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Get ready for WESTWEEK 2014 at the Pacific Design Center!

Mark your calendars! WESTWEEK 2014 is right around the corner.

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Pacific Design Center’s WESTWEEK Spring Market is the West Coast’s definitive showcase for global design. Debuting an array of luxury furnishings and interiors resources crafted by today’s foremost design innovators, the two-day event introduces the latest offerings from among 2,200 product lines presented by 100 boutique to internationally revered showroom manufacturers. A comprehensive series of programs and events featuring the nation’s leading shelter publications, editors and tastemakers provide information and education to 3,000-plus WESTWEEK trade professional attending from across the west and around the globe.  


WESTWEEK 2014 Schedule
Wed March 19 – Thurs March 20 2014 | 9 AM – 6 PM
Student Career Day: Fri March 21 2014


WESTWEEK Keynote – Design Stars: American Classics
Wed March 19 2014 | 10 – 11 AM | SilverScreen Theater


WESTWEEK Open House Events
Wed March 19 – Thurs March 20 2014 | 9 AM – 5 PM | Various Showrooms



Design Competition: Getting L.A. to Zero

“Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower: a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, and that generates all of its own energy with renewable resources, captures and treats all of its water, and operates efficiently and for maximum beauty.”

Getting LA to Zero CompetitionThe Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative is hosting a “Getting L.A. to Zero” Competition, a call for innovation in three categories: Design, Product, and Strategy.


Registration Deadline: Feb 28, 2014 at 5:00PM

Poster Submissions Due: May 5, 2014 at 5:00PM 
Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, February 15, 2014.


  • Design Innovation: Submissions must meet the requirements of all (7) Petals and applicable Imperatives outlined in the Living Building Challenge to create an architectural proposition within the boundaries established in the site area map. A holistic and innovative approach to net-zero design that explores a paradigm shift within one of the following typologies: Renovation, Landscape/Infrastructure, Building, or Neighborhood
  • Product Innovation: This category encourages investigation into the design of a specific technology system, component or product. This is intended to recognize those that develop and leverage new and emerging technology in the built environment. Submissions must address one of the following Living Building Challenge Petals at a minimum:  Water, Energy, or Materials
  • Strategy Innovation: Examine the design process to create new business models, programs and ways to drive successful development projects as they strive for Living Building Challenge Certification. This category also recognizes innovation in research, methodology or building code analysis. Furthermore, programs that drive ideas forward, such as collaborations, partnerships, and other strategic alliances that encourage sustainable business development.Innovative strategies, processes and/or technology will be shared to make the goals of getting to zero a reality. Submissions must address one of the following Living Building Challenge Petals at a minimum:  Water, Energy, or Materials

Eligibility: Undergraduate and Graduate students at institutions throughout all of Southern California. Contestants must be enrolled at a college or university and be able to present at the final presentations in Downtown Los Angeles on May 15, 2014. 

Prizes: The winning team in each Category will receive $1,000.  In addition, each winning team will receive coverage in the Trim Tab publication, recognition at the annual unConference and the quarterly newsletter as part of the prize.

Contact: Matthew Johnston at info@livingbuildingla.org

More information: http://www.livingbuildingla.org/getting-l-a-to-zero-competition

living building challengeThe Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative is a community-based, in-person group that comes together for informal learning experiences and to advance community transformation. Collaborative members create the local conditions that support development of Living Buildings, Sites, and Communities.


ASID UCLA Extension Membership Drive

All week from Monday – Thursday our lovely ASID student chapter will be hosting a membership drive. If you have questions about ASID, or just want to get involved, be sure to pay them a visit on the third floor common area of the 1010 Westwood Building just outside of the elevators. They will be stationed there from 5-8 pm Monday – Wednesday and 6-7:30 pm on Thursday.

Also, on Saturday, May 1st, the new board will host their first event. In addition to the opportunity to network with prominent industry professionals (including ASID/LA Board members), the board has been lucky enough to secure Kay Wade, ASID Industry Partner, head designer of Closet Factory (and a skilled lecturer on networking), and Jeremy Ingram, the First & Hope restaurant designer to speak at this event. Be sure to add this one to your calendar! Tickets: $15 Prepay via PayPal: enter payments@asiduclaextension.com for the Recipient and “First and Hope” in the Subject Line.



Richard Neutra Sketches Exhibit

Richard Neutra, Architect: Sketches and Drawings is an ongoing exhibit through the Los Angeles Public Library system. As the website states the exhibit is “An outstanding selection of travel sketches, figure drawings and building renderings by one of modernism’s most important architects, Richard Neutra (1892-1970).”

The sketches, on loan from UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library, will be on display in the exhibit until March 28, 2010, at Central Library’s Getty Gallery, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown Los Angeles. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. The exhibit can be be accompanied by a free audio tour featuring a discussion among a group of diverse people on the subject of the artistry and importance of Richard Neutra. Produced by Sandpail Productions, the audio tour includes such voices as Ray Kappe, Kelly Lynch, Sarah Lorenzen, Leo Marmol, Dion Neutra, and Victoria Steele. The audio tour will be available in the gallery via cell phone or by download to an mp3 player.

We encourage you all the make a visit. It’s beautiful and FREE!


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!

Reminder: Urban Infill @ USC (11.7.09)

We’ve written about Urban Infill before, but we wanted to remind you about it as it’s just over a week away! Don’t forget to RSVP and bring your candidacy card to the event.

Their press release reads:
On Saturday, Nov 7th from 1-5pm at USC at the Gin Wong Conference Center, the Association for Women in Architecture is hosting a symposium focused on urban sustainability…The event is free to members and current students, $5 for guests. On campus parking is $8. We’ll have wine, light refreshments and scrumptous cakes and a small vendor fair in the courtyard. We really hope you can join us. RSVP to programs@awa-la.org or call (951) 662-6656. See the AWA website at www.awa-la.org for more information.

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

AWA Built Sustainability (Urban Infill) 11.7.09

The Association for Women in Architecture is presenting the syplosium “Built Sustainability” on Saturday, November 7th at USC’s Gin Wong Conference Center from 1-5pm. RSVP is appreciated. There will be speakers (Civil Engineers, Architects, and Landcape Architects), vendors, and refreshments served. Free for students ($5 for AWA non members). There will also be an $8 fee for parking (Enter through Gate #1 for AWA Event).

To RSVP, or for further questions and information, you can contact the AWA Programs Chair, Colleen Peach: programs@awa-la.org 951-662-6656


Arc_ID News: Weekend Edition (updated)

– Reminder:AIA/LA’s Manhattan Beach “Staycation” is this weekend, Sunday October 4th. You can buy tickets online HERE.

IDS Resource Night is coming up on Tuesday October 13th! We’ve written about it before HERE. For information or a registration form you can email Judi at: judidoling@sbcglobal.net, be sure to let her know if you’re an Arc_ID student!

NEWH has announced their 4th Annual 2010 Sustainable Spa Competition!
The NEWH Sustainable Hospitality Design Competition will provide students with the opportunity to showcase their design skills while utilizing the very best in sustainable design products and practices. Application of Intent is due December 11, 2009. Entries are due February 26, 2010.
$5000 JLF/lone meadow Scholarship Award to the Student
$5000 Designtex award will go to the Interior Program the winning student attends
For information and entry details visit the contest website.Winner will also be featured in the HD Expo Las Vegas!

– October is Architecture Month! In 2007, under the leadership of Councilmember Tom LaBonge and the AIA Los Angeles Board of Directors, the month of OCTOBER was officially proclaimed as Architecture Month by the City of Los Angeles City Council. Architecture Month celebrates the built environment and inspires to bring a greater awareness of the importance of architecture and design to the community-at-large. You can view all upcoming events on AIA’s Calendar.

Enjoy your weekend!

AIA Advocacy Breakfast

AIA Los Angeles is hosting their annual advocacy breakfast on Friday, October 16 from 9-10am. On that day members of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA/LA) will convene at Los Angeles City Hall to advocate the 2009 slate of issue briefs. This breakfast is a precursor the legislative meetings that will take place throughout the day. So, this is your chance to participate and actively engage with our local policy makers to advocate on important issues central to the architecture and design community! See flyer below for more info
AIA Advocacy Breakfast
For further info, or to RSVP email: will@aialosangeles.org
Issues for 2009 include:
I. Enable Alternative Project Delivery Methods and Broaden Selection Criteria for Design and Contracting Services
II. Initiate and Implement Three Architecture and Urban Design Demonstration Projects
III. Establish an Office of Architecture and Urban Design
IV. Remove Hurdles to Renewable Energy
V. Support the Revised Draft of the Cultural Heritage Ordinance
VI. Appoint More Architects to Serve on City Commissions