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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: March 2007

Wisconsin Architecture Week: April 9 – 14

Earlier this week, Governor Jim Doyle proclaimed April 9-14, 2007, as "Wisconsin Architecture Week." This corresponds to the National Architecture Week celebration honoring the 150 th Anniversary of The American Institute of Architects. The Governor's proclamation congratulates the AIA and its 80,000 members for their contributions. It also recognizes the architecture profession in Wisconsin for its vigilant "stewardship of our great architectural and historic treasures" and "commitment to building healthy, safe, livable and sustainable communities that enrich the lives of people in every walk of life." Since the proclamation calls "upon the people of Wisconsin and all government agencies" to observe Wisconsin Architecture Week "with appropriate ceremonies and activities paying tribute to the Architects of Wisconsin," you may want to ask your mayor, village president or town board how you could help them coordinate an appropriate celebration in your community!

AIA150 Exhibit & Keynote Address

As part of the celebration of the AIA's 150 th Anniversary, an AIA150 exhibit "Celebrating the Past Designing the Future:150 Years of Innovative Housing in Southeastern Wisconsin and Three New Prototypes Under Construction" is on display at UWM SARUP through April 14. AIA Milwaukee also is sponsoring a special keynote address by award-winning architect Michael Rotundi, FAIA. This public lecture is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning. A reception will follow the lecture in the SARUP Commons.

AIA150 – Blueprint for America

As part of the AIA150 celebration, AIA members across the country are involved in "Blueprint for America" initiatives that are empowering citizens to improve their communities by creating a better future by design. Last fall, AIA Southwest Wisconsin members collaborated with residents and city officials on a successful four-day design charrette that produced three concepts for revitalizing the Allied Drive neighborhood: . AIA Milwaukee members are working with a graduate student studio at UWM SARUP and community leaders in Milwaukee and Racine on plans for attractive and affordable modular in-fill housing as a model for reweaving the fabric of local communities: . These two AIA150 "Blueprint" projects in Wisconsin will be included as part of a special feature on Google Earth to be launched on April 24 and discussed during a national AIA Convention seminar on May 5 in San Antonio. In addition to these initiatives, AIA Northeast Wisconsin members are contributing to the City of Appleton's 150 th Anniversary celebration by showcasing the historic architecture of the area. Later this month, members of AIA Northwest Wisconsin will be working with teachers and students in Eau Claire to explore the art of architecture.

WAF Scholarships & Grants

Last month, the Wisconsin Architects Foundation provided $16,350 in scholarships and grants for 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, Dean's Fund and UWM Architecture Summer Camp. In addition, the WAF Board of Directors approved a $500 grant for a City of Madison accessible housing conference for developers and a $2,000 grant for a teacher workshop on the relationship between the built and natural environments in preparation for "Terrace Town 2008."

WAF Silent Auction

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation will host an "Art by Architects & Friends" silent auction as a fund-raising event at the 2007 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo in May. Your donated art and architectural books will help support the WAF in building a better Wisconsin through architectural education. To donate one or more pieces, please contact WAF Board members Ralph Jackson, AIA, Cross Plains, at (608) 232-1272 or Pat Conway, AIA, Mt. Horeb , at (800) 464-0988. The WAF silent auction will be held between 3:00 – 7:00p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, at Monona Terrace. Thank you for your support!

Distinguished Service

At its most recent meeting in Madison, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors unanimously approved presenting a Citation for Distinguished Service to the profession of architecture to the following AIA leaders for an assortment of significant contributions: David J. Ewanowski, AIA, Madison; Mark Alan Kraft, AIA, Madison; Michael P. Eberle, AIA, Middleton; Michael D. Gordon, AIA, Madison; Karen Plunkett Muenster, AIA, Milwaukee; Diane Trevarrow Evans , AIA, Milwaukee; Kevin J. Connolly, AIA, Wauwatosa; and Thomas R. Cox. AIA, Appleton. To find out why these and other members are being recognized, plan to participate in the AIA Wisconsin Annual Meeting scheduled for 8:00 – 9:30a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, at Monona Terrace.

Division of State Facilities Update

The State of Wisconsin has several initiatives underway in which the design community will play a major role. Many of these fall under the category of sustainable design, construction and operation. The A/E Policy and Procedures Manual has been updated to include Act 141 requirements for the consideration of renewables and geothermal energy, Executive Order 145 requirements for new buildings to be 30% more energy efficient than code, the development of an integrated design process, and better definition of building energy modeling requirements. The A/E manual also includes new erosion control and DNR/Commerce requirements for stormwater management and several general process revisions. Master specification sections for several of the mechanical and electrical sections have been updated with new equipment efficiency standards required by Act 141. The standards are based, where possible, on EPA Energy Star, Federal FEMP program standards and ASHRAE 90.1. Work is underway on implementation of the Sustainable Facilities Guidelines and Commissioning Program, with new commissioning specifications anticipated this spring. The state also is looking at renewable energy demonstration projects and agreements for purchasing 10% of their electrical energy needs from renewable energy by the end of 2007. The DSF values the support it receives from Wisconsin design firms and is looking forward to collaborating with you on these initiatives.

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 has been assembled by this year's Convention Committee. Keynote speakers include: Tod Williams, FAIA, and James Timberlake, FAIA. Lara Hedberg Deam, founder of Dwell magazine, is the featured Awards Luncheon speaker. Seminar sessions will address emerging design, practice and environmental issues. Watch your inbox and mailbox for Convention & Expo program details and registration materials.

AIA Convention Delegates 

If you're going to San Antonio for the AIA Convention on May 3-5, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local Chapter.

UWM SARUP Lecture Series & Exhibitions

The 2007 Spring Lecture Series sponsored by the UWM Department of Architecture features a broad array of presentations. Several of the lectures are being co-sponsored by AIA Milwaukee, including the special Architecture Week presentation by Michael Rotundi, FAIA, on Thursday, April 12. An exhibition on the collaborative AIA150 initiative by SARUP and AIA Milwaukee runs through April 5. For additional information, contact Gil Snyder at 414-229-3817.

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.

Sustainability | Energy Efficiency Leadership Award

May 25 is the application deadline for the 2007 Wisconsin Sustainability | Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Award program. Entry materials are due by 7/13/07. AIA Wisconsin is partnering with other organizations to support this award that recognizes leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operation of Wisconsin commercial and larger multifamily buildings and related systems.

AIA eClassroom – 50% Off

The AIA eClassroom is a customized e-learning site offering continuing education courses for architects and related professionals. In March, you can benefit from a 50% discount on all classes (enter coupon code AIA0307). This exciting distance education program 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 national AIA 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.

AIA Scholarship Grant

For the second year, AIA Wisconsin has been selected to receive a $4,000 Component Scholarship Matching Grant from The American Institute of Architects. This AIA grant will be combined with $6,000 in scholarship funs from theWisconsin Architects Foundation to provide four $2,500 tuition scholarships for graduate students attending UWM SARUP.

Affordable Good Design

If you were listening to "Lake Effect" on WUWM earlier this week, you may have heard the featured interview with AIA Milwaukee President John Holz, AIA, and UWM SARUP graduate students Erik Hancock and Sarah Rogers about the AIA150 "Reweaving the Neighborhood Fabric" projects for Milwaukee and Racine. UWM recently was honored for this initiative by the NCARB Prize jury.

People & Places

Marisa E. Sender, AIA, Whitefish Bay , and Erik Jansson, AIA, Madison , have joined Engberg Anderson Design Partnership. AG Architecture sadly announced the passing last month of Armin Bischoff, AIA, Milwaukee. Professional Affiliate member Abby Vogen Horn, Oconomowoc, was featured as one of "40 under 40" in Building Design + Construction . Zimmerman Architectural Studios, formerly the Zimmerman Design Group, has officially announced its name change.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between January 18 and March 16, 2007 : Jeremiah Barnard, Student, Pleasant Prairie (SE); Stephen R. Bruns, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Nicholas L. Burris, AIA, Wauwatosa (SE); Zachary J. Duesler, Assoc. AIA. Milwaukee (SE); Elizabeth A. Easter, Assoc. AIA, Menomonee Falls (SE); Sally Gartmann, Professional Affiliate, Wausau (NW); Kristan Grygiel, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Mathew K. Hildebrandt, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Thomas Humes, AIA, Chicago (SE); Robert J. Kartes, Professional Affiliate, Wauwatosa (SE); Dennis W. LaFrance, AIA, Minneapolis (NW); Michelle Laumann, Professional Affiliate, Madison (SW); Joseph Lawton, Assoc. AIA, Shorewood (SE); Adam B. Leonhard, Assoc. AIA, Baraboo (SW); Mark J. McClintock, AIA, Menomonee Falls (SE); Travis Meyers, Professional Affiliate, Madison (SW); John T. Mills, AIA, Fitchburg (SW); Chimei Mu, AIA, Kohler (NE); Robert A. Rowe, AIA, Whitefish Bay (SE); Kenneth R. Turba, Assoc. AIA, Sun Prairie (SW); Kevin D. Van Kirk, AIA, Waukesha (SE); Philip A. Weightman, AIA, Rockford (SW); Alan C. Wilson, AIA, Chicago (SE); Brittany Wingstedt-Ludwig, Student, Kaukana (NE); and Jennifer Worden, Student, Green Bay (NE).

The Last Word

"Education and training are the key to the future, but a key can be turned in two directions. Turn it one way and you lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it the other way and you release resources and give people back to themselves." [Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D, Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative ]

"Ninety-six percent of architecture firms carry some form of professional liability insurance . . . Claims against professional liability insurance are rare, with only 11 percent of firms reporting that a professional liability claim was filed against them in 2005. However, the frequencies vary by firm size." [AIA Firm Survey, 2006]

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