AIA Michigan Monday Minutes 

Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI

Executive Director

September 22, 2014 
Edition 9.4
Cathy Headshot 
Happy Monday!




Everyone had a wonderful time at Design Retreat again this year and the program went very well thanks to our awesome presenters, speaker and our generous sponsors. We had a record attendance at over 150. One of the highlights of the retreat was hearing from Jenenne Whitfield, Executive Director for 21 years of the Heidelberg Project in Detroit.  Jenenne ended the retreat with a standing ovation for her inspirational words.  If you would like to learn more about the Heidelberg Project, volunteer or donate please check out the website at Thank you all who attended and we look forward to next year's retreat.  I have included a few photos from this years event below:

Camp Hayo-Went-Ha
Art Smith

Jenenne Whitfield

Emerging Professional and licensure candidates: the next ARE Seminar is fast approaching! Held at Lawrence Technological Institute this coming Saturday, September 27th! Check out the flyer for more details and register today!


"Markitect" will be held on November 6th. We have teamed up with the Society for Marketing Professional Services to help our member firms advance their companies. If you work at a big firm and don't know what the marketing staff does or if you work at a small firm and do the marketing yourself, there will be valuable insight for everyone. Visit our website for more information. We are currently sold out and on a wait-list, contact us to be added to the list.   



Have a great week and remember to contact me anytime with your ideas or if you would like to join a committee!


Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI
AIA Michigan Executive Director  
In This Issue
ARE Seminar: September 27th
New Code Books Available!
AIAMI/MAF Speakers Bureau: Call for Presentations
MHPN 20th Annual Fall Benefit
Become a "MARKITECT": Build Your Firm's Marketing Strategy!
Osler, David William 1/9/1921 - 9/8/2014 David W. Osler, FAIA of Ann Arbor MI, died September 8th. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, he attended the University of Michigan. Over the course of a 50 year career Osler compiled a diverse portfolio of building types including domestic, institutional, commercial, and civic commissions. The firm won 22 honor awards and in 2005, won the architectural Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects, (AIA) Michigan. In 1996 Osler was awarded the Michigan Gold Medal, the highest honor of the AIA. He was elevated to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 1981, a lifetime honor bestowed for design excellence and contributions to the profession. He also served the American Institute of Architects as president of the Huron Valley chapter, secretary to the state organization and for three years, as a member of the National Committee on Design in Washington D.C. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, October 18, at 1 pm, First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor.


Photo credited to the Detroit News



Sturr, Thomas F. 8/30/1935 - 8/23/2014

Thomas F. Sturr, age 78 of Pentwater passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014 from complications of a stroke. Tom was a 1953 graduate of St. Ignatius High School in Chicago. He went on to study at John Carroll University and later graduated from the University of Detroit with a degree in Architectural Engineering. He was affiliated with respected Chicago architectural firms Shaw, Metz and Dolio, C.F. Murphy and was a partner with the firm of Perkins & Will at the age of 32. Tom eventually started his own firm, Thomas F. Sturr Architect in Oak Park, IL and later formed the firm Sturr Young Associates. His projects included the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, with the consultation of Frank Lloyd Wright's son, Lloyd. Other projects included banks and commercial institutions. Tom also served as a trustee for the Village of Oak Park, IL.


ARE Seminar: Sept 27th!

Room T-410 will now host the seminar!
Click here to register!
New Code Books Available!
The BCRC has recently announced that the new 2012 MBC and the 2012 Rehabilitation Code are available for purchase. These code books will be instrumental not only for the BCRC seminar in September 18th, (see article below for information) but also because these updates will become law on October 9, 2014.

For more information, visit the International Codes Council site here and visit the LARA webpage to purchase these books. (If you follow the links from the LARA webpage, they books are available at "member" pricing!)
AIAMI/MAF Speakers Bureau: Call for Presentations
AIA Michigan and the MAF want to get the word out about the benefits architects provide to their communities. To accomplish this we are gathering passionate speakers to create the Speakers Bureau which, in conjunction with our local chapters, will bring exciting, informative presentations to organizations around the state. This is a great opportunity for our members to raise awareness about their firm's work and their passion while advocating for the architectural profession.     

Applications are being accepted until October 31, 2014 for the 2015 program. If you are a member in good standing and would like to join the Speakers Bureau, please review the Call for Presentations and the Speaker Questionnaire


Please visit the Speakers Bureau webpage and if you have any questions, contact the Speakers Bureau Task Force:

  • Ralph W. Moxley, AIA, LEED AP: home 616-676-0425, or cell 616-560-9174
  • Charles T. Bultman, AIA: office 734-214-0810, or cell 734-223-1358
  • Lonny S. Zimmerman, AIA: office 248-352-0099
  • Thomas R. Reder, AIA, LEED AP BD&C: office 517-272-9835, or cell 517-819-0622
MHPN 20th Annual Fall Benefit

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network's 20th Annual Fall Benefit will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014. Members and friends of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) have gotten together every fall for twenty years and the MHPN always chooses a noteworthy historic venue as the evening's backdrop.  This year's venue is the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, a building with a story of stunning reclamation.  Detroit architect Mortimer Smith designed the exquisite Second Empire fa´┐Żade of the Tibbits Opera House built in 1882.  The following decades brought changes and neglect but a recent restoration effort has restored the opera house to its original glory and it must be seen to be believed!  

MHPN Tibbits Opera House 

 The public is invited to the MHPN's 20th Annual Fall Benefit which includes strolling dinner fare and dessert, a hosted beer and wine bar, opera house tours, silent and live auctions, and more.  RSVP by Friday, October 3, at 6:00 PM. For more information, go to the visit the MHPN website, call 517-371-8080, or e-mail The website also includes information on the evening's commuter bus.   

Become a "MARKITECT": Build Your Firm's Marketing Strategy!
AIA Michigan and the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) are teaming up to turn architects into marketing gurus! Join us on November 6, 2014 for a one-day event on how to truly differentiate your firm, and yourself, from the competition, leverage best practices in strategic planning, marketing and business development techniques, and identify partnering opportunities, and strengthen relationships you already have. 

No matter whether your firm is small or large, if you're a technical professional or a marketer, or even if you are a sole practitioner, this session is for you. Check out the program brochure here and visit our website to learn more and register today!
The National Council of Architectural Registration
Boards (NCARB) Board of Directors held their first full meeting of Fiscal Year 2014-15 on September 11-13 led by President/Chair of the Board Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB. Click here to read the brief in its entirety.
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Cathy Mosley: Executive Director of AIA Michigan: Events and Programming, Finances, Communications, Membership, Government Affairs, Sponsorship


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