June Chapter Meeting - Performance & Beauty



Speaker Bio:
Eric Thompson is the sustainable design lead for the Columbus studio of NBBJ Architects.  In this role, Eric works with projects to develop sustainability strategies that advance the client’s values and goals.  He is also responsibility for studio education, mentoring and coordination around sustainability.  Eric is a licensed architect with more than 25 years of experience in projects at a variety of scales and building types, and is a LEED Accredited Professional (BD&C) with a proven track record in execution of numerous sustainably-oriented and LEED certified projects.  Recent projects include the Kuwait Police Hospital, the nuCLEus mixed-use development in Cleveland Ohio, and the LEED silver certified Miami Valley Hospital Heart and Orthopedic Center, a project which also met the rigorous 2030 Challenge.  Eric is also leading the LEED process for NBBJ’s first LEED version 4 project, a tenant improvement for a major international financial services media company.  This project is part of the USGBC’s LEED v4 “Beta Test”, prior to the official release of version 4, and is one of only 122 such projects worldwide.  Eric also serves on the Columbus Mayor’s Green Team as co-chair of the Built Environment Working Group and was the chair of the AIA Columbus Committee on the Environment from 2009 through 2013.





May Chapter Meeting - How to be Branded by DESIGN

May Chapter Meeting: How to be Branded by DESIGN

Join AIA Columbus for our May Chapter Meeting featuring Paul Westlake, Jr., FAIA and Phil LiBassi, AIA, ACHA, NCARB. 

Westlake Reed Leskosky is ranked #1 Overall among U.S. design firms in the 2014 "The Architect 50" listing by Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects. "The Architect 50" ranking is based on scores in three separate categories: business, design excellence, and sustainability. Westlake Reed Leskosky (www.WRLdesign.com) is ranked #1 in Business, #4 in Design, and #5 in Sustainability in the individual category listings.

Paul E. Westlake, Jr., FAIA and Phil LiBassi, AIA, ACHA, NCARB will discuss their firm's culture and practice, including research and development, innovation and creativity, design processes, and integration of design disciplines. 

  • Explore how to maintain a ‘culture of excellence’ that has underpinned the growth of a continuing partnership that has been in operation since 1905. 
  • Examine how innovation and creativity paired with research and development led from a single discipline, single office practice to multi-discipline, multi-office practice. 
  • Discuss the business, human resources and practice protocols necessary to compete in the changing landscape of the A/E industry. 
  • Review how the concept of ‘sustainability’ permeates the design ethos and the related business ‘upside’.


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         Paul E. Westlake, Jr. FAIA                            Phil LiBassi, AIA, ACHA, NCARB

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Reception: 5:00 PM
Lecture:     6:00 PM

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The Center for Architecture and Design
50 West Town St, Suite 110
Columbus, OH 43215

AIA/Affiliates - Free
Non-AIA Member - $20


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Paul E. Westlake, Jr., FAIA, FACHA

Managing Principal

Paul E. Westlake Jr., FAIA, is Managing Principal and a Lead Designer in the firm of Westlake Reed Leskosky, with offices in Cleveland, Phoenix, Washington DC, New York, and Los Angeles. The firm, founded in 1905 by Abram Garfield – son of the 20th President of the United States – is an international practice that has been honored with more than 350 significant design awards including a state level AIA Gold Medal Firm Award, and a Federal Design Achievement Award. In 2013, the firm was ranked #3 overall by Architect magazine among architectural firms nationally, and ranked #1 in sustainable design in 2012.


Mr. Westlake was one of the youngest architects to have been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and is a recipient of a state level AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor that AIA bestows on an individual. Mr. Westlake is also a recipient of over 150 significant design awards for new construction and renovation, and has been recognized in over 1,000 publications. His designs encompass a range of widely exhibited and published projects - READ MORE HERE.


Philip LiBassi, AIA, ACHA,NCARB

Philip LiBassi, AIA, ACHA, NCARB is principal at Westlake Reed Leskosky, nationally recognized, integrated A/E in healthcare design and planning. As Chief of Operations, Phil focuses his efforts to mitigate risk and strengthen the firm’s work product through developing protocols for office and drawing standards, scheduling, practice integration and specialization and quality control. Over 29 years, Mr. LiBassi has worked on healthcare, performing and cultural arts, and federal government projects varying in size, complexity and delivery methods for clients throughout the United States that include Cleveland Clinic, Banner Health, GSA, VA, Musical Arts Association and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (site of the 1969 Woodstock festival). Many of these projects have been recognized for both technical and design excellence by awards and national publications. Mr. LiBassi hold a BS Arch from The Ohio State University, an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), where he has served as Chapter Advisor and Board Secretary; American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA); American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE); and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He is a frequent speaker and participant in Continuing Education conferences. He is licensed in Ohio, Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana and New York. READ MORE HERE.




April Chapter Meeting: Site & Senses: A Qualitative Approach to Green Design

Chapter Meetings fall on the second Tuesday of the month.






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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
5 PM Reception  |  6 PM Presentation

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 West Town St. Suite 110
Columbus, OH 43215

Free to AIA Members and Affiliates
$20 to Non-AIA Members

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About David T. Darling, AIA, IIDA, ASLA

David Darling is a founding principal of Aidlin Darling Design, formed with Joshua Aidlin in 1997, with a shared interest in exploring design across a wide range of scales, programs, and disciplines including institutional, commercial and residential architecture, as well as furniture, landscape and interior design. Mr. Darling has cultivated his interest in the connection between art, food, wine, and place through his involvement in Slow Food USA, the James Beard Foundation, and through his firm’s work on a wide range of projects, including a LEED Platinum restaurant in San Francisco, a contemplative art chapel at Stanford University, a 160,000 square foot LEED Gold destination production brewery in San Leandro, and four wineries in California that push the boundaries of sustainability in agriculture and building. 

His firm’s work explores a closely held conviction that design can enlighten the human spirit by engaging all of the senses. This notion was most recently on display at his firm’s installation “Site & Senses” at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. The firm’s exploration has included projects as far away as Doha Qatar and Hong Kong, and as diverse as product development for Herman Miller Inc., a high school in Santa Rosa, and a Cultural Arts Center in San Francisco.

His firm has garnered over 90 regional, national, and international awards including the 2013 National Design Award-by the Smithsonian’s Cooper- Hewitt Nation Design Museum for their complete body of work, a James Beard Award for restaurant design, a National AIA “COTE” award and “COTE Top 10 Plus” award for excellence in sustainable design, three American Architecture Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum, an International Civic Trust Award, and several local, state and national awards from the AIA, IIDA, and ASLA.



March Chapter Meeting 2015

March Chapter Meeting - 03/17/15



It Takes a Village to Raise a Partner
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       Jack A. Bialosky, Jr., AIA, LEED AP                        David W. Craun, AIA, LEED AP

Our speakers will be Jack Bialosky Jr., AIA, and David Craun, AIA, of Bialosky & Partners Architects in Cleveland, Ohio presenting It Takes a Village to Raise a Partner

A roundtable discussion will allow participants to examine the road to Partnership as one that requires equal ownership of the process by both older and newer leaders of the firm. This model of shared ownership asks experienced Partners to strategize in growing and harvesting the next generation of leadership together with future firm leaders. A culture of empowerment and self-driven responsibility proves to be the soil for Emerging Practitioners (EPs) to not only bloom, but to also take roots in the firm. The session asks what must emerge from EPs to allow their growth within this strategy, but in a fashion that fits him/her personally.
Managing Partner of Bialosky + Partners Architects, Jack A. Bialosky, Jr., AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, will host this roundtable with David W. Craun, AIA, LEED AP, who earned the first intern-to-partner promotion in the firm’s history.
(Speaker Bios below.)

Learning Objectives:
Attendees will learn the best practices for internal employee professional development focused on creating multi-generational leadership.
Attendees shall understand how a culture of empowerment benefits both employees and leadership alike. 
Attendees will learn how to strategize employee professional development and empowerment to suit the characteristics of their practice, as one size and one approach does fit all. 
Attendees shall engage with the panelists to share their own personal successes and challenges, allowing all in attendance to under the multitude of approaches towards professional development.


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Important Information:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
5:00 pm - Reception
6:00 pm - Lecture

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 West Town St., Suite 110
Columbus, OH 43215

AIA/Affiliate Members - Free
Non-Members - $20
Students - Free


Speaker Bios

Jack A. Bialosky, Jr., AIA, LEED AP,
Managing Partner at Bialosky + Partners Architects

Jack A. Bialosky, Jr. leads one of the Midwest’s most successful and collaborative architecture firms, Bialosky + Partners Architects.

Jack A. Bialosky, Jr., the son of one of Cleveland’s first modern architects, assumed leadership of a firm widely known for its modern residential and religious projects. After working at Kallman McKinnell & Wood Architects in Boston, Jack returned to Cleveland to initiate 20+ years of stewardship of his father’s small local firm, Bialosky + Partners Architects. The firm is known for the quality of its designs, the trust of their clients, the longevity of its staff, and the diversity of its portfolio. In addition to design awards, the firm garnered the 2013 Northcoast 99 Award that recognizes the highest ranked workplaces in Northeast Ohio across all sectors. In 2009, the firm was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as an AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm, the highest honor awarded by its peers, in recognition of great depth and breadth, a collaborative environment, and having a cumulative effect on the profession over a substantial period of time. Jack’s initiative to seek out other collaborative designers and artists has resulted in ongoing partnerships with designers such as Maya Lin and Architecture Research Office.

David W. Craun, AIA, LEED AP,
Partner at Bialosky + Partners Architects

With a Masters in Urban Design from Kent State University fresh in hand, David joined Bialosky + Partners in 2003 as one of the firm’s most well-rounded designers. Now, ten years later, David made history at Bialosky + Partners when he earned the first intern-to-partner promotion in the firm’s 62 year history. As Principal and Director of Design, he oversees the creative process for many of the projects within the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm, from inception to completion. In 2014, David earned the Emerging Practitioner Award from AIA Cleveland. David was recently named to ENR Midwest’s Top 20 Under 40, which recognizes 20 young design and construction professionals per region, under the age of 40, who have made significant contributions to their firms, professions and communities.
He keeps a solid foot in both the worlds of theory and practice – theory through teaching at Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, and practice through his work at Bialosky + Partners. He has led firm planning and design efforts for Crocker Park, the highly acclaimed 4,000,000 square foot mixed use center that has become a national model for New Urbanist development. He has also led in the award-winning design of The Ben and Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center at LCCC.


February Chapter Meeting 2015

February Chapter Meeting - 02/17/2015

Join us for the first chapter meeting of the new year! 


Trending Tomorrow: An Architecture Intelligence Forecast

William T. Willoughby, AIA, will introduce participants to the intellectual trends that are shaping today's cutting-edge architecture. Certain practices around the world have become more experimental and future-oriented than in the past several decades. Many architects today have given up traditional approaches to design and instead are creating works that point toward the future. The trend toward futurity today looks toward global challenges such as social activism and humanitarian architecture, sustainable architecture, ecology and relational systems, the role of new technologies in contemporary culture, algorithmic and parametric approaches to design, and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary forms of practice. Other subject will include a medley of tomorrow's trends that will introduce new computational tools and forms of digital fabrication being explored today. The presentation will include many of the trends that relate to an architecture of tomorrow including smart cities, radical responses to sustainability and biological processes, digital fabrication and the use of microcontrollers in architectural design, semi-autonomous technologies and their use in urban systems. The presenter will also point out matters of interest in architectural theory including dominant trends such as speculative realism, biomomicry, posthumanism, social activism (including hacktivism, open source approaches, and network culture), and computationally-derived parametric architecture.

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Important Information:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
5:00 pm - Reception
6:00 pm - Lecture

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 West Town St, Suite 110
Columbus, OH 43215

AIA/Affiliate Members - Free
Non-Members - $20


Sponsored by:

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Speaker Bio:

William T. Willoughby, AIA, NCARB is an architect, educator, and essayist who boomeranged back to Northeast Ohio in 2013 to become Associate Dean in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University where he holds the rank of Associate Professor. Previously, he was a tenured Professor of Architecture at Louisiana Tech University where he taught design, theory, architectural history, computer visualization in Interior Design, digital fabrication, community service, and professional practice for 15 years. For eight years he was Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Director at Louisiana Tech University. He taught for two years at University of North Carolina at Charlotte as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He has been a registered architect in the State of Ohio since 1993. He has worked in various architecture and design practices in Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Louisiana. Since 1993 he has authored over 40 publications and conference papers, nationally and internationally, on such topics as design methodology, place theory, and architectural education.




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