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Architects who practice in the U.S. and have a membership with the AIA are required to earn a certain amount of Continuing Education credits to remain registered. Architects may also need to complete a certain amount of continuing education requirements to renew their state license(s) which varies state to state. This is after they have already attained their licence; typically they do not contribute to earning one’s license. However if you're working towards becoming licensed, some AIA approved courses count toward the experience requirement for licensure.
Depending on which organization you belong, and the state you're registered to practice architecture in, the number of credits may vary. And if one fails to complete the given number of credits within the given time frame your registration for that state will be revoked.
There are a variety of ways one can obtain Continuing Education credits with AIA. Their transcript service makes it easy to track ones progress with all kinds of settings to learn in. From taking tours of architectural landmarks, attending lectures at the annual AIA Conference on Architecture or taking online continuing education courses. There are more than a thousand ways one can achieve Continuing Education credits.
The Secrets For Successful Renovations
Eden-Valders Stone has recently collaborated with Architectural Products to create an article for their The Continuing Architect (TCA). The title of the article is The Secrets For Successful Renovations (RFC0718) which has gained a rating of 5 out of 5. This article focuses on five specific challenges commonly faced during renovation projects. Below is a preview of the points covered in the article.
The article is AIA approved and credits gained: 1 LU, 1 HSW
1. Updating the Physical Security Provided at Interior Door Openings
In the climate of today, updating older buildings physical security is an important project. By quickly and effectively securing a door, or restricting access to a particular area, the building can increase its security and the convenience for its users. Renovations can bring a building beyond mechanical locks, where a key physically turns within a cylinder to lock or unlock a door, there are new intelligent, wireless electromechanical locks which can operated with digital and mobile technology.
2. Incorporating More Power, Communications, and A/V Access Points
With technology everywhere it's no surprise buildings today are designed to provide occupants and visitors with access to a power source. Renovating buildings designed before the technology era can prove to be a challenge and requires designers move beyond only positioning power access points in the wall and incorporate receptacles and ports for communications and A/V connections into the floor.
3. Increasing the Presence of Daylight in the Interior
Studies have linked daylight in a work space to improved productivity, satisfaction, mood and health benefits such as better sleep and a decreased risk for certain types of cancer and depression. As these studies shed more light on the subject many buildings are looking to renovate with daylight as the must-have accent for its interior spaces for the welfare of its occupants.
4. Using a Less Absorbent Limestone to Replace Existing Limestone or Add New Limestone Accents to a Façade
The Empire State Building, Washington National Cathedral, Lincoln Memorial and the Great Pyramids were all created with limestone. For all the following reasons designers continue to choose the natural stone which as proven over the years to stand the test of time with its beauty, strength, durability and price point.
5. Specifying the Narrow Sightlines Necessary to Replicate Historic Windows, While Providing Modern Day Structural, Thermal, and Acoustic Performance.
Renovation isn't always in the pursuit of modernizing a building, but rather preserving the historic value. Finding products that look like the traditional solutions of yesteryear, but that perform to the standers of today can be a challenge.