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Monday, August 18, 2014

Call for Projects | MARC Sustainable Success Stories

Sustainable Success Stories is part of an ongoing community dialogue focused on building a better understanding of projects and practices that can transform our community through quality placemaking.
In recent years, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) has called for stories that exemplify great work throughout the region. The 2014 Call for Projects asks organizations to submit projects that focus on sustainable development in the Greater Kansas City region. Projects will be selected based on how well they advance the three pillars of sustainability — social equity, economic vitality and environmental stewardship. Projects must be submitted by 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 22.

Click here to enter your project.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Call for Abstracts | First Annual Women in Design Journal: RISE

Women in Design Kansas City is proud to announce that it will publish its first issue of RISE in Spring of 2015! This first issue of the Women in Design Journal: RISE will be focused on The Contest of Meaning. As design projects increase in complexity and impact, the insight to properly identify and coordinate challenges and solutions becomes highly necessary. As windows of opportunity multiply and expand for professionals in the design fields, the ability to manage time, identity, and personal enrichment becomes more and more important. As management responsibilities or company size 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?

Please see the full document for more information.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Local Magazine Wants to Profile Local, Sustainable Homes by AIA Kansas City Architects

Greenability magazine is looking for sustainable, green homes that feature energy efficiency, renewable energy, net-zero energy, LEED certification and green finishes (or a combination of these) to include in its special Green Homes issue in January/February 2015. If you or your firm has a new construction or renovation project that might make a good story, please contact Julie Koppen, Greenability publisher, by Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 816-931-3646 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We’re excited that AIA Kansas City will also have a guest commentary page in that same issue.

August 1 x 4
Monday, August 11, 2014

August 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:

How does your hometown inform or influence your creative process?

Rashed El Singaby, Associate AIA | 360 Architecture

I come from Alexandria, Egypt, half way around the world from here. Alexandria, a 20 mile strip lying directly on the Mediterranean coast, serves as Egypt’s largest port, and is home to 6 million people. It carries within its walls eras of civilizations and architectural schools stretching back to 330 BC. From the days of its founder, Alexander of Macedonia, through the Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic empires. It once housed the Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; and the Great Library, the largest in the ancient world (now replaced by a modern one).

In modern ages the city has been prone to waves of unregulated urban expansions; unplanned neighborhoods, unrestricted building heights, narrower roads – all better described as an urban mess, a new era of depreciation and loss of glow.

As an architect, the aforementioned was painful to the sight and soul; and has greatly influenced my creative process in the start of my career. A new building shouldn’t be an independent structure erected oblivious to its surroundings; it is more of a new organ attached to a current fabric, and is either an added benefit or a catalyst for complications. I take it as my mission to deliver improvements rather than harm.

Hanna Roy Kurian, Associate AIA | Bell/Knott & Associates

Living in structures built from wood when I first moved to America to pursue my architectural studies was as foreign to me as the land itself. Having grown up in the Eastern Hemisphere where the vernacular architecture’s primary material for construction is finished reinforced concrete, the explicit realization what my surroundings were made of influenced my design process immensely. My revelation of the innate beauty of raw concrete as a primary building material I believe is a bias in my creative process which I owe to growing up in buildings where I never saw it in its naked form.

In India, the unfinished concrete was considered just that, unfinished. However, in Western Architecture unfinished concrete spoke a language I wasn’t aware it could speak. I found great love for this building material as I became an avid admirer of Louis Kahn during graduate school. Learning about the National Assembly Building in Bangladesh built by Kahn revealed to me an instance where, even though it was built in the Eastern World, the unconventional use of this traditional material choice was acclaimed. Through the realization of the defining potential of this material I find a great appreciation for its complex yet simplistic composition through design.

The thought concepts which have emerged from this evolutionary journey of mine with concrete constantly influence my design solutions. They make me strive to search for the unconventional alternatives rather than settle for the first impression of a probable solution, to instead approach the problem and view it in all possible lights before deciding its “finish”.

Martin DiNitto, AIA | MDArchitecture, LLC

I grew up in the small, south-central Kansas town of Haven, Kansas, where the built environment of the town is very practical in order and form. The tree-lined town grid and wide streets were established in the late 1800’s to simplify walking from home to school or business, and to contain and prevent wood structure fires from jumping from one side of the street to the other. The massive white block form of the Farmers CO-OP grain “elevator” temporarily stores large quantities of wheat in a minimal footprint right next to the railway tracks; tall concrete silos standing shoulder-to-shoulder against the potential of tornadic winds. The tall steel-legged water tower with its “Tin Man” shape elevates water to let gravity provide the water pressure, and boldly proclaims the moniker “HAVEN”; the town name, a slight distinguishing feature of the otherwise common and ubiquitous forms in every distant view of every small town along any state highway. These iconic forms and images are affirmations that the principal “form ever follows function” is definitely not just a Louis Sullivan design cliché. I believe I approach the creative process in the same purposeful and practical way, to find order and form from function.

Tim Cahill, FAIA | HNTB

Our hometown influences my design process every day. Throughout my 35 year design career, I have continuously looked to my Kansas City roots for inspiration: foremost is the integration of the arts in the design of civic spaces; also, the importance of urban design and landscape to the character of the built environment; and finally, the inclusion of cultural enrichment as part of a quality of life.

The Kansas City Architectural Community has also provided me with many opportunities and mentors. As architects, we can all have a national level of design input and influence from the Midwest beyond our geographic region. I strive to practice an architecture based on a strong Midwest work ethic formed first with a sense of optimism. Architecture to me will always be about the ability to dream – bringing vision to reality – for our clients – for ourselves.

Certainly our community of Kansas City and its spirited architectural professionals can deliver such inspirational goals. It is our responsibility as architects to continue to foster good design in all that we do.

Monday, August 11, 2014

ARCHITECT | How to Structure Your Firm

As you confront the complex design problem that is starting your own firm, how you structure your practice will help determine both the work you do and the success of your business. Here are three basic steps for how to approach that important task.

Click here for the entire article from ARCHITECT.

Monday, August 4, 2014

ARCHITECT | ADP: 218,000 Jobs Added in July; 12,000 in Construction

he U.S. economy added 218,000 jobs in July, according to today’s employment report released by payroll-processing firm ADP and their partner Moody’s Analytics. This is down from June’s report of 281,000 and up slightly from the revised May report of 214,000.

Although the July numbers indicate slower growth compared to June, ADP president and CEO Carlos Rodriguez still chalks it up as positive, because this is the “fourth straight month of employment gains above 200,000,” he said in a press release.

Click here for the entire article from ARCHITECT.

Monday, July 28, 2014

ARCHITECT | Architecture Billings Index Climbs in June

The design and construction industry is on the rise, according to figures reported by the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI). The June ABI score was 53.5, up from a mark of 52.6 in May, marking the second consecutive month of growth. (An index score above 50 indicates growth, whereas a score below 50 indicates contraction.) The industry has been following a pattern of two months of growth after two months of contractions since November.

The new projects inquiry index was 66.4, the highest score in a calendar year. Up considerably from the reading of 63.2 in May, the value in this category has been increasing for the past four months.

AIA’s newest metric tracks the trends in new design contracts, which can be used to indicate the future direction of architecture billings. The score for design contracts in June was 55.7—the highest value since the AIA started tracking that measure in October 2010.

Click here for the entire article from ARCHITECT.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Call for Entries | AIA Kansas City Sports Venue Award

AIA Kansas City is excited to announce the Call for Submissions for the Sport Venue Award. This is the second year for this award.

Sport Venue Award
Kansas City is considered the home of sports architecture, and this new award has been established by AIA Kansas City to recognize the distinctive talent and breadth of impact Kansas City-based sports venue designers have around the world. It is an award unique to AIA Kansas City and an opportunity for our world travelers to be celebrated here at home. This award seeks design excellence in national and international arena and stadium design, and may include achievement and innovation in urban planning, architecture, interior design and technology specific to sports venues.

Find the Submission Requirements above. Submissions Due August 25, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Call for Entries | 2015 Institute Honor Awards

For more than 60 years, the Institute Honor Awards program has recognized 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.

To bring the Institute Honor Awards programs into closer alignment with the AIA’s core values surrounding sustainability, submissions are now required to include a narrative describing how sustainable design and building performance strategies have been integrated with the project’s broader design goals and include basic sustainability data for energy, community connectivity, water efficiency, and materials.

Click here to learn more.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Call for Speakers | AIA Wisconsin Workshop

AIA Wisconsin’s annual Fall Workshop is scheduled for Friday, November 7 in Madison, WI, and the chapter has invited AIA Kansas City to send one of our members to share expertise and best practices. Their sessions focus on the power of water as it impacts design (think of lakes, rivers, oceans, even natural disasters involving water). Site Planning, Water Shed Impact, and Wetland Resources are other potential session topics. Madison is the “City of Lakes,” as well as a beloved college town and a state capitol, so this could be an enjoyable experience, both professionally and personally.

Please contact me no later than July 31 if you are interested in this opportunity: 816-979-3180 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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