Letter from the President

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AIA Columbus Members and Supporters,
It is with sadness I write to you today to address yet another challenge that is gripping our city, state, and country. The unrest being demonstrated across the nation is unfortunate but not unexpected.  Our mission at AIA Columbus is to "design a better world", including our communities of color. The social unrest over the past few days reminds us we have a long way to go, especially in racial equality.
As our Chapter continues to work toward an equitable and resilient environment, what can we do to help with the immediate situation? I offer the following, let us have frank conversations about inequity in general and in our profession so we can better understand our own biases. Only after thoroughly examining our own motivations will we be able to help build a more equitable environment. 

While we do not condone vandalism and looting, we do support the right to free expression intended to highlight inequality. During the past few nights of demonstrations in Columbus, the Center for Architecture and Design sustained minor damage (windows were broken along Town Street). The building management team has done a good job of protecting the building thus far from any major damage.
We have been operating remotely due to the pandemic, so any damage to downtown buildings will not inhibit our ability to deliver programming to our membership.
Our Chapter will overcome this period of unrest. As we navigate what has been a difficult year, I hope that you and your families are staying safe. AIA Columbus will continue to work on your behalf to provide service that is valuable and needed.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Elizabeth Krile at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mike Vala, AIA
2020 AIA Columbus Chapter President
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AIA Columbus is a visionary membership organization providing advocacy, leadership, and resources to architects to design a better world.


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As we are currently practicing social distancing, we start to miss all the places that we have been to and all the places that we have yet seen. AIA Columbus hopes to help connect you with the rest of the world through sketch. We asked local architects and members to share some of their sketches from their own travels or sketches from their own backyard. Click through the slideshow to travel the world from the comfort of your own home. We ask that you share your own sketches using #sketch2connect. Don't forget to tag us and use #aiacbus


Jennifer Rittler, AIA, included in Columbus Business First's 40 Under 40 2020 Class


AIA Columbus Director and ARCHway co-founder, Jennifer Rittler, AIA, was included in this year's Columbus Business First 40 under 40 class. Jennifer has over ten years of leading architectural design. As a licensed Architect, she facilitates the integration of project stakeholder vision into design projects. Jennifer optimizes technical team work flow to meet schedules, embeds design values into projects, and utilizes design visualization strategy for a collaborative design experience for all business partners. Playing a vital role in the leadership of her company’s recreation and wellness projects, Jennifer is a firm believer in promoting wellness in communities. She is instrumental in implementing team resources to craft solutions for project success.

The Columbus Business First 40 under 40 awards program celebrates career achievements and impressive community service for emerging talent in our community. Read more about it here.

Congratulations to Jennifer!


Fiberglass Fenestration in Sustainable Commercial Buildings

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Both wood and aluminum windows are being used extensively in today’s commercial and institutional buildings, especially in education, health care, and offices. Using project case studies from across the United States, this program examines how window selection criteria (aesthetics, cost, energy efficiency, and sustainability) impact the design process.

As we look at commercial window applications which include punched openings, storefronts, and curtain walls, architects will learn some of the advantages and disadvantages associated with the use of wood or aluminum windows in each application. As we compare aesthetics, cost, energy efficiency, and sustainability; architects will improve their ability to objectively advise their clients on what is the best window solution for their next project.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Noon – 1 p.m.

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Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Public Facility Design and Construction Programs

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Join AIA Columbus for an informative dialogue with leaders of two major Ohio public construction programs on their response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Paul Sherwood, Assistant Vice President Design and Construction for The Ohio State University (OSU), and Craig Weise, AIA, Chief of Projects for the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), will join moderator Lane Beougher, FAIA to discuss their programs’ support of increased capacity of medical facilities, guidance for contractors to maintain safe sites, status of projects currently in design and construction, as well as upcoming projects, and the possible impact to capital appropriations legislation.

Thursday, April 9 at 4 p.m.

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Craig Weise, AIA

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Craig Weise, AIA is chief of projects for the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. Previously, Weise served the State of Ohio as program director of Construction Reform, state architect with the Department of Administrative Services, and held various positions at the Ohio School Facilities Commission including chief of projects, deputy chief of projects and project administrator. Weise has a bachelor’s degree in architecture, dual master’s degrees in architecture and construction engineering and management, and an MBA.

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