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 Performance Criteria 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.  

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.

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.

After the cruise the fun continues at the After-Party which will be held on the private upper deck of Shooters in the Flats! A limited number of tickets are available for the After-Party so make sure to purchase yours before they are sold out.

Ticket Prices:

$25 for boat cruise ONLY ticket
$30 for boat cruise and after-party combined ticket

For more information on the event including times, locations, parking and to purchase your tickets, please visit www.aiacleveland.com/boatcruise. This year’s theme is a “Black | White Party” so come dressed in all black, all white, or a little of both!



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.

Jeanne Gang to Lecture at Kent State CAED

The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series and the Kent State University College or Architecture and Environmental Design present the Jeanne Gang, Architect and MacArthur Fellow.  The lecture will occur on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Cartwright Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The program is open to the public and a dessert reception will follow the event.

Jeanne Gang is an  architect and MacArthur Fellow. She leads Studio Gang Architects, an architecture and design firm based in Chicago and New York.  Some of her projects include City Hyde Park, Chicago, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo, Aqua Tower, Chicago and the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, Chicago.  Links to these projects are listed below.  

2016 Advocacy Program Scheduled

As we scramble to finish the programs and efforts of 2015, AIA Eastern Ohio is already looking forward to the 2016 programs.  Scheduled for Febrauary 10, 2015, AIA Eastern Ohio, in cooperation with The Builders Association, will provide a program on project delivery methods.  The program is scheduled to take place at the Stambaugh Auditorium and will focus on the variety of delivery methods available under construction reform and the impact and concerns with each.  The program is under development and more information will be made available as keynote presenters are finalized.

Project Delivery methods within Ohio changed with revisions to state law as more a wider range of options were made available to government entities through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.  Construction Reform resulted in three specific delivery methods.  These include: General Contracting, Construction Manager at Risk and Design Build.  

Watch for more information and opportunities to register for the program in early 2016.

Save the Date, February 10, 2016.

AIA Ohio Foundation Launches new Newsletter

The AIA Ohio Foundation launched its first printed newsletter earlier this fall which focused on the mission of the Foundation to provide scholarships to the four, and soon to be five, accredited architectural programs in Ohio.  First incorporated in February, 1968, the Foundation has concentrated on scholarships as part of its effort to support the profession, although the overall mission of the Foundation is much broader that simply scholarship support.  Governed by a Board of Trustees, the eleven members of the Board work year round to advance the mission and build the endowment that will allow the Foundation to not only continue its work, but expand its efforts.  Click on the newsletter to download a PDF of the inaugural issue of the Foundation newsletter.

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Runoff voting to take place for 2017-2018 Secretary today. Bruce Sekanick AIA, AIA Eastern Ohio, is a finalist for this position.

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