AIA Michigan 

February 2017

                                                                                      Champion the profession. Nurture our chapters. Build Michigan better. 
President's Message

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to participate in two meaningful upcoming AIA events.
On Tuesday March 7th, I hope you will join us in Lansing for the 22nd Edition of "Legislative Day." During this season of renewed interest in our political process, this is a great opportunity for you to have a real and direct impact. Working in collaboration with our engineer and surveyor partners, and our lobbyist, our Government Affairs Committee works very hard in preparation for this event to make it easy for you to jump right into the political arena. All you have to do is register to attend and you will get a briefing packet on the issues we will be highlighting with our state legislators, and appointments will be made for you with your senators and representatives in your home and office districts. This is a perfect example of how you, as an AIA member, are literally the "voice of the profession," but that voice may not be heard clearly without your support, so please register today. No experience necessary.
Secondly, I hope you also plan to attend national convention in Orlando in April. It's a little further off, but I wanted to mention it now while there is still time to register. Of course, there are hundreds of great sessions to choose from, organized in what I think will prove to be a more engaging format, including a few events with a Michigan connection. On Wednesday evening please join us for a reception hosted by AIA Michigan as well as University of Detroit Mercy and Lawrence Technological University (stay tuned for additional details). On Thursday morning, Dan Pitera, FAIA and friends will be on stage at the keynote event to represent the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, recipients of the 2017 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. Friday afternoon will include the investiture ceremony for our four new members of the College of Fellows: Jan Culbertson, FAIA; AIA Huron Valley, Mike Neville, FAIA; AIA Detroit, Mark Nickita, FAIA; AIA Detroit, Stuart Pettitt, FAIA; AIA Detroit .  Finally, Saturday's Keynote panel entitled "Anticipate Change: What's Next in Architecture," includes Michael Ford, a graduate of Detroit Mercy.

Will Wittig, AIA

E xecutive Director's Message

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New Keynote Added!
The architecture profession is rapidly changing. What's next?
Find out in a one-of-a-kind keynote panel moderated by DnA: Design and Architecture host and award-winning radio personality Frances Anderton.
She'll interview Nóra Demeter, Int'l. Assoc. AIA, Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA, and Cheryl McAfee, FAIA-three acclaimed architects and designers who are blazing new paths. They'll discuss how to anticipate and acclimate to what's next for our profession, and get candid about how to thrive.

Relief is in sight
The AIA Trust has just partnered with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), a company that manages all the aspects of employee management for your organization. The PEO is offered to AIA members and components at a significant discount. A PEO can manage your payroll, benefits administration, hiring, workers' compensation, regulatory compliance and more. Sometimes known as HR-outsourcing, a PEO gives you the opportunity to focus on the work you need to be doing.  More details here.

Nominate members for NAAB visiting team  
Practitioners interested in representing AIA on the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Visiting Teams are invited to self-nominate before 11:59pm PT, March 17. Appointed members are eligible to serve for four years, following NAAB-hosted training. We value diverse education, practice, and geographic backgrounds.

To apply, email a brief letter of interest and resume to Lindsey Mullarkey

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Knowledge Community opportunities 
We have added a new column to the newsletter - The Emerging Professionals Corner. Please take a look at what our EP's are involved in!
We still need AIA Mentors for the AIA Michigan mentoring network. If you are interested, please contact Evelyn Dougherty -
Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI
New 2017 Fellows
The 2017 Jury of Fellows of the AIA elevated four AIA Michigan members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.
The 2017 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando, Florida.

Mark Nickita, FAIA


Emerging Professionals Corner
Samantha Szeszulski, Associate AIA

I am honored to be chosen to serve as the 2017-2018 AIA Michigan Associate Director. As I settle into my role, I am still sifting my way through all that encompasses. It is my job to advocate for and speak on behalf of the Associate Membership across the state. It is a challenging task, as the make of the Associate Membership is so diverse, encompassing any AIA Michigan Associate member, regardless of age or level of interest in licensure. In the past, the role has been influential in providing support for ARE candidates. While we're currently sifting through the best way to continue that support with the rolling-out of ARE 5.0 this past November, I hope to expand the support provided by this position to better serve the diverse needs of Associate Members across the state. For that, I look to the Associate Membership and hope that those with thoughts or need reach out to me so that I may be of assistance.

In addition to serving on the AIA Michigan Board, this role also lands me on the National Associates Committee.  After only a couple meetings into the role, I am looking forward to participating on one of the four associate work groups at the national level, focusing on Advocacy, Mentorship, the Future of the Workforce, and Strategic Partnerships. Each of the focuses of these task force are so important to the profession and our Associate Membership in particular. I look forward to convening with the full committee at the Grassroots Conference in Washington, D.C. next month to take a deeper dive into each of these topics, with many brilliant associate members from across the country who make up the National Associates Committee.

With the opportunities and platforms I have before me in the upcoming two years in this role, I would like to reiterate the importance of the Associate Membership utilizing me to express their needs and concerns in the profession. I am looking forward to hearing from the associate membership and working with the AIA to take that feedback and improve the value of an AIA Associate Membership.

AIA Flint Scholarship
The American Institute of Architects- Flint Chapter is pleased to announce it has established a scholarship for graduating high school seniors pursuing an education and career in architecture, as well as for continuing college students enrolled in an architecture program. To download an application and further required criteria and details please visit
The AIA Flint Architecture Scholarship Fund was established to encourage and assist students graduating from high schools in the Flint Chapter region (Genesee, Shiawassee, and Lapeer Counties ) and existing college students to pursue a professional degree in architecture at a college or university with a NAAB accredited architecture program, or an associate degree in architectural technology.  The fund is administered by the AIA Flint Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Read More

Monthly Highlights

AIA Michigan Honor Awards 2017
Call for Entries
Click Here for more information
Submissions due March 23, 2017

Health Facilities 50th Anniversary
March 20-31, 2017, Amway Grand Plaza 

22nd Annual Architects, Engineers and Surveyors
Legislative Day
March 7, 2017, The Christman University, Ground Floor 


  • Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA) promoted Angela Hicks to Director of Landscape Architecture. Hicks is first female in the firms's history to be appointed to its board of directors.
  • Allegretti Architects Private Residence project in Saugatuck was used as the initial cover/home page for
  • CAM announces newly elected Board of Directors
  • Ghafari celebrates the Opening of its Detroit Office
  • Megan Gelazus, Associate AIA is now Megan Gelazus, AIA - Congratulations Megan!
  • Richard Henes, Associate AIA is now Richard Henes, AIA - Congratulations Richard!

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


Najahyia Chinchilla, Assoc. AIA
Katie M. Miller, AIA
Alivia M. Stalnaker, AIA
Patricia Beck, Assoc. AIA
Hannah L. Daugherty, Assoc. AIA
Evangelo B. Kalmantis, AIA
Nicholas Kothari, Assoc. AIA
Tim Miller, Assoc. AIA
Rudai Shan, Assoc. AIA
Karen Lee Souders, AIA
David B. Steinhauer, AIA
Beth Yorke, AIA

Welcome to AIA Michigan and we look forward to meeting you at future events!!
In This Issue
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Upcoming Events!

Legislative Day
March 7, 2017

AIA Grassroots
March 8-10, 2017

Health Facilities
March 30-31. 2017

AIA Convention
April 27-29, 2017

AIA Michigan Honor Awards
June 9, 2017
SGN 2017 Annual Meeting
Westin St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
June 14-16, 2017
SpeakUp 2017
The Curtis Hotel
Denver, CO
July 19 -21, 2017

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
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