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AIA Kansas City Announces the 2014 Board Awards
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AIA Kansas City Announces the 2014 Board Awards

The American Institute of Architects Kansas City chapter celebrated a successful year and announced the recipients of the 2014 Board Awards at their annual Holiday Party and Installation of Officers. These awards recognize individuals or firms whom have made significant contributions in advancing or preserving the built environment of metropolitan Kansas City.

The recipients of this year’s recognitions included:

Firm of the Year Award – DRAW Architecture + Urban Design
For Exemplary Contributions in 2014.

Architect of the Year Award – Ron Shaffer, AIA
For extraordinary effort and achievement advancing the profession of architecture and its role in improving the quality of the built environment in Kansas City.

President’s Award – Dennis Murphey, KCMO Chief Environmental Officer
For Outstanding Support of Excellence in Architecture and Design in Kansas City.

Architectural Preservationist of the Year – Elizabeth Rosin
For Outstanding Dedication to Preservation.

Architectural Advocate of the Year Award – Dean Peter Witte
For Outstanding Dedication and Support of Excellence in Architecture in the Kansas City area.

Community Impact Award – Historic Green
For Outstanding Dedication and Contribution to the Advancement of the Kansas City Community.

Community Volunteer of the Year Award – Kara Bouillette, AIA
For Outstanding Dedication and Contribution by an AIA Kansas City Member for the Advancement of the Kansas City Community.

Educator of the Year – Crossroads Academy
For Outstanding Dedication and Support of Excellence in Architecture Education

Emerging Professional of the Year – ARE Success Team: Scott Brown Jr., Regina Corbin, Vanessa Douthat, Patrick Franke, Todd Howard, Amy Kinderknecht, Ryan McCabe, Samantha McCloud, and Kyle Rogler
For exceptional commitment and contributions to the professional development of emerging professionals.

Volunteer of the Year – Michael Gekas, AIA
For Outstanding Dedication and Contribution to the Advancement of The American Institute of Architects Kansas City Chapter.

In addition the event honored the elected officers for the 2014 AIA Kansas City Board, who were installed during the evening’s program.

AIA Kansas City Officers and Directors
Peter Sloan, AIA, President, 360 Architecture
Laura Lesniewski, AIA, Past President, BNIM
Dale Duncan, AIA, President-elect, McLennan Design, LLC
Nick Bock, AIA, Secretary, Gould Evans
Jeff Schutzler, AIA, Treasurer, Helix Architecture + Design
Eddy Krygiel, AIA, 3-Year Director, BNIM
Michael Coats, AIA, 3-Year Director, Burns & McDonnell
Holly Black Irvine, AIA, 3-Year Director, CIC
Rachel Duncan, Assoc. AIA, Associate Director, el dorado inc.
Ashley Sadowski, Assoc. AIA, Associate Director
Samantha McCloud, Assoc. AIA, Associate Director, Gastinger Walker Harden + BeeTriplett Buck

If you missed the event be sure to look at these photos.

Thank you to our sponsors: Bob D. Campbell & Co, Inc., Henderson Engineers, Marvin Windows and Doors, McCownGordon Construction, Scott Rice Office Works and Foley Company

Monday, December 15, 2014

AIA National Launches New Public Awareness Campaign

The first phase of the AIA’s public awareness campaign, “Look Up,” launched last week.

Watch the video and share the link with your friends, family, and colleagues. Then, follow the campaign across AIA social channels using #ilookup.

Let’s help people and communities everywhere better understand what we do and why our contributions to society matter.

Monday, December 15, 2014

AIA National | 2015 AIA Honor Awards

The recipients of five of the AIA’s Honor Awards for 2015 have been announced.

2015 Gold Medal Recipient: Moshe Safdie, FAIA
2015 Architecture Firm Award Recipient: Ehrlich Architects
2015 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award Recipient: Auburn University Rural Studio
2015 Edward C. Kemper Award Recipient: Edward Mazria, FAIA
2015 Topaz Medallion Recipient: Peter Eisenman, FAIA

Click here to read more on each award.

Congratulations to all of the recipients.

AIA KC, WiD-KC and Girl Scouts Team up for Cookie Construction!
Thursday, December 11, 2014

AIA KC, WiD-KC and Girl Scouts Team up for Cookie Construction!

AIA Kansas City Outreach and WiD-KC have partnered with the Girls Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri to bring Cookie Construction to Kansas City! The program invites female professionals in the design industry to participate in an opportunity to help teach Girl Scouts how to work collaboratively towards a creative solution. There will be 5 teams with each team having 2-3 professional volunteers guiding their work towards creating a structure built out of Girl Scout cookie boxes. Teams are currently working on designing their structures and on March 7th teams will come together again for build day at Crown Center. Girl Scout participants and their professional volunteers will build their construction and local celebrity judges will choose a top construction based on design and structure. Be sure to come down and vote for your favorite structure in the People’s Choice Awards!

Monday, December 1, 2014

AIA National | Committee on the Environment Top Ten Submission

The AIA is inviting architects to submit their completed, built green buildings to the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Awards program, which recognizes innovative projects that incorporate sustainable design strategies, while educating the profession and the public about the increased value of buildings that protect the environment. The Institute is simultaneously accepting entries for the Top Ten + Awards, which are open to any project that was a past AIA COTE Top Ten Award winner and now has at least one year’s worth of actual building-performance data.

Entries are due January 26th. Click here for more details.

Monday, December 1, 2014

ARCHITECT | NCARB Survey Shows Uptick in the Number of Architects in the U.S.

A press release published by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) on Nov. 20 shows that the architecture profession is expanding in conjunction with the slowly recovering economy. NCARB’s 2014 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards indicates that the U.S. has 107,581 architects, a 1.6 percent increase from 2013 and a 3.1 percent increase since 2011.

The annual survey collects information from all 54 U.S. jurisdictions (which includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands) on the number of registered architects and reciprocal registrations, which allow individuals to practice architecture in jurisdictions different from where they earned their initial license. The latest report reflects registration numbers from July 2013 to June 2014.

Click here for the entire article from ARCHITECT.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Die Hard December

Needing to get in some last minute CEU credits before the end of the year? AIA Kansas City will be holding an all-day seminar on December 10th that offers a chance to earn up to 6 HSW! There will be 6, one hour sessions.

8:00am Registration

8:30am – 9:30am Sustainable Design uses for Large Opening Wall Systems

9:45am – 10:45am Air Movement for Energy-Efficient Comfort in Conditioned Spaces

11:00am – 12:00pm Geofoam Basics and Applications

12:15pm – 1:15pm Understanding Wood

1:30pm – 2:30pm Low-Rise Machine Room-Less Elevators

2:45pm – 3:45pm Permeable Paver Systems

4:00pm End

Each session is worth 1 HSW! , You can choose to attend anywhere from 1 to all of the sessions. To sign up for all six register here. To sign up for individual sessions, go to that specific session to sign up.

Check out the download for more details.

Click here to register.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Back by popular demand, The People’s Choice Award, when the PEOPLE get to choose their favorite new work of architecture in our community!

About the People’s Choice Award
The People’s Choice Award presented by AIA Kansas City provides the public the opportunity to vote for a favorite design project that has been submitted for our annual Design Excellence Awards competition. Design projects eligible for the 2014 People’s Choice Award must be in the Kansas City metro area, must be a built project, and they cannot be a residential project. Votes are collected on the AIA Kansas City website and tallied by the AIA Kansas City’s Design Awards committee. The winning design is determined by popular votes cast. You are permitted one vote per email address. Voting will close on October 31.

Click here to vote for the PEOPLE’S CHOICE Award

September 1 x 4
Monday, September 15, 2014

September 1 x 4

1 × 4 is an on-going series, where we pose one question to four of our members of various backgrounds in an effort to engage, enlighten and inspire. It’s an effort to dig deeper into what it means to be an architect and to investigate how practice and the profession continues to evolve. If you wish to participate in the conversation email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

This month’s question:

If you could give the you-of-10-years-ago advice, what would it be?

Valerie Gindlesberger, Associate AIA | Summit Custom Homes

Disclaimer: 10 years ago I was navigating the halls of my high school so I will take some artistic license here and direct this toward my early college years.

1.) People will tell you ‘no’, and you’ll be stronger for it.
Two words: Jury Day. As painful as it sometimes was, there is no faster way to earn the tough skin required to stand up to a client’s rejection, and understand that it is only an opportunity to make something better.

2.) Learn to say ‘no’, and you’ll be stronger for it. (Note: I am still working on this one.)
Balance is important. If we commit to everything people ask us to do we are gearing up for a whole lot of mediocre work. Do a few things, extremely well, and then have the time to enjoy that success with friends and family.

3.) Say ‘yes’ to as many opportunities as possible.
So I contradict myself. Opportunities to see and experience the world do not often come around more than once. They will become the stories that make up who you are, not ‘what you do.’ And you will find your best friends in the process.

Al Harris, AIA | Populous

Four pieces of advice in no particular order:

1. Find a mentor as soon as possible and develop a strong relationship with that person.

2. Learn just as much about the things you’re not that interested (weaknesses) in as well as the stuff that wakes you up in the morning (strengths). This applies to both inside and outside architecture. Being an (Renaissance) Everything Man or Woman is more valuable today than you think.

3. Create a plan and chart a path to the goals you’re aiming for and be flexible if and when that plan and path veers off course. Have and maintain a positive attitude and don’t limit the professional development process with preconceived thoughts based on assumptions and external influences. Some of the tasks you’ll be given may seem menial or not in-line with your skillset but with an open mind and a can-do attitude, those tasks will turn into meaningful responsibilities quicker than you imagine.

4. Time is relative: It may not seem like it at the time, but in hindsight 10 years goes by fast and is full of change. Have fun in the moment.

Angie Nygren, AIA | Crawford Architects

Ten years ago this week, I was entering my freshman year of college. What advice would I have given myself? Hem, hem: (I flick my wrists outwardly as a 20-foot-long scroll rolls out in front of me).

In terms of a career in architecture, my primary piece of advice would be: “Embrace what you don’t know.”

To admit ignorance is an uncomfortable feeling. Inwardly, I felt like a failure if I didn’t know or didn’t understand something. Outwardly, I worried about what others were thinking. The natural default was then to feign perfection in attempt to gain respect from others. But once you admit that you don’t know – and embrace it – you open yourself up for a richer learning process, which will in turn help advance your career.

How to apply this advice:

First of all, ask questions and speak up if something is unclear. Don’t feel like a failure if you don’t have a clear, decisive answer. Look at your career as a continual work in progress.

And on a larger scale, branch out and learn things that aren’t in your realm of expertise. Architecture is such an all-encompassing profession; in particular, the addition of sustainability to our architectural repertoire demands an even greater knowledge base, incorporating geography, climate, and the environment.

Charles Cassias, Jr., FAIA | BNIM

What advice would I give the me of 10 years ago….

I am a bit torn by the question; I’m not certain 10 years offers a long enough perspective over a 40‐plus year career, as in many ways, I was fairly well entrenched in my habits after 30 years. Looking back 10 years;

• I would stress being rigorous in all you do; to work to be better each day, to be excellent in all you do and to be the best teammate and collaborator in your work and relationships.

• I would also tell myself to be more willing to take risk and explore unfamiliar territories and ideas, to be more assertive and to be more outgoing and forthright in sharing the knowledge and experiences accumulated over my career.

• I would tell myself to delegate more to others and give them more space to grow and be successful and to know when to get out of their way and when to be there to support them.

• Lastly, I would tell myself to be sure to recognize and acknowledge all the amazing, dedicated and talented people I get to work with each and every day and recognize their incredible contributions.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Architect 50

Congratulations to AIA Kansas City Firms making the list: DLR Group (#39 on Top 50), BNIM (#19 on Top 50), Helix Architecture + Design (Business List) and Populous (Design List). Additionally, AIA Kansas City member, Dan Maginn, FAIA, served on the Design Rankings Jury. Great representation Kansas City!

Every year, we approach the ARCHITECT 50 with the same premise. It may be impossible to capture every way in which a firm can excel, have a significant impact on its community, mentor a younger generation of designers, and help save the planet with its energy-efficient buildings. But we nevertheless strive to compile a list that recognizes firms small and large, who are making their mark beyond just their ability to run a financially lucrative business. This year, we added a few new data points, capturing information on how firms are helping their interns gain licensure, both through financial incentives and culture. And we asked firms to submit a portfolio with an energy-efficient project that best exemplified their commitment to sustainability (ARCHITECT editors judged those submissions). When we ran the numbers (check out our methodology here), some familiar firms rose to the top (Westlake Reed Leskosky), some newcomers rocketed into the top 10 (Studio Gang Architects), and some unexpected interlopers crashed the proceedings (Jones Studio). In the end, the exact positions may not capture the full extent of how firms are excelling. But we hope that the list inspires architects to review their own best practices and embrace even higher ambitions.

Click here to see the full lists.

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