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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: July 2010

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on letter to NCARB Board, membership satisfaction survey, Architect license renewal and more.

Program & Event Update

Here are a few upcoming AIA/CES programs. Click on program title for additional details.

July 20 | Fitchburg
AIA SW WI Lunch Meeting | Common Framing Errors

July 21 | Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay and Wausau
AIA MKE | ARE Study Session: Site Planning & DesignAIA SW WI Webcast | ARE Study Session: Site Planning & Design AIA NE WI Webcast | ARE Study Session: Site Planning & DesignAIA NW WI Webcast | ARE Study Session: Site Planning & Design

July 21 | Green Bay
AIA NE WI Lunch Program |Designing Energy Efficient Steel Stud Wall Assemblies

July 22 | Sheboygan
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | Designing Energy Efficient Steel Stud Wall Assemblies

July 22 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Construction Tour | Columbia St. Mary's Hospital

August 3 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Building Science Series | Silicone Sealants in Construction

August 10 | Madison
AIA SW WI Emerging Professionals | Building Tour | Ross Street House - LEED Platinum

August 12 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE | Architectural River Cruise

August 18 | Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay and Wausau
AIA MKE | ARE Study Session: Structural Systems (no math)
AIA SW WI Webcast | ARE Study Session: Structural Systems (no math)
AIA NE WI Webcast | ARE Study Session: Structural Systems (no math)
AIA NW WI Webcast | ARE Study Session: Structural Systems (no math)

August 21 | Spring Green
AIA SW WI Chapter | Wright Studio at Taliesin

September 14-16 | Chicago IL
Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo 2010


In a letter to the NCARB Board of Directors, AIA Wisconsin President James Otto, AIA, encouraged NCARB to reconsider its decision to increase various fees because they will impose a financial hardship on many architects and interns. Otto noted in the letter that "[a]s we all struggle to survive these tough and troubling economic times, many of us are particularly concerned about the adverse effect on interns and the future of our profession." NCARB changed its fees effective July 1. For details, visit the NCARB Website.

Architect License Renewal

If you haven't done so already, be sure to renew your two-year Wisconsin license by July 31. Renew online!

Member Survey

Last month, a Membership Satisfaction Survey was sent to AIA Wisconsin members; and nearly 25% of you responded. The results are being compiled for 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. Thank you!

Participate in a Study

A Comparative Study of Environmentally Responsible Design Adoption by Architects, Facility Managers, and Interior Designers is being conducted by doctoral candidate Amanda Gale, Eastern Michigan University School of Engineering and Technology. Participate Online.

Save the Dates

Looking ahead, the 2010 Sustainability and Energy Efficiency (SE ²) Leadership Conference coordinated by the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance is scheduled for September 22 in Oconomowoc . . . the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop on Friday, October 22, in Milwaukee, will focus on topics related to projects involving existing buildings . . . and the annual DSF Consultant Conference sponsored by ACEC of Wisconsin is set for November 9 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 2011. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter.

AIA Symbol Use

The AIA "Rules of the Board" related to how firms may use the AIA name and the Institute's column and eagle symbol were recently amended. According to these rules, when the majority of financial ownership in a professional architectural firm is held by registered architects and all the registered architect principals are AIA members, the firm may use the phrase "Members of The American Institute of Architects" in its public listing and include the Institute symbol on its letterhead, business cards, signs, brochures and other business materials related to its practice. No other use of the symbol may be made without specific approval by the AIA Executive Committee.

2010 Design Award Entries Online

In case you missed the presentation at the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, you can now view all of the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Design Award.

Continuing Education Requirements

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

AIA/CES Transcript & Self-Report Form

This is a good time to print your AIA/CES transcript and check that it includes all of your learning activities. Credits for 2009 must be earned by September 30 and credits for 2010 should be completed by December 31. Please note that beginning in 2009, AIA requires that four of the 18 credits need be designated Sustainable Design (SD). Any credits earned this month also can be credited to your Wisconsin State Licensure Mandatory Continuing Education requirements. 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. Need a quick refresher on the AIA/CES Self-Report Form?

Earn AIA/CES/HSW/SD Learning Unit hours

AIA members can earn the four required sustainable design (SD) continuing education hours online by attending the 2009 AIA virtual convention sessions for free! Members also can attend the 2010 AIA virtual convention that offers over 40 hours of continuing education, 20 of which meet the SD requirement.

Convention Presentations Online

Thanks to the Energy Center of Wisconsin, popular 2010 AIA Wisconsin Convention presentations by David Miller, FAIA, Rebecca Ellis and Leith Sharp are available online via Energy Center University.

Golden Award

The deadline for 2011 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award nominations is November 2. 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-three AIA Wisconsin members have been recognized since 1986, with Brian F. Larson, AIA, Eau Claire, selected to receive this year's Golden Award. Contact AIA Wisconsin to request nomination materials.

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.

Unauthorized Practice of Law

In 2002, the Wisconsin State Bar petitioned the Wisconsin Supreme Court regarding the unauthorized practice of law. There was concern that this initiative potentially could affect the professional services provided by architects, professional engineers and others. However, as recently determined by the Court, the definition of the practice of law exempts persons credentialed under Wisconsin Statutes in chapters 440 to 480 or persons performing services under the supervision of a professional holding the credential. Architects are credentialed under chapter 443.

People & Places

Molly M. Dunlap, AIA, Madison, has upgraded to Architect. Congratulations! Richard R. Griffith, AIA, Naples FL, has passed away. The "UNSEEN Architecture: MKE" exhibition developed by AIA Milwaukee and The Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design is now on display through August 31 at the AIA headquarters in Washington, DC.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin in the past month: Della I. Hansmann, Assoc. AIA, La Crosse (NW); Sally Massman, Assoc. AIA, Eagle (SE) and Jason M. Puestow, AIA, Oconomowoc (SE).

The Last Word

"Architecture is a continuing dialogue between generations which creates an environment across time." [Vincent Scully]

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