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2020 Elevated Fellows

The American Institute of Architects Elevates Two Local Architects to the College of Fellows

AIA Fellowship Recognizes Significant Contributions to the Profession of Architecture and Society

The 2020 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects elevated two AIA Columbus members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. This year 116 AIA members were elevated and will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Los Angeles. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Out of a total AIA membership of over 95,000, less than 4 percent are distinguished with this honor. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

We are pleased to announce the 2020 AIA Columbus elevated Fellows: Greg Mare, FAIA and Terry Sullivan, FAIA.

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        Greg Mare, FAIA                               Terry Sullivan, FAIA                

Greg Mare, FAIA, has transformed the healthcare design industry through his focus on Lean DesignPrinciples, Patient and Family Experience, and an Evidence-based Design Process. Read more.

Terry Sullivan, FAIA, unites architecture and systems by creating a national collaborative dialogue between architects and engineers. Read more.


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A total of five new Fellows have been elevated in the 2020 Class from the Ohio Valley Region (Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana). Congratulations to all!

See the full list of AIA Columbus Fellows. 

See the full list of the 2020 Class of the AIA National College of Fellows.

AIA Columbus welcomes three new board members

AIA Columbus welcomes three new board members to its board. Laurie Gunzelman, AIA of GUNZELMAN architects + interiors and Melissa Olson, AIA join the board as directors. Joshua Hostetler, Associate AIA of DesignGroup joins as the new associate director.

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 Laurie Gunzelman, AIA  Melissa Olson, AIA  Joshua Hostetler, Assoc. AIA
Laurie Gunzelman, AIA did not begin her career as an architect. Her design sensibility was established early with an education in Fine Arts. After living in England for three years and touring Europe, she became intrigued with the value of architecture. She returned and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture at The Ohio State University at the age of 29. While receiving a Master of Architecture degree in 2002 from The Ohio State University, Ms. Gunzelman was honored with an AIA Medal of Merit. Always striving to be a leader in the profession, Ms. Gunzelman started her architecture studio in 2009. During this time, Gunzelman has served on the AIA Board of Directors, President of the OSU Alumni and is currently the Club President for the Greater Columbus Rowing Association. As a working principal with over 20 years of experience, Gunzelman engages her expertise on every level of design, detailing and managing of projects. Her leadership is translated in the studio which employs three architects. Her latest venture is the purchase of a building and overseeing a full renovation. Gunzelman will relocate her studio to this exciting new location upon its completion.

With an interest in sustainability and teaming with clients in the public sector, Melissa‘s portfolio focuses heavily upon projects ranging from educational and civic to religious as well as commercial. Being a proactive and driven team player, she manages projects from schematic design through construction in order to achieve the best possible outcome for all involved.

Melissa earned a Master of Architecture degree from The Ohio State University in 1995, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Cum Laude, also from Ohio State, in 1992. 

Melissa has served as secretary of the Knowlton School of Architecture Alumni Society. She is LEED Accredited, active in the local sustainability community, and is currently studying to be a WELL AP.
Joshua is passionate about Architectural Technology and Building Information Modeling (BIM) and how, when used effectively, it can enhance communication and collaboration between all team members of the design process. He believes that when using innovative technology, it allows teams to find new and creative ways to design buildings that lead to better outcomes for the client and occupants. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bowling Green State University where he studied Architecture. Joshua combines 6 years of BIM/Technology expertise with 5 years of design experience in all phases of projects from planning to construction documents. 

COVID-19 Update

Economic Update of COVID-19: September 2020 Update

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to great uncertainty at architecture firms. In this series, AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker walks you through the latest developments and economic data and discusses the impact it is having on firms, and how they are responding so far. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion. Sign up here.

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letter from president

Dear AIA Columbus Members, Affiliates, Sponsors, and Supporters,

Hopefully this letter finds you and your family healthy and safe. 

First, I'd like to thank everyone who has volunteered to help address the many issues in this crisis.  I'd also like to thank Elizabeth and Qisti for maintaining the continuity of the Chapter's operations--other than the fact that all meetings are virtual, we would never be able to tell there is anything out of the ordinary going on.

We continue to manage the impact of COVID-19 on our Chapter's activities. We have made the decision to continue to offer virtual meetings and events during the extended social distancing period through April 30th per the federal government's recommendation. 

I want to update you on what we're doing to maintain a semblance of normalcy and to continue delivering high-quality programming to our members. For April we will be rolling out more virtual town hall meetings like the Business Continuity and Development session. We will also be holding a webinar with the former Mayor of Columbus, Michael B. Coleman, and are in discussions with Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA to reschedule the lecture that was postponed in March to a webinar format.  Finally, our committees will continue to meet virtually.

During these difficult times, we strive to provide relevant programming that addresses your immediate needs. Please click this link to let us know how to better serve you. Your input will help us adapt our programming in this constantly changing situation.

Lastly, I want to thank you for your patience and flexibility when it comes to rapidly adjusting our schedules and adapting to an online focused delivery of programming. We are going to be stronger when this passes because of the demonstrated will and cohesion of our Chapter.


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Mike Vala, AIA
2020 AIA Columbus Chapter President

COVID-19 Relief Package Information from AIA National

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the third federal legislation meant to address the COVID-19 crisis. It was passed by the Senate on March 25 and is expected to pass the House of Representatives Friday, March 27. Click here to learn more about the major impacts it will have on firms on employees.

How you can help as Architects during COVID-19
As our city grapples with the COVID-19 illness sweeping through the world, we are all, as citizens, looking for ways to help contain or stop the spread.  As architects, we can offer vast knowledge of buildings, building systems, and how the public's welfare is impacted by the built environment.
AIA Columbus has sent letters to several local government entities such as the Governor's Office, City Council, Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Senate, and the Ohio Department of Health to offer our membership as a resource for city and local leaders looking for information.
AIA Ohio is compiling a list of healthcare architects throughout the state. If you are currently doing healthcare work, please identify your firm and any key members of your firm who could help answer questions or give guidance if needed. Click here to access the form.

AIA Ohio COVID-19 Response

Ohio is in some unchartered territory with the outbreak of COVID-19. Architects and Engineers need to take up the challenge and help our state and local governments in this time of need. AIA Ohio has started a Task Force: AIA Ohio – COVID-19 Response Task Force to address some of these issues.

AIA Ohio and local chapters across the state are calling on all who are able, to volunteer their time and or donate critical resources to this effort.

What we are looking to do:

1.        We are looking to compile a list of health care architects throughout the state. If you are currently doing health care work, please identify your firm and any key members of your firm who could help answer questions or give guidance if needed. Click here to access the form.

2.     We are also looking to compile a list of consultants who have been working in the health care field.  These would include HVAC engineers, Commissioning agents, and HVAC contractors who could help Ohio hospitals adjust air balance needs in a crisis. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can share information on consultants.

AIA Ohio has outlined a resources page on our website related to the COVID-19 outbreak: We will keep this updated with changes as they occur, so check back frequently. 

COVID-19 Legislative Update

There is a lot of action on Capitol Hill to help mobilize relief for small business owners and workers during these unprecedented times. We feel that it is important that AIA members stay abreast of these developments and want to provide periodic updates as the information develops. Click here to read more.

letter from president

Dear AIA members, affiliates, sponsors, and supporters,
As news of the COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to dominate conversation and news cycles, the executive committee held a conference call yesterday to discuss precautions we should take to try and keep our membership safe. While we realize there are not currently any reported cases in the Central Ohio area, we feel it would be in the Chapter's best interest to limit our exposure by limiting gatherings of large groups of people, as advised by the CDC.  Out of an abundance of caution, we are taking the action of suspending in-person meetings and chapter events until March 31, at which time we will re-evaluate the situation. We suggest our committees conduct business via teleconference.
All of this may seem like extreme measures given the current situation, but we are interested in being proactive rather than reactive, realizing that many of the events we have scheduled in the next few weeks can be rescheduled with relative ease, while the health of our members and staff cannot be repaired quite so easily should anyone be exposed to the virus. 
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Mike Vala, AIA
2020 AIA Columbus Chapter President

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

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virtual town hall meeting

Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Business Continuity and Business Development Strategies
Moderated by: Timothy Hawk, FAIA
Featuring: Melinda Shah, AIA, Vice President & COO at Schooley Caldwell and Yanitza Brongers-Marrero, AIA, Associate Principal & Director of Housing at Moody Nolan.
We understand these are unprecedented times. AIA Columbus is here to assist and be a resource to members. In the spirit of collaboration, AIA Columbus is hosting a virtual town hall meeting to share business continuity and development strategies. We'll cover issues such as:
  • Keeping employees safe
  • Identifying key business functions
  • Working remotely
  • Establishing clear communication channels
  • Managing client expectations
  • Developing new work
  • Marketing to new clients
  • Branding your firm
  • And more
Come and share your knowledge with fellow members. Working collaboratively, we will get through these challenging times.
When: March 19 at 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual Meeting through Zoom (instructions to follow)
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