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AIA Alaska Current Events

... a look back at March 2014

Anna Lee, AIA
Anna Lee, AIA
2014 President

From the President...

COOL SPACES! Premieres on PBS in Anchorage on April 3

A new AIA-backed television program shows the public what architecture is all about. Cool Spaces!, hosted by Stephen Chung, AIA, will explore how architects and their clients use innovative technology and practiced design traditions to shape the world around us. Equally interested in the design process and the design product, the program will demystify the work that architects do for a general audience, helping to build awareness of how an architect's hand can improve and refine nearly every aspect of the built environment.

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The Anchorage Home Show was a success, thank you to the AIA members that turned out to present our profession to the public! This weekend we will also be exhibiting at the MATSU Homeshow, and are still in need of volunteers to bring their projects on easel or USB - and any models you would like to display! Contact Anna Lee for details!


...A few weeks ago we told you that Riley, a 4th grader from Dripping Springs, TX reached out to AIA Alaska with an email request for an architect to volunteer some time with an “Alaskan Architecture” project her students were working on.  Anna Lee, AIA responded and sent materials for the class, and provided a video-conference discussion. Riley’s teacher, Ms. Lindsey Mahany writes:

“I would like to thank AIA(Alaska) for participating in a student project with us. I found AIA online and requested that a student have the opportunity to discuss Alaskan Architecture for a school project.  Mrs. Anna Lee was kind enough to respond to my email and set up a contact time for a videoconference. My student was so impressed with getting this wonderful opportunity. Mrs. Lee made her experience unforgettable. Everyone at the office welcomed our adventure and our video experience.  Mrs. Lee also sent some wonderful materials and a presentation for use to view during the conference so we could be well informed on the architecture in Alaska. I feel very fortunate to have been able to experience this with my student and to have met such a wonderful person. This student is still beaming about this experience and will always remember this great opportunity. “

AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference

In the office of Congressman Don Young - Pictured: Joseph Notkin, AIA and Melissa Morse, Associate AIA

Grassroots 2014 - an eye opening experience that contributes to ones overall understanding of what AlA can accomplish - a gathering of leaders that is a completely different experience. This event created an energy that encouraged people to share and collaborate with one another toward a common goal of improving the profession. Having the knowledge of what AlA's goals are and being able to share that information with non-members should in itself prove our organizations relevancy.

The program events were only part of the overall experience but they deserve to be mentioned. The time Joseph Notkin, AIA, Sarah Salazar, AIA, Harley Hightower, FAIA, and Melissa Morse, Assoc. AIA spent learning together during plenary and breakout sessions was of such a high caliber.

"The keynote speeches were motivating, the awards ceremony prompted a desire to try new ideas at our local chapter, and the leadership focused classes pointed out our strengths as leaders. The common theme that resonated within us was to focus on what we enjoy doing as a leader and help other people figure out the same for themselves. This is an AlA event where the people we converse with truly care about our emerging professionals. After talking with other emerging professionals we found that they struggle with issues similar to ours in their local chapters. It is refreshing to know that when you gather a nation full of leaders that they are listening to the next generation."


AIA Alaska is thrilled to endorse one of our own for a NW & Pacific Regional Board position.  I know when I say, and I am speaking for the whole Alaska Chapter Board; we wholeheartedly recommend and endorse Harley H. Hightower, F.A.I.A. for Northwest & Pacific Regional Director.  Please assist Harley and support his candidacy. Click here to view the letter of support provided at Grassroots


AIA Alaska's Southeast Section is working hard to lock in September 18-21 for the 2014 State Conference. Mark your Calendar and be watching for updates!

What Architects Do

Click here for an AIA video guide highlighting the basic tenets of architectural practice.

Quality Based Selection

Click here to view  the "Understanding the Basic Components of QBS" PowerPoint Presentation provided at our State Conference, as well as to the CEFPI Conference. Thank you to the AIA Trust for funding to provide this information, and to the QBS Committee for their efforts.

AELS Board

The AELS Board has posted a notice of fee changes, click here to learn more...

  • Bettisworth North Architects and Planners needs Architect/Project Managers for our Fairbanks, Alaska office. For those who are looking for relevance in their professional lives, for a firm that will provide an opportunity to be actively involved in community development, and for a place where your work makes a difference, our progressive firm seeks design professionals for long-term employment. Individuals will actively participate in the firm's collaborative design process, working actively with clients, consultants, staff, and community members in a number of diverse and exciting building and community development projects. Prior work experience and Revit proficiency preferred. Competitive salary, full benefits. Email resume/portfolio to, Attn: Mark Kimerer, HR Director.

AIA Members and Affiliate Members: As a member benefit, you can post your available opportunities here free of charge. Non AIA members, contact AIA Alaska to learn about how to join as an affiliate member or obtain rates to post your available opportinitues today!

Frank Maier High School Design Competition
Interested in becoming an Architect?

Section Membership Events

Visit our CALENDAR to view CEU Opportunities coming up

AIA Central Section
Sara Pfau, Chair (907) 561-5543
Jeffrey Wilson, Vice-Chair (907) 272-1405

AIA Northern Section
Contact: Brittany Jackson, Chair (907) 456-5780

AIA Southeast Section
Contact: Corey Wall, Chair (907) 586-1371

Are you a Facebook user? How about LinkedIn?? Or do you Tweet??? Our Associates committee has stepped up AIA Alaska's presence on all three! Look us up, and check in with Jason Arnold for announcements or events to get out to our members and the general public!


Region Leadership Summit
Tacoma, WA
October 1, 2014 - 6:30pm Region Welcome Reception
October 2, 2014 - Full day of Programs followed by the Evening Awards Reception
Region Student Leadership Institute
Tacoma, WA
October 1, 2014 - Full day of programs followed by joining in the Region Welcome Reception
October 2, 2014 - one-half day of programs followed by lunch time presentations to the Region Leadership Summit.
AIA NW&P Region Board of Directors Conference Calls (pre-National Board Meetings) 
June 19, 2014 at 4:00 Pacific
August 28, 2014 at 4:00 Pacific
December 4, 2014 at 4:00 Pacific
Phone in information will be provided prior to each call.


AIA National Convention
Chicago, IL
June 25-28, 2014
Look to the web site in the months ahead for more information about this event.

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The AIA Trust


Join AIA Alaska today, as an Allied or Professional Affiliate Member


Alaska Professional Design Council - click here to view the latest newseltter

Alaska Design Forum

Cascadia Green Build Events


Cold Climate Housing Research Center

REAP - Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference

PO Box 244141 Anchorage Alaska 99524
(907) 276-2834

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