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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: November 2007

Diane Trevarrow Evans Memorial

It is very sad to report that Diane Trevarrow Evans, AIA, River Hills, died unexpectedly last month. She was an energetic and visionary leader of AIA Milwaukee and a passionate advocate for the profession and diversity. AIA Milwaukee plans to honor her contributions and distinguished service by hosting an annual program in her name that will promote dialogue and inspire the community, design professionals and future architects by showcasing the work of innovative, culturally diverse architects. A memorial fund has been established by the Wisconsin Architects Foundation to accept contributions in support of this initiative. For additional information about the Diane Trevarrow Evans Memorial, please download the following PDF.

Legislative Update

Earlier this month the Wisconsin Assembly passed Assembly Bill 181 on a voice vote and sent it to the Wisconsin Senate, where it was referred to the Senate Labor, Elections & Urban Affairs Committee chaired by Sen. Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee). This simple enabling legislation would allow the Architects Section of the Joint Examining Board to establish minimum continuing education requirements to renew your license in Wisconsin. Also earlier this month, the Legislature's Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules approved modifications to the proposed fire sprinkler requirements for multi-family dwellings that enabled the adoption of the state commercial building code update package by the Department of Commerce. At its most recent meeting, the Architects Section of the Joint Examining Board voted to support draft legislation that would require an accredited architecture degree to become licensed in Wisconsin. The Joint Examining Board also voted to support draft legislation that would convert Wisconsin's current law for landscape architects into a law. And that's not all, as Rep. Mark Gottlieb (R-Port Washington) introduced proposed legislation, Assembly Bill 553 , that would require local governments in Wisconsin to use a qualifications-based selection (QBS) process to hire architects, engineers and other consultants for projects of $250,000 or more with state financial assistance.

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo

Reserve April 30 & May 1 for the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Convention, Transformation, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The Convention Committee, chaired by Barry Swedeen, AIA, Madison, is assembling an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information and other special events for next spring. Watch your inbox and mailbox for further details.

State Awards Program

The Division of State Facilities (DSF) is accepting nominations for its 17th annual Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in the design and construction of state buildings. The deadline for nominations is 12/18/08. For information about the DSF Awards Program, contact Godwin Amegashie at 608-267-7806. Information also is available on the DSF website.


AIA Wisconsin President Martin Sell, AIA, recently announced the results of the Director-At-Large election. Congratulations are in order for Thomas Hirsch, AIA, Madison; Daniel J. Sisel, AIA, Milwaukee; and Len Witke, AIA, Columbus. Their two-year term begins in January 2008.

Committee Appointments

At its most recent meeting, the AIA Wisconsin Executive Committee approved the following committee appointments in accordance with established policy: Mark Herr, AIA, Waukesha, and Len Witke, AIA, Columbus, to the QBS Committee; Richard Dannhaussen, AIA, Egg Harbor, and Eric Lawson, AIA, Madison, to the AIA/DSF Liaison Committee; and Frank Dropsho, AIA, Madison, and Dennis Olson, AIA, Appleton, to the Golden Award Committee.

Citizen Architect -- Jack L. Fischer, AIA

Governor Jim Doyle has appointed architect Jack L. Fischer, AIA, Appleton , as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. As the new Commerce Secretary, Fischer will play a key role in continuing the implementation of the Governor's plans to grow businesses in Wisconsin, create the jobs of tomorrow and help Wisconsin companies compete in the global marketplace. The Safety & Buildings Division also happens to be part of the Department of Commerce. Fischer currently is president/CEO of the Fischer Group Companies. He starts as Secretary of Commerce on November 26.

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 2,900 architects and allied design and construction professionals. For your reference: How to Become Published and Project Article Specifications.

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 Wisconsin Architect 's annual issue and online. Funds raised by the sale of listings allow Wisconsin Architect to publish projects and articles submitted by members.

Design Awards

The Design Awards Committee invites your participation in the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The deadline for entering your projects is January 18 . Entry binders are due by no later than February 13. The 2008 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on April 30 at Monona Terrace in Madison.

Firm & Residential Directories

If you have not completed and returned your application to be listed in the Firm Directory and/or Residential Directory, please send it to the AIA Wisconsin office by December 15 . Information about participation in the two directories of AIA Wisconsin member-owned firms was emailed to firm principals' inboxes on 10/25/07 . Please check your email for your firm's application. The Directories will be published as part of the Wisconsin Architect magazine . . . the annual "Construction Industry Handbook." The Handbook is made available throughout the year to public owners, individuals and companies that contact the AIA Wisconsin office looking for an architect. Approximately 2,900 copies are distributed. As an added benefit, firms listed in these 2008 AIA Wisconsin directories also will be eligible to be included on "Architect Finder" through the national AIA consumer access Web site. Contact Brenda Taylor if you have any questions.

Terrace Town

Coordinated by Monona Terrace, "Terrace Town" is a program that introduces architecture and community planning to elementary and middle school students in Dane County . As a mentor, you'll work with one classroom to design a neighborhood or city. You'll bring a professional "real life" perspective to discussions about how communities are planned, what makes a quality community and how people can participate in the improvement of the built environment. (A grant from the WAF is helping Monona Terrace support an educational program for the teachers on community design and urban planning.) For further information about being a volunteer mentor, contact Heather Sabin at (608) 261-4015.

2007 AIA Contract Documents Available

AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents. This month, the AIA launched the 2007 update to AIA Contract Documents. The update includes revisions to A201-1997 and nearly 50 owner/architect, architect/consultant and contractor/subcontractor agreements. Visit for complete details on the new documents. For paper copies of the 2007 documents, as well as the still-valid previous edition of the updated documents, please visit our AIA Contract Documents page.

Taliesin Bookstore

The Taliesin Bookstore offers a wide variety of high-quality gifts, clothing, home furnishings and art objects designed or inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as assistance in choosing the "Wright" corporate gifts for your firm or clients. All of your purchases directly support the preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin home. For further details, call 877-588-7900.

ARE Lending Library

AIA Wisconsin has established a lending library of the latest Architect Registration Examination (ARE) study materials from Kaplan AEC Education that cover all sections of the ARE exam. The materials are available to AIA Associate members only and can be checked out of the office for a period of 14 days. For details, read the ARE Lending Library Policies . Contact AIA Wisconsin to confirm availability.

People & Places

Paul E. Dalberg, AIA, Monroe, and Ted R. Haag, AIA, Crivitz, have been approved for Emeritus membership in The American Institute of Architects. Congratulations! Henry K. Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, has been appointed to the International Building Code Council (IBCC) His term will begin January 2008 through December 2010. Joseph Schultz, AIA, has joined Kahler Slater, Milwaukee, as a senior construction administrator. Thomas G. Lemkuil, AIA, Oneida has upgraded to AIA architect and opened his own firm Lemkuil Architectural Designs, LLC, at 4361 Touchstone Dr, Oneida, WI, phone (920) 405-9919 .

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between October 16 and November 16, 2007: Peter Bannon, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Victoria Bartling, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Zachary Brewster, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Sarah Christensen, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Lacey Engelke, Student, Milwaukee (SE); John W. Fotsch Jr., AIA, Salem (SE); Katherine S. Hitch, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee(SE); Thomas A. Houlihan, AIA, La Crosse (NW); Dan Huebner, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Ulian S. Kissiov, AIA, Madison (SW); Andrew Manto, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Mitch Ptacek, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Ashraf Sadek, Int'l Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Rustin Schwandt, Student, Milwaukee (SE) and Steven M. Wenzel, Assoc. AIA, Prairie du Sac (SW).

The Last Word

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. [Steve Jobs]

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