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E-News: April 2014

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, Wisconsin Architects Foundation raffle drawing and scholarships, emerging professionals programs, Design Awards entries and more.

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AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – May 7 & 8
Plan to join the conversation at the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, R/Evolution, on May 7 & 8, at Monona Terrace in Madison. This year’s state conference features presentations by innovative leaders that will help you prepare for the future of the profession. It is designed to enhance your professional skills, renew your network of contacts, rejuvenate your passion for design and recharge your creativity. Register by April 25 and benefit from an early-bird discount. Register Today!

Keynote Addresses
The 2014 AIA Wisconsin Convention features three outstanding keynote speakers. On Wednesday, May 7, Aaron Betsky, director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, presents The Boldt Company Keynote Address that will discuss architecture in a digital age and explore ways in which architecture can make sense of our modern world. To kick off the Design Awards celebration Wednesday evening, John Pickard, FAIA, founding principal of Pickard Chilton, presents the Findorff Keynote Address that will examine influences that impact the design of contemporary and future high-performance workplaces. On Thursday, May 8, Mary Ann Lazaruz, FAIA, Resident Fellow at national AIA on Sustainability and Design for Health, presents the Immel Construction Keynote Address that will review the “AIA Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan” and how it equips architects to advance leadership opportunities through sustainability.





Design Seminars
The featured “design” seminars will remind you why you wanted to be an architect. On Wednesday, Dwayne Olyer and Jenny Wu, co-founders of the Los Angeles firm Oyler Wu Collaborative, will discuss the evolution of their design work over the last several years. On Thursday, Heather Roberge, Assoc. AIA, founder and of murmur Architecture and Environments, will present research from her soon-to-be-published book, “Fabricating Plasticity: The Art and Technology of Design with Aluminum.” Continuing the tradition of featuring a Wisconsin firm, Doug Hursh, AIA, architect, principal and director of design with Potter Lawson Inc., will review the firm’s design philosophies, diverse architectural portfolio and several new interior work environments, including the firm’s new Madison office.

Practice Seminars
Another track of seminars features presentations on emerging “practice” issues. Wednesday morning, Tony Rinella, director of bimSCORE, will demonstrate how to align BIM implementation to strategic business goals for a project, office or enterprise. On Thursday, back by popular demand, Jim Atkins, FAIA, will explore the transformation of Construction Contract Administration services in the evolving Integrated Project Delivery process. In addition, a panel of AIA Project Delivery Knowledge Community members will review the best practices for Design-Build projects.

Sustainability Seminars
These featured seminars will address a variety of sustainable design topics. On Wednesday, Joy Altwies, program director of UW-Madison Engineering Professional Development, will explore strategies for achieving sustainable buildings that go beyond green design. On Thursday morning, Rand Ekman, AIA, vice president and director of sustainability at Cannon Design, will reflect on his experience with the AIA Committee on the Environment Advisory Group (COTE-AG) and explore the role of architectural practice in meeting the sustainability imperatives. On Thursday afternoon, Deep Energy Retrofit Steering Committee members, Tate Walker, AIA, Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Abby Vogen Horn and Kurt Zimmerman, AIA, will give you a better understanding of deep energy retrofit projects and the potential business opportunities for architects. 

Annual Meetings & Awards Luncheon
Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin leaders will present reports on upcoming programs and initiatives during the joint Annual Meetings that kick off the Convention & Expo on Wednesday, May 7. Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, 2014 First Vice President/President-Elect of the American Institute of Architects, will speak on repositioning today's profession for tomorrow's success and provide an update on AIA initiatives to advance the profession. The Awards Luncheon features the presentation of the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award to Thomas E. Hirsch, FAIA, Madison, as well as special remarks by Chu Richter on building leaders for the future of the profession.  

Emerging Professionals Companion Activity: Value Analysis
Attention all Intern Development Program (IDP) candidates. You are invited to participate in an Emerging Professionals Companion (EPC) Activity and earn core hours towards IDP requirements for licensure. The EPC "Value Analysis" activity is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at the AIA Wisconsin Convention. Those who successfully complete the activity will be eligible for 8 core IDP hours towards the Engineering Systems Category in IDP. Register by 4/25 and save. EPC Information

Building Products Expo
The Building Products Expo is your opportunity to find answers to all of your questions from representatives of the region’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of design and construction industry products and services. Gather valuable product information, speak to company reps and enjoy networking with colleagues. Reserve enough time to tour the entire Expo, bring plenty of business cards and enter exhibitor-sponsored drawings. The Expo is open both days: 3:00–7:00 p.m. on May 7 and 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. on May 8. 

Spotlight Seminars & Expo Education
Free 90-minute exhibitor-sponsored “spotlight” seminars are scheduled just prior to the Expo opening on Wednesday and immediately following the close of the Expo on Thursday. During the Expo periods on both days, members can participate in 15-minute Expo Education sessions offered by exhibitors at their booths.

AIA Knowledge Center & Emerging Professionals Corner
If you have questions or suggestions about AIA programs and initiatives, plan to visit with AIA Wisconsin leaders at the “AIA Knowledge Center” in the Expo. A new addition to the Expo, the “Emerging Professionals Corner” will host short workshops on IDP and ARE requirements, feature a display on the AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals Design Competition, welcome recently licensed architects and encourage conversations about the future of architecture.

WAF Raffle
Support the Wisconsin Architects Foundation by purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win a fabulous prize! Prizes include a weekend getaway, architectural Lego® set, an Apple gift certificate and a bonus destination prize. You can purchase your raffle tickets from WAF Board members [$10 each or five for $40]. The prize drawing is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. on May 8, in the Expo.

WAF Wisconsin Student Out-of-State Study Scholarships
The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships of $1,000 or more to outstanding Wisconsin students who are pursuing accredited architectural degrees at schools located outside of Wisconsin. May 15 is the deadline for applying for a WAF Wisconsin Student Out-of-State Study Scholarship. To be eligible, the student must have received his/her diploma from a Wisconsin high school and be currently attending or planning to attend an NAAB-accredited school of architecture with a first professional degree or post-graduate degree program. Here is a link to information about this WAF scholarship you can forward on to eligible Wisconsin architecture students that you know.

AIA Wisconsin Design Awards – 2014 Entries
For the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program, a distinguished jury of Amy Slattery, AIA, Kansas City, Larry Speck, FAIA, Austin, and Dan Wheeler, FAIA, Chicago, reviewed all of the entries and selected ten projects designed by member architects for awards. The architects, owners and contractors for these award-winning projects will be announced during the special Design Awards celebration on May 7 at Monona Terrace. In the meantime, you are encouraged to view all of the projects entered by AIA Wisconsin members and try to identify the projects venerated by this year’s jury: 2014 AIA WI Design Awards Entries

State Continuing Education Requirements
When you renew your Wisconsin license by July 31, 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

AIA Convention Delegates – Chicago
If you're going to Chicago for the AIA Convention on June 26–28, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local chapter.

Economic Webcast: Breakthrough Year for Construction
2014 should be the turnaround year everyone in construction has been waiting for. Join AIA partner, REED Construction Data, at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, for a free webcast on the status of the economy with three construction economists including Kermit Baker, AIA, Chief Economist for the AIA. Attendees eligible to receive 1.5 AIA/CES LU. Register

People & Places
Thomas R Cox, AIA, Appleton, has joined ics|Solutions Group Inc. in Appleton. Jay Knetter, AIA, Brookfield, has started his own firm JAKnetter Architects in Waukesha. Kurt D. Peeters, AIA, Combined Locks, has elevated to Architect membership. “Citizen Architect” David Oberbeck, AIA, has been re-elected to a third two-year term on the Wausau City Council. Congratulations!

Membership Action
The following new members have joined in the last month: Wesley I. Barnes, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Nathan R. Beyer, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Jeff Birrenkott, Professional Affiliate, Madison (SW); Sinh D. Dinh, AIA, Middleton (SW); Alyssa Frank, Assoc. AIA, LaCrosse (NW); Justin R Garrity, Assoc. AIA, Waukesha (SE); Laurie L. Goscha, AIA, Madison (SW); Gordon K. Graham III, Assoc. AIA, Omro (NE); Gurpreet Kler, Assoc. AIA, Brookfield (SE); Jessica L. Lindner, Assoc. AIA, Muskego (SE); Patrick W. McCarty, AIA, Fish Creek (NE); Jerome Mueller, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Alex J. Parker, Assoc. AIA, Brookfield (SE); Jennifer R. Raymaker, AIA, Delafield (SE); Nicholas H. Robinson, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Alexandria C. Roe, AIA, Madison (SW); Bruno R. Silva, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Keith R. Stachowiak Jr, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); John Towle, Professional Affiliate, Luxemburg (NE); Jonathan Vaver, Assoc. AIA, Stevens Point (NW); and Jezamil Vega-Skeels, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE). Welcome!     
The Last Word
“More than ever, the repositioned AIA will be highly valued and globally relevant in its service to society in building a better world.”
[Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, 2014 First Vice President/President-Elect of the American Institute of Architects]

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