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June 22, 2015. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Meet with Houzz expert on optimizing your profile.

The 2015 AIBD Annual Conference kicks-off three days of residential design training and tours with keynote speaker Michael Stein of www.Houzz.com. Michael will be sharing the top trends, both inside and outside the home, as determined by polls conducted to Houzz’s over 25 million homeowners and 500,000 active professionals, as well as analysis of Houzz activity by these homeowners.  Come learn what projects and products your future clients will be asking for. Also learn the steps you can take to maximize your exposure on Houzz. That evening, Michael will be available to meet with all attendees during the evening long dinner and trade show event.

Michael is in charge of industry marketing at Houzz, the leading online platform for home remodeling and design. Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality.

Early registration ends June 30th!

Visit www.AIBDConvention.com to register.

Featuring Classicism in American Residential Design, 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 or July 3, 2015 arrives, whichever comes first.

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


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Karen Kassik-Michelsohn (left) is presented the 2014 Designer of the Year award by past DOY winner, Jannis Vann.

AIBD seeks Designer of the Year nominations.

Each year, the AIBD presents the Designer of the Year Award to the member who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Institute and the building design community. If you know an AIBD Professional Member who has made what you feel is a large contribution of their time, talents or knowledge to our industry, nominate them for Designer of the Year by downloading a Nomination Form and submitting it to the AIBD National Office on or before July 10th and your nomination will be considered for the award being presented at the next AIBD National Convention. The jury includes the AIBD executive staff, a representative from the College of Fellows and a representative from the Chapter Presidents Committee.


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ARDA HeaderDon’t delay, register for ARDA today!

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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SoftPlan quick start intro class this week.

Classes meet – June 23 – 26, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CST

SoftPlan’s introductory class will teach you the basic skills you need to create complete custom house plans. This class will be conducted using SoftPlan 2016.

You’ll learn how to draw a complete house plan in 2D and in 3D and how to generate elevations and sections, all from the convenience of your own office. You’ll also be able to ask the instructor questions and interact with the class. See a full itinerary and visit our website for more class offerings.

Each class is $195.00 per person. Classes fill up fast, register today.

phone 800-248-0164
email sales@softplan.com

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A converted carriage house apartment in Washington, D.C, via Urban Turf

Why green roofs are here to stay.

Living roofs have surged in popularity in the past few years, to the benefit of both the environment, and companies looking to “green” their reputation – just last month, Facebook’s 430,000 sq. foot campus building was unveiled, topped with a 9-acre, green roof park. With increasing research on their environmental benefits, and support from cities, green roofs are not just a trend, but part of the new urban landscape.

CHECK OUT eight projects that show why they’re changing the future of architecture – in a blog by by AIBD Pro member Ramin Ghaneeian. Ramin is co-founder of Lot Plans, a community with thousands of quality pre-drawn Architectural house plans that are ready to build. To contact them about becoming a part of their network of designers, to read more of their educational blog posts, or to search through their library of home plans, visit www.LotPlans.com


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More events ahead.

  • June 26 – Central Oklahoma Chapter meeting – Coronado Stone Products: New Think Brick Product, presentation with lunch and meeting to follow. Contact Marc Wilson: mfwcpbd@coxinet.net
  • July 8 – AIBD, Charlotte Metro Chapter monthly meeting, Charlotte, NC (contact kevin@kdhdesign.com)
  • July 10 – Cape Fear Chapter – “First Thursday” monthly meeting, Wilmington, NC. Contact Willie Dalrymple: jwdalrympl@aol.com
  • August 4 – 8 – AIBD Annual Conference: Including the annual membership meeting, two-days of education, architectural tour and ARDA awards gala.

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Member renewal