The AIA Manifesto

It's more than three letters after your name

A new video that debuted at Grassroots 2013 explores what it means to be an architect.

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Storming the Hill (Grassroots 2013)

By Sean Sheffler, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Posted on March 25, 2013

I’m just getting back into town after spending last week in Washington D.C., where I joined my fellow architects from all corners of the nation for the AIA’s annual Grassroots Leadership Conference.  Nearly 700 representatives of the AIA stormed the hill — Capitol Hill, that is — to meet with our elected officials and lobby on the behalf of the AIA, architects in general, and the profession at large. This was my second year at Grassroots; after the incredible experience I had last year (which I waxed philosophic in an editorial), a return trip to our nation’s capital in 2013 was almost a sure thing. Why, exactly, is a difficult thing to describe. A friend recently asked me why I...

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March @ the AIA

Well, the month is certainly “in like a lion”. Will it be out like a lamb? Only time can tell. While you’re wishing for those first warm days, why not consider pulling on your snow boots and coming out to an AIA event? There’s a CRAN Open House, a Hard-hat Tour, and the always-lively PechaKucha Night. Keep busy and before you know it, the sun will be shining and spring will be here… Just in time for Build Pittsburgh! ARCHITECT Live Co-host Contest – Get ready for your close-up. AIA members, AIAS members, and students will be able to submit a 2-minute audition video for the chance to co-host ARCHITECT Live at the AIA National Convention with Stephen Chung, AIA, ARCHITECT...

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A Fellow Among Us

Congratulations to AIA Pittsburgh’s Rich DeYoung, who was among the 122 member architects inducted into the College of Fellows for 2013.  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. DeYoung, president and CEO if WTW Architects, is currently serving as the 2013-14 AIA secretary.  He is also a past AIA national board member, has served as Pennsylvania regional director, a member of the AIA Secretary’s Advisory Committee as well as the AIA Advocacy Committee.  He was president of AIA Pennsylvania in 2006 and president of AIA Pittsburgh in 2003. He, along with the other 2013 Fellows, will be...

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Interested in Going to Convention?

AIA offers new Young Professional rate

New for 2013, AIA architect and associate members, 40 years of age or younger, can receive a reduced registration rate of almost 30 percent off. This promotion is restricted to the first 700 members who meet age and membership criteria and complete their registration. Convention registration includes most education seminars, entrance to AIA Expo2013, and the three keynote presentations. Preconvention workshops, educational tours, and networking/business events are available at an additional cost. The 2013 AIA National Convention will be held in Denver, Colorado from June 20-22. For more information, go to www.aia.org/convention_reg.

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February @ the AIA

Yes, it’s cold. Yes, it’s snowy. Don’t let that keep you from getting out and getting involved! This month features a birthday bash at the Heinz Architectural Center as well as a handful of webinars, which can be attended from the comfort of your office – stay warm and earn AIA Learning Units at the same time.   February 9 – CAKEitecture: Join the Heinz Architectural Center to celebrate their 20th birthday. CAKEitecture, a special opening event, pairs architects and designers with local bakeries to craft architecturally inspired confections. February 15 – AIA Committee on Architecture for Education webinar: Outdoor Learning Environments February 19 – ARE Review Building Systems, part 1 February 19 – AIA TAP webinar: The Future of...

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January @ the AIA

It’s a new year, a time to start over, a reset. How will you take advantage of this yearly opportunity? Did you make a resolution? How about to be more involved, more active, more engaged? Join one of AIA Pittsburgh’s committees and make your voice heard! Or think about attending Convention and become involved on a national level. AIA Membership Renewal– Don’t forget to renew your AIA membership for 2013 so that you don’t miss out on anything! AIA Diversity Recognition Program – The AIA Diversity Recognition Program is now accepting submissions for the 2013 celebration. The Program “invites the contributions of AIA members toward the goal of a more diverse profession.” Submissions are due February 6th. January 15 –...

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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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