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E-News: January 2014

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on deadlines for 2014 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards, free deep energy retrofits webinar, AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo keynote speakers, special membership renewal incentive, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

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AIA Wisconsin Design Awards – Enter by 1/17
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

Deep Energy Retrofits – Free Webinar 1/23
In partnership with the Energy Center of Wisconsin, AIA Wisconsin members are invited to participate in a free video webinar that will explore the emerging market for deep energy retrofits of existing buildings. The live one-hour webinar “Deep Energy Retrofits: A Holistic Approach to Greater Savings” is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23. Deep energy retrofits not only produce energy and cost savings, but also offer the potential to become a new and robust business opportunity for architects with commercial building clients. Presenters include Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greenfield, AIA Codes & Standards Committee; Steven Kismohr, AIA, Chicago, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance; and Tate Walker, AIA, Madison, Energy Center of Wisconsin. The webinar will introduce the what and why of deep energy retrofits, the state of the market for these projects, resource tools and financing options. For more information and to register for the free webinar, please go to: Details  

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. Keynote speakers include Aaron Betsky, Jon Pickard, FAIA, and Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA. Watch your inbox and mailbox for program updates and emerging details. AIA Wisconsin members who 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.

AIA Wisconsin Convention Hotel
If you are planning to stay at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace for the AIA Wisconsin Convention, you need to make your reservation by April 7 to benefit from a reduced Convention room rate of $165 per night [excluding taxes]. Make your reservations online or call the Hilton at (866) 403-8838 or (414) 935-5941 [Use Group Code: AIA].

AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo – 2014
Invite vendors to participate in the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Exposition on May 7 & 8, at Monona Terrace. It is the one trade show that attracts architects and allied design and construction industry leaders from across Wisconsin. The Building Products Expo will feature over 170 displays by the leading manufacturers and suppliers of products and services for Wisconsin's design and construction industry. More Information

Building Code Legislation – Plan Review
Last week, the Senate Judiciary & Labor Committee held a public hearing on 2013 Senate Bill 379 related to the review of plans for buildings, swimming pools and water attractions. State Senator Sheila Harsdorf [R-River Falls] introduced the proposed legislation to encourage a streamlined plan review process in response to concerns expressed by a constituent. AIA Wisconsin testified for information, indicating that member architects support maintaining state building codes that are comprehensive, coordinated and contemporary, streamlining the plan review and permitting process to spur economic activity and keeping building code provisions in state administrative rules rather than in state statutes to facilitate regular updates. It was noted that most of the proposed statutory provisions for streamlining plan review [e.g. determination within 15 days, starting footings and foundations at own risk] already are in state administrative rules [SPS 361]. A DSPS representative indicated that the department is gearing up to begin process of updating the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code to correspond to the 2015 International Building Code, after skipping the 2012 IBC update.

AIA Leaders in Action
Earlier this month, AIA Wisconsin leaders Matthew Edwards, AIA, Milwaukee, and Lyssa Olker, AIA, Milwaukee, had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Representative Gwen Moore when she was back home in the 4th congressional district. They talked about the contribution of architects in improving our communities, the importance of getting America building again and the benefits of giving architecture graduates a break on their student debt in exchange for pro bono community service. The congresswoman was very interested in these ideas.

AIA Northwest Wisconsin – AIA Innovation Grant
AIA Northwest Wisconsin has been selected to receive an AIA Innovation Grant as part of the AIA Repositioning initiative. The chapter will use the AIA grant to standardize a process to harness technology to assist members in geographically challenged components to stay connected.

Architects Design Homes, Too
For the second year in a row, AIA Southwest Wisconsin participated in the Madison Home Expo at Monona Terrace. The AIA booth, staffed over the weekend by 15 AIA-member volunteers, featured 36 project boards of homes designed by member-owned firms along with a Lego activity area. Over 500 “Planning Your Home Design” brochures were distributed that included 20 questions before you get started, 20 questions to ask an architect, steps involved in residential construction and directory of residential architects. In addition, AIA architects presented popular seminar sessions on “The Value of Good Design.” As one architect noted, “It was exactly the kind of effort that promotes us well!”

High School Design Competition – Chicago Architecture Foundation
The 2014 National High School Competition sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation [CAF] kicks off on January 28, with project submissions due in May. This is a web-based competition in which architects can provide highly valued input and encouragement to the students during their design process simply by logging in. The aim of this competition is to promote architectural awareness and design problem-solving skills in high school students across the United States. The competition utilizes, the CAF’s award-winning digital learning tool that connects teens, teachers and architects for 21st century project-based learning. AIA Wisconsin members are encouraged to register online as a professional mentor.  

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.

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 last 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 Photo Competition
AIA St. Louis is coordinating the 2014 AIA Photography Competition. The top 14 entries will be exhibited at the 2014 AIA National Convention in Washington DC. Images for the 2016 calendar will be selected from submitted entries, which are due by April 1.

AIA Small Project Practitioners – Design Competition for 2014 Convention
The AIA Small Project Practitioners invites architects and architecture students to submit design ideas to the 2014 SPP Small Project Design Competition. In this unique design competition, submitters are asked to re-imagine the standard farmer’s market canopy pop-up booth. Details

AIA Contract Documents
The AIA publishes more than 100 contracts and administrative forms that are recognized throughout the design and construction industry as the benchmark documents for managing transactions and relationships involved in construction projects. For paper documents, AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents. Prices for these documents are increasing in March. Here is link to Documents on Demand and Software license information

AIA Repositioning Progress Report
Learn more about the progress report on Repositioning, including the new streamlined governance framework voted on at the December AIA Board meeting in Washington DC. Website

Member Opportunity: Call for Papers
Do you have a design or research project that supports human health through design? AIA, alongside the AIA Foundation and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, is seeking abstracts of ongoing or recently completed projects that use quantitative or qualitative methods to demonstrate design's value in improving health. Abstracts are due February 12. Read the full abstract.

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.

ARE Study Sessions – Five Locations
The AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals Committee is coordinating monthly ARE Study Sessions. The evening sessions will conclude on April 16. The ARE Study Sessions are 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

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.

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.

People & Places
Walter L. Wilson, FAIA, Glendale, has elevated to Emeritus membership. Glendali Rodriguez, AIA, Menomonie, is the new Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic & Student Affairs at University of Wisconsin – Stout. Congratulations!

Membership Action
The following new members have joined in the last month: Rowan H. Davidson, Assoc. AIA, Madison (NE); John Ganahl, Professional Affiliate, Madison (SW); Bailey J. Kurth, Assoc. AIA, Ogema (NW); Matthew D McCord, AIA, Madison (SW); Joe Orendorf, Professional Affiliate, Hartland (SE);  Michael D. Risselada, AIA, Pleasant Prairie (SE); Brian D. Sharon, Assoc. AIA, Antigo (NW); and Matthew R. Van Lanen, AIA, Suamico (NE).

The Last Word
"The past conservatism, closely allied with old-fogyism, had seen its day and that there were in the saddle a lot of men who fully realized the work cut out for them and knew just how to set about it . . . the men of the Middle West, whose broad vision and practical views were a very important feature in all the convention proceedings." [American Architect magazine, 1918]



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