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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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Keeping History Above Water – Registration Open

Keeping History Above Water: Annapolis
Oct 29 – Nov 1, 2017. AIA LUs will be offered for many sessions.
Registration is NOW OPEN and VERY affordable at $275.

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AIA National Women’s Leadership Summit 2017: Creating Tailwinds

Registration opening May 22nd for the fifth biennial Women’s Leadership Summit!  This AIA National Summit will be held September 14-16, 2017 in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC​ with the theme “Creating Tailwinds.”

Tickets to this event will sell out quickly.  For more information, visit:


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