AIA Michigan Monday Minutes 

Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI     

Executive Director

January 12, 2015
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Happy Monday!  


Snow is piling up at the Beaubien House and the staff is looking forward to the upcoming events! Our calendar on the website has been updated. Please go to to upload the dates.

Some updates and events to look forward to:

Grassroots 2015 (March 4-6) reservations open January 12, 2015.  You must make your room reservation prior to February 1st. Click HERE to reserve.


Travel stipends are available to assist component leaders and component executives who would not be able to attend Grassroots without some financial support. The AIA believes that the investment to support our leaders is a crucial part of its mission. Due to budgetary constraints, assistance will not be afforded to all components but every effort will be made to help as many components as possible. First priority will be given to components that haven't been able to send any of their leaders to Grassroots for the past three years. Consideration will NOT be given to components that have received stipends in the past three years. Download the application HERE

Deadline: 5:00pm, Friday, January 23.


You may now register for the AIA National Convention in Atlanta, (May 14-16, 2015), if you would like to participate in the AIA Michigan room block!! I will be doing this for you this year. Please fill out and return the PDF HERE


The wait is over. Registration is now open for AIA Convention 2015, one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S. This year's schedule is incredible: President Bill Clinton's day one keynote address. 300+ career-changing workshops, seminars, tours, and events led by visionaries, grassroots champions, change agents, and rising stars. A dynamic expo floor turned into a temporary built environment with hundreds of exhibitors, first looks, and surprises. We'll see you there! See what AIA Convention 2015 is all about. Register HERE


The University of Detroit, Mercy School of Architecture and the Volterra-Detroit Foundation is offering a continuing education program in Volterra, Italy for October 18, 2015-October 27, 2015 with an side trip to the 2015 World Exposition in Milan, Italy.  The program will be led by Professor Dan Pitera, FAIA.  Visit the web site and click on "programs" and/or contact Professor Stephen Vogel at for information, questions and to reserve a space.  This is being offered exclusively to AIA Michigan and AIA Pittsburgh members and their spouses on a first come, first serve basis.  Download PDF here.


Join AIA Grand Rapids for the designTHUNK presentation on January 22, 2015 at Lott3Metz Architecture. Register HERE


Save the date for the ARE PREP Kickoff/ Q+A Session on January 27, 2015. More information coming soon.


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
Save the Date for Legislative Meet and Greet
QBS Government Affairs Issue
Call for Award Judges
Government Affairs - Call for Issues
MI Building Codes 101
ACEC PM Bootcamp
Position Papers
AIAMI/MAF Speakers Bureau
Save the Date for the MAF/Dumke Golf Outing
Great Lakes Builders Show
Save the Date for Legislative Meet and Greet
Dear AIAMI Members;

While the government affairs committee has worked to build relationships with legislators, nothing can replace one on one contact with constituents. As you know, Michigan will seat a new legislature in 2015, and in addition to returning legislators there will be a number of new faces as well.

Relationships between legislators and their constituent members is critical to the success of government affairs. To kick the 2015 / 2016 session off, we have planned a number of legislative "meet and greet" sessions throughout the state as follows;

January 23, 2015; Oakland County, offices of Harley Ellis, Southfield

February 13, 2105; Wayne County, Location TBD

February 27, 2015; Macomb County, offices of AEW

These events will take a few hours out of your morning on the specified day. Please select the location where your legislator lives and mark your calendars. More information will be forthcoming, but please make it a point to save the date for these important events. Enjoy a continental breakfast, shake hands with your legislator, and help the government affairs committee kick of the legislative session on a high note.

Thank you

Frederick F. Butters, FAIA, Esq., GA Co-Chair
Greg Metz, AIA, GA Co-Chair
QBS Government Affairs Issue

You may have heard the term "QBS", which is an acronym for "Qualification Based Selection". In short, it is a method for selecting design professionals that relies heavily on the qualifications of the firm as opposed to focusing solely on the fee. While private owners of course remain absolutely free to follow whatever selection process they wish, including an exclusive focus on the fees, units of government are often required to factor in additional criteria beyond fee. Indeed, the State of Michigan already employs a form of QBS where firms are shortlisted and ranked based on qualifications and the State thereafter negotiates with the listed firms to try and reach an agreement. At that point the negotiations do include reference to fees along with other factors, and if the State is unable to come to an agreement with the firm ranked the highest based on qualifications, it moves on the next highest ranked firm and so on.

Right now that selection criteria applies only to the State and projects the State undertakes directly. Our AESLC partners are proposing that we pursue legislation that would require that approach be employed by all units of government, including local municipalities, townships, and school districts. Since Government Affairs serves AIAMI membership, we seek your input on the direction you believe we should take when formulating policy for this proposed legislation. Please follow the link and review the power point presentation for additional information. Thereafter, please share whatever thoughts you may have with us directly. 

Government Affairs Co-Chairs Fred Butters and Greg Metz can be reached at and respectively. In addition, feel free to share any thoughts you may have with AIA Michigan Public Policy Director Dennis King. Dennis can be reached at

We expect our engineering partners to seek legislation in some form beginning in the 2015 - 2016 legislative session. Your prompt reply is therefore requested.

Thank you

The AIA Michigan Government Affairs Committee

Call for Award Judges

If you are interested in experiencing an inspiring morning helping to judge ESD Future City Award entries, this is your opportunity. AIA Michigan is once again sponsoring a special award, "Communities by Design" at the ESD Future City Competition on the morning of Monday, January 26, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. AIA Michigan needs a panel of six (6) judges for our Special Award and would love to include you. Our pick last year went on to win the National Future City Competition in Washington, DC! To volunteer for this inspiring morning event, or get additional information, please contact Dennis King at or (248) 310-3960.

Government Affairs - Call for Issues

The current legislative session will end at the end of this year.  At that time, any legislation left undone will be voided and the new legislature will begin the 2015 - 2016 legislative session with an entirely clean slate.


While we do have a few pieces of legislation that we plan to re-introduce for the new session, and while there are a few pieces of legislation that we expect will re-appear in the new session on which we will take a position on behalf of AIAMI, we also wish to be and remain sensitive to those issues members believe are important.  Therefore, if you have thoughts, views, or comments as to issues you believe should be addressed, please feel free to share them with us.  The legislative process works on the basis of 2 year cycles, and the best chance of seeing something shepherded through the process occurs if the legislation is introduced early in the session.  Therefore, since January 1, 2015 begins a new legislative session, comments are particularly significant now.


Government Affairs Co-Chairs Fred Butters and Greg Metz can be reached at and respectively.  In addition, feel free to share any thoughts you may have with AIA Michigan Public Policy Director Dennis King.  Dennis can be reached at

Michigan Building Codes 101
How to Use the 2012 MBC, Presented by the Building Codes & Regulations Committee of AIA Detroit.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | 6:00pm- 9:00pm
Lawrence Technological University
3 HSW Credits

For additional campus maps: Campus Map & Arch Building
Download complete PDF here.
ACEC Project Management Bootcamp
Every bootcamp is designed to compress a wealth of knowledge and insight gained from decades of real-world PM experience into two information-packed days.
These are the must-know strategies and must-have techniques of today's most successful project managers-highly practical advice you'll find plenty of opportunities to apply immediately upon your return to the office.

January 29-30, 2015
Location: Best Western Plus Lansing, Lansing, MI
Led by: Christopher P. Martersteck, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA

Download PDF here.

For more information visit
Position Papers

Opportunity to Tell the World


Did you ever wish you could tell the world how you feel about Architecture and its influence on our lives?  AIA Michigan is actively developing a library of Position Papers for publication, education and public awareness.  The overall intent of Position Paper program is to create a library of prepared statements and to respond to 'one-off' issues as they arise. 


Theo Pappas, AIA has written the inagural article in the program which was carried in the November 24th issue of Crain's Detroit Business. Theo shared his perspective with the world on Detroit's Public Transportation in the context of the current construction of the M-1 Rail. (Click here for the article)

Dennis King, FAIA, has authored an article on Why Design Matters, which is scheduled to be included in the January 2015 issue of CAM Magazine.  Nominally six additional papers are in the pipeline on subjects including Green Health, Placemaking, Qualification Based Selection (QBS), Unlicensed Architecture and Life Safety.

AIA Michigan supports the authors with graphic support, proofreading, editorial review comments, and distribution to the media.  Authors, all architects, are recognized in the bi-line and given considerable freedom to express their position in a creative and compelling text. The papers are typically between 500 and 1,000 words.  Efforts are underway to integrate the position papers into the AIA Michigan website and social media. 


If you have a subject that you would like to express your point-of-view on please contact Public Policy Director, Dennis King, at AIA Michigan (248) 310-3960 or to explore the opportunity.  We'd love to include your message.  
Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow

The Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), Bloomfield Hills, is pleased to announce that the Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow will be returning to MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. This one-day tradeshow will be held on February 4, 2015, and will be attended by construction owners, contractors, suppliers, architects and engineers. Show hours are 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.


The Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow will also play host to the CAM 129th Annual Meeting, CAM Magazine Special Issue Awards, and Construction Project of the Year Award, which will be held inside the Sound Board. 


CAMTEC, the Training and Education Center of CAM, will offer classes eligible for AIA Continuing Education during the tradeshow, as well.  Register online at or return the attached registration form to Tracey Alfonsi at  

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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 still being accepted.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
Save the Date for the MAF/Dumke Golf Outing
Monday, June 22, 2015 
Western Golf and Country Club
Redford, MI

More information coming soon!
CREW Detroit & CoreNet Michigan 2015 Economic Forecast Event
"Join members from other professional real estate organizations from throughout southeastern Michigan for networking, lunch and a special discussion focused on CRE development trends and the future of the City of Detroit.  Under new leadership, and with investment interest in Detroit at an all-time high, the city is charting a new course that will further position itself as a long-term driver of the state and regional economy."

Date: January 15 , 2015
Event start time: 11:00am
Location: The Dearborn Inn

Register here
Great Lakes Builders Show

Excitement is building for the area's first homebuilding industry-only trade show-The Great Lakes Builders Show-debuting at Ford Field in Detroit, March 4 - 6, 2015. Builders, remodelers, design professionals and contractors are looking forward to connecting with the region's building product and service suppliers at this one-of-a-kind event! 


Register today at

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