Kreilich to keynote AIA SD convention, serve as Design Awards juror

Matthew Kreilich, FAIA, LEED AP, will keynote our 2020 AIA SD convention and serve as the juror for the 2020 AIA SD design awards. Kreilich is a design principal at Snow Kreilich Architects in Minneapolis. Recently the studio received AIA’s 2018 Architecture Firm Award, an honor that recognizes a practice that consistently has produced distinguished …

The AIA is leading the built-environment response to the pandemic.

As member Architects or members of the general public, it’s understandable to question “what are my dues paying for?” and “what does the AIA do for us, anyway?” There are detailed responses to those questions, of course, but right now it’s easiest to just present some tangible evidence of the value of this organization. In …

More EP Friendly Firms Announced for the North Central States Region

The second round of application review for the NCSR Friendly Firm Award has been completed. The list of EP Friendly Firms continues to grow. If you would like your firm recognized you can still apply. Applicants simply need to have an office in the region, and have an AIA member firm principal and an AIA member emerging professional fill out and sign the form together.

Resiliency Revisted: AIA Spring Membership Meeting & SDSU AIAS Contribution

The last AIA Convention’s theme was rural resiliency. At that time, we didn’t know the challenges we have faced the last month or so. I keep coming back to the idea though. I have hope that our state will bounce back. Midwesterners are known for their toughness and ability to weather the storms: their resiliency. This year’s spring meeting was evidence of that attitude. The plan was to hold the meeting in Brookings hosted by SDSU’s chapter of AIAS. The students had put time and thought into an informative agenda. Social distancing changed plans.

What about the rural?

U.S. Census Bureau defines rural as any population, housing, or territory NOT in an urban area. So by its definition, rural is not a self-defined condition, but it is the absence of the urban. Then it goes forward to define urbanized areas as having a population of 50,000 or more. The green area on the map above (US Census) represents all the area in the US that falls under the classification of rural based on this definition.

The Architect’s Voice: AIA Advocacy Explained

The AIA has a dedicated portion of their website and organization for advocacy. In their words:
“AIA’s is the voice of architecture to legislators at the federal, state, and local level. Here you can engage your legislators and use AIA tools and resources to develop skills as an advocate to build power for architects.”