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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: February 2008

AIA Wisconsin Architect e-News

Beginning with this issue, AIA Wisconsin's e-newsletter will be delivered to your inbox with a new banner. It complements the annual Wisconsin Architect magazine with timely news on continuing education programs, special events, government affairs and AIA news. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you.

In this premiere issue, you'll find information on new continuing education legislation, the Governor's economic development initiative, the latest building code changes and more.

Continuing Education

On February 8, Governor Doyle signed into law 2007 Wisconsin Act 47. This legislation, introduced by State Representative Steve Wieckert as Assembly Bill 181, enables the Architects Section of the Joint Examining Board to promulgate administrative rules that establish minimum continuing education requirements for renewing your license as an architect in Wisconsin. Thirty-five states currently have mandatory continuing education requirements, including Iowa , Illinois and Minnesota. Reflecting the fact that the legislative process demands patience and persistence, AIA Wisconsin has supported this enabling legislation for a dozen years. The rule-making process also will take time, with public hearings and legislative review. The Governor wrote to thank AIA Wisconsin for its work on this legislation and went on to note:

As I travel throughout Wisconsin, I am always pleased to see many of the beautiful projects that AIA Wisconsin members made possible. The work that your members do is vital to the well-being of our state.

President's Report

At the first meeting of the 2008 Board of Directors, AIA Wisconsin President W. Lee Connellee, AIA, Appleton, stressed the importance of engaging members and getting them involved. His report touched on the trends affecting the future of the profession and outlined the important initiatives emerging from the AIA Wisconsin planning retreat.

Whitney Gould Honorary Member

Whitney Gould has been named an Honorary Affiliate member of AIA Wisconsin in recognition of her significant contributions to the profession of architecture and the allied arts and sciences in Wisconsin . As the author of a regular column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on urban landscape issues, she has helped to increase public awareness of the importance of good design, focus public attention on critical urban development issues and stimulate public dialogue on the ability of architecture to improve our communities. Her Honorary Affiliate membership will be formally conferred during the Award Luncheon on Wednesday, April 30, at Monona Terrace during the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Convention. This luncheon program also will feature the presentation of the 2008 Golden Award to the family of Joseph H. Flad, FAIA, (1922-2004) and a special presentation by acclaimed New York photographer John Margolies.

Distinguished Service

The AIA Board of Directors has approved awarding the following Citations for Distinguished Service to the profession of architecture: John Holz, AIA, Bayside, for leading AIA Milwaukee and championing its AIA150 initiative; Joe Lawton, Assoc . AIA, Hartland, for coordinating the 2007 AIAS FORUM conference in Milwaukee; Rob Wheat, AIA, Monroe, for chairing the successful 2007 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo; and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for its commitment to covering important design, architecture and urban landscape issues. These Citations will be presented during the AIA Wisconsin Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30, at Monona Terrace in Madison.

New Director-At-Large

At its meeting earlier this month, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors appointed John T. Mills, AIA, Madison, to fill a Director-At-Large term for the balance of 2008. Mills is studio leader for the hospital planning/design studio at Marshall Erdman & Associates. Other Directors-At-Large are: Kent Calloway, AIA, Middleton; Thomas Hirsch, AIA, Madison; Dan Sisel, AIA, Milwaukee; and Len Witke, AIA, Columbus.

Economic Development

Wisconsin Department of Commerce Secretary Jack Fischer, AIA, outlined the components of the Governor's economic development package for the AIA Wisconsin Board of Direct ors at its most recent meeting and encouraged architects to support this important initiative by contacting state legislative leaders. In order for the proposed new grant, loan and tax credit programs to go into effect, the economic development package must pass the Senate and the Assembly within the next month.

State Building Code

The Commercial Building Code Council and Multifamily Dwelling Code Council held a joint meeting last week to begin the process for updating the state building code for the 2009 International Building Code and related ICC codes. AIA Wisconsin representatives on these advisory councils are Joe Jurkiewicz, AIA, Grafton, for the commercial building code and Jim Klett, AIA, Whitefish Bay , for the multifamily dwelling code. Meanwhile, the new Wisconsin Commercial Building Code becomes effective on March 1. Information is available online about the latest code changes, describing timing of plan review submittals and providing PDF copies of free code pages to insert into the adopted model codes.

Integrated Project Delivery Series

Mark your calendar for 5:30-7:00 p.m. on March 5 for the kickoff session of a new educational series on integrated project delivery (IPD) and related technology tools shaping the future of architectural practice. Developing educational programs for members on IPD was an initiative identified at the most recent AIA Wisconsin planning retreat. Director-At-Large Daniel Sisel, AIA, Milwaukee, is coordinating a five-part educational series that will pull together practical real-world case-study examples of how firms and firm leaders have successfully and not-so-successfully addressed the impact of IPD and BIM on organizational structure, revenue stream generation, risk management and legal structures of project teams. The purpose of the educational series is to help place architects in a leadership role. AIA Wisconsin, AIA Milwaukee and UWM SARUP are helping to sponsor this program.

AIA Photo Competition

AIA St. Louis is coordinating the 2008 AIA Photography Competition. The top 14 entries will be exhibited at the 2008 AIA National Convention in Boston . Images for the 2010 Architectural Engagement Calendar (approximately 52 images) will be selected from all submitted entries and will include the 14 award winners. Entries must be postmarked by March 1.

DSF Diversity Task Force

Members of the AIA/DSF Liaison Committee, chaired by Richard Dannhausen, AIA, Egg Harbor , meet regularly with representatives of the Division of State Facilities (DSF) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin to discuss items of mutual interest. At the most recent "partnering" meeting, Godwin Amegashie, assistant to administrator at DSF, asked the AIA and ACEC to each recommend 3-4 members to serve on a task force to identify and discuss ideas for encouraging greater minority participation.

AIA Compensation Survey

The AIA currently is compiling salary information for its 2008 Compensation Survey Report - the most comprehensive national survey on architect compensation. The new survey will provide compensation data for 42 positions at architecture firms for nine regions and, depending on the response, many states and metro areas. To encourage you to participate, you will receive a complimentary PDF copy of the report. If you already have been invited to participate in the survey, please reply by the deadline. If you are a firm leader who has not received the survey and would like to participate, please contact Dick Rogers.

Building Enclosure Council

Would you be interested in helping to establish a Building Enclosure Council (BEC) in Wisconsin ? John Miceli, AIA, Milwaukee , recently contacted AIA Wisconsin about the idea. The BEC initiative was started in 2004 by an agreement between the AIA and the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). The purpose of the local Councils is to promote and encourage discussion, training, education, technology transfer, the exchange of information about local issues and cases, relevant weather conditions, and all matters concerning building enclosures and the related science. So far, about 18 BECs have been established, including Councils in Chicago and Minneapolis. Information about the BEC initiative is available online.

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo

Reserve April 30 & May 1 for the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Convention, Transformation, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The Convention Committee, has assembled an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information and other special events for this spring. Keynote speakers are Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, and Eric Owen Moss, FAIA. Seminar presenters include Reed Kroloff, Assoc. AIA, Ava Abramowitz, Hon. AIA, Marlon Blackwell, AIA, Scott Simpson, FAIA, Grant Simpson, FAIA and James Atkins, FAIA. Watch your inbox and mailbox for further details. !

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 March 30 to benefit from a reduced Convention room rate of $147 per night (excluding taxes). Call the Hilton at 1-866-403-8838 or (608)Â 255-5100 to make your reservation.

WAF Silent Auction

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation will host the second annual "Art by Architects" silent auction as a fund-raising event at the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo on April 30 at Monona Terrace. Your donated art and architectural books will help the WAF invest in the future of Wisconsin 's architectural profession. To donate one or more pieces, please contact WAF Board members Ralph Jackson, AIA, Cross Plains, at (608)Â 232-1272 or Pat Conway, AIA, Mt. Horeb, at (800) 464-0988 . Thank you for your support!

WAF Scholarships & Grants

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation recently provided $15,700 in scholarships for students attending the School of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. These WAF funds will be used for general tuition scholarships, Elmer Johnson Memorial Scholarship, Richard Hunzinger Memorial Scholarship, AIA Southwest Wisconsin Scholarship, Milwaukee Chapter CSI Scholarship and Dean's Fund. In addition, the WAF Board of Directors is updating its policies and guidelines for awarding scholarships to Wisconsin students pursuing accredited degrees at out-of-state architecture schools.

AIA Convention Delegates

If you're going to Boston for the AIA Convention on May 15-17, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local Chapter.

1% Solution

With the support of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the San Francisco-based nonprofit Public Architecture launched "The 1%" in 2005 to encourage pro bono service within the architecture and design professions. If every architecture professional in the U.S. committed 1% of their time for pro bono services it would add up to the equivalent of a 2,500-person firm working full-time for the public good. To learn more about The 1% and how you can make your pledge, visit the official website.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin since January 12:Â Pravin S. Bhiwapurkar, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Kevin J. Chevalier, Assoc. AIA, Kaukauna (NE); James D. Diederich, Assoc. AIA, Green Bay (NE); Dale H. Nelsen, AIA, Appleton (NE) and Brian J. Schmidt, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW).

The Last Word

"Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment" [Mark Twain]

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