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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: December 2005

Golden Award

A. James Gersich, AIA, Fitchburg , has been selected by the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors to receive the 2006 Golden Award. The award will be presented at a special awards luncheon on May 10 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.

Design Awards

The Design Awards Committee invites your participation in the 2006 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The deadline for entering your projects is January 20 . Entry binders are due by no later than February 15 . The 2006 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on May 10 at Monona Terrace in Madison.

AIA150: Blueprint for America

The AIA is having a birthday, and to celebrate, it is giving the nation a present. Titled "Blueprint for America ," this present will be offered in many forms and in many communities when the AIA turns 150 in April 2007. The "Blueprint for America " is an initiative in which AIA members engage mayors, local government officials and fellow citizens to collaborate on a community service program that addresses a community's distinct needs with the goal of producing a shared vision for a more livable future.

Still in the early stages of planning, the AIA Southeast Wisconsin initiative will bring exquisitely designed, extremely affordable, sustainable and accessible manufactured infill housing to three neighborhoods in Milwaukee , Racine and Waukesha . The new housing will include an AIA storefront office that also serves as a community room. This will be the place for design and construction meetings for future housing in the neighborhoods, other pro bono architectural services, plus workshops and functions to benefit the community. It will be a co-op of sorts, staffed by the homeowner.

The Southeast Chapter is collaborating with UWM SARUP to offer a graduate studio in the Fall 2006 semester to develop the prototype design and construction drawings. Simultaneously, a housing manufacturing company will be identified to construct the designs. The plan is to place the dwellings on their prepared sites and welcome their new owners during the national celebration of Architecture Week, April 15 – 21, 2007 . AIA Wisconsin members, other design and construction professionals, community stakeholders and local government leaders are invited to help realize this exciting initiative. If you would like to volunteer your time or services, contact John Holz, AIA, the AIA150 "Champion" for AIA Southeast Wisconsin at 414-410-2813. Also visit for more information.


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. The WAF Board of Directors has approved a scholarship and grant budget of $25,720 for the current 2005-06 fiscal year. Tax-deductible contributions by members like you make these valuable WAF scholarship and grant programs possible. Please invest in the future of your profession by sending a generous contribution to: Wisconsin Architects Foundation, 321 S. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703 . Thank you!

Membership 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. Please take 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. You can complete the census—and also pay your dues—online.

People and Places

Kenneth W. Katte, AIA, Sheboygan , C. Gene Maloney, AIA, Manitowoc , and Gary V. Zimmerman, FAIA, Hartland, have been approved for Emeritus membership in The American Institute of Architects . Joseph Galbriath, AIA, Cedarburg, Thomas F. Kleinheinz, AIA, Belleville , Mark M. Smith, AIA, Madison , and Taylor "Tate" C. Walker, AIA, Madison , have upgraded to AIA membership. Congratulations! John Kniesz, AIA, Brookfield , has rejoined the Durrant Group. Michael E. Whaley, AIA, Madison , has joined J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc., preconstruction services. Larry D. Sommerfeld, AIA, Chippewa Falls , has joined Ayres Associates. Eric M. Brown, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee , has joined Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc., as a project assistant. Richard B. Gabriel, AIA, Madison , has become a LEED accredited professional. Professional Affiliate member Lori Veit Conner has changed the name of her business to Lori Conner Communications, LLC, (608) 274-0413.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between November 16 – December 15: Lois H. Braun-Oddo, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Emily J. Ehlers, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Andrea Hraban, Student, Green Bay (NE); Michael Huffman, AIA, Fond du Lac (SE); Wonkyung Kim, AIA, Madison (SW); Emil W. Korenic, AIA, Sun Prairie (SW); Alex H. Kulis, Assoc. AIA, Cross Plains (SW); Michael A. Martin, Assoc. AIA, Berlin (NE); Sander (Alex) T. Marton, AIA, Lake Geneva (SE); Mark E. Poellot, AIA, Cedarburg (SE); Donika Rushiti, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW) and Dirk von Below, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW).

Existing Building Code

Following an extensive review of alternatives over the past year, the Alteration and Change of Occupancy Code Council has recommended that the Wisconsin Department of Commerce adopt the 2006 Edition of the International Existing Building Code . This "smart code" applies requirements in proportion to project scope and provides for alternative compliance evaluation. The recommended code would encompass all existing buildings, including historic structures. The current Comm 70 would be repealed. Following public hearings next spring and a review period, a final draft of the proposed rule package is expected to be sent to the Legislature in August 2006, with the new code provisions in place by the first quarter of 2007 . Charles Quagliana, AIA , Madison, is the AIA Wisconsin representative on this code council. Please contact him at (608) 294-0206 with any questions or concerns about this code recommendation.

Building Code Councils

Talking about state building codes, AIA Wisconsin members have been appointed by the Governor and the Department of Commerce to serve on a number of important code advisory councils that help develop recommendations for updating and improving state building codes. AIA Wisconsin representatives include: Commercial Building Code Council and Elevator Code Council – Joseph Jurkiewicz, AIA, Grafton, (414) 290-3775; Multifamily Dwelling Code Council – James Klett, AIA, Whitefish Bay, (414) 291-8164; Uniform Dwelling Code Council – David Dolan-Wallace, AIA, Green Bay, (920) 432-2442; Historic Building Code Council and Alteration and Change of Use Advisory Council – Charles Quagliana, AIA, Madison, (608) 294-0206; Means of Egress and Accessibility Code Advisory Council – Lawrence Earll, AIA, Poynette, (608) 266-1290; Joseph Jurkiewicz, AIA, Grafton, (414) 290-3775; Edward Solner , AIA, Madison, (608) 233-4881; Energy Conservation Code Council – Timothy Kritter, AIA, Madison, (608) 257-1090 ; Structural Commercial Building Code Advisory Council – David Hyzer , AIA, Middleton, (608) 276-9201; Michael West, AIA, Fox Point, (414) 351-5588; Commercial Buildings Fire Protection Systems Council and Commercial Buildings Fire Safety Council – John Eagon, AIA, Oregon, (608) 873-3748.

DSF – No Gifts, Please

The AIA/DSF Liaison Committee, chaired by Mark Kraft, AIA, Madison, meets quarterly with representatives of the Division of State Facilities (DSF) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin to discuss issues related to the state building program. At this week's "partnering" meeting, after discussing the status of proposed administrative rules for the selection of architects and engineers, AEC process improvement initiatives, fee guidelines, technology working group, waiver recommendations, draft sustainable facilities guidelines and other important issues, the DSF staff made a point to remind AIA and ACEC members not to send gifts or anything else of value (e.g. calendars, food, etc.) to state employees.

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!

Season Greetings

The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors and staff would like to extend their best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

The Last Word

"Misery loves company, but company does not reciprocate." [Addison Mizner, American architect, 1872-1933]

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