Copenhagen Named 2023 World Capital of Architecture

The International Union of Architects (UIA) will hold their triennial World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2023. Copenhagen has been chosen in partnership by the UIA and UNESCO as the second World Capital of Architecture designee. This designation is part of an agreement between UNESCO and the UIA that was signed in 2018 to foster cooperation between the two organizations. The agreement "aims to extend the response to [the challenges facing urban development] by developing opportunities through the mobilization of local and national governments, the media and communities" (UNESCO).

An outcome of the agreement is that the jointly named World Capital of Architecture will now play host to the World Congress of Architects. The UIA World Congress has been in existence since 1948, however this is the first time the Congress will be held in a Nordic country. The theme for the 2023 Congress will be “Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind." The UIA strives to make architecture a force for realizing the United Nation’s 17 sustainability goals meant to help guide developmental thinking on a global scale.

“Copenhagen ranks as one of the most livable and loveable cities in the world and is aiming to keep this title. As host for the UIA World Congress, Copenhagen provides a unique combination of culture, tolerance, global connectivity, well-functioning public transport, green spaces and high-quality architecture” (UIA).

The year long designation as World Capital of Architecture will allow Copenhagen to showcase the great strides they have already made in sustainable urban development and serve as a global forum for the sustainability discussion.


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2020 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture

“Great public architecture embodies the identity and values of a society. The Thomas Jefferson Awards for Public Architecture recognize architects in the public and private sectors, public officials, or other individuals who design distinguished public facilities and/or who advocate for design excellence” (AIA Thomas Jefferson Award Page). Award winners are chosen from a jury of their peers consisting of a representative of the Board or Directors or the Strategic Council, an Architect member licensed less than ten years, one past recipient of the collaborative achievement award, an Associate member, and a public official

This year’s recipient, Rona Rothenberg, FAIA, works in the public sector as the lead senior capital program manager for the Judicial Council of California. Rothenberg’s peers praise her award-winning work as representative of her passion for “advocating for the value of design, historical preservation, and sustainability” (Benjamin Kasdan, AIA). In her work with the Judicial Council of California, Rothenberg has impacted 57 major capital projects in California.

In an interview with Architect Magazine, Rothenberg talks candidly about her architectural journey. She cites her role as founder of California’s historic court building program as her greatest achievement and confesses that her favorite part of the architectural process is being on the ground with the construction crews as the buildings come to life. Read the full interview here.


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Kansas Architect License Renewal FAQ’s

Kansas architects must renew their licenses every two years by June 30th. The deadline is fast approaching, and we have put together some answers to frequently asked questions about architect license renewal in Kansas.

When will my Kansas architect license expire?

Licenses expire on June 30th every two years, which year depends on your last name. Last names beginning with the initials A-L renew in even-numbered years. Last names beginning with the initials M-Z renew in odd-numbered years.

How do I renew my Kansas architect license?

A renewal notice will be sent to you in the mail approximately two months prior to the expiration date of your license. It is important to always keep your address updated with the state so you will receive your renewal notice.

What is the renewal time period?

There is a 120 day renewal window. Renewals will be available online beginning 60 days before your expiration date and ending 60 days after your expiration date. After that time your license will be canceled, and you must reinstate. You may not practice or make offers to practice in Kansas after the expiration date. Early or late renewals are not allowed.

What are the Kansas architect continuing education requirements?

Kansas architects must complete a minimum of 30 PDH every two years.

I'm an AIA member, do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal. Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Kansas architect license?

Yes.

I have extra continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

Carry-over hours are allowed. A maximum of 30 PDHs may be carried forward into the next renewal period. Carry-over hours must be documented if audited. You must list ALL 30 plus PDHs on the Continuing Education Report Form for carry-over hours and attach documentation in the same order as listed on the form.

Who notifies Kansas of my architect continuing education completion?

It is the licensee’s responsibility to notify the state. You must keep your records for at least 4 years. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6-years at no additional cost.

How do I contact the Kansas Architectural Board with further questions?

Kansas State Board of Technical Professions Website
(785) 296-3053
ksbtpadmin@ks.gov
900 SW Jackson St, Suite 507
Topeka, KS 66612


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Wisconsin Architect License Renewal FAQ’s

Wisconsin architects must renew their licenses every even-numbered year by July 31st. The deadline is fast approaching, and we have put together some answers to frequently asked questions about architect license renewal in Wisconsin.

How do I renew my Wisconsin architect license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education including 16-hours in HSW subjects
  2. Use the renewal form sent to you by the state.

What are the Wisconsin architect continuing education requirements?

Architects in Wisconsin are required to complete 24-hours of continuing education including 16-hours in HSW subjects by July 31st of even-numbered years.

New license holders in their first licensing biennium are only required to complete 8 hours of continuing education.

I’m an AIA member, do I need to complete continuing education for the AIA as well?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Wisconsin architect license?

Yes, and your AIA hours may also be used to satisfy continuing education requirements in Wisconsin.

I have extra Wisconsin architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

Continuing education hours earned in excess of the minimum requirements for Renewal of registration may be carried forward to the next renewal period but is limited to a maximum of 8 contact hours.

What fees are associated with renewing a Wisconsin architect’s license?

Renewal Fee: $68
With Late Fee: $93

How do I contact the Wisconsin Architectural Board with further questions?

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Website
(608) 266-2112
(877) 617-1565
4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI 53705


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Iowa Architect License Renewal Changes for 2020 COVID-19 Response

While Iowa Architects must typically renew their license by June 30th, architects whose license expires in 2020 have received an extension to their renewal window in order to accommodate for COVID-19.

What is the new renewal window?

May 16, 2020 through July 31, 2020, with a late renewal period August 1 - 30, 2020. This applies ONLY to licensees whose licenses were originally set to expire June 30th, 2020.

If your license is set to expire on June 30, 2020:

  • Expiration date - Your license will now expire on July 31, 2020.
    When you sign and stamp your technical submissions, please use July 31, 2020 as the expiration date of your license.
  • Renewal Time Frame – The renewal window will be from May 16th through July 31st for the normal renewal; late renewals will be available August 1st  – 30th.
  • Continuing Education – 24 HSW hours are due at the time of renewal. You may complete the hours between July 1, 2018 and July 31, 2020, or the date of renewal, whichever is earlier. (Please note: hours earned between July 1, 2020, and July 31, 2020 that are used for your 2020 renewal may not be used for your 2022 renewal.)

If your license is set to expire on June 30, 2021:

  • Continue per the normal rules.

Which licenses expire in 2020?

If your last name begins with A-K, your Iowa architect license is set to expire this year.

What are the continuing education requirements to renew my Iowa architect license?

Active Status

  • Licensed for less than 12 months: No continuing education required.
  • Licensed more than 12 months but less than 24 months: At least 12 hours of public protection (HSW) hours
  • Licensed for 24 months or more: At least 24 public protection (HSW) hours

All classes must be completed between July 1, 2018 and July 31, 2020 (or the date of renewal, whichever is sooner.)

Inactive and Retired

No CE required

I have accumulated extra continuing education hours; can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

No, learning units must be completed within their respective cycle.

I am an AIA member, are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Iowa architect license?

Yes.

What are the fees associated with renewing an Iowa architect license?

Active: $200
Inactive: $100
Retired: No fee

How do I contact the Iowa Architectural Board with further questions?

Iowa Architectural Board Website
(515) 725-9022
ArchitectureBoard@iowa.gov
200 E. Grand Ave, Ste 350
Des Moines, IA 50309


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Washington Architect Licensing Renewal FAQs

How do I renew my Washington architect license?

  1. Complete 24 HSW hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online & pay the $105.50 renewal fee.

What are the Washington Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Architects in Washington are required to complete 24-hours of continuing education including 16-hours in HSW subjects every two years on the licensee's birthday.

What professional development is required of Washington architects?

Architects in Washington must complete 24 professional development hours (PDH) in each 2-year license period.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Washington architect license?

Yes.

Can I carry over PDH to my next renewal cycle?

If you earn more than 24 PDH in the 2nd half of your license period, up to 12 of the extra hours can be carried over to the following 2-year license period.

For example, if you earn 50 PDH in the 2nd half of your 2-year license period, only 12 of them can be carried over to the following period.

What type of activities do these courses qualify as: “Organized” or “Home Study”?

Organized: Our courses are “organized” online courses due to their built in accountability features such as quizzes and behind the scenes timing features which provide proof of your participation. Completion of the course then triggers access to the “print certificate” button to provide a certificate authenticating course hours and supplying information for your records and the State of Washington, should it be needed. This style of study has no limit for each cycle.

Home Study: Activities in “Home Study” references the hours spent in actions such as picking up a book on architecture and reading it. This style of study has a limit of 8 hours per cycle.

Who notifies Washington of my architect continuing education?

Licensees will not be required to send in proof of continuing education activities to the Department of Licensing when renewing a license. However, a licensee must maintain records of continuing education hours earned for 5 consecutive years for audit purposes. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no additional cost.

My Washington architect registration has lapsed, how do I reinstate it?

You may renew your license normally but you will have to pay an additional $33 late fee.

How do I contact the board with further questions?

Mailing Addresses

Forms with payments:

Washington State Board for Architects Department of Licensing

PO Box 3777
Seattle, WA 98124

Mail without payments:

Washington State Board for Architects Department of Licensing

PO Box 9012
Olympia, WA 98507

Overnight mailing (FedEx, UPS, USPS):

Washington State Board for Architects Department of Licensing

405 Black Lake Blvd
Olympia, WA 98502

Physical location:

405 Black Lake Blvd SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Phone: 360-664-1388

Email: architects@dol.wa.gov

Website: https://www.dol.wa.gov/business/architects/index.html


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Minnesota Architects License Renewal FAQs

How do I renew my Minnesota architect license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education including 2-hours of professional ethics.
  2. Renew your license online by paying the $120 renewal fee

What are the Minnesota Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Minnesota architects must complete a minimum of 24 continuing education hours including 2-hours of Professional Ethics by June 30th of even-numbered years.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Minnesota architect license?

Yes.

I have extra Minnesota architects continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

Yes, you may carry-over a maximum of 12 PDHs to the next two-year cycle for hours obtained above and beyond the required 24 PDH. You will still need to keep documentation of the activities you carry-over in your files in case of an audit.  If you are carrying-over PDHs for the next biennium, you will need to keep that documentation for at least two years after the cycle the hours are applied to.

I completed 4 hours of ethics training, can I carry 2 of the hours over to cover my ethics requirement for the next renewal?

No, you must obtain 2 hours of ethics training during each reporting period. However, you may use the extra 2 hours toward your 12 PDH carryover allowance.

I am exempt from continuing education for this reporting period. Can I carryover my hours to the next period?

No, if you are exempt from continuing education, you cannot carry your hours over.

Who notifies Minnesota of my architect continuing education?

Licensees are required to report the total number of hours on your renewal form – either online or paper.  Records and supporting documentation need to be kept for a period of two years after submission to the Board.  If you are selected for audit, you will be contacted and asked to submit supporting documentation of your reported activities. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no extra cost.

If I allow my license to expire, would I need to obtain continuing education hours if I am interested in reinstating my license?

Yes, in order to reinstate your license or certificate you will need to do everything you would have done had you kept your license/certificate current during the time of your lapse (i.e. pay all back fees, late fees, and provide proof of continuing education). You will need to report up to 48 hours of continuing education, including up to 4 hours of ethics, depending on how many years your license has lapsed.

I am renewing late and did not get all my continuing education prior to June 30 of the renewal period that just ended, what should I do?

If you do not have enough hours prior to June 30, you may use however many PDH that you have obtained after June 30 to reach the 24 PDH needed to renew your license for the current period. Note you must then earn 24 more PDH between now and the end of the current period in order to renew for the next period. (You can't use the same PDH hours toward two different periods.)

How do I contact the board with further questions?

Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID
85 E. 7th Place Suite 160
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-296-2388

Fax: 651-297-5310

Website: https://mn.gov/aelslagid/index.html


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New Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Building in Kansas

Frank Lloyd Wright is getting a new building in Wichita, Kansas…in spirit, at least.

The building will serve as the new home for the Fundamental Learning Center, which is both a school and a public education center dedicated to serving students with dyslexia, their families, and their educators. You can learn more about their work and view images of the building plans in this article and from their website.

Co-founder and executive director Jeanine Phillips told the story of the new center building’s connection to Wright to The Wichita Eagle.

“Her father, former WSU treasurer Larry Jones, told her about a juvenile cultural center that Wright designed for WSU in 1953.” The building was never built, and the plans were found languishing in a maintenance shed. “Late WSU president John Bardo approved the center taking the plan.”

Craig Rhodes of GLMV Architecture served as the designer for the new center. He drew inspiration from both the recovered WSU plans and Wright’s architectural principles, claiming he doesn’t “think anyone can copy [Wright’s] work.” He hopes that the final plans reflect their inspirational starting point, but also that the building “will stand on its own as a piece of unique architecture.”

Coincidentally, after the site for the new school had been chosen, Phillips and other board members visited Wright’s Allen House in the College Hill area of Wichita. There they found a drawing for another house Wright had designed which hadn’t been built in Wright’s chosen location. Wright’s desired site for the house? Across the street on the same intersection they had already chosen for the new building.


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Preservation Iowa Announces 2020 Most Endangered Properties

Preservation Iowa “was organized in 1991 as the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance” in order to both educate the public and implement strategies in regards to preserving significant architectural sites in Iowa. Since 1995 Preservation Iowa has been compiling a list of buildings in Iowa that are greatly in need of preservation. Their goal is to provide a resource for media coverage in regards to the buildings, as well as connect property owners to preservation advocates and resources.

The list this year is composed of two former schools, two public buildings, three historic homes, a rowhouse and a pump house. The properties were selected by a panel of judges from a pool of community submissions. “The four criteria for choosing the final list [are ] geographic distribution, historic significance, nature of the threat [to the building] and variety of building type.”

Many of these properties are abandoned and deteriorating due to neglect. From Preservation Iowa’s Facebook: “Our state’s historic structures are a source of pride for many, and rehabilitation work can be a catalyst for reinvestment in the surrounding blocks.” The hope is that by highlighting the beauty and history of these buildings, someone may be called to help preserve these significant sites.

To read more about the history of each of this year’s buildings please visit Preservation Iowa’s Facebook page. For a list of past years’ buildings and to find out how you can get involved, please visit PreservationIowa.org.


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Virginia Fire Chief Calls for Safety Code Amendments

Fire sprinklers in town homes and one/two family homes are currently only required by code in Washington, D.C., Maryland and California.

However, as quoted by WUSA9 News, Loudoun County Fire Chief Keith Johnson says:

“The National codes, the International Code Council, who is the model code that Virginia follows does have a requirement for fire sprinklers in one in two-family dwellings, as well as town houses. In Virginia, that requirement is removed at the state level, through the board of Housing and Community Development, so there is no current requirement for fire sprinklers in one and two-family dwellings.”

Even though state codes do not call for fire sprinklers, they may still be installed. So why aren’t they?

Chief Johnson attributes the problem to the need for affordable housing, as sprinklers do cost money and not being required in the code, removal of sprinklers from plans can be a cost-effective measure.

In Prince George’s County (Maryland), no fatalities have occurred in a home since sprinklers became required in 1992. A Virginia HBA official disputes the need for fire sprinklers in every home, citing the innovations of the construction and fire services industries for helping to mitigate risks through both process and technological advancements.

Chief Johnson repudiates this statement, though. He claims that while the instances of fires have gone down in recent years, the fires of today are magnitudes worse due to the use of synthetic construction materials which burn hotter and faster.

“National Fire Protection Association estimates $1.61 per square foot of [homes],” says Johnson, and the costs must ultimately be weighed against the benefits.


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