AIACC Event: NOW NEXT FUTURE: technology serving design

As you may have seen, the AIACC is hosting a new conference this year -NOW NEXT FUTURE: technology serving design . The event is scheduled for November 2-3, 2013 in San Francisco.

The conference focuses on exploring enhancements in design thinking made possible through technological innovation. It will help you weed thru the technology clutter, learn about costs and benefits of various tools, and discover ways to embed them into your business and design processes.


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AIACC Emerging Professionals Present ~ Progression: (re)imagining our future

Join AIACC for the inaugural Progression Conference, Saturday – September 22, 2012 sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, California Council’s Academy of Emerging Professionals, as we(re)imagine our future.  Progression will gather together architects, designers, emerging talent, interns and students to inspire new ways of thinking about the future of design and the built environment.

Moderated by Stuart C. Magruder, AIA, Principal of Studio Nova A Architects, Inc, recipient of the 2012 Young Architects Award, and AIA Los Angeles Chapter President who will lead a day of exciting speakers. One highlight of the day will be a Panel Round Table “Starting Your Own Firm” led by Mark Cavagnero, FAIA, Principal of Mark Cavagnero Associates, recipient of the prestigious AIA  California Council 2012 Firm Award. Progression will wrap up with a presentation by Douglas Burnham of Envelope A+D, with a short walk over to his notable project, Proxy SF.

Whether you are an “emerging” or “seasoned” professional, this conference offers dynamic content delivered using a ‘TED-esque’ presentation style.  Progression is a great value – $75 for architects and only $50 for emerging professionals!

Register today!

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AIACC 2012 Residential Awards Competition

AIA Central Valley is proud to help AIA California Council announce its newest awards competition, the 2012 Residential Design Awards!

We invite you to register and submit for our premiere Residential Design Awards program, featuring architects and firms, who, like you, dedicate their work to architectural design as a collaborative process with the homeowner or developer. The awards competition will recognize the best in residential architecture and design in the state of California. The competition will highlight residential projects constructed in California, and architects and firms who shape the landscape of architecture and design throughout the state and beyond.

Entry is open to both members and nonmembers with projects in California or, California architects who have completed work elsewhere.  Eligible projects include those completed after January 1, 2007.  The following types of residential dwellings are eligible for entry: Affordable Housing Units, Condominiums, Mobile Residences, Single Family Residences, and Multi-Family Residences.  These categories are not all-encompassing and leave room for your interpretation. We are thrilled to receive your most innovative design, whether it is a houseboat or university student housing.  The deadline for registration and submissions is September 19 at 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by The Architect’s Newspaper , all 2012 Residential Design Awards winners will be announced on November 9, 2012 at SCI-Arc, 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles. The winners will be announced in conjunction with AIA California Council’s Design Awards.

The premiere jury includes esteemed architects and designers from throughout California and Seattle. The 2012 jurors include: Mary Johnston, FAIA, Johnston Architects; Tom Kundig, FAIA, Olson Kundig Architects; Elizabeth Ranieri, FAIA, Kuth/Ranieri Architects; and Anni Tilt, AIA, Arkin Tilt Architects.

AIACC looks forward to your submissions and celebrating your hard work!

Register NOW!

For complete information on the AIA California Council 2012 Residential Design Awards, visit

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Dreyfuss & Blackford Receives AIACC Firm Award!

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The Chapter is excited to share that the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) has selected Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects to receive the 2013 Firm Award. This is the first time a Sacramento firm has been selected.

The Firm Award is the highest honor the AIACC can bestow on an architectural practice. It recognizes firms that have consistently produced distinguished architecture for a period of at least 10 years. Equally important, the award also recognizes mentoring, collaboration among individuals, and significant contributions made to the profession in areas of design, research, planning, technology and practice.

As many of your know, the firm has designed regional landmarks including the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Headquarters building (listed on the National Register of Historic Places); CalPERS Lincoln Plaza Headquarters (winner of numerous awards including an AIACC Honor Award); and the California Emergency Management Agency Headquarters.

They have also produced significant planning projects throughout Northern California, including campus master plans (CSU Sacramento, CSU Fresno, CHP Academy), Airport master plans (San Francisco, Sacramento), and numerous judicial and civic center plans. They recently completed a new headquarters complex for California ISO, the entity that manages the State’s high-voltage electrical grid. Work currently on the boards includes the Powerhouse Science Center and the Yolo County Courthouse.

Click here to see the announcement on the AIACC website.

Congratulations Dreyfuss & Blackford!

National AIA Candidates Respond to AIACC Questions

Elections for National AIA’s 2013 First Vice President/2014 President-elect, 2013-2014 Vice Presidents, and 2013-2014 Secretary will be held in May 2012 at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Expo in Washington, D.C.

The AIA California Council solicited the candidate’s thoughts regarding several issues of interest and concern.

Interested in their responses?

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AIA California Council Convention Activities


Are you attending the AIA National Convention May 17-19, 2012 in Washington D.C.? If so, there are a number of business issues and resolutions that will be addressed that  have an impact on members and components in California.

AIACC is hosting a Town Hall related to Convention activities for all AIA members in California on Friday, April 27 from 2-4 p.m. In addition, there will be a breakfast meeting for California members during Convention – May 17 from 7-8 a.m. and the New Fellows Reception on the same day from 6-8 p.m.

To join in, please click on the following links to register:

o    Click here to RSVP for California’s Town Hall conference call – April 27 (2-4 p.m.)

o    Click here to RSVP for the California Breakfast Meeting at Convention – May 17 (7-8 a.m.) at the Renaissance Hotel (Room: Renaissance West A)

o    Click here to RSVP for the New Fellows reception at Convention – May 17 (6-8 p.m.) at the Renaissance Hotel (Room: Renaissance East)

What’s the Value of Being an AIA Member?

AIA California Council asked members this question at the 2011 Monterey Design Conference and produced a video of the responses.

Click here (or visit: to view the video–then, consider sharing your thoughts with us via the comment feature!





New Online Continuing Education Courses Offerred by AIA California Council

The AIA California Council is proud to announce the release of three new online continuing education courses on aecKnowledge (

The courses are a three-part series on firm management by Rena M. Klein, FAIA, who delivers engaging, distilled and practical information on topics that impact the day-to-day practice of principals, managers and firm leaders of small- and mid-sized practices.  These high-definition video courses are available now, along with downloadable transcripts, at a 30% discount to AIACC Members.

Making Chaos Work for You: Keys to Firm Management – 1.25 AIA CES LUs
This 75-minute video course delivers no-nonsense insights into making order out of the chaos that is inherent in small- and mid-sized firm management.  Rena Klein, FAIA, provides valuable tips and practical tools that will help any manager navigate the world of unpredictable workloads, uneven productivity and lack of resources.  Course takers will learn how to leverage their time and focus on those activities that will best elevate their practices.

Financial Management: Beyond Intuition – 1.25 AIA CES LUs
This 75-minute video course demystifies the practice of financial management for small- to mid-sized firms..  The viewer will gain an understanding of the impact of macroeconomic conditions and receive step-by-step guidance for analyzing a firm’s financial performance in order to make strategic operational decisions in the unpredictable environment in which we operate.  This course is a valuable resource for project managers, studio leaders and firm leaders.

Firm Development: Times of Transition – 1.25 AIA CES LUs
This 75-minute video course takes the entrepreneurial design professional through the key times of transition–growth, ownership transition, and retirement–and imparts tools that can help firm leaders navigate through change and career stages.  Through case studies and anecdotes, course-takers will gain the knowledge and confidence to achieve work-life balance, career satisfaction and security.

About the Presenter
Rena M. Klein, FAIA, is Principal of RM Klein Consulting, a Seattle-based firm offering strategic planning and management coaching to owners of small design firms. She is the author of The Architect’s Guide to Small Firm Management, published by Wiley in 2010.  Rena is a member of the AIA’s Practice Management Knowledge Community’s Advisory Group and is co-executive editor of AIA’s Architects Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th edition, slated for release in 2013.  Rena regularly presents seminars and workshops on small firm practice at AIA Conventions and to various AIA Knowledge Communities. Her 20 years of experience as a small firm owner and her engaging approach to professional education has helped architects nationwide to achieve success in their practices.

Member Price: $35/course($50 non-members)

Click here to view the entire AIACC Continuing Education library on aecKnowledge.