AIA Spokane Keynote
Updates from your local AIA Chapter
March 31, 2016

Grassroots 2016 Report

David Buescher, AIA
2016 AIA Spokane Secretary

This year’s AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference was held as a standalone event away from Washington DC and relocated to the city of Detroit. The city has long been decimated by the suburban flight in the 1950's and is currently experiencing new growth through creative and artistic planning and architectural projects.

This year, in accordance with the setting, Grassroots largely focused on using the past as a means for bettering change for more culturally significant cities of the future. I had an opportunity to attend several seminars concerning how citizens, specifically architects, can help to bridge the gap between our city leaders and the needs of the community. We are consensus builders by nature and in an ever more volatile political landscape we should all look at ways we can play a greater role in the environments we shape.

I would encourage you to take an active role in your neighborhood by attending neighborhood council meetings, engage city government through one of the numerous boards or commissions, and support community events through your attendance. Read the full Grassroots 2016 Report and learn more about how architects can help their communities.

We would love to see how you are getting out and enjoying your Spring and your community, and we invite you to share your involvement or adventures on our Facebook Page!

April is Architecture Month!

Apr 2
Play With Your Food
River Park Square

Apr 7
Design Awards Submissions Due
AIA Spokane Office

Apr 12 
AIA Spokane Board Meeting
MMEC Architecture

Apr 14
The Future of History
Spokane Convention Center

Apr 14
Integrus Architecture
Apr 20
Lunch CE:Navigating State & Federally Funded Projects

Apr 21
AIA|CSI Joint Meeting
The Living Building Challenge and Net Zero
Anthony’s at the Falls

Apr 28
Design Awards Gala
Spokane Athletic Club
Details Coming Soon

View our Events Calendar 

The Future of History
Apr 14

AIA Spokane and the INAF are sponsoring Marketing Associates of Spokane's April program in honor of Architecture Month.

The presentation will introduce participants to the benefits of historic preservation and adaptive reuse in the Spokane area. Participants will learn about the resources available for historic eligible properties and recent examples of Spokane’s historic rehabilitation projects. Historic preservation from the perspective of a property owner will be covered and there will be a look at the challenges and current proposed solution to a well-known landmark. More information.

AIA credit information available soon
RSVP with MAS Spokane by Mon Apr 11

Inland Northwest Architectural Foundation

The Inland Northwest Architectural Foundation was created in 2002 to:
  • Inform the public of the significance of architecture
  • Educate aspiring architectural students
  • Advocate for excellence in all aspects of design
  • Preserve the architectural heritage of our region
With its modest beginning, your foundation has been able to support activities such as: Spokane Mid-Century Modern Architecture Exhibit at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Architecture Week events in Downtown Spokane, Architecture Month – Student Design Competition engaging architecture students from WSU and the U of I. Learn more about the INAF and how you can support them financially.

Apr 14

NCARB & You: IDP, ARE, & Certification

Matthew Friesz from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) will present on a range of licensure topics relevant to students, aspiring architects, supervisors, architects, and people in the architecture profession. The presentation will review the steps necessary to achieve licensure to become an architect and other programs to get the most out of your career in architecture. More information.

Snacks Provided
Please Register by Noon Apr 13

Platinum Sponsors

Masonry Industry Promotion Group

Gold Sponsor

Kilgore Architectural Products
Silver Sponsors
Abadan Reprographics
GLR Engineers
Thomas Consulting
LSB Engineers
Standard Digital Print

Bronze Sponsors

Belsby Engineering
Bouten Construction Co.
L&S Engineering Associates, Inc
MSI Engineers, Inc
Oldcastle Precast
Pella Windows & Doors – Commercial Division
Spokane Regional Plan Center
Spokane Wall Systems
Structural Forte, Inc
Trindera Engineering, Inc

Thank You NAC Architecture for the great tour of the Rockwood Summit Tower on Mar 22

A big Thank You also to Kilgore Architectural Products for bring the Benchmark Lunch CE program to our Chapter on Mar 23

Region Update

Chere LeClair, AIA

and Louis Fung, AIA

The AIA NWPR Region Update
Includes a call for the  New Region Director/Strategic Council Rep, an overview of the recent Grassroots Conference in Detroit, the creation of the Region's first Strategic Planning Group, and the Strategic Council Update.

Watch for updates in future Keynotes about the 2015 WSEC training coming to Spokane on May 24.

WSEC Trainings in other Eastern Washington cities include a May 26 workshop in Kennewick, and workshops in Wenatchee and Yakima later this summer.

In Our Community 

ZeroLandfill Spokane is a two-day event where designers and architects donate their expired specification samples to the local creative community. Materials will be collected on Friday Apr 22 at WSL Warehouse on 3200 E Trent, Build 3, Suite F and distributed FREE OF CHARGE to the community the following day at the same location. Help out by donating fabric, carpet, wood, tile, stone, laminate, and more. Share this information with teachers, artists, home improvement buffs – anyone who loves free stuff! The event is open to all. For details, check out their Facebook page at ZeroLandfill Spokane. View flyer for details.

Please welcome new AIA Spokane Associate AIA members Steven Hewett and Danny Torgerson. Both Danny and Steven are employed at HDG Architecture; Danny as a Project Manager and Steven as a Designer.  Congratulations are due to Troy Bishop of NAC Architecture. Troy recently received his Architect's license.

Stay up to date with the latest changes to the Fire Code! Attend WSAFM's Fire Code Update class on Apr 13 at Spokane Fire Department Training Administrative Building. Information and Registration.

The North Idaho Code Enforcers (NICE) are offering Building Science for Commercial and Residential Buildings on Apr 15. This full-day workshop will be at Kootenai County Administration Building in Coeur d’Alene, ID. More Information and Registration.

The Washington Library Association (WLA) state conference is in Spokane Apr 27 -29. Don’t miss this chance to present your firm’s services or products to 250-300 potential clients - including directors, deputy directors and other decision makers - by being an exhibitor or sponsor. Find more information at the following links: WLA Conference Website and the Exhibitor Prospectus

Architects, Have you renewed your AIA membership? If you have renewed, thank you! If you have not renewed yet, please contact National at 1-800-242-3837 or the AIA Spokane for renewal information. AIA offers a Dues Installment Program. Enroll by April 30 and pay your dues in monthly installments.

In Our Region, State and Elsewhere

The Society of Design Administration Seattle Chapter is offering an all-day workshop Apr 26 designed to introduce interns and newly-minted architects to the business side of the industry. The BusinessTRAK™ workshop will be at Center for Architecture & Design in Seattle. LUs available. Information and Registration.

AIA|WA Council Special Meeting: On Mar 21, 2016, pursuant to Article III, Section 7, Sub Section b of the AIA Washington Council Bylaws, the Board of the AIA Washington Council called for a Special Meeting of the Membership to consider revoking and replacing the current Council Bylaws. These updated Bylaws reflect over 2 years of efforts to refine the Council’s mission, align the membership services throughout the state, and ultimately create a more meaningful and efficient AIA in our state. The Special Meeting is to be held at the Center for Architecture & Design in Seattle from 4-5pm on May 5, 2016. Each current Chapter is to send delegates representing the membership of their respective Chapters to discuss, offer amendments (if any), and vote on this change. Read the full notice from AIA|WA Council and learn more.

AIA Convention 2016 in Philadelphia, May 19 - 21. New members attend for free, students get in for just $25, and young professionals (40 and under!) save 30%. Here's how to save.

On June 29, the Intern Development Program (IDP) will be updated to reflect six broad areas of architectural practice—and renamed the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). To help you prepare for this change, NCARB has launched this Blog Series.

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