AIA Michigan Monday Minutes 

Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI     

Executive Director

January 5, 2015
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Happy New Year!  



The office is open after our annual holiday hiatus and we are rested and ready to plan great AIA Michigan events for you.  Our calendar on the website has been updated for the 2015 events.  Please go to to upload the dates.


The Architects, Engineers & Surveyors Legislative Committee is hitting the ground running by hosting a Legislative Meet & Greet, with Western Michigan legislators, at URS in Grand Rapids this Friday (8:30 - 10:00 a.m.)  This is the perfect opportunity to renew relationships with returning legislators and educate the new.  We still have many legislative priorities to be addressed and these face to face meetings are crucial to creating a rapport with these decision makers. Download the registration PDF form here.



The ARE Committee sent out a survey in December - if you did not have a chance to complete the survey and you are an associate member please click on the link.


Some updates and events to look forward to:

AIA National launched a national public awareness campaign on December 12. Follow AIA on Twitter at @AIAnational to watch the launch and retweet the video. The theme of the campaign is "Look Up" and you need to use the hashtag #ilookup on social media so the campaign can capitalize on the social influence of CACE.


Registration will be open in January for the AIA National Convention hotel room, (May 14-16) in Atlanta using the AIA Michigan room block! The AIA Michigan hotel choice for the Convention is the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Click HERE for the 2015 Convention Website. 


AIA announces 2015 Award Recipients. Click HERE to view the winners!



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
APAC Update Letter
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
2012 Michigan Rehab Code
ACEC PM Bootcamp
Position Papers
Earn LUs Online at AIAU
AIAMI/MAF Speakers Bureau
Save the Date for the MAF/Dumke Golf Outing
2015 Economic Forecast Event
Great Lakes Builders Show
APAC Update Letter from Ralph Moxley, AIA APAC Chairman

In 2012, the AIA Michigan Board approved the establishment of a separate Architect's Political Action Committee to provide financial support to those Michigan lawmakers that support legislation beneficial to Michigan Architects. APAC takes a non-partisan approach: we support Democrats, Republicans and Independents who have demonstrated their support for our goals and objectives. The APAC By-Laws require that we focus on state elections only- not local or national elections. This is because state law affects the practice of architecture, not local laws.

A key goal of APAC is to be responsive to campaign funding requests that come in from state legislature candidates. APAC financially supported 18 legislative election campaigns in 2013 and 10 campaigns in 2014. Donations to state legislator campaigns were typically $250. APAC spent a total of $8,500 in the last two year to support friends of Michigan Architects.

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 9, 2015; West Michigan, URS Office
From 8:30a - 10:00a 
Download PDF form here.

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.
2012 Michigan Rehabilitation Code
The printing you received inadvertently of the 2012 Michigan Rehabilitation Code from our office between October 2, 2014 and October 30, 2014, omitted the Appendix to Resource A, pages 137 to 262. Please contact our office at (517) 241-9313 to see about receiving a replacement copy.

If you ordered from ICC directly, you should be able to contact them for a replacement copy, include your order number when contacting member services,
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. (


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.  
Earn LUs Online at AIAU
At AIAU, you can earn LUs online, on your schedule, from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Stay on top of your field and your LU requirements with the most popular AIAU courses.

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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