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E-News: February 2013

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on government advocacy, Wisconsin Architects Foundation scholarships, registering for the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, updated features on national AIA Architect Finder directory, current AIA Continuing Education System requirements, valuable educational programs and more.

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Grassroots Advocacy – Capitol Hill Visits
In March, state and local AIA leaders from Wisconsin will be joining their counterparts from across the country for the AIA Grassroots Leadership & Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. AIA Wisconsin leaders will be visiting Capitol Hill to meet with members of our state’s congressional delegation. As AIA Wisconsin President David Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire, noted in his President’s Report, the AIA federal issues agenda is designed to help get America building again. The AIA advocacy agenda includes initiatives to help small business create jobs, repair and strengthen our buildings, build resilient and vibrant communities, reform government to build better with less, and invest in the next generation of design leaders. Please contact the AIA Wisconsin office to share local examples that illustrate the real-life value of addressing these issues, such as making the tax code work for small firms, extending and enhancing the tax deduction to promote energy efficient commercial buildings, creating jobs by investing in our building infrastructure, and providing student loan relief for architecture school graduates in exchange for volunteer community service.

Streamlining State Administrative Processes – DSPS
Last month, the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services [DSPS] asked AIA Wisconsin for ideas and suggestions to improve the administrative processes of its Industry Services Division. In response, AIA Wisconsin outlined recommendations related to the electronic transfer of documents, promotion of third-party plan reviews, adoption of contemporary model building codes and utilization of code advisory councils. For example, AIA Wisconsin noted that the plan review process could be expedited if submittal documents could be transferred electronically. To streamline the administrative process, it was suggested that the state could exempt smaller projects from plan review requirements if the project is designed by a licensed architect and promote third-party plan review agencies. AIA Wisconsin also supported maintaining current model codes with a minimum of Wisconsin amendments as an effective way to not only increase awareness of building codes, but also promote economic development and interstate commerce. It was noted that a consensus approach, with architects and other stakeholders at the table, results in better building codes for Wisconsin and improved administrative procedures.

Wisconsin Legislature – Making Connections
The Wisconsin Legislature is in session; and there are a lot of new faces at the State Capitol. Now is a great time to renew connections with your State Senator and State Representative and remind them of all the ways architects contribute to the health and vitality of local communities and the overall state economy. The focus for the next several months will be on the state budget for the next biennium. The governor and legislative leaders have indicated their budget priorities include creating jobs, transforming education, developing the workforce, investing in infrastructure and reforming government. To find out who is representing you, visit the Wisconsin State Legislature website.

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. You also can contribute to the WAF online.

WAF Wisconsin Student Out-of-State Study Scholarships
The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships of $1,000 or more to outstanding Wisconsin students who are pursuing accredited architectural degrees at schools located outside of Wisconsin. May 15 is the deadline for applying for a WAF Wisconsin Student Out-of-State Study Scholarship. To be eligible, the student must have received his/her diploma from a Wisconsin high school and be currently attending or planning to attend an NAAB-accredited school of architecture with a first professional degree or post-graduate degree program. For further details, please visit the WAF homepage. Foundations  -2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – Registration Open
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. Keynote speakers include Vincent James, FAIA, Larry Speck, FAIA, and Larry Scarpa, FAIA. Watch your inbox and mailbox for invitation. More information

AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals Competition Launch – February 18
AIA Milwaukee’s second annual Emerging Professionals Design Competition officially opens on February 18. The title of this year’s competition is “Kilbourn Town Entertainment Complex.” The competition is open to any students, graduates and architects licensed up to and including one year. More information

UWM SARUP Lecture/Exhibition/Symposium Spring Series
The UWM SARUP spring series has been announced. Check out the schedule of lectures, exhibitions and symposiums. AIA Wisconsin member James Shields, FAIA, is scheduled to present on March 1. On March 15, a film screening “On Imagination | Conversations with Architects” by Merrill Elam, AIA, is co-sponsored by AIA Milwaukee.

Arts Day 2013 – March 13
AIA Wisconsin is pleased to be able to help Arts Wisconsin present Arts Day 2013 on March 13 in Madison. The annual event highlights the power and value of the arts and creativity to the state’s economy and future. For more information about Arts Day 2013, visit

Business Opportunities in the Government Sector
Last week, AIA Wisconsin collaborated with AGC of Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin Procurement Institute and Emerging Construction Business Incubator on a successful half-day program on the business opportunities available to Wisconsin’s design and construction industry through federal contracting. Several follow-up workshops are planned over the next several months. For information on these programs, visit In addition, the annual Business Opportunities in the Government Sector [BOGS] workshop will be held on April 16 at Monona Terrace in Madison. BOGS focuses on doing business with the State of Wisconsin, with registration information available at

New & Improved AIA Architect Finder
AIA Architect Finder is a searchable database that has been re-designed and reformatted. This tool is the resource AIA Wisconsin provides for owners and potential clients to assist them in selecting an architect. For clients to find your firm, it is critical that your listing be filled out completely, including specifying what types of services you provide and what types of buildings you specialize in. Keep in mind these selections drive the search features of the system. This powerful firm promotion tool allows you to include your firm logo, a description of your firm as well as post photographs and brief text about your projects. To be eligible to be listed on AIA Architect Finder, firm must be appropriately credentialed to provide architectural services in Wisconsin and have at least one principal or owner who is an AIA architect member of AIA Wisconsin.

AIA/CES – 2013 Requirements
Beginning in 2013, AIA members will no longer need to document earning a minimum of four sustainable design hours to fulfill their AIA continuing education requirements. As a reminder, all active AIA members must successfully complete 18 learning unit [LU] hours each calendar year, with at least 12 of the 18 hours relating to health, safety and welfare [HSW] topics.

Annual Meetings & Awards Luncheon
Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin leaders will present reports and highlight upcoming programs during the Annual Meeting on May 8. Mickey Jacob, FAIA, AIA President, will update us on Institute affairs, including the “repositioning” initiative. The Awards Luncheon features the presentation of the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award to Josh O. Johnson, AIA, Middleton. Mickey Jacob also will join us for lunch and discuss building leaders to shape the future of the profession.  

AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo – 2013
Invite vendors to participate in the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Exposition on May 8 & 9, at Monona Terrace. It is the one trade show that attracts architects and allied design and construction industry leaders from across Wisconsin. The Building Products Expo will feature over 170 displays by the leading manufacturers and suppliers of products and services for Wisconsin's design and construction industry. Expo Information

AIA Wisconsin Convention Hotel
If you are planning to stay at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace during the AIA Wisconsin Convention, you need to make your reservation by April 7 to benefit from a reduced Convention room rate of $165 per night [excluding taxes]. Make your reservations online or call the Hilton at (866) 403-8838 or (414) 935-5941 [Use Group Code: AIA13].

AIA Photo Competition
AIA St. Louis is coordinating the 2013 AIA Photography Competition. The top 14 entries will be exhibited at the 2013 AIA National Convention in Washington DC. Images for the 2015 calendar will be selected from submitted entries, which are due by March 1.

LegaLine – AIA Trust
Do you have legal questions about contracts, intellectual property law and other practice issues? AIA Wisconsin has an agreement with Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq., and LegaLine that allows members a one-time opportunity to talk with an attorney knowledgeable about design and construction law for free. This unique service is offered through the AIA Trust. An AIA Wisconsin member recently took advantage of this opportunity and “was extremely pleased with the experience.” When an attorney for a client wanted to make significant amendments to the standard AIA owner-architect agreement, the member contacted AIA Wisconsin for help. After reviewing the proposed contract changes point by point with Heuer over the phone, the architect reported back that: “Thanks to Chuck, I had an understanding of the impact the requested changes would have . . .  [and] information to intelligently discuss the proposed changes with the owner’s attorney.” Contact the AIA Wisconsin for more information about LegaLine.

AIA Member Benefits Portal
AIA members logging in to the “For Members” area at will notice a new updated area that provides easy links to member benefits. Many of these benefits are overlooked by members, including information on how to start and manage your own firm as well as manage your membership profile.

Contract Document Support AvailableAIA Contract Documents
The AIA Contract Documents team is available to help if you need support when working with AIA Contract Documents: Software Technical Support – (800) 942-7732; Content Questions – (202)626-7526; Education Questions – (202) 626-7592.

People & Places
Darin C. Rickert, AIA, Racine, has been promoted to senior associate at Wiss Janney Elstner Associates Inc. Glen Roby, AIA, Wauwatosa, has been promoted to principal at Kahler Slater, Milwaukee. Mark A. Piquette, AIA, Weston, has joined Wausau Homes. Josh Johnson, AIA, Middleton, has joined Architectural Design Consultants Inc. in Lake Delton. Rick Gabriel, AIA, Madison, has joined BWBR Architects in their new Madison office. Mark C. Wershay, AIA, Oconomowoc, and Adam N. Anderson, AIA, Hartford, have upgraded to architect. Modesto Tavarez, AIA, announced his retirement as president, since 1978, of Tavarez & Associates Architects, Inc. Bray Associates-Architects has promoted Clinton Selle, AIA, Milwaukee, and Michael Hacker, AIA, Milwaukee to associates. In Business magazine reported that the following member-owned firms in Madison area are celebrating anniversaries in 2013: Bouril Design Studio 25 years, Gary Brink & Associates Inc. 20 years, Isthmus Architecture 15 years, and Aro Eberle 5 years. Congratulations!

Membership Action
The following members have joined in the last month: Denise R. Beneke, AIA, Waukesha (SE); Darrin J. Engel, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Elliot M. Flaws, Student Affiliate, Milwaukee (SE); Robert Harley, Student Affiliate, Coleman (NE); Brian S. Hutchinson, Assoc. AIA, Menomonee Falls (SE); Kerry S. Mueller, AIA, Mequon (SE); Mark A. Nagy, Assoc. AIA, Germantown (SE); Melinda S. Pogwizd, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Agatha Vonderberg, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); and Ian F. Wilson, Assoc. AIA, Green Bay (NE).

The Last Word
“Imagine a better world made real by architects. The gap between what is and what could be is bridged by a powerful concept – leadership for architecture and beyond.” [Mickey Jacob, FAIA, 2013 AIA President]


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