Visual Acoustics film screening with the Director

Contributed by Ian Merker, Assoc. AIA
2011 Associate Director
Film Frame: Visual Acoustics – The Modernism of Julius Shulman

This film celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, whose photographs brought modern architecture and progressive architects into American mainstream. Director Eric Bricker will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.  Presented in collaboration with Sacramento Modern and AIA Central Valley.

Thursday, April 7
7:00 pm

Crocker Art Museum
$6 AIA and Crocker Art Museum Members * $12 Nonmembers

Order tickets online or phone 808-1182 or 808-1184.  Click here for a postcard.

Love them or hate them, there’s no question that “modern” buildings of the postwar era (1940s to ’60s) transformed downtown, the suburbs, and landscapes throughout our region. Now preservationists need to take a serious look at these resources — too new to be considered “historic” by many, but old enough to be in danger of alteration and replacement — to consider which ones merit protection.  Join us at the Crocker on April 7th, where we will discuss this issue with the film director, local designers and preservationists.

Pecha Kucha Night


Pecha Kucha Night (Volume 13) is to be included in the museums 2nd Thursday “Artmix” lineup. Presenters include Curtis Owyang, AIA and Ian Merker, Assoc. AIA.

Come check out a great building, fantastic exhibits, poetry and lots more and show us what inspires you!

See Crocker Museum website:

Museum entry ticket prices are as follows:
YOUTH (7-17) $5

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Building Tour and Panel Presentation

Contributed by Jessica Morrow, USGBC-NCC Sacramento Branch

USGBC invites the members of the AIA Central Valley Chapter to attend their tour and panel presentation of the UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Building, currently under construction. David Campbell, with HLA Group, will host. [Read more…]

Gradually Going Green: Working with LEED, v3

Series is sponsored by RWM architecture & interiors and is presented by Gloria Rasmussen, AIA, CSI, LEED-AP, BD+C

CSI and AIA Central Valley are teaming up to provide an opportunity to  understand the concepts of Green Building as presented by LEED.  This course is designed to explore and understand the principles and uses of the LEED v3 credit system. It does not cover the actual process of certification, since that process is explained very clearly in the USGBC website.

The course has been designed as a series of talks for the project team members to explore, understand and incorporate the sustainability requirements of LEED v.3 into their projects.  This course will help you to better understand and have a working knowledge of how sustainability fits into every project.

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4th Wednesday Design Dialogue – “Under the Radar”

March-Design Dialogue

March - Design Dialogue

Urban Design, and more specifically infill design, has become one of the most desired types of development in the central city and surrounding residential neighborhoods. With continued concerns about the city’s design review process, lack of neighborhood support and a host of other issues, architects often find it challenging to fully expressing themselves through their architecture.

After living and practicing architecture in Sacramento for several years, David Sarti of Flex Architecture will reframe this discussion, focusing on his “Little Red House” and discussing the opportunities created by building small, asking the question:

“Why is Sacramento so slow to embrace modern Architecture?”

David’s affordable-modern approach to design has landed his “Little Red House” in countless blogs including Apartment Therapy, Future House Now and Small House Style in addition to the pages of Dwell magazine and Metropolis. By designing small, urban and affordable David sees this as an “Under the Radar” path to a more interesting Sacramento.

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Reminder: Annual Joint Tour: AIA, IFMA, IIDA & USGBC, Northern CA Chapter

It’s not too late to join us for a great networking opportunity combined with a tour of Sacramento’s newest LEED Gold project: the Sacramento Area Sanitation District building.  Hosted by your local AIA, IFMA, IIDA and USGBC Northern California Chapter members.

New–click here to see the project highlights!

Location: Sacramento Area Sanitation District, 10060 Goethe Road, Sacramento, CA 95827

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2010

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Sacramento Area Sanitation District (SASD) was designed by Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners[Read more…]