We’re Restarting Beer with the Board!
Join Us Nov 1 After Work
Remember a few years ago when we’d get together monthly as members, friends and colleagues to tell the board how we really felt (just hang out)? Join us Tuesday, Nov 1 at Iron Goat Brewing after work as we kick start this fun monthly series.
Grab a beverage and talk about architecture, Spokane, life!
Our Jan 5th AIA Happy Hour is at 24 Taps
825 W Riverside Ave
Spokane WA 99201
President: (advancing from President-Elect) Cody Dompier, AIA, NAC Architecture
President-Elect: (currently Secretary) David Buescher, AIA, Integrus Architecture
Secretary: (1-yr term): (currently a Director) Becky Blankenship, aAIA, Leone & Keeble
Treasurer: (1-yr term): (currently Treasurer) Gale Bevington, AIA, ALSC Architects
Director: (3-yr term) J. Ryan Zane, AIA, Bernardo|Wills Architects
Director: (3-yr term) Jordan Onley, aAIA, Uptic Studios
And continuing their service to our Chapter: Corey Zachow, AIA, MMEC Architecture & Interiors as Past-President and Kathy Russell, AIA, ALSC Architects, Sean Tharp, AIA, Integrus Architecture and Randy Wilson, AIA, NAC Architecture as Directors.
Please thank retiring Board members Becky Barnhart, AIA, Integrus Architecture and Trish Buzan, aAIA, NAC Architecture for their dedicated and thoughtful service.
Convention 2016 Report
Corey Zachow, AIA
AIA Spokane 2016 President
Philadelphia, the 2016 Convention host city, was recently named the first ‘World Heritage City’ in the United States. Its cultural and historical significance provided many interesting tour opportunities: Eastern State Penitentiary, The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin’s Post Office, Reading Terminal Market, the Philadelphia Mint, and many murals and museums.
AIA provided its 20,791 attendees a well-rounded selection of keynote speakers, classes, Expo hall participants and a productive business session - all housed in the Philadelphia Convention Center’s 679,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, 80 meeting rooms and one grand ballroom. Rem Koolhaas Hon. FAIA, and Nari Oxman joined Julia Louis-Dreyfus as headline keynote presenters. Denise Scott Brown, Hon. FAIA accepted the first ever duo gold medal on behalf of Robert Venturi, FAIA and herself. Experienced and well-informed speakers presented on a wide range of topics including sustainability, accessibility and creating safe and secure school facilities. The Expo provided a look at new products and technologies such as new virtual reality systems that will give us the option of walking through our un-built projects.
I represented AIA Spokane during the nominations of Institute officers; approvals and acceptances of bylaw amendments, resolutions, reports from the treasurer and the annual State of the Institute Report. The business meeting also included summaries from AIA about the updated website, the continued public ad campaign and the creation of a knowledge base of recently surveyed building owners. Here’s a good summary of Board and Convention Business.
Carl Elefante, FAIA was elected as 2018 President-Elect while Peter Exley, FAIA was elected for At-large Director and Bruce Sekanick, AIA as 2017-18 Secretary. More information about AIA's Officers. At the Northwest & Pacific Region meeting, Joe Notkin, AIA, of AIA Alaska and Rico Quirindongo, AIA, of AIA Seattle became the two nominees for Region Director and are scheduled for vote at the Region’s Fall Conference in Fairbanks this year.
The Convention wrapped up with performances by Kevin Bacon’s band, the Bacon Brothers and a reception for Seattle firm LMN, this year’s recipient of National Firm of the Year Award. I thank you for allowing me to represent AIA Spokane at this year’s AIA National Convention and wish to also thank Philadelphia and AIA National for providing a great and well attended event. I encourage you to attend the 2017 Convention in Orlando or the 2018 Convention in New York City.
AIA Spokane Goes Tiny in 2017
The 2017 AIA Spokane Architecture Month celebration will focus on tiny, micro, pre-fabricated and modular architecture. During this month-long celebration, the committee will offer the 3rd Annual Student Design Competition and 2-day trip, workshops - including possible partnerships with Cascadia and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), tours, keynote speakers and displays. We will wrap-up Architecture Month with a Student Design Awards celebration.
Interested in learning more or in volunteering? Check out our Events Calendar for the time and place of our next brown bag planning meeting. Read the minutes from our Aug 3 meeting.
Questions? Email Jose Barajas or Dave Buescher.
AIA Spokane 2017 Dues Proposal Vote
(You'll need to provide your AIA Member ID to validate your vote.)
Details: This Dues Proposal was approved by AIA Spokane's Board and presented to membership at the August 18th meeting. Since a quorum was not present at that meeting and since AIA Spokane's bylaws provide for mail and/or voting through electronic medium we are requesting that the membership vote to approve the Board's 2017 Dues Proposal.
View the 2017 Dues Proposal and cast your vote using this Eventbrite Link.
Respectfully submitted by the AIA Spokane Board Executive Committee:
Corey Zachow President, Cody Dompier President-Elect, Becky Barnhart Past-President, David Buescher Secretary and Gale Bevington Treasurer.
Support the Inland Northwest Architectural Foundation
The Inland Northwest Architectural Foundation was created in 2002 to:
Learn more about the INAF and how you can support them financially.
Take a look at what kids can do when do when you help them unleash their creative side! There are some great photos on the AIA Spokane Facebook page that show what was done on April 2 at River Park Square with crackers, marshmallows, cups of glue and the encouragement from architects to Play With Your Food!
A big Thank You to the all the AIA Spokane Play With Your Food Volunteers. From ALSC Architects: Robin Pecka, Jodi Kittel, Tina Johansen, Kris Jeske and Kathy Russell, from Integrus Architecture: Lee Garcia, Katie Vingelen, Jose Barajas, Ty Miller. Becky Blankenship from Leone & Keeble, Matt Blankenship from GeoEngineers and our retired AIA Spokane Executive Director Linda Hooten and her husband Roy. Please congratulate Jason Bond of Integrus Architecture, our Play With Your Food organizer, on a well-run and fun event.
Announcing: Play With Your Food
Play With Your Food is an event that allows children to learn about architecture and design in a fun atmosphere and then see their buildings made of food in a city with the work of other participants.
Volunteers are needed to supervise the actual event on April 2 at River Park Square. We will work in 1 hour shifts from 10am to 4pm, with some light set-up before and after. Volunteers to do some of the shopping and pre-event prep would also be welcome. And of course bring your kids!
Please contact Jason Bond if you are interested in volunteering.
2016 Design Awards
To encourage excellence in all types and areas of architecture, the Spokane Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announces its Design Awards Program for 2016. Through the program, the Chapter seeks to honor works of distinction by its members and to bring public attention to outstanding architectural services rendered by its members.
Categories are: Built, over $5 million. Built, under $5 million and Conceptual. Awards may also be presented for Craftsmanship and Sustainability.
Entries must have been designed by an AIA Member or AIA Associate Member who is a current member of AIA Spokane and have been completed between March 31, 2010 and March 31, 2016.
Our Jurors are: Ken Andrews, AIA and Brad Tomacek, AIA both from Denver and Sid Scott, AIA from Portland. Learn more...
Download the Registration Form - Due Feb 25
Download the Design Awards Guidelines
See results from our 2012 Design Awards
Capitol Connections 2016
The one day each year AIA|WA Council invites all AIA members in the state to visit Olympia to lobby our state legislators regarding the common interests architects have that impact the practice of architecture.
If you are interested in supporting the profession I encourage you to attend. Register for Capitol Connections.
Jeffrey Hamlett, Esq., AIA
Happy 2016 from AIA Spokane!
Corey Zachow, AIA 2016 AIA Spokane President
It’s hard to believe it’s already February of 2016. As we look back on 2015, we saw a year of continual improvement within both the architecture/engineering/construction industry and the AIA. Architecture firms continued to hire and we saw more high quality projects being built. AIA membership continued to improve and we thank the architects and our allied members for their support. A big Thank You to our 2015 AIA Spokane President, Becky Barnhart, last year’s AIA Spokane board and executive director for their leadership in coordinating all the efforts and in making it a great year.
AIA’s repositioning continued and is now making its way through AIA|WA. All Chapters in our state have agreed to allow each other’s members to participate in events at member prices. AIA Vancouver dissolved as a Chapter in 2015 and its members elected to form a Section (a unique operating unit) under AIA|SW. AIA|NW and AIA Seattle and AIA Central WA and AIA Spokane are currently exploring similar relationships with each other; all in a way to better provide member services.
As we continue into 2016, we are looking to keep the momentum going in supporting AIA Spokane’s mission to “increase and promote the value of Architects by advancing the standard of the profession, promoting professional development, outreach and fellowship”. We encourage all architects to join in by first renewing their membership. Second, we encourage all architects and members to get involved.
AIA Spokane has a great lineup of events, programs, building tours and other continuing education opportunities in the works this year including the focal event of Architecture Month, the 2016 AIA Spokane Design Awards. With the last AIA Spokane Design Awards being in 2012, we expect to see a high number of recently completed high quality work being submitted, as well as your participation in the Design Awards event, being held at the Spokane Club on Thursday, April 28th. Other Architecture Month events include Play with Your Food and a Historical Preservation workshop. Tours for the first half of the year include: Historic Spokane Public Radio Building, Washington Cracker Building, Rockwood Retirement Towers, Kootenai Health, and a tour of a Tom Kundig house.
Between the aforementioned events and the others yet to come, I am excited to serve as your 2016 AIA Spokane President. I encourage you to stay involved by contacting Katherine or one of your other Board Members. Let us know if you have any ideas, topics, projects or seminars that you’d like to see or any that you might have to share.
Corey Zachow, AIA
2016 AIA Spokane President
Contributed by Don Trail, AIA
I got a chance to see the demolition and re-building taking place in the old Ridpath Motor Inn the other day. The building was designed in 1962 and built in 1962-1963 plus or minus. The Architect was Walker & McGough. Their project manager was Ed Musgrove. The Contractor was Halvorson. The Structural engineer on the project was Worthington, Skilling, Helle and Jackson in Seattle. WSH & J were designing the original World Trade Center in New York simultaneously with the Ridpath. At the time the World Trade Center project was top secret as the Owners were still assembling the property for the Center and didn’t want to trigger a land price escalation so when Ed Musgrove would go over to the engineers office for a conference on the Ridpath, he wondered why they hustled around the office covering up drawings when he arrived.
Other technology was changing during the design of the Ridpath; I believe it was one of the last local projects to be drawn on linen and was at the tail end of the real blueprint (white lines on blue paper) reproduction era.
It’s good to see the building coming to life again.
Nominating Committee Report for 2016
The 2015 AIA Spokane Nominating Committee is pleased to announce our slate of officers and directors for election to the 2016 Board for our upcoming Annual Meeting. Our incoming President is Corey Zachow (currently serving as President-Elect.) Our current President, Becky Barnhart, will assume the role of Immediate Past President. Our current Secretary, Cody Dompier accepts the nomination to the President-Elect position. Accepting nominations to serve as Secretary and as Treasurer, respectively, are David Buescher and Gale Bevington. Trish Buzan continues as a Director through 2016. Becky Blankenship and Sean Tharp, after filling Board vacancies during 2014 and 2015 have agreed to serve full three-year terms. The Committee is pleased to nominate Kathy Russell and Randy Wilson to fill our remaining director vacancies. More about our Board.
SRHD Healthy Communities Program
Spokane Regional Health District Update
Schools play a vital and visible role in their communities. The physical design of a school and its grounds can affect activity patterns, behaviors, and food choices. Schools can be designed to promote student health through the following food/beverage, physical activity and safety enhancing environmental design considerations:
Healthy Eating Design Guidelines for School Architecture
Physical Activity Design Guidelines for School Architecture
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
For additional information, please contact the Spokane Regional Health District Healthy Communities Program at (509)324-1530.
Links for Healthy Communities and the Spokane Regional Health District