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More buildings are meeting certain goals, but energy intensity reduction results have flat lined
Washington, DC – October 5, 2016 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has produced a report assessing the work of firms that are part of the AIA 2030 Commitment, a voluntary initiative to commit their practice to advancing the AIA’s goal of carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030 that began reporting performance data in 2010.
“We have made some progress in the overall program, with a noteworthy jump in the amount of buildings included in the report,” said Greg Mella, FAIA, Director of Sustainable Design at SmithGroupJJR and co-chair of the AIA 2030 Working Group. “But we are simply not making significant strides in crucial metrics that predict building performance. These findings should serve as a wake-up call to architects that there needs to be greater urgency to drive improved energy efficiency across their project portfolios if we are going to reach our ultimate carbon reduction goals.”
(Photo of AIAFW Chapter Presidents, 1994, Hotel Texas (courtesy of the author)The Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (now AIA Fort Worth) was founded August 15, 1946; making today the 70th anniversary of the organization. The earliest professional architectural organization in Texas – the Texas State Association of Architects ( TSAA ) was founded in 1886 and the group elected Fort Worth architect J.J. Kane as it’s first president. In 1913 TSAA became the Texas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the larger organization having been established February 23, 1857 in New York City. In 1924 the North Texas Chapter of the national AIA was created along with South and West Texas Chapters. By 1937 a state registration law was passed, a ‘title’ act, which required licensing by registration examination and which created the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. Two years later, in 1939, the Texas Society of Architects was formed with 47 charter members from around the state. The original Fort Worth Section of the...
Arthur Weinman Architects will be moving their office to a new location and have the following furniture for sale:
L-shaped desk with lots of drawers, cubby holes, shelves, computer tray, etc. Top is a little worn but lots of service left. Price $100 or best offer - Please bring your pick-up truck, we cannot deliver. Desk can be separated into three pieces for moving. Photos attached. Contact Art Weinman at 817-319-9081.
May 21, 2016
Today, from the AIA National convention floor, our members passed an amendment to the bylaws (section 2.313) giving the Secretary of the Institute the authority to waive age requirement for Emeritus in exceptional circumstances and for adequate cause.
The Secretary’s extended authority to approve waivers, however, would apply only to the age requirement for Emeritus status, would be exercised only on a case-by-case basis, and would permit waivers only “in exceptional circumstances and for adequate cause.”
AIA Bylaws – Member Emeritus
2.313 Waiver by the Secretary: Bylaws Amendment Effective, May 21, 2016
2.311 Architect Members. Any Architect member may apply for Emeritus status who has been in good standing in the Institute for fifteen successive years immediately prior to his or her application, and either (i) has attained the age of 70, and is retired from the profession of architecture, or (ii) is so incapacitated as to be unable to work in the profession.
Architecture Billings Index Ends Year on Positive Note
While volatility persists, architecture firms reported healthy performance for 2015
Washington, D.C. – January 20, 2016 – There were a few occasions where demand for design services decreased from a month-to-month basis in 2015, but the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain and was so in eight of the twelve months of the year. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 50.9, up from the mark of 49.3 in the previous month. This score reflects a slight increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.2, up from a reading of 58.6 the previous month.
“As has been the case for the past several years, there continues to be a mix of...