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E-News: January 2012

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the 2012 Golden Award, tax-deductible contributions to the Wisconsin Architects Foundation, submitting projects for 2012 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards, sales tax exemption proposal, valuable educational programs and more.

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President’s Report
AIA Wisconsin President Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, believes architects have unique skills that can create opportunities out of the challenges. He discusses leadership and suggests making 2012 the year of the Architect in this month’s President’s Report.

AIA Wisconsin Design Awards – Enter by 1/18
The Design Awards Committee invites your participation in the 2012 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The deadline for entering your projects is January 18. Entry binders are due by no later than February 15. The 2012 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on May 2 at Monona Terrace in Madison. Details  | View Previous Winners | View Previous Entries

Regional Associate Director – RFQ & Appointment
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors has the opportunity to appoint the next Regional Associate Director [RAD] for the North Central States region on the AIA National Associates Committee [NAC]. The RAD is appointed to a two-year term and represents approximately 700 Associate AIA members in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. As outlined in the request for qualifications, the deadline for letters of interest with resume is January 13.

FORWARD - Join us at the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – Forward in 2012
Reserve May 2 & 3 for the 2012 AIA Wisconsin Convention, Forward, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The Convention Committee, chaired by Tate Walker, AIA, Madison, is assembling an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information and other special events. Keynote speakers are Monica Ponce de Leon, Josh Shelton, AIA, and Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA. Seminar presenters include Brad Tomecek, AIA, Ann Fougeron, FAIA, Ava Abramowitz, Hon. AIA, David Zach and Henry Kosarzycki, AIA. Watch your inbox and mailbox for program updates and emerging details. Renew your membership dues by January 15 to have an opportunity to register for two days of the Convention for the price of one! Convention Information

AIA/CES – New HSW Requirement
Beginning in 2012, AIA members are required to complete 12 hours of health, safety, and welfare [HSW] education, compared to the 8 HSW hours required previously. As a reminder, all active AIA members must successfully complete 18 learning unit [LU] hours each calendar year, with at least 12 of the 18 hours relating to health, safety and welfare [HSW]. Four of the HSW hours must be in sustainable design [SD].

Annual Meetings & Awards Luncheon
Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin leaders will present reports and updates on upcoming programs during the Annual Meeting. Robert Ivy, FAIA, former editor of Architectural Record and AIA’s current EVP/CEO, will update us on Institute affairs. The Awards Luncheon features the presentation of the 2012 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award to Thomas R. Cox, AIA, Appleton. Bob Ivy also will join us for lunch and discuss the “power of design” in enhancing the quality of life and moving our communities forward. 

AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo
Invite vendors to participate in the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Exposition on May 2 & 3, at Monona Terrace. It is the one trade show that attracts architects and allied design and construction industry leaders from across Wisconsin. The Building Products Expo will feature over 170 displays by the leading manufacturers and suppliers of products and services for Wisconsin's design and construction industry. More Information

AIA Wisconsin Convention Hotel
If you are planning to stay at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace during the AIA Wisconsin Convention, you need to make your reservation by April 1 to benefit from a reduced Convention room rate of $159 per night [excluding taxes]. Reservations: Online Link  or phone: (866) 403-8838 or (414) 935-5941 [Use Group Code: AIA].

AIA Contract Documents Update – New Documents & Prices
The AIA publishes more than 100 contracts and administrative forms that are recognized throughout the design and construction industry as the benchmark documents for managing transactions and relationships involved in construction projects. The AIA Contract Documents paper, software license and Documents on Demand prices have increased for 2012. For paper documents, AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents.

Contract Documents Reference Material – Download Free
Did you know that the AIA website contains an array of contract document reference material including FAQs, guides, articles, synopses, comparisons, commentaries and documents to download free of charge.

Wisconsin Architects Foundation

The WAF Board of Directors is dedicated to improving the quality of the built environment through research and education. It needs your help to achieve this goal. Generous contributions received from friends and members like you enable the Wisconsin Architects Foundation to continue its advocacy for education and outreach. The WAF Board asks you to consider increasing your tax-deductible contribution to the WAF this year. Your support is a vital investment in Wisconsin's future. To donate, please make your contribution payable to the “Wisconsin Architects Foundation” and mail it to: Wisconsin Architects Foundation, 321 S. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703 or contribute online.


DSPS - Administrative Codes Names and Numbers Changing
State Administrative Codes formerly under the Department of Regulation and Licensing (RL) and the Department of Commerce (Comm) will now all use the SPS designation for the new Department of Safety and Professional Services. For the former RL codes, the letters will change, but the numbers will remain the same. For example, RL 2 will become SPS 2. These changes were effective 12/1/11. For the former Comm codes, the letters will change and the numbers will be increased by 300. For example, Comm 5 will become SPS 305. Comm 2 will become SPS 302.  These changes became effective 1/1/12.

AIA Wisconsin has an agreement with Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq., and LegaLine. This unique service offered through the AIA Trust allows members a one-time opportunity to talk with an attorney for "free" about issues related to contracts, intellectual property law and other practice issues. One AIA Wisconsin member who recently took advantage of the LegaLine service reported that he "found it to be a tremendous help!" Contact the AIA Wisconsin office for more information.

AIA Stalled Projects Database
Are any of your projects stalled due lack of financing or other reasons? You can list these projects on the AIA website designed to connect architects and clients with investors in order to start stalled projects moving forward.  For information, please check out the Stalled Projects website and take the opportunity to add your projects to the database.

AIA Issues & Advocacy – Small Business Month
The AIA has developed a new Issues & Advocacy webpage to provide members with useful up-to-date information related to AIA government affairs efforts at the local, state and federal level. For example, January is small business month.

Online Learning – aecKnowledge
aecKnowledge is an innovative, online knowledge-sharing platform for AEC professionals. The peer-reviewed continuing education programs feature top thought leaders and subject matter experts—all available 24/7. Many of the AIA/CES approved courses offer valuable HSW/SD learning units. View available courses


AIA Photo Competition
AIA St. Louis is coordinating the 2012 AIA Photography Competition. The top 14 entries will be exhibited at the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington DC. Images for the 2014 calendar will be selected from submitted entries, which are due by March 1. Details

People & Places
SDS Architects Inc. has moved their office to 7 S. Dewey St., Eau Claire. MSA Integrated Project Delivery LLC has changed its name to RKETEK.COM, LLC. Arthur G. Hage, AIA, Mount Horeb, has been approved for Emeritus Membership in The American Institute of Architects. Congratulations!

Membership Action
The following members have joined in the last month: Kevin M. Bills, AIA, Holmen (NW); Aaron W. Kadoch, Assoc. AIA, Stevens Point (NW) and Dan Witzlab, Professional Affiliate, Neosho (SE).

The Last Word
“If your actions inspire other to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” [John Quincy Adams]

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