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July 6, 2015. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

birthday_1100017561-012914-intAnnouncing! AIBD’s 65th anniversary membership drive

Join for only $65 – this Saturday only!

On July 11, 1950, the United Designers Association, now the American Institute of Building Design, met in Pasadena, California for the first time. To celebrate its 65th anniversary, the AIBD is hosting a one-day-only membership drive. On July 11, 2015, Professional, Associate and Educator members can join for 6.5 months (July 11 through January 31, 2016) for $65.

Already an AIBD member? If you can get three new members to join on July 11th and mention your name as their recruiter, you earn an additional 6 months tacked on to your existing membership.

Join online or download a PDF membership form at www.JoinAIBD.org. 


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From early colonial to contemporary, #AIBD2015 covers it all.

The Classicism in American Residential Design course offered at this year’s AIBD Annual Conference, covers the history of classicism in American residential design, beginning with early examples of colonial homes and the use of pattern-books, and leading to classicism in contemporary design. The course applies the vocabulary and concepts introduced during Introduction to Classical Mouldings, a prior session on the conference agenda.

The class is lead by Sheldon Kostelecky, ICAA instructor and architect. Mr. Kostelecky is a Massachusetts classical architect with a focus on historically sensitive and period authentic residences, both new construction and renovations.

Visit www.AIBDConvention.com to register.

This year’s AIBD Annual Conference is scheduled full of must attend sessions and tours. The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art is providing a full-day session beginning with Classical Mouldings and the Orders. Author, architect and AIA Fellow, Jeremiah Eck is focusing on How We Market Ourselves as Designers. The National Association of Home Builders is partnering with the AIBD High Performance Homes Team to bring us Green Residential Trends: Opportunities in a Growing Market and Make it Matter! How to sell when “Green” doesn’t mean “Go”. 

The 2015 AIBD Architectural Tour includes three remarkable and unique perspectives on the lives of the people who lived and worked in the grand mansions of Newport. At all of the Newport Mansions, you will find a world of exceptional elegance and inspiration in architecture, art, interior design and landscapes.  Join us for a journey back in time at one of America’s premier collections of historic house museums and 250 years of American history.

Lastly, the AIBD Annual Conference draws to an elegant close Friday night with our formal-optional American Residential Design Awards gala dinner. Gather for pre-reception cocktails to mingle with other convention attendees and the AIBD national leadership, then partake of a splendid dinner, all the while enjoying the historic beauty of the Providence Biltmore hotel.

Visit www.AIBDConvention.com to register.

CLICK HERE to reserve your hotel room at the Omni Providence hotel. AIBD’s special rate is $165/night (plus taxes and fees). A limited number of rooms have been set aside. The AIBD rate ends when the block is sold out.

Visit www.AIBDconvention.com to view the conference schedule and to get information about the event as it becomes available.


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College of Fellows nominations close today.

The AIBD College of Fellows has announced, they are seeking nominations and will be inducting a new class of Fellows at the American Residential Design Awards gala in Providence, RI, the evening of August 7, 2015.

If you wish to nominate yourself or someone you know, download the nominations packet, including more information and the nomination forms, at it www.AIBDmember.org/collegeform.pdf.


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ARDA Header5 days remain, to enter ARDA!

CLICK HERE to download the ARDA registration form.

Deadline to register AND enter your projects – July 10, 2015

The American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) is the American Institute of Building Design’s premier award program exhibiting design excellence in the residential building industry. It spotlights the most creative and innovative residential designers, builders, remodelers, architects, developers, land planners and interior designers in the nation. Every year, the awards program, sponsored by Hanley Wood’s ePlans, recognizes exceptional design in custom, builder model, pre-drawn and multifamily homes of all types and sizes, as well as remodeling, working drawings and projects “on the boards.” As a leader in home design recognition, the ARDA awards program has grown over the years to include categories in green building, outdoor living and accessibility.

ARDA is an awards program, not a design competition. Therefore, entries are not grouped in square footage or project value classifications. Judging is conducted by a panel of residential design and construction experts and is based on the quality of the entry and not compared to others in a category. However, one or more ARDA winners may be recognized as the overall best in their specific category.

All residential industry professionals are eligible to enter individual or collaborative projects. Entries previously submitted to ARDA are still eligible provided they haven’t yet won recognition in the same category. Entries may be entered in more than one category (e.g. Custom Homes and Green Design) and all completed projects are eligible regardless of their completion date.


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Seven new chapters join AIBD’s roster.

At their monthly meeting last Wednesday, the AIBD Board of Directors approved applications for seven new regional chapters in nine states:

  • AIBD, Central Iowa Chapter – President: Mick McGuire

The Central Iowa chapter was actually approved during the June board meeting but additional information caused it’s approval to be slightly delayed. The chapter’s designated region centers on Des Moines, IA and has members reaching out as far as Ohmaha, NE.

  • AIBD, Low Country Chapter – President: Paul Cole, CPBD

The Low Country chapter straddles the Georgia/South Carolina State lines. It’s region includes three counties in Georgia – Bryan, Effingham and Chatham (Savannah, GA). Then, continues to the north to include four southeastern counties in South Carolina – Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper.

  • AIBD, Metro Atlanta Chapter – President: Robert Platt

The Atlanta Metro Chapter may possibly have the potential to be one of AIBD largest chapters, if not the largest. The focus area of the chapter includes all 29 counties included in the metropolitan statistical area.

  • AIBD, Palmetto Chapter – President: Steve Humbert, CPBD

Picking up at the northern most geographical area of the Low Country chapter, the Palmetto chapter begins at the South Edisto River and goes north covering Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties.

  • AIBD, Palm Beach Chapter – President: Richard David, CPBD

The new Palm Beach chapter centers on Palm Beach County and includes a portion of southern Martin County (to the north) and a portion of Broward County (to the south).

  • AIBD, Susquehanna Valley Chapter – President: Donald Dale, CPBD

The Susquehanna Valley chapter includes cities such as Gettysburg, Harrisburg and Lancaster; encompassing seven counties – Lancaster, Cumberland, Franklin, Adams, Dauphin, Lebanon, and York.

  • AIBD, Tri-State OKI Chapter – President: Tim Enzweiler

The Tri-State OKI chapter centers primarily on the greater Cincinnati, OH region which includes parts of Kentucky and Indiana (which is what the OKI stands for). The area of focus of the chapter also stretches to the northeast to include Dayton, OH.

Keep in mind, everyone is welcome to attend any and all chapter events. In addition, AIBD members can be members of more than one chapter or they can choose to not be a member of any chapter.

Including these new charters, AIBD now claims sixteen professional chapters and two student chapters with the new affiliate program officially launching on July 1. To learn about all the AIBD chapters, visit www.AIBD.org/chapters.

Interested in starting a chapter in your area? CLICK HERE to download a ‘how-to’ brochure.


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Economist: fewer custom, more spec homes being built.

While single family housing starts are up 6.7% year-to-date and single family permits are up 7.5% year-to-date, new home sales are up a staggering 24%! This means that what’s being built is changing. Specifically relatively fewer custom homes and more spec homes are being built. To wit, first-time buyers accounted for 32% of existing home sales in May, their highest level in 32 months. First-time buyers may finally be returning.

The post above is from a blog by Elliot F. Eisenberg, Ph.D, the bow-tie economist and president of GraphsandLaughs, LLC. 



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LenovoHot summer, cool savings from Lenovo.

July means hot summer savings at Lenovo! Get these AIBD member deals before they cool off! Take advantage of Instant Savings of up to 30% off Lenovo’s laptops, tablets, desktops and more. Plus, get FREE shipping on all web orders.

Take advantage of these special offers until July 31, 2015:

  • 30% off the Lenovo Yoga 3 14” laptop – the ultraportable convertible laptop with 360° flexibility
  • 23% off the Lenovo Tablet 2 A7-30 – the Android tablet with a colorful, slim and light design
  • 20% off the ThinkCentre M93 Tiny desktop (tower) – the space-saving, reliable, and secure desktop
  • 15% off the ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop – Lenovo’s premium new 14″ Ultrabook™ with durable, yet light, carbon-fiber construction and extended battery life

To check out the latest and greatest in Lenovo technology, visit www.lenovo.com/lsp or call 1-800-426-7235, ext. 3569 (M-F: 9am-9pm EST, Sat: 9am-6pm EST). Be sure to check the website often – special offers change frequently. Think Summer. Think Savings. Think Lenovo.


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Newell Cheatheam, AIBD national director, and wife, attends Texas Institute of Building Design 2015 Convention in Houston.

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(From left) Lilli Gonzalez, TIBD administrator, Alan Kent, incoming TIBD president, Deborah Healon, Sharon Cheatheam, Newell Cheatheam, and Jesse Gonzalez, FAIBD.


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More events ahead.


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Member renewal