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New RI Fire Code

The updated RI Fire Code came into effect on 2/28/2019. There was a grace period (2/28/2019 to 3/30/2019) where you could use either the 2012 edition or the 2015 edition of the referenced codes.

The new Fire Code, incorporates the 2015 Editions of NFPA 1 (Fire Code) and NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code) as well as the 2013 Edition of NFPA 72.

The concurrency period only lasts until April 1 unless a variance is granted by the Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal & Review.

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In Remembrance: Dan Kwasniewski, AIA


It is with extreme sorrow we share news of the sudden and unexpected passing of 2019 AIA Rhode Island Chapter President, Dan Kwasniewski, AIA on Friday evening, March 1st.

Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Dan was touched by his warm heart, ebullient spirit and positive energy. He lit up every room he walked into, and we loved him dearly for it. Professionally, Dan’s exuberant energy was only matched by his impact in the architectural field: locally, nationally and internationally. Dan was a tremendous mentor to his students at Roger Williams University, and leader to us in AIA Rhode Island. Dan was a visionary, and his vision for the future of our Chapter was especially strong. He will be sorely missed.

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BOARD VOTE: RIHPHC Preservation Conference Sponsorship

Please be advised that the AIAri Board of Directors is voting on the following measure: 

Sponsorship of the annual Preservation Conference organized by the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission, this year to take place in East Providence on Saturday April 6th. AIAri has traditionally supported this conference for which we're partners (offering marketing and CEU support) with a sponsorship of $1200. Seeing as this cannot wait until our next scheduled board meeting, we're handling this item of business and voting via email. 

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2019 Board Elected

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At our Annual Meeting, new officers & members were elected to the 2019 Board.


  • President Daniel A. Kwasniewski, AIA (2019)
  • Vice President/ President-elect Jonathan M. Taylor, AIA (2019)
  • Secretary Nick Koulbanis, AIA (2019-2020)
  • Treasurer Timothy Kennedy, AIA (2018-2019)
  • Past President Eric N. Zuena, AIA (2019)

Directors Directors at-large

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2018 Elections: Candidate Bios

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Candidate Bios are available here: {{document:aiari-candidate-bios-2018-12-06-pdf.pdf{{

Election at Annual meeting tonight, 5:30pm, South Street Landing, Providence. More info. on event here.

Several AIA Contract Documents Retiring

List of AIA Contract Documents that are retiring: Link

The list includes retirement dates, and the numbers and editions of replacements. Retired documents can not be created or finalized in ACD5 software; the newer version will need to be used.


Continuing Education Requirement: Rules and Regulations Change Reminder

September 28, 2018 - IMPORTANT NOTICE from the Rhode Island Board of Examination and Registration of Architects 


Subject: Rules and Regulations Change Reminder - Continuing Education Requirement, Effective January 1, 2016

The Rhode Island Board of Examination and Registration of Architects (“Board”) is in the process of conducting its first continuing education hours (CEHs) audit, since the requirement change went into effect on January 1, 2016.

The continuing education audit process has revealed that there seems to be some confusion with the continuing education hours (CEHs) requirement.

The Board’s Continuing Education requirements are consistent with the NCARB Model Regulations.

• Effective for the 2016-2017 reporting period, a minimum of 12 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) each year, all of which must be in HSW, are due with the biennial renewal application due on December 31st of the odd numbered years.

• Excess CEHs may not be credited to a future calendar year.

• A more expansive definition of structured education activities that can be used was defined.

• Recordkeeping requirements were clarified and updated.

• A process for satisfying the continuing education requirement if credits obtained are not approved by the Board was outlined.

For the most recent version of the Rules and Regulations, please visit the Board’s website at the following link: link 

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