Spring 2023 ArchiTypes

President's Message

Over the last few months, advocacy efforts continued for the promotion of architecture and design based on culture and place, in addition to a focus on the overall understanding of the relationships between recent house bills and laws affecting architecture. Our members participated in advocacy days on both the state and national level. At the AIA Leadership Summit 2023, we met with our Ohio Senators and Representatives to discuss two current bills that address critical issues relevant to our profession, culture, and overall approach to place. The Democracy in Design Act addresses architectural design, and the Resilient America Act promotes greater resilience in the face of a natural disaster. 

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Government Affairs Update
AIA Ohio Government Affairs

Budget Bills. The Ohio General Assembly’s priority today is adopting a biennial Operating Budget, July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2025, as mandated by the Ohio Constitution. Of concern is its “Christmas Tree” nature, where parties add all sorts of laws which might not pass on their own, known as unconstitutional “log rolling”. The House is scheduled to vote on the Budget Bill next week.


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2023 Early Professional Friendly Firms

Congratulations to Ohio’s Early Professional Friendly Firms!

The goal of the AIA Ohio Early Professional Friendly Firm program is to celebrate firms who offer exceptional support and opportunities for their early professionals. Additionally, the program seeks to foster a dialogue within firms across the state with the objective of creating new policies and practices that promote innovation, development, and progressive workplaces for the future members of the design profession.

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AIA Ohio Foundation Takes New Approach

The AIA Ohio Foundation, like any organization, has been regularly reviewing our work and the services we provide to adapt to the needs of those with whom we collaborate. As we move through 2023, our efforts continue to focus on supporting students within Ohio’s five accredited architectural programs. As we enter the end of the school year however, the Foundation will begin to work with each school to create a financial support program customized to each school’s needs. As part of a strategic workshop held earlier this year, it became apparent that “one size” does not fit all. Each of the five architectural programs in Ohio are unique, and each needs the AIA Ohio Foundation’s support in different ways

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AIA Ohio Honor Awards

June 30 Deadline Approaching

There are five AIA Ohio Honor Awards which recognize Ohio’s best and brightest architects and firms. Nominations can come from individuals or from local components.

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AIA Ohio Design Awards

The AIA Ohio Design Awards Program is Open for Submissions!


The AIA Ohio Design Awards Program seeks to focus attention on quality design, high performance design and AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence. The Framework for Design Excellence represents the defining principles of good design in the 21st century. 

Click here to begin: https://www.aiaohio.org/design-awards/The deadline for submitting projects is July 3.

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AIA Cincinnati Update

AIA Cincinnati’s Urban Design community held a successful community workshop in February for Northside as they consider the future of Knowlton’s Corner. Their first salon of the year will be held May 10 to explore complete streets.


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AIA Columbus Update

AIA Columbus has been finding new opportunities to engage with students at the Knowlton School at Ohio State.


In February, Megan Klingelhofer, AIA, and Quentin Elliott visited the Knowlton School to meet with architecture students. After Megan and Quentin shared their backgrounds, the floor was open for students to ask questions. Discussion topics included how to prepare a portfolio for job interviews, lessons learned throughout their careers, and how small, medium, and large firms operate differently. 


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The AIA Ohio Design Community Conference is a unique way for architects, planners, and design enthusiasts to gather, learn, and discuss critical issues related to design, architectural resilience, business, and industry innovations. 


Planned for September 10-12 in Columbus, the AIA Ohio Design Community Conference will bring together more than 200 members of the design community from across Ohio for three days of tours, keynote speakers, educational programming, and other activities right in the heart of downtown. The conference will be walkable with conference events located in different parts of the city. Programming is intended to appeal to a broad range of AIA Ohio’s membership and allied professionals.

The Call for Presentations is open! The Call for Presentations is a way for AIA Ohio to curate programs that are relevant, fresh, and innovative. This call also provides members and non-members alike the opportunity to share the groundbreaking and practical ways you are addressing concerns that are relevant to architects and other design professionals from across the region.

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