AIA Europe and AIA IR Joint Conference – Prague 20/20 – Successfully Convenes in Prague

From October 5th through 8th 2017, 150+ AIA Members from all seven IR chapters met in the Czech Senate Building for three days of informative lectures and talks followed by diverse Prague city and building tours.  At the Saturday night Gala Dinner held in the Lobkowicz Palace, Conference attendees celebrated fellowship, camaraderie, and the recipients of the AIA International Region Design Awards. Click here for a recap of the AIA International Region Design Awards published in Arch Daily.

Are You Pursuing U.S. Licensure From Abroad? AIA UK Welcomes You To Their Free Informational Event ‘NCARB And You’ Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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AIA UK is pleased to present this lecture on the path to becoming a licensed architect in the United States, with invited speakers from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). This presentation will be of interest to students, aspiring architects, foreign-registered architects and those in the architecture and construction industry who are considering to practice as an architect in the US in the future. 

Topics will include the role of NCARB as well as the different entities involved in the licensure process, the Education and Experience requirements as well as what to expect in the Architectural Registration Exams (ARE); and Certification after licensure for those seeking extra mobility to move and work around the country.

If you have questions about NCARB and the process of getting licensed from abroad, please EMAIL us before October 3rd and they will be asked at the event!

Click here for event details and free registration.

 

AIA Europe Member and 2017 AIA President, Thomas Vonier, FAIA, Elected President of the International Union of Architects.

Washington, D.C. – September 13, 2017 – Thomas Vonier, FAIA, 2017 AIA President was elected President of the International Union of Architects (UIA) during the 2017 UIA World Congress and General Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. Vonier will lead the Paris-based organization that represents 1.6 million architects worldwide through more than 100 national member sections for a three-year term.  

“The UIA is strong. We have regained our place as an influential world organization, fully engaged with the United Nations, UNESCO and other world bodies. We are advancing global policies and programs of real significance,” said Vonier during his campaign. “We must show the world how architecture can help to resolve the difficult issues facing society and our planet. The UIA is here to unify architects worldwide, influence global policies and outcomes, and advance the power of architecture to meet human needs.”

Vonier plans to engage government bodies and international organizations on meeting global challenges through design, while promoting cooperation among architects around the world. Vonier, who heads a consulting practice based in Paris and Washington D.C., has completed projects in Europe, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. “American architects and AIA members should be proud to have an especially qualified representative in Thomas Vonier, FAIA, to lead the global architectural association, the UIA,” said Robert Ivy, FAIA, AIA EVP/CEO. “Tom’s unique perspective and experience will help us all share the power of architecture worldwide.”  

Established in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1948, the UIA is recognized as a non-governmental organization by the United Nations. It works on matters of professional and public interest through three permanent commissions and various work programs. It is chartered to unite architects internationally, without regard to nationality, ethnicity, or political viewpoint.

“As Secretary General of the UIA for the past three years, Tom demonstrated strong leadership through a deep understanding of the international architecture community, and a clear vision for unity,” said 2017 First Vice President/2018 President Elect Carl Elefante, FAIA. “I look forward to the progress our community will make under his leadership.”

AIA International Region Design Awards Deadline Extended to August 25th!

AIA Europe is one of six international chapters of the AIA International Region. Together, all chapters work to bring forward the shared IR mission of providing a collaborative leadership platform to empower members and encourage global success through best practice, innovative thinking, and design excellence.

AIA IR Design Awards are one of the very tangible benefits of the Region which is a free benefit to all IR members covered by chapters, the Institute, and IR sponsors. The Awards receive publication annually, are exhibited in top quality venues (like A'18 in NYC) and are presented on multiple continents!

This year, our Jury Chair and Past Institute President, Helene Dreiling, FAIA will make a special visit to Prague to announce the winners. We encourage AIA Europe members to have a chance to get the recognition you deserve!  We hope to see winners from every Chapter to be celebrated in Prague.  

How to submit:

  • The entire process is very simple; just one Powerpoint and a few on-line fill-in-the-blanks. Click here.

Call for Symposium and Architectural Projects Exhibition CAUMME PAUMME 2018 “Borders in Architecture”

AIA Europe Member, Murat D. Soygenis, AIA, RIBA is co-founder of the platform AUMME which organizes a series of events with Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey.

AIA Europe members are invited to submit their papers and projects to the upcoming AUMME International Symposium and Architectural Projects Exhibition “CAUMME PAUMME 2018- Contemporary Architecture & Urbanism in the Mediterranean & the Middle East," taking place November 22-23rd, 2018. The symposium aims to rethink the meaning and design of borders in theory and practice of architecture.

In addition to the symposium book containing texts and projects, selected papers will be published in a special edition of a peer reviewed journal called Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research. 

Please see the Call for Papers, Projects and Event Details at
http://www.bahcesehir.edu.tr/icerik/11951-caumme-paumme-2018

AIA Europe Represented at the European Architectural Heritage Awards (AADIPA) Held in Barcelona, Spain.

AIA Europe First Vice-President, Carsten Hanssen, represented AIA Europe at the European Architectural Heritage Awards (AADIPA) held in Barcelona, Spain June 14th to 15th, 2017.

In addition to being a part of the 15 person international jury invited to judge the 200 submitted projects, Carsten also moderated a lively panel discussion about Architectural Heritage in Europe and presented the AIA Europe Chapter to the attending audience of architects.

AADIPA discovered the AIA European Chapter at our Spring 2016 Conference in Barcelona and asked for our support in finding two American architects to lecture on architectural Heritage practice in the United States.  AIA Europe was pleased to welcome two renowned US experts David Fixler, FAIA from Boston and William Dupont, FAIA from San Antonio, Texas to the European Architectural Heritage Awards Event.

The winners of the AADIPA Awards were announced on the last day of the event, with a cocktail held at the Catalan Order of Architect's building across from the 13th century Barcelona Cathedral – reminding the participants of the old and new architecture they had gathered to debate and celebrate.

 

Practicing in Continental Europe: An Interview with the AIA Europe Chapter featured in YAF Journal.

The current 'Jet Set' issue of Connection - The Journal of AIA'S Young Architects' Forum - is dedicated to International Practice and how young architects can use their skills across the globe. Many AIA International Region members have contributed to 'Jet Set,' including AIA President, Tom Vonier (p. 06), Tiffany Melançon of AIA Europe (p. 32), Steven Miller of AIA Middle East (p. 24), and Lorraine King of AIA UK (p. 28).  Click here to read.

AIA Europe Announces 2017 AIA Europe Scholarship Recipient: Johana Elizabeth Monroy

AIA Europe is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has awarded the 2017 AIA Europe Scholarship to Johana Monroy, a Master's student at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, in Barcelona, Spain. Johana is from Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. where she received her Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the Pratt Institute in 2013.

Johana will present her current work and research at the AIA Europe / AIA International Region Conference in Prague this October. Johana says of her time studying in Europe, "My goal is to share with others the many things I have learned here. I plan to teach at a university and impact students in their thinking that architecture involves learning from many disciplines, understanding a multitude of cultures, accepting different ways of living and thinking, and making design come alive through experiences that are outside of your comfort zone." We look forward to welcoming Johana in Prague.

AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) Seeking AIA Europe Members Specializing in Healthcare Design.

The American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) is looking AIA Europe members who specialize in Healthcare Design in Europe to be a part of an International Initiatives Committee where healthcare architects can come together to share information.  The committee will consist of at least one member from each of the AIA International Chapters that is involved with healthcare architecture.  Ultimately, each chapter could have an AAH Component that would hold knowledge sharing events and share healthcare knowledge.  The Academy and initiative committee’s missions are:

  • To improve the quality of healthcare through design by developing, documenting, and disseminating knowledge; educating healthcare architects and other related constituencies; advancing the practice of healthcare architecture; improving the design of health care environments; affiliating and advocating with others that share our vision and promoting research.
  • To assist regional groups of healthcare architects in establishing or enhancing local programs providing knowledge sharing events.  It is, also, important to assist in establishing a connection between local and AAH leaders to enhance each other.

Interested members should contact AAH Committee Leader Larry Staples, AIA. larry.staples@in2itarchitecture.com

Many Thanks To AIA Europe Sponsor Laufen For Hosting Switzerland Section Event At Architect@Work Fair In Zürich

Long-time AIA Europe sponsor Laufen Bathrooms welcomed AIA Europe members from Switzerland to an evening event last month in Zurich. After a cocktail reception at the Brasserie, Laufen presented the newest Arwa and Laufen line of products, and their new collection of SaphirKeramik pieces. Laufen was exhibiting their new lines at Architect@Work, a design exhibition for architects and interior designers that takes place in several countries across Europe. The event was concluded with a casual meal at the Brasserie where it all started. AIA Europe thanks our sponsor Laufen for the warm welcome and the opportunity to co-operate on this section event.
 

Looking Back: The First Architecture During Art Symposium

AIA Europe, in collaboration with Swiss Ceramics manufacturer Laufen, organized the first Architecture During Art Symposium in the Laufen Forum in June 2013. Since then, The Laufen Architecture During Art Symposium has become an anticipated yearly event of thought-provoking conversations that coincides with Art Basel / Design Miami. 2013-14 AIA Europe Switzerland Section Director Tiffany Melançon conceived and organized the first symposium titled 'The Architect That Makes Everything' to bring a critical discussion of contemporary architecture to the context of Art Basel and Design/Miami Basel.

'The Architect That Makes Everything' compared today's architect to the 'Total Design' architect of the past, and explored the rising role of the architect as the collaborative player, working simultaneously across the fields of art, architecture, and design.  As a professional organization, AIA Europe also invited the speakers to consider the implications for the future of the profession. Presentations by Simon Frommenweiler of  HHF Architects (Basel), Marc Fornes of Theverymany(NYC) and Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture (NYC), followed by a panel discussion moderated by Frame and Mark Magazines editor, Robert Thiemann, addressed the symposium theme – Click here to read the full event review published in Frame Magazine.

AIA Europe invites you to Montepulciano, Italy this August 25th - 27th for a fun-filled weekend of Wine, Food, and Architecture.

Montepulciano is one of Tuscany’s best-kept secrets.  A small hill town set high on a long narrow ridge with spectacular views of the countryside and dotted with architectural gems designed by some of the superstars of the Italian renaissance.

Click here for event details and registration.

AIA Europe Spring Conference Success: Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier, Treasures of the French Riviera

AIA Europe's Spring Conference in the region of Menton, France brought together 90 architects from across Europe and the United States to explore the relationship between architecture, nature, and the modern movement at the Cap Moderne, an important cultural site containing a set of mythical architectural icons in surroundings of outstanding natural beauty. The architects and historians responsible for the restoration and protection of Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027, Le Corbusier’s Cabanon and Holiday Cottages, and the bar-restaurant Etoile de Mer overlooking the Mediterranean sea, lectured and gave guided visits of the buildings. Conference participants also learned about the region’s exceptional gardens with visits to Val Rahmeh, Hanbury and Serre de la Madone. The final day of the program focused on two cultural treasures of the region: Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence and the Matisse Chapel in Vence. Many sincere thanks to Ray Spano AIA, David Devaux, Int'l Assoc. AIA, Claudia Devaux and Isabel Meinecke, Int'l Assoc. AIA for their excellent organization and hospitality over the 3-1/2 day program.

AIA Europe Member Nóra Demeter, Int’l. Assoc. AIA, in the Spotlight at AIA Conference on Architecture

At the recent AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando, Florida, AIA Europe member and 2016 Chapter President, Nóra Demeter, was in the spotlight as part of the Day 3 keynote panel about Anticipating Change: What's Next in Architecture. Before an audience of several thousand, she shared the stage with Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA; Cheryl MacAfee, FAIA; and moderator Frances Anderton, right before Amy Cuddy’s presentation on the power of change. Thank you AIA for bringing so many diverse views and voices to A'17!

Where We Stand: Read AIA Statement on Climate Change

Scientific consensus shows that increasing atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide contribute significantly to rising sea levels, extreme weather events and degradation of natural resources. These trends threaten national security, human health, food supply, natural ecosystems and global economies. Climate change clearly is one of the biggest global crises of the 21st century. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) asserts that architects play a vital role in combating climate change. Read More.

AIA Europe Northern Section Director Presenting at BIMworld Conference, Paris

AIA Europe Northern Section Director, Stig Bengtsson, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming BIMworld Conference in Paris, La Defense, 29th - 30th of March. How do we build and operate urban digital models for the new needs of communities? Stig will address this question with the Mall of Scandinavia project, a 300k sqm development, from a BIM perspective: Session AM3 Thursday 14.00-15.00. https://www.bim-w.com/