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Read all about recent chapter events and activities...

 


FRIDAY FORUM 9/11
SOLAR ENERGY

 

This was indeed a very informative presentation about the current state of solar, both locally and nationally. Speaker Ted Flanigan, president of EcoMotion, one of the foremost experts on policies and trends that will potentially impact the models of solar delivery, provided an excellent program along with good discussion on a variety of things including power purchase agreements (PPA) and renewable energy certificates (REC) that can be "retired" (who knew?!). It was all so very interesting! We appreciate Ted's time and expertise and also thank Steve Lewis for organizing the forum. Let's think about going green...


MIXER @ NEW FERGUSON GALLERY 9/10

  

It was quite an evening at Ferguson! Attendance was great and folks enjoyed mixing and mingling. We saw a lot of new faces, which was very exciting. It's obvious that these mixers are popular so we'll have to organize more social events in the coming months for our members and friends. Thanks to Caralyn de Jong at Ferguson for hosting and to the reps from Hansgrohe, Sub-Zero Wolf, Thermassol, Fine Art Lamps and Victoria+Albert for their support too.


GET ON THE BUS & Pre-Bus Tour Mixer 8/26

 

It was a fun evening at Woody's Home and on the big red bus! Attendance for the event was great and it was good to see so many new faces. If you haven't been to Woody's Home before, you must stop by to check it out. Their home theatre area is pretty amazing. There were vendors from Savant and Bowers & Wilkins who donated super raffle prizes. The grand prize winner was Victor Smith who won a state-of-the-art Savant System for his home.  The bus tour explored the "best of" Pasadena including The Disney Store Home Base, the Ewing Residence, LEED Gold project Mothers' Club as well as landmarks including the Colorado Street Bride. The last stop was at Red White & Bluezz in the Playhouse District where guests enjoyed complimentary hors oeuvres. Our thanks to board member Mark Gangi for leading another excellent tour. and to volunteers Julio Rodriguez, Jeffrey Stattler and Madison Peres. Thanks also to our vendors and friends at Woody's!


SAVINGS BY DESIGN 7/3
DESIGNING FOR THERMAL COMFORT IN ZERO NET ENERGY BUILDINGS

 

This was a very well attended program and it generated so much interest that folks stayed a little later to continue the conversation. Our thanks to Daniel Handal of Waypoint for the opportunity and thanks to Andy Reilman for an awesome presentation. Our appreciation to Parsons for their generosity in hosting the evening! Southern California Gas Company with support from AIA Pasadena & Foothill is provided this training seminar on Zero Net Energy (ZNE) and thermal comfort. This course wasa intended for a technical audience of commercial building design professionals including architects, engineers, contractors, energy efficiency specialists, and energy modelers. This was training dedicated to the exchange of technical knowledge, new strategies and case studies to address the unique design and engineering challenges that ZNE presents and how they can be overcome. A key focus was on ‘how’ thermal comfort was maintained while working towards zero net energy and natural gas savings.

              


CHAPTER PROGRAM 7/22
AN EVENING WITH EHRLICH ARCHITECTS "From House to Courthouse"

 
 

(L-R: Julio Rodriguez, Harry Drake, Coulter Winn, Farzin Torbati, Patti Rhee, Steven Ehrlich, David Gaines)

What an honor it was to hear from Steven Ehrlich and Patti Rhee! The firm is doing outstanding work all around the world. Thank you to all who attended. Honored with the AIA National Firm Award in 2015, Ehrlich Architects is a versatile practice that has earned an international reputation for design excellence and an exemplary professional culture. Founded in 1979 as a tiny residential studio, the Los Angeles-based firm is a 40 member team that has mastered building types ranging in scale from houses to courthouses, including libraries, university centers, corporate and government facilities. Ehrlich Architects has been recognized with more than 150 awards including nine national AIA awards, and the title of AIA California Council Firm of the Year in 2003.


CHAPTER PROGRAM 6/25
MODERNISM IN HISTORIC CONTEXTS

 

For those who attended this event, well, it was pretty awesome. The new Caltech Keck Institute for Space Studies is a delightful addition to the historic campus which blends in beautifully with the existing historic structures. Architect Michael Lehrer led guests on a special tour first and then sat down for a discussion about the project with the client. Now having been on campus again, it's a wonder why we don't explore and visit more often?!  Caltech is a gem in the heart of the community. Thanks to Michael and the Calteach team of Michele Judd, Dr. Meg Rosenberg and Ken Hargreaves for their support and participation.

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FRIDAY FORUM 6/12
ENVISIONING THE 710

 

(L-R Steve Lewis, Stefanos Polyzoides, Michael Cacciotti; John Luttrell, Audrey O'Kelley, Joe Catalano)

Discussion about the 710 is always interesting. This morning we were honored to have noted architect and urbanist Stefanos Polyzoides present some compelling thoughts and ideas for the ditch at the 710 freeway "stub." Also weighing in on this hot topic were Michael Cacciotti, South Pasadena City Council and Assemblymember Anthony Portantino. Many things were discussed (we really needed more time!) the takeaway was that major development and commerce seem to be moving in a west-east direction. For the 710 to extend northward, well, we must see what Metro and others consider to be the reasons for going that way. We would also like to recognize Audrey O'Kelley of Connecting Pasadena Project (CCP) for her insight and participation. You may also see the CCP Report that was submitted to Pasadena City Council on April 13th HERE. Thanks to Steve Lewis, Joe Catalano and Richard McCann for organizing this outstanding Forum.


FRIDAY FORUM 5/8 "MANSIONIZATION, PART 2"

  

The discussion this time around was more substantive. Participants brought up a number of good points and perspectives. We talked about building activities in Monrovia what happened in Beverly Hills in the past and what is happening in Arcadia now.  The big question raised was, "Is there really a crisis?" In any event, the chapter and architects will weigh in on this matter of "mansionization" or perhaps "compatibility." Whatever you call it, the chapter will be following up with a survey to get further response and input. All this information will help us as we draft a position letter to the city. Thanks to all who participated!


MEET-UP WITH AIAS-USC 5/2

We got connected with the architecture students at USC over breakfast at Zinc Cafe in Downtown. There was a good number of students who showed up to network and to meet our leaders and members. We look forward to doing more with the students!


SPAGHETTI / MARSHMALLOW BUILDING COMPETITION - PUSD + AIAPF 4/22

   

In an effort to get connected with Pasadena Unified School District, chapter member volunteers were invited to lead a "Spaghetti/Marshmallow Building Contest." Past president Nazanin Zarkesh was the first to volunteer and jumped in to lead a group of 6th graders at Eliot Middle School. She was joined by Associate member Jeff Stattler and Julio Rodriguez from Ewing Architects for this fun and engaging activity to teach young people about architects and architecture. We need to get more architects involved with the school and the students! If you're interested in participating for the 2015/2016 academic year, please contact the chapter office.


CHAPTER PROGRAM 4/22

A Career Learning to Integrate Design and Delivery
 

Thank you to Kate Diamond for her outstanding presentation! It was a lovely evening at Art Center South Campus where she discussed her commitment to integrated design, and where possible, integrated design and delivery as the best method to deliver beautiful design, optimal value and high performance for our clients. It was an honor and pleasure to have her speak to our members and friends.


FRIDAY FORUM 4/3

THE CHANGING FORM OF NEIGHBORHOODS

   

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was barely enough time to scratch the surface of "mansionization" during this well-attended Forum. This presentation was organized by Steve Lewis, AIA and included a panel which included Mark Gangi, AIA, Laura Dahl, Planning & Community Development Director at City of Pasadena, Boyd Smith of Podley Properties and Joe Catalano, AIA, that provided insight and perspective on this growing issue. One outcome of this conversation is that AIA must lead the effort and provide guidance on this phenomenon.  Indeed, the AIA should take the lead in exploring the recent trends in single family residential development throughout numerous neighborhoods within the its service territory; AIA should research the issues underlying these trends, and put itself in a position to mediate conflicts, offer advice and wisdom from our unique professional perspective, and serve as trusted advisors to policy-makers and the affected communities. A follow-up discussion will be scheduled soon.


TOUR / SOCIAL 3/28
COMPLETED HUNTINGTON LIBRARY EDUCATION & VISITOR CENTER

The new EVC is fantastic! It's always nice to have the opportunity to visit a project site from early phase of construction to completion. We've had very special access to this project over the last couple of years. A BIG thank you to James McLane of Architectural Resources Group for the tour. Jim is proud of his work and we congratulate him and ARG on a job very well done. 


CHAPTER PROGRAM
3/25

EXOTIC TECHNOLOGY. STRUCTURE & MODELING WITH AC MARTIN PARTNERS


 

(L-R: Jow, Farzin Torbati, Mitch Sawasy, King, Chris Martin, David Martin)

This was the best attended and most popular event to date! Our thanks and gratitude to Chris Martin, David Martin, Chris King and Tammy Jow for their time and participation. The Wilshire Grand Center is a project of breathtaking design and details. All we can say is, "Wow!" We are looking forward to a hard hat tour in 2016! The project is set to be completed in 2017.


ADA SEMINAR 3/14

The conference room was full! Our architect members took the time to attend this seminar to order to insure their license renewal. Our thanks to Janis Kent, FAIA for leading the seminar and providing invaluable information. Also, thanks to Farzin Torbati and Parson for their generous hospitality. 


AIA 101 MIXER 2/25

This was a great evening! The chapter was able to connect with a number of new friends and colleagues. Pres. Mitch Sawasy and VP Michelle Acosta provided an informative presentation on the value of AIA. We hope those eligible to join will register soon so that we can all stay connected. Our thanks to HDR for hosting the mixer. We're busy planning the next one now...


FRIDAY FORUM 2/13

AIA CALIFORNIA COUNCIL UPDATE

It was an honor to have Paul Welch Jr., Hon. AIACC and Ex. Vice President speak to our members. There was plenty of lively discussion but not nearly enough time to cover all the topics which included repositioning, realignment and core member services. Change will be coming to all the chapters in the state and Pasadena & Foothill Chapter could be a leader in envisioning what AIA could look like in the coming years. There is a great need to better establish relevancy of the AIA, to engage with young emerging professionals and to bring value to membership. The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) is the voice of the architecture profession, dedicated to serving its members, advancing their value, and improving the quality of the built environment.


restauranTOUR / SOCIAL 1/30

 

This event was well-attended! Thank you to our Emerging Professionals team for organizing this fun social. Everyone enjoyed seeing the restaurant's fine design and details. It was very sad to have to say Ciao! to this local eatery. Hopefully the next business to takeover the space will find a way to keep the design intact. Stay tuned for news about the next restauranTOUR.


CONGRATULATIONS TO TOBY PUGH, FAIA!

Longtime chapter member Toby Pugh of Walt Disney Imagineering was recently elevated to AIA Fellow. Toby worked closely with the Fellowship Committee last year on his outstanding submittal in the Specialty Practice category. Over the past two decades, Toby's work has focused on theme parks and resorts in the U.S. and Asia. He has worked steadfastly to bring access and enjoyment to as many facility  users as possible, regardless of their abilities for mobility, vision, hearing or cognition. This work has positively impacted the lives of millions of people by encouraging them to expand their horizons for experience, and by helping to incorporate them into the daily fabric of society.

The process to becoming a Fellow is quite challenging and often difficult to achieve on the first attempt. Well done Toby!

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