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Remote Mass Timber Wilderness Lodge

Maine Huts & Trails maintains a network of backcountry trails and remote wilderness lodges woven through the woods and mountains of western Maine that provide a unique opportunity to explore and discover this beautiful region. The goal of this year’s competition is to study and develop a design for a new hut on a established backcountry site, as well as to explore the implementation of mass timber construction technologies in a remote location. A detailed Design Brief is available here and response to questions will be posted to this site until the close of registration in August. 


  • Open to professionals and students
  • Open to teams of up to four members
  • Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged


  • Registration Opens: Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Registration Closes: Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Submission Deadline: Monday, September 17th at 5:00 pm E ST



Registration is free


First Prize project will be recognized with a $5,000 award. Winners will be announced at the October 11th Awards Ceremony at University of Maine Mass Timber Conference at University of Maine, Orono, Maine All entries will be displayed at the Awards Ceremony, and on our website.


The 2018 jury will be based in Portland, Oregon


Registration and additional information can be found at:


Please direct inquiries to

Responses related to the the design brief and site information will be posted at:


This Economic Development Administration-funded design competition is being sponsored through a collaborative effort of the following organizations:

  • AIA Maine
  • Maine Mass Timber Commercialization Center 
  • University of Maine - College of Engineering 
  • University of Maine Augusta's Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) program 
  • Passivhaus Maine
  • Maine Huts & Trails
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Call for Submissions: 2018 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grants

The Upjohn program funds up to six research grants of $15,000-$30,000 per recipient annually for projects completed in a 6- to 18-month period. The research should relate to architectural knowledge that can be applied within the discipline. One grant will be dedicated to design and health principles.

Deadline: September 1

Submit your proposal

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Event of Interest | Maine Charitable Mechanic Association

From: Maine Charitable Mechanic Association

Please join us at Mechanics' Hall on Wed. Oct. 10th at 7pm when Maine Historian Earle Shettleworth will lecture on the untold story of Hall architect Thomas J. Sparrow. The title of Shettleworth's talk is "Buildings for All Times and Seasons: The Work of Thomas J. Sparrow, Portland’s First Professional Architect". 

The event will take place in the Grand Ballroom at 519 Congress Street (across from MECA and Portland Media Center). Visuals to accompany. Refreshments will be available. Patron tickets will also be available. They will include priority seating and a cocktail hour at 6pm with Shettleworth in the MCMA library - hors d'oeuvres provided by David's restaurant.

This is a ticketed event to benefit a new era of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, or MCMA, and support the work of its current mission which is to inspire and enrich the community by promoting ingenuity, creativity, innovation, and the diffusion of useful knowledge. Today’s Maine Mechanics are members of the modern makers movement. They are innovators, inventors, and artisans building a community that is creative, ingenious, skilled, and entrepreneurial. Mechanics' Hall is their gathering space for connecting, learning, and social enjoyment.  Ticketing link and more info to come over the next month.

Hope to see you there! 

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5:00 PM17:00

Spring Design Mixer / hosted by angela adams

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In collaboration with AIA Maine, angela adams is happy to host a night of design, conversation and inspiration for our local residential and commercial design trade community.

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2018 AIA Maine Design Awards Celebration
5:30 PM17:30

2018 AIA Maine Design Awards Celebration

Celebrate Maine’s Best Architecture

Join us for the AIA Maine Design Awards 2018 Celebration. Our biennial program recognizes excellence in Maine architecture. 

Experience an evening of great architecture and design, showcasing Maine’s best architectural projects in a unique space on the Fore River in Portland. 

Join us to vote for your favorite building.



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Maine Wood + Sustainability Conference

  • University of Southern Maine/ Abromson Community Education Center (map)
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The Maine Wood + Sustainability Conference May 9 in Portland features practitioners in innovative design, high-performance construction and sustainable forestry.
The keynote speaker is Tom Chung, principal architect of the award-winning Design Building at UMass Amherst, one of the first cross-laminated timber (CLT) buildings constructed on the East Coast.

Conference presenters include a CLT manufacturer, architects, builders, foresters and wood producers. 

The conference is jointly organized by AIA Maine, passivhaus MAINE and Local Wood WORKS.

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Demystifying Fellowship: Part Two

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If you are considering applying to become an AIA Fellow in 2018, it’s time to get started.
Please join AIA Maine Fellows Pamela Hawkes, Gunnar Hubbard, and Scott Simons for a discussion of the practical realities of applying for Fellowship. A gathering has been planned for Wednesday, April 11th at 5:00 at the Scott Simons Architects studio in Portland. There will be a video presentation followed by a question and answer period and a discussion of “how to get started”.

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5:30 PM17:30

Women in Design + Construction | West End 2-unit Condominium Tour

  • 382 Danforth Street Portland, ME, 04102 United States (map)
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 Rendering provided by Constance Bloomfield and Kaplan Thompson Architects

Rendering provided by Constance Bloomfield and Kaplan Thompson Architects

Join us to tour an unusual new 2-unit condominium on Danforth St. in the West End.

This is a collaborative project between Kaplan Thompson Architects and Constance Bloomfield, the Owner/Developer who is also an Architect.

The building successfully bridges the gap between contemporary design and the requirements of historic preservation.  Preliminary drawings were done by Constance and design development and construction drawings were done by Camila Atkins, of Kaplan Thompson. Catherine Callahan of Callahan + LeBleu, LLC is the landscape architect for the project.

As in all Kaplan Thompson projects, great care was taken in the design and execution of the exterior walls, to ensure that the building substantially exceeds state energy requirements.  The units have spectacular views of the Fore River and many other amenities for the future owners. 

light food provided.

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8:30 AM08:30

Climate Change Messaging Workshop


Join the Maine Climate Table and co-hosts passivhausMAINE, AIA Maine and Portland Society for Architecture to explore the results of in-depth research about climatechange messages that resonate especially well with Mainers. This interactive workshop is tailored for communications and policy professionals at nonprofit and for-profit organizations across Maine. Save your seat at the table, Monday February 26th at Cloudport in Portland.

Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis - Sign Up Today!

Over the past three years, the Climate Table has worked with Goodwin Simon Strategic Research, a national opinion research firm, to help us understand what Mainers think about the impacts of climate change, including what they are seeing in their everyday lives. We've identified opportunities to connect with our neighbors and colleagues on projects and solutions that have the potential to bring communities together. 

We hope you'll join us to learn about the results of this research and to bring your own expertise to bear as we discuss ways to communicate effectively about climate change in Maine. 

Tyler Kidder of Grow Smart Maine and co-chair of Energy Efficiency Sub-Committe of the Climate Table will lead the conversation.  

About the Maine Climate Table
The Maine Climate Table is a broad network of more than 120 organizations and individuals from the nonprofit, philanthropic, government, and business sectors that has been working since 2013 to increase civic engagement and undertake actions aimed at protecting Maine's environment and economy from the adverse impacts of climate change. The group is governed by a Steering Committee currently comprised of the following organizations: Island Institute, Maine Farmland Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Coastal Enterprises Inc., Maine People's Resource Center (our fiscal sponsor), Unity College, and Lee International. There are several active subcommittees, each chaired by different organizations, including the Messaging Subcommittee chaired by Liz Rogers of CEI, and the Energy Efficiency Subcommittee chaired by Suzanne McDonald of the Island Institute and Tyler Kidder of GrowSmart Maine.

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5:00 PM17:00

Fall Design Mixer / hosted by angela adams

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Join angela adams to inspire and be inspired at the fall design mixer.

Socialize with fellow design professionals at the angela adams Middle Street storefront.

In collaboration with AIA Maine + MIDA.

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Demystifying Fellowship + Social


Join us to learn more about the fellowship application process and to make connections with local AIA Maine Fellows who are willing to share their experience. 

Architects who have been AIA members for at least 10 years are eligible to apply for the College of Fellows. However, this event is for anyone who is interested in learning more about the fellowship process.

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5:00 PM17:00

ACE Summer Social

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ACE is a national volunteer group with a chapter in Portland that reaches out to local school to provide information and mentoring to students who are in a S.T.E.M. related career.

To All interested in the fields of architecture, construction, and/or engineering come support the ACE Mentorship Program and engage with your colleagues in the profession!

Come learn more about the Maine Chapter of the ACE Mentor Program 

5:00 PM - 8:30

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Opening Reception: Shelters by Joe Hemes AIA

August 26 - October 1, 2017
George Marshall Store Gallery
Opening Reception
Saturday, August 26, 5 - 7 pm

Music by Seasmoke
Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5
Sunday 1 - 5 and by appointment

Shelters by Joe Hemes
New Illuminated Sculptures

Joe Hemes is an architect and artist who lives with his family in South Portland, Maine. As an artist, he focuses on the manipulation of light to create mystical experiences. His illuminated sculptures cast shadows and project a fabric of colored light. This most recent body of work was initiated during his 2016 Haystack Open Residency. With “Shelters,” Hemes’ intent is to whimsically reveal our universal need for inner sanctum, while illuminating our humanity.

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Augusta Biennial Design Review Tour

  • University of Maine Augusta Richmond Gallery (map)
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AIA Maine is pleased to partner with University of Maine at Augusta's Architecture Program to showcase the American Institute of Architects – Maine’s 2016 AIA Maine Biennial Design Awards. The exhibition is traveling throughout the state and is currently showcased at UMA's Water Street Gallery.

A reception will be held on Friday, April 28 from 5-7pm and will be a part of Augusta Downtown Alliance’s Art Walk on the same evening.

Featuring over 60 projects from Maine’s local architectural community, the exhibit celebrates the best of Maine’s architecture and showcases the various ways in which architects design buildings that respond to Maine’s natural and built landscape.

The compilation of projects is a result of AIA Maine’s 35-year old Design Awards program. The program solicits projects from member architects for a juried review by a group of nationally prominent peers from outside of the state of Maine. This year’s New Haven-based jury was selected for their individual accomplishments and collective understanding of Maine’s climate and geography. The jury awarded 11 total projects and was impressed with the overall work presented

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Events of Interest

Wednesday, April 26, 2017  
Randolph, VT   
8:00am - 3:30pm    
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Vermont's Architecture and Construction Expo
Thursday, May 11, 2017
8am - 7pm
Champlain College, Burlington
Learn More

2017 Northeast Indoor Air Quality & Energy Conference
May 2-3, 2017
Portland, ME
Learn More

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Biddeford Biennial Design Review at Engine in Biddeford

AIA Maine is pleased to partner with Engine to showcase the American Institute of Architects – Maine’s 2016 AIA Maine Biennial Design Awards. The exhibition is traveling throughout the state and makes a stop in Biddeford at Engine from January 27 through February 18.

A reception will be held on Friday, January 27 from 5-7pm.

Featuring over 60 projects from Maine’s local architectural community, the exhibit celebrates the best of Maine’s architecture and showcases the various ways in which architects design buildings that respond to Maine’s natural and built landscape.

The compilation of projects is a result of AIA Maine’s 35-year old Design Awards program. The program solicits projects from member architects for a juried review by a group of nationally prominent peers from outside of the state of Maine. This year’s New Haven-based jury was selected for their individual accomplishments and collective understanding of Maine’s climate and geography. The jury awarded 11 total projects and was impressed with the overall work presented.

Learn More

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2016 Annual Meeting with Angela Adams lecture

The Portland Masonic
415 Congress St, Portland, ME
Free for AIA Members + guest

5:15 pm - Meeting
6:00 pm - Angla Adams Lecture
7:00 pm - Reception
Hor d'oeuvres, cash bar

Join us on December 8th for our annual meeting to recognize 2016 member achievements* and be treated to a rare lecture presentation by Angela Adams of angela adams (

Based in Portland, Maine, angela adams is a home furnishings company dedicated to the principle that one’s lifestyle should provide a constant source of inspiration. Devoted to a unique translation of the natural world, founders and Maine natives Angela Adams and Sherwood Hamill, along with a talented team, create a comprehensive approach to lifestyle and comfort embodied in each furniture piece, area rug, and textile.

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3:00 PM15:00

2016 AIA Maine Biennial Design Review + GO Logic Tours

Free attendance
Belfast, ME
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Please join us for an opening reception of the Biennial Design Review as well as a tour of two GO Logic projects currently under construction in the Belfast area.

3:00pm - Cornerspring Montessori School Tour
258 Lower Congress Street, Belfast

On a 35-acre site near downtown Belfast, the new school will provide programs for students ranging from toddlers through elementary, and will be built to the highest standards of sustainability, on target to be certified as a Passive House. 

4:00 pm - Private Residence Tour
17 Pitcher Road, Belfast

Situated in Midcoast Maine, this three-bedroom house is a modest 2,100 square feet, designed around the principals of the Passive House standard. The residence, designed and constructed by GO Logic, employs GO Logic’s standard Passive House–level building shell, detailed for energy efficiency with highly insulated walls, ceiling, foundation and includes a ventilation system with heat recovery. 

5:00 pm - Opening Reception
Waterfall Arts
256 High Street, Belfast

AIA Maine's Design Committee is touring the 2016 Design Awards submission program. Waterfall Arts in Belfast will showcase the 2016 project submissions from December 2nd - 23rd.

Carpooling: We will have a few cars traveling to Belfast from the Portland area. Please email: if you are interested in car pooling.

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Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant!

The AIA New York | Center for Architecture is currently accepting applications for the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant!

Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 5:00pm 

Purpose: To further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel. Travel plans should be focused on a selected topic of interest to the individual, rather than as part of a larger humanitarian or institutional endeavor.

Award: $15,000

Eligibility: Applicants must be US citizens with a professional degree in architecture as well as full-time practitioners, either licensed or unlicensed. Academics may apply, but must also be practicing architects.

Apply now <

Questions? Contact .

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9:00 AM09:00

Wood Innovators Conference & Woodworkers Fair

All day Saturday Oct. 22
Hiram Works
22 Hampshire Street
Hiram, ME 04041

The Wood Innovators Conference is just three-plus weeks away. Presenters include London tall-wood-building architect Anthony Thistleton and Maine's leading innovators in forestry, wood-fiber product development, construction technologies and heating systems. Join us in finding new ways to create value from Maine's woods.

Check out Waugh Thistleton, very impressive architects in England:

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7:00 AM07:00


October 21, 2016 7:00 AM
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Tour 5 projects designed by award-winning firm Kennedy Violich Architecture in the greater Boston area including the Tozzer Anthropology Building (pictured above).  Hear firsthand insight from Frano Violich, FAIA, project architects and engineering consultants and contractors.  The tour will end with a social gathering on the outside deck of KVA’s office for wine, cheese and good conversation.  Both Frano Violich and Sheila Kennedy will be available for discussions.  Earn 6 AIA credits  

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