The WMAIA promotes excellence in architecture through professional development, community outreach, and the celebration of architecture in our region.

We want to engage the public in an ongoing, meaningful dialogue about architecture and the built environment: how does it affect you, your family, your workplace, and the world?

Many of our programs and events – such as our film series – are free and open to the public. The public is also welcome to attend our continuing education programs for a fee; check out our films, programs and other events at the links in our menu above.

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TOUR: Berkshire Family YMCA

June 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Emerging Professionals – Monthly Meetings

August 17 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Emerging Professionals – Monthly Meetings

September 21 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Emerging Professionals – Monthly Meetings

October 19 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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Wednesday April 26th | 4:00-5:15 | UMass/Amherst-in person | 1 HSW approval pendingHOTEL MARCEL: Historic, Sustainable and ModernThis program is free and open to the public, however, registration and payment of fee is required if you want WMAIA to record the learning units. UMass faculty and staff requiring learning units may register here for no fee.The Pirelli Tire Building, formerly Armstrong Rubber Company, in New Haven, CT, was designed by Marcel Breuer (1902–1981) and Robert F. Gatje (1927–2018) in 1967 and completed in 1970. The Brutalist building, famously visible from I-95, is now Hotel Marcel, a 165-room boutique hotel. More than another design-forward addition to the hospitality universe, Hotel Marcel is the first Passive House-certified hotel in the U.S. and the first net-zero energy hotel. It is 60% more energy efficient than code requirements. Solar power generated from rooftop and parking canopy arrays to provide 100% of electricity for lighting, heating and cooling; and electric car charging stations. Recycled and local construction materials; high-performance envelope with industry-leading thermal insulation technology; energy recovery system; high-efficiency VRF air-source heat pumps. Slated to be first Passive House certified Hotel in the United States. All lighting to be low-voltage power-over-ethernet (POE) LED technology. Energy Use Intensity Rating is projected to be 34 kBtu/ft^2 which is 80% less energy than median EUI for hotels in the United States. In addition, it is on track to be one of fewer than a dozen LEED Platinum-certified hotels across the country. Taking advantage of the Pirelli Building’s place on the Connecticut and National Register of Historic Places, the project was planned as a certified historic rehabilitation garnering $14 million in state and federal historic preservation tax credits.Presenter: Bruce Becker FAIA, LEED AP will share his visionary and regenerative work behind the project as both its developer and architect.REGISTER AT: e.sparxo.com/Hotel-Marcel ... See MoreSee Less
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