E-News: June 2012
In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on membership survey, state code advisory council appointments, continuing education requirements and opportunities, Wisconsin Architects Foundation officers, raffle and scholarships and more.
President’s Report– It’s Halftime in Wisconsin
AIA Wisconsin President Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, offers a mid-year assessment and encourages members to get actively involved as Citizen Architects in this month’s President’s Report.
Member Satisfaction Survey – Coming Soon
Later this week, you'll be receiving an electronic Member Satisfaction Survey from AIA Wisconsin. Please look for it in your inbox because your participation, feedback, comments and suggestions will be invaluable. The Board of Directors and local Chapter leaders will utilize the results of the survey as part of the annual long-range planning session this summer. AIA Wisconsin conducts this member survey every other year. Two years ago, 24% of the membership participated. While this is an outstanding response rate, the goal is to have even more members participate in this year’s survey. If you have any questions about the membership survey, please contact the AIA Wisconsin office. Thank you.
State Code Advisory Councils – Appointment Opportunities
Wisconsin benefits from having AIA Wisconsin representatives on a number of important code advisory councils. These councils were created by the Department of Commerce, now the Department of Safety and Professional Services [DSPS], to help update the state’s commercial building and related codes. AIA Wisconsin members currently serve on the following code councils: Commercial Building Code Council, Alteration and Change of Use Advisory Council, Historic Building Code Council, Energy Conservation Code Council, Means of Egress and Accessibility Code Advisory Council, Commercial Buildings Fire Protection Systems Council, Commercial Buildings Fire Safety Council, HVAC Advisory Council, and Structural Commercial Building Code Advisory Council. [In addition, AIA Wisconsin members have been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Multifamily Dwelling Code Council and Uniform Dwelling Code Council.] As the old saying goes, if you’re not at the table, you’re probably on the menu. DSPS Secretary Dave Ross currently is accepting applications online from individuals interested in being appointed to these code advisory councils and other department committees. AIA Wisconsin members are encouraged to apply for these appointment opportunities by following the instructions on the DSPS website.
Continuing Education Requirements – 2012 License Renewal
This 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. These state administrative rules [Chapter A-E 12] establish minimum continuing education requirements for architects to renew their state license. The new rules 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. This is a good time to print your AIA/CES transcript and check that it includes all of your learning activities. To review state license renewal requirements, go to: Wisconsin Continuing Education Requirements
AIA Wisconsin offers learning opportunities throughout the year. Working with AIA/CES providers and local Chapters, events are offered throughout the state. Other opportunities include distance learning [AIA Virtual Convention, aecKnowledge and more].
State Licensing Requirements: New Interactive Map
Stay on top of the licensing requirement with the new interactive map showing mandatory continuing education requirements for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This resource will be very helpful if you are licensed in multiple states.
Wisconsin Architects Foundation – Officers Selected
At its meeting earlier this month, the WAF Board of Directors selected the following officers for 2012-13: President – Paula M. Verboomen, AIA, Milwaukee; Vice President – John G. Horky, AIA, Wauwatosa; and Secretary/Treasurer – Thomas R. Raley, AIA, Monona. Dedicated to improving the quality of the built environment through research and education, the WAF relies on the generous support and tax-deductible contributions from friends and members like you.
WAF Scholarship News
The Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF) is a non-profit membership organization of design and construction professionals dedicated to being a catalyst to improve quality of the environment through research and education. Earlier this spring, the WAF Board awarded a $1,500 scholarship to a Wisconsin student pursuing an accredited degree at a school of architecture located outside of the state. This Wisconsin Students Out-of-State Study Scholarships program was created in 2008 and reflects a long-standing commitment by the WAF to support Wisconsin students interested in architectural education. The WAF scholarship recipient is Sam Kahle, Middleton, who has been accepted into the Master of Architecture program at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts. In case you know Wisconsin students pursing architectural studies in other states, here is a link to more information on this valuable WAF scholarship program.
Support the Wisconsin Architects Foundation . . . Purchase a Raffle Ticket for a chance to win one of six prizes! You can purchase your raffle ticket from WAF Board members and at local Chapter events. View the details
If you are interested in helping to shape AIA Wisconsin policies and programs, please consider tossing your hat in the ring as a candidate for Director-At-Large. Two Directors-At-Large will be elected by the membership this fall to a two-year term beginning January 2013. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter. For further information, contact the AIA Wisconsin office.
ARE Lending Library – 2012 Edition Available
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 2012 and 2010 (4.0) editions 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.
New Contract Document Education Portal
AIA Contract Documents launched a new education portal complete with videos, guides, podcasts and webinars about AIA documents and software. For paper documents, AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents.
E-News – Back Issues
If you think you may have missed something important in a previous AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you can scroll through back issues available on the AIA Wisconsin website. Try it and you may be surprised by what else you discover.
The following members have joined in the last month: Robert M. Gamperl, AIA, Whitefish Bay (SE); Jaime D. Vega, Assoc. AIA, Mukwonago (SE); and Mark J. Zvitkovits, Assoc. AIA, Sheboygan (NE).
The Last Word
“While it may be tempting to focus on today, we must place a preponderance of our attention to the future—on where society, technology and this future will be in five, 10, or more years. We can step forward to envision and advance a new reality: a reality in which we hold not only the capability, but also confidence, to be the architects of change, the architects of community, the architects of culture.” [Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, Elected 2014 AIA President]