E-News: August 2013
In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the Fall Workshop, long-range planning retreat, Golden Award nominations, volunteer leadership opportunities, ARE study sessions, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.
President’s Report – Convention, Planning Retreat & Workshop
In his President’s Report this month, David Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire, shares his thoughts about the national AIA convention in Denver, AIA Wisconsin strategic planning and the upcoming nuts-and-bolts Fall Workshop on effectively managing an architectural practice.
Planning Ahead – Strategic Initiatives
AIA Wisconsin leaders from across the state gathered last month for a long-range planning session at the Aldo Leopold Center near Baraboo. The setting and diverse perspectives shared by over 30 members, ranging from emerging professionals to seasoned practitioners, contributed to the success of the retreat that focused on improving member services. State, local and regional AIA leaders reviewed strategic initiatives identified at recent planning retreats and compared them to the recommendations emerging from national AIA Repositioning research efforts. The consensus was that AIA Wisconsin should focus on two short-term and two long-term initiatives over the next year and a half. In the short term, AIA Wisconsin leaders recommended continuing the current initiative to establish stronger relationships with allied organizations and concentrating on efforts to engage emerging professionals and support greater participation by a diverse membership. There also was support for continuing, with minor adjustments, the longer-term initiatives to promote the value of design to the public and to increase business and employment opportunities for members through legislative action. These initiatives build upon past strategies and will enable AIA Wisconsin to help members respond to whatever the future may throw your way.
AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop – October 18 at The Osthoff Resort
This year’s AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop, “The Business of Design,” is scheduled for Friday, October 18, at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. Chaired by Melissa Destree, AIA, Oregon, the full-day workshop will focus on firm planning, practice/project management and ownership transition. Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq. with the AIA Trust in Washington, DC, will provide a basic grounding in essential legal principles for practicing architects to help allow you to be creative in practice without getting into legal jeopardy. He will also examine principles of intellectual property law. Yolanda Cole, AIA, of Hickok Cole Architects in Washington, DC, will share real-life experiences and get you thinking strategically about your firm. David Cohen, Esq, ASA, with Matheson Financial Advisors in Natick, MA, will discuss internal ownership transitions and external transactions of a firm. Program and Registration Information
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. Three Directors-At-Large will be elected by the membership this fall to a two-year term beginning January 2014. Nominations are due by September 1. For further information, contact the AIA Wisconsin office.
Local Chapter Leaders – Opportunities
Now is a good time to contact local AIA Chapter officers to discuss volunteer leadership opportunities. To find out more, please contact the AIA Wisconsin office . . . or the President of your local AIA Chapter: Milwaukee – Heather Cook Elliott, AIA (770) 317-1875; Southwest – Rich Lundeen, AIA (608) 273-6380; Northeast – Greg Douglas, AIA, (920) 969-7070; and Northwest – Mark Piquette, AIA, (715) 241-4727.
Golden Award – Nominations Open
The deadline for 2014 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award nominations is November 1. The Golden Award is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow upon a member architect. It recognizes distinguished leadership and service to the profession and the AIA. Twenty-five AIA Wisconsin members have been recognized since 1986, with Josh Johnson, AIA, Middleton, selected to receive this year's Golden Award. Nomination Material | Golden Award Recipients
Terrace Town 2014 – Mentors Wanted
Coordinated by Monona Terrace, “Terrace Town” is a program that introduces architecture and community planning to elementary school students in Dane County. As a mentor, you'll visit classrooms and facilitate learning about green construction and other sustainable topics. The project culminates when students build box cities for display at Monona Terrace February 28. Training and resources are provided. (A Wisconsin Architects Foundation grant helps Monona Terrace support an educational program for the teachers on community design and urban planning.) For further information about being a volunteer mentor, contact Heather Sabin at (608) 261-4015 by October 15.
Magazines for Inspiration
In 2008 The Wisconsin Architects Foundation kicked off an exciting new vision initiative to recycle design magazines and get them into the hands of middle and high school students. Please consider donating Architectural Record and Architect magazines (published in the past five years only) to the drop-off site nearest you.
ARE Study Sessions – Starting in September
Andy Malanowski, AIA, Milwaukee, Chair of the AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals Committee, has stepped up once again to coordinate a series of monthly ARE Study Sessions. The evening sessions are scheduled to start September 18 and conclude April 16. The ARE Study Sessions will be live in Milwaukee and simulcast to satellite sites in Madison, Appleton and La Crosse. While these ARE Study Sessions are free, participants should pre-register prior to each session so appropriate arrangements can be made at each site. Program and Registration Information
ARE Lending Library – Associate AIA Members
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 study guides 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.
2013 Emerging Professionals Design Competition – New Publication
A book on the 2013 AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals Design Competition, Kilbourn Town Entertainment Complex, in now available. The 72-page, full color book highlights all the entries, featuring graphics used on the competition boards as well as comments from the judges. The book is available for purchase for $29.99. More information
AIA Compensation Survey – 2013
The modest improvement in business conditions over the past several years has done little to lift compensation levels at architecture firms, according to the 2013 AIA Compensation Report based on a survey of U.S. architecture firms. The report notes that average total compensation for architecture positions – including base salary, overtime, bonuses and incentive compensation – increased only slightly over 1% per year between 2011 and 2013. Compensation levels vary by firm size, with larger architectural firms historically offering higher compensation. Survey results reported for Wisconsin show, for example, that the mean base pay for a Senior Project Manager is $95,200 in 2013, compared to $84,200 in the 2011 report. Members may review the 2013 AIA Compensation Report for the East North Central states region by visiting the AIA Wisconsin office in Madison. The report PDFs can be purchased through the AIA’s online bookstore and are available as a full report, nine individual regional reports or a top metro area report.
AIA Contract Documents – Education & Training Portal
AIA Contract Documents has an education and training 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 Career Center
The AIA Career Center helps people who are searching and applying for architecture jobs across the country. The online features and tools help job seekers elevate their professional presentations to potential employers and look for work more efficiently. All Career Center services are free to job seekers.
Institute Honor Awards – August 23 Deadline
Submissions for the 2014 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture and the Twenty-five Year Award are due prior to 5 p.m. on August 23, 2013. Visit the Institute Honors and Awards Web page to learn more.
DFD Consultants Conference
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin is hosting its annual Division of Facilities Development (DFD) Consultants Conference, “Power of the Past | Performance for the Future,” on Tuesday, November 12, in Madison. The conference is designed for architects and engineers who work on state building projects or would like to. AIA Wisconsin members benefit from a discounted registration fee. The conference agenda and registration materials will be available in early September. www.acecwi.org.
People & Places
Lawrence Schnuck, AIA, Whitefish Bay, has been appointed as the Chair and A. James Gersich, AIA, Fitchburg, as the Secretary of the Architects Section of the Wisconsin Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors. Stacey Keller, AIA, Waterloo, has been appointed as Vice President of AIA Southwest Wisconsin, filling a vacancy created when Dean Von Tersch, AIA, accepted a new job in South Carolina. The AIA Trust has developed a new Professional Liability Insurance Database, filled with information on insurers, how to find the right one, tips about working with a broker and more: www.theaiatrust.com/pli-database.
The following members have joined in the last month: Abigail K. Alexander, AIA, Monona (SW); Nicholas J. Allen, AIA, Whitefish Bay (SE); Cole V. Brunson, AIA, Plain (SW); Edward C. Klister, Assoc. AIA, Appleton (NE); Steven A. Leonhardt, AIA, Pewaukee (SE); Erica Marty, Assoc. AIA, Lakes Mills (SW); Michael R. Powell, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Megan Schmiedlin, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Gregory W. Schwartz, AIA, Glendale (SE); Silas Seger, AIA, Pleasant Prairie (SE); Hal D. Snow, AIA, Oconomowoc (NW); and Alexa C. Wojciechowicz, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE).
The Last Word
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” [Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO of General Electric]