Oolitic, Ind. (PRWEB) March 18, 2015
An Indiana chapter has been approved by the Association of Licensed Architects, a professional organization serving smaller and mid-sized architectural firms across the United States. ALA’s Board of Directors accepted the chapter’s letter of organization in mid-February. Initial meetings will be held in the Indianapolis area. Later they will be slated elsewhere around the state, as will ALA-sanctioned Lunch-and-Learn programs.
Members receive a professional designation, listings in a searchable online membership directory, consultant services, and many other benefits. The chapter also builds strong relationships with professionals in associated industries and disciplines through its Affiliate Membership program.
“ALA is very excited about launching the Indiana chapter,” said Jeff Budgell, ALA National Board President. ”This local presence enables us to better serve our members throughout the state.”
The Indiana Board President, Jeff Stoner of Red Architecture | Planning | Design LLC in Indianapolis, emphasized the vision and goals of the Indiana Chapter.
“This team will work with and respond to our members and prospective members in order to provide opportunities for professional growth through technical, legal, financial, and marketing continuing education, as well as developing tours and conferences designed to inspire imaginations and build relationships,” Stoner said.
"This is an exciting time for architecture in Indiana!"
The chapter’s Affiliate Director, Craig Alwine, regional manager for Indiana Limestone Co., Oolitic, believes ALA’s presence in Indiana supports useful connections between members and the affiliate industries that serve them.
“Affiliates are recognized through ALA as industry professionals with established working relationships in the Indiana architecture and design community,” said Alwine.
Stoner may be emailed at jstoner(AT)redapd.com, Alwine at calwine(AT)ilco.com. Additional chapter officers: Vice President Scott Hazlett, Crimson Stone Studio, Wheatfield, [email protected]; Secretary Bruce Everetts, Taylor Architects, Muncie; bruce(AT)taylorarchitectsinc.com; and Membership Development Director Howard Smiley, Architectural Experience Inc., Franklin, hlsmiley68(AT)yahoo.com.
The first meeting of the new chapter was held on March 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Carmel. Kimberly Paarlberg of International Code Council Technical Services presented “Indiana-Update of the 2012 International Building Code Requirements-HSW.” Indiana adopted the 2012 International Building Code last year; the seminar introduced major changes from the 2006 IBC to the 2012 IBC, emphasizing changes in Chapters 1-11. The program was ALA and AIA approved. Attendees earned 3.0 LU/HSW credits.
About the Association of Licensed Architects
ALA is a professional organization focused on the needs of small to mid-sized architectural firms. The association is highly responsive to our members’ assessment of the resources, connections and assistance they need most for business success. Among the many programs, events and materials provided by ALA are continuing education programs, webinars, an annual conference and product show, a design awards program, tracking for ALA program units, CE articles; valuable information and peer projects published in our Licensed Architect publication, and more.
About Indiana Limestone Co.
Indiana Limestone Company is unmatched as the premier supplier of Indiana Limestone in a range of beautiful and lasting building products. Founded in 1926 (with predecessor firms that had been quarrying limestone since the mid-1800s), ILC today remains the provider of choice for this internationally renowned natural stone. Throughout an illustrious history in which its stone has made such iconic structures as the Empire State building, National Cathedral, and the Pentagon, ILC has reliably provided the highest quality products and services carefully tailored to the needs of the market with an environmental, natural focus.