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Pre-Register for Keeping History Above Water: Annapolis

KHAW – A conference on sea level rise and historic preservation Oct 29 – Nov 1, 2017. Sessions are coming together; AIA LUs will be offered.

There is still time to submit presentations, sessions and posters but ACT NOW!  Call for Presenters

Registration is VERY affordable. The event is limited to 250 attendees and pre-registrations are already over 100. Pre-register now if you are interested in attending.

AIA Maryland is a presenting sponsor and will be helping to coordinate a design charrette for the workshop sessions on Wednesday. Watch for more information or contact Sandi Worthman if you are interested in participating.



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Call for Presenters – Keeping History Above Water: Annapolis

Keeping History Above Water: Annapolis is an international gathering on adapting historic coastal communities to sea level rise hosted by the City of Annapolis with support from the Newport Restoration Foundation.

Originally convened by the Newport Restoration Foundation in April 2016, Keeping History Above Water was one of the first national conversations to focus on the increasing and varied risks posed by rising waters on historic coastal communities and their built environments. Keeping History Above Water engages specialists from across the United States and the world to share experiences, examine risks, and discuss solutions with an emphasis on case studies and real world applications. Keeping History Above Water approaches the issue of rising waters – inclusive of sea level rise, tidal flooding, extreme precipitation, and subsidence – from a multi-disciplinary perspective in order to develop practical approaches to mitigation, protective adaptation, and resilience.

Deadline for submitting proposals for Case Study Presentations: March 30, 2017.
Deadline for submitting Workshop or Seminar Sessions: March 30, 2017.
Deadline for submitting Student Papers / Designs: April 30, 2017.
Deadline for submitting Poster Sessions/ Presentations: April 30, 2017.

Read the complete call for presenters/entries can be found here.


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AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

April 27-29, 2017 – Orlando, FL
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Architects set 2017 federal agenda; issue statement of values

By John Schneidawind, February 1, 2017
The American Institute of Architects has announced its federal agenda, advocating for policies that create more livable and energy efficient communities and emphasizing investments in buildings as key elements of the national infrastructure. The agenda is the result of AIA’s recent survey of its membership, which takes place with each presidential and mid-term election. Read more

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AIA Architectural Adventures – New Travel Program

Architectural Adventures, is the new, official travel program of the American Institute of Architects which specializes in small group tours that explore some of the world’s most unique and interesting architecture, all while enjoying a destination’s culture, food, and traditions. AIA members are eligible for continuing education credits.

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We need YOU!

Looking for Architects, Associates and Emerging Professionals who would like to work on the State Design Awards Committee. Committee participants help review the rules and criteria for the Maryland design awards competition and can participate in the planning of the annual celebration. Please contact Scott Knudson, AIA for details or sign up here.

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Carl Elefante, FAIA, elected 2017 AIA First Vice President/2018 President-Elect

Huge congratulations to Carl Elefante, FAIA, long-time AIA Potomac Valley member, who was elected 2017 AIA First Vice President/2018 President at 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia!! From 2013 to 2015, he served as regional director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council and as president of AIA Maryland in 2012 and AIA Potomac Valley in 2009. Learn more about Carl  ContractDesign article on Carl

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AIA Launches “SpeakUp” Advocacy and Action Training

AIA has opened registration for its first-ever “SpeakUp” advocacy and action event, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on July 13-15 in Washington, D.C. SpeakUp is open to any AIA members who believe they can make a difference in the world through engaging in the electoral and legislative process at the national state or local levels.  Register now

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AIA Releases First-Ever White Paper on Materials Transparency and Risk

AIA has announced the release of its first-ever white paper on materials transparency and risk, part of an AIA effort to equip the entire profession with consensus-driven guidance on an issue of critical importance to the profession, its suppliers and clients.  The white paper is the product of more than a year of effort by the AIA’s Materials Knowledge Working Group (MKWG).  Read more

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New AIA Report: Lessons Learned from Award Winning Sustainable Design Projects

In order to examine how the architectural community is evolving in regards to sustainable design practices, the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) undertook an in-depth study of nearly 200 COTE Top Ten Award winning projects encompassing almost 20 years. The findings have been complied in a report, Lessons from the Leading EdgeRead more

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