~ Happy Holidays
2013 has been a fruitful year for AIA Alaska...
... we held an ARE Structural Seminar, participated in the Summer Bike Challenge, and put on our State Conference that included both our chapter "Repositioning" and a grant funded "QBS" workshops. Our Sections have offered the continuing education lunch presentations, and both Central and Northern Sections will be hosting Christmas parties in December.
The Conference was planned with a lot of love (as in Committee Chair Claudia Pinards’ words). Claudia and I wanted this conference to be a memorable one so we aimed high and went after some big name architects. We contacted Frank Gehry, Moshie Safdie, Zaha Hadid, Craig Dyker, Randall Stout, and Thom Mayne. It was September before we received a confirmation by Randal Stout, FAIA from Los Angeles. The other big item in the planning that I wanted to do was kick off AIA’s Repositioning at the state level. Between being the chapter president, planning a conference, and a full time job I had put off the state repositioning agenda until late. When I emailed AIA President Mickey Jacob and invited him to come up to address our membership and kick it off for us, I got lucky as he graciously accepted!
If you missed it, the conference was well attended - with over 150 attendees, architects, associates and interns, vendors, and spouses. It was packed with technical sessions and vendor presentations, we had 36 vendor displays - a bigger tradeshow than at the Regional Conference this year! Mickey’s speech on leadership was well received, and was followed by our repositioning workshop. The workshop was great, breakout groups came up with a lot of ideas on how to educate the public, advocate, and share knowledge.
And, Mickey Jacob offered to donate $5,000 to our Associates/Young Emerging Professionals!
Additional support in the conference planning came from Joseph Notkin, AIA. Joe contacted the original founders of the AIA (Alaska) band to show up and play at the conference. Both Joel Chamberlain and Earl Mullin not only came up to Alaska and played at the conference, but they also each presented a technical session. Joe also followed up with Chuck Heuer, FAIA from Legaline and AIA trust about doing couple of presentations. Earlier this summer when we solicited AIA trust for sponsorships for the ARE Seminar and QBS workshop, we learned about Chuck and the Legaline service. That’s when Joe and I decided that we should include couple of sessions from Chuck, and they were well received.
A Couple of Highlights from the Conference:
AIA Alaska Design Awards Program
If you have not already visited our home page to view the 2 HONOR, and 1 each Merit and Citations awards given, please do at your earliest convenience! Congratulations on each well deserved award, click here to view the Press Release!
Architects Honored at the Conference:
- Ken Maynard, FAIA: Ken was honored for his leadership and involvement with the UAA Northern Design Program. Ken was instrumental for starting the Northern Design Course. Last year Ken retired from UAA Northern Design board.
- Daphne Brown, AIA: Daphne was posthumously honored with the Kumin Award. The award was received by Daphne’s husband Jonathan Steele (corrected from e-Newsletter email) and daughter Catherine Gillian Brown. The Kumin Award is the highest recognition award for the architectural profession by AIA Alaska.
Goldpans Awarded to:
- President Mickey Jacob, FAIA - honored for his participation and duties as Guest Speaker at our AIA Alaska Convention 2014 and for his leadership and contributions to the Architecture profession.
- Randall Stout FAIA - honored for his participation and duties as the Keynote Speaker at our AIA Alaska Convention 2014 and for his contributions to the Architecture profession.
Credit Where Credit is Due
I would like thank the following people for planning and organizing the conference, and their firms for supporting their time:
Also, thank you to each of our SPONSORS and VENDORS for the generous donations and your participation, making this conference the huge success it was!
- Claudia Pinard (Architects Alaska) - For stepping up as the conference chair, for organizing ride sharing, and for finding the keynote speaker.
- Joseph Notkin (Joseph Notkin Architect) – for following through with Chuck Heuer/AIA trust and AIA band. Also your help with ordering the gold pans.
- Angie Monteleone (our Executive Director) – for handling the marketing, registration, and the tradeshow. That was a huge task off my plate...
- Genevieve Holubik (retired)– you came just in time to help us plan the food. It was great!
- Emmanuel Daskalos (Bettisworth North) – for your help with the media. There were some crisis moments, but when I sent you a text message – viola! You were there.
- Anna Lee (Architects Alaska) – for doing an excellent job in moderating the repositioning workshop, and hustling the vendors for the door prizes.
- Jason Arnold (RIM Architects) – for being the room moderator
- Korynn Applegate (Kumin & Associates) - for the logo design
- Rob Culberston (Architects Alaska) - for all your help on the graphics.
Thank you to the speakers:
- Randall Stout, FAIA
- Mickey Jacob, FAIA
- Mike Mense, FAIA
- Brad Tomecek, AIA and Christopher Herr, AIA
- Andrew Faulkner
- Janet Matheson, AIA and Bob Mitchell, AIA
- Joel Chamberlain, AIA
- Earl Mullin, PE
- LuAnn Picard, PMP
- Julie Decker, Ph.D
- Sandi Velleca, FCSI
- Dena Strait, AIA
- Jason Arnold, Associate AIA
- Harley Hightower, FAIA
- Lee Bolling and Erza Gotschow, PE
And to the AIA Band:
- Earl Mullin, AIA
- Joel Chamberlain, AIA
- Dave Moore, AIA
- Gary Pohl, AIA
- Alice Mullin
Lastly, it has been great serving on the board, I have met a lot of terrific people and have learned a lot. I wish you all a Safe and Happy Holidays!
~ Ramona Schimscheimer, AIA Alaska 2013 President
AIA Alaska Awards College Scholarship
Congratulations to Michael Fisher, Washington State University is being awarded $2000 towards his pursuit of an architect degree. Click here to view the Press Release
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 upcoming CEFPI Conference. Thank you to the AIA Trust for funding to provide this information, and to the QBS Committee for their efforts.
The AELS Board has posted a notice of fee changes, click here to learn more...
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!
IT'S CHRISTMAS AROUND THE STATE
Section Membership Events
AIA Central Section
Annual elections and Christmas Cheer at Kinleys on Dec 9 - if you would like to become more involved in the section and chapter now is the time!
AIA Northern Section
When: Wednesday, December 11, from 6-8pm
Where: UAF Pub
*20 slides x 20 seconds" Presentations will include a bit of everything, and admission is free. We are looking for volunteers to help organize and publicize the event! Please contact Brittany if you are interested in helping out. You can still be a presenter too! Please contact Judith if you are interested in being a presenter either for this round of for a future pechakucha night.
When: Thursday, December 12,
from 5-7:30 pm
Where: Hoodoo Brewing Co.
*Northern Section will bring pizza and buy attending section members (2) beers each. Please RSVP to Brittany (so I know how much pizza to bring).
Mike Mense Lecture
When: Friday, either January 17 or 31, starting around 4pm
Where: Bettisworth North, Fairbanks office
*Mike will be up from Anchorage to give his lecture "From Monument to Instrument," with a hearty discussion anticipated after. The date depends on when the most people can attend, so please email Brittany if you have a preference between the two above dates.
The AIA Northwest & Pacific Region will once again award 3 to 5 cash scholarships for airfare and registration expenses for Emerging Professionals in our Region to attend the 2014 AIA Grassroots and Leadership Conference. In the last few years we have benefited by the attendance of several EP's joining us in Washington D.C. for this meeting, and they have all returned with a new found energy back to their chapters and communities. Please take a look at the call for entries and share it with other emerging professionals in your firm and chapter that may be interested in attending Grassroots.
Scholarship Application Deadline: no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, January 6, 2014
Alaska Professional Design Council - click here to view the latest newseltter
Alaska Design Forum
CEFPI Conference - December 5-6, 2013:
"Designing Our Future & Connecting the Dots"
Cascadia Green Build Events
Cold Climate Housing Research Center
Renewable Energy Alaska Project - Clean Energy Forum: "The Dollars & Cents of Alaska's Proposed Energy Projects"