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E-News: December 2013

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

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Golden Award
Thomas E. Hirsch, FAIA, Madison, has been selected by the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors to receive the 2014 Golden Award. His significant contributions to the profession will be honored during a special Awards Luncheon on May 7 at the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo in Madison. Hirsch will be the 27th recipient of the Golden Award, which is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow on a member architect. The award recognizes an individual architect who has performed most distinguished leadership and service to AIA Wisconsin over an extended period of time and by such leadership advanced the cause of the profession and provided inspiration to his/her fellow practitioners.

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 18. 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

President’s Report – Year in Review
AIA Wisconsin President David Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire, presented his year-in-review report at the recent Board of Directors meeting in Milwaukee . . . President’s Report

Distinguished Service
Earlier this month, at its most recent meeting, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors voted to award a “Citation for Distinguished Service” to the following individuals in recognition of their significant contributions to the organization and the profession: Mark Swenson, FAIA, Minneapolis; Jon Sandeman, AIA, Prairie Du Sac; Melissa Destree, AIA, Oregon; Mark Herr, AIA, Brookfield; Devin Little, Assoc. AIA, Madison, Nathan Uibel, Lomira; and Melissa Schulteis, Rubicon. To find out why these members are being recognized, plan to participate in the AIA Wisconsin Annual Meeting scheduled for 8:00–9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at Monona Terrace.

Retiring Board Members – AIA Wisconsin
President Dave Peterson, AIA, recognized the following members who are retiring from service on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors for their leadership and service: Mark Piquette, AIA, Weston; Gregory Douglas, AIA, Green Bay; Heather Cook Elliott, AIA, Shorewood; Melissa Schulteis, Milwaukee; Paul Martzke, AIA, Green Bay; Greg Granlund, AIA, Eau Claire; and Henry Kosarzycki, Greendale. Peterson commented that it had been a privilege to work with this group of talented leaders and noted that there is nothing in the AIA Wisconsin bylaws preventing them from stepping up and taking on leadership roles again in the future.

Wisconsin Architects Foundation
The WAF Board of Directors is dedicated to improving the quality of the built environment through research and education. It needs your help to achieve this goal. Generous contributions received from friends and members like you enable the Wisconsin Architects Foundation to continue its advocacy for education and outreach. The WAF Board asks you to consider increasing your tax-deductible contribution to the WAF this year. Your support is a vital investment in Wisconsin's future. To donate, please make your contribution payable to the “Wisconsin Architects Foundation” and mail it to: Wisconsin Architects Foundation, 321 S. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703. You also can contribute to the WAF online.

AIA Northeast Wisconsin Officers
AIA Northeast Wisconsin have elected chapter officers for 2014. Officers include: Jennifer Lehrke, AIA, Glenbeulah, President; Daniel Wiitanen, AIA, New Franken, Vice President/President-Elect; and Brannin J. Gries, AIA, Neenah, Secretary/Treasurer. Congratulations! You are encouraged to participate in local AIA programs and offer suggestions for future initiatives.

AIA SW Wisconsin | Residential Architect Directory & Home Expo
AIA Wisconsin architect members will have an opportunity directly connect with the public and to talk about the value of architecture in the residential market at the Madison Home Expo, January 10-12, at Monona Terrace. AIA Southwest Wisconsin is coordinating a Residential Architect Directory that will be given to interested attendees as well as coordinating AIA architect members to staff the booth and answer questions. Architects who own their firm and provide residential services are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to educate the public and talk with potential clients. More Information

State Historic Tax Credit – Good News
The Governor signed 2013 Wisconsin Act 62 into law in Green Bay. The new law increases the amount of the state supplement to the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit. It 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. 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. Here is link to information on this historic tax credit legislation

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 Membership Renewal Incentive
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
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.

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.

People & Places
Energy Center of Wisconsin has moved to 749 University Row Ste. 320, Madison; phone and fax numbers remain the same. Helmut Ajango, AIA, Fort Atkinson, passed away in November. Jennifer A. Roets, AIA, La Crosse, has elevated to architect membership. Congratulations!

Membership Action
The following members have joined in the last month: Jenn Boelter, Student Affiliate, Madison (SW); Todd R. Dvorak, AIA, Grand Chute (NE); Kenneth McNamer, Student Affiliate, Green Bay (NE); and Robert Gonzalez, Professional Affiliate, Winona, MN (NW).

The Last Word
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors and staff extend their best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year!


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