AIA Kansas City: The American Institute of Architects


Call for Entries | AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Call for Entries | AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards

The 2015 Design Excellence Awards Call for Entries are now available!

This awards program is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our individual projects and to further our chapter’s on-going reputation for excellence in design.

Register your submissions by July 24.

Monday, July 6, 2015

NCARB | IDP Required Hours Reduced by a Third

Effective immediately, the Intern Development Program (IDP) will require 3,740 total hours.

In September, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced plans to streamline the Intern Development Program (IDP). Effective immediately, the program will require 3,740 total hours defined by 17 experience areas. Here’s a summary of these changes, along with a few resources you may find helpful:
Key Takeaways

• Review your jurisdiction’s requirements. You can find out what your jurisdiction’s experience requirement is at .
• Keep reporting all experience. Doing so will help facilitate licensure and reciprocity in jurisdictions with additional requirements.
• We’re here to help. NCARB will continue to support the individual requirements for all 54 jurisdictions. Plus, you can always reach out to us through social media or by contacting Customer Service.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Call for Entries | CSR Design Awards

AIA Iowa is requesting entry forms for the following awards to be presented at the AIA Iowa Design Awards Banquet at the Central States Region/AIA Iowa Convention.

Central States Region Design Award
This award recognizes outstanding architecture projects in the AIA Central States Region (CSR), designed by AIA CSR members.

Entry Form

Entry forms are due by July 10th. Entrants will then receive an email with their concealed identification number(s) and submittal instructions. Full submissions are due by August 18th at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, June 1, 2015

RFP | Kemper Arena

The Kemper Arena Redevelopment RFP is open nation-wide to developers who are interested in investing in Kansas City’s burgeoning West Bottoms. If you would like to read the RFP, it is available on the City’s Open Data KC site. For the latest information on the Kemper Arena RFP visit

“The announcement of Kansas City’s request for proposal for the redevelopment of Kemper Arena is significant to the economic development of Kansas City, and the revival of the West Bottoms,” said Councilman Ed Ford. “The redevelopment of Kemper Arena offers an exciting opportunity for developers who looking to become a part of Kansas City’s growth.”

The City’s request for proposal sets a formalized process for the submission and evaluation of plans for the redevelopment of the Kemper Arena. The Kemper Arena redevelopment site incorporates 10 +/- acres of City-owned property to the south and east of the American Royal Drive immediately south of its intersection with Genessee Street and West 17th Street in the West Bottoms area of Kansas City, Missouri.

View images of the Kemper redevelopment site and other RFP supplemental information

The purpose of this RFP solicitation is to select a qualified proposer or proposal team with proven experience, financial resources, and professional expertise to present a high quality financially feasible redevelopment proposal for the facility and/or site. The City will consider commercial, residential, office, retail, recreational facilities or any other development that contributes to the West Bottoms neighborhood and the betterment of Kansas City, Missouri. Proposals will be accepted for either the reuse or redevelopment of the site and/or facility or any combination thereof.

To submit a proposal, you must use the“RFP365 portal.”:

Request for Proposal Timeline
• Proposers shall submit proposals to the City using the RFP365 portal by no later than 11:59 p.m. (CST) on August 21, 2015.
• A site inspection for Kemper Arena will be available to all interested parties at 9 a.m. on June 17.
• The deadline for questions will be June 26; questions will receive a response by July 10.

About Kemper Arena:
Constructed in 1974, Kemper Arena once served as Kansas City’s primary multi-purpose indoor event space and has been home to the Kansas City King’s NBA team and the Kansas City Scouts NHL team. When it was constructed, the arena offered an impressive 17,500 seat indoor multi-purpose space. The arena was expanded in 1997 to add an enclosed east lobby, upgraded lower-level seating, four additional restrooms, a handicapped accessible entrance to the arena and 2,000 additional seats, bringing its total capacity to 19,500 seats.

General questions or issues about any aspect of this RFP should be directed to:
Jeffrey Williams, AICP
Planning Director
City Planning and Development
City Hall, 15th Floor
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Registration is Open for the 2015 Green Commute Challenge
Monday, June 1, 2015

Registration is Open for the 2015 Green Commute Challenge

It launches TODAY, so sign up your team this week to save money, help keep our region’s air clean and win cool prizes!

What good does it do?
Last year’s Green Commute Challenge…
• …reduced driving by 528,202 miles.
• …prevented 393,723 pounds of emissions.
• …saved participants $101,387 in driving costs.

How cool are the prizes?
• (2) A pair Royals Tickets (M–Th game of your choice)
• (7) A pair of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema tickets
• Gift Card to KC Hopps Restaurant
• 4 tickets to T-Bones
• Autographed photo of Kansas City Chiefs player
• Tickets to Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
• A pair of tickets to Powell Gardens
• (5) 31-day JO Passes
• (10) 31-day KCATA Passes

Who’s my competition?
AIA Kansas City firms and other area employers who care about our air quality and sustainable transportation. RMTA was awarded the 2013 Green Commute Challenge Best Employer Promotion category and also won the 2013 Green Commute Challenge Best Small Employer.

All the details are here.

Monday, June 1, 2015

ARCHITECT | April Architecture Billings Index Slips into Negative Territory

Ending a two-month stretch of increasing levels of demand for architecture and design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) released by the AIA today dropped nearly three points from March to April. This marks one of two months in which the market has experienced contractions so far this year. (The other month was January). April’s score of 48.8 is down from March’s 51.7 and February’s 50.4. Any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings, whereas a score below 50 means a contraction.

The good news is that other national economic indicators in the report looked positive. The new projects inquiries index for April was 60.1, up from a reading of 58.2 in March, while the design contracts index was 53.1, an increase from 52.3 in March.

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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.

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