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E-News: December 2012

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the 2013 Golden Award, tax-deductible contributions to the Wisconsin Architects Foundation, submitting projects for 2013 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards, valuable educational programs and more.

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President’s Report – Year in Review
AIA Wisconsin President Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, presented his year-in-review report at the Board of Directors meeting several weeks ago in Milwaukee. He commented that it has been a privilege to work with a remarkable group of state and local AIA leaders to offer members a broad array of educational and networking opportunities, identify issues of greatest interest to members and respond with appropriate strategic initiatives, and develop recommendations for a sustainable future for the organization. In this month’s President’s Report, Kosarzycki looks back on 2012 and looks forward to initiatives that will help members prepare for whatever the future may bring.

Golden Award
Josh O. Johnson, AIA, Middleton, has been selected by the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors to receive the 2013 Golden Award. His significant contributions to the profession will be honored during a special Awards Luncheon on May 8 at the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo in Madison. Johnson will be the 26th recipient of the Golden Award, which is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow on a member architect. The award recognizes an individual architect who has performed most distinguished leadership and service to AIA Wisconsin over an extended period of time and by such leadership advanced the cause of the profession and provided inspiration to his/her fellow practitioners.

AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion
Robert Greenstreet, Intl. Assoc. AIA, Dean of the UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning, has been selected by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the AIA to receive the 2013 Topaz Medallion. This award honors an individual who has been deeply involved in architecture education for at least a decade. Greenstreet will be honored at the ACSA annual meeting in March and the national AIA convention in Denver in June.

Distinguished Service
Last month, at the special leadership appreciation luncheon in Milwaukee, AIA Wisconsin President Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, presented a Citation for Distinguished Service to Thomas R. Cox, AIA, Appleton, in recognition of his leadership and service as an AIA Director. For the past three years, Cox has represented members in the North Central States region on the national AIA Board of Directors. In addition, at its most recent meeting, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors voted to award a Citation for Distinguished Service to the following individuals in recognition of their significant contributions to the organization and the profession: Diana Dorschner, AIA, Madison; Gregory Douglas, AIA, Green Bay; Matthew Edwards, AIA, Milwaukee; John Holz, AIA, Bayside; James Otto, AIA, Hubertus; Thomas Raley, AIA, Monona; David Stroik, AIA, Milwaukee; and Tate Walker, AIA, Madison. To find out why these and 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 8, at Monona Terrace.

Retiring Board Members – AIA Wisconsin
President Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, recognized the following members who are retiring from service on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors for their leadership and service: Janine Glaeser, AIA, Monona; Matthew Edwards, AIA, Milwaukee; Kurt Schroeder, AIA, La Crosse; Chad Ulman, AIA, Appleton; and Thomas Hirsch, FAIA, Madison. Kosarzycki commented that it had been a privilege to work with this group of talented leaders and noted that there is nothing in the AIA Wisconsin bylaws preventing them from stepping up and taking on leadership roles again in the future.

AIA Wisconsin Design Awards – Enter by 1/18
The Design Awards Committee invites your participation in the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The deadline for entering your projects is January 18. All completed submissions are due by no later than February 20. The 2013 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on May 8 at Monona Terrace in Madison. Details  | View Previous Winners | View Previous Entries

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. You also can contribute to the WAF online.

WAF Raffle
With great fanfare and ceremony, WAF President Paula Verboomen, AIA, Milwaukee, drew the winning tickets for the inaugural WAF Raffle on November 30 at the UWM Hefter Center. The grand prize was a two-night stay at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Seth Peterson Cottage in Mirror Lake State Park. Other WAF Raffle prizes included two iPads and three Nooks. Proceeds from the raffle will support the ongoing Wisconsin Architects Foundation scholarship and grant programs for architectural education and outreach. The next WAF Raffle drawing will take place at the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo in May at Monona Terrace in Madison.

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – Foundations
Reserve May 8 & 9 for the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, Foundations, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The Convention Committee, chaired by Jon Sandeman, AIA, Prairie Du Sac, is assembling an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information and other special events for next spring. Watch your inbox and mailbox for program updates and emerging details.

AIA Renewal and Online Resources . . . A Password Away
As a member of AIA, there are an abundance of online resources including "Members Only Content" and the growing AIA KnowledgeNet professional media site at You must log in as a member to receive the member rate for all purchases, meeting and event registrations, access to AIA KnowledgeNet and to renew your AIA membership. AIA Members can log in using your email address and password. Don't know your password, no problem. Click here to request your password. Enter your email address and then check your email for a message that includes a link to change your password.

2013 AIA Early Renewal Incentives
AIA is offering renewing members a couple of early renewal incentives this year. Win a Trip to the AIA 2013 National Convention in Denver June 20–22! Renew your AIA membership by December 31 and you receive one entry in a sweepstakes drawing for a complete 2013 AIA National Convention package including travel, accommodations, and convention registration. Two convention packages will be awarded. Review contest terms and conditions. Renew by December 31 and you will also receive one free continuing education course from AIA Virtual Convention, which offers online education anytime, anywhere. With a choice of over 30 courses, you can earn learning units related to HSW and SD. AIA Wisconsin members that renew by December 31 will receive an offer to attend both days of the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Expo for the price of a one-day registration.

Architect Section – Disciplinary Proceedings
In reviewing disciplinary proceedings of the Architect Section of the Joint Examining Board, a number of recent enforcement actions involve architects who continued to practice after allowing their Wisconsin license to expire. The problem can be exacerbated once a license expires because the state no longer sends a renewal notice. Architects can avoid the resulting fines and embarrassment by confirming the status of your state license via the license look-up feature on the Department of Safety and Professional Services website

Use of the Title "Architect"
Wisconsin Statutes prohibit a person who is not licensed as an architect from not only practicing or offering to practice architecture, but also from using any title or description tending to convey the impression to the public that they are an architect. Section 443.02(3) states that: "No person may . . . use in connection with the person's name or otherwise assume, use or advertise any title or description tending to convey the impression that he or she is an architect . . . unless the person has been duly registered . . ."

Intern Title
According to state administrative rule A-E 3.03(5), which became effective on June 1, 2003, individuals acquiring supervised experience in architectural work to become licensed as an architect in Wisconsin may use the title "architectural intern." Firms and interns are encouraged to make sure that titles used on business cards and in other marketing materials comply with state statutes and related administrative rules. Only registered architects may use the title "architect." Titles for interns other than "architectural intern" that include "architect" or "architectural," such as "intern architect," "architectural designer" or "architectural technician," are prohibited by state law.

Certificate of Authorization
Section 443.08(5) of the Wisconsin Statutes states that: "No firm, partnership or corporation may engage in the practice of or offer to practice architecture in this state, or use in connection with its name, or otherwise assume, use or advertise any title or description tending to convey the impression that it is engaged in the practice of architecture, nor may it advertise or offer to furnish an architectural service, unless the firm, partnership or corporation has compiled with this chapter" . . . which requires that it have a certificate of authorization from the Department of Regulation and Licensing. To qualify for such a certificate, the firm, partnership or corporation must have a registered architect in its employment.

Aiding or Abetting Unlicensed Practice
Section 443.11(1) authorizes the Joint Board to discipline an architect found guilty of "[s]igning or impressing his or her seal or stamp upon documents not prepared by him or her or under his or her control" or "[k]nowingly aiding or abetting the unauthorized practice of architecture . . . by persons not registered under this chapter." In addition, section 443.17 states that: "No person who is registered under this chapter to practice architecture . . . may impress his or her seal or stamp upon documents which have not been prepared by the person or under his or her direction and control . . . or in any other manner knowingly aid or abet the unauthorized practice of architecture . . . by person not authorized under this chapter."

Branch Offices
State administrative rules A—E 2.03 relating to "branch offices" include the following provisions: "Every firm maintaining one or more places of business in Wisconsin shall have . . . a resident architect in each separate business location which provides or offers to provide architectural services" and that a "resident may not be in charge of or responsible for services offered or provided from more than one business location." These administrative rules have the same force of law as state statutes.

UW System Projects – Proposed A/E Selection Schedule
In order to better plan and schedule the selection of architects for upcoming projects, the University of Wisconsin System Administration – Office of Capital Planning and Budget has posted a “UWSA 2012-13 Proposed A/E Selection Schedule” on its website. The schedule will be updated monthly. It is a valuable resource for AIA Wisconsin members interested in being considered for upcoming UW System building projects. View the selection schedule.

Federal Contracting Opportunities – Design & Construction
If you’re interested in growing your firm and diversifying your revenue stream, then reserve the morning of February 14 for “Federal Contracting Opportunities for Design & Construction.” The workshop, scheduled for 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the Milwaukee War Memorial, will provide an introduction to the federal market – a market offering many opportunities for design and construction firms. AIA Wisconsin is collaborating with the Wisconsin Procurement Institute, Emerging Construction Business Incubator, Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee and ACEC of Wisconsin on this program, with AIA members benefiting from a discounted registration fee. The workshop will review federal agency budgets for design and construction projects, the role of small and disadvantaged businesses, examples of the possible return on investment,  and how your firm can get started in this market. For more information and to register, please go to Federal Contracting Opportunities Workshop

Architecture Exhibit Competition
The Architecture Commission of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) has announced a competition for young designers to create and install an exhibit to display award-winning architecture projects at its March conference in Milwaukee. January 25 is the deadline for submitting a “notice of interest” to the competition chairs. Design competition details 

People & Places
Tom Hanley, AIA, and Julie Graham, AIA, have joined BWBR Architects in Madison. Lynn Jensen, AIA, has joined Eppstein Uhen Architects in Milwaukee. It was recently brought to our attention that Herbert Gausewitz, AIA, Monona, has passed away.

Membership Action
The following new members have joined in the last month: Nicholas L. Blavat, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Kysa M. Heinitz, Assoc. AIA, Viroqua (NW); Diana Hogard, Assoc. AIA, Monona (SW); Terrence L. Penman, AIA, Hayward (NW); and Roger Rhodes, AIA, Middleton (SW).

The Last Word
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors and staff extend their best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year!


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