5 tips for building a professional portfolio and feeling like an award winner. [Monday Minute]

April 18, 2021 edition of the AIBD’s Monday Minute weekly newsletter.
5 tips for building a professional portfolio and feeling like an award winner.
  1. Write project descriptions.
  2. Use high-quality images.
  3. Keep it organized and streamlined.
  4. Illustrate your process.
Click for the 5th Tip (and a bonus!)
Natural Pools: Small Ecosystems for Leisure
From this week’s #HomeDESIGN Pro Daily, Click here to subscribe.Natural, ecological or biological pools reproduce an ecosystem composed of plants, stones, and even some fish species.

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Meet our newest CPBDs!
Help us congratulate our latest achievers.
  • Ahmad Knich, CPBD #44-812, from Arlington, TX (4/11)
  • Terry Sturgis, CPBD #37-139, from Sapulpa, OK (4/4)
  • Andrea Williams, CPBD #44-811, from Austin, TX (3/21)
  • Omar Kahn, CPBD #11-150, from Loganville, GA (3/9)
Follow our progress (July to June).
  • 25 (So Far!) We are on pace to have 30 in June.
  • 47 in 2020/2021 (the record)
  • 46 in 2019/2020
  • 44 in 2018/2019
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 practices and standards.
Want help scheduling your exam?
Watch this short video by ProctorU or Email us, certification@AIBD.org.Already a CPBD? Know your status.
CLICK HERE, search by name, CPBD#, state, or zip code, and make sure you’re current.

  • Alex Bourriague, Student Member from CA
  • Brad Brotje, Retired Member from OH
  • Thomas E. Flaherty, Professional Member from TX
  • William Elliott Gavin, Professional Member from MS
  • Matthew Gelineau, Professional Member from NV
  • Wilbert Givargiz, Professional Member from CA
  • Stanley Harbuck, Educator Member from UT
  • Bruce R. Hollenbeck, Professional Member from KS
  • Jovani Jean-Charles, Student Member from CT
  • Heather Madden-Brown, Professional Member from FL
  • James R. Trache, Professional Member from LA
Compass Club Report
(July 1, 2021, through today)
Total Score = 86 points; we’re on pace to reach 109 by June 30th.
Last Year’s Score = 93 points.
The Record = 154 pts (2018/2019)Welcome to our newest Compass Club members.

  • Robert Blair (TX) recruited a Professional member in April.
  • Jonathan Boone (MS) recruited a Professional member in March.
  • Stefani Thatcher (UT) recruited a Professional member in March.
  • Richard Webster (UT) recruited a Professional member in March.
  • Mollie Ackner (NC) recruited a Professional member in February.
  • Mario Cantu (TX) recruited a Professional member in January.
  • Paul Brown (MO) recruited 16 Student members in December.
  • Brian Smith (TX) recruited a Professional member in December.
  • Dinesh Shah (TX) recruited a Professional member in November.
  • Jason Orlowski (TX) recruited a Professional member in September.
  • Roya Azimzadeh (MO) recruited a Student member in August.
  • Geoffrey S Jones (OK) recruited a Professional member in August.
  • Steve Smith (TX) recruited a Professional member in August.
  • Casey Thompson (NC) recruited a Professional member in July.
  • Ron Globke (OH) recruited a Professional member in July.
Announcing the 2022 Compass Club Annual Appreciation Event.
Join us at the Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 28, 2022, for an evening of swing dancing.
Upcoming chapter meetings (and more).
  • May 12 – Coffee With Bernie (Virtual) – 10 am ET/9 am CT/8 am MT/7 am PT – Coffee with Bernie is a fun, informal roundtable or virtual gallery of colleagues open for discussion on any industry-related topic.
  • May 12 – AIBD, Central Florida Chapter – 12 pm ET – A lunch-and-learn by Hoover Treated Wood Products – Location: Greater Orlando Builders Association.
  • May 19 & 20 – D&B Spring Conference (Virtual) – 12 pm ET to 6 pm ET (daily) – New Technology in Building Design.
  • July 28 – Annual Board & Council Meetings – St. Paul, MN.
  • July 28 – Compass Club Annual Appreciation Event – Wabasha Street Caves, St. Paul, MN.
  • July 29 – Annual Meeting of the members – St. Paul, MN.
  • July 29 & 30 – D&B Summer Conference (Hybrid) – St. Paul, MN.
  • July 30 – AIBD Awards Gala, St. Paul, MN.

    Be informed about all AIBD events and those hosted by our industry partners at AIBD.org/events.
  • July 28 – Annual Board Meetings and Compass Club Swing Dance Party
  • July 29 – The Annual Membership Meeting
  • July 29 & 30 – Education and Happy Hour Reception
  • July 30 – Architectural Tour, Education, and ARDA Gala
Training and Education
How to Achieve a Foam Free High Performance Building Enclosures – GreenHome Institute
Foam Free High-Performance Building Enclosures presents a clear and practical guide to achieving the highest levels of resilient and sustainable building enclosures while eliminating foam.The growing performance demands of air control, vapor control, thermal control, health, and sustainability are examined.

Foam insulation, dominant in today’s high-performance marketplace, is increasingly recognized as hindering many of these building performance goals.

Therefore, practitioners want and find new solutions that virtually eliminate foam and provide greater performance.

This presentation is a careful look at how to do it.

Register now
The 2022 ARDA registration is open!
The American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) is the AIBD’s premier award program exhibiting design excellence in the residential building industry.It spotlights the nation’s most creative and innovative residential designers, builders, remodelers, architects, developers, land planners, and interior designers.

Every year, the awards program recognizes exceptional design in custom, builder model, pre-drawn and multifamily homes of all types and sizes and remodeling, working drawings, and projects “on the boards.”


AIBD members receive a $70 discount on each entry (find the code in the AIBD Member Hub or contact us).

Not a member? Enter four projects and receive a complimentary first year of membership.

Have a triumphant week!

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