12 December 2014

GIS Certificate Showcase

Update:  Location changed to Cow Pig Bun

RSVP to Sarah McLane at smclane@hawaii.edu

13 November 2014

12 November 2014

2014 Holiday Lunch Photos

Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the 2014 AIA Maui Annual Meeting

AIA Maui Movie Night Photos

Visit our Facebook page to see photos from our first AIA Maui Movie Night.
A big thank you to all of our sponsors and the attendees!

11 November 2014

2015 AIA Maui Executive Committee Candidates

Introducing the candidates for the 2015 AIA Maui Executive Committee:

Paul Areus, AIA

Paul Areus is originally from British Columbia, Canada. He went to elementary school in Long Island, New York and High School in Eugene, Oregon. He graduated with a B. Arch from the University of Oregon in 2005 and moved to Maui after spending the summer in Alaska working on the Historic American Building Survey with the National Park Service. He worked with Bamboo Living as an Architecture Manager for almost 7 years, completing projects throughout the Hawaiian Islands. After becoming licensed, in 2012, he founded Areus Architecture. Paul has been married for 5 years to his wife Wendy & they have a 4 year old daughter, Athena. Some of Paul's personal interests include playing music, cooking, mountain biking, hiking, water sports & travel.

Vice-President, President-Elect
Peter Niess, AIA

Born and raised on Maui and went to Haleakala Waldorf followed by Seabury Hall.  After attending Oregon State University for two years he transferred to Arizona State University where he received a BS in Planning Cum Laude in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.  This was followed by a Master of Architecture at New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego.  While living in Mission Beach he worked at KRAI Architects in Coronado Island learning everything that they do not teach us in school.  After moving home in 2006 he has worked on a variety of projects both commercial and residential.  "I love my job and love talking about anything and everything architecture."

Additional Organizations that I participate in include:
MYBR - Maui Young Business Roundtable
Ka Ipu Ku Kui Fellowship Program
Hui Malama Learning Center - Board Member
HOCVS - Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Voyaging Society - Board Member
APA Member - American Planning Association - Associate Member
Arch-i-Sketch - Founder

Atom Kasprzychi, AIA

From a family of craftsmen and artists, Atom Kasprzycki was born and raised here in the beautiful Hawaiian islands.  With a wife of 15 years, and two energetic sons, Atom is a dedicated family man with a passion for Architecture and learning.  As a licensed Architect and General Contractor he finds himself today, a new member in the AIA, pursuing a deeper emersion into Architecture and fulfilling his enjoyment of learning.

J. Morgan Gerdel, AIA

Morgan is a licensed architect and a Principal in the firm Nishikawa Architects. He graduated in January 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Art and Design from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Upon returning to Maui, Morgan began working for Nishikawa Architects as a Project Manager.  He helped to establish a new design-build division, Architectural Design & Construction, Inc., that has completed over $60 million in construction since its founding.

Specializing in residential design, he has also designed light commercial, educational and land development projects. He has become a LEED Accredited Professional, a designation that indicates a strong depth of knowledge in sustainable design.

Morgan served on the Maui County Urban Design Review Board from from 2010 to 2014, and was elected to Vice Chair. He also supported the local nonprofit Valley Isle Road Runners as President from 2010 to 2013.

Morgan’s personal interests include running, cycling, and training his dogs in rally and agility.

State Council Delegate
George Hlavenka, AIA

Mr. Hlavenka is a graduate of Kansas State University (‘70) and Temple University (‘67) with degrees in Architecture and Construction. He is licensed in seven states with over forty years’ experience in commercial and institutional architecture.

George was a partner with the firms of Jacobs + Hlavenka Architects, and HGBD Architects – Jacobs/Hlavenka Division in Gainesville, Georgia, and since 2002 is G.R. Hlavenka Architect.

Mr. Hlavenka has been a member of the American Institute of Architects for 36 years, and is Certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He has been a member of Rotary International for over 20 years, and is a member of the Upcountry Rotary Club. George has two children in California, and resides with his wife of 43 years, Lucinda, in Haiku.

Associate Member
Aliki Biniaris, Associate AIA

Aliki Biniaris was born in Greece, & moved to Maui shortly after being born. Aliki graduated with a Masters in Architecture in 2012 from the University of Oregon.  She received her bachelor degree in Art from the University of Hawaii in 2008.  In 2012 she moved back to Maui and is currently working towards becoming a licensed Architect.  

Affiliate Member
Mike Williams

Mike Williams is a fourth generation Maui resident. He began in sales of building materials in 1974 at Lewers & Cooke Maui Branch. He currently is the owner of Valley Isle Building Products specializing in the sale of windows and doors.

07 November 2014

31 October 2014

October General Meeting Photos

Visit our Facebook Page to see photos of October's General Membership Meeting at the MEDB Building in Kihei with John Bendon of Green Building Hawaii.

29 October 2014

AIA Maui Movie Night Tickets

Buy your tickets to AIA Maui Movie Night!

10 October 2014

Nominations requested for 2015

The AIA Maui Executive Committee is requesting nominations for 2015 officers.  Positions open for nomination are:

State Council Delegate
Associate Member Representative (non-voting)

Email your nominations to Nanette.

08 October 2014

2014 LEGO Building Competition

Visit our LEGO page and our Facebook album to see photos of this year's LEGO Building Competition teams and their structures.

Congratulations to this year's winners and thank you to all participants!

03 October 2014

01 October 2014

LEGO Building Competition this Saturday

AIA Maui / DOE LEGO Building Competition
04 October 2014 (Saturday)
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Baldwin High School Gymnasium

It's time again for the LEGO Building Competition.  If AIA Maui members would like to help with judging, please feel free to show up at the BHS Gym at 9:45 AM.  No entry ticket needed to go to the gym.

Eight (8) elementary schools will compete in this year's competition:

  • Emmanuel Lutheran
  • Kahului Elementary School
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • Makawao Elementary School
  • Paia Elementary School
  • Pukalani Elementary School
  • Pu`u Kukui Elementary School
  • Wailuku Elementary School

Last year's 1st Place Team from Paia Elementary School
For more information visit the LEGO Contest page or contact Durwin.

24 September 2014

Maui Brewing Co Tour Photos

Maui Brewing Co. Kihei Facility
photo by Daniel Sheehan

Head on over to our Facebook page to see photos from the Maui Brewing Co Kihei Facility Tour with Big Ass Fans

Many thanks to Daniel Sheehan for providing the photos!!

19 September 2014

PacSource Lunch & Learn - Special-Lite

RCI SoCal Chapter 2015 Hawaii Winter Workshop

15th Annual SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc.
Hawaii Winter Workshop
26-27 January 2015
Maui, Hawaii

We hope you are having a fun and safe start to your summer adventures.  We are excited to begin pre early-bird registration for the 15th Annual Hawaii Winter Workshop early this year at a discounted rated through September 19th for RCI members and non-members.  Hopefully you can join us this year in making this the best and most exciting workshop to-date.

We are still in the process of accepting abstracts so stay tuned for presentation topic and speaker announcements.  If you are interested in presenting please submit a 250-word abstract to contactus@socalrci.org by August 25th.

The Hawaii Winter Workshop is a two-day educational program offering current information regarding design, construction, maintenance and repair of roofing, waterproofing and exterior walls that has been held for the past 15 years. This year we are excited to bring the program for the first time to Maui. The program is designed to bring together professionals from roofing, waterproofing, architecture, engineering and construction to discuss state-of-the-art building enclosure design including, roofing, waterproofing, walls and building science. SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc. is an AIA and RCI approved education provider and attendees will receive between 11 to 14 learning unit hours.

The workshop is hosted this year at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa Ka’anapali, Hawaii. Workshop attendees are offered a special group rate of $239 single/double occupancy with ocean view upgrade ( + taxes and fees).

2014 Pacific Building Trade Expo

Register online today for the 2014 Pacific Building Trade Expo!
28 October 2014 (Tuesday)
Hawaii Convention Center
Expo Cost:  Free
All-day Parking:  $10

2014 AIA NWPR Regional Conference

invites AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Members
 to the

2014 AIA Regional Conference
Tacoma, Washington
October 2-4, 2014

The AIA Southwest Washington Chapter would like to invite you to join them October 2-4 in Tacoma, Washington for the AIA Regional Conference, The Future of Mid-size Cities. Invited speakers and area tours will explore  the opportunities and challenges of the development of mid-size cities.  

AIA Regional Conference Preview

Thursday, October 2
6:30 pm - The Conference kicks off with the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Honors and Awards Reception at UW Tacoma, Phillip Hall.  The reception will toast the 2014 Design and Honor Award winners from around the Region.  For more information and purchase tickets visit the AIA NWPR website at www.aianwpr.org.

Friday, October 3
8:00 am -  The Conference opens at the Museum of Glass with morning workshops and panel discussions and tours.  A special luncheon at the Lemay Car Museum will provide a presentation by the Museum's curator.  The afternoon will continue the discussion with invited speakers.  
5:30 pm - We'll close the day with a special event, Luxuries of Life Dinner Auction at the historic Pantages Theater. 

Saturday, October 4
Conference attendees will tour the Tacoma Art Museum Expansion, the newly-completed Bullitt Center in Seattle, and Tacoma's Stadium High School.
Transportation is sponsored by The Masonry Institute.

Hotel accommodations
Two special rate room blocks have been set aside for Conference attendees.  For more information click here.  Book by September 1 to take advantage of special rates.

Friday Speakers and Tours:

Michael Pyatok, FAIA

Michael Pyatok has been an architect and professor of architectural design for more than 40 years.

Michael Pyatok will describe the state of affordable housing in our post-recession economy. He will show a series of case studies explaining the context of affordable housing in an imbalanced economy, neglected by the political and financial establishment, unable to meet the need of a struggling working class. While architects rise to meet the challenges of inadequate and ill-suited affordable housing, it often serves to mask the larger issue of a leadership vacuum unable to do the planning and funding required to provide appropriate housing for a stagnant middle class. Michael Pyatok will explore what is required to realize the creative future we envision.

Joel Sisolak

Joel Sisolak is the Project Director of the Capitol Hill Housing EcoDistrict.

Mr. Sisolak will explore how the eco-district paradigm can be implemented to improve our own neighborhoods and communities. Specific case studies of eco-districts that have been formed in Seattle and Portland will be discussed. The presentation will describe the various potential functions of eco-districts, how they are formed and how their scale can increase the impact and lower the cost of the environmental and social benefits

Michael Powe  

Michael Powe is Senior Research Manager of the National Trust for 
Historic Preservation's Preservation Green Lab.

Mike will connect new ideas drawn from Big Data to the writings of Jane Jacobs and discuss how planners, policymakers, and designers can leverage the unique fabric of small and midsize cities to strengthen local economies and foster distinctive commercial corridors.In 1961, Jane Jacobs issued the now-famous argument that the most thriving urban streets and neighborhoods are comprised of a mix of old and new buildings, used in a variety of ways by diverse people and groups. Today, more than fifty years later, many of Jacobs' ideas are widely accepted among urban professionals, but city policies and plans often continue to favor large-scale redevelopment projects over more fine-grained approaches that utilize existing community assets and preserve a communities' built fabric. Newly released research from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Preservation Green Lab shows that neighborhoods with a mix of small, old and new buildings outperform districts of large, new buildings on a wide variety of social, economic, and cultural metrics. 

Dr. Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA

Dr. Sharon Sutton is professor of architecture and urban design, adjunct professor of social work, and director of the Center for Environment Education and Design Studies at the University of Washington.  
This seminar engages participants in a critical analysis of Tacoma's long-range plan for the Hilltop Subarea, one of seventeen areas of the city that have been targeted for growth. Using tools of the community planning process she will provide the participants an opportunity to characterize the strengths and weaknesses of the plan. She will review the historic roots of this core neighborhood in Tacoma and explore how those roots might affect its future.

Michael Sullivan (Prairie Line Tour)

Michael Sullivan serves as President of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington Department of Architecture. Michael Sullivan will conduct a tour of the reconstructed Prairie Line Trail bisecting the UW campus in downtown Tacoma, portraying the colorful history of the first rail connection to Tacoma from the northern transcontinental passage. The properties along the trail tell a story of the ambitious and optimistic beginnings of Tacoma that was to be the continental terminus and today give the city a sense of place and history. The tour will provide an example of how Tacoma is shaping its future by recounting its past.

David Boe (Downtown Tacoma Architecture Walk)

A brisk walk around Downtown Tacoma with Tacoma architect David Boe.  The walk will cover the legacy of the 1873 planning of the 'New Tacoma' with the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad, the buildings of the boom years at the turn of the 19th Century, the various attempts of urban renewal in the 20th Century, and the buildings and planning of Downtown's rebirth 100-years after its incorporation.  David has had an architectural practice on Pacific Avenue since 1996, is a member of the Tacoma City Council, and also received an AIA Merit Award for his architectural blog 'Imagine Tacoma.' 

Saturday Tour Descriptions:

Tours Sponsored by the Masonry Institute of Washington and includes round trip bus transportation to Seattle

Tacoma Art Museum
Approximately 16,000 square-foot addition to the Tacoma Art Museum designed by Olson Kundig Architects to house the newly acquired Haub Western Art collection. The expansion includes 6,000 square feet of new gallery space, 3,000 square feet of expanded new lobby space, and 9,000 square feet of new back-of-house service and mechanical space.Tacoma Art Museum Expansion 

The Bullitt Center
The Bullitt Center, designed by The Miller Hull Partnership is the first urban building of its kind and is commonly regarded as 'the greenest office building in the world,' it represents the level of sustainability possible in a city setting, while also signifying a shift in the actual process of how buildings are designed.  The project demonstrates the range of opportunities for inventiveness and creativity that are possible when integrated design teams target aggressive efficiency goals.

Stadium High School
Stadium High School (featured in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You) is a more than 100-year-old high school in Tacoma, Washington.  A historic landmark, the school is part of the Tacoma Public School District and is located in the Stadium District, near downtown Tacoma. The original building burned to a shell while it was still a partially constructed hotel designed by Hewitt & Hewitt. It was reconstructed for use as a school according to designs by Frederick Heath.

The AIA Regional Conference is hosted by

Email aia@aiasww.org     
Phone 253-627-4006 FAX 253-650-1626
708 Broadway, Suite 100B, Tacoma WA 98402.  

05 September 2014

04 September 2014

September 2014 General Meeting

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FEMA Flood Map Revisions for Kihei

SLIM: Upcoming LEED Training Workshops

UH Maui College Sustainable Living Institute of Maui and EdventureMaui.com are offering 2 LEED credential training workshops:

LEED Green Associate (GA) Exam Prep Training Workshop
Sept 16-25, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 3:00-5:00PM, 4x
**Also available ONLINE ON DEMAND for neighbor islands**
$295 (General), $250 (USGBC Hawaiʻi Chapter Member)
Only $148 with ETF discount*
  • Learn the types of questions that are asked on the exam so you know what and how to study, and review example scenarios from real world projects to help you better understand and remember the material while giving you an opportunity to put the concepts into practice.
  • Includes practice exams that accurately reflect the types of questions you’ll see on the test.
  • 8 hrs cont. ed. towards maintenance of BOC certification

To register, call Edventure at 808-984-3231 or register online.

LEED Project Experience Operations + Maintenance (O+M) Workshop
Oct 14-Nov 4, Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00PM, 4x
$499 (General), $450 (USGBC Hawaiʻi Chapter Member)
Only $250 with ETF discount*
  • Gain the recommended project experience and a letter of attestation necessary to prepare to sit for any of the LEED AP specialty exams. Complete project team exercises on an actual building registered as a LEED EBOM project. Access a rare opportunity to work on a LEED EBOM project in Hawaiʻi!
  • Consists of 4 x 1.5-hour live online instructional sessions. Students will have access to video recordings of the class sessions for viewing at their convenience for a period of up to 2 weeks after training completion.
  • 6 hrs cont. ed. towards maintenance of BOC certification

To register, call Edventure at 808-984-3231 or register online.

Instructors: John Bendon and Alex de Roode of Green Building Hawaii are leaders in green building, energy efficiency and sustainability best practices in Hawaii. Having worked on numerous LEED for New Construction and LEED EBOM projects, they bring real world experience and training excellence to prepare you to earn your LEED credential. 

Students may also be eligible for a 50% discount up to $250 off each course through the Employment and Training Fund (ETF) managed by the State of Hawaii. To apply, you may complete this form for each employee:


Please do not register online if you would like to receive this discount. You must be approved first by Workforce prior to registration/payment to receive the discount.

Please fax the completed form to your local Workforce Development office:
Big Island: Hilo - 808-981-2880; Kona - 808-327-4774
Kauai: 808-274-3059

Upon approval by your local Workforce office, Edventure at UH Maui College in the Office of Continuing Eduction, will contact you to complete the registration and payment process.

02 September 2014

New Hawaii Energy Program

Hawaii Energy is introducing a new program called the Hawaii Energy Efficiency Auction.

Submit your energy efficiency projects and compete for special incentive funds from Hawaii Energy!

State Government Network August Newsletter

from AIA State and Local Government Relations:

The State and Local Government Relations Team is proud to release the third SGN Monthly Newsletter “SGN News”  – Vol 1:Iss. 3. The Newsletter has recently undergone a fantastic rebranding courtesy of AIA National’s stellar marketing department. Please feel free to disseminate the Newsletter as you see fit. Share it with your State Board, your local members, your clients, and local policymakers. As members, this is YOUR policy forum…

In this issue…
1)      A recap of the State & Local Team’s activities in August.
2)      Input from your fellow SGN members.
3)       “Around the Nation…Massachusetts”: “AIA Massachusetts Celebrates the Passage of Good Samaritan Legislation” - By Bryan J. Soukup, Esq., Manager of State and Local Government Relations and John Nunnari, Assoc. AIA, AIA Massachusetts Executive Director 
Around the Nation - (Next Month Could be Your Component)!
-        This month featured a fantastic article from Massachusetts. We’re looking for next month’s spotlight component…. If you have something you’d like to share with the greater AIA community (your write-up NEED NOT BE LENGTHY and can be on the subject of your choice), volunteer NOW to be next month’s spotlight component!
 Call For Content –September Issue:
-        Do you have a question, announcement, comment, anecdote, video, promotion, “shout-out”, link, etc. etc. etc. you’d like to incorporate into next month’s issue? Send it our way by September 25, 2014 at 5pm EDT.

New P3 Content!
You can view AIA’s most recent draft of our suggested comprehensive P3 legislation Guide here

25 August 2014

August 2014 Newsletter

11 August 2014

Wind Design Training

26 September 2014 (Friday)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration begins at 7:30 AM
J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium

Register at https://winddesign-maui.eventbrite.com
Registration deadline is 19 September 2014 (Friday)
Registration is limited!


Coffee and snacks hosted by Hawaii CZM Program, State of Hawaii Office of Planning

07 August 2014

State Government Network July Newsletter

from AIA State and Local Government Relations:

The State and Local Government Relations Team is proud to release the second SGN Monthly Newsletter – Vol 1:Iss. 2.

In this issue…
  1. A recap of the Team’s activities in July.
  2. Input from your fellow SGN members.
  3. A link to an analysis of the recent California Supreme Court decision in Beacon v. SOM Architects from AIA California Council.
  4. “Greetings from Michigan!”: “Michigan Legislature Repeals Interior Design Title Act” - Benedetto Tiseo, FAIA, NCARB, AIA Michigan

Greetings from (Next Month Could be Your Component)!
-    This month featured a fantastic article from Michigan. We’re looking for next month’s spotlight component…. If you have something you’d like to share with the greater AIA community (your write-up NEED NOT BE LENGTHY and can be on the subject of your choice), volunteer NOW to be next month’s spotlight component ASAP!

Call For Content –August Issue:
-    Do you have a question, announcement, comment, anecdote, video, promotion, “shout-out”, link, etc. etc. etc. you’d like to incorporate into next month’s issue? Send it our way by August 25, 2014 at 5pm EDT.

New P3 Content!
You can view AIA’s most recent draft of our model comprehensive P3 legislation and the new “P3: What Architects Need to Know” P3 Guide here

23 July 2014

Hawaii Commercial Buildings Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Resources

Hawaii Commercial Buildings Guidelines for Energy Efficiency resources from Morgan's presentation at the July General Membership Meeting:

Lunch & Learn: Smart Home Technology

RSVP to Cara Webb at cara@hartmannforbes.com or (602) 561-0057
by 11 August 2014 (Monday)

22 July 2014

Save the Date: Professional Liability Seminar

Save the date for a Professional Liability Seminar!

28 August 2014 (Thursday)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
J.W. Cameron Center Auditorium

Coffee and snacks hosted by AIA Maui

More information to follow

19 July 2014

Dacor Designer Learning Event

Join Dacor on 24 July 2014 (Thursday) at 4:00 PM for a designer learning event!!
RSVP to Annette Ruggless at aruggless@dacor.com or 808-285-3157.

17 July 2014

July 2014 Newsletter

15 July 2014

HCPO Early Bird Registration

Early Bird Registration Ends on 01 August 2014 (Friday)!!

11 July 2014

ARE Study Group Meeting

This ARE study group is open to anyone currently taking or interested in taking the ARE at any stage of their licensure process. Please contact Mika Yamaguchi: mikaymgch@gmail.com if you have any questions about the group, or would like to join the email list in the case that you are unable to attend the meetings.

Sign up for AIA Maui email notifications to receive future ARE Study Group meeting dates and information.  
For more on the Architect Registration Examination, visit the NCARB webpage.

27 June 2014

Save the Date: Maui Dacor Appliance Event

Please save the date for a Maui Dacor Appliance Event on 24 July 2014 (Thursday).
More info to follow.

AIA Maui Advocacy Process

12 June 2014

June 2014 Newsletter

11 June 2014

UHMC HNU PV Carport Video

Video of the UH Maui College PV Carports posted by HNU Energy.

10 June 2014

AIA State Government Network Meeting Summary

Below is a summary of the AIA State Government Network Annual Meeting 2014 which was held in Seattle on 05 June and 06 June 2014.


For the past 24 years, AIA's State Government Network members (a national group of architects and Component Executives) have come together to discuss and strategize legislative and regulatory trends.  This year's June 5-6th meeting location was Seattle, Washington and proved to be one of the best ever, with almost every AIA Component represented.

The meeting was kicked off by Yvonne Castillo, Director of State and Local Government Relations, with an overview of relevant legislative trends and a demonstration of the voice-over What Architects Do digital tool (with a sample script) for AIA Components to use with elected and appointed officials.  "This pdf gives members a visual tool to talk about the scope of architectural services succinctly, without overwhelming the viewer with technical-speak" said Castillo.  She ended her opening remarks with a challenge to the architectural profession to consider AIA's repositioning effort an opportunity to reposition the profession at the proverbial legislative table asserting that "architects shouldn’t always approach legislative issues from a defense posture; instead it's time for the profession to offer its own policy ideas for helping state and local governmental entities do more with less."  To that end, AIA National has kick-started a new approach by offering AIA Components an AIA National-drafted legislation that codifies a process for public-public partnerships and smart public-private partnerships (P3).   Talking points, a summary, and an article in Architect Magazine are also available as educational background materials for Component use. On the subject of P3, SGN attendees heard a presentation from the Principal Architect for the California courts, Clifford Ham, to learn more about the Long Beach Courthouse project and its procurement and delivery as a performance-based P3 contract

SGN continued its discussions on project delivery issues, including design-build (DB), and the DB reform toolkit developed by AIA National, to help empower Components to influence positive outcomes in state and local government policies.  SGN members concluded the conversations with recommendations that staff begin the process of researching additional financing incentives which Components could offer to state and local officials looking for innovative ways to meet infrastructure demands.     

Florida and Alaska led a discussion of shared common challenges and best practices related to managing qualifications-based selection issues with public sector clients.  And of course, no SGN meeting occurs without an energetic discussion, in this case led by Oregon and Michigan, of issues and strategies related to encroachment into architectural scope of practice from other licensed professionals and unlicensed individuals.  AIA National has also developed a plethora of matrices for Components to use depending on the nature of the encroachment – be it interior designers, engineers, or other unlicensed individuals

In addition, a Codes Development and Commissioning presentation offered attendees a greater awareness of market and legislative opportunities.  Other SGN-recommended steps for 2015 included the formation of a Task Force of volunteers from California, New Jersey, Maryland, and both North and South Carolina, to explore an AIA-led vertical infrastructure report, similar to ASCE's Infrastructure Report Card, to help policymakers prioritize capital construction budgets for public facilities. Ways to help state and local entities streamline the permitting process was another topic of discussion that ended with consensus that AIA staff should begin exploring a potential toolkit for components to use in their legislative efforts. 

The grand finale presentation was presented by Illinois and offered wonderful advocacy strategies for member-AIA components moving forward.

Next year, SGN will be celebrating its special 25-year Silver Anniversary.  Planning has already begun for what is sure to be, as always, the most unique AIA-sponsored meeting…where design matters, but not nearly as much as business!