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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: January 2011

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on submitting projects for 2011 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards, celebrating 100 years of leadership and service to Wisconsin, making connections with your state legislators, registering for 2011 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo and more.

Program & Event Update

Here are a few upcoming AIA/CES programs. Click on program title for additional details.

January 18 | Madison
AIA SW WI Holiday Party

January 19 | Green Bay
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | AAMA 2605-05 Certification and Its Application for Windows

January 20 | Sheboygan
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | AAMA 2605-05 Certification and Its Application for Windows

January 26 | Appleton
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | AAMA 2605-05 Certification and Its Application for Windows

February 3 | Madison
Wright Lecture Series | Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture

February 15 | Pewaukee
BEC-Wisconsin | Sustainable Designs From Old Lessons and Everything You Need to Know About NFPA 285

February 15 | Fitchburg
AIA SW WI Lunch Meeting | Residential and Multi-Family Home Performance

February 17 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Construction Tour | Saint John's on the Lake

February 17 | Madison
AIA WI Design Awards Submissions Due

February 22 | La Crosse
AIA NW WI Learning Lunches | Model, Measure, Manage: The Energy Story from Dream Time to Real Time

February 24 | Madison
Mentorship: Pizzas and Protégés

Design Awards

The Design Awards Committee invites your participation in the 2011 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The deadline for entering your projects is January 20. Entry binders are due by no later than February 17. The 2011 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on May 4 at Monona Terrace in Madison.

AIA 100th Anniversary

Back in 1911, a small group of Wisconsin architects, with a vision for the future of their profession and state, formally established the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Wisconsin Secretary of State approved its incorporation on November 1, 1911. Alexander C. Eschweiler and Armand D. Koch signed the Articles of Association forming the new AIA chapter. As part of AIA Wisconsin's centennial celebration, you are invited to share a story about a teacher, mentor, employer, partner, colleague, client, project or AIA event that made a difference in your career. Please send your story via e-mail.

AIA 100

Happy 100th Anniversary Video

AIA Wisconsin is celebrating 100 years of leadership through design and advocacy. Please join the celebration and preview the video montage!

Favorite Wisconsin Buildings

Celebrating 100 years of leadership, AIA Wisconsin member volunteers have begun collecting sketches, photos and information to be included in Wisconsin Architecture coloring pages for children.

New Governor & State Legislature

With a new Governor and a new Wisconsin Legislature, there are a lot of new faces at the State Capitol. It's important for you to make connections with your State Senator and State Representative so they can get to know you and gain a better appreciation of all the ways that architects contribute to local communities and the state's economy. For information, contact AIA Wisconsin and visit the Wisconsin State Legislature website.

January Special Session

Governor Walker called the Legislature into the "Wisconsin is Open for Business" special session earlier this month on the date of his inauguration. Both houses of the Legislature currently are reviewing seven special session proposals intended to improve Wisconsin's business climate and help create 250,000 new jobs. The legislative proposals address: legal and tort reforms, tax credit for health savings accounts, tax incentives for businesses relocating to Wisconsin, expansion of the economic development tax credit program, requirements for supermajority vote to approve state tax increase, creation of a new Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to replace the Department of Commerce, and income and franchise tax credit for small businesses. For information on these special session bills, contact AIA Wisconsin or visit the Wisconsin Legislature site.

Joint Finance Committee

Wisconsin's Joint Committee on Finance has been described as the most powerful legislative committee in the country. It certainly will be the center of attention for the next several months as committee reviews every bill with a fiscal impact, including the state budget for the next biennium. Do you know any of these members of the Joint Finance Committee? Senators – Alberta Darling, co-chair [R-Menomonee Falls]; Luther Olsen [R-Ripon]; Sheila Harsdorf [R-River Falls]; Joseph Leibham[R-Sheboygan]; Glenn Grothman [R-West Bend]; Randy Hopper [R-Fond du Lac]; Lena Taylor [D-Milwaukee]; and Robert Jauch [D-Poplar]. Representatives – Robin Vos, co-chair [R-Burlington]; Dan Meyer [R-Eagle River]; Daniel LeMahieu [R-Cascade]; John Nygren [R-Marinette]; Pat Strachota [R-West Bend]; Joel Kleefish [R-Oconomowoc]; Tamara Grigsby [D-Milwaukee]; and Jennifer Shilling [D-La Crosse].


Reserve May 4 & 5 for the 2011 AIA Wisconsin Convention, Rekindle, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The Convention Committee, chaired by Jody Andres, AIA, Neenah, has assembled an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information and other special events. Keynote speakers are Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA, Brian MacKay-Lyons, Hon. FAIA, and Ned Cramer. Seminar presenters include Paul Lewis, AIA, James Cramer, Hon. AIA, Rena Klein, FAIA, David Eijadi, FAIA, Brian Anderson, Louis Wasserman, AIA, Caren Connolly, Melissa Vernon, and Chris Green, AIA.

Convention Registration Special Pricing

Renew your membership dues by January 20 to have an opportunity to register for two days of the Convention for the price of one! Renew your membership and register for the Convention. Limited time offer

AIA Wisconsin Convention Hotel

If you are planning to stay at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace during the AIA Wisconsin Convention, you need to make your reservation by April 3 to benefit from a reduced Convention room rate of $159 per night [excluding taxes]. Call the Hilton at (608) 255-5100 | (866) 403-8838 to make your reservation [Use Group Code: AIA2].

AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo

Invite vendors to participate in the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Exposition on May 4 & 5, at Monona Terrace. It is the one trade show that attracts architects and allied design and construction industry leaders from across Wisconsin. The Building Products Expo will feature over 170 displays by the leading manufacturers and suppliers of products and services for Wisconsin's design and construction industry.

AIA Grassroots

State and local AIA leaders from Wisconsin and across the country will be visiting Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, in early February. The topics to be discussed with Wisconsin's congressional delegation include ideas for unfreezing credit, removing regulatory burdens from small business, jumpstarting the market for building retrofits and using the federal transportation bill to rejuvenate communities. For information on these AIA federal advocacy issues, visit AIA Wisconsin's advocacy site.

Wisconsin Architects Foundation

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation 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.

AIA Contract Documents

The AIA updated the Construction Manager as Adviser (CMa) Family in 2009. The prior editions of those documents [published in 1992] retired on December 31, 2010. For a full line-by-line comparison of the entire text of the old and new versions of each of the main documents in this family visit AIA National.. AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents. To purchase paper contract documents, go here.

AIA Photo Competition

AIA St. Louis is coordinating the 2011 AIA Photography Competition. The top 14 entries will be exhibited at the 2011 AIA National Convention in New Orleans. Images for the 2013 calendar will be selected from submitted entries, which are due by March 1. For further details, please visit AIA St. Louis.

AIA CES Transcripts

AIA CES Discovery is a new learning management platform that will be your go-to place for viewing your CES transcript, tracking continuing education requirements, including health, safety and welfare [HSW] and sustainable design [SD] coursework, and searching thousands of providers and courses. AIA CES Discovery uses your account sign-in. For more information, go to:

2011 Better Buildings: Better Business Conference

The Ninth Annual Better Buildings: Better Business Conference hosted by the Energy Center of Wisconsin is scheduled for March 2-4, 2011, in Wisconsin Dells. Discover the techniques and strategies you'll need to design and build the next generation of energy-efficient and net-zero energy homes.

Distinguished Service

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: George M. Beyer, Elm Grove; Kevin J. Connolly, AIA, Wauwatosa; Daryl J. Dean, AIA, Rhinelander; A. James Gersich, AIA, Fitchburg; David Helbach; Madison; Kurt V. Zimmerman, AIA, Wauwatosa. 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 4, at Monona Terrace.

Member Action

Please welcome the following members that have joined in the last month: Mark J. Clearwood, AIA, Madison (SW); Michael A. Pieper, AIA, Waunakee (SW); Sixto O. Villegas, AIA, Watertown (SE) and Chad W. White, Assoc. AIA, Fall Creek (NW).

The Last Word

In anticipation of our anniversary, AIA Wisconsin asked the archivist at the AIA about the date of its charter. This was her reply:

It's a little complicated. The Wisconsin Chapter was first established in 1891 (according to the Board minutes of Sept. 16, 1891). Apparently there were problems within the chapter. The chapter's report in the 1894 convention proceedings reads as follows:

"Number of members, four, but an effort is now on foot to increase its membership. New rooms have been procured and are being furnished and an effort is now in process to increase its membership and especially to attract the younger men. With this new life it is hoped that the petty jealousies and want of harmony lately existing will disappear and next year we are promised a good report from Wisconsin."

However, there is no report from Wisconsin for 1895 or the following years. In 1911, the convention proceedings tell us that "two new chapters were organized in the previous year," one of them being Wisconsin. It is treated as a new chapter at that time, and no wonder, since it had folded up seventeen years earlier. The founding date listed in the membership directories over the years has been 1911.

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