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  • 1.  city architect advisory panel

    Posted 03-22-2021 08:57 AM
    Looking for some examples of cities w an architects advisory panel, or something like that.  Anyone know of any?  Not an architectural review board per se, but an advisory panel of architects that serves a municipality on an ongoing basis.

    Jonathan Barnes FAIA
    Jonathan Barnes Architecture & Design
    Columbus OH
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  • 2.  RE: city architect advisory panel

    Posted 03-23-2021 06:23 PM
    Hi Jonathan, here in the City of Bend OR our City Council appoints advisory committees on specific issues. I sit on the City's Affordable Housing Advisory Committee along with one other architect, however our seats are "at large" and the specific seats for stakeholders did not include architects but rather a builder, developer, real estate agent, mortgage broker and someone living in affordable housing. Of course it should include architects, but that seems to be over looked. From that committee I sit on a stakeholder group revising our Zoning Ordinance to meet our Oregon legislation that abolished single family zoning to allow missing middle housing. We have 3 architects out of 12 on that committee. Additionally I am sitting on a task force for Homelessness issues and again, the only architect. So I wish I could give you a better example, but it is possible when architects are willing to apply, they can be appointed to City Boards even if they are not specifically designed to be architects. It's really important. I sit on our AIA Oregon State Board and am facilitating a Housing and Community Development Committee as well as a liaison on the Committee on Local Affairs. I was a Planning Commissioner and City Council member years ago and realize how important it is for architects to participate in the laws that govern the built environment. I urge all members to consider it.

    [Katherine] [Austin] [AIA]
    [Katherine Austin, AIA, Architect]
    Bend OR

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  • 3.  RE: city architect advisory panel

    Posted 03-23-2021 08:58 PM
    Hello Jonathan,
    The City of Coral Gables has such a thing:
    Board of Architects
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    Board of Architects
    The Board of Architects was created to ensure that the City's architecture is consistent with the City's regulations and to preserve the traditional aesthetic character of the community. It is responsible for determining whether development applications satisfy the Design Review Standards set out in Article 5, Division 6 of the Coral Gables Zoning Code.
    View this on Coralgables >

    Why would goverment be concerned in the US with regulating paint colors and aesthetics is beyond me.

    Ivan Contreras, LEED AP, AIA
    Qualifier | Director
    Miami FL

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  • 4.  RE: city architect advisory panel

    Posted 03-24-2021 02:26 AM
    The National Commission of Fine Arts remains one of the longest lived of these in the U.S... it is an obligatory review board for Federal districts and adjacent private projects, but their opinions are not binding on Federal projects and are occasionally ignored.  The NCFA grew out of the 1901 MacMillan Plan for Washington and has generally sought members of national distinction.

    The GSA's Design Excellence Program involves a panel of advising professionals who prequalify design firms for Federal projects nationwide.

    Closer to home (for you) is the model of Columbus, Indiana, where an entity set up by industrialist J. Irwin Miller agreed to subsidize professional fees for major architectural projects (public and in some cases private) in exchange for the privilege of selecting the architects. The result has made Columbus a showcase of modern architecture and a tourist destination.

    But see also Denise Scott Brown's arguments against design review boards in general (and possibly design advisory panels as well;  sorry I can't immediately find this citation.)  

    Finally, in Columbus, Ohio you can probably dispense with the panel and just ask Peter Eisenman.
    Robert L Miller FAIA
    Washington DC 

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  • 5.  RE: city architect advisory panel

    Posted 03-24-2021 07:11 AM
    Jonathan -

    One model is the Design Advocacy Group in Philly, https://designadvocacy.org.


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