How successful designers are assuring their clients through credibility

June 14, 2021 edition of the AIBD’s MondayMINUTE weekly newsletter.
How successful designers are assuring their clients through credibility.
Winning an award is a great way to gain recognition and build credibility in your industry.

There are several award programs out there, from your local home builders association to the Best of American Living Awards.

And, of course, our awards program ARDA.

Once you’ve entered one, you might as well enter more!

Entering contests can be fun and rewarding – it’s also a good marketing strategy for any business or individual who wants their work recognized by their peers and customers.

Read more…
Micro-volunteers needed this week only.
The AIBD is the SkillsUSA Architectural Drafting Contest host, which begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday.

We need volunteers to help in two areas.

  • Live contest proctoring on Zoom.
  • Remote digital judging online.
For all the information and to sign up, visit
Deadline Extended to enter the 2021 American Residential Design Awards (ARDA)
The American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) is accepting entries until June 21, 2021
  • 14 Categories.
  • Everyone qualifies to enter.
  • No timeline for project completion.
  • Enter as many times as you want.
  • Members receive 30% off entry fees (contact us for the code).

Get all the information and enter at

Congratulations! To our new CPBDs!
  • David West, CPBD, from Medina, OH (May 24)
  • Matthew Edwards, CPBD, from Waxahachie, TX (May 17)
  • Christopher Hanson, CPBD, from Griffith, IN (May 12)
  • Eleni Befekadu, CPBD, from Autin, TX (May 3)
Making a bigger impact on our industry, year over year!

With only FOUR more between now and June 30, AIBD will set a new record for the number of new CPBDs within a fiscal year.

  • 43 in 2020/2021 (So Far!)
  • 46 in 2019/2020
  • 44 in 2018/2019
  • 43 in 2006/2007
  • 40 in2007/2008
Need help scheduling your exam? Watch this short video by ProctorU or Email us,

Earn your CPBD designation on or before June 30th and become eligible to receive one, two, or three years of free AIBD membership.

  • Allen B. Osgood, Associate Member from MA
  • Elizabeth Collier, Associate Member from OK
  • Michael Farley, Professional Member from NV
  • Nicholas Capotosto, Student Member from ME
Not yet a member? Join now!

New members are listed here from the previous week. If you’ve joined but do not see your name here, you will probably be on next week’s.

Welcome this year’s new Compass Club members (May through June)
  • Robert Akins (CO)
  • William Burton (TX)
  • Matt Gray (TX)
  • Shawn Hood (TX)
  • Winford Jones (UT)
  • Alex Nicolas (FL)
  • Scott Tiffany (FL)
  • Randy Young (FL)
May’s Movers and Shakers!
Robert Platt (GA) recruited one Professional member and moved from the Bronze level to Silver. YAY! Robert!

Bill Ding Membership Awards Winners
Professional members who have recruited 3 new Professional members or 1 Corporate member during the fiscal year  (July through June) receives a free renewal. Here are our Bill Ding Membership Award Winners (so far) in 20/21.
  • Dan Baumann (MN) (3 Professional members + 1 Educator member)
  • Bernie Kern (CO) (3 Professional members)
  • Bill Murray (TX) (3 Professional members)
This year’s Compass Club celebration party
Join us on July 29, 2021, for a Hoedown at the Ghost Town Museum in Colorado Springs, CO (authentic western wear optional). All Compass Club members (+ one) are invited to enjoy an evening of food, fun, networking, casino games, and prizes.
How would you like to attend the AIBD’s Annual Meeting of the Members?
Members are invited to attend the AIBD Annual Meeting in person and/or virtually on July 30, 2021.

Schedule and registration page details are still being worked out, but we’ve confirmed with The Antlers hotel in Colorado Springs, they are open (with some minor limitations) and wired for virtual paired events.

Call the hotel and lock in your $159 room rate – (719) 955-5600 (48-hour cancellations)

The tentative schedule:

  • July 29 – Board, Council, & College business meetings.
  • July 30 – Annual Membership Meeting & CE Workshops
  • July 31 – Architectural Tour, CE Workshops, and Awards Dinner
Return to the Monday Minute next week to sign up!
Upcoming chapter meetings (and more).
Be informed about all AIBD events at

Here’s a quick list of what’s happening this week.

  • June 15 – SkillsUSA National Architectural Drafting Contest, hosted by the American Institute of Building Design (10:00 am to 8:00 pm EDT)
  • June 25 – AIBD, Denver Metro Chapter  (11:00 am ET/10:00 CT/9:00 am MT/8:00 PT) add to your calendar
Check out TIBD’s “Unconvention”
With everything going on, the Texas Institute of Building Design decided to hold an “Unconvention” for TIBD this year.

Register out this one day, laid back get-together:

Register me now!
Training and Education
Focused business training available on-demand.
A library of training videos provided by the Certified Training Institute (CTI), one of our newest CE Providers, now lives on   
Each of the 25+ hours of training is identified and arranged according to the associated areas of knowledge and skills, according to the AIBD’s Building Designer Job Task Analysis (JTA), which is found on pages 39-43 in the CPBD Candidate Handbook.
There are four knowledge areas identified in the JTA – Business Administration, Business Practices, Design Process, and Building Design.
The new Certified Training Institute webpage currently includes instruction in only the first domain – Business Admin. But rather than waiting until all 56 CTI classes are uploaded, we’ll announce each of the parts as they go live (about two weeks apart).
Thanks to CTI, everyone wishing to become better skilled at their craft will have specialized training access.
Whether you’re a CPBD looking for approved Primary CEs, you’re preparing yourself for the CPBD exam, or you want to be the best you can be at what you do, bookmark
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
Home Performance Counts: Virtual Green Home Tour Series – NAHB
The NAHB/NAR Home Performance Counts: Virtual Green Home Tour Series continues in June from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Join Mark and Leslie Giorgetti of Palo Santo Designs LLC on June 17 at 3 pm ET for a tour of ‘Modern Farmhouse,’ their stunning personal residence pursuing LEED Gold certification.

A live Q&A with Mark and Leslie, joined by former SFAHBA Executive Officer Kim Shanahan, will occur immediately after the tour.

Registration is free to all for this monthly series showcasing high-performance homes across the country.

In addition to touring the home and property, building and real estate professionals will discuss how both industries can work together to increase sales and provide added value to consumers.

A replay library is available if you miss a presentation.

Register at

Image by Daniel Nadelbach Photography

With nearly 50,000 professionals and homeowner’s trained since 2000, AIBD CE Provider Green Home Institute provides top-notch, relevant, and just-in-time live, online, and on-demand education.

Get trained, learn something new, and pick up some continuing education while you’re at it.

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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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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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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