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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: February 2011

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on important legislative issues, new Fellows from Wisconsin, celebrating 100 years of leadership and service to Wisconsin, 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.

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

February 23 | Appleton
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | Sustainable Commercial Interiors

February 24 | Madison
Mentorship: Pizzas and Protégés

March 10 | Madison
Wright Lecture Series | Place Making: America's New Regionalism – Presented by Frank Harmon, FAIA

March 16 | Neenah
AIA NE WI | Architectural Explorer Program Design Competition

March 24 | Madison
Wright Lecture Series | Madison's Ross Street House: Wisconsin's First LEED Platinum Home

April 7 | Madison
Wright Lecture Series | Creating a Better Bicycle

May 3 | Madison
Wright Lecture Series | Opportunistic Architecture – Presented by Paul Lewis, AIA

New Fellows

Congratulations to Scott F. Georgeson, FAIA, Milwaukee, Thomas E. Hirsch, FAIA, Madison, and Walter L. Wilson, FAIA, Glendale, for being elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects! The AIA Fellowship program recognizes architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. The Jury of Fellows elevated 104 architects this year. The investiture ceremony will be this May in conjunction with the 2011 AIA Convention in New Orleans. If you are interested in learning more about the Fellowship nomination process, a special "Future Fellows of Wisconsin" workshop is scheduled for Thursday, May 5, at the 2011 AIA Wisconsin Convention at Monona Terrace in Madison. Read Press Release

Wisconsin Architects Visit Capitol Hill

Earlier this month, AIA leaders from across the state visited the offices of Wisconsin's congressional delegation as part of Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. State and local leaders outlined AIA's agenda for getting architects back to work for unfreezing credit, removing regulatory burdens on small business, jumpstarting the market for building retrofits and utilizing a new federal transportation bill to rejuvenate our communities.

AIA Grassroots delegates from Wisconsin included: Thomas Hirsch, FAIA; Madison, Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale; Kurt Zimmerman, AIA, Hartland; Heather Cook Elliott, AIA, Milwaukee; Gregory Douglas, AIA, Green Bay; Erika Lee, Assoc, AIA, Milwaukee; Devin Little, Assoc. AIA, Madison and Tom Cox, AIA, Appleton.

Read AIA Wisconsin President Tom Hirsch's comments and observations on this year's Capitol Hill visits and AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference.

2011 State Legislative Agenda

The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors has adopted a new "2011 State Legislative Agenda" that provides a summary of positions on various issues expected to be addressed during the 2011-2012 session of the Wisconsin Legislature. Noting that when architects work Wisconsin builds, the agenda supports initiatives to encourage economic growth and development. It also includes positions on state building program, sales tax expansion, architect selection, state building code and sustainable design.

Download State Legislative Agenda (PDF)

State Legislative Update

It has been an interesting week at the Wisconsin State Capitol as the Governor introduced his budget repair bill to address a projected $137 million shortfall in the state's current two-year budget that ends June 30. The Governor's budget blueprint for the 2011-13 biennium is expected to be introduced this week. Last Friday, Thomas Nardelli, the recently appointed Administrator of the Division of Safety & Buildings, met with the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors to discuss what the reorganization of the Department of Commerce with the new Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation may mean for the programs and services provided by Safety & Buildings. It is anticipated that the budget bill will propose that Safety & Buildings join with the Department of Regulation & Licensing to create a new Department of Safety & Professional Services. In late January, Jeff Plale, the new Secretary of the State Building Commission and Administrator of the Division of State Facilities, spoke to Board members of AIA Wisconsin and AGC of Wisconsin at a special joint meeting in Madison. Also, earlier this week, the Commercial Building Code and Multifamily Dwelling Code Advisory Councils supported an AIA Wisconsin recommendation to amend Comm 61.40 to clarify that a project may have more than one supervising professional.

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 a 2011 legislative and congressional directory and "Architects as a Resource" brochure, contact AIA Wisconsin. For information on proposed legislation and legislative committees, visit the Wisconsin State Legislature website.

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. It is important for AIA Wisconsin members to get to know 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].

Annual Meetings

The joint Annual Meetings of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF) and AIA Wisconsin are scheduled for 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. Please plan to attend for updates and reports by WAF and AIA leaders.

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!


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. Members who have renewed their 2011 membership can register for two days of the Convention for the price of one!

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. For more information, go to:

Wisconsin Architects Foundation

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation Board of Directors is dedicated to improving the quality of the built environment through research andeducation. 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.

Continuing Education Requirements

The Wisconsin Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors has approved new administrative rules [Chapter A-E 12] that establish minimum continuing education requirements for architects to renew their state license. The new continuing education rules became effective on July 1 and will first apply when you renew your next two-year Wisconsin license by August 2012. Architects will need 24 hours of continuing education, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare topics, every two years. The AIA is listed as an approved provider of continuing education programs; and architects can use the AIA/CES transcript to document their continuing education hours. Review the new requirements.

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.

People and Places

Julie King Gruebel, AIA, Mukwonago, has upgraded to AIA architect membership. Congratulations! Edward A Suchorski, AIA, Waukesha, has passed away. Eric B. Rhodehamel, AIA, Neenah, and Thomas P Teipel, AIA, Shorewood, have been approved for Emeritus Membership in the American Institute of Architects. The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors presented a Citation for Distinguished Service to William Babcock, Hon. AIA, Madison, in recognition of 25 years of service to members as executive director of AIA Wisconsin. AIA Wisconsin members Jim Gersich, AIA, Fitchburg, Joseph Jurkiewicz, AIA, Grafton, and Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, are presenting a panel discussion on the responsibilities of supervising professionals at the upcoming UW Code Refresher.

Member Action

Please welcome the following members that have joined in the last month: Brian Athey, Student, Suamico (NE); Bryan L. Cooper, AIA, Madison (SW); Loi P. Dinh, Assoc. AIA, Baraboo (SW); Tom W. Grimmer, AIA, Appleton (NE); Alexa Holsonback, Student, Green Bay (NE); Barbara Hughes, Assoc. AIA, Mukwonago (SE); Clayton Jansky, Student, New London (NE); David WJ. McLean, AIA, Madison (SW); Kelly Reed, Student, Green Bay (NE) and Jeffrey L. Trofka, Student, Green Bay (NE).

The Last Word

"Every man owes part of his time and money to the business or industry to which he engages. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere." [Theodore Roosevelt]

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