2018 Annual Meeting
The AIA Wisconsin Annual Meeting was held on December 7, 2018, at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. President Tate Walker, AIA, called the meeting to order and presented the following report:
- Membership is growing. With over 1,470 individual members, we are back to pre-Great Recession membership numbers.
- The focus of this year’s planning retreat was increasing member engagement and involvement through collaboration, leadership, storytelling, advocacy and recognition.
- We remain in good financial shape. AIA Wisconsin has an operating budget for 2018 of $767,750. Member dues support about a third of the budget, with income from the state conference and expo contributing another third. We have over $1 million in reserves.
- We effectively advocate for the profession. Significant legislative victories this year include – reducing the long tail of professional liability for architects by amending the statute of repose, streamlining the state building program and creating statutory requirement to select architects “based on qualifications,” and encouraging the redevelopment of communities by increasing the limit on state historic tax credit awards.
- In addition, we defended the licensing of architects and updated state administrative rules to reflect new architectural experience program (AXP) requirements.
- The retooled state Conference on Architecture offered an exceptional program of speakers and special events. The Fall Workshop focused on designing for resilience and received positive feedback from members. The successful Design Awards program enhanced public awareness of the value of architectural design by recognizing award-winning projects.
- We kicked off a new leadership initiative – the Architect Mentor Program (AMP) – and members volunteered to conduct over 500 safety assessments of flood-damaged buildings in response to a declared state of emergency.
- Volunteer leaders of local sections offered a remarkably diverse menu of informative educational programs, building tours and networking events. These local programs are a great value and convenient for members. We are fortunate to have members willing to step up and coordinate these programs.
On behalf of the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors, Walker thanked the members, sponsors and exhibitors who contributed to a successful 2018.