California Architects 2019 CE Requirements

California Architects must complete 5 hours of continuing education in Disability Access by the last day of their birth month in odd-numbered years. AIA Members are also required to complete 18 Learning Units including 12 Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) hours of continuing education annually.

Architects Training Institute provides an approved 5-Hour disability access course and an AIA approved 18-hour package. The AIA package includes the California required 5-hour ADA course making it very easy to meet the requirements of both. All courses are available in HD Video or Full Narration with Printable Text, and your completion records are stored free of charge!

Architects Training Institute makes it convenient with online anytime courses available whenever and wherever you are!  All you need is a computer or mobile device with an internet connection. It’s that EASY!

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California Architects have a wide selection of online professional development at their fingertips. Interesting subject matter such as Successful use of Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings, Acoustical Design in Modern Architecture, Getting Decked and Choosing How That happens and Successful Renovations and Additions are among the many courses offered to enhance your knowledge.


The Dubai Skyline Is About To Change!

The Da Vinci Tower, designed by architect David Fisher of Dynamic Architecture is scheduled to be built in Dubai 2020.  The 80-story mixed-use building will have the ability to rotate 360 degrees, offering spectacular views in every direction. But rotating floors won’t be all its inhabitants will experience, there’s more!  Voice-activated technology will allow residents to spin their apartments with voice command capability.

Parking will never be an issue for these lucky apartment dwellers. A special elevator located inside the central concrete core will allow residents to transport their vehicle to their floor and park it next to their apartment! Solar panels on the rooftop and horizontal wind turbines between the floors will provide energy for the tower.

The towers separate floors will be structurally sound as well as flexible making it highly resistant to seismic activity. Each unit will be prefabricated of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber and assembled at a factory, then attached to the tower. Individual units are estimated to cost anywhere from $4 million to $40 million each.

Excitement is building, London, Paris, and Milan have expressed an interest in similar structures.

Attention Idaho Architects, are YOU the next David Fisher?  Are your thoughts filled with amazing architectural designs just waiting to come to life? We can't wait to see what you've dreamed into life.

Be sure to keep your license up-to-date by completing your continuing education on time. Architects in Idaho are required to complete 12 hours of HSW continuing education annually by their birth date. AIA members: Must complete 18 learning unit hours including 12 HSW hours annually. Architects Training Institute provides online Idaho & AIA-approved continuing education that meets all of your requirements. Printable certificates are available immediately upon course completion.

You can choose from a 12-Hour Complete State Package for $119 or the AIA 18-Hour Package for $159 which includes all you need to meet BOTH the State and AIA required continuing education. There are a plethora of interesting topics to choose from if you wish to create your own package or just want to learn something new.  All classes are HD VIDEO or FULL NARRATION with PRINTABLE TEXT!  It can't get any easier than that!  Check it out today!



New Courses for Virginia Architects

Architects Training Institute has unveiled a new set of Virginia and AIA Approved continuing education courses.

Their latest additions have gained popularity among Virginia licensed Architects who must complete 16 hours of State approved continuing education credits every two years by the end of their original licensure month to retain a license. AIA members are required to complete 18 hours annually.

With subject matter that is carefully chosen to be relevant and engaging for the user, courses such as Successful Use of Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings and Acoustical Design in Modern Architecture have been thoughtfully created by Architects, for Architects.

Architects Training Institute has made completing your required continuing education easy, and affordable by offering convenient online-anytime courses and packages with a variety of credits and subject matter.  Virginia Architects are welcome to choose a package or select various courses a-la-carte. Complete packages have been created to meet both State and AIA required continuing education. All courses have been designed to be easy and convenient for the user. You can take them online anytime 24/7, stopping and starting as necessary until the course is completed. Course certificates of completion are then stored within your user profile and accessible anytime free of charge.

If you are among the more than 7,000 licensed Architects in the State of Virginia, head on over to and check out their latest additions.


Delaware’s Architectural Legacies

On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first State to ratify the U.S. Constitution. It's currently nicknamed "The First State".  The Delaware River and Bay were named after the governor of Virginia, Thomas West, Lord De La Warr by the explorer Samual Argall.  Delaware is also famous for a few of its oldest architectural landmarks. You'll find just a few of them in the images and descriptions below.  Although these buildings weren't designed by Architects as we know them today, they represent American architecture's early beginnings. Perhaps the buildings and structures you design today will become tomorrows architectural legacies.


Architects in Delaware are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education each calendar year by December 31'st.
They are required to renew their license by July 31 of odd years.  AIA members must complete 18 learning unit hours including 12 HSW hours annually. 

Amazing Alabama Architecture

Historic courthouses, stunning churches and a castle are just a few of the architectural delights that dot the landscape in Alabama. Here are just a few of the architectural treasures waiting to be explored on your next visit to “The Heart of Dixie”.

Let’s begin with the Alabama State Capitol Building in Montgomery.

The first capitol building to be built in Montgomery was designed by Stephen Decatur Button of Philadelphia. Andrew Dexter, one of Montgomery's founders, kept a prime piece of property empty in anticipation of the capital eventually being moved to Montgomery from Tuscaloosa.

Next comes Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rosenbaum House

Architecture critic Peter Blake wrote in 1960 that “during the 1930s, Wright built four structures of a beauty unexcelled in America before or since.” Three of those are Fallingwater, the Johnson Wax Administrative Building, and Taliesin West. The fourth was the Rosenbaum House.  (

"The house is the purest example of the Usonian. It incorporates detailing improvements and combines all the standard elements in a mature and spatially varied interior. Its exterior has an almost overpowering horizontality. The street facade forms a cypress wall from which springs the carport, a 20-ft cantilever utilizing concealed steelwork. Ten years after construction, the Rosenbaum’s had Wright extend the house…”  — John Sergeant. Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Houses: The Case for Organic Architecture. p42.

And Finally, the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

Mobile, Alabama is the home of the first Catholic Parish on the Gulf coast. It was established in 1703, one year after the founding of Mobile.  This Greek Revival style church is 162 feet in length and 90 feet wide. Was built in 1835 and completed in 1850.  Its architect was Claude Beroujon. (Wikipedia |

There are plenty more architectural finds within this beautiful state. Next time you need a little architectural adventure, why not visit Alabama!


Architects in Alabama are required to complete 12 HSW hours annually by December 31st. and AIA Architects must complete 18 learning unit hours including 12 HSW hours annually. If you’re the next Frank Lloyd Wright or Frank Gehry, check out the online continuing education courses at Architects Training Institute. We look forward to assisting you in reaching your continuing education goals.

Gable End Anchoring And Framing In High Velocity Hurricane Zones – A Course For Florida Architects In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael has come and gone, leaving in its wake a path of destruction and devastation. Mexico Beach, Florida was leveled by the 155-mph winds. The few homes that remain standing have sustained crippling wind and water damage which could take months or even years to rebuild. With the exception of one. The ironically named, 'Sand Castle' home on Mexico Beach has sustained limited damage due to the foresight of the home's designer. The home was built to withstand 240-250 mph winds rather than the standard 120 mph winds. Popular features such as large, ocean-facing windows and an overhanging roof were avoided in the design of the home, further protecting the house from hurricane force winds. While many of these measures are cost prohibitive for the average home builder, lessons can be learned here.

Home Survives Hurricane

The Sand Castle house (Courtesy Sand Castle Facebook page), survived Hurricane Michael with minimal damage

Many of Florida’s Architects and Builders are contemplating what it will take to design and build a more hurricane-resistant community at an affordable cost. Brushing up on new techniques and skills as well as making sure their Architect license is renewed should be a priority among those wanting to make a difference in rebuilding Florida’s communities.

Florida Licensed Architects are required to complete 12 HSW hours of continuing education annually by December 31st. Continuing education operates on a two-year schedule, meaning, 24-hours of continuing education must be completed by December 31st of even-numbered years, including 2-hours of State Advanced Building Code (ADV). Although continuing education operates on a calendar year cycle, license renewals occur on February 28th of odd-numbered years. The December 31st deadline is fast approaching, so now is the time to consider completing your continuing education requirements sooner rather than later.

Architects Training Institute is offering a special discount of 15% on our popular “Gable End Anchoring and Framing in High-Velocity Hurricane Zones” course as well as the convenient 24 Hour and AIA 18 Hour packages. Use coupon code MIKE at checkout.

Take advantage of the savings, learn something new and get those continuing education credits out of the way before the deadline!