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2017 Mix and Mingle

On May 24th, the EOC held our third annual Mix & Mingle event at Pioneer Pavilion at
Millcreek Park in Youngstown. The event, while hampered by cool temperatures and
the threat of rain, provided dozens of members and those allied with the design and
construction industry an opportunity to meet and network. This event also provides
chapter members the chance to recognize and thank those who, in many cases,
year after year, support the chapter, our services and programs. A complete list of
our sponsors can be found on the allied member and sponsor page of our website.
Participation in chapter events is a great way for members to become more engaged
and better informed.
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AIA EOC and Builders Association Receive Building Code Update

AIA EOC and the Builders Association of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio held a joint continuing education seminar on February 8, 2017, at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown about recent updates to the Ohio Building Code.  Terry Welker, FAIA and Chief Building Official of Kettering, OH, provided the detailed and informative presentation.  Click the Read More link below for pictures of the event.

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AIA EOC 2016 Awards Banquet

AIA EOC held its bi-annual Design Awards Banquet on November 4, 2016 at the National Packard Museum in Warren, OH.  Click on the Read More link below to view pictures of some great old relics – and also some very cool cars!

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AIA EOC and Builders Association Hold Joint Event and Boak and Sons

On September 28, 2016, AIA Eastern Ohio and the Builders Association of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio held a joint Caribbean-themed event at Boak and Sons in Austintown.   Some of the participating organizations, including AIA EOC, created miniature golf holes as part of the event.  Click on the read more link below to see that golf hole and other highlights from the event in the Photo Gallery.

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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.

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