May 11, 2007
Log Home Popularity Booming
Log homes have come a long way since the one-room log cabin of yesteryear. Today, they come in different styles, shapes, and square footage. Did you know that there are over 30,000 log homes built annually in the U.S.? Log homes account for 9 percent of the custom homebuilding market in this country.

Members’ Voice: Time to Give Thanks
AIA members reflect on what they’re most thankful for this year
In anticipation of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, AIArchitect asked members what they’re grateful for. Not surprisingly, our fellow architects are most appreciative of the love and support received from friends and family.

Lessons from the Latest
Design for Aging Review
Designing communities for people in their retirement years is especially challenging, notes AIA President Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, in her foreword to the newly published AIA Design for Aging Review. “Environments for our aging population can support the intense, active lives desired by this increasingly large portion of the U.S. population.” She joins with other design-for-aging experts to offer 21 guiding principles.

AIA Offers Two Design-Build Document Webinars
Join your colleagues for two new Web seminars, “Designer-Led Design-Build: The Architect’s Role” and “Contractor-Led Design-Build: The Architect’s Role.” The 90-minute Webinars will be held 1–2:30 p.m. ET on Thursdays, November 30 and December 7, respectively. AIA members earn 1.5 LUs/HSW for each program.

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