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Introducing the AIA CES Blog

    By William Murillo, Assoc. AIA
    Manger, CES Provider Training

    As CES continues to grow, it is important to offer all of you, our providers, a multitude of resources. Recognizing that all of our providers are unique and learning engagement occurs in a variety of ways, CES is committed to provide support for new and seasoned providers in a multiplicity of learning formats:

    Video Tutorials
    PDF Tutorials
    Training Simulations
    Web Series
    Provider Connection Articles

    While some of you may opt for reading an article, others would rather engage our updates and training content through a video tutorial. This flexibility in learning is crucial and should resonate with the way in which you approach your own educational content for architects. For those of you who are new and that I have followed up with recently, flexibility in learning and a robust catalogue of training opportunities will directly support your prerequisite training.

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Course Reviewer's Corner

    By Royce Brown, Assoc. AIA
    Manager, Continuing Education Programs

    ACTION speaks louder than WORDS?

    Action speaks louder than words. A phrase I’m certain many of us has heard at various points of our lives.  I believe the purpose was to get a person to mean what they say and hopefully follow through with it. There’s nothing worst then relying on a person’s word to find out that their actions never accompanied their intention.  It’s like planning for a big move, weeks in advance you call some friends for a hand, you have all the boxes packed and the rental truck is parked outside but your moving crew never shows up as promised.

    The same can be said when drafting learning objectives for a course. Keep in mind this is not an exercise in building overly elaborated points with empty ideas and purpose. However, its intent is to be clear and concise in what participants will learn.

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Recognizing AEC Daily's Distance Education Program

    By Ramiro Solórzano, Assoc. AIA
    Manager, CES Provider Audits

    I have had the pleasure of working with Ariane Hansen in getting her insight for her distance education courses. She is the Primary Point of Contact for the AIA Continuing Education System for her company AEC Daily. One of the fun things I do at the AIA CES is Provider Recognition on Provider best practices so that AIA CES and our Providers can embody those best practices. I followed up with Ariane Hansen to ask her about her best practices in distance education program.

    Ariane Hansen implements best practices in her organization by working "in conjunction with education partners or experts (manufacturers, trade associations, consultants) to create, host and provide high quality online continuing education."

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2013 AIA National Convention: CES Provider Events

    William Murillo, Assoc. AIA
    Manager, CES Provider Training

    We would like to welcome all AIA Continuing Education Providers to join us at our Provider Conference and Reception at AIA National Convention in June! Please join friends, colleagues, and your AIA CES National staff representatives for a full day workshop Wednesday, June 19.

    After the workshop, join us for cocktails, hors d'oeurves, and conversation.  This reception is for all current Components and Providers, but the invitation is extended to any exhibitor interested in learning more about joining the Provider Program.  Use this opportunity as time to exchange new ideas and marketing strategies with others in the industry who offer continuing education courses to architects and AIA members.

    More details to come!

Opportunities to Promote your Courses!

    Jonthan Watson and Scott Ward

    In a 2012 survey of AIA Continuing Education Providers, over 40% indicated a desire for channels to promote and advertise their courses.  Opportunities are available - and start at just $150 per month - including ad positions on (over 750,000 quarterly visitors); AIArchitect (the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the AIA, delivered directly to over 90,000) and AIA Knowledge Community web sites (groups representing key vertical markets within the profession).  To learn more, contact:

    Companies A-K:  Jonathan Watson - 202.626.7566 -

    Companies L-Z and Numeric:  Scott Ward - 202.626.7574 -

Billings and Inquiries Strongest Since Early 2008

    By Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA
    AIA Chief Economist

    This year's strong pace in design activity continued enthusiastically into February, pointing to an oncoming jump in nonresidential construction spending during the second half of this year.

    View the Work-on-the-Boards survey results for the month of February.


    • The ABI was 54.9 for February, signifying the strongest growth in billings at architecture firms since the downturn began in early 2008. The inquiries index was at 64.8 for the month, again the strongest reading since the design recession began.

    • Firms in each of the four major U.S. Census regions recorded scores in excess of 52 in February, with a high of 56.7 for the Northeast. For each of the past five months, scores in all regions have been above 50, indicating a broad-based recovery in design activity that appears to have survived the recent uncertainty surrounding the federal budget and debt negotiations. Additionally, each of the major building sectors served by architecture firms saw growth in design activity in February. 

    Increasing stringency for building codes and regulations: In spite of a weak construction market in recent years, architects are reporting generally increased stringency in building codes and regulations. The perceived increased stringency of building codes and regulations varied a lot by the type of code or regulation. In addition, these perceived changes in building codes and regulations are altering project design and construction costs.

Monthly Provider Tips and Reminders

    Jean Feroldi, Assoc. AIA
    Manager, CES Communications and Review

    • When submitting courses, please remember that anytime a course title, course number, or 25% of the course content changes, a new course must be registered in CES Discovery.

    • A new and improved Bulk Course Upload form has been added to the Resources section of CES Disvovery.

Component Call for Speakers

    Please contact Jean Feroldi to add your 2013 events to this list.

    AIA Chapters can use this space to post conference information.

    AIA Austin Annual Summer Conference & Product Expo

    August 22-23, 2013
    Norris Conference Center
    Austin, Texas
    Call for Presentations

    AIA Kansas Conference & Exposition

    September 11-13, 2013
    Lawrence, Kansas
    Call for Speakers & Exhibitors

    2013 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention

    (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio)
    September 19-21, 2013
    Louisville Marriott Downtown
    Louisville, KY
    Call for Presentations to be issued early 2013
    Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration at
    Contact:  Kate Brunswick at AIA Ohio

    AIA Nebraska Annual Conference

    October 3-4, 2013
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Contact: Sara Kay

    2013 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Conference

    October 23-26, 2013
    Vancouver Convention Center
    Vancouver, BC
    Call for Papers

    Design on the Delaware
    October 29, 2013 – November 1, 2013
    Sheraton Downtown Hotel & Center for Architecture
    Philadelphia, PA
    Program Proposals due April 8.
    Exhibit, sponsor advertising opportunities

    AIA Philadelphia
    Contact: Pat Gourley

    Architecture Exchange East

    November 6-8, 2013
    Greater Richmond Convention Center
    Richmond, VA

    Virginia Society AIA

    ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX)

    November 20-22, 2013
    Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
    Boston, MA

    Boston Society of Architects


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