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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: April 2007

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo

Reserve the dates and plan to attend the 2007 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, Palimpsest, on May 16 & 17 at Monona Terrace in Madison . Rob Wheat, AIA, Monroe, and his Convention Committee have assembled another outstanding program of speakers, seminars and special events.

Annual Meetings

The Annual Meetings of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin are scheduled for 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. on May 16 in the Ballroom at Monona Terrace. In addition to updates by WAF and AIA leaders, the agenda includes a special presentation by James Warfield, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign , of amazing architectural images gathered from around the world.

Awards Luncheon

This year's Awards Luncheon on May 16 features the presentation of the 2007 Golden Award to Cherie Claussen, AIA, Wauwatosa , and special remarks on the importance of innovative architecture and modern design by Lara Hedberg Deam, the owner and founder of Dwell magazine.

Building Products Expo

This year's Expo will be packed with displays featuring the latest products and services available to Wisconsin's design and construction industry. It features an excellent mix of exhibitors with information you can put to good use on all of your projects. The Building Products Expo is free and will be open 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on May 16 and 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on May 17.

Keynote Addresses

The 2007 AIA Wisconsin Convention features two outstanding keynote speakers. On May 16, award-winning architect Tod Williams, FAIA, with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York , will present The Boldt Company Keynote Address. James Timberlake, FAIA, with Kieran Timberlake Associates in Philadelphia, will present the MasterGraphics Keynote Address on May 17.

Design Seminars

This year's track of "design" seminars features presentations by award-winning architects Lawrence Scarpa , AIA, Santa Monica; Raymond Kappe, FAIA, Pacific Palisades; and Val Schute, AIA, and Michael Swinghamer, AIA, with River Architects, La Crosse. In addition, IIDA Wisconsin Chapter is sponsoring a seminar session by Ken Kirk on modular interiors and the environment.

Practice Seminars

Convention "practice" seminars feature presentations by Jozef Kneppers and Juergen Fuss, AIA, on building forensics, and Michael Hricak, FAIA, on managing a successful design-focused firm. In addition, AIA, ACEC and AGC have joined forces to present an "A/E/C Summit Technology Roundtable" session on May 17 to discuss BIM and other emerging technology tools.

Sustainability Seminars

This year's "environmental" or "sustainability" track of seminars includes presentations on greening existing buildings by Stu Carron with JohnsonDiversey; integrated design by James Weiner, AIA, Los Angeles; and a panel discussion on sustainable design with an architect, engineer and contractor.

Spotlight Seminars

Exhibitors will be presenting free "spotlight" seminars in conjunction with the Expo. These sessions include presentations on understanding the risks of condominium projects by Holmes Murphy & Associates, using BIM to win contracts by MasterGraphics, timber framing by TimberPeg©, and harnessing the momentum of BIM by IMAGINiT Technologies.

Special Events

Special events on May 16, in addition to the Annual Meetings and Awards Luncheon, include the Construction Industry Reception in the Expo, an Art by Architects Silent Auction and Book Sale to support the Wisconsin Architects Foundation, a Future Fellows of Wisconsin workshop to help demystify the Fellowship nomination process, an Emerging Professionals Workshop by the director of the Intern Development Program (IDP) at NCARB, and the 2007 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards reception and celebration. On May 17, get your day off to a great start at the WCMA Excellence in Masonry Awards Breakfast, renew your energy with a walking lunch in the Expo, and select from two behind-the scenes tours to wrap up your day — the new Dane County Courthouse designed by The Durrant Group or the successful downtown Block 89 development by Urban Land Interests.

Continuing Education Legislation

While the Legislature's attention is focused on the proposed state budget for the 2007-09 biennium, over 400 other bills also have been introduced in the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate so for this session. One of them is 2007 Assembly Bill 181, introduced by State Representative Steve Wieckert (R-Appleton) at the request of the Joint Examining Board. AB 181 would allow the Architects Section, as well as the other sections of the Joint Examining Board, to establish continuing education requirements for renewing your license. AIA Wisconsin supports this enabling legislation.

DSF AE Data Record

If your firm works with the Division of State Facilities (DSF) on state building projects, you may want to double check your AE Data Record to make sure that the information is current. The DSF contacted AIA Wisconsin to report it has noticed that more than few AE Data Records contain out-of-date insurance and staff contact information.

On Wisconsin!

Wisconsin AIA150 "champions" Marty Sell, AIA, Juneau , Kelly Thompson-Frater, AIA, Madison, and John Holz, Bayside, are presenting a featured seminar next month at the AIA Convention in San Antonio on the successful "Blueprint for America " initiatives by AIA Southwest Wisconsin and AIA Milwaukee. In early October, the Knowledge Leadership Assembly will attract AIA officials and Knowledge Community leaders from across the county to Milwaukee . To help cap off a banner year, the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is holding its national convention, FORUM 2007, in Milwaukee in December. AIA Wisconsin is pleased to be a "Presenting Partner" with UWM SARUP for this AIAS conference.

Happy 150th Birthday!

The AIA celebrated its 150 th anniversary last week. Local AIA chapters in Wisconsin hosted receptions, exhibits, lectures and other special AIA150 events. Representing the future of the profession, the Student Representatives on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors blew out the candles on the birthday cake at the Board meeting on Friday at UW-Milwaukee.

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AIA Documents on Demand

The AIA Documents on Demand eShop is now open for business. It is a website that provides 24-hour access to ten of the most popular AIA Contract Documents, including the A101, A201 and several G-series documents. Customers are asked to provide limited project-specific information. AIA Wisconsin is a full-service distributor of AIA Contact Documents.

People & Places

Bobby B. Nixon, Jr., AIA, Plymouth, has upgraded his membership to AIA Architect. Congratulations! The national AIA Executive Committee and Board of Directors confirmed the appointment of Barry Swedeen, AIA, Madison, to serve on the AIA 2007 Credentials Committee. Dennis M. Barger, AIA, Verona, has opened his own firm, ASC Architecture, LLC, 275 Bruce St Ste 100, Verona, WI 53593, (608) 848-8536.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between March 17 and April 17, 2007: Andrew Albright, Professional Affiliate, Sun Prairie (SW); Jo Brinkley-Chaudoir, Student, Brussels (NE); Jennifer A. Eschner, AIA, Fort Atkinson (SW); Thomas W. Goode, Assoc. AIA, Wausau (NW); Benjamin A. Granstrom, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Mark A. Habeck, Assoc. AIA, Wausau (NW); Andrew R. Laufenberg, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Joshua Lueders, Student, Green Bay (NE); John Maternoski, Student, DePere (NE); Andy J. Reed, Assoc. AIA, Sun Prairie (SW); Brian N. Scheibel, AIA, New Berlin (SE) and Zhigang Shen, Assoc. AIA, Menomonie (NW).

The Last Word

"Founded in 1857 by 13 architects, the American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for its members in service to society. Today the Institute is made up of 80,000 design professionals – each working to create healthy, sustainable, and livable communities." [AIA Firm Survey, 2006]

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