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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: October 2006

Election Results & Appointment

Congratulations to Kent Calloway, AIA, Middleton; and Karen Plunkett Muenster, AIA, Milwaukee! They have been elected as a Director-At-Large on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors, with two-year terms starting in January. At its meeting last week in Lake Geneva, Jenalyn Groeschel, Assoc. AIA, New Berlin, was appointed to a two-year term as one of the two Associate Representatives on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors.

Fall Workshop

Over 125 architects and allied professionals gathered in Lake Geneva last week for the 2006 Fall Workshop on "Integrated Practice." The speakers – Norman Strong, FAIA, Finith Jernigan, AIA, Glenn Birx, AIA, and Kimon Onuma, AIA – received very high marks. One member noted that "This workshop was great. I will leave with more ideas going through my head about the future of architecture than any I've ever attended." Autodesk and the Wisconsin Architects Foundation stepped forward to help sponsor the workshop. Thank you!

Long-Range Planning Report

For over 20 years, AIA Wisconsin leaders have gathered in an old log lodge on Mirror Lake to participate in a long-range planning session. This year, 18 members participated in the two-day retreat chaired by AIA Wisconsin Vice President/ President-Elect Martin Sell, AIA, Juneau. With the theme of "AIA200," the focus of the 2006 planning session was on members, leadership involvement, AIA150 initiatives and what the AIA may look like in 2057.

State Awards Program

The Division of State Facilities (DSF) is accepting nominations for its sixteenth annual Awards Program, which recognizes individuals and companies for excellence in the design, construction and service of state buildings. The deadline for nominations is 12/15/06. For additional information about the Awards Program, contact Ron Krohn at (608) 266-8874.

SE² Leadership Awards

The third annual Sustainability & Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Awards were presented at a special awards luncheon in Madison last week. Engberg Anderson Design Partnership received an "Award for Excellence" for the Historic Third Ward Riverwalk in Milwaukee. "Awards of Merit" were presented to Eppstein Uhen Architects for the Deerfield Elementary School, Oak Creek-Franklin School District and to Berners Schober Associates for the DNR NE Regional Headquarters in Howard. "Special Citations" were presented to Ayres Associates for the Bush Brothers Office Addition in Augusta and to Hoffman, LLC, for the Woodland School, Kimberly School District. The SE ² Leadership Awards program was created by AIA Wisconsin, Energy Center of Wisconsin, ASHRAE – Wisconsin Section, Illuminating Engineering Society – Milwaukee Section, Wisconsin Green Building Alliance, IFMA – Wisconsin Section, and Focus on Energy. The program recognizes leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operation of Wisconsin commercial buildings and related systems. Congratulations to the award-winning architects and projects!

DSF Consultants Conference

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin is holding its 15 th annual DSF Consultants Conference, "Looking into the Future: Building Information Modeling," on November 2 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. AIA Wisconsin members benefit from a reduced registration fee. For information on the conference, visit the AIA Wisconsin " Calendar of Events " or call ACEC at (608) 257-9223.

Golden Award

The deadline for 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. Contact AIA Wisconsin to request nomination materials.

SUPAr Curriculum Design Charette

The UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning has scheduled a SUPAr (High School for Urban Planning and Architecture) Curriculum Design Charette for the evening of November 1. The goal is to develop a menu of projects that will engage high school students using facets of design, planning and development of buildings, cities and regions. For further information, please contact Nancy Frank at (414) 229-5372.

AIA/CES Self-Report Form

If you participate in an educational program that is not offered by an AIA/CES Registered Provider, you have the option of self reporting the program or learning activity. Here's a link to a quick refresher on the AIA/CES Self-Report Form.

AIA Contract Documents

With an extensive catalog of contract documents, as well as a variety of document series and families, a new video Introduction to AIA Contract Documents is now available for viewing on the AIA website to educate and inform those with an interest in AIA contract documents. You can purchase these widely recognized industry standard documents through AIA Wisconsin's website.

AIA Career Center

If you are a member looking to advance your career or a firm trying to find qualified employees, the AIA Career Center is a valuable resource for discovering job opportunities and tapping into a database of candidates.

Integrated Practice

The 2006 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop on "Integrated Practice" will be held on Friday, October 20, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva. The full-day workshop will provide an overview of what's involved with integrated practice, an introduction to building information modeling (BIM), tips on how to manage an integrated process and anticipate the cultural changes that may occur in your practice, and a preview of emerging tools and new relationships. The registration fee is $150 for members if you register online by 10/14/06. Change is now!

Wisconsin State Capitol

At the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board (SCERB) meeting on September 25, architect and SCERB member Arlan Kay, AIA, Oregon, presented Wisconsin State Senator Fred Risser with a $1,000 contribution from The American Institute of Architects for the State Capitol Preservation Fund. Sen. Risser (D-Madison) is chair of SCERB. Last July, the Council of Architectural Component Executives (CACE) met in Madison; and AIA leaders from around the country were impressed with the restoration of the State Capitol. The generous AIA donation was made in support of the AIA Wisconsin Historic Resources Committee "Culture of Care" initiative to make sure that the State Capitol is appropriately maintained and preserved.

Local Chapter Officers

If you have ever thought about volunteering to help guide local AIA Chapter programs, this is the time to toss your hat into the ring. All four of the local AIA Chapters in Wisconsin currently are recruiting members interested in serving as 2007 Secretary/Treasurer. To find out more about this leadership opportunity, please contact the AIA Wisconsin office . . . or the President of your local AIA Chapter: Southeast – Diane Trevarrow Evans, AIA, (414) 247-9092; Southwest – Melissa Destree, AIA, (608) 268-1499; Northeast – Adam Heindel, AIA, (920) 926-9800; and Northwest – Chris LaShorne, AIA, (608) 785-2626.

Support for Emerging Professionals

As part of its commitment to members, the AIA has developed strategies that firms can use to support professional development and emerging professionals. To get started, you can go to Strategies for Firms in Support of Emerging Professionals on the AIA website for information on mentoring, performance management, firm support, knowledge resources, financial support, research and outreach.

Committees & Knowledge Communities

AIA Wisconsin has numerous committees made up of members who volunteer to help coordinate a broad range of programs and services. Recently, two new committees have been suggested. A Residential Architecture Committee could provide a networking opportunity for members involved in one- and two-family as well as multifamily housing . . . and a forum to discuss state building code recommendations being considered by the Uniform Dwelling Code Council and Multifamily Dwelling Code Council. In addition, the AIA Design-Build Knowledge Community has offered its assistance in establishing a Design-Build Committee in Wisconsin for members interested in sharing information on this project delivery approach. If either of these potential new committees sounds interesting to you, please contact AIA Wisconsin .]

The Last Word

"The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession and the resource for its members in service to society." [AIA Mission Statement - June 2006]

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