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AIA Montgomery Newsletter July 2014

In This Issue

Meeting Recap
Upcoming Events
Next Meeting
Speaker & Sponsor
Contact Us


July 16, 2014
Noon to 1 pm
Montgomery Country Club
Montgomery, AL



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Treasurer - Simon Hurst
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Meeting Recap

In June, Buddy Hibbard of Acme Brick Company hosted the Montgomery AIA on a field trip to the Jordan Plant in Moody, AL.  The tour of the Jordan Plant introduced attendees to the manufacturing process of bricks and the research & design process of brick products to include to development of brick color and texture.  For more information on Acme Brick Company and its products, go to  Or contact Buddy Hibbard at 334-215-5700 or at

The Montgomery Chapter AIA would like to thank Buddy for hosting and coordinating the field trip to the Jordan Plant.

Buddy Hibbard of Acme Brick, Andy Smith of AIA Montgomery, Jeff Madore, Plant Manager of the Jordan Plan, and Orlando Pettway, Assistant Plant Manager of the Jordan Plant.

AIA Montgomery Tour Group At Jordan Plant, June 2014


APLA Appoints Interim Director for Urban Studio
Alex Krumdieck, a principal in the Birmingham-based architecture and interior design firm Krumdieck A + I, has been hired as Interim Director of APLA’s acclaimed Urban Studio program based in Birmingham, Alabama. Alex will lead APLA’s teaching team in Birmingham, focusing on the Fifth Year architecture students who choose the Urban Studio as the venue for their final year of study. Alex follows Cheryl Morgan, long-time Urban Studio Director, who retired last December. In addition to his teaching role, Alex will coordinate the outreach and community-based design activities of the Urban Studio and serve as a liaison to the other APLA and CADC faculty engaged in learning and outreach activities in Birmingham.
APLA Rural Studio 
Rural Studio Director Andrew Freear and Professor Elena Barthel, with Andrea Oppenheimer Dean and photographer Timothy Hursley,  published Rural Studio at Twenty by Princeton Architectural Press. Rural Studio at Twenty chronicles the evolution of the legendary program, co-founded by visionary Samuel Mockbee and his friend and colleague D.K. Ruth, and now directed by their equally dedicated and forward-thinking successor Andrew Freear. In addition to showcasing an impressive portfolio of projects, stunningly captured by photographer Timothy Hursley, this book provides an in-depth look at how Rural Studio has thrived through challenges and triumphs, missteps and lessons learned.

If the book is purchased from this retailer, a portion of the proceeds goes to the Rural Studio.

The Rural Studio is part of an exhibition currently on view in Paris at the CiteĢ de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. The exhibition, ‘Re-Enchanting the World,’ was designed in collaboration with winners of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture . The Rural Studio's own Elena Barthel worked on Rural Studio’s contribution to the exhibition, which will run through October 6, 2014.

APLA Alumni Achievements
Phillip Ewing, BArch/ BIArch '12, and MIT's first recipient of the Robert R. Taylor Fellowship, has been lead designer for the CityHome project developed through MIT's Changing Places Research Group. The CityHome is an ultra-efficient, responsive urban home, providing a hardware and software system for personal space customization, and Phillip was responsible for the overall design of the unit, from concept to construction drawings and fabrication. Working with the other lead engineering researchers on integrating their disparate mechanisms into one cohesive package, the team still works to maintain "plug-and-play" add-ons as the project continues to develop. The development of this micro-unit apartment was a demonstration platform for Phillip's MIT thesis research, and you can watch a demo here.

Upcoming Events

July 16
AIA Montgomery Monthly Luncheon 
Montgomery Country Club
Montgomery, AL

July 31
APLA Continuing Education Day 
Dudley Hall, Auburn University
Auburn, AL

August 20
AIA Montgomery Continuing Education Event
Montgomery Country Club
8 am to 4 pm
Montgomery, AL


Next Chapter Event

July 16

Noon at the Montgomery Country Club
Montgomery, AL


Speaker & Sponsor

Our speaker for the July Luncheon is Brian Harpring, Regional Technical Sales Manager for RHEINZINK.  Brian will present architectural applications of zinc titanium alloy.  The presentation will include the advantages of using zinc titanium alloy in building design and the do's and don'ts of detailing zinc.  Luncheon attendees will earn 1 AIA HSW LU Hour/1 SD LU Hour.

For information on RHEINZINK and it products, go to  Brian recommends reviewing this short video:  Or contact Brian Harpring at 912-663-3333 or at

Our luncheon sponsor for July is Dudley Gordon of Block USABlock USA is a growing and dynamic group of local operations located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.  The company manufactures and distributes concrete masonry units, architectural concrete masonry units, concrete pavers, segmental retaining wall units and construction materials from more than 20 plants throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. 

For more information on Block USA and its products, go to  Or contact Dudley Gordon at 334-215-5700 or at
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