August 1, 2008
  Warning: AIA Honor Awards and Twenty-five Year Award Nominations Deadlines Are Closer than They Appear
Submissions must be postmarked by August 29
Don’t let the summer slip by without nominating that most-deserving building (yours, perhaps?) for a 2009 AIA Honor Award for Architecture, Interior Architecture, or Regional and Urban Design by August 29. Also due on that date are submissions for the 2009 AIA Twenty-five Year Award, honoring works of American architecture that have stood the test of time. Visit the AIA Honors and Awards Web site for details, a submissions process “walk though,” and to access the electronic submissions forms. (Please note that submissions for Honor Awards for Architecture and Honor Awards for Interior Architecture now require sustainable design information.) Questions? Contact (Pictured is 2008 Honor Award for Architecture recipient Delta Shelter, Mazama, Wash., by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects. Photo © Benjamin Benschneider.)

The Economy • Energy • Human Resources

The Economy: Apartment rental demand up, but supply is still high.
Energy: Biomass fuel technology will turn waste into profit stream.
Human Resources Look to 4H for technically savvy graduates now.

Letters to the Editor

This week, we have letters about Jim Atkins’ Duomo series, our tribute to Wendell Campbell, and a response to last week’s tome on global warming.

Board Committee Offers Draft Pro Bono Guidelines for Review
Last year, with pro bono professional services (free or reduced-fee services for charitable causes) increasingly becoming common and appropriate, the AIA National Board Community Committee developed a set of principles for architects and the Institute to use in providing such services. Now, the committee is pleased to report that they have prepared a draft version of more formal pro bono guidelines. On behalf of the committee, AIA Vice President Peter Arsenault, AIA, committee chair, and AIA Director Tony Costello, FAIA, invite all AIA members to review and comment on these draft guidelines by August 20, prior to review by the AIA Board of Directors in September. You can access a PDF of the guidelines online [link TK]. If you choose to provide comments, you can access the members-only comments form online. [link TK] The committee thanks you and encourages architects to consider ways that you, your firm, and your component can serve your community through appropriate pro bono services.

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Welcome to the Business Zone
This is the place for our monthly Work-on-the-Boards survey report, quarterly Housing Trends survey report, and biannual Consensus Forecast, all by AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. You’ll also find tips for managing the business side of your practice, as well as the weekly Kiplinger Connection.