AIA Michigan Newsletter

July 2015

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

President's Message:
Ferweda Jeff 2013 headshot
First I would like to announce that "AIA KINETIC" produced by the National Small Firm Roundtable is available on both Apple and GooglePlay. Please download it and see the exciting and stimulating articles about our Profession.

On some days being President is like being Sisyphus, but enough whining for today. Last week I was in Denver for KLA (Knowledge Learning Assembly of the Knowledge Communities) for National. It's nice to see friends I meet from other regions again and catch up on what the rest of the country is doing over a meal or cocktail. Most of the regions are realigning and, like Michigan, many are having a difficult time. There is much mistrust that National has the right program in place. National's response is that they understand everything is not perfect but a work in progress. The idea is to get information out in the open and let members have a voice in development instead of taking years to perfect a plan that everyone wants to change. 

We have taken the same approach getting information out in the open and let members have a voice in development here at AIA Michigan. National tasked us with complying with new minimum standards. We started realigning with a handful of people willing to take the extra time and effort to look at the minimum requirements and how some of the pioneering Regions handled it. We developed plans and took them to the members, and have been modifying them as we get input. As could be expected the plans morphed into a structure much more like we currently have than a super-efficient or radically different model. Change is hard.

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Jeff Ferweda, AIA
AIA Michigan President

Executive Director's Message:
Cathy HeadshotThe staff is looking forward the the Mid Summer Conference on Mackinac Island next week! 

Save the dates for the Leadership Retreat on October 15-17! More information will follow after the Mid Summer Conference.

Monthly Recap:

We are sad to hear of the passing of Roger Margerum, AIA. Read the Obituary here.

  • GEORGE W. AUCH COMPANY Breaks Ground on the M1 Concourse Project, Press Release 
  • Knapp's Department Store Restored in Downtown Lansing; Wins 2015 Governor's Award for Historic Preservation, Quinn Evans Architects. Press Release
  • SmithGroupJJR announced hires Mike Medici, AIA as president and managing partner, Russ Sykes PE, LEED AP and Troy Thompson AIA, LEED AP as managing partners.
  • Stantec has named two Berkley-based design professionals to new leadership roles.  Architect James Chatas has been appointed education sector leader for the US East and Kevin Rettich is Stantec's new global discipline leader for buildings engineering.
  • A3C has moved! Their new address is 115 1/2 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
  • Jim Zwolensky, AIA joins Stantec Architecture in Berkley.
  • TowerPinkster announces promotion of Jason Novotny, AIA, LEED AP, to Senior Principal.
  • Glen LeRoy, FAIA announced as Boston Architectural College's next President. Read Here
  • ACEC OF MICHIGAN elects new president and board of directors. Press Release

New Members!

Welcome to our new members who joined, rejoined or transferred to  AIA Michigan in July:

Ms. Rebecca Fuller, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Chengyu Huang, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Spencer T. Jaskiewicz, Assoc. AIA
Charles Klecha, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mark J. Lipchik, AIA
Mr. Jovan S. Lozanovski, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Bryan Madaleno, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Erik B. Mordell, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Kreg Norgaard, AIA
Mr. Xutao Wang, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Robert Walsh, 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, Documents,

Continuing Education, Membership 


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

72nd Annual Mid Summer Conference , August 6 - 8

Technology Showcase Tour, August 11

U of M Flint Urban Planning and Land Use Design using CommunityViz Workshop , August 12

ARE Seminar: Construction Documents & Services, August 15, ARE Seminar: Programming Planning & Practice, September 12, More Information

CREW Detroit Impact Awards,
September 16

Anticipatory Urbanisms Lecture by Michael Maltzan, September 23

AIA Detroit TAP Committee - Next Meeting, September 24 

Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's Annual Conference, September 30 - October 4

21st Annual MHPN Fall Benefit, October 3

REINVENTION Symposium, October 12-13

2015 Society of Architectural Historians Awards Gala, November 6,

AAF's National Summit on School Design, November 6-8,  More Information

2016 Legislative Day, March 16
Information coming soon!