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2×8 Opening Night

Represent. This Thursday night, UCLA Extension is honored to have a team representing our school in AIA_LA’s 2×8 exhibition of student work. It’s part of AIA LA’s scholarship competition. Be there for the opening/party and announcement of winners on the streets of DTLA at the plaza at The Bloc. Eleven other schools are competing, so #support. And (of course) check out how our students interpreted the competition theme.




Arc+ID Instructor, Nate Wittasek, will be the Head Presenter for an upcoming 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, March 6th, 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
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
  • 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.


Design & Architecture News

–The Downtown Women’s Center is seeking new volunteers and they have just posted details of their upcoming meeting:

DATE: Wednesday October 28, 2009
LOCATION: Bausman & Company, Inc. Los Angeles Showroom
921 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90069
P 310.659.9459 – F 310.659.8923
TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30pm
Please bring finalized wish list and vendor/manufacture information (if you have not already turned it in)
New volunteers are welcome & food will be provided. Please RSVP to karen@nestfeathers.org

–In other news, AIA Los Angeles has announced their 2009 “Building Team of the Year.” This year they are recognizing the team behind the LAPD Headquarters. Their emailing states: “In bestowing this award, we are recognizing the LAPD Headquarters team for excellence in design and implementation of a very significant civic center for Southern California.” This team includes:
AECOM Design, Roth + Sheppard Architects, Studio 0.10, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, Council District #9, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Department, Nabih Youssef Associates Structural Engineers, TMAD Taylor & Gaines, Meléndrez Landscape Architecture, Planning & Urban Design, Tutor-Saliba Corporation, S.J. Amoroso Construction Co., Inc., Vanir Construction Management, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Inc., Merry Norris Contemporary Art, Bureau of Contract Administration, and Department of Cultural Affairs – City of Los Angeles.

*All the awards will be presented Wednesday, October 21st at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre. You can reserve tickets HERE.*