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E-News: March 2013

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the 2013 state legislative agenda, strategic planning initiatives, Wisconsin Architects Foundation scholarships, registering for the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, valuable educational programs and more.

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2013 State Legislative Agenda
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors has adopted a new "2013 State Legislative Agenda" that provides a summary of positions on various issues that may be addressed during the 2013-2014 session of the Wisconsin Legislature. Noting that when architects are working Wisconsin will be building, the agenda supports initiatives to encourage economic growth and development. It also includes positions on the state building program, sales tax expansion, architect selection, licensing, state building codes, permitting, sustainable design and community development. The agenda explains that Wisconsin architects are small businesspeople on the leading edge of the state’s building industry – an important sector of the economy that accounts for one out of every nine dollars of economic activity. It is important for state legislators to understand that meeting the challenges faced by Wisconsin communities demands a strong design and construction industry. 2013 State Legislative Agenda | AIA Wisconsin Advocacy

AIA Wisconsin Planning Report – Member Support
AIA Wisconsin’s planning report focuses on four strategic initiatives to support members. The two short-term initiatives include talking about AIA business at local chapter meetings and establishing stronger liaisons with other allied organizations. The two longer-term initiatives involve promoting the value of design to the public and increasing business and employment opportunities for members through legislative action. The “champions” for each of these initiatives have been making great progress on the established objectives. Dean Von Tersch, AIA, Waukesha, is working with other local chapter officers around the state to identify creative ways to increase the dialog between chapter leaders and members to share information on AIA resources. Lyssa Olker, AIA, Milwaukee, Kurt Zimmerman, AIA, Wauwatosa, and Matthew Edwards, AIA, Milwaukee, have been investigating ideas to build networks and leverage relationships with allied organizations to enhance programs for AIA members. Josh Johnson, AIA, Middleton, is leading the initiative to identify innovative communications strategies for promoting the value of architecture and design to the public. Mark Herr, AIA, Brookfield, and his work group have been working to assist members get more work from the state and federal governments and enhance the value of the architect credential.  For a quick overview, here is link to a one-page summary

Convention Sponsors
AIA Wisconsin is fortunate that a number of companies and organizations step forward to underwrite speakers and sponsor other special events at the annual Convention. The sponsors of the 2013 Convention & Expo will be formally recognized at the Awards Luncheon at Monona Terrace. Their generous support contributes significantly to the success of this year’s conference. Platinum Sponsors: The Boldt Company, Immel Construction, J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc. and Wisconsin Masonry Alliance. Gold Sponsors: Focus on Energy Chain Stores & Franchises Program, IIDA Wisconsin Chapter, Ken Saiki Design, Inc. and Wisconsin Architects Foundation. Silver Sponsors: AIA Contract Documents.

Grassroots Advocacy – Capitol Hill Visits
Next week, 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. 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.

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 [2013 Assembly Bill 40]. To find out who is representing you, visit the Wisconsin State Legislature website.

WAF Wisconsin Student Out-of-State Study Scholarships
The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships to 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.

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. It features 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. Register today!

AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals – Design Competition
AIA Milwaukee has announced its second annual Emerging Professionals Design Competition. 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. The entry deadline is April 1. More information

Business Opportunities in the Government Sector
Last month, 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. Additional workshops are planned for April 18 and May 16. For information on these programs, visit 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. 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.

Annual Meetings & Awards LuncheonFoundations  -2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo
Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin leaders will present reports and highlight upcoming programs during the Annual Meeting on May 8. AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA, will present an update 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, special remarks by President Jacob on building leaders to shape the future of the profession.  

Building Products Expo – 2013
You don’t want to miss the AIA Wisconsin Building Products Exposition on May 8 & 9 at Monona Terrace. The Expo features displays by the leading manufacturers and suppliers of products and services for Wisconsin's design and construction industry. It’s the place to find solutions for your projects. Plan to meet with these exhibitors (list).

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 Convention Delegates – Denver
If you're going to Denver for the AIA Convention on June 20–22, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local chapter.

People & Places
Richard A. Wandschneider, AIA, Waunakee, has been elevated to Emeritus membership. Gerald A Mortier, AIA, Waukesha, and Andy Malanowski, AIA, Milwaukee, have been elevated to AIA architect membership. Congratulations! H. Richard Dannhausen, AIA, Egg Harbor, has retired from Berners-Schober Associates, Inc. in Green Bay.

Membership Action
The following members have joined in the last month: Adam J. Bushman, Assoc. AIA, Oak Creek (SE); Chad C. Griswold, AIA, Shorewood (SE); Larry A. Kilmer II, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Shannon McCallister, Professional Affiliate, Germantown (SE); Mitch Ptacek, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Gina M. Schoengarth, AIA, Mt. Pleasant (SE); and Donald Wilkinson, Student Affiliate, Green Bay (NE).

The Last Word
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