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E-News: December 2011

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the 2012 Golden Award, tax-deductible contributions to the Wisconsin Architects Foundation, submitting projects for 2012 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards, sales tax exemption proposal, valuable educational programs and more.

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Golden Award
Thomas R. Cox, AIA, Appleton, has been selected by the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors to receive the 2012 Golden Award. His significant contributions to the profession will be honored during a special Awards Luncheon on May 2 at the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo in Madison. Cox will be the 25th recipient of the Golden Award, which is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow on a member architect. The award recognizes an individual architect who has performed most distinguished leadership and service to AIA Wisconsin over an extended period of time and by such leadership advanced the cause of the profession and provided inspiration to his/her fellow practitioners.

President’s Report
AIA Wisconsin President Thomas Hirsch, FAIA, Madison, presented his year-in review report at the Board of Directors meeting earlier this month. He noted the impressive quality and quantity of programs offered by the state society and four local chapters . . . as well as the efforts to increase public awareness. In this month’s President’s Report, Hirsch comments on architects providing leadership through design and advocacy.

AIA Wisconsin Design Awards – Enter by 1/18
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

Wisconsin Architects Foundation

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.

 

AIA/CES Transcript & Continuing Education Requirements – 2012 License Renewal
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. Emeritus members are not exempt from state continuing education requirements. 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

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – Forward in 2012
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. Keynote speakers are Monica Ponce de Leon, Josh Shelton, AIA, and Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA. Seminar presenters include Brad Tomecek, AIA, Ann Fougeron, FAIA and Ava Abramowitz, Hon. AIA. Watch your inbox and mailbox for program updates and emerging details.

Centennial Celebration Honored
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. Earlier this month and in recognition of AIA Wisconsin’s 100th anniversary, Rocky Marcoux, Commissioner of the City of Milwaukee Department of City Development, presented a proclamation signed by Tom Barrett, Mayor of the City of Milwaukee, proclaiming December 1, 2011, as “AIA Wisconsin Day” in celebration of 100 years of leadership in creating better places to live, work and play through design and advocacy. During the year, similar proclamations honoring AIA Wisconsin’s 100th anniversary have been issued by Eau Claire City Council President Kerry Kincaid, La Crosse Mayor Mathias Harter, Governor Walker and Madison Mayor Soglin. A Presidential Citation also was presented to AIA Wisconsin at the AIA Convention in New Orleans.

Sales Tax Exemption for Construction Materials – Assembly Bill 380
AIA Wisconsin has had a long-standing position in support of legislative proposals that would provide a simple and straightforward process for allowing a sales and use tax exemption for construction materials used in projects for tax-exempt owners, including local governments and nonprofit organizations. It is possible under current law to avoid paying sales taxes on such materials through direct purchase; and the vast majority of local governments and school districts take advantage of this opportunity when they undertake construction projects. However, existing state administrative requirements make compliance unnecessarily cumbersome, complex and expensive. Proposed legislation, 2011 Assembly Bill 380, was introduced last month to provide this sales tax exemption; and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee scheduled a public hearing on the proposal for December 15. State Representative Andre Jacque [R-Green Bay] is the lead sponsor in the Wisconsin Assembly. The Ways and Means Committee is chaired by Rep. Samantha Kerkman [R-Genoa City]. Other committee members include Representatives Nass, Petersen, Knodl, Endsley, Kapenga, Ziegelbauer, Staskunas, Toles Steinbrink and Taylor. Please contact your State Representative to express your support for AB 380. Wisconsin Legislature Information

AIA Milwaukee Wisconsin Officers
AIA Milwaukee members have elected chapter officers and directors for 2012, including: Heather Cook Elliott, AIA, Milwaukee, Vice President /President-Elect, Lyssa Olker, AIA, Milwaukee, Treasurer, Eric Schoedel, AIA, Menomonee Falls, Secretary, and John Holz, AIA, Bayside, Randy Morrison, AIA, Milwaukee, and Gil Snyder, AIA, Milwaukee, as Directors. For 2012, Matthew Edwards, AIA, Milwaukee, is President and Kurt Zimmerman, AIA, Wauwatosa, is Past President. Congratulations!

Distinguished Service
At its most recent meeting, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors voted to award a Citation for Distinguished Service to the following individuals in recognition of their significant contributions to the organization and the profession: Jody Andres, Neenah; Jonathan Brinkley, AIA, Fond du Lac; Melissa Destree, AIA, Oregon; Gregory Granlund, AIA, Eau Claire; Gary Gust, AIA, Menomonie; Kim Dale Hassell, AIA, Milwaukee; Thomas Hirsch, FAIA, Madison; Karen Plunkett Muenster, AIA, River Hills; Taylor [Tate] Walker, AIA, Madison; and Kurt Zimmerman, AIA, Wauwatosa. To find out why these and other members are being recognized, plan to participate in the AIA Wisconsin Annual Meeting scheduled for 8:00–9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at Monona Terrace.

DSPS - Administrative Codes Names and Numbers Changing
State Administrative Codes formerly under the Department of Regulation and Licensing (RL) and the Department of Commerce (Comm) will now all use the SPS designation for the new Department of Safety and Professional Services. For the former RL codes, the letters will change, but the numbers will remain the same. For example, RL 2 will become SPS 2. These changes were effective 12/1/11. For the former Comm codes, the letters will change and the numbers will be increased by 300. For example, Comm 5 will become SPS 305. Comm 2 will become SPS 302.  These changes are effective 1/1/12.

LegaLine
AIA Wisconsin has an agreement with Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq., and LegaLine. This unique service offered through the AIA Trust allows members a one-time opportunity to talk with an attorney for "free" about issues related to contracts, intellectual property law and other practice issues. One AIA Wisconsin member who recently took advantage of the LegaLine service reported that he "found it to be a tremendous help!" Contact the AIA Wisconsin office for more information.

Young Architects Wanted – YAF
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 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

DSF Best Project Awards – New Construction & Renovation
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

AIA Stalled Projects Database
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.

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2012 Better Buildings: Better Business Conference
The Tenth Annual Better Buildings: Better Business Conference hosted by the Energy Center of Wisconsin is scheduled for February 29-March 2, 2012, in Wisconsin Dells. Discover the techniques and strategies you'll need to design and build the next generation of energy-efficient and net-zero energy homes. Conference registration rates will increase after December 16, 2011. Conference information and registration

ARE Lending Library
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.

People & Places
The following members have been approved for Emeritus Membership in The American Institute of Architects: Steven W. Bach, AIA, Shorewood; Robert D. Cooper, AIA, Richard Dannhausen, AIA, Egg Harbor; Richard D. Hammes, AIA, Sheboygan; Rexford A. Loker, AIA, Madison; Peter J. Schuyler, AIA, River Hills; Gary J. Sobek, AIA, Hazelhurst, and Richard M. Woods, AIA, Milwaukee. Congratulations!

Membership Action
The following members have joined in the last month: Brett Barbour, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Nathan J. Bosdeck, Assoc. AIA, De Pere (NE); Timothy J. Carson, Assoc. AIA, Whitewater (SW); Darin J. Frerichs, AIA, St. Francis (SE); Andrea C. Kirchhoff, Assoc. AIA; Madison (SW); David Landin, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Justin A. Marshall, Assoc. AIA, Evansville (SW); Troy A. Steege, AIA, Franksville (SE), and Christopher E. Wenzler, AIA, Brookfield (SE).

The Last Word
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors and staff extend their best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

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