AIA Kansas City: The American Institute of Architects


Friday, May 1, 2015

Pillars Leadership Program | Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 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.

Click here to view the application.

Monday, April 27, 2015

ARCHITECT | AIA Announces 2015 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects

The AIA announced the winners of the 2015 COTE Top Ten Green Projects today. Every year for the last 19 years, the AIA and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) choose projects for their exemplary sustainable architecture and ecological design. In addition to these annual awards, the AIA and COTE announced the winner of the COTE Top Ten Plus Award. For the last three years, a past COTE Top Ten Award winner has been reevaluated and awarded the COTE Top Ten Plus Award based on performance according to quantifiable sustainability metrics.

This year’s COTE Top Ten Awards jury included Peter Busby, LEED Fellow and managing director at Perkins+Will; David John Neuman, founder and principal of Neu Campus Planning; Peter Rumsey, founder and CEO of Point Energy Innovations and Personal Comfort Systems; John Quale, Assoc. AIA, director of the School of Architecture + Planning at the University of New Mexico; and Alex Wilson, founder of the Resilient Design Institute.

Click here to lean more from ARCHITECT Magazine.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

KCAF & Women in Design | Scholarship Applications

The Kansas City Architectural Foundation Scholarship Applications are now available. If you know of anyone attending a School of Architecture please pass this information along. Applications are due May 15, 2015.

Click here for the scholarship application.

In 2011 as a celebration of our five year anniversary WiD-KC established a scholarship fund designed to empower women studying in all design professions. This scholarship is available to women at any level of study, who are in pursuit of a degree in design related fields such as Architecture/Interior Design/ Landscape Design/Industrial Design/Product Design. Judgment for the WiD-KC scholarship is based on need, academic excellence and demonstrated leadership.

Applications for the 2015 Scholarship are due May 15.

Monday, March 30, 2015

KU | University announces new dean of the School of Architecture, Design and Planning

The University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning will have a new leader beginning in June.

Mahesh Daas, professor and chairperson of the Department of Architecture at Ball State University, will become dean of the KU School of Architecture, Design and Planning on June 15. He succeeds Professor and Dean John Gaunt, who led the school for more than 20 years.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

ARCHITECT | February Architecture Billings Index Improves

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) released today by the Institute indicates a nominal increase in the demand for design services. The February ABI score was 50.4, up slightly from January’s mark of 49.9—the first negative score in 10 months. Any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings, whereas a score below 50 means a contraction.

While the ABI billings score went up, other national scores dropped. The new projects inquiry index was 56.6, down from a reading of 58.7 the previous month. Stalled at exactly 50.0, the metric that tracks design contracts is down from a score of 51.3 in January.

In a breakdown of project types, the strongest demand is currently coming from the institutional sector, a reversal of trends from late 2013 to early 2014 when the demand for institutional projects fell behind the other sectors. “The health of the institutional market has been the key factor for positive business conditions for the design and construction industry in the months ahead, and it is encouraging to see that sector remain on solid footing,” said AIA chief economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA in a press release. “However, we’re seeing some slowing in the other major construction sectors. Design billings for residential projects had its first negative month in over three years, and commercial design billings have seen only modest growth in recent years.”

Click here to read the entire article from ARCHITECT.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Frei Otto Wins 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize

German architect and engineer Frei Otto has been named as recipient of the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The announcement comes some two weeks ahead of plan, as Otto died Monday, sadly, and the Pritzker is awarded only to living architects.

Otto was born in Seigmar, Germany, in 1925, and served as a pilot in the Luftwaffe during World War II. He launched his practice in 1952, and earned international recognition for projects such as the West German Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal and the 1972 Munich Olympics Stadium.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Call for Submissions | EBie Award

Did you or your team make impressive sustainability improvements in a US building that’s five years old or more? Maybe you could win an EBie Award! Projects are evaluated based on before and after data, but we also want to hear about how your team worked together, solved problems, and dealt with any
curveballs along the way.

We’re looking for people whose buildings or portfolios:
• Cut energy and/or water use
• Reduced waste
• Made lighting more efficient
• Engaged tenants in sustainability initiatives, and more!

Questions? Urban Green Council .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | 212.514.9385, ext. 121 |

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri and AIA Kansas City Team Up for Cookie Construction

What do you get when you combine Girl Scouts, 5,000 Girl Scout cookie boxes and female professionals working in the design industry? Girl Scout Cookie Construction, of course!

On March 7, a collaboration between The American Institute of Architects Kansas City (AIA KC), Women in Design Kansas City (WiD KC), Time Warner Cable and Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri will culminate with Cookie Construction Build Day at Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

For the past six months, Girl Scouts have been working on five different teams to design three-dimensional structures solely out of Girl Scout cookie boxes. Each team, led by a group of female professionals in the design industry, has learned the ins and outs of the architecture and design process!

“By learning how to design, engineer and build structures out of Girl Scout cookie boxes, girls are able to engage in real-world challenges that designers, engineers and architects encounter in their careers,” said Perry Watson, Time Warner Cable’s Area Vice President of Operations.

Samantha McCloud, WiD KC, also sees girls learning about communication, collaboration and innovation. “Beyond design-thinking skills, the young women that participate in this program gain the opportunity to learn and develop many soft skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives,” she says.

Girl Scouts are learning from the best of the best in Cookie Construction. The team leaders are respected professionals and accomplished architects, interior architects and design engineers in the community who want to see more women join them in their field in the coming years.

Phaedra Svec, architect at BNIM and team leader got involved with this program to show the Girl Scouts that architecture is a viable career option and a diverse field. “I didn’t have many mentors suggesting architecture and design as a possibility when I was a girl and I certainly had few female mentors coming up the ranks of the profession. No two women are architects in the same way, so it is important for each of us to model what that diversity looks like to give young women more choices.”

March 7, Build Day, the teams will have four hours to assemble their designs. Judging begins at 1 p.m. and the award for best overall design will be given during a presentation at 2 p.m. Structures will be on-view at Crown Center through March 27 and you can vote for your favorite to win the “People’s Choice Award”!

We hope to see you there!

Have You “Looked Up” Lately?
Monday, February 23, 2015

Have You “Looked Up” Lately?

The advertising world has taken note of AIA’s new “Look Up” campaign to help the general public move from simply admiring architects and the architecture profession to comprehending the rapidly changing role of architects and the value they bring to our contemporary culture. Have you seen the TV ad that began airing this month? It’s inspiring and worth a minute of your time to take a look. You can add your view by sharing #ilookup on your social media posts.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Need Up-to-Date Salary Information?

Participate in the 2015 AIA Compensation Survey! It has been almost two years since the AIA published their last report—an industry standard and the most comprehensive national survey on architect compensation. The new 2015 survey will provide compensation data for 40 positions at architecture firms, all nine regions of the country, plus many states and metro areas. To thank you for your participation, you will receive a complimentary PDF copy of the complete survey report when it is released. If you received an invitation to participate last week, we ask that you respond as your reply is vital for the success of this study. If you are a firm leader who has not received an invitation and would like to participate, please request by email to Jennifer Riskus at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Remember, the more responses AIA receives from our regional market, the more complete the data will be in the final report.

Deadline to complete the survey is March 1.

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