AIA’s Tips for Career Resilience

Despite the economic uncertainty facing the world right now, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) wants to help all architecture professionals keep their careers going strong. They recently hosted a webinar where they spoke to four panelists who lived and worked through the last Great Recession. Here are the highlights from their advice on how to have career resilience during difficult times.

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Thermoset Technology – Stronger & Lighter Than Steel

Stronger and lighter than steel, Thermoset technology may be the future of architecture. According to an article by Arch Daily, this revolutionary material solves many common structural and construction problems while simultaneously allowing architects a new freedom with their designs.

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Detroit Revitalization

While the city still has many problems, ranging from abandoned buildings to infrastructure issues, city leaders have begun implementing initiatives to revitalize the city. Big on the docket: city planning. According to an article in The Architect’s Newspaper, Maurice Cox, architect and former Charlottesville mayor, has developed a team of “36 planners, architects, urban designers, and landscape designers” billed as a think tank to reignite the city of Detroit—preserving existing culture while rebuilding infrastructure in a fresh and vibrant way that will encourage investment and draw new populations to the city.

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New Course Snippet: Aging in Place-Eliminating Pitfalls

We have a long history of aging, pretty much since the beginning of time. It is no longer difficult to predict what will happen in our lives and bodies as we add to our years.
Balance will become a significant issue. This problem can arise from a loss of physical strength, effects of different medications, cognitive and visual impairments. Without thinking through a strategy to prevent or at least minimize falls, an issue with balance can become a significant health hazard. It’s a really good idea to periodically determine if loved ones (or you) can safely do these:

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New Course: Danger in the Damp–Dealing with Mold

Architects Training Institute’s new course is called Danger in the Damp—Dealing with Mold. It will examine design and construction methods of systems designed to withstand water penetration. It will start with understanding of these systems and finding the source of intrusion then repairing and prevention.

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New Course: Drier By Design – Designing to Keep Water Out

Architects Training Institute new course called “Drier By Design-Designing to Keep Water Out.” The course focuses on moisture resistance principles and methods in a systematic fashion.

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills: A basic understanding of how water moves, migrates, and behaves;
typical sources of excess moisture in our build environments; proactive prevention of unwanted moisture through planning and design;
methods used during construction to prevent the intrusion of water; post-construction prevention of leakage by building envelope inspection;
common points of failure through which water can gain entrance; and prevention of water intrusion through control of condensation.

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