Recent AIA Kansas City News

By Dawn Taylor, Executive Director

In first quarter 2016, our chapter has been a flurry of activity. Our task forces have been meeting to plan a new website, to develop a new continuing education series about project execution, to complete a curriculum book for middle school students, to transition our Women in Design committee to new leadership, to identify local “hot topics” for advocacy, and to reinvigorate our Young Architects Forum.

As the renewal season concludes, we can report that our chapter’s membership renewal rate is more than 90%.

Our chapter teamed up with the local Girl Scouts Council to present “Cookie Construction” on March 5. This is our second year for this important collaboration. Our members served as organizers and team leads over six months to design and plan 8×8 structures made completely from [empty] Girl Scout cookie boxes. This opportunity to mentor with women architects and designers allowed 100 Girl Scouts to learn about architecture, design, engineering, and construction career paths by working with local professionals. You can also check out the media coverage in The Kansas City Star.

AIA Kansas City continues its leadership of Kansas City Design Week. This year —Year #7— is our biggest one yet. We have 18 events to choose from in 10 days! Eight of the 18 events are SOLD OUT. We just added a few tickets for the Homes by Architects Tour, featuring residences by AIA Kansas City Member Firms DRAW, Hufft, GastingerWalker&, RDM Architecture, and Wendlandt & Stallbaumer. Another event aimed at our members discusses the shifting (and intensifying) role that technology plays in the design process. Find all of the KCDW events and sign up here.

Upcoming events:

  • Tues., Apr 19: Pillars Recruiting Happy Hour, Populous, 5:30 pm – 7 pm
  • Weds., Apr. 20, 4:00-5:00pm:  Advocacy Cmte. meeting
  • Tues., June 7:  Annual Member Firm and Cornerstone Partners Luncheon with keynote speaker, KCMO City councilwoman Jolie Justus
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