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AIA Michigan Newsletter

February, 2015

In This Issue
President's Message
Executive Director's Message
New Members!
The Grapevine
ARE February Seminar Recap
Beaux Arts Ball Recap
Great Lakes Builders Show
The MIplace "Missing Middle" Michigan Housing Design Competition
2015 AIA CAE Spring Conference
Earn LUs Online at AIAU
AIAMI / MAF Speakers Bureau
Michigan Battle of the Buildings Competition
Legislative Day 2015
Health Facilities Planning Seminar
AIA Michigan 2015 Honor Awards Celebration
MAF/Dumke Golf Outing
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President's Message:
Ferweda Jeff 2013 headshot
I wanted to reach out to you and explain why there has been a lack of information from AIA National. I want to acknowledge your frustration and confusion at not having clear direction, and I sincerely apologize. The Repositioning is a work in progress, and we are all-volunteers and staff-learning as we go. I realize that the pace of change is much slower than the desire for it, but I ask for your patience as we find our way.

"Never before have we needed this level of bold, visionary leadership to inspire architects to work together and build a better world for all people-through architecture."

The time is now to change the way we think and behave in order to shape our future. Answer this question: "What will I personally or professionally change to support our profession?"

What does that mean to you; what can you change (how you interact with your colleagues, address your client needs or participate in your community) and how would you encourage others to commit to taking action?

We can start by attending the Legislative Day on March 18th in Lansing. I encourage you to take an emerging professional with you. This is one of the benefits we have available to get our voice heard as a group of merit and influence.

Lastly, we are working with a consultant, paid for by a grant Cathy applied for from National, to set forth a plan to improve component services. We will be reaching out to our Chapter leaders in the next few months to start a dialog on what it takes to do exactly that. It matches one of our four Strategic Plan 2020 goals, "Nurture our Chapters."


Jeffrey S. Ferweda, AIA

Executive Director's Message:
Cathy Headshot
March is on its way and with it are exciting events to participate in!
Submit to the 2015 "Missing Middle Design Competition", which is 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. First Prize $10,000! Click HERE for more information and to apply.

Don't forget to register for the 2015 Legislative Day on March 18, 2015! Click HERE to register.

Registration is open for the 2015 Health Facilities Planning Seminar, (March 26-27, 2015). Click HERE to register.

PechaKucha Detroit is now accepting submission outlines for presentations for the 2015 AIA CAE Spring Conference until the registration period closes on March 6, 2015. Please consider submitting a PK presentation outline/concept to this event. PK Information and Register HERE.

There are only a few rooms left!! Register today 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.

Remember to register for the 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.

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 January:


Robert J. Hoekstra, Assoc. AIA
 David J. Andrus, Assoc. AIA
Monique Bassey, Assoc. AIA
Nicholas J. Cataldo, Assoc. AIA
Matthew Cebula, Assoc. AIA
Stephanie L. Challender, Assoc. AIA
James Chesnut, Assoc. AIA
Julie Foley, Assoc. AIA
David D. Frazee Jr., Assoc. AIA

John S. Galwaa, Assoc. AIA
Wesley J. Kohn, Assoc. AIA
Stephanie A. Kolpacke, Assoc. AIA
Erica L. Muldoon, Assoc. AIA


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

The Grapevine   
  • Grissim Metz Andriese Associates PC has promoted Kathy Neirynck, Scott Black, and Steve Endres to senior associates from associates.
  • Architecture/Artistry/Interiors/Inc. has moved! New address: 1008 E Eighth Street, Traverse City, MI 49686
  • HKS Inc., announces Tyrone Loper, AIA, promoted to Associate.
  • Lucas J. Holwerda, Associate AIA is now with Paradigm Design Inc. in Grand Rapids!
If you have changed firms, won an award or have something 
or have something to tell AIA Michigan, 
please email 
ARE February Seminar 2015 Recap
The ARE Challenge and Seminar Series are well under way with last weekend's Saturday seminar! Thank you to all who attended.
Next ARE Event!

BDCS Q +A Trivia
March 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Beaux Arts Ball Recap: Photos and Awards
Photography credit: Rooney & Company

Congratulations to the following who received awards at this year's AIAS UDM & LTU Annual Beaux Arts Ball!

Dean Appreciation Award - This award is to acknowledge the continual support and dedication our dean offers to our chapter.
LTU - Glen LeRoy, FAIA
UDM - Will Wittig, AIA

Most Supportive Professional - This award is for the professional who has provided our Chapter with the most support.
LTU - Tracy Sweeney, AIA
UDM - Lauren Myrand, Assoc. AIA

Most Supportive Faculty Member - This award is for the faculty member who has been the most influential for our Chapter.
LTU - Ben Tiseo, FAIA
UDM - Charles Cross

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


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.
2015 AIA CAE Spring Conference

PK Detroit is now accepting submission outlines for presentations for this event until the registration period closes on March 6, 2015. Please consider submitting a PK presentation outline/concept to this event. PK Information

Registration Information
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 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
 20th Annual Architects, Engineers & Surveyors Legislative Day 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Christman University, Ground Floor, The Christman Building
208 N. Capitol, Lansing, MI 
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:
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!
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!