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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: April 2011

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on the 2011 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, other upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

Program & Event Update

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

April 19 | Fitchburg
AIA SW WI Lunch Meeting | Contemporary Asian Architecture

April 19 | Madison
BEC Wisconsin | US Forestry Products Laboratory Wind Driven Rain Test Assembly

April 20, 21 & 27 | Green Bay – Sheboygan & Appleton
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | EPS Roof Insulation

April 26 | La Crosse
AIA NW WI Learning Lunch | Achieving Green Building Envelope Design

May 3 | Madison
Wright Lecture Series | Opportunistic Architecture – Presented by Paul Lewis, AIA

May 4 & 5 | Madison
AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Expo

May 10 | Madison
AIA SW WI Emerging Professionals | Biochemistry II Construction Tour

May 12 | Middleton
Middleton Outreach Ministry | 1st Annual CANstruction | A Community Competition to End Hunger

May 18 | Green Bay
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | Using Natural Stone Building Panels, Aggregates and Landscaping Stone

May 19 | Sheboygan
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | Enhancing Your Project with Western Red Cedar

May 25 | Appleton
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | Focus On Energy Programs

June 14 - Madison
AIA SW WI Emerging Professionals | Union South Tour



You don't want to miss the 2011 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, REKINDLE, on May 4 & 5 at Monona Terrace in Madison. This year's two-day state conference is designed to refresh and enhance your professional skills, renew your network of contacts, rejuvenate your passion for design and recharge your staff. During these turbulent economic times, the 2011 Convention Committee is pleased to offer an outstanding schedule of speakers, seminars and special events for an extremely attractive registration fee. Register by April 22 and benefit from an early-bird discount. Attend both days and you can earn almost half of the continuing education hours you'll need to renew your license in 2012.

Keynote Addresses

The 2011 AIA Wisconsin Convention features three outstanding keynote speakers. On Wednesday, May 4, award-winning architect Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA, one of the founders of SHoP Architects in New York, will present The Boldt Company Keynote Address and discuss how the firm is reinventing the business model of architectural practice. That evening, this year's Design Awards Presentation begins with a special CalStar Products Keynote Address by Ned Cramer, editor-in-chief of ARCHITECT magazine, that will help find logic in the massive changes affecting society and the practice of architecture. To cap things off, award-winning architect Brian MacKay-Lyons, Hon. FAIA, co-founder of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects and director of Ghost International Architectural Laboratory in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will present the featured Mitsubishi HVAC Systems Keynote Address on Thursday, May 5.

Design Seminars

The featured "design" seminars will remind you why you wanted to be an architect. Paul Lewis, AIA, a principal and co-founder of Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis [LTL] Architects in New York, will explore how the firm creates inventive solutions to complex design problems. Los Angeles architect Edwin Chan, a partner with Gehry Partners, will engage you in a dialogue on design practice as an evolutionary and highly collaborative process. Interior design consultant Cheryl Duvall, founder of Avancé, will revitalize your design skills by refreshing your understanding of the basic elements and principles that form the foundation for all design disciplines. Louis Wasserman, AIA, and Caren Connolly, authors and principals of Louis Wasserman & Associates in Milwaukee, will reveal the innovative and sustainable building practices they found in historic residential architecture while researching twenty remarkable Wisconsin homes.

Practice Seminars

Another track of concurrent Convention seminars features presentations on emerging "practice" issues. Rena Klein, FAIA, principal of RM Klein Consulting in Seattle and an expert on small firm management, will discuss topics of interest to sole practitioners such as time management, quality assurance, client relations, business development and managing risk. AGC of Wisconsin is facilitating a panel discussion that will explore the future implications of building information modeling [BIM] on the design and construction industry. James Cramer, Hon. AIA, practice management consultant for leading architecture firms and founder of the Greenway Group in Atlanta, will help put you and your firm in the performance zone by reviewing proven leadership strategies for changing times.

Sustainability Seminars

The "sustainability" seminars will review the assorted opportunities, mixed signals, risks, guidelines and proposed requirements related to the design of high-performance green buildings. David Eijadi, FAIA, a principal of The Weidt Group in Minnetonka, will use case studies to illustrate how you can identify energy saving opportunities early in a project that you might not otherwise consider given current guidelines and standards. Attorney Brian Anderson, with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek in Madison, will review how you can evaluate and appropriately allocate the contractual risks associated with sustainable design and development projects. AIA Codes and Standards Committee chair Chris Green, AIA, the founder of Ago Studios in Colorado, will provide an overview of the latest version of the International Green Building Code [IGCC] and review its potential implications for architects.

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. The Expo is FREE and open both days: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on May 4 and 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on May 5.

Special Events & Spotlight Seminars

A host of special events are planned in and around the Expo on both days of the conference. The grand opening of the Expo on Wednesday, May 4, features the popular Construction Industry Reception. The "Emerging Professionals Workshop" at 5:00 p.m. will review the latest changes in IDP, ARE and other licensing requirements. "Architecture Night!" at 6:00 p.m. will feature a video premiere, anniversary cake and more. The presentation of the 2011 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall with a special keynote by Ned Cramer. On Thursday, May 5, get your day off to a great start at the WMA Excellence in Masonry Awards Breakfast, renew your energy with a "walking lunch" as you tour the Focus on Innovation 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 prior to the opening of the Expo on May 4 and immediately following the close of the Expo on May 5. These exhibitor-sponsored continuing education programs are FREE.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

The 2011 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. Visit to view the growing list of exhibitors and sponsors.

Annual Meetings & Awards Luncheon

Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin leaders will present reports on upcoming programs and initiatives during the joint Annual Meetings when the Convention & Expo convenes on May 4. As part of AIA Wisconsin's centennial celebration, historian Jack Holzhueter will share stories about the state's rich architectural heritage. The Awards Luncheon features the presentation of the 2011 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award to Kevin J. Connolly, AIA, Wauwatosa. Author, management consultant and futurist James Cramer, Hon. AIA, founder of the Greenway Group in Atlanta, will explore the anatomy of the profession over the last 100 years and provide his own analysis of the strategic opportunities now on the horizon for architects.

Centennial Celebration Honored

A small group of architects, with a vision for the future of their profession and state, formally incorporated the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects on November, 1, 1911. In recognition of this event, Governor Scott Walker earlier this month proclaimed 2011 as the "AIA Wisconsin Centennial" in celebration of 100 years of leadership in creating better places to live, work and play through design and advocacy. In addition, U.S. Senator Herb Kohl issued a statement published in the Congressional Record last week honoring AIA Wisconsin's centennial celebration and congratulating "all past and present members of AIA Wisconsin for a century of service and their devotion to designing the buildings that are hallmarks of the state's architectural landscape." If you visit the national AIA website at, you'll discover a banner story about 2011 President Thomas Hirsch, FAIA, Madison, and AIA Wisconsin's centennial celebration events and initiatives.

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Regulation & Licensing

Dave Ross, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Regulation & Licensing, met with the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors to present an overview of the department's licensing responsibilities and discuss the proposed transfer of the Safety & Buildings Division from the Department of Commerce to the DRL. As proposed in the governor's budget bill, the name of the department would change to the Department of Safety & Professional Services to reflect its additional responsibilities.

AIA Convention Delegates

If you're going to New Orleans for the AIA Convention on May 12–14, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local Chapter.

Continuing Education Requirements

The Wisconsin Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors has approved administrative rules [Chapter A-E 12] that establish minimum continuing education requirements for architects to renew their state license. The new continuing education rules became effective on July 1, 2010, and will first apply when you renew your next two-year Wisconsin license by August 2012. Architects will need 24 hours of continuing education, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare topics, every two years. The AIA is listed as an approved provider of continuing education programs; and architects can use the AIA/CES transcript to document their continuing education hours. To review the new requirements, go to: Wisconsin Continuing Education Requirements

AIA Documents on Demand

The AIA added thirteen new documents to AIA Documents-on-Demand, a web-based service that gives users easy access to download, electronically fill out and print one or more individual forms and agreements from among 48 of the most popular AIA Contract Documents anytime, anywhere. This latest version is particularly well-suited for small practitioners and Mac users. For more information, please to:

People & Places

Tyler J. Smith, AIA, Madison, and Emily J. Lammert, AIA, Madison, have upgraded to AIA architect membership. Congratulations! At its meeting earlier this month, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors approved awarding Citations for Distinguished Service to the profession of architecture to the following individuals [and you can find out why at the Annual Meeting]: Josh Johnson, AIA, Misty Lorentz, Heather Sabin, Katherine Schnuck, AIA, Jody Andres, AIA, Greg Granlund, AIA, and Chris LaShorne, AIA. Two of the AIA Committee on the Environment [COTE] "top ten" green projects for 2011 were designed by AIA Wisconsin member firms: O-S House in Racine by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee, and the addition to the First Unitarian Society Meeting House in Madison by The Kubala Washatko Architects, Cedarburg. Congratulations! The Division of State Facilities announced its 2010 State Design and Construction Awards; and two AIA Wisconsin member firms were honored: Excellence in Architectural Design – Workshop Architects, Milwaukee, for Yellow Jacket Union, UW-Superior, and Excellence in Sustainable Design – KEE Architecture, Madison, for Elmwood Center Remodeling, UW-Oshkosh.

Membership Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined in the last month: Herman A. Green, AIA, DeForest (SW); William D. Herriges, AIA, Mukwonago (SE); Charles M. Jentlie, Assoc. AIA, Hudson (NW); Sam Kellerman, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Scott M. Klopfer, Assoc. AIA, Waukesha (SE); Matt McClelland, Professional Affiliate, Marshfield (NE); Erin Mumm, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Leonardo D. Silva, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW) and Dean C. VonTersch, AIA, Sun Prairie (SW).

The Last Word

"The future of architecture will be soft and hairy." [Salvador Dali]

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