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AIA Grand Canyon President’s Night Comments Off

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Join AIA Grand Canyon for Our Annual President’s Night!

There will be food, drink, and socializing as well as wrapping up business for the year and recognizing the AIA Grand Canyon 2017 Firm of the Year! Jeffrey Zucker, AIA will be the guest speaker for the evening.

WHEN:  Saturday – December 10, 2016
WHERE:  THE HASSAYAMPA INN, GRAND BALLROOM, 122 East Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (see map below)
TIME:  6:00 p.m. no host bar | 7:00 p.m. dinner
RSVP: Diana by Wednesday, December 7th
COST:  $20 per person

RSVP’s and menu selections are required by Wednesday, December 7th.
As always, your spouse or guests are welcome to join us.

Dinner includes Appetizers, Southwest Caesar Salad, and your choice of entrée:

  • Chicken Saltimbocca
  • Atlantic Salmon
  • Marinated Tri-Tip
  • Vegetarian Chile Poblano

Click here to reserve on-line.  For additional information, please email Diana or contact her by phone at 602-252-4200.

The 2017 slate of volunteers for AIA Grand Canyon:  

  • President: Joel Westervelt, AIA
  • President Elect: Michael Taylor, AIA
  • AIA AZ State Board of Directors: Joel Westervelt, AIA
  • Past President: William Otwell, FAIA   

Michael is a 36 year resident of Prescott. He is married to wife Jennifer with 5 kids and his seventh grandchild on the way. His career in architecture has all been in Prescott beginning with his apprenticeship for Otwell Associates. Following that he formed RTB Architects with two other local architects. In 1996 he started Taylor Architects. Taylor Architects has a staff of six and practice primarily in northern and western Arizona.  Taylor Architects does mostly commercial work including a sizable number of churches and schools with occasional residential commissions.

This year we are proud to be honoring Zucker Architecture as the AIA Grand Canyon 2017 Firm of the Year.  Jeffrey Zucker, AIA will be our guest speaker for the evening.

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November 18th AIA Grand Canyon Meeting + Lunch & Learn Comments Off

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“The Next Generation of Electronic Door Opening Solutions”

ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions is excited to be hosting a Luncheon and AIA/CES Presentation for the AIA Grand Canyon Members!

Join us for a one hour accredited AIA Continuing Education Seminar, with HSW LU credit, covering:

“The Next Generation of Electronic Door Opening Solutions”
presented by Kathie Gittins, AHC, CDT, CSI, LEED Green Assoc., of ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions (an ASSA ABLOY Group Company).

This course will provide an in depth review of the evolution of electronic access control systems, including the four basic and numerous peripheral components. Emphasis will be on the newest and future electronic access control technologies and solutions.

WHEN:  Friday, November 18th, 12pm
WHERE:  Gurley Street Grill, 230 W. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ 86303

RSVP Required:  Please email Sheri Miller or call 928-445-4951, x10

September 13th AIA Grand Canyon Member Meeting Comments Off

Cuban Architecture








Cuba at the Dawn of a New Era; Architecture, Ingenious People and Classic Cars

Join us for our monthly meeting and a presentation made by William Otwell, FAIA

Offered at the offices of William Otwell & Associates.

Lunch will be provided.

RSVP required; please email Sheri Miller or call 928-445-4951, x10

WHEN: Tuesday, September 13th
TIME:  12pm
WHERE: William Otwell & Associates, 121 E. Goodwin St., Prescott, AZ 86303
RSVPs Due:  September 8th

AIA Arizona Office Closed Comments Off

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The AIA Arizona office will be closed Monday, September 5th, in observance of Labor Day.



June 2nd Section Lunch & Learn: “Closed Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam Basics” Comments Off






WHEN: Thursday, June 2nd
TIME:  12pm
WHERE: William Otwell & Associates, 121 E. Goodwin St., Prescott, AZ 86303
RSVPs Due:  May 25th

Join us for a one hour accredited AIA Continuing Education Seminar, with HSW and SD credit, covering: “Closed Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam Basics.” Dave Spice, of DAS Products, Inc., will be presenting about this product manufactured by BASF Corporation

More information and course overview available here.

RSVPs are required; please email Bill Otwell or call 928-445-4951 by May 25th.

NOTE:  Due to AIA National Convention, there will be no May meeting.

CE Seminar–Technology Education Webinar: Cybersecurity Comments Off






Technology Education Webinar: “Cybersecurity – How Businesses Lose Tens of Thousands of Dollars”

Konica Minolta is providing a technology education webinar series for AIA-AZ members on technology concepts that can be used to 1) grow revenue 2) cut cost and 3) mitigate risk in a business.

June 15th’s webinar will cover ways to help protect your business from threats and the potential financial costs if you are hacked.

Presented by Nick Losole
1 AIA Learning Unit available
Registration:  Email Charnissa and include “Cybersecurity” in the subject line.

This webinar series is designed for individuals with any level of knowledge of technology.  Technology is becoming more important to businesses, but the education around technology is not keeping pace for those who aren’t tech-savvy.  The goal of this webinar series is to help attendees understand the business impact of various technologies so that they can make informed, strategic decisions with technology regardless of their background.

All webinars are live and will be recorded to play on-demand.

Other topics to be covered in upcoming months include:
•    Cybersecurity – How Businesses Lose Tens of Thousands of Dollars
•    Business Intelligence – Making Strategic Decisions From Accurate Data
•    Customer Relationship Management (CRM) – Making Your Sales Team More Efficient
•    SEO Optimization – Drive More People to your Website and Increase Sales

AIA Phoenix Metro FAIA Celebration Comments Off



AIA Fellowship elevates those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

Join us as we celebrate our newest members of the AIA College of Fellows and hear about their personal path to Fellowship.

Jack DeBartolo, 3, FAIAJack DeBartolo 3, FAIA Jack has demonstrated that creating quality environments for others is an extension of a larger worldview, one that embraces family, the community, and those in very difficult circumstances, wherever they might be.


William Otwell, FAIAWilliam Otwell, FAIA Bill has demonstrated leadership in the integration of historic preservation and sustainable design regionally, nationally and internationally and advanced the profession through public education and understanding of the role and value of the architect.


Ed Soltero, FAIAEd Soltero, FAIA Through his exemplary leadership, Ed has woven design excellence into a 21st Century model for sustainable placemaking, supported a transformative educational pedagogy within college campuses and enriched peoples’ lives through design discourse.

WHERE:  AIA Conference Room, 30 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003

Parking will be validated for the City Hall garage on the southwest corner of 3rd Avenue and Washington or is available at meters in the area

WHEN:  Thursday, May 5

TIME:  5pm Reception/6pm FAIA Recognition/6:30pm Presentation

RSVP:  Diana or 602-252-4200

April 18th Chapter Meeting & David and Gladys Wright House Tour Comments Off


Private tour of the David and Gladys Wright House

Where:  Paradise Valley

When:  April 18 at 1pm

Update:  This tour is now full

Tours will possibly be ending in May due to neighborhood conflicts. More info

Please direct any questions to Bill Otwell.

President’s Night Comments Off

Friday – December 18th
7:00 pm
Nate’s Cowboy Cafe
1481 AZ-89-A in Clarkdale, AZ  (map)

Join us for a “changing of the guard” of AIA Grand Canyon to elect a new slate of officers for our component in 2016.

RSVP’s and menu selections are required by noon on Friday, December 11th to Tom Solon: tsolon107@gmail.com or 928-282-8501.

We encourage you to bring your spouse or a friend. Dinner will cost $20 per person (includes entree, salad, desert, soft drinks and coffee) payable to AIA-GCC. Cash bar available.

1. Smoked Prime Rib w/Baked Potato
2. Grilled Salmon
3. ½ Rack Baby Back Ribs
4. Gluten Free Vegetarian Dish

This 2016 slate of volunteers for the AIA Grand Canyon Board: 
President: William Otwell, AIA
President Elect: Joel Westervelt, AIA
AIA AZ State Board of Directors: Lee Peters, AIA
Past President: Tom Solon, AIA

August 17 Chapter Gathering Comments Off

Saturday – October 17, 2015
2:30 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church
630 Park Avenue in Prescott

All AIA Grand Canyon members are encouraged to attend a public memorial service for one of the founders of AIA Grand Canyon – Lynn Vanlandingham, AIA.  Many of you had a chance to meet and listen to Lynn tell his life story when we honored him at last December’s AIA Grand Canyon President’s Night meeting.

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Click here to read obituary published in The Prescott Daily Courier

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