Impress Clients with Awards on your Shelf [MondayMINUTE]

January 11, 2021 edition of the AIBD’s MondayMINUTE weekly newsletter.
BDA Submittal Deadline Extended!
The 2021 Building Design Awards presentation is being transformed into a fully-virtual event. This allows us to extend the entry deadline to Tuesday, February 2, 2021.

AIBD Members, contact us to get your $70/entry discount code!

The Building Design Awards is AIBD’s premier award program exhibiting design excellence in all commercial building designs.

All industry professionals are eligible to enter individual or collaborative projects.

Start your submitting your entries today!

Coffee With Bernie Encore
If you missed Friday’s Coffee With Bernie fish-bowl discussion, we’ve got you covered.

Check out the recording and listen in as Bernie and other AIBD members discuss New Year’s resolutions, architectural software, and more.

Rethinking our definitions of introvert & extrovert (and developing the skills of both).
“Are you an introvert or an extrovert?” It’s such a common, casual question. Often, it’s part of a getting-to-know-you exercise. What if you want to answer, “Sometimes?”

Because, duh—we’re different depending on the situation. Lots of public speakers are energetic on a stage… and then shy at the networking reception afterward. Do you know anyone who is the life of the party at happy hour after work but totally quiet in the staff meeting?

So what if, instead of thinking about ourselves as existing somewhere on a spectrum between general “introversion” or “extroversion,” we thought of ourselves as having the capacity for both? Or perhaps better said, the capacity for the useful tendencies of both.

Check out this article by a LinkedIn influencer, Shane Snow, and learn the benefits of increasing our capacity for both introversion and extroversion.

Read More
  • Lawrence Bowen, CPBD, from Payson, AZ (January 8)
  • James Allison, CPBD, from Bee Cave, TX (January 4)
  • Susan Lei, CPBD, from Maitland, FL (December 14)
The 5 steps to becoming certified:
  1. Take a 10-minute SAMPLE TEST,
  2. Download the Candidate Handbook,
  3. Apply online, (no cost to start the application, pay when you submit)
  4. Take a 60-minute PRACTICE EXAM (available after your application is approved, five attempts – no additional cost)
  5. Pass the 3-Hour certification exam (offered online, 24/7, 360 days per year)
Behold! The AIBD/CPBD whiteboard marketing video available to certified members to license for personal use. Check it out on YouTube.

Then schedule a meeting with our executive director ( to discuss the complementary options and have the video personalized.

  • Melissa Marie Adair, Associate Member from FL
  • Ken Keesee, Associate Member from FL
Not a member? Join now!
Welcome new Compass Club members
No new Compass Club members these two months. 🙁

We’re currently working on the details for a membership drive in January 2021 that focuses as much on growing the Compass Club roster as it does the membership roster. Look for more info in next week’s Monday Minute and your email inbox.

This month’s mover & shaker
  • AIBD board member, Keith Zoni (Denver Metro Chapter & Central Colorado Chapter), earned one point by referring one new Associate Member. Keith is just 4 points from leveling up to Silver membership.
Winter Conference Updates!
The Greer & Lowdermilk Conference Center in Houston, Texas, is still closed due to COVID-19.

Last week, the AIBD Conference Committee decided to offer virtual registration only for the 2021 Design & Build Winter Conference.

With this new opportunity, the typical format of two-full-days of education is now spread out over three afternoons on February 24, 25, & 26.
Keep an eye on your inbox and visit often to view the new schedule, receive updates, and registration links, as things develop.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 11:30 am EST

Wondering what we’re going to do in 2021? Log in and see who else wants to know.
Having issues in your business? Bring them with you to lunch, and let’s discuss them.
Working by yourself and could use some collaboration? Join us at noon and show us what you’re working on.

Hang out with other important players in the residential design industry. Get tips, ideas, advice, and more by being a part of our local chapter. Although AIBD chapters are regional in nature, anyone and everyone is welcome to attend this event. Click “Join Event” and join us inside.

Jan 13, 1:15PM to Jan 13, 3:00PM EST


Hang out and network with other high achievers and like-minded professionals specializing in residential design or construction.

Join us for an open space discussion on firewalls, separation walls, fire barriers, draft stops, and party walls. Are there differences? What makes them the same? What do building designers need to know about each? If you have anything to add to the discussion or have no idea what we’re talking about. This lunch and learn workshop is for you.

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

Jan 15, 11:45AM to Jan 15, 1:45PM EST

Hang out with other like-minded achievers in the residential design, engineering, and construction industries.

Our guests this month are our friends at QuickTie Products – Debbie Nowlin and Wes Robbins. If you thought QuickTie Products is just for wood frame construction, you’re mistaken. Learn how to use the QuickTie System with masonry construction for decorative porch posts, and behold their catalog of connectors, too.

Although AIBD chapters are regional in nature, anyone and everyone is welcome to attend this event.

Click “Join Event” and join us inside.

Tuesday, January 19, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST

Hang out with like-minded design and construction professionals in the Akron, Ohio region.

This month’s discussion is, “What do you put into a parade/show home.” No guest speaker or sponsor, just a round table talk.

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

Jan 29, 1:15PM to Jan 29, 3:00PM EST

Hang out and network with other high achievers and like-minded professionals specializing in residential design or construction.

Our presenter is Robert Pettett, owner of HomeLink Computer Services.  Since 2001 we have been offering affordable web development for residential builders, designers, and remodelers.  We have served clients in over 20 states in the USA, including, since 2006.

Robert’s presentation will include the basics for someone looking to start a website and then move into some of the particulars of good maintenance practices for those who have websites.  These practices will include Content Updates, ‘Call to Action,’ Search Engine Optimization, and Security.  He will also be touching on Social Media (specifically LinkedIn, Facebook, and Houzz) and how to use these platforms to target specific local peoples in your cities with your marketing message.  Of course, all of these efforts are made to get you more exposure and, ultimately, more business.

“I have appreciated the residential building industry for most of my life.” Robert shares. “My father was a residential builder and developer, and my mother was a top real estate agent for many years. In my younger years, I worked professionally in construction in the areas of framing, trim work, deck building, waterproofing, and landscaping.”  It’s not surprising that Robert started a family-based web development company with a large focus of our work has been among home builders/developers and home designers.

Although AIBD chapters are regional in nature, this online platform makes it easy for anyone to attend from anywhere.

Friday, February, 5, NEW TIME – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM CST
Hang out with the newly forming AIBD, Southeast Texas Chapter centered on the Houston metro area.

This month’s lunch-and-learn presentation is by Fernando Pages Ruiz, an AIBD Professional member and consultant at Vinyl Siding Institute.

Last month, Fernando taught us the history of wood and stone construction methods and how they relate to how we design homes today.

He also spoke about the renaissance of the traditional neighborhood.

This month, he goes into detail about exterior cladding options and choosing exterior materials for affordable home design that looks grand.

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

Feb 12, 1:15PM to Feb 12, 3:00PM EST


Hang out with other like-minded high achievers in the residential design, engineering, and construction industries.

Click “Join Event” and join us inside.

Training and Education

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.
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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 want to hear some great career advice, join in the second Tuesday of each month to meet guests who have completed or are currently on their journeys to becoming a CPBD.

Featuring the 2020 ARDA winners, the 2020 Summer issue of the AIBD magazine is on the shelf. Please 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…

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