AIA KnowledgeNet Round Up: October 26

By Ann Novakowski posted 10-23-2012 13:04

Call for Entries: Building Information Modeling Awards, Call for Entries: Small Project Awards, Against other entities "certifying" "designers", Get your copy of An Architect's Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process


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2013 AIA Awards: Call for Entries

TAP Building Information Modeling Awards

Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. ET, December 17, 2012
Since 2005, the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community has spearheaded an effort to highlight award winning "best of breed" case studies from the profession in the harnessing of Building Information Model (BIM) technology and processes to further design, construction and project excellence. Find out more and submit your project.

Healthcare Design Awards

Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. ET, December 10, 2012
The AIA/AAH Design Awards showcase the best of healthcare building design, healthcare planning and healthcare design-oriented research. The awards highlight the trends of healthcare facilities and the future direction of these facilities. Projects should exhibit conceptual strength that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital. The AIA/AAH will recognize the firms for their contribution to the healthcare environment. Find out more and submit your project.

2013 Small Project AwardsSmall Project Awards

Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. ET, November 12, 2012
The Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community presents the ninth annual Small Project Award Program to recognize the work of small project practitioners and to promote excellence in small project design. This Award Program strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to all project types, including renovations and additions, no matter the limits of size and budget. Find out more and submit your project.

Recent Communications

Academy Journal

View in browser | Published by the Academy of Architecture for Health Knowledge Community

Blueprints for Senior Living

View in browser | Published by the Design for Aging Knowledge Community

Preservation Architect

View in browser | Published by the Historic Resources Knowledge Community

Get your copy of An Architect's Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process

The AIA Energy Modeling Practice Guide serves to not only demystify energy modeling in general but also to provide tips and information that will help architects to better discuss energy modeling; the assumptions, the process, the tools and what the output means to potential design decisions - with their engineers, energy modelers, consultants, contractors, code officials and clients.

Written and assembled by a committee of architects, sustainability experts, and government building science officials, as well as AIA staff, the guide surveys a wide swath of the building design and construction industry to present baseline best practices for empirically evaluating the energy performance of buildings.

News & Discussions


"I have been asked by a client to provide very limited services for a office remodeling. AutoCAD seems overkill for such a small project and am considering using Sketchup with layout. Have others found this to be an optimal use of a different platform for smaller projects?" Read more and join the discussion.

For: Architects Desiging Homes. Against: other entities "certifying" "designers"

This is in response to some other recent comments on CRAN about the NAHB considering creating a certification program for "home designers." Read more and join the discussion.

AIA TrustAIA Trust Dental Plan

Dear AIA Members,
I just wanted to give all a heads up warning to those of you who may subscribe to the AIA Trust Dental Plan. I have been a subscriber to that plan for some years now, and only just discovered that I am paying more money in than I could ever possibly get back …
I had really hoped the AIA would have my back on this one. Buyer Beware!
Read more and join the discussion.

Mac Work Stations ~ Memory Leak

Our office just changed over to IMac's with Lion OS, 2g Graphics Cards, 16g Memory. Each machine has 16g of memory and its all used up by either the end of the day or the next morning. The Stations start posting warnings that MAC OS has run out of memory and you must close applications or it just locks up. Even after closing applications memory is not reclaimed. The purge command works to reclaim memory. Have installed IClean Memory and set it to reclaim at minimal memory level to get some some of it back but it take just as long or longer to reclaim memory as just doing reboot....

Any thoughts? Suggestions? (Other than boot the macs to the curb go back to PCs). Read more and join the discussion.

"Moral Responsibility" of Justice Architects

In the opening plenary session on Wednesday, Professor George Baird challenged Justice Architects to take "moral responsibility" for their projects. This raised the question during the Q & A session about what it means, as an Architect, to take moral responsibility for one's designs....

What does it mean for Justice Architects to "take moral responsibility" for the projects they design? Is the previous question a proper question for Justice Architects to consider? If not, what is? Does taking responsibility require that Justice Architects become active participants in policy discussions? Read more and join the discussion.

AKR Step by Step: Uploading a Project ProfileUploading a Project Profile to AKR: Step-by-Step

Add a profile of your most recent project to Learn to:

  • Create a new project profile
  • Add team members to the project
  • Upload and tag photos
  • Include honors and awards
  • Link to the profile from your own website
  • Update and resubmit your project profiles
  • ...and more.
Watch the video online or download the tutorial presentation.

Win an iPad2: Complete Your AIA KnowledgeNet Profile

"Complete Your Profile" and you could win an iPad2! Complete your AIA KnowledgeNet profile by December 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time and submit the entry form via e-mail to be entered to win one 16GB iPad2 with Wi-Fi.

Double Your Chances by Contributing Content to the Site! Once your profile is complete, add five (5) pieces of content to the site and enter a second time. Eligible content includes blog entries, discussion forum posts, and library entries. Learn more on the iPad contest page.

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2012 KC Fall Conferences:

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