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2019-2020 Winners Announced - a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship

June 24, 2019

The American Institute of Architect (AIA) has selected Alyssa Tope, Assoc. AIA, and Edward Palka, Assoc. AIA, to receive the 2015 David W. Lakamp a/e ProNet Scholarship. Both winners will receive $5,000 to use towards their tuition. Alyssa Tope, Assoc. AIA, completed her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Sustainability at the University of Minnesota […]

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Managing Employee Benefits: A Three-Legged Stool of Protection
Managing Employee Benefits: A Three-Legged Stool of Protection
July 08, 2015

For many design firms, the ability to offer and maintain competitive employee benefit programs continues to be one of the keys to attracting and retaining the best available talent.  Yet, the regulatory and legal environment within which these benefit plans are being designed and administered is more complex than ever.  Not only are there ERISA […]

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The Keys to Keeping a Project on Track
The Keys to Keeping a Project on Track
June 23, 2015

In 1985, after five years prosecuting criminals as an assistant US attorney, I became deputy general counsel of The American Institute of Architects.  On my very first day, I was introduced to civil law.  In his gravelly voice, the general counsel explained to me that the key to success in my new position was to […]

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Drugs in the Workplace Study: Architects & Engineers Prefer Alcohol
Drugs in the Workplace Study: Architects & Engineers Prefer Alcohol
June 18, 2015

Compared with many other industries, the Engineering and Architecture community has a relatively low abuse/dependence rate (7.9%) on any substance, and alcohol is the substance these design professionals are most likely to be dependent upon. This is according to a 2010/2011 national survey completed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “Coping with substance […]

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AIA College of Fellows Elevates Christ J. Kamages of California
AIA College of Fellows Elevates Christ J. Kamages of California
June 08, 2015

Churches, cathedrals, and temples have historically drawn attention for their architectural beauty. Sometimes these buildings took centuries to complete, employing tens of thousands of craftsmen, all to meet the original vision of a single architect, inspired by the great Architect in the sky. It would be a mistake to think that–with the exception of project length and […]

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Blog Love: Victor O. Schinnerer's Risk Management Blog
Blog Love: Victor O. Schinnerer's Risk Management Blog
April 24, 2015

Yes, we know. We’ve given them a shout-out before, but it’s well-deserved. Here’s an excerpt from their most recent post, an answer to a design professional FAQ: Why are some words in your contracts capitalized and others aren’t? I recently received a telephone call from a policyholder asking this question because of a minor issue […]

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Hillaryburg & the Role of Interior Design in Politics
Hillaryburg & the Role of Interior Design in Politics
April 20, 2015

Interior design and its role in politics showed up in this week’s issue of The New Yorker. Former Secretary of State and current 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently opened her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Between this location choice and Clinton’s apparent need to makeover her image in order to better relate to […]

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Scholarship Deadline Extended to April 17th
Scholarship Deadline Extended to April 17th
April 13, 2015

If you or someone you know is an architecture student, we’ve got some good news. Each year, we offer a pair of scholarships in partnership with the AIA, and the deadline for the 2015 applications has been extended through the end of the week! The scholarship is open to fourth-year undergraduates, and graduate students of architecture […]

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“Brochurebiage”
“Brochurebiage”
March 31, 2015

Yes, “brochurebiage” is a word we made up. It refers to that optimistic and puffed‐up verbiage that can creep into a professional’s brochures or other promotional materials. Many people are rightfully proud of their past work and skill and need to sell that experience and ability to prospective clients. However, use such language with caution. […]

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Boxouse: Young Americans Turn to Alternative Housing
Boxouse: Young Americans Turn to Alternative Housing
March 24, 2015

Signs of recovery in the American housing market–in architecture, engineering, construction, real estate–are increasing. Yet, in 2014, the market saw a new, disappointing record: The number of homeowners under the age of 35 hit its lowest point ever. Home ownership has long been synonymous with the American Dream. But where are the young people in this […]

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