AIA Kansas City introduces the Center for Architecture & Design
It is with great enthusiasm that AIA Kansas City announces the official opening of the Center for Architecture & Design.
So, what is this Center?
You may have seen information about the Center in newsletters and Letters from the President for over a year now. This year AIA Kansas City is taking steps to bring more form to it … to make it real.
We like to think of it in three distinct ways: Center for Architecture & Design is a PLACE, a COLLECTIVE, and a RESOURCE for our community to benefit from the creativity and ingenuity of design professionals.
As a PLACE, the Center is a destination for events, meetings, and programs that serve the general public as well as the design industry.
As a COLLECTIVE, the Center brings together multiple design industries-architecture, graphic arts, landscape architecture, interior design, urban planning, interior architecture, and others-to strengthen our positive impact in the business and civic communities.
As a RESOURCE, the Center is an easier access point for the public to engage with Architecture & Design, which may include programs and events to spotlight creativity, engagement with a wider audience in discussions about architecture and design, the teaching of design thinking to all ages, celebrations for the achievement of good design contributing to our quality of life and helping our metro area reach its full potential.
So, to be clear … AIA Kansas City very much remains our local chapter and is still focused on providing member value through all of the programming that we have traditionally and strategically offered. This will continue without pause.
The emphasis of the Center is to raise awareness on the value of architecture and design in our city and region. It is outward-focused, more of a window in on AIA Kansas City and the world of design for the rest of our community.
Information Needed | Survey for both women and men on the role of women in architecture
AIA San Francisco has an active committee exploring the role of women in architecture.
The name of the committee is: “The Missing 32%” which is a calculation based on this observation: if 50% of architecture students are women, why are only 18% of licensed architects women?
AIA San Francisco has engaged researchers at Mills College to compile one of the first ever surveys of this topic.
We encourage both men and women to fill out the survey. It takes about 20 minutes.
Call for Submissions | Art by Architects
Are you an architect, landscape architect, interior architect or interior designer?
Do you make beautiful things outside the office, too?
Do you wish you had someplace to show them?
If you answered “yes” to all three of those questions, we’d like to hear from you. Please visit http://www.rafterestudio.com to find out more.
2014 AIA Architectural Photography Competition
AIA St. Louis presents the 2014 AIA Photography Competition. All entries must be submitted on a CD ROM (see http://www.aia-stlouis.org; click on Features for entry form &and prospectus). You may submit black & white or color images. The top 14 entries will be exhibited at the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago and in AIArchitect and posted to http://www.aia-stlouis.org.
The Competition is open to any and all architects actively registered in the US. The contest is also open to Associate members of The AIA, and student members of AIAS in good standing. Professional Affiliate or Allied members are not eligible.
First Place Award – $500
Second Place Award – $400
Third Place Award – $300
Fuller Award – $200 (American Architecture Subject)
Entry fee of AIA members (AIA & Assoc. AIA) is $30 for five images.
Entry fee for AIAS members is $15 for five images.
Entry fee for non-member registered architects is $60 for five images
Entries must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2014 and must include:
a. Completed & legible entry form.
b Entry fee (check or money order) payable to AIA St. Louis.
c. Images on CD ROM (Please note: 35mm slides will no longer be accepted).
To read the guidelines and to obtain an entry form, visit http://www.aia-stlouis.org; click on Features; click on Photo Contest or call 314-621-3484
Call for Nominations | MARC Regional Leadership Awards
Each year since 1992, the Mid-America Regional Council has recognized individuals and institutions that have made outstanding contributions to the region. The recipients of MARC’s Regional Leadership awards have advanced a vision of a strong, healthy region and encouraged others to support and work towards that vision.
Recipients may be current or past elected officials; individuals employed as professionals within governmental organizations; institutions or agencies, including governmental units or sub-units, businesses, foundations, civic or non-profit organizations or educational institutions; or volunteer leaders in public or private organizations. Current members of MARC’s Board of Directors are not eligible for nomination.
Submit nominations online by March 21. The awards will be presented at MARC’s Regional Assembly in June.
ARCHITECT | A January Rebound in Architecture Billings
January saw a return to growth for the design industry, albeit modest. For the months of November and December, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Architecture Billings Index dipped into negative territory—the first double-dip in billings in more than a year.
Between December 2013 to January 2014, the ABI score rose from 48.5 to 50.4, reflecting an increase in demand for architecture services. (Any score about 50 marks an increase in billings.) The increase at the New Year was larger than the stumble in billings from November to December to end 2013.
The index for new project inquiries fell slightly from 59.2 in December to 58.5. However, inquiries showed growth throughout 2013. January 2014 extends that trend.
February 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.
This month’s question:
Could you tell us about a mentor who has been influential to your career? What did he/she teach you?
Greg Nook, AIA | JE Dunn Construction
A project manager, a summer intern designer, and a deadline for a significant hospital addition. The firm needed a presentation but was too busy to assign a “real designer.” The project manager carefully guided me, an overwhelmed first-year grad student, through the nuances of the program; a program that was ten times larger than anything I had ever designed. He encouraged me to explore the unique nature of a children’s hospital and never wavered when my ideas pushed the boundaries of “practical limits.” He backed me without question when one of the medical planners lamented, “It’s not a damn Hyatt Regency!” He presented the idea to the hospital board in a manner that garnered an overwhelming endorsement. He gave me credit for being bold. He taught me the importance of teamwork, humility, vision, perseverance and the power of exploration in one summer experience. Known to most of you as Dean Gaunt, my mentor was John Gaunt in that summer of 1980.
Alexander Callow, Assoc. AIA | Finkle | Williams Architecture
Professors. Family. Batman. All of these people affected my career choices, and taught me to appreciate experiential design, work ethic, and community participation, respectively. However, as an aspiring architect, no source better captured my imagination than the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson.
I admired the rebellious, dictatorial, and wildly imaginative personality of Calvin, and the contrasting steadiness, philosophy and natural instincts of his imaginary stuffed tiger, Hobbes. As a kid, I, too, daydreamed of outer space, dinosaurs and snowball fights.
Subliminally, Bill Watterson was teaching me composition of images, succinct conveying of ideas, well-timed humor as a vessel to connect with others, and stunning simplicity in how to sketch. Looking back now, in one Sunday strip where Calvin blares classical music at 2 am, I am amazed at how fluidity of dance can be portrayed by still images of cartoon characters, and how many different ways one can draw a nose. Watterson often tells intricate stories without a single word, a trait I strive to achieve in architecture. Although we work in different mediums, both Calvin and Hobbes and architecture can be appreciated as art forms, a powerful lesson from any mentor, much less a cartoon 6-year old and his imaginary tiger.
Dominique Davison AIA | DRAW Architecture + Urban Design LLC
My most influential mentor would be Daniel Solomon FAIA, who was my studio professor for two semesters at UC Berkeley and I then went to work for in San Francisco before attending graduate school. He inspired me to think differently about the historical context in which we are working as architects, to learn from our predecessors. He also took us on a rather magical walking tour of San Francisco which taught me how to explore the built environment and look for those idiosyncratic moments that contribute immensely to our everyday experience. Daniel also emphasized that, as architects working in an urban or suburban context, we are also urban designers and should think about the spaces between buildings. He is funny, serious, intellectual and yet pragmatic. I admired that he is actively engaged in the dialogue of our profession. My other mentor would be Cesar Pelli, FAIA. In his office and under his direction, I learned the intense level of craft and focus that could be brought to architecture. He has an unbelievably high level of professionalism. Always a gentleman, he taught me to speak confidently and learn to take a compliment. I will always treasure the set of his pastels that he gave me.
Dr. Cindy Frewen Wuellner, FAIA
In the early 1990s, while assembling a mind-blowing design team to win a highly desirable project at Kansas City’s New Zoo, I lit on Gordon Mackenzie, former Creative Paradox for Hallmark Cards. Turns out, he believed that having a nonsensical title frees us to do unexpectedly excellent work. I caught one of his presentations to check out his potential for juicing up our team.
This wizardly fifty-ish man in black pants, red work shirt and white tennis shoes, with a silver pony tail and a giant bald dome skipped across stage, laughing raucously. “Each of you is a creative genius,” he said. “You are born with a blank canvas rolled up under your arm. You must figure out what to paint. No one else can paint it. Only you.” I was hooked.
Gordon brought enormous energy to that zoo project. Soon I was up there with him, telling stories to audiences, at first terrified and eventually gaining confidence. His guidelines were simple. Bring the story to the people. Make it real and on occasion far-fetched. Be brief and action-intense. Use vivid language and uncommon phrases rich in detail. Close with what you learned, which hopefully has universal appeal. Most importantly, relive the story.
Gordon died a decade later. He was an almost-engineer who became an artist and then a self-made shaman. In his words, he gave people permission. Every person who brought him an idea, he encouraged. “Every idea has some bit of hope in it.” From Gordon I learned life is in the doing. If you don’t paint your canvas, it will never be painted. No one else can paint it. Only you.
Call for Entries | Brick in Architecture Awards
The Brick Industry Association is pleased to announce a call-for-entries for the 2014 Brick in Architecture Awards (view full press release), and we cordially invite you to submit your best work to the competition! As the largest and most prestigious juried awards program of its kind, the Brick in Architecture Awards showcase the best work in clay face and paving brick from architects across the country in the following categories:
Commercial (Under $10 Million)
Commercial (Over $10 Million)
Education – K-12
Education – Colleges & Universities (Higher Education)*
Health Care Facilities
Municipal / Government
Houses of Worship
Residential – Single Family
Residential – Multi-Family
Renovation (Additions)** / Restoration (Restoring)
Paving & Landscape Projects
- Includes residence halls & academic/administrative buildings
Best in Class winners will receive national recognition through a special Brick in Architecture insert in the December 2014 issue of Architect or Architectural Record magazine! Other winners will be listed in the insert as well as in Brick News Online. All entrants will be featured on BIA’s online Brick Photo Gallery.
The 2014 awards competition will be conducted entirely online. For complete information on eligibility, submission requirements, and judging, visit http://www.gobrick.com/ArchitectureAwards.
ARCHITECT | The Forcast: Architectural Billings
Even for a profession that understands the volatile nature of its business, this past economic cycle was devastating in its proportions. Architecture firms nationally lost over $14 billion in revenue during the downturn, or 21 percent of their 2008 billings, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. That revenue loss caused the downsizing of over 60,000 payroll positions at architecture firms; over half of these losses are estimated to have been architecture positions.
Fortunately, firms are well on their way to digging out of this steep decline. The AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) began reflecting an improvement in design activity around mid-year 2012, and monthly numbers since then–while still volatile–have been routinely positive. However, the positive scores in recent months remain well below those during the 2004–2007 design expansion, even though the 2001-2003 downturn was not nearly as severe as this past recession.
ARCHITECT | The Seven Top Legislative Priorities for Architecture in 2014
Student debt. Small business tax reform. Fannie and Freddie. Given the current economy, lobbying has never been more important for architecture. Legislative liaisons from the AIA, the NAHB, and other organizations share their top issues for the coming year.