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December 7, 2015
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President's Letter

Hope, Joy, Cheer and the Renewal of Spirit

December is upon us and there is much to do in our annual holiday routine as we prepare for the celebrations of family, friends, co-workers and the new year to come. The message of the season is a simple one: At this light-diminished time of year, we seek to create a spiritual spark to ignite our hope for a better tomorrow in our relationships, our families and our communities. This spark can be familiar and comfortable, recreated each year as tradition. It can also be a spontaneous emotional response triggered by an article, song, image, or a call to give. It can be a memory of the past and or a vision for the future. It moves us to act, become engaged and renew our commitment to our family and community.

We anticipate showing a greater appreciation for family and friends and for the needs of the less fortunate with varying degrees of restlessness. We know the reminder that we need to take a longer view and think beyond our day-to-day routine will always bring joy and happiness to others and can reward us in return. Giving our time, talent and gifts buoys our sense of belonging to a greater whole and propels us optimistically into the new year.

AIABaltimore’s Annual Meeting and Holiday Celebration is tomorrow night at the Centre Theater on North Avenue. We will recap our very successful 2015 and transition to 2016 with collegiality, cheer and a shared commitment to a better Baltimore. Our numbers are ever increasing and we are close to reaching our goal of 1,000 professional members. Please renew your 2016 membership and Chapter support post-haste and encourage others in your office to join the stimulating work of AIABaltimore. Just as the Centre Theater has brought light and activity to decades dark North Avenue, we can bring our personal spiritual spark of renewed commitment to our personal and professional relationships.

As I complete my term as President, the pleasure of being engaged and connected to so many of our members on an almost daily basis has truly charged my spirit for our community. We are present and engaged in the current civic and professional issues across the landscape of our presence in Baltimore and Maryland. I urge you to increase your involvement in all that AIABaltimore has to offer. The pleasure of serving and the reward of making a difference cannot be denied.

Best wishes to Anthony Consoli, AIA, President 2016, as he carries our collaborative effort forward to continued success.

Hope, joy and cheer,

Rob Sig

Rob Brennan, AIA
President, AIA Baltimore, 2015
Principal, brennan+company architects


Don't Delay, Renew Today - 2016 Allied Membership & Annual Sponsorship

5% Discount for Annual Sponsorship Renewals by Dec. 14

On behalf of our nearly 1300 members and the Board of Directors, we invite you to renew your AIABaltimore Allied Membership and explore Annual Sponsorship opportunities in 2016.

Our new online form provides the opportunity to renew your Allied Membership and become an Annual Sponsor all-in-one. We wanted to make the process of renewing as easy as apple pie (and just in time for Thanksgiving).



Associate AIA Scholarship

Deadline: 1.29.16

Get a free year of membership!

This scholarship provides Associate AIA membership for the 2016 year, including a discounted member rate for the 2015-2016 Achieving Registration Together (ART) Program. Recipients of the scholarship will be asked to help lead one of the larger annual events for AIABaltimore.



Last Call for 2016 Bylaws and Board Candidate Voting

Online voting ends Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 9:00 am

As AIABaltimore’s Chapter Bylaws have not been revised since 2004, there are much needed changes and updates that require the review and approval of our Chapter’s AIA membership.

We also need your vote on the 2016 slate of AIABaltimore Board of Directors, Officers, and AIA Maryland Directors.

You will also have the opportunity to vote at the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party on December, 8 at 5:00 pm at the Centre Theater (10 E. North Avenue). The event is sold out.  In light of this, we are offering a limited number of tickets that may be purchased with a donation to the Baltimore Architecture Foundation of $25.00. 


Membership Renewal

Deadline for Directory: March 4

We invite you to renew your AIABaltimore Membership as soon as possible for 2016. For all members, the deadline for renewal and inclusion in the printed membership directory is March 4.


Member News


Design Collective Volunteers with Neighborhood Design Center to Benefit United Efforts, and is Selected for Light City Baltimore 2016

Career Opportunities

*Re-posting* Harford County Public Schools Seeks Facilities Planner

Rare opportunity to share industrial office space, $200/month.

Baltimore County Public Schools seeks candidates for Specialist, Strategic Planning.

JP2 Architects seeks Design Architects


Upcoming Events

Vegetated Roof System Assembly Design

Thursday, December 17 | 12:00 – 2:00 pm | $25.00


1 AIA/CES HSW LU Available; 1 GBCI Credit Available; 1 Leed Credit Available

Lunch: 12-12:30
Presentation: 12:30-1:30

This course is a discussion about the complexities of vegetated roofing systems. This presentation walks through the typical components of a functional green roof system and provides the procedures on how to improve the quality of vegetated roofing system designs by focusing on detailing and performance.

This event includes a 3-course lunch at the Engineers Club, and time for networking and Q&A.

The program is sponsored by Tremco

Community Events

USGBC Holiday Networking Happy Hour
December 9 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

CPHA's 74th Annual Meeting
December 9 | 6:30 – 9:30 pm

21st Annual Case Review of Legal Decisions Affecting Architects & Engineers
December 10 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm

NAIOP Holiday Luncheon
December 11 | 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Baltimore City Council Candidates Forum: Leadership for Improving Transportation
December 16 | 8:00 – 10:00 am

WoodWorks Webinar Series – Offset Shear Wall Design
1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit
December 16 | 12:00 – 2:00 pm
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