AIA Michigan Newsletter

September 2015

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

President's Message:
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The Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat is October 15th and 16th at the Book Cadillac in Detroit. This is important because we will be voting on 5 issues that require changes to the by laws. Every member has received a ballot in the regular mail and via e mail, so even if you can't attend your voice can be heard. I'm sure you know the old saying, if you don't vote, you lose your right to complain. I'm hoping for 1,600 ballots to be cast.
I recently took an associate member from my office out to lunch, and during the conversation, encouraged her to vote. The response I got was "why". A little confused, I started to explain why it was important for everyone to take part in the process. I was corrected and she expanded her question to "why should I vote yes?"

My initial response was because I pay you, but that seemed a little heavy handed, and illegal, so I tried to give a short reason for why to vote yes for each proposal on the table:
  • Should sections be allowed? AIA National has issued new guidelines on minimum requirements for a chapter. Five of our chapters feel they would rather become a section and spend their time, talent, and treasure on membership over bookkeeping and proving qualifications. If we don't have sections in the by laws they won't be allowed to do that.
  • Should the board be reduced from twenty four directors to sixteen? AIA National has reduced its board from fifty six to sixteen. A smaller more nimble board that still represents the membership, but makes it easier for smaller chapters / sections to have active directors. The largest chapter, Detroit, maintains the same Percentage of board votes it currently has.
  • Should associates be allowed to hold the office of secretary or treasurer? The proposed board structure does not automatically allow those positions to move up to become president. Qualified associates could serve I those positions and encourage future leadership.
  • Should proxie voting be eliminated? With every member being able to vote by absentee ballot, proxies are not necessary.
  • Should board members be removed with cause, if they miss three board meetings? There are six meetings required by our by laws, and the dates are published a year in advance. When you agree to become a director you have a fiduciary duty to attend the meetings, and phone attendance is acceptable.
Members who get involved get the most out of the AIA. We are all busy, and the demands on our time are growing, not the other way around.

I want to conclude this month with a sincere thank you to both Fred Butters, FAIA and Ben Tiseo, FAIA for their efforts, drive, passion and multitude of accomplishments in service to the profession and institute through the government affairs committee. This small blurb can't do justice to over thirty years of dedication they have given.



Jeff Ferweda, AIA
AIA Michigan President
Executive Director's Message:
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As we wrap up September, there are a lot of events to look forward to! Check out the side bar for upcoming events and chapter events.

The Annual Meeting and CES Seminars will be October 16.   Click here for more information!   An Annual Meeting Bylaws Ballot was sent out last week to the entire membership as well as an email with an electronic option to vote. You may also vote in person on October 16th.  If you are a Chapter Leader attending the AIA Michigan Leadership Retreat you must return the registration form that was emailed to you.  If you would like to attend please contact for a registration form.

We are having a moving sale! Click here to view the pieces of furniture for sale and call to place an offer.

Congratulations to the AIA Flint Chapter annual architecture scholarship winners! Press Release
Monthly Recap:

Thank you to all of our attendees and sponsors for the 26th Annual Design Retreat!

Highlights from the AIA Flint 2015 Parking Day Installation!

Check out the ARE Page for upcoming ARE Events!

Congratulations to the sucessful  Children's Book Collection "Build Imagination" Launch at the Baldwin Library! Read more...


  • Hobbs+Black Architects announces promotions: Martin Ruiter, AIA, LEED AP to Vice President, Patrick Glowacki to Vice President, Anthony Kraatz, AIA, NCARB to Senior Associate, Ryan Wrigley to Senior Associate, David Nims to Senior Associate.
  • Stantec hires four at Berkley office: Richard Erickson, AIA, NCARB, Rana Malik, Curt Panizzoli, RA, NCARB, Stacey Brown, PE, LEED AP BD+C.
  • Neumann/Smith Architecture hires two: Sara Sarkisian Bell, NCARB, LEED AP, Sarah Loodeen

New Members!

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

Alex Abdallah, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Hayward L. Babineaux, Assoc. AIA
Lisa M. Burchardt, Assoc. AIA
Shawn M. Cencer, Assoc. AIA
Kevin J. Crosby, AIA
Shelli R. Jaeger, Assoc. AIA
Christopher A. Pulcer, Assoc. AIA
Mark J. See Jr., Assoc. AIA
William F. Stonehouse, 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, Documents,

Continuing Education, Membership 


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

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

21st Annual MHPN Fall Benefit, October 3, More Information

Infusion Kitchen and Bath Showroom Grand Opening, October 8, More Information

REINVENTION Symposium, October 12-13,  More Information

Annual Meeting, October 16
More Information

AIA Leadership Institute in Cleveland, OH, October 23
More Information

SMPS / AIA Become a MARKITECT Lecture,
November 5, Information coming soon!

2015 Society of Architectural Historians Awards Gala,
November 6, More Information

AIA Michigan ARE Seminar: Schematic Design Vignette, November 7, More Information

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

2016 Legislative Day, 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:

AIA Detroit TAP/DEBUG Committee Meeting,
October 1, RSVP Here

AIA Detroit Board and Special Membership Meeting,
October 13, More information coming soon!

BEC Symposium, October 20
AIA Detroit Annual Business Meeting, November 10
More Information coming soon!

AIA Detroit TAP Meeting, November 11 More Information coming soon!
AIA Flint Vendor Luncheon, October 15  More Information

AIA Flint Exec Committee, October 19  More Information
AIAGR Honor Awards Gala , October 15  More Information

designTHUNK - Progressive AE, October 22  More Information

West Michigan Design & Construction Expo, October 29
Lunch and Learn, October 30
Windows and Historic Rehabilitation, October 22
Huron Valley BIM User Group - October Meeting, October 22,
2016 Honor Awards Banquet, October 23  More Information

AIAHV Board Meeting , October 28    More Information

AIAHV Board Meeting, November 18  More Information
AIA Mid Michigan Exec Board Meeting, October 1
AIA Mid Michigan Lunch and Learn, October 15
AIA Mid Michigan Exec Board Meeting , November 5
AIA Mid Michigan Lunch and Learn, November 19
Billingham & Cobb Exhibition & Lecture, November 6
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