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.  The Eastern Ohio Chapter includes approximately 65 design professionals from the Northeast Ohio area.

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. 


Save the Date - The 2016 AIA Ohio Convention, Thursday-Saturday, October 6-8, 2016 Akron, OH


The 2016 AIA Ohio Convention

It's that time of year again...no, not the holiday season - the convention planning season!  Planning for the AIA Ohio 2016 Convention has begun and AIA Eastern Ohio once again be working with AIA Akron as co-host of the event.  The conference will be held at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron, October 6-8, 2015.  The committee has started our work and will ramp up our effort in the next several months in an effort to deliver another outstanding program for our members.  If you are interested in being part of the convention planning committee, please contact Bruce Sekanick AIA, OAA.  Even if you can't help in the planning, we ask that you add the 6th thru the 8th of October to your calendar and join us for this great educational and networking opportunity.

As part of our effort, we ask that members help us secure sponsorship for the event.  While we are currently developing our sponsorship brochure, we ask that you consider contacting suppliers and vendors and visit your office and ask them to be part of this state wide event.  We look forward to seeing you in Akron!

2016 NCARB experience area realignment

As everyone knows, the NCARB IDP  program has focused on experiences in number of very defined practice areas.  With the change planned to take place June 29th of next year, there is time for those currently working toward licensure to plan your transition to the new format.  By taking a little time now, you can minimize the hours or sections affected by this participant focused realignment.  To find out more on the changes coming this June, read "What You Need to Know about the Overhauled IDP" at NCARB.org

There are a lot of changes taking place with the IDP and ARE.  To help plan your transition, visit ncarb.org and plan your personal transition to ARE 5.0.  Here are a few links to help you plan your journey:

5 Tips to Help You Plan for ARE 5.0

How to Use the New ARE Transition Calculator

AIA EOc 2015 Annual Meeting

The AIA Eastern Ohio Chapter held our annual member meeting on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown.  The annual meeting focused on member networking and featured not only the chapter business meeting and elections, but also an evening of entertainment with both a vocalist and magician.  The Chapter is currently celebrating its 85th anniversary since its initial founding in 1930.  

The slate of officers for 2016 include the following:  -President, Denise Holt, AIA, -President-elect, Chad Ramkey, Assoc. AIA, -Treasurer, Joe Steines, AIA, -Secretary, Jay Crafton, AIA.  Others elected to the Board of Directors include -Associate Director Stephanie Gula, Assoc. AIA, -Ohio Representative John Orsini, AIA, -Ohio Alt Director, Bruce Sekanick, AIA, Directors Doug Abbatiello, Summer Barker, John DeFrance and Anita Gallo.  Keven Willis AIA will serve in the Past President capacity and Marlene Mort Assoc. AIA will continue to serve as Executive Director.

The Chapter recognized Kevin Willis, AIA for his service to Eastern Ohio in 2015 with the AIA Ohio Foundation Charles Marr Award.  The award, which includes a donation of $1000 from the chapter to the Foundation for student scholarships, recognizes Kevin's time and efforts in advancing the chapter mission.  We thank Kevin for his outstanding work.


AIA OVR Registration Now Open - And Closed

The  AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention in Columbus, Ohio was held on October 11th through the 13th.   The convention is the Ohio Valley's premier event for continuing education, networking and leadership programming, and brings together members from across AIA Ohio, AIA Indiana and AIA Kentucky to a single event focused on providing quality programming in a great environment.

The convention included keynote presentations by Marshall Brown, Bryan MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC, Hon. FAIA, and Monica Ponce De Leon, AIA.  The committee  developed great programming and networking opportunities and we believe it was a great success.  The event drew more than 500 attendees from the three states and beyond and we have added below a sampling of photos taken during the many convention events.



2015 AIA EOc Annual Golf Outing

Join other AIA Eastern Ohio members and supporters for the 2015 AIA Eastern Ohio Swing for Scholars Golf Outing, July 20 at the Squaw Creek Country Club.  The deadline is approaching quickly, so don't miss out on this great event that provides an afternoon of networking and great golf.  The proceeds from the outing will help support the AIA Eastern Ohio student scholarship program.  Click the graphic below for more information.  We hope to see everyone there.

To signup via AIA Eastern Ohio's online, please click HERE to go to our online registration and payment page.

AIA Eastern Ohio Participates in Streetscape

  As part of AIA Eastern Ohio's public awareness and advocacy efforts, the chapter will again be a participant in the Youngstown Streetscape project.  Streetscape 2015 is a community program that each spring works to clean, beautify and improve the downtown area.  The program is scheduled for Saturday May 30, 2015 with a rain day of Sunday May 31.  The event begins with a sign-in at the tent on Central Square, followed by the Eastern Ohio effort at the stairwell connecting the Downtown with the University at Phelps and Commerce.  Join other members of the chapter for a great morning of community service and help promote the AIA and AIA Eastern Ohio to others in the Youngstown community.

AIA Eastern Ohio Celebrates 85th Anniversary with Mix and Mingle

AIA Eastern Ohio is 85 and we are celebrating our birthday with a member and allied member/sponsor mix and mingle.  The event will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Pioneer Pavilion at Millcreek park with Food and Drinks to be provided by V2.  With nearly 20 corporate sponsors this year, the Eastern Ohio Chapter continues to promote the value of architecture throughout the region. Please visit our Allied Members and Sponsors page for more information on those who help support our effort locally.  Originally founded as an unincorporated association first chartered by the Institute on March 25, 1930, the chapter was formally incorporated as a non-profit membership corporation on April 26, 1955.  

Serving the  area of Trumbull, Columbiana and Mahoning counties, AIA Eastern Ohio is an active chapter working to promote the architectural profession and enhance its standing throughout the region.  Join us on May 27 to help celebrate our anniversary and our continued presence in the valley.  Contact Marlene Mort at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to RSVP.  

Kent State CAED Golf Outing a success

The Kent State University CAED Golf Outing was held on May 18, 2015 at the Westfield Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio and once again was an outstanding success.  The outing, Kent States largest, generates funds each year to help support the scholarship program at the CAED.  While the final numbers are still being reviewed, it is anticipated that this years effort exceeded $30,000 in income for the program.  Thank you to everyone who participated and we hope to see you on the course again next year.

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