August 15, 2017

EPC and BAE host successful summer social; kick-off Canstruction

This July, over forty of our Detroit members gathered at the Emagine Royal Oak Theatre for the Emerging Professionals Committee’s Summer Mixer! Emerging and established architects alike came together to bowl, network, and learn about the many ways to get involved in the AIA Detroit Chapter. We were also able to view the “I Look Up” Film Challenge short films. They were selections from the 3rd installation of the series that invites architects and filmmakers to capture stories of how architecture is helping to change communities for the better.
We heard from representatives of the Committee on the Environment, Building Enclosure Council, Building Codes and Regulations Committee, Pechakucha Night Detroit, and more, all of which are always welcoming new members and participation. The night also served as a kickoff for Canstruction, which will take place on Noel Night again this year! More information for committees and events can be found at
Thank you to all who attended the event and to our generous sponsor, Brightwood Architecture Education. They donated a brand new set of ARE 5.0 study books to raffle off, and all proceeds went to support Canstruction. Congratulations to the lucky winner, who took home a brand new set of ARE 5.0 Study Guides! An additional set of study guides now lives in the AIA Detroit office; contact if you’d like to check one out!
August 8, 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: AIAD to feature Emerging Professionals’ work in new Exhibition


Presented by the AIA Detroit Emerging Professionals Committee


AIA Detroit would like to recognize the contributions made by Emerging Professionals at this year’s Celebration of Architecture, and beyond. By calling for both academic and professional works, this exhibition hopes to shed light on critical research, important conversations, diverse portfolios, and impactful work that Emerging Professionals contribute to the profession both here in the city of Detroit and beyond. Selected work will be displayed at this year’s Celebration of Architecture, an event with over 3,000 attendees in 2016, and which coincides with the Detroit Design Festival and Eastern Market After Dark.  The exhibition will then be remounted at future AIA Detroit events, including the AIA National Leadership Institute and AIA Detroit Annual Meeting on November 16th.


We are seeking projects in 3 major categories: Unbuilt, Built, and Detroit. While a project may qualify in more than one category, the committee asks that applicants pick a primary category under which to submit their work. All approved entries will be featured on the AIA Detroit website. Projects selected by the Exhibition Jury will be featured at Celebration on September 28, 2017.

All categories will consider both academic and professional works designed within the last 5 years.

  • Unbuilt – design competitions or student work, hypothetical projects, research oriented work, publications or other non-traditional architectural works
  • Built – projects (architecture or otherwise) which have begun construction by the submission deadline or have been completed within the last 5 years
  • Detroit – works sited within the city that are uniquely Detroit


The jury will be comprised of members of the AIA Detroit’s Executive and Emerging Professionals Committees and have full discretion in reviewing projects to be included in the exhibition. Projects will be judged in a blind format without consideration for author, affiliated academic institution or professional firm.



 All work is to be submitted digitally to no later than 6:00pm, WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 6th.

  • Completed Project Information Form Download here

  • Completed Concealed Identification Form and Waiver (for work completed with a firm, if applicable) Download here
  • 2-5 high resolution project images – images should best represent work contributed to the project if completed in a larger team, no identifying logos or names should be included with the images – Images are to be formatted in a single 24” wide x 36” tall board and submitted as a PDF file no larger than 5MB
  • Each submission must represent a single project, however, entrants may submit multiple projects
  • All persons or firms who contributed to the design of a project submission must be given credit for their involvement. All submissions must include a complete list of participants. Failure to disclose a comprehensive list of contributors to a project will result in the project being removed from the website and taken out of consideration for exhibition at the Celebration event.

Any difficulties in submitting work or other questions can be directed to:






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.

RSVP Here (more…)

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