AIA Kansas City: The American Institute of Architects


Call for Entries | Monsters of Design
Monday, January 19, 2015

Call for Entries | Monsters of Design

Good Design is Good Design.

The Young Architects Forum of Kansas City invites all young designers to submit their work for the 2015 Monsters of Design Competition. Projects of all types and scales (architecture, interiors, products, furniture, lighting, graphics and anything else) are welcome. Monsters of Design is an annual design awards competition for young designers from or near the Kansas City metro area. MoD exists to recognize work that may not be recognized by other awards competitions.

All types of design are considered equal in this competition. Ok, so maybe you didn’t design a whole building. Did you design a killer table for the conference room? Submit that. Did your client reject your brilliant idea? Submit it! Past winners have included an app design, a chair prototype, and unfinished skin studies of a large building. We really mean it when we say that good design is good design, regardless of scale, budget or genre.

Click on the attached document for more details and eligibility. Visit to register. Early registration ends on February 15th.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Special Event | Standard Job Site Safety Practices

Join AIA Kansas City, The Builders Association/KC Chapter AGC and CSI Kansas City for this panel discussion, moderated by Caleb McCandless from the Builders Association, on job site safety.

Topics will include:
Job Site Safety
Jobsite Protocol
Personal Protective Equipment

There will networking from 5:30 – 6:00pm and the panel will start at 6:00pm. This program is worth 1.5 HSW.

Click here to register.

AIA KC, Builders and CSI members – When registering please mark YES in the box that asks if you are an AIA member

AIA Announces the 25-Year Award and Institute Honor Awards
Monday, January 12, 2015

AIA Announces the 25-Year Award and Institute Honor Awards

AIA National recently named the 25-Year Award Recipient, the Broadgate Exchange House in London:

The Broadgate Exchange House in London, celebrated for its simple yet ingenious structural system that unifies design and function in the mid-century Modernist tradition, was selected for the 2015 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. Designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) and completed in 1990, the Exchange House is a recognizable presence in central London. Its distinctive facades, defined by two parabolic arches against grids of windows, derive from SOM’s strategy to vault 10 stories of offices over the tracks that feed Liverpool Street Station. Far from droll, the grid and arch combine to improve extraordinary public spaces beyond. The arch on the Exchange House’s plaza size appears as an abstracted, amphitheater backdrop. The opposite arch, along narrow Primrose Street, soars upward and down again as you walk along, offering not just visual relief for office workers hustling to Old Spitalfields Market for a quick lunch. It encourages everyone to look up and see the building for what it is: a perfect marriage of form and function.

Recognizing architectural design of enduring significance, the Twenty-five Year Award is conferred on a building project that has stood the test of time by embodying architectural excellence for 25 to 35 years. Projects must demonstrate excellence in function, in the distinguished execution of its original program, and in the creative aspects of its statement by today’s standards. The award will be presented to SOM in May at the AIA National Convention in Atlanta.

Click here to read more on the 25-Year Award Recipient.

They also announced the recipients of the AIA Honor Awards. Congratulations to AIA Kansas City Member Firm, HNTB, for being recognized. The Institute Honor Awards program recognizes achievements for a broad range of architectural activity to elevate the general quality of architecture practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, and inform the public of the breadth and value of architecture practice.

Click here to view all of the Institute Honor Awards for Architecture.

Click here to view all of the Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture.

Click here to view all of the Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design.

Call for Entries | AIA National Photography Competition
Monday, January 12, 2015

Call for Entries | AIA National Photography Competition

AIA St. Louis announces the opening of the 2015 AIA National Photography Competition, with deadline of April 1, 2015.

The rules/regulations and entry form for this juried competition can be found at An .entry fee of $30 covers five images, so it is a very reasonable competition and we offer cash prizes of $500 for first place; $400 for second place; $300 for third place and $200 for the Fuller Award that captures architecture in the US.

The winning images will be exhibited at the AIA National convention in 2015.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Call for Nominations | 2014 Historic Kansas City Preservation Awards

Historic Kansas City is accepting nominations for their annual Preservation Awards. Award categories cover a broad array of preservation issues in order to encourage nominations from a wide range of professionals and disciplines. Nominations are due Friday, January 30th 2015. For details and instructions on how to nominate, please visit The a.wards ceremony will be held on Wednesday March 4th, 2015 at the Hotel Phillips.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Call for Entries | 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

To encourage excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries, the AIA and the American Library Association/Library Leadership and Management Association created this award to distinguish accomplishments in library architecture.

All entries must be library building projects designed by architects licensed in the United States. The libraries may be built anywhere in the world and the 2015 program is open to all types of libraries that permit public access and have been completed since December 1, 2010 and occupied and in service by January 16, 2015.

Submission Deadline
January 16, 2015 before 5:00 p.m. Eastern.

Learn More and Submit

Ad Space Available | Women in Design Trade Journal
Monday, January 12, 2015

Ad Space Available | Women in Design Trade Journal

Women in Design is excited to announce its first issue of the annual trade journal RISE coming this Spring 2015!

The theme of the 2015 RISE issue is entitled The Contest of Meaning. As design projects increase in complexity and impact, the need for insight to properly identify and coordinate challenges and solutions increases. As windows of opportunity multiply for professionals in the design fields – the ability to manage time, identity, and personal enrichment becomes more and more important. As management responsibilities or companies grow, communication hierarchy and office culture require more organizational definition. A contest for meaning exists in every design task and career-life decision – the first issue of RISE aims to discuss and elaborate on methods of approaching and handling the inescapable dilemmas of precedence and selection in an age of creative abundance and possibility. How does one decide what is most meaningful…and to whom?

Some featured authors include:
• Angela Brady – TV Personality (RTE, ITV) , RIBA President (2011 – 2013), Brady Mallalieu Architects (Director)
• Deborah Saunt – DSDHA (Founder)
• Sheila Kennedy – MIT (Professor), KVA (Founder) , Berkeley-Rupp Award (2014)
• And MORE!

Please send AD requests to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Monday, January 12, 2015

AIA National Convention Keynote Announcement | President Bill Clinton

Join us May 14 for a keynote address by President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation, and 42nd President of the United States, at AIA Convention 2015
President Bill Clinton.

William Jefferson Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice—first in 1992 and then in 1996. Under his leadership, the country enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs.

After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment.

In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has served as the top United Nations envoy for the Indian Ocean tsunami recovery effort and as the UN Special Envoy to Haiti. Today, the Clinton Foundation is supporting economic growth, capacity building, and education in Haiti.

President Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He and his wife Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, New York.

Registration is now open. Click here to learn more about the convention.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Call for Nominations | AIA Missouri’s Distinguished Service Award

Nominations for this prestigious award may be submitted from either an AIA Chapter Component or from an individual AIA member. Criteria for this award include a strong record of public service with active support and leadership in the following areas: Community Affairs, State Affairs, Political Action, or Service Organizations.

See the download for full criteria/information on the “Distinguished Service Award” and a list of past recipients.

Nominations are to be returned to Pat Amick at AIA Missouri no later than April 13, 2015. Selection will be made at the April Board meeting scheduled for April 21 with presentation to be made at the AIA Missouri Annual Meeting on October 2 in Kansas City. No candidate will be considered for this award without appropriate nomination criteria.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Update:  Your AIA National Board Makes Its Historic Transition

The AIA National Board of Directors met in Washington DC, December 10-11, as the transition to the new governance structure took place. With the Board completing the approval of a variety of actions, the inaugural Assembly of the AIA Strategic Council was held December 12 at the Newseum.

You may recall the governance change was approved by delegates at the 2014 Convention in Chicago with an historic change to the bylaws advanced by the Board of Directors. The intent of this change is a more nimble and effective Board. Once the transition is complete in 2016, the Board will be comprised of 14-16 individuals (vs. 50+). The Strategic Council will have an overtly outward-facing mission. Under the Bylaws, the Strategic Council “shall advance the profession of architecture by informing the Board & other Institute bodies of important issues and opportunities.”

With this transition in governance we also saw the transition from direct representation on the Board of Directors (Regional Director from Central States Region) to representation on the Strategic Council (Regional Representative from Central States Region). Wendy Ornelas, FAIA, our Central States Regional Director from Kansas completed her three-year term of service on the National Board. As envisioned in the governance change, Lanny McIntosh AIA, Central States Regional Director from Oklahoma resigned from the Board and will complete his last year of service as a member of the inaugural AIA Strategic Council. Chris Ball, AIA, Central States Regional Representative from Missouri, began his first year of service on the Strategic Council. At the Assembly on December 12, Lanny was elected Moderator of the Council, and will lead the Council’s Steering Committee.

The work of the new Board will begin in January with a planning meeting in Virginia, and the inaugural Strategic Council will meet in early February in New Orleans.

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