AIA Public Architects and Society of American Military Engineers

SAME and AIA Began Collaborations in 2015

In 2015, the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) formed a strategic alliance through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The MOA agrees to facilitate collaboration and information sharing to enhance the profession of architecture in the Department of Defense and other related federal agencies, and to enhance the body of knowledge for architecture in the public and private sectors.

Both AIA and SAME serve professionals in the architecture field; SAME’s reach is slightly more diverse including engineering, construction (A/E/C), facility management and environmental entities. Together, this partnership will add greater value to the members of both organizations.  Read More

SAME Architectural Practice Quarterly Journal

SAME President 2016-2017 | Michael L. Blount

Capt. Michael L. Blount, P.E., LEED AP BD&C, Assoc. DBIA, F.SAME, USN (Ret.), is currently Vice President of Navy Programs with AECOM. He previously was Vice President of the Federal Center of Excellence for Balfour Beatty Construction. Before joining the private sector, he served in the U.S. Navy. Command positions included: Commanding Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla.; Commander, 30th Naval Construction Regiment, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Public Works Officer and Officer-in-Charge of Construction, Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy; and Commanding Officer, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Gulfport, Miss. Capt. Blount has served in numerous SAME leadership positions including: Chair, SAME Energy and Sustainability Committee, 2013-Present; Co-Chair, DBIA/SAME Federal Delivery Symposium, 2014; Member, Executive Committee, 2009-2011; Member, SAME Board of Direction, 2008-2012; South Atlantic Regional Vice President, 2008-2012; President, Jacksonville Post, 2006-2007; First Vice President, Jacksonville Post, 2006; Regional Vice President Secretary to Rear Adm. Ives, 1987-1988. He is an Instructor at Norwich University, which he has continued since 2006, and a member of the DBIA, Federal Sector Committee and Chi Epsilon, National Civil Engineering Honor Society.

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SAME Urbahn Medal Group Holds First Summit

In the early afternoon of March 6, 2017, several past Urbahn Medal recipients came together for an inaugural summit in Washington, D.C., to continue the way forward for collaboration among architects working in and for the public sector.

The Urbahn Medal, named in honor of Max O. Urbahn, FAIA, is awarded annually to a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) for distinguished performance in the field of architecture. Urbahn was a former President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) who had profound influence upon thousands of architects as well as engineers across both AIA and SAME communities during his long professional career from the 1950s through the 1990s. The first SAME Urbahn Medal was awarded  in 1996 to Harold L. Adams, FAIA, RIBA, JIA.  Read More