June 25, 2019

Albert Kahn Associates Announces 3 New Appointments to Board of Directors

Detroit, Mich. – Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. (Kahn) announced today its appointment of Johannes Palm, Stephen White and Jeffrey Gaines to its board of directors. These new appointments follow a year of growth for the company, with goals to expand the expertise leading the company to include internal top talent in the fields of architecture and engineering who have proved invaluable to the organization’s operations. These new members join Kahn President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Cobb, along with Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and Treasurer Clift Montague, Vice President and Corporate Director Rick Dye, and Senior Vice President and Corporate Director Pete Lynde at the board table, with Senior Vice President Robb Sharrow filling out the organization’s leadership.

As put by Cobb:

”Kahn is excited to have such passionate and talented individuals helping to lead its success. This past year has been a productive one, and I have no doubt these new board members will continue advancing the company in inspiring and innovative ways.”

These appointments expand Kahn’s board of directors from five members to seven to reflect the growth the organization will be taking on in the next few years, and to assist in facilitating this transition. Goals of this leadership team also include continuing to position the company to best serve its clients while sustaining Kahn’s 124 year legacy of collaboratively creating environments around Detroit and world-wide.

 

About Johannes Palm, PE, LEED AP® BD+C:

As Director of Mechanical Engineering, Johannes (Hans) Palm has spent his full career as a mechanical engineer with Kahn, during which time he was named a Senior Associate prior to being named Principle and to his appointment to the Board of Directors. Palm also serves as one of Kahn’s internal auditors, and is also is a member of the Sustainable Design Committee and Advanced Project Planning Committee. Palm holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University.

 

 

About Stephen White, ASLA, LEED AP:

As Director of Urban Design & Landscape Architecture, Stephen White has been at Kahn for 21 years, having spent his early career with Bezaire & Associates Landscape Architects as a planner before joining Kahn in 1998. White’s work puts a large focus on user experience and placemaking, with knowledge encompassing all elements of landscape architecture, urban design, master planning, environmental site design and recreational planning. White has over 27 years of diverse experience in both the public and private sectors, and holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto.

 

About Jeff Gaines, AIA, AICP, LEED AP® BD+C:

As Director of Design, Planning and Sustainability, Jeff Gaines has been at Kahn for 20 years, with over 30 years of expertise in the fields of architecture, planning and urban design. During his career, Gaines has served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Detroit Regional Chapter of the U. S. Green Building Council, and is also actively involved in the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association. He has taught at the University of Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy and Lawrence Technological University. Gaines holds both a Master of Urban Planning and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.

Categories: AIA Detroit News   Membership  
June 6, 2019

Three new leaders elected at AIA Conference on Architecture 2019

Peter J. Exley, FAIA, elected 2021 AIA president-elect

LAS VEGAS – June 6, 2019 – Three new leaders were elected tonight to The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Board of Directors at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 (A’19).

At the meeting, AIA delegates elected:

  • Peter Exley, FAIA, of AIA Chicago/AIA Illinois as the 2020 first vice president/2021 president-elect;  
  • Evelyn Lee, AIA, of AIA San Francisco/AIA California as the 2020–2021 treasurer;
  • Britt Lindberg, AIA, LEED AP, of AIA Silicon Valley/AIA California as the 2020-2022 at-large-director.

Peter J. Exley, FAIA, 2020 First Vice President/2021 President-elect

Exley is currently an at-large-director on the AIA National Board, chairing the Public Outreach Committee. Previously, he served on the Government Advocacy Committee as the Illinois Regional Representative on the Strategic Council as well as the board liaison to the Young Architects Forum. In 2013, Exley was the President of AIA Chicago. He is the co-founder and director of Architecture Is Fun, Inc., which was recognized as the AIA Chicago Firm of the Year in 2017. Exley earned a M.Arch from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Arch from Newcastle University.

“Every architect does significant work that improves lives,” Exley said. “If members have one expectation of AIA, it is to broadcast the value of our 94,000 stories.”

Evelyn M. Lee, AIA, 2020–2021 Treasurer

Lee has also held a myriad of leadership positions throughout the AIA. She currently serves as an at-large-director on the AIA National Board. She also served as the AIA California Council Regional Director (2014) and the Young Architects Forum Chair (2017). Lee works as a strategy consultant, using her design skills to help organizations reimagine their culture, operations and policies. Lee earned a B.Arch from Drury University, an M.Arch from Southern California Institute of Architecture, and an MBA from the Presidio Graduate School.

Britt Lindberg, AIA, 2020-2022 At-Large-Director

Lindberg served as the 2018 president of AIA California and served on the chapter’s board of directors 2013-2018. She was also the 2014 president of AIA Silicon Valley and was a founding member of the chapter’s Women in Architecture Committee. Lindberg is an architect with the firm Gensler and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Cornell University and an M.Arch from the University of California, Berkeley.

Complete leadership information can be found on AIA’s website.

Categories: AIA Detroit News   Membership  
May 6, 2019

LARA & Board of Architects Rules Committee Work Group Meeting Notice

The State of Michigan Board of Architects Rules Committee is currently reviewing several proposed Architects rules changes for discussion during the upcoming Board of Architects Meetings. One topic of interest is the proposed changes for PART 5 License Renewal and Continuing Education. If adopted, the State of Michigan would allow HSW credits for serving on local, state and national committees and boards, including AIA, qualifying up to 3 HSW credits per two-year cycle if specific conditions are met. Anticipated adoption timeframe for proposed rules is around 8 months.

See LARA public meeting notice attached for more information: https://aiadetroit.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/news_Architects_Public_Notice.pdf

May 1, 2019

AIA National brings the Center for Practice to a Local Chapter for the First Time

For the first time at a local chapter-level, the AIA Center for Practice is bringing together a diverse pool of firm leaders to discuss the future of architecture practice. Pair up with like-minded professionals for this roundtable discussion facilitated by an experienced colleague. You’ll hear from peers about the most pressing issues in firm leadership development and explore different approaches to training, advancement, and performance evaluation. Share your most pressing issues affecting your firm’s prosperity and explore different approaches to business development, financial performance, innovative business models, leadership development, and workplace culture.

This enlightening discussion will leave you with concrete information, new ideas and connections to advance your practice.

Learn More Here

Categories: AIA Detroit News  
April 27, 2019

National Architecture Week 2019 Day 7: Blueprint for Better Technology

National Architecture Week 2019 aims to recognize and celebrate the ways architects positively impact our lives! During this week, we will be sharing AIA Detroit updates, articles, and photos that align with AIA National’s daily themes. You, too, can join the celebration and national conversation by sharing articles, photos, videos, and resources that align with the daily themes on your social media accounts! Use #ArchWeek19 and #blueprintforbetter.

NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE WEEK DAY 7: THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY

Computational Design represents a new design paradigm that our industry is struggling to understand. Whether it manifests as generating novel forms with grasshopper, automating BIM documentation with Dynamo, or parametrically exploring building performance using open source code, Computational Design is disrupting our profession. We recognize that greater computational power, data, and automation offer new ways of thinking about our design problems, but we often lack the skills required to leverage these newfound capabilities in our practices. Most architects feel more comfortable with a pen than with code–but innovation doesn’t stop, and neither will our competitors. Detroit firms must embrace technological change. We have the talent and the bold disposition required to innovate within the architectural profession, and we will accomplish more if we support each other. The AIAD TAP committee has a forum dedicated to exactly that. Join Computational Design Detroit (co.de.D), and participate in the conversation as we address disruption in Architecture.

Subscribe to the Technology in Architectural Practice interest group to stay up-to-date on upcoming Computational Design Detroit [co.de.D] programs and other news!

April 22, 2019

National Architecture Week 2019 Day 2: Blueprint for Better Sustainability

National Architecture Week 2019 aims to recognize and celebrate the ways architects positively impact our lives! During this week, we will be sharing AIA Detroit updates, articles, and photos that align with AIA National’s daily themes. You, too, can join the celebration and national conversation by sharing articles, photos, videos, and resources that align with the daily themes on your social media accounts! Use #ArchWeek19 and #blueprintforbetter.

NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE WEEK DAY 2: SUSTAINABILITY & RESILIENCE

Detroit 2050: A Panel Discussion on the Future of Sustainability
A special Earth Day installment of our AIAD:COMMONS series will feature a panel of thought leaders with unique perspectives in the field of sustainability relative to the built environment. Hosted by AIA Detroit’s Committee on the Environment.

RSVP Here

DISCUSSION TOPIC
In less than a decade, the City of Detroit has seen rapid transformation of its inner core with renewed interest in public infrastructure and private investment. With a level of development not seen in nearly a century, Detroit is uniquely positioned to be a more sustainable and equitable city. And with the establishment of the Office of Sustainability in 2017, civic government is now playing a larger role in shaping what that future looks like.

This panel discussion will focus on both the current and future visions for sustainability in the City of Detroit. Looking many facets of design ranging from large scale infrastructure and development to block by block initiatives, how will the decisions we make now shape the future?

Learn More and RSVP Here

See the AIAD COTE 2019 Calendar Here

April 21, 2019

National Architecture Week 2019 Day 1: Blueprint for Better Communities

National Architecture Week 2019 aims to recognize and celebrate the ways architects positively impact our lives! During this week, we will be sharing AIA Detroit updates, articles, and photos that align with AIA National’s daily themes. You, too, can join the celebration and national conversation by sharing articles, photos, videos, and resources that align with the daily themes on your social media accounts! Use #ArchWeek19 and #blueprintforbetter.

NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE WEEK DAY 1: ARCHITECTS IN OUR COMMUNITIES
The Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) works tirelessly to amplify the diminished voices of all citizens through a wide variety of design projects in Detroit and across the country. A resource for over 100 organizations, many of which are community-oriented and could not otherwise affect the positive change they seek, the center has made a lasting impact on the profession through its commitment to social responsibility. (more…)

April 18, 2019

Integrated Design Solutions Names Charles Lewis, AIA, President

As Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) celebrates its 20th Anniversary, the Board of Directors has elected Chuck Lewis to serve as the firm’s president. Chuck was one of the first to be offered ownership as IDS’ leadership began to transition 15 years ago. He has played an integral part in this transition planning and has been mentoring actively since 2003.

Chuck succeeds Paul Stachowiak, who has served as the firm’s President and Chairman since IDS’ inception in 1999. Paul is passionate about providing the opportunity to transition the firm and will be carrying on as Chairman to support the transition process. Paul Stachowiak, Chairman added, “We are extremely proud of our commitment to supporting the evolution of our firm in both leadership and vision. This transition has been carefully planned over the past two decades and it is rewarding to see the results of our efforts come to life. We believe the future cannot be predicted, but it can be designed.” (more…)

Categories: AIA Detroit News   Board Members   Membership  
February 1, 2019

Social impact design is good for your career and the profession

By Beau Frail, AIA and Samantha Szeszulski, AIA
This article was originally published on AIA National’s website HERE

How can emerging professionals build stronger communities and advance their professional development at the same time?

We’ve all seen issues in our communities that would benefit from design solutions. From providing affordable housing to creating more equitable public spaces, the ways designers can help are plentiful. Social impact design aims to address complex challenges through a community-driven approach that places the public interest at the heart of the design process.

Practicing social impact design means considering more than just the financial bottom line. Architects and designers incorporate elements of social and environmental justice and engage with the community to ensure many voices shape the project.

Emerging professionals are increasingly seeing the value this work has in their communities and how working on such projects can be meaningful for their careers. While social impact design has unique challenges, young designers can find leadership opportunities and personal fulfillment by incorporating it into their careers.

Here are different ways you can get leverage your skills to benefit communities and grow in your career: (more…)

January 22, 2019

The New 2017 Michigan Electrical Code; Administrative Rules Part 8, adopting 2017 NEC

The New 2017 Michigan Electrical Code; Administrative Rules Part 8, became affective as of January 4, 2019.  All projects being submitted for permit on or later than this date should be in compliance with the new electrical code.  The code is based on the 2017 NEC with some amendments made by the State of Michigan.  The Michigan amendments can be found at the state website. See the link below:

http://dmbinternet.state.mi.us/DMB/ORRDocs/AdminCode/1677_2017-001LR_AdminCode.pdf

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