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.
 

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/

2017 AIA Europe Scholarship - Call For Applications Deadline April 14th, 2017

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For American architecture students wanting to pursue education in Europe, AIA Europe is an invaluable resource; the 2017 AIA Europe Scholarship Call For Applications is now open. The AIA Europe Scholarship is a 5,000 Euro cash stipend awarded competitively to an architecture student from the United States, for study at an accredited Master's Program in Continental Europe. Application deadline is Friday, April 14th, 2017.  http://www.aiaeurope.org/aia-europe-scholarship-call-for-applications/ 

2016 AIA Europe President Nóra Demeter, Int’l. Assoc. AIA, to Present at The AIA Conference on Architecture

AIA Europe 2016 President, Nóra Demeter, Int’l. Assoc. AIA, will be part of a keynote panel at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture taking place in Orlando, Florida from April 27th - 29th. How can architecture acclimate to new ways of working and living—and a changing global environment? Nóra Demeter has spent her career addressing this question with elegant and dynamic design solutions around the world. http://conferenceonarchitecture.com/speakers/

AIA Europe is Pleased To Welcome New Members

Mark Allison, AIA, United States
Meagen McElderry, AIA, Denmark
Michelle Lee Jones Montgomery, AIA, United States
Carlos P. Patricio, Int'l Assoc. AIA, Portugal
Stephanie Rogowski, AIA, Denmark
Dominique Segura, Assoc. AIA, France
Mykhailo Shaidenko, Int'l Assoc. AIA, Ukraine
Lena Weckström, Int'l Assoc. AIA, Finland

And also the following Unassigned and Professional Affiliate members:
José Escobar, Prof. Aff., France
Violanda Franzese, AIA, United States
David Maniet, AIA, United States
Lilly Maniet, AIA United States
Carl Myatt, AIA, United States

AIA Approved CES Course "Curtain Wall Engineering" Ausburg, Germany

Ausburg University in Germany is offering a new *AIA Approved Continuing Education* Course for Architects and Engineers titled "CURTAIN WALL ENGINEERING" from May 22 - June 30, 2017. The course is for English-speaking professionals with two weeks on-site seminars and four weeks at-home study.  Field trips, guided tours and expert lecturers will teach participants about the latest in innovative façade systems.  Visit their website to learn more.

In Memoriam: Lewis Koerner, AIA

The AIA Europe Board of Directors recently learned that long-time AIA Europe member and third Chapter president, Lewis Gilbert Koerner, AIA, regrettably passed away last August. Lewis was a resident of Rome, Italy and one of the founders and principals in the OK Design Group.

AIA Europe founder and 2017 AIA National President, Thomas Vonier, FAIA, remembers him fondly; "He was generous, funny, and a good supporter of the Chapter, finding sponsors for us and attending many of the meetings throughout the the nineties.  He organized an excellent meeting in Rome."

In addition to his family, friends and office, we know that Lewis' memory will live on in the Chapter.

AIA Europe Board of Directors, Members Gather For New Year's Event in Paris

The evening before the AIA Europe Board of Director's Meeting on January 28th in Paris, chapter member James Cowey, AIA, Managing Principal at Studios Architecture Paris, welcomed the Board and France Section Members to a New Year's gathering at his office on the Champs-Elysées. James gave a presentation of Studios current work and AIA Europe's France Section Director, Ray Spano, AIA, organized the Apéro Riche – thank you to Jim and Ray for the great evening. Click here to learn about Studios Architecture acclaimed European projects. 

AIA Europe Member Elevated to the AIA College of Fellows

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AIA Europe congratulates chapter member Rada Doytcheva, FAIA for her recent election into the AIA College Of Fellows. The Jury of Fellows selected her for elevation to Fellowship in the Institute because of her notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture. Rada is Principal of RADA Architects in Chicago, Illinois and will receive her Fellowship medal during the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando. AIA Europe welcomes her into this most distinguished group of AIA members and looks forward to honoring her in Orlando.

 

In Memoriam: Ruth Schwartzman

Few people that one has the opportunity to meet over the course of a lifetime personify the qualities of dignity, integrity and honesty as much as Ruth Schwartzman. Her elegance radiated throughout the room the moment she entered. Her regard always sharp, connecting with the person in front of her as if no one else was present. She was warm and intelligent, strong and sensitive.

Ruth’s passing last week leaves an undeniable gap where a remarkable and unique woman once stood. She was not only a faithful friend to many of us, but an inspiration in her values and the serenity with which she conveyed them.

Ruth was, in her own subtle way, one of our Chapter’s gatekeepers...in fact our Matron. She was present not only as Alan’s spouse and partner in life, but as a symbol of our collective force as colleagues and friends. Our sincere condolences go to Alan Schwartzman, her husband for over 60 years, and their sons Eric and Paul.

Her family and friends in the Chapter will feel the void left by her passing, but our memory of this wonderful woman, whose dignity has been a cornerstone of our community, will remain in our hearts for years to come.

Nóra Demeter, Int'l Assoc. AIA
2016 President, AIA Europe