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AIA Wisconsin is the statewide society of The American Institute of Architects. With over 1,300 members, AIA Wisconsin represents architects in private practice, business, industry, government and education, as well as interns, allied professionals and students. Its mission is to serve members, advance their value and improve the quality of our built environment.

AIA Wisconsin celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2011.

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The Start of
Something Big
His Line?
We're Gonna Make it! Home Sweet

Back in 1911, a small group of Wisconsin architects with a vision for the future of their profession and state formally established the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

In 1911, George B. Post, FAIA, was awarded the Gold Medal. The Gold Medal is the highest honor that The American Institute of Architects can bestow on an individual. It is conferred by the national AIA Board of Directors in recognition of a significant body of work of lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Post was the architect of the Wisconsin State Capitol Building.

The State Association of Wisconsin Architects held its First Annual Convention. Membership continues to grow.

Featured speaker and Oklahoma architect Bruce Goff at the Wisconsin Architects Association Convention banquet entitled his speech "Advancing Architecture." He spoke on the current work of Wright and Sullivan.

Frank Lloyd Wright is the featured guest on "What's My Line?"

What's My Line?

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Architecture Week announcement dons the Milwaukee City Hall. It didn’t quite make the Laverne and Shirley 1970s TV sitcom opening montage, but, we're still proud!

Wisconsin Society of Architects finds a home in the Stoner House Indeed, 74 years was a long time to be in existence without a permanent home.

Frankly, the archives of the WSA are not good enough to document how many places the WSA has called home since 1911. Suffice to say, there were a lot of nooks and crannies, rental spaces, backrooms and rent checks.

Now we have the Stoner House. It is being recognized for its excellence in restoration and is continuing to generate a sense of pride in the community within the Wisconsin architectural community.

Stoner House

Statute of Repose
Shelter Offers
A Hand Up
Celebrating the Past, Designing the Future Moving Forward Celebrating the Past, Designing the Future

Following a multi-year lobbying effort, our Statute of Repose legislation was adopted and signed into law in April 1994. It protects architects and others involved in the design and construction industry from the "long tail" of liability by barring legal action after ten years from the date of substantial completion of a building project.

Déjà vu . . .  A Wisconsin Supreme Court opinion filed on July 1, 2005, confirmed that Wisconsin 's Statute of Repose for improvements to real property, Sec. 893.89 Wis. Stat., passes state and federal constitutional muster. That's good news!

As part of a community leadership initiative started by members of AIA Wisconsin in 1996, a dilapidated house in the Town of Madison has been completely renovated and remodeled into affordable transitional housing for the working homeless. AIA Wisconsin’s partner on this important project was Transitional Housing, Inc. (THI), which owns and manages the facility.

Completion of the project was celebrated in 2000. Madison architect A. James Gersich, AIA, who spearheaded the project as president of AIA Wisconsin, remarked, “With the help of many individuals, organizations and companies the project now is a reality.”

AIA Southwest Wisconsin conducts a community design meeting to assist the residents and other stakeholders of the Allied Drive neighborhood visualize the rehabilitation of their community based on neighborhood input that will enable them to identify steps for economic revitalization and development of a mix of housing options to meet residents’ needs.

An AIA Milwaukee AIA150 initiative offered exquisitely designed, affordable, sustainable and accessible modular infill housing to three neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha, where affordable housing is extremely scarce. Dwellings, designed by teams of graduate students at the University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning were intended as a catalyst for future infill units in the neighborhoods, knitting them together and strengthening them as livable communities.




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