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Fiona Mckay

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  1. Eligible Members.  You are eligible to participate in the 2016 Annual Meeting of the members of the AIA International Region if:

a)      You are in good standing as an Architect member, Associate member, International Associate member, Fellow, or Emeritus member of the American Institute of Architects; and

b)      You reside or work outside the United States; and

c)      You are not assigned to any AIA chapter, or you are assigned to one of these AIA chapters:

  • AIA Continental Europe
  • AIA Hong Kong
  • AIA Japan
  • AIA Middle East
  • AIA Shanghai
  • AIA UK
  1. Participation in the Meeting. The meeting will begin promptly on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time).  If you are eligible to participate in the meeting (see Item 1, “Eligible Members,” above), you may attend in any of these ways:
  • In Person.  You may attend the meeting in person by going to Room EV214, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA, at the date and time shown above.
  • By Telephone.  You may also participate by telephone.  If you intend to participate by telephone, please contact AIA Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jay Stephens, Hon. AIA, at or by fax to +1-202-626-7426 no later than Friday, May 6, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time). We will then provide dial-in instructions to you.
  • By Proxy.  If you are unable to attend the meeting in person or by telephone, you may select an eligible member attending the meeting to represent you by proxy and to vote on your behalf. You may do so by printing, filling out, and signing the proxy form found here or at, and sending it to AIA Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jay Stephens, Hon. AIA, at or by fax to +1-202-626-7426. (If you are unable to use the proxy form, you may simply send your proxy instructions in an e-mail or fax to Jay Stephens.) All proxy forms/instructions must be received no later than Friday, May 6, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time).
  • By Electronic Vote/Proxy.  If you are unable to attend the meeting in person or by telephone, you may also indicate your preference for a candidate for Secretary electronically and select an eligible member attending the meeting to represent you by proxy and to vote on your behalf. To exercise this option, use the electronic ballot here.

All electronic voting/proxying must be completed no later than Friday, May 6, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time).


Fiona Mckay

The AIA UK Chapter recently caught up with Stephen Nutt, AIA (Sr. Architect / Advisor to the CEO of NCARB) on his recent trip to Paris and London. Stephen met with several international architecture groups on his visit including the Architects’ Council of Europe, International Union of Architects, ARB and RIBA. The relationships between these groups, NCARB and AIA are very complex and potential for reciprocity arrangements are still somewhat distant. However Stephen did update us on a few relevant items in which NCARB is involved.

The Intern Development Program is being repositioned and renamed as the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) on June 29.  Those on the path to licensure are able to complete the program while working abroad if their supervisor is licensed in the U.S.  Half of the program (1,860 hours) can be completed if the supervisor is a foreign architect.  Candidates can also sit for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) in test centers in London, Abu Dhabi, and Hong Kong.  NCARB believes in and supports the international experience of emerging professionals and strongly encourages their regulatory counterparts in other countries to follow their lead.  

NCARB will offer a new program for foreign-licensed architects seeking licensure in a US jurisdiction. The Foreign Architect Certification Path begins July 1, and will replace the current Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect Program (BEFA). The new path recognises the education  of foreign-licensed architects and requires the completion of the AXP and the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). More information here

This could set a precedent for other countries to grant similar arrangements for foreign architects, including American architects practicing abroad. However it is unlikely that RIBA or ARB would grant a similar arrangement for American or other foreign (non-EU) architects, given their current relationship with the EU. 

If the UK decides to exit the European Union (referendum vote on 23 June), there may be an impact on agreements between international licensing bodies, including relations between NCARB and the ARB. This may speed up discussions toward mutual recognition of architectural education, i.e. NAAB-accredited programs in the US equivalent to RIBA-accredited programs in the UK.

NCARB currently has recognition arrangements with Canada and Mexico.  And is finalizing a new arrangement with Australia and New Zealand, as both countries’  path to licensure is closely compatible with that of the US.

Thank you to Stephen for this valuable update. We will stay tuned to developments in international reciprocity.

Beale & Company: Reports from the Courts - April 2016

Fiona Mckay

Publication: This article was first published in Construction Law's April edition.

In our regular round up of court decisions, from Andrew Croft (Associate) and Natalie Ledger (Assistant Solicitor) of Beale & Company, examines a cautionary tale of the dangers of giving informal advice as it may create a tortious duty of care; a court ruling on whether a variation can be agreed by email; and a Scottish case where the court was willing to uphold obligations to provide collateral warranties.


Authors: Andrew Croft and Natalie Ledger

AIA UK Remembers Dame Zaha Hadid, Honorary AIA

Fiona Mckay

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Zaha Hadid on 31 March 2016. Our relationship with Zaha goes back to the very early days of our Chapter when Zaha was a jurist for our very first Design Excellence Awards, held in 1995.

The UK Chapter granted early recognition for her design talents with a Design Excellence Award (LF One, Landesgar Tensshau, Weil Am Rhein, Germany) in 2001. She then went on to win again in 2006 (Phaeno Science Centre, Wolfsburg, Germany), 2007 (Maggie’s Centre, Fife, UK) and 2011 (Opera House, Guangzhou, China).

Zaha was a good friend of AIA UK and participated in numerous Chapter events over the years, including acting as jurist for the Student Design Charrette in 2000. During this event, she astounded the students by arriving early in the day and actively chastising them for not taking the event – and design in general - seriously enough.

On 27 Sep 2007, on the occasion of the 150th Year celebration of the AIA’s founding – and coincidentally the 15th Anniversary of the AIA UK Chapter – Zaha Hadid Architects was given the President’s Award by then President Kevin Flanagan AIA in recognition of “your office’s contribution in promoting excellence in design; as well as your past contributions of time to the AIA/UK Chapter and the AIA internationally.” She remained an Honorary member of the Chapter until her passing.

Beale & Company Reports from the Courts - February 2016

Fiona Mckay

In our regular round up of recent court cases of importance to the construction industry, Andrew Croft (Associate) and Simii Sivapalan (Assistant Solicitor) of Beale & Company consider a case highlighting that a limitation clause does not remove liabilities to all parties on a contract; and another where a court considered the late payment provisions of the ‘Construction Act’ where insolvency was a risk.

This article was first published in Construction Law's February edition.

To read the full article, please click on this link.

Authors: Andrew Croft and Simii Sivapalan

AIA Grassroots Conference, Detroit

Fiona Mckay

The 2016 AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference was held in Detroit, bringing the annual meeting “closer to the action” and highlighting the important work going on in cities across the United States, and especially in Detroit. The conference took place at the famous Renaissance Center, home of General Motors, over the last week of February.

Grassroots is an opportunity for the executive members from chapters around the world to discuss issues, improve leadership skills and enhance their individual chapter’s development through workshops, presentations and education. Typical there is also a legislative component including meeting with Representatives to Congress in DC, but this year they switched things around. Politicians were invited to talk to us about the important role architects play in the development of cities. Architects are critical thinkers and problem solvers, and the issues facing cities today need the creative approach of architects. The role of architects in city planning was explored through a panel discussion between William Bell, mayor of Birmingham and Bob Buckhorn, mayor of Tampa, and the current Planning Director for Detroit, Maurice Cox, FAIA along with several other well-known architects including Mickey Jacob, FAIA.

The conference reached a climax during the final keynote address by the former Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm. She inspired and enlightened attendees to need of every city to hear the voice of architects. As a profession, we do an injustice when we avoid speaking up on matters of city development, growth and planning. As architects, we must look beyond the daily grind of our jobs and see a vision for the future.

Candidates for AIA National positions were given a chance to address the conference in a series of panel discussions. There are a number of members running for Secretary and First Vice President. For more information on the candidates, please contact the AIA UK executive. The election will take place at the 2016 National Convention in Philadelphia. The 43rd annual Grassroots Conference will return to Washington D.C. in 2017.

Author: Frederick Grier AIA