August 4, 2014. What’s happening @AIBD_national?


AIBD President David Pillsbury addressing the attendees Saturday night at the convention’s closing dinner.

AIBD elects new national officers.

The American Institute of Building Design’s House of Delegates elected David Pillsbury, CPBD (Florida) as their 2014/2015 national president. David has previously served the past two years as Internal Vice President. Filling the now vacant position, Kevin Holdridge, CPBD (North Carolina) was ratified as the new Internal Vice President and Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, CPBD (Alaska) was ratified as the new External Vice President. Richard Emigh, CPBD (California) is returning to the Board of Directors for a third year as Secretary/Treasurer.

As for the three district directors, Kevin’s former position, Eastern District Director, is now being filled by Chip Hudson (Alabama). Returning as directors are Karl Koning, CPBD (Washington) representing the Western District and Newell Cheatheam, CPBD (Texas) representing the central district.

AIBD Board of Directors

Past President, Dan Sater (left) swears in the new AIBD board members – Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, Kevin Holdridge, Richard Emigh, Karl Koning and Newell Cheatheam. Chip Hudson was attending via conference call.

Other actions by the House of Delegates include the approval of a proposed $20 dues increase for Professional members*; they formed a new Financial Management Committee; the body approved a modification to the Affiliation Agreement between the Texas Institute of Building Design and the AIBD; they allowed the Board of Directors to expand some of their authority to included conference contracts; and the House approved the ability for themselves to establish a quorum using those participants who attend certain meetings remotely.

(* Originally reported as denied, that was incorrect.)


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Bruce Yancey (left), John Fought and John Police facilitate last Tuesday’s NCBDC Annual Meeting.

NCBDC reelects existing officers.

At their meeting last Tuesday in Columbus, OH, the NCBDC Board of Examiners reelected John Fought, CPBD (Florida) as Council President, Bruce Yancey, CPBD (Oklahoma) Vice President and John Police, CPBD (Indiana) as Secretary/Treasurer.

Other actions by the Board of Examiners includes a discussion to raise the recertification fee to raise funds needed to hire consultants to assist the examiners through the process of seeking accreditation for the CPBD program by ANSI. No formal action was taken and there will be more discussion on creating a survey to distribute to the current certificate holders.


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Karen Kassik Michelsohn and Jim Lucia

Jim Lucia and Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, holding her 2014 Designer of the Year award.

2014 Designer of the Year is named.
Last Friday evening, Karen Kassik-Michelsohn was named Designer of the Year for her outstanding contribution to the Institute and the building design profession in the past twelve months. She has worked tirelessly as a representative of AIBD on the National Association of Home Builders Design Committee and CAPS Board of Governors. She has been a popular speaker and has promoted AIBD in her seminars. Most notably has been her introduction of the AIBD live design competition hosted at the International Building Show in 2013 and 2014 (CLICK HERE to view a video of the competition).

Karen is a residential designer specializing in new home design and remodeling design with a special emphasis on accessible design or Aging-in-Place design. “After moving my mother home to live with me in 2002, I recognized a crucial need in the housing market.” Karen says. ” My philosophy for Aging in Place design is a common sense approach for creating healthy, energy efficient and barrier free design that promotes beautiful, long term and flexible home environments.”

She has been a member of AIBD since 1988; which has been more than half her life, she pointed out during her acceptance speech. She has been very involved in the Florida Society throughout the years and now lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Karen is a Certified Professional Building Designer, a Certified Green Professional as well as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist.


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Jannis and Jim

The new Chancellor of the College of Fellows, Jannis Vann, FAIBD with Jim Lucia, FAIBD.

AIBD’s College of Fellows elects new Chancellor, inducts 5 members.

At the American Residential Design Awards banquet dinner in Columbus, OH last Friday evening, Jannis Vann, FAIBD was introduced as the new Chancellor of the College of Fellows by Jim Lucia, FAIBD the outgoing Chancellor. Jannis joined AIBD in 1986 and was inducted to the College in 1996. She specializes in custom home design, remodeling & renovation design, pre-drawn house plans, real estate staging and redesign, home remodeling marketing and project management. Mrs. Vann was also named the 1997 Designer of the Year.

Jannis’ first task as Chancellor was to introduce the five newest members of the College of Fellows, Mike Keesee, Jennifer Pippin, Jeffrey Rice, Dan Sater, II and James Wright. All were recognized individually for their accomplishments and contributions to the industry, as well as the Institute. Already proudly wearing white jackets, they all received framed certificates and a gold medallion signifying their status in AIBD. In addition, each will now use FAIBD as a designation after their names in their professional titles.

the College of Fellows, comprised of Certified Professional members who have notably contributed to the advancement of the profession of building design by general excellence, by design and literature, or by design and public service. The College now has 27 active members.

2014 College Inductees

The College of Fellows, Class of 2014.


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The 2014 ARDA Best in Show and Global Choice winner, as well as First Place in the Custom Homes category.

Finally, the ARDA winners are announced!
The American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) Committee announced its full roster of 2014 winners at a black-tie optional affair in Columbus, OH last Friday night. Visbeen Architects in Grand Rapids, Michigan collaborated with Low Tide Designs in Bluffton, South Carolina to create the big winner this year. Their “Georgetown” model featured traditional low country elements such as gracious porches to shade the interior for passive cooling, catering kitchen with a pass through for outdoor dining and two wings to encompass the patio to ensure privacy. The home won first place in its custom homes category, the overall honor from the ARDA judges – Best in Show, and was the top vote getter internationally for the Global Choice Award.

CLICK HERE to view all the ARDA categories and their winners.

ARDA is the American Institute of Building Design’s premier award program exhibiting design excellence in the residential building industry. It spotlights some of the most creative and innovative building designers, builders, remodelers, architects, and interior designers in the nation. Every year, the awards program, sponsored by Hanley Wood’s ePlans, Concrete Décor magazine and File Genius, recognizes good design in custom luxury, builder’s models, pre-designed stock plans, remodeling, sustainability, and working drawings.


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Volunteer day 2014AIBD helps furnish Central Ohio.
On Saturday, 14 volunteers donated a few hours to assemble and paint 73 coffee tables and end tables for the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, a nonprofit organization that provides free furniture to central Ohio families and individuals struggling with poverty and other severe life challenges. Its vision is for ALL central Ohio families to live in furnished homes, thereby relieving suffering, strengthening family units, improving quality of life and building a better community. Community collaborations and resource sharing make this possible on an ongoing basis.


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August First Tuesday @ 2:00 program cancelled.
Having just arrived back to DC from the national conference, the staff at AIBD is unable to provide the monthly First Tuesday @ 2:00 webinar this week. However, registration is open for the third in a series of five wall bracing webinars is coming up on July 21.

CLICK HERE to register.


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More events ahead.

Looking into 2015…

  • August 3 – 6, 2015 – AIBD National Convention and Interactive Conference on Residential Design, Providence, RI

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