[ Helmut Ajango ]
Mr. Ajango holds National Council of Registration Boards Certificate #4780 and is Registered as an architect in the following states: WI, MI, MN, IA, FL, IL.
His firm has practiced architecture continuously since 1962.
BORN: 30 November 1931.
PLACE OF BIRTH: Voru, Estonia (Baltic); Europe.
CITIZENSHIP: U.S. (Naturalized)
Grade School -- Voru Grade School, Voru Estonia.
High School -- Voru Middle School; Estonian Gymnasium, Geislingen/Steige, West Germany.
Post High School -- Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH (Degree in Art & Mathematics, 1953); University of Illinois, Urbana, IL (Degree in Architectural Engineering, 1958).
FAMILY: Married -- May 30, 1953. Wife -- Martha J. Children -- Michael F. Born 1955; Bradley K. Born 1959; Deborah L. Born 1961.
1. Draftsman -- 1950-54; Marlay w. Lethley, Architect; Springfield, OH.
2. Chief Designer -- 1954-58; Creative Buildings Inc. (CBI); Urbana, IL.
3. Chief Designer -- 1958-62; Waterman, Fuge, Associates Architects, Engineers; Fort Atkinson, WI.
4. Partner (Equal) -- 1968-69; Waterman, Fuge & Ajango, Inc. Architects, Engineers; Fort Atkinson, WI.
5. Principal Architect -- Helmut Ajango Architect; Since 1962 (Excepting 1968-69 when it was Waterman, Fuge & Ajango, Inc. Architects, Engineers), Fort Atkinson, WI.
1. Wisconsin Society of Architects; American Institute of Architects.
2. National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
3. NCARB Certificate #4780
4. Registered in WI, MI, MN, IA, FL, IL.
SAMPLING OF CONTINUING EDUCATION, AWARDS, SEMINARS, AND ARCHITECTURAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE:
1. Plym Fellowship, University of Illinois, School of Architecture, 1966.
The award consists of $14,000 (1989 dollars). The recipient spends six months in Europe studying European architecture.
The Plym Fellowship is awarded annually by the University of Illinois School of Architecture to one of its graduates, based on professional development, academic record and age.
Mr. Ajango spent the summer of 1966 in Europe, studying and reporting on European Architecture.
2. Young Man of the Year, Local Jaycees, 1965.
3. Wisconsin Building code Refresher Courses (Annually) offered by University of Wisconsin extension and the Wisconsin Dept. of Industry, Labor & Human Relations.
4. Speaker for the annual state of Wisconsin Building Inspectors' Seminar, Madison, WI, 1984. Given by Dept. of Industry, Labor & Human Relations, Buildings and Safety division. Topic: Exterior brick veneer failure and replacement on the eight-story Parkside apartment building, Madison, WI.
5. Speaker for the annual Wisconsin Housing Authorities Association Convention at Telemark, WI, 1985. Topic: Building Renovations.
6. 11 buildings listed in the Rock County, WI Historical Building Register.
7. "Orchids" Award from the Capital Citizens Committe, Madison, WI, for the design of the Watertower Place.
8. Member of the local building board.
9. Grader for the Natrional Council of Architectural Registraition Boards (Summer, 1986).
10. Articles about architecture and projects in various newspapers from the Milwaukee Journal to the Wisconsin State Journal.
11. "The Story of 190 Christian Symbols," published by a local congregation, with excerpts published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
12. Architectural study-travel, each year.
13. Judge, Wisconsin High Schools Architectural Design Competition, 1985.
14. Translation, Estonian to English of the Soviet Architects' travel log in the U.S. for the U.S. National A.I.A., 1972.
15. Exhibit of stained glass work, Madison, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Janesville, WI; Indianapolis, IN (own designs and work), 1984-present.
16. Grader for the annual nationwide Architects Exams Grading, July 1987.
17. Member, local board of zoning appeals.
18. Expert witness for 12 or more court cases involving cases of improper or faulty construction.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF THE FIRM:
The practice is best described as a "general practice" as compared to a specialized buidling types practice. Architectural service includes, but is not limited to architecture in general and the following in specific: architecural, structural design; planning; special studies; working drawings; specifications and systems; interior design; inspection; and contract administration. Mr. Ajango does personally or is personally in charge of all architectural design, interior design, planning, aesthetics and structural design, for every
project his office is commissioned for.
PHILOSOPHY OF ARCHITECTURE:
Mr Ajango states:
"On a day-to-day basis, we as humans come in contact with an environment which is 90% man-made. This influences us tremendously in how we react to it, consciously and more importantly, subconsciously. Being such an overwhelming factor in the overall scope of our environment, we dare not let it be ugly, confusing, irritating, "user unfriendly," mellow, dull or unimaginative. Our lives are full of these as is. As architects, it is our almost sacred duty to counter these with the opposites, through the use of the tools at our disposal: the bricks and mortar, this to a point where it becomes almost a mission."