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AIA Michigan Newsletter

January, 2015

In This Issue
President's Message
Executive Director's Message
New Members!
The Grapevine
What's Buzzing
Legislative Meet and Greet
The MIplace "Missing Middle" Michigan Housing Design Competition
Earn LUs Online at AIAU
AIAMI / MAF Speakers Bureau
Michigan Battle of the Buildings Competition
Health Facilities Planning Seminar
AIA Michigan 2015 Honor Awards Celebration
MAF/Dumke Golf Outing
Great Lakes Builders Show
2015 CAE Detroit Conference
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President's Message:
Ferweda Jeff 2013 headshot
AIA MI 2020 Vision
Advancing society through architecture.

AIA MI 2020 Mission
Champion the profession. Nurture our chapters. Build Michigan better.

Greetings from Miami, I'm here on behalf of the AIA Michigan region on the National Small Firm Round Table. I often hear "what has the AIA done for me?" As I sit at the Tiki Bar on a break out work session with successful architects from around the country (when it's 17 degrees at home) I think I have an answer. I'm involved so I benefit. Please contact me directly if you need to know information about current happenings in AIA MI.

We have an exciting year ahead of us and have set some big goals. We are planning the move to Midtown Detroit and hope to be in at the end of April 2015. We have negotiated about 1,800 square feet of space at the intersection of Woodward and Willis in a building designed by Quinn Evans Architects and constructed by Monahan Company. A committee of the Board has given design direction the building team, and we hope to continue giving updates in the Monday Minutes as things start to ramp up.

The other primary Goal we want to focus on is to "Nurture our Chapters" and provide better service to them. Cathy applied for a grant from AIA National to help us reach out to the chapters and bring in an expert to help us do just that. We intend to engage all of the Chapters and, together, define what we need to do to provide that better service. National is developing guidelines on how they think this should be accomplished. We want to work parallel with that development so we are part of the process and we can make the decisions that most affect us. This process will involve some re structuring of chapters, possible re structuring of the MI Board and By-Laws changes to make it happen.

We have 4 goals in the new 2020 AIA MI Strategic Plan developed by the board last year. Here is a link to that short document, please take time to look it over, its how we plan on making decisions and leading moving forward. I encourage your participation as we look at how to improve the profession and the association that supports it.

"They always say time changes things but you actually have to change them yourself. "
Andy Warhol 

Jeffrey S. Ferweda, AIA

Executive Director's Message:
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January has been an eventful month as we prepare and kickoff the events for this year! Save the dates and register for the events coming up! 


Grassroots 2015 (March 4-6) reservations opened January 12, 2015.  You must make your room reservation prior to February 1st. Click HERE to reserve.


Registration is now open for the 2015 Health Facilities Planning Seminar, (March 26-27, 2015). Click HERE to register or If you are interested in sponsoring this event, download the form here.


You may now register for the AIA Michigan Room Block for AIA National Convention in Atlanta, (May 14-16, 2015) I will be doing this for you this year. The rate for the AIA Michigan block is $189. Please fill out and return the PDF HERE


Registration is now open for AIA Convention 2015, one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S. This year's schedule is incredible: President Bill Clinton's day one keynote address. 300+ career-changing workshops, seminars, tours, and events led by visionaries, grassroots champions, change agents, and rising stars. A dynamic expo floor turned into a temporary built environment with hundreds of exhibitors, first looks, and surprises. We'll see you there! See what AIA Convention 2015 is all about. Register HERE

Legislative Meet and Greet: February 13, 2015 in Wayne County at Wade Trim, Detroit Register Here. Its not too early to register for the 19th Annual Architects, Engineers & Surveyors Legislative Day on March 18, 2015! Register Here

The AIAS Chapters at Lawrence Tech and University of Detroit Mercy are hosting their 6th Annual Beaux Arts Ball on February 13, 2015. Click HERE to buy tickets.


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 November, 2014:


Ashley R. Brenner, Associate AIA
Joshua L. Hendershot, AIA
Vnovak novak, Associate AIA
Mauricio P�rez, Associate AIA
James Witherspoon, AIA
Andrew J. Queenan, Associate AIA
Jeremy R. Berg, AIA 

William L. Finnicum, AIA

Emile A. Lauzzana, AIA

Jason R. Nolff, AIA


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

The Grapevine   
  • John Walsh, PE has been named partner at Paradigm Design, Inc.
  • Keystone Design Group merged with MAYOTTEgroup Architects and they are now called MAYOTTEgroup Architects.  Their address is 6240 W. Mt. Hope, in Lansing.
  • Sidock Architects Gaylord Office has moved! The new address is: 757 S. Wisconsin Avenue, Gaylord, MI 49735 
  • HKS Inc., has promoted John Avdoulos, AIA, to Associate Principal from Vice President, and Andrew Jaeger to Vice President from Associate!
  • Driesenga & Associates Inc. celebrates its 20th year in business! 
If you have changed firms, won an award or have something 
or have something to tell AIA Michigan, 
please email [email protected] 
What's Buzzing
MADCAD Launches Free Search App for Local Building Codes
Now available for download on iOS, Android, and Windows devices, the app produces a list of filtered search results of relevant city, county, and state regulations, allowing project teams to find the latest regulations for their project site.

Save the Date for Legislative Meet and Greet
Dear AIAMI Members;

While the government affairs committee has worked to build relationships with legislators, nothing can replace one on one contact with constituents. As you know, Michigan will seat a new legislature in 2015, and in addition to returning legislators there will be a number of new faces as well.

Relationships between legislators and their constituent members is critical to the success of government affairs. To kick the 2015 / 2016 session off, we have planned a number of legislative "meet and greet" sessions throughout the state as follows;

February 13, 2015; Wayne County, Location Wade Trim, Detroit
Register Here

February 27, 2015; Macomb County, offices of AEW

These events will take a few hours out of your morning on the specified day. Please select the location where your legislator lives and mark your calendars. More information will be forthcoming, but please make it a point to save the date for these important events. Enjoy a continental breakfast, shake hands with your legislator, and help the government affairs committee kick of the legislative session on a high note.

Thank you

Frederick F. Butters, FAIA, Esq., GA Co-Chair
Greg Metz, AIA, GA Co-Chair 
The MIplace "MISSING MIDDLE" Michigan Housing Design Competition
An open Design Competition intended to spur the development of creative, mixed-income, and affordable "Missing Middle" Michigan Housing Developments in our State's Downtowns and along key transit corridors.

Important Deadlines:
Timely Registration Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2015, 4:00pm EDT
Late Registration (+50%) Deadline: Monday, April 6, 2015, 4:00pm EDT
Submission Deadline: Monday, May 11, 2015, 4:00pm EDT
Winners Advised: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Awards Symposium (Tentative): June 25, 2015, Location TBA

Click HERE for more information and to apply.
Earn LUs Online at AIAU 
At AIAU, you can earn LUs online, on your schedule, from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Stay on top of your field and your LU requirements with the most popular AIAU courses.
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 [email protected] 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
Michigan Battle of the Buildings Competition
Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the  U.S. Green Building Councils of West Michigan and the Detroit Regional Chapter's statewide annual Battle of the Buildings competition!
More Information
Health Facilities Planning Seminar
March 26-27, 2015
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids, MI

Call for 2015 Entries: click here
Due Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Click here for Registration Information and Brochure

If you are interested in Sponsoring this event, download the form here
Save the Date: AIA Michigan 2015 Honor Awards Celebration!
June 5, 2015
Location: TBD

2015 AIAMI Honor Awards Call For Entries: Download Form Here
Register Online Here

Important dates:
February 15, 2015: Entry slips and fee due
March 23, 2015: All submittals due - no extension
April /May 2015: Notification to winners
Save the Date for the MAF/Dumke Golf Outing
Monday, June 22, 2015
Western Golf and Country Club
Redford, MI

More information coming soon!
Great Lakes Builders Show

Excitement is building for the area's first homebuilding industry-only trade show-The Great Lakes Builders Show-debuting at Ford Field in Detroit, March 4 - 6, 2015. Builders, remodelers, design professionals and contractors are looking forward to connecting with the region's building product and service suppliers at this one-of-a-kind event! 

Register today at


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.
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 [email protected] and check out our calendar for the latest events!