Sep 1

BAF Little Free Library Design Competition


"Ensuring that books are available to any child at any time of the year will be a good first step in enhancing the reading achievement of low-income students and an absolutely necessary step in closing the reading achievement gap.” 
         —Anne McGill Franzen and Richard Allington, 2009

This is an open, two-stage, design competition to design, construct, and install a contemporary book shelter in underprivileged neighborhoods in Buffalo, NY.  

Literacy-friendly neighborhoods (LFN) is a grassroots initiative started by Little Free Libraries (LFL) that aims to promote literacy, expand literary horizons, cultivate generosity, and promote general neighborliness.  These libraries will facilitate an informal exchange of books in the city’s public spaces, where residents and visitors may use and contribute to these communal resources.  

Each entry should speak to the goals of the LFN in an urban setting while addressing the basic demands of an outdoor enclosure and providing a form that breaks the mold of what has been deemed typical for a LFL.  Creative and innovative designs are encouraged.  

Architects, designers, students interested in rethinking and fabricating a library as part of this project are invited to submit their qualifications and describe their interest.  A conceptual design and brief narrative description of how your concept addresses the points presented in the Competition Brief must accompany each application. Multiple designs concepts are allowed and will require multiple entries.

A jury will select up to ten entrants to design and fabricate a library, hosted on public property or in the domain of a partnering community organization. Once installed, all libraries will be stocked by the Buffalo Public Library system. Entrants will be responsible for all design, material selection, and fabrication of one LFL within the defined schedule.  

For full contest rules, more information, eligibility and submission requirements, and selection criteria, please download a copy of the Competition Brief.  An entry form for HARD COPY SUBMISSIONS ONLY is included in the packet, but all participants are encouraged to use the Online Entry Form. 

For more information and to enter, visit http://buffaloarchitecture.org/little-free-library/.


7:00 pm19:00

Wright at 150 Lecture Series: Michael Desmond

  • Darwin Martin House

Michael Desmond will 'unpack' his finds within the archive - revealing a discovery of Wright's circular homes and communities, with in-depth analysis of the drawings, concept, and philosiphies attached to this chapter of Wright's life and work.

Tickets are $25 for Members, $35 for Non-Members. VIP Tickets are $90 for Members, $100 for Non-Members.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event's Facebook page here.

9:00 am09:00

Solar PV for Architects: Evaluation and Design Fundamentals

  • ECC's Green Building Technology Training Center (GBTC)

The accredited course will provide architects and design professionals with a basic understanding of PV system components, common system types and operating characteristics. Participants will receive training on important design considerations for specifying PV technology as well as structural, electrical, and fire code issues associated with site assessments.

Additionally, this training will provide the tools required to evaluate the economic performance and energy output of a solar electric system. This should not be considered a course that will provide all the information that one may require in this field.

This course is free.


To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solar-pv-for-architects-evaluation-and-design-fundamentals-orchard-park-tickets-35384795877

3:00 pm15:00

Bioclimatic Ceramic Assemblies

  • Hotel Henry

Four teams, led by principals from AECOM, Walter P. Moore, Morphosis, UB Department of Architecture, Alfred University College of Ceramics and Boston Valley Terra Cotta will share their research and design prototypes for terracotta façade systems that focus on bioclimatic performance.

These strategize ways to develop sustainable micro climates in and around buildings and address issues like energy mitigation, hybrid structural systems and high performance façade systems for shading, snow collecting, heat harvesting and air circulation.

3 AIA LU's are available.

This program is free, but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit UB's event page here.

9:00 am09:00

Queen City Architecture Run

  • Big Ditch Brewing Co.

Join the AIA Buffalo/WNY for the 2017 Queen City Architecture Run. A 3.5 Mile run through downtown featuring Buffalo's renowned Architecture. After-party and awards at Big Ditch Brewing Co. All proceeds support scholarship initiatives and local architectural events.

Fees: $20 early registration/ $25 after Aug 25/ $30 day of

For more information and to register: https://www.raceentry.com/race-reviews/queen-city-architecture-run


*Entrants must be 21 or over to participate in the free beer at Big Ditch Brewing.

12:00 pm12:00

Diversity Committee Meeting

  • Hayes Hall, University at Buffalo South Campus

Next AIA Diversity Committee meeting will take place at Hayes Hall (Room TBD) Anyone interested is welcomed!

No Cost.  Bring your own lunch.  

9:00 am09:00

Conquering the Energy Code

  • Environmental Education Associates

Conquering the Energy Code prepares architects and engineers to comply with the new requirements in the 2015 New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code. In an era of more stringent code enforcement, the course provides critical knowledge about significant changes, new provisions, and best practices to avoid objections and stalled projects.

View the event flyer here.

Registration is required to attend and costs $75.00.
7 AIA LU|HSW's available

For more information and to register, visit the Urban Green Council's website here.

5:00 pm17:00

Tour of 905 Elmwood Avenue

  • 905 Elmwood

This AIA presentation/tour will introduce a new infill completed by Ellicott Development, LLC located at 905 Elmwood Ave. The four-story mixed-use building replaced the Elmwood-Delavan Food Mart (and gas station).  Kideney Architects and general contractor Concept Construction were commissioned for this 52,000 sq ft building with 21 residential units and 6,200 SF of ground level retail & restaurant space. The restaurant includes a 1,050 sf second floor bar and seating area with a balcony overlooking Elmwood Avenue.

1.5 AIA LU's are available. This program is free, but you must register to attend at https://form.jotformpro.com/71645813091961.

5:30 pm17:30

Biophilia, Wellness and the Visual Environment

  • University at Buffalo South Campus, Hayes Hall
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Attendees will gain an understanding of Biophilia and learn how Biophilic design principles can be employed into an interior.  The design aspects will focus on visual and material elements that give occupants a connection to nature, especially through surface materials.

1 AIA CEU is available.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Fill out the form here to register.

9:00 am09:00

Conquering the Energy Code

  • Environmental Education Associates

Conquering the Energy Code prepares architects and engineers to comply with the new requirements in the 2015 New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code. In an era of more stringent code enforcement, the course provides critical knowledge about significant changes, new provisions, and best practices to avoid objections and stalled projects.

View the event flyer here.

Registration is required to attend and costs $75.00.
7 AIA LU|HSW's available

For more information and to register, visit the Urban Green Council's website here.

7:00 pm19:00

FLW150 Lecture Series: Barry Bergdoll

  • Greatbatch Pavilion

The Martin House presents FLW150: a five-part lecture series celebrating the artistic legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright during the 150th year of his birth.  The public forums will feature prominent thinkers in the field of architecture and design who have each contributed to the exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, at the Museum of Modern Art.

Individual Tickets: $35|$25 members
VIP Series Tickets: $500|$450 members
includes priority seating and reception with guest speakers and a copy of the MoMA catalogue

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Martin House's website here.

12:00 pm12:00

KSA-1 Cold Liquid Applied Roofing & Waterproofing Systems

  • 1200 N. American Drive West Seneca, NY 14224 USA
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History of fully reinforced, cold-fluid applied, liquid resin waterproofing membranes. Technology -   composite of resin and reinforcement.  Understanding system components. Application process, performance benefits, range of applications.

This program is free, but registration is required.
AIA/CES 1.5 LU|HSW available, additional credits available with the plant tour

For more information, view the full flyer here.

To register, fill out the form here.

4:30 pm16:30

Concrete Paver Technology

  • Unilock, inc.

This presentation will teach you about the evolution of paving stones in North America and the manufacturing standards and process used today.  Understanding the manufacturing process and the new technologies available and how they will impact the aesthetic and long term performance will allow you to choose a product that is fit for purpose. We will explore various physical characteristics such as style, shape, texture, color and pattern and examine proper installation methods. Utilizing the many options available today ensures that the selection process will translate into great design. Includes traditional installation methods as well as permeable, roof deck, pedestal paver.

Learning Objectives: After completion of this presentation, designers and specifiers will be able to:
Describe the inception and history of concrete pavers.
List new paver technology and industry design trends.
Utilize ASTM Standard C936 for evaluating concrete pavers. 
Specify proper installation procedures for concrete pavers.
Devise a method for selecting concrete pavers characteristics such as style, shape, texture, color and pattern. 
Examine LEED criteria for achieving potential credits for using concrete pavers such as solar reflectivity and recycled materials.

There is no fee for this program.
1 AIA CEU available
Registration is required. Register here.

1:00 pm13:00

Celebrating Mark Mendell’s legacy B/a+p

  • University at Buffalo South Campus, Hayes Hall

Mark Mendell was a founding member of the University of Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning’s Dean Council. To celebrate Mark, his dedication there and to his profession, CannonDesign is honoring him by naming the largest design studio within Hayes Hall after him.

The CannonDesign/Mark Mendell Studio reinforces CannonDesign's commitment to the school, as well celebrating our mentor and friend. Dean Bob Shibley will lead a dedication ceremony and plaque unveiling Friday, May 19.

This event is free and open to the community. Registration is not required.

5:30 pm17:30

APA 2017 Annual Awards Reception

  • Resurgence Brewing Co.

The Western New York Section of the American Planning Association is holding their 2017 Annual Awards Reception at Resurgence Brewing Co. The event features an open bar, food stations, director welcome, awards presentation and basket raffle. This is a great networking opportunity and and chance to learn about some great projects that are taking place around WNY.

Registration costs $20 and is required to attend. RSVP to WNYAPA via email here by May 5 to attend.

May 20

Fundamentals of Lighting and More

  • Wendel Companies

The IES Fundamentals of Lighting is the core curriculum upon which all advanced education modules are built. New and Improved in 2015, this is unlike the previous ED100, ED150, and FOL series. There are 3 full days of instruction, May 12, May 13, and May 20. This Course is approved by AIA for 20 HSW LU, by USGBC for 20 CE and by IES for 20 PDH.

Every attendee will receive: Printed text, slides, and references, Food and Beverages during breaks and lunches, Credits upon completion

IES & AIA Member: $350
IES Emerging Professional: $200
IES Student Member: $150
Non-Member: $600

Current promotion!
Cost of first person - price as outlined above
Cost of second person (or more) from the same company - $50 off
Four from the same company - save an additional $200 (Buy 3 get 1 free!)

For more information and to register, visit Buffalo IES's website here.

6:00 pm18:00

6 Minute Building Stories

  • UB South Campus, Hayes Hall

Every building has a story. The intriguing architecture of our community is celebrated through Building Stories — BAF’s multi-media project documenting and sharing profound individual experiences with architecture, construction, landscape and planning throughout Western New York.

6 Minute Building Stories (6Mbs) is an informal and fun gathering featuring presentations by esteemed speakers from diverse cultural disciplines. Speakers present their building story through 18 images. The total time allotted for each slide is 20 seconds and, as the slide changes after 20 seconds, so does the related verbal content.

Tickets are available for $5 at the door. Admission includes one beverage ticket.

5:30 pm17:30

363 Grant Street Tour

  • 363 Grant Street Buffalo, NY, 14213 United States

This AIA presentation/tour will introduce a new infill completed by HES Properties I, LLC located at  363 Grant Street, site of the former Ellen Terry Theater.

Architect John Wingfelder, AIA and general contractor BRD Inc. were commissioned for this 12,600 sq ft building with 11 residential units and 2,500 SF of ground level retail space.  

363 Grant Street is the first new building in Buffalo to completely conform to the recently adopted Buffalo Green Code while incorporating geothermal heating & cooling systems.  It also demonstrates how to leverage resources such as the Better Buffalo Fund and Transit Oriented Development.

2.0 AIA LUs/ HSW available.
Registration is required. Click here for more information and to register.

5:00 pm17:00

BAF presents at Pitch 10

  • Buffalo Riverworks

Buffalo Architecture Foundation will be pitching their upcoming Little Free Library Design Competition! 

Ten nonprofit organizations at the leading edge of social innovation. Ten ideas to impact Buffalo and Erie County for the next generation. Come listen to how these ideas are transforming communities across Western New York and have your say in who wins $10,000 in grants from Next Generation United.

Pitch 10 is a pitch night for small grassroots organizations and Millenial-led nonprofits. Ten finalist organizations will be pitching their ideas for a grant of $5,000; second and third place vote-getters will each win $2,500 to implement their idea or expand their program.

Admission is $20 and includes a vote for your favorite idea, hors-d'oeuvres, and one drink. To learn more about Next Generation United, visit

Join us to vote for BAF!

12:00 pm12:00

Diversity Committee Meeting

  • Erie Community College City Campus

Next AIA Diversity Committee meeting will take place at ECC City Campus (Room TBD) Anyone interested is welcomed!

No Cost.  Bring your own lunch or ECC Culinary School will be open.

5:30 pm17:30

Tour of the Curtiss Hotel

  • Curtiss Hotel

See it before it opens. This 5 star boutique hotel is being built inside of the renovated historic landmark Harlow C. Curtiss building at 210 Franklin.

The hotel will feature 68 luxurious, high-tech rooms and breathtaking wedding, event, and conference spaces, as well as the first indoor outdoor year round Roman hot spring, and a roof top lounge with amazing views of the lake and Buffalo skyline.  

Come join us along with developer and restaurateur Mark Croce as he guides us through his latest and one of the most eagerly anticipated buildings to open in Buffalo.

Registration is required to attend and costs $20. To register, click here.

For more information, view the flyer here.

12:00 pm12:00

Integrated Building Design

  • Harborcenter Mariott

Join the Niagara Frontier Chapter of ASHRAE to discuss integrated building design.

The quest of successfully providing a truly integrated building design (IBD) continues to challenge our industry and the built world.  This program looks at these challenges, identifies barriers to success, and explores solutions to promote and achieve holistic IBD.

Content covers the following topics:
     What is IBD? 
     Project delivery techniques
     Design team structures
     Design discipline cross-links and coordination
     Hidden barriers
     How do we make IBD work?

Charles E. Gulledge III, PE, HBDP, LEED AP
Senior Mechanical Engineer
AC Corporation
Greensboro, NC

Charles E. Gulledge III, PE, HBDP, LEED AP is a current ASHRAE Vice President, serving on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. He is a former ASHRAE Director-at-Large. Gulledge has served as past Chair of the ASHRAE 2011 Energy Modeling Conference, Chapter Technology Transfer Committee, and Technical Committee 7.1: Integrated Building Design. He has served as member of the Handbook Committee, CTTC-RVC for Region IV, President of the North Piedmont Chapter, and as the ASHRAE Liaison to the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). Gulledge has received the Distinguished Service Award, Regional Award of Merit, Chapter Service Award, and the Dan Mills Technical Award.

In his role as the liaison to CSI, Mr. Gulledge was intimately involved in the overhaul of the MasterFormat 2004 (MF04) specification organization structure. He remains a MasterFormat Accredited Instructor for CSI.

Mr. Gulledge has presented multiple presentations on the Integrated Design Topic as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer and an ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) Instructor. He has provided outsourced ALI instruction to organizations such as the New York City Transit Authority and NAVFAC. Additionally, he participated as a speaker for the ASHRAE Satellite Broadcast on Integrated Building Design.

Mr. Gulledge is a Senior Mechanical Engineer with the design/build firm of AC Corporation in Greensboro, NC. He has over 31 years of experience in the HVAC industry. A licensed professional engineer in the states of North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, and Alabama; he received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Registration is required to attend.
$30 for members of ASHRAE, $35 non-member, $20 students
(1) AIA LU/HSW available
Register here at ASHRAE's Eventbrite page.

4:30 pm16:30


  • Midcity Office Furniture

Join IIDA for a fun educational event. 3 CEUs included:

1st - 3Form – “Demystifying Resins: An Architect's Guide to Designing with Resins”
0.1 CEU (AIA/ IDCEC and USGBC Approved)

2nd: Daltile – “Advanced Ceramic Tile Methods, Standards and Materials”
0.1 CEU (AIA HSW Learning Unit/ IDCEC Approved)

3rd: Allsteel – “Well-being in the Office: Prevention Means Business”
0.1 CEU (AIA/ IDCEC and USGBC Approved)


Food and drinks included.
Register here by Wed, Apr 5 at 5p to attend.

7:00 pm19:00

WNY Sustainable Energy Association Presents a Discussion, "Passive House"

  • Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center

WNY Sustainable Energy Association’s Paul Reitan Speaker Series Presents a discussion of “Passive House” by John Rockwell. The Passive House Talk will include:
-        Discussion of the different types of ventilation systems and their respective qualities;
-        Some energy calculations to demonstrate the value of heat recovery ventilation;
-        Evaluating the components of HRVs (Heat, recovery, ventilation) to make informed choices;
-        Clarifying the difference between HRV and ERV (Energy, recovery, ventilation);
-        Design for single family and multifamily ventilation.   

Free and Open to the Public! (1) HSW credit for AIA available. Registration is not required.


10:00 am10:00

Capstreams Tech Day at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BMNC) Innovation Center

  • Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Innovation Center

Capstreams Tech Day at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BMNC) Innovation Center as several top Commercial AV Vendors show their latest products and talk about what to expect in the future.  

Crestron – Control Systems  
ClearOne – Digital Sound Processing, USB PTZ Camera’s, Distributed Audio, Digital Mic’s  
Sharp Professional - Displays (Interactive) Video Wall Solutions  
Mersive (Solstice) - Wireless AV Collaboration  
Revo-Labs - Professional Grade Wireless Mic Solutions  
Street Sounds – Outdoor wireless audio system designed to provide professional quality audio to “Main Street USA”.  
RGB Spectrum - Video Wall Processor Solutions for Video Walls and Display Wall Applications

Drop in during the hours of the event and check out the vendors and the new technologies that they will be presenting. Registration is not required for this free event.

8:00 am08:00

Northeast Commissioning Summit

  • Millenium Buffalo

This daylong conference is the 10th Annual Summit of the Building Commissioning Association’s Northeast Chapter.

The benefit of commissioning has been recognized throughout the northeast. We have assembled several highly-recognized speakers and a panel discussion of commissioning providers active in commissioning and retro-commissioning. Come, listen, learn and share in this open discussion.

We welcome all who have an interest in constructing and operating energy efficient buildings. We are sure that this conference will provide a great opportunity to network with other building operators, owners, architects, engineers, designers and commissioning professionals.

Cost is $125 to attend. Please register online here.

5:00 pm17:00

Call for Entries: 2017 AIA Buffalo/WNY Scholarship

The AIA Buffalo/WNY Scholarship Program is open to College/University students who meet academic requirements and are enrolled in a NAAB-accredited architecture program, or enrolled in program that has received NAAB ‘Candidacy’ status.

Applicants must be from the AIA Buffalo/Western New York Chapter which is comprised of Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Orleans, Genesee, and Wyoming Counties.

Visit the Scholarship page for more information.

Mar 17

Evolving Architect SketchUp Architecture Course


SketchUp Architecture covers all you need to know about basic 3D Computer Modeling in SketchUp. This course is for architects and designers who are serious about building a 3D Modeling skill set in order to level up their architectural careers.  

You’ll learn about everything I wish I knew when I started using SketchUp as a creative designer and architect over a decade ago. Through these video lessons, I share each step of the successful workflow I've used on my own projects.  This course covers every step along the process of planning, modeling, editing, and completing a basic house model in SketchUp.


Pre-Orders // February 12 - March 7
AIA member discount available using the code AIASA20 at checkout for an additional $20 off. Discount will expire on March 7th (11:59pm EST).

Full Launch // March 8
$197 (Full Price) 
AIA member discount no longer available

Course Available Starting March 8 (8am EST) for all students at the full price. Pre-Order students will receive a 25% discount at $147 for signing up early. All students to have lifetime access to the course.


A Guided Video Tutorial Series with Lifetime Access A Self-Paced Course Workbook to Help You Stay on Track A Dedicated Facebook Group for Feedback + Support  


Mike LaValley, AIA, LEED AP Founder, Evolving Architect  
Michael LaValley is the registered architect, career strategist, and blogging entrepreneur behind Evolving Architect. His website acts as a guide to fellow professionals looking to improve in every aspect of architectural practice. He has been using SketchUp for over 12 years and knows the correct methods and workflows for architectural design applications.


Registration is required. Visit Evolving Architect's page for more information and to register.

6:00 pm18:00

Emerging Professionals Portfolio Review Workshop

  • University at Buffalo South Campus, Hayes Hall Room 403

The Emerging Professionals committee is pleased to announce our next portfolio and resume workshop. Join us to have your portfolios and resumes reviewed by local professionals.  

This event is open to young design professionals, recent graduates and students in the Western New York area regardless of AIA affiliation, but our focus is to address the needs and interests of emerging professionals of architectural background.  

All participants are encouraged to bring any in-process portfolios and resumes for review. This event is free and registration is not required.

8:00 pm20:00

Workshop Wednesday // Intro to Goal Setting

Evolving Architect continues its partnership with AIA Buffalo/WNY to provide another set of exciting online workshop opportunities for emerging professionals.


MARCH 1, 2017


Everyone sets goals for themselves. As human beings we want to get better, do better, be better. But let’s face it, how often do you establish a goal only to watch it fade away in to the past?

You’re not alone. Each year, millions dream up new goals for themselves related to personal growth, career development, and overall well-being. What do you want this year? To finish your ARE’s? To get a new job? Get fit?

In ‘Intro to Goal Setting,’ we’ll look at best practices for creating goals that you can stick to. We don’t want to just set goals, we want to shatter them. Topics to be reviewed:

  • Understanding your goals at various scales
  • Establishing benchmarks and rewards
  • Maintaining balance
  • Setting goals that stick

To view the presentation, click the button below.

Visit the Evolving Architect YouTube Channel for recordings of previous Workshops.

12:00 pm12:00

AIA Diversity Committee Meeting

  • Wendel Companies

Next AIA Diversity Committee meeting at Wendel's Buffalo Office.  Anyone interested in joining can attend. No registration is required. Bring your own lunch.

12:00 pm12:00

Affordable Zero Energy Ready Buildings: Free Resources and a Cost Neutral Technology

This is an intermediate level overview of free resources and one innovative technology, continuously insulated concrete masonry units, (CICMU’s) that can facilitate the design of Zero Energy Ready buildings. Topics include a brief survey of free resources to facilitate design of zero energy ready buildings; importance of insulation location in mass walls; steady state vs effective R-values; why some ICMU’s may have high steady state R-values but are not very energy efficient, and cost considerations that make CICMU’s a wise investment.

Program fee: Free
To register: http://www.energyefficientblock.com/aiaceucourse.html

8:00 am08:00

Lean Education Program

  • Batavia Downs Gaming

The 7 Unit Program begins January 17-18, 2017. Everyone related to the construction process has incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost - from the project owners who want to see tangible results for their investment to the contractors and designers who want to do their job well and move on the the next project. Lean Construction is based on the holistic pursuit of continuous improvements aimed at minimizing costs and maximizing value on a construction project: planning, design, construction, activation, operations, maintenance, salvaging and recycling.

Registration is required to attend. Costs for AIA members are $295/unit or $1900 for all 7 units. All 7 Units offer total of 35 AIA LU's and 35 GBCI CE hours.

For more information and to register, see the event flyer.