9:00 AM09:00

Energy Use Intensity | Panel Conversation + Training

  • University of Maine Augusta, Handley Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Join us on June 26th to gain a deeper understanding of the energy use intensity (EUI) metric and to learn how to evaluate the energy performance of your designs.

About EUI
In an effort to codify a universal approach to performance measurement, the AIA has established “EUI” or “Energy Usage Intensity” as the unit of measure on which building energy performance is assessed.

Put simply, EUI is a measurement of the amount of energy a given building uses per unit of area. The AIA has adopted this metric for design awards evaluation and, moreover, it is the key criteria for reporting design progress in meeting the goals of the AIA 2030 Commitment, which established clear thresholds for EUI across a range of project types.

Course Description
If energy modeling is new to you or your office, you may ask, “how do I calculate EUI?” Or perhaps you are excited to learn about energy modeling but wonder how it influences the design process, or how buildings might need to change to meet the AIA 2030 Commitment.

The AIA Maine Committee on the Environment is pleased to offer this course, dedicated to answering your questions about Energy Usage Intensity. 

Maine leaders in sustainable design will discuss the use of energy modeling in their offices in a panel discussion, then we will roll up our sleeves with Vamshi Gooje
from Thornton Tomasetti, who will offer a tutorial on calculating EUI on any architectural project through the use of free, downloadable software.

About Vamshi Gooje, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, CEM, Thornton Tomasetti
Vamshi Gooje of Thornton Tomasetti, advises clients on green building strategies and technologies. As head of the Building Analytics group within the Sustainability practice, he is responsible for developing new initiatives and strategic growth plans. Vamshi is experienced in providing energy analysis and sustainability consulting for a variety of projects ranging from renovations and expansions to new construction for commercial, residential and educational buildings and research facilities.

Energy Analysis Expertise
Vamshi is an expert in building science, which draws on physics, chemistry, engineering, architecture and the life sciences to create more comfortable, energy-efficient and high-performing buildings. He models whole-building energy, daylighting and thermal comfort to find optimal solutions to design challenges. He is knowledgeable in a range of energy simulation engines, including EnergyPlus, DOE 2.2 and Radiance, and stays up to date with the latest industry trends such as migration to advanced parametric modeling tools.

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ACE Giant Jenga Tournament
5:30 PM17:30

ACE Giant Jenga Tournament

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Come join us and learn more about the ACE Mentoring Program while competing in a bracket-style winner takes all Giant Jenga Tournament with your friends in the design and construction industry.

ACE will be celebrating over 10 years of architecture, construction, and engineering mentorship in the Maine community and proceeds will go towards scholarships for local high school students in the ACE Mentoring Maine Chapter.

All are welcome but 21+ to drink. For any questions – please e-mail: portlandme@acementor.org

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8:00 AM08:00

2015 IBC Accessibility and Usability for Commercial Buildings

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In 2018 MUBEC added IBC Chapter 11 Accessibility back into the building code. This seminar focuses on the minimum requirements for new or existing construction of accessible commercial facilities and multifamily housing for compliance with the 2015 International Building Code® (IBC®) and ICC A117.1-2009 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. It addresses the design, plan review and inspection of commercial buildings to ensure that people with physical impairments, visual impairments and hearing impairments can use the facilities.


Kim Paarlberg
Senior Staff Architect 
International Code Council (ICC)

Kimberly Paarlberg is a Senior Staff Architect in Technical Services with the International Code Council (ICC). Her experience with ICC includes work in the plan review and code development departments with responsibilities for code development, plan reviews, providing code interpretations, instructing technical seminars and authoring and reviewing instruction materials, code commentary and publication articles. Kimberly serves as code development secretary for the IBC Means of Egress/Accessibility and ICC Administration committees. She is ICC representative for development of the referenced technical standard, ICC/ANSI A117.1 “Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.” Kimberly is the staff representative for the ICC Adhoc Health Care Committee. Before joining ICC, Kimberly worked as a structural engineer and architect. Kim is a licensed architect in Illinois and holds an Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner certification. She is a member of the Indiana Steering Committee for the Great Lakes ADA Center which facilitates dispersal of information and technical assistance for ADA.

6 HSW Learning Units

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9:00 AM09:00

Demystifying the AIA Top Ten Toolkit

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Join AIA Maine and presenter Gunnar Hubbard, FAIA to learn about the AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit and how it can advance your practice.

2 HSW Learning Units.

Get your health, safety, and welfare credits.

Emerging Professionals Rate.

We reduced the price of tickets to $10 for emerging professionals. Join us so you can learn how to integrate these performance metrics into your work early in your career., (Open to any architecture student, recent graduate,
or architect licensed fewer than 10 years.)

Join by Webinar Option.

If you can't get away from the office, join us online.

High Impact Strategies.

Discover the most powerful concepts behind each measure to bring to every project.

Communicate with your Clients.

Learn how to help your clients see the value of integrating these measures into their projects.

Best Practices.

Get real tactical advice for how to integrate the focus topics into your design.

Join us on Monday, Evolve your Practice on Tuesday.

This session will provide practical steps that architects can start using right away to advance your success.

This event will be followed by an informal outdoor lunch
on the grounds of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
(weather permitting)

Parking is available on-site.

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About Gunnar Hubbard, FAIA, LEED Fellow: Gunnar Hubbard is a recognized leader in green building across the United States and in Asia, Europe and the Middle East with 25 years of experience as a licensed architect, consultant, educator and advocate. Gunnar helped to develop the AIA Top Ten Toolkit and currently sit on the AIA National COTE Advisory Group. 

About the AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit: Limited access to high-quality, concise, and usable information is a major barrier to the universal adoption of sustainable design. The COTE Top Ten Toolkit is a resource, accessible to all architects, that closes the information gap to designing high performing, equitable, beautiful buildings. The toolkit is designed to provide relevant, general guidance to architects incorporating deep green principles from the beginning of every project. Learn More

About COTE Top Ten:The COTE® Top Ten Awards is the industry’s best-known award program for sustainable design excellence. Learn More

2 HSW Learning Units

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn how to define top ten measures.

  2. Participants will learn how to apply the top ten measures to projects.

  3. Participants will learn how to use the super spreadsheet.

  4. Participants will learn how to take this knowledge to clients, enhance services, and improve the performance of their buildings.

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5:30 PM17:30

2019 AIA Maine Design Awards Celebration

Celebrate Maine’s Best Architecture

Join us for the AIA Maine 2019 Design Awards Celebration. Our Design Awards program recognizes excellence in Maine architecture. 

Experience an evening of great architecture and design, showcasing Maine’s best architectural projects. 

Join us to vote for your favorite building.

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This event is made possible by the generous donations of our 2019 Design Awards Sponsors.



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11:30 AM11:30

The Ecology of Collaboration: Living Building & Living Community Challenge in Saco Maine

  • Maine Charitable Mechanics’ Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PRESENTED BY: Kaplan Thompson Architects, Briburn Architecture & Scott Simons Architects

In the summer of 2015 the Ecology School of Saco Maine had the opportunity to purchase a historic farm along the Saco river some five miles inland from their current location on Ferry Beach. The School has run small, seasonal residential education programs out of their current leased location for twenty years and this chance to purchase a beautiful riverfront farm that was bound by conservation lands was one they could not pass up.

This interactive panel discussion will provide a candid insight into this unexpected collaboration, exploring lessons learned, challenges, and the rewards of this unique process. And, importantly this discussion will focus heavily on how the complexity and capacity provided by this team helped and hindered the process of developing a Living Building Challenge project.
This discussion will illustrate the process of learning, stumbling, and support that we all went through and will highlight a number of specific lessons learned that may be useful to other teams trying to find best practices and would most certainly be scalable to other teams.
Some of the specific topics we will cover will be; the value of communication, the importance of trust, the appreciation of the unseen on other’s process, and the pragmatic beauty of slowing down to go fast. While at times we felt that things were a bit of a mess they were also at times hugely rewarding and have added the organic value the client had envisioned.

1.5 HSW



Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the planning needed to deliver a Living Building Challenge project with a complex team structure

  • Understand the challenges of net-zero energy design on a rural single phase power site

  • Understand the positive outcomes a Biophilic design client meeting can bring.

  • Understand how to approach the Materials Petal of the Living Building Challenge.

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4:30 PM16:30

Demystifying Fellowship


If you are considering applying to become an AIA Fellow in 2019, 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 Thursday, April 4th at 4:30 at the Scott Simons Architects studio in Portland or by video conference.

To join by video conference, use this link at the scheduled date and time.

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to Mar 15

Event of Interest by Allied Organization: Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)


Attend the BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show, the region's premier event for professionals and practitioners in the fields of high-performance building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), this year's event is Wednesday through Friday, March 14-15.

Register at nesea.org/be19.

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5:30 PM17:30

Tour Northern New England's First Office to Meet WELL Building Standard™ Certification.

Join us for our first social of 2019.

AIA Maine’s Women in Design + Construction and Emerging Professionals Committees are collaborating to present this exciting event.

Tour the Nature Conservancy in Maine.

Rendering provided by BRIBURN. Photo by: Sandy Agrafiotis

Rendering provided by BRIBURN. Photo by: Sandy Agrafiotis

Earn learning units while gathering with colleagues as you tour The Nature Conservancy in Maine’s new office building located in the historic Fort Andross Mill in Brunswick.

You will hear from the architectural team, led by Harry Hepburn of BRIBURN, the sustainability team, led by Heather Walters at Thornton Tomasetti, as well as leaders from the client team at The Nature Conservancy in Maine.

The team will discuss their collaborative efforts to create a space that supports staff well-being and productivity, models green and sustainable design, and inspires innovative and collaborative problem-solving.

This project included a complete interior renovation and fit-up of approximately 8,800 square feet of existing space and a new 600 square foot mezzanine.

The new space features natural and recycled elements that artfully reflect the client’s mission. The curving wood wall is made from yellow birch sustainably harvested from The Nature Conservancy in Maine’s own certified forest property in the St. John River valley. The carpet tiles underfoot, with a pattern reminiscent of crashing surf, are made from recycled fishing nets in a partnership that cleans beaches and the ocean of nylon waste. The countertop in the kitchen/lounge was crafted using historic log-drive lumber salvaged from the bottom of the Penobscot River—a place where The Nature Conservancy in Maine has played a significant role in a historic river restoration project.

This project is on target for LEED Gold certification, and to be the first office in northern New England, and the first non-profit space in the Eastern U.S., to meet the requirements for the WELL Building Standard™ certification.


light food and beverages provided.

1 HSW Learning Unit Available

This event is produced in conjunction with:

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2018 Annual Meeting
5:30 PM17:30

2018 Annual Meeting

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Join us on December 11th for our annual meeting to socialize and celebrate the collective achievements of 2018.

Free for AIA Members + guest
$25 - non-members

  • 5:30 pm - Meeting

  • 6:00 pm - Member Presentations

  • 7:00 pm - Reception

Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar

AIA Maine Members, submit your 2018 Achievements by December 5th here.



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7:00 PM19:00

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. MaineMechanics.org

Hope to see you there! 

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5:00 PM17:00

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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11:59 PM23:59




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: mainemasstimberdesign.org


Please direct inquiries to info@mainemasstimberdesign.org

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


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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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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8:00 AM08:00

Maine Wood + Sustainability Conference

  • University of Southern Maine/ Abromson Community Education Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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5:30 PM17:30

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

  • 382 Danforth Street Portland, ME, 04102 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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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