In this issue:
· AIA Awards Top Honors
· Malecha Sworn in as 85th AIA President
· AIA Launches Rebuild & Renew
· NCARB to Launch Electronic Reporting, Supervisor Guidelines

AIA Awards Top Honors
The AIA Board of Directors voted to give the 2009 AIA Gold Medal to Australian architect Glenn Marcus Murcutt, Hon. FAIA. Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects was selected to receive the 2009 AIA Firm Award — the highest honor bestowed on an architecture firm. For outstanding work in the field of architecture education, the AIA named Adèle Santos, FAIA, to receive the 2009 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education Award. Barbara Nadel, FAIA, was honored with the Edward C. Kemper Award for her significant contributions to the profession of architecture through service to the Institute. Clyde Porter, FAIA, was awarded the 2009 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award.

Malecha Sworn in as 85th AIA President
Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, dean of the College of Design at North Carolina State University, was sworn in as the 85th AIA president on 12.05.08 at the new Foster + Partners-designed courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

AIA Launches Rebuild & Renew
As the new administration plans an economic recovery package that focuses heavily on infrastructure building, architects can have a critical role in ensuring that President-elect Obama’s proposals have wider impact and long-term benefits for the nation. To that end, the AIA has launched Rebuild & Renew to offer the skills and experiences of American architects to the next administration. It provides perspective on several points, including ways to fund the modernization and rehabilitation of the nation’s schools; increasing incentives for green commercial, residential, and government building construction; providing funding transit and mixed-use development; and preserving historic buildings.

To spread the message and put this agenda before Congress and the new President, the AIA is asking its members to take these four steps:

· Learn more about the Rebuild & Renew agenda.
· Contact members of Congress to urge them to support the plan.
· Send information about projects that are being held up by the economic crunch to the AIA. The Institute can let Congress and the new administration know what can be done to help.
· Record a video message for President-elect Obama inviting him to harness the knowledge of architects to green communities and the economy.

NCARB to Launch Electronic Reporting, Supervisor Guidelines
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) will officially launch the electronic Experience Verification Reporting system (e-EVR) on 12.31.08. Electronic submissions will replace paper submissions as the standard way interns submit experience reports to complete the Intern Development Program (IDP). The e-EVR is intended to make it easier for interns to submit experience reports and track their progress, and for supervisors to review and approve them.

NCARB has also developed the IDP Supervisor Guidelines to assist supervisors in the crucial role they play in the careers of interns. The guidelines are available to download on NCARB’s website. NCARB’s Supervision Task Force and the Committee on the IDP developed the Supervisor Guidelines and received input from the American Institute of Architects (AIA); American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS); Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA); Society of Design Professionals (SDA); AIA’s National Associates Committee (NAC); and Council of Architectural Component Executives (CACE).