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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: February 2009

Member Resources

AIA has gathered resources to assist members in these turbulent economic times. Navigating the Economy has practical tools and tips for personal and professional survival. Closer to home, Navigating Wisconsin's Economy on the AIA Wisconsin website has links, networking opportunities and resources specific to the state.

Wisconsin Architects Visit Capitol Hill

Earlier this month, AIA leaders from across the state visited the offices of Wisconsin's congressional delegation as part of Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. State and local AIA leaders outlined the AIA's recommendations to rebuild and renew the economy, expand energy tax credits for commercial buildings, promote healthy communities through federal transportation funding and make health care more affordable.

AIA Grassroots delegates from Wisconsin included: Josh Johnson, AIA, Middleton; Jim Otto, AIA, Hubertus; Lee Connellee, AIA, Appleton; Thomas Hirsch, AIA, Madison, Kurt Zimmerman, AIA, Hartland; Karen Plunkett Muenster, AIA, River Hills; Ron Mastalski, AIA, Waterloo; Rob Wheat, AIA, Monroe; Chris LaShorne, AIA, La Crosse, Mark Piquette, AIA, Wausau, Lisa Davenport; Assoc. AIA, Madison; and Kevin Connolly, AIA, Wauwatosa. The accompany photo shows AIA Wisconsin leaders meeting with U.S. Senator Russ Feingold.


Sales Tax & CANT

In anticipation of legislative proposals to expand the sales tax to architectural and other services in an attempt to help balance the next state biennial budget, AIA Wisconsin has been collaborating with the State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Wisconsin Newspaper Association, National Federation of Independent Business and other organizations to resurrect the Coalition Against New Taxes (CANT). The goal of the diverse coalition is to educate the public and policy makers on the devastating economic impact of any proposal that would expand the sales tax to professional and business services. Please stay in contact with your state legislators about this taxing issue.

Lighting Plans Review

Over the years, the Safety and Buildings Division of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce has been flexible about requesting submittal and approval of lighting design plans and calculations. Beginning March 2, 2009, submittal of general lighting plans and emergency lighting plans will be required for plan reviews for new buildings, additions to buildings and initial tenant build-outs. Go to Safety and Buildings website for current code requirements and submittal information.

State Building Code

The Commercial Building Code Council and Multifamily Dwelling Code Council held a joint meeting this month to begin the process for updating the state building code to reflect the latest International Building Code and related ICC codes. AIA Wisconsin representatives on these advisory councils are Joe Jurkiewicz, AIA, Grafton, for the commercial building code and Jim Klett, AIA, Whitefish Bay , for the multifamily dwelling code.

Building Enclosure Programs

In the upcoming weeks, AIA Wisconsin members and allied professionals have several excellent opportunities to learn more about building enclosure issues and earn some sustainable design (SD) hours for AIA/CES requirements. On March 2, the Building Enclosure Council (BEC) of Wisconsin is hosting two seminars in Waukesha by Joseph Lstiburek, with Building Science Corporation, on building enclosure and mechanical system construction and performance. On March 17, AIA Milwaukee is offering a full-day workshop at the Italian Community Center on sustainable and energy efficient envelope design and construction. On April 2, in New Berlin, the International Masonry Institute (IMI) is offering a two-part program that includes a seminar exploring new masonry wall technologies plus hands-on demonstrations of masonry systems. The IMI is donating the proceeds to the Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF). Please check the AIA Wisconsin online calendar of events for details about registering for these programs.

Architecture . . . Not Just for Grownups

Have you ever been asked to speak to a school group about architecture? Are you looking for opportunities to contribute to your community? The Architects in Schools Committee will be hosting an interactive Saturday morning session in Madison to help you create your own outreach program. Arlan Kay, AIA, Oregon, has taught children as young as in kindergarten about architecture. The children learn about architecture, engineering and the art of it all while having a wonderful time. Josh Johnson, AIA, Middleton, conducts a program based on the history of architecture. Both of these Architects in Schools volunteers have enthusiastically agreed to teach you and your children. Bring the family and have a wonderful time.

Also remember, if you can teach five-year olds, you are prepared for any corporate board presentation! Interns are encouraged to volunteer in schools as part of your required community service hours. When: March 28, 9:00 am -11:30 am, Where: 222 W. Washington Ave., Madison, RSVP: AIA Wisconsin or 608-257-8477.


WAF Scholarships

For the 2008-09 fiscal year, the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF) has approved a budget that includes $46,200 for scholarships and grants. These scholarships are made possible by the contributions received from architects and allied design and construction industry professionals. WAF scholarships and grants help support architecture students at UWM SARUP, student chapters around the state, ARE preparatory programs, a new "Design Your School" program for high school students and a special scholarship program for Wisconsin students pursuing accredited architectural degrees at schools outside the state. This year, the WAF is pleased to offer up to five $1,000 out-of-state-study scholarships for Wisconsin students. The deadline for applying for this WAF scholarship is May 15.

AIA & WAF Scholarship Program

First established in 2006, the AIA & WAF Scholarship Program combines national and state resources to increase scholarships for architecture students. For 2008, $6,000 from the Wisconsin Architects Foundation was combined with a $4,000 national AIA component matching grant to provide four $2,500 tuition scholarships to Master of Architecture students at the UWM School of Architecture & Urban Planning. These AIA & WAF scholarships were awarded to Alison Carlucci, Emily Kleiber, Nathaniel Lambrecht and Shelly Sang at a special awards program last month at UWM. Congratulations to these UWM graduate students . . . and thank you for your support of the WAF!

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo

Reserve May 20 & 21 for the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Convention, Equilibrium, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The Convention Committee, chaired by Don Smith, AIA, Hales Corners, 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 Ron Radziner, FAIA, James Polshek, FAIA, and Jeanne Gang, AIA. Seminar presenters include Randy Brown, FAIA, Michael Hricak, FAIA, John Martine, AIA, Ted Landsmark, Assoc. AIA, and Victoria Beach, AIA. Watch your inbox and mailbox for further details.

AIA Wisconsin Convention Hotels

If you are planning to stay at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace or the Concourse Hotel during the AIA Wisconsin Convention, you need to make your reservation by April 19 (Hilton) or April 21 (Concourse) to benefit from a reduced Convention room rate of $151 (Hilton) or $154 (Concourse) per night (excluding taxes). Call the Hilton at (608) 255-5100 | (866) 403-8838 or Concourse at (608) 257-6000 | (800) 356-8293 to make your reservation.

Citizen Architects

The national AIA has asked for our help in identifying AIA Wisconsin members who also are elected or appointed members of state and local government boards or commissions. The idea is to use this information to develop 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 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 elected office, please let us know the name of your position and when your term expires.

State Government Network

The AIA State Government Network met in Washington, DC, earlier this month. AIA Wisconsin President Josh Johnson, AIA, joined this is a group of architects, component executives and lobbyists who represent and report on the legislative opportunities and challenges facing the architecture profession in each state. The current economic crisis clearly demonstrated the importance of this committee's work. AIA Wisconsin and ACEC of Wisconsin continue to work collaboratively to promote the Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) process. Ideas were shared concerning tax credits to encourage energy efficiency for commercial projects.

Walk the Walk

Green design should be a reality for everyone in every region and every industry. Buildings and their construction account for nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumed in the U.S. each year. The American Institute of Architects is committed to the goal of reaching at least a 60 percent carbon emission reduction by 2010 and carbon neutral buildings by 2030. We can achieve that goal through the support of our architect members, who stand ready to provide invaluable counsel on reclaiming brownfields, renewing urban areas, and reshaping the current landscape toward a more renewable future. Resources are available to continue your education as well as inform your clients.

AIA Convention Delegates

If you're going to San Francisco for the AIA Convention on April 30–May 2, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local Chapter.

AIA Photo Competition

AIA St. Louis is coordinating the 2009 AIA Photography Competition. The top 15 entries will be exhibited at the 2009 AIA National Convention in San Francisco. Images for the 2010 Architectural Engagement Calendar will be selected from all submitted entries and will include the 15 award winners. Entries are due by March 2.

ARE Lending Library – ARE 4.0 Available

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 ARE lending library consists of ARE 3.1 and 4.0 divisions. 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.


AIA Wisconsin has an agreement with Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq., and LegaLine. This unique service offered through the AIA Trust 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. One AIA Wisconsin member who recently took advantage of the LegaLine service reported that he "found it to be a tremendous help!" Contact the AIA Wisconsin office for more information.

Membership Renewals Due

Just a friendly reminder that your AIA membership renewal was due by January 15. If you haven't taken care of this already, you can access your membership renewal invoice through your Personal URL online [[add your 8-digit AIA member ID number], print your invoice, renew online by logging in at, or mail it with a check. The log-in to access your renewal invoice is your e-mail address. Passwords are generally your last name (capitalized appropriately).

People & Places

Douglas J. Blakeslee, AIA, Reedsburg, has joined Friede & Associates. Jeff D. Eckstein, AIA, Mequon, has joined Mortenson Construction. Paul F. Martzke, AIA, Green Bay, has joined Immel Construction. Heather A. Wogsland, AIA, Cedarburg, has joined Kindness Architecture + Planning. GRAEF is the new business name of Graef-USA Inc./Graef Anhalt Schloemer & Associates, Inc. Miller Wagner Coenen McMahon, Inc., is now McMahon Group.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin since January 21, 2009: Michael Flynn, AIA, DePere (NE); Erich C. Kulibert, Assoc. AIA, Green Bay (NE); Jonathan P. LaChance, Professional Affiliate, Madison; Amber Ponce', Professional Affiliate, Spring Lake (SE) and Derrick Van Mell, Professional Affiliate, Madison (SW).

Mosaic Project Gallery

Mosaic is a new feature of AIA Wisconsin Architect e-News. Additional projects will be introduced each issue.

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The Last Word

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