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  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020
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    9:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Virtual Conference Kick-off
    Stay Safe. Stay Well. Stay Home. Meet us online in this ZOOM meeting to kick-off the Virtual Conference. President Andy Malanowski, AIA and Conference Chair Melissa Schulteis, Assoc. AIA will introduce the online portal AIAW NOW and highlight some of the speakers.
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    Beauty, Ornament & Embodiment  (.5 LU hr)
    Architect Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA, explores beauty, ornament and embodiment, three words that tie architecture to nature. Research in neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and biology is revolutionizing our understanding of the earth’s flora, fauna and human development. This kickoff session presents an overview of how new discoveries about the brain, the body, and the environment will affect architecture in the coming decades.
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    Managing Bidders' Questions  (.25 AIA/CES)
    How to review bidders questions and determine the appropriate method of response.
    President, AIA Wisconsin:
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    Time's up for Firm 2030 Goals  (1 HSW LU)
    The session will explore how to make use of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence to improve your firm's design process, deliver beautiful buildings that work better for people and the planet. The AIA membership has voted to commit to a huge shift: Our goal is nothing short of beautiful, affordable, carbon-neutral architecture by 2030. It's actually possible, practical, and less expensive than you might expect. This session focuses on what to do *today* to get on track.
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    12:00 PM  -  12:30 PM
    Design Awards Celebration  (.5 LU)
    Join the celebration of excellence in architectural design and outstanding service to the organization. The Design Awards Committee will be announcing the projects selected to receive 2020 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards and recognizing the architects, owners and contractors responsible for this year’s award-winning building projects. In addition, the 2020 Young Architects Award and the Golden Award will be highlighted. The ceremony is postponed, but the celebration starts here!
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    Architecture Expo
    You’ll want to schedule enough time to tour this year’s Virtual Architecture Expo. It’s your opportunity to learn about new products and services from representatives of the region’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of design and construction industry products and services. Gather valuable information you can put to good use on your projects. find handy online business cards for the resources you need. Everyone is invited to explore this extraordinary Expo of the latest building products and services.
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    Invisible Sustainability  (1 HSW LU)
    Can architects achieve high-performance sustainable design without hampering the creative process? Can we meet rigorous targets like 2030, Passive House, and Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) without impacting our desired poetry-of-place? Today, we have all the techniques and components needed to meet the AIA 2030 Commitment and beyond without sacrificing aesthetic freedom or affordability, even in the most challenging climates. A conservation-first, keep-it-simple approach using advanced energy modeling and passive design strategies allows architects to seamlessly merge environmental and design goals. With practice, these skills and tools can be incorporated into an architect’s daily routine empowering the industry to create a more sustainable, healthy, and resilient future. Innovative building case studies will be presented covering process and details, integration of energy modeling, and highlighting how architects can push boundaries and write their own language in green building.
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    Framework in Design Excellence Project Sets 1-4  (4 HSW LU)
    Understanding the challenges AIA Wisconsin members encountered on projects and the final design solutions will define the next generation of buildings. Architects share their design approach toward sustainability and how it informed the design concept through the Framework of Design Excellence. Project teams are recognized including architecture firm, project owner and contractor. This is part of a series highlighting work done by AIA Wisconsin members.
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    6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
    Sunset Reception - ZOOM happy hour
    Mingle with design and construction professionals. Enjoy time with friends and colleagues. . . of course you'll need to bring your own cocktail during this zoom happy hour. The online format is new to everyone so this is a good time to provide feedback, ask questions and identify bugs before resting up for day two of the Conference!
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  • Thursday, April 30, 2020
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    Masonry Awards Celebration  (.5 HSW LU hr)
    This annual awards celebration, sponsored by the Wisconsin Masonry Alliance, will feature the presentation of this year’s WMA “Excellence in Masonry” awards. Usually a bit earlier, this program will premiere at 9:00 am. Patrick Conway, AIA, will provide an overview of an architect's perspective on structural masonry.
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    9:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Connections Cafe'
    Schedule a break to gather with design and construction industry professionals. This Cafe' offers special opportunities to learn about how you can be featured as an expert on AIAW NOW.
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    Whichcraft  (1 LU)
    The seminar session will discuss craft, tolerance, and conflicting expectations within a range of projects by Actual Architecture Co. and the student design-build practice, FACT. There comes a time in any design process when the designer must make a choice, “which type of craft is appropriate for this project?” While there are many available paradigms of craft, each with a preferred standard of tolerance in the final product, the choice is often situation specific. “Custom-craft” is based on unique demands of an end user to produce a bespoke product, “techno-craft” applies computer aided design and fabrication to reduce cost and increase quality, and “farm-craft” is based on expedience, pragmatism, but not necessarily aesthetic coherence. In all there a question of resolution. Some projects require a high degree of precision and refined workmanship, while for others cost, expediency, or available talent may necessitate a looser approach. For example, fine furniture carries an expectation of refined craft and precise tolerances while “stage-craft” – specifically, the art of building stage scenery, requires a deliberately low degree of precision because the work is to be viewed at a distance. In architecture, the craft paradigm may vary between different aspects of the same project. Architecture occupies an interesting position in this discourse - architects have a kind of craftsmanship that defines how they work – disciplinary-specific design and representational techniques - but they also engage other craftspeople to realize our creations. Architects must select the category of craftsmanship that is not only appropriate to the practical task at hand but also matched to our cultural expectations as represented in the project.
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    Connecting the dots  (1 LU)
    In this seminar, North Central States director on the AIA Strategic Council Jody Andres, AIA, will lead a discussion on member benefits. Online and in-person opportunities can enhance professional development and your projects. Increase your value to clients by tapping into the resources available to members.
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    Sovereignty by Design  (1 HSW LU)
    Join Tammy Eagle Bull, FAIA, for this seminar session as she explores Native American communities. Prior to colonization, Native American structures and community organization were a direct reflection of culture. That is no longer the case with tribal communities becoming more homogeneous with seemingly no influence from climate or culture. Within the recent past, a new contemporary Native American architecture is being developed by Indigenous architects who look to express the community's sovereignty by design.
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    Career Roadmapping  (1 LU)
    This presentation will provide an overview of purposefully navigating continuing education. Roadmapping is the strategic process of determining the actions, steps and resources needed to take a goal, desired outcome or initiative from vision to reality. While we are all familiar with both AIA and state requirements for lifelong learning, some members express frustration with finding the knowledge and resources they need to support their professional goals and aspirations. At the national level, the AIA’s Continuing Education committee aims to develop a voluntary, user-friendly platform to assist AIA members in developing their careers (reaching their professional goals) through effectively and efficiently connecting them to the wealth of resources available from the AIA, its members, continuing education providers, and collateral organizations. While the development of a roadmap for AIA members is in its infancy, this session will offer a behind-the-scenes view and discussion of opportunities and challenges of such a platform. In addition, participants will be guided to initiate their own career roadmaps.
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    On a Pedestal: An Owner/Developer’s Perspective  (1 HSW LU)
    Look around and you’ll see many five to seven story projects being built today with a one- or two-story concrete pedestal, supporting up to five floors of steel or wood frame. Ryan Bedford of Bedford Development will present the developer/owner perspective on building multi-family housing projects with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). Ryan will describe the design, construction, and energy-efficiency implications as well as tenant satisfaction. He'll provide an overview of his use of ICF’s and concrete for the exterior wall system at Kendal Lofts, a 42-unit project in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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    Architecture Expo II
    Explore the informative displays in this year’s Expo, connect with knowledgeable vendor representatives, and collect valuable information on products and services you can put to good use on your projects. You’ll want to schedule enough time to tour the entire list of vendors and learn about new products and services.
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    Architecture's Relevance Revolution  (1 HSW LU)
    In 2019, the AIA National Board of Directors committed to aligning the Institute's resources for maximum impact: "The Big Move". In 2020, AIA is engaged in a full-court-press to move the architectural profession into a position of influence on climate action. "Decarbonizing" buildings is as much an opportunity as challenge. Carl Elefante FAIA, 2018 AIA President, shares his perspective on this once-in-a-generation redefinition of architecture's relevance.
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    Architects Making an Impact: Disaster Assistance  (1 LU)
    Every community and region is facing the reality of climate change, infrastructure decay, economic struggles, and their culminative effects on the viability and livelihood of the areas we live. The state disaster coordinators will discuss resilience topics; including relief efforts, hazard mitigation, and establishing pre-disaster plans and procedures. This session will explore roles and opportunities to engage members and cover local and national case studies of natural disaster events.
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    Framework in Design Excellence Project Sets 5-7  (3 HSW LUs)
    Understanding the challenges AIA Wisconsin members encountered on projects and the final design solutions will define the next generation of buildings. Architects share their design approach toward sustainability and how it informed the design concept through the Framework of Design Excellence. Project teams are recognized including architecture firm, project owner and contractor. This is part of a series highlighting work done by AIA Wisconsin members.
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