April Chapter Meeting: Site & Senses: A Qualitative Approach to Green Design

Chapter Meetings fall on the second Tuesday of the month.






1.0 HSW LU

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
5 PM Reception  |  6 PM Presentation

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 West Town St. Suite 110
Columbus, OH 43215

Free to AIA Members and Affiliates
$20 to Non-AIA Members

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About David T. Darling, AIA, IIDA, ASLA

David Darling is a founding principal of Aidlin Darling Design, formed with Joshua Aidlin in 1997, with a shared interest in exploring design across a wide range of scales, programs, and disciplines including institutional, commercial and residential architecture, as well as furniture, landscape and interior design. Mr. Darling has cultivated his interest in the connection between art, food, wine, and place through his involvement in Slow Food USA, the James Beard Foundation, and through his firm’s work on a wide range of projects, including a LEED Platinum restaurant in San Francisco, a contemplative art chapel at Stanford University, a 160,000 square foot LEED Gold destination production brewery in San Leandro, and four wineries in California that push the boundaries of sustainability in agriculture and building. 

His firm’s work explores a closely held conviction that design can enlighten the human spirit by engaging all of the senses. This notion was most recently on display at his firm’s installation “Site & Senses” at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. The firm’s exploration has included projects as far away as Doha Qatar and Hong Kong, and as diverse as product development for Herman Miller Inc., a high school in Santa Rosa, and a Cultural Arts Center in San Francisco.

His firm has garnered over 90 regional, national, and international awards including the 2013 National Design Award-by the Smithsonian’s Cooper- Hewitt Nation Design Museum for their complete body of work, a James Beard Award for restaurant design, a National AIA “COTE” award and “COTE Top 10 Plus” award for excellence in sustainable design, three American Architecture Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum, an International Civic Trust Award, and several local, state and national awards from the AIA, IIDA, and ASLA.



May Chapter Meeting - How to be Branded by DESIGN

May Chapter Meeting: How to be Branded by DESIGN

Join AIA Columbus for our May Chapter Meeting featuring Paul Westlake, Jr., FAIA and Phil LiBassi, AIA, ACHA, NCARB. 

Westlake Reed Leskosky is ranked #1 Overall among U.S. design firms in the 2014 "The Architect 50" listing by Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects. "The Architect 50" ranking is based on scores in three separate categories: business, design excellence, and sustainability. Westlake Reed Leskosky ( is ranked #1 in Business, #4 in Design, and #5 in Sustainability in the individual category listings.

Paul E. Westlake, Jr., FAIA and Phil LiBassi, AIA, ACHA, NCARB will discuss their firm's culture and practice, including research and development, innovation and creativity, design processes, and integration of design disciplines. 

  • Explore how to maintain a ‘culture of excellence’ that has underpinned the growth of a continuing partnership that has been in operation since 1905. 
  • Examine how innovation and creativity paired with research and development led from a single discipline, single office practice to multi-discipline, multi-office practice. 
  • Discuss the business, human resources and practice protocols necessary to compete in the changing landscape of the A/E industry. 
  • Review how the concept of ‘sustainability’ permeates the design ethos and the related business ‘upside’.


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         Paul E. Westlake, Jr. FAIA                            Phil LiBassi, AIA, ACHA, NCARB

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Reception: 5:00 PM
Lecture:     6:00 PM

1.0 HSW Learning Unit

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 West Town St, Suite 110
Columbus, OH 43215

AIA/Affiliates - Free
Non-AIA Member - $20


Sponsored By: pella logo

Paul E. Westlake, Jr., FAIA, FACHA

Managing Principal

Paul E. Westlake Jr., FAIA, is Managing Principal and a Lead Designer in the firm of Westlake Reed Leskosky, with offices in Cleveland, Phoenix, Washington DC, New York, and Los Angeles. The firm, founded in 1905 by Abram Garfield – son of the 20th President of the United States – is an international practice that has been honored with more than 350 significant design awards including a state level AIA Gold Medal Firm Award, and a Federal Design Achievement Award. In 2013, the firm was ranked #3 overall by Architect magazine among architectural firms nationally, and ranked #1 in sustainable design in 2012.


Mr. Westlake was one of the youngest architects to have been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and is a recipient of a state level AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor that AIA bestows on an individual. Mr. Westlake is also a recipient of over 150 significant design awards for new construction and renovation, and has been recognized in over 1,000 publications. His designs encompass a range of widely exhibited and published projects - READ MORE HERE.


Philip LiBassi, AIA, ACHA,NCARB

Philip LiBassi, AIA, ACHA, NCARB is principal at Westlake Reed Leskosky, nationally recognized, integrated A/E in healthcare design and planning. As Chief of Operations, Phil focuses his efforts to mitigate risk and strengthen the firm’s work product through developing protocols for office and drawing standards, scheduling, practice integration and specialization and quality control. Over 29 years, Mr. LiBassi has worked on healthcare, performing and cultural arts, and federal government projects varying in size, complexity and delivery methods for clients throughout the United States that include Cleveland Clinic, Banner Health, GSA, VA, Musical Arts Association and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (site of the 1969 Woodstock festival). Many of these projects have been recognized for both technical and design excellence by awards and national publications. Mr. LiBassi hold a BS Arch from The Ohio State University, an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), where he has served as Chapter Advisor and Board Secretary; American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA); American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE); and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He is a frequent speaker and participant in Continuing Education conferences. He is licensed in Ohio, Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana and New York. READ MORE HERE.




June Chapter Meeting - Performance & Beauty



Speaker Bio:
Eric Thompson is the sustainable design lead for the Columbus studio of NBBJ Architects.  In this role, Eric works with projects to develop sustainability strategies that advance the client’s values and goals.  He is also responsibility for studio education, mentoring and coordination around sustainability.  Eric is a licensed architect with more than 25 years of experience in projects at a variety of scales and building types, and is a LEED Accredited Professional (BD&C) with a proven track record in execution of numerous sustainably-oriented and LEED certified projects.  Recent projects include the Kuwait Police Hospital, the nuCLEus mixed-use development in Cleveland Ohio, and the LEED silver certified Miami Valley Hospital Heart and Orthopedic Center, a project which also met the rigorous 2030 Challenge.  Eric is also leading the LEED process for NBBJ’s first LEED version 4 project, a tenant improvement for a major international financial services media company.  This project is part of the USGBC’s LEED v4 “Beta Test”, prior to the official release of version 4, and is one of only 122 such projects worldwide.  Eric also serves on the Columbus Mayor’s Green Team as co-chair of the Built Environment Working Group and was the chair of the AIA Columbus Committee on the Environment from 2009 through 2013.





Annual Chapter Meeting - 2015

.Annual Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center 
2201 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, OH

Parking Instructions!

Parking is available at the 4-H Center and across Fred Taylor Drive in the Bill Davis Stadium Lot.

A parking permit is required - available to print here!

If you're not able to print a permit prior to the event, we will have them available at the registration desk when you walk in the 4-H Center.


AIA Members (Free to attend) - Please register below.  
Affiliates - please register below, but type N/A for AIA Number.

Non-AIA Members ($20) - Register Here.

John Senhauser, FAIA Bio:

John C. Senhauser, FAIA, founder and principal of John Senhauser Architects is recognized as one of Cincinnati’s leading Architects. Born in New Philadelphia, Ohio, he earned a bachelor of architecture degree in 1971 from University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. John started his own practice in 1979, and since then both architects and builders have chosen to honor John Senhauser Architects with more than sixty design awards as well as the 1999 Ohio Gold Medal Firm Award and the 2009 AIA Ohio Gold Medal. Linking practice with education, professional and community service, John is a former Adjunct Associate Professor of Design at the University of Cincinnati. He has served as President of both AIA Cincinnati and AIA Ohio, former Regional Director for the Ohio Valley Region, and a twoyear term as the 2005-2006 Institute Secretary to the National AIA. In addition, John served as the Director to the National Architectural Accreditation Board from 2007 to 2010 and again in 2014. During that period, he served as an author of both the 2008 and 2014 Conditions for Accreditation. Recently he completed a 27-year term as a member, then Chair, of the city’s Historic Conservation Board. He continues as a member of Cincinnati’s Urban Design Review Board and the University of Cincinnati’s Design Review Committee.

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