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Anna Lee, AIAAnna Lee, AIA
2014 President

goodbye summer... hello winter!

From the President...

Hello to all Alaska members, interns and associates!
Reflecting over the last 4 months, it has been an amazing summer and very busy for this president and my president elect, Joe Notkin.  We attended the National Convention in Chicago, the State Convention in Juneau and the Regional Leadership Summit in Tacoma.  These events give us the opportunity to learn more about our AIA organization on all levels, nationally, internationally and regionally.  It is important our Chapter officers travel to these events to bring back knowledge and ideas to make our local chapter and sections more productive for the members and its surrounding community.

AIA National Convention in Chicago, June, 2014
There were over 22.000 architects in this one convention.  The Expo had over 4000 exhibitors all in one room.  Through these last two years on our board, I have learned that we are not alone.  We have gained communications and contacts with AIA National to help us with many aspects of our Chapter.  What really surprised me was how responsive they are and accessible.  I have always received excellent service from AIA National.  As a member of AIA, please do not hesitate to contact us about anything with your architecture business.  This current board is becoming more educated on AIA and what it does for you.  We can help steer you in the right direction with National to find out anything you need.  Next year the National Convention will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. Click here for details.

State Convention in Juneau, September, 2014
The Southeast Section did a excellent job of hosting our State Convention.  We had over 100 attendees!  The speakers were really informative, the food was fabulous, the AIA band was hot and the Mimosas were cold!  We held our yearly membership meeting and unveiled the design award winners!  There were tours of current construction projects just a block or two from the convention center in the downtown area; the State Library Archives and Museum (SLAM), the State Capitol Building and the Walter Sobeloff Center for the Sea Alaska Heritage Institute.  Don King, our newest Regional Director, attended the conference as well.  Next year, the State Convention will be in Anchorage and hosted by the Central Section.  This years conference sponsors and exhibitors really made it happen, and we would like to thank each and every one of them:

platinum & event sponsors
Capitol Glass Northerm Windows Carlisle SynTec Northwind Architects
Spenard Builders Supply
MRV Architects Malarkey Roofing Products Watterson Construction
gold sponsors
Builders Choise Insulfoam Stantec (Formerly USKH)
silver sponsors
Jensen Yorba Lott BBFM Engineers Bettisworth North Architects Design Alaska
kpb Architects & Planners Joseph Notkin, AIA on LinkedIn
firm & individual sponsors
Blue Sky Studio Ivy & Co McCool Carlson Green

Harley H Hightower, FAIA | Robert Mitchell, AIA
Ramona Schimscheimer, AIA | Jeffrey S Wilson, FAIA


Regional Leadership Summit and SW Washington Chapter Conference, October, 2014
As a result of repositioning and last year’s regional meeting, we had a leadership summit scheduled one day before a local conference.  This new format was amazing!  It was the first time that all the different Chapters in the Region had sat at one big table and were able to exchange ideas and ask questions of other sections so openly for an entire day.  The other Chapters were so impressed with our Frank Maier High School Design Competition and asked us many questions about it.  We also came back to Alaska with many ideas to improve some existing programs we have and ideas for other things we could implement in our Chapter.  We had a guest speaker at lunch and then the Regional design awards in the evening.  There were over 120 entries submitted for awards.  The following two days, we stayed for the Tacoma conference.  It is an amazing rejuvenated city with so much to offer.  I recommend next time you are near Seattle, go south of the airport instead of downtown Seattle, try downtown Tacoma. The leadership summit next year will be in Bozeman, Montana, in coordination with their state conference.

APDC Fly In to Juneau, February, 2014
Just a note to the membership:  We work hard for the good of all Alaskan Architects, member and non-member.  This year we accomplished a huge feat for Architects in our State.  The State of Alaska Fire Marshal has been approving plans with a “professional” stamp, but not necessarily an architect’s stamp, as required by the State.  Our Past President, Ramona Schimscheimer, President Elect, Joe Notkin and Harley Hightower, FAIA represented AIA Alaska during the legislative session and discussed this issue with our state government officials.  Now, the Fire Marshal office said they will be upholding the State law and require an Architect Stamp on all commercial projects above a triplex.  This is an example of how membership in the AIA advocates for public health, welfare and safety while helping our industry and your business. 

We still have one final board meeting in December and we are planning on a retreat to introduce the new board members of 2015 and exchange knowledge from the outgoing board members.  As always, all board meetings are open and everyone is invited to attend.  There are many committees to participate in and board seats to fill at later dates.  Please, plan to get involved, put your AIA membership to good use!



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Bylaws Change Update

A proposed bylaw change was not approved at the annual conference, so a regular board meeting will continue to be held during the annual conference, along with the annual general membership meeting:

6.411 Regular Meetings. The Executive Board may hold regular meetings without notice at a time and place determined by it. The Executive Board shall hold regular meetings quarterly. Generally, two meetings will be teleconference meetings, one will coincide with the Legislative Affairs Day in Juneau, and one will be held at the annual Chapter meeting, (proposed addition) or at another time as determined by the board...

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Building Systems ARE Seminar

AIA Alaska held our second annual ARE Prep Seminar for interns in Anchorage. This year the seminar addressed the Building Systems exam. Led by instructor Michael Ermann, the seminar strived to prepare students to take the Building Systems exam within 1 week of completing the course. Individual practice vignette grading and the instructor's study guide, ARE Building Systems Study Guide and Practice Exam: The Amber Book were included.

THANK YOU to the following SPONSORS that helped reduce the cost of the seminar and made it accessible to all Alaska interns:

Bettisworth North
McCool Carlson Green
Joseph Notkin Architect
Glenn Kravitz
Ramona Schimscheimer, AIA
RIM Architects
Blue Sky Studio

What Architects Do

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10 Essential Habits for Architects

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Qualification Based Selection

Haven't had the opportunity to view  the "Understanding the Basic Components of QBS" PowerPoint Presentation provided at our 2013 State Conference, as well as to the CEFPI Conference immediately following ours? Click here! 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, you can still click here to learn more...


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Jessica Cederburg, Central Section Chair, at (907) 343-5253

Brittany Jackson, Northern Section Chair, at (907) 456-5780

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Washington, D.C. – October 7, 2014 – The American Institute of Architect's (AIA) recent launch of AIAU marks a significant advancement in online education for architects, designers, builders, and others working within the architecture industry. Now, anyone with an Internet connection can access high-quality, interactive education taught by industry experts via streaming video and earn continuing education credits including AIA learning units (LUs) as well as HSW, GBCI, and RIBA credits.

AIAU's rigorously-curated, on-demand course catalog features education on architecture trends, new materials and technology, emerging business opportunities, and more. Three learning tracks—design, practice, and building science—make it easy to browse courses by area of interest.

The easy-to-use platform allows users to start a course, pause it, and come back later, picking up where the course was last paused. Course handouts can be downloaded and printed for offline use. It also simplifies the reporting process for Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) required by state licensing boards: AIA member transcripts are automatically updated with course credit within seven business days of completing a course, and non-members can print certificates of completion for each course. Although anyone can take an AIAU course, AIA members also receive discounted pricing.

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