These are unprecedented times and WMAIA, like all of you, is trying to figure out how best to navigate.  Many local firms are working remotely, all western Mass colleges are closed to students and visitors, and many municipal governments are in emergency mode. Here’s what WMAIA is hoping to do over the next few months to continue to bring you news, information, education and some distraction.

At present we have cancelled all our in-person programs, however, we are hoping to go virtual and provide content via webinars.

9th Edition Building Energy Code (IECC 2018) Training
Friday, April 10, 2020
This program is a joint program of the WMAIA COTE Committee and UMass Facilities and Campus Services and will be presented by Jensen Hughes and GDS Associates. The platform will be Microsoft Teams or Zoom.  Registrants will be provided with the call-in #.  We expect registration to begin shortly.  We are optimistic that this will be an effective way to help you keep up to date with the revisions to the Code.

Women in Architecture
Wednesday June 10, 2020
Sponsored by MARVIN
If we can’t meet in person, we hope to be able to present this program – a talk by Ann McCallum FAIA on Japanese gardens – as a webinar and still provide some virtual camaraderie. Details forthcoming.

UMass Amherst, Winter 2020 Building & Construction Technology Lectures.
Sustainable Forest Initiatives ZOOM WEBINAR
March 23, 4-5:15 p.m.

COTE Meetings
We also hope to resume our COTE meetings in April – with remote access.

We expect to publish our Spring newsletter in April on schedule.  If there are logistical issues, we will publish it electronically.

WMAIA is your conduit to AIA National – if there is something the AIA can do for you, let us know and we will help get that message to the national organization.  If there is something else we can do locally, please let me know.

Keep in touch and be well,
Lorin Starr, Executive Director