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Addenda: December 2017

Main News

Year in Review
New PD Opportunities

2017 Legislative Session
2017 Awards Celebration
2017 Convention
Displays at AIA Iowa
Spike Celebrates 5 Years

AIA Iowa Membership

Membership for Everyone
New Graduate Associate

Renew Today
Get Involved

Day on the Hill 2017

Calendar of Events

Member News
Welcome New Members

Board of Directors


Allied News
Allied Membership
Statewide Dine and Discovers


Happy Holidays
Firm Visits


Career Center
Job Openings



December Addenda Sponsors:

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Allied Bronze Members:






Year in Review: AIA Iowa Accomplishments


2017 was a very exciting and successful year for AIA Iowa thanks 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 increased the benefits of membership to our AIA Iowa members.


Together, the AIA Iowa staff has put together A Year in Review 2017 to highlight all of the things that took place this year. A huge THANK YOU to all our volunteers who made these undertakings possible. We are looking forward for another great year in 2018!


What's new in professional development 


AIA Iowa’s goal for member professional development is to produce high quality, affordable programs offered regularly throughout the year and throughout the state, making it accessible to all our members. This year the AIA Iowa Professional Development Committee has planned 8 seminars all across the state to provide education for all members. The upcoming schedule is:

January 12th, 2018: Legal issues, project insurance & contracts- Cedar Rapids, IA
February 6th, 2018: Specifications, Building Code Review, ISU Marston Hall Case Study- Des Moines, IA
February 27th, 2018: Design Professionals Day on the Hill- Des Moines, IA
May 10th, 2018 (tentative date): Historic Preservation & 100th celebration tour of Woodbury Courthouse- Sioux City, IA
June 26th, 2018 (tentative date): Procrastinators Ball Case study of Krause Gateway Center- Des Moines, IA
August 23rd, 2018 (tentative date): Code updates, case study overview of Cedar Valley Sportsplex- Waterloo, IA
October, 2018: Business organization & project management tools- Des Moines, IA
November, 2018: 2018 Legislative Roundtable- Des Moines, IA

BRAND NEW THIS YEAR we are offering a professional development package for members and non-members to sign up to attend all 2018 seminars for a discounted rate, a higher discount is offered to members! All seminars together will be worth a minimum of 23 LUs (maybe even more!). Licensed Architects need a total of 24 hours every two years for the State of Iowa License Renewal so jumping on board now will help you meet your renewal needs in just a year. AIA Iowa members will have the option to pay just $400 for the whole year (a $500 value if purchased individually).

Learn more about this new initiative and purchase the professional development package.



Moving forward: 2018 Legislative Session

Following a very exciting 2017, we are looking forward to another great year of Advocacy in 2018. The 2018 Legislative Session starts on January 8th. Though it is still 4 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 here. Reach out to your legislators to express your thoughts on issues that are important to you.

Step 2: Mark your calendars for February 28, Design Professionals Day on the Hill. Join us at the Capitol to advocate for school safety, energy efficiency, and alternate public project delivery.


AIA Iowa Awards Celebration 2017

The 2017 AIA Iowa Awards Celebration was held on Thursday, September 28th at the Tea Room in downtown Des Moines. This annual event recognizes excellence in architecture and craft and emphasizes the importance of the profession in Iowa's communities. Congratulations to the AIA Iowa Design Award Winners: BNIM, DLR Group, INVISION, OPN Architects, Neumann Monson, Shive Hattery, and substance. The 2017 Sustainable Design Award Winner is OPN Architects.

AIA Iowa Medal of Honor winners pictured at right with Jessica Reinert, Hon. AIA Iowa, CAE, IOM, AIA Iowa Executive Director (far right).

The AIA Iowa Young Architect award was presented to Kevin Wagner, AIA, of substance. The AIA Iowa Educator Award was presented to Ulrike Passe, Int. Assoc. AIA, of Iowa State University. The AIA Iowa Medal of Honor was awarded to Kevin Nordmeyer, AIA, of BNIM.

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


2017 AIA Iowa Convention

Special thanks to all the volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees that made the AIA Iowa Convention another great one. We had record attendance again this year! We are so thankful for your dedication to this exciting annual event.

Mark your calendars, the 2018 AIA Iowa Convention will take place on September 20-21, 2018 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines.





Art x Architects and Firm Displays


Over the last year, AIA Iowa has been excited to host monthly displays at the Iowa Center for Architecture by AIA Iowa Member Artists and Firms. We plan to continue this great opportunity through 2018.

These month-long displays are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a member artist or your firm is an AIA Iowa Firm Member, please contact Jennifer at to reserve your space today.

Thank you to everyone who has hosted a display. They are an integral part of connecting with the public and have increased the public awareness of the value of good design in Iowa.


Spike celebrates 5 years with AIA Iowa


AIA Iowa is excited to share that Amy Spike, Marketing and Programming Director, has been with our association for 5 years. Amy is a Chicago-land native who transplanted to Iowa after graduating from Central College in Pella, IA in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Communications Studies. Before working for AIA Iowa Spike worked for Global Spectrum (Spectra), the company that manages the Iowa Events Center as a Marketing Coordinator.

“Amy is an amazing asset to our AIA Iowa team. Her contributions to the Chapter and her initiative to go above and beyond in her service to the AIA Iowa membership cannot be overstated,” said Executive Director of AIA Iowa, Jessica Reinert, Hon. AIA Iowa, CAE, IOM. Thanks for spending 5 years with us, Amy! We couldn't do this without you.


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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 in all of our membership categories. 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 
• Architectural Experience Program (AXP) support, including help finding AXP coordinators and mentors
• The Emerging Professional's Companion, an online resource to gain AXP credit
• AIA Transcript to track AIA continuing education provider courses. Each AIA learning unit is equal to an AXP 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
• Great discounts to help you get started  


Renew Today 

It’s time to renew your AIA Iowa membership for 2018. 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 welcomes new Government Affairs Committee Co-Chairs, Michael Lewis, AIA, and Alan Wieskamp, AIA, 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. On November 16th, we hosted our third annual Legislative Roundtable with both members and legislators to discuss our 2018 issues. As we look forward to 2018, we will be focusing on school safety, energy efficiency, and alternate public project delivery. 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 on February 27, 2018, please continue to read below. Also, keep an eye on your inbox for the 2018 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, AXP hours, do we need to go on? Visit for our list of Committees. 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 27, 2018. Please make plans to attend during the afternoon from 12:00-3:00 pm.


As 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 below- don't worry, we'll remind you when it gets closer!








2018 AIA Iowa Calendar of Events

2018 is just around the corner and AIA Iowa is excited to announce the lineup of 2018 events. Check out the complete details on, just a few of our most popular events are listed below: 

February 27 Design Professionals Day on the Hill
March 22 AIA Iowa Spring Social
April 18 Spring Conference
June 21 AIA Iowa Summer Social
September 20-21 AIA Iowa Convention
October 18 AIA Iowa Fall Social

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Member News

Welcome New Members 


A big welcome to the new AIA Iowa Members listed below, these individuals and companies are new to the organization since our last Addenda. If you are a current member, please reach out to them with a warm welcome. Their contact information can be found at


New Student Affiliate Members

Babafemi Ade Aina
Emma Bittner
Debanjana Chatterjee
Zachary Detterman
Cody Goedken
Autumn Greske
Anna Hanson
Collin Hillinger
Hannah Hogan
Grace Hood
Davis Hunt
Paavan Joshi
Mary Kelly
Chirag Khurana
Cyle King
Dai Le
Jose Lopez-Villalobos
Kaitlin McCoy
Ryan McNamara
Michael McKinney
Miranda Moen
Chad Moklestad
Karlie Nelson
Christopher Perez
Sushmitha Rayasam
Anna Roemerman
Tanya Sharma
Taylor Shaw
Abby Tornow
Zihan Xiao
Rui Zhang
Xueyun Zou

New Associate Members
Anna Aversing, Assoc. AIA, Neumann Monson Architects
Mackenzie Barton, Assoc. AIA, CMBA Architects
Melissa Brooks, Assoc. AIA , Haila Architecture Structure Planning Ltd.
Brittany Schenk, Assoc. AIA, Papa Johns International
Kira Strong-Gonzalez, Assoc. AIA, Schemmer, Grimes
Salem Topalovic, Assoc. AIA, DLR Group
Zachary Werba, Assoc. AIA, Hartman Trapp Architecture Studio
Jeremy Zehr, Assoc. AIA, Struxture Architects LLC

New Architect Members
Elyse Garlock, AIA, Solum Lang Architects, LLC
Michael L. Johnson, AIA, Bush Construction Company, Inc.

Re-Instated Members
Reinaldo Correa, Assoc. AIA, Iowa State University
Matthew Engelhaupt, Assoc. AIA, BLDD Architects, Inc.
Kevin Hoffmann, Assoc. AIA, Walker Coen Lorentzen Architects
Ryan Risse, Assoc. AIA

Transfer In
Sameer Kulkarni, AIA, Shive-Hattery Architecture-Engineering
Jose L. San Miguel, AIA, University of Northern Iowa
Andrew Stith, Assoc. AIA, Slingshot Architecture
Leo Valder, AIA, Kirk Gross Company
Dillon Weitl, Assoc. AIA, Accord Architecture Company

Upgrade to Registered Architect
Sarah Huston, AIA, Design Alliance
Shannon McGee, AIA, INVISION
Yasmine Sepehri, AIA, Substance
Alex J. Streyffeler, AIA, OPN Architects, Inc.
Kiel Uhl, AIA, Jensen Group
Joshua Williams, AIA, Slingshot Architecture

Upgrade to Emeritus
Randall Cram, AIA

New Professional Affiliate Members
Casie Tindell, ASK Studio
Carly Weber, OPN Architects

New Allied Members
Cardinal Construction Inc., Cody Funk, Allied Bronze
Heartland, Angie Utterback, Des Moines, Allied Bronze
Heartland, Amanda Pierce, Des Moines, Allied Alternate

Allied Member Updates
Beck Engineering Inc., Cody Funk, add NW section
JTH Lighting Iowa, Jason Odefey, add Allied Alternate
JTH Lighting Iowa, Rob Beaman, Allied Silver to Allied Gold
Koch Office Group, Ella Koch replaces Andy Stevens, Allied Bronze to Allied Silver
Skold Companies, Kelli Paskert, add SE section
The Weidt Group, Robert Renken replaces Joel Logan as primary
The Weidt Group, Vinoth Sekar replaces Robert Renken as alternat 

2017 AIA Iowa Board of Directors

The 2018 State of Officers and Directors was approved at the chapter's annual business meeting during the AIA Iowa Convention on September 29th. AIA Iowa extends its deepest gratitude to member of the 2017 Board for their hard work during a busy year. View the 2018 Board of Directors list here.

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Allied News

Allied Membership

There's never been a better time to join AIA Iowa or to renew or upgrade your membership! You have the opportunity 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 on the docket for 2018, click here. If you have any questions, please contact us!

NEW in 2018! Renew or join online!



Host Dine and Discovers Statewide in 2018

AIA Iowa would like to invite our Allied Members to host Dine and Discovers during 2018. Again for 2018, you have the opportunity to engage any or all of our five AIA Iowa sections throughout the year.

Sign-ups will work a little bit different this year. Please fill out the linked forms (click on the section name) for each section you’d like to present in. You are able to present one time to each section during 2018.


NEIAS- North East Iowa

NWIAS- North West Iowa

SEIAS- South East Iowa

SWIAS- South West Iowa

CIAS- Central Iowa

Also, please note that Central Iowa Dine and Discovers are held at the AIA Iowa office on the second Wednesday of the month (except for April and September) (unless otherwise approved- please contact us with questions). 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.

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Iowa Architectural Foundation

Happy Holidays!

It's the holiday season and a giving time of year! You should have recently received your Giving Tuesday appeal and a letter updating you on Iowa Architectural Foundation’s 2017 achievements, asking for your personal donation. Firm principals may have received a follow up to our July Firm Campaign.

Please make a gift today to play a role in our continuing success. Your support helps us provide programs for kids with Architecture in the Schools, tours for influential groups and classes with Architecture in the Community and design charrettes to help Iowa Communities with the Community Design Program.

All architecture needs a strong foundation. Thanks for the ways you strengthen ours! Make your gift now using the DONATE button on our website! We truly appreciate your generosity, be it through a financial contribution or your volunteerism – or both!

AIA Firm Visits

We have been scheduling firm visits for IAF trustees and staff around the state, and would like to visit you! If you want to schedule a lunch & learn for your firm to find out more about what the Foundation does and how to get involved, please contact Claudia Cackler, Executive Director.

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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. There is no need to log in to view the job openings. 

Current job openings:

Graphic Designer- INVISION Architecture
Project Architect- Legat Architects, Inc.

Experienced Project Manager- Substance Architecture
Marketing Coordinator- The Weitz Company
Healthcare Project Architect- RDG Planning & Design
Project Architect- RDG Planning & Design
Architect/Architectural Designer- INVISION Architecture
Project Architect- INVISION Architecture
Intern Architect/Architect- Shiffler Associates Architects, PLC
Project Architect- Shiffler Associates Architects, PLC
Architectural Draftsman- Allers Associates Architects
Construction Administration Manager- OPN Architects, Inc.
Project Manager/Project Architect- OPN Architects, Inc.
Project architect & intern architect- Slingshot Architecture
Sports Architectural Leader- Shive-Hattery
Architect- Shive-Hattery
Education Architect- Shive-Hattery

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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