Colorado Architecture News | 03.06.24

News from the Colorado Chapter of The American Institute of Architects | 03.06.24

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The Week in Words

“Architects can change the course of history. On fly-in day in February, hundreds of architects convene and flood the Capitol halls visiting congressional members, all discussing three important legislative bills to elicit support. Not only was inside baseball shared, bill support was gained and a bonus topic was planted. A future visioning session with legislators on imagining housing added to the 36% of federally owned buildings and property in Colorado. A sure win for the future!”

— Sarah Broughton, FAIA, Past President
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AIA Colorado was in Washington, D.C. for the AIA Leadership Summit and on the Hill discussing issues that are important to Colorado architects. Julianne Scherer, AIA, President, Sarah Broughton, FAIA, Past-President, Kaylyn Kirby, AIA, Young Architects Forum Representative, Mike Waldinger, Hon. AIA, CEO, and Nikolaus Remus, AIA, Advocacy Advancement Director visited the offices of Sen. Bennet, Sen. Hickenlooper, Rep. DeGette, Rep. Pettersen, and Rep. Boebert.

Read more including the issue documents from both AIA National and AIA Colorado.


2024 Colorado Legislative Bills Tracked To Date

This legislative session is one of the most interesting for architects we’ve seen in years and we’ve only just hit the halfway point. Right now, we are actively tracking 11 bills, including the big one, HB24-1329: the state’s review of our profession’s practice act. Catch up on each of the bills with a brief overview of the bill, the position that AIA has taken thus far, and the bills’ current status.

Read here

Government Affairs Committee member Sean Jursnick, AIA, discussed HB24-1239: Single-Exit Stairway Multifamily Structure, the measure to allow taller single stair developments, with the Denver Post.

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2023 Legislative Awards

AIA Colorado recently presented our 2023 legislators awards to Senator Dylan Roberts as our 2023 Legislator of the Year and Representative Jenny Willford as our 2023 Outstanding New Legislator.

Read more

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.

Sign up here

AIA Colorado Events

oLiv Boulder Tour

Wednesday, March 13th, join AIA members and prospective members in the North to tour oLiv Boulder, a new mixed-use development in the heart of Boulder.

RSVP here

Happy Hour in Colorado Springs

Friday, March 15th, join the AIA Colorado Board, fellow members, and prospective members for a social time at Local Relic.

RSVP here

1900 Lawrence Tour

The Denver Local Advisors will be hosting a tour of 1900 Lawrence on Thursday, March 21st. This construction tour of the new skyline altering 30-story building offering Class-AA office space that will redefine the work environment in Denver.

RSVP here

Code Class: 2021 Accessibility Update

Friday, April 5th, join this seminar that will discuss the changes to Chapter 11 of the 2021 IBC and the 2017 ICC A117.1 Accessibility Standard and sign up through Eventbrite in advance.

RSVP here


AIA elevates Will Babbington, FAIA, to the College of Fellows

Will Babbington, FAIA, of Studio NYL, has been newly elevated to the College of Fellows, one of the highest honors bestowed by AIA.

“Will Babbington shares technologically-advanced strategies for architectural enclosures, enabling collaborators award-winning latitude in their design vision and advancing the Profession’s insight into sustainability and energy efficiency.”
— Fellows Jury Statement

Read more about Will’s recent elevation to the College of Fellows. Congrats!


Join the Denver Building Code Board of Appeals

The City and County of Denver is seeking qualified individuals to apply for a seat on the Denver Building Code Board of Appeals. The Board of Appeals plays a crucial checks-and-balances role in the application of adopted and amended building codes. The Board consists of six members and three alternates, all appointed by the mayor, with one board member and one alternate need to be architects licensed in the State of Colorado. Apply here

Upcoming CAP Spring lecture series

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


AIA/Deltek Architecture Billings Index

The AIA/Deltek Architectural Billings Index (ABI) January score came in at 46.2. This marks the lengthiest period of declining billings since 2010-2011, although the pace of decline is slower. Read more at AIA

Why Firms Need Sustainability Leads

AIA Colorado’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) Chair, Marisol Foreman, AIA, writes about why a dedicated sustainability manager plays a key role in navigating the complex intersection of architectural creativity and environmental responsibility. Read here

Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator Training 2024

Taking place March 20-21, this course is Intended for licensed architects, engineers, or certified building inspectors, this training certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP). View at AIAU

Five key takeaways from 2024 AIA Leadership Summit

Bringing questions, curiosity, and courage, AIA members from coast to coast traveled to Washington, DC, for the chapter leaders’ premier advocacy and leadership training. Here’s a snapshot of what attendees learned and experienced. Read at AIA

“41% of architects now using AI”

The survey, which is the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) first examination of the industry’s use of artificial intelligence (AI), revealed that 41 per cent of UK architects are already employing the technology “on at least the occasional project”. Read at Dezeen


Early registration is available through April 10th for this year’s AIA Conference on Architecture  Design, taking place June 5–8. AIA24 will bring together the often-siloed AEC industry in Washington, D.C. to network, share knowledge, gain exposure, and find multidisciplinary solutions to today’s most pressing issues. View conference website

Premier Partner Spotlight

We’re proud to highlight one of AIA Colorado’s Premier Partners, IMEG and look forward totheir ongoing support and involvement serving Colorado’s architecture community.

With a history that dates back over 100 years, IMEG Corp. grew from several firms coming together under one uniting vision: people-centered engineering. As a national engineering and design consulting company they have intentionally localized a focus to serve carefully chosen regions and markets, allowing them to put relationships and communities first, without sacrificing expertise.

View IMEG company website

Allied Member News

DesignPro Insurance supports the David W. Lakamp Architect Scholarship awarding $5,000 each to two students who demonstrate a strong interest in practice and risk management in the field of architecture. Application closes March 15th.

Join Creative Living Modern Outdoor Decor for a 1 hour AIA approved course titled “Outdoor Kitchen Design with Stainless Steel Cabinetry” to explore the design of safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing outdoor kitchen and living areas. Course is being offered April 3rd in Basalt, and April 4th in Edwards, both dates at the Decorative Materials showroom, and again April 10th at 9am at Highland City Club in Boulder. For more information and RSVP:

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