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E-News: November 2013

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information submitting projects for 2014 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards, increase in state historic tax credits, state and local chapter elections, AIA Wisconsin strategic initiatives, Wisconsin Architects Foundation scholarships, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

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AIA Wisconsin Design Awards – Enter by 1/18
The Design Awards Committee invites your participation in the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The deadline for entering your projects is January 17. All completed submissions are due by no later than February 19. The 2014 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on May 7 at Monona Terrace in Madison. Details  | View Previous Winners | View Previous Entries

State Historic Tax Credit – Good News
Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature have overwhelmingly approved legislation [October 2013 Special Session Assembly Bill 4] to increase the amount of the state supplement to the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit. The legislation, which must be signed into law by the Governor, increases the state rehabilitation tax credit for certified historic structures to 20% of qualified rehabilitation expenditures and creates a new 20% state rehabilitation tax credit for qualified expenditures in excess of $50,000 for qualified rehabilitation buildings. The legislation also contains eligibility and reporting requirements. An amendment delays the implementation of the increased credit by one year. AIA Wisconsin supported increasing state tax credits because it will provide an important incentive to rehabilitate historic buildings and redevelop our communities, which will create new jobs and economic opportunities. More information: historic tax credit legislation   

President’s Report
AIA Wisconsin President David Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire, provides a recap on the recent Fall Workshop, an update on increase in state historic tax credit and a look ahead to next spring’s Convention & Expo.
President’s Report

Director-At-Large – Election Results
Vice President Jody Andres, AIA, Neenah, announced the results of the Director-At-Large election at the most recent AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors meeting in Fond du Lac. Congratulations are in order for Matthew S. Edwards, AIA, Shorewood; Stephen D. Holzhauer, AIA, Madison; and James G. Otto, AIA, Hubertus. Their two-year term begins in January 2014. They will join the two other Directors-At-Large – Daryl J. Dean, AIA, Rhinelander, and Walter L. Wilson, FAIA, Glendale – on the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors.

Associate & Student Representatives
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors at its October meeting in Fond du Lac approved the following appointments: Daniel D. Bayer, Assoc. AIA, Greenville, as an Associate Representative; Rachel Toler, Hartland, as the UWM Student Representative; and Nathan Uibel, Lomira, as the At-Large Student Representative. Congratulations to these AIA Wisconsin leaders whose new terms begin in January 2014.

AIA Milwaukee Officers
AIA Milwaukee members have elected chapter officers for 2014, including Lyssa C. Olker, AIA, Milwaukee, President; Eric A. Schoedel, AIA, Menomonee Falls; Vice President/President-Elect; Michael A. Hacker, AIA, Milwaukee, Treasurer; and Jason M. Raiten, AIA, Glendale, Secretary. In addition, Randy Morrison, AIA, Milwaukee, was re-elected as a Dircect. Congratulations! You are encouraged to participate in local AIA programs and offer suggestions for future initiatives.

AIA Wisconsin Planning Report – Strategic Initiatives
The 2013 Long-Range Planning Report approved by the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors focuses on four strategic initiatives to support members and enhance the value of membership. The two short-term initiatives include establishing stronger liaisons with other allied organizations and concentrating on efforts to engage emerging professionals and support greater participation by a diverse membership. 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. These initiatives build upon past strategies and will enable AIA Wisconsin to help members respond to whatever the future may throw your way. This year’s planning retreat was chaired by AIA Wisconsin Vice President Jody Andres, AIA, Neenah. The Report

WAF Scholarships – UWM SARUP
The Wisconsin Architects Foundation Board of Directors recently approved a total of $17,400 in scholarships to support students attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning. As part of these WAF scholarship funds, three $2,500 scholarships are provided for Master of Architecture students. First established in 2006 with the support of the AIA Component Matching Grant program, the "AIA & WAF Scholarship Program" combines national and state resources to increase scholarships for architecture students in Wisconsin pursuing an accredited degree. The WAF was awarded a $1,000 matching grant from the AIA earlier this year. The three AIA & WAF Scholarships have been awarded to Debra Morris, Ben Penlesky and Lucille Strawn. Congratulations to these as well as the other WAF scholarship recipients at UWM. WAF scholarships and grants in support of architectural education are possible because of the tax-deductible contributions made by you and other members. Thank you!

AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop
The 2013 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop last month at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake received very positive feedback. As one member put it, “All sessions were valuable. It was nice to attend this conference on business practices. Great range of subjects.” Kudos to workshop chair Melissa Destree, AIA, Oregon!

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – R/Evolution
Reserve May 7 & 8 for the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, R/Evolution, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The Convention Committee, chaired by Tom Cox, AIA, Appleton, is assembling an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information and other special events for next spring. Watch your inbox and mailbox for program updates and emerging details.

2014 AIA Early Renewal Incentives
AIA Wisconsin members that renew by January 15 will receive an offer to attend both days of the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Expo for the price of a one-day registration.

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

IDP Changes are Coming
Beginning December 16, the minimum duration requirements for IDP will be eliminated. Intern experience that qualifies for IDP can be tracked regardless of hours worked. This will help interns track hours during summer and winter break. Learn More.

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 interested in 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.

ABI Surges Higher
Showing a steady increase in the demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continues to accelerate, as it reached its second highest level of the year. The September ABI score was 54.3, up from a mark of 53.8 in August. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). Full Press Release

AIA/CES Transcript
This is a good time to print your AIA/CES transcript and check that it includes all of your learning activities by visiting There’s also an AIA members resource area for continuing education information. If you are looking for continuing education opportunities, check out the AIA Wisconsin online calendar.

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
Grace Borgman Stith, a volunteer coordinating editor for Wisconsin Architect magazine for 20 years, passed away in October. UWM SARUP student Lila Guizado was selected to receive the 3rd Place prize in the 2013 Barbara G. Laurie NOMA Student Design Competition. We were recently notified of the passing of Keith E Brink, AIA, Cross Plains; Ned E Fischer, AIA, Delafield; Elfa O Foldi, AIA, Milwaukee, and Gerald “Jerry” Germanson, AIA, Madison.

Membership Action
The following members have joined in the last month: Lara Bakker Rosol, Student Affiliate, Green Bay (NE); Brooke A. Borelli, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Brittney Gladwell, Student Affiliate, LaCrosse (NW); Brian G. Kneser, Assoc. AIA, New Berlin (SE); Jeannie R. Kowing, AIA, Monona (SW); Kevin Kuchan, Student Affiliate, Trempeauleau (NW); Rachel Mattes, Assoc. AIA, New Berlin (SE); Trent Meyer, Student Affiliate, LaCrosse (NW); Chitani  V. Ndisale, AIA, Madison (SW); R. Gregory Thomas, AIA, East Troy (SW); and Mirela P. Zalewski, Assoc. AIA, Mount Pleasant (SE)

The Last Word
"Architecture is a hazardous blend of omnipotence and impotence." [Rem Koolhaas]


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