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First Friday Forum

For over ten years, conscientious, politically-concerned architects from AIAPF have been meeting for breakfast on the first Friday of each month. Through the years, this government affairs program has proudly become known as the First Friday Forum. Distinguished speakers join the breakfast to address current issues of importance to our chapter's members and region.

At the end of the program, there is an open-mic time to allow discussion of policy and needed action on issues of concern to architects at the local, state, and national levels. Wide-ranging topics, all pertinent to the architectural profession, are discussed. Some past topics include identification of ballot initiatives, planning issues, and political issues with potential impact on the architectural profession and addressing local building projects that strenuously impact the built environment.

Past Accomplishments

  • Since 1948, the Chapter has been instrumental in influencing the built environment in the region within the chapter’s boundaries. In 1948, the former Millionaires' Row on Pasadena’s Orange Grove Boulevard was re-developed into multifamily dwellings with care to retain the character of the existing neighborhood as a direct result of our chapter's work.
  • In 1962, AIA member leadership in the Citizens' Council for Planning was crucial to the development of a successful Comprehensive Master Plan for Pasadena. 
  • From the late 1960's through the 1980's, the Chapter was in the forefront of the national discussion on the ethics of architects' involvement in the design-build movement. Wallace Haas, FAIA, representing the Chapter, served as Chairman of the AIA National Task Force to develop guidelines and documents.
  • The Chapter was instrumental in the development of the 1992 Pasadena General Plan and its first guiding principle in its vision statement: "Growth will be targeted towards the downtown and along major transit corridors."

Strengthening the Voice of Architects in Government

The AIA represents the interests of architects before federal, state, and local governments and other policy-making bodies and organizations. This outreach, coupled with sustained member participation and active involvement in the political process, enables the AIA to advocate on behalf of its members in legislative and regulatory issues important to architecture.

To learn more about sponsoring one of our Friday Friday Forums, download our sponsorship application (PDF).

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