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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: June 2009

Design Awards

Seven building projects were recognized for excellence in architectural design by the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The celebration began with a special video during Architecture Night and was followed by a special keynote address by Jeanne Gang, FAIA. The formal presentation of awards to the architects, owners and contractors responsible for the award-winning projects took place in the Lecture Hall at Monona Terrace.

AIA Director Appointment

AIA Wisconsin has the opportunity to appoint the next AIA Director for the North Central States region on the national AIA Board of Directors. The new AIA Director for our region, which also includes Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, will be appointed to a three-year term that begins in December 2009. AIA members interested in being considered for this important leadership position are encouraged to submit a letter of interest with a statement of qualifications by no later than June 15. AIA Wisconsin Immediate Past President Lee Connellee, AIA, Appleton, is heading up a special Review Committee for this appointment. The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors will act on the committee's recommendation at its meeting on August 6.

Convention Kudos!

Congratulations to the Convention Committee volunteers, as well as the speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and hundreds of members like you, who made the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo a great success! If you attended and haven't done so already, please complete and return your AIA/CES report form and evaluation as soon as possible. Contact AIA Wisconsin if you'd like to join the fun and excitement of planning next year's Convention & Expo program, scheduled for April 28 & 29, 2010.

Convention Presentations Online

Thanks to the support and technical capabilities of the Energy Center of Wisconsin, several popular presentations at the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Convention were captured on videotape and are now available online via Energy Center University. You'll want to check out the sessions by Ron Radziner, FAIA, Jeanne Gang, FAIA, James Wasley, AIA, Dan Stephans, AIA, the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center team and McGraw Hill Construction.

WAF Annual Meeting

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation held its Annual Meeting on May 20. WAF President Allyson Nemec, AIA, Milwaukee, presented a report on WAF scholarship and grant programs and also accepted special contributions from County Materials Corporation and the International Masonry Institute. WAF members elected John Horky, AIA, Wauwatosa, Daniel Roarty, AIA, Green Bay, and Greg Thomson, Milwaukee, to three-year terms on the WAF Board of Directors.

Chapter Bylaws

New chapter bylaws were approved by the membership at meetings held by each of the four local AIA chapters in Wisconsin on May 20, 2009, in Madison. The new bylaws replace chapter bylaws adopted in 1976. The new chapter bylaws have been submitted to the Secretary of the American Institute of Architects for review.

Winning Student Designs

Five student teams have been recognized for sustainable school designs in the 2009 "Design Your School" High School Design Competition. Congratulations to the winning teams and a big thank you to the architect mentors!

State Budget

The 2009-11 state budget bill, 2009 Assembly Bill 75, currently resides in the Wisconsin Assembly on its way to the Wisconsin Senate and, ultimately, the Governor's desk. AIA Wisconsin supports funding for the state building program recommended by the State Building Commission and is opposed to proposals that would revise statutory provisions related to "joint and several liability." AIA Wisconsin also is part of a coalition of allied organizations opposed to proposals that would expand the state sales tax to architectural and other professional and business services. Now is the time to make connections with your state legislators and let them know your position on these and other budget issues. Visit Wisconsin Legislature Website.

Landscape Architecture Legislation

Proposed landscape architecture practice legislation, 2009 Assembly Bill 142, has passed the Wisconsin Assembly. AIA Wisconsin believes that it is important for the legislation to be amended in the Wisconsin Senate to add a clear and unambiguous exemption for architects. Please contact your State Senator to encourage them to support such an amendment. Existing state statutes and related administrative rules govern the use of the title "landscape architect" but not the practice of landscape architecture. AB 142 would create a "practice" law by requiring state credentials to provide landscape architecture services, with certain services excluded from the definition. Architects traditionally have provided many of the professional services included in the definition of landscape architecture. As drafted, without a clear exemption for architects, the proposed legislation may create more confusion than clarity for the public. For information on the Wisconsin Legislature, including how to contact your State Senator, visit the Wisconsin Legislature Website.

Sustainable Design Workshop

Save the date . . . the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop is scheduled for Friday, October 23, at The Heidel House Resort in Green Lake. The full-day workshop will focus on sustainable design. Watch your inbox for further details and registration information.

Director-At-Large Candidates

If you are interested in helping to shape AIA Wisconsin policies and programs, please consider tossing your hat in the ring as a candidate for Director-At-Large. Three Directors-At-Large will be elected by the membership this fall to a two-year term beginning January 2010. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter.

AIA Contract Documents

Earlier this year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released an updated version of the software that incorporates several important enhancements, including the ability to view and manage your projects and documents in one place. As of May 31, 2009, AIA retired a number of AIA contract documents including most 1997 versions. AIA replaces documents approximately every 10 years to ensure that the content reflects current industry and legal requirements. For FAQs about contract documents and software updates as well as a list of all the documents that are retired/replaced, visit AIA National. AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents. To order paper copies of the contract documents, please visit our AIA Contract Documents page.

Future Leaders

AIA Wisconsin members can benefit from a reduced fee for "Engineering Future Leaders" program offered by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin. The six-session leadership and career development program is designed to launch the design industry's most promising up-and-coming professionals into leadership roles within firms, the design and construction industry and our communities. The application deadline is July 8.

People & Places

Josh O. Johnson, AIA, Middleton, has joined Aro Eberle Architects, Inc. The IP/BIM Studio (Craft and Computation in the Academy) at UWM SARUP has been selected as an Award recipient for the Academic Program or Curriculum Development Category in the Fifth Annual AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Building Information Model Awards." Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Inc., has moved their office to 5106 N Port Washington Rd, Milwaukee, 53217.

Passings

The profession of architecture has lost the following AIA Wisconsin members in the past year: Verne E. Conder, AIA, Madison; H. James Gabriel, AIA, Sheboygan; Larry H. Kassens, AIA, Neosho; James R. Kennedy, AIA, Madison; Charles M. Kiefer, AIA, Milwaukee; Henry J. Miles, AIA, New London; Dale H. Nelsen, AIA, Appleton; Richard D. Peeples, AIA, Milwaukee; Grayson L. Schroeder, AIA, Harry A. Schroeder, AIA, La Crosse; Milwaukee; Roy H. Stark, AIA, Manitowoc; Abe A. Tannenbaum, AIA, Glendale; and Edward W. Wenzler, AIA, Brookfield.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin since May 14, 2009: Karen O. Davis, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Michael P. Ehrlich, AIA, Port Washington (SE); William P. Halquist, Professional Affiliate, Sussex (SE); Dillan J. Powell, Student, Blue Mounds (SW); Carol M. Richard, AIA, Madison (SW); Christopher J. Socha, AIA, Milwaukee (SE) and Matthew A. Stofen, Assoc. AIA, Racine (SE).

Mosaic Project Gallery

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

Airport Dane County Regional Airport
Condos Nolen Shores Condominiums

The Last Word

"All of those who know Bill Wenzler's talent, enthusiasm, his total dedication to the profession and what it stands for, the sincerity with which he addressed himself to everything he involves himself in, congratulate him for this latest and so well deserved recognition." [ Wisconsin Architect , July/August 1971 Note: William P. Wenzler, FAIA, Milwaukee is the recipient of the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award.]

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