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E-News: September 2013

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the Fall Workshop, new volunteer leaders and leadership opportunities, Golden Award nominations, QBS Wisconsin, ARE study sessions, WAF officers,  upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

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AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop – October 18 at The Osthoff Resort
This year’s full-day practice-oriented AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop on Friday, October 18, at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake focuses on “The Business of Design.” It features four sessions that will address the following nuts-and-bolts topics:  a basic grounding in essential legal principles that allows architects to practice with greater confidence and creativity without getting into legal jeopardy; a strategic planning framework that enables architects to establish goals, guide marketing, create a collaborative design process and transform your firm into what you want it to be; a primer on building firm value and planning for ownership expansion and transition; and a guide to the principles of intellectual property law and your rights related to the creation, reproduction and use of original drawings, specifications and other work products. Register by October 9 to benefit from early-bird discount. Program and Registration Information

AIA Fall Workshop: The Business of Design

Fall Workshop – Speakers
The featured speakers for this year’s Fall Workshop will share their hands-on real-life experiences in working with architects and other design professionals to avoid and resolve legal disputes, successfully implement strategic firm planning, facilitate succession planning, and protect intellectual property rights. The roster of workshop speakers includes: Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq., the principal of The Heuer Law Group with offices in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a registered architect and an attorney who created the LegaLine service for the AIA Trust; Yolanda Cole, AIA, is a senior principal and owner of Hickok Cole Architects, an award-winning 85-person commercial architecture and interior design firm in Washington, DC, and a frequent presenter on strategic planning at AIA and IIDA conferences; and David Cohen, Esq., is a managing director with Matheson Financial Advisors in Natick, Massachusetts, and presents seminars on firm valuation and ownership transition planning for the design industry, including a session at this year’s AIA convention. By participating in the Fall Workshop, AIA members will be able to earn up to 6.0 AIA/CES learning unit hours, including 1.5 hours related to health, safety and welfare [HSW] topics. Register by October 9 and save!

AIA Wisconsin Leadership Team – 2014
At its meeting earlier this month, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors approved the appointment of Melissa Destree, AIA, Oregon, as 2014 Vice President/President-Elect and Kurt Zimmerman, AIA, Milwaukee, as 2014 Secretary/Treasurer. Destree and Zimmerman will join 2014 President Jody Andres, AIA, Neenah, and immediate Past President David Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire, on the 2014 Executive Committee for AIA Wisconsin. In addition, Abby Vogen Horn, Hartland, was reappointed to another term as a Professional Affiliate Representative on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors.

Director-At-Large Candidates
The following members have announced their candidacy for Director-At-Large on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors: Matthew S. Edwards, AIA, Shorewood; Gregory A. Granlund, AIA, Eau Claire; Stephen D. Holzhauer, AIA, Madison; James G. Otto, AIA, Hubertus; and Robert S. Wheat, AIA, Monroe. There are three Director-At-Large positions up for election this fall for a two-year term that begins in January. AIA and Associate AIA members will receive an official ballot in the mail. Ballots will need to be completed and returned by 5:00 p.m. on October 11.

Local AIA Chapters – Leadership 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 – Due November 1
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

Qualifications-Based Selection – Wisconsin QBS Manual
When selecting an architect, a public owner’s primary concerns are to get the best professional services for the taxpayers’ money and to conduct an open and fair selection process. The QBS Wisconsin program is designed to assist municipalities, counties, school districts and other local governments appropriately address these concerns as an important initial step on their path to a successful building project. AIA Wisconsin assists public owners find the most qualified architect for their building projects by helping them establish a structured and competitive qualifications-based selection [QBS] process. The QBS Wisconsin program is provided as a public service by AIA Wisconsin and the American Council of Engineering Companies [ACEC] of Wisconsin. The “Wisconsin QBS Manual” is available online and provides a step-by-step guide for implementing a qualifications-based selection process. Download Wisconsin QBS Manual

Deep Energy Retrofits – AIA Member Guide
Are you interested in positioning your firm to take advantage of promising new market – deep energy retrofits? The AIA and Rocky Mountain Institute have partnered to produce a new guide that introduces architects to the business opportunity that exists in energy retrofits: Deep Energy Retrofits: An Emerging Opportunity. AIA Wisconsin also is working with the Energy Center of Wisconsin and other organizations to develop educational webinar and workshop for architects interested in deep energy retrofits. The new AIA and RMI guide is free to AIA members.

ARE Study Sessions – Starting September 18
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, La Crosse and Eau Claire [new]. 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

AIA Contract Documents – Samples Available for ARE Candidates
Interns and ARE candidates now have easier access to Contract Documents for study purposes. Candidates for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) can and should use AIA Contract Documents as study materials for the Construction Documents and Services division of the ARE. Free sample documents are now available on the Emerging Professional's Companion website.

Demystifying Fellowship – AIA Webinar Series
The AIA continues a series of Q&A webinar sessions to help "demystify" the Fellowship submission process. Upcoming webinars are scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16, and 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1. While specific questions about individual submissions cannot be addressed, a general understanding of the jury and submission process, what the jury looks for, resources available, and much more are open for discussion. The deadline for Fellowship submissions this year is Friday, October 18. Call in information for the demystifying webinars is available in the "Helpful Tools" tab at

Wisconsin Architects Foundation – Officers Selected
The Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation has selected the following officers for 2013-14: President – John G. Horky, AIA, Wauwatosa; Vice President – Thomas R. Raley, AIA, Monona; and Secretary/Treasurer – Kurt G. Schroeder, AIA, La Crosse. Dedicated to improving the quality of the built environment through research and education, the WAF relies on the generous support and tax-deductible contributions from friends and members like you.

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.

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.   

AIA Careers in Architecture Toolkit
The AIA Diversity Council has developed a Careers in Architecture Toolkit geared towards students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, AIA chapters, firms/partners and community groups. This online toolkit is a compilation of architecture resources from all over the web, gathered in one place, as a one-stop shop for all things architecture.

Upcoming Conferences - SE² & DFD Consultants
The annual Wisconsin Green Building Alliance [WGBA] SE² Sustainability and Energy Efficiency conference, “Focus on Sustainable Communities,” is scheduled for Friday, October 4, at UW-Milwaukee. AIA members will be able to earn AIA/CES learning unit hours as well as GBCI credits. Program and Registration Information. 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 DFD 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.

AIA Trust LegaLine
AIA Wisconsin has an agreement with Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq., and LegaLine. This unique service offered through the AIA Trust allows members a one-time opportunity to talk with an attorney for "free" about issues related to contracts, intellectual property law and other practice issues. One AIA Wisconsin member who took advantage of the LegaLine service reported that he "found it to be a tremendous help!" Contact the AIA Wisconsin office for more information.

Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code – Issues & Suggestions
Do you design one- and two-family residences in Wisconsin? Would you like to share your ideas and suggestions about the state’s Uniform Dwelling Code [UDC]? The Uniform Dwelling Code Council recently met at the Department of Safety & Professional Services for the first time in a couple of years to begin reviewing and developing recommendations for improving the state’s uniform one- and two-family dwelling code. A new law adopted this summer [2013 Wisconsin Act 23] requires the Council to prepare a report on the dwelling code by next July. David Dolan-Wallace, AIA, Green Bay, is the architect on the UDC Council. He is interesting hearing from other architects who may have encountered issues with and/or may have suggestions for improving the current UDC. Please submit your UDC issues and suggestions to AIA Wisconsin prior to the next Council meeting on October 8.

People & Places
Paul Cuta, AIA, Middleton and Marc Schellpfeffer, AIA, Mount Horeb, are pleased to announce their new firm, CāS4 Architecture, LLC in Madison. The Daily Reporter “Newsmakers of the Year” honorees include Continuum Architects + Planners, Milwaukee, Female-owned Business of the Year; Greg Uhen, AIA, River Hills, Architect of the Year; and Jenalyn Groeschel, Assoc. AIA, New Berlin, Woman of the Year. Scott F. Georgeson, FAIA, Milwaukee, was invited by the Colombian Ministry of Culture to serve on the jury for the Teatro de Cristobal Colon – Bogota International Design Competition, a two-stage theater design competition sponsored in collaboration with the Colombian Association of Architects. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art has issued the call for entries for Design MMoCA 2014.

Membership Action
The following members have joined in the last month: Andrew T. Berry, AIA, Baraboo (SW); Joseph L. Ceci, Assoc. AIA, Wauwatosa (SE); Sara A. Hinz, Assoc. AIA, Eau Claire (NW); Jordan O'Connor, AIA, Menomonee Falls (SE); and Marcel Uttech, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE).

The Last Word
“Land use is more than suburban sprawl, housing and shopping developments, highways and parking lots. It is really about people, nature, energy, society, and sustainable accommodations of one to the other.” [John Hofmeister, Former Shell Oil president and founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy]


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