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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: December 2007

Golden Award

Joseph H. Flad, FAIA, (1922-2004) has been selected by the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors to receive the 2008 Golden Award. His significant contributions to the profession will be honored posthumously during a special Awards Luncheon on April 30 at the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo in Madison. Flad will be the 21st 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 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.

2008 Chapter Officers

Wisconsin is fortunate to have AIA members who volunteer to lead the four local AIA Chapters and coordinate programs and events of value to members in each quadrant of the state. Chapter officers for 2008 are: AIA Milwaukee â€" Karen Plunkett Muenster, AIA, Milwaukee, President ; Daniel Kabara, AIA, New Berlin, Vice President ; Randy Morrison, AIA, Milwaukee, Secretary ; and Norman Barrientos, AIA , Bayside, Treasurer . AIA Southwest Wisconsin â€" Richard Lundeen, AIA, Madison, President ; Ronald Mastalski, AIA, Waterloo, Vice President ; and Rob Wheat, AIA, Monroe, Secretary/Treasurer . AIA Northeast Wisconsin â€" Trevor Frank, AIA, Menasha, President ; James Putman, AIA, Neenah, V ice President ; and Jody Andres, AIA, Appleton, Secretary/Treasurer . AIA Northwest Wisconsin â€" David Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire, President , Chris LaShorne, AIA, La Crosse, Vice President ; and Mark Piquette, AIA, Weston, Secretary/Treasurer . You are encouraged to participate in local AIA programs and offer suggestions for future initiatives.

Wisconsin Architects Foundation

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation was founded in 1953 to build a better Wisconsin through architectural education. WAF officers for 2007-08 are: Lawrence Schnuck, AIA, Whitefish Bay, President; Allyson Nemec, AIA, Milwaukee, Vice President; and A. James Gersich, AIA, Fitchburg, Secretary/Treasurer. The WAF Board of Directors has approved a scholarship and grant budget of $40,100 for the current fiscal year. Tax-deductible contributions to the WAF by members like you make these valuable WAF scholarship and grant programs possible.

Continuing Education Legislation

Following a public hearing last week, the Senate Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs Committee voted to recommend passage of the 2007 Assembly Bill 181. This simple enabling legislation would allow the Joint Examining Board to establish minimum continuing education requirements for architects to renew their license in Wisconsin. The proposed legislation was approved by the Wisconsin Assembly in October. The next step is scheduling a vote by the Wisconsin Senate. Currently, 37 states require continuing education for architects to renew their license to practice, including Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. Continuing education has been required for AIA membership since 1995. Please encourage your State Senator to support AB 181.

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. Keynote speakers are Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, and Eric Owen Moss, FAIA. Watch your inbox and mailbox for further details.

WAF Silent Auction

The Wisconsin Architect s Foundation will host the second annual “Art by Architects” silent auction as a fund-raising event at the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo on April 30 at Monona Terrace. Your donated art and architectural books will help the WAF invest in the future of Wisconsin 's architectural profession. To donate one or more pieces, please contact WAF Board members Ralph Jackson, AIA, Cross Plains, at (608) 232-1272 or Pat Conway, AIA, Mt. Horeb, at (800) 464-0988. Thank you for your support!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

People & Places

Loren A. Anderson, AIA, La Crosse, has joined TCI Architects/ Engineers/ Contractors, Inc. Jim L. Fryk, AIA, Waukesha, has joined LaMacchia Group LLC. Paul Raisleger, AIA, Middleton, has joined Eppstein Uhen Architects in Madison. Todd Hoffmaster, Assoc. AIA, Oregon, has joined Mortenson Construction as a design phase coordinator. Debra L. Zins, AIA, Milwaukee, has upgraded to AIA Architect member. Engberg Anderson Design Partnership has changed their name to Engberg Anderson Inc., and moved to 320 E Buffalo St , in Milwaukee, phone (414) 944-9000. Kahler Slater Architects Inc., Madison, has moved to 44 E Mifflin St Ste 700, phone (608) 283-6300.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between November 17 and December 12, 2007: Ortal Abergel Ohad, Assoc. AIA, Brookfield (SE); Mark Braithwaite, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Jason D. Hale, AIA, Appleton (NE); Eric Kuban, Student, Madison (SW); Anne M. Morgan, Assoc. AIA, Shorewood (SE) and Bret D. Tushans, Assoc. AIA, Brookfield (SE).

Season Greetings

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

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