December 30, 2013. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

0894-new-year-2013-1100025896-10232013…Happy New Year!

The New Year is the time of unfolding horizons and the realization of dreams, may you rediscover new strength, be able to rejoice in the simple pleasures that life has to offer and put a brave front for all the challenges that may come your way. From the leadership and staff at AIBD, we wish you a lovely New Year.

…Holiday Office Hours

The AIBD office will be closed from noon ET on Tuesday, December 31st through 9:00 am on Thursday, January 2nd. But our answering machines work 24/7.

On those days that the office is open this week, our front desk receptionist and our Executive Director Steve Mickley will be the only ones answering the phones and monitoring email. Please be patient as we work hard to make sure to make contact with everyone trying to reach us this week.

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AIBD Check List…What’s the plan for 2014?

The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is
essentially a part of it. ~ Charles DeLint

Have you set your goals for 2014? Possibly the list to the right will help you get started. One of the first tasks the AIBD Board of Directors tackles each fall is to update the AIBD Strategic Development Plan and draft the next year’s action plan, essentially the Institute’s goals for the years to come.

In the coming year, your Board has committed to…

  • Launch a new AIBD online forum community;
  • Establish a series of educational certificate programs;
  • Create educational resources for consumers to help guide them from choosing a designer all the way through the design process;
  • And more…

To view the entire Strategic Developement Plan, CLICK HERE

To view the 2014 Action Plan, CLICK HERE

To view the Board of Directors Flow Chart, CLICK HERE

Keep in mind, these and other AIBD corporate documents, such as bylaws, tax returns and more, are permanently located on the “Corporate Documents” webpage. To access them, visit and click on the link in the menu in the left hand margin (logging into your online account may be required).

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…New Hampshire luncheon announced.

The AIBD Northeast Society’s “December 5th” meeting is now scheduled for Thursday January 23rd at the Library Restaurant in Portsmouth, NH. DOWNLOAD the flyer for information.  Let’s start 2014 running out of the gate.  Bring ideas, questions, quandaries, and solutions to your design business needs to our round table discussions.  Don’t forget elections for next year’s officer positions.

Please RSVP to Kathy at by Thursday, January 16th.

Photo by PCC News Service – Flanked by PCC instructors Len Van Staalduinen, left, and Matt Amante, Sara Baker holds up the first-place trophy she won at the 2013 North Carolina’s Finest in Residential Design Competition last month.

…AIBD NC honors Pitt student.

SOURCE: – The N.C. Society of the American Institute of Building Design presented an award to recent Pitt Community College architectural technology graduate Sara Baker.

During the society’s quarterly meeting in Lexington, the organization announced that Baker had been selected to receive the Gold Award in the Student Project category of the inaugural North Carolina’s Finest in Residential Design Competition.

“I was actually quite surprised,” Baker said of her award. “I thought I’d just
turn it in for fun and simply be excited about being a student member of the
American Institute of Building Design, which came as part of the competition
entry fee.”

…More events ahead.

  • February 6 & 7 – AIBD National Mid-year Meeting, Las Vegas, NV
  • February 20-21 – NCBDC Exam in Dallas, TX (apply and register on or before January 16)
  • February 28 – March 1 – NC/SC Annual Conference, North Myrtle Beach, SC
  • July 29 – August 1 – AIBD National Convention & International Conference on Residential Design, Columbus, OH (Tentative)AIBD National Convention
  • August 2 – AIBD National Volunteer Day – Build furniture at the Furniture Bank in Columbus, OH.

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