March AIA Work-on-the-Boards Survey

The results of the March 2015 Work-on-the-Boards Survey was released on April 23 and include generally positive news on the current trends in firm billings.  The overall Architectural Billing Index saw a jump of 1.3 over Feruary with a score of 51.7.  The Midwest, South and West reported gains while the Northeast reported declines.  Commercial firms reported an ABI score of 53 which reflects the strongest score in the past 18 months.  Residential design saw a small decrease in activity.

A full copy of the AIA Work-on-the-Boards Survey can be found on the AIA website

AIA Ohio PAC Goals Established for EOc

The AIA Ohio PAC has established the 2015 goals for members of Ohio's seven chapters.  These goals have been developed to challenge from across the state to become part of the AIA Ohio advocacy effort and to raise money to support our efforts at the Statehouse.  The PAC is one of the tools AIA Ohio uses to work with supporters of the AIA who share similar concerns on the issues affecting the built environment.  The Eastern Ohio share for this year is $1,680 from at least 20 Contributors from within the Chapter.  As we all know, the amount contributed is important and that is the obvious reason goals are set each year by the committee.  It is equally important however, for us to involve as many members in the advocacy effort as possible, and that is why the committee has established a contributor goal.  We hope you will help AIA Ohio PAC meet their goal of raising at least $14,120 this year from 280 Contributors.  To check out the progress of those efforts to date, visit the AIA Ohio PAC Contribution page of the AIA Ohio website.

AIA State and National PAC

The Eastern Ohio Chapter, as Ohio's smallest AIA Component, has traditionally raised some of the highest contributions for both the AIA Ohio PAC and ArchiPAC, the AIA's federal PAC.  We ask that each member help us continue this tradition by making a contribution to each PAC over the next several months.  The PAC is one way that each and every member of the AIA can be actively involved in the advocacy effort.  Please visit the AIA Ohio PAC webpage to make a contribution.  You can also make contributions on line to the national PAC by visiting our website at www.archipac.org.

The Ohio Valley Region is one of the top regions in developing fund raising efforts for the PAC.  We ask that all members contribute to the PAC is some meaningful way.  For more information, visit the link the AIA Ohio website.

AIA EOc Installs New Board

The Eastern Ohio Chapter of the AIA installed its new Board of Directors with the start of the New Year.  Kevin Willis, AIA of Strollo Architects is the 2015 president.  He will be working with the executive committee of Denise Holt AIA, president-elect, from the workshop arch+design, llc, Chad Ramkey, Assoc. AIA, Secretary, fi Phillips|Sekanick Architects, inc, and Joe Steines, AIA Treasurer, from GPD Architects.  John Orsini, of BSHM, is serving as the chapter past president.  For a complete list of the directors, please see the Board of Directors roster under the Governance tab.

The board will meet monthly on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Chapter Offices at 25 East Boardman Street, Suite , Youngstown, Ohio 44503.  For more information on additional events or program, you can refer to the calendar on this page or call or email the chapter offices through the Contact Tab above.  All members are welcome to all board members and event information, including monthly continuing education programming will be emailed to each member assigned to the chapter.  

All members are encouraged to participate as fully as your time will allow.  This not only brings new voices into the chapter, but also allows members fully realize the benefits of being a member of the American Institute of Architects.

#ilookup What does it mean to be an architect?

On 12.12, The American Institute of Architects released the newest part of our national marketing and public relations effort.  The #ilookup video has circulated widely on social media and the web and can be found on a related website at www.ilookup.org.  The video is part of a larger effort to allow architects to begin the conversation on the many ways that architecture affects people in their daily lives.  This effort is also intended to explore what architects do in the design of place and space.  The #ilookup effort will continue into 2015 with an updated version of the video being released to air on cable news programs and well as during PGA events. Additional information on the program can be found on the AIA Ohio website.

AIA National Strategic Council members #ilookup at the Lincoln Memorial 12.12.14

Members of the AIA National Strategic Council #ilookup at the Lincoln Memorial on 12.12.2014

AIA Eastern Ohio Design Award Recipients


The Eastern Ohio Chapter of the AIA held our Annual Meeting and Design awards program on November 15, 2014 at The Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown.  The meeting was highlighted by the presentation of the 2014 AIA EOC Design Awards.  A total of twelve projects were reviewed by the jury of de leon & primer architecture workshop of Louisville, KY.
Two projects were selected for recognition and are recognized below.  

Read more: AIA Eastern Ohio Design Award Recipients

The Houses of Youngstown Coloring Book

HousesThe Houses of Youngstown Coloring Book, produced in cooperation with Youngstown City Schools and the Eastern Ohio Chapter of the AIA has just been released.  This booklet is produced as a cooperative effort to introduce students in the third through fifth grade to architecture and the environment.  The Houses Coloring Book is the second produced with the school system and concentrates on the various styles of houses that may be discovered within the city.  

The booklet has been prepared with the assistance of a variety of groups.  Funding has been provided in part by AIA Eastern Ohio as well as the AIA Ohio Opportunity Grant.  

Lamberson Receives AIA EOC Gold Medal

Rodney Lamberson AIA, ACHA of Strollo Architects was awarded the AIA Eastern Ohio Gold Medal for his service to the profession.  As a long time member of both the Eastern Ohio Chapter and Strollo Architects, Rodney has distinguished himself and has enhanced the standing of the profession through the design of an expansive portfolio of award winning projects.  As one of the founding members of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), Rodney has focused much of his efforts on the healthcare environment, including the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, St. Elizabeth Boardman and the Hospice of the Valley.  His work and efforts have also affected members of the profession and community through time dedicated to mentorship and community service.

The Eastern Ohio Chapter of the AIA would like to congratulate Rodney on the well deserved recognition and we thank him for his efforts in raising the quality of the built environment.

EOC Firm Acknowledged for IDP Effort

AIA EOC firm Phillips|Sekanick Architects, inc |psainc| has been recognized by the Internship Advisory Council, a joint effort of the AIA and NCARB, for their work in establishing the AIA Eastern Ohio Associate Advancement Program.  The firm was named as a top 20 firm for the 2014-2017 IDP Firm Award, which recognizes practices that integrate internship, examination and career development into the office culture.  The twenty firms that received recognition demonstrated excellence in mentoring, supervising, training opportunities, commitment to IDP and ARE support. More information is available at the NCARB Blog 

Read more on the |psainc| AIA EOc Associates Advancement Program by visiting our AAP Page on the website.






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