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    • 01 Apr 2024
    • 28 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • Online application

    2024 AIA Central MA Scholarship Program

    We have partnered with AIA National and Pella Windows and Doors to match at least $1500 in scholarship grants:

    • Minimum $500 scholarships to full/part time students in an architectural program at a community college or a technical college.

      Minimum $1000 scholarships to a full-time student in an architectural degree program at an NAAB accredited college.

    Scholarship award funds will be credited to the winning students’ college account for tuition payment and/or educational material costs. The AIA CM Scholarship Awards Committee selects the recipients and will notify award winners by Thursday, August 1, 2024.

    Application, including essay and letter of recommendation due by 9pm on Friday,  June 28, 2024.

    Award Recipients will be featured in the AIA CM Newsletter plus receive an invitation to attend the AIA Central Massachusetts awards program dinner.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. accredited school pursuing studies in architecture and meet at least one of the following requirements:

    • A Massachusetts resident attending an accredited U.S. College of Architecture or a Technical School or Community College Architecture Program
    • A student studying architecture full-time at a Massachusetts College or a Technical School or Community College Architecture Program AND a U.S. Resident
    • Participating in an internship with a firm based in Massachusetts

    Priority is given to students either from Central Massachusetts or attending school in our region. 

    High school graduates who have been accepted to an NAAB accredited program or a Technical School or Community College Architecture Program for their freshman year are also eligible. 

    Applicants must return to continue their professional studies in the academic year 2024-2025.

    Submission Requirements

    The student is required to provide the following materials:

    1.      A brief essay, describing their efforts and why they believe they should be selected. Please include your name and email address on each page.

    2.     One letter of faculty recommendation

    Click the registration link on this page to complete your submission. Please gather all materials for upload before beginning application to submit all at once.

    • 21 May 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester, MA

    Building Construction Tour Part 2: The New Doherty Memorial High School

    WHEN: Tuesday May 21, 2024

    5:00 – Networking

    5:30 – Program

    Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

    WHERE:        Doherty Memorial High School (Construction Site)       

    299 Highland St

    Worcester, MA 01602

    COST:             Free to all participants

    Last May, WCCSI and AIACM provided a tour led by Principal Architect Robert Para, Jr. of LPA | Architects of the new Doherty Memorial High School. At that time, the school was approximately 60% complete, providing attendees plenty of opportunities to observe the construction at various phases throughout the school. Fast-forward to present time…

    With the school scheduled to be substantially complete by June 2024 for students to begin attending in the Fall, classrooms are mostly complete with major spaces such as the Auditorium, Gymnasium, Cafeteria, and shops nearing completion. Built by a joint venture between Fontaine Bros and Dimeo Construction, the 420,000 square foot building will support an educational program for 1,670 students.

    This month’s program will again be led by Rob Para supplemented with a presentation on exterior rainscreen systems by LPA|A Associate Principal Michael Oldakowski. Michael has been with LPA|A for nearly 26 years and has successfully detailed the exterior envelope of nearly every new school the firm has designed during this tenure. Michael leads the office’s internal Exterior Envelope Group and is navigating through the new energy code and its impacts to envelope design.

    The program is pending approval by AIA for 1 HSW continuing education credit. After participating in this program, attendees will be able to:

    1.  Recognize emerging trends in the design of high schools to provide safe and secure learning environments. 

    2.  Identify opportunities to meet LEED requirements and provide energy efficient and sustainable schools.

    3.  Better understand exterior building envelope rainscreen design and detailing. 

    4.  Plan for the logistical challenges of construction on an active school site to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and other occupants during the construction process.

    All participants will be required to wear sturdy boots and long pants. Additional Personal Protective Equipment such as hardhats and high visibility vests will be provided (limited quantities). So, come join Worcester County CSI and the Central Mass AIA for an informative building tour of the largest high school in the great City of Worcester!

    RSVP to Terri at neregcsi@gmail.com by May 14th.

    • 12 Jun 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Open Air Steel Structures - Adding Value to the Built Environment

    There has been a seismic shift in how we now think about space. Join us in discussing how, through design and partnerships, we can expand the health & wellness of users in the built environment without sacrificing creativity, uniqueness or budget.

    • Learning Objectives
      Learn how and why Health, Wellness and Biophilic Design are now more important factors in design of open air structures than in previous years.

      Learn the differences in materials you are accustom to using and understand the benefits steel has that others do not, specifically when it comes to permanent vs temporary structures. Designing a long-term solution for your client doesn’t have to mean brick and mortar. 

      Gain tools that will help you analyze the different vendor partners you have access to which will help to keep your project competitive. Reading between the lines of product specs and performance specs. 

      Understand the differences and benefits of going with prefabricated versus site build. One of the most underrated being safety. Without the need of cutting, welding, grinding and painting, work areas are safer and reduce the potential of hazardous exposure.

    Credits:  AIA       1 LU/HSW

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09 Apr 2024 April Board Meeting
13 Mar 2024 Stone Designs Presented by Consolidated Brick
14 Feb 2024 Challenges & Solutions for Today's Ceramic and Stone Tile Installations
10 Jan 2024 Planning for Acoustics in Performance Spaces
09 Jan 2024 January Board Meeting
13 Dec 2023 Enduring Beauty: High Performing Polymer Cladding Systems
04 Dec 2023 AIA CM Annual Meeting 2023
14 Nov 2023 November Board Meeting
08 Nov 2023 2023 Commercial Stretch and Specialized Code presented by PSD Consulting
06 Nov 2023 Pella Boylston Product Demo
14 Oct 2023 2023 AIA Central Massachusetts Design Awards Dinner
11 Oct 2023 Installation Best Practices Presented by Andersen Windows
10 Oct 2023 October Board Meeting
28 Sep 2023 *Postponed* Pella Boylston Product Demo
13 Sep 2023 An Introduction to the Process of Designing Guardrails and Handrails
12 Sep 2023 September Board Meeting
10 Aug 2023 late entry - AIA Central MA Design Awards 2023 Application
09 Aug 2023 Risk Control for Architects, Engineers and Environmental Professionals. Best Practices for Improved Performance and Profitability
09 Aug 2023 Horizontal Sliding Fire Doors in a Means of Egress
19 Jul 2023 Energy Codes Presentation by The Green Engineer
12 Jul 2023 Pre-Finished Cellular PVC Shingles and Trim
14 Jun 2023 Design Film Night: Olmstead and America's Urban Parks
14 Jun 2023 Elevator Technology Presented by KONE Inc
13 Jun 2023 June Board Meeting
01 Jun 2023 AIA Central MA Design Awards 2023 Application
16 May 2023 Building Construction Tour: The New Doherty Memorial High School
10 May 2023 Biophilic Design with Windows and Doors by Marvin
09 May 2023 May Board Meeting
11 Apr 2023 April Board Meeting
16 Mar 2023 AIA CM 2023 Scholarship Application
14 Mar 2023 March Board Meeting
08 Mar 2023 Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design
14 Feb 2023 February Board Meeting
08 Feb 2023 Polishing Concrete Presented by Sherwin Williams
11 Jan 2023 Biophilic Design in Action
10 Jan 2023 January Board Meeting
14 Dec 2022 Ultracompact Surfacing: Redefining Boundaries of Interior and Exterior Spaces
07 Dec 2022 AIA CM Annual Meeting 2022
18 Nov 2022 Architectural Tour of the Prior Performing Arts Center
09 Nov 2022 November Board Meeting
09 Nov 2022 Rethinking Light, Design and Human Experience
04 Nov 2022 2022 AIA Central Massachusetts Design Awards Dinner
18 Oct 2022 Tour of Unity Hall at WPI
12 Oct 2022 Optimizing Human Experience by Design
11 Oct 2022 October Board Meeting
13 Sep 2022 September Board Meeting
13 Sep 2022 Strategies To Lower CO2 Emissions Using Concrete Masonry
17 Aug 2022 Risk Control for Architects, Engineers and Environmental Professionals. Best Practices for Improved Performance and Profitability
15 Aug 2022 Natural Slate Rainscreen Cladding Systems presented by CUPACLAD
28 Jul 2022 Benjamin Moore Presents Paint 201: Practical Solutions and Problem Solving Techniques
15 Jul 2022 AIA CM 2022 Student Scholarship Opportunity
29 Jun 2022 Designing and Specifying Custom Windows for Luxury Residences by Pella
07 Jun 2022 June Board Meeting
18 May 2022 Coatings that Work by Sherwin Williams
10 May 2022 May Board Meeting
02 May 2022 2022 AIA Central MA Design Awards Application
12 Apr 2022 April Board Meeting
06 Apr 2022 Toward Carbon Positive Architecture
08 Mar 2022 March Board Meeting
02 Mar 2022 Building Energy Code Straw Proposal: Updated Stretch Energy Code and Specialized Opt-in Code
08 Feb 2022 February Board Meeting
11 Jan 2022 January Board Meeting
14 Dec 2021 AIA CM Annual Meeting 2021
14 Dec 2021 Adhesive-free Floors by Altro
30 Nov 2021 SPECIAL MEETING - Strategic Planning
09 Nov 2021 November AIACM Board Meeting
16 Oct 2021 Worcester Blackstone Canal District Tour: How the Past Shapes the Future
16 Oct 2021 2021 AIA New England Design Awards Program
12 Oct 2021 October AIACM Board Meeting
06 Oct 2021 Climate Change, Smart Buildings & Net Zero Design
14 Sep 2021 September AIACM Board Meeting
17 Aug 2021 SPECIAL MEETING - New Executive Director Search
03 Aug 2021 SPECIAL MEETING - New Executive Director Search
20 Jul 2021 SPECIAL MEETING - New Executive Director Search
23 Jun 2021 Annual Building Code Education Session
08 Jun 2021 June AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
11 May 2021 May AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
22 Apr 2021 Healthy Buildings
13 Apr 2021 April AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
23 Mar 2021 Celebrate International Women's Month - March Program
09 Mar 2021 March AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
23 Feb 2021 (Rescheduled) Healthy Buildings
09 Feb 2021 February AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
27 Jan 2021 Three Ways to "Steel" the Look with Pella
12 Jan 2021 January AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
16 Dec 2020 AIA CM Annual Meeting
12 Dec 2020 AIA CM Holiday Dinner
08 Dec 2020 AIA CM 2020 Scholarship Application
01 Dec 2020 An Online Design Film Night: "Urbanized"
17 Nov 2020 AIA CM's 2020 Design Film Night
10 Nov 2020 November AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
20 Oct 2020 October Education Event: Building Envelope Solutions
20 Oct 2020 October AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
15 Sep 2020 2020 WCCSI Architectural Scavenger Hunt
09 Sep 2020 September AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
18 Aug 2020 Building Construction Tour of The New South High Community School
01 Jul 2020 July AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
10 Jun 2020 June AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
27 May 2020 IECC Commercial Code Updates for Massachusetts
13 May 2020 May AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
29 Apr 2020 IECC Residential Code Updates for Massachusetts
22 Apr 2020 CANCELLED: APEX Entertainment Center Tour
08 Apr 2020 April AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
11 Mar 2020 March AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
26 Feb 2020 High Performance Coatings Workshop: Selection and Specifications
12 Feb 2020 February AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting
22 Jan 2020 Windows and Wood
08 Jan 2020 January AIA CM Executive Committee Meeting

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