AIA Michigan Newsletter

December 2015

Champion the profession. Nurture our chapters. Build Michigan better.

President's Message:
Ferweda Jeff 2013 headshot

Season's Greetings, 

It was a busy year, and it's time to evaluate whether we accomplished our goals for the year.  Vision: Advancing society through architecture.  Mission: Champion the profession. Nurture our chapters. Build Michigan better.  Everything we attempted was based on these core statements and the Four Objectives of the AIA Michigan 2020 Strategic Plan.  I asked the Board and the Staff to consider if we were honoring the Strategic Plan as we made decisions for the future of our Organization and Profession.   I give us a solid B, there is always room for improvement. 
We relocated our headquarters from Downtown to Midtown Detroit @ Woodward and Willis.  I invite everyone to the Holiday Party and Grand Opening from 4 to 7 pm on December 10th.   We had donations to the new Suite and I would like to thank them for their generosity.

Excel Hand dryer / Duker-Reilly-McPherson & Assoc., Inc.

Carpet / Shaw Contract Group   |   Shaw Hard Surface

Bathroom Tile / Genesee Ceramic Tile Dist.

Wall Art Metal / CENTRIA, CASS Sheetmetal

Plumbing Fixtures / ETNA, INFUSION, Kohler   Company

Ceiling Tile / Armstrong World Industries , ASI   Building Products

Electrical Fixtures / Gasser   Bush Associates, Edgewood Electric

Wall Art Light Pane /  Forms+Surfaces

We took some big swings at repositioning, and we created a dialog on how to increase the value of AIA to the membership on the State and Local level.  There will be a smaller, more nimble Board of Directors at AIA Michigan, and we have electronic voting in place.  When it came to repositioning, one thing I found was that we had many differing opinions on how to accomplish it, and everyone who took part was very, very passionate about our profession.  It never came to blows, and I don't think we lost any friendships over the deal, but there were some severe negotiations.  The main result was that we have the ability to have Sections in addition to Chapters.  Detroit, Flint, Mid-Michigan, Grand Rapids, Huron Valley & Southwest Michigan have chosen to remain chapters.  Saginaw Valley, Northern Michigan,  Upper Great Lakes and the Upper Peninsula have chosen to become Sections.  Chapters will be working on how to provide all Minimum Core Services, with the help of AIA Michigan.  AIA Michigan will be tasked with providing those services to the Sections.  I'm happy to have a coffee or phone call with anyone who wants more information. 

It's been a pleasure to serve you as President this year.  I have to thank the people that helped me along the way, you know who you are.  Best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous 2016. 



Jeff Ferweda, AIA
AIA Michigan President
Executive Director's Message :
Cathy Headshot
Welcome to December!

To say this has been a busy fall would be an understatement! We will be moving into the Mid Town space this week and hope to be ready for the holiday open house on December 10th. Click here  t o learn more about the Holiday Open House. Please stop by to see new office! We will be in the office with phones after the 10th. The office will be closed from Thursday, December 24th and we will reopen Monday, January 4th! 

Have a great holiday month.

Five AIA Michigan chapters recently celebrated their annual awards ceremonies. Congratulations to the winners! Click on the chapter to learn more about the winners.

  • Congratulations to  Albert Kahn , architecture|engineering and planning firm of Birmingham, AL, for their first place award for Bruno Cancer center in the category "Architect"! Read more here .
  • Congratulations to Michael A. Cascio, who recently passed all his exams and is now Michael A. Cascio, AIA.
  • Charlie Klecha, AIA is now with dPOP
  • Congratulations Douglas S. Kelbaugh, FAIA for winning the 2016 AIA National Topaz Medallion!
New Members!

New members who joined, rejoined or transferred to AIA Michigan in October & November!

Edward M. Doyle, AIA
Peter Vereecke, Assoc. AIA
Robert L. Jordan, AIA
Jacob Douglas Kurth, Assoc. AIA
Margaret E. Matta, AIA
Scott A. Maynard, AIA
Lamont D. Edwards, Assoc. AIA
Andrew L. Jaeger, AIA
Jill Koenigsknecht, Assoc. AIA
Gjergji Prendi, Assoc. AIA
Abdulkader Sankari, Assoc. AIA
Daniel Wells, AIA
Bin Zhang, Assoc. AIA

Carolyn Corbett, Assoc. AIA
Imani Day, Assoc. AIA
Jeffrey Klatt, AIA
Jason Krieger, AIA
James R. Mumby, AIA
Justin W. Roberts, Assoc. AIA
Elizabeth Sensoli, Assoc. AIA
Aaron P. Sondgeroth, Assoc. AIA
Ernesto Whitsitt, Assoc. AIA

Welcome to AIA Michigan and we look forward to meeting you at future events!!
In This Issue
Contact the Staff

Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI:

Executive Director of AIA Michigan:  Events and Programming, Finances, Communications, Membership, Government Affairs, Sponsorship
Evelyn Dougherty, Hon. Aff. AIAMI:

Events and Operations Director: Event Planning and Registration, Documents,  Continuing Education, Membership
Dennis King, FAIA:

Public Policy Director: Public Awareness, Government Affairs and Fund Development

Upcoming Events!

Board of Architects Meeting 
Ottawa Building UL - Room 4
Wed., Jan. 13, 2016 

2016 Legislative Day  
Wed., March 16, 2016

24th Annual Congress for the New Urbanism
June 8-11, 2016 -  More Information

Click here for our calendar of events!
Upcoming Chapter Events:

Professional Affiliate Monthly Meeting
Tues., Dec. 22, 2015 - More Information

BC&RC Building Codes 102
Tues., Jan 19, 2016 -

Holiday Party
Wed., Dec. 9, 2015 - More Information

ARE Study Group
Thurs., Dec. 10, 2015 - More Information

Free 5 HSW Seminar - Understanding Chapter 7 and applying Chapter 10 of the IBC to attend email
Tues., Dec. 15, 2015

designThunk - Nederveld
Thurs., Dec. 17, 2015 -  More Information

ARE Study Group
Tues., Dec. 22, 2015 - More Information

designThunk - Jennifer Boezwinkle, AIA, Rockford Construction
Tues., Jan. 19, 2016 - More Information

Lunch and Learn - Save the date!
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016

designThunk - GMB Architecture + Engineering
Thurs., Feb. 18, 2016 - More Information

Lunch and Learn - Save the date!
Fri. Feb. 26, 2016

Board Meeting
Wed., Dec. 16, 2015 - More Information

Chapter Meeting - Lunch and Learn
Thurs., Dec. 17, 2015 -
Chapter Meeting - Lunch and Learn
Thurs., Jan. 21, 2015 -  More Information

Canstruction - Contact Daniel Bollman, AIA to participate!
Feb. 2016

Chapter Meeting - Lunch and Learn
Thurs., Feb. 18, 2016 - More Information

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