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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: July 2008

Member Survey

Thank you to the over 280 AIA Wisconsin members who responded to the recent Zoomerang online survey. The results are being compiled for use at this year's long-range planning retreat. Your feedback on the types of programs of most interest to you and comments on the services provided by the AIA at the local, state and national levels are invaluable. A summary of the survey results will be shared with all members.

Golden Award

The deadline for 2009 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award nominations is November 3. The Golden Award is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow upon a member architect. It recognizes distinguished leadership and service to the profession and the AIA. Twenty-one AIA Wisconsin members have been recognized since 1986, with Joseph H. Flad, FAIA, (1922-2004), selected to receive this year's Golden Award.

WAF Leaders & New Scholarship

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF) is a non-profit membership organization of design and construction professionals dedicated to being a catalyst to improve quality of the environment through research and education. At its meeting in June, the WAF Board of Directors appointed the following officers for 2008-09: Allyson Nemec, AIA, Milwaukee, President; A. James Gersich, AIA, Fitchburg, Vice President; and Ralph Jackson, AIA, Cross Plains, Secretary/Treasurer. The WAF Board also awarded $1,000 scholarships to three Wisconsin students pursuing accredited degrees at schools of architecture located outside of the state. This new Wisconsin Students Out-of-State Study Scholarships program was created this spring, but it reflects a long-standing commitment by the WAF to support Wisconsin students interested in architectural education. The three WAF scholarship recipients are: Danielle Meyers, Mequon, University of Oregon; Randall Schoen, Wauwatosa, Washington University of St. Louis; and William Dean, Madison , University of Oregon. In case you know Wisconsin students pursing architectural studies in other states, expose them to the WAF Scholarship program.

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.

Save the Dates

Looking ahead, the 2008 Sustainability and Energy Efficiency (SE ² ) Leadership Conference coordinated by the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance is scheduled for September 17 in Pewaukee . . . and the annual DSF Consultant Conference sponsored by ACEC of Wisconsin is set for November 6 in Madison.

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.

Associate Representative

The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors may appoint two Associate AIA members to a two-year term as an Associate Representative. The terms are staggered, so one Associate Representative is appointed by the Board of Directors each year. If you are an Associate AIA member interested in reviewing and shaping AIA Wisconsin policies and programs for the benefit of fellow members, please submit a letter of interest and a brief resume to: Josh Johnson, AIA, Vice President, AIA Wisconsin, 321 S. Hamilton St., Madison , WI 53703.

NCARB Annual Meeting

Delegates to last month's NCARB Annual Meeting voted to adopt the so-called "6 Month Rule" resolution that will require the reporting of IDP Training Units every six months. With certain exceptions and extensions detailed in the resolution, the new reporting requirements will become effective July 1, 2009 for new Record Holders and July 1, 2010 for current Record Holders. The effective dates are linked to the successful implementation of NCARB's Online IDP Reporting System. Information on the adopted resolutions can be found on the NCARB website.

ARE 4.0 Resources

All Architect Registration Exam (ARE) candidates who had not passed an ARE 3.1 section before May 15th have officially been transitioned to ARE 4.0. The AIA provides resources to aid test candidates in making this transition. For more information, call (202) 626-7530, e-mail or visit AIA National.

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.

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.

Shape of America

The AIA has launched the "Shape of America" project. It will feature a series of Web-based short films on the 150 structures selected by the public as America 's Favorite Architecture. The first buildings to be showcased include the Empire State Building, Houston 's Pennzoil Place, Fenway Park and the Hearst Castle.

People & Places

John Schmied, AIA , Sun Prairie, has upgraded to AIA architect member. Christofer L. Kline, AIA, Grafton, has joined Continuum Architects & Planners S.C. in Milwaukee.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin since June 17: Michael Gustavson, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Jeremiah J. Larson, Assoc. AIA, Muscoda (SW); Andrea Nemecek, AIA, Waukesha (SE); Ruben Rivera, Jr., Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE) and Amber K. Westerman, Assoc. AIA, Dodgeville (SW).

The Last Word

"We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge." [John Naisbitt]

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