ARCHway Mentorship Program

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AIA Columbus would like to invite young architects and emerging professionals to join the inaugural ARCHway mentorship program. ARCHway is a six session program that aims to connect young architects with firm leaders in the Columbus architectural community. Through thought provoking sessions, participants will experience multiple modes of interaction such as group mentoring, reverse mentoring, and peer mentoring.
ARCHway participants will:
  • Strengthen and explore pathways
  • Build network skills and abilities
  • Establish and grow professional and personal resources
The program will run from April - August. Sessions include:
Session 0 Career Journeys Beyond Design, An Introductory Session for Advisees only April 10
Session 1 Speed Mentoring Mixer April 18
Session 2 Stories of Architects: An Adviser Panel Discussion May 10
Session 3 Foster the People: An Advisee Focused Discussion June 13
Session 4 ImprovEdge Workshop on Generations Collaborating in the Workplace June 29
Session 5 Keynote presentation: Advocacy through Design Innovation July 18
Session 6 Final Reflections August 8

Interested young architects must have less than 10 years of professional experience and be AIA members (AIA or Associate AIA). 

Those interested must fill out and send an application and a letter of recommendation to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by April 3. A committee of AIA members will review applications and select advisees. Applicants will be notified by April 6
Upon acceptance to ARCHway, a program fee of $300 will be due by April 10.
If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Krile at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April Design Lecture

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Bestor Web

Barbara Bestor will lecture Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11. The talk is free, open to the public and is being co-sponsored by AIA Columbus. Bestor is Principal at Bestor Architecture, which she founded in 1995. She is the Julius Shulman Distinguished Professor of Practice at Woodbury University's School of Architecture and is the Executive Director Julius Shulman Institute. Bestor was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2017. Read more...


Wednesday, April 11, 2018
5:30 p.m. | Presentation

1.0 HSW LU
Free for all Members, Affiliates and Students
$20 Non-member Guests

Gui Auditorium, Knowlton Hall
275 W Woodruff Ave, 
Columbus, OH 43210

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Tackling the ARE Exams

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Tackling the ARE Exams is all about beginning your journey toward being a licensed architect, including how to avoid pitfalls, and how to take first steps. Michael Riscica will share valuable insights from his own failures and mistakes, as well as what he has learned by helping over 300 ARE Candidates get started on this process.

This lecture is very different from the ways that NCARB or other organizations get started with their ARE Lectures. It’s a real-world, truth-filled presentation that will help you start making progress with this exam.

In this lecture you will learn:

  • How the exam has recently been updated, explained in a way that is easy to understand, and why you should care about the old exam
  • The #1 thing that will determine your success on the ARE. The answer might surprise you.
  • How success in architecture school has nothing in common with success on the Architect exam (and why that matters)
  • The Top 5 completely unavoidable mistakes that are repeatedly made by most ARE candidates
  • How to study effectivelywhile working 40 hours, raising kids, and managing life's resonsibilities
  • How to quickly resolve many of the issues, struggles, and challenges surrounding the Architect exam and start enjoying the process of getting better at the craft of praciting architecture.

March 14, 2018

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


The Center for Architecture and Design

50 West Town Street, Suite 110

Columbus, OH 43215

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Speaker: Michael Riscica, AIA of

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Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect in the State of Oregon. He has primarily worked in small architecture firms and as a Project Manager for the City of Portland Oregon. After obtaining his license, he felt there was a significant lack of guidance, support and information for Emerging Architecture Professionals to help bridge the gap between Graduation until becoming a Licensed Architect. He started the blog as his contribution to the solution. 

Michael has written endlessly about architecture school, the profession and the Architect Registration Exam. In 2015 he published a book titled, How To Pass The Architect Exam. From the success of the book, he created a 10 week ARE Coaching program and has helped over 250 people get started with taking the ARE. He also single handedly manages the very active ARE Facebook group. 

In early 2017, he started The Young Architect Podcast as a way to chat with many Leaders in the AIAS and Architecture Profession. Michael Riscica is deeply passionate about supporting the future Generations of Architects in being more successful.

2018 Elevated Fellows

The American Institute of Architects Elevates Three Local Architects to the College of Fellows

AIA Fellowship Recognizes Significant Contributions to the Profession of Architecture and Society

The 2018 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects elevated three AIA Columbus members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. This year 152 AIA members were elevated and will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Out of a total AIA membership of over 91,000, less than 4 percent are distinguished with this honor. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

We are pleased to announce the 2018 AIA Columbus elevated Fellows, Jonathan Barnes, FAIA, Bernard Costantino, FAIA, and Troy Sherrard, FAIA. 

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    Jonathan Barnes, FAIA                   Bernard Costantino, FAIA                      Troy Sherrard, FAIA

Jonathan Barnes, FAIA, is an innovative community activist architect who dramatically changes communities with transformative design, adaptive preservation, social entreprenuership, and interdisciplinary leadership. Read more.

Bernard Costantino, FAIA, the Universtiy Architect for the nation's largest university, has transformed a loose assemblage of buildings into a vibrant, sustainable urban campus. Read more.


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Troy Sherrard, FAIA, has developed a specialty practice in Health, Wellness, Fitness, and Recreation Architecture which leverages long-term health benefits to foster community, engagement, social gathering, and human connectivity. Read more.

A total of five new Fellows have been elevated in the 2018 Class from the Ohio Valley Region (Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana). We are very impressed to have 100 percent of our chapter's submitted applicants be elevated. Congratulations to all!

See the full list of AIA Columbus Fellows. 

See the full list of the 2018 Class of the AIA National College of Fellows.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Schematic Energy Modeling for Architects

Learn what an energy model can/cannot do and resources available for architects to begin quantifying energy in the early stages


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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Presented By: Joshua Lloyd, Associate AIA, LEEP AP BD+C

The architecture profession has tasked itself to be leaders in addressing climate change by adopting the 2030 Challenge. The Challenge looks to reduce the energy usage of buildings, currently accounting for approximately two-thirds of our national energy demand. Even with integrated design practices, energy is often still an afterthought. Energy usage does not get quantified until teams are well into the design process. However, architects have the knowledge to break away from the contemporary rules of thumb. Now, there are tools and resources available for architects to begin quantifying energy even in the early stages of design. This can be done even before an engineering consultant is engaged in the project. This is especially beneficial early in design, when changes are easier and less costly to make.

In this presentation, we will cover some of the low/no cost software available for those early energy studies, and learn what an energy model can and cannot do. If time allows, we will run through a quick “shoe box” model simulation to show how your teams can quantify energy and dollar savings to improve performance.

1.0 HSW Learning Unit

Lunch is Included!

12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Center for Architecture and Design

50 West Town St., Suite 110

Columbus, OH 43215

$5   | Associate AIA
$10 | AIA & Affiliates
$20 | Non-AIA Members


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