2018 AIAW Year in Review

2018 Review of Wisconsin AIA Section

The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors reviewed a report recapping programs and events over the past year. Here is an abbreviated version that highlights key accomplishments in 2018:


Retired Architects – AIA Wisconsin members Jim Gersich, AIA, Thomas Hirsch, FAIA, and Mike Eberle, AIA, testify at Assembly Committee hearing in support of proposed legislation to exempt retired architects and other licensed design professionals from continuing education requirements.

State Building Program – AIA Wisconsin testifies at Senate Committee hearing in support of proposed legislation to update dollar thresholds for the state building program and establish statutory provisions for the selection of architects “based on qualifications.”

Legislative Breakfast – AIA Northwest Wisconsin hosts breakfast meeting for members in La Crosse with State Representative Jill Billings. Recently appointed to the State Building Commission, Rep. Billings reviews the state building program and other legislative issues of interest to architects.


President’s Report – 2018 AIA Wisconsin President Tate Walker, AIA, reports on plans for the AIA Wisconsin Conference on Architecture, local, state and regional activities to engage emerging professionals and encourage licensure, and status report on state legislative advocacy related to licensing, building code, historic tax credits, professional liability, state building program, qualifications-based selection and more.

WAF Research Grant – Task force of WAF Board members, chaired by Vice President Tom Cox, AIA, begins development of grant initiative to support research to help advance the practice of architecture.

Board of Directors – President Walker reports on AIA COTE meeting, strengthening connections with local sections and closing out 2017 in strong financial position. Board members discuss revised schedule for the state conference, initial concepts for the new leadership training program, status report on planning initiatives related to practice, diversity, resilience and leadership, process for appointing the next AIA Regional Representative, and topics for 2018 Fall Workshop.


Strategic Council – Local section officers and other volunteer leaders meet by conference call to discuss local section programs and activities, sharing information on planning initiatives with membership, campaign to retain and recruit members, and goals for the Strategic Council in 2018.

AIA Grassroots – State and local officers gather for AIA Grassroots leadership conference. Program focuses on how architects can influence the future of our communities, with launch of Blueprint for Better Communities initiative.

State Capitol Day – Wisconsin Representative Chris Taylor provides an overview of the current state legislative landscape, reviewing status of proposals related to state historic tax credits, state occupational licenses, tort reform and school safety. State and local AIA leaders visit their state legislators in the State Capitol, advocating for increasing limit on state historic tax credit awards, additional funding for state building projects, streamlining the state building program and state licensing of architects.

Fellowship Forum – Fellowship Committee hosts initial “forum” to help demystify the AIA Fellowship nomination process, with sites in Milwaukee and Madison plus conference call option. Wisconsin celebrates the news of two members being elevated to the College of Fellows – Arlan Kay, FAIA, and Louis Wasserman, FAIA.


Statute of Repose – New statute of repose for improvements to real property, effective on April 5, shortens the long tail of liability for architects and others involved in the design and construction of buildings from ten to seven years from the date of substantial completion. Similar to prior law, special provisions are included for damages occurring during the final three years of the exposure period.

Terrace Town – AIA Southwest Wisconsin members work with area teachers in elementary classrooms as students put architecture and urban planning principles to use in creating box cities. Volunteers help onsite with Legos and other activities for public at Terrace Town celebration at Monona Terrace.

Architects Section & Joint Examining Board – State licensing board officials meet to discuss proposed rules for architect registration, amendment to continuing education rules and status of legislative proposal to create new category for retired architects and other design professionals.


State Building Code – Updated Wisconsin Commercial Building Code becomes effective May 1. For the most part, updated state code incorporates the 2015 editions of the ICC model building codes. New code reflects the Attorney General opinion that DSPS cannot enforce automatic fire sprinkler requirements for multifamily dwellings with fewer than 20 units.

State Conference - – Architects and allied design and construction industry professionals gather at Monona Terrace for the 2018 AIA Wisconsin Conference on Architecture. Chaired by TJ Morley, AIA, program includes outstanding schedule of speakers and seminars, a broad array of special events, and a lively Expo! Over 2,500 AIA/CES learning unit hours are reported for members. Positive feedback from members and exhibitors about new conference schedule and format.

Awards – AIA Wisconsin Design Awards are presented to architects, owners and contractors for nine projects. The 2018 Golden Award is presented to Allyson Nemec, AIA, in recognition of her significant contributions.


WAF Annual Meeting – WAF Board of Directors holds Annual Meeting and approves Nominating Committee report. Chaired by President Kurt Schroeder, AIA, the WAF Scholarship Committee reviews applications and awards two WAF Wisconsin Student Out-of-State Study Scholarships to architecture students pursuing graduate degrees at Clemson and Texas at Arlington.

A’18 – President Walker represents AIA Wisconsin members at national AIA Conference on Architecture by participating in Annual Business meeting to vote on proposed bylaws amendments and resolutions and voting for candidates for the AIA Board of Directors.

Board of Directors –AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors unanimously approves the appointment of Jody Andres, AIA, as the next AIA Regional Representative for three-year term beginning December 2018. It is noted that AIA Wisconsin also gets to appoint the next Regional Representative for the term that begins December 2019.

School Safety – AIA Wisconsin is asked to make presentation on “Planning for Safety and Security Issues with School Construction” at fall conference of the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO).


Architect Mentor Program – New seven-session leadership program is launched – Architect Mentor Program (AMP). Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, and Stacey Keller, AIA, are coordinating this initiative.

Membership Satisfaction Survey – Online survey sent to 1,400 AIA Wisconsin members to gather input on local, state and national AIA programs and services.

AIA State Government Network – AIA Wisconsin hosts welcome reception at Stoner House for the 2018 AIA SGN meeting. State Representative Chris Taylor addresses the assembled advocacy leaders from across the country. President Walker participates in full-day workshop on the AIA Blueprint for Better Communities initiative.

2018 Planning Retreat – Martzke guides full-day strategic planning session on member engagement. With Carol Sente facilitating the discussion, 22 local, state and regional AIA leaders participated in the retreat. Five key strategic initiatives emerged related to collaboration, leadership, storytelling, advocacy and recognition. Collaboration – Conversation begins with representative of CNU Wisconsin about collaborating on Fall Workshop program on sustainable and resilient design.


Architect Summer Camp – AIA Northwest Wisconsin President Loren Anderson, AIA, hosts full-day Architects Summer Camp program on “cabinology” and supper club architecture at Jake’s near Menomonie. Minnesota architect Dale Mulfinger, FAIA, also works with participants on guidelines for a Bus Stop design competition.

Board of Directors – AIA Wisconsin Board approves state dues schedule for 2019 and discusses planning initiatives, state conference, director nominations and election, leadership training program, Fall Workshop program and AIA accreditation. Board approves awarding Citations to Loren Anderson for the summer camp program and Carol Sente for facilitating the planning session.

Disaster Assistance – In response to a declared State of Emergency, emergency management officials contact the AIA Wisconsin Disaster Assistance Committee coordinators Janine Glaeser, AIA, and Keller for help with post-flood building safety assessments in western Dane County. In less than a week, 20 AIA Wisconsin volunteers contribute a total of 329 hours to conduct 547 safety assessments in three communities. The assistance provided by the volunteers on the AIA Rapid Assessment Strike Team contributes significantly to the recovery efforts following the disaster.


DFDM Collaborative Conference – AIA Wisconsin helps to sponsor annual full-day conference for architects and engineers interested in working on state building projects.

AMP – Seven-session Architect Mentor Program kicks off in Milwaukee, with rooftop reception at EUA. The AMP Class of 2019 includes seven young architects.

Architects Section – Architects Section of Joint Examining Board meets to discuss regulation and licensing issues. Rules Committee holds public hearing on amendment to update reference for work experience requirements to reflect new NCARB nomenclature of “architectural experience program” or AXP.


Board of Directors – AIA Wisconsin Board meets at Stoner House to approve budget for 2019. Board members approve nominations of Andy Malanowski, AIA, as 2019 Vice President/President-Elect and Jennifer Lehrke, AIA, as 2019 Secretary/Treasurer. Board of Directors also reviews and approves an Anti-Harassment Policy and a revised Board Commitment Statement. A brief

QBS Committee – AIA Wisconsin QBS Committee, chaired by Mark Herr, AIA, reviews architect selection issues, trends and goals. Committee celebrates new statutory provisions requiring the selection of architects and engineers for state building projects “based on qualifications.” Committee members discuss ideas for promoting qualifications-based selection to owners and AIA members.

ARE Cooperative – New season of reformatted ARE study sessions kicks off with overview of experience and exam requirements for licensure as an architect by Wisconsin Architectural Licensing Advisor Russ LaFrombois, AIA. Presentation hosted in Milwaukee is broadcast to satellite sites in Madison and Sheboygan. A third site for candidates in Green Bay is added for subsequent ARE Cooperative sessions.

Designing for Resilience – The 2018 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee features extremely information presentations by Doug Farr, FAIA, on sustainable design tools, James Wasley on ecological storm water management, and Walker on the lessons learned from award-winning high-performance buildings. The workshop also includes guided tours of the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences and the nearby Global Water Center and Reed Street Yards development. Workshop receives positive reviews.


Wisconsin Architects Foundation – WAF Board elects officers and approves budget for 2018-19 fiscal year. WAF officers are: Kurt Schroeder, AIA, President; Tom Cox, AIA, Vice President; and Mike Eberle, AIA, Secretary/Treasurer. A budget with $40,400 in WAF scholarships and grants is approved, including funding for new research grant initiative.

2019 Convention Committee – Chaired by Jeff Raasch, AIA, the Convention Committee gathers to begin planning for the 2019 AIA Wisconsin Conference on Architecture. Committee reviews feedback from 2018 conference, discusses potential keynote speakers and seminar sessions, and suggests ideas for promoting the conference to members, allied professionals and exhibitors.


Board of Directors – AIA Wisconsin President Waller reports on initiatives and accomplishments during year. The results of Director election are announced, with Chad Ulman, AIA, and Robert Wheat, AIA, elected to two-year term. Board members approve 2019 Golden Award. Addressing the future of the profession, UWM SARUP representatives join with Board members to discuss the importance of working collaboratively to encourage students to pursue degrees and careers in architecture  

Leadership Luncheon – Past Presidents, Fellows, WAF Board members, committee chairs and incoming state and local section leaders join 2018 Board of Directors for annual leadership luncheon. Dean Robert Greenstreet, Int’l Assoc. AIA, reports on activities at UWM SARUP. WAF President Schroeder reports on scholarship and grant programs. President Walker recognizes state and local leaders for their service to AIA Wisconsin, presents Citations for Distinguished Service and announces that the 201 Golden Award will be presented to Michael Eberle, AIA, at the Awards Luncheon on May 8.

Leadership Orientation – 2019 President Paul Martzke, AIA, and Vice President Andy Malanowski, AIA, facilitate annual Leadership Orientation & Training Session [LOTS] for 2019 AIA Wisconsin Board members and local section leaders. AIA Wisconsin planning initiatives related to collaboration, leadership, storytelling, advocacy and recognition are outlined, with implementation ideas discussed in small groups.

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