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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: August 2008

Long-Range Planning Retreat

For over 20 years, AIA Wisconsin leaders have gathered in an old log lodge on Mirror Lake to participate in a long-range planning session. This year, 32 members participated in the two-day retreat chaired by AIA Wisconsin Vice President/President-Elect Josh Johnson, AIA, Middleton. Participants included Student Affiliate members to AIA Emeritus members and everything in between.

The first day of the retreat focused on the results from this year's "Member Satisfaction Survey" and a special presentation on "Adjusting to the Shifts" by AIA/CES Senior Director Thom Lowther. The second day focused on member services and component structure, concluding with the identification of 2008 initiatives and action plans.

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Member Satisfaction Survey

Thank you to the over 280 AIA Wisconsin members who responded to the online survey this summer. The results were compiled for use at this year's long-range planning retreat. Your feedback on the types of programs of most interest to you and comments on the services provided by the AIA at the local, state and national levels are invaluable.

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. Two Directors-At-Large will be elected by the membership this fall to a two-year term beginning January 2009. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter.

Associate Representative

The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors may appoint two Associate AIA members to a two-year term as an Associate Representative. The terms are staggered, so one Associate Representative is appointed by the Board of Directors each year. If you are an Associate AIA member interested in reviewing and shaping AIA Wisconsin policies and programs for the benefit of fellow members, please submit a letter of interest and a brief resume to: Josh Johnson , AIA, Vice President, AIA Wisconsin, 321 S. Hamilton St. , Madison , WI 53703.

2009 AIA Wisconsin Leadership Team

At its meeting in August, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors approved the appointment of James Otto, AIA, Hubertus, as 2009 Vice President/President-Elect and Thomas Hirsch, AIA, Madison, as 2009 Secretary/Treasurer. Otto and Hirsch will join 2009 President Josh Johnson, AIA, Middleton, and Immediate Past President Wm. Lee Connellee , AIA, Appleton, on the 2009 Executive Committee for AIA Wisconsin.

Local Chapter Leaders

If you have ever thought about volunteering to help develop local AIA Chapter programs, this is a good time to contact Chapter officers to discuss the opportunities. To find out more, please contact the AIA Wisconsin office . . . or the President of your local AIA Chapter: AIA Milwaukee – Karen Plunkett Muenster, AIA, (414) 403-4878; Southwest – Rich Lundeen, AIA, (608) 273-6380; Northeast – Trevor Frank, AIA, (920) 380-2806; and Northwest – David Peterson, AIA, (715) 835-7500.

Sole Practitoner Forum

AIA Southwest Wisconsin has initiated a monthly meeting in Madison for sole practitioners. Participants share best practice ideas through member-driven conversations. Topics range from professional liability coverage and accounting concerns to design crits and construction detailing discussions. For more information, contact Southwest Chapter Secretary/Treasurer Rob Wheat, AIA .

Golden Award

The deadline for 2009 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award nominations is November 3 . The Golden Award is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow upon a member architect. It recognizes distinguished leadership and service to the profession and the AIA. Twenty-one AIA Wisconsin members have been recognized since 1986.

Architects Section Update

At its most recent meeting, the Architects Section of the Wisconsin Joint Examining Board approved moving ahead with the drafting of proposed administrative rules to address two important licensing issues. First, the legal counsel for the Architects Section was authorized to draft proposed rules that would establish mandatory continuing education (MCE) requirements for architects to renew their license in Wisconsin. As you may recall, enabling legislation for these MCE requirements was approved and signed into law earlier this year. The Architects Section also requested the Department of Regulation & Licensing to draft a proposed amendment to current administrative rules, A-E 3.05(2), that would allow candidates with a NAAB accredited degree and an established IDP record with NCARB to apply to start taking the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) upon graduation. Please don't start holding your breath, yet, for either of these proposed administrative rule changes. The Architects Section only meets twice a year; and any proposed administrative rules require several public hearings and legislative review. The next Architects Section meeting is scheduled for 10/22/08.

Architecture for Fun & Profit

Save the date . . . the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop is scheduled for Friday, October 24, at The Heidel House Resort in Green Lake. The full-day workshop will focus on financial management and profitability for architectural firms. You'll learn how your firm can be financially as well as professionally successful by following a set of proven principles of sound financial management. The Fall Workshop peakers who will guide us down this path to profitability are Steve L. Wintner, AIA, founder of Management Consulting Services and past chair of the AIA Practice Management Committee, and Michael Tardif, Assoc. AIA, editorial director of Design Byline and former director of the AIA Center for Technology and Practice Management. Watch you inbox and mailbox for further details and registration information.

Sustainability & Energy Efficiency Leadership Conference

This year's SE² Leadership Conference is scheduled for September 17 at the Country Springs Hotel and Convention Center in Waukesha . The Awards Luncheon will feature the presentation of the fifth annual SE² Awards, recognizing leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operationof Wisconsin commercial and some types of multi-family buildings and related systems. For information on the conference, go to: .

DSF Consultants Conference

If you work with the Division of State Facilities (DSF) on state building projects, or would like to, then reserve Thursday, November 6, 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, commissioning and orientation sessions for small and large state building projects.

High School Design Competition - Mentors Needed

The AIA Wisconsin Architects in Schools Committee currently is recruiting volunteers to be classroom mentors for 9th through 12th grade students competing in a statewide design competition. The competition is planned for the spring 2009 semester. Contact AIA Wisconsin to learn more.

ARE Lending Library

AIA Wisconsin has established a lending library of Architect Registration Examination (ARE) study materials from Kaplan AEC Education that cover all sections of the ARE exam. The materials are available to Associate AIA members and can be checked out of the office for a period of 14 days. For details, read the ARE Lending Library Policies . Contact AIA Wisconsin to confirm availability.

AIA Career Center

If you are a member looking to advance your career or a firm trying to find qualified employees, the AIA Career Center is a valuable resource for discovering job opportunities and tapping into a database of candidates.

People & Places

Kent A. Calloway, AIA, Middleton, has joined Potter Lawson, Inc. Scott R. Kindness, AIA, Milwaukee, has opened his own firm Kindness Architecture + Planning, 517 E Menomonee St , Milwaukee.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin since July 16: Lisa M. Davenport, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Keith Harenda, Professional Affiliate, Milwaukee (SE); Peter Roehrig, Professional Affiliate, Valders (NE); Joseph A. Sinnett, Assoc. AIA, Mukwonago (SE); Mandi S. Tauferner, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW) and Krysten E. Tesch, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW).

The Last Word

" The AIA believes that diversity is a cultural ethos—a way of thinking or acting that fosters inclusion, enhancing our membership, our profession, and the quality of life in our communities. Embracing this culture of diversity, all programs and initiatives of the AIA and its members shall reflect the society that we serve, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, or religious beliefs." [AIA Position Statement on Diversity]

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