ARDA Opens March 1 – Save the Date! [MondayMINUTE]

February 01, 2021 edition of the AIBD’s MondayMINUTE weekly newsletter.
ARDA Opens March 1 – Save the Date!
The American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) spotlights the most creative and innovative residential designers, builders, remodelers, architects, developers, land planners, and interior designers in the nation.

ARDA is an awards program, not a design competition. Entries are not grouped in square footage or project value classifications, and judging is conducted by a panel of residential design and construction experts based on the quality of the entry.

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

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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.

NOTE: This is NOT the American Residential Design Awards (ARDA). The Building Design Awards are for COMMERCIAL and MULTI-FAMILY ONLY.

Start your submitting your entries today!

Sign up for the next Coffee With Bernie
A monthly “fishbowl” open space discussion hosted by AIBD President Bernie Kern on the second Friday.
This month’s quest and opening topic
Writing blogs to market your business.
(In case you didn’t know, a blog is short for weblog)

Join us this month with an all-star cast of guests. AIBD’s External Vice President and Editor of the AIBD Magazine Yu-Ngok Lo, AIBD College of Fellows and author of the new You-Inspired Living blogs Jennifer Pippin, AIBD Communications Director and our personal Social Media Guru Garrett Mickley, and AIBD Member and Staff Professional Technical Writer at VMware Bonnie Kern (Yes, my wife!), will be joining us this month for an informal roundtable discussion on how to write blogs and market your business easily.
How does it work?
Bernie will have nine seats open in his “fishbowl” (i.e., Session). There’s only one rule – one seat must always stay open. This is so anyone attending may join the discussion when they feel they have something to contribute or get. Everyone will also be able to network and chat.

A fishbowl conversation is a form of dialog that can be used when discussing topics within large groups. The advantage of the fishbowl is that it allows the entire group to participate in a conversation. Any member of the audience can, at any time, occupy the empty chair and join the session. When this happens, an existing fishbowl member must voluntarily leave the fishbowl and free a chair. The discussion continues with participants frequently entering and leaving the fishbowl.

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We’re shifting the dates and shuffling the format!
The Design & Build 2021 Winter Conference has new dates – March 17, 18, & 19.

“Show Your Value Through Certifications” is still the theme of our keynote presentations, with other design & construction related topics being added to the schedule.

Educational events are scheduled from 12:30 to 5:30 pm EST, with networking (and party) sessions spilling over into the evening. Including a virtual St. Patrick’s Day happy hour.

The Greer & Lowdermilk Conference Center in Houston, Texas, is still closed due to COVID-19.

Keep an eye on your inbox and visit often to view the new schedule, receive updates, and registration links, as things develop.

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4x Friday is a concise email I send out with four of the coolest things I’ve found, learned, or experienced that week.

It could include new products, ideas, tips, articles, hacks, and tricks.

It’s concise. A tiny bite of goodness before you head off for the weekend.

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Reach 8,400+ AIBD members and professionals each week.
The AIBD has ad space available in this weekly e-newsletter, Monday Minute.

We are also filling the 2021 dedicated blast schedule. A dedicated blast is an email exclusively dedicated to your company and a message sent to over 8,400 AIBD subscribers.

Availability is limited and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Kathy Dowdy, Account Manager (, if you have any questions or if you’d like to secure your campaign.

  • Dinesh Shah, CPBD, from Sugar Land, TX (January 27)
  • Bob Ochieng, CPBD, from Gaithersburg, MD (January 25)
  • William Lytal, CPBD, from Houston, TX (January 14)
The 5 steps to becoming certified:
  1. Take a 10-minute SAMPLE TEST, (OPTIONAL).
  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 – OPTIONAL)
  5. Pass the 3-Hour certification exam (offered online, 24/7, 360 days per year)
Behold! The AIBD/CPBD whiteboard marketing video is 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.

  • Stephanie Inglis, Associate Member from ON
  • John J Police, Educator from IN
  • Dennis E Fletcher, Professional Member from MD
  • Lauren Briggs, Professional Member from CO
  • Orville Lavinghouse, Professional Member from LA
  • Harper Eugene Hug, Professional Member from FL
  • Harvey Dean Prickett, Professional Member from WA
Not a member? Join now!
Welcome new Compass Club members
No new Compass Club members these two months. ☹️

This month’s mover & shaker


Wednesday, February 3, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST

This month’s guest speaker is Kenniston Crane of IMAGINiT and he will be demonstrating Twinmotion for visualization.

With Twinmotion, create a compelling, immersive experience for your clients with high-quality images, panoramas, and standard or 360° VR videos in seconds!

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

Come on in, click “Join Event.”

Add to your calendar, so you don’t forget.

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 details exterior cladding options and choosing exterior materials for an 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.

Add to your calendar, so you don’t forget.

Feb 9, 11:30AM to Feb 9, 1:15PM EST
Why Bamboo? Join us this month as our guest speaker Chuck Bassford of Ambient Building Products, answers that question. Abient provides Bamboo flooring, plywood, and MagPanel. What’s a MagPanel?…another reason to attend, right?

Please be aware of the meeting schedule in advance.

  • 11:30 am to 12:00 pm: Chapter Meeting (Members Only – a ‘private’ ticket is required, contact the chair, Sam Guidry).
  • 11:30 am to 12:00 pm: There will be a second session for anyone not currently a member of the Cape Fear Chapter to hang out and network.
  • 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm: Ambient Building Products presentation and closing remarks.
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.”

Add to your calendar, so you don’t forget.

Friday, 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.

Feb 19, 12:00 PM to Feb 19, 1:30PM EST

Things were messed up last month, so returning 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.”

Add to your calendar, so you don’t forget.

Saturday, February 20, 2021, 12:00 pm EST

Welcome, all AIBD members, non-members, designers, and guests.
This month’s discussion is on LIDAR technology application in residential architecture.

  • 12:00 to 1:00 pm – Chapter meeting
  • 1:00 to 2:00 pm – LIDAR Apps Presentation by Heather Baldwin
Although AIBD chapters are regional in nature, anyone and everyone is welcome to attend this event. Click “Join Event.

Add to your calendar, so you don’t forget.

2021 NC-SC AIBD Design Conference and Trade Show Postponed
The decision has been made to postpone the 2021 NC-SC AIBD Design Conference and Trade Show until March 4th & 5th, 2022.

We hope you will mark your calendars ahead and plan to attend.

Of course, this is contingent on getting the virus under control, or better — eradicating it — so we can get back to normal.

As time passes in 2021 and we see how things are going, we will notify you about plans for the 2022 conference and trade show.

Training and Education
AIBD Members get 60% off on-demand education!
We’ve increased the discount available to AIBD members when registering for on-demand online education at The normal price for a one-hour course is $50, and rather than AIBD members paying $35, that figure has been reduced to $21. That’s a $29 savings on each course.

We said 60% off; it’s actually 58%, we rounded up.

One course per month (with a month or two off) means you’ve paid for your annual membership and more.

There are three ways to get ahold of the discount code.

  1. Refer to the welcome email received upon joining AIBD.
  2. Go to, log in and click the “Discount Codes” tab.
  3. Contact us at 202-750-4900 or
Advertising for Bids
While you are preparing to establish yourself in the field of total design, you might consider whether there are services you could perform for your clients in your own right after the design stage, without the need for additional members of your team.

Some of you are currently involved in the process of bid-letting and construction inspection, but many building designers are not.

This blog post will deal with a few possible areas for building designer service after the drawings are complete.

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Like this one presented by AIBD Corporate member Plastpro.

Design professionals learn about fiberglass entry doors’ physical and structural components and compare their performance to those of wood and steel doors.

Did you know the National Fenestration Rating Council and North American Fenestration Standards have a rating system?

Are you aware fiberglass entry doors can be used to fulfill guidelines relating to ENERGY STAR® and LEED®?


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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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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.

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  1. Search for jobs and apply filters to just view jobs relevant to you.
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