Pillars Leadership Program | Applications Now Being Accepted
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-2017 class of AIA Kansas City’s Pillars Leadership Development Program. The program prepares a representative cross section of the chapter’s emerging leaders and individuals from the building community for their role in shaping the future of both the architectural profession and the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. The training program includes active participation in programs and exposure to community leaders and issues. Criteria for acceptance include proven career success and community involvement. The class will spend their time exploring core issues that will focus on issues that affect our profession and the region within which we practice. Through discussions with leaders and colleagues, dialogue among themselves, tours and research the group will be able to understand and present to the AIA as a whole how we can make a positive change within our community. The AIA Kansas City Pillars program is a nationally recognized program and should continue to raise the bar of what young professionals want out of their profession and how we as professionals can make an impact on our built environment.
KCAF Scholarship Applications | Apply Today
The Kansas City Architectural Foundation and Women in Design Scholarship Applications are now available. If you know of anyone attending a School of Architecture please pass this information along. Scholarship amounts range from $3,000 to $5,000.
NCARB | First Look: ARE 5.0’s New Item Types
To help you prepare for the upcoming launch of ARE 5.0, here a few updates about exam content, scheduling policies, test prep materials, and more.
Video: New Question Types and Case Studies
We will be retiring vignettes in favor of two new question types: hot spots and drag-and-place, plus the addition of case studies. Watch these short videos to learn more!
ARE 5.0 Test Duration
Each division will include between 80 to 120 questions, with one to two case studies per exam. You will continue to schedule exams and access score reports through My Examination. Learn more about the number of questions on each division.
NCARB will begin the final stages of exam development and administration testing this spring, which will allow us to determine the official launch date of ARE 5.0 in late 2016. In the meantime, we’re exploring exciting opportunities with test prep providers and developing a NCARB Blog series on the new divisions. Stay tuned!
Call for Entries | AIA Springfield Design Awards
AIA Springfield’s Call for Entries is now out for their 2016 Design Awards.
Entry Forms due February 26, 2016
Submissions due March 25, 2016
Awards Program is Spring 2016
ARCHITECT | ADP: 205,000 Jobs Added In January
The U.S. economy added 205,000 private-sector, non-farm jobs in January 2016, according to a monthly employment report released today by payroll-processing company ADP and its partner Moody’s Analytics. The seasonally adjusted number dips slightly from December’s revised gain of 267,000 jobs but nonetheless is a sign of “rock-solid job growth” across the economy, Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi said in a conference call this morning.
Call for Entries | AIA National Photography Competition
AIA St. Louis announces the 2016 AIA National Photography Competition. The top fourteen (14) entries will be exhibited at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Winning images will also be featured in AIArchitect and be available for virtual or digital exhibit in Chapter/galleries of AIA Chapters.
In addition, note cards will be made of the top fourteen winners and will be available for purchase in outlets. Each of the 14 winners will be provided a complimentary set of the notecards. Entry deadline is April 1, 2016.
The competition is open to any and all architects actively registered in the United States. 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. Entries submitted by ineligible individuals will not be processed; images will not be returned and no refund of the entry fee will be made.
Entry fee for AIA members (AIA) is $35.00
Entry fee for Associate members (Associate AIA) is $30.00.
Entry fee for AIA student members (AIAS) is $15.00
Entry fee for non-member registered architects is $70.00.
First Place $500
Second Place $400
Third Place $300
Al Fuller Award $200 The subject of the Al Fuller Award must be located in the United States.
Call for Nominations | Historic Kansas City Preservation Awards
Historic Kansas City is accepting nominations for our 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. Students are also encouraged to nominate.
Nominations are due Friday, January 29th 2016. The nomination process is very simple—it will just take a few minutes of your time. The awards ceremony will occur on Monday, March 14th at Boulevard Brewery.
For categories, nomination fees and instructions, please download our nomination instructions here.
NCARB Blog | 7 Tips to Pass the ARE
A few months ago, I decided to do something crazy. I scheduled all seven divisions of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) in seven consecutive days. On top of that, I only gave myself seven weeks to prepare—all while working full-time and without any formal experience in an architecture firm.
It was an epic and seemingly impossible quest, but I learned a lot, both about architecture and myself. Much to my own surprise, I passed all seven exams—an indescribable feeling. Whether you’re planning on taking them in one fell swoop, or even weeks apart, here are my top seven tips for passing the ARE.
AIA Architect | Engaging the Media
Playing the Long Game with Reporters
Perhaps one of the biggest issues regarding architects in the media is the lack of acknowledgement or credit to the architect. For one of the most respected professions in the world, architects are too often left out of media coverage about the buildings they’ve designed.
Here’s how the situation typically plays out: A member or component executive shares with me an article in a publication about a building or buildings in which the central focus of the piece is the design of the building but fails to mention the architects that created these structures. What may seem like a glaring omission and reporting failure to some is not always obvious to others. Readers with no background in architecture or journalism may not recognize that the article left out a key part of the story.
Call for Projects | MARC Sustainable Success Stories
In order to recognize great work going on throughout the region, MARC is now accepting nominations for 2015 Sustainable Success Stories. A panel of local judges will select projects for presentation at the Sustainable Success Stories forum to be held on Dec. 4, 2015. This annual event allows project sponsors to share local successes and challenges so that forum attendees can learn about practices that contribute to improvements in our community’s quality of life.
The 2015 Call for Projects encourages local organizations to submit projects that focus on sustainable development in the Greater Kansas City region, with an emphasis on exemplary green infrastructure projects and initiatives. Submissions related to green infrastructure projects may address such issues as stormwater management, natural resource conservation and restoration, model policies or design approaches, community engagement, urban forestry, or other related efforts. Please note that submissions are encouraged from anyone, from front-line staff to decision makers. Preference will be given to regional and local projects.
Sustainable Success Stories is part of an ongoing community dialogue focused on building a better understanding of sustainable practices that have the potential to transform our community.