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ContributeAIA Ohio, established in 1933, works to organize and unite in fellowship the membership of the architectural profession; to promote the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession; to advance the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice; to coordinate the building industry and the profession of architecture to ensure the advancement of the living standards of people through their improved environment; and to make the profession of ever-increasing service to society.

AIA National Board Implements Governance Changes

The AIA National Board of Directors met in Washington DC, December 10th and 11th as the transition to the new governance model took place.  With the Board completing the approval of a variety of actions, including the selection of the Gold Medal and Firm Award recipients, the inaugural assembly of the AIA Strategic Council was held on December 12th as they took on issues of internal governance and a review of strategic issues.  The governance change was approved in Chicago by membership with a change to the bylaws that was advanced by the Board of Directors.  This change was crafted to create a smaller, more nimble board while at the same time creating a more outward looking strategic council that is charged with advancing the profession and the AIA by looking at more long range efforts to better position the AIA within the design and construction industry.

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Renewed Marketing effort with


The American Institute of Architects released the newest marketing video created as part of the 2014/2015 social media campaign.  The ilookup video, which can be found at various AIA social media sites including the new website, explores the work of architects and how we transform ideas into the built environment.  The video was released on December and will be edited for release as a 60 second piece on selected cable program this coming spring.  Visit or any of the other social media sites listed below for more information.

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NCARB Information Released in Annual Report

The NCARB released a wide range of information in their annual report. Ranging from efforts to collaborate with other organizations to IDP, the report details the efforts of the NCARB to improve the expereince efforts of IDP while also documenting the trends of the practicioners from throughout the country.  The following is some of the information that was included in the report:

Interns on average, nationwide,  work for less than three employers while they complete the IDP.  Those employed here in Ohio are near the top of the range, with many interns moving around and aorking for close to three firms while they participate in the IDP program.

Those who have applied for NCARB records and those who have completed the IDP and ARE remain strong, with the age for initial registration continuing to decline.

The United States currently has 107,581 registered architects with 119,200 reciprocal licenses.

California has the most registered architects with 16,618 resident architects and Ohio at 3,234 resident architects and 3,080 reciprocal architects, for a total of 6,314 architects.  This ranks Ohio as 11 in the resident architect category and 12th for total architects.

For more information on the report and links as included in this pat months ARCHITECT magazine, click the following link: ARCHITECT Magazine NCARB Annual Report Information

AIA Ohio's "Good Samaritan" Bill Gets Hearing

AIA Ohio's "Good Samaritan" Bill Gets Hearing

The Senate Civil Justice Committee took testimony November 19 regarding AIA Ohio's proposed "Good Samaritan Bill" (HB379).   

Rep. Blessing offered sponsor testimony for the bill, which he said would grant civil immunity to architects, engineers and surveyors volunteering during a declared emergency under the purview of a body authorized to act in an official capacity. He said currently, these people could be sued while volunteering during a declared emergency.

He said the bill would "encourage more volunteer work by removing barriers that discourage such work." 

Help AIA Ohio Valley with your suggestions for the 2015 AIA OVR Convention

The 2015 AIA Ohio Valley Convention Committee is looking for your input in the selection of keynote speakers for this falls convention.  The committee would like to hear your suggestions for our conference speakers as we get ready for the October conference.  To participate please submit your suggestions though the link below.  We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on the 11th through the 13th of October for "The End of Normal" in Columbus.

Click here for the Keynote Speaker Survey

OFCC Selects Chovan as Interim Executive Director

In a specially called meeting on Thursday, members of the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) named senior staffer David Chovan as interim executive director. Chovan, who currently serves as the commission's finance officer, succeeds the current executive director, Richard Hickman, who is retiring from the post, effective Oct. 31.

Chovan's appointment is effective Nov. 1; he will be paid at the rate of $107,640/year.

In announcing the appointment, OFCC Chairman Tim Keen said that all four senior staff members, also including Jeff Westhoven, Bill Ramsey, AIA and Craig Weise, AIA, were qualified and that he encouraged them to apply for the permanent position. Chovan, however, Keen said, is not interested in the permanent appointment -- a circumstance he called "an advantage" as they move forward to identify a permanent replacement.

Keen also explained that there may be future special meetings called as he works out the process for selecting a permanent director -- authority granted to him by the commission at its meeting last week. 

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