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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: September 2005

Election & Appointments

Congratulations to Thomas Hirsch, AIA, Madison; Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale ; and Len Witke, AIA, Columbus ! They have been elected as a Director-At-Large on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors, with two-year terms starting in January. At its meeting last week in Fond du Lac, the Board of Directors approved the following appointments: Duane Stegall, Assoc. AIA, Fitchburg, Associate Representative; Matt Hanson, Milwaukee, UWM Student Representative; and Ross Slocum, Milwaukee, At-Large Student Representative. Hanson and Slocum are the AIAS Presidents at UWM and MSOE, respectively.

Fall Workshop

Over 140 architects and allied professionals gathered in Fond du Lac last week for the 2005 Fall Workshop on "Designer-Led Design-Build." The speakers – Martin Sell, AIA, Dorwin Thomas, AIA, Christopher Martersteck, AIA, and Craig Unger, DBIA – received very high marks. One member noted that the workshop provided "a clear, concise uncovering of the challenges in design-build, with real-life stories and examples to support the presentation material." C.D. Smith Construction, based in Fond du Lac , stepped forward to sponsor the "networking lunch." Thank you!

Long-Range Planning Report

For 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, 26 members participated in the two-day retreat chaired by AIA Wisconsin Vice President/President-Elect Colin Klos, AIA, La Crosse . Topics for discussion included licensing issues such as mandatory continuing education and an accredited degree, trends in project delivery, encouraging members to pursue Fellowship, community service and volunteerism, and how to celebrate the AIA's 150th birthday in 2007.

DSF Consultants Conference

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin is holding its 14 th annual DSF Consultants Conference, "Technology Increasing Tomorrow's Productivity," on October 25 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison . AIA Wisconsin members benefit from a reduced registration fee. For information on the conference, visit the AIA Wisconsin " Calendar of Events " or call ACEC at (608) 257-9223.

Architecture Firm Award

You are invited to participate in the AIA Wisconsin Architecture Firm Award program by submitting a nomination or encouraging others to do so. The next Architecture Firm Award is scheduled to be announced at the 2006 AIA Wisconsin Convention. Nominations for this award are due by November 1, 2005 . Please click on the link above or contact AIA Wisconsin for a Call for Nominations that provides details on eligibility, award criteria and nomination guidelines.

Golden Award

The deadline for AIA Wisconsin Golden Award nominations also is November 1 . 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. Contact AIA Wisconsin to request nomination materials.

AIA150 Committee

The American Institute of Architects will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2007. Planning is underway for a sesquicentennial initiative to encourage AIA members to collaborate with local elected officials, community leaders, planning departments, allied organizations and citizens to improve their communities. AIA Wisconsin has established an AIA150 Committee made up of state and local AIA leaders who will be serving as Presidents in 2007, including Marty Sell, AIA, Juneau, John Holz, AIA, Whitefish Bay, Kelly Thompson-Frater, AIA, Madison, Virge Temme, AIA, Sturgeon Bay, and Rod Cox, AIA, Wausau. These members held a kickoff meeting last week and will be participating in a national AIA150 training session in early November. Coincidentally, the director of Madison 's Department of Planning and Development has asked AIA Southwest Wisconsin to help coordinate a revitalization strategy for the Allied Drive neighborhood . Please start thinking about ideas for activities you'd like to help coordinate in your community.

AIA Career Center

If you are looking to advance your career, the AIA Career Center is a valuable resource for finding jobs advertised by the leading architecture firms in the country. To find qualified employees, tap the Career Center 's database of candidates. The AIA Career Center is the most cost-effective way to attract job candidates with precisely the skill sets your firm needs.

Architects in Schools

Coordinated by Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, professionals work with area educators to educate and inspire young people. Throughout JA's sequential and integrated kindergarten through grade 12 programs, students use information, apply basic skills, think critically and solve complex problems. Through age-appropriate curricula, Junior Achievement programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. For example, there are curricula that address "Our Community" and "Our City." JA is looking for volunteers. Your commitment could vary from a single school day to a weekly visit of one hour each for five to 10 weeks. It all depends on the grade level of the program you choose. You can choose your classroom based on a number of factors.

State Awards Program

The Division of State Facilities (DSF) is accepting nominations for its fifteenth annual Awards Program, which recognizes individuals and companies for excellence in the design, construction and service of state buildings. The deadline for nominations is 12/16/05 . For additional information about the Awards Program, contact Ron Krohn at (608) 266-8874.

Mayor's Urban Design Awards

Mayor Tom Barrett is seeking nominations for this year's Milwaukee Urban Design Awards. If you have a favorite building, greenspace, streetscape or even signs that you feel are an important part of the urban fabric of Milwaukee , submit your nomination(s) before November 1.

AIA Hurricane Response Exchange

The AIA also has established an online "matching" service to provide a central database with posting and search capabilities to match architects looking for work or accommodations with members having available positions or space. This is a free service. Please visit AIA National and offer what you can . . . employment opportunities, housing, office space, office equipment, transportation, childcare/schools, clothing and personal help. This is what is desperately needed right now.

Displaced Architects Fund

The AIA has established a special "Displaced Architects Fund" to accept your contribution online. Every dollar contributed will be sent to assist architects and teams displaced by this horrific disaster.

Fall Workshop

Reserve Friday, October 14, for the 2005 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop at the Stayer Center in Fond du Lac . This year's full-day workshop program will focus on strategies for "Designer-Led Design-Build." Nationally recognized leaders of the AIA Design-Build Knowledge Community will address the risks, rewards and opportunities presented by this popular project delivery approach. To register, click here .

DSF Consultants Conference

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin is holding its annual DSF Consultants Conference on October 25 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison . AIA Wisconsin members benefit from a reduced registration fee. For information on the conference, visit the AIA Wisconsin " Calendar of Events " or call ACEC at (608) 257-9223.

Terrace Town

Coordinated by Monona Terrace, " Terrace Town " is a program that introduces architecture and community planning to elementary and middle school students in Dane County . As a mentor, you'll work with one classroom to design a neighborhood or city. You'll bring a professional "real life" perspective to discussions about how communities are planned, what makes a quality community and how people can participate in the improvement of the built environment. You'll also aid the students in building their own scale model with cardboard boxes. For further information about being a volunteer mentor, contact Heather Sabin at (608) 261-4015.

People and Places

Brian F. Larson, AIA, Eau Claire , and James G. Plunkett, AIA, Milwaukee , have been approved for Emeritus membership in The American Institute of Architects . Congratulations! Valerie L. Casale, Assoc. AIA, Waukesha , has joined Mead & Hunt as a studio leader. Johnsen Schmalling Architects has moved to 1699 N. Astor St. , Milwaukee . Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc., hosted a bike tour from Milwaukee to Madison this summer; participants included Steven D. Holzhauer, AIA, Colgate, David J. Kirk, AIA, Whitefish Bay, Michael J. Lynch, Assoc. AIA, Janesville, John J. Miceli, AIA, Milwaukee, Michael R. Oates, AIA, Shorewood, Jonathan A. Parker, AIA, Pewaukee, Edward C. Ross, AIA, Elm Grove Thomas S. Stacey, AIA, Wauwatosa, Gregory J. Uhen, AIA, River Hills, and Chad M. Wright, AIA, Colgate.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between September 16 – October 14 : Joel Bednar, Student, Rice Lake (NW); William J. Bergenthal, AIA, Mequon (SE); Carrie Blazek, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Tricia Brickner, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Samantha Butterfield, Student, Bloomer (NW); Justin A. Davis, Student, Ladysmith (NW); Julie Dye, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Juan C. Feliciano, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Julie Ferguson, Student, Cumberland (NW); Guy E. Graber, Student, Turtle Lake (NW); Daniel R. Grubish, AIA, Hudson (NW); Travis Hoglund, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Andrea Holton, Student, Prairie Farm (NW); Amanda Kamrath, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Andrew Lamberson, Student, Hammond (NW); Chris Lewerer, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Shawn P. Martinson, Student, Couderay (NW); Ben Nesja, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Luis A. Ramos, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Dani Rupnow, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Christopher Schuebel, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Evan Shangraw, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Robin Sheptick, Student, Radisson (NW); Eric Strojny, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Johannes R. van Burik, Int'l Assoc. AIA, Oshkosh (NE); Rachel Wirtala, Student, Webster (NW) and Justin Woolever, Student, Chippewa Falls (NW).

The Last Word

"The Design-Build approach returns American Architects to their pre-World War II role, in which they oversaw construction as well as design. Of the design-led project delivery methods, it offers the greatest opportunities but also carries the greatest risk." [Ron Gupta, AIA and Paul Doherty, AIA Architects Handbook of Professional Practice 13 th Edition]

"The critical thing for all of our . . . firms is going to be cash flow – we need work to sustain our staffs – all of our current projects locally will be in suspension for months, and all of our accounts receivable won't start to pay again for several months, until a city and its basic resources can be restored . . . The magnitude of all of this is incomprehensible . . . Please know that our firm is ready to help – needs to help – has to help, the best way to avoid complete collapse in this catastrophe is to work and work hard." [Ron Blitch, FAIA, displaced New Orleans architect whose firm was "adopted" by a Baton Rouge member, 9/4/05 e-mail]

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