AIA Michigan Newsletter

April 2015


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

President's Message:
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The AIA is 157 years old, and it hasn't changed much in that time. If we want to be relevant we need to not only keep up with the times but be the leaders of our generation. I have also found out that leading is a challenge and it is difficult to make everyone happy. With that being said I invite you to take part in reshaping "The Michigan Society of Architects". 

As you have may heard, the membership called for AIA to change and National has listened. The "Core Member Services" were announced as a minimum guideline for all Chapters to comply with. Compliance includes a financial benefit of National Revenue Sharing dollars and non-compliance will result in National meddling in our Regional and Local structure. 

The AIA Michigan Board has been diligently working on not only how we can reach compliance but how we can increase member value. A National Grant was sought and won, and a consultant was hired to guide us in our process and be an objective voice of reason. The Board created a Task Force to develop a plan for doing the necessary research, educating the members on the details, and getting input on how the members want to reposition to be a better organization that provides real value. To that end we have created a web site with all of the information gathered so every member can have access to the same information the Board and Task Force does. Members have voiced the opinion that they don't want to wait forever and let momentum die out so we have created a time line to complete the process by our October annual meeting which is in Midland this year. A member vote will be required at the annual meeting to launch the future of AIA Michigan.

The Board will be holding two Town Hall Meeting/Webinars on May 20th, 4:30 PM in Detroit @ LTU and May 27th, 4:30 PM in Grand Rapids @ Kendall. There will be a presentation on what the requirements are and three possible plans on how to achieve them. There will be ample question and answer time with an emphasis on how the members want to best achieve better value as an organization. We encourage everyone that logs in via internet to gather as Chapters and view together.
The Task Force is scheduled to meet next at Beaubien House on Tuesday May 5th. Chapter leaders are encouraged to attend at 11:30 for a "Report Out" session on next steps and provide input on the process and potential plans the members will be presented with to discuss and debate. An RSVP to is required.

The times they are a changing'. We have a guideline for direction; we have leadership willing to put forth the effort to provide a better value. I'm asking you, as members, to take part to: Champion the profession. Nurture our chapters. Build Michigan better.


Jeffrey S. Ferweda, AIA 
Executive Director's Message:
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April was a busy month of planning! The Honor Award winners were announced and the ceremony will take place on June 5th, 2015. Mark your calendars! Click HERE to view the winners.

Tune in this Saturday, May 2 to the Women in Architecture radio discussion on Damian On Design.The show plays at 11:05 am on Saturday mornings on 1290 WLBY on the Lucy Ann Lance Show. Click HERE for more radio talks.

If you are a Lawrence Tech Alumn, make sure you RSVP to the Lawrence Tech Alumni and Friends Dinner at the AIA Convention in Atlanta! RSVP by May 11 HERE

The Small Firm Round Table will be launching the Beta version of AIA Kinetic . There will be a 60 minute session at AIA Convention. Read more about it HERE .

I would love to hear your ideas about our programs and events, so please contact me anytime and I hope to see you at an AIA Michigan event this month!  
Monthly Recap:

Congratulations to all the winners at the 40th Annual Masonry Honor Awards!

Join us at the AIA Michigan Honor Awards on June 5th and see Victor Saroki, FAIA receive the Gold Medal!


  • ROSSETTI donated full design services for the Detroit Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program's building renovation! Article
  • Eric A. Moore, CIC, LIC elected president of a/e ProNet
  • Harley Ellis Devereaux announced Michael F. Cooper, PE as Corporate President and Daniel H. Lafferty, AIA as Corporate Operations Leader.

New Members!

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

Steven L. Adams Assoc. AIA 
Adam L. Cook, Assoc. AIA
Brian Kwekel, AIA
Jason J. Potter, Assoc. AIA
Christopher Schmidt Sr., Assoc. AIA
Jessica Schut, Assoc. AIA
Justin D. Shafer, AIA
Daniel F. Tryles, 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 

1st Annual Ultimate LEGO┬« Bricks Build-Off Exhibition, 
May 2
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Affleck House Housewarming Party May 7

CREW Detroit Redevelopment Opportunities
May 12
MIPlace Placemaking Strategy Development 
Next Workshop: May 13, Grand Rapids


Michigan Historic Preservation Network
May 13 -16 
AIA 2015 Convention: Atlanta, May 14-16

AIAMI 2015 Honor Awards Celebration

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Metanoia Fellowship Opportunity

Application Due: June 15

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MAF/Dumke Golf Outing, 
June 22 

CREW Detroit Impact Awards,
September 16