Summer 2023 ArchiTypes

President's Message

A’23 provided the perfect platform to promote architecture of place and how it affects our communities. This overall promotion includes design, advocacy, and member engagement. AIA Ohio’s level of engagement was noticed and appreciated due to our representation on national boards, as well as our emerging professionals’ engagement within the institute. Also, we celebrated our newest fellow, Walter B. Jones, FAIA. Walter’s notable contributions in public service object four, professional work ethic, and dedication to place, brought him to this achievement. We were happy to celebrate with Walter, his wife and AIA Ohio. 

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Government Affairs Update
AIA Ohio Government Affairs

Budget Bill. Upon passing the biennial Operating Budget, House Bill 33, the General Assembly left for home. The Senate has scheduled to return one day per week from September through December 2023; the House has scheduled no dates at this time.

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This August: Event to focus on history and architecture

History and architecture lovers, be there! The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland will host a FedTalk inside its downtown Cleveland headquarters, which turns 100 years old this year, for a program that explores why the US central bank exists and why it’s structured the way it is. Titled “Nothing the World Had Ever Seen: The Origins of America’s Central Bank,” the FedTalk will take place from 5 to 7 pm on Tuesday, August 8. During the program architect Thomas Veider will present his research about the history of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s building and its connections to Cleveland’s architectural past. After our presenters delve into the past, they’ll take audience Q&A, followed by light refreshments in the Cleveland Fed’s historic lobby. Unable to make it to Cleveland? This hybrid event will be livestreamed, too.

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AIA Ohio PAC Update


It is not too late to make a contribution to the AIA Ohio PAC for 2023! We are just over half way to our goal for the year. We have 96 donations to date. Last year we had 155 donations. Let’s beat last year’s numbers! Read Luther Liggett’s report to find out more on what is happening at the statehouse.


The AIA Ohio PAC Committee is also looking for additional members. As of right now, we have no representation from Columbus, Cleveland, or Dayton on our committee. Anyone from these components who might be interested in joining the committee, please contact Kate Brunswick at

AIA Ohio Advocates for Ohio’s Updated Building Codes


The AIA Ohio Advocacy Committee, a standing committee of the Board of Directors, actively participated in this year’s process to update the Ohio Building Codes (OBC). The current 2017 OBC, which is based on the 2015 International Building Code (IBC), will soon be updated to the 2021 IBC. If adopted, the new codes will be known as the 2024 Ohio Building Code. The codes are currently in review by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) and once approved it is anticipated that the adoption of the new code by the Ohio Board of Building Standards (OBBS) will take place at their next meeting on August 11.  

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AIA Ohio’s Architectural Design Community Conference – Not Just Another Convention.

Save the date & mark your calendars. We know that you’ve seen it and heard it before…but this year is different. AIA Ohio is back with our statewide conference that is scheduled for September 10-12 in downtown Columbus. While the conference registration will be based at the Columbus Athenaeum, this will not be a traditional conference. Programs will take place in venues throughout downtown, allowing members to explore Columbus while participating in Ohio’s largest member event of the year.

For those who have attended conferences in the past, you might wonder how this could be all that different. Let’s start with the days of the week. The conference will run Sunday through Tuesday. The conference begins Sunday afternoon with two in-depth, two hour programs being offered – one on the International Existing Building Code, with the second program focusing on leadership. These educational sessions will be followed by our first keynote and then, to cap off the evening, our awards celebration that will be held at the Huntington Club at the new Columbus Crew Stadium. What a great way to open a conference!

Monday will start off with a selection of educational sessions offered in two sessions in the morning. These will be followed by our second keynote and then an afternoon of tours with a focus on “communities” throughout Columbus. Some of these will include bus transportation while others will be walking tours. You’ll need to make sure you bring your walking shoes. The day will continue with our Brews and LUs event, a fun mixture of Continuing Education and…yes, beer. For those who have a little extra energy, an after party will take place in the evening to allow you to catch up with old friends and to meet new colleagues from across the state.

Tuesday morning will provide attendees with another opportunity for continuing education with a morning keynote followed by two sessions of educational programming. This year’s conference promises to be a fun event and a departure from the typical “Convention Center” conference that we have become used to. The sessions will provide you with an opportunity to network and get together with old friends, while you have a little fun and learn something new. Instead of sitting in a windowless, dimly lit conference room, this year’s venues provide a more interesting backdrop for programming. Educational session venues include the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio Statehouse, the National Veterans Memorial and more. And did we mention, the Huntington Club at the Crew Stadium?

Registration opened on July 12th, and we look forward to seeing everyone attend this redesigned member event of the year. You can register by clicking the Register button below. This is a great way for everyone to be part of Ohio’s Architectural Design Community. See you in Columbus!

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AIA Cincinnati Update

AIA Cincinnati’s Women in Architecture group is working with the Contemporary Arts Center to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Zaha Hadid-designed building with a series of programs including a film screening July 27 and book discussion August 24. An exhibit on Hadid’s legacy opens September 22 at the CAC.

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AIA Columbus Update

The Center for Architecture and Design (CFAD) is thrilled to announce that we served a record number of campers during the 2023 summer sessions of Camp Architecture and Design (CAD) and High School Design Studio (HSDS) – 156 campers in three weeklong sessions at the Knowlton School and one week at Wellington.

Our projects at CAD were inspired by the world of Roblox; at HSDS students investigated the role of figure vs. ground to uncover the relationship between all various elements that compose the built environment.


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