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2019 Maryland Preservation Awards Opens

The Maryland Historical Trust is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Maryland Preservation Awards! You may complete a nomination here using the 2019 guidelines. Nominations are due November 9, 2018.

The Maryland Preservation Awards, presented annually by the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Trust, are the highest level of recognition for historic preservation, heritage education and community development projects in the state. Since 1975, the Maryland Historical Trust has honored the outstanding preservation efforts of more than 250 individuals and projects throughout the state. 

Awards are presented in four categories: Leadership and Service, Education and Community Engagement, Project Excellence and Stewardship. To learn more or submit a nomination, visit

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Hurricane Michael comes ashore today …

And AIA Maryland continues to train architects to assess buildings and homes in post-disaster situations. Registration is now open for our December 1st SAP training. Click HERE for information and registration.

Learn more about AIA’s Disaster Assistance Program.

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Explore Harriet Tubman’s Journey on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

October 20, 2018 – Architects will appreciate the history of Harriet Tubman’s journey as well as the structures on a day-long tour exploring Miss Tubman’s difficult journey to freedom and the impact of slavery and the Underground Railroad on the landscape of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Stops include time at the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center. Click HERE for information and registration.

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Structural Wood Symposium-DISCOUNT

WoodWorks – Wood Products Council is hosting an all-day symposium in Washington DC on October 18th on the structural use of wood in commercial and multi-family wood buildings. The ten educational sessions at the symposium focus on mass timber and will be delivered by experts who bring their knowledge and experience on projects.

Attendees are eligible for up to 5.5 AIA/CES HSW credits, 5.5 PDH credits or 5.5 ICC credits. The day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and is followed by an on-site reception. Cost is $120, but would like to extend a 20% discount to AIA MD members. They may use the code ASSOC20 during registration.

Registration and information HERE

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A Better Maryland – Your Input Needed

The Maryland Department of Planning has invited architects to the second round of outreach for the new state development plan, A Better Maryland. We hope that you might participate and share your experience with us – perhaps in the form of a summary for an upcoming newsletter.

The Maryland Department of Planning has been busy this past summer compiling and analyzing input in partnership with other state agencies, the Smart Growth Subcabinet, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, American Planning Association (APA) Maryland, and planning directors from across the state. You can check out the feedback by county on our What We’ve Heard page.

Meeting dates and locations are listed below and are located on the A Better Maryland Events page.  We look forward to seeing you this fall.

Frostburg: Tuesday, October 9 @ 6:00 pm

Lyric Theater
20 E. Main Street
Frostburg State University

Hagerstown: Wednesday, October 10 @ 6:30 pm

Career Programs Building (CPB), Rooms 212 and 214
Hagerstown Community College

11400 Robinwood Drive

Riverdale: Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

6600 Kenilworth Ave

Princess Anne: Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Somerset County Commissioner’s Office, Room 111

11916 Somerset Avenue

Waldorf: Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Waldorf Cultural Center

109 Post Office Road

Perryville: Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Town Hall

515 Broad St

Gaithersburg: Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Gaithersburg Community Center, Room B

810 S. Frederick Ave.

Owings Mills: Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.

New Town Elementary School Cafeteria

4924 New Town Blvd.

Easton: Thursday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Talbot County Community Center, Wye Oak Room

10228 Ocean Gateway

Baltimore City: Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Morgan State University
Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS), Room 111

5299 Perring Parkway

Chestertown: Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Chestertown Town Office – 2nd Floor

118 N. Cross Street

Columbia: Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Howard County Library, East Columbia Branch – Lucille Clifton Room A/B

6600 Cradlerock Way

A Better Maryland is a dynamic, evolving plan that provides a framework to support a thriving economy and environmental stewardship. The plan supports collaboration among state and local governments and all other stakeholders, providing resources and tools for the long term economic success of Maryland.

At each of the meetings, we will be seeking your continued input on the following issues that were identified from the first round of community engagement.

Tackling the Economic Development Needs of the Next Century

Sustaining the Environment into the Future

Preserving Land

Improving Economic Growth and Development in Existing Communities

Meeting Renewable Energy Goals

Addressing Maryland’s Transportation, Infrastructure, and Technology Challenges and Opportunities

Creating Workforce/Affordable Housing

Building Capacity in Communities

Protecting Historic and Cultural Resources

Creating Quality Places

Coordinating State Agencies in Planning Processes

Adapting and Becoming Resilient to Climate Change

Respecting Regional Distinctions

Improving the Delivery of Programs and Services to Local Jurisdictions

Please share this with your friends, neighbors and co-workers. Together we will develop the new state development plan, A Better Maryland.

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Call for Nominations for National Committees

Serving your local and state component is an excellent opportunity for professional growth, to learn leadership skills and, to serve your profession. Members also have several opportunities to serve our national organization. Nominations are now being accept for 2019 committee openings.

The AIA is seeking nominations of members interested in serving on AIA national committees. To view all AIA national committees with openings in 2019, visit (member login required). The nomination process closes at 5pm ET on October 19, 2018; appointments will be made and all nominees notified, by December 31, 2018.

Please consider encouraging members you know, with expertise in the needed areas, to apply for these opportunities.

Submission details To view a pop-up description of each committee, click on its name under the Committee heading; the Apply button will take you to that committee’s submission page. Members must nominate themselves , and are required to submit a resume and a letter of interest for each application.  Please note that all applicants must be Architect or Associate (including International Associate) members in good standing.

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