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Congratulations to Jeffrey Daniels, Director of the Arc+ID Program, for being elevated to Fellow by American Institute of Architects!

Jeff_FAIAWe are delighted to share the exciting news that our very own Jeffrey Daniels, Architect and Director of the Architecture + Interior Design Program at UCLA Extension, has been officially elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects! The distinction recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals as well as their significant contributions to architecture and to society.

Daniels, a licensed architect with more than 30 years of experience, directs the Master of Interior Architecture Degree program at UCLA Extension. He studied architecture as an undergraduate at Princeton University and received his master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

When he came to Los Angeles, he apprenticed for Frank Gehry on such projects as the Loyola Law School. The architectural works designed by Jeffrey Daniels Architects include the David Hockney residence; the Edythe and Eli Broad Painting Studios for the California Institute of the Arts; restaurant interiors for Chaya Brasserie, among others; and the award-winning Kentucky Fried Chicken building on Western Avenue. In 2013, Daniels’ work was exhibited as part of “Overdrive: LA Constructs the Future,” an architectural exhibit at the Getty Museum and the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations on this prestigious honor!

Arc+ID Instructor, Nate Wittasek, will be the Head Presenter for another AIA|LA 2015 Continuing Education Seminar

Mixed Use Residential Accessibility Blunders – Navigating California and FHA Accessibility Requirements for New and Existing Construction

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Date: Friday, May 15th, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (check-in begins at 9 AM)
Location: AIA|LA, 3780 Wilshire Blvd, #800, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Presenter: Nathan Wittasek, P.E., CFEI, LEED AP
Learning Units: Total of 5.0 HSW/ADA
Fees: $150 AIA members / $225 Non members


This five hour course has been prepared to refresh architects, developers and like-minded professionals working in the commercial and mixed use residential arenas. By exploring key FHA and CBC requirements in the context of common mistakes that are made, an understanding of the major requirements that impact spatial design will be obtained. Lessons from case studies in seminal residential accessibility lawsuits as well as commercial accessibility lawsuits will be explored, and methods for addressing non-compliance will be addressed.

– Identify key accessibility requirements arising from the 2013 CBC and Fair Housing Act pertaining to mixed use residential accessibility;
– Review and become familiar with common accessibility errors and omissions in commercial and multi-family residential occupancies;
– Identify basic requirements and code compliance strategies for addressing accessibility requirements in existing buildings; and
– Review case studies, key laws, & interpretations of accessibility requirements in California and the U.S. Department of Justice

Mr. Wittasek, P.E., CFEI, LEED AP is a fire protection engineer and life safety consultant, specializing in accessibility, fire protection engineering, building and fire codes, failure analysis, and origin and cause determination. In this capacity, Mr. Wittasek leads Exponent’s efforts in addressing fire protection engineering and regulatory concerns in the built environment. He has more than 15 years of experience providing accessibility and building codes consulting and has spent more than a decade as an instructor/adjunct at the UCLA Extension and Cal Poly Pomona.


AIA|LA Presents the Cal Coast Home Tour

When: Sunday, October 20, 2013, 11AM to 4:00PM
Where: Malibu, Palisades and Santa Monica
Price: $65 AIA Members, $85 Non-Members

When most people think of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) they think of driving up the Northern California Coast towards San Francisco. What can be forgotten is the Southern part of the California Coast: Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica. In this southern section, the PCH acts as the “Main Street” for many residences, where owners have built their homes as a refuge from the hectic every day life and also embraced inspirational design with the coastline as their backyard. Come drive the Los Angeles portion of the PCH and visit the “other” California Coast in AIA Los Angeles’ Fall Home Tour. Read More

Don’t miss the opportunity to see these magnificent homes and to take the “Cal Coast Tour!”
Purchase Tickets Here!

Introducing the Fall 2013 Home Tours…
(Alphabetized by firm name)

Meridian House
Firm: Thane Roberts ArchitectsMeridian House 1

Malibu House
Firm: Tighe Architecture
Malibu House

Sunglass House
Firm: Peter Tolkin ArchitectureSunglass House

April Events!

On Sunday, April 11 AIA/LA is hosting the first of the Spring Home Tours in Venice, CA from 11am – 4pm. This tour will features houses by: Trevor Abramson ,FAIA & Douglas Teiger, AIA (Abramson Teiger Architects); Barbara Bestor, AIA (Bestor Architecture); Glen Irani, AIA (Glen Irani Architects); Patrick Tighe, AIA (Tighe Architecture)
Tours are SELF-DRIVEN but Architects/Designers and Docents are available at each home to answer questions.You can make reservations online HERE. ($65 Members, $75 Non-Members)

On Tuesday, April 13th the Getty Museum will be screening a documentary on architect William Krisel (AIA) at 7pm. Mr. Krissel won a lifetime achievement award from the AIA in October 2009. His archives are now housed in the Getty and this documentary portrays his role in modernist Southern California architecture. The event is FREE, and the Getty does not charge for parking after 5pm. We encourage you all to go, and be inspired! You can make a seat reservation online HERE.


AIA/LA “Building LA’s Future” Breakfast (12/10/09)

Please make plans to attend AIA/LA’s upcoming breakfast reception with BRUCE ARMISTEAD presented by Parsons Brinckerhoff. Bruce Armistead is the Regional Manager for the $4.7 billion Los Angeles-to-Anaheim segment of the California High Speed Rail Project. This will be an excellent opportunity for us to hear about the capital construction program of the California High Speed Rail Authority.

Breakfast will take place Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 8:00 AM at Parsons Brinckerhoff, 444 South Flower, 37th Floor LA, CA 90071

To REGISTER for the event: CLICK HERE
$15 AIA members | $30 Non-members

NO-HOST PARKING. AIA/LA recommends riding METRO. Parsons Brinckerhoff is two blocks west of the Pershing Square Station, three blocks north of the Metro Center Station. Parking is least expensive at the nearby World Trade Center or Pershing Square and very handy (and affordable) across the street at the Central Library.

Breakast Program:
• 8:00 am – Breakfast & Introductions
• 8:15 – 8:45 am – Bruce Armistead will speak about matters of interest he’d like feedback on from the architecture & design community
• 8:45 – 9:15 am – Questions & Answers from the audience
• 9:15 am – Wrap-Up/Conclusion
• 9:30 am – End

Please join them for this exciting event!

AIA/LA Academic Outreach Committee Presents: Architecture Offices Tour Series (architectour: downtown)

ARCHITECTOUR: Downtown, Saturday November 21, 2009 – 10:30 am
Los Angeles County is home to more than 700 architecture firms affiliated with the AIA Los Angeles, producing some of the world’s most innovative work. Come to an exclusive behind-the-scenes guided walking tour of four award-winning southern California architecture offices and personally meet with the architects in their working environments. Participating firms include: RTKL STEINBERG ZGF AECOM

Space is limited. Please RSVP by November 13 to: architectourla@aialosangeles.org
Tour begins promptly at 10:30 am and will conclude at 3:00.
Tour will begin at:
RTKL: 333 S. Hope Street, Los Angeles, 90071
Parking may be found in nearby public parking lots or adjacent street meters.

This program is free and open to students only. Students must provide their Student ID number to RSVP. If you cannot attend after you have RSVP’d, please cancel with the AIA/LA as we expect this tour to fill up quickly.
Sponsored by the Academic Outreach Committee of AIA Los Angeles
American Institute of Architects Los Angeles, 3780 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90010

A+D Museum: Architects Reaching Out


The NEW A+D Museum Los Angeles is hosting two consecutive Saturday discussions November 14 & 21 (10am – 1pm) entitled Architects Reaching Out. The discussion topics are: “Putting Ideas into Words” and “Promoting Your Work.” Their invite describes it as “two interactive presentations with seasoned professionals, moderated by architectural writer Michael Webb, will provide expert advice on establishing your identity…writing and talking about your work, getting published and exhibited, and the value of exemplary photography.”

The cost is $25 with student ID, $50 for AIA & Museum Members, and $60 for the general public. These look to be very informative discussions, not to mention that this presents a great venue for networking! You can find detailed event and ticket information HERE. (A+D Museum is located at 6032 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90036)

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Emerging Professionals Panel: TONIGHT!

AIA/LA is hosting a panel for emerging professionals tonight from 6:30-8:30pm at Knoll Showroom (214 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 200, Santa Monica, CA) entitled: “Success, War Stories, and Lessons Learned.” Also, one of Arc_ID’s very own instructors Rocky Rockefeller is a panelist! We encourage you all to attend. Free for AIA members, $10 for non-members it’s a bargain!
Please RSVP in advance to:
Amanda Daunis at amanda@aialosangeles.org or 213.639.0777

(Parking is available at the City of Santa Monica Public Parking Structure on 2nd Street, entering after 6pm: $3 flat rate)

More information from their emailing:
“In this tough economic time, marketing one’s services is more essential than ever. Come hear from our marketing expert SHARLENE SILVERMAN and a distinguished panel of practitioners who, like you, are out in the trenches everyday: ROCKY ROCKEFELLER, AIA (Rockefeller Partners Architects), PAUL MURDOCH, AIA (Paul Murdoch Architects) and JULIE EIZENBERG, AIA (Koning Eizenberg Architecture), with moderator STEPHEN OLSON, AIA (Olson Architects).”

The discussion will cover the following topics:

• What is marketing anyway?
• Marketing doesn’t happen by accident.
• You can make a plan
• Prioritizing your efforts. Focus on the things that count most now.
• Relationships don’t matter if you don’t close the deal.
• Challenges for small practices.
• Real world examples: successes, war stories and lessons learned

Event Announcements

Pacific Design Center has announced another lecture as part of it’s 2009 Lecture series! This Thursday, October 8th at 11am Carelton Varney will be discussing and signing his book “Houses in My Heart” at the Blue Conference Center, Suite B259. RSVP Requested: 310-360-6418. See flyer below for more info!
Carleton Varney 10 8 09

– Also, AIA wants us to remind you about their 2009 Design Awards! A.C. Martin Partners has received the very special “Twenty-Five Year Award” which recognizs, “architectural design of enduring significance, and is conferred upon a project that has stood the test of time for 25 to 35 years, which has contributed meaningfully to American life and architecture.” They are being recognized for the St. Basil Roman Catholic Church in Miracle Mile. The ceremony for all the recipients will take place at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre on Wednesday, October 21st. Tickets can be ordered online HERE.

– Lastly (but perhaps most importantly) the ASID student chapter at UCLA Extension is hosting their 4th annual mixer on Sunday October 25th at from 3pm-6pm. The mixer will be at Il Morro Restuarant (11400 W. Olympic Blvd) and features hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes (including: a Humanscale World Chair, UCLA Extension ARC_ID $595 class credit, A LEED GA study package, gorgeous custom 3form bracelets, and more!)
More info: Raffle drawing to begin at 5:00 pm. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each. Must be present to win. Payment: $25 per person in advance, $30 per person at the door; Prepay via PayPal. Enter payments@asiduclaextension.com for the Recipient and “MIX IT UP” in the Subject Line. Or send checks payable to ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter to Laura Bolton, Treasurer at: 4944 Cass St. #408 San Diego, CA 92109.

NOTE: Following the unlikely cancellation of any ASID scheduled event, payments will be credited towards any future Student Chapter events selected by the attendee; no refunds will be provided.

More events to be announced soon! Keep on checking back