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Register for The Great Southeast ShakeOut

As we expand our disaster assistance efforts, we urge your firm to consider participating in The Great Southeast ShakeOut.

The “ShakeOut” is an annual public earthquake drill where millions of people in schools, businesses, and homes simultaneously practice ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold On’ which is the recommended action for people to take during an earthquake. The Great Southeast ShakeOut is organized by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and its member and associate state emergency management agencies.

Once Registered you will:

  • Learn how your business or organization can be more prepared for earthquakes.
  • Be counted in the world’s largest earthquake drill.
  • Receive ShakeOut news and other information about earthquakes and preparedness.
  • Make a difference by motivating others to participate and be prepared.

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AIA 2018 President Carl Elefante, FAIA to testify on 9/20 before Congress

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2018 President Carl Elefante, FAIA, will testify tomorrow at the U.S. House Energy & Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy hearing, “Building a 100 Percent Clean Economy: Solutions for the U.S. Building Sector.”

Elefante is testifying on behalf of AIA based on his significant background and expertise in sustainable and resilient design strategies and strong understanding of needed improvements to U.S. building codes to achieve climate goals in the built environment.

AIA recently launched a landmark initiative to drive climate action among the architecture profession. As part of this effort, AIA is calling on architects around the world to support humanity’s collective call to climate action through an unrelenting commitment to sustainable and resilient design. Earlier this week, the Institute issued a statement, Where We Stand: Climate Action, detailing its initial path forward to support architects in making progress towards achieving net-zero emissions in the built environment by 2050.

The testimony will be broadcast live online tomorrow, September 20, at 9am ET.

To learn more, or to view the live stream, visit the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce’s website.

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Preservation Architecture Intern Working on the Eastern Shore

AIA Maryland and Preservation Maryland have partnered to award a Preservation Architecture Internship for work on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Earlier this year, AIA Maryland joined forces with Preservation Maryland to offer special funding to support a preservation architecture internship in the state. This position will provide students the opportunity to experience historic preservation first-hand and support the diverse and complex work of saving our older buildings. Interns will be engaged in a wide variety of projects, including field work (documentation, measuring, photography, etc.) as well as producing 2D/3D drawings for significant historic sites. The hope is that this internship could become an annual award co-sponsored by the organizations to raise awareness for some of Maryland’s architectural gems which are in desperate need of better documentation.

Our selected intern for 2019, Armando Mauricio Martinez, hails from Frederick and is currently a second year student at Anne Arundel Community College. He will be transferring to Morgan State University where he will be pursuing a M.A. degree with a minor in museum studies. Since childhood he has developed many varied interests such as geology, art, Legos and fashion. The combination of these experiences led Armando to study architecture, which has really become his passion. Armando will be supervised by Historic Resources Committee Chair Barton Ross, AIA, with funding provided by AIA Maryland and Preservation Maryland.

The building Armando will be working on this fall is the Queen Anne’s County Court House. It is located on the town square in Centreville, and was originally constructed from 1792-96, during the presidency of George Washington. It has been continually used by the county ever since and is now recognized as the oldest continually used courthouse in the state of Maryland and the sixth oldest in the United States. The Court House remained in its original state until after the Civil War when in 1876, plans were made to rebuild the structure, “on a scale which will change it from one of the most inconvenient to one of the most desirable of our county buildings.” Aside from this reconstruction, which was accomplished for $6,800 under the direction of Baltimore architect James Crawford Neilson, the exterior of the Court House is virtually the same as it was when originally constructed.

Follow along in the coming months as we update Armando’s progress on this important project.

Read more about architect J. Crawford Neilson here:

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AIA Maryland is monitoring Hurricane Dorian

As this storm continues to churn over the Bahamas, Maryland is preparing. Sandi Worthman has been in contact with MEMA representatives so that our SAP trained members could be considered for part of an EMAC – Emergency Management Assistance Compact. While we do not currently have the logistics worked out for our members to serve under MEMA, trained members would be eligible to serve under a FEMA EMAC. We will share more information with you as it becomes available.

In the meantime, Dorian remains a dangerous storm.

  • The forecasted storm track could change quickly. Do not focus solely on the center of the track, a slight deviation of the forecast could bring Dorian even closer to our lower eastern shore.
  • Make sure you are prepared for any scenario – this is an unpredictable storm and can bring high winds and storm surges.
  • If you live in low lying areas prone to flooding, consider leaving even before you receive an evacuation notice to reduce traffic and ensure you can arrive in a safe location.
  • Flooding is the key risk! Remember, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!

FEMA Region III is actively preparing for potential impacts to our region. AIA Maryland will continue to monitor this situation.

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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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