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AIA Indy – “Reflexivity” – Martin Summers – June 13

What: “Reflexivity” a lecture by Martin Summers (founder of PLUS SUM, previously of Morphosis)

When: Thursday, June 13, 2013, 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Where: 201 N Illinois St #1410, Indianapolis (the AIA Indiana office)

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Networking, Hors D’oeuvres, Cash Bar
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Presentation – “Reflexivity” – Martin Summers, Assistant Professor of Architecture, University of Kentucky College of Design, Director and Founder of Plus SUM studio – Earn 1 AIA/CES Learning Unit

Speaker Information – Martin Summers is the principal and founder of Plus-Sum Design and an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design; where he leads advanced studios focused on urban design and teaches electives in High Performance Building Envelopes and Design/Theory. He has 16 years experience in a variety of project types and scales, from small interior renovations to large-scale master planning.

Previously Mr. Summers spent 10 years at Morphosis Architects in Santa Monica, where he served as project designer on projects across all scales and rose to lead the office’s façade design and construction. In his last project with the office, he drove the design of the atrium and exterior facades for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas Texas. Prior to the Perot Museum, Martin led the exterior façade team working on the design and execution drawings for the Phare Tower in Paris, France. He also served as the project designer on the Cahill Center for Astrophysics at Caltech in Pasadena, California and as project designer for the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles; an entire city block across from City Hall where the urban design issues drove the solution. Other award winning projects include NYC 2012 Olympic Village design and master planning; Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank, Udine Italy; the Wayne L. Morse Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon; and the University of Cincinnati Student Recreation Center among others.

Prior to working at Morphosis, Mr. Summers participated in a diverse range of projects from residential and worship spaces to sound stages for clients such as Warner Bros., Sony, and DreamWorks SKG. He received his Masters of Architecture degree from UCLA, and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky College of Architecture, now the College of Design.

Perot Museum

This is Indy

Recently Registered; ARE Prep Discussion – May 21st

What: Recently Registered; ARE Prep Discussion

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Where: The Elbow Room, 605 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Planning to get registered? Get your questions answered and meet some study partners.

Recently registered? Share your experience and knowledge.

Want an excuse to drink beer on a Tuesday? Excellent, Tuesday is Pint Night at the Elbow Room.

Come join our discussion of the ARE, studying, and getting registered.

Joining us will be two recent registered architects:

Tracey Parfitt, AIA, with  StructurePoint

Stewart Whitcomb, AIA with Guidon

Both will be prepared to answer questions and share some tips. Should be a very worthwhile discussion. Hope to see you there!

(in the meantime if you’re looking for some general info on the ARE, check out Bob Borson’s (Life of an Architect) post, here.


LEED Platinum Home Tour – April 10

What: Tour of LEED Platinum home (mid-construction)

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Where: 1055 Elm Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Join the YAF Indy and the local USGBC chapter as we tour this LEED for Homes Gut Rehab in Downtown Indianapolis. Great tour for anyone interested in urban revitalization or environmentally sustainable architecture.

A 110-year old formerly abandoned, tax-foreclosed property gets new life as an ultra-green home.  GreenPath Homes is aiming to make the Fountain Square Cottage the first LEED for Homes Platinum renovation in the state.  The project also has broad professional and community education objectives which are detailed at www.takethegreenpath.com.  Follow their progress on their blog.

The bones (it's much further along now)

The bones (it’s much further along now)

Indy REZONE Focus Group – March 18

What: Indy REZONE Focus Group

When: Monday, March 18, 2013, 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Where: 201 N Illinois St #1410, Indianapolis (the AIA Indiana office)

Come participate in an interactive presentation where you can vote on and discuss zoning issues in Indy! Please contact yafindy@gmail.com or comment below with any questions.

Indy Rezone is a project undertaken by the City of Indianapolis to update the city’s zoning ordinances and associated development regulations to be more sustainable and more livable. This Focus Group is the perfect opportunity to have input regarding ordinance changes in Indy.

This is Indy

Lemonade Day Design Workshops

Lemonade Day

The Young Architects Forum of Indianapolis will be participating in Lemonade Day 2013, which is an activity that happens every year, all over the country; and teaches young kids about entrepreneurship.  We want to inspire them about architecture and the design process. The YAF will be sponsoring Design Workshops at four different YMCA locations throughout the weekends of March 16th to April 6th. The main idea is to help kids and their parents design a Lemonade Stand. We won’t actually be building anything, this is purely an opportunity to teach them design skills. Think more paper and markers, and less nails and handsaws. To get involved, contact Veronica Eulacio at vaeulaciogue@gmail.com. If you’d like more info you can also check out this Indy Star article.

Here is the schedule of events:

March 16 from 4 – 5 p.m. – Benjamin Harrison YMCA, 5736 Lee Road, Indianapolis.

March 23 from 3 – 6 p.m – Fishers YMCA, 9012 E. 126th St., Fishers

March 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Jordan YMCA, 8400 Westfield Blvd., Indpls.

April 6 (1 – 2:30 p.m.) – Ransburg YMCA, 501 N. Shortridge Rd., Indpls.

Earn IDP Volunteering Credits!!

YAF Day at the Statehouse – Feb 19

What: YAF Day at the Statehouse

When: Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 11:45AM – 3PM

Where: 201 N Illinois St #1410, Indianapolis

It is time again for the annual YAF Day at the Statehouse! This event is a great opportunity to see how things actually happen in government, while offering us a chance to learn about the issues that are affecting the profession.

Jason Shelley, the Executive Director of the AIA, will be hosting us for lunch (free Jimmy John’s) at his office before we head over to the statehouse. He is more or less all-knowing when it comes to Architects and the Indiana Legislature.

If you’re interested in learning more about the current legislative issues, review Jason’s most recent newsletter. Also, be sure to look over the AIA position briefs.

If you’re interested in attending, please send an email to yafindy@gmail.com and let us know your home address, Jason will be helping in advance by tracking down who our legislators are.

Last year's group at the statehouse.

Last year’s group.