Author: AIA Ohio

Call for Entries: AIA Ohio Design Awards

Are you especially proud of one of the projects your firm designed last year? AIA Ohio is now seeking entries for the 2018 AIA Ohio Design Awards. Each year, AIA spotlights distinctive projects designed by Ohio architects with the AIA Ohio Design Awards. The program honors the best of Ohio architecture by awarding projects that show attention to high quality design, performance and commitment to AIA’s 10 principles of livable communities. For architecture firms, the AIA Ohio Design Awards program is a fantastic way to promote the value of architecture in our communities. In 2017, AIA Ohio Design Awards...

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Opponents of Occupational Licensing Bill Testify (SB 255)

The Senate Oversight and Reform Committee took testimony April 11 on SB255 which would require standing committees of the General Assembly to periodically review occupational licensing boards regarding their sunset, and to require the Legislative Service Commission to perform assessments of occupational licensing bills and state regulation of occupations. AIA Ohio is working with interested parties on an amendment to the bill that would emphasize the level of national licensure and the substantial equivalency of the license.  Sen. McColley has indicated he might accept such an amendment to section 101.63(c)(6). During the Committee hearing, Joseph Warino, representing the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), testified as an opponent to the bill. He said the bill would “threaten licensing of engineers in the state. “Adopting a policy of ‘least restrictive regulation’ guidelines for registration could only serve to reduce the knowledge and experience necessary, resulting in substandard qualified engineers to preserve the health and safety of Ohio’s residents.” Warino added, “The practice of professional licensure has worked well over many years and it should remain in place.” Also testifying on the bill as an interested party was David Pritchard of the American Society of Civil Engineers, who said the current system of licensure within Ohio is working well and has since 1933. The committee also received written testimony from Wade Baer of the Ohio Auctioneers Association and Keith Kerns of the Ohio Optometric...

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Tax Expenditure Review Committee Commences Hearings

The Tax Expenditure Review Committee that eventually will concern itself with Ohio’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit held its first meeting April 11 with an examination of $4.03 billion in forfeited tax revenues, the lion’s share consumed by the sales and use tax exemption on tangible personal property whose buyers manufacture other tangible personal property for sale.

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Welcome to the New and Improved AIA Ohio

AIA Ohio is going big and bold in 2018, starting with a focus on getting more active and involved with our communities through our social networks. We have always been an active voice for the profession and served as the authoritative source for information on the built environment, and now we’re ramping up our social and content marketing to match. Keeping with our mission to advocate for the profession of architecture, AIA Ohio provides advocacy, leadership and resources to architects to design a better world. And we’re keeping that mission top of mind in the news section on our...

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