May 20, 2013. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

…A member’s text book example.

The home featured on this book’s cover is the work of AIBD Certified Members Gabriel Orengo and the late Eric S. Brown.

Gabriel Orengo, AIBD, CPBD (Bonita Springs, FL) is proud to have one of his custom homes (Villa Bello Lago) on the cover and section pages of the Residential Design, Drafting, and Detailing, Second Edition by Alan Jefferis and Janice A. Jefferis. The text book is used for training students pursuing a career in residential  architecture. The new book also has several of his homes published as examples of the residential architecture on Figure 7.6 (pg. 187) and Figure. 7.39 (pg. 199). The home was one of the last projects Gabriel had the privilege of working on with the founder of Palladian Design Group and friend Eric S. Brown. Together they designed this custom luxury home which won a Grand Aurora Award in 2009 (Southern Eastern Building Conference). The home was built by Harwick Homes

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…Seeking Designer of the Year nominations.

The AIBD has many dedicated members working behind the scenes to grow membership or market the Institute.  Others are improving the residential design discipline through education or awareness.  The AIBD leadership needs your help finding those persons who are furthering our profession.

Download the DOY Nomination Form at

Each year at the AIBD national convention, the Designer of the Year award is presented to the member who has made the most outstanding contribution to the AIBD in the past year.  Nominations for this prestigious honor are to be solicited from you – the membership.  A committee consisting of two of the President’s Council, two members of the College of Fellows and the national staff are to determine from the nominations the recipient of the award.

Please send your nominations to the national office in writing by June 8, 2013 by e-mailing or faxing 866.204.0293.  Remember to explain in detail the reasons for nominating the person or persons for the highest award presented to an AIBD Member.

Download the DOY Nomination Form at

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ARDA Winner Logo…ARDA is receiving entries.

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 some of the most creative and innovative building designers, builders, remodelers, architects, and interior designers in the nation. Every year, the awards program, sponsored by Hanley Wood’s ePlans magazine and File Genius, recognizes good design in custom luxury, builder’s models, pre-designed stock plans, remodeling, sustainability, and working drawings.

AIBD Annual Design Competition

For more than 50 years the AIBD has been hosting a “Members Only” design competition with various categories ranging from custom luxury homes, renovations, pre-drawn home plans, to working drawings and more. If you’re an AIBD Professional Member, the AIBD Annual Design Competition is the leading competition for you.

Decorative Concrete Awards

Beginning in 2012, this competition has honored the artistic use of exposed concrete in the interior and exterior, in residential and commercial, and in kitchens and baths. All designers, artisans, and suppliers are invited to enter the Decorative Concrete Awards, regardless of any association affiliation.

Assessable Living Awards

New in 2013, a major competition that recognizes the creativity, aesthetics and functionality of Universal, Visit-ability and Aging in Place design. Everyone in the industry is invited to enter your imaginative solutions and ideas into the Assessable Living Awards.

For more information and to enter:


Download the CATEGORIES


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…An encore presentation on selling pre-drawn house plans.

If you missed last week’s webinar, join us this Thursday as AIBD Corporate Member demonstrates how to expand your online publishing exposure and introduce you to its new way to communicate, promote and sell home plans online. This will benefit both Designers and business that are interested in offering home plans for sale over the internet. If you are interested in becoming a part of their team as a designer, a reseller or both, register for this webinar.

To register, CLICK HERE

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AIBD Convention_small…AIBD Convention updates.

Check out this year’s architectural home tours.

Spend the morning of July 16th, strolling from the Langham Huntington, Pasadena hotel directly into the Pasadena Hillcrest neighborhood, one of Pasadena’s most beautiful neighborhoods. In the afternoon, closely see examples emphasizing the artistry of the individual craftsman and the subtle beauty of nature in Bungalow Heaven.

The event begins with the AIBD Corporate Meetings on July 15, the home tours are on Tuesday, July 16, experience ICORD on July 17 & 18, and close the event at the American Residential Design Awards Dinner. Registrations are ala-carte.

For more information and to register, visit

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…More events ahead

  • June 4 – AIBD California lunch presentation and membership meeting, Grand Horton Hotel, San Diego
  • June 5 – AIBD California dinner presentation, Grand Horton Hotel, San Diego
  • June 5 & 6 – NCBDC Exam in San Antonio, TX (Registration Deadline May 5)
  • June 7 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting, Gloucester, MA
  • June 21 & 22 – AIBD Florida Quarterly Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL
  • July 13 & 14 – NCBDC Exam in Pasadena, CA (Registration Deadline June 13)
  • July 15-18 – AIBD National Convention, Langham Hotel, Pasadena, CA
  • August 17 & 18 – NCBDC Exam in Washington, DC (Registration Deadline July 17)
  • August 24 – AIBD North Carolina Quarterly Meeting, Rock Hill, NC
  • September 5 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting, Devens, MA
  • October 25 & 26 – AIBD Florida Quarterly Meeting, Orlando, FL
  • November 16 – AIBD North Carolina Quarterly Meeting and Design Competition Awards, Lexington, NC
  • December 5 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting
  • December 6 – AIBD Florida Organizational Meeting, Apopka, FL

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