Annual Meeting 2019
The AIA Wisconsin Annual Meeting was held on December 6, 2019, prior to the Board of Directors meeting at the UWM Hefter Center in Milwaukee. President Martzke called the meeting to order and presented the following report:
- Membership is strong. With over 1,460 individual members, we are back to pre-Great Recession membership numbers. While the number of AIA members is growing, our ongoing campaign to recruit and retain Associate AIA members remains critical for the future.
- The focus of this summer’s planning retreat was on “The Next Generation of Leaders.” Local, state and regional AIA leaders gathered to develop initiatives for encouraging members to participate in programs and step up to accept leadership opportunities.
- We remain in solid financial shape. AIA Wisconsin has an operating budget for 2019 of $782,000. Member dues support roughly 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. A major legislative victory this year was the approval of a significant increase in the state capital budget to address the backlog of critical repair, maintenance and remodeling projects for state agency and university facilities. In addition, the so-called “retired” architect bill has passed the Wisconsin Senate and awaits action in the Assembly. So far, we also have been successful in slowing down proposed legislation to expand the scope and regulate the practice of interior design. This will remain an important legislative issue for architects.
- This spring’s state conference on architecture offered an exceptional program of speakers and special events. The successful design awards program enhanced public awareness of the value of architectural design by recognizing eight award-winning projects. The birdhouse design competition added some fun to the Expo. The fall workshop focused on practice innovation to help the profession prepare for whatever the future may bring.
- We celebrated the inaugural graduating class of our new leadership initiative – the Architect Mentor Program (AMP) – and kicked off the second round of AMP sessions this fall with a new group of young architects. AIA Wisconsin also hosted the emerging professionals summit for members in the North Central States region.
- 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, Martzke thanked the members, sponsors and exhibitors who contributed to a successful 2019.