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AIA MKE Emerging Professionals Committee: Message from Chair

Greetings fellow Associate Members,

My name is Andy Malanowski and I am the new Emerging Professionals Chair for AIA Milwaukee.  I’m currently working at Zimmerman Architectural Studios in the Menomonee Valley in Milwaukee and have my BArch from The University of Arizona in Tucson.

I’m taking over the committee from Curt Hoffmann and Matthew Edwards who have both worked hard running it for the last couple years.  I plan on keeping a lot of the programs that the committee has sponsored over the last couple years, and introducing a few new ones of my own.  I hope you will find the activities that we do interesting and will consider participating in them.

Here are some updates on past and future programs that we hope to do in the coming year.

ARE Study Sessions – The ARE Study sessions are on hold for this year and we project starting them up again next year.  We think taking a year break from the program will give us a fresh group when we start them up again.  Typically these 90 min sessions are held once a month with each session geared towards reviewing the content and structure of a particular exam.  We look at sample questions and the graphic vignettes, and review resources for studying.  Stay tuned after the new year for news on when these will be starting again.

Birdhouse Competition – Back after a successful run by Curt, we will be once again hosting the birdhouse competition.  Please stay tuned for details!

Associate Happy Hours- Once a popular program, we are planning to bring these back for this year.  Typically they are help immediately following a construction tour in town at a local establishment.  Park once and enjoy a tour, food, and drinks afterwards.  This is a great opportunity to meet other AIA members, talk about study groups for the ARE, and have a good time.  We are currently planning on holding our first one on August 3rd following the Marquette Engineering complex tour at Murphy’s Irish Pub on Wells Street.  Even if you cannot make the construction tour, please consider coming to our happy hour.  Please come introduce yourself.  More details can be found on the AIA Milwaukee Calendar.

PARK(ing) Day – A new program to the AIA this year.  PARK(ing) day takes place globally on Friday, September 16th.  The point of the program is to turn an urban parking place into a park for a day.  I have participated in this program in other cities in past years and it is a lot of fun.  I am looking to gather a group of people interested in designing (and installing) a temporary park installation.  If you are interested in participating, please contact me at:  You can find out more about the program at

IDP Seminar – On July 28th from 6-8pm, AIA Chicago is hosting an IDP info session.  The national IDP director from NCARB in Washington D.C.  and his staff will present the IDP program, the rules, and how it works.  If you are even a little bit unsure on what IDP is, how it works, or the rules you must follow for your experience to count, this is a great opportunity to hear it from the people who write the rules.  After the program they will be on hand to answer one on one questions from individuals.  If you are even a little bit interested in going, please contact me at:  I will be organizing rides and carpools for anyone interested in going.

Structures Seminar – The structures seminar hosted every year by AIA Milwaukee will still happen this year.  Exact dates are still being arranged with the presenter, but this 3 day seminar is a great opportunity to get ready for the structures exam.  Matthew Edwards will be running this program this fall.  Stay tuned for news on exact dates and cost information.

I hope everyone will consider attending a couple events this year.  Some are put on just for fun, and some are put on to help you advance in your careers.  If you have any ideas for events which you like to see happen please email me at


Andy Malanowski, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP


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