AIA Michigan Monday Minutes 

Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI

Executive Director

April 14, 2014 
Edition 4.2
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Happy Monday!


I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend and you a ready for a great week with two CEPR events!


This Wednesday, the 16th, is the premiere screening of the new, AIA underwritten series "Cool Spaces!"! The CEPR has coordinated with AIA National to bring the host of the series, Stephen Chung, AIA to the screening for a Q&A session! The details are in the article below and I hope to see you all at LTU for this exciting event on Wednesday!


The CEPR is also hosting a roundtable discussion about licensure this Friday the 18th titled, "Is it too complicated, expensive, and time consuming to become a licensed architect?" This event is free to attend and the CEPR welcomes everyone to the conversation to include all stages of licensure and career. The discussion will highlight the recent document, "Streamlining the Path to Licensure" by the Texas Society of Architects and more information about the document and this event can be found here.


Thank you to everyone who participated in the A.R.E. event last Saturday! I would like to thank Harley Ellis Devereaux, SmithGroupJJR and Ghafari for supporting their employees to participate as presenters. Workplace support and encouragement is important for the presenters to give their best, so if you would like to give back and help others get licensed, let us know. We will contact and encourage your firm to support you! Future events and information will be available on the A.R.E. website


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
Exciting Update from AIA National!
"Cool Spaces!" Premiere Screening April 16th!
"Streamlining the Path to Licensure" Event: April 18th!
Continuing Education Opportunity of the Week: AIA Huron Valley Hard Hat Tour!
BCRC Building Codes Seminar!
MHPN Annual Conference: Register Today!
State of Michigan Continuing Education Requirement Letter
AIA + 2030 Professional Series
Exciting Update from AIA National!

Dear Dennis M. King, FAIA,


We have good news! Thanks to all of your calls and messages, the Senate Finance Committee decided to include an extension of 179D in the tax extenders bill it approved late last week.


But there's more good news. Not only is 179D extended until 2015, the Committee also decided to include proposals that would make the deduction available to nonprofit and tribal government building owners as well. This improvement has been one of the AIA's key 179D priorities over the last few years, and we applaud the Committee for recognizing the benefits of 179D to a wide range of building owners.


This is not the end of the journey to an extension of 179D - there are a few more key steps before this bill makes it to the President's desk. But this is a very important first step that you helped achieve through your outreach to your Senator.


We will continue to keep you apprised on the status of a 179D extension, but I wanted to let you know that your voice has been heard in the Senate and that we are well on our way.



Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

2014 AIA President

American Institute of Architects

"Cool Spaces!" Premiere Screening April 16th!

Cool Spaces event The AIA Michigan CEPR invites you to the "Cool Spaces!" Premiere Episode Viewing + Q&A with the Host, Stephen Chung, AIA! On Wednesday, April 16th, join us at LTU's A200 Auditorium for a reception at 5:30pm followed by the premiere at 6pm. Q&A with Stephen will follow the screening.


This event is FREE to attend, but be sure to RSVP to: [email protected]Special thanks to the "Cool Spaces!" Reception Sponsor: Ghafari Associates!

Learn more about Cool Spaces! and the host, Stephen Chung, AIA at the Cool Spaces! website. You can view the one-minute sizzle, learn more about the show concept, view featured locations, and learn what role the AIA has in the production of this innovative series. Architectural Record has already reviewed the show and you can read the article here!

"Streamlining the Path to Licensure" Event: This Friday, April 18th!
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Is it too complicated, expensive, and time consuming to become a licensed architect? Can the process be improved?
Join AIA Huron Valley + AIA Michigan CEPR for an open roundtable discussion prompted by the recent document, "Streamlining the Path to Licensure" by the Texas Society of Architects.* A representative of the committee that authored the document will join us via video to join in the discussion.

We want to hear what you think!

This event will be held at the Wolverine State Brewing Company in Ann Arbor and is free to attend. Click here to RSVP! 
*Read "Streamlining the Path to Licensure" here
Continuing Education Opportunity of the Week: AIA Huron Valley Hard Hat Tour!
This Thursday, April 17th, from 11 am - 1pm, O'Neal Construction will conduct a hard hat tour of the excavation and foundations for the new high rise under construction at 413 East Huron in Ann Arbor. 
Pre-registration required, click here for details.
BCRC Building Codes Seminar!

AIA Detroit BC&RC presents: The New 2012 Michigan Building Code (MBC): An Overview and Look into the Significant Changes from 2009. The 2012 Michigan Building Code is on the way, come and learn about the changes on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 9:00am-4:00pm (Lunch is included!)!


Continuing Education - 6 hours of HSW Learning Units!


Seminar Description:

Michigan will use a new building code; don't be caught designing to an outdated code! The Bureau of Construction Codes current expected adoption date is September 26, 2014.The new requirements in the 2012 MBC are extensive; over 160 changes covering nine different chapters, but not limited to, safety glazing, means of egress, and fire sprinkler systems. The significant differences between the current 2009 edition of the MBC and the new 2012 version will be presented by Mr. Jay Woodward of the International Code Council at the San Marino Club in Troy, Michigan. Attendees will receive free ICC workbooks detailing the changes in the new code; lunch is included. At the seminar mid-break, Mr. Ben Tiseo of the Michigan Government Affairs Committee will explain the new Michigan requirement for mandatory continuing education.


8:30am - 9:00am - Registration, Check-in

9:00am - 4:00pm - Seminar (with break for included lunch)

Location:  San Marino Club in Troy, (

Cost: $100.00 AIA Members - $150.00 Non-AIA Members - $100.00 SEMBOIA Members - $75.00 for AIA Emerging Professional Committee Members, AIA Associate Members, Students and retired professionals.


Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) Annual Conference- Register Today!
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The MHPN's 34th Annual Conference - "Michigan Places Matter: Discovering how your community's cultural resources can make placemaking unique" is coming up on May 15-17, 2014! 

AIA Michigan and several of our members firms proudly sponsor this event, the state's largest and most comprehensive preservation conference, because the quality speakers, vital content and networking opportunities are beneficial to the architectural profession and to our communities across the state. 

For more information, please read the extensive conference brochure and be sure to register before May 7th!


State of Michigan Continuing Education Requirement Letter
We first reported on the new continuing education rules in 2013, thanks to updates from the Government Affairs Committee. Now that the new state-mandated continuing education rules are in effect, they have prompted questions. To remind members of the requirements, the official letter from the State of Michigan is shown below. You can also download the letter here.

AIA + 2030 Professional Series

The AIA+2030 Professional Series began Sept 26, 2013 and continues through 2014. This series helps design professionals create buildings that meet the ambitious energy efficiency goals of the 2030 Challenge. Ten, 4-hour sessions offer strategies to reach 60% reduction in fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions, giving design professionals the knowledge and leverage to create next-generation, super-efficient buildings and provide firms with the skills that will set them apart in the marketplace.

AIA Huron Valley has arranged for this year's AIA +2030 sessions to be held at Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn. Please view the full description and registration information here.

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- April 16, 2014: CEPR premiere screening of "Cool Spaces!" + Q&A with Stephen Chung, AIA


-May 15-17, 2014: MHPN Annual Preservation Conference, Jackson


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Cathy Mosley: Executive Director of AIA Michigan: Events and Programming, Finances, Communications, Membership, Government Affairs, Sponsorship


Evelyn Dougherty: Events and Operations Director: Event Planning, Documents,  Continuing Education,  Membership


Christine Zylla Lovstrom: Communications Director: Social Media, Calendar Updates,  Announcements, Press Releases, Emerging Professionals


Dennis King, FAIA: Public Policy Director: Public Awareness, Government Affairs and Fund Development.