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AIA Michigan Newsletter
August 2013 

In This Issue
President's Message and Executive Director's Message
Chapter Focus: AIA Northern Michigan
Chapter Focus: AIA Northern Michigan Board Member
The Grapevine
AIA National Committee Openings for 2014
New Members!
Empire Area Heritage Group Needs Blueprint Cabinet Donation
AIAMI Design Retreat!
The Courthouse is Now in Session
Oakland County Annual Heritage Conference "Managing Success"
Upcoming Events
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President's Message:
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Dearest Members,


Two weeks ago I was both recovering from, and basking in the aftermath of, our 70th Mid Summer Conference. Recovering from too much good food and drink (and perhaps a pecan ball every night), too little sleep and too many hours in high heels. The recovery is (or could be) quick with exercise, discipline and sleep, but the memories and stories remain vibrant and warm: watching a movie outside in the tea garden; playing in the bocci tournament (even if we were knocked out in the first round!); having cocktails on the porch enjoying one of the most spectacular views in the country; learning about the history of the island from the director of the Mackinac Island State Park; touring a brand new cottage on the beach; and being welcomed personally by the Governor and first lady at the Governor's summer residence and hearing them speak about both the house restoration and Placemaking in Michigan.


 I was struck by the number of people who mentioned to me how especially warm and inclusive this year's conference felt. One element is undoubtedly the return of the Fudgetime Players (AIA Michigan's very own theater troupe) and the world premiere of "Pure Mackinac" by General Bob Raisch and Diva Jan Casai. After all there is no better way to bond for life than to make a fool of oneself! (I am speaking about myself as the fool because the talent in our combined AIA and AGC families is tremendous!) I want to give a shout-out to the Bats, (who show up in every Fudgetime Players production), bravely taking on the world's first "bat rap" (at my request to bring in some newer music). It was fun, funny, somewhat unprofessional and even a bit terrifying as a real bat flew in an open door back stage and started dive-bombing the audience. The warmth and inclusion expressed was especially important not only to me, but to conference chair (and business partner) Gene Hopkins, and our wonderful staff Cathy, Evelyn and Christine who all worked very hard to make it feel that way. This year, we went to great efforts to make the event more accessible, providing no-cost housing and discounted meals to a number of members and including younger professionals from the AIA and AGC in panel presentations-- and of course the Fudgetime Players!


Just before the conference began, I received a piece of exciting news that puts AIA Michigan in a strong position to influence policy affecting the built environment in Michigan through Placemaking.   Placemaking is a simple concept based on a single principle - people choose to live in places that offer the amenities, resources, social and professional networks and opportunities to support thriving lifestyles. The goal of the MI-Place Partnership Initiative is to create more jobs, raise incomes and thereby restore prosperity in Michigan at least in part, through targeted local and regional placemaking activities.


There are several collaborative efforts underway to achieve Michigan's placemaking objectives. The Sense of Place Council is one of these. The SOP council includes the Michigan Municipal League, MSHDA, stakeholders and now.....AIA Michigan! Cathy and I presented in front of the Sense of Place Council on July 26th and on August 7th we received the fantastic news that AIA Michigan was awarded a place on the Council. The goals of the council include 1) Promoting principles and practices which create attractive places to live, work and play, and 2) Creating strategic activities that lead to retention and attraction of talent.

Some of the SOP Council's accomplishments include: Significant focus on placemaking by the Snyder administration, a study of the current placemaking social network in Michigan, and development of recommendations to foster economic gardening.


To learn more, check out, and take note of the placemaking toolkit and placemaking curriculum. There are countless opportunities to step up and it is exciting to be a part of this one. Please contact me with any ideas and thoughts you have on where we could go with this.



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Tamara E. L.Burns, AIA
Executive Director's Message:
Cathy HeadshotHappy August everyone!
August has been very busy, both at the Beaubien house and arcoss the state.
Earlier this month, the Mid Summer Conference was a big success! It drew over 300 attendees and it featured great speakers, smart collaborative discussions between the AIA and the AGC, and there was still time for family fun and some "batty" performances from the Fudgetime Players. The dates for next year's conference are August 7-9, 2014, so let the countdown begin!
This month I also traveled with Evelyn to the Saginaw Valley Chapter's annual picnic and Repositioning meeting. Shelley Herrington, AIA, generously provided a beautiful space for the event and Evelyn and I had a great time and a positive Repositioning discussion. I am always happy to travel to chapter events so please feel free to ask myself or any of the staff to attend your events!
We recently welcomed the University of Detroit School of Architecture staff to the Beaubien House for their begining of the semester staff meeting. We are always happy to have groups and committees utilize the conference room and meeting areas, so if your group needs a place to meet in downtown Detroit, please contact us!
We've had great events this month but we can't rest on our laurels-- there is a lot about to happen just around the corner! Today is our first Tiger Tailgate party! We sold out of tickets earlier this week but next year we will buy even more to accomodate the enormous interest in the event.  We also have "Courthouse is in Session" in Grand Rapids coming up on Sept 6th and the Michigan Modern tour at Cranbrook on Sept 7th. Everyone is very excited for the Design Retreat (Sept 20-21st) and registration is open on the website, so be sure to register before Sept 6th for the early registration discount!
I hope you are all having a productive month and that I will see you at our events in September! 
Chapter Focus: AIA Saginaw Valley

The Saginaw Valley chapter is active in all levels of the AIA and in their local community.


The Chapter participated in AIA National and state events including the AIA National Convention, which was attended by Doug Kueffner, AIA, and Dan La Pan, AIA; the AIA Michigan Leadership Retreat, attended by Paul Haselhuhn, AIA, Dan La Pan, AIA, and Les Tincknell, FAIA; the AIA National Grassroots attended by John Reis, AIA; and Legislative Day attended by Doug Kueffner, AIA, Dan La Pan, AIA, Paul Haselhuhn, AIA, and Crystal Tocco, Associate AIA.


In their community, Saginaw Valley Chapter members have been involved in supporting the Great Lakes Bay Region "Art and Soul" program, participated as judges for the MAF scholarship and for the Flint Chapter's Design Competition, and have coordinated fundraising initiatives for the restoration efforts at the historic "Hill House". This fall, Chapter members will judge the annual Delta College Scholarship Competition and the Chapter plans to award scholarships to the winners at the annual AIA Saginaw Valley Chapter Christmas party.


The chapter hosted a series of CES programs in the spring and will host additional programs in the fall, as well as their annual Christmas party. The chapter as held their annual picnic earlier this month.

Meet your AIA Michigan Board Member from the Saginaw Valley Chapter:


Dan La Pan photoDan La Pan, AIA was born and raised in Michigan and attended Ferris State College, Delta College and the University of Michigan, where he earned this B.S. Arch, 1980, and his M.Arch Degree, 1982.


He worked for several architectural offices in Colorado Springs, Colorado as well as in Michigan. Dan was recruited by Saginaw School District to serve as the Executive Director of Facility Services. During his tenure with the district, numerous projects were completed, including the district's 70 million dollar facilities bond that included the construction of the new Loomis Math Science and Technology School and the Thompson Middle School. He is currently employed with R.C. Hendrick & Son, Construction Managers/General Contractors as their Business Development Manager servicing School Districts throughout "the Thumb" and Central Michigan.


Dan has been a member of the AIA for 27 years and has served the Saginaw Valley Chapter as Secretary, Treasure, Vice President and President twice before his current role as the Saginaw Valley Director on the AIA Michigan board. Dan is the chairman of the Saginaw Transit Area Regional Services board for which he has served as a trustee since its origination in 1994. He has sat on the Boys and Girls Club building committee and the Saginaw Salvation Army board and has been an affiliate member of MSBO (Michigan School Business Officials) for 22 years. Dan is an alumnus of the Leadership Saginaw Program, and a member of St. Stephens Catholic Church where he serves as a member of the Finance Committee and Eucharistic Minister.


Dan is also involved in coaching youth sports: including football, basketball, baseball and softball. He and his wife of 37 years currently reside in Saginaw and have three children.


The Grapevine
  • 2013 AIA Michigan Associate Member Award winner, Amanda Harrell-Seyburn, Associate AIA, M.Arch, joined Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects in July. Amanda comes to Sedgewick & Ferweda from Michigan State University School of Planning, Design and Construction where she was a full-time faculty member. Amanda has an MArch from Andrews University School of Architecture and is the 2013-2014 AIA Michigan State Associate Director.
  • SmithGroupJJR has selected six new members from its offices nationwide to join its Board of Directors, including Christopher (Chris) Purdy, AIA, LEED AP, the Learning Studion leader based in Detroit.
  • Bryan Koehn, AIA has been named Lawrence Technological University's 2013 Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award Recipient. If you are interested in attending the Sept 12th reception and presentation in his honor, please click here to view the event flyer.
AIA National Committee Openings for 2014
If you want to shape the AIA and/or get insight into how AIA National functions, join an AIA National Committee! If you are a veteran of AIA National involvement or a newcomer to the AIA, joining an AIA National Committee can provide you with new perspective and insights into your practice and new networking connections across the country.
Committee openings include: the AIA Foundation, the AIA/AGC Joint Committee, the Contract Document Advisory Group, the Design and Health Leadership Group and almost a dozen other groups! To view the complete list of committees with openings, click here. Instructions for applying are located at the end of the list. Please be advised that the deadline for applications is September 27th!
New AIA Michigan Members!
Welcome to our new members who joined, rejoined, or transferred to AIA Michigan in July 2013:


Matthew Bramstedt, Assoc. AIA ; Joel Hall, Assoc. AIA; Lucas Holwerda, Assoc. AIA; Andrew Laszczyk, Assoc. AIA; Jesse Lewter, Assoc. AIA; Matthew Schulte, Assoc. AIA; Alex Stuckey, Assoc. AIA; David Talsma, Assoc. AIA; Ekaterina Velikov, AIA; Jesse  Wetzel, Assoc. AIA; Trevor Wilson, Assoc. AIA 


Welcome to AIA Michigan and we look forward to meeting you at future events!!
The Empire Area Heritage Group Needs Blueprint Cabinet Donation
The Empire Area Heritage Group has contacted the AIA for assistance with the preservation of their history. The group is in need of a blueprint/document cabinet (old or new) to help them store their museum archives. Click here for more information about the cabinet type they need and please contact Cathy if you would like to help the EAHG.
NCI Charette System Training
NCI Director, Bill Lennertz, will lead a three day NCI Charette System Training in Lansing. The training will be held September 10-12 and participants will meet other top practicioners in the field. Refer to the NCI website for information about the NCI Charette Institute and click here for the program schedule and here for the program description.
AIA Michigan Design Retreat!

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"The Courthouse is now in Session: Shaping Livable Cities-- Community and Connection" at Kendall College of Art and Design on Sept 6th!

Kendall College Federal Building 

We all want vibrant, sustainable, and livable communities: historical buildings help. A stroll through Heritage Hill and past the Meyer May house makes walking more interesting because the buildings and landscape become storytellers. Joining the past to the present and the present to the past is not always easy. Done thoughtfully, preservation can knit past and present together to create a whole greater than the sum of the parts.


Join a distinguished panel, at Kendall College of Art and Design's Historic Federal Building in downtown Grand Rapids on Friday, September 6, 2013 (5:30pm Reception, 6:30pm Program). Panelists include Ron Bogle, president of American Architecture Foundation from Washington DC and Robert Theel, General Services Administration from Chicago.


Space is limited. Please RSVP early.

Oakland County EDCA's 2013 Annual Heritage Conference: "Managing Success"

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The event is Sept 13th in Clarkston. Please click here for the full flyer and click here to register.

Upcoming Events

- August 30, 2013: AIA Michigan Tiger Tailgate, Detroit

- September 20-21, 2013: AIA Michigan Design Retreat, Torch Lake
- October 25, 2013: AIA Michigan Annual Meeting Day
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