Category Archives: 08 / August – 2016

August 29, 2016. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

AIBD Summer Conference 2016 has concluded.

The AIBD Summer Conference in Denver, Colorado, was last week and it was awesome! Members from all over the country came together for networking and education sessions.

For those who couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed:

The event started off the night of Wednesday, August 24th, with Happy hour in the Hospitality Suite. Old friends were thrilled to see each other and new friends were introduced over appetizers and drinks.

Thursday, August 25th, opened with breakfast and an Idea Swap session. A day of educational sessions followed, starting with “Show Your Work in a Better Light: New Tips & Techniques for Lighting & Daylighting Homes” presented by Doug Walter. Next was a Lunch and Learn session, followed by another educational session: “The Business of Design: Contracts & Corporate Structure” presented by Robert Newkirk. Thursday concluded with an educational session by Michael Brightman, “A Complete Residential Project in Sketchup” followed by another Happy Hour of drinks and appetizers. Compass Club members were invited to the Denver Athletic Club for pizza and bowling.

Friday, August 26th, was packed with more educational sessions, which started right after breakfast and the AIBD Annual Membership Meeting. The first session of the day was “BeLoose Mini Workshop: Draw Quickly, Effectively & Confidently” by Mike Lin. You may have seen him before on our First Tuesdays @2. Lunch and the trade show were next, followed by “2D vs. AND 3D: How to Stop Being Opposed” by Benjamin Tabolt. The conference was concluded with sessions by Angela and Wayne Visbeen, “Turn Your Passion into Success” and “60 Design Ideas in 60 Minutes,” respectively. Of course, we closed the day with another Happy Hour.

ARDA2016_1Saturday was the Architectural Tour: “Rules or No Rules? Additions and Infill in Denver’s Hottest Zip Codes” with Doug Walter & Barbara Stocklin-Steely, which you can read about on the AIBD blog. Saturday evening was the American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) Gala and Dinner. We’ll announce the winners below.

We can’t digitally recreate the experience of meeting new people or sharing drinks with long-time friends, but we did record all of the educational sessions! We’re currently working on getting them all together for you. We’ll let you know as soon as they’re ready.

Keep looking out for future MondayMINUTE editions where we will announce future conference dates and locations.



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American Residential Design Awards Gala and Dinner recap.

This year’s ARDA had 132 total entries from 39 different design firms. We increased non-member entries to 9%, compared to 5% last year and 2% the previous year. We also broke records with our Global Choice Award.

Actually, we blew our past records out of the water.

ARDA Global Choice:


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The Global Choice Award entries are placed on a dedicated webpage and made available for public viewing and the acceptance of votes from around the world. This year we broke our previous years’ records with 2400 votes, compared to last year’s 660 votes. The most votes come from designers promoting their own entries while AIBD promotes the award on Facebook and Houzz.

This year’s Global Choice winner received 713 votes, and at one point held the lead by only 5 votes.

The winner was Macpherson Construction & Design, designers: Roger MacPherson, Bob Sorensen, and Emily Treece, from Sammamish, Washington.

ARDA Best In Show:

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The ARDA Best In Show is chosen from this year’s Grand ARDA’s by the judges. This award goes to the entry that our judges felt best exemplifies the spirit of the American Residential Design Awards.

This design has a great use of flow despite the challenging limitations of the width of the home. The judges said this design is a charming model home with a well-designed efficient plan. Architectural language is consistent through the interior of the home, and the exterior is an inviting representation of coastal design.

The award for Best In Show went to Ashton Woods, Designers: Valerio Muraro with Centro Stile from Roswell, Georgia.

For a list of the other ARDA and Grand ARDA winners, please go to the AIBD Blog.


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11887954_673904546074547_6633191766864641498_nAIBD President Kevin Holdridge wins Designer of the Year 2016.

Kevin Holdridge, CPBD, CGP, CAPS, and current AIBD President won Designer of the Year this year.

Presented by AIBD College of Fellows representative Jannis Vann, the award is in recognition of Mr. Holdridge’s nine years of service to the AIBD as member, President of the Charlotte Metro Chapter, and now President of the AIBD.

Mr. Holdridge owns and operates KDH Residential Design, LLC, out of Huntersville, North Carolina and has been an AIBD member since 2007. He received his Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) certification in 2014.

Mr. Holdridge can also be heard on our course, Building Proportions and the Golden Ratio of Design, which was previously a First Tuesday @2 webinar.


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AIBD adds 5 new inductees into the College of Fellows.

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Kicking off the 2016 American Residential Design Awards Gala was a ceremony inducting new Fellows to the AIBD College of Fellows.

This year’s inductees are:

  • Willie Dalrymple of North Carolina
  • Larry Gilland of Colorado
  • Robert Matthews of Colorado
  • David Pillsbury of Florida
  • Jim Pitts of Texas

The College of Fellows receive a medallion and certificate, and can be identified at formal AIBD events by their white jacket and medallion.

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blueturtle_videosFree project management video series by

This project management video series provides architects with resources, advice, and support on design fee proposals and contract negotiations.

This was a weekly series of short videos, most of which are less than 10 minutes long, that is now complete and can be watched altogether or as spread out as you like. No need to wait for next week’s episode.

Last week, we talked about the first episode, which was basically just an introduction.

The second episode is on Client Background Checks. To keep with the format of videos that are less than 10 minutes long, BlueTurtle Consulting split this into two videos.

Signing a client with bad credit or a history of skipping out on checks can set your entire business back, if not destroy your business completely.

Running background and credit checks are important because they can save you from lost interest, lost time, and fees for legal services.

Click here for Episode 2.

Next week, we’ll take a look at Episode 3 – The Architects Fee.

These short videos are a smaller version of a recent series of workshops hosted by BlueTurtle Consulting. This series of workshops taught how to write proposals that will increase your fee levels, raise conversion rates, and eliminate scope creep.

The workshops are over now, but you can check out their website periodically to find out when future workshops will be held, or just ask them! You can email or call 855-661-4270 (Toll Free).

And of course, we’ll keep you updated as soon as we know, so remember to check your inbox every Monday for the MondayMINUTE.


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Welcome new AIBD members!

Please help us welcome those who joined or rejoined AIBD this past week.

Brent Dupree
Bryan Silvers

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We are pleased you have chosen AIBD as a resource for professional and personal growth. Membership provides technical information, advocacy, professional networking opportunities, as well as participate in programming sessions offered at various conferences throughout the year. All designed to help advance your career.

Visit “” to reach out and exchange information with other professionals in the building designer industry supporting the AIBD mission.


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scholarship_scroll2016 scholarships have been awarded.

The American Institute of Building Design’s College of Fellows awards two scholarships each year, the College of Fellows Memorial Scholarship and the Annette Farmer Memorial Scholarship. Each scholarship recipient is awarded $1000 and they were named at the American Residential Design Awards Gala, August 27, 2016 at the Colorado State Governor’s Residence in Denver, CO.

Annette Farmer Scholarship:

One of our beloved Fellows in the Institute, Bill Farmer, began a scholarship fund in tribute to his late wife Annette Farmer. Bill has also passed on but each year the College of Fellows honors him, his wife and one of our AIBD students by awarding a $1000 Annette Farmer Scholarship.

The 2016 recipient is an Honors College Student Association Executive Board Member & Volunteer Services Chair, a member of the American Design Drafting Association, a member of the interior Design Student Association, and president of her AIBD student chapter. She is pursuing two degrees, one in Design & Drafting Technology, which she accomplished this past spring, and another in interior design.

She was the organizer of the first Design & Build Day, a full day industry conference held specifically for students in the architectural technology, interior design and construction management departments.

She also co-designed and built a 3D printed tactile braille map of her university campus for blind students.

The Annette Farmer Scholarship for 2016 goes to Ms. Alix Calon of the University of Central Missouri.

College of Fellows Memorial Scholarship:

Each year the College of Fellows honors the son or daughter of an AIBD Professional member with a $1000 AIBD Memorial Scholarship. One percent of all membership dues is placed in the Memorial Scholarship Fund and is truly a gift from the entire Institute. This year we have two scholarship winners.

This year’s first recipient is seeking a degree in at Texas Tech. He has a 3.27 grade point average and has worked some in the field as a construction laborer for Tri-Built Services. He is depending one hundred percent on student loans for his education. Our contribution tonight is but a fraction of what he’ll need to succeed but represents that much less that he’ll be asked to pay back when he enters into the industry as a professional.

The first AIBD Memorial Scholarship of 2016 goes to Mr. John Mockert, son of certified Professional Member Kimberly Mockert, of Spring Branch, TX.

Our second 2016 recipient has become a familiar name and face at AIBD conferences, both as a regular conference attendee and as a past recipient of AIBD Scholarships. He has been a draftsman at his father’s firm for over a decade while studying Construction Management at the University of Cincinnati and currently majoring in Civil Engineering Technologies at Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio.

The second Annette Farmer Scholarship of 2016 goes to Mr. Scott Hake of Stark State College, son of Ted Hake.

For those who are students seeking a scholarship, we will announce the entry applications for next year in a future edition of the MondayMINUTE.


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Attend the Cape Fear Chapter’s “Thursday Luncheon” on September 1st.

You’re invited to Cape Fear Chapter’s Thursday Luncheon on September 1st, 2016.
David Graham, Territory Manager for Therma-Tru Doors, will be presenting education, strategic initiative planning, resolving product issues, developing new product plans, and implementing exclusive builder programs.

Event: 1st Thursday Monthly Lunch-Program
When: Thursday, September 1st
Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Schedule: 11:30 Lunch, 11:50 Welcome/Announcements/Introductions/Discussion, 1:30 pm Adjourn
Where: Cape Fear Club, 206 Chestnut St., Wilmington, NC
Why: Networking, Education & CEU’s for Professionals involved in Residential Design & Construction

Lunch provided by Therma-Tru Doors. All members and non-members are invited to this lunch presentation.

Please RSVP to Sam Guidry, RA, NCARB, AIBD
Email: or call 910.471.4721

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Humor for your Monday!

If you started your career out with 6 pack abs, and now have one big architectural ab…
…You may be a Residential Designer!

Jokes by Allen M. Beaumont, Jr., however this week’s credit goes to his wife Karen Beaumont.

581590_4303753665730_480854314_nAllen began his professional career in 1988 as a Project Coordinator for a large commercial design firm in Winter Park, Florida. Allen’s responsibilities gradually expanded and eventually included managing the daily operations of the Residential Design and Development Department.

In 1997 Allen established B&A Design Studio, Inc. and for the last 20 years his award winning firm has been recognized as the preferred source for national home builders as well as custom home builders. He served as President of American Institute of Building Designers for the Florida Society in 2004 and 2005. He is a Certified Professional Building Designer through NCBDC and is a Certified Residential Contractor in the state of Florida.


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