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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: January 2010

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on the 2010 Golden Award, AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program, AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, legislative issues, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

Program & Event Update

Here are a few upcoming AIA/CES programs. Click on program title for additional details.

January 15 | Statewide
AIA WI Design Awards Entry Letter Deadline

January 15 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE COTE Committee Meeting

January 19 | Webinar
BEC-Wisconsin Glazing & Curtainwall

January 26| Madison

AIA SW Wisconsin Holiday Party

January 28 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Member Recognition Party

February 17 | Madison
AIA WI Design Awards Submissions Due

February 25 | Madison
Wright Lecture Series-Film: Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Golden Award

Brian F. Larson, AIA, Eau Claire, has been selected by the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors to receive the 2010 Golden Award. His significant contributions to the profession will be honored during a special Awards Luncheon on April 28 at the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo in Madison. Larson will be the 23 rd 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.

Design Awards

The Design Awards Committee invites your participation in the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The deadline for entering your projects is January 15 . Entry binders are due by no later than February 17. The 2010 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on April 28 at Monona Terrace in Madison.


2009 AIA Wisconsin President Josh Johnson, AIA, offers a look back and insight to the organization and its accomplishments during the past year.

Landscape Architecture Legislation

Proposed landscape architecture practice legislation, 2009 Assembly Bill 142, passed the Wisconsin Assembly last year and may be considered by the Wisconsin Senate early this year. AIA Wisconsin believes it is important to amend the proposed legislation to provide a clear and unambiguous exemption for architects. Existing state statutes and related administrative rules govern the use of the title "landscape architect" but not the practice of landscape architecture. AB 142 would create a "practice" law by requiring state credentials to provide landscape architecture services, with certain exceptions. Architects traditionally have provided many of the professional services included in the definition of landscape architecture. As drafted, without a clear exemption for architects, the proposed legislation may create more confusion than clarity for the public. Please contact your State Senator today about AB 142. Your call, letter or email could make the difference. For information on the Wisconsin Legislature, including how to contact your State Senator, visit the Wisconsin State Legislature website.

AIA Wisconsin Chapter Officers

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. At recent local chapter meetings, the following 2010 Chapter officers were elected:

AIA Milwaukee/AIA Southwest Wisconsin

  • Randy Morrison, AIA, President
  • Kurt Zimmerman, AIA, Vice President
  • Matthew Edwards, AIA, Treasurer
  • Heather Cook Elliott, AIA, Secretary
  • Robert Wheat, AIA, President
  • Taylor Walker, AIA, Vice President
  • Janine Glaeser, AIA, Secretary/Treasurer

    AIA Northeast Wisconsin/AIA Northwest Wisconsin
  • Jody Andres, AIA, President
  • Jonathan Brinkley, AIA, Vice President
  • Chad Ulman, AIA, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Mark Piquette, AIA, President
  • Gregory Granlund, AIA, Vice President
  • Kurt Schroeder, AIA, Secretary/Treasurer


Reserve April 28 & 29 for the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Convention, Catalyst , at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The Convention Committee, chaired by Daryl Dean, AIA, Rhinelander, has assembled an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information and other special events for this spring. Keynote speakers are Joshua Prince-Ramus, David Miller, FAIA, and Julie Snow, FAIA. Seminar presenters include Jennifer Siegal, Assoc. AIA, Andrew Metter, FAIA, Ann Beha, FAIA, Eileen Jones, Matthys Levy, Grant Simpson, FAIA, James Atkins, FAIA, Rebecca Ellis, Leith Sharp, and Abby Vogen Horn. Watch your inbox and mailbox for further details.

Building Products Expo

Start planning your trip through the AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo on April 28 & 29. The Expo is your opportunity to find answers to all of your questions from representatives of the region's leading manufacturers and suppliers of design and construction industry products and services. Gather valuable product information, speak to company reps and enjoy visiting with friends. Start making your check list of "must see" exhibitors by visiting the growing list of Vendors participating in the Expo .

AIA Wisconsin Convention Hotel

If you are planning to stay at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace during the AIA Wisconsin Convention, you need to make your reservation by March 28 to benefit from a reduced Convention room rate of $155 per night (excluding taxes). Call the Hilton at (608) 255-5100 | (866) 403-8838 to make your reservation.

QBS Legislation

Proposed QBS legislation, 2009 Senate Bill 442, has been introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Ethics Reform and Government Operations, chaired by Sen. Fred Risser [D-Madison]. The legislation would require municipalities, counties and school districts to use a qualifications-based selection [QBS] process when hiring architects, engineers, land surveyors, landscape architects and other professional consultants for public works and building projects of $250,000 or more that are funded in part by the state. AIA Wisconsin is working with ACEC of Wisconsin in support of this QBS legislation for local governments. State administrative rules require the use of QBS for the selection of architects for state building projects. QBS also is required for federal projects. As a public service, AIA Wisconsin has been assisting public owners in Wisconsin establish a QBS process for the selection of architects and consulting engineers for their projects since 1986. Find Information on the QBS Wisconsin program.

State Project Delivery Legislation

A joint public hearing was held last month by the Senate Committee on Ethics Reform and Government Operations and the Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection on proposed legislation, 2009 Senate Bill 298 and 2009 Assembly Bill 427, related to the use of alternative project delivery methods for state building projects. The companion legislation was introduced in both houses at the request of the State Building Commission. AIA Wisconsin testified in support of the provisions in the proposed legislation that would allow the use of single prime contracting without requiring a waiver by the Building Commission and that would allow the development of administrative rules governing the use of alternative project delivery methods on state projects as approved by the Building Commission through its existing waiver authority. AIA Wisconsin did not support proposed provisions that would allow the use of construction manager at-risk without requiring a waiver by the Building Commission. The four-hour hearing included testimony in support and in opposition to the legislation. For a copy of AIA Wisconsin testimony on this proposed project delivery legislation, go to: .

"Clean Energy Jobs Act" Legislation

Last week, companion legislation, 2009 Assembly Bill 649 and 2009 Senate Bill 450, was introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature at the request of the Governor that would, among many other things, set goals for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the construction of zero net energy buildings and energy conservation. For example, the proposed legislation would set as a goal that by 2030 each newly constructed residential or commercial building in Wisconsin will use no more energy than is generated on-site using renewable resources. Text of Legislation (PDF)

School Indoor Environmental Quality Task Force

Signed into law last month, 2009 Act 96 directs the State Superintendent of Schools to establish a task force to make recommendations for the development of a model management plan for maintaining indoor environmental quality in public and private schools. The law specifies that the task force is to include a registered architect with expertise in school design and construction.

Erosion Control

Remember that enforcement of Comm 60, Erosion Control, Sediment Control, and Stormwater Management Code, transferred from the Safety & Buildings Division at the Department of Commerce to the Department of Natural Resources on January 1, 2010. More Infomation (including the process for filing Notices of Intent)

Continuing Education & License Renewal

The Rules Committee of the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors held public hearings in October on proposed state administrative rules related to amending the definitions of supervision, direct supervision, responsible charge, and direction and control; amending exam entrance requirements to allow candidates with an accredited architecture degree and an IDP record with NCARB to begin taking the ARE upon graduation; and creating continuing education requirements for architects to renew their license. AIA Wisconsin testified in support of the proposed ARE-timing rules and continuing education rules. The proposed continuing education rules would require architects to have 24 hours, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare issues, every two years for license renewal. AIA/CES transcripts would be acceptable documentation. The proposed rules, which require legislative review, would become effective beginning with license renewal in August 2012.

Navigating the Economic Challenges

The AIA Wisconsin website provides information and resources to help members address the challenges of a difficult economy. Please check it out, share it with others and let us know if you have suggestions for additional materials that could be added.

HABS 2010 Summer Employment Opportunities

The Historic American Buildings Survey [HABS] of the National Park Service seeks applications from qualified individuals for summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural significance throughout the United States. Duties involve on-site field work and preparation of historical reports or measured and interpretive drawings at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Project duration is twelve weeks, beginning May/June. Salaries range from approximately $6,000 to $13,000 for the summer, depending on job responsibility, location of the project and level of experience. The application deadline is February 8.

AIA Photo Competition

AIA St. Louis is coordinating the 2010 AIA Photography Competition. The top 14 entries will be exhibited at the 2010 AIA National Convention in Miami. Images for the 2012 calendar will be selected from submitted entries, which are due by March 1.

Better Buildings Conference

AIA Wisconsin is sponsoring three seminar sessions at the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference hosted by the Energy Center of Wisconsin on March 3–5, in Wisconsin Dells. " Biomimicry for Architects and Engineers" by Jeremy Faludi; " Green Architecture for Mainstream Suburbia" by James Chambers; and "Learning from Germany: Tested Strategies for the Building Envelope" by Jaime Torres Carmona, AIA.

Save the Date | Building Enclosure Program

On March 16, AIA Milwaukee is offering a full-day workshop on sustainable and energy efficient building envelope design and construction at the Italian Community Center.

AIA Documents on Demand

The AIA re-launched AIA Documents-on-Demand, a web-based service that gives users easy access to download, electronically fill out and print one or more individual forms and agreements from among 16 of the most popular AIA Contract Documents anytime, anywhere. This latest version is particularly well-suited for small practitioners and Mac users.

Distinguished Service

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: Donald Smith, AIA, Hales Corners; Ronald Mastalski, AIA, Waterloo, Ralph Jackson, AIA, Cross Plains; Patrick Conway, AIA, Mt. Horeb; Donald Barsness, AIA, Bismarck; Michael Fortuna, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee; Craig Rafferty, FAIA, St. Paul; Ray Greco, FAIA; Greg Thomson, Milwaukee; and Chris Cornelius, Milwaukee. To find out why these and other members are being recognized, plan to participate in the AIA Wisconsin Annual Meeting scheduled for 8:00–9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28, at Monona Terrace.

People and Places

Emma E. Macari, FAIA, Brookfield, and William P. Wenzler, FAIA, Milwaukee, have been approved for Emeritus membership in The American Institute of Architects. Congratulations! David Oberbeck, AIA, Wausau, is running for the City Council in Wausau, Wisconsin. Rolf N. Irgens, AIA, passed away in December. Josh O. Johnson, AIA, has joined Becher-Hoppe Associates.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin in the past month: Rustin L. Becker, AIA, Verona (SW); Gary L. Boehlke, AIA, Appleton (NE); John Butler, Professional Affiliate, Fond du Lac (NE); Conlynn M. Goetsch, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Marc W. Isaksen, AIA, Sturgeon Bay (NE); Nicholas D. Kent, AIA, Whitefish Bay (SE); Peter C. Leoschke, AIA, Madison (SW); Kristi L. Lynch, AIA, Menasha (NE); Jennifer A. Roets, Assoc. AIA, Merrill (NE) and Justin Wagner, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE).

The Last Word

"Report: State hunters shot fewer buildings | MADISON – A state report says deer hunters shot dramatically fewer buildings during Wisconsin's November gun hunt. A Department of Natural Resources report says hunters shot 10 buildings. That's down from 25 in 2008, 19 in 2007 and 15 in 2006. Authorities determined the identity of the shooter in five of the incidents. Four of the shootings involved a rifle and another four a shotgun. The weapon in the remaining two incidents was unknown." [ Wisconsin State Journal, 1/8/10 ]

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