February 27, 2017

Quinn Evans Architects Adds Four to Ann Arbor Office Staff

Design Firm Expands Architecture, Interiors Expertise:

Quinn Evans Architects, an award-winning planning and design practice, has added four new staff members in the firm’s Ann Arbor, Mich., office. Kristen Nyht, AIA, LEED AP, has been named a senior architect. Benjamin Telian, AIA, LEED AP, has been named an architect, Amy McNamara, AIA, LEED AP, has been named a designer, and Fatima Beacham is an interior designer. (more…)

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January 5, 2017

AIA Detroit’s New Hire Targets Member Value & New Programming

AIA Detroit is excited to announce that Charlie Klecha, Assoc. AIA, will join the AIAD staff in the role of Managing Director!  This new position will focus on driving improvements to member value across areas like programs and events, communications, and operations.  Klecha began working in early January alongside Executive Director Lauren Myrand, Assoc. AIA. (more…)

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October 28, 2016

2017 AIA Detroit Board Nominees

Please Join AIA Detroit for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 17th, at 7:00PM. The meeting will be held at the Schoolcraft VisTaTech Center in Livonia.

We will discuss this past year’s activities and voting on a few small Bylaws changes (read about them here), as well as the AIA Detroit Board for 2017 (please take the time to read about this year’s candidates below).  We will also be hosting a discussion about the potential for raising dues next year through a special membership vote.

We hope you will join us for some cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres as we wrap up another successful year at AIA Detroit.  An RSVP is required for food and drink purposes by November 14th.  If you cannot make the meeting in person and wish to participate in the election, you must request an absentee ballot from Lauren by November 10th, 2016.

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April 7, 2016

President’s Message: April 2016

The Chapter’s Board spent the better part of the first two months of the year refreshing its goals and objectives for the coming years. At March’s meeting, the Board approved a new Strategic Plan, which is available on our website’s homepage here. Beginning with the Board retreat held in January, the Board has reviewed its mission, which remains unchanged. For those unfamiliar with the Mission, it too remains published on the site. The AIA, as an organization, has focused on providing all of the necessary and desired services to its members. Each portion of the organization focuses on its level or status of service. AIA Detroit has, over the past several years, focused on being an advocate for Architects in Southeast Michigan. Through its initiatives, the chapter has sought to partner with a broader design community to bring awareness to more and more people both within and outside to the architectural field itself, indicating the value of design in the built environment. Through the expanded Celebration of Architecture, which occurs during and in collaboration with the Detroit Design Festival, we strive to tell a growing audience about the quality of architecture in Detroit. Through the activities of the Urban Priorities Committee, AIA Detroit has brought an awareness of the possibilities of architects and their talents to communities that had little knowledge of architecture and what solutions architects had to offer. Through committees like the Building Codes and Regulations Committee, architects, engineers, and building officials all receive education relevant to their fields, and builds relations between these professions.

When you review the Strategic Plan, you will note our intent is to expand on these activities, and bring even more in the way of cooperation and education. The Board feels as though we can provide even greater levels of service. One example is to act as a clearing house for you, its members, to broadcast your ideas and research on the AIA Detroit website in addition to doing so on your own websites. We hope that we can provide a wealth of information and ideas to an even broader community. That brings value to you, your firms, and to the greater good of the Metro Detroit architects by illustrating the talent and ingenuity that lies within.

You will note that the discussion about providing a very visible home for AIA Detroit. As most of you know, the idea of a Detroit Design Center sponsored by AIA Detroit, and potentially others, has been an ongoing discussion for several years. This discussion has turned in many directions, and it is still the Board’s list of objectives. This is not an easy task, but is still desired, and the discussion continues. The Chapter is currently enjoying its cooperation with AIA Michigan in a new Midtown Detroit office, but our view is still on the future, and identifying that future.

Without going into a great deal more detail, please visit the 2106-2020 Strategic Plan and feel free to contact any of the Board with, thoughts, questions, or comments. We welcome your participation and thoughts.

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February 1, 2016

AIA Detroit President’s January 2016 Message

Much of the AIA’s discussions in 2015 were about the repositioning of the organization. While it was a challenge at times, the underlying value was well intended. The goal of the effort was to be sure that AIA members across the country all receive an equally-distributed minimum set of basic services. That is not an easily achievable task when you consider distributing services efficiently to chapters that are vastly different in their size and density, such as the Metro Detroit area versus the Upper Peninsula. Deciding whether the chapters or AIA Michigan expend funds and efforts to provide certain services was by no means an easy discussion. In the end, the Detroit chapter has remained in its current form, AIA Detroit, without changes to the boundaries or its basic structure, all of which were discussed throughout the year last year. The size of the AIA Michigan Board was reduced through the changes to their bylaws, which were voted on at the AIA Michigan annual meeting last November. Hence the AIA Detroit board was reduced in size by virtue of the fact that our representation on that board was reduced from five to three directors. (more…)

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