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September 27, 2011 - IN THIS ISSUE


Provider Spotlight!

Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Inc. and EYP Architecture & Engineering

While most architecture professionals recognize the benefits of continuing education for career advancement and aptitude, busy and overextended lifestyles demand that professional learning be easily accessible and effective. As time dedicated to learning is at a premium, convenient educational programs take priority for AIA members. Design and implementation are valuable criteria for administering continuing education courses, yet it is crucial to evaluate your course’s content for quality and applicability to member’s needs. Whether you are an architecture firm providing education to staff or manufacturer marketing a product to the industry, it is important to conduct courses which are both engaging and informative. This month’s Provider Spotlight highlights the continuing education programs of architecture firms Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Inc. and EYP Architecture & Engineering, past winners of the CES Award for Excellence.

Lord, Aeck & Sargent, based in Atlanta, has implemented a structured continuing education program to help facilitate quality ongoing education for architects, staff and institutional clients. An effective learning system ensures clients and employees are knowledgeable about emerging industry trends.

Similarly, EYP Architecture & Engineering of Albany, NY, has established an internal corporate university which identifies staff needs in training and education while allowing licensed architects to keep their registrations current. Professional development and education is utilized to carry out core initiatives established by the firm.

Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Inc. and EYP Architecture & Engineering have shared with CES their insights and best practices for successful continuing education programs. Learn More

We will be featuring a column devoted to AIA/CES Providers each month. We are looking for Providers with a story or secret to share regarding course development, marketing, etc.

Providers, share your story with us on our blog and you could be featured in our next issue!

Members Needs Assessment Summary

Continuing Education plays a critical role in the professional development of AIA members, primarily licensed architects who need to fulfill continuing education credits for licensing purposes. The AIA Continuing Education System has constructed a network of education providers to provide the highest quality educational opportunities for members. Professional learning is an ever-changing resource and must adapt to new technologies and learning formats.

A survey conducted by Rockbridge Associates aimed to gather research about AIA member preferences and interests regarding continuing education courses and programs. Specific goals from the research included evaluation of content areas providers should focus on in the future, technology-based formats AIA members seek, and assessment of the importance of continuing education offerings to membership in AIA, among other topics.

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To learn more, REGISTER for the webinar hosted on October 11, 2011.


CES Provider Workshop, Special Edition - Washington, D.C.

The CES team would like to invite you to DC for a special edition workshop: Preparing for the Future: Upcoming Trends in Continuing Education on November 9. This workshop will cover an overview of upcoming trends and recent changes in continuing education specifically focusing on the NCARB Model Law, Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) topic areas, Sustainable Design (SD), results of the recent member needs assessment, an overview of the importance of knowing and understanding the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), and much more! Learn how you can get ahead in 2012 by aligning your continuing education course content with these changes. You will also gain an insightful look at the interest and incentives which motivate architects to contribute their time to continuing education. REGISTER TODAY!

For additional information and further training opportunities, please visit our Upcoming Provider Events Page.

Business Ethics for AIA/CES Providers

What is business ethics? It involves the moral rules and regulations that ultimately govern how business is conducted. It is an approach that once followed will keep you in business for the long run. The moral rule of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. In the business world there are many people with whom you interact in order to conduct business and to whom you have a responsibility: customers, stakeholders and clients. It identifies the duties that business people should be guided by when they conduct business. What are these duties? To follow those ethical codes and principals: respect for intellectual property, confidentiality, respect for colleagues, social responsibility, competence, and legality -- to name a few. It is by following these ethical duties that businesses are able to engage in business in an open and free manner without deception or fraud.

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How to do Adult Training - The 90/20/8 Rule

Presentation is a fundamental component in how adults comprehend and retain information in continuing education courses and seminars. When preparing an instructor-led continuing education course, it is important to use techniques which will make your presentation straightforward and engaging. The 90/20/8 rule, developed by the Bob Pike Group, is a structured formula for best presenting content to adult students.

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Media Scan

Reflecting Absence” Memorializes 9/11 with Voids that Give Shape to Memory

Career Stages
Experiences: An Architect and Educator Bridges Two Professions

Architect Magazine
Trash as Treasure

Mission to Learn
10 Ways to Be a Better Learner: No. 10 – Embrace Responsibility

Fallingwater Cottages Competition: Blurring Boundary Between Building and Landscape


Course Reviewer’s Corner

By Michael Tamara, Assoc. AIA

HSW and SD: More than Just Letters

The fall season is upon us, and since Labor Day, our AIA Providers have certainly been keeping me busy reviewing courses! This, of course, is a good thing, but it means that turnaround is likely to take the entire five business day review window for the foreseeable future. As such, if submitting your courses even earlier than five days before the first session is a possibility, I highly recommend it to ensure there are not delays in the event the submission requires more information.

I would like to devote this month’s column to some words of advice regarding HSW and SD definitions and criteria. Based on the number of courses in a given week that I have to send back requiring more information, it’s evident that this is an area worth spending some time on.

•Thoroughly read the relevant sections of the Provider Manual to gain a clear understanding of what constitutes Health, Safety, and Welfare and Sustainable Design. 

•The categories on the HSW topic list need to be understood in the context of protecting and promoting the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.

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Monthly Provider Tips and Reminders

•Invoices will be mailed this week. Please renew your subscription by December 31, 2011 to stay an active provider.

•The deadline for resubmission of deactivated courses 5 years and older has been extended to October 31, 2011. If you will be resubmitting or updating a course/s, please review these tips and guidelines.

•When submitting a course for approval, keywords are a required field. Keywords are a good tool for improving the searchability of your course.


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