Residential Design

VOL.3 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Meet the Candidates for AIA President-Elect BY MARICA MCKEEL, AIA With the upcoming election for president at the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City, we reached out to both candidates for 2019 first vice president/ 2020 president-elect for a quick chat. As a residential architect myself and the owner of a small firm, I am very excited that we have two candidates running for president of the American Institute of Architects this year who seem to under- stand both of those worlds well. L. Jane Frederick, FAIA, is the co-founder of Frederick + Frederick Architects in Beaufort, S. C., spe- cializing in custom residences. Her award-winning, six-person firm earned the AIA South Carolina Firm Award in 2017. William J. Carpenter, PhD, FAIA, is the founder of Lightroom, also an award-winning design firm, based in Atlanta. Additionally, he is current chancellor of the ACSA College of Distinguished Professors and serves as professor at Kennesaw State University. What do you feel are the advantages of having a small team, and what are the most important resources to support a small team? (How would AIA support small business if you become the president?) JF: My husband, Michael, and I moved to Beaufort, S.C., from Alexandria, Va., for the quality of life we could have in a small coastal town. A well-managed firm can make exem- plary buildings while maintaining a life/work balance. We work in an intimate open office with all six of us together in one room, each bringing special strengths to our projects. We work hard but also allow time to enjoy each other's company. We celebrate birthdays with homemade goodies. On Friday afternoons, we unwind from the work week by volunteering, playing badminton, watching "I Look Up" movies, visiting local exhibits, or other fun activities. Being small doesn't excuse a firm from supporting em- ployees. We provide benefits including attending the Custom Residential Architect Network (CRAN) Symposium and the annual AIA Conference on Architecture, we pay for the Architectural Registration Exams upon passing, state registration fees, AIA dues, NCARB fees, 100% of health insurance for employees and their families, as well as holidays and vacation time. We also believe that we should contribute to society and provide opportunities for each employee to volunteer on company time. After Hurricane Matthew, we volunteered more than 60 hours with the South Carolina State Guard conducting building inspections, so that citizens could return to their homes on Edisto Beach and in Marion Coun- ty. Closer to home, the entire office spent a Friday afternoon cleaning up Hurricane Matthew debris on the Spanish Moss Trail. We also do cleanups for the open land trust, and have picked up trash for Beaufort County Keep America Beautiful for more than 20 years. I helped start the Small Firm Round Table, now rebranded as the Small Firm Exchange (SFX), to assist small firms. As president, I would continue as a champion for small firms by supporting the work of the SFX, CRAN, the Small Project Prac- titioner Knowledge Community, and the Center for Practice. WC: I think the Small Firm Round Table/Exchange is one of the best programs the AIA has created. Small firms have the ability to take on very complex problems, but having a network of other firms to rely upon—and share knowledge and resources with—allows for them to have even more depth and support. One example of this is legal support. One of the current ideas is to have legal support for specific small firm issues (such as contracts) be a part of the small firm exchange. As AIA President in 2020, I would strongly support the SFX and help it continue to grow. For my firm, Lightroom, we have worked on a range of project scales. From a $40,000 residential addition to a $4 million veterinary clinic and hospital, we have emphasized high-performance, sustainable design practices. How have new technologies affected the way you design? JF: We have always stayed on top of the latest technologies. When we started our firm in 1989 we used AutoCAD, even though it wasn't very fast on our 286 computers! We had to L. Jane Frederick, FAIA William J. Carpenter, PhD, FAIA 42 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2018 AIA CRAN

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