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July 20, 2015. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Global Choice Award voting starts NOW!

The ARDA judges have completed their work…now it’s your turn to be the Judge!

Help choose the American Residential Design Award’s Global Choice Award winner. Beginning now and going through August 6, 2015, you can click the link below to view the 2015 Global Choice entries. Set aside a few moments and vote for your favorite. Then make plans to be on hand at the AIBD Awards Gala on August 7th in Providence, Rhode Island. That’s when all the ARDA winners will be announced!

CLICK HERE to view the 2015 Global Choice Award entries and place your vote!


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10 more days to register for #AIBD2015!

Visit www.AIBDConvention.com to register.

“This year’s AIBD Annual Conference is providing the QUALITY education our members have been asking for!” says AIBD conference chairperson, Karen Kassik-Michelsohn. “The Institute of Classical Architecture is providing a full day of education to expand our knowledge and sharpen our design skills and our architectural tour will showcase some of the most beautiful historic homes in America! Come and join us in New England – you will be glad you did!”

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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Chapter planning begins in Greenville, NC.

Members gathered for a planning meeting in Greenville, North Carolina, hoping establish an AIBD Chapter. At the meeting they worked on goals and picked a name for the proposed Chapter. The name, at least for now, will be the “Downeast Chapter”. Their region of the State is referred to by all local media as “Downeast”, which includes from Greenville to the coast and up to the Virginia line. Greenville is made-up of the University, Medical Center and Agricultural industries. Then to the Coast where it is largely vacation, retirement and Military installation communities.

The members are planning a Meet, Greet and Eat in Greenville on the 11th of August at a Winslow’s, a local restaurant. The gathering starts at 6:00 PM for a Dutch meal with the hope of attracting a variety individuals representing a array of residential construction related companies. There will be a separate planning meeting for potential Chapter members.

For more information, contact Tom Wade: cadplan@rocketmail.com.


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Discover the elements of British West Indies-inspired architecture.

  • Date: August 21, 2015
  • Time: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. (ET)
  • Location: Smith and Deshields, 3126 Jupiter Park Dr, Jupiter, FL
  • Cost: $75 – AIBD members; $100 – non-members (includes box lunch)

Have lunch and spend the afternoon with Steve Mouzon discussing the nuances of British West Indies-inspired architecture.

In broad terms, British West Indies-style homes reflect the architecture built by the British in the Caribbean colonies during the late 18th and 19th centuries. The French and Dutch also offered their own architectural style in the islands. Mr. Mouzon will bring to life the characteristics of this wonderful mix of influences created from the interactions of the cultures in the Caribbean.

Steve Mouzon is an architect, urbanist, author, blogger, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which helped to foster the Katrina Cottages Movement. The Guild hosts Project:SmartDwelling, which works to redefine the house to be much smaller and more sustainable. Steve founded and is a board member of the Guild Foundation; it hosts the Original Green initiative. Steve speaks regularly across the US and abroad and blogs on the Original Green Blog. He also posts to the Original Green Twitter stream.

The event is being hosted by American Institute of Building Design, Palm Beach Chapter at the Smith and DeShields showroom in Jupiter, FL. Smith & DeShields is a family-owned business offering building supplies to the trade since 1957. Their showrooms have a vast selection of popular hardware brands and also many smaller, unique lines that can give a home a special look. Their extensive inventory makes Smith & DeShields, Inc. one of the largest hardware stocking dealers in Florida.

Here’s another new member opportunity!

Visiting Palm Beach County from out of town? Use the AIBD corporate rate at the www.JupiterBeachResort.com ($139 and NO resort fee). Use the corporate code: “AIBD” when registering online or by phone. In fact, get that rate any day between now and September 30th or the $159 rate from October 1 to the end of 2015. Big discounts are available for suites too.

Spread the word! Share this opportunity with your business associates, clients, friends and family.


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NCBDC Marketing Color smallNCBDC seeks 15 volunteers to review Job Analysis Survey.

AIBD invites 15 people to participate in a pilot review of the National Council of Building Designer Certification (NCBDC) Job Analysis survey. The purpose of this study is to identify the tasks performed by a building design professional, as well as the important knowledge and skills required to effectively perform this role. The results of the survey will allow NCBDC to ensure that their certification services reflect current practices among building design professionals.

Volunteers can start immediately and will have until next Monday, July 27th, to complete their work.

The content included in this survey was reviewed, discussed, and revised by a Task Force of practicing building design professionals at a recent meeting in July. Your input will help us improve the survey instrument before it is sent to a broad sample of building design professionals for their input. Reviewing the pilot survey may take up to two hours and requires an internet connection.

REPLY by emailing steve.mickley@aibd.org and volunteering today.


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3D Rendering classes next week.

  • Dates: July 28 & 29
  • Time: 9:00 to 12:00 CDT
  • Location: Online

SoftPlan’s 3D class is one of our most popular. You’ll learn how to create beautiful, professional looking 3D renderings – a skill you’ll be able to use to entice clients and set your business apart from the competition.

This class will be conducted using SoftPlan 2016.

You’ll learn how to assign textures, add realistic 3D symbols, create a site plan, create an attractive kitchen rendering, and much more, all from the convenience of your own office. You’ll also be able to ask the instructor questions and interact with the class.

Each class is $195.00 per person. See a full itinerary below and visit our website for more class offerings.

Classes fill up fast, register today.
phone 800-248-0164
email sales@softplan.com


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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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More events ahead..


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Member renewal