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E-News: July 2012

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop, state code advisory council appointments, continuing education requirements and opportunities, Wisconsin Architects Foundation raffle and more.

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AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop – October 19 at Lambeau Field
Reserve Friday, October 19, for the 2012 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. This year’s full-day workshop, chaired by Greg Douglas, AIA, Green Bay, will feature presentations by Elkus Manfredi Architects on the design of the stadium addition and Miron Construction on virtual construction techniques prior to a guided tour of the new addition. The workshop sessions will review the overall design approach and technical systems being utilized to meet the expectations for this growing facility. Watch you inbox for more details and registration materials.

Membership Survey
Over 200 AIA Wisconsin members responded to a recent Membership Satisfaction Survey. If you participated, thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback. The responses are being compiled and will provide valuable input for AIA leaders participating in the upcoming long-range planning retreat. This year’s survey asked members about preferences for continuing education programs and level of interest in various types of programs related to design, practice and advocacy issues. Members also were invited to indicate their satisfaction with a variety of local, state and national AIA services. When asked to identify the “one thing” they believe the AIA should do, members offered a broad and diverse array of ideas, with many suggesting that the AIA should focus on increasing public awareness of the value of architecture and advocating for members and the profession.

Firm Roundtables
In March, over 140 members who are principals of nearly 50 member-owned firms across the state were invited to participate in roundtable discussions on current practice issues, challenges facing the profession in the future and things that the AIA can do to help members better prepare for potential changes awaiting architects. Last month, following up on these earlier sessions, AIA Wisconsin hosted four more firm roundtable sessions for members in each quadrant of the state. The sessions were lively, with many different issues identified and suggestions offered. This member input is being compiled for the upcoming AIA Wisconsin long-range planning retreat that will focus on increasing member value by strengthening the delivery of programs that will help architects successfully navigate the changes ahead.

Continuing Education Requirements – 2012 License Renewal
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to renew your two-year Wisconsin license by July 31. Please be aware that you will need to have earned at least 24 hours of continuing education during the prior two year period, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare topics. The AIA is listed as an approved provider of continuing education programs; and AIA members can use their AIA/CES transcript to document continuing education hours. To review state license renewal requirements, go to: Wisconsin Continuing Education Requirements

Learning Opportunities
AIA Wisconsin offers learning opportunities throughout the year. Working with AIA/CES providers and local Chapters, events are offered throughout the state. Other opportunities include distance learning [AIA Virtual Convention, aecKnowledge and more].

State Licensing Requirements: Interactive Map
Stay on top of the licensing requirement with the interactive map showing mandatory continuing education requirements for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This resource will be very helpful if you are licensed in multiple states. 

Director-At-Large Candidates
If you are interested in helping to shape AIA Wisconsin policies and programs, please consider tossing your hat in the ring as a candidate for Director-At-Large. Two Directors-At-Large will be elected by the membership this fall to a two-year term beginning January 2013. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter. For further information, contact the AIA Wisconsin office.

State Code Advisory Councils – Appointment Opportunities
Wisconsin benefits from having AIA Wisconsin representatives on a number of important building code advisory councils. These councils were created by the Department of Commerce, now the Department of Safety and Professional Services [DSPS], to help update the state’s commercial building and related codes. As the old saying goes, if you’re not at the table, you’re probably on the menu. DSPS Secretary Dave Ross currently is accepting applications online from individuals interested in being appointed to these code advisory councils and other department committees. AIA Wisconsin members are encouraged to apply for these appointment opportunities by following the instructions on the DSPS website.

WAF Raffle
Support the Wisconsin Architects Foundation by purchasing a Raffle Ticket for a chance to win one of six prizes! You can purchase your raffle ticket from WAF Board members and at local Chapter events. View the details

AIA Documents on Demand
The AIA added six new Construction Management documents, a project checklist and a Construction Classification Worksheet to the Documents-on-Demand website that offers easy access to AIA Contract Documents anytime and anywhere you have Internet access. These additions complete the conversion of paper AIA Contract Documents to the web-based service, bringing the total number of documents available through Documents-on-Demand to 106. [For paper documents, AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents.]

AIA Sustainable Project Documents
New AIA Contract Documents are now available that use AIA standard documents as a base, but address the unique roles, risks and opportunities encountered on sustainable design and construction documents. Over a year ago, the AIA released AIA Document D503-2011 as a guide for sustainable projects, including agreement amendments and supplemental conditions. This educational tool for architects and clients can be downloaded for free from the AIA website. The new Sustainable Project (SP) contract forms incorporate model language into existing AIA design and construction contract documents. The most significant changes are in the Owner-Architect Agreement (B101-2007 SP), which includes an entire section on the scope of the architect’s sustainability services. Comparisons of the 2007 standard contract documents and their new SP versions are available on the AIA website.

Green Building Products Guide
The UW-Extension has developed a web-based directory of green building products available in Wisconsin and the Midwest.

ARE Lending Library – 2012 Edition Available
AIA Wisconsin has established a lending library of Architect Registration Examination (ARE) study materials from Kaplan AEC Education that cover all sections of the ARE exam. The 2012 and 2010 (4.0) editions are available to Associate AIA members and can be checked out of the office for a period of 14 days. For details, read the ARE Lending Library Policies. Contact AIA Wisconsin to confirm availability.

Speakers Wanted – Better Buildings: Better Business Conference
The 11th annual Better Buildings: Better Business Conference is scheduled for March 6-8, 2013, in Wisconsin Dells. The Energy Center is searching for conference speakers to present on topics related to cold climate residential building practices. The deadline for speaker proposals is August 1. Contact Peggy Heisch or (608) 210-7139 with any questions.

People & Places
Congratulations to Ron McCrea, Madison, a Professional Affiliate Representative on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors, on the release of his new book “Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home of Love and Loss” published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Jack Klund, AIA, Green Valley [AZ] and Walker Patton, AIA, Roseville [CA] joined AIA in 1962 and have been members of AIA for 50 YEARS!! Daniel Sisel, AIA, Milwaukee, has joined Berengaria Development. Amy Lynn Schoenemann, AIA, Oconomowoc, has upgraded to AIA architect. Congratulations! Hall Smith, AIA, Milwaukee and Nathan P. Sorensen, AIA, Green Bay, have passed away.

Membership Action
The following members have joined in the last month: Anthony D. Breitlow, AIA, Wauwatosa (SE); Mark Demsky, AIA, Wauwatosa (SE); Kathryn J. Egan, AIA, Greenfield (SE); Fokruddin Khondaker, AIA, Madison (SW); Stacy R. Mleziva, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE) and Miranda Mote, Assoc. AIA, (SE).

The Last Word
“Architecture is a continuing dialogue between generations which creates an environment across time.” [Vincent Scully]

 

 

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