AIA Michigan Monday Minutes 

Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI     

Executive Director

November 24, 2014
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Happy Monday!

Watch for the Newsletter this week with an update on the Beaubien House.


Some updates and events to look forward to:


Theo Pappas, AIA wrote an article featured on Crain's Detroit Business about public transportation in Detroit. 

Read the article here

Join AIA Grand Rapids for AIA CEU Marathon Day on December 2, 2014 from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. and earn up to 7 CEU/HSW credits! View other upcoming CEU Events with the AIA Grand Rapids Chapter HERE

The AIA Southwest Chapter has a few additional copies of this year's Design Awards booklet for sale at cost; $20 (+ shipping if needed). If you are interested in purchasing one, please email 


Lastly, please remember that December 11, 2014 is the AIA Michigan Board Transition Meeting followed by the Holiday Open House from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Wear your ugly sweater! Click here to register


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
QBS Government Affairs Issue
Government Affairs - Call for Issues
2012 Michigan Rehab Code
Earn LUs Online at AIAU
AIAMI/MAF Speakers Bureau
AIA Detroit PechaKuchaNight
Canstruction, December 4-12
AIAMI Holiday Open House
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
AIA Detroit PechaKuchaNight

View the full event information here!
Canstruction, December 4 -12

Noel Night will be from 5-9pm and the awards will be directly following at 9pm on Sat. Dec. 6.

AIAMI Holiday Open House

Donations will be collected for Camp Hayo-Went-Ha, home of the AIA Michigan design retreat, to send children to camp.
For more information about Camp Hayo-Went-Ha click here.

To RSVP for the Holiday Open House and to donate to Camp Hayo-Went-Ha in advance of the Open House, click here.
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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.