AIA Michigan Newsletter

August 2016

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

President's Message:

Dear AIA Members,
Mackinac was awesome!!! The networking feedback was amazing! This year we had dozens of new attendees which enhanced the networking opportunities within our area of expertise. The Mid Summer Conference attendance was over 340 people who included architects, contractors, suppliers, friends and family. AIA Michigan fundraising from this event was at an all-time high.  Thanks to the MSC Committee and the AIA Michigan staff for all their hard work.
I thought the following statistics would give a great perspective on the future of our profession.  The statistics are as of December 2015: Did you know....
  • Average age of an architect in Michigan                      56 years
  • Number of Licensees                                                      5,597
  • Number of Resident Licensees                                      2,772
  • Number of non-resident / foreign licensees                2,825
  • Architectural Licensees age breakdown
    • 20 - 29                                                                  21
    • 30 - 39                                                                 365
    • 40 - 49                                                                 921
    • 50 - 59                                                                 1,744
    • 60+                                                                        2,064 
  • Number of licensees per completion of the renewal cycles for the past 3 years.
    • 2013                                                                      5,512
    • 2014                                                                      5,515
    • 2015                                                                      5,597 
Congratulations to Jeff Ferwada, AIA who was elected by the membership to serve as AIA Michigan's Strategic Council Representative for the next 3 years.
As always, please send me an email or call me if you have any ideas how we can improve our efforts and the organization.
Thanks and hope to see you at one of the upcoming events.

Mike Neville, AIA
Executive Director's Message :

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Important Updates
Emerge by AIAU for Associate Members
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Need Help Getting Visibility and Press?
Looking to get media attention for your project or firm? Get advice from PR professional Julie Taylor, Honorary AIA, as she talks with AIA's CEO Robert Ivy about how to get visibility in the media.
Make sure you mark your calendar for the Design Retreat for September 23-25. UofM fans we will try to get a TV available for the game! The committee has great projects and a program lined up.
AIA Michigan Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat is October 13-14 at the W Hotel in Midland.   Watch the Monday Minutes and website for updates.
Please login   to update your AIA profiles to ensure renewal invoices and other AIA materials are received.
If you have a change in your membership complete the membership status change form or chapter transfer form, if applicable, before the 2017 renewal cycle begins in September.
Remember to add to your press release list.   We want to share your news with the members.

The second annual I Look Up Film Challenge launched at AIA Convention 2016 with the debut of a   short documentary film on Auburn University's Rural Studio . This year, the competition is challenging architects and filmmakers to team-up to create a short film that demonstrates architecture as a solution. For more, visit

Call for 2017 Committee Members
The AIA Michigan is looking for volunteers. This is your chance to make a difference in your association!  Download the committee volunteer form here and return to We look forward to your participation.  

Have a great Week!
Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI

AIA Southwest Michigan Chapter volunteers and member firm volunteers held a Design Workshop on August 9, 2016 with Harbor Habitat for Humanity. The goal of the workshop with was to study an approximately 2.7 acre site in Benton Township, MI that Habitat for Humanity wishes to develop.

The proposed development would wish to include two (2) single-family homes on individual lots and the remainder to be multiple homes in a cottage court style.
  This workshop   primarily   served as a site planning exercise with a follow up event planned in   the near future to look at the individual house plans that might be appropriate for this site   development.

2016 AIA CEP Call for Volunteers
Think you have what it takes? Learn more about our committees and the open positions:

The AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF):
The Young Architects Forum (YAF) is a committee of the American Institute of Architects that is organized to address issues of importance to recently licensed architects. The YAF works with the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals to develop important resources for the early career stage of licensure in order to foster career development and success. To learn more about the YAF and the roles and responsibilities of the open positions, please read the YAF Handbook

Current YAF Openings (start an application to see the full position descriptions):
  • 2017 Vice Chair (three-year commitment)
  • 2017-2018 Advocacy Director - (two-year commitment)
  • 2017-2018 Knowledge Director - (two-year commitment)
  • 2017-2018 Communications Director - (two-year commitment) 
The AIA National Associates Committee (NAC):
The National Associates Committee (NAC) is a committee of the American Institute of Architects whose primary focus is to serve the Associate membership in the advancement of their careers. The NAC works strategically with the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals to develop initiatives relevant to and in the advancement of Associates in the Institute. To learn more about the NAC and the roles and responsibilities of the open positions, please read the NAC Handbook

Current NAC Openings (start an application to see the full position descriptions):
  • 2017 Vice Chair (two-year commitment)
  • 2017-2018 At-Large Director - (2) positions (two-year commitment)
  • 2017 Associate Representative on the AIA Strategic Council (two-year commitment)
  • All volunteer applicants must be current AIA members
  • YAF applicants must be architects registered for less than 10 years
  • NAC applicants must be current Associate AIA members
  • The application period closes August 22, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. 
  • Lawrence Technological University announces Mark Farlow as the 2016 Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award 
  • Lawrence Technological University announces Fred Butters, FAIA as the 2016 Ray Award receipt. The Ray Award was established to recognize the leadership and service of alumni volunteers at the University.
  • John Hrovat, AIA is now with SmithGroupJJR
  • Andrew Queenan, AIA is now with TowerPinkster, Grand Rapids
  • Timothy Flintoff, AIA is now with Hamilton Anderson
New Members!

Members who joined, rejoined or transferred to AIA Michigan in July!


Dustin P. Altschul, Assoc. AIA
Brianna R. Campbell, Assoc. AIA
Trevor J. McMahon, Assoc. AIA
Aaron P. Taylor, AIA
Jacob B. Wright, Assoc. AIA
Frederick A. Klein, AIA
Amy L. McNamara, Assoc. AIA

W elcome to AIA Michigan and we look forward to meeting you at future events!!
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In This Issue
Contact the Staff

Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI:

Executive Director of AIA Michigan:  Events and Programming, Finances, Communications, Membership, Government Affairs, Sponsorship
Evelyn Dougherty, Hon. Aff. AIAMI:

Events Director: Event Planning and Registration, Documents,  Continuing Education, Membership, Job Board
Dennis King, FAIA:

Public Policy Director: Public Awareness, Government Affairs and Fund Development

Rick McCosh:
Membership, Continuing Education

Upcoming Events!

Design Retreat - More Information
Sept. 23-24, 2016

Annual Meeting/Leadership Retreat - Save the date!
October 13-14, 2016

AAO Design Matters Conference
Nov. 2-4, 2016 - More Information
Upcoming Chapter Events:

TAP September Program
Wed., Sept. 7, 2016 - More Information

BEC September Program
Thurs., Sept., 8, 2016 - More Information

Annual Meeting  
Tues., Sept. 13, 2016 - Save the date!

PechaKucha Night Vol. 29
Tues., Sept. 20, 2016 - Save the date!

BCRC Seminar
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016 - More Information

Architecture Awards 
Thurs., Sept. 22, 2016 - More Information
BEC Annual Symposium - Tues., Oct. 18, 2016 - More Information
TAP November Program 
Wed., Nov. 2, 2016 - More Information
Drinks x Design 
Thurs., Nov. 10, 2016 - More Information
BEC Program 
Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016 - More Information
Drinks x Design 
Thurs., Dec. 8, 2016 - More Information

ARE Study Session
Tues., Aug. 23, 2016 - More Information

Honor Awards Gala - Save the date
Thurs., Oct. 6, 2016 

AIA Mid Michigan
Monthly Membership Meeting -
Thurs., Sept. 15, 2016
Monthly Membership Meeting -
Thurs., Oct. 20, 2016
Monthly Membership Meeting -
Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016
Monthly Membership Meeting -
Thurs., Dec. 15, 2016

AIA Saginaw Valley (No Website)

AIA Southwest Michigan
Golf Outing at Heritage Glenn - Save the Date
Fri., Sept. 16, 2016
Monthly Member Educational Program - TBD - Save the Date
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016
Monthly Member Educational Program - TBD - Save the Date
Wed., Oct. 26, 2016
Design Awards at Cityscapes - Save the Date
Thurs., Nov. 3, 2016

AIA Upper Peninsula