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E-News: February 2014

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on registering for the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, architects visiting Capitol Hill and State Capitol, Wisconsin Architects Foundation scholarships, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

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President’s Report – Future Leaders
In his President’s Report, 2014 AIA Wisconsin President Jody Andres, AIA, Neenah, talks about the importance of identifying future leaders and encouraging their active involvement. He also discusses how state and local AIA leaders will be advocating for members and the profession in upcoming visits to the State Capitol in Madison and Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – Registration Open
Registration is open for the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, R/Evolution, on May 7 & 8 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. It features 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. The Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon feature presentations by 2015 AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA. Seminar sessions focus on emerging design, practice and sustainability issues. Special events include the presentation of AIA Wisconsin Design Awards as well as workshops and activities for emerging professionals. Register early and save! More information





Grassroots Advocacy – Capitol Hill Visits
Next month, state and local AIA leaders from Wisconsin will be joining their counterparts from across the country for the AIA Grassroots Leadership & Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. AIA Wisconsin leaders will be visiting Capitol Hill to meet with members of the state’s congressional delegation. The AIA advocacy agenda includes initiatives to extend important federal tax incentives to encourage greater energy efficiency in commercial buildings, invest in public buildings by improving the federal project delivery process, and support the next generation of architects with student debt relief through community service. Please contact the AIA Wisconsin office to share real-life examples from your practice that illustrate the value of these initiatives. For example, let us know if you have helped a client use the 179D federal tax deduction to improve the energy efficiency of their commercial building or if the federal design-build procurement process has discouraged you from pursuing these projects.

Wisconsin Legislature – Building Relationships
The Wisconsin Legislature will be wrapping things up for its current session this spring. There are a number of proposals awaiting action in the Assembly and Senate in hopes of making their way to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. When the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors meets next month in Madison, these state AIA leaders will be visiting the State Capitol offices of their State Senator and State Representative to build relationships and highlight all the ways architects contribute to the health and vitality of local communities and the overall state economy. You can help advocate for the profession by developing relationships with your state legislators. To find out who is representing you, visit the Wisconsin State Legislature website.

WAF Wisconsin Student Out-of-State Study Scholarships
The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships of $1,000 or more to outstanding Wisconsin students who are pursuing accredited architectural degrees at schools located outside of Wisconsin. May 15 is the deadline for applying for a WAF Wisconsin Student Out-of-State Study Scholarship. To be eligible, the student must have received his/her diploma from a Wisconsin high school and be currently attending or planning to attend an NAAB-accredited school of architecture with a first professional degree or post-graduate degree program. Here is link to information about this WAF scholarship you can forward on to eligible Wisconsin architecture students that you know

AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals Competition – Call for Entries
AIA Milwaukee’s third annual Emerging Professionals Design Competition officially opened this week. The title of this year’s competition is “Menomonee Valley Gateway.” The competition now has two entry categories. One is open to any students, graduates and architects licensed up to one year. The second category is for architects licensed for less than ten year. More information

AIA Southwest Emerging Professionals – Tour Ideas
The AIA Southwest Wisconsin Emerging Professionals group is looking for ideas for building tours. If you have any suggestions, forward them to AIA SW EPs

AIA Emerging Professionals Summit
In January, the AIA hosted the 2014 Emerging Professionals Summit in Albuquerque. The event brought together leaders from across the profession to address how practice culture can be shaped to prepare current and future architects for their role in society. Learn more about what happened at the summit and watch the video.

State Building Projects – Single-Prime Contracting
The 2013-15 Wisconsin State Budget (2013 Wisconsin Act 20) significantly altered the bidding and contracting processes for state building projects. Effective January 1, all state building projects over $185,000 will be bid using a new single-prime contacting delivery process. Here is link to information on the Department of Administration website.

Arts Day 2014 – March 12
AIA Wisconsin is pleased to be able to help Arts Wisconsin present Arts Day 2014 on March 12 in Madison. The annual event highlights the power and value of the arts and creativity to the state’s economy and future. For more information about Arts Day 2014, visit

Annual Meetings & Awards Luncheon
Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin leaders will present reports and highlight upcoming programs during the Annual Meetings on May 7. Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, 2014 First Vice President/President-Elect of the American Institute of Architects, will speak on repositioning today's profession for tomorrow's success. The Awards Luncheon features the presentation of the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award to Thomas Hirsch, FAIA, Madison. In her luncheon remarks, Chu Richter will address the importance of shaping a public culture for design excellence.

AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo – 2014
When a product representative or consultant contacts you, encourage them to exhibit in the AIA Wisconsin Building Products Exposition on May 7 & 8, at Monona Terrace. The Expo offers them the unique opportunity to showcase their products and services to hundreds of architects and allied design and construction industry leaders from across Wisconsin. They will be joining other leading manufacturers and suppliers of products and services for Wisconsin's design and construction industry. More Information and preview the current list of vendors participating in the Expo.

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 6 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].

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.

Deep Energy Retrofits Workshop – Save the Date 4/4
A half-day “Deep Energy Retrofits” workshop is scheduled for Friday, April 4, at UWM SARUP. It will explore the components of successful projects as well as available resource tools and financing options. Over 600 individuals registered nationwide for last month’s free Deep Energy Retrofits webinar hosted by the Energy Center of Wisconsin in partnership with AIA Wisconsin. Save the date and plan to attend this follow-up workshop to learn more about this emerging business opportunity for architects. Here’s link to information about deep energy retrofits.

Continuing Education Requirements – 2014 License Renewal
When you renew your Wisconsin license by July 31, you will need to have earned at least 24 hours of continuing education during the prior two year period, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare topics. The AIA is listed as an approved provider of continuing education programs; and AIA members can use their AIA/CES transcript to document continuing education hours. To review state license renewal requirements, go to: Wisconsin Continuing Education Requirements

AIA Contract Documents – Architect Essentials Bundle
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Member Opportunity: NAAB Call for Applications
Do you have an interest in the education of young architects? Apply to represent AIA on NAAB school accreditation visits for a four-year term beginning January 1, 2015. As a member of visiting accreditation teams, you'll have the opportunity to evaluate and experience firsthand how contemporary schools of architecture are interpreting the NAAB Conditions for Accreditation. Applications to serve as an AIA representative are due February 28.

Member Opportunity: APA-WI Call for Presentations
Share what you know . . .submit a Presentation Abstract to American Planning Association (APA) Wisconsin for their conference on June 12 & 13. Look for "Session Proposals" document on APA Website. Due 3/12

AIA Convention Delegates – Chicago
If you're going to Chicago for the AIA Convention on June 26–28, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local chapter.

People & Places
HGA Inc., Milwaukee, announced the promotion of Peter Balistrieri, Associate AIA, Milwaukee, and Michael Chobanian, AIA, Racine, to Associate Vice President. Robert Wheat, AIA, Monroe, has joined OPN Architects Inc. in Madison. Congratulations!

Membership Action
Please welcome the following members that have joined in the last month: Denise P. Clearwood, AIA, Madison (SW); Jonathan DeJardin, Assoc. AIA, Manitowoc (NE); Jeff Fleming, Professional Affiliate, Lyndhurst (SW); Ian R Kearns, Assoc. AIA, Trempealeau (NW); ​Kelsey Leasure, Assoc. AIA, East Troy (SE); Jeremy Olivotti, Professional Affiliate, Beloit (SW); Chrystina D. Shearer, AIA, LaCrosse (NW); and Melissa Turke, AIA, Middleton (SW).

The Last Word
“We make buildings with our wits, our intelligence, our passion, our creativity, our imagination, our vision, our powers of persuasion, our collaborative skills, our work ethic, (and, yes, our ability to make drawings).” [Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA]



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