E-News: October 2012
In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the Fall Workshop, Golden Award nominations, election results and appointments, long-range planning initiatives, ARE study sessions, valuable educational programs and more. .
Fall Workshop – October 19 at Lambeau Field
This year’s AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop, “Lambeau Field Upgrades – The Wall of Sound,” is scheduled for Friday, October 19, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The full-day workshop will focus on the planning, design and construction of the significant improvements underway at the legendary stadium. Architect Leonard Getz, with Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston, will examine the innovative architectural design solutions created to enhance the fan experience. George Bastien, with Miron Construction Co., Inc., Neenah, and Steven Wille, AIA, with Performa, De Pere, will demonstrate the virtual construction techniques used effectively for visualization, scheduling, collaboration, coordination and design reviews. The Fall Workshop also will feature a unique behind-the-scenes tour of the project led by members of the design and construction team. Participants will be able to earn up to 6.0 AIA/CES learning unit hours, including 4.5 hours related to health, safety and welfare [HSW] topics. Program and Registration Information
Leading & Listening – President’s Report
As a volunteer-driven organization, AIA Wisconsin is fortunate to have members interested in stepping up to serve the profession at the local, state and national levels. This kind of leadership is critical today as the AIA and the profession face many challenges and opportunities going forward. Effective leadership requires active listening. This year, AIA Wisconsin leaders listened carefully to the input and feedback provided by members responding to the Membership Satisfaction Survey and participating in the Firm Roundtables. In this month’s President’s Report, Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, thanks members for their participation and looks forward to the year ahead.
AIA Wisconsin Planning Report – Member Support
The 2012 Long-Range Planning Report approved by the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors focuses on four strategic initiatives to support members and enhance the value of membership. The two short-term initiatives include talking about AIA business at local chapter meetings and establishing stronger liaisons with other allied organizations. The two longer-term initiatives involve promoting the value of design to the public and increasing business and employment opportunities for members through legislative action. This year’s planning retreat was chaired by AIA Wisconsin Vice President David Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire. Please contact AIA Wisconsin for copy of the complete report. For a quick overview, here is link to a one-page summary
Director-At-Large – Election Results
President Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, announced the results of the Director-At-Large election at the most recent AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors meeting in Milwaukee. Congratulations are in order for Daryl J. Dean, AIA, Rhinelander, and Walter L. Wilson, FAIA, Glendale. Their two-year term begins in January 2013. They will join the three other Directors-At-Large – Gregory A. Granlund, AIA, Eau Claire; Paul F. Martzke, AIA, Green Bay; and James G. Otto, AIA, Hubertus – on the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors.
Associate, Professional Affiliate & Student Representatives
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors at its October meeting in Milwaukee approved the following appointments: Eric Ohlfs, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee, as an Associate Representative; Ron McCrea, Madison, as a Professional Affiliate Representative; Melissa Schulteis, Milwaukee, as the UWM Student Representative; and Caroline Kruis, Oostburg, as the At-Large Student Representative. Congratulations to these AIA Wisconsin leaders whose new terms begin in January 2013.
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
Electronic Plan Review – Division of Industry Services
The Department of Safety and Professional Services, Division of Industry Services (formerly Safety & Buildings), began accepting plans electronically on October 1. The Electronic Plan Review process includes architects and other designers registering to access and uploading all documents to a secure SharePoint site. DIS staff will access these documents and utilize Adobe Acrobat Pro to review, comment and approve submitted plans. DIS staff and plan submitters will be notified by email when documents are uploaded or tasks completed. Conditional Approval letters will be uploaded to SharePoint and sent to submitters upon completion. DSPS has provided AIA Wisconsin with information on the Electronic Plan Review program to share with members interested in knowing how it works. The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors would appreciate feedback from members on the new program as well as suggestions on how it could be improved.
Electronic Seals & Signatures – Joint Examining Board
At its meeting last week, the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors directed the Department of Safety and Professional Services to move forward in the rule-making process to amend A-E 2.02 related to registration seals to allow the use of electronic seals or stamps provided they meet current state statutory requirements using a security procedure and are permitted by the governmental unit that is to receive the plans, drawings, documents, specifications and reports. Assuming the rule-making process goes according to schedule, a public hearing on the proposed administrative rules could be held in conjunction with the next Joint Examining Board meeting in April, with final adoption next October following legislative review.
AIA/DFD Liaison Committee
AIA Wisconsin established the AIA/DFD Liaison Committee to encourage a continuing dialogue with the state Division of Facilities Development and create a format for the discussion and resolution of issues of mutual concern regarding the state building program and related statutes, administrative rules, policies and procedures and agreements for professional services. It meets regularly with representatives of the DFD and ACEC of Wisconsin. The six members of the Liaison Committee are appointed by the Executive Committee to staggered three-year terms. Four of the members are appointed to represent each of the four local AIA chapters, with the other two members at-large representatives. Appointment criteria include involvement in state projects, familiarity with DFD processes and issues, broad geographic representation, diversity in firm size and variety in professional interest and project responsibilities. AIA members interested in serving on the AIA/DFD Liaison Committee are encouraged to submit a letter of interest outlining their qualifications to the AIA Wisconsin office.
DFD Consultants Conference
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. The conference is designed for architects and engineers who work on state building projects or would like to. AIA Wisconsin members benefit from a discounted registration fee and up to 5.25 AIA/CES learning unit hours. Program and Registration Information
Young Architects Wanted – YAF
AIA Wisconsin established a Young Architects Forum [YAF] in 2001 to create an opportunity for architects licensed for no more than ten years to gather locally and discuss common goals, problems, experiences and ideas about their careers, the profession and design. The need for this kind of discussion is more important now than ever before. The Board of Directors is looking for AIA members interested in chairing or co-chairing the Wisconsin YAF. Responsibilities include collaborating with other AIA Wisconsin leaders, emerging professionals, committees and allied groups to develop programs that support the YAF mission. Please contact AIA Wisconsin if you’re interested in volunteering to help lead YAF activities. About Young Architects Forum | AIA WI YAF Chair Job Description
ARE Study Sessions – Four Locations
The AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals Committee, chaired by Andy Malanowski, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee, is coordinating monthly ARE Study Sessions. The study sessions are scheduled for 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Eppstein Uhen Architects in Milwaukee. In addition, the study sessions will be webcast to satellite sites at Flad in Madison, Community Living Solutions in Appleton and Western Technical College in La Crosse. While these ARE Study Sessions are free, participants should pre-register prior to each session so appropriate arrangements can be made at each site. Program and Registration Information
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.
Citizen Architects – Vote November 6
The General Election on Tuesday, November 6, is for President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, even-numbered Wisconsin Senate seats, all Wisconsin Assembly seats and all District Attorneys. At myvote.wi.gov set up by Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board you can register to vote, check your voter registration status, find your polling place and see your sample ballot. October is DesignVote12 month – and this program is designed to help provide AIA members with the information you may need as you head to the polls on November 6.
Recycle Architect & Architectural Record – Magazines for Inspiration
The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is collecting "ready to be recycled" issues of Architect and Architectural Record magazines for distribution to middle and high school students. Please no magazines older than 5 years. Drop-off Locations
LegaLIne – AIA Trust
Do you have legal questions about contracts, intellectual property law and other practice issues? AIA Wisconsin has an agreement with Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq., and LegaLIne that allows members a one-time opportunity to talk with an attorney knowledgeable about design and construction law for free. This unique service is offered through the AIA Trust. An AIA Wisconsin member recently took advantage of this opportunity and “was extremely pleased with the experience.” When an attorney for a client wanted to make significant amendments to the standard AIA owner-architect agreement, the member contacted AIA Wisconsin for help. After reviewing the proposed contract changes point by point with Heuer over the phone, the architect reported back that: “Thanks to Chuck, I had an understanding of the impact the requested changes would have . . . [and] information to intelligently discuss the proposed changes with the owner’s attorney.” Contact the AIA Wisconsin for more information about LegaLIne.
AIA Contract Documents – Education Portal
AIA Contract Documents launched a new education portal complete with videos, guides, podcasts and webinars about AIA documents and software. For paper documents, AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents.
AIA Energy Modeling Guide
The AIA's Energy Modeling Working Group recently released "An Architect's Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process." The guide is designed to demystify energy modeling and to provide tips and information that will help architects to discuss energy modeling services with clients.
AIA KnowledgeNet – Add New Email to Safe Sender List
AIA KnowledgeNet has changed the email address used when members receive notifications from the site (contact requests, community invitations, private messages and comment alerts for their blog entries). Make sure you whitelist this new e-mail [DoNotReply@connectedcommunity.org] so you don't miss any of the notifications you have signed up for. The latest information is available in the KnowledgeNet FAQ.
AIA Career Center Job Board - New Features
The AIA Career Center helps people who are searching and applying for architecture jobs across the country. The Job Board was upgraded October 1. New features now available include: social network registration and log in, quick registration, application tracking, email reminders that submitted applications are not complete, and new job alerts.
AIA Minnesota – Convention & Expo
AIA Wisconsin members are invited to attend the 2012 AIA Minnesota Annual Convention & Product Exposition, “Practice with Passion,” held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on November 6-9. Online program information and registration
AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – 2013
Invite vendors to participate in the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Exposition on May 8 & 9 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
People & Places
KEE Architecture Inc., Madison, received the Focus on Energy Award of Excellence for the Madison Investment Advisors office as part of the 2012 Sustainability & Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Awards program. AIA Wisconsin is one of the creators and partners of the SE² Awards, which recognized eleven projects this year for leadership in sustainable and energy efficient design, construction and operation. Other member-owned firms involved in projects receiving 2012 SE² Awards include: Bray Associates Architects Inc., Engberg Anderson Inc., Eppstein Uhen Architects Inc., MSI General Corporation, Somerville Inc. and Zimmerman Architectural Studios. Jason M. Raiten AIA, Milwaukee; Christopher L. Walgren, AIA, Dousman and Bert J Zenker, AIA, New Berlin have been elevated to AIA. Congratulations!
AIA Wisconsin membership is growing again thanks to new members signing up and former members reinstating. Now is a great time to join the AIA because new members can apply now for a membership that runs through next year. That’s like getting almost 15 months of membership for the price of 12. The following members have joined in the last month: Oscar Avila-Landero, Assoc. AIA, Brown Deer (SE); Spencer Faikel, Student, Green Bay (NE); Melissa Lane, Student, Green Bay (NE); Christopher Ludwig, AIA, Shorewood (SE); Ben Maxwell, Student, LaCrosse (NW); Peter R. Meyer, AIA, Lake Mills (SW); Casey Nastvold, Student, Holmen (NW); Michele Raysich, Assoc. AIA, Brookfield (SE); Brandon Reinke, Assoc. AIA, Fond du Lac (NE); Peter A. Schneider, AIA, Theinsville (SE); Joshua Triebs, Student, LaCrosse (NW); Trevor Vetort, Student, LaCrosse (NW); Tyler Welch, Student, Tomah (NW); and Garrett Williamson, Student, Trempeauleau (NW).
The Last Word
“Politics and architecture are indivisible . . .” [Thomas Jefferson, Architect & Third President of the United States of America]