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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: September 2010

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on 2010 Fall Workshop, Director-At-Large candidates, Golden Award nominations, Green BIM seminar and more.

Program & Event Update

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

September 16 | Sheboygan
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | Emergency Egress Path Lighting

September 16 | Madison
Wright Lecture Series | Design & Construction: Hand & Mind, the work of Rockhill & Assoc & Studio804

September 16 | Chicago
AIA Chicago | "Moving Forward Forward Thinking" Professional Development Conference

September 21 | Fitchburg
AIA SW WI Lunch Meeting | Skyscrapers to Silverware

September 21 | Waukesha, Web-Link: Madison, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Appleton
BEC: Latent Defects in Wisconsin: The Waiting Game

September 22 | Appleton
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | Emergency Egress Path Lighting

September 22 | Oconomowoc
2010 Sustainability and Energy Efficiency [SE2] Leadership Conference

September 22 | Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay and Wausau
AIA MKE | ARE Study Session: Building Systems
AIA SW WI Webcast | AIA NE WI Webcast | AIA NW WI Webcast

September 23 | Milwaukee

AIA MKE | Architectural River Cruise

September 28 | La Crosse
AIA NW WI Learning Lunches | An Introduction to Helical Foundation Systems

September 28 | Madison
Green BIM | How Environmental Performance Modeling is Improving Sustainability

September 30 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Board of Directors Meeting and Opening Doors

October 5 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Building Science Series | Building-Integrated Solar Photovoltaics

October 7 | Madison
Wright Lecture Series | Buildings We Love to Hate

Fall Workshop


The 2010 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop, "Redux," is scheduled for Friday, October 22, at the Best Place at the historic Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee. The full-day workshop will focus on sustainable reinvention and redevelopment of existing buildings. Fall Workshop speakers Dennis Andrejko, FAIA, and Len Koroski, AIA, the former and current co-chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment, respectively, will present the morning sessions on how architects can lead sustainable redevelopment of existing buildings. The afternoon workshop sessions include a tour of the Brewery redevelopment and a panel discussion on the nuts-and-bolts of what it takes for successful sustainable adaptive reuse projects. Participants will be able to earn up to 5.5 AIA/CES/HSW/SD learning unit hours.

Director-At-Large Candidates

The following members have tossed their hat into the ring as a candidate for Director-At-Large on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors: Daryl Dean, AIA, Rhinelander; Melissa Destree, AIA, Oregon; and Paul Martzke, AIA, Green Bay. There are two Director-At-Large positions up for election this fall for two-year terms that begin in January. If you are an AIA Architect member, please keep an eye on your mailbox for an official Director-At-Large ballot.

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.

Design for Decades

The AIA is now accepting submissions for its new "Design for Decades" initiative. This online virtual exhibition will feature projects of all scales and types that represent the scope and quality of work being done by AIA members around the globe. Projects can include small, large, commercial, residential, public, private, interiors, historic preservation, engineering, landscape and urban design. There is a limit of four projects per member or firm, with a separate submission and $25 fee required for each project. Deadline for submitting your projects is 10/27/10.

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.

SE2 2010 | Building Prosperity Through Partnerships

The 7th Annual Sustainability and Energy Efficiency (SE ²) Leadership Conference coordinated by the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance is scheduled for September 22 in Oconomowoc. AIA Wisconsin members can save $10 by using the discount code "AIA2010" when registering for the SE ² Conference.

Green BIM: How Environmental Performance Modeling is Improving Sustainability

Mark your calendar for the Green BIM Conference scheduled for September 28 in Madison. Building Information Modeling (BIM) and sustainability are both hot topics in the AEC industry. These powerful trends are now converging as designers and contractors learn how to leverage modeling, analytical and simulation technologies to improve sustainable outcomes.

AIA MN Convention & Products Expo

AIA Wisconsin members are invited to attend the 76th AIA Minnesota Annual Convention & Product Exposition, "Beyond Convention," held at the Minneapolis Convention Center November 2-5, 2010.

DSF Consultants Conference

If you work with the Division of State Facilities (DSF) on state building projects, or would like to, then reserve Tuesday, November 9, for the "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: sustainability, waste management, commissioning and orientation sessions for small and large state building projects.

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.

Get Involved!

Are you looking for ways to become more involved in AIA? Start at the local Chapter level! Officers participate in leadership training, program development and have the opportunity to make decisions to guide the direction of the professional organization. Contact the AIA Wisconsin for details.

High School Design Competition - Mentors Needed

The AIA Wisconsin Architects in Schools Committee currently is recruiting volunteers to be classroom mentors for 9th through 12th grade students competing in a statewide design competition. The competition is planned for the spring 2011 semester. Contact Brenda Taylor if you are interested in volunteering.

AIA Board

AIA Minnesota has selected Mark G. Swenson, FAIA, to serve as the next AIA Director for the North Central States region on the national AIA Board of Directors. Swenson is a principal and president of Elness Swenson Graham Architects in Minneapolis. When his three-year term begins in December, Swenson will join Thomas R. Cox, AIA, Appleton, in representing the 3,300 AIA Architect and Associate AIA members in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. Wauwatosa architect Kevin J. Connolly, AIA, is completing his AIA Director term this year. AIA Wisconsin will have the opportunity to appoint the AIA Director for our region for the term beginning in December 2013. In addition, at its meeting last month in Washington, DC, the AIA Board elected David Zach, Milwaukee, as the next Public Director. He will begin his two-year term as the 2010-2012 Public Director in December. A futurist, Zach has been a featured speaker at several AIA Wisconsin Conventions and was the first Professional Affiliate Representative on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors, serving for four consecutive years.

Citizen Architects

The national AIA has asked for our help in identifying AIA Wisconsin members who also are elected or appointed members of state and local government boards or commissions. This information will be used to develop programs that support architects currently in these positions and to encourage other architects interested in these opportunities for civic engagement. If you are an appointed member of a county, city, school district or other local government board or commission, please let the AIA Wisconsin office know the name of the board or commission, who appointed you and when your term expires. Similarly, if you are an elected member of a county board, city council, school board or other public office, please let us know the name of your position and when your term expires. Thank you for your civic leadership and help with this AIA survey.

Election Season

The next Wisconsin Governor and Legislature will be grappling with a difficult state budget for the next biennium and making decisions on important tax, building code, licensing and many other policy issues affecting the profession and practice of architecture. It's important to find the time to get to know the candidates . . . and for them to get to know architects and allied design and construction industry leaders. Invite the candidates to visit your office, ground breakings and building openings. This will provide an opportunity for them to gain a better understanding of what architects do and the state legislative issues of importance to you and the future of the profession. You'll become a resource on issues related to the state's design and construction industry when they are elected and seek support for proposals to improve our communities and quality of life. You can make a difference by getting involved in the election process. Talk about getting involved, for the first time in memory, an architect ran for the Wisconsin Legislature . . . Thomas Stelling, AIA, Lake Geneva, was a candidate in the Republican primary for the 32nd Assembly District in Southeastern Wisconsin.

QBS Grant

QBS Wisconsin, a joint program provided by AIA Wisconsin and ACEC Wisconsin, has received additional funding from the national QBS Facilitator Grant program to help increase awareness and understanding of the benefits of using a qualifications-based selection [QBS] process for selecting architects and consulting engineers for public projects. For the past several sessions, AIA and ACEC have been working together in support of proposed legislation to require local governments and school districts in Wisconsin to use a QBS process similar that required for state and federal building projects. For information on selecting an architect for public projects, including a step-by-step guide for establishing a QBS process, read the Wisconsin QBS Manual.

New IDP Eligibility Guidelines

Beginning October 1, interns will be able to earn IDP experience once they have successfully documented: enrollment in a NAAB/CACB-accredited degree program; enrollment in a pre‐professional architecture degree program at a school that offers a NAAB/CACB-accredited degree program; employment in "Work Setting A" after obtaining a U.S. high school diploma or General Education Degree (GED) equivalent, or comparable foreign degree. For more information, visit the NCARB Website.

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 Wisconsin Convention & Expo

Invite vendors to participate in the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Exposition on May 4 & 5, 2011. It is the one trade show that attracts architects and allied design and construction industry leaders from across Wisconsin. The Building Products Expo will feature over 170 displays by the leading manufacturers and suppliers of products and services for Wisconsin's design and construction industry.

People & Places

"Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes" by Louis Wasserman, AIA, Shorewood, and M. Caren Connolly has been published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. For the seventh consecutive year, Kahler Slater is listed among the top small companies to work for in 2010 according to rankings by and the Great Place to Work Institute of San Francisco. HGA Architects & engineers has promoted Ronald S. Burns, AIA, Racine, Michael T. Franz, AIA, Milwaukee, Lora Strigens, Assoc. AIA , Milwaukee, to senior associates and Lyssa Olker, AIA, Milwaukee, to associate.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin in the past month: Todd Larson, Student, Manitowoc (NE) and Anina Mbilinyi, AIA, Madison (SW).

The Last Word

"Leadership is action, not position." [Donald McGannon]

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