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AIA Michigan Newsletter
June 2014


In This Issue
President's Message and Executive Director's Message
New Members!
The Grapevine
AIA Michigan 2014 Design and Honor Awards Photos
Special Gift to AIAMI from Tyree Guyton
Green Health Summit
Tigers Tailgate!
Upcoming Events
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President's Message:
Paul Dannels

Paul is off the grid this month traveling for work and the AIA, so stay tuned for his return in next month's newsletter!


Contact Paul anytime at


Wishing you the best in your practice...

  Paul Dannels Signature

Paul Dannels, FAIA

Executive Director's Message:
Cathy HeadshotHappy June!

This past week you received the official announcement of the new Green Health Summit in your inbox. The summit, held this year on September 8th, will kick-off Stair Week in Michigan. The committee has gathered an impressive group of speakers and panelists from across the country for the summit and we know it will reinforce Michigan's prominence in the evolution of design. Spaces are limited for the conference, so be sure to register as soon as possible! Registration will open to other design and health organizations and media coverage about the event will launch next month, so don't wait if you are thinking about attending this innovative program.


Don't forget that we have the Mid Summer Conference on August 7-9th-- just over a month away! And only a few weeks after enjoying the island breeze you can return to a rustic setting away from the traffic and congestion of the city at the Design Retreat, which will commemorate its 25th anniversary this year. The Retreat will be held September 19-20th and the committee has planned special activities and events to celebrate the occasion! More information will be coming soon, so mark your calendar for this much-anticipated event!


In the fall there will be an important change to the AIA Michigan event calendar. The Annual Meeting usually falls at the end of October and this year it will be held in combination with the Leadership Retreat, (usually held in January). This year's Annual Meeting + Leadership Conference will be held from October 9-11th and will offer members an opportunity for leadership training, continuing education and several exciting tours! Instead of waiting until January to dig into the year, your local chapter boards will be ready to start innovating after your Board Transition! Mark your calendar for October 9-11th and look for more announcements in the coming weeks! 


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 summer!
New Members!

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

AIA Michigan in May 2014:


Phil Cooper, Associate AIA; Blake L. Drouillard, Associate AIA; Aubree S. Robichaud, Associate AIA;  Moon Joo Lee, AIA; Danny Ray Cooper, AIA; Ronald L. Thomas Jr., AIA; George  S. Liu, AIA; Isaac V. Norris, AIA; Daniel P. Mooney, AIA; Charles A. Huber, Associate AIA


And a special congratulations to Mary C. Lancaster, AIA for upgrading her membership from the Associate level. Congratulations on becoming licensed, Mary!


Welcome to AIA Michigan and we look forward to meeting you at future events!!
The Grapevine
  • Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects have announced new updates to their official firm IOS App! You can download the App here to learn more about the team's exciting projects.

  • 2016 will be a big year for AIA Michigan: the AIA National Grassroots conference has been proposed to be held in Detroit on February 20-24, 2016! This is an exciting opportunity not only because AIA Michigan can showcase its home city, but because the 2016 event will be the first time the AIA National Grassroots conference will be held outside of Washington D.C. More information about the event will be released next year.

  • The 2014 AIA National Convention Election results have been released! Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, was elected 2015 First Vice President/2016 President-Elect. To see all the election results, click here. 

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

 please email!

AIA Michigan 2014 Design and Honor Awards Photos
The 2014 AIA Michigan Design and Honor Awards were held on a particularly beautiful evening at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in Lansing. Over 200 attendees gathered to marvel at the space, celebrate incredible achievements and later snack on an amazing assortment of desserts.
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It was a beautiful day for the indoor/outdoor celebration at the Broad.
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Meaghan Markiewicz, AIAS, Elizabeth Mosley, Ed Francis, FAIA, Lynne Merrill Francis, Hon. Aff. AIAMI, and Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI enjoyed catching-up with one another.
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Katherine Farrell, Art Smith, FAIA, and Evelyn Dougherty strike a pose and flash those pearly whites!
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Lou Anna K. Simon, Hon. Aff. AIAMI receives her honor from Paul Dannels, FAIA
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A big group from Ghafari came out to celebrate their Firm of the Year award.
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Bob Ziegelman, FAIA received the 25 Year Award for his design of (his own) Birmingham Residence.
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Glen LeRoy, FAIA received his Gold Medal and his speech left few dry eyes in the audience.
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Glen LeRoy, FAIA and Susane LeRoy proudly display the medals they received during the ceremony.
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Hamilton Anderson Associates had a lot to celebrate this year! Kent Anderson was made an Honorary Affiliate of AIA Michigan and the firm won a Building Award for the "Wayne County Community College District" project.
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It was Delzer-palooza at the Broad; many of Kirk Delzer's family members came to support Kirk with his Hastings Award win!
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Celeste Allen Novak, FAIA and Amanda Harrell Seyburn, Associate AIA celebrate Celeste's induction into the College of Fellows.
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Mary Anne Drew, Hon. Aff. AIAMI, Maria Arquero de Alarcon, Jennifer Maigret, AIA and Caileigh MacKellar celebrate MAde Studios' winning project, their second Unbuilt win in two years!
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Tyree Guyton, the 2014 Korab Award winner, made AIAMI Awards history when he gifted AIA Michigan with an original artwork at the ceremony. The art piece, made using materials salvaged from Guyton's "House of Soul" installation, will be on display at the Beaubien House.
Thank you to our generous sponsors, talented architects, and enthusiastic attendees for a wonderful evening!
Special Gift to AIA Michigan from Tyree Guyton

A more detailed description of Tyree Guyton's gift to AIA Michigan as mentioned in the article above:

Tyree Guyton gift

Title:  A New Way 

Description: Paint on wood 

History:  An original relic salvaged from the House of Soul which was created in 2012 and destroyed by fire in 2013 

Concept: "The House of Soul was created to serve as visual for my dissertation work. What is art today?  Can 2+2=8?  Part of my philosophy is to transform adversity into solutions.   You can burn it down but you can never destroy the creative spirit and the magic that lives within.  I present this work as a small gesture of kindness to the AIA Michigan for recognizing my work and to say thank you for believing in the power of creativity."

Green Health Summit: September 8, 2014

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Tigers Tailgate: Register Today!

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Upcoming Events

- August 7-9, 2014: AIAMI + AGC Mid Summer Conference, Mackinac Island

- September 8, 2014: Green Health Summit (and Stair Week kick-off), Lansing

- September 12, 2014: Tigers Tailgate, 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!