5 Favorites Friday

1. If that last peer review has you thinking about starting your own firm:

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Our third mentoring session of the #ArchitectUp series will be kicking off Tuesday July 25th! This month we are featuring a panel of three architects that are heavily involved in the business side of things to help get you thinking about the business know-how the architecture world requires. Register today!


2. If you want to spend some time looking up this weekend.


3. If you’d like to stop hearing people remind you to network and finally DO SOMETHING about it:

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We’re hosting the second annual Summer Networking Bash on the Dock 79 rooftop, just behind Nats stadium, on August 17th! Come chat with other young leaders from the real estate, development, and architecture industries. Plenty of food and beer to break the ice! Registration is now open!


4. You find large installation art intriguing, but BBQ even more intriguing.


5. If you’re looking for some professional advice:

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Big take away from our monthly meeting: take the AREs as soon as possible!

5 Favorites Friday

1. If you just can’t seem to figure out how to do a Snap Chat post on Instagram:

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Our second mentoring session of the #ArchitectUp series will be kicking off Tuesday June 27th! Deane Madsen, contributor to Architect magazine, will be talking us through the benefits and opportunities of using social media as a branding and marketing tool. Check out the details and register here!

2. If you need some inspiration when it gets difficult to work with consultants.

3. When you just saw Wonder Woman and you’re feeling particularly empowered:

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Apply to #CKLDP17! Applications are live for the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. If you missed the info session this past Monday, more details about the program can be found on the website. Applications are due Monday June 26th!

4. You got on a minimalist living kick and need to buy some new furniture.

5. If you’re still looking for a shot at the title:

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Thesis showcase submissions are due next Thursday June 15th! Help bridge the gap between practicing architects and recent grads (and show off those renderings that stole all of your sleep).

5 Things to Know About the EAC to Kick Off 2017!

1. Our members are as diverse as the profession.

So… Who exactly is the EAC?

The AIA|DC Emerging Architect Committee is a group of young professionals who seek to learn from one another and grow within the Architectural Industry. There are no membership fees, and you do not have to be an AIA member to be active in the committee. The only requirement is that you have not been licensed for 10 years or more.

To be actively involved in the committee you can be part of our amazing core team or simply join our incredible events throughout the year! Core team members strategically plan and organize our programs, while forming lasting relationship across the profession.

2. We have 4 main areas of focus:

We believe that incredible opportunities come from within our own industry, and that sharing knowledge and collaborating with one-another is the best way to succeed as a profession. Our four main areas of focus are:

  • ADVOCATE for emerging architects
  • PROVOKE and talk about the future of the profession
  • MENTOR the next generation of architects
  • OUTREACH to the community, other AIA members, and the public

3. We all join for similar reasons, but we come with different perspectives…

The majority of our members will say the same thing when you ask: “Why did you join the EAC?” They will tell you that they were new to DC. Or that they were interested in growing their professional network. Or that they believe in a larger message to shape the profession.

The perspectives and backgrounds of our members and our program participants however, are far and farther between. Our members are architects, engineers, product reps, and consultants.  Our education and backgrounds span from coast to coast. Some are licensed and others never plan to be. And we each practice in very different ways.

Come share your story at the next committee meeting!

4. We meet to plan, and we plan to meet!

Our monthly committee meetings occur on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Gensler (2020 K Street NW). Our various events however, happen throughout the year, typically on weekdays from 630-8pm, and range in locations all across the city.

Upcoming events are posted to the AIA|DC calendar one month in advance. If you are interested in learning more about events for the year, feel free to reach out to one of our executive committee members listed on the EAC webpage.

5. Events for everyone…

Our 20+ events over the course of the year are designed to connect people across all levels of experience in the profession, because lets be honest –  in architecture – there is always more to learn! From our Portfolio and Resume Building Workshops, to our Architecture Uncensored Series, to our joint Construction Tours with the Structural Engineers Association – the EAC program list is filled with exciting and educational events for all levels of experience.

We hope to see you at our next one!

Follow us on social media, #AIAdcEAC

 

@AIAYAF and AIA National Associates Committee Seek Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

The AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) and the AIA National Associates Committee (NAC) would like to formally open the call for applications for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director position for each of these committees.

Jump to the 2017 – 2019 YAF Mid-Atlantic Regional Director position. Jump to the National Associates Committee 2017-2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Associate Director Position

Each of these positions is a 2-year appointment and will commence January 2017 and terminate December 2018. Applicants applying for the YAF must be an architect within their first 10 years of licensure. Applicants applying for the NAC should not be licensed architects at the time of submission. All Applicants must be AIA or Assoc. AIA members. Further information about each of these positions can be found on the following pages. Deadline to submit is October 31, 2017; 11:59pm.

2017 – 2019 YAF Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

Overview:
The AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) is the voice of recently licensed architects, and the catalist for progress within the Institute. As the future of architecture, we are the professionals who use 21st century design skills to respond to both today and tomorrow’s issues and change the way people work, live, and play. In 2017, the YAF is celebrating its 25th year as a Committee within AIA National and has the following three overriding values:

  • LEADERSHIP is the practice of actively engaging recently licensed Architects to affect positive change for the betterment of other members, their firms, their communities, and the Institute overall.
  • MENTORSHIP is the developmental partnership through which a seasoned Architect (mentor) shares knowledge, skills, information and perspective with an Intern Architect or a recently licensed Architect (mentee) in order to develop specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the mentee’s professional and personal growth.
  • FELLOWSHIP is the condition of sharing similar interests, ideals, or experiences with other recently licensed Architects or more experienced Architects in a congenial, collegial atmosphere on equal terms.

The Young Architect Regional Director (YARD) is the primary connection between local AIA chapters and the national YAF Advisory Committee (AdCom). The YAF Regional Director will keep communication flowing between these groups by:

  • Maintaining quarterly communication with all YAF chapters/EP Committees within his or her designated region.
  • Serve as a conduit between local YAF chapters and the AdCom.
  • Disseminating information to and collecting information from local chapters as requested.
  • Submitting a regional report as requested.
  • Participating in YAF Focus Group led by AdCom.

As the regional director, AIA National covers your costs for travel, food, and lodging for the YAF/NAC Annual Meeting. Additionally, you are provided a stipend by AIA Mid-Atlantic to cover registration, travel, food, and lodging costs associated with AIA Grassroots, and AIA Convention. Any other costs associated with travel or other conferences are to be covered by the delegate.

This is a tremendous opportunity to take on a larger leadership role within the AIA. You will grow your network with the YAF, AIA, and the College of Fellows both regionally and nationally. Through national committee appointments, this rewarding experience will allow you to be actively engaged in shaping the future of the profession.

Mandatory Attendance Each Year:

  • YAF/NAC Transition Meeting, Location TBD (2 days) – February
  • AIA Grassroots, Washington, DC – March 8 – 10, 2017
  • AIA Convention, Orlando, FL – April 27 – 29, 2017
  • Design DC Regional Conference, Washington, DC – September (encouraged)
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting – October (1/2 day)
  • YAF Monthly Conference Calls (1 hour each)
  • Attending regional YAF Chapter and EP Committee Meetings and Programs (encouraged)

Required Application Material:

  • Licensed Architect – Applicants must be a licensed architect with no more than 10 years of registration. Provide date/state of first registration.
  • AIA Membership – Applicants must be a member in good standing within the AIA Mid-Atlantic Region (AIA|DC, AIA Delaware, AIA Maryland, AIA Baltimore, AIA Potomac Valley, AIA Chesapeake Bay). Provide AIA member number.
  • Letter of Nomination/Letter of Interest – Applicants may be nominated by others or be self-nominated. The author of the nomination letter should ideally be familiar with the YAF and understands the leadership qualities of the applicant. Limit one-page.
  • Letter of Recommendation – Each application must include one letter of recommendation. Limit one-page.
  • Personal Resume – Including applicant’s education, employment history, organizations or activity involvement, and honors and awards. Resumes are preferred to be no more than two pages. (It is NOT in the best interest of the applicant to simply submit a 1-page firm resume with project experience)

Deadline:
Complete Applications must be submitted as a single PDF to Ryan McEnroe
(ryan.t.mcenroe[at]gmail[dot]com) by 11:59pm on Monday, October 31, 2016.

National Associates Committee 2017-2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Associate Director Position
The National Associates Committee (NAC) is dedicated to serving Associate members of the AIA in the advancement of their careers.

Vision Statement
By promoting excellence, providing information and leadership, fostering inclusiveness, and encouraging individual, community, and professional development, the NAC will integrate the growing Associates community of the profession into a strong voice within the Institute.

The NAC aspires to be the catalyst for progress within the Institute and the profession:

  • We ENGAGE by becoming agents of change
  • We INNOVATE by challenging the status quo
  • We CONNECT by representing our diverse membership
  • We LEAD by example, promoting mentorship, fellowship, licensure, advocacy, and service

The NAC believes its work serves to make AIA membership meaningful to Associates through services that effectively anticipate, meet, and exceed their needs.

Overview
The Regional Associate Director (RAD) works with their counterparts, the YARDs, AIAS Quad Directors, Architect Licensing Advisors, and AIA Regional Directors across their Regions. RADs are responsible for gathering information about issues facing Associates within their Regions and disseminating information about national/regional activities and resources for use at the local level. Of equal importance, RADs serve as a vital link between Associates and the national organization.

While RADs roles and responsibilities vary Region to Region widely, NAC-related roles and responsibilities are expanded in the Appendix of this Handbook. RADs are the key to vertical communication, connecting Associate leaders at all levels of the Institute. RADs are also encouraged to work on various issues important to them and their regions through the NAC work groups.

As the regional director, AIA National will cover your costs for travel, food, and lodging for the YAF/NAC Annual Meeting. Additionally, you are provided with up to a $1,000 stipend by AIA Mid-Atlantic Regional Council to cover registration, travel, food, and lodging costs associated with AIA Grassroots and the AIA Convention. Any other costs associated with travel or other conferences are to be covered by the delegate.

This is a tremendous opportunity to take on a larger leadership role within the AIA. You will grow your network with the NAC, YAF, and the AIA both regionally and nationally. Through national committee appointments, this rewarding experience will allow you to be actively engaged in shaping the future of the profession.

Event Attendance Each Year

  • YAF/NAC Annual Meeting, Location TBD – 2 days – February (Mandatory)
  • AIA Grassroots, Washington, DC – March 8 – 10, 2017
  • AIA Convention, Orlando, FL – April 27 – 29, 2017
  • Design DC Regional Conference, Washington, DC – 3 days
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, Location TBD – Fall – Half day
  • NAC Full Committee Quarterly Conference Calls – 1 hour each
  • NAC Taskforce Conference Calls – 1 hour each/frequency TBD
  • Attending regional Emerging Professional Committee Meetings and Programs Is highly encouraged

Required Application Material

  • AIA Membership – Applicant must be an Associate AIA member in good standing within the AIA Mid-Atlantic Region (AIA|DC, AIA Delaware, AIA Maryland, AIA Baltimore, AIA Potomac Valley, AIA Chesapeake Bay) and not be licensed at the time of submission.
  • Letter of Nomination/Letter of Interest – Applicant may be nominated by others or be self-nominated. The author of the nomination letter should ideally be familiar with the NAC and understand the leadership qualities of the applicant. Limit one-page.
  • Letter of Recommendation – Each application must include one letter of recommendation. The author of the recommendation letter is encouraged to be an AIA Leader. Limit one-page.
  • Personal Resume – Applicant should education, employment history, organizations or activity involvement, honors, and awards. Resumes are preferred to be no more than two pages. (It is NOT in the best interest of the applicant to simply submit a 1-page firm resume with project experience)

Deadline
Completed applications must be submitted as a single PDF to Yiselle Santos, Assoc. AIA (yiselle.santos[at]gmail[dot]com) by 11:59pm on Monday, October 31, 2016.

EAC #MentoringWorkshop – Leadership Through Education, Sept. 27

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Registration required via AIA|DC.

WHAT: Come join the Emerging Architects Committee for “Leadership Through Education: Learning from Teaching,” a presentation by Eric J. Jenkins, AIA, professor at the Catholic University of America, about leadership through education. The session will review ways that emerging architects can continue to learn and teach as a way to lead the profession. Attendees will learn about opportunities to engage with the community and the role they can play in education.

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
WHERE: WDG Architecture, 1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036
HOW: Individual Sessions: $10 // Full Series (Five Sessions): $40. Registration required via AIA|DC. Participants who attend the full series will be entered into a drawing for some amazing prizes!

WHO: Eric Jenkins is a licensed architect, professor and director of the Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning’s Urban Practice concentration and is a former Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies. His research and writing has focused on design epistemology. He is the author of two books: To Scale: One Hundred Urban Plans (Routledge, 2008) and Drawn to Design: Analyzing Architecture through Freehand Drawing (Birkhauser, 2013). He has lectured and directed workshops at national universities including Clemson, Miami University, and the University of Minnesota. He is the recipient of several teaching and design awards including 2014 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Creative Expression. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Design Studies from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Sign up for the series on aiadc.com/calendar

Mentoring Workshop: Leading in the Public Interest, July 26

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For the Emerging Architects Committee’s fourth mentoring workshop, we will host a presentation by Lindsay Brugger, Resilient Communities Manager at the AIA and Co-Director of Open Architecture DC’s Resilience by Design Program, about leadership in Public Interest Design. The session will provide case studies, discuss area opportunities, and examine the most important aspect of public interest design: listening.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: SmithGroupJJR, 1700 New York Avenue, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20006
Price: $10 for individual sessions. Registration required via AIA|DC.

#EACMentors – Design Leadership in Our Time, May 31

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Join the Emerging Architects Committee for “Young. Bold. Real. – Design Leadership In Our Time,” a presentation by Vaki Mawema, senior associate at Gensler, about leadership through design.

Need to register for this session? That’s here, via AIA|DC.

Vaki Mawema impacts the design industry, community and his project work through his exceptional interpersonal and creative skills. As a Senior Associate of the global firm Gensler, Vaki has been recognized for his leadership and dedication to design. His professional and industry accomplishments, along with his community involvement, led to him being honored for the 2016 class of the Washington Business Journal’s 40 under 40. In 2011, Vaki was recognized by Boutique Design magazine as one of 18 American designers to watch. His work has also been published in various design outlets including Contract magazine and Boutique Design magazine. As an industry thought leader, he has been a featured speaker at events sponsored by Bisnow, Gen-Z, CoStar, and the Crystal City BID about subjects including design industry trends,
sustainability, and landlord services.

“Some wish design school taught us about business. I wish design school taught us about people. I believe our generation’s biggest leadership opportunity is to re-discover our industry’s true purpose: using design and design thinking to create conditions in which people can truly thrive.”—Vaki Mawema

The session will be held at Page and includes a guided tour of the firm. Participants who attend the full series will be entered into a drawing for some amazing prizes!

WHEN: Tuesday, May 31, 6.30 – 8.00 pm
WHERE: Page/, 1615 M Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
PRICE: $10 ($40 for full series of five sessions). Registration required via AIA|DC.

Meet the Fellows Night at @DCArchCenter, March 22!

Join AIA|DC for the third annual reception to introduce the new class of AIA Fellows.

During this presentation, the new local AIA Fellows will each present a Pecha Kucha-style, rapid-fire talk on what inspired each of them to become an architect, their greatest success and challenges, and what they know now that they wish they had known as an emerging professional.

Reception to follow; registration required via AIA|DC.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Only 3,000 out of more than 88,000 AIA members are initiated into the College of Fellows.

Presenting Fellows include:

  • Yolanda Cole, FAIA, Hickok Cole Architects
  • Robert P. Harris, FAIA, NAVFAC Headquarters
  • Jonathan Herz, FAIA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Meral Iskir, FAIA, SK+I Architects
  • James Voelzke, FAIA, MV+A Architects

Organized by: AIA|DC

#ArchUncensored Speaker Spotlight: Adam Schwartz, AIA

AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee is pleased to announce that our very own Adam Schwartz, AIA, an associate at HGA, will be joining us for our March 23 discussion on The License Dilemma, the first installment of this year’s Architecture Uncensored series (Register  via AIA|DC).

 

SchwartzAAdam Schwartz, AIA, NCARB, is an associate at HGA Architects and Engineers in Alexandria, Virginia, specializing in public/corporate work. He serves as the AIA|DC Architect Licensing Advisor and is an active member of the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee, serving on the EAC Communications committee and leading this year’s EAC Mentoring Workshop series, entitled “Leadership and the Emerging Architect.” Adam is currently a scholar in the 2015-2016 Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program class, participates annually in AIA Northern Virginia Canstruction, and volunteers with the Washington Architectural Foundation. In 2015, he also helped teach the Structural Systems ARE prep course at the District Architecture Center and helped organize and raise funds for the 2015 Interschool Design Competition held at the National Building Museum.

Adam shared with us a few brief thoughts on his feelings about licensing to spark conversation for the March 23 panel:

Getting licensed early on was one of the best professional decisions I ever made, and I highly recommend getting it done as soon as possible. Putting the AREs behind me freed my life up in immeasurable ways, and I can’t stress how good it feels to finish them. I’m excited to see how the Integrated Path to architectural licensure plays out over the coming years.

Mr. Schwartz will be joined by:

Moderated by: Elizabeth (E.B.) Kinkel, Assoc. AIA – View Dynamic Glass

WHEN: March 23, 2016, 6.30–8.00pm
WHERE: RTKL, 2101 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20007
PRICE: Students & Assoc. AIA members: $10; AIA & DAC members: $15; Non-members: $35. Registration required via AIA|DC.
Credits: 1.0 LU

Check back for more details as the events grow closer, and we hope to see you there! You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #ArchUncensored

About Architecture Uncensored
Architecture Uncensored is an annual series organized by the Emerging Architects Committee that focuses on taboo topics and challenges young architects to look at important issues from multiple perspectives.

Sponsored by: RTKL and SmithGroupJJR
Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee

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#ArchUncensored Speaker Spotlight: Harry Falconer, AIA

AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee is pleased to announce that Harry M. Falconer, Jr., AIA, director of experience and education at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), will be joining us for our March 23 discussion on The License Dilemma, the first installment of this year’s Architecture Uncensored series (Register  via AIA|DC).

 

 

FalconerHHarry Falconer joined NCARB in 2006. As Director of Experience + Education, he leads the directorate to provide professional support for the Intern Development Program (IDP) as well as NCARB’s education-related programs including the NCARB Education Standard, NCARB Award, Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) and Foreign Architect Certification programs, and continuing education initiatives. He is also responsible for administration of the Council’s outreach initiative to schools, professional conferences, and firms; and management of the IDP Coordinators program.

Falconer’s career in architecture includes over 22 years in practice prior to joining NCARB’s team.  He holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is licensed to practice architecture in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, has been certified as a construction documents technologist by the Construction Specifications Institute, and holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity. In 2010, Falconer was awarded NCARB’s highest honor, the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service, for his leadership in the Intern Development Program (IDP).

Mr. Falconer shared some thoughts on licensure with us to spark conversation for the March 23 panel:

Licensure is as valuable today as it has always been. It signifies to the public that one is an architect, and that the architect has been trained to protect the public in the built environment. The point at which one gets a license varies greatly from architect to architect.  The value of a license to practice architecture is the same no matter when it’s obtained.  It’s the same license for everyone.

We know that there are many opportunities in the design industry.  Personally and professionally, I don’t understand anyone who goes to school for 5 – 7 years to get an architecture degree and immediately does something other than become an architect.  I firmly believe that one should get licensed first – then move on if one finds happiness in their work doing something other than buildings.  It’s much harder to go through the process later – after years away from the practice.

Mr. Falconer will be joined by:

Moderated by: Elizabeth (E.B.) Kinkel, Assoc. AIA – View Dynamic Glass

WHEN: March 23, 2016, 6.30–8.00pm
WHERE: RTKL, 2101 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20007
PRICE: Students & Assoc. AIA members: $10; AIA & DAC members: $15; Non-members: $35. Registration required via AIA|DC.
Credits: 1.0 LU

Sponsored by: RTKL and SmithGroupJJR
Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee

Check back for more details as the events grow closer, and we hope to see you there! You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #ArchUncensored

About Architecture Uncensored
Architecture Uncensored is an annual series organized by the Emerging Architects Committee that focuses on taboo topics and challenges young architects to look at important issues from multiple perspectives.

 

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