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2018 Excellence in Design Award Winners Announced

Annapolis, MD / September 27, 2018 – AIA Maryland announced the Excellence in Design winners this evening during our annual celebration held this year at the U.S. Naval Academy Stadium in Annapolis. Members and guests enjoyed great food from Bo Brooks at the Academy and watched a bit of football practice from the Flag Bridge during the pre-awards networking event.

The program opened with the Student Awards with students from Anne Arundel Community College and University of Maryland taking top honors. Before the Architect awards were announced, attendees were introduced to Dr. Mohammad Gharipour of Morgan State University as he was presented with the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award.

Below are the Honor awards in each category. You can find more winning entries and all the submissions in our Gallery.

Laurel Branch Library by Grimm + Parker Architects





Commercial Architecture:
Greencourt Innovation Center by McInturff Architects





Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Headquarters by HOK & CH2M






Institutional Architecture:
University of Pennsylvania, Stephen A. Levin Building for Neural and Behavioral Sciences by SmithGroup





Interior Architecture
American Greetings Headquarters by CallisonRTKL, Inc.





Residential Architecture:
Baltimore Slate House by Ziger/Snead Architects





Acton Cove by Bates Masi + Architects





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Rudy Bruner Award – 2019 Call for Entries

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence celebrates transformative places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about American cities.

One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 will be awarded.  Visit RUDYBRUNERAWARD.ORG to learn more.

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Exciting events at UMD School of Architecture, Planning & Practice

There are several exciting events upcoming at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Practice.  October 5 through 7 the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the National Center for Smart Growth has partnered with ArtPlace and National Consortium for Creative Placemaking to host  the conference “National Dialogue: Regional Impacts: Creative Placemaking and Change,” The event will be attended by over 250 Creative Placemaking practitioners, scholars and funders from around the country. A poster announcement of this event is attached. For more information or to register . An information poster is attached.

In addition October 5, MAPP’s Kibel Gallery will open the exhibition, 10 Sectors 10 Solutions: Artists and Community Change. The exhibit, created by ArtPlace America, will be installed through December. 

Also, the Architecture Program’s Lombardo Lecture Series will host artist Mary Miss and her lecture A Heretic in the Expanded Field: Means of Engagement in the Public Realm. This lecture investigates redefining how art integrates into the public realm. Mary Miss reshapes the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, landscape design, and installation, articulating a vision of the public sphere where artists meaningfully address the issues of our time.  In 2012, Miss founded City as Living Laboratory, creating framework for making issues of sustainability tangible through the arts.

For more information about each of these events, please visit and check out the links on the splash images.

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Architects Respond to Disasters

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – The AIA and AIA Maryland are closely monitoring Hurricane Florence and preparations for post-disaster assistance.

AIA Maryland has been meeting with officials from Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and introducing them to the Safety-Assessment Program (SAP) training our members have been taking. As of today, we have over 40 individuals with a current certification and MEMA officials know we stand ready to assist with rapid building assessments if needed. We are not yet set up for EMAC – Emergency Management Assistance Compact which is a mutual aid agreement among the states and US territories to share resources during disasters – so we will not be going outside Maryland for this storm.

AIA Maryland is hosting another SAP training on December 1st in Cambridge, MD (6.5 CEUs) – more info to come on this. You can also email Sandi Worthman to be placed on our list of members interested in this training.

In addition to this effort, AIA Maryland is now a member of Maryland VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). This group includes representatives from National VOAD, MEMA, FEMA, several Maryland state agencies and, over two dozen volunteer organizations. Through VOAD, our members – you do not need to be SAP trained to volunteer – can volunteer to assist with clean up and rebuilding efforts if needed. Opportunities will be announced as soon as we receive them.

Yesterday, Maryland VOAD hosted a conference call on the current status of preparations in advance of Hurricane Florence. Shelters have been identified and will be announced to the public if and when they are needed; equipment is already being staged. FEMA announced it is setting up a VALOR (Voluntary Agencies Leading and Organizing Repair) program they established in Puerto Rico where voluntary organizations will lead and organize repairs with supplies provided by FEMA. More information on this effort will be announced as soon as we receive it. Firms might also consider registering with Crisis Cleanup – teams can select work orders from the system to assist with clean up and minor repairs that enable residents to return to their homes post-disaster. There is another Maryland VOAD call planned for Thursday afternoon and another update will be sent as needed.

The AIA Disaster Assistance Program is posting updates as conditions change and you can follow that information HERE.

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September is National Preparedness Month: Learn Life Saving Skills

While AIA Maryland continues work to ramp up the Statewide Disaster Assistance Program, we want to remind all our members to prepare for a disaster BEFORE the disaster strikes. We are happy to share the following from FEMA with you:

While we can’t prevent unexpected emergencies, we can increase our preparedness for the next event.  Before a disaster, we must make preparedness actions part of our daily routine at work and at home and learn critical response skills. Neighbors, by-standers, and co-workers are usually the most immediate supporters.

These simple, life saving measures could be critical in reducing injuries and fatalities attributed to a disaster:

– Know basic home maintenance to protect your family and home. Learn how to mitigate your home against flood damage, or protect against the impacts of earthquakes.

– Take a Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid class so you will know what to do if a family member, neighbor, or co-worker is injured. Take Until Help Arrives training, which empowers people to take action in emergency situations and provide lifesaving care before professional assistance arrives.

Put smoke alarms on every level of your home, test them monthly, and replace them when they are 10 years old.

Know the ways to keep your home safe from cooking, heating, and electrical fires. Change the batteries in smoke, carbon monoxide, and natural gas detectors at home, and help people who aren’t able to change batteries on their own.

Saturday, Sept. 15 is the National Day of Action when individuals, organizations and businesses are encouraged to take an action, such as participating in an exercise, drill or other action that will increase preparedness. For more information, go to

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ARE Update: October Fee Increase

Now that the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) 4.0 has retired, you may be wondering what happens next. Here are a few things to keep in mind over the next few months.

Upcoming Fee Increase
As a reminder, the cost of each ARE 5.0 division will increase from $210 to $235 on October 1, 2018. The total cost of the six-division exam ($1,410) will still be less than ARE 4.0’s total fees.

Candidates can purchase seat credits for an ARE 5.0 division at the $210 price until September 30th. Purchase your seat credits in advance of the fee increase if you plan to test within the next twelve months and save $25 per division.

New AIA Contract Documents & Building Codes
Also starting on October 1, ARE 5.0 will reference the newest version of the AIA Contract Documents and the 2015 International Building Code – which you can download for free online.

The ARE will continue to address the standard agreements previously identified. Candidates should expect to see additional questions related to the following contracts:

  • A133-2009: Owner-Construction Manager as Constructor Agreement
  • A195-2008: Owner-Contractor Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery
  • A295-2008: General Conditions of the Contract for Integrated Project Delivery
  • B195-2008: Owner-Architect Agreement for Integrated Project Delilvery

Join the ARE 5.0 Community
Thousands of candidates have joined the ARE 5.0 Community to get real-time help from NCARB’s exam experts, form study groups, and more.

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