May 29, 2014

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Contracts, Pre-Fabrication, Case Studies, Trends, and Collaboration at Design on the Delaware Oct. 29-Nov.1

Design on the Delaware is a collaborative conference examining the issues and opportunities of the built environment for design and building professionals in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Programs of particular interest to contractors, designers, developers and owners include:

Pre-Fabrication from Owner's Perspective: A. I. duPont Hospital for Children
Please join the AIA/GBCA Joint Committee and an expert panel of design and construction professionals as we explore the current state of pre-fabrication in our industry, as utilized on a complex hospital expansion at Nemours’ A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Panelist will discuss the challenges and opportunities afforded by pre-fabrication from an owner’s point of view. This session is a collaborative session that will seek audience participation.

Residential Development Trends and Challenges
Members of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philadelphia Chapter who are some of the top developers will speak to the trends and challenges of residential development in the region. Learn what's hot and what's not, new ways to work with architects and designers, what buyers want and how to get financing.

Contracts-The Architect's and Owner's Perspectives
In the negotiation of an agreement with an Owner, there will be points of disagreement about the appropriate balance of risk and reward … sometimes resulting in take it or leave it postures. This seminar will provide a point counterpoint to the perspectives of the Owner and the Architect on the more important subjects of disagreement in an effort to understand when you should “take it” or “leave it”.

Stewardship of the North Broad Corridor: Past, Present and Future
This program will explore the past, present and proposed development activities along North Broad Corridor (from Spring Garden to Girard) from a variety of perspectives to understand the goals and rationales of the developers, the public institutions, the designers, and the politicians.

Architects, Landscape Architects, LEED Professionals, Planners and other building and design professionals can earn up to 25 professional continuing education hours. Learn more at

Earn up to 25 CES at Design on the Delaware October 29 - November 1

The 11th Annual conference will feature 36 programs, 11 tours, two general sessions, two evening parties, design charette and trade show October 29-November 1 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel and the Center for Architecture.

Registration for 25 AIA credits is just $340 for AIA members if registered by midnight October 4. Registration options include one day, two day or individual programs at lower fees. Registration includes conference parties, general sessions, breakfast, lunch and trade show.  In addition to AIA credits, attendees can earn GBCI CM, AICP CM, LA CES and PDH continuing education credits. For more information and to register, visit

General Sessions Speakers are:

Thomas Christoffersen
Thomas Christoffersen, an architect and partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has experience on every notable BIG project including the multi-award winning VM Houses, the Astana National Library and the 8 House, which was awarded the World Architecture Festival 2011 Award in the housing category and the 2012 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture. He most recently oversaw the detail design and construction of the 861,100 sf mixed-used West 57th building in Manhattan which aims for LEED Gold Certification.

Ken Greenberg

Ken Greenberg is an architect, urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto. Founding partner of Urban Strategies Inc., and now Principal of Greenberg Consultants, he has  worked in cities as diverse as Toronto, Hartford, Amsterdam, New York, Boston, Montréal, Washington DC, Paris, Detroit and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Catheleen McGuigan
Cathleen McGuigan is editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, the nation’s leading architecture publication for more than a century. McGuigan, who is the second woman to serve as editor-in-chief, was named to the post in 2011. Under her leadership, Record won the 2012 Grand Neal award, the top American Business Media award for overall excellence. 

Stacy Levy
Stacy Levy works collaboratively with architect, engineers and landscape architects on projects that show the presence of urban nature and clarify the patterns of natural processes at work on the site. She works with water of all sorts, from acid mine drainage, to rainwater, to urban streams and rivers. Her work registers the changes in nature over the course of a day, a season, or a several years. Often using industrial materials from surveying and construction trades, she creates ways of understanding the dynamic processes of nature. Many of her recent projects utilize stormwater runoff to make rainwater an asset to the site.

Selected Conference Programs & Tours:

Contracts-The Architect's and Owner's Perspectives
In the negotiation of an agreement with an Owner, there will be points of disagreement about the appropriate balance of risk and reward … sometimes resulting in take it or leave it postures. This seminar will provide a point counterpoint to the perspectives of the Owner and the Architect on the more important subjects of disagreement through two speakers who regularly negotiate such agreements on behalf of their respective clients, architects and owners, in an effort to understand when you should “take it” or “leave it”.

Transforming the Reading Viaduct
Philadelphia's abandoned Reading Railroad viaduct is being transformed into a unique, elevated linear park. This presentation explores the design approach, which involved extensive public outreach, and how the project could ultimately spark future community development.  

Smart Design for a ‘SMART Working’ Environment
GlaxoSmithKline implemented a new design guide for facilities worldwide called SMART Working, with the goals of achieving a business that is sustainable, collaborative, and responsive. GSK employees in Philadelphia now have a LEED Platinum workplace environment which responds to their needs and supports them. This case study will emphasize the collaboration between the owner and the designers and the strategies involved to achieve the goals of the SMART Working System.

Penn's Krishna P. Singh Nanotechnology Center
Conceived as a seminal collaboration between two schools - The School of Engineering and Applied Science and The School of Arts and Sciences - The Singh Center for Nanotechnology creates a world class research facility bringing science and technology together in one place. This $91.5M project encompasses 80,000 GSF and is targeting LEED Silver Certification.

Re-imagining 8th and Berks - A Design Charrette
Asociación Puertorriquenos en Marcha (APM) Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) for Eastern North Philadelphia was created to implement a long-lasting, sustainable, and comprehensive strategy to meet the challenges facing this community. Charrette participants will develop solutions for the redevelopment of a 1.8-acre, city-owned parcel at 8th and Berks

Member discount registration pricing available to APA, ASLA, GBCA, Engineers Club, Building Information Association, ULI, Associated Builders & Contractors and other design and building professions. Design on the Delaware is sponsored by: Microsol Resources, Architectural Glass Institute, O'Donnell & Naccarato, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Urban Engineers, Keast & Hood Co. and AKRF

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Member News

KidZooU: SMP Architects designs new cultural and educational attraction

On April 13 the Philadelphia Zoo—America’s first zoo—opened KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center. The Zoo’s largest construction project to date, KidZooU is a year-round destination with a multitude of indoor and outdoor experiences for animals and guests alike. Designed to LEED Silver standards and scheduled to complete certification this year, it occupies a 2.5-acre site and repurposes the former Pachyderm House with interactive exhibits, conservation stations and robust programming aimed at teaching toddlers to tweens how to become stewards of wildlife and the environment.

The design and construction team included Bruce E. Brooks & Associates Consulting Engineers, CVM Engineers, Arora Engineers, Viridian Landscape Studio, Meliora Environmental Design, David Nelson & Associates, Becker & Frondorf and W.S. Cumby. 

BLT Architects Announces the Hiring of Five Staff Members

BLT Architects announced today the hiring of four design staff members and an administrative assistant.

“BLT Architects has enjoyed plenty of growth this year, requiring us to increase our staff to meet demand,” said Michael L. Prifti, FAIA, Managing Principal at BLTa. “We look forward to the contributions our talented new staff members will make to our team.”

The new staff members include:

Lois S.K. Suh, a resident of Philadelphia, is a 2013 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Science degree in architecture and a 2005 graduate of Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and architecture. She previously was a designer for Chan Mock Architects in Cambridge, Mass.

Ryan Sison is a 2013 graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture and is a resident of Philadelphia

Andrea Polaski is a 2013 graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design and is a resident of Hillsborough, N.J.

Fay Leff, a resident of Philadelphia, is a 2013 graduate of Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design and a Master of Science degree in interior architecture and design.

Ann Margaret Durfee was hired an administrative assistant. A resident of Philadelphia, she completed an interior design professional certificate program at Moore College of Art and Design.

Affiliate News

Norwood’s Industrial Group Breaks Ground on 677,000SF Warehouse Distribution Center in the Lehigh Valley

The Norwood Company has recently commenced construction on a 677,000 square foot warehouse distribution center in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII, a 40 acre site that was previously part of Bethlehem Steel’s main manufacturing plant. Serving as Construction Manager, Norwood is working collaboratively with developer Trammell Crow Company, investor Clarion Partners and designer KSS Architects. The new building, situated in a Local Economic Revitalization Zone (LERTA), will feature 32’ clear height, 190’ deep truck courts, ESFR sprinkler systems, ample parking and an excellent logistical location near the I-78 / Rt 412 interchange. Norwood’s Industrial Group has completed more than 20 million square feet of comparable warehouse/distribution facilities. Project completion is scheduled for Spring 2014.

The Harman Group's Director of Parking Design to be Panelist for ADA Webinar on Parking

Bill Kavanagh, AIA, NCARB, The Harman Group's Director of Parking Planning and Design is lending his expertise to a webinar panel discussion, "ADA and Parking" hosted by the International Parking Institute (IPI).  The panel will discuss the parking regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act, including political challenges in municipal parking, common mistakes that trigger non-compliance and recent changes that affect old and new spaces.

The webinar is moderated by Doug Holmes, the creator and editor of the CPARK-L parking listserv, a parking information source and clearinghouse for campus and municipal parking officials.  The panelists include Mr. Kavanagh, a licensed architect with more than fifteen years of experience in the design of parking garages and mixed use buildings; Linda Kauffman, former executive director of the Allentown Parking Authority and past chair of the IPI Board of Directors; and Teresa Trussell, Parking Operations Supervisor for Ohio University.

The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st at 2pm EDT.  For more registration information visit  Information is listed on the Professional Development tab under Webinars.

Wohlsen Construction Honored with Nine Awards

Wohlsen Construction Company received nine awards from the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) at the association’s Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Gala.

The Ben Franklin Skilled Nursing renovation project at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown located in Elizabethtown, Pa., won the Project of the Year Award. The project was designed by RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa.

Wohlsen received Green Building recognition by winning the first place Excellence Award in the Green GC Sustainable category for the Hamilton Health Center project located in Harrisburg, Pa. Advanced Building Design located in Johnstown, Pa., served as the design professional.

Winning First Place Awards of Excellence in Construction were the following:
• Ben Franklin Skilled Nursing Renovations located on the campus of Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, located in Elizabethtown, Pa. The project was designed by RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa.
• Unionville High School Additions and Renovations, located in Kennett Square, Pa. The project was designed by MM Architects, Inc. located in Lancaster, Pa.
• Gettysburg Energy and Nutrient Recovery Facility, located in York Springs, Pa, and constructed for EnergyWorks BioPower, LLC. Lewis & Associates Architects of Lancaster, Pa., served as the design professional.
• Jennersville Regional Hospital Patient Rooms, located in West Grove, Pa. Hart Freeland Roberts Inc. of Brentwood, TN served as the design professional.

Earning Awards of Merit were the following:
• Garrett Community Center located on the campus of Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honey Brook, Pa. The project was designed by RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa.
• Health and Wellness Center at Pleasant View Retirement Community in Manheim, Pa. RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa. served as the design professional.
• Hamilton Health Center Medical and Dental Clinic located in Harrisburg, Pa. Advanced Building Design located in Johnstown, Pa., served as the design professional.

Upcoming Events

Getting the Most of your Autodesk Account
Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Microsol Resources
Yes, Registration is required


Interested in finding out about the new Autodesk portal to track and manage all your Autodesk products? Trying to learn how to request the home use policy or previous software versions for your Autodesk software? Need to figure out how to download your software from the new Autodesk Account?

Join Microsol Resources for an hour long webinar as we show you some tips and tricks to boost the value of your Autodesk software investment with Autodesk Account; the most convenient and cost-effective way to access the latest tools, flexible licensing, technical support, and services in the cloud.

Autodesk Subscription Center will be retired after March 13, 2015. Subscription customers who currently go to Subscription Center to access their Subscription benefits will now go to Autodesk Account where you will have the ability to track and manage all of your products within the Autodesk Account portal.

Hear from our own Cora Coates and Rowena Harry as they show you how to access your Autodesk Account and discuss the following:
Download products and trials – including product updates and enhancements
Access technical support – get installation, configuration, troubleshooting, and other support
Manage permissions – grant users access to software and benefits
Track usage – of licenses, cloud credit consumption and trial downloads 


Client For A Day: Learn How Your Proposals Are Evaluated And Give Yourself An Edge
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:00am - 2:30pm
$55 In Advance (AIA Members use Discount Code: AIA for SMPS Member Pricing)
Pennoni Associates Inc., 3001 Market Street, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19104
SMPS Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
AIA Credits Pending

Are you winning all the proposals you should or could? Maybe you could benefit from a new perspective, the proposal evaluator’s.

Matt Handal (author and contributing editor of SMPS Marketer) will take you through a two-step workshop designed to give you new insights into your clients’ decision-making process and help you leverage science-based tactics to create more compelling proposals

Step One: Step into the Shoes of the Proposal Evaluator
This session is a hands-on experiment that puts you in the role of the proposal evaluator. Each group will be presented with a number of REAL proposals and will be required to decide on a clear winner.

By gaining a TRUE understanding of what proposal evaluators are challenged with and how they make decisions, you will know what to focus on the next time you develop a proposal.

Step Two: Proposal Development Secrets
Based on the book of the same name, this presentation delves deeper into the proposal development secrets that will give you an edge over your competition. It also covers additional topics not included in the book.

Topics Include:
• The Single Question That Can Dramatically Increase Your Proposal Wins
• The Biggest Proposal Mistake You’re Probably Making
• How You Can Beat The Incumbent
• How To Get Evaluators To Actually Read Your Proposal

Session Objectives:
1. Evaluate The Merits Of Real A|E|C Proposals (Qualifications Based Selection)
2. Work In A Team To Determine and Articulate A Clear Winner (Just Like Your Clients Do)
3. Identify, From The Client’s Perspective, Mistakes Your Firm’s Proposals Could Be Making

Design Advocacy Group Monthly Meeting: The Future of Washington Avenue
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:00am
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
AIA Philadelphia
No, Registration is not required

Join us at our regularly scheduled meeting for a discussion of the future of Washington Avenue - one of the most interesting streets in Philadelphia for planning and zoning. Our guests will be:

  • Tom Donatucci, Washington Avenue West Business Association (*new addition!)
  • Eleanor Sharpe, Deputy Executive Director, Legislative Affairs for the Philadelphia City Planning Commission
  • Steven Cobb, Esq., Director of Legislation for Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
  • Lauren Vidas, Board Chair of South of South Neighborhood Association
  • Jon Geeting, PlanPhilly reporter, safe streets advocate
  • David Orphanides, Esq., zoning lawyer and former Assistant City Solicitor
Conference: Learning from/in Latin America
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Princeton University
Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities
Yes, Registration is required

April 2-3, 2015

Held in conjunction with the exhibition, Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 (Museum of Modern Art; March 29-July 19, 2015), Learning from/in Latin America is a two-day conference co-organized by Princeton University and MoMA designed to further explore key positions, debates, and architectural activity arising from Cuba, Mexico, and South America over three decades of architectural and urban development from 1955 to the early 1980s. Practitioners, planners, architecture and urban design historians, humanities scholars, curators and critics will contribute to a polyphonic conversation about architecture in Latin America, its social and political implications, and the persistent legacies of modernization.

Part One: Roundtable
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Musuem of Modern Art
Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2

This roundtable conversation brings together contemporary architects from Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia to reflect on their current activity in relation to the quarter-century of architectural and urban development featured in the exhibition.

Introduction: Barry Bergdoll, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA
Moderator: Fabrizio Gallanti, Princeton-Mellon Initiative, Princeton University

Angelo Bucci, SPBR Arquitetos, São Paulo (Brazil)
Tatiana Bilbao, Tatiana Bilbao SC, Mexico City (Mexico)
Felipe Mesa, Planb: Arquitectos, Medellín (Colombia)

Part Two: Symposium
Friday, April 3, 2015
Princeton University
School of Architecture, Betts Auditorium

Established and emerging scholars of architecture and urbanism will convene for a day-long symposium to discuss ideas central to the formulation of the exhibition: campuses as urban laboratories, the image and imaginary of the city, and the concept of the informal city.

Welcome and Introduction
Stan Allen, School of Architecture, Princeton University
Bruno Carvalho, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, Princeton University

Session One: The Campus as a Laboratory for the Ideal City
Moderator: Carlos Eduardo Comas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Respondent: Anita Berrizbeitia, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Eduardo Luis Rodríguez, independent scholar, Havana, Cuba
Sylvia Ficher, University of Brasilia, Brazil
Cristina López Uribe, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City
Fernando Pérez-Oyarzun, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago

Session Two: Urban Imaginaries
Moderator: Patricio del Real, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA
Respondent: Diana Agrest, Cooper Union

Guillermo Barrios, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas
Luis Castañeda, Syracuse University
Beatriz Jaguaribe, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Session Three: The Form of the Informal
Moderator: Jorge Francisco Liernur, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Respondent: Helen Gyger, Columbia University

Sharif S. Kahatt, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, Lima
Felipe Correa, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Gabriel Duarte, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, PUC-Rio, Brazil

Ticket and other information available at

"Intelligent Glass Facades: State of the Art" Lecture by Andrea Compagno
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Tuttleman Auditorium, Philadelphia University 4201 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Architectural Glass Institute
Yes, Registration is required
Sarah Miller

Andrea Compagno has authored the famous book "Intelligent Glass Facades", which is now in its 5th edition.  He founded his own practice for facade design and planning in Switzerland in 1994 and continues to be a recognized international leader in the field.  Compagno was visiting professor at the University in Stuttgart, at the Royal University of Fine Art in Stockholm and at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.  He is currently a lecturer at the Universita della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

PETER BOHLIN: Arfaa Lecture Series
Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Mandell Theater, 33rd & Chestnut Sts. Drexel University, Philadelphia
Drexel Dept. of Architecture & Interiors
Yes, Registration is required
Mark Brack 215 895 6626


Few American architects practicing today are as esteemed by their peers as Peter Bohlin. The practice he first established in 1965 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, is now known as Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and has additional offices in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco. Bohlin and BCJ are known for their deft reinterpretations of modernist aesthetics, uncommon responsiveness to the particularity of place and user, and a sensitivity to material and detailing that is nearly unmatched by their contemporaries. The firm is also acknowledged for its egalitarian working environment and the nurturing of creativity among its staff.

In 2010, Peter Bohlin was awarded the Gold Medal by the American Institute of Architects, the highest honor an individual American architect can receive. His now iconic works include: the Forest House in Connecticut, the 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York City, and the Grand Teton National Park Discovery Center in Wyoming. He has been a guest design critic and visiting professor at a number of leading schools of architecture and he frequently serves as a juror for national and regional design competitions. 

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The BUILDPhilly Coalition Mayoral Forum
Wed, 04/08/2015 - 7:30am - 10:00am
National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

BUILDPhilly (Built environment, Urban, Infrastructure, Land use, and Development) is a new coalition of professional organizations and nonprofits addressing issues in the City of Philadelphia related to the built environment. Please join us for breakfast and a conversation with the 2015 Mayoral candidates, moderated by Plan Philly's Matt Golas.

Moving Forward: Transforming the City of Camden
Wed, 04/08/2015 - 8:30am - 10:30am
In Advance: $55 SMPS members, $75 non-members.
Rowan University – Rutgers Camden Board of Governors Camden Waterfront Technology Center 200 Federal Street, Suite 300 Camden, NJ 08103
SMPS Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
AIA Credits Pending

Camden is a city in the midst of an historic comeback. Camden is reviving its proud history as a manufacturing hub, attracting firms like Holtec International and Lockheed Martin, among others, to open offices and even relocate corporate headquarters to the city. A variety of efforts, including regaining an investment grade bond rating for the first time in more than 30 years, are giving businesses optimism about the future of Camden.

Come and hear directly from policy and decision makers in Camden about the programs available for business to relocate to Camden and hire city residents. Camden Mayor Dana Redd, Camden County Freeholder Jeff Nash, CEO of Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors Kris Kolluri, and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership CEO Anthony Perno, III, and moderator James B. Kehoe, President, New Jersey Operations, Tonio Burgos & Associates and Chairman, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, will discuss projects underway and in planning in Camden, and what the future will hold for major markets including education, medical, city/county facilities, infrastructure improvements, residential, and commercial development. Find out the best ways to get your firm involved in the transformation of Camden!

Fizzano Brothers Masonry Seminar
Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
$50.00 ** REFUNDED in the form of a $50.00 Pre-Paid VISA Card upon completion of the 4-Programs **(includes buffet lunch and door prizes-such as $50.00 restaurant gift certificates and more)
Crowne Plaza - 260 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Fizzano Brothers
Yes, Registration is required

Admission $50.00 per person ** REFUNDED in the form of a $50.00 Pre-Paid VISA Card upon completion of the 4-Programs **

(includes buffet lunch and door prizes-such as $50.00 restaurant gift certificates and more).

Check: (payable to Fizzano Bros. Inc.) is required by April 3, 2015
Mail check to: Fizzano Bros. Inc.-Attn. Tom S. Fizzano-1776 Chester Pike, Crum Lynne, PA 19022. Indicate name of person or persons that will be attending on the check or on a separate note.

**Due to fixed costs associated with this event NO refunds will be given for cancellations.
Contact Tom Fizzano at for inquiries.


REGISTRATION: 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

PROGRAM ONE: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

This course focuses on how to use and apply specification language and proper construction details to create successful projects that meet the designer’s and owner’s expectations for color, general appearance and moisture penetration resistance. PRESENTOR: Canan D’Avela RA – Concrete Products Group- Director Technology, Codes & Technical Sales

BREAK: 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

PROGRAM TWO: 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Participants will learn the aspects of thin veneer and how it is properly installed along with the failures and successes with Manufactured Stone Veneer. The program will address Masonry Veneer Installation Systems, water and air barriers, adhesives mortars and cost comparisons of masonry methods. PRESENTOR: Victor ScoteseLaticrete- Territory Sales Manager

LUNCH: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

PROGRAM THREE: 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Understanding Energy Concepts impacted by the use of Concrete Masonry, including learning the Thermal Properties of Concrete Masonry. Discussion on how Masonry Construction meets or exceeds ever challenging Energy Codes. PRESENTOR: Canan D’Avela RA – Concrete Products Group- Director of Technology, Codes & Technical Sales

BREAK 1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

PROGRAM FOUR: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Discussion of the “Defenses against Wind Driven Water Intrusion” in Architectural Concrete Masonry. Identify design issues, wall concepts, keys to a successful project and specification checklist, integral water repellents and post applied clear water repellents. Learn the causes and control of efflorescence at the job site. PRESENTOR: Bill McHugh – W.R. Grace & Co. - North American Sales Manager, Masonry & Paver Additives

Philadelphia 76ers Architect and Engineer Night
Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:30pm - 6:00pm
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia 76ers
Yes, Registration is required
Elyssa Brock 215-558-2811

If you are looking to give back to your community and network with like minded individuals this event is the one to come to. The Philadelphia 76ers have partnered with the Engineer Club of Philadelphia and the American Institute of Architects of Pennsylvania to put on an Engineer and Architect Night at the Sixers arena.

The event includes a panel of guest speakers including a senior project manager from AthenianRaznak whose helping create the Sixers very own practice facility, an educational project for the students and a networking event!

To learn more and to reserve your spot please reach out to your Sixers representative Elyssa Brock at 215.558.2811 or

Architects Action Day & ARE Scholarship Event
Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:30am - 5:00pm
State Capitol, Harrisburg
Yes, Registration is required

Your attendance is vital. Take action now! #aiapaactionday

  • Advocate for our profession with your colleagues
  • Educate your state legislators
  • Participate in a "behind-the-scenes" architectural tour of the historic State Capitol
  • Showcase your designs in the Capitol for thousands
  • Receive Continuing Education and Intern Development Program credits


7:30 AM Breakfast/Registration at the Harrisburg Hilton
8:15 AM Architects Action Day Briefing
8:45 AM Head to Capitol
9:00 AM Meetings with legislators
10:00 AM Press conference (Main Rotunda)
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Architectural Capitol tours including Senate and House chambers
3:00 PM ARE Scholarship Reception (outside Lieutenant Governor's office)
5:15 PM Load buses
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Architectural renderings display (East Wing Rotunda)


Smart PR Strategies for Building Relationships and Strengthening Reputations
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:30am - 1:30pm
SMPS Member Fee, with Boxed Lunch $10.00; Non-SMPS Member Fee, with Boxed Lunch $25.00. AIA Members Receive SMPS Member Pricing using Discount Code: AIA
Langan Engineering, 30 S. 17th Street Suite 1300 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
SMPS Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
1.5 CPSM; AIA Credits Pending

Do you have a formal PR plan or do you approach promotion in an ad hoc manner, issuing news releases or pitching stories as time allows? Whether PR is your sole job function or just one of the many hats you wear as a professional services marketer, a smart PR plan can minimize effort and maximize results.

PR professional and founder of AGW Communications, Amanda Gibney Weko will help attendees understand the strategy behind effective PR. With plenty of dialogue and A/E/C-world examples, Weko will explain how smart planning can help you gain management buy-in, leverage other communication tools, and objectively evaluate performance.

The session will explore examples of strategic PR activity, from building journalist relationships and crafting strong story pitches to professional involvement and awards.

Learning Objectives will include:

• Understand best practices for comprehensive PR plan development: objectives, strategies, tactics, and measurement.
• Appreciate the true definition of PR as a management function: building relationships with key audiences.
• Explore examples of PR integrated with other communication activities.
• Discuss media aspects of effective PR: two-way journalist relationships and audience-focused story pitches.
• Identify opportunities for strategic PR beyond media: awards, presentations, and involvement.

Cancelations made by 12:00 a.m. three business days prior to the event will be fully refunded. Due to SMPS Philadelphia's commitment with meeting facilities for food and beverage quantities, all cancelations after that time and no-shows will be ineligible for a refund. 

Architecture in Education: Relaunch + Volunteer Reception
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

Come celebrate past accomplishments and learn about our plans to reinvigorate the Architecture in Education (AIE) program.

AIE, a program produced cooperatively by both AIA Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, brings an architect, architecture student, and educational materials into a classroom allowing children to explore how architecture and design impact their daily lives and giving them the opportunity to use their own design skills to address a real-life design issue that affects their own lives.

If you ever participated in the Architecture in Education program in the past -or- are interested in participating in the future, please join us for this celebration and re-launching! 

MGA Partners: People Process Place
Thu, 04/16/2015 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Philadelphia Art Alliance 251 South 18th Street, Philadelphia 19103
Philadelphia Art Alliance
No, Registration is not required

People Process Place celebrates the collaboration of designers, university leaders, housing officers, fabricators, and builders, in the creation of a new, signature high-rise student residence on Philadelphia's North Broad Street skyline.

The project, Morgan Hall, contributes to the ongoing transformation of Temple University into a community-engaged, pedestrian-oriented, academic and cultural destination in Philadelphia. The project encompasses a full city block on the southern edge of Temple’s campus and is both the announcement of the institution along the approach from Center City, as well as the culmination of Liacouras Walk, the pedestrian walkway that connects the campus.

A new publication, or "album" -- titled People Process Place -- accompanies the exhibit, and will be available for reception attendees and exhibit guests. The album honors the hundreds of people that contributed to the creation of this new place in the city. 

The ICAA Philadelphia Chapter presents "A quarter Century of Classicism at Notre Dame" by Thomas Gordon Smith, former Dean, Notre Dame School of Architecture
Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
$20.00 for members of ICAA and Franklin Inn Club, $25.00 for general public
The Franklin Inn Club, 205 South Camac Street, Philadelphia
Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Philadelphia Chapter
Yes, Registration is required

Graduates of the classical architecture program at the University of Notre Dame are among the most highly recruited young architects by firms across the country. As the founder of this program, Thomas Gordon Smith will recount a reversal of the School of Architecture at UND from a threatened accreditation status to a radical reanimation of classical building and traditional civic design. Thomas's roots in 1970's Post-Modernism matured into teaching the strength, function, and beauty conveyed through Vitruvius. The program's emulation of paradigms has extended over the past twenty-five years to contribute to a renewal of classical practice. Thomas looks forward to a candid discussion with ICAA practitioners and supporters about the important role of classical schools today. Please join us and our special guest for this rare event.

A Case Study: The Benefits and Limitations of Spray-Applied Polyurethane Foam Insulation
Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Center For Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia
AIA/BEC - Philadelphia Building Enclosure Council
Yes, Registration is required

Anyone with interest in the sustainability and performance of  Building Envelope Systems is invited to attend the next BEC-Philadelphia lunch time presentation.

ABSTRACT: Spray polyurethane has been described as a fast, cost-effective insulation, without seams or edges, that provides excellent performance characteristics (high R-value, vapor resistant, low water absorption, low air permeance, tenacious adhesion) and with it you can meet the four-barriers with just one product . . . but the reality is much different. This is the perspective of a system failure investigator. The benefits and limitations of spray-applied polyurethane foam insulation materials will be illustrated using practical examples of buildings that the presenter has investigated.

PRESENTER BIO: Mr. Vince Cammalleri joined Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) in 1996. He has extensive experience in the design, investigation, and repair of walls, roofs, glass curtain walls, and windows. He leads the Building Science Practice Group at SGH, specializing in thermal and moisture drive analysis in the building enclosure, with a focus on moisture issues in high-humidity buildings. Cammalleri has extensive experience in the investigation of building failures as well as the design of new buildings or building renovations.

April ARE Study Session
Tue, 04/21/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
United States
No, Registration is not required

The April ARE Study Session will focus on the Structural Systems (SS)  Vignette and the multiple choice portion of the Building Systems (BS) exam. Attendees studying the vignette are encouraged to send their practice attempts to the email below for review with the group. 

Schedule – April. 21st, 2015:

6:30-7:00 PM Structural Systems (SS) Vignette

7:10-8:00 PM Building Systems (BS) multiple choice

If you would like to join us online, please RSVP to for the login info. RSVPs are encouraged if you are attending in person, but walk-ins are always welcome. If you have any questions, please use the email above. 

ARE Study Sessions are held the third Tuesday of the month. Each month the group focuses on a specific section or sections. The program is presented and led by AIA Philadelphia's Young Architects Forum. 

Pueblo Preservation and Traditional Cultural Places
Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
Atkin Olshin Schade Atchitects
Yes, Registration is required

Shawn Evans, former co-chair of AIA Philadelphia's Historic Preservation Committee moved to New Mexico in 2012 to build the western preservation practice of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects.  Shawn will present the award-winning Owe'neh  Bupingeh Preservation Project at Ohkay Owingeh and the findings of his fellowship with the James Marston Fitch Foundation.  

The Owe'neh Bupingeh project involved a comprehensive preservation plan for the 800-year old historic core of the Pueblo and rehabilitation of 34 of the adobe homes have been completed.  Shawn's Fitch Fellowship involved consultations with 16 other Pueblos to understand their varying worldviews on historic preservation. Some Pueblos are renowned for resistance to change, while other view preservation with skepticism. What most tribes seek is revitalization, not preservation as defined by the federal government. Most seek to extend the palpability of the past, but many are just as interested in meeting the needs of modern life in these ancient places. Using the Traditional Cultural Places approach outlined in National Register Bulletin 38, the presentation will explore the relevance of the preservation of southwestern Pueblos to Philadelphia's urban ethnic enclaves.

Feel free to bring your lunch,

AIA Philadelphia Annual Meeting and Party
Wed, 04/22/2015 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

Join us for AIA Philadelphia's Annual Business Meeting, volunteer recognition, program (Topic TBD) and party at the Center for Architecture.

This is an AIA Philadelphia member only event open to AIA Philadelphia Architect, Associate and Affiliate members.  

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Pat Gourley, at or 215-569-3186.

WIA Scholarship Fundraiser featuring Denise Scott Brown
Thu, 04/23/2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
$250 Scholar Supporter; $40 AIA Member/Affiliate ($50 at Door); $50 non-member ( $60 at Door); $20 Student ($25 at Door)
AIA Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Women In Architecture
Yes, Registration is required

WIA Scholarship Fundraiser featuring Denise Scott Brown

Women In Architecture (WIA) is proud to present its Annual Scholarship Fundraiser featuring Denise Scott Brown. We will pay tribute to Denise’s influence on the architecture profession with presentations by esteemed colleagues and collaborators of Denise Scott Brown, including Claudia Cueto, Nancy Rogo Trainer as well as Caroline James and Arielle Assouline-Lichten, the women behind the Pritzker Prize petition. Their presentations will precede the keynote address by Denise herself where she will share insights of her pioneering career and discuss the changing role of women in the architecture and the design industry.

Come join us for an evening to honor Denise Scott Brown and her profound impact on the Philadelphia design community and the greater architecture profession. The proceeds of this event will support a Charter High School for Architecture & Design (CHAD) female graduating senior’s pursuit of a design degree.

Seats are limited, please RSVP today!

6:00pm Reception
7:00pm Presentation by panelist followed by keynote address by Denise Scott Brown
8:30pm Questions + Answers
8:45pm Closing

About the Scholarship

Help support the education of a local, future designer! The proceeds from this event will go towards a scholarship awarded to a deserving graduating senior female student at The Charter High School For Architecture + Design (CHAD) who will be pursuing a college degree in the field of architecture and design. The scholarship will provide funds towards tuition, books, and/or supplies. The presentation of this award will be made at an upcoming WIA event.

You can also help support the scholarship by offering a contribution of any amount by sending a check, payable to the “Center for Architecture” to WIA Scholarship, AIA Philadelphia, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Thank you to our sponsors . . . . . 

Keast & Hood


Other sponsor opportunities are also available! For information, contact Pat Gourley at

AIA Philadelphia 16th Annual Golf Outing
Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:30am - 8:00pm
Huntingdon Valley Country Club, 2285 Country Club Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
Pat Gourley 215-569-3186 x105

Join your colleagues and friends for a day of golf on one of the area's finest courses, lunch, an open bar, dinner, prizes, and more.

Participation limited. Sign up now before it sells out.  Discount for group and individual play ends March 18.

Click here to download information or contact Pat Gourley at or 215-569-3186 x105

CSI April Meeting – Controlling LEDs to Meet Customer Expectations
Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm
CSI Members Free, Guests $40
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, 400 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Architectural Glass Institute for CSI Philadelpha
Yes, Registration is required

This program studies the components of an LED system enabling participants to explain an LED luminaire and each component involved to ensure effective and safe operation. Through the examination of the LED industry, participants will be able to describe the features and benefits of LEDs as a general illumination light source, and the applications where LEDs excel to ensure operational safety and occupant productivity. Also examining existing control types and standards will explain the differences between power line, 3 wire and low voltage control. Finally an analysis of LED drivers will enable the participant to identify the differences between constant current and constant voltage drivers and which applications require which type of driver to ensure safe operation and expected performance.

ARE Study Course: Construction Documents & Services
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm
$20 AIA Associate Members/$40 non-members
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

This course covers the application of project management, professional practice knowledge and skills, and the preparation of contract documents and contract administration. Content Areas: Codes & Regulations; Environmental Issues; Construction Drawings & Project Manual; Project & Practice Management. Vignette: Building Section.


For information, contact Pat at 215-569-3186 x 105 or

CSI Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:00pm - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 10:00am
Early bird rates available, discounted registration for partnering organizations
Best Western Concordville Inn, Concordville, PA
Architectural Glass Institute for CSI Philadelpha
Yes, Registration is required
to be announced

The Mid-Atlantic Region CSI Conference annually brings together construction industry professionals from CSI Chapters, allied associations, design professionals and specifiers.

Thorough technical presentations and tours we will explore our theme of ‘Detailing Innovation’, intended to explore innovative changes that will impact the construction industry in the near future, these will include Sustainability, Energy, and Construction Technology. Additional events and tours will offer networking, and social opportunities. Presentations and tours will offer AIA Continuing Education Credits.

The technical tours will include Furness buildings at the Williamson Free Trade School, GridSTAR Center at Philadelphia Navy Yard. For more casual activities, Longwood Gardens, Penns Woods Winery and local museums and shopping are available.

The conference committee has lined up both nationally and locally known speakers and presenters. Keynote speakers for the luncheons on Friday and Saturday include Jerry Yudelson, Green Building Initiative, and Francis Rabuck is a nationally and internationally known Technology Research Analyst.


Friday afternoon features the Owner’s Panel Discussion. Commensurate with our forward looking theme, we will pose the following topic to our panelists:

What are the challenges and opportunities the design and construction industry should be prepared to do, to help Owner’s their goals for the near term future? What are the top priorities, what will likely become less important?

The Panel will be moderated by Stephen P. Mullin, President and Principal of Econsult Solutions, an economic consulting firm based in Philadelphia.

Panelists include:
Doug Carney, AIA, LEED AP – Senior Vice President of Facilities, Real Estate and Capital Program at CHOP
Christopher J. Kern, AIA, LEED AP – Director, Design and Construction University of Pennsylvania Facilities and Real Estate Services
Jerry Sweeney – President, CEO and Trustee, Brandywine Realty Trust Co.
Robert Francis, VP Facilities at Drexel University

Emerging Technologies in Architecture
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
$5 - AIA Members, Associate Members and students, $10 Non-members
Philadelphia Center for Architecture
Young Architects Forum
Yes, Registration is required

The Philadelphia Young Architects Forum presents another exciting and educational panel discussion entitled "Emerging Technologies in Architecture" on April 30, 2015 at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture.

Our panelists include Christopher Connock (KieranTimberlake), Petra Stanev, RA, LEED AP (Stanev Potts Architects) and Eric Oskey, RA (Moto Designshop). Each will explain the unique approach to incorporating new technologies, design methods and research strategies that significantly shapes their firm's office culture, mission, process and body of work.

From custom scripting to in-house fabrication, learn what new technologies are currently being employed in the field of architecture and, perhaps, some insight to what the future may hold!

Our moderator, Christian Jordan, AIA, has been a professor of digital methodologies at Philadelphia University since 2006 and is a principal at PJA Architecture.

This event will run from 6pm to 8pm and include a networking portion and a brief Q&A.

Registration requested.

CES learning units pending.

$5 AIA/AIA Associate Members/students

$10 Non-members

What's New with AutoCAD 2016?
Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Microsol Resources
Yes, Registration is required

Autodesk AutoCAD 2016 provides new features and enhancements to accelerate the 2D and 3D design and the documentation and collaboration process while enriching on-screen experience. With new features for reality computing and BIM coordination, the tools in AutoCAD 2016 help users significantly increase efficiency and maximize productivity -- clearing the way to faster, more precise design and documentation.

Join us for our hour-long webinar as we highlight the latest improvements, including:
Visual enhancements help you see your drawings more clearly. Readability is improved with true curves instead of line segments.
Automatically create appropriate measurements. Pass the cursor over selected objects to get a preview of the dimension.
PDFs are smaller, smarter, and more searchable. There is better performance when attaching PDF files to your drawings.
Design within the context of existing BIM models. Attach and view Navisworks and BIM 360 Glue models directly inside AutoCAD.
Prevent unwanted changes to your system settings. Get alerted to changes to your preferences that could affect your design work.
Edit text like you would with a word processor for styles such as auto bullets and super/subscript.
Orient your work more precisely with point clouds.

To view the Comparison Matrix that shows the different features of AutoCAD 2016 to 2015 and other older versions, you can click here.

The newest version of AutoCAD 2016 is finally here! If you are an Autodesk Subscription Customer, AutoCAD 2016 will be coming to your Autodesk Account soon. You can choose a perpetual license with Maintenance Subscription or a Desktop Subscription with pay-as-you-go quarterly or annual options.

Presented by Tim Kramer, BIM Specialist at Microsol Resources.

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