Monthly Archives: June 2013

June 24, 2013. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

ARDA Winner Logo…ARDA seeks volunteers for online judging.

WASHINGTON, DC – Judging of the American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) entries begins this Thursday and the competition’s committee is looking for more online judges. ARDA stopped receiving entries this past Friday and technicians will be working over the next three days to build online slide shows. The online judging process consists of two phases and volunteers can commit to one or both.

Round One – Judges are asked to review 20 to 30 entries and rate each based on 12 areas of criteria. The ARDA Committee estimates that this should take a total of three to four hours. Judges have ten days between June 28 and July 8 to complete their scoring. At least three entries in each category will be chosen during this process to move to Round Two. Even those who have submitted ARDA entries may qualify to judge categories they are not competing in.

Round Two – A select group of judges will meet online on July 9 to determine the first and second place entries in each category. This meeting will take a full day. No one competing in this year’s ARDA will be allowed to judge Phase 2.

To be considered as a judge for either Phase 1 or Phase 2, please contact the ARDA Committee by writing

Click here to view a description of all the ARDA CATEGORIES.

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AIBD Convention_small…AIBD Annual Convention hotel block closes today.

PASADENA, CA – Don’t take your chances; guarantee your AIBD group rate room at the Langham today. Visit and click on “Hotel Info.”

The AIBD Convention Committee has reserved a certain number of sleeping rooms at the Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena, CA. Today, any reserved rooms that are not rented go back to the hotel. That doesn’t mean rooms won’t be available at the group rate after today. But whether or not those rooms are made available will be up to the hotel’s availability.

Our room rate is $189.00 a single or double room. (Plus state and local taxes – approximately 15%) To make your reservation, call the number above and reference AIBD. The discounted room rate is available three days before and three days after the event, based on availability.

A credit card may be given to guarantee guest room reservations. The credit card will not be charged until the guest checks out of the hotel. Attendees will be individually responsible for payment of their own room, tax and incidentals. Cancellations are accepted, without penalty, up to 24 hours to the registered arrival date.

For more information and to register, visit

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…The 2013 Membership Drive ends in one week.

WASHINGTON, DC – New members and returning lapsed members save at least $45 and up to $70 by submitting an application during May and June. In addition, AIBD members sponsoring new members during these months receive additional benefits over and above the typical Three-for-Free program. So far this fiscal year, AIBD has recruited 93 new members with 18 of them being recruited during this year’s drive. The membership drive started on May 1 and concludes at the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. To download an application or join online, visit

The new memberships include 14 new Design Student Members, six Associate Members, one Educator Member and 72 new Professional Members. Last fiscal year, 27 new Professional Members joined AIBD. “This year’s Strategic Development Plan has a goal of 70 new members.” says national Membership Committee Chairperson Kevin Holdridge. “We have met and exceeded that goal, as well as our goal to renew more than 90% of our existing members this year.”

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…Meet our new membership drive recruits.

Please help us welcome our newest and returning Professional Members joining during the May and June 2013 membership drive.

    • Monty Anderson, Chesapeake, VA
    • Jennifer Bagwell, Nashville, TN
    • Daniel Baldridge West Salem, WI
    • Heather Baldwin, Delaware, OH
    • Holly Bodine, York, ME
    • John Grossett, Houston, TX
    • Kieran Liebl, Maplewood, MN
    • Carl Linden, San Diego, CA
    • Ron Malish, Centerville, OH
    • Richard Manning, Prattville, AL
    • Dan Matos, Orlando, FL
    • Brandon McAbee, El Cajon, CA
    • Vance McCoy, Crossville, TN
    • Hubert Offer, Kingsland, TX
    • Robert Platt, Chamblee, GA
    • Suhair Simhairy, El Cajon, CA
    • Travis Webb, Greensboro, NC
    • Jeffrey Ziegelbaur, Bloomfield Hills, MI

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…PA CE legislation recommitted to RULES.

HARRISBURG, PA – Introduced in April, Pennsylvania House Bill 1096 was recommitted to the Rules Committee on June 17th. The proposed legislation would require 24 hours of continuing education as a condition of the biannual renewal of an architectural license. Twelve of the 24 hours would need to be health, safety and welfare credits. The bill also gives the State Architectural Licensure Board the authority to determine, maintain and enforce a Continuing Education Policy.

Read the full text of the proposed bill, CLICK HERE.

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WP Bowling Trophy

AIBD GM Whit Peterson showing off his trophy and certificate.

…AIBD GM wins second straight office title.

WASHINGTON, DC – General Manager Whit Peterson has won his second straight Kellen Company DC Office Bowling Tournament. This past Friday, Whit along with AIBD support staff and the staff of 15 other nonprofit organizations operated by the Kellen Company took the afternoon off for their annual summer bowling outing. This was Whit’s second year of eligibility for the tourney and his second big win. Send your notes of congratulations to Whit by writing  

Whit has been an AIBD staff member since January 2011 and AIBD’s General Manager since February 2012. The Kellen Company is an international association management company with offices in Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, New York, NY, Chicago, IL, Brussels and Beijing. AIBD has been a Kellen managed association since February 2012.

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…More events ahead.

  • July 13 & 14 – NCBDC Exam in Pasadena, CA (Closed)
  • July 15-18 – AIBD National Convention, Langham Hotel, Pasadena, CA
  • July 27 – AIBD Oklahoma, Building Codes Updates, Oklahoma City, OK
  • August 17 & 18 – NCBDC Exam in Washington, DC (Registration Deadline July 17)
  • August 24 – AIBD North Carolina Quarterly Meeting, Rock Hill, NC
  • September 5 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting, Devens, MA
  • October 25 & 26 – AIBD Florida Quarterly Meeting, Orlando, FL
  • November 16 – AIBD North Carolina Quarterly Meeting and Design Competition Awards, Lexington, NC
  • December 5 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting
  • December 6 – AIBD Florida Organizational Meeting, Apopka, FL
  • (2014) February 6 & 7 – AIBD National Mid-year Meeting, Las Vegas, NV

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