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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: October 2007

AIA Practice Seminar

Sustainability, technology, integrated project delivery and new contract documents are issues transforming the design and construction industry. Join Frank Musica, Assoc. AIA, Esq. in Madison on November 7 and in Milwaukee on November 8 for a special two-hour guided tour of the opportunities, challenges and risks these trends create for the profession and practice of architecture. Musica is a senior risk management attorney with Victor O. Schinnerer & Company and the program manager for the AIA's commended program of professional liability insurance. AIA members will earn 2.0 AIA/CES learning unit hours. The seminar sessions are sponsored by Victor O. Schinnerer & Company and Cobb, Strecker Dunphy and Zimmermann, Inc.

Architecture Firm Award

You are invited to participate in the AIA Wisconsin "Architecture Firm Award" program by submitting a nomination or encouraging others to do so. This award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member-owned firm, will be presented at the AIA Wisconsin Convention next spring. The Architecture Firm Award recognizes a Wisconsin firm for outstanding achievement in the advancement of the architectural profession. The deadline for nominations is October 31, 2007.

Golden Award

The deadline for 2008 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 AIA Wisconsin members have been recognized since 1986. Contact AIA Wisconsin to request nomination materials.

2007 Planning Initiatives

This year's AIA Wisconsin long-range planning retreat focused on initiatives related to community outreach, leadership and technology, emerging professionals, licensure, sustainability and firm practice. The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors will be considering the draft 2007 report at its next meeting on November 29 in Milwaukee. Your questions, comments and suggestions would be appreciated.

Citizen Architect

The AIA is gathering information from members to learn more about your community and political involvement and to identify tools and resources that would assist you in these positions. Please help this "Citizen Architect" initiative by taking a few minutes to complete the Citizen Architect Census.

QBS & Green

For a building project to be successful, it is important for it to get off to the right start, which begins with the selection of the architect. AIA Wisconsin has been helping owners set up a qualifications-based selection (QBS) process since 1986. QBS Wisconsin is a public service program offered by AIA Wisconsin and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin. A step-by-step guide is available online at or by calling 1-800-ARCHITECT. The following is an example of a QBS success story: Early in 2003, representatives of the Aldo Leopold Foundation contacted AIA Wisconsin for assistance in setting up a QBS process for selecting an architect for a new educational center near Baraboo. Sustainable design and the ability to create a building with the least impact on the land obviously were going to be important criteria incorporated into the selection process. In presenting the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center with a LEED Platinum Certification last week, USGBC founder and chairman Rick Fedrizzi noted that it was the "greenest building in the world." Congratulations to the Aldo Leopold Foundation, which recognized the contributions of The Kubala Washatko Architects, The Boldt Company and others to this award-winning project. (Note: The QBS Committee is looking for an AIA Northeast Wisconsin member to help guide this unique and innovative program. Please contact the AIA Wisconsin office if you're interested in being appointed to fill this committee vacancy.)

Consultants, Contractors & Manufacturers Directory

Collaborating with experts helps architects provide their clients with successful projects. The Consultants, Contractors & Manufacturers Directory was developed to aid architecture firms, clients and the public. Encourage one of your consultants to list.

New AIA Contract Documents

The AIA Contract Documents program provides proven, consistent and effective standard form contract documents for the building design and construction industry. This fall, the AIA will be releasing close to 50 new or revised contract documents. The last major release of the AIA's flagship documents occurred in 1997. Watch your inbox for more details. AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents.

Taliesin Bookstore

The Taliesin Bookstore offers a wide variety of high-quality gifts, clothing, home furnishings and art objects designed or inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as assistance in choosing the "Wright" corporate gifts for your firm or clients. All of your purchases directly support the preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin home. For further details, call 877-588-7900.

ARE Lending Library

AIA Wisconsin has established a lending library of the latest Architect Registration Examination (ARE) study materials from Kaplan AEC Education that cover all sections of the ARE exam. The materials are available to AIA Associate members only 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.

People & Places

Troy D. Parr, AIA, Oneida, has upgraded to AIA Architect member. Congratulations! Michael A. Martin, Assoc. AIA, Berlin , has joined Consolidated Construction Co. , Inc. John A. Schmied, Assoc. AIA, Sun Prairie, has joined Bouril Design Studio. Daniel Becker, AIA, Milwaukee, is the lone candidate from Wisconsin to be nominated for the 2008 USGB Board of Directors. Development Collaborative Ltd. has moved to 10033 N Port Washington Rd Ste 250, Mequon, phone: (262) 240-2961. Woods Associates, Inc., has moved to 757 N Broadway Ste 700, Milwaukee , phone: (414) 291-0772. Richard S. Blum, AIA, Germantown, has opened his own firm, The Architectural Workshop, LLC, located at W161N11110 Meadow Dr, Germantown, phone (262) 437-0343. Mark H. Jenssen, AIA, Madison, has opened his own firm, Jenssen Design, LLC, located at 2117 E Mifflin St , Madison , phone (608) 441-5424. Rod Cox's firm, Cox & Associates, has moved to 316 Scott St in Wausau, phone (715) 355-8260. The office of Tom W. Meiklejohn III, AIA, Architect, has moved to 113 N Main St, Fond du Lac, phone: (920) 923-3163.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between September 18 and October 15, 2007: Michael G. Abnet, Student, La Crescent, MN (NW); Paul J. DeLeeuw, Assoc. AIA, DePere (NE); Andrew Greene, Student, West Salem (NW); Amy Happel-Green, Student, Onalaska (NW); John E. Kieckhafer, AIA, Oshkosh (NE); Ryan Kyser, Student, LaCrosse (NW); Kevin Miller, Student, LaCrosse (NW); Kyle Peth, Student, Tomah (NW); Katie Przybylski, Student, Pulaski (NE); Lisa Richards, Student, LaCrosse (NW); Rebecca Smolcich, Student, Appleton (NE); Brandon Spoehr, Student, Lake Mills (SE); Daniel H. St. Louis, Assoc. AIA, Fond Du Lac (NE); Troy Sugden, Student, LaCrosse (NW); Casey Thompson, Student, Tomah (NW) and Nathaniel R. Turner, Student, Onalaska (NW).

The Last Word

"That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics" [Aldo Leopold]

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