Beyond the Building

Beyond the Building

The AIA Columbus Healthcare Knowledge Community and the Knowlton School of Architecture present: Beyond the Building by Alan Ricks of MASS Design Group.

MASS Design Presentation Flyer

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

5 PM | Reception
6 PM | Presentation

Free for Students!
$5 - Associate AIA
$15 - AIA/Affiliate Members
$30 - Non-AIA Members

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MASS Design Group is an architecture firm based in Boston, MA and Kigali, Rwanda. We aim to improve people’ lives through design, and to be an example for how designers can rethink their role in the world. Our work in the US and internationally focuses on leveraging architecture, as well as the design and construction processes, to become engines for better health, economic growth, and long-term sustainability.


Alan Ricks is the chief operating officer and co-founder of MASS Design Group, an impact-driven architecture and design firm that began with the design and construction of the critically acclaimed Butaro Hospital for Partners In Health. MASS has since expanded to twelve countries, focusing on design innovation and health infrastructure development. This spring, Alan was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum for the 2014-2019 term, which 'recognizes extraordinary leaders of the world under the age of 40'. Chief TED curator Chris Anderson described the TED talk Alan gave in September 2013 as “a different language about what architecture can aspire to be.”

At the age of 28, Alan was named to the Forbes list of ‘30 Under 30’. Often the only architect at the table, Alan has worked with the government of Liberia to develop healthcare policy and addressed the Global Infrastructure Initiative sponsored by McKinsey and the Albright Stonebridge Group. Under the leadership of Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks, MASS has been named finalists for the TED Prize, Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and Buckminster Fuller Challenge, and received the World Architecture News Burro Happold Award, Architecture League Emerging Voices Award, Healthcare Design Changemaker Award, the Curry Stone Design Prize, and Contract Magazine ‘Designer of the Year’, among others.

Alan works to expand dialogue around the role of design in advancing a more equitable world, including regular and guest lectures at the Harvard School of Public Health, Colorado College, the University of Pretoria, and the Harvard Leadership Conference, among others. Alan and Michael have published in the Huffington Post, the Journal of Architecture, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. MASS’s first book, Empowering Architecture, was published in 2013 as a reflection on the Butaro Hospital design process. Select features on MASS include Wired Magazine, the New York Times, Fast Company, and the Boston Globe, and in architecture publications including Mark, Domus, and Lotus.

Alan is a graduate of Colorado College and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.



Women in Architecture Exhibit

AIA Ohio Valley Region Achievements of Women in Architecture Exhibit

This exhibit highlights the remarkable achievements of women in architecture in the Ohio Valley Region - Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. This exhibit provides a current snapshot of the changing role of women in the profession and features notable women that have helped lead the change. AIA Columbus was proud to present this exhibition at the AIA OVR Convention in Columbus and display it at The Center for Architecture and Design through the fall of 2015. A digital version of the timeline can be viewed below.

Photos of the physical exhibit can be shown below and are available to travel around the region. Please contact Qisti Gitosuputro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   if you are interested in displaying this exhibit or if you have any questions.

Exhibit Committee: Gwen Berlekamp, CAE, Erika Knaebel Chirafisi, Associate AIA, Charissa Durst, AIA, Ruth Gless, FAIA, Stephanie Hayward, AIA, Jordan Iseler, Associate AIA, Sandra LaFontaine, AIA, Aimee Moore, Monica Wangler, AIA, and Jennifer Weaver, AIA




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Photos of the exhibit:

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Sustainable HVAC Design

Sustainable HVAC Design: Using Air Movement in Air Conditioned Buildings

December 16, 2015

Credits: 1 AIA HSW / 1 GBCI BD+C / 1 PDH / 1 IDCEC

From schools to shopping malls and movie theaters, we've become accustomed to over air-conditioned spaces -- a design habit that is wasteful not just from a business perspective, but from an environmental one too. Meanwhile, air movement has been relegated to a mere alternative means of cooling. By reconsidering the relationship between air conditioning and elevated air speed, design professionals can affect meaningful change in building sustainability and comfort.

The innovative HVAC design strategy that pairs traditional air conditioning with energy-efficient air movement permits a substantial offset of necessary HVAC capacity and likewise improves air quality by ensuring fresh air reaches the occupant breathing zone. After construction is complete, the incorporation of air movement allows a reduction in energy consumption, as end-users can raise the thermostat setpoint without sacrificing comfort. This presentation will review recent changes to ASHRAE Standards 55 and 90.1 which substantiate the impact of elevated air speed, and will explore benefits of this innovative HVAC design strategy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the factors that affect thermal comfort.
  • Explain the sustainability benefits of a design strategy that uses air movement in conjuction with traditional air conditioning.
  • Describe how elevated air speed can improve building IAQ.
  • Understand how ASHRAE Standards 55 and 90.1 are applied in air conditioned spaces.

Presented by: Kevin Rucinski of Big Ass Solutions

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 PM

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


$5 Associate AIA
$10 AIA & Affiliate Members
$10 USGBC Members
$20 Non-AIA Members
Free for students

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BIM Coordination


Navigating the Waters of Design and Construction BIM Coordination



Join the AIA Columbus Technology in Architectural Practice Committee for lunch and a presentation on BIM coordination between design and construction phases.



February 18, 2016

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Lunch is provided.

In traditional project delivery settings, Design Phase and Construction Phase Coordination prevents true collaboration between the Design and Construct project teams. Through CM-at-Risk, Design-Assist, Design-Build and IPD project delivery types, optimization of Design Phase coordination can occur through early team engagement – thus working to create a more streamlined Construction Coordination effort. Like many facets of the building construction industry, we must challenge ourselves to “begin with the end in mind”. Design Coordination teams constantly face this challenge, in order to somehow use their ‘crystal ball’ and see the end result based on early design coordination strategies, techniques, and systems layout. Likewise, Construction Coordination teams must interpret the intent of the Design Team coordination effort, while working within the parameters of the Builder and the Owner.

But what happens in a dynamic project where design and construction coordination “beginnings” and “ends” blur together? When coordination parameters change often during the process? How does this all get managed?

Join AIA Columbus for a special presentation into a case study which looks at managing this dynamic process in a Design-Build setting on a large scale, multiple building project from both the Design and Construct perspectives.


2.0 Learning Units

The Center for Architecture and Design

50 West Town St.,
Suite 110

Columbus, OH 43215

$15 AIA Members
$5 Associate Members
$20 Non-AIA Members

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Key Concepts:

  • Establishing the Design-Build Team approach (enhancing visual communication)
  • Early planning strategies for effective Design Phase Coordination (bringing BIM to life)
  • Establishment of BIM Execution Planning (learning to trust the models)
  • Project Team Co-Location & Revit Server (real-time team access to effect rapid change)
  • Involvement of Design-Assist Contractors (early input on routing/fabrication)
  • VDC Specification (setting trade contractor coordination expectations)
  • Builder-led BIM/VDC Coordination Process (leading with the end in mind)
  • Establishment of BIM Walk-thrus with Design/Owner Teams (identifying critical spaces)
  • BIM to Field (bringing the models to the point of construction in real-time)

Sponsored by:



Email Jordan Iseler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
or call 614-469-1973.

Our Featured Speakers:

Alex R. Belkofer, CM - BIM - Messer Construction Company 
Virtual Construction Manager | Operations Technology Services
Alex brings a diverse background of experience and knowledge within the A/E/C industry to Messer Construction's Operations Technology Services group. Alex graduated from The Ohio State University with a dual degree in Architecture and Construction Management and utilizes his expertise from both sides of the industry to thoroughly understand the entire scope of construction projects while coordinating effective project management. Alex strives for innovative and practical construction management strategies to ensure that all managerial aspects are coordinated with the client's best interests in mind.

Alex has held various roles throughout his construction operations experience and presently is part of a six person Virtual Construction Team responsible for the implementation, coordination, and management of Messer's Building Information Modeling (BIM) best practices company-wide. From corporate office to construction site, the VCTeam promotes, trains and guides Project Teams through the BIM process over the course of a building's lifecycle.

Speaking Role: early interface with Design/Owner Teams, VDC Coordination protocols, aligning coordination expectations, bringing the model to life, BIM to Field

Paul Schmidt - Messer Construction Company 
Paul brings more than a decade of complexed healthcare construction experience and work on over 19 projects during his tenure with Messer Construction Co. He joined the Messer team in 2001 and currently serves as Project Executive on The Ohio State University's $305MM North Residential District Transformation (NRDT) Project.

Paul's primary role as Project Executive is dedicated to management of processes and best practices, QA/QC leadership and expediting project and safety control measures. From high level to fine detail, Paul utilizes his technical expertise with Builting Information Modeling (BIM) to facilitate model reviews with Designers, Owner, and Trade Contractors. Paul will often incorporate BIM into weekly Project Meetings, Trade Coordination sessions and with Field Teams to review complexed details, ensure proper coordination and to convey visualization and expectations to End Users. Paul holds a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University.


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Alex Belkofer






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Paul Schmidt

Program Learning Benefits:

  • Opportunity for attendees to learn about key aspects in managing multiple building coordination 
    efforts simultaneously while aligning expectations on a large scale, multiple building project
  • Identifying technical differences in workflows, management and contract documents when 
    utilizing 3D Design & Construction Coordination
  • Understanding the framework of implementing Virtual Design & Construction processes both
    internally and externally
  • Communicating the importance of project-specific BIM Execution Planning
  • Networking with potential clients and firms involved in building design & construction
  • Engagement with featured speakers and participants before and after the program
  • Earn AIA CEUs!


Program Agenda:

11:45am – 12:00pm Program Registration and Check-in
12:00pm – 12:05pm Introduction to Presentation
12:05pm – 12:50pm Presentation #1: Design Coordination
12:50pm – 1:05pm Lunch Intermission
1:05pm – 1:50pm Presentation #2: Construction Coordination
1:50pm – 2:00pm Q&A / Wrap-up

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