Lobby Treatment

By Sean Sheffler, AIA, LEED AP Posted on May 31, 2012

It’s already been over a week since the AIA National Convention came to a close.  Circumstances kept me from attending, but I spent much of that week reminiscing.  During the first week of March, I had the privilege of traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend the AIA’s annual Grassroots convention.  The theme of this year’s event – displayed prominently everywhere one happened to look – was “Come As You Are, Leave Inspired.”  As a first time attendee, I can tell you that truer words have never been spoken. Grassroots is the AIA’s annual lobbying effort, where the membership ascends upon Capitol Hill to meet with our congressmen and tell our story.  As a conference, Grassroots often takes the backseat to...

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Pittsburgh’s Own Elected as AIA National Secretary

Rich DeYoung, AIA wins the bid.

Rich DeYoung, AIA, president and CEO of WTW Architects, has been elected 2013-14 AIA secretary. A member who has been active on all levels, DeYoung is a past AIA national board member, serving on the board as Pennsylvania regional director from 2009-2011. He was a member of the AIA Secretary’s Advisory Committee in 2011 and an AIA Advocacy Committee member in 2007 and in 2009-2010. He was also president of AIA Pennsylvania in 2006 and president of AIA Pittsburgh in 2003.  To read more about the AIA National election results, click here.

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AIA Launches Sustainable Project Documents

AIA Contract Documents has released a series of sustainable projects  documents at the AIA 2012 National Convention this week that can help customers navigate the unique issues related to sustainable design projects.  AIA Contract Documents also has a comprehensive offering of contracts for the small project practitioner .  Make sure to check out these exciting products and resources, including document samples and comparatives.  

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May @ the AIA

A quick look at AIA events for the month

Ever wonder how the AIA puts your yearly dues to use?  Looking for a way to get involved?  Here’s a brief breakdown of events and opportunities happening this month at the AIA. New Graduate Membership: The AIA offers recent graduates, from accredited schools of architecture, complimentary Associate AIA Membership for up to 18 months.  Click here to download an application.  Join today and become a part of this community.  To hear a message  about the value of AIA Membership from AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA, click here. May 8 – ARE Review Session: “Building Design and Construction Systems”, held at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative Offices at 2847 Penn Avenue in the Strip District. May 10 – Submissions open for PechaKucha Night (PKN)...

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Design Connects: AIA 2012 National Convention

May 17-19, Washington, D.C.

This year’s theme, Design Connects, celebrates the boundless potential the profession of architecture offers when you actively connect – with one another, with your work, and with the community. In response to the pressing issues our world faces today, it is essential that we all reach out to express ideas, exchange perspectives, and expand our network. The National Convention offers the opportunity to expand your knowledge base in a myriad of ways – nearly 200 continuing education sessions to choose from, over 700 exhibitors to visit, architectural  tours, and networking will all enhance your professional development. Join the architectural community from across the country in Washington, D.C. this May to discover what the right connections can do for you. Go...

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Architectural Billings Index

ABI reports growth for 3rd month

On the heels of consecutive months of strengthening business conditions, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has now reached positive territory three months in a row. 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 January ABI score was 50.9, following a mark of 51.0 in December.  This score reflects a slight increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).  The new projects inquiry index was 61.2, down just a notch from a reading of 61.5 the previous month.

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