AIA Wisconsin Home





Wisconsin Architect Magazine
Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: March 2011

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on important state budget issues, gubernatorial appointments, 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.

March 17 | Webinar
AIA Professional Architect Mentoring Series | Getting Work

March 17 & 23 | Sheboygan & Appleton
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | Using Natural Stone Building Panels, Aggregates & Landscaping Stone

March 22 | La Crosse
AIA NW WI Learning Lunch - Structural Insulated Panel [SIPS] Efficient, Affordable, Better

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

April 12 | Madison
AIA SW WI Emerging Professionals | Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Building Tour

April 20, 21 & 27 | Green Bay – Sheboygan & Appleton

AIA NE WI Lunch Program | EPS Roof Insulation

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

May 4 & 5 | Madison
AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Expo

May 10 | Madison

AIA SW WI Emerging Professionals | Biochemistry II Construction Tour

May 12 | Middleton
Middleton Outreach Ministry | 1st Annual CANstruction | A Community Competition to End Hunger

May 18 | Green Bay
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | Using Natural Stone Building Panels, Aggregates and Landscaping Stone

May 19 | Sheboygan
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | Enhancing Your Project with Western Red Cedar

Japan & AIA

In response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami, AIA is forming a Disaster Assistance Task Force to coordinate the profession's contribution moving forward in collaboration with colleagues at AIA Japan and the Japan Institute of Architects. AIA members are encouraged to do what you can to contribute to organizations best able to provide the immediate assistance the Japanese people need in the aftermath of this destruction. Please consider making a donation to an organization assisting with relief efforts and visit regularly to stay in touch with AIA updates related to this disaster.

Special Golden Award

The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors has approved awarding a special Golden Award to Frank Dropsho, AIA, in commemoration of his significant contributions and dedicated service in the creation, leadership and stewardship of this important awards program for over 25 years. An architect in Madison, Dropsho designed the Golden Award and guided the program from its inception. The Golden Award is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow on one of its members. The first Golden Award was presented to David Lawson, FAIA, in 1986. Last December, Kevin Connolly, AIA, was selected to receive the twenty-fourth Golden Award. AIA Wisconsin President Thomas Hirsch, FAIA, will recognize Frank Dropsho with a special presentation of a Golden Award to his wife, Diane, and family at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 4, at Monona Terrace.

State Budget

For the past month, the Wisconsin State Capitol has captured the nation's attention. The Governor delivered his budget address on March 1, recommending a budget for the 2011-13 biennium that totals $59.2 billion for all funds, including general, federal, program and segregated revenue. Included among its many provisions, the state budget bill would eliminate the Department of Commerce, move the Division of Safety & Buildings to the Department of Regulation & Licensing, which would become the Department of Safety & Professional Services, eliminate the Percent for Art Program, create a public authority for the UW-Madison separate from the UW System, with greater flexibility for certain building projects, and require the Board of Regents to study a similar separate public authority structure for UW-Milwaukee. The next stop for the budget bill is the Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance. AIA Wisconsin has contacted Joint Finance Committee members to express our support for budget initiatives that encourage economic growth and funding for the state building program.

The Governor's state budget recommendations that may have an effect on architects and the state agencies with which you regularly come in contact.

State Capital Budget

Building Commission subcommittees met this week to review recommendations for the 2011-13 state capital budget. The recommended capital budget for all funds, i.e. general, program, segregated and federal, totals $1.1 billion, which compares to $1.5 billion approved for the current 2009-11 biennium. Recommended building projects supported by general fund borrowing total $347 million, compared to $503 million for the current biennium. Priorities include maintaining the state's investment in existing buildings, maximizing the use of existing facilities and reducing energy consumption in state facilities. After approval by the Building Commission, the capital budget recommendations will be folded into the 2011-13 state budget for review by the Joint Finance Committee and both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature.

Download 2011-13 Capital Budget Recommendations (PDF)

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 the 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].

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)

Gubernatorial Appointments

Over the years, AIA Wisconsin has worked successfully with the Office of the Governor in recommending AIA architect members for appointment to state boards and commissions, including the Joint Examining Board, State Capitol & Executive Residence Board, Uniform Dwelling Council and Multifamily Dwelling Code Council. The Governor's Office recently contacted AIA Wisconsin for help in identifying architects for appointment as a professional member of the Architect Section of the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors. The Architect Section has three professional members and two public members who serve three-year terms. The appointments are made by the Governor and confirmed by the Wisconsin Senate. Please contact AIA Wisconsin if you are interested in being considered for appointment to the Architect Section or another state board or commission. Information on state board and commission appointments is available on the Governor's website.

WAF Wisconsin Student Out-of-State Study Scholarships

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is pleased to offer $1,000 scholarships to outstanding Wisconsin students who are pursuing accredited architectural degrees at schools located outside of Wisconsin. May 15 is the deadline for applying for this Wisconsin student out-of-state study scholarship. 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. For further details, please visit the WAF homepage.

AIA & WAF Scholarship Program

First established in 2006 with the support of the AIA Component Matching Grant program, the "AIA & WAF Scholarship Program" combines national and state resources to increase scholarships for architecture students in Wisconsin. This year, a $1,200 AIA scholarship grant was combined with Wisconsin Architects Foundation [WAF] scholarship funds to provide three $2,500 scholarships for Master of Architecture students at the UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning. These three AIA & WAF Scholarships have been awarded to Scott Mackinson, Jeremy Happel and Robert Short. Congratulations to these UWM graduate students . . . and thank you for your support of the WAF!

Continuing Education Requirements

The Wisconsin Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors has approved 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, 2010, 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.


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 receive discount pricing, members who renewed by the invoice date are invited to register for two days of the Convention for the price of one (2-for-1 offer expires March 18)!

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 Wisconsin Convention Hotels

If you are planning to stay in Madison and need a hotel room during the AIA Wisconsin Convention, we have negotiated discounted room rates at several area hotels. Please reserve your room by April 3 to benefit from the reduced Convention rate.

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.

AIA Convention Delegates

If you're going to New Orleans for the AIA Convention on May 12–14, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local Chapter.

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.

People and Places

C. Eric Slavin, AIA, Brown Deer, has been promoted to lead design architect at Wade Weissmann Architecture Inc. Gary Gust, AIA, Menomonie, has joined the University of Wisconsin – Stout as an engineering specialist and will provide project management support. Kirk Keller, AIA, Madison, has joined Plunkett Raysich Architects in Madison as a project manager. Colin Klos, AIA, La Crosse, has been named vice-chair of the governing board for the new Design Institute Charter School established by the La Crosse School District, which will integrate core subjects like math and science into design studies focusing on architecture, manufacturing and engineering. Mark Ernst, AIA, Grafton, has been named president of Engberg Anderson and will manage the Milwaukee office with vice presidents Joe Huberty, AIA, Grafton, and Bill Robison, AIA, Milwaukee; and Paul Cuta, AIA, Madison, is vice president at the firm's Madison office. Frank Dropsho, AIA, Madison, has passed away.

Member Action

Maria C. Javornik, AIA, Madison, Scott A. Tyler, AIA, Appleton, and Rita Melone Schmid, AIA, Middleton, have upgraded to AIA architect membership. Congratulations! Please welcome the following new members who have joined in the last month: Shawn Campbell, Hanover, Student (SW); David T. Greene, Assoc. AIA, Loyal (NW); Brad C. Kwasny, AIA, Port Washington (SE); Cathy O'Hara Weiss, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW) and Ian F. Wilson, Green Bay, Student, (NE).

The Last Word

"The practice of architecture not only requires the active individual participation in the profession, but it also requires active civic engagement." [Samuel Mockbee, FAIA]

Happy National Architecture Week! April 10–16, 2011


Back to Archive Main


AIA Crest
©2015 AIA Wisconsin. All Rights Reserved.
(608) 257-8477 | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
AIA Wisconsin | Events Calendar | Contact Us
Back to AIA Wisconsin About The Magazine Articles & Projects Consultant's Directory e-Newsletter Wisconsin Architect Magazine Main