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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: February 2006

Firm Award

The Kubala Washatko Architects in Cedarburg has been selected to receive the 2006 AIA Wisconsin Architecture Firm Award. This is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow on a member-owned firm. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in the advancement of the architectural profession. The Architecture Firm Award will be formally presented during the Awards Luncheon on May 10 at the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo at Monona Terrace. AIA President Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, is the featured luncheon speaker.

Annual Meetings

The Annual Meetings of AIA Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Architects Foundation are scheduled for 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, in conjunction with the 2006 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo in Madison. In addition to updates on WAF programs and local, state and national AIA affairs, there will be reports by AIA150 "champions" on initiatives being planned around Wisconsin. You also may have an opportunity to vote on proposed updates and amendments to AIA Wisconsin bylaws!

WAF Scholarships & Grants

Last month, the Wisconsin Architects Foundation provided $14,320 in scholarships and grants for students attending the School of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. These WAF funds will be used for general tuition scholarships, the Elmer Johnson Memorial Scholarship, the Richard Hunzinger Memorial Scholarship, the AIA Southwest Wisconsin Scholarship and the Milwaukee Chapter CSI Scholarship. In addition, the WAF recently learned that it will be awarded a $2,000 matching grant from the American Architectural Foundation for the "Architecture Summer Camp" run by UWM SARUP for high school students from across the state plus a $4,000 matching grant from the AIA to boost tuition scholarships for four graduate students at UWM SARUP from $1,500 to $2,500 each.

State Building Program

At its meeting in Madison earlier this month, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors received a report on state building program issues and initiatives from Rob Cramer, secretary of the State Building Commission and administrator of the Division of State Facilities. Reviewing the $1 billion building program for the current biennium, he noted that two-thirds is being invested in major new projects and one-third is for repair and maintenance. With two-thirds of state and university facilities over 30 years old, Cramer commented that the state spends only about 50% of what it should on repair and maintenance when compared to industry norms. Cramer also reviewed DSF initiatives to increase accountability for project budgets, schedule and quality, to use technology for improving the state building process and to develop energy standards and sustainability design guidelines to preserve state resources.

State Design & Construction Awards

At the State Building Commission meeting this month, Governor Doyle recognized several architectural firms for their professionalism and hard work in improving the quality of state facilities. Potter Lawson, Inc., Madison, received the "Excellence in Sustainable Design & Construction Award" for its work on U.S. Property and Fiscal Office at Camp Douglas. Uihlein-Wilson Architects, Milwaukee , received the "Excellence in Architectural Design Award" for the Taylor Hall renovation project at UW-Oshkosh. In addition, Berners-Schober Associates, Inc., Green Bay, was recognized as part of the Camp Randall renovation team that received a "Special Recognition Award." Congratulations!


Reserve May 10 & 11 for the 2006 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo at Monona Terrace in Madison . An outstanding program of speakers, seminars, exhibits and special events has been assembled. Keynoters include AIA President Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, author and smart growth advocate Joel Hirschhorn, and award-winning architect Jorge Silvetti, Assoc. AIA, of Machado and Silvetti Associates. Seminar speakers include Jonathan Segal, FAIA; Grant Simpson and James Atkins, FAIA; Robert Fishman; Brigitte Shim, Int'l Assoc. AIA; Bert Gregory, AIA; David Baker, FAIA; Brian Johnsen, AIA, and Sebastian Schmaling, AIA; Harry van Burik, Int'l Assoc. AIA; and Eric Truelove, Assoc. AIA

WHEDA – Fee Limits

As part of the process for allocating low income housing tax credits, the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) application limits architectural fees (including design and supervision services) to $3,000 per unit for new construction and $3,500 per unit for rehabilitation. AIA Wisconsin is interested in determining whether members are finding these arbitrary dollar limits problematic for particular types of projects (e.g. rehabilitation projects involving major façade work, underground parking, commercial/retail mix, etc.). Depending on your feedback and suggestions, AIA Wisconsin may ask WHEDA to consider changes as it reviews and updates its Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP).

AIA Photo Competition

AIA St. Louis is coordinating the 2006 AIA Photography Competition. The top 15 entries will be exhibited at the 2006 AIA National Convention in Los Angeles. Images for the 2008 Engagement Calendar (approximately 52 images) will be selected from all submitted entries and will include the 15 award winners. Entries must be postmarked by March 15 . For further details, please go to: .

Credit for Artwork

Do you ever wonder why the architect and artist often are not given credit when a drawing of a building is published in the local newspaper? It could be because nobody has brought the issue up with the editor. Michael Kadow, AIA, Green Bay, contacted the Green Bay Press-Gazette about its policy of not giving credit where credit is due, mentioning that journalists should be sensitive about the use of copyrighted material. He was successful in getting the newspaper to review and revise its policy. The news editor replied: "I had a short conversation with our managing editor . . . and neither of us could think of a reason not to change our policy. In the future, we will give credit for the works that appear in the paper." Sometimes, it pays to ask.

People & Places

Karen Plunkett Muenster, AIA, River Hills, received an "AIA Certificate of Appreciation" from 2005 AIA President Douglas Steidl, FAIA, in recognition of her contributions to the profession as Chair of the AIA International Committee. James F. Olson, AIA, Wauwatosa, and Paula M. Verboomen, AIA, Milwaukee, were recognized by The Business Journal in its annual "Forty under 40" publication that highlights up-and-comers in the Milwaukee business community. Paul C. Hansen, AIA, has joined Flad & Associates, Madison. Anne E. Biebel, Assoc. AIA, has joined Cornerstone Preservation LLC, Cross Plains. Michael A. Ciofani, AIA, has joined The Kubala Washatko Architects Inc., Cedarburg. Michael G. Kickbush, AIA, Washington Island, and Daniel J. Sisel, AIA, Milwaukee, have upgraded to AIA membership. Congratulations!

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between January 16 and February 15, 2006: Mark C. Bastian, AIA, Madison (SW); Rad Deering, Student, Sun Prairie (SW); Ed Devinger, Professional Affiliate, Brookfield (SE); Hollie A. Bollman, Student, Muskegeo (SE); Julie Gruebel, Assoc. AIA, Mukwonago (SE); James R. Moravec, AIA, Middleton (SW); Sarah R. Peterson, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Chris P. Rute, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Jeannie Schaefer, Student, Verona (SW); Thomas A. Schulz, Student, Columbus (SW); Mark Six, Professional Affiliate, Butler (SE) and Michael P. Trego, Jr., AIA, Watertown (SE).

The Last Word

"Well, it's about time!" [Frank Lloyd Wright in accepting the AIA Gold Medal on March 17, 1949 , in Houston.]

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