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E-News: October 2013

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the Fall Workshop, Golden Award nominations, chapter leadership, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

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AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop – October 18 at The Osthoff Resort
This year’s 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 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. 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. Program and Registration Information

AIA Fall Workshop: The Business of Design

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

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.

AIA Northwest Wisconsin Officers
AIA Northwest Wisconsin members have elected chapter officers for 2014, including Glendali Rodriguez, AIA, Menomonie, President; Kurt G. Schroeder, AIA, La Crosse; Vice President/President-Elect; and Jackson I. Case, AIA, Stevens Point, Secretary/Treasurer. Congratulations! You are encouraged to participate in local AIA programs and offer suggestions for future initiatives.

AIA Repositioning – Town Hall Discussion
All AIA members are encouraged to join Mickey Jacob, FAIA, 2013 AIA President, and Robert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/CEO, for a town hall discussion on AIA Repositioning scheduled for 12:00-1:00pm on Friday, October 25. Register

ARE Study Sessions – Five Locations
The AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals Committee is coordinating monthly ARE Study Sessions. The evening sessions started on September 18 and will conclude on April 16. The ARE Study Sessions will be live in Milwaukee and simulcast to satellite sites in Madison, Appleton, La Crosse and Eau Claire. 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.

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.   

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 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. Program and Registration Information

AIA Minnesota – Convention & Expo
AIA Wisconsin members are invited to attend the 2013 AIA Minnesota Annual Convention & Product Exposition, “Inspire Lead Deliver,” held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on November 12-15. Online program information and registration

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.

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 is 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.

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.

Sustainability | Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards
The 2013 Sustainability | Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Awards were presented at the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance conference earlier this month in Milwaukee. AIA Wisconsin was one of the organizations instrumental in creating this awards program ten years ago to recognize leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operation of Wisconsin commercial buildings and related systems. The Clock Shadow Building in Milwaukee designed by Continuum Architects & Planners received the Focus on Energy Award of Excellence. Other award-winning projects included: Wisconsin Energy Institute in Madison designed by Potter Lawson and HOK Architects; City Hall in Edgerton designed by Eppstein Uhen Architects; Cambridge Commons in Milwaukee designed by HGA Architects and Engineers; and Sage Hall in Oshkosh designed by Berners-Schober Associates. Eric Schoedel, AIA, Menomonee Falls, coordinated an AIA Wisconsin exhibit at the conference featuring design awards, emerging professionals design competition boards and information on AIA guides for the IgCC and sustainable projects.

AIA Member Profile – Update Online
AIA members can now update contact preferences, education, licenses, career and contact information online. Visit to make sure we have the latest information for you.

Great Time to Join AIA
Now is a great time to join the AIA! Encourage someone to sign up for 2014 and they’ll get complimentary membership for the rest of 2013. For more information, visit In addition, by signing up before the end of the year, they could win either a 21.5-inch iMac or an autographed copy of The Architecture of the Barnes Foundation: Gallery in a Garden by 2013 Firm Award recipients Tod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien, AIA. Read contest terms and conditions.

People & Places
Thomas Hirsch, FAIA, Madison, has been appointed to the national AIA Codes & Standards Committee as well as to the City of Madison Downtown Coordinating Committee. Jon Sandeman, AIA, Prairie du Sac, has joined Architectural Design Consultants Inc. in Lake Delton. Gil Snyder, AIA, Milwaukee, has been named a Distinguished Educator by PCI. Potter Lawson has moved into their new office space: 749 University Row, Ste 300, Madison.

Membership Action
The following members have joined in the last month: Ryan B. Johnsen, AIA, Franklin (SE); Carlos Ruiz, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Kemper B. Smith, AIA, Madison (SW), and Meredith L. Tepper, AIA, Madison (SW).

The Last Word
“I hang around architects mostly. People that wanna make things as dope as possible.” [Kanye West to BBC Radio1-9/13]


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