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Join us Thursday, 9/24 @ 5:30pm

AIA Maryland’s 2020 Excellence in Design awards presentation will debut this Thursday, September 24th at 5:30pm. Set up a happy hour or watch party on your favorite platform and watch with us!

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Architects formally acknowledged in the FEMA Natl Incident Mgmt System

Released September 9, 2020, AIA Disaster Assistance Committee member, Rose Grant, AIA; FEMA Project Technical Committee member, shared this good news. What follows is a very brief overview, you can read the entire special advisory here.

While there is still some work to be done, now that architects are recognized and officially defined by NIMS, their assistance can be requested anywhere in the country (including U.S. territories) through EMAC (Emergency Management Assistance Compact).

AIA’s Disaster Assistance program previously recognized the ICS courses as recommended but not will require them. Credentialing is essential in validating the identity and attributes (e.g., affiliations, skills, or privileges) of emergency personnel. Architects who have already taken SAP training, are encouraged to complete the following ICS courses free online:

  • IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System (2 hrs.)
  • IS-200: ICS for Single Resources and initial Action Incidents (4 hrs.)
  • IS-700: National Incident Management System, an introduction (3.5 hrs.)
  • IS-800: National Response Framework, an introduction (3 hrs.)

AIA’s efforts from proposing legislation, to helping write new NIMS resource type definitions, to working to produce the Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guide (P2055) are unlocking opportunities for architects to volunteer to assist our communities. These efforts advance the AIA’s mission and goals to provide a method for members to meet (and exceed) their ethical obligation to “render public interest professional services, including pro bono services … after disasters or in other emergencies.”


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2020 People’s Choice Voting Now Open

This year, AIA Maryland has decided to add a twist to our People’s Choice awards program. For every vote cast, AIA Maryland will donate $1 to Hip Hop Architecture Camp (up to $1,000). Hip Hop Architecture Camp organizes free, week-long programs to introduce underrepresented youth to design, architecture and urban planning. Working with designers, architects and activists, students explore how design shapes their communities. For 2020, they have adapted a virtual program and their goal is to have 1,500 middle and high school students participate. Check out the video created by the 2019 Baltimore Hip Hop Architecture Camp.

Vote for your favorite projects today!

Participants may only vote one time for a project and, vote for only one project in each category.

View and Vote for Architect Entries

View and Vote for Student Entries

Help us make a greater impact. Consider donating what you would have spent on tickets for our annual celebration directly to Hip Hop Architecture Camp.

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Virtual Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training

Newly adapted for a virtual environment, this course will take place on September 15th and 16th from 9am to 1pm each day.

Intended for licensed architects, engineers, or certified building inspectors; this 2-session course certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP).The program is managed by California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) with cooperation from professional organizations, including the AIA. It utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional architects, engineers and, certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster. SAP is the training standard of the AIA Disaster Assistance Program, which provides leadership, advocacy, and training to architects who are interested in volunteering their professional skills in times of crisis. This workshop will teach participants to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes, wind, and water. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability and will receive a nationally recognized Cal OES registration ID card from the state of California.

After successfully completing AIA’s SAP training, eligible individuals will be sent an exam from Cal OES and need to be able to demonstrate proficiency with the information learned during the course in order to receive their California-issued registration ID card. This nationally recognized certification is often required training for volunteer building safety evaluators nationwide. After course completion, AIA members will see credits recorded in their on-line profile. Only non-AIA members will receive certificates.

If you have any questions regarding this training, you may contact: April Ovens – or, Sandi Worthman –

Get more information and register HERE.

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The Latest Resources from The AIA

New video: Architect’s Services-Programming document
In May, the updated B202-2020, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Programming document was released. The B202 provides a roadmap for architects to discuss programming requirements with clients. Watch the video to understand more about the document, the recent updates and how it is used in practice.

Webinar: The Work of the Center for Urban Pedagogy
On August 3rd, explore how design-thinking can make complex policy and planning issues accessible to diverse audiences. Earn 1 AIA LU.  REGISTER

Webinar: Strategies for Safer Buildings
As communities make plans to reopen, AIA resources can help. On August 4, join leading architects, facility managers, and public health experts for a webinar that discusses best practices for using the Risk Management Plan for Buildings and the Re-occupancy Assessment Tool to reopen while minimizing occupant health risks. Earn 1.5 LUs. REGISTER

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Maryland makes $413M in budget cuts.

The Board of Public Works met and began to address the anticipated state revenue shortfall with $413M in budget cuts to state programs. HERE is an excerpt from the meeting agenda that notes where/how those cuts will be made. This makes a dramatic cut to State Historic Tax Credits, and makes a mix of reductions across most, if not all state agencies. Economically we are in uncharted waters. The long-term effects on our overall economy from COVID-19 remain unknown, and the corrective actions to be taken will be determined by many factors. We will continue to advocate for our profession, monitor the budgetary process and keep you informed.

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