September 2018
President's Message
Well fall is here, are you ready? Corn, beans and sugar beets are ready to harvest. Not sure what I will talk about next month with most of the crops harvested. Guess at that time we will all be getting ready to bunker down for the winter months.

The month has me, along with Cathy Mosley, Kristen Nyht and Jeffrey Ferweda at the Large States Conference held in Princeton, New Jersey. We began Thursday evening having dinner with our peers. This was very important as I got to sit down with the other attending Presidents to discuss and share about each other’s backgrounds and what each Region was doing, a great time to potentially steal ideas. Friday began with a brief tour of Princeton University followed by a full day of defining our purpose and future planning discussions. We concluded Saturday morning with conversations about Large States and a wrap up of this year’s meetings and discussions about topics for next years gathering.

I know many of you have heard talks about Large States, but do you really know what Large States is about and why we meet? The group meeting began between two states, Texas and California back in July of 1997. Based on the positive responses of that bilateral gathering it was suggested that the other Grassroots peer groups of individual state regions meet to share information. Read More
Executive Director's Message
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Cathy Mosley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI
Executive Director
Emerging Professionals Corner
Hello AIA Michigan and Happiest Fall Greetings.

For weeks I have been in denial about the ending Summer. Now, as I look out my window in Detroit, or motor on Hines Drive in Northville, I notice that the season is changing; best to get on-board and put that swim suit away!

This past month, AIA Michigan held the much loved Design Retreat. A personal favorite of mine, I enjoy having this opportunity in a collegial environment. It is inspiring and fellowship building. The presenters all do a great job of keeping our interest piqued. The variety of work is also important, as I know that in the office, I don't always get to work on 12 unique projects in a year. However, at the retreat, we see just that in a "day's work". I am excited to see the path of this already legendary and successful event with Danielle O'Neal taking the committee's helm for 2019 - Congratulations! Much thanks and credit to Art Smith for holding the torch and keeping it bright all of these year. 

This year we also can celebrate the latest NCARB report, BY THE NUMBERS. It cites that there is an 11% rise in candidates completing their testing / core requirements in 2017 over 2016 - that's ARE 5.0's progress. This has led to a 3% increase of Architects nationally, bringing the total to 113,554 licensed souls. In Michigan, we have 313 active testing candidates with 84 completions. This places us just above the national average completion rate. NCARB notes that we can see licensing activity leveling out, as the pool of candidates are testing-out faster than they are graduating in (much of this due to a back-log caused by the recession, and let's say "stubborn" testers finding success). The good news is that NCARB sees an appropriate flow of newly minted professionals to retread our industry as our beloved baby-boomer generation start spending more time out of the office, than in. I've yet to find a truly retired Architect! Learn more at  NCARB BY THE NUMBERS .

As we march toward the changing season, it is an ever important time for our AIA Michigan Chapters and Sections to inspire membership to participate at board elections, annual meetings, and of course our AIA Michigan Leadership Retreat this month. I encourage everyone, especially Emerging Professionals to take advantage of this great low-cost event to hone in collaboration skills, build rapport, and lastly contribute to the agenda of AIA Michigan for years to come. 

Best from my perch on the 16th Floor,
Matt Guinta, AIA
Available - Brightwood's 5.0 Study Guides! Please call 313-965-4100 or email  Evelyn Dougherty  to borrow the study materials!
Congratulations to Danielle O'Neal, AIA
New Design Retreat Committee Chair
Members who joined, rejoined or transferred to AIA Michigan!

August 2018

Kevin Adkins, AIA
Darpan P. Arora, Assoc. AIA
Dhruvi Arora, Assoc. AIA
Renee M. Baker, Assoc. AIA
Yueru Deng, Assoc. AIA
Natalie O. Ellsworth, Assoc. AIA
Alecia J. Hlebechuk, Assoc. AIA
Bria I. Johnson, Assoc. AIA
Sankshit Laddipeerla, Assoc. AIA
Feier Lan, Assoc. AIA
Michael C. McKinnon, Assoc. AIA
Kaitlyn A. Miklovich, Assoc. AIA
Chang Zong, Assoc. AIA
Alfonso Avila Jr., Assoc. AIA
Matthew D. Bastos, AIA
David W. Marr, Assoc. AIA
Ellen R. Moore, AIA
Kurtis K. Mossner, Assoc. AIA

Welcome to AIA Michigan and we look forward to meeting you at future events!
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