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2015 Central States Regional Convention

  Are you ready to see what Architecture in the Central States has to offer?
Join us October 15-16th in Des Moines, Iowa to learn how good design happens HERE.



AIA Iowa is proud to host the 2015 AIA Iowa/Central States Region Convention which will take place in Des Moines October 15-16, 2015 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. 

Registration is now CLOSED. If you still need to register you can do so on-site.

 

Please note: No refunds will be given after September 14th. Thank you for your understanding!

   

 

 

Tip, review the full Registration Brochure before completing the online registration, 2015 AIA Iowa / CSR Convention Registration Brochure.


 

  

Location: 

Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
833 5th Ave., Des Moines, IA

  

Points of Interest

AIA Iowa would like to welcome all out-of-town guest to Des Moines! There are many things to see and to in our Capitol city. Come for the convention and stay through the weekend. See what your fellow architects recommend here. Visit CatchDesMoines.com for a listing of events, restaurants, and discounts,

 

Events You won't want to miss...

 

Cocktail Party Hosted by Convention Exhibitors Exhibit Hall

Upper Level Thursday, October 15, 5:00 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Design professionals- with the first day of the convention wrapping up, head back to the Main Exhibit Hall to enjoy a complimentary beer (or two), tasty treats, or a drink from the cash bar with fellow peers, allied members, and exhibitors. Take a walk through the 160 exhibits showcasing the latest products available- there is something that will appeal to designers in any practice! Don’t forget the door prize drawing taking place at the projection stage-- you must be present to win!

 

Exhibit booths are sold out! There are over 160 exhibit booths with representatives from over 140 product suppliers, manufacturers, and service providers. Attendees, don't forget to thank them for their support. View the Exhibit Floor Plan here. Questions about your booth? Check the Exhibitor's Contract here.

Exhibitors, view the Additional Rental and Facility Information here for all the extras you may need to ensure your booth stands out! If you would like your company to be placed on the waiting list, please call 515.244.7502 email Vicki at vscott@aiaiowa.org.

If you need to order electricity for your booth, please click here or contact Kim Townsend at 515-564-8024 or ktownsend@iowaeventscenter.com.


Design Award Celebration

Capital Square Atrium 400 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309 Thursday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.

Located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, head just south of the Iowa Events Center to Locust Street and join us in honoring the winners of the annual awards contest at Capital Square. An evening of conversation and refreshments with colleagues is the perfect night cap to round out the first day of convention. This event will recognize the exceptional design of Iowa architects from the past year along with the Central States Region Design Awards. While in the atrium stop by the AIA Iowa Chapter office to pay a visit to the state headquarters.

 

Feed Your Future: Emerging Professionals Breakfast

Memorial Hall, Lower Level Friday, October 16, 7:45 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

An event created specifically with emerging professionals in mind, come mingle with the Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, and peers to discuss how AIA Iowa can be the stepping stone to a successful career. This year’s breakfast is also your first opportunity to learn about a new EP Mentorship Program launching this fall. From students to architects licensed less than a decade, we are all Emerging Professionals. The new program aims to collectively engage EPs while addressing the differing needs of each career stage.

 

Walking Tour for Central States Region Guests

Lower Level outside Dining Hall Doors, October 16, 1:00 p.m.

Join the Iowa Architectural Foundation for a Civic Center District Walking Tour. At the end of the 19th century, the leaders of Des Moines believed that creating a beautiful city would inspire the inhabitants toward moral and civic virtue and would invigorate the downtown. Learn how the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago and the City Beautiful Movement influenced the creation of the Civic Center District along the downtown riverfront. Explore how the recent Principal Riverwalk project encouraged growth and revitalized the district after a post-industrial decline. Discover modern revitalization projects and historic buildings during a two mile walking tour. It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes.

 

A Taste of Iowa Architecture: 
Iowa Architectural Foundation Fall Fundraiser

Court Avenue Restaurant, 309 Court Avenue, Des Moines, Saturday, October 17, 12:00-4:00pm

The Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF) invites participants to enjoy an afternoon of exploration. Come support the IAF by enjoying appetizers and drinks from Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company, while bidding on silent auction items and partaking in a special "Taste of Iowa Architecture” Scavenger Hunt. "Taste of Iowa Architecture” is a new outreach initiative of the IAF’s Architecture in the Community committee. Committee members have compiled a customizable, Iowa road map highlighting historic buildings which now boast some of the finest and most unique eateries across the state, including Court Avenue Restaurant. This fun scavenger hunt will give participants an opportunity to experience the downtown Des Moines section of the map, while also unveiling, for the first time, the new IAF website. A fantastic first place prize will be awarded to the winners of the scavenger hunt. Stop by the IAF booth at Convention to learn what it is and to see the other great Silent Auction items that will be up for bid. Tickets are $35 in advance and are limited. All proceeds benefit the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s education and outreach programs. Be sure to register for this event through EventBrite.

 

 

AIA Iowa Emerging Professionals Competition

Are you a student, an Associate AIA member or an AIA member who has been licensed less than 10 years? If so, you could win up to $300 for showing off your student, professional or nonprofit work. This people’s choice competition sponsored by Holmes Murphy & Associates will promote the compelling efforts of the rising generation of architects and designers and inspire professionals to continue to mentor and engage the many talented and motivated emerging professionals across the state. The exhibition will be presented at the 2015 AIA Iowa/Central States Region Convention. Submissions are due September 28th at 12:00 PM.

 

 

Hotel Information

Coming in from out-of-town, reserve your stay at one of the four choice hotels listed below. Attendees that stay within the AIA Iowa / CSR Convention room blocks will receive a little something extra in their room. Deadlines are approaching so reserve your room today!

Hotel Tues, Oct 13 Rooms Available  Wed, Oct 14 Rooms Available  Thurs, Oct 15 Rooms Available  Rate Reservation Deadline  Reservation Information 
 Embassy Suites 0 14 FULL 14 FULL
 $169 9/14  embassysuites.com or 800-EMBASSY
 Quality Inn & Suites 10 5 LEFT 30 1 LEFT 45 14 LEFT $99.95-$139.95 9/22  515.282.5251 or choicehotels.com 
 Des Lux 10 9 LEFT 14 8 LEFT 14 7 LEFT $189 9/14 515.288.5800
 Hampton Inn & Suites 0 10 FULL 10 FULL $149 9/21 515.244.1650 or hamptoninn.hilton.com 

 

Sponsors

Thank you to all of the companies that have supported the convention through sponsorship. If your company's name is not on this list and you would like it to be, If you are interested in sponsoring the Convention, please contact us info@aiaiowa.org or 515.244.7502.

 

Action Reprographics...............Convention Signage

Alliant Energy...............Awards Celebration Presentation

Allied Membership............... $500 Cash Door Prize

Architectural Arts LLC...............Keg of Beer

Associations, Inc................ Iowa Architect Magazine Special Exhibit

Black Hills Energy...............Awards Celebration Presentation

BNIM............... CSR Student Competition Host

Charles Saul Engineering...............Program Printing Sponsorship

CMBA Smith Metzger...............CSR Student Competition Host

Confluence...............Wi-Fi Connection

Custom Mfg. & Polishing Inc............... Friday Afternoon Break

Epic Metals...............Top 10 Green Buildings Special Exhibit

Interface...............Exhibitor's Cocktail Party Appetizers

INVISION Architecture...............CSR Student Competition Host

ISU College of Design...............Students at Awards Celebration

                                ............... Keynote Sponsorship

Holmes Murphy...............Emerging Professionals Competition

KJWW Engineering...............National Honor Awards Special Exhibit

                            ............... ARE Study Session

Lighting Solutions...............Exhibitor's Cocktail Party Keg of Beer

Masonry Institute of Iowa...............Masonry Awards Sponsorship

MidAmerican Energy...............Awards Celebration Presentation

Mortenson Construction...............Hotel Welcome Bags

Neumann Monson Architects...............CSR Student Competition Host

NRG Sales...............Registration Desk Lighting

Pella/EFCO...............Intern Development Program Registration

Principal Financial Group...............Exhibitor's Cocktail Party Keg of Beer

Raker Rhodes Engineering, LLC...............Exhibitor's Cocktail Party Keg of Beer

Rapids Reproductions...............CSR Student Competition Materials

RCS Millwork...............Awards Special Exhibit

                       ...............Registration Desk Construction

                       ...............Table Centerpieces Design and Construction

RDG Planning & Design...............CSR Student Competition Host

Saxton...............Special Exhibit Sponsor

Shiffler Associates Architects...............CSR Student Competition Host

Schnackel Engineers, Inc...............Chapter Host Party Sponsorship

Shirt Works...............Screen Printing Table Centerpieces

Slingshot Architecture ...............CSR Student Competition Host

Stetson Building Products...............Registration Desk Storage

SVPA Architects...............CSR Student Competition Host

Terracon...............Thursday Afternoon Break

The Baker Group...............Venue Sponsor Awards Celebration

The Hansen Company...............ISU Special Exhibit

The Weidt Group...............Awards Celebration Food & Beverages

Threshold Acoustics LLC...............Keynote Speaker Sponsorship

WoodWorks...............Lanyard Sponsorship

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