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Western Massachusetts Chapter
The American Institute of Architects

 

 

ARE STUDY MATERIALS – LENDING LIBRARY
WMAIA has purchased ARE study materials to support WMAIA Associate Members and others living and/or working in Western Massachusetts who are preparing for the ARE exam.   Materials are provided free of charge for WMAIA members and for a annual fee for non-members.

We currently have:
4.0 Kaplan ARE Learning Systems
Building Design & Construction Systems (study guide)
Building Systems (study guide)
Construction Documents & Services (study guide)
Programming Planning & Practice (study guide)
Schematic Design (study guide)
Site Planning & Design (study guide)
- Structural Systems (study guide)

For more information, contact Lorin Starr via email.

Cleaning house?  If you have recently taken the exam and have materials you would like to donate to WMAIA to be shared through our lending library, please let us know!

 



COTE ADVOCACY
With a new administration in place, new leadership at the Environmental Protection Agency will be reevaluating the agency's priorities. They believe that EPA activity is limiting economic growth and job creation but designers know that isn't the case. As key positions are being filled, we need to educate these officials about the importance of the programs they will be tasked with managing. That's why it is crucial that architects make a business case for retaining EPA programs that enable them to design healthy, energy-saving buildings. Target Finder, Portfolio Manager, and the TCSA inventory are just a few examples of the tools and resources that provide vital information for meeting the performance standards which clients demand and many jurisdictions mandate. As the administration prepares to send its budget request to Congress, decisions about the futures of these vital programs will be made over the months ahead. Now is the time to make your voice heard.
Please sign this letter on behalf of your firm, or bring it to the attention of a firm leader. The deadline for inclusion as a signatory to this letter is March 13th, so ACT NOW!
The letter is on the new AIA COTE Advocacy webpage, which will serve as a go-to resources for our advocacy activities. This letter is the first outcome of COTE's work in the past few weeks with the AIA Federal Relations team who are closely tracking our federal level priorities and providing strategic direction as well as developing coalitions with like-minded groups like ACEEE to tackle the very big EPA/DOE funding issue.

DORRIE BROOKS AIA ELECTED PARTNER

Dorrie Brooks

Architect Dorrie Brooks, AIA,​of Florence, was recently elected partner of the Greenfield architecture studio Jones Whitsett Architects, a firm specializing in the design of schools, municipal buildings and high performance residential projects.

Ms. Brooks was Project Architect through construction for the renovation of the 1916 Drury High School (renamed Colegrove Park Elementary School) in North Adams, a project that was recently recognized for outstanding achievement in Learning By Design, a national school design periodical.  She also designed a new, modernist condominium project on Grove Street in Northampton, developed by the Small House Opportunity Project. The Grove Street Condominiums and Colegrove Elementary both won awards for design excellence recently at the WMAIA Design Awards. 

Before becoming an architect, Ms. Brooks worked for 20 years as a documentary video producer.  She is a parent of two children in the Northampton Public Schools and is President of Northampton Community Rowing.

 

 

 

9th EDITION OF BUILDING CODE
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has received approval pursuant to Executive Order 562 to convene public hearings to elicit testimony on a proposed new, Ninth Edition of the State Building Code (780 CMR). 
Western MA Hearing:
March 14, 2017

Springfield Technical Community College
One Armory Square in Springfield - First floor auditorium, Building 2 - beginning @ 10:00 a.m.
For more information and date/place of the Eastern MA hearing, click here.

NETFLIX SERIES
Abstract: The Art of Design
Begins February 10, 2017 and runs for eight episodes. More information here.

LETTERS TO & FROM THE AIA RE POTUS
Upon the election of the current POTUS, the AIA distributed a press release saying that members would work with the incoming administration. Given the some of the new POUTUS's views -- which stand in stark contrast to many of the AIA’s own stated social and environmental professional and policy goals -- this statement from the AIA alienated and potentially endangered rank-and-file AIA membership, especially women and members of minority groups. Helen Fantini AIA, NCARD, LEED-AP, the
WMAIA President, wrote a letter to Robert Ivy.
Read WMAIA President Helen Fantini's letter to Robert Ivy here.
Read Robert Ivy's response letter here.


Please email information regarding architectural / environmental events of public or AIA interest (meetings, lectures, competitions, classes, etc.) to Julie Waggoner at jwaggoner@micablue.com for posting on the WMAIA website.

CLASSIFIED JOB / WANTED POSTINGS NOW AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE
WMAIA offers this free service to members and member firms. See more info on the new classifieds page ( under 'news' on navigation bar at left).

ADVERTISING IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE WMAIA NEWS
WMAIA now offers the opportunity to advertise in our quarterly print publication. We are happy to offer a 30% discount to Corporate and individual Affiliate members who contract with WMAIA News for a full year (four issues). Contact Lorin Starr at director@wmaia.org for more information.

WMAIA NEWS NEEDS YOU
WMAIA News, our quarterly print newsletter, is always looking for interesting articles about your practice, conferences you've attended, your hobbies or things you've observed. To contribute or for more information, contact WMAIA News editor Rachael Chase via email.

JOIN WMAIA
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