James R. Kirby, AIA, brings his technical and architectural expertise to the trade association

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 17, 2015) − The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has named James R. Kirby, AIA, as director of technical services. Kirby now serves as a staff liaison for ARMA’s Ventilation Task Force and Life Cycle Analysis Task Force, while providing support for the Technical Research Group and Communications, Marketing and Education Committee. He also represents ARMA at industry events, including ICC code hearings and ASTM D08 meetings.

Kirby brings to ARMA a wealth of experience in the roofing and architecture industries. He uses this expertise throughout his responsibilities as director of technical services, including authoring technical articles and responding to requests for information from the public. Kirby most recently served as vice president of sustainability at the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing (CEIR). Prior to this, he held the role of associate executive director of technical communications for the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).

“For the past 100 years, ARMA has been committed to providing technical research, publications and education to the consumer and professional,” said Kirby. “I look forward to becoming part of that history by helping the association expand its technical services and continue as a leader in the roofing industry.”

Kirby holds a Master of Architecture−Structures Option and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois. He also earned a Graduate Certification in Sustainable Building Design and Construction from Boston Architectural College.

“The architecture experience, association know-how and technical knowledge Kirby has developed throughout his career make him a valuable addition to ARMA,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “By bringing him on, the association has strengthened its role as a provider of technical resources and roofing practices to the industry.”

For more information about ARMA, visit asphaltroofing.org.



About the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA)
ARMA is a trade association representing the majority of North America’s asphalt roofing manufacturing companies, plus their raw material suppliers. The association includes almost 95 percent of the nation’s manufacturers of bituminous-based roofing products. Information ARMA gathers on modern asphalt roofing materials and practices is provided to building and code officials, as well as to regulatory agencies and allied trade groups. Committed to advancing the asphalt roofing industry, ARMA is proud of the role it plays in spearheading R&D and in promoting asphalt roofing to those in the building industry and to the public. For more information on asphalt roofing, visit www.asphaltroofing.org.