E-News: November 2011
In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on tax-deductible contributions to the Wisconsin Architects Foundation, AIA Wisconsin election results and appointments, volunteer opportunities, submitting projects for 2012 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards, getting your hands on the AIA Wisconsin long-range planning report, information on AIA stalled projects database, valuable educational programs and more.
The WAF Board of Directors is dedicated to improving the quality of the built environment through research and education. It needs your help to achieve this goal. Generous contributions received from friends and members like you enable the Wisconsin Architects Foundation to continue its advocacy for education and outreach. The WAF Board asks you to consider increasing your tax-deductible contribution to the WAF this year. Your support is a vital investment in Wisconsin's future. To donate, please make your contribution payable to the “Wisconsin Architects Foundation” and mail it to: Wisconsin Architects Foundation, 321 S. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703 or contribute online.
The 2011 Long-Range Planning Report approved by the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors outlines this year’s focus on local chapters and identifying creative ways to better serve society, the profession and members by advancing strategies that enhance knowledge, advocacy, communication and collaboration. The planning retreat was chaired by AIA Wisconsin Vice President Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greenfield. Please contact AIA Wisconsin to request a copy of the planning report.
A small group of architects, with a vision for the future of their profession and state, formally incorporated the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects on November, 1, 1911. In recognition of this event, Kerry Kincaid, President of the Eau Claire City Council, earlier this month proclaimed 2011 as the “AIA Wisconsin Centennial” in celebration of 100 years of leadership in creating better places to live, work and play through design and advocacy. Earlier this year, similar proclamations honoring AIA Wisconsin’s 100th anniversary were issues by Governor Walker and Madison Mayor Soglin. A Presidential Citation also was presented to AIA Wisconsin at the AIA Convention in New Orleans.
President Thomas Hirsch, FAIA, Madison, announced the results of the Director-At-Large election at the most recent AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors meeting in Fond du Lac. Congratulations are in order for Gregory A. Granlund, AIA, Eau Claire; Paul F. Martzke, AIA, Green Bay; and James G. Otto, AIA, Hubertus. Their two-year term begins in January 2012. They will join the two other Directors-At-Large Daryl Dean, AIA, Rhinelander, and Melissa Destree, AIA, Oregon, on the 2012 AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors.
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors at its October meeting in Fond du Lac approved the following appointments: Devin Little, Assoc. AIA, Fitchburg, as an Associate Representative; Abby Vogen Horn, Hartland, as a Professional Affiliate Representative; Melissa Schulteis, Milwaukee, as the UWM Student Representative; and Caroline Kruis, Oostburg, as the At-Large Student Representative. Congratulations to these AIA Wisconsin leaders whose new terms begin in January 2012.
Wisconsin is fortunate to have AIA members who volunteer to lead the four local AIA Chapters and coordinate programs and events of value to members in each quadrant of the state. Chapter officers for 2012 are: AIA Southwest Wisconsin— Janine Glaeser, AIA, Monona, President; J Jason Pelletier, AIA, Madison, Vice President/President-Elect; and Dean VonTersch, AIA, Sun Prairie, Secretary/Treasurer. AIA Northeast Wisconsin— Chad Ulman, AIA, Appleton, President; Gregory Douglas, AIA, Green Bay, Vice President/President-Elect; and Jennifer Lehrke, AIA, Glenbeulah, Secretary/Treasurer. AIA Northwest Wisconsin— Kurt Schroeder, AIA, La Crosse, President; Mark Piquette, AIA, Weston, Vice President/President-Elect; and Glendali Rodriguez, AIA, Menomonie, Secretary/Treasurer. You are encouraged to participate in local AIA programs and offer suggestions for future initiatives. AIA Milwaukee elections are being scheduled.
AIA Wisconsin established a Young Architects Forum [YAF] in 2001 to create an opportunity for architects licensed for no more than ten years to gather locally and discuss common goals, problems, experiences and ideas about their careers, the profession and design. The need for this kind of discussion is more important now than ever before. The Board of Directors is looking for AIA members interested in chairing or co-chairing the Wisconsin YAF. Responsibilities include collaborating with other AIA Wisconsin leaders, emerging professionals, committees and allied groups to develop programs that support the YAF mission. Please contact AIA Wisconsin if you’re interested in volunteering to help lead YAF activities. In addition, national AIA is seeking nominations for a new YAF Regional Director for the North Central States – Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. About Young Architects Forum | AIA WI YAF Chair Job Description
The 2011 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop last month at Epic in Verona received very positive feedback. As one member put it, the most valuable part of the workshop was “being able to tour a major office campus done with a high level of concern for architecture and sustainability and then learn about it from the experts.” Kudos to workshop chair Melissa Destree, AIA, Oregon!
Reserve May 2 & 3 for the 2012 AIA Wisconsin Convention, Forward, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The Convention Committee, chaired by Tate Walker, AIA, Madison, is assembling an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information and other special events for next spring. Watch your inbox and mailbox for program updates and emerging details.
The Design Awards Committee invites your participation in the 2012 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The deadline for entering your projects is January 18. Entry binders are due by no later than February 15. The 2012 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on May 2 at Monona Terrace in Madison. Details | View Previous Winners | View Previous Entries
AIA Wisconsin is attempting to identify members who also are elected or appointed members of state and local government boards or commissions. This information will be used to develop national AIA programs that support architects currently in these positions and to encourage other architects interested in these opportunities for civic engagement. If you are an appointed member of a state, county, city, school district or other local government board or commission, please let the AIA Wisconsin office know the name of the board or commission, who appointed you and when your term expires. Similarly, if you are an elected member of a county board, city council, school board or other public office, please let us know the name of your position and when your term expires. Thank you for your civic leadership and help with this AIA survey. Contact AIA Wisconsin
This is a good time to print your AIA/CES transcript and check that it includes all of your learning activities by visiting http://www.aia.org/education/index.htm. Please note that next summer, when you renew your Wisconsin architect license, you will need to have earned at least 24 hours of continuing education during the prior two year period, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare topics. The Wisconsin Joint Examining Board approved these administrative rules [Chapter A-E 12] that establish minimum continuing education requirements for architects to renew their state license. The new rules became effective on July 1, 2010, and will first apply when you renew your two-year Wisconsin license by August 2012. The AIA is listed as an approved provider of continuing education programs; and AIA members can use their AIA/CES transcript to document continuing education hours. To review state license renewal requirements, go to: Wisconsin Continuing Education Requirements
The AIA continually strives to attain a high standard of continuing education for AIA members. ATTENTION: Beginning in calendar year 2012, aligning closer with state licensing boards’ practice, AIA CES providers will need to report HSW courses for you to receive HSW credits. Members can continue to self report credit hours. More >
Are any of your projects stalled due lack of financing or other reasons? You can list these projects on the AIA website designed to connect architects and clients with investors in order to start stalled projects moving forward. For information, please check out the Stalled Projects website and take the opportunity to add your projects to the database.
As a member of AIA, there are an abundance of online resources including "Members Only Content" and the growing AIA KnowledgeNet professional media site at www.aia.org. You must log in as a member to receive the member rate for all purchases, meeting and event registrations, access to AIA KnowledgeNet and to renew your AIA membership. Renew your membership in full and save $40.00. AIA Members can log in using your email address and password. Don't know your password, no problem. Click here to request your password. Enter your e-mail address and then check your e-mail for a message that includes a link to change your password.
The annual design and construction awards program coordinated by the Division of State Facilities [DSF] has been revised to recognize two exemplary state projects with a “Best Project Award” for new construction and renovation. Nominations for the DSF awards will be due by December 19, with the awards presented at the Building Commission meeting in February 2012. Details
Online Learning – aecKnowledge
AIA Wisconsin is proud to announce a new partnership with aecKnowledge—an innovative, online knowledge-sharing platform for AEC professionals. The peer-reviewed continuing education programs feature top thought leaders and subject matter experts—all available 24/7. Many of the AIA/CES approved courses offer valuable HSW/SD learning units. View available courses
AIA Wisconsin has established a lending library of Architect Registration Examination (ARE) study materials from Kaplan AEC Education that cover all sections of the ARE exam. The materials are available to Associate AIA members and can be checked out of the office for a period of 14 days. For details, read the ARE Lending Library Policies. Contact AIA Wisconsin to confirm availability.
Bruce D. Mohns Jr., AIA, Cameron, and Erik Y. Hancock, AIA, Sheboygan, have been elevated to AIA architect membership. J. Gerard Capell, AIA, Milwaukee, and Lynn Javoroski, Assoc. AIA, Juneau, were elevated to Fellowship in the Construction Specifications Institute at CSI’s national convention in Chicago. Long-time member Henry Kanazawa, AIA, Madison, received the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest civilian award, earlier this month in Washington, DC. Congratulations!
The following members have joined in the last month: Adam W. Bastjan, AIA, Wauwatosa (SE); Michela A. Bettin, Assoc. AIA, Waukesha (SE); Andy J. Blaser, Assoc. AIA, Germantown (SE); Diana Boulanger, Student, Pulaski (NW); Katherine Carey, Assoc. AIA, Verona (SW); Ben Clark, Student, La Crosse (NW); Richard L. Dolezal, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Aurora Hayden, Student, La Crosse (NW); Brent Janssen, Assoc. AIA, Fox Point (SE); Brittany Krueger, Student, Black River Falls (NW); Kathryn Maloney, Student, Melrose (NW); Susan Martinson, Student, La Crosse (NW); Jeffrey Meleski, Student, La Crosse (NW); Joe Nagle, Student, La Crosse (NW); Geneva Pearson-Myers, Student, La Crosse (NW); Thomas J. Robertson, Student, Camp Douglas (NW); Jodi Schirmer, Assoc. AIA, De Forest (SW); Jacob Stafford, Student, Sparta (NW); Angie Steigenwald, Student, Bangor (NW); Kyle Storandt, Student, Mindoro (NW); and Caleb Thomas, Student, Onalaska (NW).
“If it weren’t for the last minute, a lot of things wouldn’t get done.” [Michael S. Traylor]