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Celebrate Excellence in Design

The 2018 AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Awards Celebration will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Stadium in Annapolis the evening of Thursday, September 27th. Join us as we honor award winners and celebrate Maryland architects and architecture students. A pre-event tour of the stadium (1 CEU pending) starts at 5:30 pm.

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Trailblazing Women of Architecture in Maryland

SPECIAL PRESENTATION – Saturday, August 11th during Downtown Cambridge’s Second Saturday festivities.

Exhibit and Lecture at the Dorchester Center for the Arts – An Open House reception and a free presentation on early modern Eastern Shore architecture designed by women will be given at the Dorchester Center for the Arts (321 High Street in Cambridge, MD) this Saturday August 11 during Downtown Cambridge’s Second Saturday festivities from 5:00-7:30pm. The Open House also includes lite refreshments, musical entertainment, Studioworks artisans’ shop, and gallery viewing of two exhibits: the Early Women of Architecture in Maryland and the Current Architecture of the Chesapeake Bay Region, currently on display through August 24, 2018.

The slide presentation will highlight the research from the Early Women of Architecture in Maryland exhibit, focusing on the Eastern Shore projects of two of the women: Chloethiel Woodard Smith, FAIA (1910–1992), who had work in Talbot County, and Victorine Du Pont Homsey, FAIA (1900-1998), who designed well over two dozen structures on the Eastern Shore with her husband Samuel Homsey, FAIA, including the Cambridge Yacht Club in 1936. Their husband-and-wife architectural practice founded in Wilmington, Delaware in 1935; was one of the first in the U.S. The yacht club, quite modern for its time, won them design awards in 1940 from the Maryland Society of Architects and the Architecture League in New York, but subsequent additions and modifications have hidden its distinctive nautical theme.

The presentation (worth 1.5 AIA CEU credits) is a further adaption of what was shared during the July Second Saturday presentation by Jillian Storms, AIA, curator of the exhibit. The August 11 presentation will be given by Janice Olshesky, AIA who has taken a keen in interest in the research of the exhibit. She has over 25 years of experience in architecture, serves on the Cambridge Historic Preservation Commission, and is President of Olshesky Design Group, LLC, founded in 2000. The firm’s portfolio has a wide range of project types which have grown to include Disaster Resilience, Historic Preservation and Construction Services, with an emphasis on Sustainable Design.

The Early Women of Architecture in Maryland exhibit delves into the history of 12 extraordinary women who contributed their design talent to the built environment in Maryland at a time when few women were in the profession. Many of the women practiced through the lean years of the Depression and World War II, designing buildings in Maryland and across the country, serving as a story of perseverance and determination. The exhibit was developed in collaboration with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, under the guidance of the AIA Baltimore Chapter’s EQUITY Committee with research assistance from students at Morgan State University and a starter grant from Maryland Humanities. It has been showcased in multiple jurisdictions across the State and Washington DC, and this is its first time on the Eastern Shore.

The public can view the exhibits during the Center’s working hours of Tues-Thurs 12-8pm and Fri-Sat 10am4pm, or during August’s special Second Saturday reception from 5:00-7:30pm. Sponsors of the exhibit installation and receptions are Becker Morgan Group, Inc., Christine M. Dayton Architect, P.A., Gipe Associates, Inc., Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, Gilbert Architects Inc., RMF Engineering, Inc., and the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information, please visit

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ARE Update

ARE Update: What Happens on July 1

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) 4.0 retires in just a few weeks – here’s what you should expect if you haven’t finished testing by June 30, 2018.

Transitioning to ARE 5.0

  • If you haven’t already transitioned before ARE 4.0 retires, our system will most likely transition you the first time you log in to your NCARB Record and open the Exams tab. Any division credits that you’ve earned will show in your Record based on the Transition Calculator, and you’ll be able to schedule your first ARE 5.0 division right away.
  •  If you’ve recently tested in ARE 4.0 and are still waiting on a score report, you will not be able to transition until your score is posted. As soon as the score posts and you view your Exams tab, you’ll either be marked as ARE complete or be transitioned to ARE 5.0 if you still have some divisions left.
  • If you have testing accommodations that include extra breaks or extended time, you will need to contact NCARB’s Customer Relations team to transition. You’ll also see a message about this on your Exams tab.

Due to extremely high testing volumes, score reports may take longer to process between now and the retirement. Although candidates typically receive their results within 1-2 weeks, score reports for divisions taken between now and June 30, 2018, may take up to 3-4 weeks to post.

Not planning on testing between now and June 30? Make the transition now!

Navigating the New Exam

Not familiar with ARE 5.0? Here are two key resources to help you get used to the new exam:

  • ARE 5.0 Handbook—This essential resource walks you through each division, providing specific objectives, sample questions, suggested references, and more. 
  • ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam—Want to practice navigating the new exam format? Log in to your NCARB Record to try our free demo exam.

Need help?

Join the ARE 5.0 Community to connect with NCARB’s exam experts and your fellow candidates.

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A Better Maryland – Online Survey open through end of May

Governor Larry Hogan charged the Maryland Department of Planning with drafting a new state development plan last summer (see Executive Order 01.01.2017.20). Beginning last fall, Planning visited every Maryland county and the City of Baltimore to conduct listening session, receiving input from residents, elected officials, and local government staff for this plan, called A Better Maryland.

As part of the outreach for A Better Maryland, Planning has posted an online survey for those who were not able to attend one of these meetings. The survey will be active through the end of May.

If you have not already, please go to the A Better Maryland Survey page and take our five-minute questionnaire.

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How to Submit Winning Design Award Entries

We are thrilled to share today’s webinar by the four Maryland AIA components on submitting successful design award entries. Watch this video for helpful tips, information and insight for submitting your project in the 2018 Maryland AIA design awards programs.

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Maryland Historical Trust Launches Online Tool

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is pleased to launch an online tool for searching its Project Review and Compliance Log databaseAs Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office, MHT reviews and comments on projects receiving funds, permits, and licenses from federal and/or state agencies for their effects on historic and archeological resources. Reviewing over 6,000 submittals each year for a wide range of projects throughout Maryland, MHT tracks individual submittal requests and response actions in the Log database. 

Through this readily available online tool, customers may now conveniently access current information on their state and federal projects. Agencies, applicants, consultants and interested others may query the Log to find out the status of a submittal, generate a list of projects meeting specified criteria, or view a PDF copy of MHT’s response, if available. The online tool provides background information about the Log fields and useful search tips. 

Click here to get started!

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