AIA Kansas City: The American Institute of Architects


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Call for Registrations | ARCHITECT 50

The ARCHITECT 50 is a nationwide ranking of architecture firms published by ARCHITECT magazine. This year’s version will appear in the September issue of the magazine.

Now in its seventh year, the Architect 50 goes beyond conventional rankings, based on revenue, and ranks how firms perform in three categories:

Business and profitability
Firms not only can make the overall list, but they can also make the top 50 in each of the three categories. Click here to see examples of past rankings.

To participate, please register your firm or read more.

Monday, May 18, 2015

AIA Releases Four New Documents

After soliciting industry feedback and identifying growing contract needs, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has developed four new contract documents to the industry standard, AIA Contract Documents portfolio. The release of these new documents coincides with the AIA’s National Convention in Atlanta and includes the following new documents:

o AIA Document A145™–2015, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder for a One or Two Family Residential Project
o AIA Document C102™–2015, Standard Form of Teaming Agreement between Team Manager and Team Member for the Purpose of Responding to a Solicitation and Pursuing a Project
o AIA Document G742™–2015, Application and Certificate for Payment for a Design-Build Project
o AIA Document G743™–2015, Continuation Sheet for a Design-Build Project

“In conjunction with the AIA Documents Committee, we’ve surveyed the state of the design and construction industry and listened to the needs of our customers,” said Kenneth Cobleigh, Managing Director & Counsel, AIA Contract Documents. “We’re confident that our new residential design-build agreement and design-build payment forms will help design-build practitioners work more efficiently and effectively, and we believe our new teaming agreement will help architects, contractors, and engineers optimize their proposal submission process.”

The new A145™–2015, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder for a One or Two Family Residential Project is a streamlined, homeowner-friendly document created to meet the needs of residential design-builders. Design-build is the fastest growing project delivery method in the United States, and residential projects make up an increasingly significant portion of this business. By assuming responsibility for both the design and construction elements of a residential project, firms see the possibility for increased revenue opportunities.

The new C102™–2015, Standard Form of Teaming Agreement between Team Manager and Team Member for the Purpose of Responding to a Solicitation and Pursuing a Project establishes the parties’ responsibilities in pursuing a project and requires them to negotiate project agreements up front. If the team is awarded a project, the team manager will contract directly with the owner, and the team members’ project agreements with the team manager will automatically take effect. Teaming is a powerful strategy for architects, contractors, and engineers, allowing them to put their collective expertise to best use and improve their chances of winning a job. C102™–2015 is not limited to use within a single project delivery method and can be used for responses to requests for proposals, design competitions, design-build competitions and public/private partnerships.

The new G742™–2015, Application and Certificate for Payment for a Design-Build Project and attendant G743™–2015, Continuation Sheet for a Design-Build Project are convenient forms on which the design-builder can apply for payment and the owner can certify the amount due. These forms round out the AIA’s commercial Design-Build Family of documents.

The new documents are available in the latest version of the AIA Contract Documents desktop software, and online through AIA Documents-on-Demand® Plus and AIA Documents-on-Demand®. Click here for to learn more on AIA Contract Documents.

New Tools to Help You Prepare for ARE 4.0
Monday, May 4, 2015

New Tools to Help You Prepare for ARE 4.0

Have you joined the ARE 4.0 Community?
Over 2,000 candidates have connected on NCARB’s new Google+ community to ask questions, share best practices and resources, and interact with our experts. Join today!

The ARE 4.0 Video Prep Series is here!
At the heart of the community, you’ll find video tutorials on all seven divisions. There are 17 videos total, one for each multiple-choice section and vignette. Learn how the vignettes are scored, test your knowledge with sample questions, and expand your study library with suggested resources. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

Also, check out the NCARB Blog for in-depth posts on each of the divisions. Three divisions have been released so far: Construction Documents & Services Programming, Planning & Practice and Site Planning & Design.

Monday, May 4, 2015

AIA National | Candidates Respond to Five Questions

This year in Atlanta, AIA Convention delegates will elect a slate of officers to lead the AIA and the profession into the future. Each year, the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) asks the National candidates to respond to questions of interest to the AIACC and the Membership.

Click here to view the candidates’ responses to each of these issues.

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.

Click here to read more

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.

Click here to read more from ARCHITECT.

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