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AIAD Latest Articles

SPOTLIGHT | Illuminart Featured in 'Concentrate'

AIA Detroit has proudly partnered with the talented folks at Illuminart for the past two years, so we were super excited to see Brienne Willcock and Robert White featured on concentratemedia.com. Illuminart is the designing force behind the lighting at Shed 3 for our 2013 & 2014 Celebration of Architecture; the cobalt blue and fuschia lighting schemes that you could see from down the street in Eastern Market are all because these guys know how to light a building.  They also helped to pull in Fantasee Lighting, who brings the equipment and skilled labor needed to bring to life Brienne's concept for the building.  We are eternally grateful for these folks, they certainly deserve the media attention.

The below article was originally featured on concentratemedia.com on Feb. 4th, 2015.  It was written by Patrick Dunn, an Ann Arbor-based freelance writer and a senior writer at Concentrate and Metromode, and the photographs featured in the original article were taken by Doug Coombe.

To see the article in its original publication and to view more photos taken during their interview, visit Concentrate Media's website HERE.

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS | Structures for Inclusion 15 Detroit

Lawrence Technological University College of Architecture and Design and Design Corps are proud to announce a partnership to present the Structures for Inclusion Conference 15 in Detroit.
 
Background:
In October of 2000, Design Corps, a community based non-profit organization, sponsored a conference at Princeton University. The purpose of this conference is to bring together and share the best ideas and practices that are reaching those currently un-served and underserved by architecture. These efforts are often grounded on two common beliefs that communities and individuals should be included in the design decisions that affect them and architects and communities should work together to identify their shared values and goals in the collaborative process of defining quality design. Since the first SFI at Princeton University, it has been hosted at various institutions including the University of Virginia, the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, and the Parsons New School for Design among others. The conference has become internationally recognized as a thought-provoking forum to learn about grass roots efforts and alternative practices making architecture more accessible.
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EVENT | AIAS Annual Beaux Arts Ball

AIA Detroit is a proud sponsor of this year's 6th annual AIAS Beaux Arts Ball.  Join the University of Detroit Mercy and Lawrence Technological University's American Institute of Architecture Students chapters on February 13th at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit for a night of networking and dancing.

BEAUX ARTS BALL HISTORY
Historically, Beaux Arts Ball was an annual costume ball traditioally hosted by studuents at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.  In 1931, it's reputation had spread to New York, where famous architects began dressing up as their own buildings for the event.  This trend continued to live on in architecture schools across the country, including here in Michigan, where our local architecture schools would host a similarly styled event attended by faculty and students alike.  In 2010, after years of not having a Beaux Arts Ball at any of the architecture schools, the AIAS chapters at Lawrence Tech and University of Detroit Mercy decided to work together to revitalize this annual event.  Past venues have included the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle, the Fox Theatre, and the Detroit Masonic Temple, but the students are excited to try something new with the historic St. Andrews Hall this year.
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Structures for Inclusion 15 Detroit: Call for Presentations

Lawrence Technological University College of Architecture and Design and Design Corps are proud to announce a partnership to present the Structures for Inclusion Conference 15 in Detroit.

“Resilience of Mind, Body and Spirit,” the theme of SFI 15, serves to position the value of SFI within Detroit and other resilient cities. Mind (e.g., attitudes towards the city’s significant challenges); Body (e.g., creative economies such as social entrepreneurship and grassroots physical interventions), and Spirit (e.g., a city’s psyche and sense of itself) will advance the mission of SFI.

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University of Detroit Mercy 2014/2015 Lecture Series

BCRC Event - Friday March 2, 2012 7:30am - 12:00 pm 4 hours of HSW Learning Units

 

SIGN UP IS NOW CLOSED. SOME TICKETS MAY BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR AT A FIRST-SOME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
Including Safe Harbor discussion applicable for 1991 ADAAG compliant facilities
Fair Housing Act
Section 504, ABA, UFAS
Michigan Building Code
Chapters- 9, 10, 11, 34 Accessibility Features
ADA Title II and Title III
Requirements for existing facilities Program Access vs. Barrier Removal standards

Commercial Applications will include relevant scoping from the 2010 ADA Standards and the Michigan Building Code and ANSI A117.1.

Throughout the presentation differences between 1991 ADAAG and the 2010 ADA Standards/Michigan Building Code/ANSI A117.1 will be highlighted.

Applying Accessibility Requirements to Additions, Alterations and Changes of Occupancy

Breakfast is sponsored by Providence Park Hospital.  Many thanks!

SPEAKER:
Jennifer L. Perry
Compliance Specialist
Accessibility Services
 
Jennifer Perry has worked in the accessibility field for over thirteen years. She provides accessibility training for architects and code officials and also provides technical assistance to these individuals.  She has developed numerous training presentations that are tailor made to specific jurisdictions nationwide. Jennifer is also involved in the model code accessibility development process via her International Code Council (ICC) committee work (Government Relations Task Group and Visitability Task Group). She provides plan review services for accessibility compliance and performs accessibility site assessments to ensure compliance with state and/or federal accessibility requirements.

Representative Assignments on which Jennifer has worked include:

  • Featured Speaker at the US Department of Justice’s Multi-Family Housing Access Forum (5/21/09), a nationwide program sponsored by the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
  • Accessibility training and technical assistance provider for the Northeast ADA Center and the Mid Atlantic ADA Center.
  • Pursuing traditional accessibility related advocacy work when necessary, including compliance with the Fair Housing Amendments Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Air Carrier Access Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,Presenting an academic research paper on Federal Accessibility Requirements for Places of Assembly, International Association of Assembly Managers, Reno, Nevada – 2004,
  • Accessibility site assessment provider for ArtReach, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, responsible for reviewing cultural venues for ADA accessibility compliance.

Prior to joining the Accessibility Services division of United Spinal Association in 2001, Jennifer worked in the organization’s Government Relations Department where she advocated for the civil rights of individuals with spinal cord injury/disease. Additionally, she has worked on implementing legislation that improved the lives of people with disabilities including extensive involvement in the adoption process of the model building code in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Perry is certified by the International Code Council as an Accessibility Specialist/Plans Examiner and she is a registered provider of continuing education for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the International Code Council (ICC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. She is also approved by the PA Department of Labor & Industry to provide plan review services in the Commonwealth for accessibility compliance. She served on the Philadelphia Accessibility Advisory Board for seven years and is a current member of the Board of Directors for the Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science & French from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA. 

Class Description

Effective Dates & Background Information

  • 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (including Safe Harbor discussion applicable for 1991 ADAAG compliant facilities)
  • Fair Housing Act, Section 504, ABA, UFAS
  • Michigan Building Code (Chapters- 9, 10, 11, 34 Accessibility Features)
  • Review of ADA Title II and Title III requirements for existing facilities: Program Access vs. Barrier Removal standards

Commercial Applications Addressed below will include relevant scoping from the 2010 ADA Standards and the Michigan Building Code and ANSI A117.1. Throughout the presentation differences between 1991 ADAAG and the 2010 ADA Standards/Michigan Building Code/ANSI A117.1 will be highlighted:

  • Exterior accessible routes (including a review of walking surfaces, where accessible routes are required, etc…)
  • Accessible Parking
  • Curb Ramps/Ramps
  • Entrances & Doors (including maneuvering clearance requirements at doors)
  • Triggers for Vertical Accessibility
  • Plumbing (toilet rooms, drinking fountains, kitchens)
  • Special occupancies (assembly areas, sales/service counters, etc…)
  • Overview of new requirements for Recreation Facilities (i.e. Pools, playgrounds, etc…)

Applying Accessibility Requirements to Additions, Alterations and Changes of Occupancy

  • 2010 ADA Standards requirements for Alterations
  • Chapter 34 Michigan Code

Special Guest Lecturer, State of Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes  - Todd Cordill and Usha Menon

Michigan Building Code requirements pertaining to accessibility

Todd Cordill, NCARB is Chief of the Plan Review Division of the Bureau of Construction Codes.  Mr. Cordill is a graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and holds architect licenses in several states including Michigan.    He has also served as a member of the Lansing Historic District Commission and as a delegate for the International Code Council (ICC) code development process.

Usha Menon is a Building Plan Reviewer in the Plan Review Division of the Bureau of Construction Codes. Her primary role is the code analysis and interpretation of the State barrier free design requirements. She serves as the Bureau representative at the administrative hearings for the barrier free design exception process. She is conducting programs on barrier free design from 2004.

Directions and Map

Coming from the East: Providence Park Hospital is located off of I-96 at exit 160, the Beck Road exit. (This is the first exit past the Novi/Walled Lake exit that many people know as the Twelve Oaks Mall exit).  Head south (left) on Beck Road toward Grand River.  Pass Grand River Avenue and turn right at the first driveway.  Continue straight down this winding driveway to the Heart Institute entrance of the Providence Outpatient Center.  Enter the Heart Institute double doors and the conference rooms are located to the immediate left.

Coming from the West: Providence Park Hospital is located off of I-96 at exit 160, the Beck Road exit. (This is the first exit past the Wixom Rd exit).  Head south (right) on Beck Road toward Grand River.  Pass Grand River Avenue and turn right at the first driveway.  Continue straight down this winding driveway to the Heart Institute entrance of the Providence Outpatient Center.  Enter the Heart Institute double doors and the conference rooms are located to the immediate left.

The campus is located on the south west corner of Grand River and Beck Road.

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