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On April 27 a group of 70 AIA, CSI, AGC and IFMA members took a hardhat tour of the downtown Dayton Metro Library.  The library is scheduled to open in June.  Before the actual tour began, representatives from the Library, Heapy Engineering, and LWC – including John Fabelo, AIA, and Will Kaly, AIA, briefed the group on some of the significant features and challenges of retrofitting and adding on to the existing structure.  For a full photo album, see the AIA Dayton Facebook page.


AIA Dayton announced the winners of its 36th annual Art in Architecture Student Design Competition on March 19 at an Awards Reception at Heapy Engineering.  Students from seven Miami Valley school competed for $4,000 in scholarships and prizes.

This year’s program, The Stage at First Flight, was an outdoor performance venue at Dave Hall Plaza in Dayton.   Forty-eight students from seven area high schools participated in the program, with 31 students completing the program and turning in design boards.

Bryce Howell Paul Wittmann

Bryce Howell, a senior at Chaminade Julienne High School, was awarded the Top Design Award and a $1,500 scholarship from L2M Architecture in Moraine.  Paul Wittmann, a junior at Chaminade Julienne High School, won the Merit Award and a $1,000 Heapy Engineering college scholarship.

Ayshe Salamova  Jake Schauer  Nate Kaval 

Ayshe Salamova a senior at Ponitz Technology Career Center, was awarded the Sinclair Community College Pathways Scholarship for one semester of classes at Sinclair.  Two Honorable Mention Book Awards of $200 each, sponsored by Miller Valentine Construction and the City of Dayton Planning Department were earned by Jake Schauer, a junior at Oakwood High School and Nate Kaval, a sophomore at Oakwood High School.

Sara Bowman  Allison Baker  Tyler Kennedy 

An award for Future Architect went to Chaminade Julienne High School Senior, Sara Bowman; while Vandalia Butler High School junior Allison Baker received the Master Craftsman Award for the best presentation.  Rounding out the prizes and receiving the Most Creative Use of Materials, was Tyler Kennedy, Stebbins High School senior.

This competition was judged on creative design and artistic presentation by a panel of jurors including: Dianna Conboy, AIA; Ann Schenking, City of Dayton; Matthew Sauer, AIA, Matthew Sauer Architect; and Angela Stewart.

This year’s participation t-shirts were sponsored by Sherwin Williams and the design was provided by WD Partners.  The Design Review refreshments were sponsored by Synergy; and the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and the Rose Music Center provided vouchers for future performances which were used as participation prizes.

Doug Grewe, AIA and Daniel Freytag, AIA and the AIA Dayton Emerging Professionals generously contributed to this year’s program as well.

[See photos of the 2017 Art in Architecture award winners]

[Download PDF of the 2017 Awards Ceremony Presentation (60MB)]


AIA Dayton would like to thank these companies for their sponsorship of the 2017 Student Design Competition. 


AIA Dayton welcomes you to The Art in Architecture Student Design Competition, sponsored by Heapy Engineering. The program is designed for college-bound high school students, grades 9 through 12, interested in art, architecture, or design. The competition is open to all students within AIA Dayton’s nine-county geographic region (Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby Counties) and/or zip codes beginning with 453, 454, 455, and 458.

This 36th annual competition, named The Stage at First Flight, is an extra-curricular activity that introduces you to architecture through the participation in a design project. You will be provided with the opportunity to interact with design professionals and students of design from Miami University, who will serve as mentors and assist you in this learning experience. All students are encouraged, but are not required, to seek the help of an advisor or teacher.  We are offering some great prizes, including college scholarships.  Sinclair Community College is generously sponsoring the SCC Pathways Award of 15 semester hours at SCC, while the Honor and Merit Award college scholarships can be used at any college of the winner’s choice.

Click here to download the Student Design Competition Program Requirements and Submission Guidelines.

Click here to view Student Design Competition Performance Venue Precedence presentation.

Click here to download the SDC 2016-2017 site CAD DWG file.


On Tuesday, October 25 the American Institute of Architects, Dayton Chapter held its biennial Focus on Design Awards Program at the Yellow Cab Tavern on East Fourth Street, Dayton.

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 Interior Projects category, one award was given:

  • MODA4 Design received an Honor Award for the DataYard office project.

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

  • Annette Miller Architects received a Merit Award for the Wright State University Rike Hall Coffee Bar addition, and a Merit Award for the Wright State University Student Suceess Center.
  • Ruetschle Architects received an Honorable Mention for the Northwest Branch Library of the Dayton Metro Library.
  • Earl Reeder Associates received an Honorable Mention for Allée Arbor at Cox Arboretum Metropark.

The 2016 jury was comprised of representatives from the American Institute of Architects Birmingham, Alabama. Philip Black, AIA, of Simonton Swaika Black 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; Shook Construction; Shell & Meyer Engineering; Koroseal; Oberer Thompson Company; Spohn Associates; Allegion; 3form; Hamilton Parker; and Long and Associates.

Click here for a slideshow video of all the projects submitted for the 2016 AIA Dayton Focus on Design Awards program.

Click here to see photos from the evening.


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