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E-News: February 2012

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on public outreach and awareness initiatives, advocating for architects, IDP 2.0, registering for the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, valuable educational programs and more.

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President’s Report
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors met last week in Madison; and members shared their goals for 2012. In his report this month, AIA Wisconsin President Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, highlights this conversation and what can be accomplished by advocating for members, sharing knowledge, telling our story and collaborating with others. President’s Report   Nancy Mistele, the new administrator of Safety & Buildings and Environmental & Regulatory Services at the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services [DSPS] visited the Board of Directors meeting to present an update on S&B programs and initiatives.

Architects in Schools – Future Architects & Clients
During the recent “Terrace Town” public event at Monona Terrace in Madison, volunteer members of the AIA Wisconsin Architects in Schools Committee helped future architects and clients design their own “dream home” and create unique LEGO structures. The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is a sponsor of “Terrace Town”  . . . and AIA Wisconsin members work with elementary teachers and their students to share information about design and planning as the students create “box cities.” Meanwhile, AIA Northeast Wisconsin members are partnering with Miron Construction and other organizations on the “Architectural Explorer Program Design Competition.” Area high school students have been learning about architecture since September and have designed projects that will be constructed using food products, which will be donated to a local food pantry. AIA members are helping by volunteering as jurors for the competition.

Advocating for Architects
The AIA Wisconsin government affairs team is constantly working to advocate for the profession. Members of the AIA/DSF Liaison Committee are currently working with representatives of the Division of State Facilities [DSF] and the American Council of Engineering Companies [ACEC] on two task forces created to improve the state’s fee guidelines for architectural and engineering services as well as the change orders process for state building projects. In recent testimony on 2011 Senate Bill 366 before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce and Government Operations, AIA Wisconsin supported provisions in the proposed legislation related to the use of single prime contracting for state building projects and to allow the development of administrative rules for alternative state project delivery methods, while opposing proposed amendments to current law that would allow the use of “construction-manager-at-risk-contracting” without a waiver by the Building Commission. In addition, AIA Wisconsin worked with the DSPS to review and improve proposed legislation related to the state’s energy conservation code, dwelling code council and the architect section of the Joint Examining Board.

FORWARD - Join us at the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – Registration Open
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, has assembled an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information and other special events. Keynote speakers are Monica Ponce de Leon, Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA, plus Josh Shelton, AIA, and Dan Maginn, AIA, with el dorado. Seminar presenters include Brad Tomecek, AIA, Christopher Herr, AIA, Ann Fougeron, FAIA, Ava Abramowitz, Hon. AIA, and David Zach. Watch your inbox and mailbox for invitation. Convention 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]. Call the Hilton at (866) 403-8838 or (414) 935-5941 to make your reservation [Use Group Code: AIA].

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 displays by the leading manufacturers and suppliers of products and services for Wisconsin's design and construction industry. More 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].

IDP 2.0 – Final Phase
The Intern Development Program is a comprehensive program created to identify the knowledge and skills required for the independent practice of architecture. IDP is an essential component of the licensure process for architects. All experience records will be rolled over to IDP 2.0 on April 5. The update includes four components: simplified experience settings, new experience categories and areas, broader IDP supervisor definition and academic internships. State IDP Coordinator Russ LaFrombois, AIA, Whitefish Bay, will be presenting information in IDP 2.0 as part of the “Emerging Professionals Workshop” sessions on May 2 & 3 at the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo. IDP 2.0 Final Phase

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.

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.

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 is now SPS 2. For the former Comm codes, the letters will change and the numbers will be increased by 300. For example, Comm 60 is now SPS 360.

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.

Online Learning – aecKnowledge
AIA Wisconsin has partnered with aecKnowledge—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 Issues & Advocacy
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.

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 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
Alexandra Ramsey, AIA, Milwaukee; Marc Schellpfeffer, AIA, Mount Horeb and Debra Sider, AIA, Whitefish Bay, have been promoted to principals at Engberg Anderson, Milwaukee & Madison.

Membership Action
The following members have joined in the last month: Addie M. Abushousheh, Assoc. AIA, Shorewood (SE); Kyle G. Alvarez, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Ann D'Acquisto, AIA, Port Washington (SE); Roger LaGrange, Student, DeForest (SW); John D. Melby, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Hayley Jean P. Pinto, AIA, Verona (SW); John Rader, Professional Affiliate, Wausau (NW); John Schremp, PE, Professional Affiliate, Wausau (NW); Patrick C. Seitz, AIA, Brookfield (SE); and Derek J. Waldvogel, Assoc. AIA, West Allis (SE).

The Last Word
“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” [Nelson Mandela]

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