AIA Ohio 2014 Convention Highlights
Over 230 architects and associate architects gathered at Kent State University Sept. 18-20 for the 81st Annual AIA Ohio Convention. The event included 28 different breakout educational sessions, four keynote design speakers, an exhibit hall and networking/social events.
A highlight of the weekend was the AIA Ohio Foundation Napkin Sketch Competition. Attendees were given a napkin and were encouraged to sketch on it. There were no rules for the sketches and attendees got quite creative with their drawings. Prizes were awarded to the top ten, as judged by the panel including AIA Ohio President Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA, AIA National Past President Marvin Malecha, FAIA and Danielle Jones, President-elect of the Kent State University AIAS chapter.
Keynote design speakers included Mel Price, AIA and Peter Johnston, from Workplace Architects in Virginia Beach, VA, who discussed the innovative ways they are running their small firm that allows it to be competitive with larger firms from throughout the country. Allison Anderson, FAIA, in her presentation Civic Immunology, described city functions in healthy and diseased states, recognizing the relationship between buildings, and predicted the impact upon cities from anticipated threats. Robert Miklos, FAIA, a Youngstown, Ohio native, presented an overview of the ‘Practice Spectrum,’ briefly discussing a range of different business models operative in contemporary practice. He shared examples of new emerging practices that are experimenting with alternative business structures and expanded areas of services. Marvin Malecha, FAIA, entertained at the AIA Ohio Design Awards Banquet with a presentation that encouraged attendees to be seekers and which included many of his widely recognized sketches and drawings.
The City of Kent and Kent State University were awarded with Presidential Citations by Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA, recognizing their collaborative partnership and strengthening ties through the extension of the Esplanade – providing students with a safe pathway to visit downtown Kent businesses and connecting residents to the university. Doug Steidl, FAIA, Dean of the Kent State College of Architecture and Environmental Design, was also recognized for his continuous leadership and dedication to architecture, students, colleagues and the profession.
The AIA Ohio PAC held a very successful fund raiser at the convention this year. Participants were encouraged to purchase $10 tickets to benefit the PAC, and tickets were recorded by component with the donors in the winning component being eligible for prizes. AIA Cleveland raised the most money for the PAC. AIA Ohio PAC funds are used as part of the Government Relations program to advocate on behalf of all of Ohio’s architects. Congratulations AIA Cleveland!
AIA Columbus - $20AIA Akron - $400
AIA Cincinnati - $130
AIA Cleveland - $480
AIA Dayton - $270
AIA Eastern Ohio - $360
AIA Toledo - $370
In addition, MSA Associates, led by AIA Ohio Past President Mike Schuster, FAIA, also raised funds for the Ohio PAC through the 5K Challenge. MSA Associates challenged AIA Ohio members to participate in a 5k (or longer) race this summer/fall. For everyone who sent in evidence of their participation in a 5K, MSA Associates donated $10 to the PAC. Donations for the 5K Challenge totaled $750 from MSA Associates.