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Maryland Historic Trusts’ Capital Grant Program Returns

MHT is excited announce the return of the Capital Grant Program, which is funded this year for the first time since 2009!

MHT will be awarding $600,000 in grants for rehabilitation, restoration, acquisition, and predevelopment projects at historic properties which are listed on or eligible for the Maryland Register of Historic Properties.  Grant awards will be capped at $100,000.  Only work, or a discrete phase of work, which is not already underway or completed can be funded; we cannot reimburse projects for work that is already completed.  A perpetual preservation easement will be required on all assisted properties.

The grant application will be a two-step process.  Step one is an Intent to Apply form available in early November and due January 11.  Step two is a full application form available in January and due February 15.  Both must be submitted through our online application system.  You must submit an Intent to Apply form in order to submit a full application.

For more information about the program, please visit our web page, where you can find eligibility information. Guidelines and the Intent to Apply portal will be on the web page in early November. Please contact Charlotte Lake, MHT Capital Grants Administrator, with questions (charlotte.lake@maryland.gov or 410-697-9559).

We will be holding workshops in four locations across the state: Upper Marlboro (Prince George’s County), Cumberland (Allegany County), Towson (Baltimore County), and Cambridge (Dorchester County).  Workshops will cover eligibility, grantee requirements, tips on developing your project, and guidance on filling out the online application.  Details of workshop dates and locations are available on our web page.   Please RSVP for the workshop you plan to attend by calling Kathy Monday at 410-697-9575.

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Legislative Action Network (LAN)

From environmental policies that shape how buildings are designed to changes in tax laws that will impact your firm’s bottom line, issues affecting architects are on the table at all levels of government almost daily. The Legislative Action Network (LAN) enables members to speak up for their profession and make an immediate impact  on the issues most important to them. Whether you want to be better informed on the latest issues affecting architecture or become a leader for advocacy in your community, the LAN has a place for you – sign up today and make a different for your practice, your profession, your community and your country.

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National Design Services Act Champions Network

With the National Design Services Act (NDSA) expected to be reintroduced this fall in the House, the NDSA Coalition, a member-led group that focuses on the passage of the legislation, is preparing to implement a robust education and recruitment campaign in advance of a major grassroots push in 2018. The “Tell Your Student Loan Story” recruitment campaign aims to not only gather personal stories of emerging professionals, but to also educate a broad section of the membership on the importance and potential impact of the NDSA, which would provide student debt relief to architecture grads in exchange for community service. To be among the first to participate, join the NDSA Champions Network.

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The Center wins top prize for Public Building of the Year at Excellence in Design Awards Celebration

October 2, 2017, Annapolis, MD – The 2017 Excellence in Design Awards Celebration took place at Greencourt Innovation Center in Rockville last week. AIA Maryland members and others were recognized by a distinguished jury from AIA Portland for “an incredible body of work”.

Ziger/Snead Architects was awarded the Public Building of the Year for their project, The Center. This project successfully transformed a vacant, historic theater into a mixed-use commercial space in the Station North Arts & Entertainment district of Baltimore.

Top honors also went to Uekman Architects, LLC, Beatty Harvey Coco Associates Architects, Ayers Saint Gross and Gensler for their great design work on projects spanning residential, commercial, institutional and interior architecture. Several other firms were also recognized by the jury. See all the winning projects on our website and all the 2017 submissions in our online gallery.

Student Design Awards were given to two students from Maryland, Zachary Souders and Daniel Reynolds and, People’s Choice Awards went to CallisonRTKL, Inc., Design Collective, Inc. and, GriD Archcitects.

We were very pleased to have 122 projects submitted by 56 firms. Our jury recognized 20 outstanding submissions.

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Discount offered for ArchEx 2017

ArchEx 2017, Nov 1-3.  AIA Virginia has offered AIA Maryland members 20% off registration to this annual conference.  If you are looking for educational opportunities check out ArchEx 2017

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Volunteers needed for two STEM events in MD

Architects are asked to help with two STEM events on November 4, 2017. The Hispanic STEM Awareness Event takes place from 9am to 1pm and the African American STEM Awareness Event is from 1pm to 5pm at Wilde Lake HS in Columbia, MD. If you are interested in volunteering all or part of your day, please contact Sandi Worthman.

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