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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: April 2010

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, other upcoming AIA/CES programs, legislative update and more.

Program & Event Update

Here are a few upcoming AIA/CES programs. Click on program title for additional details.

April 20 | Fitchburg
AIA SW WI Lunch Meeting | Interpreting the Language of Space

April 21 | Milwaukee & Madison
AIA MKE ARE Study Session | Building Design & Construction Systems
AIA SW WI Webcast | ARE Study Session | Building Design & Construction Systems

April 21 & 22 | Green Bay & Sheboygan
AIA NE WI Eat & Earn | Sustainable Design Using Precast (LEED)

April 22 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Opening Doors | Urban Ecology Center

April 27 | Madison
Wright Lecture Series | Generation Mobile: The Death of Distance - Jennifer Siegal, Assoc. AIA

April 28 & 29 | Madison
AIA WI Convention & Building Products Expo

May 4 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Building Science Series | Zinc Wall Panels, Roof Panels & Fabrications

May 11 | Madison
AIA SW Emerging Professionals | Building Tour | Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life

May 13 | Madison
AIA SW WI Emerging Professionals | Potatoes & Protégés | Inaugural Speed Mentoring Event

May 19 | Milwaukee & Madison
ARE Study Session | Construction Documents & Services AIA SW WI Webcast | ARE Study Session: Construction Documents & Services

June 1 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Building Science Series | Fighting the Super Bugs

June 8 | Madison
AIA SW WI Emerging Professionals | Building Tour | Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

June 15 | Milwaukee
5th Annual AIA MKE Blood Drive | Architects Roll Up Their Sleeves



Plan to attend the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, Catalyst, on April 28 & 29 at Monona Terrace in Madison. This year's two-day state conference will serve as a catalyst for you to strengthen and enhance your professional skills, rekindle your network of contacts, get inspired and recharge your staff. During these turbulent economic times, we are proud to balance this excellent opportunity with extremely attractive registration fees for design and construction professionals. The outstanding program of speakers, seminars and special events only happens once a year. Register by April 16 for early-bird discount.

Keynote Addresses

The 2010 AIA Wisconsin Convention features three outstanding keynote speakers. On April 28, award-winning architect Joshua Prince-Ramus, president of REX in New York, will present The Boldt Company Keynote Address. This year's Design Awards celebration also includes a special keynote address by Julie Snow, FAIA, of Julie Snow Architects, Minneapolis. Plus, award-winning Seattle architect David Miller, FAIA, Miller|Hull Partnership, will present the CalStar Products Keynote Address on April 29.

Design Seminars

Jennifer Siegal, Assoc. AIA, founder of Office of Mobile Design (OMD), will explore combining industrial construction with minimal site impact to create more sustainable and surprisingly rich architectural projects. Eileen Jones, with Perkins + Will, will highlight several case studies where a branded environment approach solved myriad issues, from retaining employees to increasing brand recognition. Andrew Metter, FAIA, senior vice president and design studio director with Epstein, will explore projects and concepts illustrating the inherent connection between architecture and infrastructural urban networks. Ann Beha, FAIA, founder and president of Ann Beha Architects, will examine projects that effectively incorporate historic and contemporary design.

Practice Seminars

Convention "practice" seminars feature presentations by experts on emerging nuts-and-bolts issues shaping the practice of architecture. Matthys Levy, chairman emeritus of the international engineering firm Weidlinger Associates, will outline opportunities to collaborate with design team members to achieve superior buildings and evaluate changes in architectural practice. Grant Simpson, FAIA, and James Atkins, FAIA, will present two seminars—one on improving project management and the other on effective risk management practices.

Sustainability Seminars

The "sustainability" seminar presentations will offer practical solutions. Plus, AIA members can earn sustainable design (SD) AIA/CES learning unit hours. Rebecca Ellis, president of Questions & Solutions Engineering, will examine the process of new construction commissioning and how the commissioning process can be applied to existing buildings. Leith Sharp, founding director of the Office of Sustainability at Harvard University, will explore what the green building experience can teach us about changing organizations. Abby Vogen Horn, director of energy incentives from We Energies at Franklin Energy Services, will explore critical daylighting design techniques and considerations.

Building Products Expo

The AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo is your opportunity to find answers to all of your questions from representatives of the region's leading manufacturers and suppliers of design and construction industry products and services. Gather valuable product information, speak to company reps and enjoy networking with colleagues.

Special Events & Spotlight Seminars

On April 28, participate in the Construction Industry Reception in the Expo and the "Emerging Professionals Workshop." Plus, plan to join the celebration of "Architecture Night!" in the Expo. This year's Design Awards celebration includes a special keynote address by Julie Snow, FAIA, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall. On April 29, 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, and participate in the "Future Fellows of Wisconsin" workshop to demystify the Fellowship nomination process. In addition, exhibitors will be presenting 90-minute "spotlight" seminars on both days.

Committee on the Environment [COTE]

The Committee on the Environment will be holding a meeting from 4:00–5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, in the Expo in conjunction with the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo at Monona Terrace in Madison. COTE serves as the community and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design and building science and performance.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

The 2010 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.

Annual Meetings & Awards Luncheon

Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin leaders will present reports and updates on upcoming programs during the Annual Meeting. The Awards Luncheon features the presentation of the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award to Brian F. Larson, AIA, Eau Claire. Clark Manus, FAIA, the 2010 First Vice President and 2011 President of The American Institute of Architects, will outline the Institute's strategic plan and how the AIA is supporting members, strengthening the profession and driving positive change through the power of design.

State Legislative Update

The regular session of the Wisconsin Legislature is coming to a close. The last floorperiod for general business is scheduled to end on April 22. About 1,600 bills have been introduced during the current two-year session, with less than 200 approved and signed into law so far. This creates quite a logjam for the final week as hundreds of bills attempt to gain traction and advance through the legislative process. AIA Wisconsin has registered an interest in over 30 bills with potential impact on members and the profession. Most recently, attention has focused on proposed legislation related to qualifications-based selection of architects and engineers for local government projects [AB 654 & SB 442], high performance green building standards for state and local government projects [AB 843 & SB 616] and energy efficiency building code requirements [AB 649 & SB 450]. For information visit the Wisconsin State Legislature website.

AIA Convention Delegates

If you're going to Miami for the AIA Convention on June 10-12, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local Chapter.

WAF Wisconsin Students Out-of-State Study Scholarships

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is pleased to offer up to five scholarships of $1,000 each to outstanding Wisconsin students who are pursuing accredited architectural degrees at schools located outside of Wisconsin. May 15 is the scholarship application deadline. The selection committee will consider the student's GPA, financial need, likelihood of graduating, leadership abilities, and community involvement. To be eligible, the student must have received his/her high school diploma from a Wisconsin high school and be currently attending or planning to attend an NAAB-accredited school of architecture with a First Professional Degree or Post-graduate degree program. Previous WAF scholarship recipients are not eligible.

Continuing Education & License Renewal

The proposed continuing education rules being considered by the Architects Section of the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors would require architects credentialed in Wisconsin to have 24 hours, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare issues, every two years for license renewal. AIA/CES transcripts would be acceptable documentation. The proposed rules, which require legislative review, would become effective beginning with license renewal in August 2012.

People & Places

Barbara D. McCormick, AIA, Baraboo, and Terrence McCormick, AIA, Baraboo, have been approved for Emeritus membership in The American Institute of Architects. Andrew M. DuChateau, AIA, Wauwatosa, Amy S. Hasselman, AIA, Evansville, and Joel M. Smullen, AIA, Milwaukee, have upgraded to Architect. Congratulations! Theodore H. Irion, AIA, Oshkosh, passed away in February.

The Last Word

Happy National Architecture Week!
April 11–17, 2010

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