AIA KnowledgeNet Round Up: September 28

By Ann Novakowski posted 09-21-2012 16:19

Win an iPad2, How many kWh in a Cheeseburger?, Free Webinar: Best Practices in Business Development, 10 Tips to Turn Your City into an Architects' Town, 3 Reasons Clients Leave You & How to Win Them Back, Scholarship to Spain


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Recent Communications

Blueprints for Senior Living

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The Practice Management Digest

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News & Discussions

What will a post-religious architecture look like?

With the decline of organized religion and the rise of the spiritual, what will a post-religious architecture look like? More: Read more and join the discussion.

New Podcast: 10 Tips to Turning Your City into an Architects' Town

Louis Jaregui outlines ten actions residential architects can take in their communities to promote their practice and the role of licensed architects in the home building industry based on his experience in Austin, Texas. Listen to the audio and download the presentation.


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Allan Shope, AIA: "How many kilowatt-hours are in a cheeseburger?"

Watch and download Allan Shope's Keynote Address from the recent AIA CRAN Symposium in Newport, Rhode Island.

Highlights include: Responding to the Building Boom, the transformation from working within series of constraints to seeing a site's potential, the number of kilowatt-hours in a cheeseburger, and Shope's commitment to the personal maker's journey.

 View the presentation.

Creating a Virtual Integrated Village

The first of the United States' 79 million Baby Boomers turned 65 in 2011, signaling a key demographic shift that will redefine American culture and society for at least the next century. It will also profoundly affect the way we design our neighborhoods and cities. Professor Domer joined AAF in February 2012 for a national forum on Design for Aging. In this article, he reports on the the work of the New Cities Long Life Communities Initiative to develop a conceptual model of a fully integrated virtual and real-time system for a prototype long life community. Read the entire article.

Travel Scholarship to Spain: Due October 4th

The AIA Committee on Design is going to Seville, Spain this November and are offering a scholarship to one Associate. Please view and download the scholarship solicitation online. If you or someone in your office is eligible, please apply or encourage another to do so.

On the other hand, if you are not eligible for the scholarship, there are still a few regularly priced seats available on the buses. Please see the updated itinerary and visit to register today. Over 30 CES credits are available for attendees.

Call for Entries: 2013 Small Project Awards

2013 Small Project Awards Call for Entries
Submission Deadline: 5PM ET, November 12, 2012
- The Small Project Practitioners 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. For full eligibility rules, judging criteria, and submission requirements or to submit your project materials, visit the 2012 AIA Small Project Awards Web page.

Public Comment Requested: BIM Digital Practice Documents

The American Institute of Architects has commenced an effort to evaluate the continued development and adoption of BIM and the impact it has on contracts. As part of this effort, AIA is updating its BIM and Digital Practice documents for use on construction projects involving digital data or BIM, and will make the updated documents available for public comment.

The draft documents will be available for download and open to public comments starting August 15.  The public comment period will close on approximately September 24.  Following the comment period, AIA Contract Documents will begin reviewing user feedback and incorporating suggested changes, where appropriate. Please visit to download the documents.

Win an iPad2: Complete Your AIA KnowledgeNet Profile

Win an iPad2: Complete your AIA KnowledgeNet online profile by December 12, 2012

"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.

Planning Your 2013 Events & Programs: Holiday Calendar

Planning 2013 events? Check out these calendars to ensure you are not overlapping with any secular or religious holidays:

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Submit an Article to the Blueprints for Senior Living

Have you considered writing or re-purposing one or more articles for the next Design for Aging newsletter, Blueprints for Senior Living? All we ask is that you send us the title of your proposed article, a link (if already published), and a short paragraph describing its contents.

Submit a White Paper to DFA Blueprints Newsletter

Free Continuing Education Webinars

SEED: Social/Economic/Environmental Design
Earn 1 HSW/SD CEH | Monday, October 8 | 12-1pm ET | 9-10am PT | Register Now at No Cost

In 2005, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network was founded at a conference organized by the Harvard Loeb Fellowship. The SEED Network established a professional community specifically with a public interest mission and a common set of principles to guide ethical community engagement. Learn about the step-by-step process of working with a community as a design partner and how to measure social, economic, and environmental impact on communities.

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Best Practices in Business Development
Earn 1.25 CEH | Thursday, October 18 | 1pm-2:15pm ET | 10-11:15am PT | Register Now at No Cost

AIA Practice Management Knowledge Community continues a free Webinar series this month with an in-depth look at the dreaded five letter word--SALES.  This webinar will explore Business Development Planning and best practices for measuring your firm's success and will include results from a survey conducted during registration for this event.

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Brand Building in the Era of the Empowered Client
Earn 1.5 CEH | Thursday, October 25 | 1-2pm ET | 10-11am PT | Register Now at No Cost

One of the biggest challenges for residential architects today is working with clients who are more empowered than ever - empowered about what designs they like, what products they want, and what they know about your firm before they even sit down to discuss their project. Given this, residential architects can stay one step ahead by managing their web presence to tell their story as efficiently and effectively as possible. A panel of three AIA members will discuss online marketing goals & analytics, how to invest your time online, the benefits and concerns with sharing information online.

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Housing Research Series

Sponsored by Housing Knowledge Community | View the complete series archive.

A New Norris House
Earn 1 HSW CEH | November 5 | 12-1pm ET | 9-10am PT | Learn More

BY-RIGHT/BY-DESIGN: Los Angeles Housing Designed & Developed
Earn 1 HSW CEH | December 3 | 12-1pm ET | 9-10am PT | Learn More

Designing Residential Ventilation for Indoor Air Quality and Thermal Comfort
Earn 1 HSW/SD CEH | 12-1pm ET | 9-10am PT | Learn More

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Paid Continuing Education

Payment Applications and Change Orders

Presented by AIA Contract Documents
Earn 1.5 CEH | October 1 | 2:00-3:30pm ET | Register Now!
Cost: $29.99 member | $39.99 non-member

Payment Applications and Change Orders are a vital component to successful project management for building design and construction professionals. View live software demos and real-world scenarios to help you understand the critical aspects of these forms, and how to correctly and efficiently complete them.

Healthcare Essentials: FGI Learning Series

[FGI Series 3]: The Cure for the Common Code - Part 2:
Key 2014 FGI Guidelines Issue Poll Results

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern | Earn 1.5 CEH HSW
Cost: AIA Member: $95.00 | Non Member: $120.00 | Register Now!
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Upcoming Events

2012 KC Fall Conferences:

  • Academy of Architecture for Justice
    October 10-12 in Toronto, ON Canada
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  • Academy of Architecture for Health
    November 3-6 in Phoenix, AZ
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  • Committee on Architecture for Education
    September 30-October 2 in Seattle, WA
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  • Committee on Design
    November 11-17, 2012 with add-ons through November 21
    Seville, Granada/Cordoba, and Morocco
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  • Technology in Architectural Practice
    October 19 in Stanford, CA and local sites nationwide
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