Our committees continued to bring high-quality programs to Baltimore in 2015. We cannot thank committee volunteers enough for their hard and very important work. Here a just a few highlights of the year.
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The FAR Committee embarked on an exciting new Adopt-A-School program to form partnerships between architecture firms and schools. The committee continued its outreach efforts by participating in the Stevenson Expand Your Horizons Career Day for Middle School Girls, Howard County STEM and Math events, and Girl Scouts Women in STEAM. FAR has also worked to support the Baltimore Design School Architecture program and the Howard County Architectural Design Academy.
The Emerging Professionals Committee created the AIABaltimore ARE Pact, giving Achieving Registration Together (ART) participants the opportunity to be refunded for all the courses so long as they take all the ARE exams in twelve months. Their Pet Rescue of Maryland parklet at Park(ing) Day with its adorable puppies was a crowd favorite, and the annual “Architecture Seen” Photo Contest took a critical look at Baltimore’s transit infrastructure. The committee also continued its crucial work in providing mentorship opportunities and career development for emerging professionals.
The Historic Resources Committee put together a fantastic series of tours of historic renovation projects including the Algonquin Apartments, Robert Long House, Ivy Hotel, Green Street Academy, and the Parkway and Centre theaters. A combination of architects, contractors, and developers led the tours, providing valuable insight for professionals working on historic projects.
CAE continued its mission to bring together diverse stakeholders interested in creating, building, and implementing great learning environments with a happy hour that linked teachers with architects to discuss challenges in the classroom and design-related solutions.
This year, the Resiliency Committee became a sub-committee of the Committee on the Environment (COTE) in recognition of their shared vision. Their excellent 2015 programs included F*#M Free Foundations, Transforming Baltimore: The New Green Code: The International Green Construction Code in Baltimore, The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code: Successful Compliance for Architecture and Design, and the B|More Resilient Rowhouse Competition through which the committee partnered with the Morgan State School of Architecture + Planning to explore resilient design solutions for vacant housing stock.
For the first year, the Spring Lecture Series was free to all, making the program more accessible to the general public. Under the theme “Outliers” the series highlighted designers who are answering provocative cultural and socio-political questions, typically explored through the realm of art. Speakers included Mark Foster Gage of MFGA, Alex Mustonen and Ben Porto of Snarkitecture, Bernard Khoury of DW5, John Szot of the Brooklyn Digital Foundry, Bradley Cantrell of Harvard GSD, Ricardo Dominguez of the University of California San Diego and b.a.n.g. lab, and a spotlight on local outliers at a D Center Design Conversation.
This year’s Doors Open Baltimore was an incredible success, nearly doubling attendance from last year’s inaugural event. 52 sites across Baltimore city were featured under the theme “Undiscovered Baltimore” along with an impressive collection of tours and activities. This year’s event also received a generous amount of press, including two television spots.
New committee chairs David Watts, AIA, and Heather Rustici brought new energy to the Healthcare committee with a Healthcare Design Showcase hosted at Price Modern. The committee plans to provide an array of opportunities to share experiences, learn about industry trends, and visit local projects in healthcare.
In a stellar example of committee collaboration, the Urban Design Committee, Doors Open Baltimore, and the BAF Robert E. Lewis Lecture combined forces to bring a timely lecture by planner Daniel D’Oca on combating exclusionary planning practices and fostering a more inclusive urban environment. The committee also continued its exemplary local advocacy work, notably with the proposed Transform Baltimore zoning code and the McKeldin Fountain.
The Women in Architecture/Diversity kept busy year round with their ambitious Early Women of Architecture in Maryland project. In addition, they hosted roundtables addressing challenges faced by women in the profession, networking events, and women design showcases. The Early Women of Architecture in Maryland project came together in a traveling exhibit that has so far visited locations across Maryland and will continue to travel in 2016.
This year, the Continuing Education Committee became the Practice Management Committee. Its mission is to provide resources and education on professional practice and firm management. A recent event was a seminar on marketing for residential and small firms with a focus on the Houzz platform. They will continue in 2016 with Highlighting Local Talent, a lecture by Al Rubeling, FAIA, on leadership, and a seminar on liability.