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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: September 2011

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop, Golden Award nominations, leadership opportunities, valuable educational programs and more.

Visit the AIA Wisconsin Calendar of EventsAIA Wisconsin 2011 Fall Workshop

AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop – Register Before October 12 and Save!
The 2011 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop, "A Sustainable Story,” is scheduled for Friday, October 21, at Epic in Verona. The full-day workshop will focus on vernacular architecture and sustainable design solutions. It features a guided tour of the Epic campus and seminar sessions on the overall design approach and technical systems being utilized to meet the facility needs and expectations for this rapidly growing medical software development firm. The workshop presentations will reveal the process through which the design and sustainable strategies were explored, implemented and tested. Fall workshop participants will earn 6.0 AIA/CES learning unit hours related to health, safety and welfare [HSW] and sustainable design [SD]. Register before October 12 and save! Online program information and registration

Golden Award – Nominations Open
The deadline for 2012 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award nominations is November 2. The Golden Award is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow upon a member architect. It recognizes distinguished leadership and service to the profession and the AIA. Twenty-three AIA Wisconsin members have been recognized since 1986, with Kevin J. Connolly, AIA, Milwaukee, the most recent Golden Award this past spring. More information and nomination materials can be found at the AIA WI Awards & Recognition webpage.

Associate Representative – Leadership Opportunity
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors may appoint two Associate AIA members to a two-year term as an Associate Representative. The terms are staggered, so one Associate Representative is appointed by the Board of Directors each year. If you are an Associate AIA member interested in reviewing and shaping AIA Wisconsin policies and programs for the benefit of fellow members, please submit a letter of interest and a brief resume to: Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Vice President, AIA Wisconsin, 321 S. Hamilton St., Madison, WI 53703.

Young Architects Wanted – YAF
AIA Wisconsin established a Young Architects Forum [YAF] in 2001 to create an opportunity for architects licensed for no more than ten years to gather locally and discuss common goals, problems, experiences and ideas about their careers, the profession and design. The need for this kind of discussion may be more important now than ever before. The Board of Directors is looking for AIA members interested in chairing or co-chairing the Wisconsin YAF. Responsibilities include collaborating with other AIA Wisconsin leaders, emerging professionals, committees and allied groups to develop programs that support the YAF mission. For example, the YAF is working with AGC’s Future Leaders Forum on an upcoming tour of the expanding Epic campus in Verona. Please contact AIA Wisconsin if you’re interested in volunteering to help lead YAF activities. In addition, national AIA is seeking nominations for a new YAF Regional Director for the North Central States – Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. About Young Architects Forum | AIA WI YAF Chair Job Description

Doors Open Milwaukee
On September 24 & 25, you have a chance to enjoy a backstage pass to many buildings and spaces that are integral to Milwaukee’s history, economy and culture, both past and future. Doors Open Milwaukee is a new event presented by Historic Milwaukee, Inc., with the assistance of AIA Milwaukee and other allied organizations. It’s free and open to the public between 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on both days. You can celebrate the 100th anniversary of AIA Wisconsin by taking self-guided tours or enjoying in-depth building tours with expert guides. For more information, including volunteer opportunities, click here.

SE2 2011 – The Blue Frontier
The 8th Annual Sustainability and Energy Efficiency (SE ²) Leadership Conference coordinated by the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance is scheduled for September 21 in Madison. AIA Wisconsin members can save $10 by using the discount code “AIA2011” when registering for the SE ² Conference. Information & Registration

DSF Consultants Conference
If you work with the Division of State Facilities (DSF) on state building projects, or would like to, then reserve Tuesday, November 8, for the “DSF Consultants Conference” sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin. The full-day conference will be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Conference topics include: sustainability, commissioning and orientation sessions for small and large state building projects. AIA Wisconsin members are eligible for discounted registration fee. Information & Registration

State Design & Construction Awards – DSF Best Project Awards
The annual design and construction awards program coordinated by the Division of State Facilities [DSF] has been revised and enhanced. Beginning in 2011, the DSF will seek applications for two exemplary state projects to be recognized with a “Best Project Award” for new construction and renovation. Nominations for the DSF awards will be due by the third week in December, with the awards presented at the Building Commission meeting in February 2012. Details

AIA/CES Transcript & Continuing Education Requirements – 2012 Renewal
This is a good time to print your AIA/CES transcript and check that it includes all of your learning activities by visiting Please note that next summer, when you renew your Wisconsin architect license, you will need to have earned at least 24 hours of continuing education during the prior two year period, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare topics. The Wisconsin Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors approved these administrative rules [Chapter A-E 12] that establish minimum continuing education requirements for architects to renew their state license. The new rules became effective on July 1, 2010, and will first apply when you renew your two-year Wisconsin license by August 2012. The AIA is listed as an approved provider of continuing education programs; and AIA members can use their AIA/CES transcript to document continuing education hours. [In comparison, AIA Architect members are required to earn 18 learning unit hours per year, including 8 hours related to health, safety and welfare of which 4 hours must be sustainable design.] To review state license renewal requirements, go to: Wisconsin Continuing Education Requirements

Terrace Town 2012 – Mentors Wanted
Coordinated by Monona Terrace, “Terrace Town” is a program that introduces architecture and community planning to elementary 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 sustainable community and how people can participate in the improvement of the built environment. More information can be found at the AIA WI Architects in Schools webpage. For further information about being a volunteer mentor, contact Heather Sabin at (608) 261-4015.

Citizen Architects
We are attempting to identify AIA Wisconsin members who also are elected or appointed members of state and local government boards or commissions. This information will be used to develop national AIA programs that support architects currently in these positions and to encourage other architects interested in these opportunities for civic engagement. If you are an appointed member of a state, county, city, school district or other local government board or commission, please let the AIA Wisconsin office know the name of the board or commission, who appointed you and when your term expires. Similarly, if you are an elected member of a county board, city council, school board or other public office, please let us know the name of your position and when your term expires. Thank you for your civic leadership and help with this AIA survey. Contact AIA WIsconsin

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo
Invite vendors to participate in the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Exposition on May 2 & 3, 2012. It is the one trade show that attracts architects and allied design and construction industry leaders from across Wisconsin. The Building Products Expo will feature over 170 displays by the leading manufacturers and suppliers of products and services for Wisconsin's design and construction industry. Information is available at: 

Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Changes
The updated electronic version of the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code (Comm 61-66) is now available online. The insert pages in three-ring format will be available mid-September.


Online Learning
AIA Wisconsin is proud to announce a new partnership with aecKnowledge—an innovative, online knowledge-sharing platform for the AEC industries. aecKnowledge delivers peer-reviewed, unbiased, engaging knowledge featuring top thought leaders and subject matter experts—all available 24/7.  aecKnowledge offers courses that are AIA/CES approved, with many offering valuable HSW/SD learning units. View available courses

People & Places
AIA Wisconsin members Arlan Kay, AIA, Oregon, and Ron Siggelkow, AIA, Madison, have been appointed by the Governor as public members of the State Capital and Executive Residence Board [SCERB]. Eddie Ernst, AIA, New Berlin has upgraded to AIA architect membership. Congratulations! The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) has formally granted the professional degree program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning the full six-year term of accreditation.

Membership Action
Please welcome the following members that have joined in the past month: Eric Bahr, Student Affiliate, La Crosse (NW); T. Scott Collier, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Craig A. Guse, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Nancy LP. Rigsby, Assoc. AIA, Delafield (SE); Tim Scanley, AIA, Milwaukee and Michael A. Shapiro-Barr, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE).

The Last Word
“Increased demand is expected for expertise by architects in areas such as strategic planning, feasibility studies, financial analysis and energy management . . . Opportunities exist for architects to provide leadership throughout all aspects of a building’s useful life. In the future, architects will provide more in-depth services in the areas of facility management, building systems commissioning, operations and maintenance, and building repurposing.” [Stephen Fiskum, AIA, 2011 President, AIA Minnesota]

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