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E-News: October 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 – 10/21
The 2011 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop, "A Sustainable Story,” is scheduled for Friday, October 21, at Epic in Verona. The full-day workshop 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]. Online program information and registration

Golden Award – Nominations Due 11/2
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, receiving the most recent Golden Award this past spring. More information and nomination materials can be found at the AIA WI Awards & Recognition webpage.

Special Session – Back to Work Wisconsin
With the distractions of summer recall elections, this fall’s legislative session got off to a slow start. In late September, the Governor called the Wisconsin Legislature into a “Back to Work Wisconsin” special session to act on 26 proposed bills. The legislative proposals address issues related to access to capital, regulatory streamlining, workforce development, tax relief, transportation and infrastructure, and litigation certainty. The Legislature plans to take up these special session bills the last two weeks of October and into the first week of November.

Wisconsin Architects Foundation – Officers Selected
At its meeting last month, the WAF Board of Directors selected the following officers for 2011-12; President – Paula M. Verboomen, AIA, Milwaukee; Vice President – John G. Horky, AIA, Wauwatosa; and Secretary/Treasurer – Thomas R. Raley, AIA, Monona. The WAF Board approved a budget that contains $26,800 in scholarships and grants for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Dedicated to improving the quality of the built environment through research and education, the WAF relies on the generous support and tax-deductible contributions from friends and members like you.

Recycle Architect & Architectural Record – Magazines for Inspiration
The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is collecting "ready to be recycled" issues of Architectural Record and Architect magazines for distribution to middle and high school students. Please no magazines older than 5 years. Drop-off Locations

AIA/DSF Liaison Committee – Fee Guidelines & Change Orders
AIA Wisconsin members on this committee meet regularly with representatives of the Department of Administration, Division of State Facilities, and the American Council of Engineering Companies [ACEC] of Wisconsin to discuss and resolve issues of mutual concern regarding the state building program and related state statutes, administrative rules, policies and procedures and agreements for professional services. For example, task forces of AIA, ACEC and DSF representatives recently were established to develop strategies for resolving two key issues – fee guidelines and change orders. The six AIA Wisconsin members on the AIA/DSF Liaison Committee are appointed by the Executive Committee to staggered three-year terms, with a member from each of the four local chapters plus two at-large members. If you are involved with state projects, familiar with the DSF process and interested in serving on the Liaison Committee, please contact the AIA Wisconsin office for information.

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 includes orientation sessions on the selection of architects for small and large state building projects. AIA Wisconsin members are eligible for discounted registration fee. Information & Registration

Terrace Town 2012 – Mentors Needed
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. An orientation and training session will be held at 4:30–7:30 p.m. on October 18, at Monona Terrace. For further information about being a volunteer mentor, contact Heather Sabin at (608) 261-4015.

Director-At-Large Candidates
The following members have tossed their hat into the ring as a candidate for Director-At-Large on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors: Gregory A. Granlund, AIA, Eau Claire; Paul F. Martzke, AIA, Green Bay; and James G. Otto, AIA, Hubertus. There are three Director-At-Large positions up for election this fall for a two-year term that begins in January. If you are an AIA Architect member, this is a reminder that the Director-At-Large ballots are due by 5:00 p.m. on October 14. 

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 is 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. 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

AIA Wisconsin Design Awards – Enter by 1/18
The Design Awards Committee invites your participation in the 2012 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The deadline for entering your projects is January 18. Entry binders are due by no later than February 15. The 2012 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on May 2 at Monona Terrace in Madison. Details  | View Previous Winners | View Previous Entries

DSF Best Project Awards – New Construction & Renovation
The annual design and construction awards program coordinated by the Division of State Facilities [DSF] has been revised to recognize two exemplary state projects with a “Best Project Award” for new construction and renovation. Nominations for the DSF awards will be due by December 19, with the awards presented at the Building Commission meeting in February 2012. For more details, visit: Details

AIA Renewal and Online Resources . . . A Password Away
As a member of AIA, there are an abundance of online resources including "Members Only Content" and the growing AIA KnowledgeNet professional media site at You must log in as a member to receive the member rate for all purchases, meeting and event registrations, access to AIA KnowledgeNet and to renew your AIA membership. Renew your membership in full and save $40.00. AIA Members can log in using your email address and password. Don't know your password, no problem. Click here to request your password. Enter your e-mail address and then check your e-mail for a message that includes a link to change your password.

AIA/CES Transcript & Continuing Education Requirements – 2012 License 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 Joint Examining Board 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. To review state license renewal requirements, go to: Wisconsin Continuing Education Requirements


Online Learning – aecKnowledge
AIA Wisconsin is proud to announce a new partnership with aecKnowledge—an innovative, online knowledge-sharing platform for AEC professionals. The peer-reviewed continuing education programs feature top thought leaders and subject matter experts—all available 24/7. Many of the AIA/CES approved courses offer valuable HSW/SD learning units. View available courses

AIA MN Convention & Products Expo
AIA Wisconsin members are invited to attend the 77th AIA Minnesota Annual Convention & Product Exposition, “Framing our Future,” held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on November 8-11, 2011. Online program information and registration

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – Forward in 2012
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: 

ARE Lending Library
AIA Wisconsin has established a lending library of Architect Registration Examination (ARE) study materials from Kaplan AEC Education that cover all sections of the ARE exam. The materials are available to Associate AIA members 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
A. James Gersich, AIA, was appointed by the Governor to the Architect Section of the Joint Examining Board. Jeffrey Raasch, AIA, Middleton; Lawrence Schnuck, AIA, Whitefish Bay; and Ursula Twombly, AIA, Wauwatosa; served on the jury for the 2011 AIA Northeast Illinois Design Awards. The Milwaukee Job Corps Center, submitted by Continuum Architects & Planners S.C., Milwaukee, received a Focus on Energy Award of Excellence as part of the eighth annual SE² Leadership Awards program. Other projects, recognized for leadership in sustainability and energy efficiency included: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, WPPI Energy Office and Operations facility, Sun Prairie Creekside Elementary School, Lake Mills Middle School and Renovation, Olga Village and Gateway West Sustainable I. Zachary J. Duesler, AIA, Madison, has elevated to AIA architect membership. Congratulations! Apraham Khatchadourian, AIA, Brookfield, has joined Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc. in Milwaukee as higher education market leader. Tracey Schnick, AIA, Hartland; Joe Silvers, AIA, Wauwatosa; and John Cronin, AIA, Waukesha; have become principals at AG Architecture Inc. AIA Wisconsin recently was notified that long-time members William E. Dye, AIA, Middleton, and Thomas K. Nisbet, AIA, Madison, have passed away. Amy Doyle, Assoc. AIA, Madison, has joined ShopBop as the manager of administrative operations.

Membership Action
Please welcome the following members that have joined in the past month: Susan E. Hirschberg, AIA, Oshkosh (SE); Terry M. Sedlar, Student, Pewaukee (SE); Nathan H. Stark, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); John W. Wolf, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Michelle K. Sletten, Assoc. AIA, Fitchburg (SW); James M. Thomack, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); and Jessica L. Thompson, AIA, Middleton (SW).

The Last Word
“The point of all these projects is to say to people — through the architecture of the building and the construction of the building and the use of the building — that the government is you . . . Architecture can help.” [Justice Stephen G. Beyer, United States Supreme Court]


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