Schemmer’s Michael Sinclair, AIA, Featured in Midlands Business Journal on Future of Architecture Industry

Schemmer’s Michael Sinclair, AIA, architect and shareholder, and AIA Nebraska president-elect, was quoted in the November 22, 2019 issue of the Midlands Business Journal (MBJ) discussing the future of the architecture industry and the challenges it’s facing. The MBJ article covers AIA Nebraska’s realignment and their efforts to develop the field of architecture with items such as:

  • After school programs for elementary students
  • Educational architecture video to share more about the profession
  • New initiative related to climate change and encouraging sustainability throughout the country
  • Upcoming code changes
  • Retaining local architecture students within the Midwest after graduation

Schemmer’s Michael Sinclair, AIA Featured in Midlands Business Journal

Michael Sinclair covered the topics of the upcoming code changes, as well as making a consistent effort to try to keep local architecture students here in the Midwest after graduation to help address the shortage of architects.


Building and Energy Performance Code Changes

“Next year, our profession locally will be facing a number of code changes both for building and energy performance,” Sinclair said.

“Our organization is working to engage code officials on various levels to assist with easing this transition for members.

We have had a series of discussions with the Nebraska Energy Department regarding the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC 2018) as well as local building officials and plan reviewers for the International Building Code (IBC 2018). We are working diligently to relay this information to architects and designers statewide.”

Interaction between Profession and University of Nebraska School of Architecture Critical Step

Sinclair also commented that a critical step in the long-term health of the architecture profession is the interaction between the profession and the University of Nebraska School of Architecture.

“I know the college has been growing and I’d say the numbers have been good,” he said.

“However, the focus is not always geared toward keeping students here in the Midwest. Sometimes we see them going off to the coast to larger firms. That’s somewhat of a negative thing we’re seeing. We need to push hard to keep that talent here in the state.”

To read the entire article, please see the November 22, 2019 issue of the Midlands Business Journal. The article, titled "AIA Nebraska keeps eyes on the future of architecture industry," can be found on page 30.

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