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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October 22, 2015

2016 AIA Detroit Board Nominees

Please Join AIA Detroit for our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 10th, at 7:00PM. The meeting will be held at Valentine Vodka in Ferndale.

We will discuss this past year’s achievements and outline our vision for the future. We will also be voting on the AIA Detroit Board for 2016. Please take the time to read about this year’s candidates below.

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 would be much appreciated.  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 6th, 2015.

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October 6, 2015

Reminder to Vote on the AIA Michigan ByLaws Changes

This month, as members of AIA Michigan, we have been asked to vote on important changes to the AIA Michigan bylaws.  Each AIA member in Michigan should have received an electronic ballot to cast your vote, or you can attend the Annual meeting to vote in person.

The AIA Detroit Executive Committee feels it our duty as your elected leadership to voice an opinion on the proposed bylaws revisions.  Recent communications from AIA Michigan asked the following questions for each of the revisions. Here are our thoughts: (more…)

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Raymond Cekauskas, 2015 AIAD Gold Medal Speech

This year, AIA Detroit was proud to Present Raymond Cekauskas with the AIA Detroit Gold Medal for his vision and dedication to the organization as we established ourselves as an independent local chapter. Our attendance at this year’s Celebration was unprecedented, so to ensure that everyone who was there has a chance to read what Ray thoughtfully expressed on stage, we have published his speech here:

To my friends,

When I was chapter president in 2010, it was a time of great change and growth for our organization. Many ideas about how we should approach the future were introduced and debated. Old ways met new ways and at times consensus became difficult between colleagues who were positioned on opposite sides. Fortunately, we got through those times in fine fashion and grew stronger because of it.

During this period of change, I was fortunate to be part of a continuous team of chapter presidents who shared the same values and the same vision of the future. With the support of membership, we drove an evolution over several years that redefined the AIA as a more modern, robust and professionally relevant organization. This evolution continues to this day with informed and energetic leadership. (more…)

July 1, 2015

EPC Panel Discussion: Mentoring

Building off the May EPC Forum, this event aims to further explore how emerging professionals define their place in today’s profession with particular regard to their coworkers.  Moderated by the passionate and talented Najahyia Chinchilla (Gensler), a panel of distinguished industry patrons will discuss the importance of mentoring across generations and how vital such relationships are to the workplace and future of our profession.


Drinks and appetizers included: 5:30pm-8pm | AIREA Studio | 1048 Woodward Ave, Detroit


April 3, 2015

Meet the Facilitators of the EPC Licensure Forum

Come meet up with the Emerging Professionals Committee for an open discussion on the topic of licensure within the profession of architecture. We will be joined by several individuals with different perspectives of the licensing process who will help facilitate the conversation and share their personal stories. Bring your questions and your point of view; this event is meant to act as an open discussion to get people taking about their opinions and motives, and possibly even help address any issues individuals might be having in regards to the licensing process.

Happy Hour drinks and appetizers until 7pm |Grand Trunk Pub | 612 Woodward, Detroit 48226


March 31, 2015

TAP Call for Presenters

The AIA Detroit Technology in Architectural Practice Committee wants to create opportunities for open dialogue to identify and educate how technology has changed the building process. Through presentations during our meetings, we create environments for this dialogue to occur for those wanting to be a part of the conversation. In order for our industry to grow in technology proficiencies, we believe we must network ideas – and more importantly’ the people behind those ideas – to share in the impact technology has upon our profession. The TAP Committee is looking for individuals wanting to be the voice to start the dialogue to create opportunities for others to learn and be exposed to the possibilities technology provides. Below are brief descriptions regarding what the types of presentations we are looking for. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the TAP Committee at AIADetroitTAP@gmail.com. (more…)

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