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125th Anniversary Special Section

Educating the profession has always been at the heart of Architectural Record's mission. The publication was founded in 1891 with, in its own words, "...a purpose over and above a purely commercial one." Its goal was to provide a forum to:

  • observe and report on trends and events in the design and construction of buildings;
  • reflect and critique these trends and, in the process;
  • inform and educate architects as a means to advance the profession and practice of architecture.

The following are some key milestones in Record's 125-year history of providing information and education to architects and other design professionals across the US and, increasingly, the world.

1857: AIA Founded

On February 23, 1857, 13 architects met in Richard Upjohn's New York City office to form what would become the American Institute of Architects.

Richard Upjohn

The group sought to create an architecture organization that would "promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members" and "elevate the standing of the profession." Until this point, anyone who wished to call him-or herself an architect could do so. This included masons, carpenters, bricklayers, and other members of the building trades. No schools of architecture or architectural licensing laws existed to shape the calling.

1996: AIA Mandatory CE

In late 1996, the AIA Board voted - for the first time in its history - to initiate mandatory continuing education requirements for its members.

The AIA recognized that continuing education in architecture is crucial to advancing and improving the profession. The mandatory CE program was developed to help members: maintain competency, prepare for the future, meet their state mandatory continuing education (MCE) requirements and fulfill their AIA continuing education requirement for membership renewal. Most state licensing boards with MCE requirements recognize AIA CES as the primary source of continuing education for their licensed architects.

2001: Online CE Center Launched

Four years after offering its first print CEU, Record fully embraced distance learning and launched the first-ever online, multi-media continuing education platform for architects.

The very first course was a video-plus-powerpoint focused on high performance windows in historical buildings. A wide range of courses - and formats - followed: voiceover-powerpoints;, online articles; blended print and online articles; silent powerpoints; and interactive webinars - , with credits submitted automatically, online to the AIA.

2012: Millionth Credit Issued

15 years after issuing its first continuing education credit, Architectural Record awarded its one millionth.

I selected Architectural Record's Continuing Education program because of the ease of selecting specific topics directly related to my work, as well as the ability to complete the programs at my own pace. I can stop and start as I need to, and the program reports directly to the AIA, eliminating the need to self-report. I would suggest the Architectural Record Continuing Education online program to anyone who, like me, wants to stay up to date on the latest technologies without being away from the office, said Kwiatkowski.

1891: Architectural Record Founded

In July 1891, the first issue of Architectural Record was published.

Richard Upjohn

The difficulty is that people generally are so ignorant of even the A, B, C of Architecture. With Music and Painting the daily press does something after its peculiar manner to lead the public...but with Architecture no work of the kind is done. A more persistent attempt is needed to build 'a pile of better thoughts' sufficient to be fruitful in great effects, and that is the work which, in really a humble frame of mind, the projectors of The Architectural Record now undertake... From "By Way of Introduction" in the first issue of The Architectural Record, July-September, 1891

1997: First Architectural Record CEU

Immediately after the AIA initiated mandatory CE, Architectural Record offered its first educational articles in the magazine.

Record actually started offering educational credits as early as April 1996. These were focused on articles already being published in the magazine and relied on a self-report form developed cooperatively with AIA. In 1997, Record broadened its approach and began to offer purpose-built educational offerings, most of them sponsored. The first of these - in the January 1997 issue - focused on Metal Roofing, High Performance Windows and Engineered Wood. The eventual combination of sponsored educational programs and occasional editorial educational articles became the model for Record's instructional offerings for the next four years.

2011: CE App Launched

Ten years after establishing the CE Center, Record again jumped ahead of the field by launching the first CE app for architects, providing a quicker and easier way to learn and earn credit.

The Record CE app offers the following features:

  • Access hundreds of courses from award winning editors of Architectural Record and manufacturers with unique technical expertise.
  • Earn credit on the go via a mobile device: Take tests and instantly earn credit anytime, anywhere.
  • Track your progress at the credit tracker: Your progress is saved and you can pick up from where you left off at any time.
  • Offline test taking: no need to be connected to the Internet to earn credit

2016 and Beyond: Continued Growth and Innovation

At the start of its next 125 years, the Architectural Record CE Center is poised for continued growth and committed to ongoing innovation and evolution.

In 2016, Architectural Record will be 125 years old. It has been providing information and instruction to architects for all this time, but its educational offerings have radically expanded over the last 20 years to become a core part of its business. The result: Record's CE Center is still by far the largest and most comprehensive provider of continuing education for architects in the US, if not the world, closing in on 100,000 test takers as of mid-2015 and still expanding. Going forward, Record will continue to innovate, expanding use of the app and of other media; testing new formats such as micro-credits and performance-based training; and continuing to innovate in response to the needs of architects and building professionals throughout the world.

125th Anniversary Courses

November 2016 | Multi-Media | 1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 IACET CEU
Floodplain Design, Construction, and Impacts on Flood Insurance
Floodplain Design, Construction, and Impacts on Flood Insurance
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Sponsored by Smart Vent Products, Inc.
January 2017 | Multi-Media | 1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 IACET CEU
Building Envelope Solutions
Building Envelope Solutions
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Sponsored by Carlisle SynTec
October 2016 | Article | 1 AIA LU/HSW
Labor Shortage Solution Specifying a Factory-Made Roofing Membrane
Labor Shortage Solution Specifying a Factory-Made Roofing Membrane
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Sponsored by Duro-Last®, Inc.
September 2015 | Article | 1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 GBCI CE Hour
Mastering FSC-Certified Wood in Green Building
Mastering FSC-Certified Wood in Green Building
The Evolution of LEED and new Rules for FSC Wood
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Sponsored by Collins
September 2015 | Multi-Media | 1 AIA LU/HSW
Spray Polyurethane Insulation and Membrane Roofing System
Spray Polyurethane Insulation and Membrane Roofing System
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Sponsored by BASF Corporation – Performance Materials
August 2015 | Multi-Media | 1 AIA LU/HSW
Urban Renewal through Sustainable Upgrades to Existing Commercial Building Stock Part 1: Building the Business Case Using the Triple Bottom Line
Urban Renewal through Sustainable Upgrades to Existing Commercial Building Stock <em>Part 1</em>: Building the Business Case Using the Triple Bottom Line
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Sponsored by BASF Corporation – North America
September 2016 | Article | 1 AIA LU/HSW
Ceramic Tile: Solutions for Holistic Sustainability
Ceramic Tile: Solutions for Holistic Sustainability
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Sponsored by Tile of Spain
August 2015 | Multi-Media | 1 AIA LU/HSW
Urban Renewal through Sustainable Upgrades to Existing Commercial Building Stock Part 2: Performance Upgrades Best Practices
Urban Renewal through Sustainable Upgrades to Existing Commercial Building Stock <em>Part 2</em>: Performance Upgrades Best Practices
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Sponsored by BASF Corporation – North America
September 2016 | Article | 1 AIA LU/HSW
Medal-Winning Metal
Medal-Winning Metal
As an extremely versatile, strong, flexible and sustainable material, metal cladding and roofing continues to gain traction
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Sponsored by Petersen Aluminum
September 2015 | Article | 1 AIA LU/HSW
The Architect’s Challenge – Designing the Best Wall for the Project
The Architect’s Challenge – Designing the Best Wall for the Project
Moisture and Thermal Control Layers for Durable, Energy Efficient and Healthy Buildings
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Sponsored by Owens Corning and TamlynWrap
September 2015 | Article | 1 AIA LU/HSW
FORWARD FACING: Innovations that are Moving Building Enclosure Design, Fabrication, Installation and Performance in Bold New Directions
FORWARD FACING: Innovations that are Moving Building Enclosure Design, Fabrication, Installation and Performance in Bold New Directions
Pushing the envelope in terms of aesthetics, performance, sustainability, resilience and life cycle benefit.
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Sponsored by Acpexpress, Dow Corning, FiberTite, Metl-Span, Parex, Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions, Serge Ferrari, Tubelite Inc.
October 2015 | Article | 1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 IDCEC CEU
Color in Health Care Environments
Color in Health Care Environments
Using color to enhance aesthetics, wayfinding, and safety
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Sponsored by American Biltrite
September 2016 | Multi-Media | 1 AIA LU/HSW
Digital Art in Architectural Projects
Digital Art in Architectural Projects
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Sponsored by Forms+Surfaces
September 2015 | Multi-Media | 1 AIA LU/HSW
BIM Open Web Steel Joist Design
BIM Open Web Steel Joist Design
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Sponsored by New Millennium
January 2017 | Article | 1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 GBCI CE Hour; 0.1 IACET CEU
Building Materials Matter
Building Materials Matter
Life cycle view supports informed choices, contributes to sustainable design
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Sponsored by reThink Wood
October 2015 | Article | 1 AIA LU/HSW
Western Red Cedar: Life-Cycle Sustainability, Indoors & Out
Western Red Cedar: Life-Cycle Sustainability, Indoors & Out
For holistic green building approaches, timber structures and finishes reveal natural benefits
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Sponsored by Western Red Cedar Lumber Association
November 2016 | Article | 1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 GBCI CE Hour; 0.1 IACET CEU
Smarter, Safer Hot Water: Digital Thermostatic Mixing Stations
Smarter, Safer Hot Water: Digital Thermostatic Mixing Stations
Specifying digital mixing and recirculation stations provide a sustainable measurement and verification system that conserves water, saves energy, protects users from hot water burns, and helps minimize the occurrence of Legionella in tempered water delivery systems
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Sponsored by Powers
 

125th Anniversary Sponsors

20 Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions 23 Petersen Aluminum 129 Dow Corning High Performance Building Solutions 175 Smart Vent Products, Inc. 177 ALACO Ladder Company 200 Carlisle SynTec 202 WRCLA: Western Red Cedar Lumber Association
291 Watts 300 TAMLYN 312 reThink Wood 319 Tile of Spain 328 Metl-Span 331 Parex USA, Inc. 409 BASF Corporation – Performance Materials
413 Owens Corning 432 New Millennium Building Systems 457 Duro-Last<sup>®</sup>, Inc. 463 Collins 464 BASF Corporation – North America 465 Forms+Surfaces 470 American Biltrite
471 Acpexpress 472 FiberTite 473 Serge Ferrari 474 Tubelite Inc. 476 Powers
 
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