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AIA Michigan Newsletter
March 2014


In This Issue
President's Message and Executive Director's Message
A.R.E. Seminar: April 12th!
"Cool Spaces!" Viewing Event with special guest Stephen Chung, AIA!
National Convention Registration is now open!
AIA Flint Chapter: New Scholarship Program
The Grapevine
New Members!
CEPR Chair Position Now Available!
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President's Message:
Paul Dannels

During the past month AIA Michigan completed its two annual legislative events.  On March 5 at our Michigan Legislative Day, thirty-eight AIA Michigan architects met with their state legislators in Lansing. On March 20 at the national Grassroots Conference thirteen of our members met with their legislators in Washington DC. 


These two events are crucially important opportunities to educate our elected lawmakers about issues of importance to our profession, but they are also powerful outward manifestations of the fact that the AIA is working each day in both Lansing and Washington DC to see that our shared interests are advanced. At each level of government we have dedicated staff support, a political action committee guided by legislative professionals, and of course member volunteers faithfully serving through various committees. The commitment to informed and effective legislative action is apparent to anyone who has attended one of these carefully crafted and efficiently executed events.


In Washington the issues we advocated included a National Design Services Act, which would permit student loans for architectural education to be paid through approved community service programs. In Lansing we advanced issues including ideas for Certificate of Merit legislation that would help to prevent frivolous lawsuits against design professionals.


I want to you to know that efforts on these and other issues are ongoing, but I also want you to know there is a place for your help.  Our Government Affairs Committee welcomes your involvement and invites you to our events next year. Make a note to yourself now to plan to be a part of our efforts next March, and 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 March!

I had a great time at Grassroots last week learning about new AIA initiatives and networking with representatives from across the country. This year's Grassroots program was refocused on leadership development and almost 700 members and component staff attended. Handouts, reports, award winners and other items from Grassroots are now available through a link on the Grassroots webpage (including a link to the new Cool Spaces promotional video with the AIA credit at the end). Thanks to everyone who attended this year's Grassroots Leadership Conference and make sure you save the date for the 2015 Conference: March 4-6, 2015! 


In other news, a lot is happening with AIA Repositioning!  A new Repositioning Update Report is available online for all members to read.


Are you going to the AIA Convention in Chicago? It is June 26-28th this year and registration is now open!! Early bird rates are available only until April 16th 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.


Every year, on the day before the AIA National Convention, AEC Cares brings together Architects, sponsors and volunteers from across the U.S. for a project that helps the host community. Learn more online, and come help AEC Cares "Project Chicago" June 25 in Chicago. 

The deadline for submitting resolutions for consideration at the 2014 National Convention is April 25th. If you have an idea for a resolution, please review this memo from the Institute Secretary to the Board and Components that outlines the process for submitting resolutions. 


Next month brings National Architecture Week! This year it will be held April 6-12. If you are looking for ways your local chapter members can celebrate National Architecture Week, AIA National has six ways to start on their website.


And I hope to see many of you next month at the "Cool Spaces!" season premiere episode viewing party with special guest, Stephen Chung, AIA, host of "Cool Spaces!" This new series about architecture is made possible by underwriting from the AIA and will debut on your local public television station this spring. Hosted by Stephen Chung, AIA, the series explores in eight episodes how architects and their clients use innovative technology and practiced design traditions to shape the world. The program, which reaches 100 percent of households in the country, is designed for a general audience and will seek to demystify the work that architects do, helping to build awareness of how nearly every aspect of the built environment can be improved and refined with an architect's hand. Please see the article below for event information and I look forward to seeing you at the viewing party on April 16th!

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!
A.R.E. Seminar: April 12th!
ARE 2014 April LTU
Click here for more information and to register! Email with questions!
"Cool Spaces!" Viewing Event with special guest Stephen Chung, AIA!

Cool Spaces event

All members, AIAS members and the general public are invited to the premiere episode viewing of "Cool Spaces!" followed by Q&A with the host, Stephen Chung, AIA!


Join us Wednesday, April 16th at Lawrence Tech for this exciting event! The reception begins at 5:30pm and continues to the episode premiere at 6pm. Q&A with Stephen will follow the screening. This CEPR event is FREE to attend! To RSVP, email


A special thank you to the "Cool Spaces!" Reception Sponsor: Ghafari Associates

National Convention Registration is Now Open!
2014 Natl Convention logo
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.

Early Bird Discounts available to those who register before April 16th! Click here!

AIA Flint Chapter: New Scholarship Program

The AIA Flint Chapter is pleased to announce it has established a scholarship for graduating high school seniors pursuing an education and career in architecture, as well as for continuing college students enrolled in an architecture program.


The AIA Flint Architecture Scholarship Fund was established to encourage and assist students graduating from high schools in the Flint Chapter region (Genesee, Shiawassee, and Lapeer Counties) and existing college students to pursue a professional degree in architecture at a college or university with a NAAB accredited architecture program, or an associate degree in architectural technology.  The fund is administered by the AIA Flint Chapter of the AIA. To download an application and further required criteria and details please visit


For more information contact:John Costa, AIA, Chapter President at: 810-659-5275

The Grapevine
  • Quinn Evans Architects received a 2014 Governor's Award for Historic Preservation for their role in the restoration of the McGregor Pond & Sculpture Garden.
  • Dennis King, FAIA, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Board of Architects. He replaces Paula Van Valkenburgh, AIA and will serve a four-year termexpiring March 31, 2018. (Appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate).
  • Jacqueline Hoist, AIA and George Ananich, AIA have formed a new firm: H2A Architects, Inc. The new office is located at 9100 Lapeer Road, Suite B, Davison, MI 48423 and they can be reached at 810.412.5640 or and Their website is
  • Ron Henry, AIA, is the new Chief Facility Engineering + Construction Officer at the Detroit Medical Center and can now be reached at

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 February 2014:


Kevin J. Boyle, Assoc. AIA; Richard E Burmann, AIA; James T. Case, Assoc. AIA; Stephanie Choate, Assoc. AIA; John D. Fick, Assoc. AIA; Dr. Luca Frattari, Assoc. AIA; Richard S. Graham, AIA; Natalie A. Haddad, Assoc. AIA; Lynda Haith, AIA; Charles W. Harris, Assoc. AIA; Lauren E. Hetzel, Assoc. AIA; Megan L. Holborn, Assoc. AIA; David A. Jacks, Assoc. AIA; Eric J. Meyers, Assoc. AIA; Krystal D. Mitchell, Assoc. AIA; Cassandra R. Pizzi, Assoc. AIA; Wiley S. Roberts II, Assoc. AIA; Jamie Rudnycky, Assoc. AIA; Theresa D. Scherwitz, AIA; Jeff D. Sebring, Assoc. AIA; Christopher Robert  Siminski, Assoc. AIA; Erin M. Smith, Assoc. AIA; Gloria Walker, Assoc. AIA; Carrie D. Wilder, Assoc. AIA; Heather M. Woodcock, Assoc. AIA


Welcome to AIA Michigan and we look forward to meeting you at future events!!
CEPR Chair Position Now Available!
The Center for Emerging Professionals Resources (CEPR) plans events and programs for emerging professionals across the state, including A.R.E. seminars, firm tours and happy hours and other events open to all levels of membership. 

The CEPR currently has an open position for Committee Chair. If you feel strongly about getting involved with your fellow emerging professionals and have ideas for fun and engaging activities, contact Christine for details about joining this seriously fun group of members!
Upcoming Events

- April 12, 2014: AIAMI CEPR + AIA Detroit EPC: A.R.E. Seminar

- April 16, 2014: "Cool Spaces" premiere with host Stephen Chung, AIA

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!