AIBD Announces the 2020 Designer of the Year! – MondayMINUTE

August 24, 2020 edition of the AIBD’s MondayMINUTE weekly newsletter.

Given this past week at the conclusion of their Design & Build Summer Conference, the AIBD presented its 2020 Designer of the Year Award to Jeremy Farner, the Professional member our leadership felt had made the most outstanding contribution to the Institute, and the community, this past year.

Jeremy is the Professor of Building Design & Construction, and the Director of the Wadman Center for Construction Excellence, he is also a highly skilled building designer, in Layton, Utah.

Read more…

Featuring the 2020 ARDA winners, the 2020 Summer issue of the AIBD magazine is on the shelf, read it now.

“When I was elected in 2018, I had a long list of goals.” Writes our Immediate Past President. Read what Karen Kassik-Michelsohn is proud of accomplishing.

“Building a better residential design profession, one designer at a time.” Writes AIBD President, Bernie Kern. Read about his objectives for 2020/2021.

Read the next issue of AIBD magazine…

You don’t need more content, you need more clarity.
This paper separates the signal from the noise.

All narrowed down to 12 articles,  1 pic, and 1 video, chosen by a human with your interests in mind.

If you’re looking for a trustworthy source to scour the internet and compile what’s worth your time and attention, subscribe to the #HomeDESIGN Professional Daily.

ARDA winners announced!
Although we could not meet physically, the AIBD Awards Gala proceeded as planned, virtually.

Congratulations! To the 43 firms that entered this year’s ARDA program, submitting 138 entries in 11 categories, producing 99 winners.

Here are the official results, and links to the entry photos and descriptions.

The talent of our members is amazing and their work mind-blowing.

A recording of the remotely hosted event is posted on the AIBDOnline YouTube channel.

This evening, grab a bowl of popcorn and check it out.

  • Orlando Munoz, Associate member from TX
  • Lish Marlon, Associate member from GA
  • Michael J Morrison, Professional member from WA
  • Vadim Zanko, Professional member from CA
  • Robin G Imschweiler, Professional member from TX
  • Tim Pelton, Professional member from OH
  • James Ivan Reed, Professional member from OH
  • Barry C. Keenan, Professional member from WA
Not a member? Join now!
  • Dominic Luppino, CPBD, from Columbus, OH (August 17)
  • Larry Stephenson, CPBD, from Austin, TX (August 17)
  • John Prietto, CPBD, from Colville, WA (August 11)
  • Wilbert-Michael Lawrence, CPBD, from East Hartford, CT (August 10)
  • Fenelon Diaz, CPBD, from Dearborn, MI (August 7)
Not certified? Check out the Candidate Handbook and apply online,
Welcome new Compass Club members
  • Winford Jones (Utah), 2 points
  • Robert Akins (Colorado), 2 points
  • Bonnie Kern (Colorado), 6 points
This month’s movers & shakers
  • Marc Wilson (Oklahoma) earned 2 points and moved from Bronze to Silver level
  • Bonnie Kern (Colorado) earned 6 points and entered into the Bronze level, and she is a 20/21 recipient of the “Bill Ding Membership Award”
  • Karl Koning earned 2 points and is now just 1 point from moving from Bronze into Silver
  • Bernie Kern (Colorado) earned 6 points and has earned his “Bill Ding Membership Award”
Other Compass Club point earners in July
  • Marcel Goneau (North Carolina) earned 2 points
  • Jerome Rugen (Texas) earned 2 points
The Out of This World membership drive.
On Tuesday, September 22, there is going to be an Equinox.

This only happens twice a year and in other words, it is the moment at which the center of the visible Sun is directly above the equator.

In even simpler terms, this means that the day is almost literally “divided in half” with the same amount of time of daylight as there is night time.

For that one day, join AIBD And get an “Out of this World!” deal – half-off of your first year of membership.

Let’s Talk Certification
Tuesday, September 15, at 3:00 pm EDT

Join Steve Mickley, a long-time CPBD and chief staff officer at AIBD, as he interviews James Wright, FAIBD, the Chancellor of the AIBD College of Fellows, accomplished design professional, and industry leader.

If you’re interested in becoming a building designer, want to earn your CPBD designation, or wish to hear some excellent career advice, this is the podcast for you (click to register).

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
This will be the third month this aspiring chapter has met. Don’t miss out on becoming a charter member.

Our guest speaker is Lisa Schaffer of MD-Pro, the maker of Prova Products the ultimate shower waterproofing system.

Although AIBD chapters are regional in nature, anyone and everyone are welcome to attend this event. Simply click “Join Event.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 12:00 to 1:30 pm EDT

Our meeting sponsor and the guest speaker is Wes Robbins of QuickTie Systems.

Rescheduled from last month, Wes was in a terrible accident and was unable to present in August.

QuickTie is a patented cable tie-down system that is easy to install and cost-effective. QuickTie Systems is a full catalog of connection and tie-down solutions.

The goal of this meeting is to set up what could potentially become the AIBD, Jacksonville Chapter.

Although AIBD chapters are regional in nature, anyone and everyone are welcome to attend this event. Come on in, click “Join Event.” 

Friday, September 4, 12:00 to 1:30 pm CDT

This is an introductory meeting to what could potentially become the AIBD, Houston Chapter. Although AIBD chapters are regional in nature, anyone and everyone are welcome to attend this event. Simply click “Join Event.”
Chapter coordinator, William Burton is working on enlisting a guest speaker from Up.Codes. William Burton, the chapter coordinator, uses Up.Codes and thought you might be interested in learning about them, especially if you work all over Texas and nationally. Find the local and relevant codes, determine the code requirements, and then manage code compliance from project to project.
Training and Education
Introducing the NFPA Learning Path for the Certified Fire Plan Examiner (CFPE) Exam
It’s completely flexible online training—you can choose individual learning modules to fit your unique needs or a full learning path for the most comprehensive exam preparation.

The CFPE Learning Path provides the content you need to know—from the source—with options to fit your schedule.

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We’ll show you how to increase your fee levels, raise your conversion rates, avoid scope creep, and improve client relationships, with a simple change to your fee proposal strategy.

– 85% of participants say it’s the most useful course they’ve completed
– 99% say they’d recommend it to their coworkers
– Over 3,000 Design Professionals have taken the training course


“Your Fee Proposal Training paid for itself 20-30 fold in 48 hours. Thank you, I feel empowered.”
-Ramsay Smith

“Conversion rate went through the roof! It’s been a huge benefit to me.”
-Earl Anderson

“You’ll be surprised how effective it really is!”
-Lukas Armstrong


The AIBD has partnered with Ron Blank & Associates to offer educational content relating to the knowledge areas and skills identified by AIBD’s building design practice analysis, which forms the foundation for AIBD’s Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) Exam.
The courses have been sorted according to the four domains of the exam:
  1. Business Administration,
  2. Business Practice,
  3. Design Process, and
  4. Building Design.
Find AIBD on iHeartRADIO.
Listen to the AIBD podcast, Let’s Talk Certification, on iHeartRADIO, a free broadcast, podcast and streaming radio platform founded in 2008.

Thanks, to the work of AIBD Communications Director, Garrett Mickley, ten episodes are currently available featuring Sam Morgan, Jeremy Farner, Brendan Smythe, Miguel Villalobos Sandoval, Casey Thompson, Kristen Kaiser, Pamela Macior, Dan Turner, Larry Stephenson, Past AIBD President, David Pillsbury, and AIBD Certification Director, Rusty Hudnet.

If you’re interested in becoming a building designer, want to earn your CPBD designation, or just want to hear some great career advice, join in the second Tuesday of each month to meet guests who have successfully completed, or are currently on, their journeys to becoming a CPBD.

Find new job opportunities with AIBD using robust search filters.
Set up a Job Alert to have relevant newly posted jobs sent directly to your inbox and be the first to see and apply to those open opportunities.

An uploaded resume in your job seeker account makes applying quick and easy.

  1. Search for jobs and apply filters to just view jobs relevant to you.
  2. When the jobs populate, enter your email address on the pop-up window.
  3. Once completed, you will receive an email asking you to activate the job alert.
  4. Click the link to receive emails containing only jobs that match your criteria.
Have a triumphant week!

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