October 6, 2015

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 (more…)

February 6, 2015

Illuminart Featured in ‘Concentrate’

AIA Detroit has proudly partnered with the talented folks at Illuminart for the past two years, so we were super excited to see Brienne Willcock and Robert White featured on Illuminart is the designing force behind the lighting at Shed 3 for our 2013 & 2014 Celebration of Architecture; the cobalt blue and fuschia lighting schemes that you could see from down the street in Eastern Market are all because these guys know how to light a building. They also helped to pull in Fantasee Lighting, who brings the equipment and skilled labor needed to bring to life Brienne’s concept for the building. We are eternally grateful for these folks, they certainly deserve the media attention. (more…)

Categories: Celebration of Architecture  
February 5, 2015

Andrew Dunlap Awarded 2015 Young Architect

From AIA National, January 26, 2015: “The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 14 recipients for the 2015 AIA Young Architects Award. Young Architects are defined as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age. This award, now in its 22nd year, honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers.” (more…)

Categories: Building Enclosure Council  
February 4, 2015

Samantha Szeszulski Wins Women in Architecture Award

This year, the Women In Architect Fund (WIA Fund) launched their Emerging Professional (EP) Inspiration Award. Working to inspire emerging professionals, one woman at a time, the WIA Fund awarded one national and one international professional with a cash grant to help further their career. Entries were shortlisted and winners were selected by both a committee and the public via the WIA Fund Facebook page.

Our very own Samantha Szeszulski was the national recipient of the WIA EP Inspiration award this year! The WIA Fund was looking for ” young ladies who demonstrate great capacity for leadership, an unwavering passion for the profession of architecture, and a willingness to contribute to society which is awe-inspiring”, and Samantha fit the description. She is the current chair of our Emerging Professionals Committee and is completing her Masters in Architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Click HERE to see images from Samantha’s winning “Belong Here” guerilla art campaign.

Stay up to date on the exciting things our Emerging Professionals Committee is doing HERE, or contact Lauren at to be added to their mailing list.

February 2, 2015

Chandra Moore Given Enterprising Women of the Year award

From “Monica S. Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine ( has announced the winners of the 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to top women entrepreneurs from North America and around the globe. The award honorees will be recognized at the 13th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards & Conference, March 29-31, 2015 at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA.”

This year, Chandra Moore and coG-studio are one of the recipients in the category of up to $1 Million in Annual Revenues. Chandra is the new Associate Director on the AIA Detroit board, and we are thrilled to see coG-studio doing well.  You can find out more about Chandra in her bio here. (more…)

Categories: AIA Detroit News  

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Structures for Inclusion 15 Detroit

Lawrence Technological University College of Architecture and Design and Design Corps are proud to announce a partnership to present the Structures for Inclusion Conference 15 in Detroit.

In October of 2000, Design Corps, a community based non-profit organization, sponsored a conference at Princeton University. The purpose of this conference is to bring together and share the best ideas and practices that are reaching those currently un-served and underserved by architecture. These efforts are often grounded on two common beliefs that communities and individuals should be included in the design decisions that affect them and architects and communities should work together to identify their shared values and goals in the collaborative process of defining quality design. Since the first SFI at Princeton University, it has been hosted at various institutions including the University of Virginia, the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, and the Parsons New School for Design among others. The conference has become internationally recognized as a thought-provoking forum to learn about grass roots efforts and alternative practices making architecture more accessible. (more…)

Categories: AIA Detroit News  
October 23, 2014

2014 AIA Detroit Annual Meeting & Elections

By-Laws: Section 3 – Election Publications
A. The Chapter shall publish a notice to the entire membership at least 20 days prior to the Annual Meeting. The notice shall restate the date, time and location for the meeting, list the nominations, shall provide background on the nominees, and shall give instructions for absentee ballot voting if there are contested positions. (more…)

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