December @ the AIA

2012 is rapidly coming to a close. As you ponder how yet another year has flown by, remember to take advantage of each day left, and get involved in what the AIA has to offer. It’s time to renew your membership. Or if you’re not a member, maybe 2013 is the year to become one! Deck the halls, bake some cookies, and join us for AIA Pittsburgh’s annual Holiday Party at the city’s newest distillery, Wigle Whiskey. It’s sure to be a merry evening! AIA Membership Renewal – As the year comes to a close, don’t forget to renew your AIA membership so that you don’t miss out on anything in 2013! COTE Top Ten Projects Submissions – The AIA...

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AIA Introduces Energy Modeling Guide

In order to help architects more accurately predict the energy consumption in their design projects, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has put together An Architect’s Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process. The guide is an exhaustive, step-by-step map to predicting (and thus reducing) the energy usage of buildings. Written and assembled by a committee of architects, sustainability experts, and government building science officials, as well as AIA staff, the guide surveys a wide swath of the building design and construction industry to present baseline best practices for empirically evaluating the energy performance of buildings. Beyond defining and making a case for energy modeling, this primer walks readers through different types of energy modeling and the individual...

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November @ the AIA

Kicking up leaves along a sidewalk. Getting one of the last seats on the bus. An inspiring project. A late-night idea. Homemade meals shared among friends and family.  There are so many things to be thankful for and as the year winds down, this month is a great time to keep them in mind. After giving thanks, don’t forget to renew your membership, make sure your continuing education credits are all accounted for, and save room for pie! AIA Membership Campaign – Time for your annual membership renewal! Renew by December 31st and you will both receive a free continuing education course via AIA Virtual Convention as well as be entered into a drawing to win a complete AIA 2013...

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October @ the AIA

Experience architecture this month with Design Pittsburgh

Each year, the month of October features AIA Pittsburgh’s celebration of architecture and those who create it. It is once again time for Design Pittsburgh, our annual design competition, exhibit, gala, and awards ceremony. We are also honoring Lisa Schroeder, President and CEO of Riverlife, with AIA Pittsburgh’s Gold Medal for her contributions to good design.  Looking for a way to reconnect with the architecture community? This is a great time to experience over 80 projects, meet up with other architects, and get inspired! AIA Membership Campaign – Time for your annual membership renewal!  Renew by December 31st and you will both receive a free continuing education course via AIA Virtual Convention as well as be entered into a drawing...

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September @ the AIA

Check out this exciting month as we gear up for Design Pittsburgh!

The days are getting shorter, but AIA Pittsburgh is finding ways to fit more into them!  September is quickly filling up with events all around town, particularly the unveiling of the Design Pittsburgh 2012 exhibit!  Design submissions will be available to view via the online digital exhibit next week, with the physical exhibit making its debut at the Cultural District’s Gallery Crawl on September 28th! An autumn evening spent Downtown, taking in art and design… you won’t want to miss it!  AIA Trade Mission to India: The AIA, in conjunction with the US Department of Commerce, has put together the first Architecture trade mission to India.   A half day seminar is scheduled for September 19, for architects and firms interested in...

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AIA BIM/Digital Practice Document Update

AIA National asks for your feedback

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has changed the way the construction industry interacts and communicates internally. Project plans have moved beyond two-dimensional design to multi-dimensional models that have parametric capabilities. The American Institute of Architects has commenced an effort to evaluate the continued development and adoption of BIM and the impact it has on contracts. As part of this effort, AIA is updating its BIM and Digital Practice documents for use on construction projects involving digital data or BIM, and have made the updated documents available for public comment. The feedback received will help to deliver the most relevant and complete documents possible. During this unique opportunity, the draft documents are available for review through the AIA Contract Documents website. After...

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August @ the AIA

Wrapping up summer with events you won't want to miss!

It’s been a hot summer, and whether you find yourself shaking the sand out of your flip flops or daydreaming while staring out at that clear blue sky, it’s time to find your focus and start thinking about Design Awards.  Entries, for both local and national design competitions, are due towards the end of August.  There’s also a BBQ/House Tour you won’t want to miss and AIA Pittsburgh’s Annual Meeting – “Adapt, Survive, and Thrive” –  where we’ll be looking at the profession and how recent changes – both external and internal – have impacted the foreseeable future. August 14 – YAF Steering Committee Meeting: Join AIA Pittsburgh’s YAF for the monthly steering committee meeting. Learn all about what this...

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July @ the AIA

A look at the month's events

It’s July, it’s hot, and you’re counting down the days (or hours) until vacation. Things may feel slower, even sluggish, on these 90° days, but the AIA is still at it, putting your dues dollars to work! While the calendar may not look very full, AIA Pittsburgh is working full-throttle as Design Pittsburgh approaches. Have a project you’re particularly proud of? A great design you want to show off to other professionals? A contender for an Honor Award? Submit it to our annual Design Awards Competition! In the meantime, here is a breakdown of events and opportunities happening this month at the AIA.   State Licensing Boards – New Interactive Map: The CES team at AIA National has just launched a...

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Architectural Billings Index experiences decline

ABI drops significantly for second month

Following the first negative reading in five months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has had a significant drop in May. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the May ABI score was 45.8, following a mark of 48.4 in April. This score reflects a sharp decrease in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 54.0, down slightly from mark of 54.4 the previous month. “For the second year in a row, we’re seeing declines in springtime design activity after a healthy first quarter....

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June @ the AIA

A quick look at events this month

Ever wonder how the AIA puts your yearly dues to use? Looking for a way to get involved? Interested in some fun summer activities? Here is a brief breakdown of events and opportunities happening this month at the AIA. Research Resource Center Online: There is now one location where members can go to for economic data and architectural research.  The Research Resource Center  can be found under the Practicing Architecture tab of AIA.org .  This new portal has links to member grant and research opportunities, the Architectural Billing Index and Home Design Trends Survey reports, as well as professional practice research, and much more. AIA 2013 Institute Honor Awards Call for Entries: The Institute Honor Awards celebrate the best in...

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