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2013 Year-in-Review

January
Legislative Action Task Force – Mark Herr, AIA, the champion for this planning initiative, organizes meeting to start planning for a workshop on federal contracting opportunities with AGC of Greater Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Procurement Institute.
Residential Architects – AIA Wisconsin works with AIA Southwest Wisconsin officers and members on exhibit, directory and seminar sessions at Madison Home Show to increase public awareness of the value of working with an architect on residential projects.
Building Codes & Standards – Codes & Standards Committee, chaired by Joe Jurkiewicz, AIA, meets to discuss state building code issues and expanding the value of the architect credential. AIA Wisconsin representatives meet with the Alliance for Regulatory Coordination, a coalition of organizations interested in building safety and improving the state’s building code development process.
Long-Range Planning Initiatives – AIA Wisconsin President Dave Peterson, AIA, hosts conference call with “champions” of the long-range planning initiatives to share status reports and maintain momentum behind these strategic initiatives: chapter business meetings, collaboration with other organizations, promotion of design and legislative action.
Convention Committee – Chaired by Jon Sandeman, AIA, the Convention Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for the 2014 Convention & Expo – Foundations.
Continuing Education – Local chapters start the year by offering a wide array of valuable, affordable and conveniently located continuing education programs for members.

February
Executive Committee – ExCom meets to review year-end financial statements, chapter budget reports, membership renewal campaign, proposed state legislative position statements, arrangements for inaugural Board video conference meeting, and process for appointing the next AIA Director.
Membership Committee – Vice President Jody Andres, AIA, kicks off discussion on campaign to retain and recruit members.
Federal Contracting Workshop – AIA Wisconsin helps host half-day workshop on federal contracting opportunities for design and construction projects at the War Memorial, with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett presenting introductory remarks.
President’s Report – President Peterson shares his career experiences and encourages members to become “citizen architects” by getting involved in their communities and advocating for the profession
Board of Directors – The Board of Directors holds its inaugural video conference meeting, with sites in Milwaukee, Madison, Neenah and Menomonie. Discussion items include state legislative agenda, AIA Grassroots conference and Capitol Hill visits with Wisconsin congressional delegation, long-range planning initiatives and plans for Fall Workshop

March
Strategic Initiatives – Work groups for the Promotion of Design and Legislative Action planning initiatives hold conference calls to map out next steps for achieving objectives. Initiative champions also gather by conference call to provide updates and status reports.
Executive Committee – AIA Wisconsin officers review financial reports and tax returns, receive update on government affairs activities related to state building program and building codes, discuss planning initiatives and confirm schedule for selecting the next AIA Director.
Design Awards – Distinguished members of the AIA Wisconsin Design Awards jury meet in Madison to review and select award-winning projects for 2013. One jury member presents public lecture at Monona Terrace as part of Southwest Chapter’s Wright Design Lecture series. Seven award-winning building projects are selected.
State Capital Budget – Building Commission reviews state agency requests and develops state capital budget recommendations for 2013-14 biennium.
Capitol Hill Visits & Grassroots Leadership Conference – AIA leaders from across Wisconsin converge on Capitol Hill for meetings with our congressional delegation to advocate on behalf of AIA’s federal agenda for getting America building again by making the tax code work for small firms, extending and enhancing the tax deduction to promote energy efficient commercial buildings, creating jobs by investing in our building infrastructure, and providing student loan relief for architecture school graduates in exchange for volunteer community service. State and local AIA leaders also participate in the annual AIA leadership conference in DC, during which the AIA Repositioning initiative is rolled out.

April
AIAS – UWM AIAS chapter hosts successful Midwest Quad Conference in Milwaukee, with support from AIA Wisconsin, Wisconsin Architects Foundation, AIA Milwaukee and area firms.
WAF – Wisconsin receives maximum AIA Matching Component Scholarship Grant to support graduate students at UWM SARUP.
Board of Directors – Meeting in Madison, the Board of Directors reviews AIA Grassroots conference highlights, finalizes agendas for the upcoming Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, identifies issues for long-range planning retreat and discusses program ideas for the Fall Workshop.
Advocacy – Following meeting, Board members visit State Capitol and deliver AIA Wisconsin State Legislative Agenda packets to their State Representative and State Senator.
Membership Committee – State and local AIA leaders discuss ideas for encouraging members to renew and programs available to help members stay connected to the AIA during challenging economic times.
Convention Committee – Hard-working Convention Committee members finalize arrangements for speakers, seminars and special events.
AIA/DFD Liaison Committee – Liaison Committee members review recommended capital budget for the state building program, suggestions for improving the A/E selection process, and status of fee guidelines and project closeout task force recommendations.
Architect Section – Larry Schnuck, AIA, is elected chair of Section; and Jim Gersich, AIA, is elected secretary. Joint Board and Architect Section discuss continuing education requirements and differences between the professions.

May
AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – A very successful Convention & Expo thanks to hard work of the Convention Committee. Program includes: outstanding schedule of speakers and seminars, recognition of members for distinguished service to the profession [Richard Dannhausen, AIA, Diana Dorschner, AIA, Greg Douglas, AIA, Matthew Edwards, AIA, Gary Gust, AIA, John Holz, AIA, Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Jim Otto, AIA, Tom Raley, AIA, Dave Stroik, AIA, and Tate Walker, AIA], and a lively Expo! Convention featured great participation and positive feedback by members and exhibitors.
Golden Award – 2013 Golden Award is formally presented to Josh Johnson, AIA, in recognition of his leadership and service to the AIA and the profession of architecture.
Public Awareness – AIA Wisconsin Design Awards and the award-winning architects get great media exposure in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other print and online media outlets.
WAF Raffle – Winning WAF raffle tickets drawn during Expo at AIA Wisconsin Convention.
President’s Report – President Peterson recaps Annual Meeting report, noting that membership is increasing, the organization remains in a healthy financial position, and progress is being made on strategic planning initiatives. He also reports on successful advocacy efforts on behalf of the profession at the federal, state and local government levels.
Advocacy – Joint Finance Committee holds hearing on state capital budget. AIA/DSF Liaison Committee reviews state building program issues, including project delivery, retainage, status points, in-state associations, process delays, review comments, project closeout, allocation of federal tax deduction, BIM guidelines and project manager responsibilities.
AIA Director – Review Committee considers statements of qualifications submitted by candidates and makes recommendation.

 

June
Board of Directors – Board members approve the appointment of Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, as the next AIA Director for the North Central States region as well as the membership dues schedule for 2014.
WAF Scholarships – WAF Scholarships Committee approves scholarships for Wisconsin students attending accredited architectural programs in other states.
AIA Convention – Wisconsin delegates vote early and often at national AIA Convention in Denver. Bob Greenstreet accepts the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion awarded in recognition of his significant contributions to architectural education.
Executive Committee – ExCom approves special membership campaign for new graduates, reviews plans for Fall Workshop program, and considers plans for computer upgrade and prospective candidates for 2014 Secretary/Treasurer.
Planning for Planning Retreat – Vice President Jody Andres, AIA, develops agenda for one-day long-range planning retreat at Aldo Leopold Center in Baraboo.
Chapter Programs – Members around the state benefit from a wide array of valuable and affordable local AIA Chapter continuing education programs and activities, including “eat & earns,” “building science series,” building tours and networking events.

July
Legislative Action – Task Force works with subcommittee established by the AIA/DFD Liaison Committee to develop recommendations for improving the A/E selection process for state building projects.
Long-Range Planning Retreat – Andres chairs a successful planning retreat. Two short-term and two long-term strategic initiatives emerge. Champions step up to lead initiatives to engage diverse group of members, leverage relationships with allied organizations, promote the value of architecture and design to the public, and increase business and employment opportunities for members.
State IDP Coordinator – Russell LaFrombois, AIA, and Andy Malanowski, AIA, attend State IDP Coordinators Conference sponsored by the AIA and NCARB.
Executive Committee – ExCom discusses development of 2014 budget, government affairs issues, nominations of state officers, appointments to committees and election of Directors-At-Large.

August
President’s Report – President Peterson reports on AIA Convention in Denver, reviews the initiatives emerging from the long-range planning retreat and promotes the speakers and program for the 2013 Fall Workshop in Elkhart Lake.
QBS Committee – Chaired by Mark Herr, AIA, the QBS Committee sets goals for the coming year: update QBS Manual in collaboration with ACEC, promote use of QBS by public owners and educate AIA members about the Wisconsin QBS program.

September
Board of Directors – Board of Directors approves the nominations of Melissa Destree, AIA, as 2014 Vice President/President-Elect, Kurt Zimmerman, AIA, as Secretary/Treasurer, and Abby Vogen Horn as Professional Affiliate Representative. Board members also review election process for local chapter officers and next steps related to long-range planning initiatives.
Taliesin Reception – AIA Southwest Wisconsin hosts special event at Taliesin with the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.
Deep Energy Retrofits – As part of the Legislative Action initiative, Kosarzycki hosts Steering Committee kickoff meeting to develop a national AIA pilot program to encourage AIA members to participate in the deep energy retrofits marketplace. Initial plans include webinar produced with Energy Center of Wisconsin followed by a half-day workshop presented by local experts.
Convention Committee – Chaired by Tom Cox, AIA, the Convention Committee holds kickoff meeting to review member feedback on 2013 Convention and discuss theme for 2014 Convention & Expo plus ideas for keynote speakers and seminars.
Executive Committee – ExCom puts together its recommendations for the 2014 budget, reviews initiatives developed at planning retreat, approves committee appointments, and discusses plans for Fall Workshop.

October
SE² Leadership Awards – Tenth annual Sustainability & Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards announced. AIA Wisconsin helped establish this awards program with allied organizations interested in promoting sustainable design, including Focus on Energy, WGBA, ECW, IFMA and ASHRAE. With help from Eric Schoedel, AIA, AIA Wisconsin has exhibit at WGBA SE² Conference at UW-Milwaukee.
WAF Board – WAF leaders meet to discuss scholarship programs and approve budget for 2013-14 fiscal year as well as to brainstorm ideas for promoting raffle and initiative to get “Simply WRIGHT” books into libraries and the hands of elementary school art teachers.
Architect Section & Joint Board – Section members discuss amending rules to allow electronic signatures and seals and requests to exempt retired architects from continuing education requirements.
Fall Workshop – With the theme “The Business of Design,” the successful Fall Workshop at The Osthoff Resort receives very positive feedback from members.
Board of Directors – Board meets in Fond du Lac and approves the 2013 long-range planning report and the 2014 budget. In addition, the results of Director-At-Large election are announced; and Board appoints Associate and Student Representatives. Board members also discuss proposal to reduce the size of the national AIA Board as well as upcoming chapter programs and elections.
Chapter Elections – In accordance with new bylaws, local AIA chapters continue process of nominating officer candidates, scheduling Annual Meetings and electing officers and directors for 2014.

November
Founders’ Day – AIA Wisconsin celebrates 102nd anniversary on 11/1/13. Staff at Stoner House heard exclaiming “found it!” throughout the day.
Uniform Dwelling Code Council – David Dolan Wallace, AIA, serves as the architect on the code council developing recommendations for updating the state Uniform Dwelling Code.
Convention Committee – Subcommittees are hard at work contacting potential speakers and developing promotional graphics.
DFD Consultants Conference – AIA Wisconsin works with ACEC of Wisconsin on full-day conference covering just about everything you need to know to go after state building projects.
President’s Report – President Peterson highlights presentations at the Fall Workshop on legal, organizational and financial issues related to firm practice, recognizes successful AIA Wisconsin efforts to expand and increase state historic tax credits to spur community redevelopment, and gives a shout-out for members to participate in next spring’s state Convention & Expo.
LOTS Planning – President-Elect Andres and Vice President-Elect Destree put their heads together to finalize agenda and related arrangements for this year’s Leadership Orientation & Training Session [LOTS] for 2014 Board members and chapter officers.
Executive Committee – AIA Wisconsin officers finalize meeting calendar for 2014 and review Director-At-Large assignments.

December
Milwaukee City Hall Reception – AIA Milwaukee hosts a member appreciation reception at City Hall, featuring presentation by local historian. Visiting AIA Illinois Board members invited to join the celebration.
Board of Directors – This brings us to the final 2013 Board of Directors meeting in Milwaukee . . . and the cycle will begin anew.

 

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