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Meet the New Board - Thom Danckaert - Secretary
Posted by: Deborah Dik

AIAGR Secretary
Thomas Danckaert, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Architectural Designer, Architect
Progressive AE

Creating space to empower is Thom’s philosophy. He believes that craft is the conduit to mastery while intrinsic drive is what makes our work engaging, fun, and inspiring. Thom seeks to be inquisitive, empathic, passionate, and socially responsible.

AIAGR Honor Awards Gala 2014
Posted by: Deborah Dik

It will be an event not to miss for all who are a part of the West Michigan architecture and construction community. Please feel free to invite staff, clients, contractors, students, and others with whom you would want to celebrate a successful year in architecture.

Photo by PAE and Chuck Heiney Photography

Architect's Political Action Committee
Posted by: Ralph Moxley, AIA

In 2012, the AIA Michigan Board approved the establishment of a separate Architect’s Political Action Committee to provide financial support to those Michigan lawmakers that support legislation beneficial to Michigan architects. APAC takes a non-partisan approach: we support democrats, republicans, and independents who have demonstrated their support for our goals and objectives.

A Word From Our Sponsor - Eikenhout
Posted by: Deborah Dik

It all started in 1894 when Hendrick Eikenhout opened his roofing supply company on Wealthy Street. Still headquartered at the original site at 346 Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Eikenhout has expanded over the decades to seven branches throughout the state.

Student Scholarships
Posted by: Deborah Dik

AIA Grand Rapids has selected four women to receive its annual student scholarships to assist in continuing their architectural educations. Typically, a scholarship is awarded to one or two students, but this year the committee felt all four of these women deserved the scholarship.

It Takes a Village (an Invitation for AIA Mentors)
Posted by: Megan Feenstra Wall, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

If you were asked, you could probably come up with a name or a face of someone who helped guide you, formally or informally, through your early years of architectural practice. Perhaps it was a supervisor for you or your first boss, a previous professor or a friend of a friend. We all know how important those relationships have been for our career and even personal development.

KCAD and the New MArch - An Update
Posted by: Brian K. Craig, AIA, LEED AP

The Master of Architecture Degree at Kendall College of Art and Design has been a long time coming, but now it is rushing forward and arriving soon.  Here is the quick version of what has happened