Architecture Matters: The Work of Architect Peter Zumthor

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Join hosts Saxon Sigerson, AIA, Arturo Levenfeld, AIA and Kris Barkley, AIA for a casual evening of discussion centered on the topic of design as it relates to the work of architect Peter Zumthor.

Pritzker Prize winning architect Peter Zumthor is at once known and unknown. His name is certainly recognizable within the profession but his deceptively simple, quiet approach to design seems to form his notoriety [or lack thereof]. All the more reason to bring his work to light and explore the intricacies of a substantial body of work.

What place does Zumthor’s work have in the larger community of global architecture? How does it relate to the human condition? Our open forum discussion is intended to explore these questions and others in our continuing Architecture Matters design forum series.

Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Time: 5:30 pm., check-in + dinner, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., presentation

Location: AIA Central Valley Chapter Office, 1400 S Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, California 95811

AIA/CES: 1.5 Learning Units

Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members (price includes dinner), FREE for students with valid ID (does not include dinner)

RSVP: Brown Paper Tickets at:

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2015 Accessibility & Codes Courses

The Chapter is offering four (4) courses this year:

  • March 11th, 2015 / Accessibility Scoping for New Construction and Alterations: What is Compliant, What to Modify & Which Regulations Apply / 5 HSW
    Instructors: Mark Wood, CASp and Paul Klein, CASp
  • May 28th, 2015 / Accessibility for Healthcare Architects / 5 HSW
    Instructor: Bill Zellmer, AIA
  • July 10th, 2015 / Universal Design Case Studies & Accessibility Code Update / 5 HSW
    Instructor: Gilda Puenta-Peters GPPA Architects
  • September 15th, 2015 (Repeat Course)/ Accessibility Scoping for New Construction and Alterations: What is Complaint, What to Modify & Which Regulations Apply / 5 HSW
    Instructors: Mark Wood, CASp and Paul Klein, CASp

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Space is limited, please register early:  

Emerging Professional’s Speed Mentor Match



Everyone in the architecture and design industry benefits from having a mentor to guide them along the winding path to success. The Speed Mentor Match Event connects Emerging Professionals to the vast network of experienced professionals in our region.
Emerging Professionals meet with a small group of experienced mentors for a short period of time before moving to the next group, like speed dating, only better!
If you are interested in connecting with a mentor (or being a mentor) and directly benefiting your career and the local profession, join us for this event.


Date/Time: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2015 5 PM TO 7PM
(light refreshments will be provided)


Registration: please visit: to register by Friday Feb. 13th

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Architecture and Design Film Night: Blade Runner – Director’s Cut



Join AIACV for a film screening of “Blade Runner.”

In Los Angeles 2019, humans have genetically engineered Replicants, which are essentially humans who are designed for labor and entertainment purposes. They are illegal on earth, and if they make it to our planet they are to be hunted down and killed.

The former designer for Ford Motor Company, as well as “futurist consultant” for companies like Sony or Chrysler, Syd Mead is responsible for the development of these futuristic ideas. Specifically for the film he worked close to Ridley Scott designing the environment for the movie, and his drawings of the “spinners” (flying cars) shaped the 25 models utilized on the movie.

Film production also included a soundstage re-creation of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Ennis House.

When: Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Where: AIACV Gallery, 1400 S Street, Suite 100


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Experience Architecture Week Launch Event featuring CANSTRUCTION®




This Friday, October 10th, 5 – 9 pm, FREE
SMUD Customer Service Center, 6301 S Street, Sacramento

Experience Architecture Week kicks off with a reveal and awards presentation of our region’s first CANSTRUCTION® build. This international charity competition brings architects, engineers, contractors, and students together to design and build structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition, all of the food will be donated to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Exhibits remain up through October 17th and may be viewed weekdays 8 am – 6 pm.

This launch event will also feature the Architectura Obscura photography exhibit and presentation, refreshments and music. Plus, learn more about Experience Architecture events and grab copies of the Guide to share!

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Click here to register for all other events offered during Experience Architecture Week.

Sponsored by: Milgard Windows & Doors, Inside Publications, Mohawk, SD Deacon/Hogue, Dealey, Renton and Associates, SMUD, Corporate Design Group, Inc., Forbo, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Moniz Architecture, and Stafford King Wiese Architects.

The Federalist Behind-the-scene Tour and Movie



Join Emerging Professionals of AIA, ULI, ASLA, and APA for a sneak preview of this unique shipping container project.

Enjoy food, drink, and a surprise film projected on the shipping container walls.

Date: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, 6 to 9 pm

Location: The Federalist Public House (and beer garden), 2009 Matsui Alley (between N Street and Capitol Avenue – enter from 20th Street), Sacramento

Admission: FREE

Space is limited, reserved your spot today!


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President’s Message ~ September 2014

Kris Barkley, AIA 2014 Chapter President

Kris Barkley, AIA
2014 Chapter President

Experience Architecture Week – Preparation is in full swing for the Chapter’s upcoming Experience Architecture Week, set to begin October 10th. Our handy (pocket sized!) guide is now published and available for distribution. Many thanks to Comstock’s Magazine for publishing, printing and including the guide in their September issue along with some great editorial content.

Experience Architecture Week is perhaps our best opportunity to provide the public with an understanding of the value of our profession. As we continue to evolve in our efforts of outreach I strongly encourage all to participate, as well as encourage colleagues, friends and family to attend an event or two. Consider posting a link to our website on your social media site, LinkedIn or to your e-mail contacts.

We have some great events planned this year. If you are not familiar with our line-up, check them out here:

The planning effort continues and volunteers are still needed to staff events. To volunteer, go to:

Big ASSociation Party – What an amazing event! It was very well attended with over 200 registered and a great mix of attendees representing nine different associations. It was great to see old friends and meet new people. Many thanks to all involved and especially to Kim and Hanh for all of their hard work and grace under pressure. Special thanks also to Bike Dog Brewing and Two River Cider for providing the delicious malty and fruity beverages, Fuzion Eats and Luciano Scoop trucks for the fantastic food and ARC for graciously donating the association display boards.

AIACV Strategic Plan Development – Our current strategic plan is scheduled to sunset at the end of 2014 and a task force led by Mike Parrot, AIA has been working on development of a new 5-year plan. This new plan builds on our successful previous plan developed by Matthew Shigihara, AIA and looks to provide a strategy towards demonstration and promotion of the contribution of AIA architects. With the framework of the plan complete we are now working a final organizational graphic for roll out soon.

AIA California Council Update – Though the AIACC regularly posts e-newsletters and other items we are planning on supplementing that information with our own observations as members of the AIACC Board of Directors. More later but there are a couple of interesting things I want to share. First, the Board has restructured the in-person meetings to include informal breakout sessions. This is a really great thing as it’s much easier for members to contribute in a smaller group and then have a group leader recap the discussion. It also allows for better communication between Chapters and individual Board members. Second, the AIACC is looking for nominations to the various positions that will be vacated at the end of the year. Please feel free to suggest potential candidates from our Chapter to continue our legacy of strong participation.

I would also like to extend my thanks to our outgoing Public Director on the Board, Sandra (Sandy) Kirschenmann. Sandy’s time with us has been short but profound and we wish her all the best as she journeys into retirement. Thanks Sandy!

As always, if there’s something here that looks interesting and you’d like to get involved or just voice your opinion please let me know. or (916) 453-1234

Architectura Obscura Photography Competition



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Entry Deadline extended until Thursday, October 2nd!

This is an open photography competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Central Valley Chapter, Milgard Windows & Doors, Inside Publications, Mohawk, SD Deacon/Hogue, SMUD, and 3-Form as part of Experience Architecture Week.

Click here for full details on the program and for an entry form.