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AIA Michigan Newsletter
September, 2014


In This Issue
President's Message and Executive Director's Message
New Members!
The Grapevine
Stair Week & Green Health Summit Photos
Park(ing) Day
Upcoming Events
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President's Message:
Paul Dannels

I'd like to report on very early discussion underway within the AESLC. (Excuse the acronym but there are more to come.) The AESLC, many of you know, is the Architects-Engineers-Surveyors Legislative Committee. It's a cooperative effort of licensed professionals in the state of Michigan, and our own AIA Michigan Government Affairs Committee is a key partner. Engineers within AESLC hope to invest efforts in the coming year into introducing state legislation that will require public agency to use a QBS process when procuring professional design services. Yes, another acronym: QBS. As many of you know that's Qualifications Based Selection.


The federal government and 46 states all have some sort of QBS legislation. All of these states in one way or another require that selection of design professionals for public work is to be based on qualifications, not cost.  Without similar legislation in Michigan, it's not uncommon for design services on public work to be awarded on the basis of a low bid only. If there is one advantage to being late to adopt such legislation, I suppose it's that we have the benefit of learning from those who went ahead of us. QBS legislation can be crafted well, or poorly, and some who have considered QBS in the past have worried that poorly crafted language could have the unintended consequence of favoring offices by size, rather than by qualification.


Here at AIA Michigan we need to be mindful of that concern, but we also have an opportunity to help enact legislation that establishes in law the principal that our practices are to be valued for the quality of their design. That's an exciting prospect and quite frankly something I think AIA Michigan owes to all of its members. I'll keep you up to date as this progresses and I'll value your input along the way. Expect to hear more.


Again, always feel free to contact me...


Wishing you the best in your practice... 


  Paul Dannels Signature

Paul Dannels, FAIA

Executive Director's Message:
Cathy Headshot

Happy Fall!

As the leaves begin to change into a blaze of color, I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer. Before we move into new fall programming updates and announcements, I have a few updates to share: AIA Michigan Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat: The upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting (October 10, 2014) will be combined with the AIA Michigan Leadership Retreat (October 9-11, 2014) previously held annually in January. The decision was made to combine these events to enable our boards to plan their yearly activities in advance, thus ensuring each year is as productive as possible for our boards. This will positively impact our program planning and ultimately benefit the membership. Although not all of the AIA Michigan Chapters will have conducted elections by the October meeting date, we encourage any potential board members, chapter leaders or any members interested in being involved in AIA Michigan or at the chapter level to attend.


FREE Continuing Education Sessions (3HSW) offered by Fred Butters, FAIA October 9, 2014 will be available at the AIA Michigan Leadership Retreat at the Sloan Museum. Please click HERE for the brochure.  Click Online Registration to quick online registration processing. You can sign up for these credits separately from any other events.


Register today for the AIA Michigan Annual Meeting October 10, 2014.  Click HERE for an agenda and to our website  to register. Although there is no cost we would like to be prepared so please register online or send the form back via fax 313-965-4100 or email


To attend the AIA Michigan Leadership Retreat, please download the registration form HERE and return ASAP.


BCRC code books are still available. Follow this link to the ICC to review the books and use this LARA link to purchase the code book at the member price. Remember, these codes are law on October 9, 2014. 


Other AIA Michigan Fall program highlights:

Stair Week & Green Health Forum were a great success; we've shared some of the photos. Park(ing) Week took place in Flint. A collaboration by the Emerging Professionals of AIA Flint, AIAS Baker College, & Habitat for Humanity of Genessee County, Park(ing) Day was a one-day national event to celebrate and promote the value of our cities parks.


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 fall!



New Members!

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

AIA Michigan in August, 2014:


Charlie O'Geen, Assoc. AIA ~ Zebedee A Tolbert, AIA ~ David F. Iannuzzi, Assoc. AIA ~ Jenna Horrigan, Assoc. AIA ~ Brett Kellman, Assoc. AIA ~ Ann Knecht, Assoc. AIA ~ Lawrence Kowalski, AIA


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

The Grapevine
  • Stephen Foster, AIA, NCARB, LEED, AP joins Stephen Auger+Associates Architects,Lake Orion. Michigan, as Senior Project Architect, Manager.

  • Neumann/Smith Architecture in Southfield, Michigan announced the addition of Kjartan Kristoffersen, CSI, Christie Johnson, IIDA, LEED AP, Josh Pearson, Associate AIA, and Jamie Rudnycky, Associate AIA to their team.

  • Matt Guinta, Associate AIA has joined TMP Architecture, Inc. of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

  • Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas, Inc. is moving! Please note their new address as of October 6:   550 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, Michigan 48220 Ph: (248) 543.4100  Fax: (248) 543.4141

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

 please email!

2014 Stair Week Photos! 

AIA Flint
AIA Grand Rapids

AIA Huron Valley
Park(ing) Day 2014 - Flint

Park(ing) Day 2014 was a collaboration by the Emerging Professionals of AIA Flint, AIAS Baker College, & Habitat for Humanity of Genessee County. I was the designer of the 2014 design. My fellow EPs from AIA Flint & Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects, Kurt Neiswender, AIA & Annie Boerger, Associate AIA, help to fabricate the design. Juan Zuniga, Habitat for Humanity was also instrumental in the fabrication as well.


Our 2014 Park(ing) Day street-scape intervention explores the origins of Saginaw Street as a glacial morain first traversed by Native Americans, evolution to the present, and impending future. The design visually expresses the physical structures, natural and man-made, that have shaped this thoroughfare.


Park(ing) Day is a national one day event designed to promote the value of cities' parks. Flint has more green space that most cities in the country. To celebrate the wealth of parks, local people create mini-parks in downtown parking spaces.





Become a "MARKITECT": Build Your Firm's Marketing Strategy

AIA Michigan and the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) are teaming up to turn architects into marketing gurus! Join us on November 6, 2014 at Schoolcraft College VisTaTech Center for a one-day event to learn how to truly differentiate your firm, and yourself, from the competition, leverage best practices in strategic planning, marketing and business development techniques, and identify partnering opportunities, and strengthen relationships you already have.


No matter whether your firm is small or large, if you're a technical professional or a marketer, or even if you are a sole practitioner, this session is for you. Check out the program brochure and visit our website to learn more and register today!

MIM/AIA 40th Annual Masonry Honor Awards



40th Annual Masonry  

Honor Awards Program

Intent to Enter Deadline: October 3, 2014



Submittals Due: November 21, 2014



         Honor Awards Cocktail Reception: April 23, 2015


Projects completed since January 1, 2011 are eligible for entry


Upcoming Events

- October 9-11, 2014: Annual Meeting + Leadership Retreat, Flint

- November 6, 2014: Become a "MARKITECT", Livonia

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!