AIA Michigan 
February  2018

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

Wow, it's hard to believe that February 2018 has come and is now almost over. Next thing you know it will be March Madness, AIA Grassroots in San Diego (beautiful weather I hope), AESLC (Architects Engineers Surveyors Legislative Committee) Legislative Day and the Health Facilities conference in Traverse City.
Since most of my month of February was spent sitting at home recovering from a knee replacement, I got to think a bit more about the age old question of what the AIA has done for me. The real question is not what the organization has done but what are the opportunities AIA has made available to me/you as a member. The key is for you to get involved. When you get involved, you meet many diverse and interesting people that you would not have if you had not gotten involved. If you sit on a board(s), your travels will take you to places that may not be on your bucket list but are just as intriguing and you get to plan for the future of your profession.
Here is a recommendation that just might interest you. Get involved with our AIA MI Government Affairs Committee. The committee meets six times per year and one of those is the Legislative Day. You may want to become a champion and follow one of the many items/bills that this committee keeps a watchful eye on. Some items/bills move at a snails pace and others move very quickly and need immediate attention.
Second, would be to become active and join us in attending the Legislative Day scheduled for March 21 st in Lansing. This occurs only once per year. The commitment is only one day. That one day can go a long way. It is rewarding when you meet with our legislators, who then may sponsor a bill or sit on a committee working on behalf of a bill that will affect the practice of architecture in our state.
Feel free to bring along an emerging professional. Become a voice for our profession. This allows you the opportunity to sit around a table and get to know your legislator by name and face and even better yet, they get to know you.
Lastly, we ask for a donation of 75.00 to APAC. Many do not know that this is a donation and not a mandatory fee. That being said, these funds are utilized to support elections of legislators that support architects and their causes. Last year (2017) only 22 of our 1716 Michigan members supported APAC. This provided $1,925.00 for Legislature support, it was once said that even the Chicken Farmers do more. On an average this would equate to $87.50 per member who supported the cause. If we could get support from every member at $5.00 each that would provide $8,580.00 for the APAC. I believe that each member could afford that. What if we could even get $10.00 per AIA Member and $5.00 for each associate? This would provide $12,290.00 for APAC and that does not include Emeritus members. You know the old saying need not be present to win, well need not be present to support your future profession. Please consider supporting this worthy cause. If you need additional information on how to contribute contact Evelyn at AIA MI.
Yours in AIA,

AIA Michigan President
Dan LaPan, AIA

Executive Director's Message
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Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI
It's not too early to secure your room for the 2018 convention. AIAMI has secured a block of rooms at the Hilton Midtown which is the AIA headquarters hotel. More here about the hotel. If you are interested in reserving a room with the AIAMI block follow this  link . You will be asked to enter your information. You are responsible for making your reservation, updating and cancellations. The rate is $389 per night. There are other rooms available on the 2018 convention site   here .
The Michigan Historic Preservation Network is leading the charge to get Michigan's historic tax credits reinstated, and we need your help. We have formed the MI Impact Coalition to help advocate for this game-changing piece of legislation that will preserve the history, culture and beauty of our state's historic places... More Information  and choose the Michigan Architectural Foundation as your charity (MAF). To find out more about the Foundation, visit
Emerging Professionals Corner
Sami Szeszulski Assoc. AIA
Although we're already two months in to the New Year, now is as good as time as any to think about your goals for 2018. If you were proactive and, unlike myself, spent time thinking about what you want to accomplish and setting your intentions for year, then it's the perfect time to check in with those goals and assess. If the beginning of 2018 got away from you, no worries, you still have ten months of the year left in which you can accomplish so much.
As an Emerging Professional, I'm sure many of you can relate when I tell you that setting and striving towards both personal and professional (and what I like to call personal - professional) goals can be challenging. It's a constant balancing act of growing where you are, with the opportunities available to you, but also growing towards what you want. If what you're doing now professionally doesn't look like its pointing you towards your long term goals, take control. We are all usually pretty good at being thankful for the opportunities that are made available to us, but are we able to ask for the opportunities that we want that aren't so obvious? So this year, I challenge you to break out of your everyday routine and strive for something big you want. Apply for a grant. Ask to try out a new position at work. Get involved in an organization or a committee specific to your interests within the field. Challenge yourself, so that when November and December come around, you have something new to add to your resume, even if you're at the same firm all year. What can you do for yourself to meet those personal, professional and personal-professional goals? Don't wait for those opportunities to find you, but go seek them out instead.

  • HKS promotes the following in their Detroit office: Kendall Ruhberg, AIA, LEED AP, was promoted to associate principal; Steve Stroman, IIDA, LEED AP, was promoted to vice president; and Jacqueline Colaianni, WELL AP, was promoted to associate.
  • Scott Reynolds, AIA named Elite 40 Under 40 in The Oakland County Executive's Elite 40 Under 40 Program.  Congratulations Scott! Read more
New Members!

Members who joined, rejoined or transferred to AIA Michigan!

Janurary 2018
Ms. Julie E. Wheaton, Assoc. AIA
Ms. Jennifer R. Wyatt, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Eduardo A. Blanc, Intl. Assoc. AIA
James C. Blomquist, AIA
Paul R. Heupel, AIA
Dr. John David McEwen Arnold, AIA
Mrs. Megan E. Blomquist, AIA
Ms. Jennifer A. Breitmoser, AIA
Ms. Karin R. Cooper, AIA
Kenneth N. Czapski, AIA

Mr. Travis D. Hongisto, AIA
Mr. Barry J. Polzin, AIA
Mr. Dax T. Richer, AIA
Mr. Albert Santoni, AIA
Mr. Richard Uren, AIA
Ms. Lisa M. Wrate, AIA
Mr. Tyler D. Anthony, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Kyle R. Blomquist, Assoc. AIA
Mrs. Megan Hornbogen, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Jonathan Raiford, Assoc. AIA

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

Intersections: The City through Cartogrpahy
DCDT Gallery, 4219 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 

AIA Michigan 2018 Honor Awards
Submissions  are due March 22, 2018 
Health Facilities Planning Seminar
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G rassroots -  March 12 - 14, 2018
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
AIA Conference on Architecture 2018
Join Us in New York City -  June 21-23, 2018
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Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI
Executive Director of AIA Michigan: 
Events and Programming, Finances, Communications, Membership, Government Affairs, Sponsorship
Evelyn Dougherty, Hon. Aff. AIAMI
Operations Director: Event Planning and Registration, Documents, 
Continuing Education, Membership, Job Board
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