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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: July 2007

AIA Trust Seminar AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop

The 2007 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop will focus on green buildings and sustainable design. AIA Wisconsin is partnering with the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and the Energy Center of Wisconsin on the "Greening The Heartland | SE² Conference" scheduled for September 12 & 13 at Monona Terrace in Madison . Two dozen breakout sessions will feature innovative projects and ideas for a sustainable future, with five of the sessions recommended for the AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop. The conference will open with a keynote address by USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi and AIA Vice President Norman Strong , FAIA, who will outline the Institute's commitment to sustainable design and the 2030 Challenge. Plus, the GTH2007 Trade Show will showcase products specified in LEED certified buildings and the consulting services needed to design and build them. The 4th annual Sustainability & Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Awards will be presented at the luncheon on September 13. AIA members can earn up to 9 AIA/CES learning unit hours related to health, safety and welfare (HSW).

Continuing Education – AB 181

Proposed legislation, 2007 Assembly Bill 181, was introduced earlier this year to enable the Architects Section and other sections of the Joint Examining Board to promulgate administrative rules establishing minimum continuing education requirements for renewing Wisconsin licenses. AIA Wisconsin supports this simple enabling legislation. Following a public hearing in May, the Assembly Committee on Labor & Industry voted unanimously to recommend passage of AB 181. State Representative Steve Wieckert (R-Appleton) is the lead sponsor of the proposed legislation. AB 181 is now in the Assembly Rules Committee, waiting to be placed on the Assembly calendar. Before it can go into effect, the legislation needs to be approved by both the Assembly and the Senate and signed into law by the Governor. To review the proposed continuing education enabling legislation, go to: .

ARE Timing

Member boards of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) approved a resolution at their annual meeting last month that allows individual state licensing boards to determine when a candidate is eligible to begin taking the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE). The AIA supports allowing interns to begin taking the ARE following graduation from a NAAB-accredited degree program and concurrent with enrollment in the Intern Development Program (IDP). In Wisconsin, candidates may apply to start taking the ARE when they have completed all but the final year of their education and experience requirements. An accredited degree is not required to become credentialed as an architect in Wisconsin.Visit AIA National for information on the AIA position on ARE timing. (PDF)

Wisconsin Architects

According to NCARB's 2007 survey of state architectural registration boards, there are 4,807 architects registered in Wisconsin.. Of these, only 1,622 are residents of the state. NCARB reports that more than 3,800 initial architectural licenses were granted nationwide in the past year, which is a 34.5% increase over the previous year.

Building Code Update

The Department of Commerce's proposed Wisconsin Commercial Building Code update package has been referred to the Assembly Housing Committee, chaired by Representative Steve Wieckert (R-Appleton), and the Senate Commerce, Utilities and Rail Committee, chaired by Senator Jeffrey Plale (D-South Milwaukee). It is anybody's guess when this building code update package may emerge from the legislative review process. Fire sprinkler requirements for multi-family dwellings appear to be the most controversial component of the proposed code update. For information on the proposed building code package, visit the Wisconsin DOC Website..

DSF Consultants Conference

If you work with the Division of State Facilities (DSF) on state building projects, or would like to, then reserve Tuesday, October 23, for the "DSF Consultants Conference" sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin. The full-day conference will be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Conference topics include: BIM, sustainability, recycling, commissioning and orientation sessions for small and large state building projects.

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 2008. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter.

Architecture Firm Award

You are invited to participate in the 2008 AIA Wisconsin "Architecture Firm Award" program by submitting a nomination or encouraging others to do so. This award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member-owned firm, will be presented at the AIA Wisconsin Convention next spring. The Architecture Firm Award recognizes a Wisconsin firm for outstanding achievement in the advancement of the architectural profession.

On the Map

The AIA seems to have discovered Wisconsin . Later this month, the Board of Directors of the Texas Society of Architects will hold its summer meeting in Milwaukee, including a networking breakfast forum with AIA Wisconsin and AIA Milwaukee leaders. On October 3-5, the leaders of the 26 AIA Knowledge Communities will be meeting in Milwaukee for the annual Knowledge Leadership Assembly, with plans in the works for joint building tours and networking opportunities. And that's not all . . . because the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is holding FORUM 2007, "Architecture in Motion," in Milwaukee on December 29, 2007 – January 1, 2008 . The AIAS Chapter at UWM SARUP is hosting this year's global gathering of architecture and design students, with Joseph Lawton, Assoc. AIA, Shorewood, chairing the conference.

Expo Booth Awards

Congratulations to the following exhibitors recognized for their significant contributions to the success of the 2007 AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo! 1st Place: County Materials Corporation, 2nd Place: Andersen Window Corporation, 3rd Place: MasterGraphics, Inc., Honorable Mentions: Brick Distributors of Wisconsin, Carved Stone Creations Entrance Technologies, Inc., The Renschler Company, Inc., The Samuels Group, Stetson Building Products, Wisconsin Concrete Masonry Association.

People & Places

Dennis Barger, AIA, Madison, has joined Strang as a project architect. David M. Hoffman, AIA, Madison, has joined Marshall Erdman & Associates as a project design manager. Todd M. Johnson, AIA, Germantown, has joined ESI Design Services, Inc. as a senior project architect. David J. "Koz" Koscielniak, AIA, Greenfield, has joined Briohn Building Corporation as the director of business development. Kahler Slater has been named one of the "25 Best Small Companies to Work For in America " for the forth year in a row by the Great Place to Work® Institute. Miron Construction has moved their Madison office to 8401 Greenway Blvd, Ste 880, Middleton, WI 53562, (608)203-2700.

The Last Word

In every work of genius, we see our own cast off thoughts [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

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