May 29, 2014


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Chapter News

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

For information, go to


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

Construction Tour: Congregation Rodeph Shalom Synagogue Expansion
Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Free for AIA Associates, $10 for non-Associate members
615 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
AIA Associate Committee
Yes, Registration is required

Congregation Rodeph Shalom is wrapping up the 17,000 SF expansion of its Broad Street synagogue. The new addition and renovations to the 1928 original building will create more accessible, spacious, welcoming, and energy-efficient spaces for visitors and growing membership, including: clergy offices, classrooms, community space for social events and ceremonies, additional space for the synagogue’s Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, and an outdoor courtyard. Project architects from KieranTimberlake will lead the tour and answer questions about this exciting project!

Attendees are required to bring their own hard hat, wear close-toed shoes, and bring a copy of the waiver form that will be distributed to registrants via email. Please contact with questions or concerns. Hope to see you there!

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
Historic Preservation Committee
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 . . . . . 

Suma Cum Laude Sponsors:

Magna Cum Laude Sponsors:

Cum Laude Sponsors:

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

CANstruction aCANemy Awards Gala + Reception
Sat, 04/25/2015 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
$50 Early Bird | $60 General Public | AIA Members receive 50% off w/ discount code
The Rotunta at the Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
AIA Philadelphia Associate Committee
Yes, Registration is required

Join AIA Philadelphia's Associate Committee and the Philadelphia Center for Architecture as we celebrate the winning entries from the 9th annual CANstruction design competition and food drive. This year's ceremony features the red-carpet theme of "the aCANemy Awards" - we encourage you to dress the part! Proceeds from this event are donated directly to Philabundance, the Delaware Valley's largest hunger-relief organization.
Canstruction, Inc.
is a registered nonprofit organization that holds annual design and build competitions to benefit local food banks. Founded in 1992, Canstruction® is responsible for collecting over 20 million pounds of food for local communities arcoss the globe. In Philadelphia, all of the food is donated to Philabundance, the Delaware Valley's largest hunger relief organization.

AIA Philadelphia Associate Committee
One of the most active committees of the AIA Philadelphia chapter, the Associates assist in the training of young architects and strengthen the link between architectural education and practice. In particular the committee assists those individuals in the Intern Development Program (IDP) and supports an exam preparation refresher course for those preparing to take the Registration Exam. The committee also produces several design competitions and social events throughout the year, including CANstruction, the Sketch Showdown, and Spooktacular (a safe Halloween experience for the Children's Crisis Treatment Center).

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

Transforming Philadelphia’s Schoolyards
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
$10 general admission | $5 Collaborative Community Champions
Center for Architecture, 1216 Arch Street
Community Design Collaborative
Yes, Registration is required

Join us for the release of Transforming Philadelphia’s Schoolyards, a new
design guide that presents great ideas, advice, and stories drawn from the Community Design Collaborative’s pro bono preliminary designs for green schoolyards.

Receive your complimentary copy of the design guide—and get inspired with a panel discussion featuring leaders from three successful schoolyard makeovers and a green schoolyards resource fair.

Hosted by the Community Design Collaborative and the Philadelphia Water Department 

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.

Innovations & Answers Seminar
Wed, 05/06/2015 - 8:00am - 1:00pm
$50 reservation fee refunded at seminar
Philadelphia Center for Architecture
High Concrete Group LLC
Yes, Registration is required
4.25 AIA/CES LUs

May 6, 2015—Philadelphia Center for Architecture

8:00 am Introduction and Continental Breakfast

8:15 am Enclosure Systems: Mix Designs, Shapes and Finishes (1 HSW LU)

9:30 am Precast Facades and Thin Brick (1 HSW LU)

10:30 am Advanced Sealant Protection (1.25 HSW LU)

11:30 am Parking Structure Design / Working Lunch (1 HSW LU)

Cost: $50 reservation fee refunded at seminar.
Bring your plans for a free project consutation.

Trends in Cancer Center Planning and Design
Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia Health Facilities Committee
No, Registration is not required


Barbara Kubasti, AIA, EDAC

ZGF Architects LLP

Learning Objectives:

Understand data, research and current market in planning facilities for oncology patients and staff.

Recognize the challenges facing cancer patients in a healthcare setting. Learn a variety of strategies to reduce stress and improve the patient experience.

Use patient and staff input to customize a facility to reflect the goals and priorities of the institution and their community.

Explore six different institutions’ solutions to designing oncology spaces.

May ARE Study Session
Tue, 05/19/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Center for Architecture
Yes, Registration is required

The May ARE Study Session will focus on the Building Systems (BS) Vignette. Attendees studying the vignette are encouraged to send their practice attempts to the email below for review with the group.

Schedule – May 19th, 2015:

6:30-7:20 Building Systems (BS) vignette

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.

Fit City PHL
Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:30am - 1:00pm
$25 for professionals $15 for students
Public Health Management Corporation
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
AIA/CES (HSW) LUs Pending

Fit City PHL is a half-day symposium designed to explore the concept of active design, and strategies for improving health by promoting physical activity and healthy eating. It will bring together architects, planners, designers, landscape architects, developers, and public health professionals to learn about how our environment can have a positive impact on the negative health trends our communities are currently facing – particularly obesity and other chronic conditions.

Fit City PHL Agenda
8:30 a.m. Coffee and light breakfast

9:00 a.m. Opening remarks from Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director, American Institute of Architects Philadelphia Chapter

9:15 a.m. Defining active design
The Center for Active Design will join Fit City PHL to discuss its groundbreaking work translating health research into design strategies that promote access to physical activity and healthy eating. Primary topics to be discussed include:

  • An overview of active design concepts and strategies,
  • Implementation efforts and lessons learned in New York City, and
  • Case studies from communities around the United States, including Philadelphia.

10:30 a.m. Working together to create healthy communities
Using the lens of active design, a panel of local experts representing public health, planning, and architecture will participate in a lively discussion illustrating the collaborative nature of building healthy communities. To facilitate understanding of these diverse but related professions, panelists will participate in a moderated discussion exploring their respective areas of expertise and roles in facilitating or implementing active design strategies.

Richard Cohen, CEO of Public Health Management Corporation, will moderate the panel, which will include:

  • Vanessa Briggs, Executive Director, Health Promotion Council & Managing Director, Public Health Management Corporation
  • Keith Davis, Healthy Communities Coordinator, Philadelphia City Planning Commission
  • Cassidy Boulan, Transportation Planner, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Adam Supplee, Principal, KMS Design Group, LLC
  • Kiki Bolender, Principal, Bolender Architects

12:00 p.m. Wrap-Up and closing remarks from Barry Seymour, Executive Director, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Stay for lunch and make connections that will help us to build healthier communities together.
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Fit City PHL is organized by Health Promotion Council, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects Philadelphia Chapter, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and Public Health Management Corporation. Fit City PHL is supported by funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Networking 101: Etiquette, Tips and Tricks
Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:30am - 1:30pm
SMPS Member Fee $15.00; Non-SMPS Member Fee $25.00
Haworth Showroom, 1700 Market St., Suite 600, Philadelphia PA 19103
SMPS Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
1.5 CPSM

New to networking? Or a seasoned pro that wants some new tips? This session will enhance your networking skills and provide advice on how to network at an event, including: how to prepare before you go; what to do when you get there; and most importantly, what to do after the event is over.

The steps to successful networking will be broken down into five manageable tasks that you can apply at your next event! In addition, join in on the discussion about the five things you should always have with you at an event as well as the role of social media in pre- and post-event activities. Guest speaker: Aimee Lala, Community Revitalization Manager, Cornerstone West CDC.

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. 

Philadelphia Student Housing Forum
Wed, 05/27/2015 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Free to AIA Member (any chapter) & AIA Philadelphia Affiliate Member/ $10 non-member
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

Please join AIA Philadelphia's Housing Committee for an engaging discussion of current trends in student housing design featuring recent projects on the campuses of Drexel University, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. The panel will explore what students want, what local institutions are building and how they are getting built. Projects studied include one university-built, one developer-built and one university-developer partnership project. Panelists include the lead design architects and their developer or university counterparts. The event will be followed by a reception and continued discussion. 


Chestnut Square, Drexel University
Kevin Smith, AIARobert A.M. Stern Architects

New College House at Hill Field, University of Pennsylvania
David Hollenberg, AIA. University Architect at University of Pennsylvania
Frank Grauman, FAIABohlin Cywinski Jackson

The View at Montgomery, Temple University
Kevin Trapper, The Goldenberg Group
Antonio Fiol-Silva, FAIA, Wallace Roberts & Todd

Evening Schedule

5:30-6:00 Light Refreshments
6:00-7:30 Panel Discussion
7:30-8:30 Reception


Graduate Level|$500
• Firm recognition at the beginning of event
• Company logo prominently displayed at the event
• Opportunity to display company literature and promotional items
• Company logo and link on announcement in AIA Philadelphia e-newsletter
• Two non-member admissions

Undergraduate Level|$250
• Company logo displayed by the refreshments table
• Opportunity to display company literature and promotional items
• Company logo on announcement in AIA Philadelphia e-newsletter
• One non-member admission

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