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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: February 2005

AIA Grassroots

State and local AIA leaders from Wisconsin and across the country converged last week on Capitol Hill in DC for AIA Government Advocacy Day. AIA Wisconsin leaders visited the offices of Wisconsin 's congressional delegation with information on the AIA's "Issue Agenda for the 109 th Congress." The meetings focused primarily on AIA-supported legislation to update the current rehabilitation tax credits for historic buildings and to promote renewable energy by establishing a photovoltaic energy commercialization program through the General Services Administration. (2/18/2005)


Reserve May 4 & 5 for the 2005 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, Paradigm | A Framework of Thought, at Monona Terrace in Madison. An outstanding program of keynote presentations, seminar sessions, product and service displays and other special events has been assembled. Cameron Sinclair, the founder of Architecture for Humanity, and John Eberhard, FAIA, executive director of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, will present the featured keynote sessions. Professional development seminars will focus on emerging design, practice, technology and environmental issues. Watch your inbox and mailbox for Convention program details and registration materials. (2/18/2005)

Annual Meetings

The Annual Meetings of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin are scheduled for 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at Monona Terrace in Madison. These meetings will kick off the 2005 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo program. (2/18/2005)

Consultants, Contractors & Manufacturers Directory

Teaming and working collaboratively with outside sources of expertise helps architects provide their clients with successful projects. Now available online, this Directory was developed to aid architecture firms, clients and the public. (2/18/2005)

AIA Convention

The national AIA Convention, The Power of Architecture: Imagine, Create, Transform , is scheduled for May 19-21 in Las Vegas. For more information, contact AIA Information Central at (800) 242-3837. If you are planning to attend and would like to be an official delegate, please contact AIA Wisconsin. (2/18/2005)

2005 Legislative Agenda

The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors has approved a Legislative Agenda that outlines positions on various issues that may be addressed during the current legislative session. Issues include proposals to expand the sales tax to help balance the state budget (oppose), adequate funding for the state building program and preservation of the State Capitol (support), architect involvement in state building code development (support), sales tax exemption for materials used in construction of public projects (support), pre-construction lien law (support), continuing education for license renewal (support) and more. Wisconsin Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, presented an overview of key legislative issues for the Board of Directors at its meeting on January 28 in Madison. (2/7/2005)

State Awards

At the most recent Building Commission meeting, Governor Doyle presented the state's 2004 Design & Construction Awards to recognize excellence in design and construction in the state building program. KEE Architecture, Madison, was recognized for excellence in architectural design for its work on the Pioneer Student and Technology Center at UW-Platteville. Berners-Schober Associates, Green Bay , was recognized for excellence in sustainable design and construction (a new state award this year) for its work on the Northeast Region Headquarters for the DNR. Congratulations! (2/7/2005)

Lego Landmarks

With the assistance of AIA Southeast Wisconsin members, MPS students in the Arts at Large program will be creating Lego models of Milwaukee County landmarks. This project is part of a new Milwaukee County Historical Society initiative funded by a Save Our History Grant from the History Channel. (2/7/2005)

State Building Code Update

The January 1, 2005, WCCR code revisions are available as supplement pages to the Enrolled Code. (2/7/2005)

Chapter IDP Coordinators

State IDP Coordinator Russ LaFrombois, AIA, Whitefish Bay , is looking for members to volunteer as Chapter IDP Coordinators. The Intern Development Program (IDP) is required for licensure. IDP Coordinators help architects and interns better understand the requirements and assist in connecting interns with mentors/advisors. It is an important and valuable investment in the future of the profession. For more information about this opportunity, please contact LaFrombois at (414) 727-1141. (2/7/2005)

QBS Wisconsin

Started in 1986, the Wisconsin Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) program is a joint effort of AIA Wisconsin and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin. QBS Wisconsin assists public owners establish a structured and objective process for selecting architects and consultant engineers. A step-by-step guide for implementing a QBS process is available online or contact the AIA Wisconsin office at 1-800-ARCHITECT. (2/7/2005)


AIA Wisconsin has renewed its agreement with Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq. and LegaLine. This unique service allows members a one-time opportunity to talk with an attorney for "free"about issues related to contracts, intellectual property law and other practice issues. Contact the AIA Wisconsin office for information on how you can tap into this membership service. (2/7/2005)

Certificate in Sustainable Design

The Continuing Education Division of the Boston Architectural Center's College of Architecture is offering a Certificate in Sustainable Design fully online. The program includes 6 mini-courses led by experienced consultants and design professionals and developed in partnership with BuildingGreen Inc. Subjects covered include: site design, energy and air quality, materials, LEED criteria and more. (2/7/2005)

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