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AIA Michigan Newsletter
April 2014


In This Issue
President's Message and Executive Director's Message
The Grapevine
New Members!
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2014 Dumke Golf Open: Register Today!
National Convention Registration is now open!
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President's Message:
Paul Dannels

Please consider marking your calendars for Saturday June 7, when the 2014 AIA Michigan Honor Awards will be presented at The Broad Art Museum in East Lansing. I'm pleased that we're bringing this event to the MSU campus, and and hoping that many of you will take advantage of the opportunity to travel from around the state and visit this beautiful new museum on a summer evening when it's set aside just for our use. 


Enjoying time to celebrate the accomplishments of Michigan architects is always rewarding, but I have to admit that I have a new perspective on just how much exceptional work is done in Michigan having had the opportunity to see all 72 entries this year. It's not just the award winners that are inspiring; all of the submitted projects speak clearly to the value that we as architects bring to our communities, and collectively they're cause for considerable pride in our profession. We'll be sure to find a way to celebrate all of this work, not just the winners, when we meet. I look forward to seeing you then.


In the meantime, always feel free to contact me...


Wishing you the best in your practice...

  Paul Dannels Signature

Paul Dannels, FAIA

Executive Director's Message:
Cathy HeadshotHappy April!

This month I am elbow-deep in event preparation! We have lots of great events coming up and I hope to see you at many of the following programs:

The Keynote Event for West Michigan Design Week is the presentation:  "Shift Shaper: Insights from Richard Saul Wurman" on Tuesday, May 6th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids. Wurman's talk will focus on the topic of conceiving "information architecture" and bringing the principles of design to the digital landscape. RSVP for free tickets to hear his insights on the changing world of design and the value of collaboration. 


The 4th annual Dumke Golf Open, will be held on May 22nd at the Stonebridge Golf Club in Ann Arbor. The MAF website has all the details about registration and sponsorship information.
The AIA Michigan Design and Honor Awards will be held on June 7th at the Broad Art Museum in East Lansing. If you missed the winning project and recognition announcement, you can view it here. If you know a talented student, remind them that the deadline for the Student Project Award is this Monday, May 5th! Details about the student submissions are here.

The first installment of "The Rae Dumke Collection: 100 Essential Architecture Books" will be celebrated at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham on June 11th. Join the celebration and be sure to attend for the presentation by guest speaker Stephen Vogel, FAIA! Details here.

The second of the three 2014 A.R.E. Seminars  will be held on on June 14th! This seminar will cover Building Systems and Structures: II. Details are available on the A.R.E. webpage and registration will open in a few weeks. The committee has announced a Call for Speakers for the remaining A.R.E. seminars, please review the announcement if you would like to help others achieve licensure and are curious about what presenting entails.


Are you going to the AIA Convention in Chicago? It is June 26-28th this year and spaces are filling quickly, so be sure to register soon! The AIA Michigan hotel room block is at the Palmer House Hilton and information is available on our website homepage, or click here for instructions to make your reservation.


I hope 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 in 2014!
The Grapevine

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Traverse City resident Mark Humitz, AIA has been promoted to the position of partner and Vice President at the local firm of Cornwell Architects, PC. A University of Michigan's alumnus, Mark has been a Senior Associate with the firm for seven years, concentrating on client relationships, design, and firm management. Mark is also on the AIA Northern Michigan Board of Directors and serves as the 2014 AIA Michigan Director from that chapter. Congratulations, Mark!

  • Saginaw-based Wigen Tincknell Meyer & Associates is kicking off its sixty-seventh year in business with a new name, new brand and new website. The new name, Wigen Tincknell Associates Architects-or officially, WTA Architects-reflects a firm more refined in their people and processes. For more information on WTA Architects, contact Kurt Fogelsonger, AIA at 989-752-8107 or click:

  • Gerald "Jerry" Belian, a Vice President and Principal of Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME) has retired. Jerry is a long standing member of the Mid Summer Conference committee and a supporter and friend of AIA Michigan. Congratulations, Jerry!
  • Marion F. Yuhn, AIAE has passed. Marion attended the University of Michigan for her B.Arch and Harvard for her M.Arch. She was a long time employee of Albert Kahn in Detroit. Her career as an architect included such projects as Sikorsky Aircraft Engineering Center, Caterpillar Training Center, Phillips Research Lab, Ford Motor Wind Tunnels, as well a numerous schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, and many other commercial buildings. A private family ceremony was held March 29, 2014.

  • Leonard K. Eaton, friend of AIA Michigan has passed. In 1950 he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Michigan to a position in what became the College of Architecture and Urban Planning and in 1985 he became the Emil Lorch Professor of Architecture. During his career at the University of Michigan he published extensively on architecture and architectural history and was the recipient of numerous grants and awards to advance scholarship in architectural history. He retired in 1988. Memorial services are to be held in Oregon.

If you have changed firms, won an award, or have something to tell AIA Michigan, 

please email!

New Members!

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

AIA Michigan in March 2014:


Leonard A. Brzozowski, AIA; David T. Hanawalt, AIA; Scott A. Maggart, Assoc. AIA; Ronald Zuhorski, AIA; Jason R. Arlow, AIA; Carli M. Cole, Assoc. AIA; Joseph L. Furwa, AIA; Michael A. Roby, Assoc. AIA; Steven  A. Romkema, Assoc. AIA; Evert T. VandeZande, AIA


Welcome to AIA Michigan and we look forward to meeting you at future events!!
Did You Know: AIA Members Receive ESD Member Benefits!
The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) Member benefits are available to all ESD members and members of ESD Affiliate Societies. AIA Michigan is an ESD Affiliate Society, so the numerous ESD perks are available to AIA Michigan members! Some of these benefits are listed below:
Professional Benefits:
Networking, Peer Recognition and Award Opportunities
Online Membership Directory
Discounted Registration to all ESD events
"Leadership and Management Master Series" courses
Job Bank (
Engineering and Technology Job Fairs
Speakers Bureau
Discounted Crain's Detroit Business subscription ($35/year for ESD Aff. Society members)
Discounted Services:
Credit Union ONE
Detroit Zoo Discounted Tickets
Long Term Care Planning & Insurance through LTC Financial Partners
National Theme Park and entertainment tickets through
Hetz Car Rental Discounts
LegalShield and Identity Theft Shield
Olympia Entertainment Event Ticketing
Vehicle Detailing
Professional Coaching & Personal Wellness
Business Services
Meeting rooms for rent at ESD Headquarters in Southfield
Video and Phone Conferencing Service
IT Services through LTI Information Technology
Insurance for Individuals and Businesses
Group and Individual Health Insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network
Auto and Home Insurance through Citizens, Hartland Insurance Group
Life Insurance through Marsh Affinity Group Services
AFLAC Supplemental Insurance Program for Individuals and Employers
Business Owners and Commercial Package & Auto Insurance through Frankenmuth Financial Group 

Visit or call 248.353.0735 for details!
NCARB Announces Proposal to Adjust IDP Credit Beyond Six-Month Rule!

With an expected adoption effectiveness no later than January 1, 2015, NCARB is adjusting the IDP process which shall help many catching up their IDP hours.  From this State Coordinator's view point, this assists professionals who are licensed in other jurisdictions, but did not have an internship requirement.  This now expedites the process in which they may be able to gain reciprocity.  And for us busy interns who just happen to have let their reporting slip their "to-do list", it helps to make all not lost.



"The specific adjustment would, for the first time, allow credit for intern experience that occurred up to five years beyond the current reporting requirements. Credit for experience beyond the reporting period would be valued at 50 percent for up to five years, after which any experience would be ineligible for credit..."


Click here for the full announcement.


Any other IDP questions?

Please contact Matt Guinta, Associate AIA:

Free IDP Webinar: May 13th!
IDP Webinar 2014
Click here to RSVP. Click here for more information about IDP, A.R.E., and CEPR programs.
2014 Dumke Golf Open: Register Today!
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Please join the MAF and fellow AIA members on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Stonebridge Golf Club in Ann Arbor, MI for the 4th Annual Dumke Golf Open! To register, visit the MAF website.


National Convention Registration is Now Open!
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AIA National invites you to connect with the world's brightest architects, designers, innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders at AIA Convention 2014Be a part of an experience that is designed with purpose. A reimagined AIA National Convention that presents a fresh, new approach to how architects learn, engage, and connect with one another.

Click here to register!

Upcoming Events

- May 13, 2014: Free IDP Webinar

- May 22, 2014: 4th Annual Dumke Golf Open, Ann Arbor

- June 11, 2014: The Rae Dumke Collection celebration, Baldwin Library, Birmingham

- June 14, 2014: AIAMI Design Awards, Broad Art Museum, East Lansing

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!