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2018 AICAE Conference Wrap Up

Thank you attendees and speakers! Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s AICAE conference.  We had a jam packed conference, and heard from a variety of speakers about the many aspects of the built environment.  From procurement to art, from Insulated Concrete Forms to lab design, the presentations this year had something for everyone. We had a great host in Blue Star Integrative Studio Inc. who facilitated a great conference and picked a great facility to host us, River Spirit Casino Tulsa. We had a few new faces that we look forward to learning from. We have some great momentum for the coming year and look forward to continued participation with the guidance of new leadership.  Keep an eye out for upcoming improvements to the website and we encourage everyone to invite new members to our growing organization.

Special thanks to our lunch presentation sponsors:
Fox Blocks Industrial Strength Insulated Concrete Forms represented by Randy Daniels, Manager and CRUX Solutions, Inc. represented by Drew Deatherage, Vice President and Co-Founder.

Additionally, thank you Edith Baker and Paula Andrews from MCN Contracting & Employment Support Office (CESO) for representing the host nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation.


AICAE is proud to announce that at the Annual AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) Conference in Phoenix, AZ during November of 2015 we signed another important MOU. The term of the MOU is three years and the MOU recognizes our desire to work with AISES to help support both building and supporting a pipeline of Indigenous students and professionals in the Engineering, Architecture, Design, Landscape Architecture, Construction, Planning and other allied Fields.

The MOU includes an agreement to cooperate and facilitate contacts between members of the two groups. Activities in which AISES local components and AICAE chapters may cooperate include working cooperatively to fundraise for one or both organizations; developing projects in support of American Indian students; and rebuilding underrepresented communities. AICAE and the AISES will discuss opportunities for reciprocal membership and/or joint membership promotion opportunities. The two groups will also provide limited reciprocal conference registrations, membership support, exhibition space, digital communication support, participation support in national and regional leadership opportunities. The Intent of the MOU is to help both groups further their goals to support increasing the number and level of participation of Native peoples in the allied design and STEM fields.

The signing of this MOU builds on our momentum from the signing of an MOU with the National AIA in June of 2015 and furthers our desire to work cooperatively with other groups who can help us provide the best service to our members.


Shown in the photo above:

Front Row (L-R) AICAE President Beverly Diddy and AISES Chief Executive Officer Sarah Echohawk

Back Row (L-R) AICAE Secretary Tammy Eagle Bull, AISES Chair of the Board of Directors Richard Stephens, AICAE Vice President Michael Laverdure, and Lynn Paxson.

Honoring Johnpaul Jones

At the Annual AICAE meeting in Minneapolis (May 2015), the members of the AICAE honored one of our own, Johnpaul Jones, with a beaded Eagle Feather in recognition of services to Native Americans, the preservation of our cultures, arts, and especially for honoring the natural world and indigenous traditions in architecture, creating spaces worthy of the cultures they reflect, the communities they serve, and the environments they inhabit. He will uphold and protect the honor of possessing this symbol that has been bestowed on him by an Elder of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers and as an enrolled member of a Federally recognized tribe.



Shown in the photo above:

Herb Fricke, Lynn Paxson, Robert Outland and Johnpaul Jones