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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: April 2009

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, other upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

2009 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo

Reserve the dates and plan to attend the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, EQUILIBRIUM, on May 20 & 21 at Monona Terrace in Madison. Don Smith, AIA, Hales Corners, and his Convention Committee have assembled another outstanding program of speakers, seminars and special events. This year's two-day state conference will explore ideas, projects and products that will help us maintain a healthy balance in architectural design and practice. New opportunities to gain additional AIA/CES learning units have been added to the schedule; and, 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, May 20. 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 Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, managing director of component relations for the American Institute of Architects. In her talk on "Architects as Leaders of Communities," she will demonstrate how design does make a difference in the livability of our communities and why it is more important than ever for architects, as stewards of design, to be leaders of their communities.

Awards Luncheon

This year's Awards Luncheon features the presentation of the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award to William P. Wenzler, FAIA. In addition, Derrick Van Mell, with Van Mell Associates, will outline the opportunity architects have to retake and rebalance the relationship with clients so the very best information and inspiration can flow back and forth.

Building Products Expo

This year's Expo will be packed with more new 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 Wednesday, May 20, and 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 21.

Keynote Addresses

The 2009 AIA Wisconsin Convention features three outstanding keynote speakers. On May 20, award-winning architect Ron Radziner, FAIA, with Marmol Radziner and Associates in Los Angeles, will present The Boldt Company Keynote Address. This year's Design Awards celebration also includes a special keynote address by Jeanne Gang, FAIA, of Studio Gang Architects , Chicago. Plus, renowned New York architect James Polshek, FAIA, Polshek Partnership LLP, will present the Keynote Address.

Design Seminars

This year's track of "design" seminars features presentations by an attractive mix of speakers that will illustrate the power of architecture. Randy Brown, FAIA, principal of award-winning Randy Brown Architects, has organized his most innovative office, residential and retail projects into this seminar presentation that focuses on alternative strategies for suburban development. Thanks to IIDA Wisconsin, Rusty McBride, the director of Lightolier iGEN sales strategy, will discuss how LED technology works and why it is important. Award-winning architect John Martine, AIA, principal at Strada, and Tom Price, AIA, a leader in the design and placemaking process at this Pittsburgh firm, will discuss their dependence on each other for developing a design process that embraces traditional and emerging design techniques to create unique and site specific architecture. Continuing the tradition of featuring a Wisconsin firm, Jan van den Kieboom, AIA, with Workshop Architects, will discuss the firm's design philosophy, its buildings and how they address the distinct needs and preferences of the people that utilize them.

Practice Seminars

Convention "practice" seminars feature presentations by experts on emerging nuts-and-bolts issues shaping the practice of architecture. Invited back to Wisconsin by popular demand, Michael Hricak, FAIA, will explore design team efforts providing direction, analysis, design strategy and management. Theodore Landsmark, Assoc. AIA, president of the Boston Architectural College since 1997, will examine how new approaches to developing our talent can better prepare firms for success in the years ahead. Victoria Beach, FAIA, principal of an award-winning architecture, landscape and furniture design practice, will share the secrets of ethical equilibrium among the opposing forces of art and morality.

Sustainability Seminars

The "sustainability" seminar presentations will offer the scientific foundation and practical solutions that you can put to good use. Plus, AIA members can earn sustainable design (SD) AIA/CES learning unit hours. James Wasley, AIA, a professor at UWM SARUP, will share information on the Carbon Neutral Design (CND) Project and his research into the characteristics of green, environmentally sustainable design. Architect Daniel Stephans, AIA, will help you design more sustainable buildings by outlining the DSF Sustainable Facilities Policy and Guidelines and Standards, which are based on the USGBC LEED standards, with Wisconsin-specific differences. Join Aldo Leopold Legacy Center team members architect Thomas Kubala, AIA, owner Buddy Huffaker, consultant Michael Utzinger, and architect Joel Krueger for a case study on this project that has been recognized with a COTE Top Ten and a Wisconsin Sustainability and Energy Efficiency (SE2) Leadership Award.

Spotlight Seminars

In addition, exhibitors will be sponsoring free "spotlight" seminars in conjunction with the Building Products Expo. The sessions include presentations on successful exterior wall testing by Architectural Testing, technology behind digital signage by AVI Midwest, sound control in multi-story construction by Maxxon Corporation, and an economic outlook by McGraw-Hill Construction. These 90-minute seminars are schedule immediately prior to the opening of the Expo on May 20 and right after the Expo closes on May 21.

Special Events

Numerous special events have been designed with you in mind. On May 20, you'll want to participate in the Construction Industry Reception in the Expo, Wisconsin Architects Foundation Book Sale, and "Emerging Professionals Workshop" with a special presentation by Rachel Kros, 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 Jeanne Gang, FAIA, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall. On May 21, 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. The four local AIA Chapters in Wisconsin also will be scheduling membership meetings to consider proposed bylaws amendments.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

The 2009 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., Holmes Murphy & Associates, IIDA Wisconsin Chapter, MasterGraphics, Inc., Ken Saiki Design Inc., and Wisconsin Architects Foundation.

Sustainability | Energy Efficiency Leadership Award

June 1 is the application deadline for the 2009 Wisconsin Sustainability | Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Award program. Entry materials are due by 7/17/09. 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 buildings and related systems.

Recycle Architectural Record

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is collecting "ready to be recycled" issues of Architectural Record magazine for distribution to students involved in the High School Design Competition "Design Your School" and other Wisconsin schools. Please contact WAF Board member Pat Conway, AIA, , to coordinate drop-off points.

Distinguished Service

The AIA Board of Directors has approved awarding the following Citations for Distinguished Service to the profession of architecture: Mary Orella, Fitchburg, for 20 years of service to members; Allyson Nemec, AIA, Milwaukee, and Bill Doyle, AIA, Green Bay, for contributions as members of the WAF Board of Directors; Frank Dropsho, AIA, Madison, for service as chair of the Golden Award Committee; Lou Host-Jablonski, AIA, Madison, and Paul Wagner, AIA, Waunakee, for service as members of the City of Madison Urban Design Commission; and Ed Solner, AIA, Middleton, for representing AIA Wisconsin on the state Means of Egress and Accessibility Code Advisory Committee. These Citations will be presented during the AIA Wisconsin Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 20, at Monona Terrace.

People & Places

Heather Cook Elliott, AIA, Milwaukee; Paul J. De Leeuw, AIA, DePere; Charles A.B. Haas, AIA, Milwaukee, and Darin C. Rickert, AIA, Racine, have upgraded to architect members. Long-time members H. James Gabriel, AIA, Sheboygan, and Roy H. Stark, AIA, Manitowoc, passed away recently. Erdman, a Cogdell Spencer Company has changed their name to Cogdell Spencer + Erdman. River Architects has moved to 740 7th Street North in LaCrosse. AIA Wisconsin members have taken on leadership roles with the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance: d'Andre Willis, AIA, Milwaukee, is the 2009 president of the WGBA; Tate Walker, AIA, Madison, is 2009 Vice President; Mark Ernst, AIA, Grafton, is a board member; and Tom Cox, AIA, Appleton, served as WGBA president the past two years.

Member Action

lease welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin in the past month: Chad Burow, Professional Affiliate, Milwaukee (SE); Kari Eggert, Assoc. AIA, Middleton (SW); Joseph J. Haider, AIA, Whitefish Bay (SE); Kathleen K. Laird, AIA, Greenville (SE); Justin R. Marshall, Assoc. AIA, Oconomowoc (SE); Jennifer L. Voigt, AIA, Milwaukee (SE) and Joseph M. Walaszek, AIA, Kewaunee (SE).

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