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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: August 2005

Milwaukee Lobbying Ordinance

The new City of Milwaukee lobbying ordinance became effective on July 1 and apparently revisions already are in the works. For information on the ordinance, please go to . Architects representing clients in discussions with certain city officials and in appearances before city committees need to understand the lobbying ordinance and advise your clients accordingly. You may want to encourage Ald. Michael D'Amato, the champion of the ordinance, to propose an exception for architects similar to the current provision for attorneys. Ald. D'Amato can be reached at (414) 286-2221.

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. Three Directors-At-Large will be elected by the membership this fall for two-year term beginning January 2006. For further information, contact the AIA Wisconsin office.

Associate Representative

The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors includes two Associate Representatives who are appointed to staggered two-year terms. A job description for the position is available from the AIA Wisconsin office. If you are an Associate AIA member interested in taking on a leadership role, please send in a letter of interest with a brief resume.

Wisconsin IBC Intensive

The UW-Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development is offering its annual "intensive" course on the International Building Code on September 12-15 in Pewaukee.

Sustainability & Energy Efficiency Leadership Conference

This year's SE² Leadership Conference is scheduled for October 19 at the Olympia Conference Center in Oconomowoc. For information on the conference, visit the AIA Wisconsin " Calendar of Events " or call the WGBA at (414) 224-9422.

DSF Consultants Conference

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin is holding its annual DSF Consultants Conference on October 25 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison . AIA Wisconsin members benefit from a reduced registration fee. For information on the conference, visit the AIA Wisconsin " Calendar of Events " or call ACEC at (608) 257-9223.

Architecture Firm Award

You are invited to participate in the AIA Wisconsin Architecture Firm Award program by submitting a nomination or encouraging others to do so. The next Architecture Firm Award is scheduled to be announced at the 2006 AIA Wisconsin Convention. Nominations for this award are due by November 1, 2005 . Please click on the link above or contact AIA Wisconsin for a Call for Nominations that provides details on eligibility, award criteria and nomination guidelines.

Golden Award

The deadline for AIA Wisconsin Golden Award nominations also is November 1 . 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. Contact AIA Wisconsin to request nomination materials.

Membership Directory

Directories of AIA Wisconsin members and member-owned firms will be published in the upcoming "Construction Industry Handbook" issue of Wisconsin Architect magazine. Projects selected to receive 2005 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards also will be featured in a special insert.

AIA 150 Committee

The American Institute of Architects will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2007. Planning is underway for a sesquicentennial initiative to encourage AIA members to collaborate with local elected officials, community leaders, planning departments, allied organizations and citizens to improve their communities. Please start thinking about ideas for activities you'd like to help coordinate in your community. AIA Wisconsin has established an AIA 150 Committee made up of state and local AIA leaders who will be serving as Presidents in 2007, including Marty Sell, AIA, Juneau, John Holz, AIA, Whitefish Bay, Kelly Thompson-Frater, Madison, Virge Temme, AIA, Sturgeon Bay, and Rod Cox, AIA, Wausau.

Intern Development Program

If you have questions about the Intern Development Program (IDP), please contact your Chapter IDP Coordinator via e-mail: Southeast – Russell LaFrombois, AIA ; Southwest – Bill Danuser, Assoc. AIA ; Northeast – Eric Bauman, Assoc. AIA ; and Northwest – Gary Gust, AIA . These coordinators also are available for brown bag lunch presentations on IDP at firms and schools. For information on IDP and related resources, visit the Emerging Professionals Companion (EPC). The latest edition of IDP Mentor Guidelines also is available online.

QBS Wisconsin

Started in 1986, the Wisconsin Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) program is a joint effort of AIA Wisconsin and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin . QBS Wisconsin assists public owners establish a structured and objective process for selecting architects and consulting engineers. A step-by-step guide for implementing a QBS process is available online at or contact the AIA Wisconsin office at 1-800-ARCHITECT.


AIA Wisconsin has an agreement with Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq. and LegaLine that 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. Contact the AIA Wisconsin office for information on how you can tap into this membership service.

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 now 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.

AIA Career Center

If you are looking to advance your career, the AIA Career Center is a valuable resource for finding jobs advertised by the leading architecture firms in the country. To find qualified employees, tap the Career Center 's database of candidates. The AIA Career Center is the most cost-effective way to attract job candidates with precisely the skill sets your firm needs. For more information, go to .

Wisconsin Architects Foundation

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation was founded in 1953 to build a better Wisconsin through architectural education. WAF officers for 2005-06 are: James Shields, AIA, Milwaukee , President ; Larry Schnuck, AIA, Whitefish Bay , Vice President ; and Allyson Nemec, AIA, Milwaukee , Secretary/Treasurer . Your tax-deductible contributions enable the WAF provide tuition scholarships and educational grants.

Madison Lobbying Ordinance

On August 8, the Common Council Organizational Committee (CCOC) held a special meeting on the City of Madison lobbying ordinance. In testimony submitted on behalf of members, AIA Wisconsin encouraged the committee to recommend that the ordinance be repealed. AIA Wisconsin commented that: the ordinance is so complex and confusing that it is impossible to fully understand and comply with its requirements; rather than encouraging greater openness in city affairs, it works to intimidate citizens and discourage involvement, participation and debate; and the enforcement of the ordinance will be uneven and arbitrary, at best, and could become selective and targeted. Please contact AIA Wisconsin to request a copy of the lobbying ordinance testimony. The next CCOC meeting is scheduled for September 6. Architects need to become aware of the different lobbying ordinance requirements in Madison and Milwaukee and advise your clients accordingly.

Long-Range Planning

For 20 years, AIA Wisconsin leaders have gathered in an old log lodge on Mirror Lake to participate in a long-range planning session. This year, 26 members participated in the two-day retreat chaired by AIA Wisconsin Vice President/President-Elect Colin Klos, AIA, La Crosse . Topics for discussion included licensing issues such as mandatory continuing education and an accredited degree, trends in project delivery, encouraging members to pursue Fellowship, community service and volunteerism, and how to celebrate the AIA's 150 th birthday in 2007.

2005 AIA Compensation Report

The 2005 AIA Compensation Report is researched and compiled by the AIA's economics and market research department. Average compensation figures are provided for registered architects, interns and other graduates of architecture programs. As a benefit for AIA members, the valuable information found in the complete 2005 AIA Compensation Report, including an executive summary, detailed benefits information, position descriptions, and tables for various regions, states and metro areas, is available for the special price of $50. The report can be ordered online at the AIA online store.

Preservation of the State Capitol

AIA Wisconsin supports a program of advocacy for preservation of the State Capitol. It is important for Wisconsin architects to actively work to raise awareness of the need for preservation-oriented policies, programs, staff and funding. As part of its mission, the Historic Resources Committee (HRC) will lead this effort for AIA Wisconsin.

State Officers

AIA Wisconsin Executive Committee members for 2006 will be: Colin H. Klos, AIA, La Crosse , President , Martin Sell, AIA, Juneau , Vice President/President-Elect , W. Lee Connellee , AIA, Appleton , Secretary/Treasurer , and Cherie K. Claussen, AIA, Wauwatosa , Past President . This leadership team was approved by the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors at its August meeting.

Distinguished Service

The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors has approved awarding a Citation for Distinguished Service to two individuals in recognition of their significant contributions to AIA Wisconsin and the profession of architecture. Citation recipients are Mark Kruser , AIA, Middleton, for his leadership as the Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of Wisconsin Architect magazine and Brenda Taylor, Stoughton, for her ten years of service as the Communications Manager with AIA Wisconsin and Managing Editor of the magazine.

People & Places

Bruno J. Franceschi, AIA, Thiensville, has been approved for Emeritus membership in The American Institute of Architects ; and John C. Monefeldt, AIA, Racine, and Shannon L. Liggett, AIA, Marshall, are now licensed and AIA Architect members. Congratulations! Emeritus member Matthias R. Goebel, AIA, Elkhorn , has passed away. David Raysich, AIA, Brookfield , was awarded the 2005 Distinguished Al umnus Award by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Al umni Association. Karen Plunkett Muenster, AIA, River Hills, chair of the AIA International Committee, was a member of the AIA leadership delegation that attended the triennial UIA Congress and Assembly held last month in Istanbul , Turkey . Michael J. Sobczak, AIA, Elm Grove, and Apraham A. Khatchadourian, AIA, Brookfield , have been named partners of Plunkett Raysich Architects. Christopher S. Frommell, AIA, Cedarburg, has been appointed as vice president, director of architecture with Lakeside Development Company. John L. Klett, AIA, Wauwatosa , and James F. Olson, AIA, Wauwatosa , have been named stockholders of the Zimmerman Design Group; and Kurt V. Zimmerman, AIA, Wauwatosa , was promoted to vice president of the firm and recently appointed to the City of Milwaukee "Green Team." The Kubala Washatko Architects is celebrating its 25 th anniversary! Brian A. Spencer, AIA, former member of AIA Wisconsin now residing in Manhattan Beach , California , has been elected a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Architecture & Construction Sciences. David B. Dolan-Wallace, AIA, Green Bay , has been appointed to the Uniform Dwelling Code Council by Governor Doyle. The Governor also recently appointed Lawrence J. Schnuck, AIA, Whitefish Bay , as one of the three professional members of the Architects Section of the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors. Mark J. Rapant, AIA, Germantown , represented AIA Wisconsin at the most recent AIA State Government Network meeting in New Orleans where government affairs leaders from around the country discussed unlicensed practice, building code and project delivery issues. On a lighter note, Patrick J. Conway, AIA, Mt. Horeb , received national exposure on the new comedy/variety TV show "My Kind of Town" as the Mt. Horeb January pin-up.

Membership Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between June 16 – August 15: Lonni M. Bethke, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Jay Campbell, Professional Affiliate, Butler (SE); Richard Cobb, Professional Affiliate, Milwaukee (SE); Joshua S. Davison, Assoc. AIA, Hartland (SE); Kyle Dumbleton, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Jeffrey J. Gracyalny, Professional Affiliate, Green Bay (NE); David M. Heidemen, Professional Affiliate, DePere (NE); Jason Heindel, Professional Affiliate, Wauwatosa (SE); Gregory J. Held, AIA, Middleton (SW); Chris M. McCanles, Assoc. AIA, Waukesha (SE); Scott R. Mueller, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Margaret A. Noren-DeBoth, Student, Pewaukee, (SE); Chad O'Donnell, Professional Affiliate, Appleton (NE); Darrell R. Olson, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Ercan Ornek, Assoc. AIA, Franklin (SE); Tyler J. Smith, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); William E. Steed, AIA, Racine (SE); Matthew A. Tills, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); and Brent Williams, Professional Affiliate, Madison (SW).

The Last Word

"Good design makes a difference. For almost 150 years, members of The American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. AIA members have access to the right people, knowledge and tools to create better design – and help clients and communities make their visions real." [The American Institute of Architects , August 2005 ]

"Architecture, then, is not to be considered a lucrative profession....Those who practice it must do so for the satisfaction they can find in doing it well, and be content with a moderate compensation in money....For one architect who acquires competence, half a dozen builders make fortunes." [ American Architect and Building News, September 23, 1876 ]

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