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March 27, 2023 edition of the AIBD’s Monday Minute weekly newsletter.
What Frank Gehry taught me about creating something truly extraordinary.
For me, hand sketching started by accident.


For years I had been drafting by hand.

On a drawing board, with a parallel bar and triangles.

Then CAD came along, and I gave away my drafting table.

It took forgetting about a client meeting for me to see the power of freehand sketching.

That was 20 years ago, and I’m still learning how to explore ideas without digital tools.

Watch this video now.
Meet our newest CPBDs!
Please help us congratulate our latest achievers.
  • Dustin Adams, CPBD #44-832, from Austin, TX (3/20)
  • Ursula Gonzalez, CPBD #44-831, from Lakeway, TX (3/20)
  • Denise Martinez, CPBD #44-830, from Austin, TX (3/10)
  • Scott Cook, CPBD #41-117, from Waterboro, SC (2/27)
Here are our stats for this Fiscal Year.
  • 26 new CPBDs in 2022/2023 (Pace = 35 by June 30, 2023)
  • 33 in 2021/2022
  • 47 in 2020/2021 (the record)
  • 46 in 2019/2020 & 44 in 2018/2019
You can pass the exam. Give it a try. The CPBD Sample Test is free and available 24/7 without an appointment.


Need some help? Reach out to your Certification Director, Rusty.Hudnet@AIBD.org. You can also call 800-366.2423 x2.

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Welcome our new members and those rejoining us!
  • Wayne A. Miller, Professional Member from FL
Compass Club Report 
Help us welcome, and thank our newest Compass Club members.
  • Christopher Turner (TN) recruited an Associate member in February.
  • Jason Aselin (NH) recruited a Professional member in October.
  • Elias Rodriquez (TX) recruited an Associate member in October.
  • Javier Gonzalez (TX) recruited a Professional member in October.
  • Hunter Godfrey (TN) recruited a Professional member in September.
  • Beatriz Castro (TX) recruited a Professional member in August (And with it, reached the 2500 Compass Club point plateau)
  • Heather Baldwin (OH) recruited a Professional member in August.
  • Angel Silva (TX) recruited one new Professional Member in July.
This week’s movers and shakers:
  • Bronze Member Keith Zoni (CO) has recruited an associate member to move from leveling up to the Silver level within four points.
The total points this Fiscal Year (July to June).
  • Total Score = 56 points. (Our pace = 84 by June 2023)
  • Last Year’s Score = 97 pts. (2021/2022)
  • The Record = 154 pts. (2018/2019)
Upcoming chapter meetings, conferences, and more.
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Training and Education
Save the Date! – Design & Build Nashville.
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Events in the ballroom are streamed live.
Preconference – August 3
  • Leadership huddles and the Annual Membership Meeting.
  • The annual Compass Club Party.
August 4 & 5
  • Architectural Tour.
  • American Residential Design Awards dinner.
  • College of Fellows inductions.
  • Eight hours of continuing education credits.
  • And more…
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Single-Family Starts Increase Modestly in February
Shared by BuilderOnline.com


Single-family housing starts in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 830,000, a 1.1% increase from the revised January figure. 

“The modest increase in single-family housing starts month over month is more in line with what we are hearing. 

A stronger than expected start to the year for the housing market is encouraging builders to start more homes to better match demand,” says Zonda chief economist Ali Wolf.

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Have a triumphant week!


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