AIACV Film Night: “The Human Scale”


Join the Chapter for the documentary film “The Human Scale”.

“50 % of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

THE HUMAN SCALE meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our planning.” – IMDb

Where: AIACV Gallery, 1400 S Street, Suite 100, Sacramento
When: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Time: 5:45pm

Cost: Suggested donation of $5
Register online at:

Click here for the flyer  Please post one in your office or share on social media!

The All New 2014 AIACV Golf & Tennis Tournament!


The golf and tennis committee has been hard at work re-envisioning an *all new* tournament this year.

NEW location – Empire Ranch Golf Club, Folsom

NEW Time – 7:30 am Registration, 8:30 Shot-Gun Start (hosted lunch at 2:30)

NEW PricingFirst 50 AIA Architect and Associate AIA play for only $60 (does not include Allied members)
Once introductory tickets are sold, member pricing is $85
All others play for $160 (the our past member price)

Tennis will be at Broadstone in Folsom. Check in at 9:30 a.m., play from 10 – 1:30. Cost is $30.

New levels of sponsorship opportunities! For information on play and sponsorship click here for a flyer with full details.

Player registration is open! Please register online at:
AIA Members register early for reduced member rate!

AIA Repositioning Update & Dialogue

To become a more valued, relevant organization, the AIA has taken on a “repositioning initiative”– a research and assessment effort that has identified specific areas in the AIA that require real and meaningful change for the organization to remain relevant to members and the profession of architecture. The recommendations of the consultants that conducted the research and analysis focused on three core areas: AIA leadership structure, institutional framework and operational focus.

Join our Chapter’s repositioning ambassador Michael Novak, AIA for an update and dialogue repositioning. Come ready to share your thoughts and ideas–Michael is our conduit to AIA at the National level.

Date: March 13, 2014

Time: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Place: AIACV Gallery, 1400 S Street, Suite 100

RSVP: e-mail

Click here for the flyer

For more information on repositioning, visit the AIA National website:

Chapter Codes and Accessibility Courses

The Chapter is offering three (3) courses this year:

  • February 19th, 2014 / 2013 California Building Code Update / 2 HSW
    Instructor: Steve Winkel, FAIA, PE, CASp
  • May 15th, 2014 / AAH Healthcare Focused Accessibility Course / 5 HSW
    Instructor: Bill Zellmer, AIA, CASp, former OSHPD Senior Architect
  • September 18th, 2014 / “Accessibility in a Day” / 5 HSW
    Instructors: Mark Wood, CASp and Paul Klein, CASp

For full details please click here for the flyer

Space is limited, please register early:  

President’s Message

Kris Barkley, AIA 2014 Chapter President
Kris Barkley, AIA 2014 Chapter President

Kris Barkley, AIA
2014 Chapter President

January and the New Year is often seen as a point of beginning, a fresh start and a look ahead with optimism about the future…

Okay, while it’s kind of fun to think about for a moment, my pragmatic side quickly moves to a continuation of our efforts of the past few years. There is much to look forward to but it’s not just the arrival of a new calendar, it’s all about building on our momentum. I feel (along with many others, I believe) extremely fortunate to be a part of this Chapter and the renewed energy that has come about over the past few years. We have a unique collection of remarkable individuals here and I encourage all to participate. It is truly a pleasurable and valuable experience.

That being said, we do have a couple of specific areas of focus that I believe will contribute to our past efforts and serve to enrich our regional environment:

Promotion of Design as a Necessary Component of the Built Environment – Architects are uniquely positioned to lead the design and construction process of projects to ensure that goals of sustainability, efficiency and construct-ability are achieved while elevating the human condition. Few people outside of our profession understand this, leaving only ourselves to speak up for the value that we can collectively provide.

Support for Development of a Regional School of Architecture - A daunting task to be sure, but certainly a worthwhile goal. Many prospective students are turned away from the profession because of the lack of space within current State programs. Northern California is even further behind other areas of the State in this regard. We are excited to be redoubling our efforts with a working group that includes AIA Central Valley members, Doug McCauley (AIACV member and California Architects Board Executive Officer) and the AIA California Council to make the dream of a regional school a reality.

Repositioning – As AIA National works through the intricacies of this effort we will continue to look for opportunities to voice our thoughts and shape new policies.

Architecture FestivalOf course we fully intend to continue to find ways to improve our annual fall Architecture Festival, as well as our current educational and networking programs and look forward to continuing to build new alliances and relationships with related organizations.

Many thanks to our now past-president Robert Chase, AIA and departing Associate Director Chris Brown, Associate AIA for their vast contributions and energy. Many, many thanks to our departing Allied and Public Directors Marq Truscott, FASLA and Richard Rich, respectively, for contributing an impressive amount of time and talent to our organization and frankly, for putting up with us. That can’t be easy…

Finally, I would like to welcome our new Board members: Director Ed Mojica, AIA and Associate Director Laura Wood, Associate AIA, as well as Allied Director Carol Parra-Little of Corporate Design Group.

For those of you that would like to get more involved please let me know. We will gladly find a role for you within the Chapter that fits your interests and expertise. Cheers!

Kristopher Barkley, AIA, 2014 Chapter President

The California Museum Model Competition Winner Announced


2013Model_winner  Our thanks to all of the entrants for creating models envisioning a new California Museum located underground on the Capitol Mall. They were a big hit at both the Festival Kick-off at the Crocker Art Museum, as well
as at the Chapter’s Design Awards reception.

   The competition jury included Brenna Hamilton, Communications & Marketing Director for the California Museum; Andrea Lepore, owner of HOT ITALIAN restaurant; and Maria Ogrydziak, AIA, our Festival Chair.
We have tallied votes from the jury and both public events and are excited to share that member firm, Rainforth Grau, has won the competition. Congratulations!

The models have been moved to the California Museum and will be displayed at this Thursday’s Eames Film Screening (see below for details). If you haven’t had a chance to see them, please come to this event and take a


   THURSDAY — 10/17
   5:30 to 8 p.m., $20 ($15 for AIA and California Museum members)

The California Museum, 1020 O St  Sacramento

  Sponsored by: Milgard Windows & Doors, Scranton Products, Mohawk, the
  California Museum, Miles Treaster & Associates and HOT ITALIAN
Celebrate the centennial of Sacramento native designer Ray Eames in a special evening featuring a unique presentation of films from the archives of the Eames Office.
Presentation hosted by Llisa Demetrios, granddaughter of Ray Eames and Archivist of the Eames Office. The evening also includes a Q&A with Demetrios, refreshments by HOT ITALIAN and a tour of The California Museum’s exhibit, “Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design.” Co-created with Eames Office, the exhibit is the first to explore Eames’ early life and lesser-known work produced prior to meeting her husband Charles in 1941. Including more than 100 original works created by Charles and Ray plus rarely seen artifacts created from Eames Office and the Eames family’s collections, the exhibit provides new insight on Ray’s ground-breaking role as her husband’s equal partner who broke barriers during an era of limited professional opportunities for women in the arts.
View the California Museum Model entries, enjoy pizza, wine and refreshments!


Sacramento United Parking Day



On Friday,  September 20th the Chapter is drawing together the design and engineering community in Sacramento to transform the street into a series of temporary parks knitted together to raise awareness of green space and the urban fabric of our community.

Contact Mike Novak, AIA at to join in.

Click here for the flyer with full details and parking stall map


Sponsorships are available! Join Uptown Studios and JACOBS in supporting this new event.

Click here for a Sponsorship Form.

Newell Arnerich, AIA, Candidate for State Assembly

submitted by Nick Docous, AIA

Did you know that the following issues – important to all of us in the Design and Construction Industry – continue to be considered by the California Legislature, including:

  • A sales tax on professional services;
  • CEQA Reform;
  • Project delivery methods on public projects, in particular Design-Build;
  • Competition requirements for public projects;
  • Affordable housing;
  • Healthcare facilities standards.

Wouldn’t you feel more comfortable if an Architect were a Member of the Legislature when these issues are discussed and voted on?

Well, the Design and Construction Industry has a tremendous opportunity to help an AIA Member become the first licensed Architect elected to the California State Legislature.  Newell Arnerich, a candidate for the California State Assembly – running for the 16th Assembly District (Alameda and Contra Costa counties), is that Architect.  He is a practitioner and a firm owner since 1978 with offices in Oakland and Los Angeles.

Newell’s candidacy is an opportunity for the profession and our colleagues – engineers, builders, designers – to help elect the first licensed Architect to the California Legislature!

In my opinion Newell embodies the definition of a Citizen Architect:  He has been a member of Danville Town Council for the past 18 years and currently serves as Mayor.  Under his leadership, Danville has become a fiscally responsible city (a credit rating of Aa1 by Moody’s, the second highest rating possible), and has wisely used its redevelopment authority to improve the livability and attractiveness of Danville.

Additionally, Newell understands the business of architecture and he knows the issues our industry faces – many of them the rooted in legislation passed by Assembly and Senate members who do not understand the Design and Construction Industry.

Newell is extremely well versed in public policy and is very intelligent and well spoken.  For example, on the issue of the uninsurable indemnification/duty-to-defend obligation clause found in many contracts with public entities, which is an issue that the Legislature refuses to address, Newell provided lead testimony on this issue for the AIACC in 2005.  His testimony, as an Architect and a Mayor, successfully convinced the Legislature to support legislation that placed restrictions on indemnification provisions.  We have all been beneficiaries of this effort.

As far as we know, there has never been a licensed architect elected to the California Legislature.  There have been engineers, car dealers, teachers, doctors, union officials, and many, many attorneys.  There was even an undertaker elected to the Assembly, but never an Architect.  I trust you agree that the opportunities Newell’s election could provide regarding the profession’s advocacy efforts are tremendous.

In order for his candidacy to be viable his campaign needs financial support.  It is strategically vital that Newell’s campaign raise a substantive amount by the end of June, which is the end of the first reporting period.  Other groups who are interested in the outcome of this race will use this report to determine if Newell is a credible candidate and worthy of support.  Let me put it this way – the more money Newell’s campaign raises by this deadline, the more seriously he’ll be taken as a candidate.  We must support him in this effort.

Please go to to make a donation online – even if it’s only $25; every donation helps and counts!

In times when resources are scarce we need to look at – and carefully consider – where investing them will result in the highest return.  I ask that you each consider helping Newell’s campaign and give the architectural profession a strong, qualified, and eloquent voice in the California Legislature.

Thanks for your consideration.  If you need more information and want to “get to know” Newell, here is a link to a video he made at the AIA Convention in Denver just last week: