MBA: Branding

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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


Columbus, Indiana Trip

Architectural Day Trip 2016
Columbus, Indiana

This trip has been postponed until further notice.

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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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BIM and IPD Seminar

The Cultural and Legal Implications of BIM & IPD
Friday, March 18th, 2016

The construction industry is fragmented, adversarial and paranoid. It wastes resources at a phenomenal rate. A smart built culture that integrates teams, bolsters collaboration, and builds trust reduces that waste. Building information models (BIM) and integrated project delivery (IPD) support creation of interactive digital assets that serve as mortar in the founda-tion of the new smart built culture required to reduce such waste.

Join us for a presentation and workshop regarding the steps necessary to adopt, adapt to and deploy a smart built culture in Ohio. You will learn to identify pitfalls in our current culture, to define a smart built culture and why interactive digital assets are game changers in the built industry.

 Where: Ohio Contractors Association

             1313 Dublin Road
             Columbus, OH 43215

 When:  Friday, March 18, 2016
             11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

 Price:   $25



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 Featuring: James L. Salmon

 President of 
 Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC

 BIM & IPD Consultant to Benjamin Yocum & Heather, LLC

 Lunch is Included! Seating is limited to 50 people, so sign up today! Registration is required to allow for adequate seating.

 Register Online Here!

 Download the Flyer.

 For questions, contact Andrewa Reichman at  614.314.1527 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Brought to you by OCA, AIA, SEAoO, and ASA.

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2016 Architecture Awards

2016 AIA Columbus Architecture Awards

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Awards Ceremony


Join us for the reveal of the 2016 AIA Columbus Architecture Awards winning projects at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 10th!

  • Submitters will not be notified in advance if their project wins an award. We suggest at least one person from each submitting firm attend the event.

The Chapter's annual Architecture Awards Program recognizes excellence in architectural design by Columbus architects and those within the boundaries of the AIA Columbus Chapter. The program's purpose is to recognize the achievements for a broad range of architectural activity in order to elevate the general quality of architectural practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice, and to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to improve the built environment. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Strongwater Food & Spirits
401 W Town St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Cocktail Reception | 5:30 PM 
Awards Presentation | 7:00 PM (1.0 HSW LU) 

Register Here 

View the 2016 submissions for the Architecture Awards!

Meet the Jury: Austin, Texas

  • Head Juror: R. Burton Baldridge, AIA Principal at Baldridge Architects 
  • Miguel Rivera, FAIA, Principal at Miro Rivera Architects
  • Heather McKinney, FAIA, Founding Principal at McKinney York Architects
  • Ernesto Cragnolino, FAIA, Partner at Alterstudio Architecture

Special Thanks to our 2016 Architecture Awards Sponsors!


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View the 2015 AIA Columbus Architecture Award Winners 

Please email Jordan Iseler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with any questions.



BIM Coordination


Navigating the Waters of Design and Construction BIM Coordination



Join the AIA Columbus Technology in Architectural Practice Committee for lunch and a presentation on BIM coordination between design and construction phases.



February 18, 2016

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Lunch is provided.

In traditional project delivery settings, Design Phase and Construction Phase Coordination prevents true collaboration between the Design and Construct project teams. Through CM-at-Risk, Design-Assist, Design-Build and IPD project delivery types, optimization of Design Phase coordination can occur through early team engagement – thus working to create a more streamlined Construction Coordination effort. Like many facets of the building construction industry, we must challenge ourselves to “begin with the end in mind”. Design Coordination teams constantly face this challenge, in order to somehow use their ‘crystal ball’ and see the end result based on early design coordination strategies, techniques, and systems layout. Likewise, Construction Coordination teams must interpret the intent of the Design Team coordination effort, while working within the parameters of the Builder and the Owner.

But what happens in a dynamic project where design and construction coordination “beginnings” and “ends” blur together? When coordination parameters change often during the process? How does this all get managed?

Join AIA Columbus for a special presentation into a case study which looks at managing this dynamic process in a Design-Build setting on a large scale, multiple building project from both the Design and Construct perspectives.


2.0 Learning Units

The Center for Architecture and Design

50 West Town St.,
Suite 110

Columbus, OH 43215

$15 AIA Members
$5 Associate Members
$20 Non-AIA Members

Register Here!


Key Concepts:

  • Establishing the Design-Build Team approach (enhancing visual communication)
  • Early planning strategies for effective Design Phase Coordination (bringing BIM to life)
  • Establishment of BIM Execution Planning (learning to trust the models)
  • Project Team Co-Location & Revit Server (real-time team access to effect rapid change)
  • Involvement of Design-Assist Contractors (early input on routing/fabrication)
  • VDC Specification (setting trade contractor coordination expectations)
  • Builder-led BIM/VDC Coordination Process (leading with the end in mind)
  • Establishment of BIM Walk-thrus with Design/Owner Teams (identifying critical spaces)
  • BIM to Field (bringing the models to the point of construction in real-time)

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Email Jordan Iseler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
or call 614-469-1973.

Our Featured Speakers:

Alex R. Belkofer, CM - BIM - Messer Construction Company 
Virtual Construction Manager | Operations Technology Services
Alex brings a diverse background of experience and knowledge within the A/E/C industry to Messer Construction's Operations Technology Services group. Alex graduated from The Ohio State University with a dual degree in Architecture and Construction Management and utilizes his expertise from both sides of the industry to thoroughly understand the entire scope of construction projects while coordinating effective project management. Alex strives for innovative and practical construction management strategies to ensure that all managerial aspects are coordinated with the client's best interests in mind.

Alex has held various roles throughout his construction operations experience and presently is part of a six person Virtual Construction Team responsible for the implementation, coordination, and management of Messer's Building Information Modeling (BIM) best practices company-wide. From corporate office to construction site, the VCTeam promotes, trains and guides Project Teams through the BIM process over the course of a building's lifecycle.

Speaking Role: early interface with Design/Owner Teams, VDC Coordination protocols, aligning coordination expectations, bringing the model to life, BIM to Field

Paul Schmidt - Messer Construction Company 
Paul brings more than a decade of complexed healthcare construction experience and work on over 19 projects during his tenure with Messer Construction Co. He joined the Messer team in 2001 and currently serves as Project Executive on The Ohio State University's $305MM North Residential District Transformation (NRDT) Project.

Paul's primary role as Project Executive is dedicated to management of processes and best practices, QA/QC leadership and expediting project and safety control measures. From high level to fine detail, Paul utilizes his technical expertise with Builting Information Modeling (BIM) to facilitate model reviews with Designers, Owner, and Trade Contractors. Paul will often incorporate BIM into weekly Project Meetings, Trade Coordination sessions and with Field Teams to review complexed details, ensure proper coordination and to convey visualization and expectations to End Users. Paul holds a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University.


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Program Learning Benefits:

  • Opportunity for attendees to learn about key aspects in managing multiple building coordination 
    efforts simultaneously while aligning expectations on a large scale, multiple building project
  • Identifying technical differences in workflows, management and contract documents when 
    utilizing 3D Design & Construction Coordination
  • Understanding the framework of implementing Virtual Design & Construction processes both
    internally and externally
  • Communicating the importance of project-specific BIM Execution Planning
  • Networking with potential clients and firms involved in building design & construction
  • Engagement with featured speakers and participants before and after the program
  • Earn AIA CEUs!


Program Agenda:

11:45am – 12:00pm Program Registration and Check-in
12:00pm – 12:05pm Introduction to Presentation
12:05pm – 12:50pm Presentation #1: Design Coordination
12:50pm – 1:05pm Lunch Intermission
1:05pm – 1:50pm Presentation #2: Construction Coordination
1:50pm – 2:00pm Q&A / Wrap-up

Register Here!