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When: 3/4/2017
Where: Parsons
100 W. Walnut Street
Pasadena, California  91124
United States
Contact: 626.796.7601

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Join AIAPF emerging professionals for this one day event. Join them to learn more about the architectural profession. Practice your interview skills get helpful advice for licensing.

Saturday, March 4
10:00am - 2:00pm 

  10:00-10:55 NCARB / ARE 5.0 & What is the AIA?
  11:00-11:55 Panel Discussion
  12:00-12:30 Break / Social
  12:30-2:00 Portfolio / Resume Critique & Speed Interview

Parsons (New location!)
100 W. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91124

Parking: Participants shall enter Parsons lot from Walnut Street manned gate (north side of property). Guests should pull a ticket and enter the lot. Tickets will be validated at the Security station upon initial entry to the building and at no cost. Tickets will be required to exit the parking lot.




Jim Fenske
Architect, contractor, concerned environmentalist. Grew up in Berkeley, attended U.C. Berkeley, got a masters at Southern California Institute of Architecture. Opened design/build office in 1997 restoring historic homes and now designing and building new, low carbon footprint homes with recycled products. Mr.Fenske has more then 30 years of experience in architecture and construction industry. His modern houses are breathtaking. His ideas are very creative and unique.


Annie Hong, AIA, LEED AP
Annie Hong joined Gonzalez Goodale Architects in 2008. Over the past 9 years she has contributed her collaborative design, technical and management skills to a large number of mixed-use housing and K-12 education projects. She is a dedicated team player distinguished by her strong commitment to client service, quality design, and positive nature. Annie recently gained licensure and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


Carol Lanham, AIA, LEED AP
Carol has more than 30 years of experience in architecture and planning and specializes in Justice Design. She has worked on numerous jail and courthouse projects during her career and started specializing in justice projects at HDR in Dallas, Texas. She most recently worked in St. Louis, Missouri as the Assistant Circuit Executive for Space and Facilities for the Eighth Circuit, United States Courts providing professional guidance in programming, design and construction for all Federal Court Units (Court of Appeals, District Court, Bankruptcy Court, Magistrate Court, Probation and Pretrial Services) in the Eighth Circuit, U.S. Courts. HDR recruited Carol to rejoin the firm in January and she is a Civic Principal and Vice President in HDR”s Pasadena office. Carol and her husband, JP, are adjusting nicely to life in California, getting involved in the local community and enjoying everything Los Angeles has to offer.


Bruce Macpherson, AIA, LEED AP
Bruce Macpherson has over 25 years professional experience in a variety of project types, including healthcare, senior housing, educational and religious facilities. He stands out in the industry with a broad architectural background, having not only worked extensively in the Western United States, but also having performed diverse projects in the United Kingdom. Examples of his work include complex healthcare environments, a master plan for the famous Victoria Dock, mixed-use projects, multi-residential housing, and a 73,000 square foot dormitory facility in Southern California. This breadth of design experience gives Mr. Macpherson a rare perspective on creative problem solving within the architectural field. As a Principal at PDA, he leads the staff in every aspect of project development and delivery, including design bid-build, design-build and negotiated proposal project delivery methods. His “hands-on” management approach provides key guidance on design and technology to the PDA team.

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – Bachelor of Architecture
Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK – Architectural Association Graduate Diploma, Housing Studies


Catherine Roussel, AIA
Catherine is an architect and advocate for the profession. As the Architect Licensing Advisor at Woodbury School of Architecture, she is assisting with the implementation of the new Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) program that is changing the professional preparation of architects.

Previously, Catherine worked for the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC. As Education Director for the AIA’s national office she organized numerous forums for dialogue, including a three-year process to review accreditation standards for architecture education. The outcomes of the 2008 Accreditation Review Conference included more rigorous requirements for sustainability as well as requirements that schools have in place a plan to maintain or increase diversity of its faculty, staff and students. In addition, she facilitated AIA’s participation in the Oxford Conference on Resetting the Agenda for Architecture Education in 2008 and in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 2005 international conference in Mexico City, where ACSA recognized her for distinguished service to the association. A big fan of collaborative initiatives, Catherine is interested in bringing design and policy together to address critical issues such as climate change and housing affordability while providing professional and service opportunities to students and professionals alike. Catherine is an architecture graduate from University of California, Berkeley and later pursued a Master’s in International Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She is a licensed architect in the State of California.


Chris Ward, AIA
Chris Ward is a Senior Associate at DLR Group in Los Angeles. After being licensed in 1990, and working in the offices of Anthony Greenberg AIA and Widom Wein Cohen, Chris was a principal at CWArchitects, focusing on Education, Healthcare, Hospitality and Institutional projects for 25 years. Chris’s projects include collaboration with Skidmore Owings and Merrill on the redesign of the Food Service Facilities at the Hollywood Bowl in 1992, multiple projects at Polytechnic School in Pasadena from 1990 through 2000, including the groundwork for the current master plan of the campus. Polytechnic’s skylight clock, is one of the few meridian skylights in the United States, and accurately marks the equinox twice a year. The Clock and Classroom won one of the first Special Recognition awards from the Savings by Design Program in 2003. CWA’s Under the Oaks Theater at Descanso Gardens won the LA Business Council Landscape Design Award during the same year. In 2007, Chris received the Gold Medal for the Best Adaptive Re-Use project in the United States for Park Century School in Culver City. Park Century’s Glass Sculpture on the Façade is a joint creation of Chris and Frank Gehry and is recognized by the Culver City Public Art Collection. Chris has been the Architect for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses for the last 15 years, where work included the renovation of the Wrigley Mansion. Chris’s recent projects include Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles, Harkham Hillel Academy in Beverly Hills and Saddleback College Athletic Stadium in Mission Viejo. Chris’s practice has expanded with the resources available with DLR Group. Chris is a UC Berkeley Alumnus, and a resident of Los Angeles.


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