Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Avenue

To find out more details visit the IAF’s newly designed website:


5th Annual Eat.Drink.Architecture Fundraising Event, Saturday, April 16


The Iowa Architectural Foundation is pleased to announce the upcoming fifth annual Eat.Drink.Architecture. fundraising event. This progressive food, drink, and architectural tour of downtown Des Moines will be held on Saturday, April 16. The journey begins at the Iowa Taproom, then goes to El Bait Shop/High Life Lounge with a third stop at Buzzard Billy’s, finishing up at the Iowa Taproom. 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. Many thanks to our sponsor, Full Court Press, and IAF volunteers for making this fundraiser possible!

Event Details:

Eat.Drink.Architecture.: An Iowa Architectural Foundation Fundraiser
Saturday, April 16, 2016 – Rain or Shine
Event begins at noon and will last approximately 4 hours.
Route Begins at Iowa Taproom, 215 East 3rd Street, Suite 100, Des Moines.


Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance here. Tickets are limited, so order early. All proceeds benefit the Iowa Architectural Foundation's educational outreach programming.

IAF Sponsored School Tours in Need of Volunteers:

Tours start at the Iowa Center for Architecture, 400 Locust, Des Moines at 10 a.m.

May 16 @ 10 a.m. Nodaway Valley school tour (tour volunteers needed)
May 20 @ 10 a.m. St. Francis school tour (tour volunteers needed)

If you are able to help, please contact Claudia at


IAD/Des Moines Public Schools Community Education Classes, Spring Session:

Des Moines & the City Beautiful Movement
Tuesdays, May 10 & 17, 2016, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Iowa Center for Architecture, 400 Locust, Des Moines

Architectural Photography
Saturdays May 14, 21 and June 4, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Iowa Center for Architecture, 400 Locust, Des Moines.

Register online at or by phone at 515-242-8521 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.


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