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AIA Michigan Newsletter
May 2014


In This Issue
President's Message and Executive Director's Message
Member Upgrades!
New Members!
The Grapevine
NCARB Announces ARE 5.0 Transition Plan!
AIA Michigan Design Awards: Register Today!
The Rae Dumke Collection: 100 Essential Architecture Books
HSW Continuing Education Program
National Convention Registration is now open!
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President's Message:
Paul Dannels

Our Michigan schools of Architecture have recently graduated another class of young architects.  I've had opportunities to speak with new graduates, and I'm struck by the enthusiasm and breadth of vision they share. I'm also humbled when I consider the challenge of sustaining a profession worthy of that enthusiasm, and with the capacity to reward that enthusiasm. In fields related to science, engineering, technology, medicine, law, and public policy, new graduates see their peers quickly contributing to their professions in meaningful ways. In architecture, perhaps legitimately, a reputation persists that it will be years before a young architect will have a chance to substantively shape the projects they're assigned to. If there is an impatience among our youngest professionals, maybe it wouldn't be such a bad thing if that impatience spread to the rest of us... an eagerness to see our profession reward young practitioners for their years of training quickly.


It's ironic that at a time when technology is changing our profession so rapidly, young architects still too often look to other fields to find careers that reward their embrace of technological advancement. Take a moment to identify the students and new graduates in your sphere of influence, and listen to what they have to say...and give some thought to how it is we can be a profession attractive to the very best, and most ambitious, students in our schools and universities.


Again, always feel free to contact me at


Wishing you the best in your practice...

  Paul Dannels Signature

Paul Dannels, FAIA

Executive Director's Message:
Cathy HeadshotHappy May!

We are still in a whirlwind of great events and have lots of upcoming events you won't want to miss. Things may slow down in the summer for some, but between networking and continuing education opportunities, AIA Michigan will keep your dance card full! 


The AIA Michigan Design and Honor Awards are approaching quickly (June 7th!) and this year we will be featuring a new streamlined format with a video presentation! Another great bonus of having this year's celebration in the Broad Art Museum is that the renowned museum will be open to our guests before the ceremony; you will receive exclusive after-hours access to the museum and then get to celebrate talented people and inspiring designs. I hope you will start your summer off right and join us for an evening to remember. Click here to view the program and register.

I am also looking forward to the HSW Continuing Education Program on June 16th. It is a great way for members to receive free continuing education in topics relevant to their everyday practice. Even though it is free, registration is required, click here for more information and here to register. If you have members of your firm who aren't AIA members, they are welcome to attend with a paid registration.


Are you going to the AIA Convention in Chicago? It is June 26-28th this year and spaces are filling quickly, so be sure to register soon! The AIA Michigan hotel room block is full, but you can book a room through the AIA Housing vendor and receive the convention discount if you register by June 1st! Click here for information.


Things don't slow down in the end of summer either! Mark your calendar for the Mid Summer Conference on August 7-9th and look for registration information to be mailed next Friday. The next month will bring the premiere of a new event, the Green Health Summit, (on September 8th), to kick-off Stair Week in Michigan. More information about this event will be sent out next month. Rounding out the late-summer/early fall programs, the Design Retreat, 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.


Another item of note: The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) Knowledge Community has finished their fourth video and posted it to youtube. This video educates consumers about the importance of hiring an architect and how to choose the right one for their needs. These videos are available to all members to share on your website or with your clients and potential clients. Click here to view them!


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!
Member Upgrades!
Congratulations to the AIA members who received membership upgrades from January-April:


Upgraded from Associate AIA to AIA

Leif T. Eikevik, AIA

Megan J. Feenstra-Wall, AIA

Matthew L. Gerard, AIA

Jeffrey Francis Minor, AIA


Upgraded to Emeritus

Dominic Abbate, AIAE

Donald B. Hartwick, AIAE


Congratulations to our newly licensed and newly Emeritus members! 

New Members!

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

AIA Michigan in April 2014:


Robert A. Formisano, AIA; Brian V. Hurttienne, AIA; Sandra M. Laux, AIA; Steven J. Moe, AIA; Caitlin Amanda White, Associate AIA; Kevin D. Hart, AIA; Mark Nickita, AIA; Alan R. Alcid, AIA; Kenneth Alder, AIA; David A. Burd, AIA; Michal Catari, Associate AIA; Tiffany Hodges, Associate AIA; Brian Ingham, AIA; Steven J. Jelinek , AIA; Diane Jensen, AIA; Gia Johnson, Associate AIA; Joseph A. Kahn, AIA; James E. Karczewski, AIA; Lisa Kulawczyk, Associate AIA; Kirk D. Welsh, Associate AIA


Welcome to AIA Michigan and we look forward to meeting you at future events!!
The Grapevine
  • Allegretti Architects, firm of John Allegretti, FAIA, just received a national award from the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) in the "Residential Less Than 3000 Square Feet" category for their "Grand Haven home" project. Congratulations!

  • Ann Dilcher, AIA of Quinn Evans Architects Inc., has been promoted to principal from associate and project manager. Congratulations, Ann!

  • Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) is celebrating their 15th anniversary with the launch of their new online website, The team of architects, engineers and designers made the announcement with a mission to connect and share their pride and passion about their business, their projects and the people who have enabled their success for the past 15 years. Congratulations to the IDS team!

  • Teffera Kowalske, Associate AIA is now with Redstone Architects, Inc. She can be reached at:

  • Kenneth Clein, AIA is the new Higher Education Studio Leader at Harley Ellis Deveraux. He can be reached at

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

please email!

NCARB Announces ARE 5.0 Transition Plan!

The launch of ARE 5.0 isn't until late 2016, but NCARB has released the transition information as far in advance as possible to allow candidates who may be transitioned more time to prepare and create a plan. Read the NCARB's announcement below and visit their website for more information about the transition and ARE 5.0:


Benefits of the Transition

We learned several lessons from our last transition, so with the transition plan to ARE 5.0 we've made some adjustments that will benefit candidates who will be taking the ARE at the time 5.0 launches:

  • Dual Delivery: ARE 4.0 will continue to be available after ARE 5.0 launches in late 2016. There will be at least 18 months of dual delivery before ARE 4.0 is retired 30 June 2018.
  • "Self-Transition":  ARE candidates who begin testing in ARE 4.0 will have the option to "self-transition" to ARE 5.0 as soon as it launches. This will allow candidates to continue testing in the version that is most convenient for them. However, once you transition to ARE 5.0, you will not be able to transition back to ARE 4.0.
  • Tools and Resources:  We know each candidate's testing situation is different, that's why as we move closer to the launch of ARE 5.0 more interactive tools and resources will be available to help you determine the best strategy for the transition. Stay tuned!

NCARB concerns? IDP questions?

Please contact Matt Guinta, Associate AIA:

AIA Michigan Design Awards: Register Today!
2014 HA 1
2014 HA 2
2014 HA 3
Click here for more information and to register!
The Rae Dumke Collection: 100 Essential Architecture Books
MAF Library Dumke Invite
Click here for more information.
HSW Continuing Education Program
HSW Program
Click here for more information and click here to register.
National Convention Registration is Now Open!
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AIA National invites you to connect with the world's brightest architects, designers, innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders at AIA Convention 2014Be a part of an experience that is designed with purpose. A reimagined AIA National Convention that presents a fresh, new approach to how architects learn, engage, and connect with one another.

Click here to register for Convention and don't forget to RSVP for the AIA Michigan/LTU/UDM Reception on the 26th! 

Upcoming Events

- June 7, 2014: AIAMI Design Awards, Broad Art Museum, East Lansing

- June 11, 2014: The Rae Dumke Collection Celebration, Baldwin Library, Birmingham

- June 16, 2014: HSW Continuing Education Program, Southfield

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!