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AIA Birmingham The Birmingham Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional membership organization of 350 architects and graduate architects.

The Birmingham Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) represents the Birmingham area’s more than 350 licensed architects, graduate architects and affiliates. The Birmingham Chapter includes; Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties. Our cha

The Birmingham Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) represents the Birmingham area’s more than 350 licensed architects, graduate architects and affiliates. The Birmingham Chapter includes; Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties. Our cha

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#AIABhamPartnerSpotlight⁠Murray Construction⁠"Murray has chosen to support AIA Birmingham as a platinum partner each of ...
04/11/2022

#AIABhamPartnerSpotlight⁠
Murray Construction

"Murray has chosen to support AIA Birmingham as a platinum partner each of the last four years because we highly value collaboration with the architectural design community. AIA Birmingham is composed of wonderful member companies and strives for engagement through creative events, training, and education. Our partnership allows us to develop deeper relationships that translate to greater success on our projects and for our clients." ⁠


We thank Murray Construction for their support of AIA Birmingham! ⁠

To learn more about Murray Construction, visit their website www.murray.construction!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at yesterday’s Chapter Meeting! We always love seeing historic projects get turned i...
04/08/2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us at yesterday’s Chapter Meeting!

We always love seeing historic projects get turned into something new! Thank you Birchfield Penuel & Associates & Orchestra Partners for allowing us to tour the space.

We can’t wait to see the finished product!

According to AIA’s Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, the concern bigger than oil is still rising inflation and ris...
04/08/2022
Russian oil embargo offers mixed results for sustainability’s future

According to AIA’s Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, the concern bigger than oil is still rising inflation and rising interest rates. “That’s going to have a much bigger impact on the supply chain in the long run,” he says, “just as it was before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”

How is the Russian oil embargo impacting architecture firms?

#AIADesignoftheDayGulf State Park Learning Campus by ArchitectureWorksA hub for park visitors, K-12 students, rotating r...
04/07/2022

#AIADesignoftheDay
Gulf State Park Learning Campus by ArchitectureWorks

A hub for park visitors, K-12 students, rotating researchers, and park staff, the Gulf State Park Learning Campus rounds out the park’s offerings through its classrooms, laboratories, flexible meeting spaces and lodging options. Built on a previously developed area in an evergreen forest, the Campus demonstrates sustainable building practices and cultivates stewardship through interactive environmental programming.

Site design of the Campus encourages visitors to park the car and use a pedestrian core, creating various experiences amid native longleaf pines and live oaks. Connected by boardwalks and characterized by screened porches nestled under the trees, the classrooms provide learning opportunities everywhere.

Learn more here: bit.ly/LearningCampus_

Meet our speakers! ⁠Allison Vosicky, AIA - Birchfield Penuel & AssociatesHailey Oliff - Orchestra PartnersJoin us TOMORR...
04/06/2022

Meet our speakers! ⁠
Allison Vosicky, AIA - Birchfield Penuel & Associates
Hailey Oliff - Orchestra Partners

Join us TOMORROW for a site visit to Powell Avenue Steam Plant, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. 1 HSW Pending!⁠

$15 Members⁠
$30 Non-Members

Few structures are as elegant and ingenious as greenhouses. Largely built with simple and straightforward designs, these...
04/06/2022
How Can Greenhouse Design Change Architecture?

Few structures are as elegant and ingenious as greenhouses. Largely built with simple and straightforward designs, these minimalist shelters create airy and light-filled spaces that shape indoor climate.

Explore brilliant, airy and diverse greenhouse designs from around the world.

Meet our speaker!⁠Cheryl Morgan, FAIA⁠⁠Cheryl is a licensed architect and Emerita Professor of Architecture in the Schoo...
04/04/2022

Meet our speaker!⁠
Cheryl Morgan, FAIA⁠

Cheryl is a licensed architect and Emerita Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture of Auburn University. In thirty years of teaching she worked with architectural programs at Georgia Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State and California College of Arts and Crafts. For the last 12 years of her teaching career she was the Director of Auburn’s Urban Studio in Birmingham, Alabama. Under Cheryl’s leadership, the Urban Studio’s Small-Town Design Initiative Program worked with over 75 small towns and neighborhoods in Alabama. ⁠

Morgan practiced architecture and urban design in the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked with a number of firms including Environmental Planning and Research, Gensler, and the Gruzen Partnership. Before coming to Auburn in 1992 she was an associate with the Berkeley firm of ELS/Elbasani and Logan. Morgan’s professional practice now focuses on urban design, community revitalization and graphic design. She is also an experienced facilitator.⁠

In 2011 she was presented with the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Distinguished Leadership Award recognizing her as a “Friend of Planning.“ In 2012 she received one of Auburn University’s highest awards for Achievement in Outreach and in 2017 the Alabama State Council on the Arts named Cheryl one of the recipients of their bi-annual Governor’s Award. ⁠

Cheryl is a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and was honored in 2016 with their Spain Hickman Service Award. In 2018 she gave a TEDx talk at TEDx Birmingham titled “Place Matters.” ⁠

Join us tomorrow for a special presentation from Cheryl Morgan with Tip's & Tricks for a winning Design Awards Project! ⁠

Swipe for more info!

“Architecture is about solving social issues and finding social justice. We're designing for the environment and for peo...
04/01/2022
Architects making a difference - Blueprint For Better

“Architecture is about solving social issues and finding social justice. We're designing for the environment and for people who are marginalized.”

Architecture professionals and climate experts talk about climate change and how architecture can help solve the climate crisis.

Only one week left to enter your 2022 Design Awards Entry Forms!⁠⁠Once you enter, you get access to Cheryl Morgan's Tip'...
04/01/2022

Only one week left to enter your 2022 Design Awards Entry Forms!⁠

Once you enter, you get access to Cheryl Morgan's Tip's & Tricks for a Winning Design Awards Project - happening Tuesday 4/5! ⁠

For more information on Design Awards, visit our website aiabham.org. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

#AIADesignoftheDayJane Hollock Brock Hall by Davis ArchitectsThe Georgian Architecture of the Jane Hollock Brock Hall pr...
03/31/2022

#AIADesignoftheDay
Jane Hollock Brock Hall by Davis Architects

The Georgian Architecture of the Jane Hollock Brock Hall project is a response to the Samford University campus environment in general and the adjacent Wright Fine Arts Center in particular. The building’s form responds similarly to the campus by creating new and enhancing existing exterior spaces through its attentive massing. Likewise, the form is balanced with a level of detail to be simultaneously a part of and apart from the much larger Center.

Brock Hall is composed of three components: the Recital Hall with its support spaces, a band practice facility and numerous studios. Again, careful massing of the building’s form was used as a tool, in this case, to assist with the critical acoustical isolation of the three components. The centerpiece of Brock is the 333-seat Recital Hall, designed to host a variety of repertories from operative solos to full orchestra performances. Acoustical flexibility is necessary to achieve such diversity.

Learn more here: bit.ly/JHBRH_DA

03/30/2022
Don't miss our April Chapter Meeting at the Powell Avenue Steam Plant! ⁠⁠Birchfield Penuel & Associates' Allison Vosicky...
03/30/2022

Don't miss our April Chapter Meeting at the Powell Avenue Steam Plant! ⁠

Birchfield Penuel & Associates' Allison Vosicky, AIA, NCARB & Orchestra Partners' Hailey Oliff will give us a tour & presentation of the history, work that has been done to date, and future plans for the Steam Plant!⁠

1 HSW (Pending) | $15 Members | $30 Non-Members | Register here: bit.ly/AIABham

Next month, The American Institute of Architects will host a Lobby Day. One priority during this Lobby Day is support fo...
03/29/2022
Affordable housing a primary focus for AIA Lobby Day

Next month, The American Institute of Architects will host a Lobby Day. One priority during this Lobby Day is support for affordable housing policy.

This is great to see as a 'next step' from the work that has done related to Housing and Homelessness!

At AIA Lobby Day, architects will meet with members of Congress to urge support for policy priorities, including affordable housing and design style freedom.

#AIABhamPartnerSpotlight⁠Petersen Aluminum / PAC-CLAD Metal Roofing⁠"At PAC-CLAD, we understand the value and importance...
03/28/2022

#AIABhamPartnerSpotlight⁠
Petersen Aluminum / PAC-CLAD Metal Roofing

"At PAC-CLAD, we understand the value and importance of supporting our regional AIA and CSI organizations. Particularly ones like AIA Birmingham that are extremely active and have a great team putting tremendous effort into organizing events as well as providing continuous education for our local architects. Bringing together architects and the manufacturers of the products used in their designs is a great way to keep us all informed of the latest products, innovations, and tools available in our industry. This is just one example of why PAC-CLAD continues to be a proud supporter of AIA Birmingham year after year." ⁠

We would like to thank Petersen Aluminum / PAC-CLAD Metal Roofing for their continuous support of AIA Birmingham! ⁠

To learn more about PAC-CLAD, visit their website pac-clad.com!

It's that time of year! Design Awards!!✨⁠⁠Check out the call for entries and submit your projects online at bit.ly/Desig...
03/25/2022

It's that time of year! Design Awards!!✨⁠

Check out the call for entries and submit your projects online at bit.ly/DesignAwards22. Entry forms and fees are due by Friday, April 8! ⁠

This year, when you pay for your Design Awards Entry, you get FREE access to a presentation featuring Cheryl Morgan, FAIA, Tuesday, April 5. Join us as she gives tips and tricks to a winning design awards project! (12 PM - 1 PM via Zoom) ⁠
*If you are not submitting a project to Design Awards but would still like to attend the virtual presentation, please email [email protected]. ⁠

All fees can be paid online via link in bio or check mailed to AIA Birmingham at 109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd S, Birmingham, AL 35233. ⁠

We are so excited to see the projects our Bham Community enters this year!

#AIADesignoftheDayMagic City Acceptance Academy by CCR Architecture & InteriorsThe Magic City Acceptance Academy is a ne...
03/24/2022

#AIADesignoftheDay
Magic City Acceptance Academy by CCR Architecture & Interiors

The Magic City Acceptance Academy is a new charter school in Homewood, Alabama that provides a brave, LGBTQ-affirming learning environment for students in grades 6–12. CCR Architects worked with the users, developer, general contractor, Magic City Acceptance Center, and Birmingham AIDS Outreach to design an innovative, efficient school and a new tornado shelter/multi-purpose building.

This 50,000 SF facility can accommodate 400 students and includes classrooms, group learning spaces, a nurse station, a sensory room, and flexible vocation labs that can be adapted to the students’ needs. The design allows daylight to flow through the learning spaces into the corridors and social spaces. Accent colors in the corridors provide wayfinding on each floor, and the open rainbow stair is the school’s central vertical circulation and a symbol of support for the LGBTQ community.

Learn more here: bit.ly/MCAA_CCR

1 HSW (Pending)⁠⁠Happy Spring!🌷⁠To kickoff second quarter, AIA Birmingham will host our April Chapter Meeting in person,...
03/23/2022

1 HSW (Pending)⁠

Happy Spring!🌷⁠
To kickoff second quarter, AIA Birmingham will host our April Chapter Meeting in person, you won't want to miss this! ⁠

Join us Thursday, 4/7 from 11:30 AM - 1PM as we walk through the history of the Powell Avenue Steam plant, the work that has been done to date & the plans for its future! ⁠

$15 Members | $30 Non-Members | Register here: bit.ly/AIABham

Birchfield Penuel & Associates
Orchestra Partners

#AIABirminghamSpotlight⁠Meet Bill Whittaker!⁠⁠Bill Whittaker ArchitectureBill Whittaker's passion for architecture start...
03/21/2022

#AIABirminghamSpotlight⁠
Meet Bill Whittaker!⁠

Bill Whittaker Architecture

Bill Whittaker's passion for architecture started in a high school drafting class. That passion led to working as a drafter for a mechanical engineer before attending Auburn. While completing his degree, he taught Drafting and Design at Southern Union at night as adjunct facility. After graduating from Auburn he worked at firms like Seay Seay and Litchfield, Poss Architecture, Davis Architects, and Sherlock Smith and Adams where, among many things, he learned the importance of serving in the AIA to support the profession. Bill has served as Alabama Council President and Northeast Chapter president.⁠

In 2010, he opened his own practice at a drafting table in his dining room and has grown to a creative studio of six. BWA's clients include multiple K-12 systems, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville City Hall, Biocryst,, Real and Rosemary, 280 Dreamland BBQ, dental offices, pediatric offices, and various residential projects. ⁠

Two fun facts about Bill are that he paints watercolors and only accepts side hugs...no front hugs.

#AIADesignoftheDayUniversal Music Group Nashville by Gresham SmithIn early 2018, faced with a lease that was expiring, U...
03/17/2022

#AIADesignoftheDay
Universal Music Group Nashville by Gresham Smith

In early 2018, faced with a lease that was expiring, Universal Music Group Nashville called on Gresham Smith to design a new workplace that matched their international brand presence while visually reflecting the home of country music. The design team created an elevated and collaborative work environment that connects employees, supports the unique functions of a record label and provides an inspired experience for all who work and visit.

The design included areas for meeting and collaboration, as well as social spaces for special events and artist performances—some of these function all within the same space. The visualization of music is represented in many ways throughout the space. Unique materials such as tile that resemble equalizer bars and the decorative gold-colored chain chandelier in the lobby—radiating outward like sound waves—allude to music without being literal. The cable system located along the central stair, a nod to guitar strings, is designed to be a surprising, interactive element that spans the two floors.

Learn more here: bit.ly/UMGN_GS

📸: Gresham Smith

Friendly reminder that this Friday, 3/18, is the last day to send in your application for the Alabama Center for Archite...
03/16/2022

Friendly reminder that this Friday, 3/18, is the last day to send in your application for the Alabama Center for Architecture Scholarship Program!📚

Visit alcfa.org/scholarships/ to download an application before it’s too late!

Please email [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Meet our March speaker - Jim Swords!⁠⁠Jim Swords, AIA is a Principal and Senior Architect at global design firm Populous...
03/14/2022

Meet our March speaker - Jim Swords!⁠

Jim Swords, AIA is a Principal and Senior Architect at global design firm Populous, and served as the Project Manager and Principal In Charge for Birmingham's newest venues, Protective Stadium and Legacy Arena.⁠

Jim has extensive experience in collegiate and professional venue design, and is passionate about the design of multipurpose spaces. Almost all of the venues he has experience with are meant to be used for multiple occasions, so his designs must be flexible and sustainable. Jim believes in a collaborative approach by gathering input from others and valuing their viewpoints. He frequently works with local architectural firms and consultant teams, is readily approachable and is effective in working with multiple project stakeholders. ⁠

Join us tomorrow for a virtual presentation (12:00 - 1:00 via Zoom) on the work Jim & Populous did for the new Protective Stadium & Legacy Arena!⁠

Register here: bit.ly/AIABham⁠
$10 Members ⁠
$20 Non-Members

03/14/2022

ACFA #MapofDesign⁠
The Conde-Charlotte Museum⁠
📍 Mobile, AL⁠

The variety and authenticity of antiques that furnish the Conde-Charlotte Museum reflect the Port City's history under five flags: French, English, Spanish, Confederate, and American. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Condé-Charlotte Museum is a Gateway to Mobile’s History.⁠

Built in 1822 as Mobile's first jail, Jonathan and Elizabeth Kirkbride renovated it in 1850 to be their family home. Cell doors and a portion of a jail floor can be seen in the house today. Today the Condé-Charlotte Museum is owned, preserved, and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Alabama.⁠

Learn more here: www.condecharlotte.com

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#AIABhamPartnerSpotlight⁠ Murray Construction ⁠ "Murray has chosen to support AIA Birmingham as a platinum partner each of the last four years because we highly value collaboration with the architectural design community. AIA Birmingham is composed of wonderful member companies and strives for engagement through creative events, training, and education. Our partnership allows us to develop deeper relationships that translate to greater success on our projects and for our clients." ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ We thank Murray Construction for their support of AIA Birmingham! ⁠ ⁠ To learn more about Murray Construction, visit their website www.murray.construction!
Thank you to everyone who joined us at yesterday’s Chapter Meeting! We always love seeing historic projects get turned into something new! Thank you Birchfield Penuel & Associates & Orchestra Partners for allowing us to tour the space. We can’t wait to see the finished product!
According to AIA’s Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, the concern bigger than oil is still rising inflation and rising interest rates. “That’s going to have a much bigger impact on the supply chain in the long run,” he says, “just as it was before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”
#AIADesignoftheDay Gulf State Park Learning Campus by ArchitectureWorks A hub for park visitors, K-12 students, rotating researchers, and park staff, the Gulf State Park Learning Campus rounds out the park’s offerings through its classrooms, laboratories, flexible meeting spaces and lodging options. Built on a previously developed area in an evergreen forest, the Campus demonstrates sustainable building practices and cultivates stewardship through interactive environmental programming. Site design of the Campus encourages visitors to park the car and use a pedestrian core, creating various experiences amid native longleaf pines and live oaks. Connected by boardwalks and characterized by screened porches nestled under the trees, the classrooms provide learning opportunities everywhere. Learn more here: bit.ly/LearningCampus_
Few structures are as elegant and ingenious as greenhouses. Largely built with simple and straightforward designs, these minimalist shelters create airy and light-filled spaces that shape indoor climate.
Meet our speaker!⁠ Cheryl Morgan, FAIA⁠ ⁠ Cheryl is a licensed architect and Emerita Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture of Auburn University. In thirty years of teaching she worked with architectural programs at Georgia Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State and California College of Arts and Crafts. For the last 12 years of her teaching career she was the Director of Auburn’s Urban Studio in Birmingham, Alabama. Under Cheryl’s leadership, the Urban Studio’s Small-Town Design Initiative Program worked with over 75 small towns and neighborhoods in Alabama. ⁠ ⁠ Morgan practiced architecture and urban design in the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked with a number of firms including Environmental Planning and Research, Gensler, and the Gruzen Partnership. Before coming to Auburn in 1992 she was an associate with the Berkeley firm of ELS/Elbasani and Logan. Morgan’s professional practice now focuses on urban design, community revitalization and graphic design. She is also an experienced facilitator.⁠ ⁠ In 2011 she was presented with the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Distinguished Leadership Award recognizing her as a “Friend of Planning.“ In 2012 she received one of Auburn University’s highest awards for Achievement in Outreach and in 2017 the Alabama State Council on the Arts named Cheryl one of the recipients of their bi-annual Governor’s Award. ⁠ ⁠ Cheryl is a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and was honored in 2016 with their Spain Hickman Service Award. In 2018 she gave a TEDx talk at TEDx Birmingham titled “Place Matters.” ⁠ ⁠ Join us tomorrow for a special presentation from Cheryl Morgan with Tip's & Tricks for a winning Design Awards Project! ⁠ ⁠ Swipe for more info!
Only one week left to enter your 2022 Design Awards Entry Forms!⁠ ⁠ Once you enter, you get access to Cheryl Morgan's Tip's & Tricks for a Winning Design Awards Project - happening Tuesday 4/5! ⁠ ⁠ For more information on Design Awards, visit our website aiabham.org. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
#AIADesignoftheDay Jane Hollock Brock Hall by Davis Architects The Georgian Architecture of the Jane Hollock Brock Hall project is a response to the Samford University campus environment in general and the adjacent Wright Fine Arts Center in particular. The building’s form responds similarly to the campus by creating new and enhancing existing exterior spaces through its attentive massing. Likewise, the form is balanced with a level of detail to be simultaneously a part of and apart from the much larger Center. Brock Hall is composed of three components: the Recital Hall with its support spaces, a band practice facility and numerous studios. Again, careful massing of the building’s form was used as a tool, in this case, to assist with the critical acoustical isolation of the three components. The centerpiece of Brock is the 333-seat Recital Hall, designed to host a variety of repertories from operative solos to full orchestra performances. Acoustical flexibility is necessary to achieve such diversity. Learn more here: bit.ly/JHBRH_DA
Don't miss our April Chapter Meeting at the Powell Avenue Steam Plant! ⁠ ⁠ Birchfield Penuel & Associates' Allison Vosicky, AIA, NCARB & Orchestra Partners' Hailey Oliff will give us a tour & presentation of the history, work that has been done to date, and future plans for the Steam Plant!⁠ ⁠ 1 HSW (Pending) | $15 Members | $30 Non-Members | Register here: bit.ly/AIABham
Next month, The American Institute of Architects will host a Lobby Day. One priority during this Lobby Day is support for affordable housing policy. This is great to see as a 'next step' from the work that has done related to Housing and Homelessness!