AIA Michigan 
July  2017

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

I'll keep this very short this month since like me, most of you are either on vacation, just returning, or just about to leave.
First, congratulations once again to all of our awardees and honorees we celebrated with at our annual awards event at the Roostertail last month. It was really encouraging to see such a great turnout and to admire the broad cross section of awardees and great design work.  And thanks to Cathy and Evelyn and the Honor Awards Committee for putting on a great program.
Secondly, if you have not voted already, I strongly encourage you to vote on the proposed Bylaws Amendments, which you should have received by e-mail on July 7 th. These are not momentous changes, but the Board of Directors is recommending that you vote for all three amendments, which will help us to strengthen the effectiveness of the Board in representing you and the profession.
I hope to see you soon in Mackinac!
Will Wittig, AIA

Executive Director's Message
Cathy Headshot
AIA 2018 Conference on Architecture - New York City
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 cancelations. The rate is $389 per night. There are other rooms available on the 2018 convention site here.
Reminder 2017 Design Retreat September 15-16th. Registration will be available in August.
Mark your calendars for the AIAMI Leadership Retreat and Annual Meeting in Traverse City, October 12-13th. Watch your inbox for updates in late August. Any member is invited and if you are interested in leadership roles in your chapter please attend!
The AIA office will be closed August 2-4 for the Mid Summer Conference. The office will again be minimally staffed August 9-11 for a CACE (National AIA) staff meeting. If you need anything during this time please email if you call and there is not an answer.

Emerging Professionals Corner
Samantha Szeszulski, Associate AIA
I hear often from our Associate members how intimidated they are to start taking the Architecture Registrations Exams. The reasoning is usually "I don't know where to start," or "I don't have time, I'm too busy." Since I've started taking my exams (ARE 5.0) just over six months ago, with every "pass" I've shared, I've had several people ask me to share my advice or insight into the exams; To answer the questions on where to start or how to find time. The best advice I can give is "Just start."

It may not be the "right" place, or the "best" study method, the "most effective", but let me tell you, it's better than nothing. And so far, it has worked out well for me.  I'm half way there, with three passes under my belt. I don't have any game changing advice that will solve the issue of time, or knowing where to start. My approach is to start from the beginning (Practice Management) and schedule the exam (about a month out). If you're anything like me, knowing that you have that deadline looming will keep you motivated to study (even if you procrastinate it until the last week).

If affording study materials is an issue, check out the free Quizlet app, and the study sets that have already been created for the ARE exams.

Check out the recent AIA National article, Setting Up Emerging Professionals for Licensure and Success, please click here.

Monthly Highlights

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  • Brenda Williams, ASLA named Director of Preservation Planning at Quinn Evans Architects
  • James Zwolensky joins Ann Arbor  office of Quinn Evans Architects
  • Hamilton Anderson Associates becomes a professional member, one of just a few design firms and the only large design-oriented architecture firm sponsoring the initiative, of the Detroit 2030 District. 
  • WTA Architects advances Kenneth C. Lemiesz, AIA and Paul A. Haselhuhn, AIA, LEED AP to partners of the firm
  • ACEC of Michigan elects New President-Steven Nichols, PE-and Board of Directors
  • Dustin Altschul, Associate AIA is now Dustin Altschul, AIA - Congratulations Dustin!
  • Najahyia Chinchilla, Associate AIA is now Najahyia Chinchilla, AIA - Congratulations Nauahyia! 
  • Vincent Mattina III, Associate AIA is now Vincent Mattina III, AIA - Congratulations Vincent! 
  • Long Nguyen, Associate AIA is now Long Nguyen AIA - Congratulations Long!
  • Andrew Smith, Associate AIA is now Andrew Smith, AIA - Congratulations Andrew!

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

May & June

Christopher Cardelli, Assoc. AIA
Bryan L. Cook, AIA
Randy G. Frabotta, Assoc. AIA
Jess A. Glowacki, Assoc. AIA
Corrinne Elizabeth Greer, Assoc. AIA
Scott M.B. Gustafson, AIA
Bruce A. Kopytek, AIA
Michael A. Lapico III, Assoc. AIA
Nathan Loree, Assoc. AIA
Vanessa Melo Morucci, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Todd D. Patton, Assoc. AIA
Jack S. Potterack, Assoc. AIA
Julia Schlau, Assoc. AIA
Karen L. Sherman, AIA
Eric M. Wingelaar, AIA
Tyler D. Anthony, Assoc. AIA
Ashley R. Claussen, AIA
Shane C. Cromwell, Assoc. AIA
Michael Decoster, AIA
Anthony Dellicolli, AIA
Chad Elly, Assoc. AIA
Nicole K. Gerou, Assoc. AIA
Sean S. Gross, AIA
Zheng Gu, Assoc. AIA
Brian T. Moore, Assoc. AIA
Jonathan Raiford, Assoc. AIA
Bryan M. Rouhan, Assoc. AIA
Tessa Sodini-Marshall, Assoc. AIA
Andrew Stewart, Assoc. AIA
Leslie Tom, Associate AIA
Kyle Schertzing, AIA
David R. Mannebach, AIA

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

SGN 2017 Annual Meeting
Westin St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
June 14-16, 2017
AIA Michigan Honor Awards
The Roostertail- Detroit
June 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
Operations Director: Event Planning and Registration, Documents, 
Continuing Education, Membership, Job Board
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