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November 29, 2011 –



Provider Spotlight!

Fentress Architects

As an AIA CES Provider, some, if not all, of your course content probably covers the implementation and advantages of good design in architecture. While recognizing the value of design might be an obvious principle when discovering and practicing architecture, educational programs can also benefit from thoughtful composition. The planning and format of a course can dictate its effectiveness, engaging adult learners where they will be able to understand and apply information they are given. Educational design or Instructional Design, as it is formally known, is the practice of structuring a course or learning experience in a way that is focused, interesting, and productive for the adult learner.

Denver, Colorado architecture firm and AIA CES Provider, Fentress Architects understands the importance of designing quality education programs for its staff. To support a growing and dynamic firm of 150 employees, Fentress Architects has implemented Fentress Architects University, an in-house educational program featuring a variety of industry topics and course formats. In an interview, Ned Kirschbaum, Technical Design Director and Principal for Fentress summarized how they developed a customized educational program to identify learning styles and needs within the firm.

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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!

From the AIA CES Director

We had a great November. I extend special thanks to those AIA CES Providers who contributed their best practices and wrote an article for AIA CES Provider Connection, to all Providers who attended AIA CES 2012 Trends workshop in Washington D.C. and CES Discovery workshop in Chicago, IL, and to all of you who called Nikitia Forest and I to clarify CES policies and procedures.

I am glad I had an opportunity to speak with many of you about AIA CES policies and answer your questions.

I’d like to let you know that if we have not had a chance to speak yet, please give me a call at 202-626-7459. I’d like to chat with you if you have questions about CES policies, if you are new Provider or a new CES Point of Contact or if you have not received 2012 CES invoice so we can email you a copy.

It would be nice to receive more articles from Providers on issues that are specific to you as AIA/CES Providers. If you think something needs to be posted to the education web page, a link added, or information that should be more user-friendly on the resources page on our website, contact us at

As I reflect on 2011, I know that continuing education courses AIA CES Providers developed for AIA Members have contributed greatly to a successful year. Thank you so much!

During 2012, we will begin implementing some of the initiatives we’ve discussed during the AIA CES Trends workshop. Look for news about these developments in the upcoming year.

Alla Orlova, MA
Director, CES Provider Network


The Importance of Being a Primary and Secondary Point of Contact

Point of Contact, Secondary Point of Contact, Users/Speakers Rights and Responsibilities

Continuing Education Services at the American Institute of Architects continually strives to offer comprehensive, professional and quality support to our over 2,000 providers. Verifying that your primary and secondary points of contact (POC) are up-to-date in our database, and that your delegation of POC follows our guidelines, is a simple, yet essential procedure to increase the AIA’s ability to better serve you. Some Providers currently have multiple employees designated as primary and secondary POC; this obfuscates our ability to know who to contact regarding important CES matters. Delegating only one primary and one secondary POC is mandatory because it guarantees greater efficiency and service from AIA/CES.

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Designating Courses as Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Results from the AIA commissioned “Continuing Education System (CES) Needs Assessment Study” conducted by Rockbridge Associates, Inc. are in. The survey, which was conducted with AIA Associate and Licensed Architect members, shows that Members are looking for Intermediate courses on most topics. With that in mind, it is the perfect time to define what makes AIA/CES courses Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced level. 

By using course levels, Providers can further assist AIA members in finding courses to meet their continuing education needs. Once a course level has been determined, Providers have indirectly selected their target audience. Adding course levels also makes a course more searchable in CES Discovery increasing the advertising that a Provider receives. By offering courses in a variety of levels, Providers widen the scope of attendants and reach members from all levels of the profession. All-in-all, whether new professionals or content experts, all AIA members need high quality continuing education. Ensuring your course is a quality course will keep members coming back for more!

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2012 Training is Just Around the Corner

The New Year brings new training opportunities for continuing education and we are excited to announce that five Provider Workshops have been scheduled throughout the U.S. for next year.

Please mark your calendar for the following dates in 2012: February 22 – AIA Los Angeles | March 28 – AIA Dallas | April 12 – AIA National- Washington, DC | June 5 – AIA Kentucky | July 24 – AIA Kansas City

Registration and additional dates and locations will be posted to our Upcoming Events Page soon.

New and Improved CES Discovery Resources

You’ve asked and we have listened! We recently organized the CES Discovery Resources section for faster and easier navigation. You will notice that the headings have been divided up by different processes within CES Discovery such as submitting courses and attendance and the blank templates associated with each one. Individual sections for CES logos, policies, quality assurance, and HSW and SD information have also been added. Thank you for your feedback and we appreciate your patience as we continue to improve the system.

Media Scan

Take Five: Today's Intern, Tomorrow's Architect

Chief Learning Officer
A Hammer Looking for a Nail

Architect Magazine
The Grass Ceiling

The Angle
AIA, Architects Play Crucial Role at IgCC Final Action Hearings

The Atlantic Cities
Why Preservationists Must Be Picky


Course Reviewer’s Corner

By Michael Tamara, Assoc. AIA

Context: The ‘Other’ Credit Designation Determinant

No doubt all of you are more than familiar with the listed acceptable topics and criteria for credit designations, which provide a solid foundation for determining what type of credit a certain topic may merit. Although these guidelines may seem black-and-white, there is another piece of the review puzzle that is just as important: context. The “meat” of the course, so to speak – found in the description and learning objectives, of course – becomes the final determinant in whether a submission is actually approved for the desired
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Monthly Provider Tips and Reminders

• Providers, do you want timely updates from AIA Continuing Education? Follow us on Twitter or check out our blog.

• When submitting a course for approval, at least one keyword is now required. If adding more, keywords should be separated by commas. Keywords are a good tool for improving the searchability of your course.

• Due to the anticipated higher volume of course submissions at the end of the year, course review time will be increased to ten (10) business days for every course submitted during the month of December, and will return to the normal five (5) business days in January.

Component Call for Speakers

AIA Chapters interested in finding speakers or sponsors for upcoming conferences or events can use this space to post conference information.

AIA Houston
Gulf Coast Green
May 1, 2012
Houston, TX
Call for Speakers & Sponsors
Respond by December 10, 2011

AIA Western Mountain Region & Northwest Pacific Region
Transformation 2012 Joint Conference
October 10-13, 2012
Tucson, AZ
Call for Presentations
Submission Date: December 16, 2011, 5 p.m.
Contact Tina Litteral, Hon. AIA, CAE,

Please email to add your 2011 events to this list and include AIA Chapter Speakers and Sponsors in the Subject line. 


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