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E-News: April 2013

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, advocating for architects, appointment of next AIA Director, Wisconsin Architects Foundation scholarships, valuable educational programs and more.

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AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – May 8 & 9
Plan to join the conversation at the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, Foundations, on May 8 & 9 at Monona Terrace in Madison. This year’s two-day state conference features presentations by innovative leaders that will help us create a strong foundation for the future of our profession. It is designed to enhance your professional skills, renew your network of contacts, rejuvenate your passion for design and recharge your creativity. This year’s Convention Committee has once again assembled an outstanding schedule of speakers, seminars and special events for an extremely attractive registration fee. Register by April 26 and benefit from an early-bird discount. You can earn continuing education hours related to health, safety and welfare to help meet AIA/CES requirements and state requirements for renewing your license. Convention Information

Keynote Addresses
The 2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention features three outstanding keynote speakers. On Wednesday, May 8, award-winning architect Vincent James, FAIA, founding principal of VJAA in Minneapolis, presents The Boldt Company Keynote Address that will reveal the firm’s approach to sustainable design, social space and technology, as well as illustrate how building performance and architectural aesthetics are inseparable. To kick off the Design Awards celebration Wednesday evening, Larry Speck, FAIA, principal of Page Southerland Page, presents the Findorff Keynote Address that will explore architecture that makes life better, communities stronger and contributes to the common good. On Thursday, May 9, Larry Scarpa, FAIA, co-founder of Brooks + Scarpa in Los Angeles, presents the Immel Construction Keynote Address that will highlight the use of design process, delivery methods and sustainable design processes to achieve culturally relevant work.

Design Seminars
The featured “design” seminars will remind you why you wanted to be an architect. On Wednesday, Steve Badanes, co-founder of Jersey Devil and a professor at University of Washington, will share stories and images from 40 years of experience working on design/build projects. On Thursday, San Francisco architect Jason Kelly Johnson, founding design partner of Future Cities Lab, will explore the emerging importance of robotics and responsive technologies in architecture, public space and beyond. In addition, Yolanda Cole, AIA, senior principal and owner of Hickok Cole Architects, will walk you through the path it takes to “spiral up” to great design. Thursday afternoon, award-winning landscape architect Shane Coen, principal-in-charge and founder of Coen+Partners, will discuss how the practice works to fluidly establish ground rules and values that develop with each new learning experience.

Practice Seminars
Another track of seminars features presentations on emerging “practice” issues. Wednesday morning, Melissa Marsh, Assoc. AIA, principal of Plastic Architecture, will discuss how architecture meets organizational design. On Thursday, Design Awards keynoter Larry Speck, FAIA, will discuss a new way to talk about design and demonstrate the positive effects these different set of values could have on the profession. In addition, Grant Uhlir, AIA, principal and practice area leader with Gensler in Chicago, will present a case study on Shanghai Tower located in China and discuss the benefits of a global perspective on day-to-day practice.

Sustainability Seminars
These featured seminars will address a variety of sustainable design topics. On Wednesday, Jim Benya, professional lighting designer, educator and consultant, will examine the latest technologies and strategies to achieve superior lighting design essential for energy efficient and high-performance buildings. On Thursday morning, Marilyn Engwall, coordinating planner and development manager with the city of Chicago, will present a sustainable redevelopment case study on one of the first LEED-ND (Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design-Neighborhood Development) pilot projects. On Thursday afternoon, Jeff Boldt, principal and director of engineering at KJWW, will review the ASHRAE Energy Code and explain why 90.1-2010 Energy Standard for Buildings is important for your projects.

Building Products ExpoFoundations  -2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo
The Building Products Expo is your opportunity to find answers to all of your questions from representatives of the region’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of design and construction industry products and services. Gather valuable product information, speak to company reps and enjoy networking with colleagues. Reserve enough time to tour the entire Expo, bring plenty of business cards and enter exhibitor-sponsored drawings. The Expo is FREE and open both days . . . 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on May 8 and 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on May 9. 

Annual Meetings & Awards Luncheon
Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin leaders will present reports on upcoming programs and initiatives during the joint Annual Meetings that kick off the Convention & Expo first thing Wednesday morning, 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, as well as special remarks by President Jacob on building leaders for the future of the profession.  

Special Events, Spotlight Seminars & Expo Education
This year’s program includes a host of other special events and continuing education opportunities. During the Expo periods on both days, members will be able to earn AIA/CES learning unit hours by completing predesigned tracks of four or more 15-minute Expo Education session offered by several exhibitors at their booths. In addition, free 90-minute exhibitor-sponsored “spotlight” seminars are scheduled just prior to the Expo opening on Wednesday and immediately following the close of the Expo on Thursday. You’ll also be able to enjoy displays in the Expo of the AIA Wisconsin Design Awards, SE² Leadership Awards, AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals Design Competition and more. The presentation of the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards will take place following the Expo period on Wednesday evening. On Thursday, you can get your day off to a great start at the WMA Excellence in Masonry Awards Breakfast, which includes an AIA/CES presentation on structural masonry, and renew your energy with a “walking lunch” as you tour the Building Products Expo.  

AIA Knowledge Center
If you have questions or suggestions about AIA programs, plan to visit with AIA Wisconsin leaders at the “AIA Knowledge Center” in the Expo.

WAF Raffle
Support the Wisconsin Architects Foundation by purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three prizes! You can purchase your raffle ticket from WAF Board members. The prize drawing is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. on May 9, in conjunction with the AIA Wisconsin Convention. Prizes include Two-night stay at House on the Rock Resort, Spring Green & 4 tickets to the American Players Theater, iPad Mini and "Building Taliesin" book signed by the author, Ron McCrae. Tickets sell for $10 each or 6 for $50.

Exhibitors & Sponsors
The 2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo is made possible by your participation and the support received by the companies and organizations that exhibit in the Building Products Expo and sponsor keynote speakers, seminar presentations and special events. Sponsors that will be formally recognized at the Awards Luncheon at Monona Terrace include: Platinum Sponsors – The Boldt Company, Immel Construction, J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc. and Wisconsin Masonry Alliance; and Gold Sponsors – Focus on Energy Chain Stores & Franchises Program, IIDA Wisconsin Chapter, Ken Saiki Design, Inc., Bradley Corporation, MasterGraphics, Inc., and Wisconsin Architects Foundation. View the growing list of exhibitors and sponsors

AIA Wisconsin Design Awards – 2013 Entries
Over 40 projects were submitted by members for the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. A distinguished jury comprised of Merrill Elam, AIA, Atlanta, Scott Lindenau, FAIA, Aspen, and Robert Mack, FAIA, Minneapolis, recently reviewed all of the entries and selected seven projects designed by member architects for awards. The architects, owners and contractors for these award-winning projects will be announced during the special Design Awards celebration on May 8 at Monona Terrace. In the meantime, you are encouraged to view all of the projects entered by AIA Wisconsin members and try to identify the projects venerated by this year’s jury: 2013 AIA WI Design Awards Entries

Emerging Professionals Companion Activity: ADA Compliance Checklist 
Attention all Intern Development Program (IDP) candidates. You are invited to participate in an Emerging Professionals Companion (EPC) Activity and earn core hours towards IDP requirements for licensure. The program will be held at Monona Terrace concurrently with the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo. The "ADA Compliance Checklist" activity from the recently "refreshed" EPC will take place during a workshop running concurrent with the first day of the AIA Wisconsin Convention. Those who successfully complete the activity will be eligible for 8 core IDP hours in the Planning and Zoning Regulations supplemental experience area. Register by 4/26 and save. EPC Information

Refreshed: The Emerging Professional's Companion
The Emerging Professionals Companion, an online resource for interns to gain experience, has been updated and reformatted into an interactive PDF. With an architect supervisor or mentor, interns can complete EPC activities for IDP credit, whether or not employed.

AIA Director – Appointment Opportunity
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors has the opportunity to appoint the next AIA Director for the North Central States region on the national AIA Board of Directors. The AIA Director will be appointed to a three-year term that begins in December 2013 to represent members in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. Please start thinking about tossing your hat into the ring. More details

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.

State Capital Budget Recommendations – 2013-15
The Wisconsin Building Commission recently recommended a State Capital Budget for the 2013-15 biennium containing nearly $1.5 billion in building projects. The proposed state building program is now in the hands of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, which will consider the recommendations along with the Governor’s proposed state budget for the next two years [2013 Assembly Bill 40]. Representatives with the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Facilities Development, presented an overview of the state building program recommendations for the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors at its meeting last week in Madison. The state owns over 6,300 buildings, with about 25% of these facilities at an age requiring significant repair or renovation. It is estimated that each $10 million investment in state construction projects generates $19.2 million in total economic activity and 170 jobs. For your reference, here is link to information about the State Capital Budget recommendations 

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.

Wisconsin Architects Visit Capitol Hill
Last month, AIA leaders from across the state visited the offices of Wisconsin's congressional delegation as part of AIA Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. State and local leaders outlined the AIA's agenda for getting America building again by 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. AIA Grassroots delegates from Wisconsin included: David Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire; Jody Andres, AIA, Neenah; Michael Hacker, AIA, Milwaukee; Dean Von Tersch, AIA, Waukesha; Cathy Weiss, AIA, Madison; Dan Wiitanen, AIA, New Franken; Mark Piquette, AIA, Weston; Eric Ohlfs, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee; and Devin Little, Assoc. AIA, Fitchburg.

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
John S. Chapman, AIA, Racine, is now a principal with HGA in Milwaukee.

Membership Action
The following members have joined in the last month: Chad Bloedel, Assoc. AIA, La Crosse (NW); David W. Burke, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Robert E. Coleman, Assoc. AIA, Green Bay (NE); Daniel Conroy, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Brandon Cote, Student Affiliate, Sturgeon Bay (NE); Misty A. Fillus, AIA, Racine (SE); Austin Johnson, Student Affiliate, Rice Lake (NW); Francisco J. Salgado, Assoc. AIA, La Crosse (NW); Murray V. Smith, Assoc. AIA, Menomonee Falls (SE); Leigh M. Streit, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Aselia Vanasse, Student Affiliate, Spring Valley (NW); and Jordan Zellner, Student Affiliate, Luxemburg (NE).

The Last Word
“Old architects never die . . . they just forget where to draw the line.” [Anonymous]


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