Continuing Education Opportunities

Munch and Earn: Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Systems

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Sponsored by Terracon, this session will focus on the following,

  • Vapor Encroachment​
  • Vapor Intrusion Assessment​
  • Risk Evaluation
  • Introduction to vapor encroachment
  • Why should we be concerned with vapor intrusion
  • Regulations (federal & state)
  • Steps to ensure safety and mitigate risk
  • What clients need to know
  • What architects and engineers should know

March 16, 2023
12-1 PM
Lunch will be provided.

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW
Members, Sponsors, Students: Free
Non-Members: $10

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 W Town St, Suite 110
Columbus, OH 43215

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Tour Series: Gravity II

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At approximately 840,000 square feet of space, Gravity II represents the second phase of work for the Gravity brand and will encompass several buildings across an entire city block.

NBBJ’s contribution to Gravity II includes a 12-story residential and retail building on Broad Street; 150k square feet of office on Broad St., a five-story apartment and town house project along McDowell St., and an 889-space parking garage in the middle of the development. Additionally, other local and national firms contributed to a park, a renovation of the single-story Solazzo building at McDowell and West State streets, and a five-story “co-live” apartment building.

The project wrestles with the design challenge of creating a collection of buildings versus a distinct ‘district’. The design team was trying to take a position of how this block could be viewed through the lens of its context (Franklinton), but also be an extension of the Gravity ethos, which is rooted in intentionality, well-being, self-expression, and community impact. Each individual component addresses that idea in some way, shape or form.

With each building having its own unique constraints and opportunities, the intent is to let each component building be an expression of its use, while using an architectural language that resonates throughout Gravity.

Project collaborators: NBBJ is design architect for tower, garage, liner townhomes, and office. NBBJ is AOR for the tower, garage, and office. Archall is AOR for the liner building on McDowell. REALM Collective is the landscape architect for public space. Oz Architecture is doing public and amenity space interiors. HWKN is the design architect of the shared living building on State Street.

PPE including hard hats and closed toe shoes are required to attend the tour. Hi-viz vests are encouraged.

Refunds are only available 72 hours in advance of the tour.

Sponsored by the Committee on Design.

March 23, 2023
4-5 PM

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW *pending
Members and Sponsors: $10
Associate Members and Students: $5
Non-Members: $20

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A Look at FGI's New 2022 Guidelines

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The FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction documents are the most broadly recognized design standards for hospitals, outpatient facilities, and residential care settings across the United States. Members of the 2022 Health Guidelines Revision Committee highlight changes in the 2022 FGI Guidelines, including new and revised behavioral and mental health spaces, clinical treatment areas, and patient care units. Updates revisit familiar topics (e.g., ED treatment areas) and reflect new perspectives (e.g., emPATH units), all while balancing the need to make design affordable, accessible, and maintainable.

Bryan Langlands is a principal and senior medical planner with NBBJ in NYC. His clients include NYU Langone Health, Atrium Health, Nationwide Children’s, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Jefferson Health, Penn Med, Geisinger Health, NY Health + Hospitals, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Rochester Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Bryan was on the Steering Committee for the 2022 Edition of the FGI (Facility Guidelines Institute) Guidelines, and is a member of the HGRC (Health Guidelines Revision Committee) for the 2026 Edition, and a member of the board of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health.

Sponsored by the AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Health.

February 14, 2023
12-1 PM via Zoom

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW
Members and Sponsors: $10
Associate Members and Students: $5
Non-Members: $20

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Munch and Earn: Building a Safe Behavioral Health Environment of Care

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AIA Columbus’ AAH Committee will host a Munch and Earn January 23rd at noon. We are honored to welcome two internationally known leaders working to advance the design of Mental and Behavioral Health facilities. Our discussion will attempt to help designers, providers and hospitals understand one method of assessing ligature risk in the physical environment and what to do about identified risks considering regulatory changes over the past five years.

Kimberly McMurray, AIA is principal of Behavioral Health Facility Consulting LLC. She is an accomplished expert in the design of Behavioral Health facilities across the US, and is the current author/curator of the well-known Hunt and Sine Behavioral Health Design Guide. Kimberly will present on the assessment, design, and construction of safe behavioral health care environments.

Philip Ross is chairman of the UK’s Design in Mental Health Network and CEO of Safehinge Primera. He is passionate about improving the experience of patients in inpatient behavioral health facilities. Philip’s work with the Design in Mental Health Network is leading to better systems for unified and comprehensive testing of products used in behavioral health spaces leading to better patient safety in the built environment. Safehinge Primera is manufacturing safe products that enhance both safety and human experience. Their new behavioral health patient room door hardware received a Nightingale Award at this year’s Healthcare Design Conference.

Sponsored by Safehinge Primera.

January 23, 2023
12-1 PM
Lunch will be provided.

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW
Members, Sponsors, Students: Free
Non-Members: $10

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 W Town St, Suite 110
Columbus, OH 43215

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February Design Lecture 2023

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Central Ohio is experiencing a housing crisis. According to the Affordable Housing Alliance, 54,000 low- and moderate-income households in Franklin County pay more than half of their income towards housing costs.  According to a 2018 study by the BIA, the region needs to build 14,000 to 21,000 new homes each year to meet demand. Instead, about 10,000 homes and apartments were added each of the past four years. In addition, the median sales price of a Columbus-area home last year was $260,000, nearly $100,000 more than it was five years ago, and the median monthly rent of a Columbus-area apartment is up $100 from a year ago. In November, voters approved a $200 million bond package for affordable housing.

At this lecture we will hear the latest about updated zoning codes, an expediated review process, the bond package, and how architects can take advantage of all of these programs and procedures to build affordable housing units.

The featured speaker is Erin Prosser, the Assistant Director of Housing Strategies for the City of Columbus. Erin brings nearly two decades of public- and private-sector experience leading the planning, development, and engagement for numerous high-profile projects. She most recently served as the director of community development in the Department of Planning, Architecture and Real Estate at The Ohio State University, where she oversaw the revitalization of Weinland Park – including the addition of nearly 500 affordable housing units – and the 7.5-acre redevelopment of the 15th Avenue and High Street intersection. Prior to her time with the university, she worked as a planner at MKSK Studios, a multi-disciplinary design and planning firm, and served as a planner for Franklin County’s Economic and Planning Department. She holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University.

This is a hybrid event with in person and online options available.  Lunch will be provided for in person attendees.

February 21, 2023
12-1 PM

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW *pending
Members: Free
Non-Members: $20

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 W Town St, Suite 110
Columbus, OH 43215

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Tour Series: Award-Winning Ohio Theatre Loge, Mezzanine, and Balcony Renovation

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The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) commissioned the architect to create improvements to the upper seating areas of the historic Ohio Theatre while maintaining the theatre’s architectural, acoustical, and theatrical integrity. The Ohio Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Designated National Landmark. The goal of the project was to improve the safety and comfort of patrons as they traversed existing sloped and warped cross aisles and uneven stepped aisles to their seats in the Loge, Mezzanine, and Balcony seating areas which previously had no handrails. Over the years many patrons, attending events at this important community performing arts venue, expressed their concerns to CAPA about safety in these seating areas.

Tour these areas and more to see the solutions to these challenges. Sponsored by the Committee on Design. This project won a 2022 AIA Columbus Merit Award for Architectural Detail. The design architect is Rogers Krajnak Architects, Inc.

February 2, 2023
4:30-5:30 PM
Earn 1.0 LU|HSW
Members and Sponsors: $10
Associate Members and Students: $5
Non-Members: $20

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January Design Lecture 2023

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In-person registration is now closed but you can still attend online.

Over the last year the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation engaged with 2,000 residents about the future of downtown. The community’s vision is for a more inclusive, more equitable, and more vibrant downtown—to reimagine mobility so that it is quick, safe, and easy to get around Downtown without a car and more things to see and do—reflecting the rich diversity of Columbus residents.

At this session we will hear from Amy Taylor about this new strategic plan for downtown Columbus and updates about The Peninsula.

About Amy Edwards Taylor. Amy Taylor puts passion into practice as the President of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Capitol South, where she has led the creation of city-changing projects in Downtown Columbus, such as the Scioto Mile, Columbus Commons, the Scioto Greenways river revitalization project and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. These developments have created green space and cultural attractions that revitalized the heart of Ohio’s capital city, catalyzing more than $400 million in private investments. Currently, she serves as project executive for The Peninsula mixed-use development, leading efforts of the public and private sectors to redevelopment this key area of downtown.

This is a hybrid event with in person and online options available.  Lunch will be provided for in person attendees.

January 24, 2023
12-1 PM

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW
Members: Free
Non-Members: $20

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 W Town St, Suite 110
Columbus, OH 43215

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Succession Planning for the Architecture Firm: An Employee Stock Ownership Plan

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You’re invited to our upcoming discussion panel featuring UBS advisors Leslie Lauer and Rebecca Glasgow of The ESOP Group (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). They will provide an overview of ESOP transactions and how to exit your company by selling to your employees.

Learning Objectives: Attendees will gain an overview knowledge of ESOP and suitability. Attendees will learn the transaction process, timeline, and cost. Attendees will learn the tax and other benefits for the seller, company, and employees. Attendees will see a side-by-side comparison of third-party sale to an ESOP and understand ESOPs and private equity.

About Leslie Lauer: Early in her career and just five days after entering the employee benefits field, Leslie attended her first national conference—she was immediately hooked on the idea of business owners selling to their employees. Since then, she has dedicated her career to advising business owners on their succession options, specifically employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). Today, as a multi-credentialed member of The ESOP Group, Leslie continues to work closely with business owners and their families. With more than 30-years of expertise, she and her team are uniquely qualified to assist clients on all aspects of tax, estate and retirement planning, asset allocation, insurance solutions, lending, and strategic philanthropy. Leslie advises a number of corporate client relationships as well, providing them with cash management, executive compensation and captive insurance company asset management.

December 13, 2022
12-1 PM via Zoom

Earn 1.0 LU
Members, Assoc. Members, Sponsors: $5
Non-Members: $10

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Munch and Earn: Allocating Risks Through Professional Practice Management and Contract Terms & Conditions

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This session addresses the essentials of risk avoidance, risk allocation, and risk reduction in professional practice, directly affecting design professionals in their daily practice and public Health, Safety, and Welfare. In addition, the program will identify contract essentials in professional agreements with clients and consultants, including written versus verbal agreements, available forms of agreements, and the all-important scope of services. Through case studies and best practices, presenters will illustrate how contract language can establish the rights and duties of the architect and the owner on any project relating to the Standard of Care, Indemnification, Scope of Services, Dispute Resolution, and Health, Safety, and Welfare provisions.

Brad Bush specializes in the coordination of risk management services for commercial clients and primarily focuses on the insurance needs of architects, engineers, and land surveyors. With over 20 years in the insurance industry, Brad has a background that spans underwriting, risk transfer, coverage analysis, premium development and marketing. Brad joined the agency in 2001 after 13 years at Wells Fargo and American International Group (AIG).

December 2, 2022
12-1 PM
Lunch will be provided.

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW
Members, Sponsors, Students: Free
Non-Members: $10

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 W Town St, Suite 110
Columbus, OH 43215

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Access to Community-Based Care: Eroding Barriers

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Within healthcare, many patients are faced with significant barriers preventing their receipt of care, with the largest of these impacts being socioeconomic. Community based care plays a critical role in overcoming many of these barriers to healthcare and providing a more wholistic health for the community as a whole. This discussion focuses on understanding the various barriers and experiences faced when seeking care, sharing proactive rather than reactive solutions and providing opportunities for discussion on the role design professionals play in addressing these issues.

Emily Wagner joined DesignGroup after graduating from Pennsylvania State University with her Bachelor of Architecture. She has a passion for collaboration and enjoys learning new skills and techniques to improve design and the quality of her work. In her time at Penn State, Emily was a member of the CoLab team selected as the jury award winner for best design of a healthcare facility for team collaboration and presentation. Emily studied architecture because of the vast opportunities to create a positive impact on people’s lives through excellent design.

December 15, 2022
12-1 PM via Zoom
Earn 1.0 LU|HSW
Members and Sponsors: $10
Associate Members and Students: $5
Non-Members: $20

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AIA Columbus AAH Meeting: The HOW of High-Performance Design

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Join our AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) at their next committee meeting on November 18!

The AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Health will facilitate a conversation to be led by an engineering firm that focuses on and is a leader in sustainability.  We will discuss the challenges the healthcare industry is facing.   The United States National Academy of Medicine has launched an Action Collaborative, focused on helping the US Health Sector to decarbonize. The Collaborative brings together healthcare leaders from the most influential of organizations, including the President of AHA, senior leaders from HHS, CMS, and TJC, and numerous healthcare CEOs. This session will describe the work of the Collaborative, and how ASHE members can become leaders within their own organizations on this most critical of healthcare issues.

November 18 at 7:30 a.m.
Earn 1.0 LU|HSW
Free and everyone is welcome.
Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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Tour Series: Nationwide Children's Hospital Abigail Wexner Research Institute (RB4)

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The Abigail Wexner Research Institute aggressively supports the discovery of new knowledge and its translation into novel therapeutics and diagnostic tests to advance pediatric research. Unprecedented investment and inspired leadership have paved the way for tremendous progress. The impact on children who previously had little hope has been truly remarkable.

The Abigail Wexner Research Institute invites you to a hard hat tour of our Research Building 4. This new 6-story, 290,000 GSF, research facility; containing Wet and Dry biomedical research along with conference and collaboration spaces; is scheduled to open 2nd quarter 2023. As the project is under construction participants will be able to see the lobby/conference level in progress and a completed lab floor. Hear from a leader in the Abigail Wexner Research Institute about the science that is underway and promise it holds for our kids. The engineering of record will share how the building works from a mechanical perspective.

PPE will be provided by Turner Construction.

November 2, 2022
4:30-5:30 PM
Earn 1.0 LU|HSW
Members and Sponsors: $10
Emerging Professionals, Associate Members and Students: Free
Non-Members: $20

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Tour Series: Ohio Judicial Center

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The Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center accommodates the Court and other offices of the Judicial Branch and symbolizes the role of the judiciary as an independent branch of government.

The building was designed by Harry Hake in the Art Deco style. It was built from 1930 to 1933, known as the Ohio Departments Building, as it first housed Ohio state departments. It was also referred to as "Ohio's Pride." But over time, its luster faded. For decades, thousands passed by daily not knowing that inside were monumental lobbies and hallways, hearing rooms and a Courtroom all richly detailed with historical art. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Beginning in 2001, an extensive renovation restored the building, and set it up to be used for the Supreme Court of Ohio. The building reopened in 2004, marking the first time the court was established in a building solely for the judiciary, and the first time the building was open to the public.

Thanks to the vision of the late Chief Justice Moyer and the hard work of many — designers, stone masons, electricians, and artisans — the building was restored to its original glory and dedicated as the new home of the Supreme Court of Ohio on May 15, 2004.

At this lecture and tour we will learn about the history of the building, the renovations, and 20 years later how the renovations have held up over time.

The interior renovations were done by Schooley Caldwell.
The exterior renovations were done by Feinknopf Macioce Schappa.
The recently completed renovation of the exterior, plazas, and fountains were done by OHM Advisors.

November 17, 2022
4-5:30 PM
Earn 1.5 LU|HSW
Members and Sponsors: $10
Associate Members and Students: $5
Non-Members: $20

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Tour Series: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Center

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Join us for a tour of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Center on October 18!

The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Center is a multiphase project that advances Framework 2.0, the university’s long-term planning vision. The $155.9 million project includes a 120,000 square-foot renovation of Hamilton Hall and construction of a new 100,000 square-foot building featuring flexible facilities to serve multiple disciplines. The building will provide upgraded and flexible facilities to create a collaborative campus for interprofessional education throughout the Health Sciences. The project is poised to benefit colleges, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine, and strengthen the interdisciplinary curriculum of Ohio State. The project will demolish portions of Starling Loving and Fry Bridge to allow a new building along 10th Avenue that creates a quadrangle featuring green space.

The project is being built in 3 Phases.

Phase 1 – Anatomy Labs and Morgue
Phase 2 – Classrooms
Phase 3 – Administrative Offices, Classrooms and Public Spaces

Phase 1 is complete and currently in use. Phase 2 and Phase 3 are under construction.

One of the most interesting and challenging features of this project is that it is both a new build and a renovation of a historic 100 year old building. The construction is at a stage where it allows a rare peak into the original construction of Hamilton Hall and the design plans to restore and extend its architectural heritage.

Robert A. M. Stern Architects and Acock Associates Architects are the architects for the project.

PPE is required for tour attendees: hard hat, vest, closed-toe shoes, protective eye wear

October 18, 2022
4-5:30 PM
Earn 1.5 LU|HSW
Members and Sponsors: $10
Associate Members and Students: $5
Non-Members: $20

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Tour Series: Open Air School

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Join us for a tour of the renovated Open Air School building October 13!  Presented by the Committee on Design.

Open Air Columbus is an example of a thoughtful and history-inspired renovation of a highly significant school building. Built in 1928 and designed by Columbus City Schools Chief Architect, Howard Dwight Smith, Open Air is an important example of an early 20th century effort to provide an educational and healthful setting for the prevention of tuberculosis in the most vulnerable children of the day. The open-air concept was intentional, and the school provided a natural setting, outdoor play areas, a large "rest room" for daily naps, a kitchen and cafeteria, and classrooms with abundant windows that stayed open all year. Despite its importance, the school was closed for many years before being bought by the Kelley Companies in 2018. The early 20th century building and its mid-20th century addition have been turned into a popular mixed-use project that houses Emmett’s Café, Understory Bar and Lounge, special event space and a pottery studio. The project preserved the character of the building; established a strong connection to the Olentangy Trail; created vibrant outdoor terraces; and has become an important destination in the north campus neighborhood.

The architect for the project is Schooley Caldwell.

Attendees are invited to a happy hour following the tour.

October 13, 2022
5-6 PM
Earn 1.0 LU|HSW
Members and Sponsors: $10
Associate Members and Students: $5
Non-Members: $20

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Healthcare Tour Series: Ohio State University Outpatient Care Dublin

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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is expanding world class medical care in Central Ohio. DLR was retained to develop a master plan concept for a series of suburban outpatient facilities, as part of a $3 billion expansion plan. The initial phase of each location will include a five-story medical office building and a connecting ambulatory surgery center. A second phase hospital may be accommodated as the health system expands.

Programs offered at all locations will include primary care, family medicine, specialty clinics, imaging, and surgery, with other programs dependent on community needs. The prototype incorporates a common design language based on the institution’s brand and standards. Expansion of these facilities is evocative of the academic medical campus, increasing access to care throughout the communities surrounding Columbus. The prototype building features are easily replicable and timeless across the health system and in future projects.

The first of three was opened in New Albany in 2021. The second project, opening this month, is located on a 34-acre site in Dublin, Ohio. The 115,000-SF, three-story ambulatory surgery center accompanying the MOB includes urgent care, imaging, rehabilitation, endoscopy, and ambulatory. A unique aspect of this campus is the focus on orthopedics, sports medicine, and joint care. The facility and site are designed to allow for expansion with a future planned 216,000-SF, 90-bed inpatient hospital.

Join the Academy of Architecture for Health as we get to tour the second iteration of this prototype, and hear the lessons learned as they begin to shift focus to project 3.

September 20, 2022
4-5:30 PM
Earn 1.5 LU|HSW
Members and Sponsors: $10
Associate Members and Students: $5
Non-Members: $20

Sponsored by Heapy.

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Tour Series: Ohio State Bank

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Join AIA Columbus on a tour of the AIA Columbus Architecture Honor Award winner in 2021, Ohio State Bank, by Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design. This event is hosted by the Committee on Design.

Situated on a property vacant for decades, The Ohio State Bank is an iconic urban infill building that fills a long-awaited role as the western gateway to the historic city of Bexley, a suburb of Columbus, and the terminus of the city’s small-scale commercial corridor. The project also serves as the inaugural headquarters for the new retail bank as well as additional commercial office tenants.

The architecture recognizes the familiar American model of the small-scale, stand-alone branch bank and, specifically, the early modernist references from the mid-20th C. As an urban interpretation of this often suburban typology, the bank maintains the urban street corner with highly transparent facades that open the two-story banking lobby directly to the street. Those three-story glazed facades feature aluminum brise soleil fins and a folding cedar-clad wall and soffit that continues into the bank hall ceiling, emphasizing the connection between inside and out and expressing the contemporary model of the retail banking business as an accessible and transparent community resource. An offset pattern of punched window openings organizes the white brick facades and the cedar siding appears again as cladding for the stair and elevator core adjacent to the primary public entry to the north. Surface parking and a drive-through window are also located to the north.

The interiors utilize a minimalist palette of concrete, wood and glass with ceramic tile accents applied with many fine-grained, highly developed details. The focus of the two-story bank hall is the wood slat ceiling that creates a continuous folded plane from the exterior soffit to the vertical interior wall to the customer service area ceiling, ultimately directing that focus to the service counter. Open office space and an enclosed, transparent conference room are organized along the south façade. The second floor, also occupied by the bank, is visible to the main bank hall. Glazed ceramic tile highlight specific moments such as the elevator core and the custom bank service counter.

September 15, 2022
4-5 PM
Earn 1.0 LU|HSW
Members and Sponsors: $10
Associate Members and Students: $5
Non-Members: $20

Photography by Brad Feinknopf

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Munch and Earn: Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction

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Look around and you’ll see all types of commercial and educational projects being built today with lighter, less robust building materials. These projects are assumed to be the cheapest way to build while longer term ownership implications of these designs are not well understood. School districts continue to look for ways to reduce facility costs to free up additional resources to support education programs.

Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) combine the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with the versatility and energy efficiency of rigid insulation. With a lower first cost than wood and steel construction, ICFs improves occupant safety, fire resistance and noise transmission for office, hospital, school, and retail buildings, among others. ICFs are also remarkably cost effective as the thermal properties of ICFs can offer building owners significant energy savings over the long term.

This 1-hour presentation will also provide guidance on how to minimize the cost of ICF construction to take full advantage of the range of benefits, resulting in investments that are secure and generate long-term value. It serves to dispels the myths that are driving the popularity of less robust, resilient construction methods and demonstrates the value concrete provides for multifamily and educational applications.

September 21, 2022 at noon
Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 W Town St, Suite 110, Columbus, OH 43215

Lunch will be provided.

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The History of Black Architects in Michigan

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Meet 2022 AIA Columbus Architecture Awards jury member Saundra Little, FAIA, NOMA!

African American Architects have made significant contributions to Detroit's built environment. See how Black Architects have shaped areas of Detroit, including Wayne State University and downtown areas. View the work of Johnson, Madison, Sims, Varner, Hamilton, Little and others. You'll hear stories of trailblazers of architecture, unique designs, and project collaboration.

We will also hear about Saundra’s projects including the TechTown Coworking Space, Tower on the Maumee, Osi Apartments, and Allied Media Headquarters.

Saundra is a Principal and Director of Diversity and Inclusion with Quinn Evans, is an accomplished architect and dedicated advocate for the revitalization of the urban realm. With expertise in building assessments and creative yet practical design strategies, she helps clients transform buildings, increase property values, and bring new life to aging communities. Saundra’s portfolio reflects the diversity of the neighborhoods she champions, with successful cultural, institutional, educational, and commercial projects of all sizes. Her work in design, revitalization, and adaptive use projects consistently demonstrates a respect and sensitivity to the unique architectural heritage of local neighborhoods. Through her devotion to this challenging work, she has helped renew, uplift, and sustain vulnerable communities. Saundra has also focused much of her career on mentorship and introducing young minorities to the architectural profession. Over the past seven years, she has helped more than 200 Black students at the middle school, high school, and college levels explore the architectural field through paid internships, mentoring programs, career fairs, and community forums. Saundra is a past President of NOMA Detroit from 2010- 2012, fostering communications and fellowship among minority architects. AIA Detroit Board Member 2014-2016, (Design Core) Detroit Creative Corridor Center DC3 Advisory Board 2013-2017, Detroit Sustainable Museums Action Council (dSMAC) Advisory Board 2017-2018 and current NOMA National Midwest Vice President 2020-2023.

Saundra’s history and documentation project Noir Design Parti was selected as one of Detroit’s winners in the 2016 Knight Foundation Arts Challenge. The project, which she conceptualized with historian and diversity and inclusion advocate Karen Burton, documents the careers and creative works of Detroit's African American architects.

September 28, 2022
12-1 PM via Zoom
Earn 1.0 LU

AIA Members, Associate Members, and Students: $5
Non-members: $10

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Meet Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, NOMA

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Meet 2022 AIA Columbus Architecture Awards Jury Chair Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, NOMA!  We will hear from Kimberly about AIA and the future of the profession.

Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, NOMA, will be the 100th President of AIA.

Kimberly’s platform as AIA President will be ensuring there is space for minority architects at every level of AIA. She has outlined her intentions to “create access to opportunities,” “foster greater opportunities for leadership,” "build upon the legacy of long-time members,” in her #AllinforNOMA initiative. Kimberly was President of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) from 2019-2020.

“As the 295th living Black woman to earn an architectural license in the U.S., I am keen to help young women and people of color,” said Ms. Dowdell, who will be the first black woman president of AIA.

In addition, her platform includes initiatives such as supporting the business of design, making architecture more accessible to all, meeting our obligation to future generations regarding climate action, and navigating the future of design work with advances in technology.

An architect determined to make the world a better place, Kimberly is based in Chicago with global design firm, HOK. Hailing from Detroit, her educational path includes Detroit Public School: Burns Elementary, Gibson School, Cranbrook Kingswood, Cornell, and Harvard, where she was a Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow.

September 23, 2022 via Zoom
12-1 PM
Earn 1.0 LU

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Asian American Architects: The Absence of History

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Meet 2022 AIA Columbus Architecture Awards jury member Rod Henmi, FAIA, NOMA!

Asian Americans have made significant contributions after World War II to the American architectural world. This includes the establishment and leadership of one of the largest firms in the world, HOK. Yet few know the history and development in the profession of Asian Americans and why so many were leaders in the Midwest, including in St. Louis, Detroit, Chicago, and Cleveland. Rod Henmi, FAIA, NOMA, explores this history from a deeply personal beginning, that of his father, to contemporary practice.

Rod Henmi has compiled a distinguished career as an award-winning architect, educator, and advocate for social justice. His professional career focuses on community-oriented projects such as affordable housing, schools, and municipal buildings. He is deeply committed to furthering opportunities for minority architects and underserved communities and served on the board of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). He is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Kimochi, Incorporated, a non-profit agency dedicated to improving the lives of senior citizens. As a result of his career achievements, influence on the profession and community service, he was invested in 2011 into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture with High Distinction from the University of Minnesota and a MAUD degree from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation he taught at Washington University for fourteen years, during which time he co-authored with Iain Fraser the seminal book on architectural drawing, “Envisioning Architecture: An Analysis of Drawing”. He was Director of Design and principal at MWA Architects before joining HKIT Architects as Director of Design in 2009. He is an enthusiastic hip-hop dancer, lover of R and B, and avid traveler who documents his journeys through carefully crafted hand drawings.

September 9, 2022
12-12:30 PM via Zoom
Earn 0.5 LU

Members, Students, Sponsors: $3
Non-members: $5

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Tour Series: Hilton Columbus Downtown Second Tower

This tour is sold out but you can join the waitlist and you will be contacted if a spot opens up.

The Columbus Hilton Downtown Expansion project is an addition and expansion to the existing Hilton Downtown located on North High Street at the Columbus Convention Center.  The site is located at the northeast corner of North High Street and Ohio Center Way, directly adjacent to the Greater Columbus Convention Center and across N. High Street from the existing Hilton Hotel. The total gross square footage of the expansion is approximately 460,000 SF over 28 total stories.  This will operate as Ohio’s first 1,000 room hotel; providing an additional 463 hotel rooms and an additional 47,000 SF of meeting space to the existing facility, a green roof and 150 pieces of original art by Central Ohio artists.  In addition, the expansion will provide multiple signature food and beverage destinations, including a two story signature restaurant located on N. High Street and a Rooftop Bar which will feature panoramic views of Columbus.

The striking shape of the building is a direct result of the fact that it sits on a triangular parcel of land in between railroad tracks and the convention center, just across the street from the existing Hilton hotel which opened in 2012.  Scale was carefully considered to make the old and new hotels appear as one destination with a single point of entry, while straddling the elevated High Street. The exterior façade design is a composition of floor to floor curtain wall and architectural precast concrete.  The expansion has been designed to relate to and complement the existing building as a contemporary counterpart, while also reacting to the Convention Center's unique and iconic form.  It has been a goal of the team that the total Hilton complex reads and functions as one property, once complete.  The design captures the vision for the final Hilton complex as an energetic and signature destination for both visitors and residences of Columbus.

Cooper Carry is the prime architect in collaboration with Columbus-based Meyers + Associates Architecture.

PPE is required for all attendees including hard hat, safety vest, safety glasses, gloves, and protective closed toe footwear (boots/hard shoes preferred, no gym shoes, heels, or sandals).  Attendees must bring their own PPE, it will not be provided.

Additional details and parking information will be sent closer to the tour.

July 21, 2022
4-5:30 PM
Earn 1.5 LU|HSW
Limited space available.

Members: $20
Associate Members: $10
Non-Members: $30

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Energy Modeling

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This event is presented by the AIA Columbus Committee on the Environment (COTE) and Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH).

The presentation discusses the importance of integrating simulation into the high-performance design process. We explore how to best evaluate energy performance in building design including detailing the types of simulations available for use, the timing of those simulations, reference standards and documents useful for guiding the use of simulation in design and the benefits in achieving high performance outcomes.  The presentation uses ASHRAE Standard 209-2018,  Energy Simulation-Aided Design for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential, as a means for establishing the type of simulations, inputs and outputs for each simulation type and the cadence or timing within the design and construction process.

This is a hybrid event with both in-person and online options available.  Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees.

August 18, 2022 at 12 PM
Earn 1.0 LU|HSW
USGBC 1 LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M

In-person registration has ended but you can still attend online.

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Presenters:
As Regional Office Leader, David Deal focuses on strengthening relationships with clients and colleagues, growing new partnerships, and fostering a culture of collaboration and community in Central Ohio. David brings a unique systems-thinking and future forward perspective to client challenges and opportunities, often surpassing expectations. This approach has led to involvement on some of HEAPY’s most innovative work across campus planning, high performance buildings, smart building technology integration, deployment of distributed energy resources, and commissioning.

Michael McCollum is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states and functions as a Senior Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager for the Healthcare Team at HEAPY based out of the Columbus Office. He has over 15 years of experience with a multitude of building systems and markets sectors – from renovations to new construction of K-12 Schools, large scale Healthcare Projects, Courthouses, Water / Wastewaster Plants, Embassies, Labs, Military Bases, Central Plants, Equipment Replacements – and is adept at planning a project from inception through Construction with an Owner, often with a focus on Energy and Sustainability in view. His commitment to High Performance Buildings extends to a belief in establishing High Performance Project Teams as well by enabling the right conversations at the right time to increase the success of every project he has the ability to be a part of.

Tour Series: Greater Columbus Arts Council and Freedom a la Cart

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This tour highlights two non-profit institutions that serve the Columbus community that have recently completed new spaces through adaptive re-use projects in downtown Columbus.  Presented by the Committee on Design.

1. Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC)

The building at 182 E. Long St. was built in 1916 by Wilbur Winders as a newly branded automobile sales facility, the Winders Motor Sales Company.  Between 1924 and the 1940s, the building served a variety of businesses, but it remains one of the few original automobile dealership buildings in the downtown Columbus area.  The Greater Columbus Arts Council moved into the renovated space in the Spring of 2020.  The mission of the GCAC is to support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus.

The project works to expand the work of the GCAC.  Arts Council programming provides access to the arts for people of all cultural backgrounds, economic status, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability and ensures broad public access to the arts.  The new location provides the Arts Council with 1,300 more square feet in office space and improved access to resources and staff with street level presence and a community meeting room.  The project also includes a gallery that is dedicated to showing work by artists from historically marginalized communities.

The tour will highlight the GCAC’s mission and the relationship between architecture’s impact and potential to promote and implement art in the community.  The project was designed by AECOM with Connect Realty.

2. Freedom a la Cart

Built in 1928, the two-story brick and stone building at 123 E. Spring St. housed various businesses over the years in a neighborhood currently dominated by surface parking lots.  In April 2021, Freedom a la Cart moved into the space.  Freedom a la Cart is “a nonprofit social enterprise that makes meals more meaningful by tastefully combining fresh, from-scratch cuisine with life-changing employment and long-term support to local survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation”.

The 5,000 square foot space is an expansion of the social enterprise catering business with a fast casual café.  It incorporates a commercial kitchen supporting both catering and the café, café seating, plus a first-of-its-kind Survivor Resource Center (The Freedom Loft) on the upper level.  The café, kitchen and upper-level Freedom Loft were strategically structured with trauma-informed design principles to provide a safe oasis for survivors.  By incorporating natural light, specific design colors, live greenery, and strategic layouts with open sight paths, the Freedom Loft offers a woman repose in the midst of whatever circumstance she faces in her life. Every design and detail in the café, kitchen, and Freedom Loft has purpose- to continue promoting the message of recovery and restoration.

The tour will highlight Freedom a la Cart’s mission and the relationship between architecture’s impact and potential to promote dignity and healing.  The project was designed by RED Architects.

Attendees are invited to stay for a happy hour following the tour.

August 16, 2022
4:30-6 PM
Earn 1.5 LU|HSW
Limited space available.

Members: $15
Associate Members: $5
Non-Members: $30

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@150 North Third Street Tour

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Join us for a tour of AIA Columbus 2021 Merit Award winner @150 North Third Street on July 14! Presented by the Committee on Design.

Tour the AIA Columbus Architecture Award winning project, @150 North Third Street. As a prime example of a growing trend of urban infill and adaptive reuse projects in Columbus, @150 North Third Street saves a 120-year-old warehouse structure and repurposes the building and surrounding parking lots as a mixed-use residential project. The historic, 5 story masonry and heavy timber structure was converted to apartments and expanded with a 5-story addition, configured in a “L”-shape, for a total of 79 apartments and 100,000 square feet. The addition and an amenity deck are raised above a concrete podium which provides limited on-grade parking for 27 cars. Retail space is located on the ground floor of the existing building and in a new 3,000 square foot, 1-story building on Third Street. The architect for this project was JBAD.

Attendees are invited to a happy hour at the MKC Architects office (161 N 4th St) following the tour.

July 14, 2022
4-5 PM Tour
Earn 1.0 LU|HSW
Members: $10
Associate Members: $5
Non-Members: $20

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June Design Lecture 2022

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Join AIA Columbus and IIDA Columbus City Center on June 28 for a forum featuring Annie Chu, FAIA, NCIDQ WELL AP.

The past two years brought many uprisings in response to social injustice and discrimination. Coupled with the turmoil of the global pandemic and the drastic change of lifestyle we experienced — lockdown, remote work, social distancing — we are all confronted by an unshakable need for self-reflection. Design firms look inward to assess what we can all do to be on the right side of history, and to improve the way we work and interact with one another.

It seems timely then to reflect on the relationship between our two allied professions… to think of ways to elevate both the architecture and interior design communities by improving on aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion. This is the goal of our forum: to reflect on our past and present, and to design our futures together. A timely gathering of distinctive and community-minded architects and interior designers sharing awareness and ideas:

The emergence of both professions
The focus of our education
Our past relationships
Our present relationships
Our possible allied futures

June 28, 2022
4-5 PM Reception
5-6 PM Lecture

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 W Town St, Suite 110, Columbus, OH 43215

Earn 1.0 AIA LU
AIA or IIDA Members: Free
Non-Members: $10

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Food provided by Armstrong Ceilings

Annie Chu, FAIA, NCIDQ, WELL AP, is an architect, interior designer, educator, and a founding principal of the award-winning Chu–Gooding in Los Angeles. In her four decades in practice, Annie has worked extensively with world-renowned museums, cultural facilities, and educational institutions, including MOCA, Hammer Museum, The Huntington, Autry Museum of the American West, Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

Leveraging her design reputation, Annie champions Interior Architecture as a distinct and emerging discipline, advancing design excellence through teaching, public speaking, and her leadership in the civic and professional realms, including her role on the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission, the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel, and Contract Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board. Annie served as a Vice President of the IIDA International Board of Directors from 2017-18 as well as on numerous design juries, such as the AIA COTE Top Ten Awards, AIA Honor Awards in Architecture and Interior Architecture, and the Prix de Rome in Architecture and Design.

Annie earned her Bachelor of Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and her Master of Science in Advanced Building Design from Columbia University.

AIA Columbus AAH Meeting: Integrating Substance Use Disorder Treatment into Mainstream Healthcare Design

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Join our AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) at their next committee meeting on May 27!

Substance use disorders are medical conditions that impact mental, physical, and emotional health.  The separation of substance use disorder treatment from mainstream culture and health care has created obstacles to successful care coordination and long-term holistic health.  Today, 23 million Americans are in some form of recovery. Currently, only 25% of those people are in a formal recovery program.  Successful care coordination requires extra effort to integrate screening, assessments, interventions, and use of medications within general health systems.  The separation of Substance Abuse Disorder treatment from mainstream healthcare, and the stereotypes of the individual receiving care, fragments the individual, the family, and the community. At this session we’ll talk to the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County to learn about treatments and talk to architects on how to integrate substance use disorder treatment into mainstream healthcare design.

May 27 at 7:30 a.m.
Earn 1.0 LU|HSW *pending
Free and everyone is welcome.
Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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The Columbus Climate Action Plan: How Can Citizen Architects Get Involved

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The Columbus Climate Action Plan, published in December 2021, sets goals for Columbus to be carbon neutral by 2050 and reduces emissions by 45% by 2030. The plan lays out a thoughtful set of actions that the City government, private business, organizations, and residents can implement to significantly reduce the community’s greenhouse gas footprint, while also creating a more equitable and resilient community. The five sections of the CAP outline 13 strategies that have 32 quantifiable actions. To implement this plan, the City has established Working Groups, Buildings, Transportation, and Sustainable Neighborhoods. Attend this session to learn more about the Climate Action Plan and how architects can get involved.

Panelists from the City of Columbus:

  • Bryan M. Clark, MSEM, Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Erin Beck, Assistant Sustainability Officer
  • David Celebrezze, GreenSpot Coordinator

June 8, 2022
12-1 PM via Zoom
Earn 1.0 LU | HSW
Members and Students: Free
Non-Members: $10

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Tour Series: WOSU Headquarters

Join us on June 21 for a tour of the new WOSU Headquarters!

WOSU Public Media is the premier public media station in Central Ohio with radio and television broadcasts, community events, online content, and educational resources.  The new WOSU headquarters includes an expanded newsroom, TV and radio broadcast studios, a performance studio, a media learning lab, collaborative workplaces and support spaces.  The building was designed to allow for change as media evolves.  In addition to broadcasting local WOSU TV and radio programs, WOSU studios and facilities are available for public rental.  WOSU also provides educational programming, professional development, and direct services to schools.  The new headquarters makes WOSU more accessible and engaging to the public and greatly expands programming capabilities.  WOSU’s story is told through the architecture of the building, creating a sense of transparency and community engagement. The building was designed and constructed within LEED guidelines although it was not submitted for LEED certification. Meyers + Associates was the architect for the project.

Limited space available.

June 21, 2022
4-5:30 PM
Earn 1.5 LU | HSW
Member and Associate Member: $10
Non-Member: $20

This event is sold out but you can join the waiting list and you will be contacted if a spot opens up.

Munch and Earn: Environmental Due Diligence

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Terracon is a multidiscipline consulting engineering firm specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services across a broad range of industries. Terracon is a national firm which serves both private and public clients.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this program, participants will have learned general background information on the environmental due diligence processes, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, and additional due diligence tools. We will discuss the challenges of identifying and managing environmental risk and concerns at various types of project sites.

June 2, 2022 at noon
Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 W Town St, Suite 110, Columbus, OH 43215

Lunch will be provided.

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May Design Lecture 2022: Solutions to Address Affordable Housing

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Join us on May 17 for the May Design Lecture!

*In-person registration is closed but you can still attend online via Zoom

Central Ohio is experiencing a housing crisis. According to the Affordable Housing Alliance, 54,000 low- and moderate-income households in Franklin County pay more than half of their income towards housing costs.  According to a 2018 study by the BIA, the region needs to build 14,000 to 21,000 new homes each year to meet demand. Instead, about 10,000 homes and apartments were added each of the past four years. In addition, the median sales price of a Columbus-area home last year was $260,000, nearly $100,000 more than it was five years ago, and the median monthly rent of a Columbus-area apartment is up $100 from a year ago. The problem is so severe, Mayor Ginther is proposing a $150 million bond issue to fund affordable housing.

At this session we will hear from Erin Prosser, the new Assistant Director of Housing Strategies for the City of Columbus, on her plans to tackle this issue and how architects can be part of the solution. In a recent press release Prosser said, “Central Ohio is at a critical inflection point, and the city we become will depend on the decisions and policies we implement now and in the coming years. Affordable housing is a passion for me. I am excited to join this all-hands-on-deck undertaking to create and grow diverse, thriving, and sustainable communities across Columbus”.

Prosser has worked as a planner for MKSK and Franklin County as well as for the Ohio State University’s Department of Planning, Architecture, and Real Estate.

This lecture will be a hybrid event.

April 12, 2022 at noon

Earn 1.0 LU | HSW
Member: Free
Non-Member: $10

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Wyandot Memorial Hospital

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Join us on May 10 to learn more about the Wyandot Memorial Hospital Surgery Addition and Outpatient System!  Presented by the AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Health.

The rural community healthcare landscape is often filled with stories of downtrodden community hospitals. While being a rural system is not easy, success stories do exist. Hear about how Wyandot Memorial Hospital utilized a renovation to their surgery department and outpatient network to modernize their infrastructure and facilities and provide cutting edge medical care while improving the design for their community and their patients.  This session will focus on the best practice improvements to a rural community hospital operations and design that contribute to the health and safety of their patients as well as how to translate this to the outpatient environment.

May 10, 2022 at noon via Zoom
Earn 1.0 LU | HSW
Member, Associate Member, or Student: Free
Non-Member: $10

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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Tour Series: East Market

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Join us for a tour of the East Market building on April 21!  Presented by the Committee on Design.

The East Market building was originally part of the Trolley District, a servicing station built between 1882 and 1920.  For many years, the site serviced public transit in Columbus including horsecars, streetcars, and buses, but the buildings have been vacant since the 1980s.  When the 40,000 square foot project is complete, it will include 2 bars, 12 vendor stalls, and a private event space.  Surrounding buildings are also being restored and will include a Columbus Brewing Company taproom and beer garden, seafood restaurant, Mexican restaurant, and office space.  A new apartment building is planned for an empty lot across the street.  Renovations have included new floors, new structural supports, repaired ceilings, and patched walls.  The architect was Sandvick Architects and the developer is Connect Realty.

Attendees are invited to stay for a happy hour at the Railhouse bar following the tour.

April 21, 2022 at 5 PM
East Market
212 Kelton Ave, Columbus, OH 43205

Earn 1.0 LU | HSW
Member: $10
Associate Member or Student: $5
Non-Member: $20

Limited space available.

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Tech Trade Show

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Join the AIA Columbus Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) committee, Committee on the Environment (COTE), and Central Ohio BIM User Group (COBUG) for a tech trade show on April 26!  In this trade show we will hear from 2 software vendors/service providers on why we should be using their tools/services. You as an audience chose the category of vendors, so please come prepared with the questions you always wanted to ask!

Attendees will hear from representatives from the following companies:

cove.tool - Sustainability
cove.tool is a unique software tool for optimizing cost and energy savings in buildings.  Streamlined automated analysis helps architects, engineers, and contractors achieve energy, COVID occupancy, daylight, glare, radiation, water, and embodied carbon targets while reducing construction cost.

AVAIL - Content Management
A software-as-a-service platform, AVAIL was spun out of industry pioneer ArchVision, after discovering a unique way to manage the rapidly growing amount of Building Information Modeling (BIM) content.  Industry leaders have adopted AVAIL to more efficiently create high quality designs and predictable project outcomes.

April 26, 2022 at noon via Zoom
Earn 1.0 LU
Free and everyone is welcome
Details will be sent prior to meeting via Eventbrite.

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AIA Columbus AAH Meeting: Prefabrication in Healthcare

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Join our AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) at their next committee meeting on March 25!

The AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Health will facilitate a conversation to be led by a pre-fabrication manufacturer.  We will discuss the challenges the healthcare industry is facing; from facility maintenance concerns, to diminishing workforce in the construction sector, and the high demands for speed to market delivery.  The use of prefabrication is reshaping how we think about the delivery of these projects.

March 25 at 7:30 a.m.
Earn 1.0 LU
Free and everyone is welcome.
Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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Tour Series: Lazarus House

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This event is now sold out but you can join the waitlist and you will be contacted if a spot opens up.

Built in the late 1800s, the Lazarus house was home to the Lazarus family, one of the most prominent families in the Columbus at the time.  The Lazarus family often hosted parties for local socialites and movers and shakers.  In 2014, historic preservation specialists split the home into three apartments after concerns the house would be torn down and replaced with a parking lot.  The current owners purchased the house in 2020 and began their renovations in April 2021.  When the renovations are complete, the home will include a first-floor luxury apartment as well as a four-bedroom, four-bathroom residence for the owners on the second and third floor.  The third floor was previously an attic but is being finished into bedrooms for the owner’s children.  A 1940s addition on the back of the house will be used as a short-term rental.  The house is over 7,000 square feet in total.  The owners also plan to add a 1,000 square foot rooftop patio.  Despite multiple renovations over the 120+ year life of the home, many historic features have been preserved, including the grand staircase and parquet flooring.

The restoration was designed by Midland Architecture and Sullivan Builders is responsible for the construction.

May 12, 2022
Two time slots: 4 & 5 PM
380 E Town St, Columbus, OH 43215

Earn 1.0 LU | HSW
Architect Member: $10
Associate Member or Student: $5
Non-Member: $20

Limited space available.

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Tour Series: Budd Dairy

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Join us for a tour of the Budd Dairy building, an exemplary example of adaptive reuse on May 4!  Presented by the Committee on Design.

In 1916, the Budd Dairy Building and plant opened in Italian Village on Fourth Street. It was advertised as “America’s finest milk bottling plant” and “buyers and distributors of sweet milk and ice cream”. At the time, the dairy company had the most modern features of a milk processing plant. The building was 70’ wide and 150’ long with two stories and a full basement. The second floor was used as an assembly hall hosting the first “radio dance” events in Columbus. Through the years the company changed ownership. The last shipment of milk was processed in 1967. The architect of the original building was David Riebel.

Today this adaptive reuse building known as Budd Dairy Food Hall is a chef driven incubator that provides opportunities for culinary adventurers to refine their concept, grow their business, and build a loyal following all while sharing space with other like-minded entrepreneurs. The extensive work to preserve this most recognized building in Italian Village was done by Shremshock Architects. In 2018, Budd Dairy was named one of the 10 best development projects by Columbus Underground.

Attendees are invited to stay for a happy hour at Budd Dairy Food Hall following the tour.

May 4, 2022
4-5:30 PM
Budd Dairy
1086 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201

Earn 1.5 LU | HSW
Member: $10
Non-Member: $20

Limited space available.

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April Design Lecture 2022: NextHome:2021 Design Competition

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Join us on April 12 for the April Design Lecture!

The National Association of Homebuilders recently released a study highlighting the impacts of housing costs and mortgage rates on housing affordability. With every increment of $1000 in the price of a Central Ohio home, there are 1,093 households that will no longer qualify for a standard mortgage loan. Ensuring that quality housing is available at a range of income levels is critical to supporting shared prosperity throughout Central Ohio.

Launched by the Neighborhood Design Center on April 5, NextHome:2021, a housing design competition, sought forward-thinking strategies and high-quality housing solutions that provide greater access to housing for everyone. This session will explore the winning proposals.

Learn more about the winning proposals here.

This lecture will be a hybrid event with both in-person and online options available.

April 12, 2022
4-4:30 PM Reception
4:30-6 PM Lecture
The Center for Architecture and Design
50 W Town St, Suite 110

Earn 1.5 LU | HSW
Member: Free
Non-Member: $15

Limited in-person space available

AIA Columbus is actively monitoring the spread of COVID-19 within the community and may move the event to an online format if necessary. We will update this webpage and email all registered attendees with any changes prior to the event.

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March Design Lecture 2022

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Join us on March 22 for the March Design Lecture featuring Nathaniel Hudson!

This lecture is a presentation and discussion relating to alternative practice models being explored within the architectural profession. In particular, those which underpin the efforts of FormGrey Studio, LLC. The presentation introduces the concept that practice itself is a design, something that needs to be designed, critiqued, and then designed again in a never-ending cycle. These principals are important to the notions of resiliency and relevance as a profession at large in an ever-changing society. While many architectural presentations focus on what the firm or architect “has” done, this will largely focus on what the firm “is” doing, backed by historical context. Areas of interest to be covered during the presentation itself exist at the confluence of architectural design, fabrication, community activism, large scale art, and professional leadership.

March 22, 2022 at noon via Zoom
Earn 1.0 LU
Member: Free
Non-member: $10
Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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The Rewards of Working in Healthcare Architecture

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This session is for Emerging Professionals and students who want to know more about healthcare architecture and the rewards of practicing in this area. As noted by Development One, “In healthcare, architecture becomes complex. It becomes the most interesting of all the disciplines. Of all the styles of architecture out there, it has a purpose. The purpose is that you are taking care of people.” Hear from three architects about why they choose healthcare architecture and why they find it so compelling. This session is sponsored by AIA Columbus Emerging Professionals Committee and Academy of Architecture for Health.

February 24, 2022 via Zoom
4:30-5 PM Virtual Happy Hour
5-6 PM Panel Discussion
Earn 1.0 LU
Free and everyone is welcome.
Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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AIA Columbus AAH Meeting: Ohio Rural Healthcare Discussion

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Join our AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) at their next committee meeting on January 28!

Compared to urban health systems, rural health systems may be small in size, but can be a testing ground for challenging the status quo of healthcare.  However, with the recent pandemic, these health systems have been pushed to the brink.  These systems are, in most cases, the heart of the community and are vital for the survival of many of these communities.  Our session will look at the challenges that the rural health systems of Ohio face and how we as practitioners can help.

January 28 at 7:30 a.m.
Earn 1.0 LU | HSW
Free and everyone is welcome.
Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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February Design Lecture 2022

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Join us for our February Design Lecture: Speculative Futures: Human, Machine in the Autonomous City on February 8!

The lecture explores the role of architecture in relation to emerging technologies--from autonomous vehicles and robots to machine vision, navigation systems and simulations--are reconfiguring the relationship between human beings and machines in space. Rather than considering architecture as a passive, fixed container for actions or interactions between humans and non-humans, Nowak’s projects show architecture as a necessary component and an active participant in those spatial negotiations. Nowak’s investigations are concerned with the scale of the human body and its immediate environment and the urban scale implication of new forms of mobility and transportation such as EV vehicles and Hyperloop. Nowak’s projects aim to offer a better understanding of the changing conditions of ‘space’ in light of rapid technological developments in recent years, while challenging conventional definitions of architecture as a physical material structure.

Marta Nowak is the Christos Yessios Digital Fabrication Assistant Professor of Architecture at Knowlton School at Ohio State University. She is a registered architect and a founding principal of AN.ONYMOUS- a transdisciplinary design firm that focuses on speculative approaches towards architecture and urbanism in relation to science and technology. Her firm has been a consultant to CityLab, Hyperloop Transportation Technology and NASA JPL.  Before joining OSU, she was a Technology Innovation Lead at Google R+D for the Built Environment. Nowak’s research centers around the relationship between human body and machine, looking specifically at mobility, micro-spaces, and prosthetic technology. Marta Nowak holds a Bachelor of Arts from College of St. Catherine, MN and Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

February 8, 2022
12 PM via Zoom
Earn 1.0 LU|HSW
Member: Free
Non-Member: $10

Details will be sent prior to meeting via Eventbrite

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January Design Lecture 2022: Rapid 5 Project

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Join us for our January Design Lecture on January 25!

Cities in the 21 Century cannot continue to see nature as a destination through parks and trail system development. The natural environment must become the foundation of growth, transportation network, and neighborhoods.

ULI Columbus and MORPC have embarked on a Rapid 5 Project to develop a vision for an integrated open space network in Central Ohio that will prescribe how to best use our natural assets to benefit our economy, manage growth, provide access for recreation, education, and health, and preserve natural resources and environmental health.

They partnered on organizing and sponsoring a creative exploration of the five waterways in Franklin County—the Big Darby, Scioto River, Olentangy River, Alum Creek, and Big Walnut Creek. The idea was to study knitting all five waterways into a single cohesive greenway system—one infused with exciting new ideas, expanded access, and community voices to benefit all Central Ohio.

This session will focus on the results of this exploration.  Attendees will hear from the participating firms:
AECOM:  Michael Bongiorno
EDGE:  Tedd Hardesty
MKSK:  Jeff Pongonis
NBBJ:  Megha Sinha
REALM:  Brian Bernstein

Learn more about the Rapid 5 Project here.

Please note this event will now take place over Zoom

January 25, 2022
4:30-6 PM via Zoom
Earn 1.5 LU|HSW
Member: Free
Non-Member: $10

Details will be sent prior to meeting via Eventbrite

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OhioHealth Performance Center Tour

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The OhioHealth Performance Center is the state-of-the-art training facility for the Columbus Crew which opened on June 9, 2021. The facility site includes the historic Crew stadium, a 42,000 square foot performance center, three natural grass fields, and a flex/goalie area for a total of 415,000 square feet of playing surface. The performance center includes a full-service kitchen, a recovery room, a hydrotherapy area, meditation rooms, lounges, and training and equipment rooms. The OhioHealth Performance Center is a world-class training facility for soccer, comparable to European clubs. The venue houses all the club’s soccer operations from the academy level to first team. This facility shows increased investment from ownership as the team looks to contend for domestic and continental trophies.

Design Architect and Architect of Record: The Columbus Architectural Studio
Interior Design: Burns & MacDonnell
Interior Architect: Moody Nolan
Engineer: Korda
Landscape Architect: MKSK
Photography: CKP Studio

AIA Columbus requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of the tour for all attendees.  To fulfill the vaccine requirement, attendees must have received at least one dose of Johnson & Johnson or at least two doses of Pfizer or Moderna with the last dose no less than two weeks prior to the tour.  Please bring your vaccination card, a photo of the card, or negative test results to the tour.

Per City of Columbus Executive Order, face masks are to be worn while indoors.

January 12, 2022
Two time slots: 4 PM and 5:30 PM
Earn 1.5 LU|HSW
Member: $10
Non-Member: $20

Limited space available.

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Best Practices in the Construction Administration Process

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The MBA and Emerging Professionals Committees are hosting a discussion panel with local construction managers and contractors to discuss best practices for coordination items experienced in construction. Similar to past discussion panels focused on the document review process, this session aims to provide a venue for dialogue on the construction administration process. The conversation provided throughout this session aims to strengthen the connection between design and construction teams to best serve current and future clients.

December 17, 2021 at noon via Zoom

Earn 1.0 LU

AIA Member, Associate Member, and Students: Free
Non-Member: $10

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Design Firms and the COVID Workplace

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In Spring there was optimism that we could be through the pandemic by August. Unfortunately, with the Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy, we are now coming out of yet another COVID 19 surge. The COVID 19 pandemic will likely become an endemic. How do firms move forward with these new realities? What are the ethical and legal considerations in protecting the health of employees? Join us for a moderated panel discussion to learn HR considerations, issues related to Workers Compensation, how to make employees feel welcome and safe, and other important factors to consider.

November 9, 2021 at noon via Zoom

Earn 1.0 LU

AIA Member and Associate Member: Free
Non-Member: $10

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Scioto Peninsula Office Building Construction Tour

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Join the Emerging Professionals Committee for a tour of the Scioto Peninsula Office Building.  The Scioto Peninsula Office Building is part of Phase One of the overall Scioto Peninsula Redevelopment . The speculative office building is an approximately 240,000 sf mixed use building with 7 floors of office space and above ground level retail.

During this tour, Project Architects Zach McClurg and Trey Meyer will discuss the unique characteristics of the building, along with the design and construction process.  Attendees will learn about architectural features and construction detailing used to erect the structure, along with how the new building integrates with the surrounding Scioto Peninsula development.

All attendees need to bring their own PPE: hard hat, safety vest, and closed toed shoes.

Limited space available.

October 25, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
Attendees are invited to a happy hour at Land Grant Brewing Company following the tour

Tour attendees can meet on the East side of the site, at the entrance off Belle St

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

AIA Member and Associate Member: Free
Non-Member: $10

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Materials Matter: CoverMyMeds Campus Case Study

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By holistically considering all aspects of the creation and use of materials, designers can improve the health of the planet and people on it. AIA developed the Architecture & Design Materials Pledge to inspire members to shift the way in which we evaluate the products and finishes that we specify daily across five topics: human health, social health and equity, ecosystem health, climate health, and a circular economy. The CoverMyMeds Campus in Columbus, Ohio, is a great example of use of sustainable materials.

With the redevelopment of a 15-acre urban brownfield site, CoverMyMeds has created a unique headquarters campus with a focus on employee health and well-being. The space ensures people of all abilities have what they need to be successful at work and can access all areas of the campus, including diverse workspaces, alternative transportation options, and the ability to work outdoors. Employees will also have access to outdoor walking paths, the Scioto River and downtown bike paths, a fitness area and hydration bars on each floor. And a central staircase connects all floors, promoting movement and encouraging social connections and collaboration.

In line with CoverMyMeds’ “Be Selfless” and “Do the Right Thing” core values, and commitment to the environment, they are piloting the latest in smart building technology to reduce energy consumption and limit their carbon footprint.

The campus is sustainably designed to LEED and WELL Standards.

October 27, 2021 at noon via Zoom
Details will be sent prior to meeting

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

AIA Member and Associate Member: Free
Non-Member: $10

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AIA Columbus AAH Meeting: Engaging the Next Generation of Healthcare Leaders

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Join our AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) at their next committee meeting on September 24!

The future is bright in healthcare; however, we need to be ever mindful of the transfer of knowledge.  Our more seasoned professionals are nearing retirement and we need to start cultivating new interest in the practice.  Our meeting will focus on three segments:  1) Engaging the academic setting to start cultivating the next generation of healthcare architects.  2) Focus on where healthcare is headed – recapping conversation from the HCD Forum and the emerging professional / healthcare rising stars. 3) Get a sneak peak of the content that will be upcoming at the Healthcare design conference in October.

September 24 at 7:30 a.m.

Earn 1.0 LU 

Free and everyone is welcome.

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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Materials Matter: OSU West Campus Ambulatory Case Study

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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Outpatient Care West Campus is a $348.8 million project that will include outpatient operating rooms, interventional radiology rooms, extended recovery unit, pre-anesthesia center, a diagnostic imaging center, retail pharmacy, hematology clinic, genitourinary (GU) clinic, infusion and medical office and support spaces. The project will also add a 640-space parking garage. The approximately 385,000 square foot cancer-focused facility will include central Ohio’s first proton therapy treatment facility in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The building joins the Interdisciplinary Research Facility and an Energy Advancement and Innovation Center as the first three major projects envisioned for Ohio State’s new Innovation District.

This Central Ohio project is a great example of its use of sustainable materials that “do no harm”.

October 18, 2021 at noon via Zoom
Details will be sent prior to meeting

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

AIA Member and Associate Member: $3
Non-Member: $10

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CoverMyMeds Campus Tour

This event is sold out but you can join the waitlist and you will be contacted if a spot opens up

With the redevelopment of a 15-acre urban brownfield site, this growing pharmaceutical-tech firm has created a unique headquarters campus with a focus on employee health and well-being. The space ensures people of all abilities have what they need to be successful at work and can access all areas of the campus, including diverse workspaces, alternative transportation options, and the ability to work outdoors. Employees will also have access to outdoor walking paths, the Scioto River and downtown bike paths, a fitness area and hydration bars on each floor. And a central staircase connects all floors, promoting movement and encouraging social connections and collaboration.

The campus features two post-tension concrete mid-rise office buildings, totaling 418,000 square-feet, located above a three-level 1,900 vehicle parking garage. Enclosed pedestrian sky-bridges allow staff and visitors convenient access between the two office buildings. The exposed concrete interior provides an artistic industrial appeal complimented with natural daylighting and timber framed conference spaces with peaked timber ceilings.

In line with CoverMyMeds’ “Be Selfless” and “Do the Right Thing” core values, and commitment to the environment, they are piloting the latest in smart building technology to reduce energy consumption and limit their carbon footprint.

The campus is sustainably designed to LEED and WELL Standards.

Per CoverMyMeds visitor policy, all participants must be fully vaccinated and bring proof of vaccination (vaccination card or photo of card) to the tour.  Masks are also required for all attendees. 

All attendees need to bring their own PPE: hard hat, safety vest, and closed toed shoes.

No photos are allowed to be taken during the tour.

Limited space available.

October 11, 2021
Two time slots: 4 PM and 5 PM

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW 

AIA Member and Associate Member: $3
Non-Member: $10

Attendees can park in the garage under the building.

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Victorian Village Residence Tour

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This circa 1890 Victorian Vernacular style home was saved from demolition in 1980, purchased for $1, and relocated two blocks away in the historic Victorian Village neighborhood just north of downtown Columbus. The uniquely configured site included the original corner lot, where a duplex had been demolished, and portions of two adjacent parcels. Placement of the relocated house in the middle of the site filled the depth of the property, while leaving expansive north and south side yards. The resulting open space left non-characteristic voids in this high-density urban neighborhood with narrow lots and close side property lines. The original north wall of the house was essentially a blank brick wall, with only one window opening on the second floor.

Over the years several renovation projects took place, although many of the original historic materials remained. The current Owners were interested in retaining historic elements, undoing some of the changes, and envisioned the opportunity to expand into the open portions of the site.

Per COVID-19 protocols and at the owner's request, all participants must wear a face mask and practice social distancing.

Limited space available.

September 30, 2021

Two time slots: 4 PM and 5 PM

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW 

AIA Member: $3

Non-Member: $10

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José Alvarez, A Closer Look at His Work

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Join us for a lecture by 2021 Jury Chair José Alvarez!  This event is part of the Knowlton School of Architecture Baumer Series.

October 6, 2021 at 5:30 pm

The event will be held in person at the Center for Architecture and Design and simulcast online.

In-person AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students: Free
In-person Non-Members: $10
Online viewers: Free

Watch the livestream on Youtube

Limited in-person space available, register today!

In-person attendees can earn 1.0 LU
CEU credits are not available for online attendees

The AIA Columbus Architecture Awards program recognizes excellence in architectural design by Columbus architects and those within the boundaries of the AIA Columbus Chapter. The program’s purpose is to recognize the achievements for a broad range of architectural to elevate the general quality of architectural practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice, and to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to improve the built environment. Meet the Jury Chair, José Alvarez.

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, José is a Principal at Eskew Dumez Ripple. A talented designer and Project Architect with the design responsibility for many of the studio’s largest projects, his creative work has led to dozens of design awards for projects such as the Louisiana State Museum, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum and has contributed for the last 20 years to the successful growth of the firm.

As the lead designer José recently completed a 1,200-seat theatre and performing arts venue in Sao Paolo, Brazil and was an integral member of the design team responsible for 930 Poydras Residential Tower—a mixed-use, contemporary high-rise in the CBD of New Orleans and recipient of a National AIA Housing Award.

In addition to his architectural design expertise, José leads the EDR MLK Day of Service Program, winner of the 2019 AIA Emerging Professional Exhibit and advocates for diversity and inclusion within the design profession. José has served as AIA State Delegate and as the President of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Louisiana Chapter; as well as Program Coordinator for the AIA New Orleans Young Architect Forum (YAF), winner of the 2016 AIA Emerging Professionals Exhibit and the AIA LA Emerging Professionals Award. José was the recipient of the 2015 AIA Young Architect Award for showing exceptional leadership and making significant contributions to the profession and was recently featured in the AIA Center for Civic Leadership publication “Living Your Life as a Leader”.

José its currently serving as Commissioner for the City of New Orleans Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA), and the Advisory Board for Tulane School of Architecture and Colloqate Design Studio, a multidisciplinary Non-Profit Design Justice practice focused on the design of spaces of racial, social, and cultural equity.

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A New Venue for Outpatient Care: Is this a Community Center or a Hospital?

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This presentation will look at the unique challenges community hospitals face in addressing evolving competitive pressures and customer demands through the lens of the recently completed Fairfield Medical Center River Valley Campus in Lancaster, Ohio. This facility met those challenges head-on through a strategic partnership with a YMCA, a focus on community wellness, and bold site selection. We'll explore the facility's unique spectrum of services, from acute care (including an emergency department), to a full-service YMCA facility, to community conference/classroom facilities, and how this dynamic mix looks to catalyze population health improvement by focusing on wellness and preventative health.

August 31 at noon via Zoom

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students - Free

Non-member guests - $10

Details will be sent prior to meeting via Eventbrite.

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New Perspectives from the South

Meet AIA Columbus' 2021 Architecture Awards jury from the South through a series of lectures by the jury members!

All sessions will be 12-12:30 pm via Zoom
Earn 0.5 LU or HSW depending on the session
AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students - Free
Non-member guests - $3
Details will be sent prior to meeting via Eventbrite.

Register:  Meryati Blackwell - September 2

In this session we will meet jury member Meryati Blackwell.  Meryati Johari Blackwell brings over twenty-five years of experience to her role as Principal at Marlon Blackwell Architects where she also serves as Director of Interiors and Sustainability. Her sensitivity as a designer and knowledge of materials and details enrich every project in the office. She acts as an anchor for the firm, working alongside Marlon to thoughtfully ground and guide the design ethos as the firm grows; always supporting the creation of award-winning architecture for any place, at any scale, at any price and for anyone. With a degree in Architecture and Planning, Meryati is both a Registered Architect and a Registered Interior Designer as well as a LEED Accredited Professional.

During her tenure at Marlon Blackwell Architects, Meryati has been integrally involved in the realization of numerous noteworthy and award-winning projects including the Crystal Bridges Museum Store, Blessings Golf Clubhouse, Steven L Anderson Design Center and Vol Walker Hall, Montessori Schools, Northwest Arkansas Free Health, and the L-Stack Residence where she also served as the project’s General Contractor. In her role as Principal of Marlon Blackwell Architects, Meryati provides oversight of business operations and the development of the firm’s team and resources.

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Register:  Nicole Seekely - September 9

In this session, we will meet jury member Nicole Seekely, an architect practicing in Atlanta, currently working on projects in the Southeast region. She is responsible for designing, documenting, and managing projects from concept to completion.  Graduating from Georgia Tech with her B.S.Arch and Columbia GSAPP with her M.Arch, Nicole has experience working at firms both large and small and in different sectors including higher education, corporate, multi-family and urban infill.  Nicole uses her passion for the urban environment, zoning, and design by serving as chair of her neighborhood’s Historic and Preservation Land Use Committee and spearheading multi-neighborhood masterplan efforts.  She has won AIA Atlanta and AIA Georgia emerging professional awards and has been accepted into state-wide leadership programs including AIA Georgia’s Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program and ULI Atlanta’s Center for Leadership. No matter what she’s working on or whom she’s working with, Nicole conveys passion, thoughtful ideas, and fresh form to challenges the industry and city can bring.

We will learn about some of Nicole’s favorite projects, Excelsior Mill, an adaptive reuse of a 1900's excelsior mill into office space; Works Parking Garage, a creative screening of a precast parking deck; and Lower Tuck, an adaptive reuse project of eight warehouses into 200,000 sf of office space.

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Register:  Elizabeth Chen - September 15

In this session we will meet jury member Elizabeth Chen, AIA. Elizabeth grew up in the exurbs of southern Florida where branching curvilinear roads and gated, cookie-cutter housing communities with names like "The Meadows", "Four Rivers" and "Tiburon" (despite the lack of meadows, rivers, or sharks in any of these communities) were built on top of wetlands. It was a setting that exemplified complex histories and relationships between human development, the American Dream, and the environment. After moving to New Orleans for school in 2000, Elizabeth became interested in how we can design for a justice- and equity-centered built environment. Her experiences led her to projects in public interest design and design justice. She is an architect at Colloqate, a design justice practice.

We will learn about some of Elizabeth’s favorite projects, Talise and Sangkilang Water Systems, Expeditionary Learning School at Floyd Bennett Field, and Defrag Pavilion.

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Register:  Rand Elliott - September 23

In this session, we will meet Rand Elliott, FAIA.  Rand Elliott, FAIA, President of Rand Elliott Architects has served as principal of his own firm since its inception in 1976. Elliott has produced designs of exceptional individuality, providing clients with buildings and spaces that are unique as well as functional, distinguishing the firm as a design innovator. Projects, process, and inspiration have grown from Oklahoma roots and applied to work in London, as well as over 50 cities in the United States. This dedication to the architectural profession is recognized for its exceptional level of design excellence. Ten National AIA Honor Awards highlight 377 international, national, regional, and local awards. The work has been featured in more than 85+ books and 375 periodicals published in the U.S., U.K, Hong Kong, and around the globe.

We will learn about Rand’s favorite projects, PLICO at the Flatiron, Heartland Headquarters, and Oklahoma Contemporary.

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Register:  Mark Chen - September 28

In this session, we will meet Mark Chen, AIA.  Mark Chen, managing principal at Leo A Daly Atlanta has been leading design practices since the early 90s.  As managing principal, Mark is responsible for strategic leadership and management of the Atlanta office.  Mark’s is as an architect and master planner for commercial, higher education and healthcare facilities in the US, Europe and China. He began his career in Boston with Koetter Kim and Associates, moved to New York City, worked for Perkins and Will and Hillier and continued with a consulting practice for 10 years in New York City before moving to Atlanta in 2012.   Mark is a graduate of Harvard University and Cornell University and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Syracuse University and at the New York Institute of Technology.  He has been a guest critic at several acknowledged architecture schools including Cornell University, Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.  His work has been published in Architecture Magazine and Architectural Record.  He has won numerous awards including an honor award from the AIA Orlando Chapter for the Harrell Medical Education Building at the University of Florida.

We will learn about Mark’s favorite project, Harrell Medical Education Building at the University of Florida, and an overview of some of the work at Leo A Daly.

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Architecture as Community Building Walking Tours

This series of summer AIA Columbus walking tours will look at evolving areas in Central Ohio and the ways architecture and design can play a role in community building.  Both Bridge Park and the Short North are emerging as concentrations of new construction and new visions within Central Ohio.  Both include extensive Master Plans, new streetscapes, and a diversity of scale and uses.  Focusing on the similarities and differences between the evolution of Dublin Bridge Park and the Short North, these tours will consider how architecture impacts community, from celebrations of design and economic growth to critiques of scale and affordability.  How does architecture illustrate the evolution of the Columbus community?  What and who can architecture miss considering this evolution?

Join us for one, two, or all three walking tours to learn about various projects in the Short North and Bridge Park communities!  We will conclude each tour with a happy hour.

Each tour will be worth 1.0 LU

Register: Short North Walking Tour - August 12, 2021 at 4:30 pm

With the completion of the Graduate, the Sutton, the Moxy and the UDF mixed-use projects, recent projects completed in the Short North have raised the question: Is the Short North short?  Considering the term “short” comes from neighborhood geography and not the built environment, this tour will discuss the evolution of the neighborhood and the constantly evolving community it serves.

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Register: Historic Dublin Walking Tour - August 19, 2021 at 4:30 pm

With the completion of the Dublin Branch Library, Bridge Park Pedestrian Bridge, and Riverside Crossing Park, recent projects on either side of the Olentangy River work to connect Historic Dublin with the demands and lifestyles of contemporary suburban communities.  The tour will discuss the evolution of these projects and the role they play in re-shaping the role of Historic Dublin in the community.

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Register: Bridge Park Walking Tour - August 26, 2021 at 4:30 pm

With the completion of dozens of projects at Bridge Park, the recently completed Exchange Event Center, Springhill Suites mixed-use, and North Market mixed-use projects work to bring activity and a diversity of uses to the new ‘urban’ neighborhood, miles away from the Downtown core.  This tour will discuss the evolution of Bridge Park and its role in re-shaping the suburban city typology.

AIA Columbus AAH Sustainable Materials in Healthcare

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The AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Health will be joined by the AIA Columbus Committee on the Environment for a presentation on sustainable materials in healthcare architecture.

The definition of sustainability has broadened beyond traditional operational measures (energy, water, recycled content) to include material health and how spaces impact people. This movement in sustainability has been driven by leaders in the Healthcare Industry. People spend 90% of time indoors – so the places where we work and live impacts our wellbeing. The ingredients that go into products that go into our spaces are now being screened and assessed by the organization Health Care Without Harm to bring awareness to protect human impacts. This session covers market insights and trends driving the focus on human health and wellbeing. Get grounded in the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program and the Healthcare Without Harm Green Healthy Approved Program.

This event will start with a 15-minute AAH Committee business meeting followed by a 45-minute discussion on sustainable materials.

July 30 at 7:30 a.m.

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

Free and everyone is welcome.

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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Today's Smart Home

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This course introduces participants to the residential smart home market and opportunities arising from the increasing presence of technology in the home. Relevant industry trends and homeowner preferences are discussed, as is a high-level overview of smart home product categories such as lighting, shading, and temperature control. Additional topics covered include the benefits of voice control, considerations concerning third party integration, and the differences between cloud-based integration and local integration as they relate to products and systems.

This session will be presented by Lutron and will conclude with a virtual tour of Ketra lighting systems.

July 20 at 12:30 pm

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students - Free

Non-member guests - $10

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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2030 Challenge: Goals and Design Processes

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Join us on July 26 to learn more about the 2030 Challenge!  This webinar course is the first of the 2030 Challenge: Goals and Design Processes series by AIA. This interactive session will also feature local architects who have signed the 2030 Challenge and are working toward the 2030 Challenge targets.

The building sector is the single largest consumer of energy and producer of greenhouse gas emissions. The 2030 Challenge, adopted by the AIA, provides a path to reducing our sector’s negative impacts and reaching carbon neutral design as the standard practice. This series will inspire architects to meet the 2030 Challenge through design strategies, efficient technologies, and systems, and applying renewable energy resources.

The design process is an important element in the creation of next-generation buildings that meet the 2030 Challenge targets. In the first course of the AIA+2030 Online Series, we will explore the design processes to produce high-performance and carbon neutral buildings, including the Integrative Design Process (IDP). We will explore collaborative strategies that can achieve low energy outcomes, and how these strategies can be used as a roadmap throughout the design process. In particular, we will examine defining core, early design decisions such as building form and orientation.

July 26 at noon via Zoom

Earn 2.0 LU | HSW

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students - Free

Non-member guests - $10

Details will be sent prior to the meeting via EventBrite.

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Sponsored By Kingspan

Rainbow Center for Women and Children Project Presentation

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Join us for a presentation on 2019 AIA Columbus Architecture Merit Award winner, UH Rainbow Center for Women and Children presented by the AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Healthcare!  Lindsey Freel and Chris Petrow will share how this project required collaboration with community groups to form the program and services for a health care facility.

With a mission to provide close-to-home, high-quality health care, the new University Hospitals Rainbow Center for Women and Children provides pediatric primary care, women’s health, OB/GYN services, pregnancy and parenting classes, and additional community resources for over 40,000 patients per year. The layout was based on an innovative team-based care delivery model. In addition to UH medical services, the UH Rainbow Clinic houses a Women, Infants and Children clinic, dental office, and medical legal aid office, holistically supporting the needs of the surrounding community within a single building envelope.

Located along Euclid Avenue, a storied street in Cleveland’s history, the site for the clinic was selected to ensure efficient access for its most vulnerable patients. The design embraces the history of Cleveland’s first streets and infrastructure, implemented on a rotated grid facing the lakefront. Euclid Avenue is a major street within this grid. East of 55th street, the urban fabric shifts along a direct East-West axis. The angled recess of the building envelope, as well as the interior floor plan, are designed to elegantly reflect the transition in the street layout, while welcoming clients as they travel Euclid Avenue. The center is immediately adjacent to public transit, sitting as a gateway/anchor building to the emerging Midtown mixed-use district.

July 1 at noon via Zoom

Earn 1.0 LU | HSW

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students - Free

Non-member guests - $10

Details will be sent prior to the meeting via EventBrite.

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Photo credit:  Cory Klein Photography - cwk@corykleinphotography.com

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Virtual Site Observation

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Virtual Site Observation: A Review of Digital Techniques for Documenting and Analyzing Site Conditions

In conjunction with the MBA and EP Committees, the Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Committee will be sharing innovative methods of image capture and documentation to aid architects in site observation. As remote-work has become a part of the design and construction processes, architects have continued developing innovative ways to observe structures, both existing and in construction. While some of these techniques were created out of necessity, due to site and travel restrictions, many virtual and digital documentation techniques can provide value as best practices for architects in the future

June 25 at noon

Earn 1.5 LU

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students - Free

Non-member guests - $10

Online meeting.  Details will be sent prior to the meeting via EventBrite.

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New Columbus Crew Stadium Tour

This event is sold out.

Please note this event is sold out but you can join the waitlist and you will be contacted if a spot opens up.

Join us for an in-person, outdoor tour of the new Columbus Crew stadium on June 22!

What was once a pile of dirt on 21 acres on the west end of the Arena District has been transformed into a clear structure of the next state-of-the-art stadium in Major League Soccer in the new development known as Confluence Village.

Construction on the 20,000-seat facility is entering the final phases nearly 17 months after workers broke ground on the site in October 2019. The stadium boasts four unique stands, each reflecting the vibrancy and diversity of Columbus’ urban neighborhoods. The Nordecke safe-standing section in the north is designed with two patio decks and a beer garden for 3,400 of the club’s most faithful supporters. The 5,000-square-foot brew hall in the south will offer open views to the entrance plaza and Columbus’ dynamic downtown.

When complete, the new stadium will feature more than 10 times the number of premium seats as that in Mapfre Stadium, including field-level seats and lounges.

This is a hard hat tour. Please bring your own hard hat and vest, participants must wear closed toe shoes. No photos are allowed to be taken during the tour. A waiver must be signed prior to tour. Limited space available.

June 22

Two time slots: 4 PM and 5 PM

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

Join the waitlist here.

560 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215

Taking photos inside the stadium is prohibited.

The tour will begin on the north sidewalk of Nationwide Blvd.  Attendees can park in the Hocking lot across Nationwide Blvd from the stadium (see below).

Parking map

AIA Columbus AAH The Inpatient Clinical Model: Historic Models vs. Current Trends

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The AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Health will host an interactive discussion on the clinical models available and the effectiveness of these scenarios. They will discuss different types of organizational strategies and the pros and cons of these strategies from both a staff and patient experience perspective in the inpatient setting.

May 28 at 7:30 a.m.

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW *pending

Free and everyone is welcome.

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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Creating an Award-Winning Design Submission

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Putting together an award-winning design submission takes time and skill. Early documentation, high-quality photography, an engaging narrative, and descriptive project summary are just a few of the necessary parts of a submission that expresses your creative design. Hear from Rob Livesey, FAIA and Ruth Gless, FAIA on the necessary elements of a design submission. Between the two of them, they have read through thousands of award submissions, participated in scores of juries, and submitted their own award-winning projects.

June 16 at noon

Earn 1.0 LU 

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students - Free

Non-member guests - $10

Online meeting.  Details will be sent prior to meeting via EventBrite.

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May Design Lecture 2021

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Join us at our May Design Lecture: Meet Dorothée Imbert, Director of Knowlton School of Architecture on May 18 at noon!

Dorothee Imbert began her four-year term as director at the Knowlton School of Architecture in August 2020. Hear from Dorothee about Knowlton and her vision for the school, her work on the Square for Novartis Headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, and historical research on landscape, sports, and politics.

Imbert joined the Knowlton faculty in 2013 as the inaugural Hubert C. Schmidt ’38 Chair in Landscape Architecture. Before joining Knowlton, Imbert established the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and taught at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Imbert has published extensively on landscape modernism, contemporary practice, and productive landscapes. She is the author of the books Between Garden and City: Jean Canneel-Claes and Landscape Modernism (2009), Garrett Eckbo: Modern Landscapes for Living (with Marc Treib, 2005), The Modernist Garden in France (1993), and the editor of A Landscape Inventory: Michel Desvigne Paysagiste (2018) and Food and the City: Histories of Culture and Cultivation (2015). Imbert’s recent essays focus on the politics of landscape. Imbert has served on numerous boards and juries, including Dumbarton Oaks and the Society of Architectural Historians. She continues to engage in research and design practice and recently completed the Square (with Andrew Cruse), a landscape on structure for the Novartis campus in Basel, Switzerland. She received her architect's diploma from the Unité Pédagogique d'Architecture nº 1 in Paris and holds MArch and MLA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She practiced landscape architecture at Peter Walker and Partners.

May 18 at noon

Earn 1.0 LU

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students - Free

Non-member guests - $10

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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The Big Idea

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Join us on May 13 at noon for an interactive session!

This webinar course is the first of the Materials Matter: The Big Idea series by AIA. This will be an interactive course where attendees will view the webinar, then go to breakout rooms, via Zoom, to discuss how to talk to clients about materials and how to select better materials for buildings in the Columbus market.

Material selection is a core service provided by architects, but that process is far from simple. The Materials Matter series untangles the complexities of that process in five essential courses. The key? Materials transparency. When you know everything you can about the materials you use, you’re able to make the best product decisions for projects, people, and the environment. The courses cover different types of impacts, and best practices for reducing these impacts, from industry-best instructors.

You wouldn’t buy a car without checking its gas mileage, so why wouldn’t you want to know what goes into your building? In this course, you’ll learn about the potential health and environmental impacts of the products that go into our buildings. You’ll also look at key drivers pushing transparency in the marketplace including client demand and green rating systems.

May 13 at noon

Earn 1.5 LU|HSW

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students - Free

Non-member guests - $10

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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NextHome2021: Housing Central Ohio’s Next Million

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The National Association of Homebuilders recently released a study highlighting the impacts of housing costs and mortgage rates on housing affordability. With every increment of $1000 in the price of a Central Ohio home, there are 1,093 households that will no longer qualify for a standard mortgage loan. Ensuring that quality housing is available at a range of income levels is critical to supporting shared prosperity throughout Central Ohio.

Launched on April 5, NextHome:2021, a housing design competition, seeks forward-thinking strategies and high-quality housing solutions that provide greater access to housing for everyone. Learn more about the competition by visiting nexthome2021.org.

Join us for a panel discussion highlighting:

  • Housing development
  • Building and zoning modernization
  • Local, state, and federal residential housing policies

April 22 at noon

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

Free and everyone is welcome.

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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Speakers:

Leah F. Evans | Senior Vice President, Real Estate Development, Homeport

Leah is the Senior Vice President, Real Estate Development, having previously served as the Director of Home Ownership and Neighborhood Revitalization and Vice President of Neighborhood Strategies.  Leah oversees the financing, development and implementation of Homeport’s multi-million dollar residential development and neighborhood revitalization strategies and leads business development to support the targets of Homeport’s strategic plan and increase investment and impact in Central Ohio communities.  Prior to her work at Homeport, Leah served as the Deputy Director of Planning & Development for the City of Gahanna where she oversaw the building, code enforcement, land-use planning, economic development and zoning activities and managed the administrative functions of the department.  Prior to being Deputy Director, Leah was the city’s first Economic Development Manager and held several positions in community and economic development with the Ohio Department of Development (now the Ohio Development Services Agency).  Leah holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University, is trained in Project Management and a certified Economic Development Finance Professional.  She has over 20 years of experience in the community and economic development fields and is committed to building and sustaining strong and inclusive communities where everyone can succeed.

John Geha | CEO, Columbus Realtors

CEO of Columbus REALTORS® since January 1, 2020, John Geha provides leadership to over 8,800 real estate professionals engaged in residential sales and leasing, commercial sales and leasing, property management, appraisal, consultation, real estate syndication, land development and more. Since 1987, Geha has served as an Association CEO, Brand President, Senior Vice President, International Consultant and National Franchise Director, leading all functions of the largest association in Ohio, Canadian association, a national real estate brand, and national franchisor.

An accomplished speaker and author of leadership, growth and coaching platforms. Geha also has over 25+ years consulting universities, city governments, as well as the largest global corporate owned real estate brokerage and 20 of the largest privately held brokers in the U.S. and Canada. While serving as a CEO in Canada Geha created a regional collaborative relationship with Federal, Provincial and Municipal leadership, as well, several key regional entities, including a joint education initiative with Fanshawe College & Western University, Ivey School of Business.

Tre’ Giller | Chief Executive Officer and President, Donald R. Kenney and Company Realty

As CEO and Broker, Tre' Giller is responsible for the overall direction of Donald R. Kenney and Company Realty (DRK) and all of its related companies, including Metro Development. Giller has been with DRK for over 20 years, first as a real estate agent, then as sales manager for the investment sales team. Charged with developing the commercial property management division, the company now manages over 5 million square feet of space with assets in excess of over $400 million with projects located throughout Central Ohio.

Giller is actively involved in the Columbus Board of Realtors, the Ohio Association of Realtors, the Buildings Industry Association, and is the current President of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP).

In February of 2012, Governor John R. Kasich appointed Mr. Giller to serve on the Ohio Real Estate Commission and currently serves as President of the board.

 

Moderator:

Yanitza Brongers-Marrero, AIA | Principal and Director of Housing at Moody Nolan

Yanitza Brongers, AIA, LEED BD+C and LEED for Homes, is a Principal and Director of Housing at Moody Nolan and has practiced architecture for the last 25 years.  At Moody Nolan, she oversees the housing practice which includes 12 locations in the United States.  Yanitza’s s experience as an architect includes civic, educational, and corporate projects but for the last 10 years of her career, she has solely focused on multi-family housing and community development projects.

In 2012 she was appointed Director of Moody Nolan’s Housing Studio and was asked to create a focused studio to grow the firm’s housing portfolio. She is responsible for leadership, management, business development, and design quality.  Since then, Yanitza has developed a rapidly growing practice that includes affordable and market-rate residential, student housing, senior housing, and large-scale mixed-use developments.

Yanitza holds a bachelor’s degree from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and a master’s from The Ohio State University.  Yanitza was the  2019 AIA Columbus Chapter, representing the fourth woman and first Hispanic holding in the history of the Chapter.  Yanitza is a member of the Housing and Community Development Knowledge Committee and a member of the AIA Strategic Council.  Also, she volunteers for other community organizations.

Designing for Health and Well-Being

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Part 1 of the Just the Basic Series.

Licensed architects and affiliated design professionals have, in their professional practice, a positive duty to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. As America’s healthcare expenses continue to rise and we rebuild post-pandemic, collaboration with public health professionals will be more critical than ever. In this course, you will hear from architects and public health professionals about opportunities to influence population health directly and indirectly through design. We will explore the basics of public health as it relates to architecture and describe six approaches any designer can apply to any project to think more intentionally about health promotion through a pre-recorded webinar followed by a discussion from local architects.

April 30 at noon

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students - Free

Non-member guests - $10

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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AIA Columbus AAH The Clinical Model: Historic Models vs. Current Trends

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Join our AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) at their next committee meeting on March 26! The AIA Columbus AAH will have an interactive discussion on the clinical models available and the effectiveness of these scenarios. We will discuss different types of organizational strategies—the pros and cons of these strategies from both a staff and patient experience perspective and in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

March 26 at 7:30 a.m.

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW 

Free and everyone is welcome.

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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Going Back to the Office Safely and with Confidence

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In collaboration with AIA Cincinnati and AIA Cleveland.

It has been a year since most architecture offices sent employees home to work remotely due to COVID-19. With the vaccine becoming widely available, many firms are considering what the return to the office may look like and the ethical and legal considerations. Join us for a moderated panel discussion to learn HR considerations, how to make employees feel welcome and safe, and other important factors to consider.

April 13 at noon.

Earn 1.0 LU 

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students - Free

Non-member guests - $10

Online meeting.

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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Speakers:

Mindi Wells, Esq., Wells Law
Megan Spinos, LEED AP, Strategy Director, Vocon
Brian Baumgardner, Oswald

Moderator:

Yanitza Brongers-Marrero, AIA, Moody Nolan

AIA Columbus AAH: Equity in Healthcare

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Join the AIA Columbus Academy of Architecture for Health for an interactive discussion on equity in healthcare at their next meeting. They will discuss what equity means when it comes to access to healthcare and its impact on communities locally, nationally, and globally.

January 29 at 7:30 a.m.

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW *pending

Free and everyone is welcome.

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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Fiberglass Fenestration in Commercial Buildings

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Presented by Pella.

Whether designing sustainable commercial or institutional building types, architects carefully consider the qualities and long-term advantages of fenestration materials. Windows and doors provide essential protection and architectural character to a building, and must also respond to owner-driven requirements like aesthetics, cost, performance, maintenance, and life cycle.

Fiberglass composite is suitable for windows and doors in any climate or building type. More durable than aluminum or vinyl, with the thermal efficiency of wood, fiberglass composite windows are an economically competitive alternative to aluminum and vinyl windows. The multiple advantages and benefits of fiberglass composite make it a versatile fenestration choice because of its strength, durability, low maintenance, energy efficiency, and sustainable qualities, as well as its resistance to corrosion, dents, and scratches.

February 19 at noon.

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW.

Details will be sent prior to meeting via Eventbrite.

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Sustainable Design in Ohio

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Join us on February 5 for a look at the AIA Columbus Honor Award winners and a discussion about sustainability efforts in Ohio!

The AIA Columbus Architecture Awards recognizes achievement across a broad range of architectural activity in order to elevate the standard of excellence for architectural practice in our region and to honor the architects, clients, interior designers, engineers, and many other consultants who work very hard to realize these great projects and improve the built environment.

This year the honor award winners are all sustainable projects, from the off-the-grid “hut”, an adaptive-reuse research and development center, to a LEED Gold university facility. We will learn how to design award-winning sustainable projects, plus discuss sustainability efforts in Ohio and the Midwest.

February 5 at noon.

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students - Free

Non-member guests - $10

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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January Design Lecture 2021

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Join us on January 26 at noon!

The Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics (CBPD) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a global leader of in sustainability and serves as an innovation hub for new collaborative and interdisciplinary methods and frameworks, to push forward the case for sustainability of the built environment. Over the years, the CBPD has added tremendous value to the practice of Architecture, Sustainable Design, Public Policy and occupant health and well-being. As Co-director of the CBPD, Dr. Erica Cochran Hameen has lead research focused on improving Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), energy and data analytics, and the formation of new sustainability policy and tools. Dr. Cochran Hameen’s interdisciplinary work incorporates occupant comfort, health, and productivity feedback metrics, advanced data analytics, sensors and controls, building system design specifications, and environmental conditions. The session will highlight research on energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and occupant productivity and review innovative quantitative and qualitative tools and methods that have been utilized in ongoing and recent research projects. The session will also highlight the multiple social, health, economic, and environmental benefits these research findings have provided for individuals, households, organizations, and communities both nationally and globally.

January 26 at noon

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW 

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students - Free

Non-member guests - $10

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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Speaker: Erica Cochran Hameen, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA

Erica Cochran Hameen, Ph.D., NOMA, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP is an architectural designer and Assistant Professor at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture (CMU SoA). She serves as Track Co-Chair of the Master of Science in Architecture–Engineering–Construction Management (MSAECM) program, Track Chair of the PhD of Architecture–Engineering–Construction Management program, and Track Chair of the Doctor of Design (DDes). Erica is also the Co-Director of the Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics (CBPD).

Erica serves as an instructor for multiple graduate and undergraduate courses and recently developed a new course focused on energy efficient and healthy retrofits. Formerly, she was Program Director for the UDream program at CMU, which from 2009-2016 worked to increase diversity in the urban design profession nationally, and in the Pittsburgh region specifically, by offering opportunities for permanent employment in Pittsburgh to recent college graduates. Read more.

Common Misconceptions of the Permitting Process

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As a part of every project, architects look to clearly describe a project’s scope of work to a plans examiner. This course will provide a panel discussion focusing on the common misconceptions of the permitting process and give a clear look at an examiner’s perspective of permit drawings. A panel of plan examiners will take part in a discussion centered on the ins and outs of the permitting process and answer permitting questions from attendees.

December 4 at noon.

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

Free for AIA Members, Affiliates, and Students

$5 for non-members

Online meeting, details will be sent prior to meeting via Eventbrite.

Register here.

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