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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: March 2006


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. "This year's program of speakers and seminars will explore the unique community of architectural practice as well as how architects interact and collaborate with others to shape livable and sustainable communities," according to Convention Chair David Ewanowski, AIA, Madison.

AIA Wisconsin Convention Hotel

If you are planning to stay at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace during the AIA Wisconsin Convention, reservations need to be finalized by April 9 to benefit from a reduced Convention room rate of $138 per night (excluding taxes). Please call the Hilton at 1-866-403-8838 or (608) 255-5100 to make your reservation.

Sustainability | Energy Efficiency Award

The Call for Entries for the 2006 Wisconsin Sustainability | Energy Efficiency (SE ² ) Leadership Award program is now available. AIA Wisconsin is partnering with other like-minded organizations to coordinate this award that recognizes leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operation of Wisconsin commercial and larger multifamily buildings and related systems. The deadline for applications is 7/7/06 , with entry materials due by 8/18/06.

Practice & Title Protection

Wisconsin Statutes prohibit a person who is not licensed as an architect from not only practicing or offering to practice architecture, but also from using any title or description tending to convey the impression to the public that they are an architect. Section 443.02(3) states that: "No person may . . . use in connection with the person's name or otherwise assume, use or advertise any title or description tending to convey the impression that he or she is an architect . . . unless the person has been duly registered . . . "

A Bit of History

According to the minutes of the AIA Board meeting on September 16, 1891, the Wisconsin Chapter of The American Institute of Architects was first established in that year. However, there apparently were problems within the Chapter. The Wisconsin Chapter's report in the 1894 AIA convention proceedings reads as follows:

"Number of members, four, but an effort is now on foot to increase its membership. New rooms have been procured and are being furnished and an effort is now in process to increase its membership and especially to attract the younger men. With this new life it is hoped that the petty jealousies and want of harmony lately existing will disappear and next year we are promised a good report from Wisconsin ."

However, according to AIA archivist Nancy Hadley, there is no report from Wisconsin for 1895 or the following years . . . until 1911. At that time, the report on the AIA convention proceedings notes that Wisconsin was one of "two new chapters" organized that year. As a result, the founding date of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects consistently has been listed as 1911.

Pettigrew ARE Scholarship

Thanks to the generous gifts of members, friends and the AIA Board, the National Associates Committee (NAC) has announced the new Pettigrew ARE Scholarship . Scholarship recipients will receive a full set of Kaplan ARE Study Guides and $1,071 (current cost of the ARE). The application deadline is April 14.

AIAS Forum

The UW-Milwaukee Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) has been selected to host "Forum 2007" in Milwaukee on December 28, 2007, through January 1, 2008. The four-day conference educates students about the current state of architecture, inspires ideas for the future and provides real-world knowledge that will better prepare students for tomorrow's most pressing needs. The theme for 2007 is "Architecture in Motion."

Grassroots Connections

Many years ago, a legislative "minuteperson" program was established to connect architects with their state legislators. It was designed as a "grassroots" approach for educating elected officials about the issues of interest and concern to the state's architecture profession. In checking our membership records, there are AIA Wisconsin members living in all 33 State Senate districts and all but three of the 99 State Assembly districts. This represents a potential for developing positive legislative grassroots connections across Wisconsin. To strengthen relationships, why not invite your State Senator and State Representative to visit your office or to participate in an upcoming ground breaking or building opening event?

AIA/CES Transcript

March is a good time to check your AIA/CES transcript and make sure it's up to date. Are all of your continuing education hours listed? Have you filled out a Self-Report Form for self-directed study or for attending programs offered by providers not registered with AIA? Don't forget: you can file Self-Report Forms for 2005 activities until September 30.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between February 16 and March 15, 2006: Rebecca P. Afshar, Assoc. AIA, DePere (NE); Heather A. Bierhals, Student, Pulaski (NE); Heather N. Cook-Elliott, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Tom Felton, Assoc. AIA, Holmen (NW); Jenalyn L. Groeschel, Assoc. AIA, New Berlin (SE); Zulqarnayen Helal, AIA, CANADA (NW); Cassandra Jasinski, Student, Mauston (NW) David M. Raschka, Student, West Allis (SE); Maria M. Rivera-Grau, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Ryan J. Thacker, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Deborah A. Van Ess, Student, Green Bay (NE); Kyle Wilke, Student, Sturgeon Bay (NE) and Scott D. Zube, AIA, West Allis (SE).

AIA 150 Wisconsin

The AIA 150 "Blueprint for America " is an opportunity to celebrate the AIA's 150 th anniversary and for AIA members to collaborate with fellow citizens, local officials and other professionals to create a shared vision for improving the livability of their communities. For more information on AIA 150 and the Blueprint for America initiative, please visit: . AIA Southwest Wisconsin AIA150 "Champion" Kelly Thompson-Frater, AIA, Madison, is working with members and city officials on a design charette to build consensus on a vision for revitalizing the Allied Drive neighborhood. For an update on this initiative, please go to: . AIA Southeast Wisconsin AIA150 "Champion" John Holz, AIA, Whitefish Bay , is working with members, UWM SARUP and allied professionals on an affordable housing initiative for Merrill Park in Milwaukee, as well as for neighborhoods in Racine and Waukesha. Please contact AIA Wisconsin to learn how you can participate in an AIA150 initiative in your local Chapter.

High School Design Competition

For over 20 years, AIA Southwest Wisconsin has sponsored a design competition for high school students in the Madison area. The purpose of the annual program is to stimulate an interest in the profession of architecture as a career, acquaint students with the role of architecture in society and foster creative thinking. This year's competition involves the design of an early childhood learning center. Each year, the Chapter depends on volunteers to serve as architectural advisors and members of the jury. For information on this year's design competition program and how you can volunteer to help, please visit: . The goal is to have the advisors and jurors lined up by March 17. If you have questions, contact Javier Garay at (608) 232-1295.

Student Housing & Sprinklers

The Wisconsin Department of Commerce, Safety & Buildings Division, has adopted an emergency rule related to fire suppression systems for student housing, effective March 3 , 2006. For more information, contact Jim Quast at (608) 266-9292.

Air Play

Cameron Sinclair, with Architecture for Humanity, visited with Wisconsin Public Radio prior to delivering a featured keynote address at the 2005 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo. The resulting program discusses the rebuilding going on in New Orleans, Sri Lanka, Kashmir, and other places devastated by natural disasters. In this hour-long To the Best of Our Knowledge program, Sinclair along with other green architects and designers talk about building for the future.

AIA Convention Delegates

If you're going to Los Angeles for the AIA Convention on June 8-10, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local Chapter.


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 benefit.

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 consulting engineers. A step-by-step guide for implementing a QBS process is available online at or contact the AIA Wisconsin office at 1-800-ARCHITECT.

AIA Career Center

If you are a member looking to advance your career or a firm trying to find qualified employees, the AIA Career Center is a valuable resource for discovering job opportunities and tapping into a database of candidates.

On the Move?

It's hard to keep track of 1,500 members sometimes; particularly when members seem to be constantly on the move. If you are moving or changing employment, we want to make sure that you don't miss information on AIA programs and events during your transition. Visit our Web site and fill out a contact form at with your updated contact information. Thank you!


The Wisconsin Society of Architects/Political Action Committee (WSA/PAC), established in 1978, is an independent, voluntary and bipartisan group of individual architects and allied professionals interested in improving government by encouraging the active participation and involvement of architects in the political process. With your support, the WSA/PAC helps elect candidates for state office who share the goals of the architectural profession. WSA/PAC funds cannot be used for lobbying or other government affairs activities. Please support the future of your profession by sending a personal non-deductible contribution to: WSA/PAC, 321 S. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703-4000. Thank you for your support!

People & Places

Dawn M. Baudhuin, AIA, Green Bay, has upgraded to AIA. Congratulations! Brian Hatzung, AIA, Milwaukee, has become LEED accredited. Todd Ovard, AIA, Cedarburg, and Jeff Tredo, Assoc. AIA, Fox Point, have joined Groth Design Group, Inc. Paul Cuta, AIA, Middleton, has been named a principal of Engberg Anderson Design Partnership, Inc. Peter Rott, AIA, Madison, has been named a principal at Isthmus Architecture, Inc. Dave Noelck, AIA, Sussex, has been promoted to vice president at HGA. Paul Raisleger, AIA, Middleton, has joined Dorschner|Associates, Inc. Gary A. Gust, AIA, Menomonie, and Sean J. Bujold, AIA, Menomonie, have formed a new firm called Building with Architects; phone: (715) 233-0227. Todd Barnett, AIA, Madison, was an invited speaker and studio critic at the "La Cultural Semana" at the Univerisity of Guanajuato School of Design in Guanajuato, Mexico . Scott A. Ramlow, AIA, Pewaukee, will be speaking on March 9 at the Communications Symposium sponsored by AIC-WI. Ernest G Lindgren, AIA, Waupaca, passed away in 2005; he was a member since 1965.

The Last Word

"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." ["Parkinson's Law" by C. Northcote Parkinson (1909 – 1993)]

"In art and architecture, as in business, imagination trumps repetition every time." [Whitney Gould, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , March 20, 2006 ]

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