Staircases: What you need to know to step it up. [Monday Minute]

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May 16, 2022 edition of the AIBD’s Monday Minute weekly newsletter.
Staircases: What you need to know to step it up.
Do you ever feel like life is too complicated?Well, I’ve got some good news: it’s not.

We tend to make things more complicated than they are.

Everything is intended to be so simple if we take the time to learn the rules.

Steve puts that advice to use in both life and stairs in this video here:

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The History of the Penrose Stairs and its Influence on Design
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In 1959, Lionel and Roger Penrose, a father and son duo of mathematicians, introduced the two-dimensional concept of the Penrose stair.Over time, many artists, including M.C. Escher, began to use the Penrose stair as a source of inspiration in their own work centered around the idea of impossible objects and scenes.


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Meet our newest CPBDs!
Help us congratulate our latest achievers.
Glen Mast, CPBD #10-262, Sarasota, FL (5/13)
Carlos Ferreira, CPBD #22-221, from Needham, MA (4/27)
Jason Best, CPBD #44-813, from Round Rock, TX (4/18)
Ahmad Knich, CPBD #44-812, from Arlington, TX (4/11)
Terry Sturgis, CPBD #37-139, from Sapulpa, OK (4/4)Follow our progress (July to June).
28 (So Far!) We are on pace to have 32 in June.
47 in 2020/2021 (the record)
46 in 2019/2020
44 in 2018/2019


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  • Monty J. Anderson, Professional Member from VA
  • Emelia De Souza, Professional Member from WA
  • Cainon Fox, Professional Member from TN
  • Candi S. Hall, Professional Member from GA
  • Jonathan Kaplan, Professional Member from TX
  • Glen Mast, Professional Member from FL
  • Ethan Orians, Professional Member from OH
  • Mandi Roberts, Professional Member from TN
  • Joey Smith, Professional Member from TX
  • David J. Tabush, Professional Member from NJ
  • OR White, Professional Member from MD
  • Nina Bullock, Educator from AL
  • Jack Hill, Student Member from NC
  • Kayla Marie Ramos, Student Member from FL
Compass Club Report
(July 1, 2021, through today)
Total Score = 101 points; we’re on pace to reach 117 by June 30th.🎉🎊🥳
Last Year’s Score = 93 points.
The Record = 154 pts (2018/2019)Welcome to our newest Compass Club members.


  • Joseph Rogers (GA) recruited a Professional member in May.
  • Jarvis Walker (MS) recruited a Student member in May.
This week’s movers and shakers!
  • James Lucia (Silver Level) recruited a new Student member.
  • Sam Morgan (Bronze Level) recruited a Professional member and is two points from entering the Silver Level. One more Professional member before the end of June, and Sam will earn a free year of membership. 🤞
  • David Gostecnik has recruited a Professional Member and is only one point from entering the Bronze Level.
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 (or watching swing dancing😂).
Upcoming chapter meetings (and more).
  • June 10 & 11TIBD Annual Convention – Fort Worth Stock Yards. Please register by June 1. Members $95, Non-Members $145.
  • Now to June 13 – 11:59 pm PT – ARDA Call for Entries is open.
  • Now to June 30 – 11:59 pm PT – Apply for a student scholarship.
  • 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.
  • November 9 & 10 D&B Spring Conference (Virtual) – Noon ET to 6 pm ET (daily) – New Technology in Building Design.

Be informed about all AIBD events and those hosted by our industry partners at
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.

Training and Education
There’s more than just training. We have fun too!
As soon as you arrive, we help you forget about work by putting on your boogie shoes and dancing the night away (or by watching those who try). Thursday evening’s (July 28) Compass Club Party is an evening of light affairs, cocktails, and swing dancing. Get there early, and tour the Wabasha Street Caves.After the first full day of classroom stuff on Friday (July 29), kick back and relax during the Happy Hour Expo networking event. Then get lost in the past with an AIBD exclusive Gangster Walking Tour.


Buy an IN-PERSON – Education Ticket by May 31, and you may be one of ten lucky people to WIN A FREE GANGSTER TOUR TICKET!

Finish up a second full day of design training by feeling like a ROCKSTAR at the AIBD Awards Gala. Get dressed up (black-tie optional) and PARTY as we celebrate you and your team.

All events require a ticket and tickets are all sold “a-la-carte.”

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AIBD magazine – Spring 2022 by AIBD
The Spring 2022 Issue of the AIBD Official Magazine is available here:
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Have a triumphant week!

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