Procrastinator’s Series: AIA LU|HSW Opportunities Remaining in 2017

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With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, AIA Middle TN has several great opportunities for AIA credit. Check out what is happening in the next few weeks and sign up today!

November 9, 2017 – AIA 2017 Contract Documents: Owner-Architect Agreements and Sustainable Design and Construction

November 9, 2017
AIA Middle TN Office
1 LU | HSW


Join us this Thursday to learn about the revised Owner-Architect agreements and gain insight into the AIA’s revision process! The programs will prepare participants to select appropriate AIA contracts for their particular project and practice, as well as to evaluate the suitability of alternative contract terms and language.

Presenters, Ken Cobleigh, Esq. and Tara Myers, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, are members of the AIA National Documents Committee and bring a wealth of experience and expertise on the subject matter.
You don’t want to miss this critical opportunity to learn about the 2017 revisions and how the changes directly impact you. Sign up today!

November 9, 2017 – SMPS Nashville: Rediscovering your Firm’s Identity and Marketer’s Workshop

November 9, 2017
Morning Session 7:30am – 9:00am, Afternoon Session 1:00pm – 4:00pm
The Bridge Building
Morning Session – 1 LU , Afternoon Session – 3LU


On November 9th, Craig Galati, AIA, FSMPS, CPSM,  the immediate past president of SMPS National and Principal of LGA Architects in Las Vegas will host two unique sessions in Nashville. The morning session will be a principals-only event where he will discuss thinking more broadly about what marketing is and the value behind empowering marketing and business development staff to transform thought processes.  The afternoon session will be a hands-on workshop for marketing and business development “doers.”

November 16, 2017 – AIA Leadership Institute 2017

November 16, 2017
11:00am – 5:00pm
AIA Middle TN Office
3.75 LU | HSW


Join us on November 16th for a national day of leadership development in architecture. The Leadership Institute brings new and veteran leaders together to advance their skills in a one-day, interactive learning experience.

This training experience includes:
– Leadership best practices and how to apply them in professional, industry, community, and design settings.
– A network of industry leaders who are changing the leadership dialogue in architecture
– Relevant content for your career and professional journey
– Leadership resources, including a free copy of Living Your Life as a Leader, a reference guide and workbook that will support your personal leadership development during and after the event.

Lunch will be provided at the AIA Middle TN office, as well as a discussion happy hour to follow the workshop.

December 7, 2017 – Crow Friedman Road Show

December 7, 2017
8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm
Adventure Science Center

Click Here to Register!

AIA Middle TN and The Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers | American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee, in cooperation with Crow Friedman Group, a division of Risk Strategies Company, present the annual seminar on managing risk for architects and engineers.

Morning Session (4 LU | HSW) : 8:00am – 12:00pm – “Construction and the New Architectural Design Practice: Contemporary Issues and Concerns”

presented by:
J. Dale Crow, JD | Crow Friedman Group, a division of Risk Strategies Company
David N. Garst, Attorney | Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C.
Nicole L. Mangino, Vice President | XL Insurance America, Inc.

This session will discuss:

  • Owner-Architect and Sustainable Design and Construction including discussion on the new Sustainable Projects Exhibit and how it can be used to provide outcome on the health, safety and welfare of the building occupants.
  • Ethics and Decision-Making including case studies on ethical dilemmas, complaints and resolution.
  • Managing Adverse Contractual Provisions including managing the communications process to continually clarify expectations and documentation to show responsibility to the contract.
  • Common Design Error Claims including how to improve QA/QC for drawings and specifications to avoid common errors and minimize professional liability claims arising from technical errors and omissions.
Afternoon Session (1.5 LU | HSW) : 1:00pm – 3:00pm – “Out of the Box Designs Demand Innovative Code Solutions”

presented by:
Samir Mokashi, Principal | Codes Unlimited

Samir is a principal at Code Consultants Unlimited.  He has been involved in code development at local and national level. He has authored several code alternates and variances that resolved complex issues, simply and effectively, which resulted in significant savings to clients. The depth of his knowledge and strong communication skills have earned him wide respect from city and state officials, as well as designers, developers and architects.

In this presentation, Samir will discuss innovative solutions to common code problems for projects of varying type and size. In some instances, without the solution that was developed the project may not have gone forward. The key for success in all these cases has been clearly identifying the core problem, then establishing the framework for resolution, followed by a rigorous analysis in support of the proposed solution. No matter the complexity of the problem the solution must be simple, elegant, and easy to manage over the life of the building. We will walk through the process and solutions and share how you can benefit from this in your current and future projects.

The second part of this presentation will be about Mass Timber also called Cross Laminated Timber. This emerging and exciting technology has generated a lot of buzz in the pacific northwest currently but has promise to change the design industry throughout the US. Although made of combustible wood materials the products resist fire up to 3 hours and can outperform fire rated steel and concrete structures under direct fire conditions. We will share research and recent project examples to walk through what it takes to design a CLT building.