AIA Milwaukee 2018 Report

2018 Review of Wisconsin AIA Section

It is great to report that AIA Milwaukee membership is growing. The section now has 682 members, which is up 48 members or nearly 8% over the past year.

Thank you for being a part of the AIA. The members who volunteer as leaders of AIA Milwaukee are working hard to maintain this positive momentum by offering a variety of educational opportunities and networking events. Program suggestions always are welcome.

Scheduling section programs for the “3rd Thursday” of the month was a successful initiative. Activities included:

·      Member Social Hour,

·       “Opening Doors” program events providing free CES learning units for members,

·       Building Construction Tours followed by networking opportunities for emerging professionals,

·       Tours of the Milwaukee River, Downtown “ghosts” and Lakefront Brewery,

·       Special Lecture presentation on the Couture and Lakefront Gateway Plaza, and

·       Annual Meeting and Member Recognition event featuring lecture by award-winning Toronto architect Siamak Hariri.

In addition, many members participated in the regular “Building Science Series” continuing education programs over the lunch hour hosted at the Zimmerman Design Studios.

Looking ahead, AIA Milwaukee officers have identified the following goals for 2019. Member support and participation will be important for the section to achieve these goals and advance our profession.

·       Identify and recruit new members, including architects, young professionals, allied professionals and students,

·       Recognize and promote the work of our members on social media,

·       Improve communication with members to heighten awareness and encourage participation,

·       Collaborate with other AIA components as well as with allied design and construction industry organizations on programs and activities,

·       Seek opportunities to find speakers on topics of interest to members,

·       Support AIAS and community groups to build stronger relationships, and

·       End the year with a bang by holding the annual Member Recognition event at a special venue.

Of course, AIA Milwaukee intends to continue the initiatives to provide valuable continuing education programs, create opportunities for members to be engaged in the architectural and design community, partner with firm leaders to establish a roundtable for the discussion of emerging practice issues, renew local committees for historic preservation, communication, emerging professionals and disaster assistance, and strengthen relationship with UWM SARUP to support the future of the profession.

The programs offered by AIA Milwaukee this past year would not have been possible without the significant contributions of members who contribute their time and talent for the good of the cause.

Recognition is in order for section officers John Van Rooy, AIA, Jerry Mortier, AIA, and Nick Blavat for coordinating a successful schedule of events, Kurt Zimmerman, AIA, for coordinating the building science series program, Jason Raiten, AIA, for taking the lead on construction tours and Matthew Edwards, AIA, for providing historical knowledge and guidance.

AIA Milwaukee is pleased to welcome Curt Hoffmann, AIA, to the leadership team as 2019 Secretary/Treasurer. He will be joining 2019 AIA Milwaukee President Blavat and Vice President Mortier.

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2018 Review of Wisconsin AIA Section

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