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E-News: August 2012

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop, Golden Award nominations, Director-At-Large and Associate Representative opportunities, long-range planning retreat, valuable educational programs and more.

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Looking Ahead – President’s Report2012 AIA Wisconsin Leaders at the Long-Range Planning Retreat
AIA Wisconsin leaders from across the state gathered last month for a long-range planning session at the Aldo Leopold Center near Baraboo. The setting and diverse perspectives shared by over 30 members, ranging from emerging professionals to seasoned practitioners, contributed to the success of the retreat that focused on improving member services. The planning retreat utilized the input from the recent membership satisfaction survey and firm roundtable sessions along with the initial recommendations of the operations and finances task force and results from the national AIA repositioning initiative to identify two short-term and two long-term initiatives. In the short term, AIA Wisconsin leaders recommended taking advantage of regular local chapter meetings to discuss issues of interest to members and establishing stronger relationships with other allied organizations. The longer-term initiatives involve efforts to promote the value of design to the public and to increase business and employment opportunities for members through legislative action. In his President’s Report this month, Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, talks about these initiatives and looks ahead to upcoming programs designed to help members prepare for the future.

Membership Satisfaction Survey – Public Awareness & Advocacy
A total of 207 members completed this year’s AIA Wisconsin Membership Satisfaction Survey, which is a 16% response rate. The survey results were reviewed at the long-range planning session. In general, when asked how satisfied they are with their AIA membership, 86% responded they were satisfied or better. State and local chapter continuing education programs received high marks. Based on ratings of “somewhat” or “very” interested, members are most interested in programs related to design of new buildings [75%], sustainable design [65%], project delivery and construction-phase services [57%], and public awareness advocacy [57%]. When asked to identify the “one thing” they believe the AIA should do, over 90 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. Improving the ways in which the AIA communicates with members and conveys its message to the public will be important to encourage greater member involvement and enhance public appreciation of architects. Providing member value to emerging professionals and recently licensed architects will be vital for the future.

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 as well as 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.

AIA Wisconsin Leadership Team – 2013
At its meeting in August, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors approved the appointment of Jody Andres, AIA, Neenah, as 2013 Vice President/President-Elect and Melissa Destree, AIA, Oregon, as 2013 Secretary/Treasurer. Andres and Destree will join 2013 President David Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire, and immediate Past President Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, on the 2013 Executive Committee for AIA Wisconsin.

Director-At-Large Candidates – Nomination Deadline
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.

Associate Representative – Leadership Opportunity
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors may appoint two Associate AIA members to a two-year term as an Associate Representative. The terms are staggered, so one Associate Representative is appointed by the Board of Directors each year. For a description of the Associate Representative position, please contact the AIA Wisconsin office. If you are an Associate AIA member interested in reviewing and shaping AIA Wisconsin policies and programs for the benefit of fellow members, please submit a letter of interest and a brief resume to: David Peterson, AIA, Vice President, AIA Wisconsin, 321 S. Hamilton St., Madison, WI 53703.

Local Chapter Leaders – Opportunities
Now is a good time to contact local AIA Chapter officers to discuss volunteer leadership opportunities. To find out more, please contact the AIA Wisconsin office . . . or the President of your local AIA Chapter: AIA Milwaukee – Matthew Edwards, AIA (414) 944-9000; Southwest – Janine Glaeser, (608) 576-7176; Northeast – Chad Ulman, AIA, (920) 380-2179; and Northwest – Kurt Schroeder, AIA, (608) 785-4728.

Golden Award – Nominations Open
The deadline for 2013 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award nominations is November 1. The Golden Award is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow upon a member architect. It recognizes distinguished leadership and service to the profession and the AIA. Twenty-four AIA Wisconsin members have been recognized since 1986, with Thomas R. Cox, Appleton, selected to receive this year's Golden Award. Nomination Material | Golden Award Recipients

Membership Dues – 2013
At its meeting earlier this month, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors approved the following dues schedule for 2013: AIA Architect – Firm Principal $310, AIA Architect – Employee $220, Associate AIA $80 ($60 for first three years of membership), Professional Affiliate $330, and Student Affiliate $20. AIA Emeritus members have no state dues responsibility. The four local AIA Chapters in Wisconsin do not have membership dues. National AIA dues for 2013 are $251 for AIA Architect members and $108 for Associate AIA members.

AIA Trust LegaLine
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 took advantage of the LegaLine service reported that he "found it to be a tremendous help!" Contact the AIA Wisconsin office for more information.

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

ARE Study Sessions – Starting in September
The AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals Committee, chaired by Andy Malanowski, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee, is coordinating monthly ARE Study Sessions, starting on September 19 and concluding on March 20. The study sessions are scheduled for 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Eppstein Uhen Architects in Milwaukee. Additional sites are being coordinated; information will be posted to the Calendar as details are finalized.

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.

Upcoming Conferences - SE² & DFD Consultants
Looking ahead, the annual Wisconsin Green Building Alliance [WGBA] SE² Sustainability and Energy Efficiency conference, “A New Focus on Green,” is scheduled for Friday, September 28, at UW-Milwaukee. AIA members will be able to earn AIA/CES learning unit hours related to health, safety and welfare [HSW] and sustainable design [SD] as well as GBCI credits. Program and Registration Information. Later this fall, the American Council of Engineering Companies [ACEC] of Wisconsin is hosting its annual Division of Facilities Development [DFD] Consultants Conference, “Exceeding Client Expectations,” on Thursday, November 8, in Madison, with AIA Wisconsin members benefiting from a discounted registration fee.

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].

Focus on Energy – Business Incentive Program
If you are interested in information about incentives and other resources available to support energy efficiency in the design of your next project, you may want to contact the Focus on Energy about its “Business Incentive Program.” The program is designed to help small and medium industrial facilities, office buildings, commercial spaces, schools and municipal buildings. The toll-free telephone number is 888-598-4376. Information on this and other programs also is available at: http://www.focusonenergy.com/Business.

AIA Contract Documents – Education Offerings
AIA Contract Documents has developed several upcoming webinars to educate users about new and updated products. Contact Hasti Hejazi | 202-626-7592

AIA BIM and Digital Documents – Review & Comment
AIA Contract Documents is in the process of updating its industry standard Digital Practice documents for use on construction projects involving BIM and other forms of digital data; and drafts of the updated documents are now available for member review and comment. Reviewers can comment through a short survey and/or provide section by section comments. The public comment period will end on September 24. The updated draft documents are: AIA Document E203-2012, Building Information Modeling and Digital Data Exhibit; AIA Document G201-2012, Project Digital Data Protocol Form; and AIA Document G202-2012, Project Building Information Modeling Protocol Form. Details

IDP Firm Award – Now Accepting Applications
The IDP Firm Awards Program recognizes firms who actively embrace the NCARB Intern Development Program (IDP) and demonstrate a commitment to interns by making the path to licensure an integral part of the firm’s culture. Firms interested in applying for the 2012-2015 IDP Firm Award or IDP Outstanding Firm Award are encouraged to download an application. Deadline: September 24. Contact Ashley Wilson | 202-626-7361

New AIA Partner Discounts – Members Only
The AIA Advantage program is excited to announce new discounts available to AIA members for Geek Squad services at Best Buy. Also, AIA members who enroll in the Dell Advantage program are eligible for entry to win a Dell Laptop. For more information contact Mai Ebert | 202-626-7334. AIA Advantage program | AIA Advantage partners

People & Places
Jack L. Fischer, AIA, Windsor, has joined Engberg Anderson as a principal. Johnson Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee, received 2012 AIA Small Project Awards for two projects: OS House, Racine, and Stacked Cabin, Muscoda. Congratulations!

Membership Action
The following members have joined in the last month: Margaret A. Baniukiewicz, AIA, Whitefish Bay (SE); Brianna L. Bruening, Assoc. AIA, Franklin (SE); Luke P. Laverty, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Abby C. Manders, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Michael McKay, AIA, Madison (SW); and Frederick J. Parish, AIA, Green Bay (NE).

The Last Word
“You can never solve a problem with the kind of thinking that created the problem in the first place.” [Albert Einstein]

 

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