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What’s more Maryland than Historic Preservation and Crabs?

Our Chesapeake Bay Chapter is holding its annual Crab Feast at the historic preservation site of the Cloverfields Plantation Home and gardens in Queenstown, Maryland, on Thursday evening, September 12, 2019. This annual celebration of traditional Maryland steamed crabs, barbecue chicken and sides, and adult beverages has been traditionally held in the Annapolis area, home to the Chapter’s headquarters. This year’s Eastern Shore venue will offer guided tours from 5-6 PM of the home and gardens being restored by Cloverfields Preservation Foundation, worth 1.0 AIA Approved Learning Units for anyone who needs continuing education credits. Kimmel Studio Architects and historic restoration contractor Lynbrook of Annapolis will be on hand to answer questions about the project. The crab feast will follow under the tent from 6-8:30 PM, featuring music throughout the evening by Kate Fleming.

Join your fellow Maryland architects for a great evening event!

Single tickets @ $55 may be purchased through Eventbrite, and tables of eight are available by contacting Melinda Kay. Sponsorships are still available, ranging from $250-$2,000, with complimentary tickets at all levels. Contact Melinda Kay to purchase a sponsorship.

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People’s Choice Voting Open!

Vote for your favorite projects in the AIA Maryland Excellence in Design and Student awards program. Participants may vote once in each category – Commercial, Interiors, Institutional, Residential, Mixed-Use, Unbuilt and Urban Design. Voting closes at midnight, September 15th.

VOTE for your favorite Professional Entries

VOTE for your favorite Student Entries

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AIA & NCARB form the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing

In the news:  AIA and NCARB Help Launch Coalition on Complex Professions and Licensing Standards

The new coalition called the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing will focus on educating policymakers and the public on the importance of licensing standards. Read more here:

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FEMA Hosts Webinar on Hurricane Michael Recovery

FEMA scheduled webinars to discuss recently-released Hurricane Michael Recovery Advisories. These Recovery Advisories assist various stakeholders in rebuilding more resiliently by providing design and construction guidance to help minimize damage from future storm events. The webinars are free and available to anyone interested in the topics and content.

•  Aug. 7 from Noon to 1:45 p.m. ET

•  Aug. 15 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. ET

Each webinar will be divided into two sessions and participants must register for each:

•  Session 1: Successfully Retrofitting Buildings for Wind Resistance; suggested attendees include: building owners and operators, design professionals, contractors, and entities that fund retrofits.

•  Session 2:  Best Practices for Minimizing Wind and Water Infiltration Damage; suggested attendees include: building owners, operators, and managers; design professionals; building officials; contractors; and municipal building, and planning officials.

Register for the webinar here.  Any questions about this webinar, please contact the FEMA Building Science Helpline at

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AIA Film Challenge 2019

Enter the fifth annual AIA Film Challenge and highlight the ways architects have collaborated with civic leaders to build resilient and sustainable communities. Produce a three- to five-minute documentary film and you could win up to $10,000 plus hotel and travel for two to see your film screened at Chicago Ideas. Register today!

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Disruption, Evolution and Change: AIA’s Vision for the Future of Design and Construction

The AIA publication on Disruption, Evolution and Change: AIA’s Vision for the Future of Design and Construction, details an aspirational path forward for our profession’s commitment to meeting 2030 climate objectives. The four focus areas of the report— energy, health/safety, welfare, and transparency—speak to methods to help us achieve our objective of leading the change we seek. They also help to frame our discussions and partnerships to advance environmentally responsible design and construction.


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