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E-News: November 2012

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on supporting architectural education and outreach through tax-deductible contributions to the Wisconsin Architects Foundation, local AIA chapter election results, submitting projects for 2013 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards, proposed A/E selection schedule for UW System projects, valuable educational programs and more.

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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 online.

2013 Chapter Officers
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 2013 are: AIA Milwaukee — Heather Cook Elliott, AIA, Milwaukee, President; Lyssa Olker, AIA, Milwaukee, Vice President/President-Elect; Eric Schoedel, AIA, Menomonee Falls, Treasurer; and Michael Hacker, AIA, Milwaukee, Secretary. AIA Southwest Wisconsin — Richard Lundeen, AIA, Madison, President; Dean VonTersch, AIA, Waukesha, Vice President/President-Elect; and Cathy Weiss, AIA, Madison, Secretary/Treasurer. AIA Northeast Wisconsin — Gregory Douglas, AIA, Green Bay, President; Jennifer Lehrke, AIA, Glenbeulah, Vice President/President-Elect; and Daniel Wiitanen, AIA, New Franken, Secretary/Treasurer. AIA Northwest Wisconsin — Mark Piquette, AIA, Weston, President; and Glendali Rodriguez, AIA, Menomonie, Vice President/President-Elect. You are encouraged to participate in local AIA programs and offer suggestions for future initiatives.

UW System Projects – Proposed A/E Selection Schedule
In order to better plan and schedule the selection of architects for upcoming projects, the University of Wisconsin System Administration – Office of Capital Planning and Budget has posted a “UWSA 2012-13 Proposed A/E Selection Schedule” on its website. The schedule will be updated monthly. It is a valuable resource for AIA Wisconsin members interested in being considered for upcoming UW System building projects. View the selection schedule.

AIA Wisconsin Design Awards – Enter by 1/18
The Design Awards Committee invites your participation in the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The deadline for entering your projects is January 18. All completed submissions are due by no later than February 20. The 2013 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on May 8 at Monona Terrace in Madison. Details  | View Previous Winners | View Previous Entries

AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop
The 2012 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop last month at Lambeau Field in Green Bay received very positive feedback. As one member put it, the most valuable part of the workshop was “the presentations from owner, contractor, construction manager and architect together demonstrating cooperative team effort to achieve success.” Kudos to workshop chair Greg Douglas, AIA, Green Bay!

AIA/CES Transcript
This is a good time to print your AIA/CES transcript and check that it includes all of your learning activities by visiting There’s also an AIA members resource area for continuing education information. If you are looking for continuing education opportunities, check out the AIA Wisconsin online calendar.


AIA Renewal and Online Resources . . . A Password Away
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 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.

2013 AIA Early Renewal Incentives
AIA is offering renewing members a couple of early renewal incentives this year. Win a Trip to the AIA 2013 National Convention in Denver June 20–22! Renew your AIA membership by December 31 and you receive one entry in a sweepstakes drawing for a complete 2013 AIA National Convention package including travel, accommodations, and convention registration. Two convention packages will be awarded. Review contest terms and conditions. Renew by December 31 and you will also receive one free continuing education course from AIA Virtual Convention, which offers online education anytime, anywhere. With a choice of over 30 courses, you can earn learning units related to HSW and SD. AIA Wisconsin members that renew by December 31 will receive an offer to attend both days of the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Expo for the price of a one-day registration.

Win an IPad2: Complete your AIA KnowledgeNet Profile
AIA members who complete their AIA KnowledgeNet profile by December 2 and submit the entry form via email will be entered to win one 16GB iPad2 with Wi-Fi. Members who complete their profiles or already have complete profiles may add five (5) pieces of content to the site and enter again. Visit: KnowledgeNet

Gingerbread Houses
AIA Wisconsin Emerging Professionals looking for a fun and exciting way to use your model-building, icing-drawing and gumdrop-decorating skills are invited to join the AIA team to construct a gingerbread house for charity. The live Gingerbread Casas for CASA decorating contest will take place 11:00am-3:00pm, Sunday, December 1, at Hilldale Mall-Madison. Contact Jodi Schirmer, Assoc. AIA, for more information. View past event photos.

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.

AIA Contract Documents – 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.

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – Foundations
Reserve May 8 & 9 for the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, Foundations, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The Convention Committee, chaired by Jon Sandeman, AIA, Prairie Du Sac, 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.

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 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. About Young Architects Forum | AIA WI YAF Chair Job Description

People & Places
Nathan H. Stark, AIA, Milwaukee, has elevated to AIA. Congratulations! Thomas M. Hanley, AIA, Madison, has joined BWBR as the managing partner at the firm’s new office in Madison. Thomas L. Eschweiler, AIA, passed away earlier this month. The Eschweiler family is synonymous with Wisconsin architecture; and Thomas founded the Wisconsin Architectural Archives in 1975 with the purpose of preserving Wisconsin's architectural heritage. This collection resides at the central branch of the Milwaukee Public Library.

Membership Action
AIA Wisconsin membership is growing again thanks to new members signing up and former members reinstating. The following new members have joined in the last month: John Mandigo, Professional Affiliate, Milwaukee (SE); Paul E. Rohde, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Angela Stiegerwald, Student, Bangor (NW); Steven M. Tucker, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Kevin E. Vonderberg, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); and Aliye Yazici, Assoc. AIA, Stoughton (SW).

The Last Word
“Your attention is the most valuable resource you own, so learn to protect that first or you will fail in all else.” [David Zach, Futurist]




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