AIA Michigan Monday Minutes 

Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI     

Executive Director

December 22, 2014
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Happy Holidays!


The AIA Staff would like to wish all of you a very happy holiday season.  The Monday Minutes will return on January 5th. 



The ARE Committee is sending out a survey today for ARE test takers with 15 questions.  If you are an associate member please complete the survey.  If you know of any non-members or emerging professionals in your firm please pass along this link.  They would like to get as many responses as possible. 


Some of you may have missed the AIAMI President, Paul Dannels, FAIA,  article in the November/December Newsletter so I am reprinting here: 


Paul Dannels

I'm pleased to confirm that AIA Michigan is proceeding with plans to operate out of new office space in Midtown Detroit in the spring of 2015. This will mean safe accessible home in a new building occupied by peer organizations. Shared meeting space and gallery space will provide new opportunities for gathering and collaborating in a vital neighborhood that stands as the epicenter of Detroit's re-emergence. Savings in overhead costs of $30,000 per year will allow continuation of current member services and development of new member services, despite financial challenges that we see on the horizon. We are also working to finalize transfer of the Beaubien House to a buyer who can afford to invest in preservation and development of the historic home in ways that we could not.

It must be noted though, how deeply disappointing the sale of Beaubien House is for some of our members, so let me remind you of some key principals held by our Board with near unanimity throughout this year-long process.

1) Our staff, members, and guests need and deserve a safe, accessible, and easily maintainable headquarters.
2) Our occupancy costs have been far too high, for far too long, and need to be contained.
3) The Beaubien House faces a need for significant long-term improvement that we have no way to fund.
4) AIA Michigan is not charged by its members to be a landlord, developer, or land speculator.

Recognizing these principals, and seeking to act in the best interests of our members, the AIA Michigan Board was able to secure a very favorable offer for the building from a buyer who plans to preserve and improve the house for long-term use.

It should be noted that since the time that the Board acted to accept that offer, a petition was circulated to request a meeting to discuss the sale. The AIA Michigan Board put off finalizing the contract for forty days to allow that meeting to occur. At that meeting a year long effort of further study by a Committee of AIA and MAF leadership was proposed. The Board however did not agree that a decision should be delayed.

I thank all of those who have contributed toward the transition ahead of us. I'm grateful to those who have built this organization, and proud of those who will lead it in the exciting year to come.  

  Paul Dannels Signature

Paul Dannels, FAIA


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
Government Affairs - Call for Issues
2012 Michigan Rehab Code
Earn LUs Online at AIAU
AIAMI/MAF Speakers Bureau
Michigan Building Codes 101
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, offices of URS

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 [email protected] and [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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
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 [email protected] and [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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, [email protected].
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
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

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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New job posting 12/22/14


Seeking Project Architect, 5 years experience with a minimum of 2-3 years recent experience with Revit in project team environment. Strong technical skills in new and preservation projects. Email [email protected] with resume and statement of interest.


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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


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