Tuesday - October 18, 2016 Survey Results The AIA New Mexico advocacy survey yield an over 20% response rate and ten lucky respondents will receive

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Tuesday - October 18, 2016


Survey Results

The AIA New Mexico advocacy survey yield an over 20% response rate and ten lucky respondents will receive a YAF coffee mug! See a list of winners below. The board of AIA New Mexico heard your voices and we are acting on your inputs for both the short and long terms. A fuller report of the results will be published in subsequent E-Bulletins.

As you have read in the last few E-Bulletins, we have been working on several issues including the extension of the NMBEA beyond its sunset on July 1, 2017 and the changes to the MFA 2017 draft State of New Mexico Low-Income Tax Credit Program Qualified Allocation Plan. We will continue to update you on our progress.


Save The Date - December 9th

Save the date for AIA New Mexico’s first advocacy seminar to be held on Friday afternoon, December 9th. We will meet via webcasting in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Full details to follow in the AIA New Mexico E-Bulletin and on www.aianewmexico.org.


Urgent AIA National Advocacy Request

Congress is currently negotiating a final deal on the first comprehensive energy reform package in almost a decade. Language is on the table to repeal the 2030 targets for the reduction of fossil fuel consumption in federal buildings. AIA is organizing a sign-on letter for architecture firms to stress the importance of these targets. If you are a firm decision maker, add your firm to this vital effort at www.surveymonkey.com/r/KPYC26K. If you are not authorized to sign on behalf on your firm, please bring this request to someone who can.


NMBEA Board Meeting

The New Mexico Board of Examiners for Architects will hold a regular open meeting of the Board in Las Cruces, New Mexico on Friday, October 21, 2016. The meeting will be held at the New Mexico State University, Goddard Hall, 1100 South Horseshoe, Jerry Shaw Conference Room #200, Las Cruces, NM 88003 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Though an agenda has not been posted on the NMBEA website, we’ve been told that changes to the Architectural Act to be proposed during the 2017 legislative session will be discussed. We strongly urge our members in the area to attend.


Job Listing

The position of Staff Architect with the State of New Mexico is open. For details go to:


New Federal Overtime Pay Rules

Beginning December 1st , all salaried workers who earn up to $47,476 a year must be paid time-and-a-half if they work more than 40 hours during the week. The previous cutoff was $23,660 a year. The new federal employment rule applies to companies of all sizes, affecting most employees, including those working in creative fields like architecture. Employees whose salary is between $47,476 and $134,004 are exempt from overtime if they fall into specific categories, including executive, administrative and professional (learned or creative). Visit the Labor Department’s overtime rule resource page at www.dol.gov/featured/overtime. It is also recommended you consult with qualified employment/HR professionals.


Terry Brown, FAIA, Wins The Kemper Award


Terrance J. Brown, FAIA

The news that Terrance J. Brown, FAIA, was presented with the prestigious 2016 Edward C. Kemper Award at the AIA National Convention was inadvertently left off the AIA New Mexico President’s Message in August. We want to note it here with our apologies. Terry Brown is the only architect in the history of AIA to be awarded both the Whitney Young, Jr. Award (2004) and the Edward C. Kemper Award. We applaud this outstanding achievement.

AIA National, Terrance J. Brown, FAIA | Notes of Interest


Congrats to the Winners of the YAF Mugs!

Jesse Williams, Michele Mullen, Jonathan Siegel, Rick Henrard, Bill Sabatini, Ashley Buckholder, Anna van Schayk, Manuel Alvidrez, Ashley Hartshorn, Lee Gamelski.