Wisconsin Architect Magazine
Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: August 2011
In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop, Golden Award nominations, Director-At-Large and Associate Representative opportunities, long-range planning retreat, valuable educational programs and more.
Save the date . . . reserve Friday, October 21, for the 2011 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop on the Epic Systems Corp. campus in Verona, Wisconsin. This year’s full-day practice-oriented workshop will focus on vernacular architectural and design solutions to help you meet the 2030 challenge. Fall Workshop chair Melissa Destree, AIA, Oregon, is working with John Cuningham, FAIA, and Tom Kyllo, AIA, with the Cuningham Group Architecture in Minneapolis on a continuing education program that will feature a guided tour of the Epic campus and seminar sessions on the overall design approach and technical systems being utilized to meet the facilities expectations for this growing software development firm. Watch your inbox for more details and registration materials.
The deadline for 2012 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award nominations is November 2. 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-three AIA Wisconsin members have been recognized since 1986, with Kevin J. Connolly, AIA, Milwaukee, selected to receive this year's Golden Award. Contact AIA Wisconsin to request nomination materials.
At its meeting in August, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors approved the appointment of David Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire, as 2012 Vice President/President-Elect and Jody Andres, AIA, Neenah, as 2012 Secretary/Treasurer. Peterson and Andres will join 2012 President Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, and immediate Past President Thomas Hirsch, AIA, Madison, on the 2012 Executive Committee for AIA Wisconsin.
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 2012. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter. For further information, contact the AIA Wisconsin office.
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors may appoint two Associate AIA members to a two-year term as an Associate Representative. The terms are staggered, so one Associate Representative is appointed by the Board of Directors each year. For a description of the Associate Representative position, please contact the AIA Wisconsin office. If you are an Associate AIA member interested in reviewing and shaping AIA Wisconsin policies and programs for the benefit of fellow members, please submit a letter of interest and a brief resume to: Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Vice President, AIA Wisconsin, 321 S. Hamilton St., Madison, WI 53703.
At its meeting earlier this month, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors approved keeping state dues the same for 2012: AIA Architect – Firm Principal $300, AIA Architect – Employee $215, Associate AIA $80 ($60 for first three years of membership), Professional Affiliate $300, and Student Affiliate $15. AIA Emeritus members have no state dues responsibility. AIA Wisconsin dues have not increased since 2009. The four local AIA Chapters in Wisconsin do not have membership dues. National AIA dues for 2012 will increase by $2 to $246 for AIA Architect members and by $1 to $106 for Associate AIA members.
For over 20 years, AIA leaders in Wisconsin have gathered in an old log lodge on Mirror Lake to participate in a long-range planning session. This year, 28 members participated in the two-day retreat chaired by AIA Wisconsin Vice President/President-Elect Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale. Participants included students to seasoned AIA members and everything in between. This year’s planning retreat focused on last year’s successful Wisconsin “Weave” exercise and planning initiatives. The goal was to strengthen connections with members by developing planning calendars of chapter programs and activities through 2012 by discussing creative ways to better serve society, the profession and our members by advancing strategies that enhance knowledge, advocacy, communication and collaboration.
Now is a good time to contact local AIA Chapter officers to discuss volunteer leadership opportunities. To find out more, please contact the AIA Wisconsin office . . . or the President of your local AIA Chapter: AIA Milwaukee – Kurt Zimmerman, AIA (414) 225-0839; Southwest – Tate Walker, (608) 238-8276; Northeast – Jonathan R Brinkley, AIA, (920) 926-9800; and Northwest – Gregory A Granlund, AIA, (715) 835-7500.
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: Kevin Hinz, Waunakee, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; and Jessie Wilcox, Waukesha, Harvard University Graduate School of Design. If you know Wisconsin students pursing architectural studies in other states, please tell them about this valuable WAF scholarship program.
Looking ahead, the 2011 Sustainability and Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Conference coordinated by the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance is scheduled for September 21 in Madison . . . and the annual DSF Consultant Conference sponsored by ACEC of Wisconsin is set for November 8 in Madison. As an AIA Wisconsin member, you are eligible for discounted registration fees for both of these conferences. AIA Wisconsin members can save $10 by using the discount code “AIA2011” when registering for the SE ² Conference.
Coordinated by Monona Terrace, “Terrace Town” is a program that introduces architecture and community planning to elementary students in Dane County. As a mentor, you'll work with one classroom to design a neighborhood or city. You'll bring a professional "real life" perspective to discussions about how communities are planned, what makes a sustainable community and how people can participate in the improvement of the built environment. (A WAF grant helps Monona Terrace support an educational program for the teachers on community design and urban planning.) For further information about being a volunteer mentor, contact Heather Sabin at (608) 261-4015.
The new state commercial building code update package, which moves Wisconsin to the 2009 ICC codes, has cleared legislative review and will become effective on September 1, 2011. An amendment to Comm 61.40 recommended by AIA Wisconsin to clarify that a project may have more than one supervising professional was included as part of the update package. A special state code council group, which includes AIA Wisconsin representatives on the Commercial Building and Multifamily Dwelling Code Councils, is scheduled to begin review of the 2012 ICC codes for the next state code update package.
Next summer, when you renew your Wisconsin architect license, 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 Wisconsin Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors approved these administrative rules [Chapter A-E 12] that establish minimum continuing education requirements for architects to renew their state license. The new rules became effective on July 1, 2010, and will first apply when you renew your two-year Wisconsin license by August 2012. 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. [In comparison, AIA Architect members are required to earn 18 learning unit hours per year, including 8 hours related to health, safety and welfare of which 4 hours must be sustainable design.] To review state license renewal requirements, go to: Wisconsin Continuing Education Requirements
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The AIA added thirteen new documents to AIA Documents-on-Demand, a web-based service that gives users easy access to download, electronically fill out and print one or more individual forms and agreements from among 48 of the most popular AIA Contract Documents anytime, anywhere. This latest version is particularly well-suited for small practitioners and Mac users. [For paper documents, AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents.] For more information, please contact AIA Wisconsin or visit Documents on Demand
Theresa A. Flewell AIA, Milwaukee, Michael A. Hacker AIA, Milwaukee, and Shannon L. Miller, AIA, Verona, have upgraded to AIA architect membership. Congratulations!
Please welcome the following new members who have joined in the last month: Justin R. Ballweg, Assoc. AIA, Mount Horeb (SW); David Hannu, Assoc. AIA, La Crosse (NW); Monika S. Herrmann, AIA. Menomonie (NW); Chad Hilke, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Ryan S. Hundt, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Joshua P. Krantz, Assoc. AIA, Eleva (NW) and Sherry Riemer, Assoc. AIA, Hortonville (NE).
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