E-News: March 2012
In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on advocating for economic recovery, appointing a new Regional Associate Director and Associate Representative, applying for WAF scholarships for Wisconsin students pursuing accredited degrees at out-of-state architecture schools, recognizing distinguished service to the profession, registering for the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, earning continuing education hours and more.
Wisconsin Architects Visit Capitol Hill
Last week, AIA leaders from across the state visited the offices of Wisconsin's congressional delegation as part of AIA Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. State and local leaders outlined the AIA's agenda for getting architects back to work by unfreezing credit, removing regulatory burdens on small business, jumpstarting the market for building retrofits and utilizing the federal transportation bill to rejuvenate our communities. AIA Grassroots delegates from Wisconsin included: Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale; David Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire; Thomas Hirsch, FAIA, Madison; Matthew Edwards, AIA, Milwaukee; Janine Glaeser, AIA, Monona; Lyssa Olker, AIA, Milwaukee; Dean Von Tersch, AIA, Sun Prairie; Devin Little, Assoc. AIA, Fitchburg; and Tom Cox, AIA, Appleton. In his report this month, AIA Wisconsin President Kosarzycki reviews the messages that architects from across the country carried up to Capitol Hill and the importance of leadership, advocacy and communication to the future of the profession.
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors has approved awarding a Citation for Distinguished Service to the following individuals in recognition of their significant contributions to the organization and the profession: James Otto, AIA, Hubertus; Laura Davis, AIA, Madison; Walter Wilson, FAIA, Glendale; and U.S. Senator Herb Kohl. The Citation recognizing his 24 years of service representing Wisconsin was presented to Senator Kohl last week in Washington, DC. To find out why the other members are being recognized, plan to participate in the AIA Wisconsin Annual Meeting scheduled for 8:00–9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at Monona Terrace.
New RAD & Associate Representative
Devin Little, Assoc. AIA, Fitchburg, has been appointed by the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors as the Regional Associate Director [RAD] for the North Central States region on the AIA National Associates Committee [NAC]. For the next two years, Little will represent approximately 700 Associate AIA members in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. Daniel Bayer, Assoc. AIA, Greenville, has been appointed to fill the resulting Associate Representative vacancy on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors. Bayer’s term runs through 2013. Erika Lee, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee, serves as the other Associate Representative on the AIA Wisconsin Board. There are 233 Associate AIA members in Wisconsin, with 24 in AIA Northwest Wisconsin, 34 in AIA Northeast Wisconsin, 82 in AIA Southwest Wisconsin and 93 in AIA Milwaukee. These emerging professionals organize a variety of local programs, including community service activities, design competitions, building tours and ARE preparatory sessions. This year’s Emerging Professionals Workshop sessions at the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo will be presented by State IDP Coordinator Russell LaFrombois, AIA, and focus on the new Intern Development Program 2.0 requirements.
WAF Wisconsin Student Out-of-State Study Scholarships
The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships of $1,000 or more to outstanding Wisconsin students who are pursuing accredited architectural degrees at schools located outside of Wisconsin. May 15 is the deadline for applying for a WAF Wisconsin Student Out-of-State Study Scholarship. To be eligible, the student must have received his/her diploma from a Wisconsin high school and be currently attending or planning to attend an NAAB-accredited school of architecture with a First Professional Degree or Post-graduate degree program. For further details, please visit the WAF homepage.
Continuing Education – Wisconsin License Renewal Requirements
The Wisconsin Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors has approved administrative rules [Chapter A-E 12] that establish minimum continuing education requirements for architects to renew their state license. The new continuing education rules became effective on July 1, 2010, and will first apply when you renew your next two-year Wisconsin license by August 2012. Architects will need 24 hours of continuing education, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare topics, every two years. The AIA is listed as an approved provider of continuing education programs; and architects can use the AIA/CES transcript to document their continuing education hours. Review the new requirements.
The joint Annual Meetings of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF) and AIA Wisconsin are scheduled for 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. Please plan to attend for updates and reports by WAF and AIA leaders.
AIA Wisconsin Convention Hotels
If you are planning to stay in Madison and need a hotel room during the AIA Wisconsin Convention, we have negotiated discounted room rates at several area hotels. Please reserve your room and mention the group code to benefit from the reduced Convention rate. Hotel Information
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 Convention Delegates – Washington, DC
If you're going to Washington, DC, for the AIA Convention on May 17–19, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local Chapter.
People & Places
Congratulations to Jeffrey Spruil, AIA, Madison, for renewing his membership early, participating in a free virtual AIA convention seminar and being one of five members nationally to win a free iPad in special AIA drawing! Milwaukee Magazine named Matt Rinka, AIA, Shorewood, one of its top 40 under 40 professionals. InBusiness Magazine named Erik Jansson, AIA, Middleton, one of its top 40 under 40 professionals. William Boehler, AIA, Menomonee Falls, Russell R. McLaughlin, AIA, Milwaukee, and Ann D’Acquisto, AIA, Port Washington, of AG Architecture have been promoted to senior associates. Martinson Architects has moved their office to 3311 S Packerland Dr Ste A #4 in DePere. Florian Remitz, AIA, Cross Plains, recently passed away.
The following members have joined in the last month: Lucas Borck, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Andrew Bornemann, Student, Shawano (NE); Adam Brown, Professional Affiliate, Milwaukee (SE); Joshua Derginer, Student, Green Bay (NE); Bryant Mosconi, Assoc. AIA, Glendale (SE); Patrick P. Patrello Jr., AIA, Madison (SW); Ryan M. Sargent, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Emily G. Scali, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Mark A. Schmitt, AIA, La Crosse (NW); Eric S. Wagner, AIA, Cedarburg (SE); and Michael J. Wilkus, AIA, Mound-MN (SE).
The Last Word
“American needs our leadership, our dedication, and our voice.” [Mickey Jacob, FAIA, First Vice President, AIA Board of Directors]