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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: August 2007

AIA Trust Seminar AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop

The 2007 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop will focus on green buildings and sustainable design. AIA Wisconsin is partnering with the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and the Energy Center of Wisconsin on the "Greening The Heartland | SE² Conference" scheduled for September 12 & 13 at Monona Terrace in Madison . Two dozen breakout sessions will feature innovative projects and ideas for a sustainable future, with five of the sessions recommended for the AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop. The conference will open with a keynote address by USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi and AIA Vice President Norman Strong , FAIA, who will outline the Institute's commitment to sustainable design and the 2030 Challenge. Plus, the GTH2007 Trade Show will showcase products specified in LEED certified buildings and the consulting services needed to design and build them. The 4th annual Sustainability & Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Awards will be presented at the luncheon on September 13. AIA members can earn up to 9 AIA/CES learning unit hours related to health, safety and welfare (HSW).

GTH2007 Building Tours & LEED Workshop

And that's not all . . . as several extra continuing education opportunities are available following the GTH2007 conference on September 14. There will be three separate all-day building tours for which AIA member can earn up to 6 AIA/CES HSW hours, including a Frank Lloyd Wright tour as well as tours of sustainable projects in Madison and Milwaukee. You can sign up for one of these building tours at: . In addition, the USGBC will present a full-day LEED CI Workshop for which AIA members can earn 7 AIA/CES learning unit HSW hours.

Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta Lecture

A lecture by acclaimed architect, industrial designer and teacher Bernardo Gomez-Pemienta is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, in the Fireside Lounge at the UW-Milwaukee Union. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the lecture. Currently the Dean of the Architecture School of the Universidad Anahuac, his design creativity has been widely recognized in Mexico as well as internationally. This special "Architectural Awareness Week" program is sponsored by AIA Milwaukee, AIA Wisconsin and the UWM School of Architecture & Urban Planning. During his visit to Milwaukee , Gomez-Pimienta also will be speaking to MPS students at the Advanced Language and Academic Studies High School . An exhibit at City Hall also is planned during the week to increase the public's awareness of architecture.

Building Code Update

The Assembly Housing Committee held a public hearing this week on the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code update package proposed by the Department of Commerce. Testimony at the hearing focused on the fire sprinkler requirements for multi-family dwellings. The proposed code would adopt IBC requirements that call for fire sprinklers in new multi-family dwellings of three units or more, with townhouses excluded from these new sprinkler requirements. Following the hearing, the Housing Committee objected to the proposed sprinkler requirements and sent this portion of the state building code package to the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR), co-chaired by State Representative Daniel LeMahieu (R-Cascade) and State Senator Robert Jauch (D-Poplar). JCRAR has 30 days to review the proposed code provisions, with an option to extend the review period for an additional 30 days.

BIM Lecture Series

UWM SARUP will be hosting a lunchtime lecture series and forum, "Computation and Craft," this fall that will address the impact of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on professional practice. The first session, scheduled for 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, in AUP 110, features a panel discussion by members of the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community. SARUP and Eppstein Uhen Architects are sponsoring the lecture series.

Shop Drawings, Change Orders & Claims Seminar

Architect and attorney Charles Heuer, Esq., FAIA, will present a special AIA Trust seminar on October 10 in Milwaukee for AIA Milwaukee and on October 11 in Madison for AIA Southwest Wisconsin that will focus on the proper processes for shop drawing review, change order execution and claims review. He will explain the risks involved and how to manage them while performing in a timely and appropriate manner. The AIA General Conditions (A201) will serve as the point of reference. Heuer presented popular sessions at the 2003 Fall Workshop on the essential legal principles for architectural practice, including a primer on intellectual property law for design professionals. Watch your inbox for further details about these seminars made possible by the AIA Trust.

State Budget & Building Program

Wisconsin now has the distinction of being the only state in the country that has started its fiscal year without an adopted budget. The state building program is caught up in this budget impasse. A Conference Committee of legislative leaders from both houses as been appointed to develop a compromise. Last spring, the State Building Commission recommended a $1.3 billion capital budget for the 2007-09 biennium. The budget bill approved by the Assembly would reduce the recommended state building program by about $500 million by eliminating funding authority for a number of university projects, particularly residence halls, and cutting funding for the general maintenance, repair and remodeling of state facilities. AIA Wisconsin believes it is important to adequately fund the state building program and address the growing backlog of necessary maintenance projects, estimated at over $1.2 billion. With over 6,200 state buildings, taxpayers have made a considerable investment in these facilities that deserves to be protected and maintained. In addition, many of the new buildings recommended by the Building Commission would replace aging and inefficient facilities. Restoring the $500 million in funding would generate over $1 billion in additional economic activity thanks to the positive multiplier effect of investing in design and construction projects. AIA Wisconsin members are encouraged to contact your state legislators and encourage them to support a 2007-09 state budget that contains adequate funding for necessary capital improvements.

DSF Consultants Conference

If you work with the Division of State Facilities (DSF) on state building projects, or would like to, then reserve Tuesday, October 23, for this year's annual "DSF Consultants Conference" sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin . The full-day conference will be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison . Conference topics include: BIM, sustainability, recycling and commissioning. The conference also features orientation sessions for firms interested in small and large state building projects. AIA members benefit from a reduced registration fee and can earn up to 5.5 AIA/CES learning unit hours.

AIA Regional Director

AIA Wisconsin member Kevin J. Connolly, AIA, Wauwatosa, has been selected serve as the AIA Director for the North Central States region on the national Board of Directors of The American Institute of Architects. The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors approved the appointment at its meeting earlier this month. When his three-year term begins in December, Connolly will join Donald Barsness, AIA, Bismarck, in representing over 3,700 members in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. Connolly established his own firm, Connolly Architects, Inc., in Milwaukee in 1983. He served as the President of AIA Southeast Wisconsin in 1990 and as the President of AIA Wisconsin in 1995. Most recently, he helped to plan and coordinate last year's Fall Workshop on "Integrated Practice" and participated on the BIM roundtable at this spring's AIA Wisconsin Convention. AIA Wisconsin also will have the opportunity to appoint the next AIA Regional Director for the term beginning in December 2009.

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 to a two-year term beginning January 2008. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter.

Golden Award

The deadline for 2008 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award nominations 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. Twenty AIA Wisconsin members have been recognized since 1986, with Cherie Claussen, AIA, Wauwatosa, selected to receive this year's Golden Award. Contact AIA Wisconsin to request nomination materials.

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. This award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member-owned firm, will be presented at the AIA Wisconsin Convention next spring. The Architecture Firm Award recognizes a Wisconsin firm for outstanding achievement in the advancement of the architectural profession. Five firms have received the award: Kahler Slater (1998), Flad & Associates (1999), the Zimmerman Design Group (2000), Potter Lawson (2002) and The Kubala Washatko Architects (2006). The deadline for nominations is October 31, 2007.

2007 AIA Wisconsin Leadership Team

At its meeting in August, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors approved the appointment of Josh Johnson , AIA, Middleton, as 2008 Vice President/President-Elect and James Otto, AIA, Hubertus, as 2008 Secretary/Treasurer. Johnson and Otto will join 2008 President Wm. Lee Connellee, AIA, Appleton, and Immediate Past President Martin Sell , AIA, Juneau, on the 2008 Executive Committee for AIA Wisconsin.

2008 Membership Dues

For 2008, national dues will be $238 for AIA Architect members and $102 for Associate AIA members. (The three-year $50 AIA dues assessment for national advertising campaign expires this year.) The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors has approved the following state membership dues for 2008: AIA Architect – Firm Principal $290, AIA Architect – Employee $210, Associate AIA $76 ($57 for first three years of membership), Professional Affiliate $275, and Student Affiliate $15. AIA Emeritus members have no state dues responsibility. The four local AIA Chapters in Wisconsin do not have membership dues.


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.

Long-Range Planning Retreat

For over 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, 29 members participated in the two-day retreat chaired by AIA Wisconsin Vice President/ President-Elect Wm. Lee Connellee , AIA, Appleton. Participants included Student Affiliate members to AIA Emeritus members and everything in between.

The first day of the retreat focused on "AIA150 + Beyond" by discussing ideas for engaging members through community leadership and outreach initiatives. The second day focused on "Redefining the Role of the Architect" by reviewing the recent AIA environmental scan of trends affecting the future of the profession and discussing strategic initiatives related to collaboration, emerging professionals and firm practice.

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ARE Lending Library

AIA Wisconsin has established a lending library of the latest Architect Registration Examination (ARE) study materials from Kaplan AEC Education that cover all sections of the ARE exam. The materials are available to AIA Associate members only 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 Custom Residential Architects Network

The AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) is hosting a national one-day symposium, "Full Spectrum Practice," on October 20 in Chicago . The program will focus on the essential techniques of business planning and marketing for custom residential design firms.

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.

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.

People & Places

Juan C. Cebollero, AIA, Madison, Glendali Rodriguez, AIA, Menomonie, and Jeffrey D. Weber, AIA, Grafton, have upgraded their membership to AIA Architect. Congratulations! Thomas R. Cox, AIA, Appleton , has joined Durrant as a principal. Jody D. Andres, AIA, Appleton, also has joined Durrant. Scott F. Georgeson, AIA, Milwaukee, has joined HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA) as a senior associate. Zohar Harari, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee , also has joined HGA. Terry L. McLaughlin, AIA, Hortonville, has joined Community Living Solutions, LLC. Kelly A. Thompson-Frater, AIA, Madison, has been appointed to the City of Madison Community Development Authority (CDA). The profession recently lost three distinguished and prominent members: Thomas "Mac" Slater, AIA, Milwaukee, Robert P. Torkelson, AIA, Middleton, and Robert R. Yarbro, AIA, Oshkosh. Workshop Architects has moved to 1736 N 2nd St in Milwaukee; phone (414) 272-8822. LaMacchia Group, LLC, has moved to 309 N Water St Ste 650 in Milwaukee; phone (414) 223-4400.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between July 17 and August 15, 2007: Derrick J. Capra, Assoc. AIA, Hayward (NW); Cheryl M. Doerfer, Assoc. AIA, Verona (SW); Hiroshi Fujisawa, AIA, Janesville (SW); Janine M. Glaeser, AIA, Monona (SW); Aaron J. Gobel, Assoc. AIA, Brooklyn (SW); Corey LaSarge, Professional Affiliate, Waunakee (SW); Travis J. Schroeder, AIA, Eau Claire (NW); Megan Spindler, Assoc. AIA, Brookfield (SE); Karen Swank, Professional Affiliate, Seal Beach, CA (SE); Erik D. Wasilewski, Assoc. AIA, Janesville (SW) and Nathan H. Zywicki, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE).

The Last Word

"Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected." [William Plomer]

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