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Ryan Taylor, AIA offers opportunities/reasons to get involved in building code development

Ryan Murphy, AIA and Liz York FAIA detail what it takes to be citizen architects.

Haven't "Discovered Architecture" yet? Learn about the fast growing program by Atlanta's own Melody Harclerode, AIA


I became an architect to make a long-lasting impact on communities; to lift spirits, to add value to people’s lives and to positively shape the way people live and use space. Joseph Lai, AIA Member since 2012

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SAMUEL MOCKBEE (1944-2001)

Architecture has to be greater than just architecture. It has to address social values, as well as technical and aesthetic values. On top of that, the one true gift that an architect has is his or her imagination. We take something ordinary and elevate it to something extraordinary.

"Sambo" was the perfect figure in architecture at the perfect time. He combined a larger than life personality with a genuine love and deep empathy for people no matter their station in life. Yes, unquestionably, his efforts as the spiritual leader of Auburn’s Rural Studio will be his greatest accomplishment. What is often lost is how skilled he was at the artistry of architecture and how rapidly his star was rising at the moment he started the studio. Without that clout, without being able to command a certain kind of respect from the young architects he was leading, without the access to the media that a budding ‘superstar’ can command, it’s hard to know if the Rural Studio would have achieved the acclaim it did so quickly. "Sambo" was the first to recognize this - as one of his students during the formation and fermentation period prior to the Rural Studio, he would talk about what he was giving up but what he was also gaining. He was acutely aware that he could bring attention to the moral and social mission of the Rural Studio through his own work. And, in that regard, he was one of the most successful “citizen architects” ever, someone who could bring design to the poorest places in a way that inspired others to action and elevated the dignity of all involved. -Greg Walker, AIA (former student of Mockbee)

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President's NOTE "What I like best about architects is that you all intuitively see the connections between ideas and issues – things are never a simple linear equation." - David Southerland, Exec. Dir. I am immensely pleased to welcome the members of AIA Georgia to our first full issue of The Citizen Architect quarterly magazine. Members have made it clear that one of the most important elements of the work of AIA is to raise the awareness among the general public about the value of architecture and the work of architects. A citizen architect uses her/his insights, training and education, work experience, and a designer’s eye to engage in work that goes beyond that of practicing architecture in a professional setting. These special members are those elected to public office, appointed to planning and historic preservation commissions, serving on the board of nonprofits, or active in their faith community. Architects are trained to see the world in whole systems, to see the connections, challenges, and opportunities in how things work together. Unfortunately, most of the institutions that affect our civic life behave as if these things operate in silos. Bringing the perspective of an architect to those roles is a powerful way for our members to raise the awareness of the public about what we do, and how we do it. In previous newsletters profiling our citizen architect members, you have learned about the work of Scott Gordon, who is a Cherokee County Commissioner, and the founder of the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association – and responsible for hundreds of miles of recreational trails in North Georgia. You also have met Nicole Hilton, AIA who is a national leader in diversity in the profession, and a leader in her faith community. In this inaugural issues of the Citizen Architect Magazine you will meet Ryan Murphy, AIA of the AIA Savannah Chapter and Liz York, FAIA, a recent fellow and the director of sustainability at the Centers for Disease Control. Certainly, more profiles of the work of our members will follow in future issues. Please enjoy, and if you know of an AIA member who is doing work that embodies the concept of the citizen architect, drop us a line. If you would like to be more involved contact us and utilize our resources to connect you with an organization or group that may fit your desires to be a Citizen Architect. Enjoy the issue!

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2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Theresa Ridley, Neil Dawson, Gregory Walker, Michael Tchouaffe, R. Perry Jarrell, Kathryn Bedette, Nicole Hilton, Gerry Cowart, Ralph Raymond, Steven G. Stowers, Michael White, Sr., Jeremy Hughes, Roderick Williams EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: David Southerland Editor in Chief: Steven Stowers Staff Writers: David Southerland, Lynn Robinson Staff Editor/Designer: Lynn Robinson CONTRIBUTORS: Melody Harclerode, Ryan Taylor, Steven Stowers, Liz York, Anne K. Smith REVIEWER: Tangela Monroe OFFICES: 100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 190, Atlanta, GA 30303

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As a federal employee for the U.S. Army, Ryan serves numerous military customers across the US and abroad. He works as an Architect and Master Planner, providing shortand long-range planning to customers on the scale of a portion of a building to an entire military base. Not bound to state lines, Ryan’s service aims to provide for the greater good, even reaching as far as Afghanistan. Ryan voluntarily deployed as a civilian architect to Kabul, Afghanistan from October 2013 to November 2014. He used his expertise in the field of architecture to aid in the rebuilding effort of the entire war-torn country. It is through this selfless service that he

aims to improve the human condition through architecture. While deployed, Ryan worked closely with local nationals to develop plans to improve country-wide infrastructure and quality of life for the Afghans. Projects he worked on included those for the national Army and Police forces, schools and universities, and digging wells to provide clean drinking water for all. For his efforts in serving his country, Ryan was awarded the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award, Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal, among other various accolades for his service. | 06


“Ryan’s service aims to provide for the greater good, even reaching as far as Afghanistan.”


In April, Ryan began a developmental assignment in Washington, DC. There, he has been in a position to provide input and guidance on how the military addresses federal mandates related to architecture and engineering. WHAT HE IS UP TO TODAY

Ryan continues to volunteer his time as President of AIA Savannah to advocate for architects at the local, state, and federal levels. He also participates in architectural design critiques at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), presents at AIAS meetings, and has recently

volunteered to serve on city boards in Savannah. Additionally, Ryan serves as the President of the Gardens on Jones Condominium Association (HOA) and as Founder/ President of Chive on Savannah – dubbed a local drinking club with a charity problem – which brings people together to support local persons in need. It is because of Ryan’s experiences and dedicated civil service that he was awarded the inaugural AIA Georgia Citizen Architect Award in 2016 at the Design & Honor Awards in Atlantic Station.



Words of wisdom from our Board of Directors: EXPERIMENT.

If you're undecided on which path to take, try several paths and then decide which one is the best fit. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” Try out new organizations to get involved with both inside and outside of the profession. - Michael Tchouaffe, AIA HAVE A CLEAR IDEA OF WHAT YOU WANT.

“It's not hard to decide what you want your life to be about -- out what you're willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.” Have you found a niche in the community? Time management is always difficult amidst projects so plan out what is really important. - Gerry Cowart, AIA WORK ON PERSONAL PROJECTS.

Simeon Kondev once said, “I feel like every project I work on is a dream project, so long as I am learning.” Take this into mind when you are looking for that special thing. Work is great, but so is what you do outside of it. Nicole Seekely, AIA

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THE GEORGIA HOUSE PRIMARIES In our state, most districts are not usually contested races during the general election in the Fall – and the real action is in the party primaries. Georgia held its primaries on May 24th, and many of the profession’s friends were involved in challenging contests. For this primary season, it seems that it was those on the Republican side of the aisle who were more likely to see lively opposition. by David Southerland



JOHN BURNS (R – STATESBORO) House Majority Leader Burns faced what he anticipated to be a tough primary against local businessman Daniel Almond. But Burns won his primary with 76% of the vote.



TERRY ENGLAND (R – AUBURN) Appropriations Chairman Terry England (R – Auburn), who hails from the Atlanta Chapter’s Northeast Section, won his primary by the largest margin in the 2016 GA primary election – 90%.


BRETT HARRELL (R – SNELLVILLE) Representative Brett Harrell (R – Snellville), also of the Northeast Section, sits on the Regulated Industries Committee and is a proven friend of architects, won his primary with 78% of the vote.

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HOWARD MAXWELL (R – DALLAS) Regulated Industries Chairman Howard Maxwell (R – Dallas) faced a tough primary due to a contentious issue about a local airport in west Georgia. Maxwell won his primary election with 53% of the vote.

DEMETRIUS DOUGLAS (D – STOCKBRIDGE) A promising newcomer from the south metro Atlanta area, won his primary with 68% of the vote.




ED RYNDERS (R – ALBANY) Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Rynders (R – Albany) won his primary election in this district in AIA’s Southwest Georgia chapter, with 81% of the vote.

DAVID RALSTON (R -BLUE RIDGE) Speaker of the House David Ralston (R Blue Ridge) faced opposition from local teacher, Sam Snider, for the second time. He won the primary vote with 66%.

CHARLIE BETHEL (R – DALTON) Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, Bethel, won his primary election with 75% of the vote. Senator Bethel was the Senate champion for the indemnification legislation that becomes law on July 1 – a huge win for AIA members.






JOHN BURNS (R – STATESBORO) Senator Beach faced a well-funded primary opponent who was resistant to Beach’s support of MARTA and other progressive development stances. He has been a solid supporter of AIA’s issues for many years. Beach ultimately won his election with 58% of the vote.

BRANDON BEACH (R – ALPHARETTA) A promising newcomer from the south metro Atlanta area, won his primary with 68% of the vote.

BILL COSWERT (R – ATHENS) Senate Majority Leader Coswert, representing a district in Atlanta chapter’s Northeast Section, won his primary election with 76% of the vote.

FRANK GINN (R –DANIELSVILLE) Senate Economic Development Committee Chairman Ginn, just outside of Athens, won his primary election with 80% of the vote.

AIA’s support from our PAC is always non-partisan. Generally, our support for a legislator or candidate falls into one of the following categories: An active supporter and champion of our key issues Overall leadership positions in their respective political parties Leadership roles on committees that most directly affect our profession (such as Regulated Industries or Insurance) An up and coming public official, who we make friends with now and who may be in a position of influence in the future.


MANY OF THE KEY LEGISLATORS THAT AIA GEORGIA SUPPORTS WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE NO OPPOSITION IN THEIR PRIMARY. THESE FRIENDS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: Stacy Abrams (D – Atlanta), the House Minority Leader and a friend to AIA for many years Ron Stephens (R – Savannah), House Economic Development Chairman, champion of 2015’s Historic Building Tax Credit law, and friend of AIA Christian Coomer (R – Cartersville), House Transportation Chairman Carolyn Hughley (D – Columbus) is the Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair. Jan Jones (R- Milton), the Speaker Pro Tem of the House, and a representative from the northern suburbs of metro Atlanta Lester Jackson (D – Savannah) has been an ally on the indemnification law, and supported AIA on the anti-LEED bill in 2015. John Albers (R – Roswell), Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Operations Committee (SLOGO) Steve Henson (D – Tucker) Minority Leader in the Senate. Hunter Hill (R – Buckhead), a Senator from Atlanta’s inner suburbs, was the champion for the state’s Public Private Partnership law in 2015 Rick Jeffares (R – McDonough), the Senate’s Regulated Industries Chairman David Shafer (R – Duluth), representing a district in Atlanta chapter’s Northeast Section, and President Pro Tem of the Senate Ben Watson (R – Savannah), who has been an ally and friend to the Savannah chapter for many years

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An Investment of Time A Lifetime of Rewards By Melody Harclerode, AIA

Every fourth grade student and their families in this country can visit over two thousand federally managed lands and waters for free because of the “Every Kid in the Park” campaign launched by the White House and eight federal agencies in September 2015. Why fourth graders? Researchers indicate that “children ages 9-11 belong to unique developmental stage in their learning where they begin to understand how the world around them works in more concrete ways. At this stage, they are receptive to new ideas and most likely to hold positive attitudes towards nature and the environment.” Supporters add that kids with opportunities for hands-on learning outdoors demonstrate more interest and proficiency in science. For years, architecture and design education has focused on the development of future professionals in colleges or universities. Architectural schools at these institutions play a vital role in educating and training young adults for future careers. Students need the guidance from educators and the exploration of architecture and allied subjects to be effective architects and design professionals. However, an increasing number AIA architects and design professionals also champion architecture and design education for elementary school students like our counterparts in the environment. The benefits of early K-12 architecture and design education include the following: Strengthen the pipeline for future architects in a competitive elementary school landscape featuring creative programs such as robotics, computer programming, and even film production. Offer high-quality but affordable educational experiences, which spark creativity and tactile learning, in contrast to the overly structured curriculum in too many schools. Bolster the curriculum of existing educators who are interested in architecture, yet lack the experience and confidence to teach it. Give professionals memorable and meaningful volunteer opportunities associated with our profession. Understanding these benefits, I co-founded the Discover ARCHITECTURE program at E. Rivers Elementary School with art educator Phillip Alexander-Cox in 2010 with the support of AIA Atlanta staff, Atlanta Public School leaders, and school parents.

Seven Atlanta firms – Perkins+Will, Gensler, Stevens & Wilkinson, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, HOK, tvsdesign, and Cooper Carry – are the backbone of this afterschool program. For nine to ten weeks per school year, the architects and design professionals from these firms leave their jobs in the late afternoon, drive to elementary schools in diverse geographical areas in the City of Atlanta, and meander their way into an art classroom. The volunteers mentor fourth and fifth students as they design one or two projects during the semester, such as a dream home, a reimagined Atlanta landmark, and a pavilion. Honing their drawing skills, the junior designers sketch plans and elevations. These youngsters create building and site models applying the expertise of design professionals, who serve as guest speakers. Students in Discover ARCHITECTURE have received amazing opportunities for educational fun in the past few years. These fourth and fifth graders, their families, and their educators received a trip to the Center of Civil & Human Rights packed with a tour and an interesting design activity courtesy of a 2015 national grant. This group also participated in exciting design activities at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta. Over eighty architects and design professionals donated their time and talent to help eighty students for Discover ARCHITECTURE during the last school year. A few volunteers contributed to the development of a book based on the program called Discover ARCHITECTURE. Volunteer architects and design professionals enjoy the break from the bustle of work. They delight in the diversity of talent and personalities. This group treasures the opportunity to nurture skills for the next generation. AIA members are fortunate that more local AIA chapters and AIA National are slowly recognizing that early K-12 architecture and design education is more than a feel-good exercise: this investment of time by architects and design professionals offers a lifetime of rewards for the students and our profession. About the Author Melody Harclerode AIA, MBA, LEED AP, serves as the Director of Programs for the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance. She manages and creates educational, public, and volunteer programs for this non-profit organization based in DeKalb County. A 2016 AIA Atlanta Past President and former K-12 Chair, Melody was recently appointed by AIA National President Russ Davidson FAIA to a new, national K-12 Working Group. Buy the Discover Architecture Book | 12


My passion and great enjoyment for architecture and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we architects- can effect the quality of life of the people.

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NCARB UPDATES WITH ANNE SMITH, FAIA Get to know the latest changes affecting the Profession from the Southern Conference ' s Regional Director by Anne K . Smith , FAIA


have just returned from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) 2016 Annual Meeting and have much to share. The launch date for Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) 5.0 was announced as November 1, 2016. The current ARE 4.0 version will still be available until Summer 2018 to allow those currently testing to complete their exams in ARE 4.0. Those candidates currently testing will also have the ability to transition to the new exam if they wish. Guidance and advice for this transition is available on the NCARB website and from specially trained customer service staff. The new exam content is based on the phases of construction along with practice management and aligns with the

experience areas for the new Architectural Experience Program (AXP) program. The new ARE 5.0 will have six divisions (one less than the current ARE 4.0). Another major change is the introduction of case studies with reference materials that a candidate would have multiple questions and tasks associated with a case study project to complete (again much more like real world practice). IDP (Intern Development Program) also has been updated and renamed to AXP (Architectural Experience Program). The new AXP will launch on July 1st. Assistance is also available for those transitioning, although candidates currently in the program will automatically be transitioned to the new program. The new experience program is

Anne Kolman Smith, FAIA, LEED APBD+C, of Savannah, GA, was installed on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Board of Directors at its 94th Annual Meeting in San Diego. Smith represents the Council’s Southern Conference (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

based on phases of construction and management, similar to the way we actually practice. The IPAL (Path to Architectural Licensure) initiative has accepted 17 programs from 16 schools to implement this additional path through architectural education.

The new AXP will launch on July 1st. Assistance is also available for transitioning, although candidates currently in the program will automatically be transitioned to the new program | 14

WHAT'S NEXT? Building Codes in Georgia Building codes in Georgia are adopted and amended on a statewide basis through the Construction Codes Division of our Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Like many other states, Georgia typically amends and then adopts model codes from the International Code Council (ICC). Subcommittees of interested parties are formed to review the model codes and propose necessary amendments in each Georgia building code cycle. While the ICC publishes new building codes every three years, Georgia has been observing a six-year code cycle.

State Codes Advisory Committee Our DCA appoints approximately twenty representatives from various professions and industries to serve four-year terms on a State Codes Advisory Committee (SCAC). The 5,480 registered architects in Georgia are represented by an architect appointed to the SCAC just as structural engineers, fire officials and others are represented. Coordination between the architects' representative on the SCAC and AIA Georgia makes it relatively easy for architects to get involved in building code issues.

How You Can Participate Our representative on the SCAC can explain the process, time commitment and other issues of building code development so you don’t have to figure it out for yourself. Getting involved is just a matter of contacting AIA Georgia to express your interest. We’ll add you to our list of interested parties with whom we communicate opportunities and needs for expertise in certain areas. No matter your practice area, you’re governed by building codes and we need your expertise in EVERY code cycle. Listen to our Building Codes Podcasts

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Ryan Taylor, AIA is appointed to represent the architects of Georgia on our State Codes Advisory Committee (tasked with adopting and amending Georgia’s building codes). He’s also an appointed member of AIA National’s Codes & Standards Committee.


Involving the Profession

By Ryan Taylor, AIA

Georgia is about to go through another building code development cycle in which the DCA will appoint representatives to subcommittees tasked with reviewing and proposing necessary amendments to ALL of the building codes in Georgia. This is a great opportunity for interested architects to participate in the code development process. The great reward for participating in the process is a much more thorough understanding for the language and spirit of the building codes. Architects who participate in building code development are much better prepared to position their own practices and serve as better advocates for their owners because they know where the next round of building codes to be adopted will drive the market. There are many other obvious benefits to investing your time in building code development. Chief among them is reduction of errors and omissions that result from knowing the building codes. Another great advantage is the opportunity to work and fellowship with other interested parties whom you can contact after the code cycle is over to compare notes and ask for an expert opinion. Finally, participating in building code development makes you a resource for our community of architects. What has a greater impact on our work than building codes? If you’re familiar with the development process, spirit of the code and specific sections, you can educate others in your firm and in our community. You can help advocate for our profession just by getting involved and coordinating with our AIA Georgia staff.

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There are many practicing licensed architects that this may assist with reciprocal licensing.

The goal is to provide a structured curriculum that integrates experience and opportunities for taking the ARE while in school.

The 2016 NCARB Annual Meeting was attended by all 54 jurisdictions who debated and voted on the resolutions. The work of the committees and task forces was evident in the great presentations and resource materials provided. I participated on the IPAL panel that shared the program and progress with the membership and served as an advocate for many of the resolutions. I am very proud to share that Kristine Harding (from the Alabama board) was elected as the FY 16-17 president. She is the first female president of NCARB since the 1990's.

The schools are working closely with firms to provide the right setting for experience that qualifies for AXP and have built in opportunities to obtain enough experience to complete AXP prior to graduation. Also, there will be opportunities to take each section of the exam prior to graduation. Although licensure upon graduation may be possible, passing all sections of the exam is not a pre-requisite for graduation. This initiative has been very well received, is an "additional path" to licensure, and is not intended to replace the traditional architectural professional degree programs. Another important item is the streamlined Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) program for those with a pre-professional degree that may allow a licensed architect without a NAAB degree to obtain an NCARB Certificate.

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Thank you for allowing me to represent Georgia as the President of the Georgia State Board of Architects and Interior Designers. I promise to always do my best to make decisions that benefit our Georgia architects, our emerging professionals, students and most importantly the health, safety & welfare of the public. Please feel free to contact me to discuss these programs and initiatives or other questions you may have.

This initiative has been very well received is an "additional path" to licensure, and is not intended to replace the traditional architectural professional degree programs.



16 Winners of the 2016 AIA Georgia Design Awards Written by Lynn Robinson

On April 16th, AIA Georgia held its 44th annual Design and Honor Awards at the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlantic Station. Over 160 attendees celebrated the design achievements of jury chosen architecture students and professionals across Georgia. Sixteen design awards were awarded in three categories: Design + Innovation Built, Unbuilt and Student Works.

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1, 4. MERIT AWARD WINNER: "(SIN)UOSITY" BY Max Neiswander, Luke Kvasnicka with BLUR Workshop transforms the 10th street bridge into a sculpture that creates both a dramatic pedestrian experience above as well as a landmark to motorists below. At night, the sinuous curves and soaring ribs come alive with strategic lighting which highlights an elegant yet imposing sculpture that celebrates the exciting growth and vibrant future unfolding in Atlanta. 2-3. MERIT AWARD WINNER: "Cardlytics at Ponce City Market" by Smith Dalia Architects. Glass is used ubiquitously for “felt” depth, flexibility and transparency, and for shared daylighting and collaboration. Daylighting provides connection to the outdoors, psychologically increasing the “lightness” of the space. Natural materials lend texture and warmth, ameliorating some heaviness. 5-6. MERIT AWARD WINNER: "Paty Modern" by LIGHTROOM. The Olympic Place Courtyard House uses an L-shaped typology to create structure while integrating elements of its cultural context, program, and site. The L-shaped geometry of the house responds to both existing site conditions and city zoning setbacks to optimize on natural daylighting. Native Georgia materials such as cypress, marble, and granite create a natural palette. | 20



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1. MERIT AWARD WINNER: Clayton State University Science Building by The S/L/A/M Collaborative. The three-story lab building is designed as a modern home for the sciences, featuring stacked biology and chemistry suites, each integrating research, prep, and teaching labs. Flanking the labs are 64- and 32person classrooms and faculty office suites. A challenge of the project was to create a modern STEM building, including teaming spaces, in an efficient footprint. which was solved by utilizing an innovative laboratory pod layout to maximize efficiency. 2. EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER: Drew Charter School by Perkins+Will. This project combines a middle school and high school on the site of a former golf course. The main design gesture for the project became a sweeping arc of glass and fieldstone, rising from the ridge of the site.

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Cover and 3. MERIT AWARD WINNER: Palmetto Library by Houser Walker Architecture. In response to the program needs, we took the volumetric profile of the existing structure and sliced it into quarters, with each section containing one portion of the full program. Through a series of adjustments to its volume, views, winds, and daylight, each “box” was adjusted, rotated, and openings inserted. The adult and children’s resource areas will act as large reading rooms, with ceilings soaring to 18+ feet and carefully controlled natural light filtering through the space. A community meeting room occupies one ‘box’ and the back of house staff workplaces another. Filling the space between the "boxes" are a sky-lit entry sequence and building services. 4-5. MERIT AWARD WINNER: Western Michigan University, Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine on the W.E. Upjohn Campus by The S/L/A/M Collaborative. The program includes formal and informal spaces for a projected class size of 320 students consolidating all functions into one building allowing opportunities for interprofessional education and collaboration. Teaching, study and informal spaces are centralized around a three-story atrium connecting the existing building to a new elliptical pavilion addition. A 22,000SF Simulation Center allows medical students to experience “doctoring” with simulated patients before beginning clinical rotations and a defined learning communities and a boundaryless library offering access to information and study space anywhere in the building.

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1, 4. MERIT AWARD WINNER: Georgia Institute of Technology, Engineered Biosystems Building by Cooper Carry. This project is a six-story, 218,000-square-foot research facility. Challenging traditional laboratory design — typically composed of small silos of individual research teams – EBB creates a system of open lab neighborhoods that foster engagement. The building is organized into a series of layers which includes research support labs and a linear equipment corridor. 2-3. HONOR AWARD WINNER: The Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing by Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc. Within the 25,000SF building is 5,700SF of adult collection with stacks, group/individual study rooms, reading and informal lounge areas. Zones available to teens and children providing books and other media, reading tables, gathering space, technology and a tiered read-aloud storytelling area. In addition, a conference room and a flexible multipurpose room are placed in a location to host meetings after business hours. Addressing the Atlanta music industry, a music studio was integrated into the design to provide space for lessons, voice and instrument recording/editing and production. 5. EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER: Georgia BioScience Training Center by Cooper Carry. The Center is operated by Georgia Quick Start, a division of the Technical College System of Georgia. The approach to the Training Center was to synthesize multiple levels of transparency, material contrast, and engineering to create a strong juxtaposition against the natural backdrop. Guests are engaged by a main entrance canopy structure that is engineered as a double cantilever. Labs, classrooms, offices, and multipurpose/event spaces were designed with a module to enable future flexibility. Modular planning provides flexibility for future companies that may require space modifications. | 24


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1. MERIT AWARD WINNER: "Atlanta Dairies" by Perkins+Will. The program includes a mix of specialty shopping, dining, entertainment venues, and creative office space, all connected by greenspace and anchored by 300 units of multifamily apartments. Original elements such as catwalks, loading docks, concrete structures, and the iconic milk carton sign will be carefully restored and integrated into the new development. The design of the two entirely new structures on the site, the new 4 story office building and the 1,800 seat music venue, uses a contemporary façade language that together compliments the historic Streamline Moderne building. 2. PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER: "Buckhead Green" by Jacobs. The Buckhead Green will significantly enhance and expand on-going improvement efforts in the Buckhead area and provide an opportunity for a great urban park in an area where open land is not available. The project includes new and improved MARTA portals, event spaces, dynamic urban plazas, restaurants and cafes, and iconic gateway elements. The urban form is complimented by a variety of design opportunities such as fountains, artwork, topography, benches, and plantings providing year-round appeal to a diverse and growing population.. 3-4. PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER: Georgia State College of Law by Stevens & Wilkinson. The masterplan for the College of Law site includes space for additional GSU programs yet to be determined but well positioned to anchor the emerging campus sense of place.The law building’s library sits on the fifth and sixth levels, which is the largest part of the overall concept. The top level includes an exterior garden terrace with native plantings and an interior reading room with a view overlooking the library and adjacent Woodruff Park. The College of Law is targeted for LEED Silver certification. 5. HONOR AWARD WINNER: "The Oxygen Pavilion" by Katrina Alano of Kennesaw State University. The challenge of this project was to create a healing center for lung cancer patients next to the highly public site of Martin Luther King’s National Historic Park. Previously, the site suffered from a lack of connection from the urban context around it. To enhance the healing process for the individual, internally, the Oxygen Pavilion creates an ambiguous interior and exterior experience. By bringing internal clean breathable courtyards, it allows the patients to feel they are away from the city, and be one with nature. The program of the project includes consulting healing rooms, first aid room, staff offices, service areas, and a public cafe.

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6. MERIT AWARD & PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER: "O2O4W: Oxygen House in the Old Fourth Ward District " by Laura Sherman of Kennesaw State University. This project is a lung cancer community center project in the heart of Atlanta’s historic Martin Luther King Jr. memorial site. The project is an adaptive reuse of the to-be-demolished MLK Natatorium building footprint. The site is on an inaccessible inward-facing urban block at the bottom of a 14′ retaining wall. Urban context is unified by a building program that addresses a highly-private program of lung cancer patient consultation and is fortified with a supporting community center. Through creating a “breathing building”, the architecture takes a net-zero stance against a continuing trend of pollution in Atlanta, GA. 7. MERIT AWARD WINNER: "International Living Future Institute, Southeast Headquarters" by William Lentjes of Kennesaw State University. A project for the third year in the architecture program at KSU, this proposal for the International Living Future Institute’s ‘South-East Headquarters’ took a stance of sustainability from the start. Utilizing the large southern exposure of the site, a slim, linear floor plate maximized natural daylighting and potential for solar power. Incorporating all seven of the Living Building Challenge’s ‘petals,’ this project would be off the grid, promote community involvement as well as socioeconomic equity, and give a healthy sustainable work environment to its inhabitants. | 28






Architects love Italy. It may be due to the rich architectural tradition of the Renaissance but it also could be because we learned about this heritage during our first architectural history class. There is art in the way we learn and the Italians understand this inherently. There is a town in Italy called Reggio Emillia that is known for its focus on creating rich developmental environments for its next generation. The town decided to design an educational system that places the highest value on the student and guides and supports their self education through their pursuit of their own passion. The method is successful. Students learn through this culture of support and respect, to value themselves, their teachers and their environments. We as architects have a chance to

guide and support the next generation of architects in finding their way to lead and solve tomorrow's challenges. I am inspired by this model of education and it has influenced my thinking on teaching as well as my responsibility to the profession through mentoring. When I was in school, there were professors who taught me about their portable of the Cardo and Decumanus in typical Roman town planning. I also met students from other years that critiqued my work and helped me learn to be a better designer. Similarly, in my first firm experience as an intern, a newly registered architect taught me how to measure a room to great as builds - sounds simple but I needed coaching and help in order to be as efficient and effective as possible.



"I try to help them see that their interests and passions can be incorporated in the way they think about space, order and detail."

I have been very fortunate to have a series of co-workers and supervisors who took time out of their busy days to help me understand cabinetry details. write a good specification, design the location of control joints and a thousand other lessons. I was given the chance to be on many job sites and make all kinds of mistakes like running my thumb across a beautiful shiny caulk bead only to find that it was still wet. The construction manager was kind and forgiving and during subsequent site visits would always point out wet paint, fresh drywall mud or wet sealant. Throughout my career, there have only been a handful of times when I haven't felt this kind of generous positive mentoring and mutual respect. I feel a responsibility to give back to the profession, as it has been so generous and supportive of my development. For me, it is about helping students and young professionals through formal and informal mentoring. I volunteer to be an advisor and mentor for students at Georgia a Tech. I attend lectures and events at my college and do my best to talk to students and young professionals, asking them about their perspectives and passions.

Photo Credit: Liz York, (2016)

Liz York, FAIA is a registered architect and LEED accredited professional with facility management, design and construction experience on a wide range of building types including laboratories, hospitals, medical offices, hotels and resorts, commercial offices, convention centers and auditoria. Focus on sustainable products, procedures and systems. Special interest in the connection between the built environment and its influence on our ecosystem and the subsequent effects on personal and public health. She is a recent inductee into the AIA College of Fellows (2016).

Try speaking at student led events and conferences. Sitting on design reviews is a fun way to interact with students and challenge them to think about their ability to lead through their designs. I try to help them see that their interests and passions can be incorporated in the way they think about space, order and detail. I try to emphasize the importance of architecture in providing solutions to societal problems not just physical problems. I encourage them to think about using space and form to transform our world into a more equitable,sustainable, ecosystem. Inevitably I meet a student who is interested in sustainability or health-two of my favorite themes-and I hear a new perspective or idea that I can build on in my own work. In my office, i have been able to support further learning by establishing and sponsoring internships for undergraduates and recent graduates. We often know that we will be investing in these individuals more time and energy than we may receive back in work product but I have seen time and time again that investment making a difference for the profession in the long run. Taking an active role in developing our next generation is part of our duty as architects. Just as the builders of Rome constructed a city on the foundations of their predecessors, tomorrow's architects will be building on the foundation we provide. Each one of us has a responsibility to to help our next generation of leaders develop the skills and knowledge that will allow them to build better environments for living and solve the problems of tomorrow. Looking to become a mentor? Need help in finding a mentor | 30

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HB 943... WHAT THIS MEANS AN INTERVIEW WITH TONY AECK, FAIA BY DAVID SOUTHERLAND HB 943 seeks to restate the longstanding common law (and Georgia practice) that a party should be held responsible for its own actions, but should not be held responsible for the negligent acts of others.

It was AIA Georgia's hope to stop the spread of these exploitative broadform indemnification clauses in Georgia and ensure a level playing field for Georgia small businesses to be able to compete for A|E jobs without risking their businesses to do it.

Representative Carl Rogers’ bill prohibits the use of broad form indemnification in contracts for architectural and engineering services. The bill ensures that engineers and architects are responsible for damages, loss and expenses caused by their own negligence but protect them from responsibility from the negligence of other parties. This bill would result in a level playing field for firms of all sizes to compete for work – in the past the smaller firms have stayed away from projects due to the potential liability costs. Forty-three states, including Texas, Arizona and Florida, have prohibited this type of “broad form” indemnification.

Tony, you were instrumental in the advocacy efforts to pass this Indemnification law. Why did you think it was important that AIA and the profession take a stand on it?

Sample Contract Language: “Consultant agrees to hold harmless and indemnify Client from any and all liability, including cost of defense, arising out of performance of the services described herein.”

Why it was important for the profession to stand up was it was the right thing to do! I believe we should always require basic fairness from those we serve just as we should reciprocate fair treatment.

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Why it was important for AIA to take a stand is, of course, that the Institute is our loudest collective voice, and its mission includes doing just that. While there has been significant consolidation in recent years, a large segment of AIA membership is composed of small firms who need a strong advocate, and even the larger firms have their hands full just meeting the challenges of daily practice.

What kind of response are you expecting from clients when you point out that these sorts of indemnification clauses are no longer legal? How will you negotiate alternative language? Having participated over the years in a fair number of negotiations concerning ‘asymmetric’ indemnity clauses, for a little while after the Governor signed the bill I visualized taking pleasure in giving a Bronx cheer to the next perpetrator who tried to impose one. Then, I thought There’s some great language in a Supreme Court decision from the 19th Century I used to keep on my wall that defines a bad contract as one you wouldn’t sign unless you were lacking in your senses and the other party wouldn’t ask you to execute it unless they were less than honorable. Not wishing to remotely suggest some clients are ‘shady’, I do think many have been badly counseled by their advisors.

It seems like the passage of the law was a really good team effort, with AIA, our friends in the engineering world and others involved. What can you tell me about the coalition of players? Our friends at ACEC did some very heavy lifting—Sully Sullivan in particular—just as Eric Johnson, AIA pulled the oar hard for AIA GA. We had valuable assistance from some experienced attorneys in the defense bar plus our professional liability insurance brokers. David Southerland served an important coordinating role, and our savvy lobbyists kept us on track. Email was a very useful tool, and plain dumb luck even played a big part. At an important Legislative subcommittee hearing, I felt I made my biggest contribution of the ‘campaign’ by just showing up with a suit, tie, and gray hair--looking serious and quasi-respectable.

about maybe just signing it, knowing it would ultimately be unenforceable. But I eventually came back to my senses. Obviously the former response wouldn’t be receive well, and the ladder might mean having to file an expensive motion for summary judgement to get a court to invalidate such a provision. In the end, I think clearly the best approach is to just be ‘up front’ and educate the client why broad form indemnity clauses are now against public policy in Georgia and why risks should be allocated to the parties most capable of managing them.

This law is a really big win for AIA members. What do you think ought to be our next advocacy priorities? I think the other big asymmetry in our profession at the moment is an imbalance between the complexity and amount of services we are now expected to provide versus the level of compensation clients think they should pay. Many of the things we are doing now definitely benefit the client and contractor without a commensurate benefit also flowing our way. I’m not sure this something we can (or should) try to address legislatively, but it is a worthy target of more collegial advocacy! | 34


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Full Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 29, 2016

7:00 am - 5:00 pm: Drayage & Exhibitor Set UP 9:00 am - 1:00 pm: Board Meeting (all three states) 11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Georgia State Council Meeting 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Mini MBA 12:00 pm- Registration Opens 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Various Tours 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm: Concurrent Sessions (4) 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Concurrent Sessions (4) 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm: Vendor Program- Engaging Architects 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Keynote/Welcome Reception in Exhibits Peter Cavaluzzi, FAIA Dinner on own or Vendor Dinner by invitation 9:00 pm: Emerging Professionals Reception

Friday, September 30, 2016

7:30 am - 8:15 am: Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 8:15 am - 9:45 am: Keynote in Exhibit Hall 15 minute break 10:00 am - 11:00 pm: Concurrent sessions (4) 9:45 am - 10:45 pm: Vendor Program- Forecast for the Industry 15 minute break 11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Concurrent sessions (4) 12:15 pm - 2:00pm: Lunch with Exhibitors 12:30 pm: Red Carpet Premier of Within Formal Cities 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Break 3:00 pm: Teardown Exhibit Hall 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Concurrent sessions (4) 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Concurrent sessions (4) Alumni Reception Dinner on your own

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SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION CONFERENCE Savannah, GA September 29 - October 1, 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016 8:00 am - 9:15 am: Membership Meetings: AIA NC, AIA SC, AIA Atlanta 8:30 am - 4:00 pm: Legacy Charrette 9:30 am - 11:00 am: Concurrent Sessions and tours (3) 11:15 am - 12:30 pm: Jury Chair Keynote Lunch on your own 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Afternoon Tours 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Concurrent Sessions (3) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Dinner on your own 7:30 pm - until: SAR Design Awards and Dessert Reception

Emerging Professionals Track This year's SAR Conference has a deluge of content developed for and with Emerging Professionals. -The MiniMBA Program and subsequent sessions will be filled with practical and timely guidance for EP's. -Social events will connect AIA members from across the region and allow them to ask questions, share insights and build their networks. -Discounted EP pricing puts this all within reach. Contact your local YAF or Associate AIA group to see if there are plans for group travel or lodging.



Featured Keynotes

Peter Cavaluzzi, FAIA

As a design principal of Perkins Eastman (formerly EE&K), Peter’s work has focused on projects that increase the scale and density of existing urban fabric. By introducing projects with design excellence, Peter will explain how existing communities can embrace them as improving to their quality of life as compared to resisting these changes. Projects that focus on the public realm, improving the pedestrian experience, can add to the urban vibrancy of existing communities. With design solutions that embrace the existing historic and urban fabric, new projects can fit in rather than be seen as altering existing neighborhoods in negative ways. Peter also will show how public participation in the design process leads to communities embracing this change because they have a voice at the table that can influence the end result.

As one of the largest urban infill projects in the nation, the Atlanta Beltway provides a unique case study that addresses the topic of this conference, how to grow in large, urban areas. Discover how an underutilized railroad corridor which surrounds Atlanta is being converted to Transit-Oriented Development which will provide new multi-modal transit connectivity and provide development opportunities for significant mixed-use increased density. The introduction of a network of public parks, with significant public art, created vibrant people spaces for, not only the new residents and users of the mixed-use infill, but from the surrounding existing neighborhoods

Steve Dumez, FAIA

Paul Morris FASLA

In over 25 years of professional practice, Steve Dumez has lead the design of complex projects in a wide range of building types. As Director of Design for our practice, he oversees the design of all projects from concept to construction documents, working closely with a team of senior designers in ensuring the consistent quality level that drives our design-first practice. His engaging design process concentrates on first developing a detailed design program for clients including building image and brand goals, program compliance and ultimately physical design drivers. Under his design leadership, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for design excellence, including more than 25 national design awards and an additional 100+ awards at the local, state and regional levels.

Who to See in the Exhibition Hall Graphisoft Thorburn Associates Gilbane Building Petersen Aluminum Centria TPM Skyline Innovations Metromont Kawneer Tamlyn Metl-Span McVeigh & Mangum Ameristar Fence NCARB USA Shade FintronX LED J.E. Dunn

Gate Precast IMCI NCSU Applied Software DIRTT Garland Sherwin Williams Marvin Windows Brick Industry Advanced Solutions Schnieder Corp. Merrick Energy Ace DalTile Carolina Architectural Products Aiken Cost Consultants ...more coming soon! | 38

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