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

AIBD welcomes new student chapter.

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AIBD executives present the student members and faculty of Delgado Community College with a student chapter charter. (From left) David Pillsbury, Clay Lawrence, Enrique Garcia, Charles Wolfe, Travis Castillo, Jeremy Gerald, Eddie Reyes, Don Gore and Victor Mirzai.

Last Thursday, Louisiana Society President Clay Lawrence and AIBD President David Pillsbury announced the formation of the American Institute of Building Design, Delgado Community College Student Chapter in New Orleans, LA. During a ceremony celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Architectural/Design Construction Technology Program at the community college, Professor Victor Mirzai said, “We are always looking to expand and I’ve been observing the AIBD throughout my career. When I saw them at the International Building Show hosting a live design competition and I observed the quality of their work, I became very excited.”

The Architectural/Design Construction Technology Program deals with the design and construction of homes, schools, commercial, industrial, public buildings and community projects. It is also concerned with the upkeep, repair, modification, renovation, restoration and modernization of existing buildings. Graduates work as technical management personnel for practically any portion of the AEC industries, in fact many alumni present Thursday evening work as plans examiners for local building departments.

President David Pillsbury (right) presents Professor Victor Mirzai with a student chapter charter and a grant check, as past AIBD President Don Gore and current LA Society President Clay Lawrence look on.

President David Pillsbury (right) presents Professor Victor Mirzai with a student chapter charter and a grant check, as past AIBD President Don Gore and current LA Society President Clay Lawrence look on.

In 1986, Professor Mirzai established the Design Architectural Student Organization (DASO), as a non-profit student organization with membership open to all Architecture, Design and Technology majors. By joining DASO, students may also join AIBD, NAHB, CSI, NAWIC, CMAA, AIA, and ICC student chapters. DASO recently won 2nd place in the NAHB student competition in Las Vegas, as well as awards in AIA’s CANstruction and the 2011 NAHB Outstanding Student Chapter First Place Award.

“I’m very impressed, specially in just the few hours I’ve been here, by going through the lab, meeting Professor Mirzai and learning about his commitment to the industry,” said David Pillsbury as he addressed the gathering of students, alumni and leadership from the other chapter organizations. David then present the professor with a framed copy of the student chapter charter, a $300 grant check from the AIBD College of Fellows and from his own lapel, an AIBD pin.


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IL Senate Bill 1270 postponed again, amendment filed.

A bill in Illinois to license and regulate interior designers, assigned to the Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee has been postponed for a second time, despite a committee deadline of April 24, 2015. SB 1270 is being opposed by the AIBD according to a policy position adopted by the board of directors. The Institute is a part of a growing coalition of organizations opposed to the bill including the NKBA, the Illinois AIA, The Home Builders Association of Illinois, the Illinois code officials, and many more.

CLICK HERE for the original text of the bill. Information government

Although postponed, the bill’s sponsor Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford has submitted an amended version of the bill.

CLICK HERE for the  amended text of the bill.

The amended version of the bill addresses both of the primary concerns of the AIBD Board of Directors, according to their resolution on March 4th. The title Registered Design Practitioner Act has now been changed to Licensed Interior Design Practitioner Act and the limitation of work currently exempted has been removed. However, the bill now includes a new definition of “interior life safety” as it pertains to the practice of licensed interior design which is intended to be limited to those designers who obtain a license.  Interior life safety means the “analysis, development, interpretation, and review of space plans, interior construction components, and the aggregate employment of such components to constitute an assembly, materials, finishes, and furniture or fixtures and equipment selections for compliance with regulatory building code provisions.”  No state in the country has such a definition.

AIBD staff will continue to coordinate with the coalition leadership, contact those involved in the legislature and keep you informed. If you have any questions about this bill, contact Steve Mickley at 800.366.2423 or steve.mickley@aibd.org.


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Big changes in store for American Residential Design Awards.

ARDA Winner LogoThe ARDA Committee decided last week to move the American Residential Design Awards away from being a head-to-head design competition to a program that focuses solely on celebrating excellent building design. This decision includes discontinuing the first and second place award format to one that recognizes every entry that displays innovation, creativity, a clear solution to the client’s program, as well as other significant evaluation criterion.  Once the ARDA winners are established in each category, the jury will then choose at least one GRAND ARDA winner which they feel exemplifies the overall best entry or entries within their group.

The Garden Room at the historic Providence Biltmore Hotel is the site of this year’s ARDA gala – August 7, 2015.

In addition, ARDA will be open to everyone in the building design industry. Although the entry fees will be tiered, anyone and everyone will be encouraged to participate and have their project(s) measured based on virtue rather than in comparison to other entries that may or may not be of a comparable nature even though they fall within a similar square footage range.

ARDA will continue to be conducted entirely online. For ease and convenience, this includes all aspects of registration and entry submission. Entrants are able to revise and enhance their submissions at any point up until the award program’s closing date. A firm may submit multiple entries if desired, either within the same category or among multiple categories.

Keep an eye on your email inbox, the Call for Entries will be going out soon. The deadline to enter will be July 8, 2015 and the ARDA winners will be recognized at a black-tie optional gala on August 7, 2015 in the Garden Room of the historic Providence Biltmore Hotel in Rhode Island.


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Small sustainable projects can’t be affordable…or can they?

A webinar – May 12, 2015 – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT

CLICK HERE to register

AIBD CEJoin us for a presentation on how Habitat for Humanity manages to incorporate sustainability, and stay affordable.  Habitat is a leading certifying builder to LEED, ENERGY STAR, Indoor airPLUS, Earthcraft, System Vision, Earth Advantage and several other regional programs.  Our presenter is Tiffani Irwin, who found herself on a Habitat job site 25 years ago, and has been engaged with the mission ever since.  As an early member of the “Green Team,” HFHI’s earliest focus on sustainable and energy efficient construction, Tiffani was an early adopter of sustainable building practices.  In her current role, Tiffani manages the efforts around best practices for sustainable new construction and work on existing homes.


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Central OK Chapter seeks BIM presenters for May 15th event. 

  • Date & Time: May 15, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Oklahoma City (tentatively at the OSU OKC campus)

Marc Wilson, president of the AIBD, Central Oklahoma Chapter is planning an event focused on multiple architectural software presentations all in one location, one after the other. Currently, volunteers have stepped up to demonstrate Revit, Sketchup, Lumion, SoftPlan and Cheif Architect. Marc is still seeking volunteers to demonstrate Archicad and ProArchitect. All who are interested can write Marc directly at marc@marcfwilson.com.

Those interested in attending the event can do so at no charge by also contacting Marc Wilson directly. The almost full day of presentations includes lunch and space is extremely limited. Professional members of AIBD and their employees/coworkers will be given the highest priority. All others will be placed on a waiting list and notified as soon as their registration can be confirmed.


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Four-day 3D Rendering class starts tomorrow.

  • When: April 21 – 24
  • Time: Classes meet from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CST

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 and visit our website for more class offerings.

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

Coming next week:

Learn how to add roof framing, create complex multiple floor roofs, and 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 and visit our website for more class offerings.

Classes fill up fast, register today.


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10 days remain to nominate AIBD officers and directors.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of AIBD.  The board manages the affairs of the Institute and supervises its operations. More importantly, the Board of Directors has the commitment to help the Institute move toward its Mission and Vision by establishing and acting upon a Strategic Development Plan, setting up projects and programs, and coordinating task forces and committees.

Serving on the board is your opportunity to make a difference. As a leader, you have a platform to express your ideas about what AIBD should be and should do. More importantly, as a member of the governing body of AIBD, you are part of the vehicle of change.

As a board member, you bring your ideas to the table, speak up and take initiative. You work on what’s important to you, on projects that interest you, and where you can put your background and particular skills into action.

As a board member, you will attend monthly GoToMeetings during which the board members update each other on what’s going on. Be prepared to report, discuss, share opinions and ideas, and also to laugh. Board members meet face-to-face at the annual board meeting and member meeting, during the AIBD Convention. The personal interaction among AIBD members is something special and not to be missed.

Terms are one year, and the following are the positions and nominations to date:

  • President (David Pillsbury*)
  • Internal Vice President (Kevin Holdridge*)
  • External Vice President: (Karen Kassik-Michelsohn*)
  • Treasurer (Richard Emigh*)
  • Secretary (No candidate has been nominated)
  • Director (Chip Hudson*, Newell Cheatheam*, a total of 4 and up to 6 positions are available) 

* – Denotes the person is currenARDA Winner Logotly holding the position and they have been nominated by committee to serve a second term. Additional nominations may be made by two (2) Professional members, using the nominations link below.

Nominations for one candidate must come from two different members – one of which can be the candidate themselves. NOMINATIONS CLOSE APRIL 30, 2015.

A description of and requirements for these positions may be downloaded here.

CLICK HERE to access the online nominations form. Contact the AIBD national office if you would like a PDF version of the form to print and fill out by hand.


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More events ahead.

  • April 21-24 – SoftPlan 3D rendering class, Online
  • May 13 – AIBD, Charlotte Metro Chapter meeting, Charlotte, NC (contact: kevin@kdhdesign.com)
  • May 14-15 – Joint Florida/Georgia Society meeting, Fernandina Beach, FL
  • May 15 – AIBD, Central Oklahoma Chapter meeting, Oklahoma City, OK
  • May 29 – AIBD, Central Colorado Chapter meeting, Denver, CO.
  • June 10 – AIBD, Charlotte Metro Chapter meeting, Charlotte, NC (contact: kevin@kdhdesign.com)
  • July 8 – AIBD, Charlotte Metro Chapter meeting, Charlotte, NC (contact: kevin@kdhdesign.com)
  • August 3 – 6 – AIBD National Convention and Interactive Conference on Residential Design, Providence, RI

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Member renewal