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Architecture Month 2018

Celebrate your profession! Architecture month with be observed once again statewide this April. There are so many program, events, and other ways to get involved.

We have People's Choice Awards, our Citizen Architect Program, Future Architects Day, the Spring Conference and our Iowa Firm Spotlight, in addition to state wide events including lectures, tours, trivia nights, and more.

Learn more by clicking the image to the left. 

AIA Iowa People's Choice Award
We are preparing once again to celebrate Architecture Month in April and the Call for Entries for the People's Choice Award is now open! 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. It's easy to submit and it's a fun way to get the public involved. Here's what you need to know: 

• There is a $25 entry fee for each submission. Entries can be purchased here on Entry fees will be used to promote and plan architecture month activities!
• Each firm is invited to submit up to 4 projects, this will allow public users to see all projects more easily on the voting site. 
• We still require the project to have been built in the last 5 years but all project types are eligible. 
Previously awarded (top 5 finishers) are not eligible to submit again but previously submitted projects can be resubmitted!

All AIA Iowa Firm members are invited to submit their project(s) to be considered for the People’s Choice Award. The deadline for firms to submit participating projects is March 24th. 

The public will have the opportunity to vote once per day per project for their favorite project on in April to celebrate Architecture Month.

Visit to submit your projects today, the process is the same as all award submissions. As soon as you have purchased your entry you can begin submitting your project(s)! Questions? email Amy Spike at

2018 Legislative Session
Thank you for your interest in AIA Iowa’s advocacy efforts. You can stay in the know by checking your inbox each Monday for the new edition of the AIA Iowa Advocacy News. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 12th annual AIA Iowa Design Professionals Day on the Hill on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. With over 40 attendees and displays by many firm members and related organizations, our issues were recognized by both the public and our state’s legislators. We were joined by Representative Ashley Hinson and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg who each spoke in support of our members and organization. 

Couldn’t make it? Read our 2018 Advocacy Platform.

It’s not too late to talk with your legislators. Matt Ostanik, AIA, 2018 Board Past President has put together a cheat sheet on how you can communicate with your legislators to make the biggest impact and build a relationship moving forward. 
Read it now.

Citizen Architect Program 2018 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. 

The AIA Iowa Citizen Architect Program Advocacy Track recognizes AIA Iowa members who support their Iowa Legislators and advocate for the profession. Most members already qualify to participate, all you have to do once a year is make a monetary donation to a Legislator and have a one-on-one conversation with your Legislator. 

Click here to complete your applicationDue July 20, 2018 

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 2018 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. Visit to view the 2017 participants of the Citizen Architect Program. 

ABI Update
Architecture billings continue growth into 2018 
Business conditions easing in the Northeast, but very strong in the rest of the country 

2018 started on a strong note for architecture firms, as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw its highest January score since 2007. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 54.7, up from a score of 52.8 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services provided by U.S. architecture firms (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.1, down from a reading of 62.0 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased slightly from 53.4 to 53.9.

“Healthy conditions continue to remain strong in the Midwest and in Iowa,” said AIA Iowa Executive Director, Jessica Reinert. “With strong billings and healthy growth in new projects to start the year, firms remain generally optimistic about business conditions for the next several months.” 

AIA National Convention 2018
AIA will host their 2018 Conference on Architecture in New York City- June 21-23. Find all the details here and sign up before April 25th to save $$! Sessions are filling up quickly- don’t miss the chance to see the speakers you admire and to get the education you need.

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 AIA Iowa Events & Professional Development

Spring Social

We will be socializing at Single Speed Brewery Thursday, March 22nd beginning at 5:00 PM in Waterloo, Iowa. Join us for some great food, great drinks, and socializing with members of the profession! This event is free for all AIA Iowa Members and Sponsoring Allied Members. Attendees are allowed to bring one guest!

PLUS: All AIA Iowa members will be entered to win a take home cash prize of $100! Come enjoy the company of those in your profession.

Spring Conference 2018
Register now for the 2018 AIA Iowa Spring Conference! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 and join us at the Scheman Building in Ames, IA.

This year's theme, Red Tape: Navigating Architecture, highlights this fundamental skill of architects. From strategically solving complex problems to deftly maneuvering through intricate processes and requirements, architects are navigators. You may not often think of yourself like this, but it is inherent in your daily practice. The intent of this year’s AIA Iowa Spring Conference is to open a dialogue and look broadly at the status of the profession within the context of this unique point in time. AIA Iowa is made up of a broad demographic of architects who span generations, backgrounds, and experiences who are currently grappling with the realities of our climate: be it environmental, political, global, economic or social. Come together to plot the course.

Chapter Meeting April 18th
Please join your colleagues at the Annual Chapter Business Meeting during the AIA Iowa Spring Conference April 18th. 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. This is also when we honor our members for their years of commitment to our association.

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Section Updates and Events

SWIAS Dine and Discover
The South West Iowa Architects Section invites you to join them for their upcoming Dine and Discover on April 13th at 12:00 PM at HGM Associates, Inc. Please RSVP to Marla Minear at if you plan to attend.

Where you’ve seen us in 2018

 We’re only two and a half months into 2018, and AIA Iowa has been busy! You have seen us in each of the five AIA Iowa Sections. We’re pleased to bring you state-wide programming through our dedicated Section Strategic Council Volunteers. Thank you to all of our volunteers, we couldn’t do this without you.
January 9- NWIAS Dine & Discover, Sioux City
January 12- Contracts Seminar, Cedar Rapids
January 19- Benchmarking 101 Workshop, Des Moines
February 6- Seminar on Specifications and Codes, Des Moines
February 6- NEIAS Tour of Young Arena, Waterloo
February 16- SWIAS Dine and Discover, Council Bluffs
February 22nd- CIAS Natatorium Tour, Des Moines
February 27th- Day on the Hill, Des Moines
February 28- Bowling with SEIAS in Cedar Rapids
March 7- Presentation by Dan Wood, FAIA, a founding partner of WORK Architecture Company (WORKac), Ames
March 8- CIAS Ping Pong, Des Moines

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AIA Iowa Award Nominations 2018
AIA Iowa is requesting nominations for the following awards to be presented at the AIA Iowa Design Awards Banquet at the 2018 AIA Iowa Convention.

Medal of Honor
This award recognizes an AIA Iowa member for distinguished service to the profession of architecture. 
DEADLINE: July 13, 2018
Nomination Form

Educator Award
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. 
DEADLINE: August 3, 2018
Nomination Form

Honorary Membership Award
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 may be admitted to membership in it as an Honorary Member. 
DEADLINE: August 3, 2018
Nomination Form

Young Architect Award
The Young Architect 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.
DEADLINE: August 3, 2018
Nomination Form

View past award winners by visiting

AIA Iowa’s Tom Leslie, NEW FAIA 
We are thrilled to announce that Tom Leslie has a new designation- FAIA! The 2018 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 152 member-architects to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession. The fellows will be honored at a ceremony on June 22 at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City.

The fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Congratulations, Tom, and thank you for your contributions to the profession in Iowa and beyond.

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Member News

Welcome New Members
New Student Affiliate Members
Abdelrahman Albakri
Dylan Anderson
Kale Bahne
Yanjiu Bai
Samantha Barger 
Trevor Bell
Brady Bender
Kelsey Buenz
Donovan Bunn 
Madison Cardenas
Rui Chen
Vyankatesh Chinchalkar
Danica DeWit
Thien Doan
Cassandra Frazier
Adam Grimm
Elisabeth Hocamp
Jonathan Kaye
Jihoon Kim
Jeffrey Klynsma 
Himali Limbad
Zhiming Liu
Henry Melendrez
Elizabeth Modra
Grant Olson
Claudia Pico
Josh Pollastrini
Jhonriel Ramirez
Jack Recker
Terry Ritchie
Samantha Rohlfsen
Panhavuth Sar
Sarah Schneider
Sara Smiley
Lauren Stokes
Caleb Sturtz
Nolan Sullivan
Kelsey Tully
Sai Mohan Ranga Rao Ummadisetty

New Associate Members
Brandon Fettes, Assoc. AIA, Neumann Monson Architects
Pavithra Wettasinghe, Intl. Assoc. AIA, INVISION
Yiyi Zhou, Assoc. AIA, Neumann Monson

New Architect Members
Kurt Fanderclai, AIA, Bruner, Cooper & Zuck, Inc.

Re-Instated Members
Johnny Boyd, AIA, Shive-Hattery Architecture-Engineering
David Reid, Assoc. AIA, INVISION

Transfer In
Christopher McIntosh, Assoc. AIA, RMH Architects
William Ringwald III, Assoc. AIA
Mark Witte, AIA, General Growth Properties, Inc.

Upgrade to Registered Architect
Suzanne Coen, AIA, DuPont Pioneer
Rebecca Hansel, AIA, INVISION
Bethany Jordan, AIA, Martin Gardner Architecture 
Meri Lawler, AIA, Imprint Architects
Christopher McIntosh, AIA, RMH Architects
Mandy Mobley, AIA 
Nick Nugent, AIA, Emergent Architecture
Bradlee Paige, AIA, SVPA Architects Inc.
Leona Sears, AIA, Design Alliance
Patricia A. Spowart, AIA, INVISION planning architecture interiors

Upgrade to Emeritus
Ronald Lehman, AIA

New Firm Members
Emergent Architecture, Cedar Falls

Firm Member Updates
Brooks Borg Skiles Architecture Engineering changed to BBS Architects|Engineers
M+ Architects, Inc. changed to Stone Group Architects, Inc.
Roseland, Mackey, Harris Architects, P.C. changed to RMH Architects
Waggoner & Wineinger changed to WWA Architecture + Planning

New Professional Affiliate Members
Anton Lutz, Fusion Architects, Inc.
Brent Waskow, Modus

New Allied Members
Dean Snyder Construction - New Allied Bronze
Demilec Inc. - New Allied Bronze
Rapids Foodservice Contract and Design, Inc. - New Allied Bronze
RBC Tile and Stone - New Allied Silver
Sierra Pacific Windows - New Allied Bronze

Please join us in recognizing our new members by emailing them or saying hello in the office!

AIA Membership Lapses April 4th 
Architect and associate members- do you still need to pay your dues? Pay by April 3rd to avoid losing access to your membership benefits. Visit today. If you need any help or have questions, please contact us at 515.244.7502. 

Six Ways to Renew Your Membership Today 
1. Online By Electronic Check Payment: Pay by electronic check at 
2. Online By Credit/Debit Card Payment: Pay by credit/debit card at
3. By Phone: 800-242-3837 (option 2) 
4. By Fax: 202-626-7547 
5. By Mail: The American Institute of Architects, c/o PO Box 64185, Baltimore, MD 21264-4185 
6. Dues Installment Program:

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.

Read Iowa Architect Online
Just a reminder that you can read 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.

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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 $79/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 connect with members by hosting, sponsoring, or attending section events. For more information, please contact us at You can see our section map here.

Connect Statewide with AIA Iowa Dine & Discovers
Again in 2018, AIA Iowa is helping to coordinate Dine & Discover presentations statewide! Sign up today using the links below. Your form will be sent directly to Section Leadership who will coordinate with you. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Peters at If you're interested in presenting in the Central Section, please email Jennifer (email above).
North East (NEIAS)
North West (NWIAS)
South East (SEIAS)
South West (SWIAS)

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Career Center

Are You Taking Advantage of AIA Iowa’s Chapter Career Center?
If you’re looking for the perfect fit, check out AIA Iowa’s Career Center. We are diligent about checking to see that only unfilled positions are listed. New jobs are posted each week. We are excited to help you find your dream job.
Recently Registered Architect- Rohrbach Associates
Intern Architect- Rohrbach Associates
Architectural Draftsman- Allers Associates Architects
Project Manager/Project Architect- OPN Architects
Construction Administration Manager- OPN Architects
Marketing Coordinator- The Weitz Company
Education Architect- Shive-Hattery
Architect- Shive- Hattery
Intern Architect- CMBA Architects
Architect- Novak Design Group
Architect/Intern Architect- Carlson Design Team

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

Eat. Drink. Architecture. Des Moines. 
Iowa Architectural Foundation’s progressive food, drink and architecture tour - with something new!

April 14th
The 2018 event will be held on Saturday, April 14th, beginning at the Iowa Taproom in Des Moines' East Village. The next stop is Truman’s, a brand new Kansas City style pizza tavern where you are sure to receive the Royal treatment and see much KC sports memorabilia! After Truman’s you’ll continue your architectural tour to the Royal Mile and then back to the Iowa Taproom. 

Each stop will feature appetizers, beer samples, and conversation with the tour volunteers. Along the route, you will enjoy a guided walking tour of the architecture in downtown Des Moines. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance!

Eat.Drink.Architecture is sponsored by the Iowa Architectural Foundation and Full Court Press. Thanks to Jeff Bruning, FCP, all proceeds will help fund Iowa Architectural Foundation programming around the state, increasing the public's awareness of the value of architecture in building a better world.

This is only one of IAF's many Architecture Month events. Visit or call Claudia Cackler at (515)244-1888 for information about tours, classes and special events.

AIA Iowa Firm Members