E-News: June 2013
In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the state budget, proposed cut in state building program, WAF scholarships, new AIA/CES member transcript service, NCARB resources, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.
State Budget – Joint Finance Committee
The Joint Committee on Finance recently completed its work reviewing and adjusting the Governor’s state budget recommendations for the 2013-15 biennium. The Finance Committee budget package is now being considered by the full Wisconsin Legislature. In letters to members of the Joint Finance Committee, AIA Wisconsin expressed support for the $1.4 billion state building program recommended by the State Building Commission, concern about certain provisions contained in the budget bill related to the use of single-prime contracting for state building projects, and opposition to proposed budget provisions eliminating the authority of architects to determine whether state building projects are proceeding in a satisfactory manner. The recommended state budget approved by the Joint Finance Committee reduces bonding authority for the state building program by $250 million, adjusts slightly the single-prime contracting provisions and keeps the proposed amendment to current statutory language that would eliminate the authority of architects to evaluate the progress of construction on state building projects.
State Building Program – AIA & AGC Joint Statement
In response to Joint Finance Committee action to slash state bonding authority for the state building program by $250 million, AIA Wisconsin and Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin issued a joint statement encouraging the Wisconsin Legislature to restore funding to protect the taxpayers’ investment in state facilities. The AIA and AGC statement notes that now is a perfect time to invest in state buildings because the cost of state borrowing is at a historic low, the current construction market is extremely competitive and state building projects stimulate additional economic activity and create jobs. It concludes by indicating that architects and contractors “believe maintaining our investment in state facilities is a sound strategy for moving Wisconsin forward.” Please encourage your state senator and state representative to restore the bonding authority for the state building program. Here is link to the AIA Wisconsin and AGC of Wisconsin statement Now is the Time to Invest in State Buildings.
Wisconsin Legislature – Making Connections
The Wisconsin Legislature currently is considering the state budget for the next biennium [2013 Assembly Bill 40]. Now is a great time to renew connections with your state senator and state representative. You can remind them of all the ways architects contribute to the health and vitality of local communities and the overall state economy . . . plus encourage them to protect state facilities by supporting adequate funding for the state building program. To find out who is representing you, visit the Wisconsin State Legislature website.
WAF Scholarship News
The Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF) is a non-profit membership organization of design and construction professionals dedicated to being a catalyst to improve quality of the environment through research and education. Earlier this summer, the WAF Board awarded $1,500 scholarships to two Wisconsin students pursuing accredited degrees at schools of architecture located outside of the state. This Wisconsin Students Out-of-State Study Scholarships program was created in 2008 and reflects a long-standing commitment by the WAF to support Wisconsin students interested in architectural education. The two WAF scholarship recipients are: John Michael Maternoski, Denmark; and Rachel Peterson, Pulaski. Both scholarship recipients currently are in the first year of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Oregon. In case you know Wisconsin students pursing architectural studies in other states, here is a link to more information on this valuable WAF scholarship program.
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. Three Directors-At-Large will be elected by the membership this fall to a two-year term beginning January 2014. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter. For further information, contact the AIA Wisconsin office.
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.
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 – “Architectural Intern”
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."
NCARB has created several resources to help make the transition to My Examination as smooth as possible. Check them out – Candidate Tip Sheet | My Examination FAQs | "Myth Busters" Fact Sheet
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.
MyCES: AIA Launches New Interactive Member Transcript Service
Track your continuing education requirements using MyCES’s visual display of completed Learning Unit and Health Safety Welfare credits, and browse continuing education offerings.
E-News – Back Issues
If you think you may have missed something important in a previous AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you can scroll through back issues available on the AIA Wisconsin website. Try it and you may be surprised by what else you discover.
People & Places
Jeffrey A. Holzhauer AIA, Waukesha, has joined Eppstein Uhen Architects in Milwaukee in the Healthcare Studio as a Senior Project Manager. Jennifer A. Eschner, AIA, Fort Atkinson, has been promoted to associate principal a Kahler Slater, Milwaukee. Leigh M. Streit, AIA, Madison, has elevated to architect. Congratulations!
The following members have joined in the last month: Christopher J. Bauknecht, Assoc. AIA, Oshkosh (NE); Gregory Kettner, Assoc. AIA, Appleton (NE); Peter A. Anderson, AIA, West Bend (SE); Kevin W. Schneider, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Daniel J. Sterner, Assoc. AIA, Verona (SW); and Gabriel G. Williams, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW). Welcome!
The Last Word
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” [John F. Kennedy]