The evolution of the Narnia Kitchen and why your clients will love it. [Monday Minute]

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July 10, 2023 edition of the AIBD’s Monday Minute weekly newsletter.


The evolution of the Narnia Kitchen and why your clients will love it.

Get ready to ignite your kitchen design game!


Join Steve as he unveils the latest trend that’s revolutionizing modern kitchens – the rise of the second kitchen, or as some call it, the ‘Prep Kitchen’. 

This concept has been brewing in the luxury home market for a while and is now spilling over into mainstream homes.

This video will briefly examine this year’s American Residential Design Awards entries, showcasing how designers ingeniously incorporate these supplementary kitchen workspaces. 

Watch now

Meet our newest CPBDs!

Please help us congratulate our latest achievers.
  • Crystal Richardson, CPBD #44-833, from Houston, TX (6/27)
  • Erik Scheuermann, CPBD #10-264, from Ft. Lauderdale, FL (6/19)
  • Lori Lowery, CPBD #34-172, from Clayton, NC (6/12)
The CPBD Sample Test is free and available 24/7 without an appointment.


How can we help? Reach out to your Certification Director, You can also call 800-366.2423 x2. 

Welcome our new members and those rejoining us!

  • Lloyd Minick, Professional Member from OR
  • Eric Woodrow Green, Professional Member from TKCA
  • Noelle Balderrama, Student Member from CO

Compass Club Report 

Join us for the 2023 Compass Club Annual Party in Nashville, Tennesse, for an evening of honkytonking and networking.


We’ve been informed that the private party space at Winners will be under construction in August. 

We’re bummed. 

Thanks to the people at Cold Beer Entertainment, we have arranged the next best thing.

At 7:00 pm CT, the party will begin on the front patio at Losers Bar & Grill Midtown, only a few dozen feet from Winners. 


Don’t let the change in adjectives deter you.

Network with all the movers and shakers in AIBD while enjoying your favorite beverage, some fine local BBQ, and live music.


Among several other local honkytonks, winners and Losers are found on Division Street. It will be a night to remember.


Get more information about the Compass Club at


Help us welcome, and thank those who joined the Compass Club this past fiscal year (July to June).

  • Ryan Gardner (WA) recruited a Professional member in April.
  • Joe Selbi (OK) recruited an Associate member in April.
  • Douglas Moore (CA) recruited a Professional member in April.
  • Darren Hollyman (OR) recruited a Professional member in April.
  • Bruce Hollenbeck (KS) recruited a Professional member in April.
  • 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 year’s movers and shakers.
  • Mike Keesee, FAIBD (FL), has reached the elusive 100 Point Plateau! Mike recruited his 9th Professional member since July 1. Together with three Associate members, he’s accumulated 21 points this fiscal year, and it’s not even half over. Mike founded the Compass Club in 2001 and was awarded Design of the Year for doing so. In 2010 he reached 50 points, earning his CC Diamond Level Pin. A new form of recognition will be introduced at this year’s Annual Compass Club event in Nashville (August 3, 2023). Thank you, Mike! For such a great idea, and for working so hard to spread the word for AIBD! 🎉🎊🥳
  • In June, Larry Gilland, FAIBD (CO), leveled up to Silver status.
  • Jeff Evans (SC) recruited a new Professional Member and is just one point from leveling up to Bronze membership.
  • Bruce Yancey (Bronze Member – OK) has recruited five new Student members, started a student chapter, and is only three points from becoming a Silver Level Member.
  • Andy McDonald (LA) is credited for one new Professional member and has leveled up to the Bronze Level. Congrats! Andy! 🙌
  • Sam Morgan (Bronze Member – UT) has recruited one new Professional member and an Associate to earn the points needed to reach Silver membership. Congrats! Sam! 🙌

Please join us in celebrating the Certified Professional Building Designers who reached a milestone in the month of June.

Please help us celebrate their achievement by recognizing them for their many continuous years of professional certification.
  • Steve Shard (FL), CPBD # 10-119, 6/16/1987
  • Susan Bond (VA), CPBD # 47-126,  6/19/1987 
  • Mike Nelson (AR), CPBD # 04-104, 6/1/1988  
  • Jeffrey Overman (TX), CPBD # 44-396, 6/7/1988 
  • Charles Strickland (NC), CPBD # 34-104, 6/20/1989 
  • Jennifer Pippin (NC), CPBD # 34-105, 6/20/1989 
  • John James (TN), CPBD # 43-110, 6/8/1990 
  • John Fought (FL), CPBD # 10-183, 6/8/1995
  • George Etayo (FL), CPBD # 10-187, 6/21/1995   
  • Alan Abrams (MD), CPBD # 09-101, 6/1/1997   
  • Salvatore Liberti (SC), CPBD # 11-128, 6/9/1997  
  • Natalie Johnson (VA), CPBD # 47-150, 6/25/1997 


Upcoming chapter meetings, conferences, and more.

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Training and Education

American Training Solutions
  • August 16, 2023 – Carbon-Neutral Building Solutions, 12:00 pm to 4:45 pm EDT (4.0 AIBD P-CEs,  4.0 AIA HSW). A full-day live webcast. Tickets are free.
  • Look ahead for other live and virtual events.
AEC Daily
  • September 12, 2023 – AEC Building Insight Event. Registration opens soon.
  • Look ahead for other live and virtual events.
  • July 18, 2023 –  Miami, FL, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm (8.0 AIBD P-CEs, 8.0 AIA HSW, 3.0 GBCI General Hours), The Hilton Garden Miami Airport West, 3550 NW 74th Avenue, Miami, FL 33122 (A live classroom event). Tickets are $100.
  • July 20, 2023 –  Boca Raton, FL, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm (8.0 AIBD P-CEs, 8.0 AIA HSW, 2.0 GBCI General Hours), Maggiano’s Little Italy, 21090 St. Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33433 (A live classroom event). Tickets are $100. 
  • Look ahead for other live and virtual events.
Design & Build Nashville
  • August 4 & 5, 2023 – The Science in Design: How Science is changing the value and dimension of the design industry. Loews Vanderbilt Hotel,  TN. A hybrid conference experience. Ticket prices vary. Get more information.
Chicago Build Expo
  • October 11 & 12, 2023 – The Midwest’s leading construction and design show. McCormack Center, Chicago, IL. A live conference experience. Tickets are FREE.

Design & Build Nashville: The Science of Design

August 3 – 5, 2023
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, TN


Events in the ballroom are streamed live.

  • Leadership huddles and the Annual Membership Meeting.
  • The annual Compass Club Party.
  • Architectural Tour.
  • American Residential Design Awards dinner.
  • College of Fellows inductions.
  • Eight hours of continuing education credits.
  • And more…
Call the hotel and reserve your room today – (615) 320-1700

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One more week to vote for the Global Choice!

The American Residential Design Awards are back, and it’s time to let your voice be heard in the “Global Choice Award” category.  
This year, we have four extraordinary entries that have each brought something unique to the table. 


Voting is open to everyone until midnight July 16th (PT), and every vote counts. So don’t miss this opportunity to support your favorite design and influence the future of residential architecture!

Visit to cast your vote now! Your vote can make a difference. Let’s celebrate the power of design together. 

Where are the Jobs that are Driving the U.S. Unemployment Rate So Low?

So far, minimally deterred by the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes, the unemployment rate in the U.S. has stayed near rock bottom. Seasonally adjusted (SA), it’s been less than 4.0% for 15 months in a row, indicative of a labor market that’s about as tight as it has ever been.


The construction industry, which has listed a shortage of qualified workers as perhaps its biggest problem, especially with experienced tradespeople retiring in droves, will be hard-pressed to fill gaps in the young adult workforce pool.

It’s not really fresh news, but creative recruitment thinking must become a priority.
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Have a triumphant week!


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