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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: April 2008

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo

Reserve the dates and plan to attend the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, TRANSFORMATION , on April 30 & May 1 at Monona Terrace in Madison . Barry Swedeen, AIA , Madison, and his Convention Committee have assembled another outstanding program of speakers, seminars and special events. This year's two-day state conference will explore the challenges and opportunities that are transforming the profession and the practice of architecture.

Annual Meetings

The Annual Meetings of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin are scheduled for 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30, in the Ballroom. In addition to the always exciting reports and updates on upcoming programs and initiatives by WAF and AIA leaders, the agenda includes a special presentation by Robert Greenstreet, RIBA, Int'l Assoc. AIA . Dean of the School of Architecture & Urban Planning at UW-Milwaukee and the director of planning and design for the City of Milwaukee , Greenstreet's talk will illustrate how a renewed focus on architecture and urban planning principles is transforming the city.

Awards Luncheon

This year's Awards Luncheon on April 30 features the presentation of the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award to Joseph H. Flad, FAIA, (1922-2004). In addition, AIA Wisconsin will be conferring an Honorary Affiliate Membership upon Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Whitney Gould. And that's not all, as the luncheon program also includes a special presentation by award-winning New York photographer John Margolies.

Building Products Expo

This year's Expo will be packed with displays featuring the latest products and services available to Wisconsin 's design and construction industry. It features an excellent mix of exhibitors with information you can put to good use on all of your projects. The Building Products Expo is free and will be open 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, and 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 1.

Keynote Addresses

The 2008 AIA Wisconsin Convention features two outstanding keynote speakers. On April 30, award-winning architect Jane Hanson Weinzapfel, FAIA , of Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects in Boston , will present The Boldt Company Keynote Address. Plus, on May 1, renowned Southern California architect Eric Owen Moss, FAIA , of Eric Owen Moss Architects, will present the MasterGraphics Keynote Address.

Design Seminars

This year's track of "design" seminars features presentations by an attractive mix of speakers that will illustrate the transformational power of architecture. Reed Kroloff, Assoc. AIA , the director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Museum and formerly the Dean of the School of Architecture at Tulane University , will address the rebuilding of New Orleans after Katrina. Kendall Wilson, AIA, founding principal of Envision, will discuss sustainable design from an interiors perspective. Award-winning architect and University of Arkansas professor Marlon Blackwell, AIA , will explore the interplay between detail, form and place. Continuing the tradition of featuring a Wisconsin firm, Bill Bula, AIA , and David Black, AIA , will discuss the transformation of ideas at Flad Architects.

Practice Seminars

Convention "practice" seminars feature presentations by experts on emerging nuts-and-bolts issues shaping the practice of architecture. Ava Abramowitz, Hon. AIA , an attorney and author, will share the secrets of successful negotiation and collaboration. Architect and author Scott Simpson, FAIA, managing director of KlingStubbins in Cambridge , will identify the links between the big changes transforming the profession – BIM, green design and integrated project delivery. Returning for another encore performance, our favorite Texans Grant Simpson, FAIA, and James Atkins, FAIA, will compare and contrast the past and the future of construction document and construction administration delivery methods.

Sustainability Seminars

The "environmental" or "sustainability" seminar presentations will offer the scientific foundation and practical solutions that architects can put to good use. Jonathan Foley, founder and director of the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment at UW-Madison, will outline the challenges and opportunities for a sustainable future. Engineers Dale Holland, Randy Olson and Jay Rohkohl, with Dunham in Minneapolis , will expose the difference between "chasing points" and truly meeting the objectives of a project and the LEED rating system . Not for the faint of heart, the "A/E Smackdown" session features a panel of extreme practitioners that will challenge the new paradigms of sustainability, climate change and integrated design.

Spotlight Seminars

In addition, exhibitors will be sponsoring free "spotlight" seminars in conjunction with the Building Products Expo. The sessions include presentations on owners and risk management by Holmes Murphy & Associates, adhesives and indoor air quality by Amerhart, the benefits of BIM by IMAGINiT Technologies, and technology integration by AVI Midwest. These 90-minute seminars are schedule immediately prior to the opening of the Expo on April 30 and right after the Expo closes on May 1.

Special Events

Numerous special events have been designed with you in mind. On April 30, you'll want to participate in the Construction Industry Reception in the Expo, "Art by Architects" Silent Auction and Book Sale in support of the Wisconsin Architect s Foundation, and "Emerging Professionals Workshop" by Harry Falconer, AIA, director of the Intern Development Program (IDP) at NCARB. Plus, plan to join the celebration of "Architecture Night!" at 6:00 p.m. in the Expo and followed the presentation of the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards at 7:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall. On May 1, get your day off to a great start at the WCMA Excellence in Masonry Awards Breakfast, renew your energy with a "walking lunch" as you tour the displays in the Expo, participate in the "Future Fellows of Wisconsin" workshop with Craig Rafferty, FAIA, to demystify the Fellowship nomination process, and wrap up your day with a tour of the transformation taking place at Hilldale Shopping Center.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

The 2008 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo is made possible by your participation and the support received by the companies and organizations that exhibit in the Building Products Expo and sponsor keynote speakers, seminar presentations and special events. Platinum Sponsors this year include: The Boldt Company, MasterGraphics, Inc., and Wisconsin Concrete Masonry Association. Gold Sponsors include: Arnold & O'Sheridan, Inc., Dunham, Energy Center of Wisconsin, J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc., Heartland Brick Council, IIDA Wisconsin Chapter, JSD Professional Services, Inc., Ken Saiki Design Inc., The Selmer Company, Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and Wisconsin Architects Foundation. Spotlight Sponsors include: Amerhart, Ltd., AVI Midwest, Holmes Murphy & Associates and IMAGINiT Technologies.

Sustainability | Energy Efficiency Leadership Award

May 23 is the application deadline for the 2008 Wisconsin Sustainability | Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Award program. Entry materials are due by 7/18/08 . AIA Wisconsin is partnering with other organizations to support this award that recognizes leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operation of Wisconsin commercial and related systems. For more information and to download an application, visit the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance website.

Building Enclosure Council

At its meeting earlier this month, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors established a Building Enclosure Council (BEC) committee. The Wisconsin BEC will be chaired by Joseph Schultz, AIA, Milwaukee . Started by an agreement between the AIA and the National Institute of Building Sciences in 2004, the purpose of local BECs is to promote and encourage discussion, training and education on all matters concerning building enclosures.

AIA Documents on Demand

AIA provides 24-hour access to ten of the most popular AIA Contract Documents, including the A101, A201 and several G-series documents. Customers are asked to provide limited project-specific information. AIA Wisconsin is a full-service distributor of AIA Contact Documents.

People & Places

Heinz Berner, AIA , Milwaukee has approved for Emeritus membership in The American Institute of Architects. Congratulations! David "Koz" Koscielniak, AIA , Greenfield , has joined Cord Construction Company in Rockford , Illinois . Michael P. Eberle, AIA , Middleton, and Matthew R. Aro, AIA , Monona, have opened a new firm Aro Eberle Architects, Inc., in Madison . They can be reached at (608) 220-2382.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin since March 18: Dalia P. Arce, Student, Green Bay (NE); Melissa M. Burkhardt, Assoc. AIA, Portage (SW); Ron J. Domke, Student, Oconto Falls (NE); Kelly C. Enders, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Michael Goulder, Student, Pulaski (NE); James D. Henning, Student, Ixonia (SE); Scott A. Kraehnke, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Michael L. Maas, AIA, Endeavor (SW); Paul D. McGuire, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Jeremiah D. Merchak, Student, Green Bay (NE); Chris Miracle, Professional Affiliate, Colgate (SE); Patrick R. Morrah, AIA, LaCrosse (NW); Meredith L. Rasche, AIA, Middleton (SW); Karl Roth, Assoc. AIA, Middleton (SW); Jason Schultz, Professional Affiliate, Edgerton (SW); Ryan R. Schulze, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Randolph Seiss, Assoc. AIA, Middleton (SW); David C. Soka, AIA, Madison (SW); Shannon Thomas, Student, Stevens Point (SE) and Karen L. Wreford, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE).

The Last Word

"Faced with what seems like an impossible task, a group of folks will do well to remember the African proverb: When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion." [Johnnetta B. Cole]

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