AIA EOC and Builders Association Winery "Tour, Taste and Talk".

AIA Eastern Ohio, along with the Builders Association of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio held a joint "Tour, Taste and Talk" event at the Luva Bella Winery & Bistro on June 15, 2016.  This was a free event for all members and one guest.  The winery, located at 6597 Center Road, Lowellville, Oh 44436, provided a great opportunity for members of AIA Eastern Ohio and the Builders Association to network and discuss common issues.  Click on the read more link below to view pictures from the event.

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AIA Eastern Ohio Participates in the 2016 Streetscape

The Eastern Ohio Chapter of the AIA participated once again in the 2016 Youngstown Streetscape Project. 

As part of an ongoing public advocacy effort, the Chapter works with local community groups to provide an opportunity for members to interact with others in the community.  This public advocacy program was started in 2015 in support of AIA's national efforts to promote awareness of the profession.  AIA Eastern Ohio's participation in Streetscape however, has been an ongoing program for more than a half dozen years.  The advocacy program also includes work with the Youngstown Rescue Mission and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

In 2015, the AIA adopted a new Strategic Plan focusing on Public Awareness, Advancing Knowledge and Advocacy.  The Plan also defined four Strategic Initiatives that include Knowledge, Prosperity, Sustainability and workforce.  AIA Eastern Ohio will hold a joint Strategic Planning program with AIA Akron in the fall of 2016.

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AIA's Discussion on Diversity, Engagement and Inclusion


Through the work of the AIA's Diversity Council and the a more recently completed AIA Diversity Survey, the AIA has continued efforts to address equity in Architecture.  At the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia, efforts to inform members on the benefits of diversity, inclusion and engagement continued with a presentation on how diversity positively affects everyone.  The program, titled "Diversity: Not a 'woman-only-problem' " focused on information that supports the inclusion and engagement of a wider range of individuals in the organization and our firms.  Read the full story at AIA Architect.

AIA Eastern Ohio Receives AIA Accreditation

AIA Eastern Ohio, A chapter of the American Institute of Architects was awarded a three year accreditation as part of the AIA's Core Member Services program.  The chapter was able to demonstrate that it successfully met the minimum standards as established by the Institute.  The three year accreditation is the longest period offered by the AIA.  Throughout 2015, AIA Eastern Ohio worked with other small Ohio components as part of the Small Chapter Round Table to share information and programming.  Based on information released by the AIA, all components within Ohio received the full three year accreditation.  

The AIA Core Member Services was developed over the past several years as a means for the AIA to help ensure that all members were receiving a basic level of services through their local component and that each chapter was meeting the minimum standards and requirements of their 501 (c)(6) status.

Bruce W. Sekanick, AIA, Elected 2017-2018 National Secretary


Bruce W. Sekanick, AIA, from AIA Eastern Ohio, was elected 2017-2018 Secretary of the AIA National Board of Directors at 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia.  The election came as a result of a run-off vote by accredited delegates on Saturday.

Currently the chair of ArchiPAC, he previously served as chair the the Strategic Planning Committee, regional representative to the Strategic Council for 2015 and regional director on the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2014, both for the Ohio Valley Region. He was also president of AIA Ohio in 2010 and president of AIA Eastern Ohio in 1995.

"AIA can and should be the primary resource for members for knowledge, practice and process," Sekanick says. "We need to share our collective intellectual capital to strengthen the profession, and I look forward to making that happen as your AIA Secretary." As part of his candidate platform that was presented to AIA membership at the 2016 AIA National Convention, he noted that service to the Institute should be based on principles of service as opposed to a personal agenda.

The managing director and secretary-treasurer at Phillips/Sekanick Architects in Warren, Ohio, he received his B.Science and B.Arch. from Kent State University along with a Certificate in Urban Studies and Planning.  He also completed an Executive Certificate program in Leadership and Management in 2012 from the University of Notre Dame.

AIA EOC 2016 Mix & Mingle

AIA Eastern Ohio Mix and Mingle was a huge success with both sponsors and members.  The Chapter plans to continue our efforts in 2016 as we make schedule our events for the coming months.  For those of you that missed the event last year, it was a great opportunity to eat, network and have a little time away from the office.  Watch for more information on upcoming events for 2016.

If you missed the events last year, take a look through the gallery below and make plans to be part of this years events.

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Good Time for Design...It's Black & White

Join members in the design, planning, construction and building management professions on board the GOODTIME III cruise ship for an evening of informal networking, collegiality and fun!  Over 500+ attendees regularly attend and enjoy themselves on the cruise!  Passengers enjoy food and drink while the Goodtime III cruise ship navigates down the Cuyahoga River and out onto Lake Erie.  This event proves to be a terrific opportunity to network between members from multiple design organizations. Family, friends and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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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


Architects Foundation releases 2015 Annual Report

The Architects Foundation, formerly known as the AIA Foundation, has issued their 2015 Annual Report that details the significant progress over the past 12 months.  Through efforts of the Architects Foundation Board and former AIA and Foundation President George Miller FAIA, the Foundation has taken on new roles and along with a better defined focus.  With a new Foundation president Jeffery Potter, FAIA, who served as the AIA national president in 2012, the Foundation continues to implement its new strategic plan and work with the AIA in growing the Foundation resources and reach.  

As part of the Foundations effort to focus its diverse and wide reaching goals, the Foundation has developed four targeted pillars.  These include:  Design and Health, Education, Preservation and Resilience.  

To learn more about the Architects Foundation and its four targeted pillars, click on the "Design for Impact" cover to download a PDF copy of the Annual Report.

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