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The 2015 edition of the Procrastinator's Day occurred on October 29th at Elements IV, who proved to be gracious hosts. Attendance increased this year, thanks in large part to the many procrastinators in the AIA Dayton!

A special thank you to our first presenter, Julie Wiebusch of The Greenbusch Group, who sponsored the breakfast spread that included coffee, juice, bagels, and other delectable treats. This first presentation, "Acoustics Beyond the Science" challenged members to hear through the ears of a 6-year-old and attempt to ignore the smiley face award presentation. Who knew we were going to be quizzed on our auditory ability...can someone pass me a glass of "juice", not a glass of "teeth"?

The next presentation, offered by Eric Pempus with the Oswald Group, proved once again to be invaluable as Eric reviewed the A/E Stamping and Sealing Standards. Through his carefully crafted stories members were made aware of the why, when, and who is to use their Professional Seal.

From there members were released to lunch, sponsored by the Vendor Blender Group. This open forum display of vendors allowed members to gather product information all in one spot while enjoying the Dorothy Lane Market Killer Brownie.

After lunch, the seminar turned serious as Amy Kobe with the Ohio Architects Board updated everyone on the upcoming changes to the ARE, IDP, and Integrated Path to Licensure. As always, Amy presented these topics with excitement and a wealth of knowledge, and also offered a friendly reminder to those present to complete their continuing education requirements.

The last presentation of the day, "Net-Zero" presented by Alec Carnes and Mark Brumfield with Heapy Engineers, elicited many questions and much discussion. This presentation included an overview of Net-Zero strategies while evaluating case study examples of built projects. AIA Dayton would once again like to thank our host, Elements IV, our sponsors The Greenbush Group and The Vendor Blend Group, and all of the presenters for making the 2015 AIA Procrastinator Seminar an educational success.

The 2015 Focus on Design Lecture was well attended by architects and guests on Tuesday, November 3rd.  All enjoyed conversation, beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and a tour of the museum before the formal part of the evening started. President Dave Bills introduced the speaker Carlos Jimenez, Houston based architect and professor at Rice University.  Carlos spoke of his body of work, mostly in the state of Texas, highlighting his thoughts on design, urban sprawl and reflection the impact of history on current design.  Highlights included his own house and studio projects with adjacent home as one complex, and several projects in the small town of Marfa, Texas.  His lecture was deep in thought, yet peppered with humor that made for an entertaining evening.  A special thanks to Miami University for teaming with AIA Dayton to bring Mr. Jimenez to the region and joining us in this presentation.

The rescheduled 2015 AIA Dayton Golf Outing was held July 20 at Sugar Valley Golf Club amid hot and humid temperatures – but no rain! Watering hole sponsors Becker Construction and Chapel Electric had a hard time keeping up with the demand for cold water with the heat index in the high 90’s, but the grilled strip steak at the end of the day made the journey worth traveling. Thank you Hemm’s Glass for the great dinner! [Read more...]

The 2015 Student Design Art in Architecture program is a Downtown Market, inspired by the need for food and shopping for local residents, professionals and the public within the central business district of Dayton.  The project will feature the adaptive reuse of the existing Gentile Building.  The primary focus of the Downtown Market is to provide groceries, but a secondary service of the participant’s choosing is also required. [Read more…]

On Wednesday, November 5, the American Institute of Architects, Dayton Chapter held its biennial Focus on Design Awards Program in the Gothic Cloister at the Dayton Art Institute.

This salute to design excellence was established to promote and focus attention on Miami Valley architecture firms producing quality and high performance design in adherence to the American Institute of Architect’s 10 Principles of Livable Communities.

In the Newly Completed Buildings, Additions, Remodelings, Renovations, Restorations category, two awards were made:

  • Annette Miller Architects received an Honor Award for the Wright State University Rinzler Student Sports Complex.
  • Ruetschle Architects received a Merit Award for the Little Woods House.

In the Interior Projects category, two awards were given:

  • MODA4 Design received a Merit Award for the MODA4 Office Interior.
  • Garmann/Miller & Associates, Inc. received an Honorable Mention Award for the restoration of the Auglaize County Courthouse.

In the Urban Design or Planning Projects category, an award was given to:

  • Annette Miller Architects received a Merit Award for the University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash, Muntz Hall.

In the category Sustainable Design Projects, an award was given to:

  • LWC Incorporated received an Honorable Mention Award for the Aullwood Farm Discovery Center.

The 2014 jury was comprised of representatives from the American Institute of Architects Springfield, Missouri. Andrew Wells, FAIA, of Dake Wells Architects served as the jury chair. 

Platinum sponsors of the event were Pella Windows & Doors; Snyder Brick & Block; and Business Furniture.  Underwriters of the event were Heapy Engineering; Shell & Meyer Engineering; KLH Engineering; Danis; 3form; Innovative Lighting Solutions; and Oberfields LLC.  Supporters of the event were Otis; Bern Landscaping; Koroseal; Oberer Thompson Company; and Long and Associates, Inc. 

AIA Dayton, founded in 1900, has a local membership of approximately 200 members and represents the interests of all registered architects in Dayton, Ohio and the surrounding nine counties.

Click here to view photos from the 2014 AIA Dayton Focus on Design Awards banquet.

Click here for a slideshow video of all the projects submitted for the 2014 AIA Dayton Focus on Design Awards program.


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