ARE Study Group

ARE Study Group Website

Need help studying for your ARE's? Join AIA Columbus' ARE Study Group! If you are interested in joining, you must RSVP to either Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Open to all members and non-members taking the ARE. We will be meeting at least once a month.

When: Sunday TBD

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: GRA+D, 330 West Spring Street, Suite 265, Columbus, OH 43215 (free parking)

RSVP: You MUST RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  in order to be let in the building.

AIA Columbus also has ARE 5.0 study materials available for members to borrow. We have study guide books and flashcards. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to see which items are available.



The City for Tomorrow: New Urban Agenda for Franklinton Symposium

The City for Tomorrow: New Urban Agenda Symposium for Franklinton from AIA Columbus on Vimeo.

Dear Friends of the City,

On November 19, 2017, AIA Columbus with other prestigious partnering organizations hosted over 100 professionals and community leaders to talk about our City at an event called The City for Tomorrow: New Urban Agenda for Franklinton.

As the City is bound to grow, we want to think big and imagine new opportunities for a better future.  In many ways, technology has brought us closer together but we still find constraints related to economic and job access, climate and resiliency issues, access to transportation, diversity, civil rights, equity, education, healthcare and food availability.  It is an overwhelming list, but we remain positive that architects, landscape architects, artists, developer, designers, planners, community activists and visionaries can team to harness the talent within our community and work together to solve some of these issues and make big plans. 

We are very excited and hopeful about the outcome of this event and hope that this is one of many events that will continue the conversation.  We want to thank all of our partners and ask that you continue your commitment and great contributions.  Here is a video of the event and we hope that you can share with others as we will continue the conversations.


Yanitza Brongers, AIA

Chair of the City for Tomorrow: New Urban Agenda for Franklinton


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MBA: Branding

MBA Logo Update

Thank you to the AIA Trust and Victor O. Schinnerer & Company for providing a grant to continue this series!


The MBA Series will start again in January 2017!



The Changing Why

Join us December 2nd for the next MBA Series session, The Changing Why presented by Blake Compton of Compton Construction. More information coming soon!

The MBA Series is a monthly workshop series covering all aspects of the business of architecture. Topics range from contracts, liability, and estimating to understanding starting a firm and marketing to human resources. Don't miss out on these sessions to hear from experts in each subject to learn the side of the profession that you're not typically taught in architecture school. 

December 2, 2016
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch is Included
2.0 Learning Units

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

$20 AIA & Affiliate Members
$40 Non-AIA Members

Register Here





Don’t miss the return of the Mastering the Business of Architecture (MBA) Series beginning Friday, October 21, 2016! 

Defining your Firm’s Brand

Join us for a very insightful lunch seminar focused on how to define your firm’s brand. A brand is not based on your logo, name, or tagline, but is the cumulative results of all aspects of your organization. Learn the importance of your brand, how to shape it, and how to reach your desired brand position.  

Friday, October 21, 2016
12 – 2 pm

Lunch Included!
2 Learning Units

Presented by Brad Dresbach of Weber Associates

$20 AIA Members | $40 Non-AIA Members

Register Here


The Weight of Architecture 2017

The Weight of Architecture 2017

The Weight of Architecture Design Service Grant is a program that offers pre-development design assistance to a local nonprofit organization or community group who could benefit from the services of skilled architects.

Projects (click on picture to enlarge)

FINAL-WoA-Intro-board FarmerMarket FinalBoard3 WoA-Homeport-Final-Pres-Board 

OSBA WOA-2017-BOARD NEW-WOA-2017-Exhibit-Board-Pop-up-Shop

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"How can architecture help solve a challenge your organization faces and help achieve your mission?" This design service grant is intended to provide design assistance to local 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that can benefit from the services of skilled architects and designers and that would not otherwise have the resources to retain such services. 

Our team is prepared to meet with selected nonprofits to assess and analyze a challenge identified by their organization. Suggested projects can range in scale from a redesign of a food pantry's storefront or the reorganization of a nonprofit office to the design of a pavilion in a local community park or the renovation of a local halfway house.


  • We are currently looking for AIA members who want to help get involved with this program. There are different levels of engagement and any level of help is appreciated! Sign-up below:
  • If you know a nonprofit that might be interested in applying for this design service grant, please help spread the word and send them the grant application, found here!

  • Problem Solving - To help identify a challenge and propose a solution for local nonprofit organizations.
  • Education - To raise public awareness about the value of good design in community revitalization and service efforts.
  • Connection - To establish a dialogue and build connections between the nonprofit community and the local architectural profession in Columbus.

Identify the Challenge - Up to four organizations will be selected to develop project proposals with assistance from a dedicated team of architects and designers. The design process will include a walk-through of the site and a team meeting in order to develop an appropriate understanding of the challenge(s) the organization faces.

Develop a Solution - Beginning in late June 2017, the design teams will begin developing a specific conceptual design for each project based upon the stated goals of the proposals. As part of that process, we will host a Design Charrette in August: a half-day event that will bring together the nonprofit organizations' stakeholders with a skilled group of architects to brainstorm and develop proposed solutions.

Project Execution - The team will develop a final design solution to a schematic design level of completion, including conceptual floor plans, elevations, and renderings (if applicable). Each team will then present and promote their design proposals to the AIA Columbus membership, nonprofit organizations and the public on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the Annual Chapter Meeting.
Nonprofit Application Due:
Notification of Acceptance:
Assignment of Initial Proposal Teams:
Design Teams Meet with Organizations:
Design Charrette:
Deliverables Complete and Presented:
Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

June - July, 2017

Date TBD, August, 2017

Tuesday, Ocotober 17, 2017




Check out photos and the project boards from the 2014 Weight of Architecture project!

2014 Project Video:



AIA Columbus presents: The Weight of Architecture from Flicker-lit Productions on Vimeo.


Interested in sponsoring the Weight of Architecture Design Service Grant project? Contact Jordan Iseler at to find out more!



Columbus, Indiana Trip

Architectural Day Trip 2016
Columbus, Indiana

This trip has been postponed until further notice.

cbus IN Skyline 

Come join the AIA Emerging Professionals on an excursion to one of the country's architectural meccas, Columbus, Indiana. The community is known for modern architecture designed by I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, and Deborah Berke, to name a few. 

Time: 7 AM Departure  |  6 PM Return

Transportation is on your own, carpooling is encouraged. The Emerging Professionals have a meeting on Tuesday, July 12th at 6:30 PM at Bar Louie on Park Street to further discuss this trip. If interested, feel free to attend this meeting!

A total of $35 will be due ahead of time to reserve your spot on both the Landmarks Walking Tour and the Miller House Tour. Food and transportation is not included in this price.

If interested in attending, please fill out the form below.


7:00 AM | Leave Columbus, OH
10:00 AM | Arrive at Columbus, IN Visitor's Center
10:30 AM | Landmarks Walking Tour*
12:00 PM | Break for Lunch
12:40 PM | Meet back at Visitor's Center
12:45 PM | Miller House and Garden Tour*
2:30 PM | Depart from Columbus, IN
5:30 PM | Arrive back in Columbus, OH

Landmarks Walking Tour

Get an insider's look at downtown Columbus, including exclussive access to 301 Washington Street, the personal office of J Irwin Miller, community benefactor and champion of the arts.
Price : $10
Duration : 90 minutes
More Information.

Ima Miller House and Garden Tour

Visit one of the most important examples of mid-century modern residential architecture in the country. This hallmark of modern design showcases the talents of architect Eero Saarinen, designer Alexander Girard, and landscape architect Dan Kiley.
Price : $25
Duration : 90 minutes
Interior and exterior home tour.
More Information.


To confirm your spot on the tours, please fill out the form below and submit your payment of $35 prior to the tour date. Last day to register is July 29th! To pay by cash or check please send to the AIA Columbus office at 50 West Town St., Suite 110. To pay by credit card please call the office at 614-469-1973 with the card number and you will be emailed a receipt. We accept MasterCard, VISA, and Discover.

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