August 2022
Cindy Pozolo, FAIA
We are not quite there yet but that proverbial sense of autumn is in the air. Renewed academic challenges, end of year projections and yes, of course, our Michigan traditions of football, cider mills, and puff-ball mums. May these seasons of change never become routine. And may we never take for granted the opportunities that such passages afford.  While the remainder of 2022 is robust with AIA MI activity, we have an eye toward 2023 as we gear up for our AIA MI Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference in October. There are many more activities before that, but the Leadership event is unique in its focus to bring together members, staff and boards for candid dialogue about the year ahead.
In preparation for that meeting the AIA Michigan Board of Directors (BOD) has evaluated and is recommending proposed bylaw changes. There are two types and processes for bylaw upgrades. Read More.
Wes Kohn, AIA
Historically, AIA Saginaw Valley has held in-person events throughout the Great Lakes Bay area to tour various buildings, both new and old, or simply to meet with reps or manufacturers to learn of new products. Whether that was a stroll through the nations longest canopy walk at Whiting Forest in Midland, or a factory tour of Blasius, Inc in Vassar, manufacturer of Cambria, we’ve spent the last few years struggling to create interesting in-person events that we feel our section would enjoy. 

This of course fell to the wayside when COVID hit all of us, and so like the rest of the world, we donned our digital hats, and created what turned out to be our most successful event series yet, which we called Learning in Lockdown. Twice a month throughout the entirety of COVID we gave our reps a chance to sit down for a digital lunch and learn in order to help our members maintain CEU’s after all of our major events were cancelled, and all of our firms had sent us home. It was a resounding success, and I would like to thank everyone that participated in even one of them. With the “end” of COVID happening in early fall of 2021, and numerous reps itching to physically show us their wares, we made the decision to go back to in-person meetings and have held a slew of interesting events since.  Read more.
Trent Schmitz, AIA
Did you know that every other month the Young Architect’s Forum (YAF) puts out a newsletter called Now YA know? - Well if you didn’t, now ya know! Here is the link to September’s Now Ya Know.
September’s Now Ya Know edition talks about nominations for the 2023 Young Architect’s Award, applying for the YAF advisory committee, the Women’s Leadership Summit, and the Align Mentorship Program. As always, the newsletter contains links to learn more about the YAF and how to become involved.
Is everyone excited for the celebration of architecture? I know I am! It seems like it will be here in no time! I will be there and can’t wait to see everyone and all of the fantastic projects.
September Events

Masonry Best Practices: Building w. Clay Brick | September 8, 2022 | Register

33rd Annual Design Retreat | September 16-17, 2022 | Register | Learn More

The Balancing Act: J.E.D.I Panel | September 26, 2022 | Register

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New Members - June/July
Emmanuel D. Kollias, AIA
David Losinski, AIA
Yichen Lu, AIA
Kasey Vliet, AIA
Joshua Awabdeh, AIA
Julie Foley, AIA
Joel Galanty, AIA
Andrew Howard, AIA
Kristina A. Lach, AIA
Christopher Lattimer, AIA
Kevin J. Myshock, AIA
Mark Alsobrooks, Assoc. AIA
Connor Barbara, Assoc. AIA
Kevin Michael Bechard, Assoc. AIA Surabhi Gokhale, Assoc. AIA
Nadim Hajj Ahmad, Assoc. AIA
Reid Mauti, Assoc. AIA
Steven Polchinski, Assoc. AIA
Sara Timberlake, Assoc. AIA
Sarah Carter, Assoc. AIA
Hunter Galbraith, Assoc. AIA
Stephan Karetnik, Assoc. AIA
Ky-Lee Marth, Assoc. AIA
Kameron Merrill McLaughlin, Assoc. AIA Brian J. Wenz, Assoc. AIA
Ellis M. Wills-Begley, Assoc. AIA
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