June 19, 2009

AIA Washington Council Honors Eight Architects
AIA Washington Council hosted its annual Civic Design Awards May 14 in Seattle. Eight projects were honored with awards for civic design. Three projects were given a Citation Award, three a Merit Award, and two an Honor Award.

AIA Florida Recognized with Small Business Excellence Award
On June 2, the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) was named the 2009 Association of the Year by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Small Business Excellence Award. In addition, Tallahassee-based EMO/Architects, Inc., an AIA Florida firm member, won the 2009 Small Business of the Year Award from the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented during the awards luncheon held at the University Center Club at Florida State University.

AIA, NBI Partner on Energy-Saving Code Revisions
The AIA and New Buildings Institute (NBI) are submitting a set of comprehensive and integrated revisions for the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to achieve buildings that are 20-25 percent more energy efficient than what today’s average standards require and that are practical and feasible.

2009 Independence Day Congressional Recess
From June 29 through July 3, members of Congress will be in their home districts for a work session just prior to the Independence Day recess. This in-district work period is an excellent opportunity for the AIA, its components, and members to further develop relationships with members of Congress by meeting with them to discuss the issues important to architects and their communities. In particular, it is an effective way for the AIA community to bring awareness to key legislation (see full story) being looked at in the House and Senate in the coming months that is part of the AIA agenda for 2009.

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