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AIA Michigan Newsletter

March, 2015


Champion the profession. Nurture our chapters. Build Michigan better.

In This Issue
President's Message
Executive Director's Message
New Members!
The Grapevine
Health Facilities Free 2016 Registration!
ARE Upcoming Seminars and Events
The MIplace "Missing Middle" Michigan Housing Design Competition
SFI Conference + PIDI Workshop
2015 AIA CAE Spring Conference
AIAS LTU FBD Silent Auction
17th Annual MSHDA Conference
MHPN 35th Annual Conference
Earn LUs Online at AIAU
Strategic Plan 2014-2020
Metanoia Fellowship Opportunity
AIA Michigan 2015 Honor Awards Celebration
MAF/Dumke Golf Outing
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President's Message:
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Advancing society through architecture.

Champion the profession. Nurture our chapters. Build Michigan better.

Last month I discussed "Nurture our chapters", this month it's appropriate to talk about "Champion the profession". AIA Michigan had a successful month of Leadership training and Government Affairs both Nationally and at the State level. Grassroots was a leadership success with first time President Elect attendees from several Chapters learning the ropes. In 2016 Grassroots will be renamed the Leadership Conference and moved around the Country. The first stop of course will be in our very own Detroit, and we hope to encourage a strong showing from the Host State.

GA held the Annual Legislative day in Lansing and in addition to 140 meetings with your Government Leaders we received four free HSW hours of training to count towards the required 12 hours per year for maintaining your license in the State. Maintaining a presence in front of the Legislators is impotent not just when you have an ask, but to maintain the relationships that will benefit our profession in the long run. Among the issues we discussed were a Lien Law for Design Professionals and a Certificate of Merit requirement when a lawsuit is field against Architects.

One of them most common issues brought up to leadership is unlicensed practice. We currently have laws on the books to deal with this, but prosecutors don't have the resources to pursue violators and the State Licensing Board wont take any action unless directed by Legislators. Take also into account that NCARB is looking at changing Licensing requirements again, and changes require legislation reform which can take at least two years to accomplish. We successfully changed the Law two years ago to allow the ARE Exam to be taken prior to completion of IDP with a push from Emerging Professionals, but it doesn't make since to continually tweak the law year after year. I have asked Government Affairs to look in to a Task Force including our Emerging Professionals to look at a better restructuring of the law that would give more power to the Licensing Board to make subtle changes to align with NCARB and have more teeth to go after unlicensed practice like other states do. If you are interested in voicing your opinion we are interested in the discussion.

It's our responsibility to "Champion the profession".


Jeffrey S. Ferweda, AIA 
Executive Director's Message:
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April is on its way and with it are exciting events to participate in!

Mid-Town move update:
AIA Michigan is working on the build out for the Mid-town space. The building is behind in its schedule and it looks like move-in will be at the end of August. We will keep you informed of the progress. The Beaubien House closing should be the end of April but we will remain at the house until the Mid-town move. If you have any questions please call.

Late Registration is still open for 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.

The SFI Conference will be hosted in Detroit this year! The conference will be April 10-12, 2015, following with the Public Interest Design Institute on April 13-14, 2015. Register HERE

The 2015 Code Seminar: Existing Building Code will be April 23, 2015. Earn 6 HSWs! RSVP to Click HERE for more information.

Brasco's 2015 ASLA Student Design Contest Enter to win a $500 scholarship, a featured product page on our site, & engineered renderings of your design by Studio B Designs. More information   HERE.

Scholarships for Emerging Professionals to attend the AIA Convention have been extended! Click HERE for more information.

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 February:


Wayne Dutton, Assoc. AIA
 Anna M. Epperson, Assoc. AIA
Verene M. Goulette, Assoc. AIA

Craig Hunsinger, Assoc. AIA
James N. Pattison, Assoc. AIA
Mohammed Zafar, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Laura Roberts, AIA
Gary A. Hochthanner, AIA
Kristen Burgess, AIA
Matthew Gene Brown, AIA

Brian K. Barkwell, AIA
Rita Kostielney, Assoc. AIA
Katarzyna Litwin, AIA
Marco Silveri, AIA

David F. Iannuzzi, AIA
Brittany G. Luea, AIA
Andrew J. Queenan, AIA
Jourdan Adrian Schermerhorn, AIA
Matthew P. Schulte, AIA

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

The Grapevine   
  • New staff members join FTCH's Grand Rapids office!  Jeffrey A. Hammond, AIA, ALA, Brian S. Smits, PE, Nathan R. Torrey, PE, CFM, Penni D. Mahler, Kevin J. Aalderink, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Ronald A. Duimstra, Shawn T. Lettow, Steven A. Romkema,
  •  Christopher Ozog, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT has joined Albert Kahn Associates, Inc.
  • Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas, Inc. presents their new office located at 550 E. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale! See photos 
  • Allegretti Architects received 3 awards at the Detroit Home Design Awards! View Here
  • SA+A Architects launches new website! View Here
If you have changed firms, won an award or have something 
or have something to tell AIA Michigan, 
please email  
Health Facilities: Free 2016 Registration Winner Announced!
The Health Facilities Planning Seminar included a special contest at the end: attendees were invited to leave their business card for the chance to win a free registration for the 2016 Health Facilities Planning Seminar.

We have been eagerly awaiting the winner and the State of Michigan has informed us that the winner is:  Bobbi Marvin!

Congratulations, Bobbi! We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Health Facilities Planning Seminar in Traverse City!
ARE Upcoming Seminars and Events!

Next ARE Events!

BS Seminar
April 18, 2015
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lawrence Technological University

BS Q + A
April 27, 2015
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Webinar/Conference Call

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:
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.
SFI Conference + PIDI Workshop

Structures for Inclusion | April 10-12 | Detroit, MI

Now in its fifteenth year, SFI will feature the best public interest design projects from around the world, including the 2015 SEED Award winners.

"Resilience of Mind, Body and Spirit" will be the theme of SFI 15. Projects from Detroit and other resilient cities will be showcased in search of a new kind of post-industrial world order.

Full schedule, list of speakers, and registration at:


Public Interest Design Institute |April 13-14| Detroit, MI

Led by Bryan Bell, The learning objectives for the course are based on research funded by the 2011 FAIA Latrobe Prize. Attendees will learn from in-depth examples and participate in discussions with 14 leading practitioners including 2015 SEED Award winners about ways design can address the critical issues faced by communities, and get paid to do it!

Registration at:

2015 AIA CAE Spring Conference

Please consider joining us for this highly anticipated international conference, returning to Detroit for the first time in over 25 years! You can register at the link provided below - please review our schedule of events, tours, and presentations for the conference as well as travel, hotel and logistics provided for attendees.  In addition to the AIA CAE Committee, we are joining with the AIA Pecha Kucha Detroit for a high energy group of presentations on the final day of the conference.  You can attend the entire conference or for a single day - note that the final day is free admission

Registration Information
AIAS LTU Freedom By Design Silent Aucton: CVDB Arquitectos

17th annual Building Michigan Communities - MSHDA Conference
April 27-29, 2015
Lansing Center
Lansing, MI

This conference will provide a valuable place for education, networking, and recharging. In addition to historic preservation topics, our participants will find many other sessions and events of interest. For more information visit the conference page here.
Michigan Historic Preservation Network
35th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference
May 13-16, 2015
Northwood University
Midland, MI

Each spring, the Network sponsors the state's largest annual statewide preservation conference to provide training and networking opportunities geared to both beginners and seasoned preservationists. Visit the MHPN webpage here for more information.

17th annual Building Michigan Communities - MSHDA Conference
April 27-29, 2015
Lansing Center
Lansing, MI

This conference will provide a valuable place for education, networking, and recharging. In addition to historic preservation topics, our participants will find many other sessions and events of interest. For more information visit the conference page here
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.
Strategic Plan 2014-2020
As the architectural profession moves through the first decade of the twenty-first century, it becomes increasingly obvious that the pace of change continues to accelerate . . .

View the Strategic Plan 2014-2020
Metanoia Fellowship Opportunity
Are you ready to work with communities to build a brighter future?

Make a difference while being paid to work!
Click HERE for more information
Click HERE to apply!
Application Deadline: June 15, 2015
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

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!