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The American story has spread worldwide through our business interests, products and entertainment. This has been largely reflected as a success story in the global domination of our corporations and consumer culture. But no one anticipated internet or social media providing a "virtual space" for extremism to circulate false narratives about America. Who might think this might be related to World’s Fairs?

FACE OF A NATION captures the erosion of the American image as the country loses sight of its vision and values. Probing deeply into national identity, architect Mina Chow investigates the controversy surrounding US participation at World’s Fairs for the last 25 years. The film asks important questions about the country’s role in the world and perceptions of the American image. With our diminished presence at World’s Fairs, have we lost sight of what it means to be American?

Mina Chow has been touring and educating nationally about the abolition of funding to represent the BEST of the American people. With Expo 2020 Dubai is less than two years away, spreading truth has become more important than ever. Daughter of immigrants, an idealistic American architect struggles to keep her dream alive as she journeys to discover why America abandoned World’s Fairs. REGISTER



Getting ready to the take the CSE exam? Attend this seminar with other emerging professionals to learn more about it. Free event! RSVP



Explore this newest eatery in our fair city! Great Maple is a modern American eatery specializing in elevated comfort food with a twist. Using seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients, it strives to create crave-worthy dishes, more commonly associated with upscale dining.

The great maple tree is a symbol of their values and their story. Starting small, Great Maple has grown to reflect a further evolved and sophisticated version of where it began. Its goal remains the same: To bring smiles to guests’ faces with unexpected plating, amazing flavors and personal connections. RSVP


AIAPF HEALTHCARE COMMITTEE PRESENTS: Desert Healing – New Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital in Rancho Mirage 6/27

The California Hospital Association’s webpage states that “as the population ages and lives longer, the demand for post-acute-care services has increased. Simultaneously, health care providers face pressures to control costs. The financial and clinical success of any health care organization depends on its ability to deliver cost-effective post-acute-care services.”

Enter the Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Rancho Mirage, a 50-bed rehabilitation hospital in the Coachella Valley. With a tumultuous history – the hospital took about 13 years to complete due to 2008 financial crisis and multiple owners, programs, and code changes - this facility is now the only freestanding acute rehabilitation in the area. Learn more about it. RSVP




Attend this forum to get a basic understanding of the ins and outs of business development. Speaker will be expert Karen Compton of A3K Consulting. An in-depth one-day bootcamp in September will follow this program! Not to be missed. Registration to open soon... 


SAVE THE DATE! SUMMER SOCIAL + architecture product show 8/22

Enjoy a nice summer night with us at The Gamble House. There will be food trucks, music and architectural product vendors to meet! Details to come...





A contemporary facade is more than the outward face of the building’s architectural expression, it is a driving factor that influences overall performance. As California continues to embrace innovative design and impose more stringent performance standards, AEC professionals must carefully consider and reimagine the building facade. To make a beautiful, highly functional facade a reality, architects, engineers, and building professionals must understand all various design concepts and translate them into constructible details.

Create + Construct is a day-long symposium bringing together Los Angeles’s AEC leaders to discuss trends and share best practices when designing and constructing contemporary facades. Participants can earn up to 6 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU/HSW) for their attendance. INFO/REGISTER

Repurposed Shipping Containers: Tour of SteelCraft Bellflower 6/26

SteelCraft Bellflower is the second installment of an outdoor eatery made with repurposed shipping containers. Hear from the architect and builder on how to not compromise the structural integrity when joining multiple containers, the challenges in developing a project that is new territory for a city, and the advantages and disadvantages of a project Self-Certification plan check program. 1.5 HSW/LUs (pending). REGISTER


NZ19 is the world's largest net zero building conference and expo. A hub for thought-leaders and industry-shapers in the Energy, Water, Waste, Transit, and Carbon sectors, NZ19 will bring 1,200+ green building pioneers from around the world to Southern California to inspire, educate, and evolve our built environment.

The three-day event will feature exciting keynotes from ILFI CEO Amanda Sturgeon and Architecture 2030 CEO & Founder Ed Mazria, panels and workshops from innovative leaders in sustainability, Los Angeles-area green building tours, premium networking opportunities, and an epxo hall featuring 100+ exhibitors.

CEUs will be available for AIA, GBCI, and LFA credential holders. Please visit for registration and additional details.

Early bird pricing -- Receive $50 - $100 off the price of admission to the full day conference, expo hall, Robin Hood Gala and Los Angeles-area building tours when you register for the NZ19 Conference & Expo before July 15, 2019.

SAVE THE DATE CarbonPositive'20 International Conference and Expo 2/24-26, 2020

The world will construct a staggering 230 billion square meters (2.5 trillion square feet) of buildings over the next four decades, an area equal to the current worldwide building stock or the equivalent of adding an entire New York City to the planet every 34 days for the next 40 years.

The Conference will explore designing cities and buildings that use sustainable resources, generate a surplus of renewable energy, and convert atmospheric carbon into durable materials and products. By presenting leading-edge knowledge and breakthrough technologies, strategies, planning and design tools, and bringing together key policymakers, planners, architects, engineers, product manufacturers,
and innovators, we can make carbon positive built environments a reality.

CarbonPositive’20 will put you directly in the driver’s seat to accelerate our transition to a carbon positive future. Join leaders and innovators from around the world at this three-day conference and leave with the passion and capacity to shape the future!
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