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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: June 2008

Architecture for Fun & Profit

Save the date . . . the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop is scheduled for Friday, October 24, at The Heidel House Resort in Green Lake. The full-day workshop will focus on financial management and profitability for architectural firms. You'll learn how your firm can be financially as well as professionally successful by following a set of proven principles of sound financial management. The Fall Workshop speakers who will guide us down this path to profitability are Steve L. Wintner, AIA, founder of Management Consulting Services and past chair of the AIA Practice Management Committee, and Michael Tardif, Assoc. AIA, editorial director of Design Byline and former director of the AIA Center for Technology and Practice Management. Watch you inbox and mailbox for further details and registration information.

Member Satisfaction Survey

Later this month, you'll be receiving an electronic Member Satisfaction Survey from AIA Wisconsin. Your participation, feedback, comments and suggestions will be invaluable as the Board of Directors and local Chapter leaders discuss the results of the survey in early August as part of the annual long-range planning process.

AIA Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Agreements

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released four new Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) agreements. The new IPD documents will satisfy the needs of users who may have two distinct comfort levels with the IDP process by providing two levels of design and construction integration. One is more traditional in nature and, as such, may be a comfortable first step into IPD. The other introduces an entirely new way of delivering a construction project. Both encourage the parties to implement Building Information Modeling and other technologies to achieve efficiencies, increase collaboration and maximize information sharing.

QBS Legislation & AIA Grant

During the 2007-08 session of the Wisconsin Legislature, proposed legislation (AB 553 & SB 295) that would have required local governments to use a qualifications-based selection (QBS) process for selecting architects and engineers for their projects was approved by the Assembly late in the session, but failed to make it out of committee in the Senate. AIA Wisconsin is working with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin in support of this QBS initiative and recently was awarded an AIA Government Affairs Assistance Grant to help draft a new and improved version of this proposed legislation to introduce next session. The Wisconsin QBS program Web site has more infomation, including a step-by-step manual for owners.

Wisconsin Building Enclosure Council

The Wisconsin Building Enclosure Council (BEC) held its kickoff meeting last month and attracted a good crowd of design and construction industry leaders. Co-chaired by Joseph Schultz, AIA, Milwaukee, and Brian Stroik, BEC-Wisconsin has scheduled meetings for 3:30 p.m. on June 17, July 15 and August 19 at the Boldt Construction office in Waukesha to plan continuing education programs that will begin this fall. Started by an agreement between the AIA and the National Institute of Building Sciences in 2004, the purpose of local BECs is to promote and encourage discussion, training and education on all matters concerning building enclosures. BEC-Wisconsin is the 21 st local group to be established. Information about the BEC initiative is available online.

Director-At-Large Candidates

If you are interested in helping to shape AIA Wisconsin policies and programs, please consider tossing your hat in the ring as a candidate for Director-At-Large. Two Directors-At-Large will be elected by the membership this fall to a two-year term beginning January 2009. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter.

Wisconsin License Renewal

For architects, Wisconsin issues two-year licenses that expire on July 31 of even-numbered years (e.g. 7/31/08). If you haven't done so already, you may want to visit the website for the Wisconsin Department of Regulation & Licensing to check on the status of your license and renew it online.

ARE & NCARB Record

Attention architectural interns, sponsors, advisors and mentors . . . effective May 15, 2008, all candidates applying to take the ARE are required to establish a record with the NCARB. Wisconsin applicants do not necessarily need to complete NCARB's IDP or meet its education requirements, but you must establish a NCARB record and obtain a record number before the Wisconsin Department of Regulation & Licensing can authorize you to start taking the exam.

ARE Lending Library

AIA Wisconsin has established a lending library of Architect Registration Examination (ARE) study materials from Kaplan AEC Education that cover all sections of the ARE exam. The materials are available to Associate AIA members and can be checked out of the office for a period of 14 days. For details, read the ARE Lending Library Policies . Contact AIA Wisconsin to confirm availability.

Intern Title

According to state administrative rule A-E 3.03(5), which became effective on June 1, 2003, individuals acquiring supervised experience in architectural work to become licensed as an architect in Wisconsin may use the title "architectural intern." Firms and interns are encouraged to make sure that titles used on business cards and in other marketing materials comply with state statutes and related administrative rules. Only registered architects may use the title "architect." Titles for interns other than "architectural intern" that include "architect" or "architectural," such as "intern architect," "architectural designer" or "architectural technician," are prohibited by state law.

Award-Winning Wisconsin Architecture

In case you missed it, last week's AIArchitect newsletter featured an article on the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards.

AIA Wisconsin Convention Presentations Online

Thanks to the support and technical capabilities of the Energy Center of Wisconsin, several popular presentations at the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Convention were capture on videotape and are now available online via Energy Center University . You'll want to check out the sessions by Jonathan Foley, Dunham, Flad Architects and Eric Owen Moss, FAIA. You need to register, but it's simple and there is no charge for AIA Wisconsin members. Click "online training."

Expo Booth Awards

Congratulations to the following exhibitors recognized for their significant contributions to the success of the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo! 1st Place : MasterGraphics, Inc., 2nd Place: Wisconsin Concrete Masonry Association, 3rd Place : Heartland Brick Council, Honorable Mentions: ABC of Wisconsin Inc., Alpine Plywood Corporation, Amerhart Ltd., The Boldt Company, CMI Architectural Products Inc., DalTile, Hensen Fine Cabinetry, Hillcraft.

AIA/CES Transcript & Self-Report Form

This is a good time to check your AIA/CES transcript to make sure it includes all of your learning activities by visiting: . There are now 38 states with continuing education requirements for renewing your license. If you participate in a continuing education program that is not offered by an AIA/CES Registered Provider, you have the option of self reporting this learning activity. Here's a quick refresher on the AIA/CES Self-Report Form.

AIA Career Center

If you are a member looking to advance your career or a firm trying to find qualified employees, the AIA Career Center is a valuable resource for discovering job opportunities and tapping into a database of candidates.


AIA Wisconsin has an agreement with Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq., and LegaLine. This unique service offered through the AIA Trust allows members a one-time opportunity to talk with an attorney for "free" about issues related to contracts, intellectual property law and other practice issues. One AIA Wisconsin member who recently took advantage of the LegaLine service reported that he "found it to be a tremendous help!" Contact the AIA Wisconsin office for more information.


The Wisconsin Society of Architects/Political Action Committee (WSA/PAC), established in 1978, is an independent, voluntary and bipartisan group of individual architects and allied professionals interested in improving government by encouraging the active participation and involvement of architects in the political process. With your support, the WSA/PAC helps elect candidates for state office who share the goals of the architectural profession. WSA/PAC funds cannot be used for lobbying or other government affairs activities. Please support the future of your profession by sending a personal non-deductible contribution to: WSA/PAC, 321 S. Hamilton Street , Madison , WI 53703-4000 . Thank you for your support!

AIA Contract Documents Podcasts

Interested in learning more about the new AIA Integrated Project Delivery agreements and other AIA contract documents? A complete listing of document podcasts is available through the AIA website and via iTunes.

People & Places

Andrea N. Ring, AIA , has upgraded to AIA architect member. Rinka Chung Architecture, Inc., has moved to 756 North Milwaukee Street, Suite 250, Milwaukee; phone (414) 431-8101.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin since May 15: Brian D. Anderson, Professional Affiliate, Madison (SW); Rachel Carson, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Bruce D. Mohns Jr., Assoc. AIA, Fort Atkinson (SE) and Matthew J. Spude, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE).

The Last Word

"Because of what we do as architects -- our training, our habit of working collaboratively, our creative gifts -- because of these, we have both the ability and, I firmly believe, the responsibility to empower those who have been marginalized . . . [and] to reach into communities that have not been touched by the healing genius of design, communities that have lost hope, communities that lack the resources to articulate a vision for themselves and their children." [Marshall E. Purnell, FAIA, 2008 AIA President]

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