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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: March 2010

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, other upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

Program & Event Update

Here are a few upcoming AIA/CES programs. Click on program title for additional details.

March 17 & 18 | Green Bay & Sheboygan
AIA NE WI Learning Lunches | The Nature of Natural Thin Veneer

March 23 | La Crosse
AIA NW WI Learning Lunches | Focus on Energy-Statewide Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Program

March 23 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Construction Tour Series | Cambridge Commons

March 24 | Milwaukee & Madison
AIA MKE ARE Study Session | Introduction to the ARE/IDP
AIA SW WI Webcast | ARE Study Session | Introduction to the ARE/IDP

March 31 | Milwaukee
2020 with AIA Milwaukee & AIGA Wisconsin

April 1 | Green Bay
AIA NE WI Trash to Treasure

April 6 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Building Science Series | Translucent Daylighting

April 8 | Milwaukee

AIA MKE Construction Tour Series | Eckstein Hall - Marquette University

April 13 | Fitchburg
AIA SW WI Emerging Professionals | Building Tour | Epic Systems Learning Center

April 20 | Fitchburg
AIA SW WI Lunch Meeting | Interpreting the Language of Space

April 21 | Milwaukee & Madison
AIA MKE ARE Study Session | Building Design & Construction Systems
AIA SW WI Webcast | ARE Study Session | Building Design & Construction Systems

April 22 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Opening Doors | Urban Ecology Center

April 27 | Madison
Wright Lecture Series | Generation Mobile: The Death of Distance - Jennifer Siegal, Assoc. AIA

April 28 & 29 | Madison
AIA WI Convention & Building Products Expo


Reserve the dates and plan to attend the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, Catalyst, on April 28 & 29 at Monona Terrace in Madison. Daryl Dean, AIA, Rhinelander, and his Convention Committee have assembled another outstanding program of speakers, seminars and special events. This year's two-day state conference will serve as a Catalyst for you to strengthen and enhance your professional skills, rekindle your network of contacts, get inspired and recharge your staff. During these turbulent economic times, we are proud to balance this excellent opportunity with extremely attractive registration fees for design and construction professionals!

Annual Meetings

The Annual Meetings of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin are scheduled for 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28. In addition to the always exciting reports and updates on upcoming programs and initiatives by WAF and AIA leaders, the agenda includes a special presentation by Clark Manus, FAIA, the 2010 First Vice President and 2011 President of The American Institute of Architects. Manus will outline the Institute's strategic plan and how the AIA is supporting members, strengthening the profession and driving positive change through the power of design.

Awards Luncheon

This year's Awards Luncheon features the presentation of the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award to Brian F. Larson, AIA, Eau Claire. In addition, AIA President-Elect Manus will illustrate how the Institute and member architects are important catalysts in shaping the future health and vitality of our communities.

Building Products Expo

Start planning your trip through the AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo on April 28 & 29. The Expo is your opportunity to find answers to all of your questions from representatives of the region's leading manufacturers and suppliers of design and construction industry products and services. The Building Products Expo is free and will be open 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, and 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 29. Gather valuable product information, speak to company reps and enjoy networking with friends . . . old and new. Start making your check list of "must see" exhibitors by visiting the growing list of vendors participating in the Expo available at: http://

Keynote Addresses

The 2010 AIA Wisconsin Convention features three outstanding keynote speakers. On April 28, award-winning architect Joshua Prince-Ramus, president of REX in New York, will present The Boldt Company Keynote Address. This year's Design Awards celebration also includes a special keynote address by Julie Snow, FAIA, of Julie Snow Architects, Minneapolis. Plus, award-winning Seattle architect David Miller, FAIA, Miller|Hull Partnership, will present the featured keynote address on April 29.

Design Seminars

This year's track of "design" seminars features presentations by an attractive mix of speakers that will illustrate the power of architecture. Jennifer Siegal, Assoc. AIA, founder of the Los Angeles-based firm Office of Mobile Design (OMD), will explore why the logic of industrial construction combined with the logic of minimal site impact to create more sustainable and surprisingly rich architectural projects. Thanks to IIDA Wisconsin, Eileen Jones, with Perkins + Will, will highlight several case studies where a branded environment approach solved myriad issues, from recruiting and retaining employees to increasing brand recognition. Andrew Metter, FAIA, senior vice president and design studio director with Epstein in Chicago, will explore projects and concepts illustrating the inherent connection between architecture and infrastructural urban networks. Award-winning architect Ann Beha, FAIA, founder and president of Ann Beha Architects in Cambridge, will examine projects that incorporate historic and contemporary design, while meeting regulatory criteria and introducing the highest design standards.

Practice Seminars

Convention "practice" seminars feature presentations by experts on emerging nuts-and-bolts issues shaping the practice of architecture. Matthys Levy, chairman emeritus of the international engineering firm Weidlinger Associates, will outline opportunities to collaborate with design team members to achieve superior buildings and evaluate changes in architectural practice in response to economic slowdown. Invited back by popular demand, Grant Simpson, FAIA, and James Atkins, FAIA, will present two seminars—One on project management issues and the other on risk management practices.

Sustainability Seminars

The "sustainability" seminar presentations will offer practical solutions that you can put to good use. Plus, AIA members can earn sustainable design (SD) AIA/CES learning unit hours. Rebecca Ellis, president of Questions & Solutions Engineering, will examine the process of new construction commissioning and help you understand the costs and benefits and how the commissioning process can be applied to existing buildings. Leith Sharp, founding director of the Office of Sustainability at Harvard University and an international expert in greening higher education, will explore what the green building experience can teach us about changing organizations. Abby Vogen Horn, director of energy incentives from We Energies at Franklin Energy Services, will examine critical daylighting design techniques and considerations.

Spotlight Seminars

In addition, exhibitors will be sponsoring free "spotlight" seminars in conjunction with the Building Products Expo. These 90-minute seminars are schedule immediately prior to the opening of the Expo on April 28 and right after the Expo closes on April 29.

Special Events

Numerous special events have been designed with you in mind. On April 28, you'll want to participate in the Construction Industry Reception in the Expo and the "Emerging Professionals Workshop" presented by Harry Falconer, AIA, with NCARB. Plus, plan to join the celebration of "Architecture Night!" at 6:00 p.m. in the Expo. This year's Design Awards celebration includes a special keynote address by Julie Snow, FAIA, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall. On April 29, get your day off to a great start at the WCMA Excellence in Masonry Awards Breakfast, renew your energy with a "walking lunch" as you tour the displays in the Expo, and participate in the "Future Fellows of Wisconsin" workshop with Craig Rafferty, FAIA, and Ray Greco, FAIA, to demystify the Fellowship nomination process.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

The 2010 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo is made possible by your participation and the support received by the companies and organizations that exhibit in the Building Products Expo and sponsor keynote speakers, seminar presentations and special events. Platinum Sponsors this year include: The Boldt Company and Wisconsin Concrete Masonry Association. Gold Sponsors include: Arnold & O'Sheridan, Inc., Henneman Engineering Inc., IIDA Wisconsin Chapter, MasterGraphics, Inc., and Wisconsin Architects Foundation. There is an array of other sponsorship opportunities.

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 28 to benefit from a reduced Convention room rate of $155 per night (excluding taxes). Call the Hilton at (608) 255-5100 | (866) 403-8838 to make your reservation.

AIA Convention Delegates

If you're going to Miami for the AIA Convention on June 10-12, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local Chapter.

State Building Commission Awards

One of the highlights of last month's State Building Commission meeting was the formal presentation of the 2009 Design & Construction Awards. River Architects, Inc., La Crosse, was recognized for "Excellence in Architectural Design" for the UW-Superior Jim Dan Hill Library. Workshop Architects, Milwaukee, was recognized for "Excellence in Sustainable Design" for the UW-Superior New Student Union. In addition, AIA Wisconsin presented a Citation for Distinguished Service to retiring State Chief Architect David Haley, AIA, Sun Prairie, in recognition of his significant contributions over a nearly 20-year career of service to the State of Wisconsin.

NCARB "Six-Month Rule"

The "Six-Month Rule" will go into effect for all interns on July 1, 2010. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) passed a rule requiring interns to submit their training units in reporting periods of no longer than six months. The "Six-Month Rule," as it has been nicknamed, went into effect on July 1, 2009, for interns who begin an NCARB record on or after that date. All training unit reports must be submitted electronically and within two months of completion of each reporting period. More Information

WAF Wisconsin Students Out-of-State Study Scholarships

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is pleased to offer up to five scholarships of $1,000 each to outstanding Wisconsin students who are pursuing accredited architectural degrees at schools located outside of Wisconsin. May 15 is the scholarship application deadline. The selection committee will consider the student's GPA, financial need, likelihood of graduating, leadership abilities, and community involvement. To be eligible, the student must have received his/her high school diploma from a Wisconsin high school and be currently attending or planning to attend an NAAB-accredited school of architecture with a First Professional Degree or Post-graduate degree program. Previous WAF scholarship recipients are not eligible.

Recycle Architectural Record

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is collecting "ready to be recycled" issues of Architectural Record magazine for distribution to middle and high school students. Please no magazines older than 5 years.

Continuing Education & License Renewal

The proposed continuing education rules being considered by the Architects Section of the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors would require architects credentialed in Wisconsin to have 24 hours, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare issues, every two years for license renewal. AIA/CES transcripts would be acceptable documentation. The proposed rules, which require legislative review, would become effective beginning with license renewal in August 2012.

People and Places

The AIA State Government Network met in Washington, DC, last month with AIA Wisconsin President Jim Otto, AIA, Richfield, joining this group of state AIA government affairs advocates to participate in the discussion on the legislative opportunities and challenges facing the architecture profession in each state. The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors presented a Citation for Distinguished Service to Tracy Drinkwater, Deerfield, in recognition of her ten years of service to members. Effective March 29, the Safety & Buildings Division staff in Shawano will move to the Green Bay office: 2331 San Luis Place, Suite 150.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin in the past month: Michael F. Allaire, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Theresa Flewell, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Erika Lee, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Jeffery A. Patterson, Student, LaCrosse (NW); Jeremy J. Spurgin, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Thomas R. Witte, AIA, Wauwatosa (SE) and Timothy M. Wolosz, Assoc. AIA, Franklin (SE).

The Last Word

"Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual." [Edward Tufte]

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