AIA KnowledgeNet Roundup

By Kathleen McCormick posted 06-20-2011 02:42 PM


Catch the AIA KnowledgeNet RoundUp in each issue of AIArchitect under the "From the AIA" section.

Replying to “Measuring Design Excellence”

Contributed by William Farris, AIA


Ok, I guess somebody here needs to be the devil's advocate. It may as well be me, since I respectfully disagree with everything Mr. Hosack just wrote. A famous architect once told me a joke that he felt proved once and for all that form does not follow function. "If form follows function, than explain a loaf of bread?" Read the complete thread.


Retail Entertainment Committee are looking for ideas for 2012 AIA Convention presentations

Contributed by Edward Shriver, AIA

The REC was formed to promote dialogue around best practices in retail and entertainment design, promote the contribution that retail and entertainment architecture make to livable communities, and to expand the discussion about sustainability in retail and entertainment architecture.  If you have a thought, idea or proposal, or if you're interested in joining a committee to develop our presentations, this is your opportunity to get involved. Make a suggestion by replying to the discussion forum.

Do you plan to attend the 2011 UIA World Congress?

Contributed by Theresa Fulginiti


AIA National, along with NCARB, ACSA and AIAS, will send a leadership delegation to represent the USA  at the UIA World Congress & Assembly.  The delegation will participate in (as presenters and participants) sessions, the exhibition, Council and Assembly meetings, and voting for the 2011-2014 UIA leadership.  Do you plan to attend the 2011 UIA World Congress? If so, let the International Committee know about it! See who’s going and add your response on the discussion forum.

Read Award Winning Scholarship Essay

Contributed by AIA Corporate Architects & Facility Management Knowledge Community

The Corporate Architects & Facility Management Knowledge Community awarded its 2011 scholarship to Sarah Kott, a student enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis.  Sarah is pursuing a Masters in Architect.  Read winning essay, “Building with Hope.”


Healthcare 101: Diagnostic & Treatment – Surgery on YouTube

Contributed by AIA Academy of Architecture for Health


This webinar gave participants an understanding of design considerations for the contemporary operating room enviornment and trends in medical equipment, information technology and sustainability. It also sheds light on the ambulatory versus standard hosptial experience, and then jumps half way around the world to see how our friends in China are addressing the same issues. Presented May 19, 2011.  View the video.


Moving Design - 21st Century Teaching and Learning

Contributed by Linda Keane AIA, Professor of Architecture, Art Institute of Chicago

The environment is the third teacher: culture and connection to place. In this Committee on Architecture for Education article of the month, Linda Keane AIA provides her recently conducted a presentation for our Alternative Learning Environments Subcommittee. It is about design teaching and much of it is web based and is an interesting take on ‘Alternative’ learning environments. It is a rich resource and window to all kinds of incredible online sites.  Download the presentationView her complete profile.


Facility Performance Evaluation (FPE) Guidance Document for Public Facilities
Contributed by AIA Public Architects Knowledge Community


This guidance document was written in partnership with NASFA (National Association of State Facilities Administrators) and the AIA (American Institute of Architects) with contributions from the USGBC (US Green Building Council). There are several NASFA member states currently engaged in performing Facility Performance Evaluations (FPE) of their facilities. Download the guidance document.


Submit to the Design for Aging Review 11

Contributed by AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community


The Review includes a juried exhibition, a book, and educational programs that showcase facilities representing conscientious environments and research that advances environments for senior living.  A jury of architects and care providers for the aging will select the projects and research to be published and exhibited.  Entries must be received by 11:55 PM EST on July 29, 2011 to be considered. Read full call for entries. Go to submission website