AIA NE WI President's Report

Kurt Davis, AIA

2020 AIA Grassroots Presentation in New Orleans, Feb 2020, Photo Credit Kurt Davis, AIA

April 2020 Hello AIA Northeast Wisconsin Members.    

I wanted to reach out to all of you to say hello . . .  and to let you know that AIA Northeast Wisconsin, AIA Wisconsin and national AIA are working hard to serve you and other members during these difficult times for our profession and the entire world.    

I trust that you are all camped out in your home offices, perhaps in the basement with no windows like me, and having no real contact with the outside world. (However, I do sneak into the office occasionally.) As Architects, this is hard to muster. We are by nature people who yearn for Public Engagement, Advocacy and Community. This is difficult to do from the basement. The Safer at Home Order was issued by the Governor on March 24 and is set to expire April 24.  While it already seems like an eternity, we Architects are resilient and together we will come out of this stronger.  

I will not list all the resources that are available to you and your firms in this brief report. If you do need any information regarding the Paycheck Protection Program, SBA loan programs, sources for continuing education hours, and other resources, you can find this information on the AIA Wisconsin website: www.AIAW.org.  

As many of you already know, while this year’s AIA Wisconsin Conference on Architecture has been postponed until April 2021, work is underway developing an on-demand online library of continuing education programs for members – a virtual state conference. The national AIA Conference, A’20, also has been postponed. The AIA is looking to find an alternate date later this year, which is easier said than done.  

The purpose of this report is to bring you up to speed on a few positive items while we take what everyone hopes is a short break to battle COVID -19.  

AIA Grassroots 2020

It seems like just yesterday, yet so long ago, that I represented the AIA Northeast Wisconsin section at the AIA Grassroots leadership conference in New Orleans. Yes, this conference for state and local AIA volunteer leaders was the week prior to Fat Tuesday so the city was hopping, but so was AIA Grassroots. Here are a few highlights from a couple of sessions that I attended:  

Discussion on Equitable Communities

Architects need to take a more active role in community engagement. Can we help create more equitable communities through design? What are our roles? We must be on the front line as visionaries, innovators, educators, collaborators and ultimately entrepreneurs of the built environment. Can we introduce new typologies in our cities? We can do this through influence. When AIA leaders stand up for change it makes others feel better. What are the qualities of an Influential Leader? They are presence, acceptance and trust.  When we are looking at acceptance, think about changing the conversation to Yes “and” instead of Yes “but.” We need to listen first and without judgment.  

Making Difficult People Disappear

This was an interesting session on how to reduce stress and eliminate office conflict. It also applies when working with others outside the office. Essentially, you need to understand the four personality traits, and where your attributes fit in relation to others.    

The four traits are:  

Commander “Getting it Done”  

Organizer “Get it Right”  

Realtor “Get Along”  

Entertainer “Get Appreciation”  

Check out www.ContagiousCompanies.com/CORESnapshot to see what trait you fall under. It may help the next time you are in a conversation with a co-worker or client.  

AIA NE WI Oshkosh Corporation Global Headquarters Tour

I want to thank everyone that made the trip to tour the new Oshkosh Corporation Global Headquarters in early December. I finally got permission to release some of the photos from our visit. Please take a look.  

AIA NE WI Tour: Oshkosh Corp. Global Headquarters 12/19

AIA NE WI Tour: Oshkosh Corp. Global Headquarters 12/19

AIA NE WI Tour: Oshkosh Corp. Global Headquarters 12/19

AIA NE WI Tour: Oshkosh Corp. Global Headquarters 12/19

I am hopeful we will all be able to get together soon for another building tour. AIA Northeast Wisconsin leaders are working on some great ideas for 2020. Please reach out to me if you have a project that you completed or know of one that another AIA Architect member worked on that may be a candidate for a building tour.  

On behalf of my fellow section officers, I hope that everyone stays strong, safe and healthy during these crazy days ahead. I look forward to all of us getting back to working in the office, traveling to job sites, and seeing Architects create our built environment.    

Sincerely,  

Kurt Davis, AIA  President

AIA Northeast Wisconsin

Image credits

Kurt Davis, AIA

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