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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: February 2007

AIA Young Architects Award

Each year, the AIA presents the Young Architects Awards to professionals licensed 10 years or fewer who show exceptional leadership and make significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. Michael P. Eberle, AIA, Middleton, is one of six recipients of the 2007 Young Architects Award. An architect/senior associate with Flad Associates, Madison, Eberle was recognized for his "lead by example" approach that has spurred him to serve the Institute as president of both AIA Southwest Wisconsin and AIA Wisconsin and the AIA North Central States Young Architects Forum regional liaison. "Mike has been a stellar example of a person always willing to mentor less experienced intern architects in our profession," said former AIA Regional Director, North Central Region, A. James Gersich, AIA. "Over these years, his commitment was significant and the students and their parents always appreciated the architectural experience and design work."

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo

Reserve May 16 & 17 for the 2007 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, Palimpsest , at Monona Terrace in Madison. An outstanding program of keynote presentations, seminar sessions, product and service displays and other special events is being assembled by this year's Convention Committee, which is chaired by Rob Wheat, AIA, Monroe. Keynote speakers include: Tod Williams, FAIA, and James Timberlake, FAIA. Seminar speakers include Lawrence Scarpa, AIA; Jozef Kneppers and Juergen Fuss, AIA; Stu Carron; Ray Kappe, FAIA; James Weiner, AIA; Val Schute, AIA; and Michael Hricak Jr., FAIA. Additional seminar topics include a Sustainable Design panel and a session on Building Information Modeling (BIM). Watch your inbox and mailbox for Convention & Expo program details and registration materials.

Capitol Hill Visits

AIA Wisconsin leaders from all four corners of the state will be heading to Capitol Hill in Washington , DC , on February 8 for meetings with members of Wisconsin 's congressional delegation. Government "Advocacy Day" is part of the AIA Grassroots Leadership & Legislative Conference for state and local AIA component leaders from around the country. Issues that will be discussed focus on energy efficiency in federal buildings, sustainable design and water quality, and tax deductions for energy efficient commercial buildings. For background on other AIA advocacy issues, visit our Advocacy section.

Plugged In

In addition to state and local component officers, a number of other AIA Wisconsin members will be participating in national AIA meetings held in conjunction with Grassroots Conference in DC. Curt Hoffmann, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee , will be representing the North Central Region at the National Associates Committee meeting; Michael Eberle, AIA, Middleton, is the liaison for the North Central States on the Young Architects Forum; and Karen Plunkett Muenster, AIA, Milwaukee, is a member of the national AIA strategic planning team.

AIA Photo Competition

AIA St. Louis is coordinating the 2007 AIA Photography Competition. The top 15 entries will be exhibited at the 2007 AIA National Convention in San Antonio . Images for the 2009 Engagement Calendar (approximately 52 images) will be selected from all submitted entries and will include the 15 award winners. Entries must be postmarked by March 15.

Professional Affiliate & Student Representatives

At its most recent meeting in Madison, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors approved the appointments of Barbara Reeves, Menomonee Falls, to a two-year term as a Professional Affiliate Representative and Jason Goike, Eau Claire, as the At-Large Student Representative. Reeves is an account executive with Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann, Inc. Goike is a student in the architectural engineering program at MSOE.

AIA eClassroom

The American Institute of Architects eClassroom is a customized e-learning site offering continuing education courses for architects and related professionals. AIA eClassroom provides an exciting distance education program that gives you the power to fulfill your continuing education requirements 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Courses feature the most popular sessions from recent AIA National Conventions and Seminars. You can choose from courses on design, presentation skills, strategic business planning, and others by some of the leading professionals in the field.

Everything You Wanted to Know

The online Knowledge Base for AIA Contract Documents has been expanded to include information about the documents' content as well as how to use AIA Contract Documents software. Available on the AIA Contract Documents page, ( ) the Knowledge Base now provides you with concise answers to nearly 250 of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about selecting and using the documents. To order AIA documents from AIA Wisconsin, visit our Contract Documents page.To purchase the AIA electronic document software, visit AIA National.

Governor's Award for Outstanding Design and Construction Services

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle recently presented AIA Wisconsin Executive Director Bill Babcock, Hon. AIA, with the 2006 Design and Construction "Excellence in Service Award." The award recognizes Babcock's efforts to promote dialogue and cooperation among Wisconsin architects and the state's Building Commission staff, thereby improving the state building program. The award is particularly notable as all previous recipients of the governor's Excellence in Service Award have been state employees. Carol Godiksen, executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin , shared this honor with Babcock. Also, Eppstein Uhen Architects, Milwaukee , was recognized for "Excellence in Architectural Design" for its work on the Reuter Residence Hall at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

People and Places

Ross T. Potter, AIA, Madison has been approved for Emeritus membership in The American Institute of Architects. Congratulations! The Durrant Group Inc. announced the promotion of Gerald T. Olson, AIA, Hartland, to director of architecture. HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA) announced the promotion of Scott Lindvall, AIA, Milwaukee , to vice president and Paul Widlarz, AIA, Greendale , to associate vice president. Ben Marshall, Assoc. AIA, McFarland, has joined Knothe & Bruce Architects LLC. Sheila G. Semrou, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee has joined Engberg Anderson Design Partnership in Milwaukee. David W. Braucht, AIA, Middleton, has joined HDR-Madison. Kahler Slater, with offices in Milwaukee and Madison , has acquired Performa Higher Education, which will maintain its office in Green Bay . HDR Architecture Inc. now has a Madison location: 525 Junction Rd Ste 8500 , Madison , 53717; Phone: (608) 662-1800. HDR Architecture Inc., Milwaukee, has moved to 1233 N Mayfair Rd, Ste 200 ; Phone: (414) 777-3700. Professional Affiliate member Lisa Geer announced that L.J. Geer Design is now at PO Box 14608, Madison, WI, 53708, phone (608) 862-3564. Elliot Architects has moved to 86 Coulee Rd, Ste 200, in Hudson.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between December 20, 2006 and January 17, 2007: Brian Cason, Professional Affiliate, Verona (SW); Stephen G. Conrath, Professional Affiliate, Des Moines, IA (SW); Nicholas J. Migan, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Paula T. Mitchell, AIA, Whitefish Bay (SE); Gerard A. Rewolinski, Professional Affiliate, Brookfield (SE); Vincent L. Steininger, Assoc. AIA, New Berlin (SE) and Brian Tobiczyk, AIA, Milwaukee (SE).

The Last Word

"About 16 percent of firms have acquired building information modeling (BIM) software and about 10 percent are actually using it for billable work. Among the firms that have BIM software, nearly two-thirds are using it for billable work, ranging from 60 percent among sole practitioners to 86 percent among 100-plus-employee firms" [AIA Firm Survey, 2006]

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