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Thursday
Aug072014

Inaugural AIA International Design Awards Program

Please click here for additional information regarding the AIA IR Design Awards.

The biographies for the judges of the AIA IR Design Awards program may be found here.

Wednesday
May282014

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF MEMBERS

 
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF MEMBERS
The 2014 Annual Meeting of the members of the AIA International Region will take place Thursday, June 26, 2014, commencing at 2:30 p.m. (Central Daylight Time), in Room S502, McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616, USA.  The meeting will be conducted for the purpose of nominating and electing the officers and directors to succeed those whose terms are about to expire; for receiving the annual reports of the Board and the Treasurer; and for the transaction of such other business as may be appropriate.  
All members of the AIA International Region are invited to attend.  
For additional information, contact AIA Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jay Stephens, Hon. AIA, at jstephens@aia.org, or Emily Dorey, Director, International and Unstaffed Components, at emilydorey@aia.org.  Additional information will also be available soon on the AIA International Region’s Web Site at www.aiainternational.org
ETAIN FITZPATRICK, AIA 
SECRETARY
AIA INTERNATIONAL REGION
APRIL 24, 2014
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING 
ANNUAL MEETING OF MEMBERS
1. Eligible Members.  You are eligible to participate in the 2014 Annual Meeting of the members of the AIA International Region if:
a) You are in good standing as an Architect member, Associate member, International Associate member, Fellow, or Emeritus member of the American Institute of Architects; and
 
b) You reside or work outside the United States; and
 
c) You are not assigned to any AIA chapter, or you are assigned to one of these AIA chapters:
 AIA Continental Europe
 AIA Hong Kong
 AIA Japan
 AIA Middle East
 AIA UK
2. Participation in the Meeting.  The meeting will begin promptly on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. (U.S. Central Daylight Time).  If you are eligible to participate in the meeting (see Item 1, “Eligible Members,” above), you may attend in any of these ways:
 
• In Person.  You may attend the meeting in person by going to Room S502, McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616, USA, at the date and time shown above.
 
• By Telephone.  You may also participate by telephone.  If you intend to participate by telephone, please contact AIA Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jay Stephens, Hon. AIA, at jstephens@aia.org or by fax to 1-202-626-7426, no later than Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time).  We will then provide dial-in instructions to you.  
 
• By Proxy.  If you are unable to attend the meeting in person or by telephone, you may select an eligible member attending the meeting to represent you by proxy and to vote on your behalf.  You may do so by printing, filling out, and signing the proxy form found here, and sending it to AIA Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jay Stephens, Hon. AIA, at jstephens@aia.org or by fax to 1-202-626-7426. (If you are unable to use the proxy form, you may simply send your proxy instructions in an e-mail or fax to Jay Stephens.)  All proxy forms/instructions must be received no later than Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time).
 
Five percent of the membership entitled to vote shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business.  Every decision at the meeting shall be by a majority of those eligible members who are present and voting either in person, by telephone, or by proxy. 
3. Business at the Meeting.  The following business will be conducted at the meeting:
a) Annual Reports of the Board of Directors and the Treasurer
 
b) Election of Secretary (2015 - 2016)  (See Item 4, “Nomination and Election of Secretary,” below.)
 
c) Other Business, as appropriate
 
Written minutes of the meeting shall be kept by the Secretary and thereafter filed in the AIA International Region’s records.    
4. Nomination and Election of Secretary.  The eligible members at this meeting will elect a new Secretary, who will serve in that capacity from January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2016.  A corporate officer of the AIA International Region, the Secretary is responsible for recording all actions taken at meetings of the Board of Directors, and performing other duties assigned by the President or by the Board of Directors.  Any member eligible to participate in the Annual Meeting may be nominated for Secretary.  (See Item 1, “Eligible Members,” above.)
Nominations for Secretary may be submitted:
 
• by the Board of Directors; or
 
• by any AIA chapter located outside the United States; or
 
• through a petition containing the signatures of ten eligible members.   (See Item 1, “Eligible Members,” above.)  A copy of the petition may be found at here.  If not all the nominating members are able to sign one petition form, multiple forms may be used to collect the required ten signatures.  
 
All nominations should be submitted to AIA Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jay Stephens, Hon. AIA, at jstephens@aia.org or by fax to 1-202-626-7426.  All nominations must be received no later than Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time).
The Secretary will be elected by a secret ballot of those present and voting at the meeting.  The candidate receiving a majority of the votes cast will be elected.  If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast on the first ballot, a runoff ballot will take place between the top two vote recipients from the first ballot.  
For additional information, contact AIA Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jay Stephens, Hon. AIA, at mailto: jstephens@aia.org, or Emily Dorey, Director, International and Unstaffed Components, at mailto: mailto:emilydorey@aia.org
 
Wednesday
Mar262014

ARE Update: ARE Coming to Hong Kong in April

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is delighted to announce that the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) will be available in Prometric test centers in Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China in early April. This is the second Asia-Pacific location available to take the ARE, after the U.S. territory of Guam.

The push to expand international delivery is part of an ongoing effort to facilitate the path to licensure for candidates living abroad. Over the summer, the Council began administering the exam in London, England and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The launch of the ARE in Hong Kong was a joint effort between NCARB and the AIA Hong Kong chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), with additional aid from Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, current AIA first vice president/president-elect. AIA Hong Kong was instrumental in working with local authorities to facilitate the approval process for the ARE to be available in Hong Kong.

“Our efforts to administer the ARE in Hong Kong are an excellent example of how NCARB collaborates with our partner organizations to support those seeking to become architects in the United States,” said NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. “This test center will offer greater convenience to U.S. candidates living and working in Asia.”

The seven-division, computer-based examination is required by all 54 U.S. jurisdictions for architectural licensure and is administered in over 350 Prometric test centers across the United States and Canada. It is also available in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In keeping with current exam eligibility requirements, candidates must be approved by one of the 54 U.S. jurisdictions to be made eligible to sit for the examination. The fee to take exams at international test centers outside North America and U.S. territories is $310 per division. Eligible candidates can begin scheduling exams March 28 in My Examination, and the first day the exam will be available in a test center is April 3.

Saturday
Mar012014

Welcome to the NCARB Blog

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of NCARB Blog, a social hub where emerging professionals, educators, and practitioners can come together to explore industry trends. Updated weekly, NCARB Blog is your destination for the latest news about licensure, innovations in education, cutting-edge technology, and more—from people like you.

 

In addition to updates about the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) programs and initiatives, the blog will feature guest posts from industry experts and emerging professionals. Through our online community, readers will have access to exclusive videos, photo galleries, and interviews. Plus, you’ll find tips and insight you can’t get anywhere else.

 

In the coming months, guest bloggers will be invited to touch on everything from diversity in the profession, to budgeting for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), to navigating the Intern Development Program (IDP).

 

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to explore the NCARB Blog—just one of the many resources we’ve developed to help aspiring architects achieve their career goals over the last few years. Check back often for your weekly dose of architectural-related news, inspiration, and conversation.

 

If you’re interested in becoming a guest blogger for NCARB, please contact us at blog@ncarb.org and review our Blog Guidelines.

 

- See more at: http://blog.ncarb.org/en/2014/February/Welcome.aspx#sthash.mdkczyCB.dpuf

 

Sunday
Feb022014

January 31, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Thank you for the privilege of serving as the first president of the AIA International Region—and thank you to those who have helped to make our Region a reality.

With some 2,400 members, ours is the nineteenth Region of the Institute. It is roughly the same size as nine others and considerably larger than at least three others. Our Region is still growing, while many others are shrinking.

In just one year, we’ve accomplished the steps needed to get our Region started. Now, a new volunteer leadership team is well positioned to develop our communications, sponsorship and programming.

Several matters deserve careful attention:

First, we must strive to form new offshore Chapters in places where we have concentrations of AIA members who can join our work.

Second—as the Institute examines (and perhaps reforms) its governance structure—we must ensure that the interests of overseas members are well represented at AIA leadership levels.

Third, we must do more to involve the unassigned members of our Region, who don’t yet have an active Chapter in which to participate.

As an Institute vice president, my support to the AIA International Region will be unwavering. Looking forward to hearing from you, and wishing you well for 2014.

 

Cordially,
Thomas Vonier FAIA RIBA
Vice President, American Institute of Architects