AIA Eastern Ohio is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects and, along with six (6) other chapters, form the Ohio Society of the American Institute of Architects.   As an organization, AIA Eastern Ohio strives to unite members of the architectural profession, improve, for society, the quality of the built environment, foster design excellence and promote the value of architecture as an ever increasing service to society.

AIA member Architects seek, through continuing education, to apply current standards and technology to projects while at the same time, adhering to a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct that demonstrates their dedication to meeting high standards in professional practice.  With a broad knowledge and understanding of construction, AIA Architects can help direct and guide the entire design process.

Few understand the complicated process of design, and the Architect is the one professional with the education, training and experience to help navigate the building design and construction process. 

Sponsors and Allied Partners

The Eastern Ohio Chapter would like to acknowledge our 2014 Chapter sponsors and Affiliates for the help they provide the chapter throughout the year.  From participation and support for many of our events and programs to their work on advocacy issues, these sponsors work with many of our chapter members throughout the year in helping us provide a more livable community.  We want to thank each of them for their support of AIA Eastern Ohio and the community.  You can find links to their information by visiting our Allied Members and Partners link under the Firms and Partners tab in the top menu of the site.  Again, thank you for your support of AIA Eastern Ohio.

The Chapter will be featuring one of sponsors each month and to help acknowledge their support of the architectural community.  If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact AIA Eastern Ohio for more information

AIA Ohio 2014 Convention

The AIA Eastern Ohio Chapter, in collaboration with AIA Akron, will be hosting the 2014 AIA Ohio Convention this fall at Kent State University.  The convention is intended to connect the members of the profession with students of architecture as the AIA repositions itself as a more progressive organization.  Focusing on the the connection of academia to practice, the conference will provide education tracks that focus on business issues and success in the profession.  
Join AIA Ohio, Eastern Ohio and Akron for this years AIA Ohio Convention, September 18, 19 and 20, 2014 at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center, Kent, Ohio.

AIA Billing Index

The AIA released their December Work-on-the Boards report that provides a summary of the Architecctural Billing Index and overall trends in design services offered nationwide.  This report, which can be found here, reports that the overall billing is down from in the Northeast as well as all other major census regions of the country.  It is also reported that this is only the second month in the last 16 that the Index was below 50, and that this does not indicate a trend in the overall direction of the economy.

Tom Bode AIA

AIA Eastern Ohio extends our condolences to the friends and family of Tom Bode AIA.  Tom pased away after being hospitalized in Maryland.   Tom was a long time member of the Eastern Ohio Chapter and served on the Board of Directors in the early and mid 1980's.  As a respected designer, Tom was also known for his extensive knowledge of the code and for work with local building departments.  More information will be provided as the details become available.

Repositioning Update

The AIA Board of Directors at their December meeting elected to continue to move the institute forward by refining the changes in the proposed Board of Directors and the Council.  Through resolutions passed that promote changes in the awards programs and membership, AIA continues to refocus our energies on improving services to membership.  A summary of Board actions will soon be added that will provide an overview of this past weeks actions.

National Advocacy 2014 Call for Issues

As we approach the end of 2013, the AIA Board Advocacy Committee is making a sincere effort to contact as many members as possible to develop an agenda for the coming year that is based not on the concerns of Washington, but rather our members.  In an effort to better understand member needs, we ask that each member participate in our 2014 Call for Issues Survey.

This survey asks for you views on a wide range of topics, and the responses will be used by national staff and the Board Advocacy Committee to establish priorities and endeavor to become more proactive in our advocacy efforts.  This is a great opportunity to become part of AIA's advocacy effort.

Also included in this effort is the Board Advocacy Committee's reviews of three of the Institutes Policy and Position Statements.  We need you input to better understand member views on public policy.  If you would like to review the current Public Policy and Position Statements, they are available on the Advocacy website. 

Thank you for your time and energy in advancing the needs of the profession.

Bruce Sekanick AIA, AIA Ohio Valley Regional Director, National Board Advocacy Committee



Gary Balog FAIA, Awarded AIA Ohio Gold Medal

AIA Eastern Ohio member Gary Balog FAIA was selected by the AIA Ohio Board of Directors at their July meeting to receive the Societies Gold Medal Award. The Gold Medal is the highest award given to an individual by the Board.  Gary was selected from a number of qualified individuals based on his significant contributions to the profession through design, service and participation within the AIA.  Gary is a former AIA Ohio President and is a principal at Balog Steines Hendricks & Manchester Architects, inc of Youngstown and Columbus.  The chapter congratulates Gary on his selection. AIA Eastern Ohio will help celebrate Gary's selection at the AIA Ohio Valley Regional Convention in Louisville, KY where he will be officially recognized by AIA Ohio at an awards program at the Mohammed Ali Center. Members can help support Gary's selection by attending this years conference.  The officers, board and members of the chapter congratulate Gary him on this achievement. 

You can find out more about Gary and his achievements at the BSHM website.

AIA Responds to Federal Shut-Down

The American Institute of Architects President Mickey Jacob FAIA, released a statement on behalf of the membership of the AIA encouraging Congress to put aside differences and work together to avoid hurting the fragile economy.  In his statement, Jacob urged members to remain politically engaged.  Citing the potential affects of the shut-down, the AIA released the Federal Government Shutdown: What You Need to Know statement on the AIA Federal Advocacy website to help address members concerns.  

Additional information can be found on the AIA Ohio Website or on the Federal Advocacy site of aia.org

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Congratulations to AIA Cincinnati for receiving a 2014 Diversity Recognition Award for diversity mentoring. Summer Camp.

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