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Continuing Education

By attending the AIA Iowa Spring Conference on April 18 at the Scheman Center, AIA members will have the opportunity to earn up to 4.5 AIA CES LUs/HSW. AIA Iowa is an AIA CES Approved Provider (#A023) with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion are available upon request. Questions? Contact AIA Iowa at

AXP & AIA Continuing Education

Interns may earn Supplemental Experience hours by completing approved AIA Continuing Education programs – one AIA CEU/LU is equal to one AXP experience hour. When submitting to NCARB, Learning Units (LUs) must be documented on the intern’s AIA transcript.

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AIA Iowa has secured reduced rates for attendees at the following hotels:

Best Western Plus
2500 University Boulevard
Call: 515-296-2500



Rate: Double - $109 Single - $99

Includes hot breakfast

Mention: AIA Spring Conference


Gateway Hotel
2100 Green Hills Drive | Ames, Iowa 50014
Call: 515-292-8600



Rate: $129/room

Mention:  AIA Spring Conference

Comfort Inn & Suites

929 3rd Street | Des Moines, IA, 50309



Rate: $120/room



Who can I contact with questions?

Email Amy Spike at or call her at 515.244.7502.

What's the refund policy?

As with all AIA Iowa events, no refunds will be given after the early registration deadline, in this case March 28, 2018. To make a cancellation or for questions related to refunds please email Vicki Scott at or call her at 515.244.7502.

Do I have to bring a printed ticket/registration form to the event?

Nope, we've got you covered! Your nametag will be waiting for you at the event. We'll also have a full record of registrations in case you can't remember which workshops you signed up for.

Keynote Speakers

Angela Brooks, FAIA

Principal, Brooks + Scarpa


As the Managing Principal at Brooks + Scarpa Angela Brooks, FAIA, supervises all of the office operations. She acts as the office central hub directing project flow and tempo. Her hands-on involvement runs from schematic design through completion of construction and post-occupancy.


Angela is a recognized leader in the field of environmental and sustainable design and construction. She has pioneered more holistic ways of delivering affordable housing, sustainable architecture and advances in social equity. She has been practicing architecture since 1991 and is responsible for firm development in the area of housing and policy, leading the firm’s sustainable initiatives and overall management.


She is a powerful advocate for the rich, multivalent impact of good design. Angela sees architecture as an instrument for the triple bottom line and the delivery vehicle for space that encourages occupants to flourish. She has pursued this philosophy through two tracks since her master’s thesis almost twenty-five years ago: executing and enhancing individual structures while formulating and advancing ideas that promote larger societal wellbeing through policy organizations.


She is the 2018 Chair of the National AIA COTE advisory group, previously founded a non-profit called 'Livable Places' and with her firm, has received numerous National AIA design awards, the 2010 National AIA Firm Award and the 2014 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.


Keynote: Brooks + Scarpa - Places for People 
Angela will describe the work of Brooks + Scarpa, detailing her efforts to create beautiful and sustainable architecture for the advancement of better cities and more equitable societies.  Over twenty five years of practice, Brooks + Scarpa has competed nearly every project type ranging from single-family homes to multi-family housing, affordable housing, commercial, institutional, educational and governmental buildings. Embedded in their way of working is a respect for our natural environment and fragile ecosystems. By integrating state-of-the-art eco-friendly design and science, their work is at the leading edge of sustainability best practices and innovation.


Angela sees architecture as an instrument for the triple bottom line and the delivery vehicle for space that encourages occupants to flourish, and has pursued this philosophy through two tracks: executing and enhancing individual structures while formulating and advancing ideas that promote larger societal wellbeing through policy organizations.


By attending this keynote address participants will be able to…

  • Get firsthand insight about the design process, challenges, opportunities, and technical solutions to create comprehensive, beautiful, high-performance design.

  • Examine how good design contributes directly to the quality and livability of a development, including access to light, air, views, pleasant circulation patterns, and spaces that are safe, easy to maintain, and suitable for the activities that take place in them.

  • Learn how sustainable strategies in affordable housing are providing catalytic opportunities for systemic change in community development.

  • Hear how higher design quality may be the single most cost-effective strategy to improve the quality, asset value, and acceptance of affordable housing.


Sponsored by ISU Architecture



Marsha Maytum, FAIA

Principal, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects


Marsha Maytum, a founding principal of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects in San Francisco, will discuss how architecture can promote a regenerative future and be a catalyst for positive social change.  Since 2001 LMSA has focused their practice on mission driven projects that advance the integration of environmental sustainability and design excellence, support social equity and make positive contributions to their community. 


Their proficiency in diverse building types, including innovative educational environments, affordable housing for disadvantaged populations, and creative adaptive reuse of historic structures, has been recognized with over 140 design awards including eight AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects in America and the National 2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award. Ms. Maytum is a frequently invited juror and critic and has been the Pietro Belluschi Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon, the Howard A. Friedman Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting professor at the California College of the Arts.


Keynote: Architecture as a Catalyst for Change

The firm of twenty-five architects and designers share a common belief in the transformative power of architecture to reach beyond the property lines to help address some of the larger challenges in our communities – affordable housing, innovative education, aging with dignity, homelessness, disability rights, and climate change.  LMSA demonstrates the capacity of a small firm to make contributions to the profession’s most pressing concerns: advanced sustainability, social equity, and integrated practice - all woven within a consistent framework of design excellence.


By attending this keynote address participants will be able to…

  • Designing Beyond Property Lines: An architectural practice model that focuses on mission-driven design, addressing society’s most pressing challenges

  • Designing for a Resilient Future: Identify strategies architects can use to advance integrated sustainable design in our communities

  • Designing for Social Equity: Learn how our profession can bring positive change through design to diverse communities and disadvantaged individuals

  • Designing a Teaching Practice: Gain insights into a small firm model that promotes transparency of purpose, process and action




Workshop Session 1

1. AXP: Changes, Trends, and Navigating the Path to Licensure

Maggie Dougherty, Assoc. AIA AXP Committee Chair, INVISION Architecture


This course will provide an opportunity for candidates and mentors to learn about the NCARB experience and education requirements for licensure through traditional and alternative paths. We will discuss the guidelines and options for the Architectural Experience Program, as well as show statistics on Iowa candidates collected by NCARB in 2017.


By attending this workshop panel participants will be able to…

  • Understand how to read the AXP Guidelines for mentors and candidates to begin a conversation about AXP hours

  • Unveil what is new about the AXP Program compared to the former IDP program and how it correlates to the new ARE 5.0

  • Inform Iowa professionals about options for licensure based on traditional and unique educational backgrounds

  • Reveal statistics on Iowa candidates collected by NCARB in the last year




2. Health Care Design A-Z: Navigating Red Tape

Ljerka Vasiljevic, Iowa Department of Public Safety

Becky Hansel, AIA, INVISION


The course will step through health care design from initial conception and programming through construction, outlining design considerations, state and local jurisdictions, approval processes, and changes in code that affect health care.


By attending this workshop participants will be able to…

  • Learn to navigate the regulations and codes through designing in healthcare

  • Identify different types of jurisdiction and the required approvals for each governing body.

  • Discover the approval processes and changes in code that specifically effect healthcare design

  • Review practical examples of healthcare design from conception to construction to assist in navigating red tape.




3. Maneuvering the Policies that Inform Architecture

Panel Moderator: Kevin Wagner, AIA, Substance Architecture

Panel Members:

Brent Schipper, AIA, ASK Studio

Steve King, AIA, State Historic Preservation Office

Martha Norbeck, AIA, C-Wise

Pamela Carmichael, Executive Director, HOME Inc.


The course will be a panel-type workshop with a moderator. Several experts on architecture-related civic policy will discuss how they deal-with and take-advantage-of constant and evolving civil guidelines. The panelists include experts on Historic Preservation, Sustainability, and government subsidized housing.


By attending this workshop participants will be able to…

  • Gain knowledge about specific government policies pertaining to Historic Preservation and how they affect working in the profession.

  • Gain knowledge about specific government policies pertaining to Sustainability and how they affect working in the profession.

  • Gain knowledge about specific government policies pertaining to income-restricted housing and how they affect working in the profession.

Understand how architects manage and interpret existing and new policies that directly affecting working in the profession. Learn to comply with policy if necessary and take advantage of policies when possible.





Workshop Session 2


4. Navigating Architecture: Student Perspectives

Panel Moderator: James Spiller, AIA, Blackbird Investments


The intent of this year’s AIA Iowa Spring Conference is to open a dialogue and look broadly at the status of our profession within the context of this unique point in time. In response to this call a panel of Iowa State University student leaders will discuss their perspectives of what it means to navigate architecture as those about to enter the profession in 2018: AIAS (American Institute for Architects Students), IAWIA Student Chapter (Iowa Women in Architecture), NOMAS (National Organization of Minority Architecture Students), and DATUM the Student Journal of Architecture at ISU.


By attending this workshop panel participants will be able to…

  • Identify at least three issues students encounter when navigating architecture. Specifically, related to how the architects who span generations, backgrounds, and experiences are currently grappling with the realities of our climate: be it environmental, political, global, economic or social.

  • Describe the present state of navigating equity in design education and architectural practice and then discuss three reasons why these are important to the profession of architecture.

  • Identify two ways that professionals can better accommodate the concerns, challenges, and ideals of students entering the profession at this unique point in time.

  • Describe three initiatives in architectural education and / or the profession to navigate the intricate processes and requirements of becoming an architect.




5. Architects in Office: From Party Wall to City Hall

Panel Moderator: Paula Dierenfeld, Professional Affiliate of AIA Iowa, AIA Iowa Lobbyist, Nyemaster Goode P.C.

Panel Members:

Matt Brown, AIA, Formation Group
John Haila, AIA, Haila Architecture Structure Planning

Ann Sobiech Munson, AIA, Substance Architecture


Lead by AIA Iowa Lobbyist, Paula Dierenfeld, a panel of three Iowa architects will share their experiences representing their communities as a part of influential boards and running for and holding office. They will discuss what or who encouraged them to get involved at a higher level and the red tape they encountered along the way. They will share what qualities of a design professional make them fit to serve, and the consequences of having architects in office.


By attending this workshop panel participants will be able to…

  • Learn about different opportunities of involvement for architects

  • Discuss the consequences (positive and negative) of having architect in office

  • Learn about hurdles to overcome when campaigning and serving

  • Discuss what it means to be citizen and architect




6. Safely Navigating Construction Sites & Historic Building Access

Chris Downs, Iowa OSHA Consultant, Iowa Workforce Development


Often projects require architects to survey existing buildings and observe active construction sites with hard to access areas where safety is paramount. This presentation will help architects & designers safely maneuver through the problems of construction observation and surveying related to building access. Examples of how to safely gain access in various projects types will be given in order help give a framework of how to tackle future access challenges. 


By attending this workshop panel participants will be able to…

  • Give an overview of the architectural industry related building access issues.

  • Identify the dangers, penalties, and corporate liability associated with improper access.

  • Provide examples of proper access to construction sites that requiring harness, lifts, scaffolding, etc... Describe the differences in this process for buildings that are not under construction (i.e. Surveying Historic Structures). Describe certifications required for vertical access to building and the different levels.

Discuss current technologies that can allow safe survey and observation. Highlight how drones have become a big part of the industry standard for observation/survey and how to navigate using drones.



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