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The Introduction of the NDSA

Architects Laud Introduction of Bipartisan National Design Services Act As Way to Cut Spiraling Student Loan Debt
This article originally appear on AIA National's website.  To see it in its original context, click here.
 
Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2014 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) today committed to timely passage of the National Design Services Act (NDSA), which will give architecture students the same relief from crushing student loan debt, already granted to young lawyers, doctors and others – in return for community service. The bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4205, was introduced Tuesday by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and co-sponsored by Rep. Greg Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) 
 
“Millions of young people aspire to help their communities build a better future – but a lack of opportunity and the crushing cost of education hold them back,” said AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA. “As a result, the design and construction industry faces a severe shortage of talent at exactly the moment America needs to rebuild for the future.
 
“We commend Congressman Perlmutter for recognizing this issue, for introducing the NDSA and for enlisting his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to work for its ultimate passage,” Ivy said. “I promise that they will have the full resources of the AIA as well as the architecture student community behind them when more than 600 AIA members convene in Washington, D.C. next week as part of the AIA’s annual grassroots conference.”
 
"The National Design Services Act will help promote sustainable economic development and jobs by ensuring aspiring architects are able to gain valuable experience while giving back to their communities designing public projects such as schools, health clinics, housing facilities and libraries,” said Rep. Perlmutter. “In return, the bill will alleviate some of the barriers new students face as they pursue their dreams in architecture." 
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EVENT | EPC Joint Meeting with CSI

Specifications 101 - Introduction to Specification Basics

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 6:30pm-9:00pm | 1.5 hours of HSW Learning Units | VisTaTech Center (Room VT 460), Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia

Seminar Description:  The purpose of this presentation is to introduce and educate emerging professionals to the concept of technical specifications as part of a design professional's responsibility in preparing Contract Documents. The purpose, structure and formatting of specifications, relative to MasterFormat, SectionFormat and PageFormat will be presented in detail. Material and product suppliers will also be present to showcase various products, according to specification divisional structuring to also provide a visual connection to the information being presented. The program will consist of a one and one-half hour technical presentation by lead specification personnel from local established architectural/engineering firms followed by a half-hour interactive product display portion.

An attendee of the presentation should leave the seminar with an improved ability to identify and generally understand the following content objectives:

  • Overview the history and evolution of technical specifications and their role and importance to Contract Documents.
  • Review the current industry structure and formatting of technical specifications as it relates to MasterFormat, SectionFormat and PageFormat.
  • Dissect example specification sections and discuss/review the coordination of technical specifications in the greater context of Contract Documents.
  • Relate the content of example technical specifications to actual products, materials, systems and assemblies to establish a better understanding as to the breadth of variety available and why specifications help to establish a desired level of quality.

This is event is free for all AIA Members and Associate members.  Check back here soon for the registration information!

Other Industry Events

ASID Holiday Hoedown Dec 6th

Join the Michigan chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers on December 6th for a holiday party. Put on your best western wear and mosey on down for a good time, celebrating the Holidays with friends and colleagues. Includes a building tour of Inalfa Roofing Systems, Appetizers, Refreshments, and Raffle Items. For more information, click here.

 

DESIGN COMPETITION | UPC Riverfront Competition Dialogue Continues Beyond Symposium

UPC Announces the Detroit by Design Riverfront Competition Winners

The Urban Priorities Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the Detroit by Design 2012 Riverfront Competition. We would like to thank all of the entrants that participated and shared their ideas. We would also like to thank the jury, which included Walter Hood, Reed Kroloff, Faye Alexander Nelson, and Lola Sheppard, for their thoughtful consideration, rich debate, and careful deliberation.

The top three prizes were selected as a group and represent three different approaches to the design challenge and question what civic space could be in Detroit today. In addition to the three prizes, the jury selected three honorable mentions. The 6 selected entries are unique solutions, and address one or several of the challenges of the site and design problem. The jury stated that each winning entry showed something valuable and that the selections should be looked at as a group. We hope that the combined group acts as a catalyst for a continued conversation surrounding the possibilities for the riverfront.

First Place
Atelier WHY
New Jersey/Korea

Second Place
Matthew Edward Getch
London, England

Third Place
OMMX
London, England

Honorable Mention
Brian White, Portland OR

Honorable Mention
Christina Kimmerle, Austria
Honorable Mention
Anna Hochhalter, Urbana IL

 

Detroit by Design Riverfront Symposium – A Full House

The Detroit by Design: Detroit Riverfront Symposium on December 4th at the DIA was hailed as a resounding success by all who attended. With the panel discussion moderated by author and journalist John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press, the discussion unfolded to over 400 attendees"

“I found the Detroit by Design Symposium to be the most stimulating and important AIA Detroit event in years. I thoroughly enjoyed the discourse on our City and its future, and being a part of a community of colleagues that cares. It restored the activist in all of us. I was proud of being an architect and proud of AIA Detroit for leading the charge on this important issue. We have been quiet for far too long.”

Carl Roehling FAIA, LEED AP | President & CEO | SmithGroupJJR

Vote for your Favorites

Because the competition and symposium have received so much positive feedback, the Urban Priorities Committee is looking to the public and design community to continue the dialogue on the results. As of today, December 19, the committee has launched on the competition website a People’s Choice award that will allow members of the public to vote for their favorite entries. The voting will run through January 15 and winners will be named shortly thereafter. Voting is not limited to a single entry; the committee is urging the public to enjoy the process of learning more about the possibilities of Detroit’s waterfront gateway and select as many entries as they deem worthy.

In tandem with the launch of the People’s Choice voting system, the competition website will include a comment section at the bottom portion of each entry webpage. It is our hope that visitors to the website will discuss the pros and cons, form and function, practicalities and ideological differences of the design possibilities inherent to each submission.

We are urging competition participants to engage in the dialogue, so don’t be afraid to ask questions of the designers or solicit opinions and ideas.

Visit www.aiadetroitbydesign2012.com today to start voting and continue the discussion!

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