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Happy Spring AIA Members,

AIA Birmingham is launching a “Hire an Architect” campaign.  It is about time too. We are running ads in Birmingham Home & Garden Magazine and Business Alabama (we have a trade agreement with them) in the July/August issue. An example of the ad is shown (right). We will change the entryways to commercial/institutional for the Business Alabama ad. In conjunction with the ad, we will update our website to make it more public friendly and it will reiterate the ad campaign.
The sample ad shown will be an icon on the AIA Birmingham website homepage.  Guests can click on the icon and it will take them to the Find an Architect page (currently a very boring page).  The find an architect page is having a makeover. The new look will be photographs of ENTRYWAYS you submit for that category.  Please send only photos of entryways to reiterate the ad campaign. To participate in the ad campaign it will cost you $35 per category entry (to cover website expenses). These photos will remain on the website until January 2012.

Categories include: Residential, commercial, institutional and adaptive reuse.  Firms can submit one photo for each category ($35 per category). Photos should be vertically oriented, 4 inches x 6 inches at 300 dpi. Deadline for entryways May 2nd.

We will track how many hits the Find an Architect website page has after the campaign is launched. Looking forward to seeing your entryways!

Suggestions for photos: Doors are more welcoming when they are open and if people or pets are in the doorway.


Rhea Williams
AIA Birmingham, Executive Director

2011            SAVE THE DATES

April 8th  Coffee with the President, Dick Richard
The Red Cat (Pepper Place), 2901 2nd Ave. South
7:30 a.m.– 8:30 a.m.
April  13th   Design Awards Submittals Due
AIA Office by 5:00 p.m.
May 5th DreamArchitecture Awards Ceremony
Birmingham Zoo
5:30 – 7:00
RSVP by May 1st
May 11th – 14th National AIA Convention
New Orleans, LA
May 17th  Chapter Meeting 1HSW
European Kitchens Renovated Showroom (click here for invitation)
“Kitchens Through the Eyes of Nationally Recognized Chef Frank Stitt”
June 8 – 11th  Alabama Council State Convention


2011 Sponsors – Thank You!


We would like to thank the following companies for renewing their sponsorships in 2011. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Platinum Sponsors Gold Sponsors Silver Sponsors
Crow Friedman Group Alabama Power Company

Alabama Brick Delivery

Jenkins Brick            Lighting Partnership Coral Industries           
    DMI Tile & Marble
    KI Furniture 

We would also like to thank and welcome our new sponsors!
NEW Silver Sponsors –    Bhate Geosciences Corporation
                                        Ornametals Manufacturing                                      
                                        Tandus Flooring

Sponsor Seminar – “Effective Ways to Get an Architect’s Attention”
Thank you Laura Smith of Marvin Windows (Alabama Council Affiliate Director) for moderating the architect panel for the sponsor’s seminar.  Sponsors were able to get the inside scoop of architects’ expectations of sales representatives, contractors and consultants.  Some answers were surprising. Thank you Clay Birchfield, Ty Cole, Jim Griffo and Angela Nash for your time on the panel. Click here for photos.

Theodore Swann Coleman House – March Chapter Meeting

WOW! What a great chapter meeting.  It makes a big difference getting to see the ACBA students giving a demonstration of their craft versus seeing another power point presentation of their work.
We cannot thank Brooke Coleman enough for inviting 130+ strangers into her home for the day.  
It is refreshing for architects to meet a homeowner who knows and appreciates the value of historic preservation.  And a big thank you to John Paul Hughley,  ACBA for bringing his students to Birmingham.
Click here for Bill Segrest Photography – Swann Coleman House Photo Gallery

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Thank you to Marshall Anderson of Design Initiative and Cheryl Morgan for giving us a great tour of Cheryl’s new loft! Click here for photos. (Some photos courtesy of Andrew Bryant, Assoc. AIA)

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Call for Action- Statue of Repose

SB 59 cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning.  AGC Lobbyist Chris Williams and I met with Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh afterwards and he has agreed to help us get it on the Senate Special Order Calendar, possibly as soon as Tuesday, for consideration by the full Senate.  We continue to push hard on this bill in hopes of getting it through the process before some of the more controversial issues dominate the agendas.

At this point, we need people contacting their Senators to encourage them to support SB 59, as substituted. For more info on the bill, click here

dreamarchitecture prizesDraw Your DreamZOO – Sponsor a grade for $150
dreamArchitecture is one of  our strongest community outreach programs.  This year we are partnering with the Birmingham ZOO.  They are helping us with the overall winners; Be a ZOO keeper for a day, One complimentary Camp Registration and Adopt an Animal at the Zoo.
We still need art prizes for the students.  For $150 you can sponsor a grade.
Please make checks payable to Birmingham Architectural Foundation. All contributions are 100% tax deductible.

  1. Overall Winner:  Be a ZooKeeper for a Day and meet the CEO at the Birmingham Zoo ($300 value)
  2. 1st Place Winner:  Adopt an Animal at the Zoo  (Personalized Adoption Certificate, Animal Fact Sheet, 5 x 7 Photo, plus Plush Animal, one-time use Family Pass and 4 train tickets, and  a subscription to Animal Tracks, 3 issues, (A $250 value)
  3. 2nd Place Winner:  One complimentary Camp Registration for one (½ day) Summer Camp ($145 value for four days – ½ days)
  4. 3rd Place Winner:  Adopt an Animal at the Zoo! (Personalized Adoption Certificate, Animal Fact Sheet,

5 x 7 Photo, plus Plush Animal and a subscription to Animal Tracks, 3 issues, $100 value)


Elephants and Architects Have a lot in Common

 “Is the zoo built for animals or is the zoo built for humans to experience the animals?” Dr. Bill Foster, Executive Director of the Birmingham Zoo asked sixteen area elementary school teachers on Saturday. read more>>>



ACE Mentor Program of Alabama

DSC_4189.jpgC:\AIA Birmingham\ACE\2010 -2011\Photos\Raines\DSC_4161.jpgDSC_4126.jpgACE Bridge Breaking – February 24th at Office of EDT
In January and February, students learned about civil and structural engineering through a hands-on bridge building project. Students worked with mentors to build 24” long, 12” wide bridge models entirely from craft sticks and wood glue. The project ended with a bridge breaking competition during which their bridges and efforts are tested and broken in front of mentors, parents, teachers, and a panel of judges. Students present the bridges to their “client” – Keith Owens, structural engineer and president of MBA Structural Engineers, Inc. and bridges are judged based on design concept, durability, quality of presentation, and a written essay. read more about ACE>>>       





Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Ai Corporate Interiors
Alabama Lighting Associates/Phillips
Alabama Power Company
Boral Brick
Gallery Services
Jenkins Brick

Silver Sponsors Bronze Sponsors

AFS Repair
Alabama Concrete Industries Association
Ron Blank & Associates
Belcher South/ Stanley Security
Bell Co. Inc
Block USA
Business Interiors
Camacho Associates, Inc.
Continental Building Products
Division 2-4
Duro-Last Roofing
Edmonds Engineering
Gewin Tucker & Associates
Hagerman & Co.
Lighting Solutions
Marvin Windows
McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge
Parrot Structural Services, LLC
Office Environments
The Mell Group
Robins & Morton
Sain Associates
Sherwin Williams
Sherwood Cox Photography
Sto Corp.
VW Gallerie at V&W Supply

American Gypsum
Bhate Geosciences
Brasfield & Gorrie
Coral Industries
Engineering Design Technologies, Inc
European Kitchen of Al.
Firerock Products, LLC
LBYD Civil & Structural Engineers
Lighting Partnership
Mullins Building Products
National Cement Company of Alabama
Patterson Pope