AIA Michigan Newsletter

January 2016

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

President's Message:
Dear Members,
Happy New Year to all of you!!! I hope everyone celebrated the start of 2016 in good spirits/health with family and friends. Now that we're a couple of weeks into the New Year, it's good to look ahead and think about what we need to accomplish as a team.
Being President for 11 short months is a difficult task and the need to establish achievable goals is critical to the success of the organization this year and for years to come. It's important for us to use our time wisely and move forward as decisively and swiftly as we can in 2016.
Repositioning is progressing slowly with the transitions of Chapters and Sections. Of course, there's still a lot of work ahead. While important to the future of our organization the transformation will be slow and we will need to learn to be patient as the "Requirements" evolve.
The following are the 2016 Goals for the organization.
Goal 1: Communicate/validate our value to the membership
Why: A majority of members question the "Value" of their membership.  
Goal 2: Increase our membership
Why: Michigan is one of 8 large States in the United States. This enables us to have a major voice at the National level and in control of our future. We MUST increase our membership by approximately 1.9% (1800 to 1900) to maintain this elite status.
Goal 3: Teamwork between Chapter/ Section / State
Why: Boards need to act on behalf of members. Sharing ideas, resources, events to reduce overall cost.
Goal 4: Initial discussion with State Licensing Board to protect the Profession
Why: Protect our professions future.
The year ahead will bring its own challenges but I'm sure by working together, keeping focused on our priorities and putting our members first we can realize our ambitions. These will certainly continue to be my priorities and I am convinced I can count on you to do the same.  
Thank You!

Mike Neville, AIA
Executive Director's Message :
Cathy Headshot

Welcome to 2016!  This is starting off as a busy year already.  The 2016 calendar on the website is up to date so please check often for opportunities from AIAMI and the Chapters around the state.

AIA Grass Roots registration is open.   February 23-25, 2016 AIA Grassroots will be held in Detroit. To register or find out more information click here.

AIA National Convention registration is also now open.
Click here to register.  We also have a block of rooms available.  Please click here to download the hotel registration form.  Please return to and I will make the reservation for you.  If you are interested in other hotels you can check the AIA website in the link above. The AIA Michigan Hotel:
             Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
             1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107  
             (215) 625-2900

Health Facilities Conference   is open for registration.
March 10-11, 2016, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Click on the website for more information
Please Click here to register online for the conference
Please Click here to download the brochure
  Please Click here to book your hotel room
Call for 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.

2016 AIA Michigan Health Facilities Call for Project Presentations - Please click here for a PDF of the form.
2016 Health Facilities Conference  is open for registration.  March 10-11, 2016, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Click on the website for more information
Please Click here to register online
  Please Click here to download the brochure
2016 AIA Michigan Honor Awards Call for Submissions - Please click here to register. Please click here for a PDF of the registration form.
2016 AIA National Grassroots - Please click here to register!
2016 AIA National Convention PhilAIAdelphia - Please click here to register!
  • George W. Auch Company has been awarded the top Workplaces honor again by the Detroit Free Press.
  • Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) Metropolitian Detroit Chapter  is pleased to announce Gregg Montowski to the position of Executive Director.
  • David Jaeger, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC and Melanie Berger, CPSM have been appointed Studio Leaders for Harley Ellis Devereaux healthcare practice.
  • WTA Architects is proud to announce the addition of 5 staff members - Jason Goff, Associate AIA, Dan Bublitz, Jie Liu, Associate AIA, Scott Csutora, and Dennis Knoff
  • Congratulations to Matthew Ryan Tibbe, who recently passed all his exams and is now Matthew Ryan Tibbe, AIA!
New Members!

New members who joined, rejoined or transferred to AIA Michigan in December!


Agnes Arbuckle, PA
Mary Greetis, PA
Ben Wickstrom, PA
Patrick Lentz, PA
Valerie Hodge, PA
Chris Duits, PA
Jason Blanzy, Assoc. AIA
David Bouwsma, AIA
Hannah Dean, Assoc. AIA
Matthew Stares, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Dorian Moore, AIA
Ching Luk, AIA

Welcome to AIA Michigan and we look forward to meeting you at future events!!
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 and Operations Director: Event Planning and Registration, Documents,  Continuing Education, Membership
Dennis King, FAIA:

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

Upcoming Events!

AIA National Grassroots
February 23-25, 2016 - More Information

Health Facilities - More Information
March 10-11, 2016

2016 Legislative Day  - Save the Date!
Wed., March 16, 2016

ESD Affiliate Council Gold Award Banquet
Wed., March 16, 2016 - More Information

Michigan Battle of the Buildings Energy Summit - Save the Date!
Fri., April 22, 2016

MHPN Conference
May 12-14, 2016 - More Information

AIA National Convention PhilAIAdelphia
May 19-21, 2016 - More Information

24th Annual Congress for the New Urbanism
June 8-11, 2016 -  More Information

Upcoming Chapter Events:

BEC - Effective Mortar Specifications
Thurs., Jan. 14, 2016 -  More Information

BC&RC Building Codes 102
Tues., Jan 19, 2016 -

ARE Study Session
Tues., Jan. 19, 2016 - More Information

designThunk - Jennifer Boezwinkle, AIA, Rockford Construction
Tues., Jan. 19, 2016 - More Information

Pleotint Factory Tour 
Thurs., Jan. 21, 2016 - More Information

ARE Study Session
Tues., Jan. 26, 2016 - More Information

Lunch and Learn 
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016 - More Information

designThunk - GMB Architecture + Engineering
Thurs., Feb. 18, 2016 - More Information

Lunch and Learn 
Fri. Feb. 26, 2016 - More Information

Mary Free Bed YMCA
Fri. Feb. 26, 2016 - More Information 

designThunk - Integrated Architecture
Tues. March 15, 2016 - More Information

designThunk - Sam Cummings, CWD 
Thurs., April 21, 2016 - More Information

Chapter Meeting - Lunch and Learn
Thurs., Jan. 21, 2015 -  More Information

Canstruction - Contact Daniel Bollman, AIA to participate!
Feb. 2016

Chapter Meeting - Lunch and Learn
Thurs., Feb. 18, 2016 - More Information

AIA Saginaw Valley (No Website)

Tour of Kalamazoo Central High School Drafting and Design program
Thurs., Jan. 28, 2016 - More Information

AIA Upper Peninsula (No Website)