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AIA Michigan Newsletter

October, 2014

In This Issue
Special Meeting Announcement
Executive Director's Message
New Members!
The Grapevine
Earn LUs Online at AIAU
New AIA Contract Documents Release
AIAMI / MAF Speakers Bureau
Crandemonium: A Benefit for Cranbrook Art Museum
ARE Seminar: November 8
Join economists for a Free Webcast
AIAHV 50th Anniversary Gala
Canstruction 2014
2015 CAE Detroit Conference
Upcoming Events
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Special Meeting Announcement:
All AIA Michigan members are invited to attend a special meeting of the full membership to discuss the future of the Beaubien House.

The meeting will be held on November 17th at 6:00 pm, at
Weber's Restaurant and Boutique Hotel
3050 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor

The AIA Michigan Board of Directors has been discussing the future of our headquarters over the course of the last year.  Many of you participated in a survey last spring on the topic, and we appreciate your feedback. You should be aware from a general announcement that was sent to the full membership on July 9th that on July 8th the Board voted unanimously to put Beaubien House on the market.
A purchase agreement has been received for the property, and the AIA Michigan Board of Directors unanimously voted to accept the purchase offer on September 23rd, with one dissenting opinion submitted subsequently on October 16th.  However, the purchase agreement has not been signed. 
On October 8th the Board received a petition signed electronically by 405 members that a special meeting be called to discuss this topic.  That petition read as follows:
"We, the members of AIA Michigan, do hereby petition the Board of Directors to call a special meeting of the membership to determine the future for AIA Michigan's Beaubien House."

As per our bylaws, in response to such a request the Secretary is charged with giving notice to the full membership not less than (30) days before the date fixed for a special meeting, so this message serves as that announcement.
We hope that you will take the time to participate in this special meeting.

Will Wittig, AIA
 AIA Michigan Board of Directors, Secretary
Executive Director's Message:
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I can't believe that it is already November! This year is flying by and there is still a lot happening before the end of the year. Last week I traveled to California to the AIA Large States meeting. There was an update from NCARB and many changes to IDP. Click HERE for the NCARB homepage. We continue to make progress on repositioning at all levels of the AIA. It's an exciting time to be involved in the AIA! 


My last update is an exciting one - you may now register for the AIA National Convention hotel room, (May 14-16) in Atlanta using the AIA Michigan room block! The AIA Michigan hotel choice for the Convention is the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. This is also the AIA National Hotel this year. Click HERE for step by step room block information.  Click HERE for the 2015 Convention Website. 

Some events to look forward to:


The Markitect Seminar scheduled for November 6th with AIAMI and SMPS is currently full with a wait list and will not be accepting any others on the wait list. However, due to popular demand we will keep this list and look into repeating this seminar at a later date.

The next ARE Seminar is scheduled for November 8, 2014 from 8:30a.m to 4:30p.m. We will be discussing Mechanical and Electrical Systems. Breakfast and Lunch is included in the cost. 

Lastly, please remember that December 11, 2014 is the AIA Michigan Board Transition Meeting followed by the Holiday Open House from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.  Please mark your calendars for this event!

I would love to hear your ideas about our programs and events, so please contact me anytime and I hope to see you at an AIA Michigan event this month! 

New Members!

Welcome to our new members who joined, rejoined or transferred to 

AIA Michigan in October, 2014:


Branden K. Clements, Associate AIA 

Jeffrey R. Frederick, Associate AIA

Nigel M. Joseph, Associate AIA

Christopher J. Longe, AIA

Matthew Strong, Associate AIA

Amy Deines, Associate AIA

Danielle J. Foertsch, AIA


Welcome to AIA Michigan and we look forward to meeting you at future events!!

The Grapevine   
  • MAYOTTEgroup & Keystone Design
    announce partnership!
  • Congratulations to Ron Lincoln, AIA, LEED AP, GGA and Lissa Spitz, LEED AP BD+C who have been promoted to the position of Principal at the firm of A3C Collaborative Architecture, Ann Arbor, MI.

  • Baird Smith, FAIA, FAPT and Ilene Tyler, FAIA, FAPT have retired from Quinn Evans Architects.

  • Jonathan Faasse, PA - Elements Studio, Inc. has moved! New Address: 907 Britten Avenue, Lansing, MI 48910 Phone - same, Email - same
  • Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas, Inc. Architects and Planners has moved! New Address: 550 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220 Phone - same, Email - same
  • Wold Architects And Engineers has moved! New Address: 710 North Crooks Road, Clawson, MI 48017, Phone - same, Email - same
  • Barry Wood, AIA - Studio Two has moved! New Address: 2222 Moores River Drive, Lansing, MI 4891, Phone 517-708-7037, Email - same
  • The Christman Company has announced the recent promotion of four officer-level executive promotions! Donald V. Staley, LEED AP, former Safety Manager, has been promoted to Vice President / Safety Director. Anthony M. Bango, AVS, LEED AP, former Director of Project Planning, has been promoted to Vice President, Project Planning. Douglas J. Peters, P.E., former Vice President of Christman Constructors, Inc. (CCI) has been promoted to Executive Vice President of CCI. Charles C. Mabe, former Chief Estimator for Christman Constructors, Inc. (CCI) has been promoted to Vice President for Rentenbach Constructors Incorporated.
  • Joyce Lee, FAIA, LEED AP recognized as a LEED Fellow for her exceptional contributions to the green building community!
  • Ben Tiseo, FAIA attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Marines Memorial in Chesterfield Twp. and was commended for his work on the project and his commitment to the veterans! 
  • AIA Flint Chapter recognized by AIA National for their project with Flushing High School promoting architecture around the city! 
If you have changed firms, won an award or have something 
or have something to tell AIA Michigan, 
please email 
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New AIA Contract Documents Release November 4th
The AIA announced the addition of eight new documents
to the AIA Contract Documents´┐Ż portfolio. Six of these new documents belong to the Conventional (A201) family; the remaining two documents belong to the Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) family and the Program Manager family, respectively. 
AIAMI / MAF Speakers Bureau: Call for Presentations
AIA Michigan and the MAF want to get the word out about the benefits architects provide to their communities. To accomplish this we are gathering passionate speakers to create the Speakers Bureau which, in conjunction with our local chapters, will bring exciting, informative presentations to organizations around the state. This is a great opportunity for our members to raise awareness about their firm's work and their passion while advocating for the architectural profession.

Applications are being accepted. Submit your application to with a subject line that includes " Speakers Bureau" to be considered. If you are a member in good standing and would like to join the Speakers Bureau, please review the Call for Presentations and the Speaker Questionnaire.

Please visit the Speakers Bureau webpage and if you have any questions, contact the Speakers Bureau Task Force:
Ralph W. Moxley, AIA, LEED AP: home 616-676-0425, or cell 616-560-9174
Charles T. Bultman, AIA: office 734-214-0810, or cell 734-223-1358
Lonny S. Zimmerman, AIA: office 248-352-0099
Thomas R. Reder, AIA, LEED AP BD&C: office 517-272-9835, or cell 517-819-0622
Crandemonium: A Benefit for Cranbrook Art Museum 
An Evening Where Anything is Possible
Saturday, November 1, 2014
7 pm
Cranbrook Art Museum
ARE Seminar: November 8

Join economists from the AIA, AGC of America and CMD for a free webcast
For more information and to register, click here
AIAHV 50th Anniversary Gala & Exhibit Opening
Friday, November 21, 2014
6pm - 8pm
Ann Arbor Art Center

Join  us for a gala event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Huron Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the buildings that helped shape our community!

The event will feature the grand opening of the exhibit, "50 Ideas for the Future," showcasing community-inspired designs for the future by local architects. Light food and beverages will be provided. 
Firms to participate in Canstruction 2014
Canstruction is a charity which hosts design competitions and exhibits of "cansculptures" which are designed and built by teams from local architectural firms. 

Help our teams this year in their fundraising efforts to purchase cans and materials needed to build the sculptures!

The CannibalsGenslerJoy McElroy
SmithGroupJJRSmithGroupJJRKyle Johnson
CANformersHKSLyla Feinsod
dPOP, Lock, and Drop ItdPOP!T Morris
StantecStantecChristopher Ozog
Team TMPTMP Architecture, Inc.Chris Hess
PARTNERS in ArchitecturePARTNERS in Architecture, PLCFred Meinberg
KahnstructionAlbert Kahn Associates, Inc.Megan Martin-Campbell

Stucky VitaleTim Flintoff

Save the Date: 2015 AIA CAE Detroit Conference
APRIL 15-18, 2015

Take a tour through Detroit's educational, cultural, and recreational facilities! Details coming soon.
Upcoming Events!

-November 1, 2014: Crandemonium, Cranbrook Art Museum

-November 6, 2014: Become a "MARKITECT", Livonia

-November 8, 2014: ARE Seminar, Southfield

-November 19, 2014: Michigan Advanced Lighting Conference, Lansing

-November 21, 2014: AIAHV 50th Anniversary Gala & Exhibit Opening, Ann Arbor

-December 11, 2014: AIA Michigan Holiday Open House, Detroit

Is there something new you want us to know about you or your firm? 
Is there an event or project you want to share with the AIA Michigan Membership?
Email and check out our calendar for the latest events!