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One-Page abstracts are sought for peer-reviewed papers to be presented at Building Simulation 2017 in San Fancisco, California, August 7-9, 2017. This is the 15th biennial conference for the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBIPSA). For submission details and conference information: www.buildingsimulation2017.org You are encouraged to submit abstacts of papers on any aspect of building-related performance modeling and associated software techniques. Abstract Due: August 10, 2016 Paper Due Date: November 30, 2016
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By Lora Teagarden The background & the why that drives you I wrote in my mentorship series on the importance of my digital network in helping create relationships, continuing to learn, and finding mentors. I’m still learning and feeling my way thro ugh the dif ferent platforms, but thanks to a lot of articles read on the subject and friends who specialize in AEC (Architecture Engineering Construction) marketing, I continue to make progress. I thought I’d spend this blog post (and the next four to follow) giving some background on what I’ve learned these last two years in the digital / social media world and sharing...
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By Mark R. LePage, AIA How to rewrite the story of our profession With a twisted sense of pride, too many architects today accept the small firm stereotype of “starving artist”. Seeds planted in architecture school bloom into a full-on virus as professionals launch their own firms and find their way to small business. New firms are launched every day without proper planning, without an understanding of basic business fundamentals and often with an eager acceptance that life as an architect will be a difficult struggle. I was born an entrepreneur. I learned from doing, working with my auto mechanic father as soon as I was...
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By Kevin Harris, FAIA As architects , we are all familiar with the process and benefits of modeling our designs prior to construction. Models are an effective medium to study proposed creations and help communicate those concepts to our clients. Constructing a model takes time however, it can give us an opportunity to take a break, reflect on new insights, and manipulate the parts until all seems right. Working with a model is a process that helps us elevate our plans from good to better. As part of their ongoing effort on identifying what information could best benefit members of the AIA, the Small Firm Exchange (SFx)...
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Letter from the Chair Your CRAN leadership team has been working hard to prepare this year’s symposium, and I hope you’ll consider attending. The event will take place at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, California, in the heart of Sonoma County—Wine Country—from September 18 - 22, 2016. Our event begins with a welcome reception hosted by the local AIA chapter, AIA Redwood Empire , on Sunday night, followed by a day and a half of education sessions. The CRAN home tour takes place on Tuesday from late morning through afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday morning continue a...
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By Kira Gould The “Collective Wisdom & Feedback Loops” section of the AIA COTE Top Ten recognition program has always been one of my favorite aspects of this unique design awards program. It used to be called “Lessons Learned,” and I have always felt that it is the part of the entry that invites reckoning and speaks directly to the realm that is most wanting in this sector. For some reason, more than 20 years after Stewart Brand’s book, How Buildings Learn, we still don’t robustly treat buildings as systems whose life begins at completion and occupancy. For many reasons, not least of which the constraints of contractual relationships, designers...
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By Stephanie Horowitz Developing useful in-house expertise in the area of high-performance buildings can be a challenge for small firms, especially when you’re starting from scratch. Here are some suggestions for professional development that can help your firm bulk up its in-house expertise. Before you start, think both about what you want to learn and the learning method or style that best suits you (or the professional you decide to invest in). Building Science 101 Tap into the free resources from Building Science Corporation (BSC). The...
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Hello COTE Community! In all of the happenings of the month you may have missed this one item. On June 22, 2016, President Obama said “Here in America, folks should have the confidence to know that the laundry detergent we buy isn’t going to make us sick, the mattresses our babies sleep on aren’t going to harm them” and signed the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act ( LCSA ) into law. This provided, for the first time in decades, a much-needed reform to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The original Act was meant to have the EPA assure Americans that the products we buy and use every day were free of toxicants and harmful...
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By Xenia Cox Across both the private and public sectors, large-scale systemic reform efforts that pivot around performance metrics and outcomes are a New Normal. Assessing outcomes through a quantitative and qualitative lens, and evaluating the contribution of individual personnel and collective staff to those outcomes, has become integral to systems level change that is founded in research and driven by large and small data with a goal of greater accountability. There is economics logic behind this thinking – roughly and typically half of an organization's budget is allocated to personnel salaries and, as such, holding staff accountable for outcomes...
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Juvenile Facilities Offer Vocational Programs to Engage Youths, Reduce Repeat Offenses and Offer Opportunity Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Youth Preparatory Academy Partnering State Technical Schools on Vocational Training Academy By Karen Sicner, AIA Four years after a sweeping overhaul of Georgia's criminal justice system which included extensive reforms in juvenile justice, we are seeing more momentum towards achieving one of that initiative's goals to reduce recidivism among youth offenders, including vocational training and community partnerships offering training and skills to prepare them for life outside the criminal justice...
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By Stacey Wiseman, AIA and Katherine Dixon, AIA The Baltimore Youth Detention Center (YDC) is designed for Juveniles who have been charged as adults. Due to their sentence and their age, they cannot be housed with either adults or juveniles not charged as adults. The design of this facility is similar to other juvenile facilities with continued access to primary education, counseling and treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues. The chief initiative of this facility is to provide a less institutional setting and programming to help youths housed here to repurpose their life for successful re-entry to society. Currently, this project...
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Personal Information: What is your favorite piece of architecture? BM: I don't have a favorite architectural building; I tend to admire or focus on certain building elements that stand out – like a well detailed limestone façade or clean line or the way the light plays on a façade or created patterns on the interior. Where did you go to college? BM: I went to Illinois Central College (a local community college in Peoria, IL) and transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for my Bachelor degree. Currently, I am attending Southern Illinois University full time for my Masters of Architecture while working full time. What degrees...
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I write this short note to all of you from the sidelines as this issue has Stacey Wiseman of CGL as its Guest Editor. Her work on this issue has been remarkable. With Stacey at the helm, it should come as no surprise that Quarter 2 focuses on juvenile justice facilities and specifically their relationship with education. Stacey has even included some video interviews – be sure to see Xenia Cox, an education activist, interviewing Rutgers student Boris Franklin in a diner! Curious yet? I know you will agree; Stacey has done a great job curating this important journal issue. Don't miss the interview featuring Emerging Professional Brooke Martin. The dialogue...
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This is the third of a series of guest posts by members of the AIA's NDSA Coalition. Millennial architecture graduates are a unique group who has generally expressed an interest in working on projects they consider to be meaningful rather than high paying. The Catch-22 is they are also the group with the some of the highest student debt in our country’s history, and which will take significant time to payback. What if I was to tell you volunteering with a community design group in your free time would let you achieve both? The National Design Services Act (NDSA) will provide architecture graduates the opportunity to: ...
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In an article from the New York Times by Anna Holmes, the meaning of diversity highlighted a disconnection. It takes more than a simple box-ticking to tackle this issue. Important questions need to be asked that could help any industry: “(The African-American director Ava) DuVernay, who made ‘‘Selma,’’ pointed out that of the 100 top-grossing films last year, only two were directed by women. She urged constant vigilance and proactive searching within the industry: ‘‘We have to ask our agents about that script by the woman screenwriter. We have to ask, ‘Hey, are there any women agents here that I could talk to?’ We have to ask our lawyers about women...
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House GOP lawmakers last Friday released their tax reform “blueprint,” part of a series of documents that outline Republicans’ plans for overhauling a number of major institutions, from national security to health care. Though the plan doesn’t delve into too much detail, it nonetheless provides a useful glimpse into the legislative priorities of Republicans for years to come. Below are some of the key takeaways for AIA members and their firms: Simplify, condense, streamline A theme that’s repeated throughout the Blueprint is the desire to simplify the tax code, with the goal of enabling most Americans to file their taxes on a postcard....
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A recent Architectural Record article (" Architects Propose Design Solutions for Equitable Restrooms ") highlighted some of the challenges that architects face when designing gender-neutral bathrooms .Stephen Cassell, AIA, a principal of the firm Architecture Research Office (ARO), noted that ARO’s gender-neutral restroom design for Congregation Beit Simchat Torah required a special review by the New York City Department of Buildings because it deviated from the 2014 NYC Construction Codes. According to Mr. Cassell, ARO’s request for a variance ultimately was approved by the city inspector but the process was time consuming. Good news: the 2018...
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By ZacharyKuntsman From the moment that many aspiring architects step foot in their first studio, they experience professors stressing the likelihood of their success and through the undergraduate studios, students see many of their peers change majors or struggle through the curriculum with a loss of interest. In my experience at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, we began with nearly 150 students all stuck on designing the next big thing. During our last semester together, the remaining 25 of us worked towards graduation with half continuing to graduate school. The other half were not sure what they wanted to do or...
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HRC Luncheon at 2016 AIA Convention We had a wonderful turnout for our annual HRC Luncheon at the AIA convention in Philadelphia with over 110 attendees! Thank you everyone for your attendance and support of HRC. I would like to give a special thank you for all of our sponsors! Without your continued support we would not be able to sponsor or many programs, awards and events. During the lunch Karl Stumpf, AIA gave an overview of the activities of the HRC in 2016 (see attached link to PowerPoint presentation). Our guest speaker this year was Bob Jaeger, President of Partners for Sacred Places....
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by John Englander President, International Sea Level Institute Historic buildings in coastal regions are one of the prime battlegrounds in the race against rising sea level. Our preserved buildings are often fragile and always priceless. Often they have lasted centuries due to devoted care and restoration. With the latest evidence about rising sea level accelerating, this is the time to plan so that they might survive this century. Architects and planners know that a good plan starts with the right...
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