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2024 Economic Update Q1
Join AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, and AIA President Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, NOMAC, for our quarterly conversation about the AIA/Deltek Architecture Billings Index (ABI). The ABI is a leading monthly economic indicator that uses proprietary AIA data to predict nonresidential construction activity 9–12 months ahead. Get ahead of emerging challenges and opportunities and inform your strategic planning with key insights into the industry’s latest economic data and trends

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3D Printing Concrete Forms: The Future is Now
3D printing has evolved into an innovative tool for increasing construction efficiency and quality. For an industry like construction, one that's notably hesitant to adopt new technology, its widespread use and success are all the more remarkable. In this course, you’ll discover real-world applications of 3D printing, such as the high-profile Domino Sugar renovation in Brooklyn, and learn how its versatile, durable solutions provide a greater ROI while maximizing the quality of your projects. Course expires on 6/1/2026.

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A Lifetime Commitment to Designing Climate Solutions (AIA Gold Award 2021 Recipient Edward Mazria)
Throughout his career, Edward Mazria, FAIA, has designed with a central idea in mind: beautiful, functional architecture can be a positive influence on the environment. From his seminal work on passive solar energy to his groundbreaking story “Architects Pollute,” Mazria has had a profound effect on the architecture industry’s response to climate change. In this session, Mazria shares his personal influences, the numerous design solutions he’s developed to fight climate change, and how his work with Architecture 2030 helped him earn the Gold Award: AIA’s highest annual honor. Course expires 12/1/2024

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A More Productive and Fun Approach to Business Development
Would you like to develop a more effective business development strategy? One that leads to more rewarding and enduring client relationships—and better projects? Hear from three panelists who will share their perspective and advice on topics such as: Connecting with current contacts to create new opportunities and relationships Creating accountability for client relationships and effective channels for communication, feedback, and collaboration Overcoming a lack of natural inclination toward relationship-building Being disciplined about staying on track with strategic target clients You’ll leave with information and templates for developing a more productive and fun business development plan. After this course, you'll have everything you need to become a business development pro! Course expires 5/22/2025

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A New Era of Antitrust: How to Comply
Antitrust enforcement and litigation is at an all-time high. Both federal antitrust agencies, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, have made clear that they plan to aggressively enforce the antitrust laws and are not afraid to deviate from their past practices. Such enforcement can lead to follow-on private litigation. Therefore, compliance with the antitrust laws remains imperative and starts with you. Hear from antitrust experts who will provide you with what’s needed to understand the law and how it applies to our practice and industry. We will talk about how to comply with antitrust laws and minimize antitrust risks, in line with your professional goals. Course expires 8/2/2026 This session was recorded live on November 14, 2023.

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A Path to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Architecture (2020 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award Recipient Gabrielle Bullock, FAIA)
A consummate innovator in areas of equity and inclusion, Gabrielle Bullock, FAIA, has forged a new path for the future of the profession. Her voice as a leader has reverberated throughout her firm and the design community, leading to palpable changes and the realization that a more just and equitable profession is within reach. In this exclusive interview, Gabrielle shares what it means to be the 2020 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award recipient, and her professional dedication to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion fostering change to transform the practice of architecture and our relationship with the built environment at large. Course expires 9/5/2024  

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A Unified Movement - Tackling Inequity
What would a movement towards greater gender equity that's unified across the building industry look like? Join us for a first of its kind, powerful panel discussion with female leaders from various building industry professional associations. Panelists include Angela Brooks, FAICP, president of American Planning Association; Angie Lee, AIA, FIIDA president of International Interior Design Association; Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, 2023 president of The American Institute of Architects; Robin Greenleaf, FACEC, chair emeritus of American Council of Engineering Companies; and Christine Oates, CCM, DBIA, chair of the Construction Management Association of America. Course expires 11/02/2026

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Accentuate the Positive: Climate Responsive Design | Course 3
Energy efficient design embraces the climate when beneficial, and minimizes unwanted environmental conditions. In this session, we’ll explore using climate data and site characteristics to conduct climate analyses, which we can use to inform building design and lower energy loads. This will set the stage for future courses that will address specific design strategies in more detail. In this course we cover the key elements of climate analysis. We discuss climatic factors that affect both a building’s performance and occupant comfort. We also decipher the “mysterious” psychrometric chart, which allows us to consider both climate and comfort together. Finally, we explore ways in which climate affects design decisions about site and program, as well as where to look for hidden opportunities during this phase to increase efficiency. The AIA+2030 Online Series is an AIA and Architecture 2030 co-production. It's based on the highly successful AIA+2030 Professional Series, which was created by AIA Seattle and Architecture 2030, with support from the City of Seattle and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. Course expires: 11/02/2024

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Accessibility: A Photographic Look at Recurrent Non-Complying Elements
Do these oversights result from a lack of awareness, incomplete drawings and specifications, or sloppy construction? Or has the topic become so complex planners can't synthesize relevant information? This presentation will look at items of non-compliance most frequently found in construction. You'll review photos of existing installations; join a discussion of what went wrong, was missing, or was misunderstood; and gain essential insights into the access issues to watch for and preemptively address in future projects. Course expires 6/11/2025

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Accessible Architecture: Designing for Success (Part 1)
To get your projects right the first time, design and accessibility should go hand-in-hand. In this 3 part course, you'll learn the best practices for accessibility covering emerging trends, everyday mistakes made by contractors and architects and the best way to prepare drawings to get it right the first time. Don't let ADA compliance issues set you back and cost you money! Find out what it takes to avoid common mistakes and design for ADA compliance to the letter of the law. In Part 1, review the history, mandates, and legal obligations of the ADA. The definitions and complications of implementation in various types of buildings are highlighted through case study examples and discussion. The course illustrates a comparison of standards and codes and the architect’s responsibility through contracts and documents, drawings and details, existing and new construction. Course expires 4/20/2025

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Accessible Architecture: Designing for Success (Part 2)
To get your projects right the first time, design and accessibility should go hand-in-hand. In this 3 part course, you'll learn the best practices for accessibility covering emerging trends, everyday mistakes made by contractors and architects and the best way to prepare drawings to get it right the first time. Don't let ADA compliance issues set you back and cost you money! Find out what it takes to avoid common mistakes and design for ADA compliance to the letter of the law. In Part 2, go in depth on compliance issues regarding accessible routes, ramps, parking spaces, protruding objects, doors and clear floor space, controls, and counters. Typical design issues will be highlighted regarding convenience stores, gas stations, and other retail outlets as well as specific cases involving owner decisions which negate ADA compliance. Course expires 5/22/2025

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Achieving Zero Energy Building Design
With the trend toward decarbonization increasing interest in net zero carbon buildings and on-site renewable energy, it is essential architects and design professionals understand the process and factors to consider, the best practices and procedures, and where to find the resources to complete a zero energy building design. The Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) Series has been supporting this effort for over a decade. The guides provide definitions and processes; solution sets by climate zone with a mix of prescriptive and performance-based approaches; guidance on strategies, including whole-building integration approaches; recommended energy targets; and examples of buildings with performance data showing proven techniques and achievable targets.   Adapted from the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings and featuring case studies of zero energy K-12 schools, this highly interactive, self-paced learning program offers recommendations, strategies, and resources for achieving zero-energy commercial buildings to help design practitioners improve their skills in high-efficiency building design.  The course was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Course expires on 8/9/2026.

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Acts of Creation: Balancing Total Cost of Ownership with Joy
What happens in planning and design impacts what happens in the facility life cycle and vice versa. Unfortunately, project life cycle factors are overlooked when the project team has a myopic attitude to capital planning only putting first cost front and center.  Brushing TCO aside during planning and design leads to costly waste and unintended consequences.  Responsible Owners envisage the long-term impact of ROI on their bottom line and strive to minimize TCO within their business model. Accountable Architects strive to meet the Owner’s project requirements by providing solutions with considerations to "cradle to grave” and TCO assessments. The TCO is a crucial factor in calculating the ROI, for efficiency and for value creation.  A TCO strategy is an approach to delivering a sustainable project. Course expires 01/17/2026

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ADA Tolerances and Acceptable Measurements
This course will cover the specific wording of ADA Standards Section 104.1.1 on tolerances and similar language in selected other accessibility standards and explain how they should be interpreted. It will cover what types of conditions are subject to the tolerances language and which ones are not. The panelists will discuss how they measure field conditions affecting accessibility and ADA compliance, how those measurements are critical in understanding and applying the tolerances language, and what types of field conditions affect the determination of whether a measurement is within the tolerances. This session provides architects with peer feedback on a critical but highly esoteric topic. Course expires 1/6/2025

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Adapting to Climate Change: Small Cities, Big Challenges
In the past few years, the twin challenges of climate adaptation and mitigation and equitable communities have risen to the top of the public agenda. Cities are facing incredible challenges to plan effectively to reduce carbon emissions, adapt to climate vulnerabilities and achieve more equitable communities for all their residents. Many smaller communities are struggling to develop effective strategies that marshal resources and build momentum towards addressing these complex challenges. Northampton, Massachusetts and Dubuque, Iowa have frequently outperformed larger jurisdictions on these issues and have emerged as leading municipalities. Northampton was the first jurisdiction in the nation to achieve the coveted 5-STAR sustainability rating and has been the recipient of numerous related awards. Dubuque has similarly been recognized for its achievements with dozens of awards, including 5 All-America City Awards in just a dozen years for imaginative collaborations to address their key challenges. Their experiences provide insights to frame a future direction for other communities seeking to build the civic infrastructure and strategies that will lead to success. This session presents perspectives from city officials in each of these leading municipalities about the mechanics of planning for sustainable futures.  Hosted by the AIA Communities by Design (CxD) program. Course expires 05/17/2024

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Adaptive Reuse: Transforming Big-Box Groceries into Community Outpatient Health Centers
In the past decade, retail health has emerged as a popular model for bringing quality healthcare into American communities. As retailers go online, their former storefronts present opportunities for repurposing into outpatient health centers that are mutually beneficial to patients and healthcare institutions. Patient consumers can enjoy the convenience and customer experience of a retail facility located in their neighborhood while medical facilities can fulfill expansion plans with financially and environmentally efficient solutions. The adaptive reuse of big-box groceries, with their ample parking and strategic locations, has become a competitive iteration of retail health in an increasingly consumer-driven market. During this session, attendees will follow the development of Vanderbilt Health Belle Meade in Nashville, TN and the BJC Outpatient Center in Edwardsville, IL from former grocery stores to new health centers. Though Vanderbilt Health Belle Meade is an ambulatory surgical center and the BJC Outpatient Center is a multi-specialty healthcare center, these two case studies will explore their opportunities, challenges, and outcomes in transforming former supermarkets into community based, outpatient health centers. Hosted by the Academy of Architecture for Health an AIA Knowledge Community. Course expires 06/27/2025

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Affordable Living: A Requirement for Sustainable & Equitable Cities
Cities and towns across the nation are grappling with a crisis of affordable living. While some symptoms and strategies are universal, each geographical, social, economic, and political context requires a tailored approach in developing more equitable and resilient communities. Design professionals, public health specialists, policymakers, and community members alike must all come together to best ensure the places we call home are designed in the best interest for all. This panel will explore the topic of housing affordability in three distinct locales through the lenses of architects and planners, both in private practice and non-profit organizations, sharing the common goal of developing quality and affordable housing for all.  Hosted by Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC). Course expires 9/10/2025

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AI's Impact on Architecture
Advances in AI are contributing to an immersion of new technology and automation, which is just breaching the threshold of architecture. This discussion will explore the breadth of opportunities AI provides. Our goal is to inform about AI trends, its current capabilities, where it’s going, new innovations, and what benefits we can gleam from using this technology. Michael Schroeder, SGA Partner/leader of its VDC discipline, will be joined by AI experts to discuss a future where A&D teams collaborate with AI to construct the buildings of tomorrow. It will draw those interested in opportunities AI creates as it branches into the AEC world. Just as AI impacted research, machine learning & driverless-vehicles, new innovations like Open Source Neural Networks & next-generation inventions will be discussed. Course expires 1/17/2026

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AIA 2030 Commitment By the Numbers (RY22): A Look into Firms’ Progress Towards Net Zero Emissions
What progress has more than 23,000 projects totaling 3.8 billion GSF designed last year made towards net-zero carbon? The AIA 2030 Commitment, a key climate action program, brings together a network of over 1,250 signatory architecture and design firms dedicated to tracking their projects’ energy data to reach carbon neutrality in the built environment. Upon this year’s release of the 2030 By the Numbers (RY22), join us for a conversation on the high-level findings from the report, including where we are succeeding as an industry and where we can still improve based on the reported data. We will discuss data trends on overall energy performance, the incorporation of energy modeling in projects, the inclusion of renewable energy sources as well as embodied carbon data. Course expires 12/12/2026 This session was recorded live on October 31, 2023.

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AIA 2030 Commitment’s By the Numbers Report: A Look into Firms’ Progress Towards Net-Zero (RY21)
What progress have more than 20,000 projects designed last year made towards net-zero carbon? Join us for a conversation on findings from signatories of the AIA 2030 Commitment in 2021, a key climate action program for reaching net zero emissions in the built environment. We’ll examine a variety of achievements, ranging from increases in gross square footage meeting the 80% reduction target to the big leaps in renewable energy reported, signaling positive trends for the industry in meeting net-zero carbon goals. Beyond high-level trends across all projects, we’ll also investigate the performance between different use types and various geographies, and where we can see just how important policy is in accelerating high performance.   Course expires 9/18/2025

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