Colorado Architecture News | 02.21.24

News from the Colorado Chapter of The American Institute of Architects | 02.21.24

In this Newsletter:


AIA College of Fellows Nominating Committee 

Being elected to AIA’s College of Fellows represents the highest individual honor bestowed by the Institute upon its members, second only to the Institute’s Gold Medal. Fellowship elevation signifies recognition for an exemplary career with a broad impact on the architectural profession. Colorado has been fortunate since 1886 to witness 104 of our members elevated to Fellowship, including three new fellows named last year.

Are you interested in pursuing Fellowship? If so, our College of Fellows Nominating Committee would love to hear from you! Please visit the link and contact Phil Gerou, FAIA, Chair of the Fellows Nominating Committee, by tomorrow, Feb 22nd.

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This year, AIA Colorado is offering 6 Code Classes encompassing a variety of courses. We hope that you take advantage of the breadth of knowledge being presented. Registrations for all 6 of the individual classes offered this year are live with discounts offered to AIA members and early registrants.

This Friday, take part in the 2021 IBC Overview and explore the major provision of the International Building Code and sign up through Eventbrite in advance.

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Academy of Architecture for Health: National and Local Chapter Updates

On February 28th, join the 2024 Academy of Architecture for Health Knowledge Community (AAHKC) for an update from 2024 AAH National President, Michelle Trott, AIA, and a discussion on local developments. Additionally, you will hear updates from AAHKC Colorado with a preview of the year ahead.

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The AIA Colorado Business of Architecture Committee invites you to join a roundtable discussion of recruitment and hiring strategies. This event will be in person at Neoera offices in Denver and a Zoom link will be available for those that can only join remotely. Topics to be discussed include: 

Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

ARE Study Groups

What do you need to reach your ARE goals? Access to study materials? A group of peers studying for the same exam as you? We all have the same goal, so why do it alone?

The J.E.D.I. Committee would like to assist in creating a strong network of people, study materials, accountability, and resources beyond what is offered at individual firms. We’re also interested in knowing where everyone is on their exam journey.


Warren Foster, AIA member from 1976 – 2012, passed away January 16th, 2024. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday February 24th. Read more

Colorado Green Building Guild (CGBG) announces Annual Award winners

Each year, The CGBG presents four prestigious awards for contributions in the advancement of the green build industry. Ely Merheb, AIA, is this year’s Leadership Initiative Award Winner. Ely has been an AIA Colorado volunteer for many years including Chair of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) Committee in 2022.

Shape Architecture Studio won Green Building of the Year for their Nederland Passive House. See all CGBG Annual Awards.

J.E.D.I. Discussion on the Architect-ing Podcast

At the ENGAGE 2023 Practice + Design Conference, Adriana Medina-López-Portillo, Jason Pugh, Mei-Ling Krabbe, Raphael Chavez, AIA, and Patricia Joseph Gill, AIA, joined Colorado Architect Adam Wagoner, AIA, on his Architect-ing Podcast. The conversation included emphasizing the need for more dialogue, advocacy, and intentionality highlighting the business case in the modern workforce for diversity and inclusion.
Watch on Youtube. Listen on Apple | Spotify | Google | Pandora

Improving Colorado Housing Options on the Architect-ing Podcast

At the ENGAGE 2023 Practice + Design Conference, Sean Jursnick, AIA, Derek Chavez, AIA, and Robert Peebles AIA, from SAR+ Architects join Colorado Architect Adam Wagoner, AIA, on his Architect-ing Podcast to discuss the concept of single stair residential buildings, also known as point access blocks.
Watch on Youtube. Listen on Apple | Spotify | Google | Pandora


2024 Architectural Education Foundation Scholarships close March 1st

The Architectural Education Foundation, in partnership with AIA Colorado, offers traveling and professional development scholarships to support your educational endeavors and gain more experience. Since 1961, they have awarded more than $800,000 to more than 250 students, architects, and teachers. Thanks to their support, we’re pleased to announce the availability of academic and travel scholarships for 2024. More info and apply here.

Upcoming CAP Spring lecture series

Lectures are held at the Second Floor Gallery, CU Denver. More info and RSVP here.

Colorado BPS requirements webinar for industry professionals

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) is hosting a webinar for building industry professionals to discuss the State’s new Building Performance Standard (BPS) requirements. This webinar will cover the details and requirements of each of the compliance pathways, and the implementation timeline for the BPS program. Dates and times for the webinar are:


Young Architects Forum February Newsletter

A newsletter from the AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF). Look out for important news, AIA updates, and ways to engage, no biggie. Read more

Premier Partner Spotlight

We’re proud to highlight one of AIA Colorado’s Premier Partners, Humboldt Sawmill and Allweather Wood, and look forward to their ongoing support and involvement serving Colorado’s architecture community.

Humboldt Sawmill Company, LLC manufactures redwood and Douglas-fir dimensional lumber, timbers, and uppers at the company’s sawmill in Scotia, California. Allweather Wood, LLC is the largest waterborne preservative treated lumber and plywood manufacturer in the western United States with five manufacturing facilities, including a facility in Loveland, Colorado. View company website.

Visit Humbolt Sawmill and Allweather Wood website.

Looking for Additional Resources?

View AIA Colorado’s Allied Member Directory.

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