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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: November 2005


The 2006 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, commUNITY, will be held on May 10 & 11 at Monona Terrace in Madison. Convention Chair, Dave Ewanowski, AIA, Madison, and his fellow Convention Committee members have assembled an outstanding program of speakers, seminars and special events to complement the Building Products Expo. National AIA President Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, is the featured Awards Luncheon speaker. Keynote speakers will be Joel Hirschhorn, author of Sprawl Kills and former director of environment, energy and natural resources at the National Governors Association, and Jorge Silvetti, award-winning architect and professor of architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Watch your inbox and mailbox for Convention details and registration materials.

Wisconsin Architects Foundation

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation was founded in 1953 to build a better Wisconsin through architectural education. WAF officers for 2005-06 are: James Shields, AIA, Milwaukee , President ; Larry Schnuck, AIA, Whitefish Bay , Vice President ; and Allyson Nemec, AIA, Milwaukee , Secretary/Treasurer . The WAF Board of Directors has approved a scholarship and grant budget of $25,720 for the current fiscal year. Tax-deductible contributions to the WAF by members like you make these valuable WAF scholarship and grant programs possible.

AIA Mississippi Assessment Teams

AIA Mississippi has organized teams of architects, interns and architecture students to volunteer their services to perform building assessments in the communities that were hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. So far, over 2,000 requests for assessments have been received – and over 500 assessments have been completed. Now, AIA Mississippi is requesting volunteers to help complete the remaining assessments. To register to assist with assessments, please complete the form at: . If you are unable to access the link, please contact the AIA Mississippi Assessment Helpline at 866-242-2203. Teams are being formed now and available times range from one-day to one week. Please consider taking a "road-trip" during the holidays or a long weekend. All help is welcome and needed.

AIA150 Committee

The American Institute of Architects will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2007. Planning is underway for a sesquicentennial initiative that will encourage AIA members to collaborate with local elected officials, community leaders, planning departments, allied organizations and citizens to improve their communities. AIA Wisconsin has established an AIA150 Committee made up of state and local AIA leaders who will be serving as Presidents in 2007, including Marty Sell, AIA, Juneau, John Holz, AIA , Whitefish Bay, Kelly Thompson-Frater, AIA , Madison, Virge Temme, AIA , Sturgeon Bay, and Rod Cox, AIA , Wausau. Please contact one of these AIA150 "champions" to talk about ideas for activities you'd like to help coordinate in your community.

State Awards Program

The Division of State Facilities (DSF) is accepting nominations for its fifteenth annual Awards Program, which recognizes individuals and companies for excellence in the design, construction and service of state buildings. The deadline for nominations is 12/16/05 . For additional information about the Awards Program, contact Ron Krohn at (608) 266-8874.

Membership Renewal & Census

This year, to enable the AIA to have a more complete picture of the membership, a brief but very important census form accompanies the membership renewal form that you recently received. Please take a minute (it literally only takes a minute!) to complete the census and return the form. It is printed in two versions: one for licensed architect members and the other for associate members. If you so choose, you can complete the census—and also pay your dues—online.

People and Places

Kenneth W. Katte, AIA, Sheboygan , and Gary V. Zimmerman, FAIA, Hartland, have been approved for Emeritus membership in The American Institute of Architects . Charles P. Nolan, AIA, Madison , has upgraded to AIA membership. Congratulations! The UWM School of Architecture & Urban Planning hosted a special reception earlier this month to honor William Wenzler, FAIA, Milwaukee , and his extraordinary architectural career, which began in 1952 . David T. Kahler, FAIA, a member since 1969 , has moved to Flat Rock, NC. Martin Sell, AIA, Juneau, John Holz, AIA, Whitefish Bay, Rod Cox, AIA, Wausau, and Bill Babcock , Hon. AIA, Madison, joined over 230 other AIA 150 "champions" from around the country for a special two-day training conference coordinated by the AIA in Chantilly, Virginia. Douglas A. Gallus, AIA, Milwaukee , and Cynthia N. Welman, AIA, Pewaukee, are serving as the president and treasurer, respectively, of the ALA Wisconsin Chapter. Mark M. Smith, AIA, Madison , has joined Eppstein Uhen Architect. Steve F. Genz, Assoc. AIA, Waunakee, has joined Potter Lawson, Inc.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between October 16 and November 15, 2005: Brendan J. Bakey, Assoc. AIA, La Crosse (NW); Travis P. Begley, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Michael D. Berg, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Nicolas Cascarano, Assoc. AIA, Glendale (SE); David W. Delfosse, AIA, Appleton (NE); Allan D. Edwards, AIA, Kenosha (SE); Jason A. Goike, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Allison Goldman, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Troy W. Haines, Assoc. AIA, Cambridge (SW); Juel A. Harwig, Student, New Berlin (SE); Curt W. Hoffmann, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Timothy Kaebisch, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Ronald J. Kahn, Professional Affiliate, Germantown (SE); Matt Kawahara, Student, Glendale Heights (SE); Linda Keane, AIA, Shorewood (SE); Timothy Moser, Student, Madison (SW); Erik Peil, Student, Brookfield (SE); Nathan A. Peterson, Student, Maribel (NW); Paul A. Ratajczyk, Student, Hartland (SE); Mike Reeve, Student, Madison (SW); Scott R. Riedel, Assoc. AIA, Wauwatosa (SE); Valerie A. Rinehart, Student, Janesville (SW); Marc D. Schellpfeffer, AIA, Mount Horeb (SW); Melanie C. Smythe, AIA, Milwaukee (SE) and Aliye Yazici, Student, Stoughton (SW).

Milwaukee Lobbying Ordinance

Good news! In late October, the Milwaukee Common Council and Mayor Barrett approved amendments to the city's lobbying ordinance that provide an exception for architects and other design professionals. (A similar exemption for design professionals was added to the Madison lobbying ordinance in September.) The Milwaukee lobbying ordinance, which became effective July 1, now includes an exception for design professionals acting on behalf of a client while performing a duty or service within the definition of the practice of their profession. However, it does not exempt design professionals when the performance of the service directly impacts, affects or seeks to influence administrative or legislative action in which the design professional has a direct or indirect financial interest other than receipt of professional fees and reimbursement for actual expenses. Another amendment to the definition of "lobbying" exempts appearances before a city board, commission or committee.

Architect & Engineer Selection – State Projects

A public hearing has been scheduled for November 15 in Madison on proposed amendments to state administrative rules, Adm 20, that govern the selection of architects and engineers for state and university building projects. The AIA/DSF Liaison Committee has been working with representatives of the Division of State Facilities (DSF) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin on the proposed amendments for about three years. The amendments would increase various dollar thresholds that have not been adjusted since the late 1970s, while maintaining the qualifications-based selection (QBS) process. AIA Wisconsin supports the proposed administrative rule package. For more information, please contact AIA Wisconsin .

SE ² Leadership Awards

The second annual Sustainability & Energy Efficiency (SE ² ) Leadership Awards were presented at a special awards luncheon in Oconomowoc last month. "Awards for Excellence" were presented to the Zimmerman Design Group for the Johnson Controls Brengel Technology Center in Milwaukee and to HGA Architects & Engineers for the Karen Peck Katz Conservation Education Center in Milwaukee . Engberg Anderson Design Partnership received an "Award of Merit" for Alterra at the Lake in Milwaukee . The Zimmerman Design Group received a "Special Citation" for the General Mitchell International Airport Intermodal Transit Center and for the Waukesha County Communications Center . The SE ² Leadership Awards program was created by AIA Wisconsin, Energy Center of Wisconsin, ASHRAE – Wisconsin Section, Illuminating Engineering Society – Milwaukee Section, Wisconsin Green Building Alliance, IFMA – Wisconsin Section, and Focus on Energy. The program recognizes leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operation of Wisconsin commercial and other non-residential buildings. Congratulations to the award-winning architects and projects!


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 benefit.

AIA & National Public Radio

The 2005 national AIA advertising campaign will conclude with a four week series of messages on National Public Radio. The 10-second message will air from November 7 through December 9, excluding the week of November 21. The following message will be heard on NPR programs "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered," "Fresh Air," and the "Diane Rehm Show:" "Members of The American Institute of Architects, working to create valuable and sustainable buildings and communities. 'Good design makes a difference'. At A-I-A dot org."

Tools for Members to Use

Wisconsin Architect compiles an annual directory of consultants, contractors and manufacturers for easy reference by members. The Directory is available in print format inside issue # 4 of the magazine and online at . Funds raised by the sale of listings allow Wisconsin Architect to publish projects and articles submitted by members. You can help by sending the following paragraph to vendors you think should participate in the Directory. Thank you, Michael Bahr, AIA, Chair, Wisconsin Architect Editorial Advisory Board

A directory to aid architecture firms, clients and the public will be published as part of Wisconsin Architect magazine . . . the seventh annual Consultants, Contractors & Manufacturers Directory. Approximately 2,900 paper copies will be distributed. An online Directory also will be available. To be listed, a company must offer services to design and construction professionals in Wisconsin . The charge for being included in the 2005 Consultants, Contractors & Manufacturers Directory is $ 125.00 per listing, $ 50.00 per additional address and $ 50.00 per additional category listing. Wisconsin Architect magazine is the official publication of AIA Wisconsin , a Society of The American Institute of Architects . Click on the following link to visit the online registration for this Directory.

On the Move?

It's hard to keep track of 1,500 members sometimes; particularly when members seem to be constantly on the move. If you are moving or changing employment, we want to make sure that you don't miss information on AIA programs and events during your transition. Visit our Web site and fill out a contact form with your updated contact information. Thank you!

The Last Word

"Architecture is an art of story telling, not just an art of engineered objects. It has to be connected to a cultural place, and layered like a text; it is rich with life." [Daniel Libeskind, AIA, interview with Whitney Gould, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , November 4, 2005]

"People won't care about how much you know until they know how much you care." [Norman Koonce, FAIA, EVP/CEO, The American Institute of Architects, AIA150 Blueprint for America , August 2005]

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