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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: January 2005

Golden Award

Lisa L. Kennedy, AIA, Whitefish Bay , has been selected by the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors to receive the 2005 Golden Award. The award will be presented at a special awards luncheon on May 4 at the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo in Madison. The Golden Award is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow upon a member architect. It is awarded in recognition of distinguished leadership and service to AIA Wisconsin and the profession over an extended period of time. (1/7/2005)

Design Awards

The deadline for entering your projects in the 2005 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program is January 21. Entry binders are due by no later than February 16. The 2005 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on May 4 at Monona Terrace in Madison. (1/7/2005)

AIA Tsunami Response

The AIA has a long history of assisting communities that are hard hit by disasters. Please click here for information on the AIA's response to the tsunami disaster. The coordinated response includes encouraging monetary contributions to a number of organizations and assessing the most appropriate role for AIA members seeking to volunteer and assist the victims. (1/7/2005)


Reserve May 4 & 5 for the 2005 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, Paradigm | A Framework of Thought, at Monona Terrace in Madison. An outstanding program of keynote presentations, seminar sessions, product and service displays and other special events has been assembled. Cameron Sinclair, the founder of Architecture for Humanity, and John Eberhard, FAIA, executive director of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, will present the featured keynote sessions. Professional development seminars will focus on emerging design, practice, technology and environmental issues. Click here for information on this year's Building Products Expo. Watch your inbox and mailbox for Convention program details and registration materials. (1/7/2005)

Annual Meetings

The Annual Meetings of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin are scheduled for 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at Monona Terrace in Madison. These meetings will kick off the 2005 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo program. (1/7/2005)

2005 Leadership Directory

AIA Wisconsin is fortunate to have members willing to volunteer their time and talents to guide the AIA at the local, state and national levels. For your use and reference, a 2005 leadership directory of the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors, local AIA Chapter officers, AIA Regional Directors and state committee contacts is available to AIA Wisconsin members by contacting the AIA Wisconsin office. Please contact these members if you have any questions, comments or suggestions about AIA programs and services. (1/7/2005)

Distinguished Service

At its December meeting in Milwaukee , the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors presented a Citation for Distinguished Service to A. James Gersich,AIA, Fitchburg. The Citation recognized his leadership, communication skills and service in representing members in the North Central Region on the national AIA Board of Directors during his three-year term. (1/7/2005)

State Capitol Preservation

The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors has approved a position statement that supports an advocacy program for the preservation of the Wisconsin State Capitol. The statement, which was recommended by the Historic Resources Committee chaired by Ron Siggelkow, AIA, Madison, states it is important for Wisconsin architects to actively work to raise the awareness of the need for preservation-oriented policies, programs, staff and funding for Wisconsin's premier governmental and ceremonial structure. Please contact the AIA Wisconsin office for a copy of the Wisconsin State Capitol Preservation issue brief. (1/7/2005)

Wisconsin Architects Foundation

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation was founded in 1953 to build a better Wisconsin through architectural education. WAF officers for 2004-05 are: James Shields, AIA, Milwaukee , President ; Larry Schnuck, AIA, Whitefish Bay , Vice President ; and Christine Ahl-Ludwig, Waukesha , Secretary/Treasurer. The WAF Board of Directors has approved a scholarship and grant budget of $21,600 for the current fiscal year. Tax-deductible contributions to the WAF by members like you make these valuable WAF scholarship and grant programs possible. (1/7/2005)

Chapter IDP Coordinators

State IDP Coordinator Russ LaFrombois, AIA, Whitefish Bay , is looking for members to volunteer as Chapter IDP Coordinators. The Intern Development Program (IDP) is required for licensure. IDP Coordinators help architects and interns better understand the requirements and assist in connecting interns with mentors/advisors. It is an important and valuable investment in the future of the profession. For more information about this opportunity, please contact LaFrombois at (414) 727-1141. (1/7/2005)

Intern Title

According to state administrative rule A-E 3.03(5), which became effective on June 1, 2003, individuals acquiring supervised experience in architectural work to become licensed as an architect in Wisconsin may now use the title "architectural intern." Firms and interns are encouraged to make sure that titles used on business cards and in other marketing materials comply with state statutes and related administrative rules. Only registered architects may use the title "architect." Titles for interns other than "architectural intern" that include "architect" or "architectural," such as "intern architect," "architectural designer" or "architectural technician," are prohibited by state law. (1/7/2005)

AIA Convention

The national AIA Convention, The Power of Architecture: Imagine, Create, Transform , is scheduled for May 19-21 in Las Vegas. If you are planning to attend and would like to be an official delegate, please contact AIA Wisconsin. For more information, contact AIA Information Central at (800) 242-3837. (1/7/2005)

AIA Dues

If you haven't yet paid your 2005 AIA membership dues, you can do it the easy way--online. You can review your invoice, update your membership profile and submit credit-card payment for 2005 renewal dues. (1/7/2005)

AIA Contract Documents

The AIA has released new and entirely redesigned AIA Contract Documents software. The new electronic format documents are Microsoft Word-based and offer remarkable flexibility in contract document drafting, more effective collaboration among parties and unprecedented choices in generating and printing documents. Visit AIA online or call (800) 242-3837 to purchase a license for the new AIA Contract Documents software. (1/7/2005)

QBS Wisconsin

Started in 1986, the Wisconsin Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) program is a joint effort of AIA Wisconsin and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin. QBS Wisconsin assists public owners establish a structured and objective process for selecting architects and consultant engineers. A step-by-step guide for implementing a QBS process is available online or contact the AIA Wisconsin office at 1-800-ARCHITECT. (1/7/2005)

AIA Report Card Survey

Last summer, AIA Wisconsin members were asked to participate in an AIA "Report Card" survey. About 11% of you took us up on the offer to rank various local, state and national programs and to grade the AIA's performance in terms of meeting your expectations. The results from the survey generated a lot of discussion at this year's long-range planning retreat. Continuing education programs, public awareness and the integrity of the profession remain priority items. For the most part, members indicated that the AIA is meeting their expectations. For a summary of the "Report Card" survey results, please contact AIA Wisconsin. (1/7/2005)


AIA Wisconsin has renewed its agreement with Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq. and LegaLine. This unique service 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. Contact the AIA Wisconsin office for information on how you can tap into this membership service. (1/7/2005)

Get Published

Have you authored an informative article lately? Is the subject something other Wisconsin architects can benefit from? Please forward articles by AIA members (in MSWord format) to Brenda Taylor for publishing consideration in Wisconsin Architect , the official publication of AIA Wisconsin distributed to 3,000 architects and allied design and construction professionals. (1/7/2005)

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