Defining Your Architectural Style

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July 26, 2021 edition of the AIBD’s MondayMINUTE weekly newsletter.

Defining Your Architectural Style
Common problem designers have: developing a unique style.

There are architects and building designers out there that you can spot by their style.

Not only do these designers go down in history…

…they also get the big bucks.

So whether you want money or prestige, you need to develop your own architectural style.

Steve has the solution in this video:

Watch now
Last week to cast your vote!
Each year, the world is invited to help choose the ARDA Global Choice Award winner.
Mark your calendar and set aside a few moments to vote for your favorite.
Then make plans to be on hand when we announce the winner at the AIBD Awards Gala on July 31, 2021, at the Antlers Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Voting ends at 8:00 pm MT, during the ARDA Awards Gala, in Colorado Springs, CO.

*You must have a LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google account to vote.

AIBD’s has a new address.
We are pleased to announce, AIBD’s operations office is moving.

AIBD-American Institute of Building Design
110 Front Street, Suite #300
Jupiter, FL 33477

Would you please make a note and begin to use this new mailing address, beginning today?

As AIBD’s industry presence grows, this new and exciting office strategy gives AIBD chapters, the Council, and its committees, access to meeting rooms and training centers at over 3000 locations worldwide.

Learn more by reading a report delivered to the Board of Directors by our Executive Director.

Congratulations! To our new CPBDs!
  • Thomas Ternes, CPBD, from Virginia Beach, VA (7/16)
  • Michael Farley, CPBD, from Reno, NV (July 8)
  • Daniel Hagman, CPBD, from Roseville, CA (June 30)
  • Elise Rand, CPBD, from Maitland, FL (June 29)
  • George Cole, CPBD, from Houston, TX (June 29)
Making a bigger impact on our industry, making a bigger impact in your career!

Building designers don’t necessarily follow the traditional career path of study, qualify, entry-level job.

Other professions require you to become certified before practicing; a CPBD has worked in the industry for several years before being certified.

The minimum amount of experience required is three years when combined with an industry-relevant bachelor’s degree.

Without a degree, the minimum is six years of experience.

Become a CPBD. It’s a testament to your expertise—like a badge of honor.

It demonstrates to clients and employers that you are experienced and committed to following best practice standards.

AIBD SET A RECORD in 2021 for the number of new CPBDs within a fiscal year. 🥳🎉🎊🙌

Follow our progress in this next year (July to June).

  • 1 in 2021/2022 (So Far!)
  • 47 in 2020/2021 
  • 46 in 2019/2020
  • 44 in 2018/2019
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Watch this short video by ProctorU or Email us,
  • Lynn McColl Percival, Professional Member from NC
  • Robert W. Martin, Professional Member from TX
  • Robert Klob, Professional Member from AZ
  • Brian McKellar, Professional Member from IN
  • John Mix, Student Member from CO
Welcome this year’s new Compass Club members (July through June)
  • Robert Akins (CO)
  • David Blay (NV) 
  • William Burton (TX)
  • Matt Gray (TX)
  • Shawn Hood (TX)
  • Winford Jones (UT)
  • Alex Nicolas (FL)
  • Scott Tiffany (FL)
  • Randy Young (FL)
June’s Movers and Shakers!
  • Larry James recruited a Professional member and is now 1 point from leveling up to a Bronze Member.
  • Len Van Staalduinen recruited a Professional member and is now 4 points from leveling up to a Silver Member
  • Jim Wright recruited a Professional member and is now 1 point from leveling up to Gold Member.
  • Bernie Kern recruited 3 Professional members, making it a total of 7 total members for the fiscal year!
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 in 20/21.

  • Dan Baumann (MN) (6 Professional members + 1 Educator member)
  • Bernie Kern (CO) (7 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.

Learn more about the Compass Club and check out the full roster of members.

Summer Conference Registration is Open!
Attend the AIBD’s Design & Build Summer Conference in person and/or virtually on July 30, 2021.

The Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs is open (with some minor limitations) and wired for virtual paired events.

The deadline for reserving your room is July 5th has been extended.

A few more rooms have been added to our block; get yours today!

Call the hotel to make your reservation – (719) 955-5600 (48-hour cancellations)

Upcoming chapter meetings (and more).
Be informed about all AIBD events at

Here’s a quick list of what we have on the calendar.

July 29 – AIBD Board of Directors, College of Fellows, and NCBDC Annual Meetings.

The Antlers Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO, and virtually on Hopin.
(11:00 am ET/10:00 CT/9:00 MT/8:00 PT)

July 29 – Annual Compass Club Party

The Ghost Town Museum, Colorado Springs, CO
(6:00 pm MT)

July 30 – AIBD Annual Membership Meeting

The Antlers Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO, and virtually on Hopin.
(11:00 am ET/10:00 CT/9:00 MT/8:00 PT)

July 30 & 31 – AIBD Design & Build Summer Conference

The Antlers Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO, and virtually on Hopin.
(Daily – 11:00 am ET/10:00 CT/9:00 MT/8:00 PT)

August 4 – AIBD, Northeast Florida Chapter

(12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT/10:00 MT/ 9:00 PT

August 6 – AIBD, Southeast Texas Chapter

(12:30 pm ET/11:30 am CT/10:30 MT/9:30 PT

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


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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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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