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In This Issue
President's Message
Scholarships Awarded
David Evans Award
Board Profiles
Scholarship Reception
Silent Auction

Michigan Architectural Foundation
553 East Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Carl Roehling, FAIA
Past President
Mike Marshburn, AIA
Vice President
Randy Case, AIA
Battle Creek
Les Tincknell, FAIA
Thomas Mathison, FAIA
Grand Rapids

Tim Casai, FAIA
Bloomfield Hills
G. Damian Farrell, AIA
Ann Arbor 

Ralph Graham, Hon. AFF. AIAMI
Bloomfield Hills
Jeff Hausman, AIA
Dennis King, FAIA
Doug Kueffner, AIA
Phil Lundwall, FAIA
Grand Rapids
Ben Maibach III
Tom Mathison, FAIA
Grand Rapids
Michelle Saroki
Park Smith, AIA
Stephen Smith, AIA
Ronald Staley, Hon. Aff. AIAMI, Lansing
Susan Telang
Al Vegter, AIA
Ann Arbor

Executive Director
Rae Dumke, Hon AIA
President's Message 
Carl Roehling, FAIA
Associate NewsletterPure Michigan Architecture
It's really hard to think of anything other than the economy right now.  GM and Chrysler's bankruptcies, our State's double digit unemployment and, closer to home, our friends, family and colleagues whose lives have changed unexpectedly cause us to put higher order priorities on the back burner. But recently, as I drive or listen to the radio, the Pure Michigan ads narrated by Tim Allen come on and light up my day. If you have not heard or seen them, they are poetic stories about the wonderful attributes our State possesses.  I smile with pride every time I hear one and I begin to calculate how we could get  Michigan's great architecture into this same medium. It is at times like these that we need to cherish what we have even more.
So what do we have?
We have generous people.  Last year, the Foundation raised more money in single calendar year since the historic Beaubien House was restored in 1987. Both individuals and companies stepped up to support our Great Architecture of Michigan book and the Evans Award. We doubled our scholarship program while maintaining our endowed Presidents and Ken Neumann Scholarships. We added the AIA Northern Michigan Chapter Scholarship. And our Board members are leading the way again this year with 95% contributing.
We have great potential.  Our K-5 Architecture Education Program is ready for the next step..... becoming a PBS television series.  I cannot think of a more compelling and direct way to insure the quality of architecture and life in our State than educating our young people about sustainability and design's role in a vibrant community. Moreover, our four scholarship recipients represent the diversity and talent we need in this state to compete.
We have staying power. The Foundation is over 50 years old and many of us that volunteer are too. But we are fit. Our endowment, though smaller, remains intact and more importantly, the staff and dedicated individuals that give of themselves insure that this valley will be bridged, such as Rae Dumke, our Executive Director and Les Tincknell FAIA, whose full time job is the Foundations finances.
At some point, I will convince Tim Allen to do a spot entitled Pure Michigan Architecture.
MAF Awards Scholarships
By Timothy A. Casai, FAIA, MAF Trustee
On April 23rd of this year, the Michigan Architectural Foundation Scholarship Jury met to review the 2009 applications from students across Michigan.  The MAF awards four scholarships annually to students who are completing their Bachelor Degree program and who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in a professional program leading to a Master of Architecture degree.  Money has been raised from many activities and sources over many years to underwrite these scholarships, and the four awards have been named for the primary donors and/or supporters.  The four awards for 2009 are as follows:
  • AIA Michigan President's Scholarship ($4,000)
  • American Institute of Architect's Scholarship ($2,000)
  • Kenneth Neumann Design Scholarship ($1,000 plus
    a summer internship with the firm Neumann Smith Associates)
  • Professional Concepts Insurance Agency Scholarship ($1,000) 

Each student applicant is required to submit a completed application form, a full college transcript, a personal statement describing leadership, design, or community accomplishments, a copy of the student's design portfolio, three letters of reference, and a school cost and personal financial budget.  The jury must take all information into consideration, but has discretion as to the weight of the categories of information.
Letters and posters are sent to all of the Schools of Architecture in Michigan in an effort to solicit applications from deserving students.  The Deans are contacted to strengthen the communication between MAF and the schools.  
This year the jury consisted of five past Presidents of AIA Michigan: Tim Casai, FAIA, Randy Case, AIA, Mike Marshburn, AIA, Steve Smith, AIA, and Les Tincknell, FAIA.  Joining the primary jury members and representing the firm of Neumann Smith Associates were Joel Smith, AIA, Susan (Neumann) Kaplan, and Ross Kaplan. 
For 2009 there were 15 total applications, with 6 from the University of Detroit/Mercy, 5 from Lawrence Technological University, and 4 from the University of Michigan.  The quality of the submittals was uniformly very good and the financial need was high in nearly all cases.  The jury was very impressed with the applicants overall and indeed wishes that more and better scholarships could be awarded.  The result of the jury process is as follows.
Lisa Suave MAFThe AIA Michigan President's Scholarship of $4,000 is awarded to Lisa Sauve, a first year graduate student at the University of Michigan.  Her outstanding portfolio and well-considered essay, combined with a significant financial need made her a clear choice.  She was raised in Grand Rapids and did her undergraduate work at LTU. 


Sonia Tere - MAFThe American Institute of Architect's Scholarship of $2,000 is awarded to Sonia Tereszczenko, also a first year graduate student at the University of Michigan.  Her excellent academic record and personal commitment to sustainable issues in architecture set her apart.  She was raised in Windsor, Ontario and received her undergraduate degree at LTU also.

Aimee Nally - MAFThe Professional Concepts Insurance Agency Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to Aimee Nally, a 4th year student at the University of Detroit/Mercy.  She demonstrated a deep commitment to community based design, as well as a high level of academic achievement, and a terrific portfolio of work.  She is from Defiance, Ohio and has completed all of her undergraduate work at UDM.
Sadashiv MallyaThe Kenneth Neumann Design Scholarship of $1,000 and an internship at Neumann Smith Associates is awarded to Sadashiv Mallya, a 1st year graduate student at Lawrence Technological Institute.  He is originally from Mumbai, India and is pursuing his second Masters degree in architecture at LTU after receiving an undergraduate degree in India and a graduate degree at UM.  His focus on design, practice, and business issues stood out among the applicants.

In summary, the students who applied for MAF Scholarships are focused and engaging, and demonstrate a high level of commitment to the profession and its future.  The cost of obtaining an architectural degree in Michigan is daunting, and therefore the need for more robust scholarship opportunities is great.  The MAF is proud of its efforts to maintain and grow this program.
MAF Presents the David Evans
Preservation Award
By Ralph Graham, Hon. Aff. AIAMI, MAF Trustee
One of the most satisfying projects and events at the Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF) is the administration of The David Evans Preservation Award.  It is awarded through a competition of non-profit organizations, which are engaged in architecturally significant preservation projects and demonstrate adequate financial resources and member capacity.
This year the grant was awarded to the Charlevoix Historical Society for its efforts in rehabilitating its 1867 lighthouse.  The renovation is in progress including returning the exterior to the original fiery red color.  Completion of the project is scheduled for early August at which time the $7500 award will be marked with a ceremony at the lighthouse, located at the entrance into the Pine River channel.
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Ralph Graham, left, presents the check for the David Evans Preservation Award to the Charlevoix Historical Society at the recent MAF Award Reception in Lansing.
The David Evans Presentation Award has, since 1998, been awarded to projects throughout the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan.  MAF, The Clannad Foundation in Bloomfield Hills, Quinn/Evans Architects in Ann Arbor and an anonymous endowment presently fund the annual award.
The grant is administered by jurors; Nancy Finegood, Director of Michigan Historic Preservation Network; Jennifer Radcliff of the Michigan Lighthouse Association; Kathryn Eckert, noted architectural historian; and architects Randy Case, Park Smith, Carl Roehling, Ed Francis, Mike Quinn, Les Tincknell, and David Knapp.  Jeanne and Ralph Graham represent Clannad Foundation and Ralph serves as chairman of the Evans Award Committee.
Qualified non-profit organizations interested in applying for The David Evans Preservation Award in 2010 should contact Lynne Merrill-Francis at AIA Michigan,    313-965-4100 for information and details about how to apply.   
Board Profile 
Susan M. Telang, MAF Trustee
Health ImageSusan begins her first term as a Trustee of the Michigan Architectural Foundation this year.  She is an assurance partner at Plante & Moran, the 12th largest CPA firm in the country.  Susan has over 18 years of experience in accounting, auditing and tax services including:  service organizations, manufacturing and distribution companies, governmental entities and benefit plans.  Susan is the firm leader of the architect/engineering practice.  Her assurance background also includes extensive experience working with closely held and/or family owned businesses, multi-entity consolidated corporations and U.S. middle-market companies with foreign subsidiaries.    
In addition to her client service role, Susan is one of seven members of the Service Industry Leader Team at Plante & Moran which represents a practice of $33 million with 115 professional staff in 15 different offices.  She is specifically responsible for Southeast Michigan which represents over 50% of the total practice.  Her responsibilities include strategic direction, business development, staff recruitment and training, communication and marketing of the practice.
Susan's consulting experience includes operational reviews, strategic planning, internal control assessments and business succession planning. 
Susan is a proud graduate of Wayne State University and also the Executive Program for Women Leaders at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. 
She is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.  She is also active in various community organizations and currently serves as a Board Member on the Business School Board of Advisors at Wayne State University and the Pleasant Ridge Club. 
From a personal perspective, Susan enjoys spending time with her husband of 17 years, Rajan and their two children, Asha and Kyle.  She is active in their activities and currently teaches religious education at St. Mary's in Royal Oak and co-leads her daughter's Girl Scout Troup. She enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and just spending time at home with her neighborhood friends. 
Ronald L. Staley, FAPT, Hon Aff. AIAMI
MAF Trustee
ron staleyRon begins his first term as a MAF Trustee this year.  He is the Senior Vice President and Director of the National Preservation Practice for the Christman Company, based in Lansing, Michigan.

Ron joined The Christman Company in 1984 and was promoted to Vice President in 1990 and to Senior Vice President in 2008.  He has 28 years of construction experience.  In 1992, Ron founded The Christman Company's Historic Preservation Program and has since led it to national prominence.  He serves as the principal in charge of all Christman historic preservation projects nationally and also as principal in charge of Christman's mid-Atlantic regional office in Alexandria, Virginia, which opened in 2003.  Recent projects include the Presidential Inaugural Stands in 2009, the Virginia Capitol restoration, the Fort Washington Wall Restoration and Lafayette Park Lodge and Fountain Rehabilitation projects for the National Park Service, as well as restoration and sustainable renovation of President Lincoln's cottage for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Michigan projects include the restoration of the Mutual Building, which serves as Christman's national headquarters in downtown Lansing, as well as the restoration of the historic Ottawa Street Station, the cornerstone of the 7-acre campus for Accident Fund Insurance Company of America's new national headquarters, also in downtown Lansing.
Ron holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and an AAS in Civil engineering Technology from Michigan Technological University.  He is a frequent lecturer, professor, and author.  His professional affiliations include APT International, APT-DC, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Michigan Historic Preservation Network, Preservation Maryland, APVA Preservation Virginia, the Georgia trust, and the Michigan Chapter AIA.  In 200, Ron was honored by AIA Michigan as an Honorary Affiliate Member.  In 2005, Ron was honored as a Fellow with the Association of Preservation Technology International (APT).  In 2008, Governor Granholm named Ron to the State Historic Preservation Review Board.
Ron's permanent residence is in Brighton, Michigan with his wife Linda, with whom he enjoys two grown children Dustin and Ashley.
MAF Hosts Reception in Lansing 
On June 23, MAF hosted a reception for scholarship winners and David Evans Preservation Awards recipients at the national headquarters of The Christman Company in downtown Lansing.  MAF President Carl D. Roehling, FAIA provided welcoming remarks as MAF Trustees, friends of MAF, and MAF award winners and their families mingled to enjoy fellowship and refreshments. 

Roehling Reception MAFPresident Carl Roehling, FAIA welcomes members, guests and award recipients and families.

                       Roehling Reception 2 - MAF 

fricke2 mafKim Fricke, right, from Professional Concepts Insurance Agency, congratulates this year's winner of the annual PCIA scholarship, Aimee Nally, and her mother.

joel maf largeJoel Smith, AIA, right, Principal of Neumann Smith Architects, congratulates Sadashiv Mallya, this year's winner of the Kenneth Neumann Design Scholarship.

les high res mafLisa Sauve, center, winner of the AIA Michigan President's Scholarship, celebrates with past AIA Michigan Presidents Tim Casai, FAIA, left, and Les Tincknell, FAIA.

sonia mafSonia Terszczenko celebrates with her father after receiving the American Institute of Architects Scholarship.

maf repRepresentatives of the Charlevoix Historical Society, winners of the David Evan Preservation Award, gather to celebrate with members of the MAF Evans Award selection committee.


maf cawthorneMembers of the MAF Board of Directors present an autographed copy of MAF's latest book, Great Architecture of Michigan, to Dennis Cawthorne.

Preview of the MAF Silent Auction
Mid-Summer Conference at Mackinac
by Douglas W. Kueffner, AIA, MAF Trustee

MAF Auction
Planning for the Fourteenth Annual MAF Silent Auction is underway.  This year's Auction will be held on August 6-8, 2009 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island during the AIA Michigan's Mid Summer Conference.  In past years, gracious friends and supporters of the Foundation have donated items of Artwork, Vacation Accommodations, Fine Dining and other unique entertainment experiences.
Once again we have been able to secure some new and exciting donations for this year.  A sampling of the new items includes the following:
  • An acrobatic ride in a WW2 T-6 training aircraft
  • A historic piece of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Stands
  • A Mexican dinner for 6 at the newly opened Cinco Lagos restaurant
  • A catered South African dinner for 8
  • Original artwork

The MAF Auction, which was created to raise funds to help grow the Foundation, has set a goal of $12,000 for this year's event.  We are currently seeking new and creative ideas that we can offer to the Architectural community at this year's Auction.  If you have an opportunity for us and would consider making a donation to the Michigan Architectural Foundation in the form of a gift of artwork or other unique experience please contact Douglas W. Kueffner at (989)-752-8107 or