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December 2014 Bulletin

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HOLIDAY PARTY & BOARD INSTALLATION 12/4

 

The festivities and food at The Valley Hunt Club were enjoyed by all! The man of the hour, Lance Bird, was feted for his work, passion and dedication to the profession and the AIA. We also recognized the 2014 board of directors for their efforts and swore in the 2015 board alongside new president, Mitch Sawasy.



FRIDAY FORUM 11/21

A DISCUSSION OF THE DESIGN COMMISSION'S BASIS OF REVIEW FOR THE CITY OF PASADENA

 

Ali Barar and John Byram gave an outstanding  presentation about their work with the Design Review Commission. They focused on concepts and policies used by the Commission and highlighted some recent changes to the submittal requirements to better facilitate the Commission’s charge. There was great discussion about the potential changes to the Design Review Board and its members.


TOUR TIME THURSDAY 11/6
HUNTINGTON LIBRARY NEW EDUCATION & VISITOR CENTER

It was a very special afternoon at the Huntington Library as we toured the progress of the Education & Visitor Center.  Thanks again to Ashley Powell and James McLane of Architectural Resources Group and Drew Wesling of MATT Construction for leading the tour! The official grand opening will probably be in April 2015.


BIRDHOUSE COMPETITION 10/4

        

It was indeed Tweet Treats and all that Jazz at the Pasadena Community Gardens!  Thanks to all who attended the event and most especially to those who built and entered their birdhouse in the competition.  The design and creativity that went into each house was incredible!  There are soon to be some very happy birds in our community enjoying life in an adobe or Mid-Century duplex.  Chapter VP and Event Chair Mitch Sawasy is already thinking about how to make next year's event even better.

 


FRIDAY FORUM 10/3
COFFEE & CONVERSATION WITH CONGRESSWOMAN JUDY CHU




Congresswoman Judy Chu provided candid and open discussion about the numerous committees on which she serves and her work to support small business and the San Gabriel Valley.  She's been working on a bill (for more than 11 years) to get the San Gabriel Mountains designated as a National Monument!  This was indeed a great way to start the day.  We thank Rep. Chu for taking time out her busy schedule to connect with us.


DESIGN AWARDS GALA 9/18

 

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Design Awards.  Each and every one of the submittals was outstanding.  It's good to see amazing projects around the city -- and great work being done by fellow architects.  All those who attended the Gala enjoyed cocktails and socializing on the steps of the beautiful Pasadena Civic Center.  Thanks and gratitude to our generous sponsors and to John Luttrell and the event committee for all their hard work!  See the award winners here

 


GET ON THE BUS 8/21



It was a lovely evening. The tour began at the recently renovated Altadena Country Club where folks enjoyed mingling in the Players Lounge. After a quick drink everyone boarded the bus and explored the city and its architecture. Mark Gangi, as usual, was the consummate host and storyteller sharing about Altadena, the Zorthian Ranch and other architectural points of interest. We have to wonder what he has planned for next year?! 


FRIDAY FORUM 8/15
GENERAL PLAN NEWS & UPDATE



L-R: Mitch Sawasy, Bertoni, Zelda Wong, Nazanin Zarkesh

There was much to talk about this morning and so little time.  Topics touched upon included changes to CEQA, design guidelines, transportation, community comments and the value of surveys, etc.  It was great being able to speak directly with Planning Director Vince Bertoni who was joined by his team made up of Scott Reimers, Sr. Planner and Vicrim Chima, Assoc. Planner.  Thanks guys!  The chapter looks forward to being more involved and better connected with the Planning Department.


CHAPTER SOCIAL 7/24

WHO'S UP FOR "PROJECT SHOW & TELL"?




Thank you to everyone who participated and shared a project.  Now we know more about you and your work.  Architect members have done and are doing interesting and exciting things all around town.  The chapter enjoys organizing fun social events like this.  There will be another opportunity soon for you to come and toot your horn...


CHAPTER PROGRAM 7/16

Architectural LED’s – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly



What an evening! Guests were treated to a short introduction about Walt Disney Imagineering and their projects around the world.  Then came the brilliant program about architectural LEDs presented by Chip Israel of Lighting Design Alliance.  He was informative, interesting and, well, illuminating.  Lighting is an important component of good design and it enhances any project when done well.  Our thanks to Chip and his team and to the cast members at WDI for being so generous with their time and for sharing their expertise.  If you would like to see Chip's ppt presentation, click here.

There was mention of a joint AIA Pasadena & Foothill and San Fernando Valley event to include a more in-depth tour of WDI.  So stay tuned...



FRIDAY FORUM 7/11
WHERE IS METRO GOING? PRESENTATION BY MARTHA WELBORNE, FAIA

 



The LA County transit plans are immense.  The vision for MTA is breathtaking, from LAX down to the OC border.  It was exciting to learn from Martha about the future Lines and expansions that will make getting around town -- without a car -- easier.  If you are interested in seeing the ppt for today's presentation, click here.  We thank Martha Welborne and David Mieger for spending the morning with us!


CHAPTER LEADERS & USC ALUMNI AT SOM, CHICAGO!


L-R: Karen Kensek, Michael Gehring, Andrea Cohen Gehring, Zarkesh, Li Shouning, Qingyun Ma, Dean of USC School of Architecture, Zarifian and Doug Noble

Chicago was the place to be!  During the National Convention, SOM hosted USC alumni at a special reception on Thursday, 6/26. Those who attended included chapter president Nazanin Zarkesh and recent past president Alek Zarifian.  Trojans are everywhere.


CHAPTER PROGRAM 6/18

A California Healthcare Complex takes Structural Engineering Collaborative Design and IPD to New Heights presented by TTG Corp



Edwin Najarian's presentation was informative and interesting.  He provided great insight into this compelling case study of the healthcare complex.  We thank all who attended and are grateful for the continued support of Parsons.


FRIDAY FORUM 6/6
BREAKFAST WITH CHAMPIONS / 66th ANNIVERSARY!




The chapter celebrated its 66th Anniversary with Ray Girvigian and many others at Brookside!  The Past and Present Leaders Forum provided a glimpse into the chapter's proud past and generated a wealth of ideas and discussion points that are sure to be continued in the near future.  It was an honor to be in the company of chapter champions Ray, Lance Bird, John Tegtmeyer, Doug Ewing, John Luttrell, et al.  Thank you to all who attended!


AIAPF + AIA l LA 5/21
CELEBRATE

L-R: Amy Chang, Andrea Cohen Gehring, Nazanin Zarkesh, Alek Zarifian, Mike Gehring, unidentified guest

It was great collaborating with AIA Los Angeles on this event!  The industry mixer to recognize CO Architects was well attended as folks came out to the recognize the firm for their outstanding work and for receiving the AIA California Council 2014 Firm Award. 


T3 TOUR TIME THURSDAY 5/22
PASADENA YWCA



photo courtesy of Olga Bogdan

Our thanks to Christopher Smith of Architectural Resources Group for leading the tour and discussing the client's vision for the YWCA as a boutique hotel.  Getting inside to explore the building provided a very unique opportunity.  Those on the tour will be able to recall Julia Morgan's original design for a "then and now" perspective.  We look forward to possibly touring the YWCA again upon its completion as a hotel.


CHAPTER MEETING 5/20
Will the Pasadena General Plan Update help or hinder innovation in architecture?

 


This meeting included Vicrim Chima, Associate Planner for the City of Pasadena.  Our members did a good job of providing excellent feedback, but this discussion on the General Plan was only the beginning.  The City is interested in being presented with the genesis of some of the concepts, which can be very helpful in formulating a critique. Thank you Mark Gangi, director, Citizen Architect and Derek Ryder for leading this discussion.  As dialog continues, we hope you will be part of it!
 

FRIDAY FORUM 5/9
AIACC REGULATION & PRACTICE: UPDATE AND DISCUSSION



We appreciated the special discussion with Kurt Cooknick, AIACC director of Regulation & Practic. He touched upon a number of subjects, but the talk regarding licensure and Emerging Professionals was quite compelling.  We look forward to an opportunity to follow up and enlarge upon this in the coming months.


CHAPTER PROGRAM
4/23
FIRM RESILIENCY PLAN: HOW WILL YOUR FIRM SURVIVE?




Over the last few years many businesses have developed and implemented emergency plans and protocols.  Hurricane Katrina was probably the impetus as most firms realized they had no contingency plans in the wake of a disaster nor were their teams members educated or prepared to respond.  Last night's presentation by Parsons and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts provided a wealth of information on the procedures they now have in place -- which are quite comprehensive.  We appreciate Matthew Jordan or Parsons and Richard Nora of Walt Disney Co. for their time and presentation.  There will be more Disaster Preparedness & Resiliency programs and discussions to come!

 


APRIL CHAPTER PROGRAM 4/16
California's New Energy Code: Challenges and Opportunities



Thanks to all who attended this informative program.  David Intner and Kavita Rodrigues from Savings By Design provided good presentation about the code changes that go into effect on July 1st.  The chapter gratefully acknowledges Diane McLean of Savings By Design/SCE and Farzin Torbati of Parsons for their participation and generous support of this program.

 


TOUR TIME THURSDAY / T3
BRAND LIBRARY & ART CENTER TOUR 4/10



This was a most excellent tour and program led by Debra Gerod, FAIA and Carolyn Flemming and Cindy Cleary of the City of Glendale.  Brand Library is rich in history and we are fortunate it continues to serve as a thriving community center of music, arts & culture.  So, if you find yourself in or around Glendale, make it a point to visit and explore the library.  Thanks and appreciation also to Reuben Lombardo of Spectra Company for his participation. 

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APRIL FRIDAY FORUM 4/4

SPONGE CITY: UNDERSTANDING STORMWATER AND ITS URBAN DESIGN IMPLICATIONS



Thank you to all who attended this forum!  Peter Hadley from Arid Lands Institute presented a very compelling discussion and we've barely scratched the surface.  We look forward to another talk soon about this topic and the other things Arid Lands is researching.
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OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES (OES) TRAINING 3/29



OES Training with Brian Lee was well attended and informative!  Participants received vital information and education on what to do in the event of a disaster.  This was an outstanding course and the chapter along with Architecture For Humanity looks forward to organizing another session soon.  Thank you Brian for your time and expertise and to all those who attended and received certification.


MARCH CHAPTER PROGRAM 3/26

"But I Still Think It's Ugly": Explaining Architecture to Normal People

Tim Culvahouse presented a lively and engaging discussion!  We appreciate his time and also thank our sponsor Warner Constructors for their generous support. 
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WOODBURY U. MEET THE DESIGN FIRMS 3/25

The chapter participated at Woodbury University's "Meet the Design Firms" event.  Alongside firms including AC Martin, Johnson Fain and many others, Membership director, Julie Arcelay and VP Mitch Sawasy were on hand to meet with students and to share about the value of AIA membership.  Recent grads are eligible for free one-year membership, which offers a great way to start getting connected.


 

VP Mitch talks to student about AIA membership


GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Chapter leaders, Nazanin Zarkesh and Mitch Sawasy are in Washington DC attending the AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference.  On 3.20 they met with Congressman Adam Schiff's office, as well as that of Congresswoman Grace Napolitano.  Grassroots provides the opportunity for the chapter to connect with legislative leaders and share with them about architects, our community concerns and needs!


L-R: Sawasy, Joseph Ciccone of Congresswoman Grace Napolitano's office, Zarkesh

 


ARE KICK-OFF MIXER 3/8



The AIAPF Emerging Professionals Committee held a successful kickoff event on Saturday, March 8. We kicked off this year's series of 2014 ARE Lectures, which will be held on Saturday afternoons at the Chapter office. A new improvement this year is that each lecture will be followed by Dinner and Drinks at various dining establishments in and around Pasadena. Be sure to notify all those in your office about it!

The EP Committee is also working on a new Mentorship Initiative, which we are planning to implement in 2015. In February, committee member Mason Ng participated in a conference call with AIA California Counsel to discuss such measures. He learned the best Mentorship methods from varying chapters throughout California, and we are now striving to implement those ideas. In the near future, we will be reaching out to members (at all stages in their careers) to help make this a successful venture."

 

Learn more about ARE 2014

 


MARCH FRIDAY FORUM 3/7

PASADENA: MAJOR ISSUES OF THE DAY

Thank you to Mayor Bill Bogaard for a great morning and good discussion.  We appreciate the generous support of Gangi Builders.

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FEBRUARY CHAPTER PROGRAM 2/19

Not Your Average Architect: Lessons Learned About the Standard of Care
 

David Barker and Erin Dunkerly of Collins, Collins, Muir + Stewart presented and excellent program on the Standard of Care.  We appreciate Flewelling & Moody's hospitality - it was good to be able to visit and tour their office!  Thank you.

 


 AIACC @ AIAPF ON 2/6

The chapter hosted the AIA California Council (AIACC) Leadership Training Session led by Paul Welch, EVP, AIACC. Current and future leaders of AIA chapters had the opportunity to participate and learn. Those who attended included colleagues from the OC, Ventura and Inland Chapters.

L-R: Tiffany Dell'Aquila, Mitch Sawasy, Paul Welch, David Brotman, FAIA of Sunset Consultants and David Disman, AIAOC


CHAPTER PROGRAM 1/15
GLOBAL VISION / LOCAL ROOTS

Our thanks for Ron Altoon for his outstanding presentation on global practice! We are also grateful to Parsons for their generous support of this event.

 


FRIDAY FORUM 1/10

Thank you to Doug Humphrey for his presentation and for the great discussion!

 


See the November 2013 Bulletin here

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