MOBIUS LA
October 15 - 18, 2008

One place. One Event. All of your Continuing Education Units.

18+ hours of Learning Units available | Full-Day HSW New Building Codes Seminar | Expo Floor & Networking Lounge| Opening Reception featuring the Restaurant Design Awards Ceremony | Friday Power Lunch | Special Screening of Bird’s Nest: Herzog & de Meuron in China | Saturday Hard Hat Tour



hosted by Pacific Design Center

8687 Melrose Avenue West Hollywood, CA 90069

Registration Dates & Fees  
 
Early Bird: Mon July 21st – Sun August 17th (at midnight)
   
All Access Pass (8 classes + Power Lunch): $270 (AIA Members) | $450 (Non-Members)
THU Day Pass (4 classes):   $125 (AIA Members) | $230 (Non-Members)
FRI Day Pass (4 classes + Power Lunch): $195 (AIA Members) | $300 (Non-Members)
Power Lunch ONLY:   $75 (AIA Members) | $90 (Non-Members)
WED Building Codes Seminar: $160 (AIA Members) | $200 (Non-Members)
Opening Reception/RDA Ceremony:   $0 (AIA Members) | $0 (Non-Members)
Special Film Screening: $25 (AIA Members) | $30 (Non-Members)
Hard Hat Tour:   $20 (AIA Members) | $25 (Non-Members)
   
Regular: Mon August 18th – Sun October 12th (at midnight)
   
All Access Pass (8 classes + Power Lunch): $295 (AIA Members) | $475 (Non-Members)
THU Day Pass (4 classes):       $150 (AIA Members) | $255 (Non-Members)
FRI Day Pass (4 classes + Power Lunch):   $220 (AIA Members) | $325 (Non-Members)
Power Lunch ONLY:            $90 (AIA Members) | $105 (Non-Members)
WED Building Codes Seminar:          $185 (AIA Members) | $225 (Non-Members)
Opening Reception/RDA Ceremony:      $0 (AIA Members) | $0 (Non-Members)
Special Film Screening: $25 (AIA Members) | $30 (Non-Members)
Hard Hat Tour: $25 (AIA Members) | $30 (Non-Members)
   
On-Site:(based on availability) Wed October 15th – Sat October 18th
   
All Access Pass (8 classes + Power Lunch): $345 (AIA Members) | $525 (Non-Members)
THU Day Pass (4 classes):    $200 (AIA Members) | $305 (Non-Members)
FRI Day Pass (4 classes + Power Lunch): $270 (AIA Members) | $375 (Non-Members)
Power Lunch ONLY- pre-registration only: On-Site Registration Not Available
WED Building Codes Seminar:      $235 (AIA Members) | $275 (Non-Members)
Opening Reception/RDA Ceremony:   $0 (AIA Members) | $0 (Non-Members)
Special Film Screening: $30 (AIA Members) | $35 (Non-Members)
Hard Hat Tour:   $30 (AIA Members) | $35 (Non-Members)

* For firm packages and student pricing, please contact AIA/LA, 213.639.0777


Registration Dates & Fees  
 
Early Bird: Mon July 21st – Sun August 17th (at midnight)
   
All Access Pass (8 classes + Power Lunch): $270 (AIA Members) | $450 (Non-Members)
THU Day Pass (4 classes):   $125 (AIA Members) | $230 (Non-Members)
FRI Day Pass (4 classes + Power Lunch): $195 (AIA Members) | $300 (Non-Members)
Power Lunch ONLY:   $75 (AIA Members) | $90 (Non-Members)
WED Building Codes Seminar: $160 (AIA Members) | $200 (Non-Members)
Opening Reception/RDA Ceremony:   $0 (AIA Members) | $0 (Non-Members)
Special Film Screening: $25 (AIA Members) | $30 (Non-Members)
Hard Hat Tour:   $20 (AIA Members) | $25 (Non-Members)
   
Regular: Mon August 18th – Sun October 12th (at midnight)
   
All Access Pass (8 classes + Power Lunch): $295 (AIA Members) | $475 (Non-Members)
THU Day Pass (4 classes):       $150 (AIA Members) | $255 (Non-Members)
FRI Day Pass (4 classes + Power Lunch):   $220 (AIA Members) | $325 (Non-Members)
Power Lunch ONLY:            $90 (AIA Members) | $105 (Non-Members)
WED Building Codes Seminar:          $185 (AIA Members) | $225 (Non-Members)
Opening Reception/RDA Ceremony:      $0 (AIA Members) | $0 (Non-Members)
Special Film Screening: $25 (AIA Members) | $30 (Non-Members)
Hard Hat Tour: $25 (AIA Members) | $30 (Non-Members)
   
On-Site:(based on availability) Wed October 15th – Sat October 18th
   
All Access Pass (8 classes + Power Lunch): $345 (AIA Members) | $525 (Non-Members)
THU Day Pass (4 classes):    $200 (AIA Members) | $305 (Non-Members)
FRI Day Pass (4 classes + Power Lunch): $270 (AIA Members) | $375 (Non-Members)
Power Lunch ONLY- pre-registration only: On-Site Registration Not Available
WED Building Codes Seminar:      $235 (AIA Members) | $275 (Non-Members)
Opening Reception/RDA Ceremony:   $0 (AIA Members) | $0 (Non-Members)
Special Film Screening: $30 (AIA Members) | $35 (Non-Members)
Hard Hat Tour:   $30 (AIA Members) | $35 (Non-Members)

* For firm packages and student pricing, please contact AIA/LA, 213.639.0777

Terms & Conditions

Special Pricing
AIA Member Pricing: To join AIA Los Angeles and take advantage of AIA Member Pricing, please contact Steve Tanner, Membership Director, steve@aialosangeles.org or 213.639.0769.

Bundles of Day Passes: Firms interested in purchasing Bundles of Day Passes should contact the AIA/LA Office at 213.639.0777.

Student Passes: Students (proof of current enrollment required) interested in attending Mobius LA should contact the AIA/LA Office at 213.639.0777.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
AIA/LA will refund the entire portion of the registration fee, less a $50.00 cancellation fee, if AIA/LA receives a written cancellation request from the registrant on or before Friday, October 3, 2008. No refunds will be given for registrations of $50 or less. No refunds shall be issued for cancellation requests received by AIA/LA after Friday, October 3, 2008. No refunds shall be issued for no-shows to the AIA/LA 2008 Mobius LA Conference (“Conference”). No refunds shall be issued under emergency circumstances as set forth in further detail below.

AIA/LA reserves the right to cancel any Conference meeting, class, program, seminar, tour, exhibit, reception, gatherings, or other event or activity (hereinafter collectively referred to as “Conference Event”) where the minimum number of pre-registration registrants is not met. If such a cancellation occurs, registrants will be notified and given the opportunity to select an alternate and comparable Conference Event to attend. In the event such an alternate and comparable Conference Event is not available, then the registration fees will be refunded as appropriate.

Disclaimers
Dates, times, classes, Conference Events, program subject matter, instructors, panelists and fees are subject to change, without notice, at any time at the sole and absolute discretion of AIA/LA.

ADA Accommodations
ADA accommodations for the Conference will be provided when a request for such ADA accommodation is received by AIA/LA in writing on or before Friday, October 3, 2008. Written requests must be sent to AIA/LA to the address set forth below. When making the request, please specify the ADA accommodation required.

Policy Regarding Emergency Circumstances
In the event that AIA/LA elects to cancel or curtail the Conference, or any Conference Event, due to an emergency condition, including, but not limited to, acts of God, war, terrorism, natural disaster, strike, civil disorder, government regulations, or curtailment of transportation facilities, then AIA/LA shall not be responsible for any consequential or incidental damages, liabilities, costs, or expenses incurred by the registrant in relation to the Conference or Conference Event, including, but not limited to, registration fees, hotel costs, travel costs, and lodging costs. In the event of such a cancellation, no refunds will be issued by AIA/LA.

Written Requests
All written requests should be sent to AIA/LA at the following address: AIA/LA MOBIUS LA, 3780 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90010; Email to info@aialosangeles.org or 213.639.0777; fax 213.639.0767.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15TH

THURSDAY OCTOBER 16TH

FRIDAY OCTOBER 17TH

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15TH

Early Bird Registration:                                               Mon July 21st – Sun August 17th (at midnight)

  • WED Building Codes Seminar:                              $160 (AIA Members) | $200 (Non-Members)

Regular Registration:                                                  Mon August 18th – Sun October 12th (at midnight)

  • WED Building Codes Seminar:                              $185 (AIA Members) | $225 (Non-Members)

 

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM              
2007 California Building Code Seminar: Advanced Topics (7.0 HSW)                                                     
Isam Hasenin P.E., C.B.O. – Bureau Verita

Isam Hasenin, P.E., C.B.O., Bureau Veritas, is one of AIA/LA's most popular instructors. Mr. Hasenin will be opening MOBIUS LA 2008 on Wednesday, October 15th with a full day of curriculum on the most commonly requested areas of the 2007 California Building Code. This seven-hour course, which qualifies for HSW credit, will cover advanced topics and unique cases of the recently adopted 2006 IBC with California State Amendments. The Class is geared to practicing architects and designers. Some of the topics to be covered include: Unique definitions; State amendments for townhouses; Grade plane, story vs. basement; New area and height provisions; Application of state height/area amendments to mixed-use buildings; Separated vs. non-separated uses; Type III over podium construction; Type III modified; Application of special life safety topics to multi-family residential projects; New formula for openings in exterior wall; New means of egress provisions including Common Path of Travel and Corridors and Horizontal Exits; Accessible means of egress; Special topics on accessibility to multi-family residential projects, and much more.

 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 16TH

Early Bird:                                                                   Mon July 21st – Sun August 17th (at midnight)

  • All Access Pass (8 classes + Power Lunch):                      $270 (AIA Members) | $450 (Non-Members)
  • THU Day Pass (4 classes):                                                $125 (AIA Members) | $230 (Non-Members)

Regular:                                                                       Mon August 18th – Sun October 12th (at midnight)

  • All Access Pass (8 classes + Power Lunch):                      $295 (AIA Members) | $475 (Non-Members)
  • THU Day Pass (4 classes):                                                $150 (AIA Members) | $255 (Non-Members)

 

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Building a Global Boutique (1.5 LU)                                                                                             
Dan Meis, FAIA – MEIS Architects/Aedas Los Angeles
Andy Cohen, FAIA - Gensler
M. Alejandra Lillo - Graft

It is traditionally believed that truly innovative, design driven architecture is the exclusive purview of smaller “boutique” design firms. The common wisdom is that large corporate firms are, by necessity, primarily concerned with service and profitability and therefore less able to take the inherent risks and experimental approach of a heavily design driven practice. “Boutique” firms on the other hand rarely experience the opportunities, diversity, global reach and, most importantly, financial security of a large firm. MEIS Architects has recently created an unusual partnership with AEDAS, the world’s fourth largest firm, to leverage the expertise and strength of a design driven, Los Angeles culture, across a 2000 person, 35 worldwide office Global design practice. This unique partnership allows us to build a practice with the culture and talent of a boutique firm but with the resources and security of one of the world’s largest, most stable design platforms. AEDAS in turn, gains local presence and a wealth of new talent and expertise and becomes, in effect, a “federation” of boutiques. In practice it is a very different model from other large firms, much more akin to a group of luxury brands. This approach could provide other small practices insulation to immediate/local market challenges (ie. our current housing crisis) and the opportunity to experience global opportunities and extreme profitability. We refer to this new model as a “Global Boutique”.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Spreading the News: Making the Most of the New & News Media Focus on Architecture (1.5 LU)
Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA - Taylor & Company
Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic - Los Angeles Times
Christopher Palmeri, Senior Correspondent - Business Week
Sam Lubell, Editor - The Architect's Newspaper
Dakota Smith, LA Editor - "Curbed Los Angeles"

Since the completion of Bilbao and the international design competition for Ground Zero, the stature of architecture and architects has increased in the public consciousness.  This program will take a look at the news-oriented opportunities for architects, including both trade and popular media outlets, such as newspapers, blogs, and weekly magazines.  We will also discuss the differing roles and responsibilities of critics, bloggers, reporters, and feature writers.  There will be generous time for audience Q&A.


10:45 AM – 12:15 PM                                                                                                                   
Are International Projects Right For You? (1.5 LU)
Tim Corbett - SmartRisk
William Bresee, Esq. - Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart, LLP

Design firms, large and small, are exploring international project opportunities. There are unique characteristics and inherent risk, as well as upside potential, for design firms working on projects outside the United States. This session will provide practical advice and practices firms should consider when managing risks and exposures, relationships and rewards in seeking and performing international project opportunities.

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM                                                                                                              
Branded Architectures: Brand Slaves to Brand Stewards (1.5 LU)
Sherry Hoffman - (M)Arch.branded architectures
Russell Banks – Gensler
Tim Kobe, Assoc. AIA - eight inc.
Eduardo Braniff – Imagination

This panel will provoke a critical discussion about architecture and branding with architects doing interesting work with the brand in mind. Each panelist will be asked to present a case study from their own work, both commercial and community, from brand brief to realized solutions. We will attempt to uncover the strategies that build brand value through architecture, while analyzing the impact on the intended audience as well as the greater community. We will consider, among others, the following questions: How do brands inspire good design and why are results often unsuccessful? Is it possible to create significant architecture that help realize the brand’s vision with responsible solutions? How can architects help maximize the brand’s potential in the built environment and contribute to the user experience? What are the strategies that encourage a mutually supportive relationship between branding, design and community? What is the architect's role and responsibility towards society and community in working with brands?

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
False Economies in Façade Renovation: Suggestions for Higher Standards of Practice (1.5 HSW)
John Fidler, Intl Assoc. AIA, RIBA - Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc
Peyton Hall, FAIA - Historic Resources Group LLC

The session will address the current poor state of rehabilitation practice in main street and
downtown regeneration as affects facade repairs and restoration - set against national and
international norms and standards. The session will suggest what best practice should be in terms of methodology and technique. Issues discussed will include: (i) preservation philosophy: understanding, conserving and enhancing the values and significance of buildings; (ii) documenting existing fabric; (iii) the need for historical research; (iv) understanding decay mechanisms through advances in diagnostics and assessment; and (v) targeting effective and appropriate treatments.

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Significant Legal Issues - What You Need to Know (1.5 LU)
Kenneth Wang - Attorney-at-Law, Irvine, CA

The presentation will provide an overview of the significant legal issues affecting an architect. 
The participants will first be introduced to the standard of care with which an architect is
required to comply.  The presentation will then move to the issues of copyright and licensing
for the protection of one's work, including the recent developments in case law.  A discussion
will then follow regarding the various significant contractual provisions.  The risk management
provisions such as limitation of liability and indemnity will be explored and examined.  Another
significant contractual provision -- contract administration -- will also be examined, including
the potential legal pitfalls.  The presentation will also include an examination of the recent
changes to the AIA documents.  AIA has made a number of significant changes to the
documents.  The participants will be provided with an understanding of the changes and the
potential impact of such changes. 

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Investing with Green Principles (1.5 LU)
Oscar Chavez – Smith Barney
Francisco Pinedo – Cisco Brothers
Kathy Pryzgoda – LightStudio LA
Nellie Reid, LEED AP – Gensler
Rachel Winokur – eTTa designs

It is now clear the world climate is changing. Governments are instituting new regulations, individuals are changing the way they live and companies are responding with new products and services. How do we align our commitment to preserving our world with our investments? Unprecedented investment opportunities are developing with companies focusing in cleaner technologies, energy efficiency and environment management. Companies responding to climate change can be found across geographic locations and sectors. The panel is comprised of financial and industry experts analyzing attractive investment opportunities in response to climate change. Companies that recognize and respond to on-going climatic developments with innovation will be well-positioned to benefit financially.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
The New AIA Documents: What You Should Know & Why (1.5 LU)
Robert H. Stellwagen, Jr., Esq. - Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart, LLP

This seminar will explore the recent changes that have been made to the AIA Contact Documents by creating hypothetical scenarios, which will then be used to illustrate correct use of the appropriate contract documents.

 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 17TH

Early Bird:                                                                   Mon July 21st – Sun August 17th (at midnight)

  • All Access Pass (8 classes + Power Lunch):           $270 (AIA Members) | $450 (Non-Members)
  • FRI Day Pass (4 classes + Power Lunch):              $195 (AIA Members) | $300 (Non-Members)

Regular:                                                                       Mon August 18th – Sun October 12th (at midnight)

  • All Access Pass (8 classes + Power Lunch):           $295 (AIA Members) | $475 (Non-Members)
  • FRI Day Pass (4 classes + Power Lunch):              $220 (AIA Members) | $325 (Non-Members)

 

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Mobility and Urban Systems: Strategic, Systemic and Synthetic (1.5 LU)
Peter DiSabatino, AIA
David Grannis - Planning Company Associates, Inc.

This session will explore research and design of various facets that compose a truly mobile lifestyle – not just a better bus, another freeway or a better commute, but real accessibility and connectivity… and possibly a new vision for the city. The session will articulate creative opportunities, through various scales, types and disciplines in urban systems, forms, media, products, circulation and social systems/networks. What are the communication and media systems of the future that will enhance mobility?  What are the products, systems, services, environments and transit networks that will create a seamless mobile lifestyle?  How do all of theses things integrate?  How do we create urban, regional, national and international networks, systems and forms that provide greater possibilities for people and things to move better and easier?  How do we create an integrated lifestyle and form that doesn’t require movement, or large movements, and yet allows for the complete access to people, places and things that we need - and desire - today and in the future?

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM                                                                                                                    
To LEED or Not to LEED (1.5 HSW)
Lance Williams - US Green Building Council
Michael Lehrer, FAIA - Lehrer Architects
Mark Gangi, AIA - Gangi Architects
Alan Locke, PE - IBE Consulting Engineers

As the first certified LEED Platinum museum in the world, the Water + Life Museums-- the Western Center for Archaeology and Paleontology and the Center for Water Education--  present a case study of the environmental sensitivity and high design that LEED promotes.  The project began as a conventional museum project, where the design team encouraged the Clients to pursue LEED certification. The story exemplifies the successful partnership of a design/engineering team to create fluidity in the design process and that provides for the seamless integration of aesthetics and engineering systems. Participants will gain insight on how to identify if a project has LEED potential, the politics involved to gain support of LEED pursuits, the obstacles and challenges of achieving high-level certification and the importance of designing resilient systems that can maintain and sustain high performance buildings over time.

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
The Human Response to Architecture: Brain, Body & Building  (1.5 HSW)
David Rova – HMC Architects
Eve Edelstein, M.Arch, Ph.D. - HMC Architects & University of California San Diego
Kevin O'Brien, AIA, LEED - HMC Architects
Eduardo Macagno, Ph.D. - Professor, University of California San Diego

The Mobius embodies both infinite change and continuity, and symbolizes synergy between built habitats and the health of our people and our environment. A Mobius may be defined as a 'developable surface created by transforming a plane to into a indefinitely reversing face'.  This inspires us to continually reverse our perspectives on architecture. It reminds us to look in both directions, outside and in, as we consider the continuous influence of architecture on the surrounding environment along with its measurable influence on the people within. Neuroscience provides greater understanding of how the brain, body, and building interact. It describes the visual illusion of architecture. It also describes the intertwining of senses and how built features may influence behavioral, mental, and health. Design applications include spaces for rest and respite, action and cognition. Examples from healthcare, research, and educational environments demonstrate how scientific principles may be applied to design, including the influence of proportion and scale on the sense of balance and fall risk, the use of brightness and contrast on color and a sense of movement, the influence of sound and light on emotions, performance, and on reliable measures of health.


2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Redefining Recreation…Shifting Gears Out of "Park" (1.5 HSW)
Mia Lehrer, FASLA - Mia Lehrer + Associates
Esther Margulies, ASLA - Mia Lehrer + Associates
Barbara Romero - Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority
Mott Smith – Civic Enterprise

As part of the process of developing a citywide park master plan and a five-year capital improvement plan, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks is conducting a Citywide Community Needs Assessment (CNA).  The CNA will gather, assess and analyze information regarding the current and future recreational needs of the city. The City is in the process of wrapping up its first Needs Assessment project in over10 years.  This study examines the existing parks and recreation facilities and programs in the City through a series of focus groups, key person interviews, and community workshops.  At the same time the City is looking at new urban design guidelines and updating neighborhood plans through other City departments such as the CRA and Planning Departments. Included in the Needs Assessment Final Report will be an analysis and recommendations on park typologies for the City of Los Angeles.  Park classifications and typologies help us understand the role of each park and guide us in deciding what facilities and programs are appropriate and where they should be located to best serve the community. These classifications set standards for existing and future parks, helping to evaluate where park facilities are needed and to promote prudent planning to avoid gaps or duplication of services. When national standards no longer seem to apply, how does one set these classifications for a city as large and as diverse as Los Angeles. With a succession of major infrastructure and development projects such as the Nokia Theater, Grand Avenue Corridor and The Grove  going on in Los Angeles, the definition of open space in our City is destined to change.  How is the face of open space to change within our city and how will it effect development and redevelopment in the City of Los Angeles?  What are the roles of private development in thinking of the city as a whole? 

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Aligning Project Funding with Scope and Quality Expectations (1.5 LU)
Nicholas J. Butcher, Affiliate AIA/LA - Davis Langdon
Rick Lloyd - Davis Langdon

A common challenge faced during the design phase of a project is that of developing a design that matches the allocated budget for construction.  For a project to be successful  from a cost and schedule perspective, the scope and funding alignment needs to happen early in the project definition phase, and before design begins.  This presentation will describe how to effectively align project scope expectations, and quality, with available construction funding; what techniques should be applied, and when to apply them.  It will compare and contrast different cost management techniques and their appropriateness to particular project types, at different project stages.  The presentation will also describe how to budget for sustainable project components at the early development stages; and how to allocate design and construction phase contingencies, risk contingencies, as well as allowances for cost escalation in a changing market place.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Achieving Design Excellence in Public Sector Work (1.5 LU)
Anne G. Mooney, LEED AP – Sparano + Mooney Architecture
David Saviola, AIA – DMJM Design
Chris Genik, AIA – Daly Genik Architects
Deborah Weintraub, AIA, LEED AP – Bureau of Engineering, City of Los Angeles

In designing work within the public realm, architects confront complex constituencies, unique challenges in project delivery, and broad responsibilities related to the stewardship of public resources. This session will focus on these challenges and the significant opportunities associated with the design of public sector projects. The session will be moderated by a public sector official and panelists will present their work and then discuss the opportunities and challenges of producing great design within the public realm. Participants will learn strategies for successful delivery of public commissions; gain an understanding of the process, and
insight into how to make the most of the design potential in a public project.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Implementing Green Streets (1.5 HSW)
Simon Pastucha - Urban Design Studio, City of LA
Emily Gabel-Luddy, FASLA - Urban Design Studio, City of LA

Storm water and urban run off are the #1 sources of pollution in Southern California (Credit: NRDC). The objective of GREEN STREETS is to maximize recharge/percolation of wet weather runoff. Pollutants, soil, vegetation, and water can all be managed through vegetated strips, landscaped approaches, infiltration, gardens, planters, rain-gardens, etc. Additional benefits include the reduction of urban heat island effect, carbon sequestration, and community beautification. Seattle, WA and Portland, OR exemplify green infrastructure. Flow diagrams, Landscape Planters, Street Planters, and Street Storm Water Planters have been used to reduce impermeable surface, runoff, and cost. GREEN STREET STANDARDS outline requirements for the sidewalk and parkway area for all new projects with the exception of single-family dwellings. Specifications for width of sidewalk and parkway, trees, bicycle racks, bus stops, and covenants contribute to the success of GREEN STREETS. GREEN STREET GUIDELINES serve as options to mitigate the environmental impact of a project as well as guide design of street improvements. Improving pedestrian scale, water conservation, street ambient, bicycle lanes and transit amenities maintain an overriding design objective.

 

 

 

2007 California Building Code Seminar: Advanced Topics (7.0 HSW)

Opening Reception + Restaurant Design Awards Ceremony

Power Lunch: Measure R & Its Impact on the Built Environment (1.0 LU)

Special Film Screening, Bird’s Nest: Herzog & de Meuron in China (2.0 LU)

Hard Hat Tour: LAPD Administration Building (1.0 LU)

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15TH

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM              
2007 California Building Code Seminar: Advanced Topics (7.0 HSW)                                                    
with Isam Hasenin P.E., C.B.O. – Bureau Verita

Isam Hasenin, P.E., C.B.O., Bureau Veritas, is one of AIA/LA's most popular instructors. Mr. Hasenin will be opening MOBIUS LA 2008 on Wednesday, October 15th with a full day of curriculum on the most commonly requested areas of the 2007 California Building Code. This seven-hour course, which qualifies for HSW credit, will cover advanced topics and unique cases of the recently adopted 2006 IBC with California State Amendments. The Class is geared to practicing architects and designers. Some of the topics to be covered include: Unique definitions; State amendments for townhouses; Grade plane, story vs. basement; New area and height provisions; Application of state height/area amendments to mixed-use buildings; Separated vs. non-separated uses; Type III over podium construction; Type III modified; Application of special life safety topics to multi-family residential projects; New formula for openings in exterior wall; New means of egress provisions including Common Path of Travel and Corridors and Horizontal Exits; Accessible means of egress; Special topics on accessibility to multi-family residential projects, and much more.

Early Bird Registration:                                               Mon July 21st – Sun August 17th (at midnight)

  • WED Building Codes Seminar:                              $160 (AIA Members) | $200 (Non-Members)

Regular Registration:                                                  Mon August 18th – Sun October 12th (at midnight)

  • WED Building Codes Seminar:                              $185 (AIA Members) | $225 (Non-Members)

 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 16TH

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM              
Opening Reception + Restaurant Design Awards Ceremony

Join AIA Los Angeles as we celebrate the opening of  the 2nd Annual MOBIUS LA. This reception will also celebrate the winners of the 4th Annual AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards (RDA). The RDAs honor excellence in restaurant design in three main categories: restaurants, cafés/bars and lounges/nightclubs. The Awards Ceremony will recognize both Jury Award and People’s Choice Award Winners.

To enter the 2008 Restaurant Design Awards Ceremony, download the Call for Entries, http://www.aialosangeles.org/events/assets_images/2008_RDA/call_for_entries.pdf

Early Bird Registration:                                               Mon July 21st – Sun August 17th (at midnight)

  • Opening Reception/RDA Ceremony:                   Free & Open to All, but please RSVP when registering

Regular Registration:                                                  Mon August 18th – Sun October 12th (at midnight)

  • Opening Reception/RDA Ceremony:                   Free & Open to All, but please RSVP when registering

 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 17TH

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM 
Power Lunch: Measure R & Its Impact on the Built Environment (1.0 LU)

What is Measure R? Measure R is a half-cent sales tax increase (which will be on the November ballot) that is expected to provide the local resources to finance new transportation projects and accelerate those already in the pipeline. Join Assemblymember Mike Feuer as he leads a discussion amongst several
Mayors
about Measure R with regards to how it will impact the local municipalities, especially as it relates
to managing smart growth, expanding transit & mobility options, providing a safer, more livable public realm, and moving the planning process beyond politics. Assemblymember Feuer will be joined by Panelists:
Hon. Bill Bogaard, The Mayor of Pasadena; Hon. Barry Brucker, The Mayor of Beverly Hills; Hon. Herb Katz, FAIA, The Mayor of Santa Monica; and Hon. Jeffrey Prang, The Mayor of West Hollywood.

Early Bird:                                                                   Mon July 21st – Sun August 17th (at midnight)

  • All Access Pass (8 classes + Power Lunch):         $270 (AIA Members) | $450 (Non-Members)
  • FRI Day Pass (4 classes + Power Lunch):            $195 (AIA Members) | $300 (Non-Members)
  • Power Lunch ONLY:                                             $75 (AIA Members) | $90 (Non-Members)

Regular:                                                                       Mon August 18th – Sun October 12th (at midnight)

  • All Access Pass (8 classes + Power Lunch):         $295 (AIA Members) | $475 (Non-Members)
  • FRI Day Pass (4 classes + Power Lunch):            $220 (AIA Members) | $325 (Non-Members)
  • Power Lunch ONLY:                                             $90 (AIA Members) | $105 (Non-Members)

 

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM              
Special Film Screening, Bird’s Nest: Herzog & de Meuron in China (2.0 LU)

Schaub and Schindelm’s documentary follows two Swiss star architects on two very different projects: the national stadium for the Olympic summer games in Peking 2008 and a city area in the provincial town of Jinhua, China. Architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron are literally building bridges between two cultures, two architectural traditions, and two political systems. Their work doesn’t simply enhance China’s great international debut, but serves the everyday needs of the Chinese population. “Bird’s Nest” presents the Basle architects as they find solutions not in the comfort of an ivory tower but in encounters and friction on the ground.
View the film’s trailer here: http://www.herzogdemeuron-film.com/en/home/

Early Bird:                                                                   Mon July 21st – Sun August 17th (at midnight)

  • Special Film Screening:                                           $25 (AIA Members) | $30 (Non-Members)

Regular:                                                                      Mon August 18th – Sun October 12th (at midnight)

  • Special Film Screening:                                           $25 (AIA Members) | $30 (Non-Members)

 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 18TH

Hard Hat Tour: LAPD Administration Building (1.0 LU)

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM             
Hard Hat Tour A (1.0 LU)

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Hard Hat Tour B (1.0 LU)

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Hard Hat Tour C (1.0 LU)

Among the offerings of MOBIUS LA 2008 special events will be an Exclusive Hard Hat Tour of THE LOS ANGELES POLICE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, led by members of the project design team from DMJM DESIGN | AECOM. Parking information and other details will be emailed approximately 1 week prior to the tour.
 
NOTE: The 3 tours above are identical, please pick ONE of the above when registering. Each time block is strictly limited to the first 20 people to sign up.

Early Bird:                                                                   Mon July 21st – Sun August 17th (at midnight)

  • Hard Hat Tour:                                                       $20 (AIA Members) | $25 (Non-Members)

Regular:                                                                      Mon August 18th – Sun October 12th (at midnight)

  • Hard Hat Tour:                                                       $25 (AIA Members) | $30 (Non-Members)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BANKS, RUSSELL
Russell Banks – Gensler (Branded Architectures: Brand Slaves to Brand Stewards)

As the Creative Director of Gensler Los Angeles’ Brand Design Practice, Russell leads efforts for integrated environments and strategic brand positioning for the firm’s clients. His career reflects strengths in his understanding and ability to approach design holistically through environmental, architectural, and graphic design. Russell is responsible for developing and leading brand programs for such diverse organizations as The Beverly Hilton, CityCenter, American Express, Imageworks, Frank Russell, Fujitsu, Health Net, Herbalife, Lexus, Microsoft, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Rockwell International, Sony Pictures, Technicolor and the U.S. Air Force. For over 5 years, Russell was a faculty member at the Art Center College, Pasadena where he taught core curriculum courses in Information Design and Corporate Branding.

BRANIFF, EDUARDO
Eduardo Braniff – Imagination (Branded Architectures: Brand Slaves to Brand Stewards)

As Global Insight Director, Eduardo oversees a global team responsible for understanding the worlds of design, media, technology, communications and, above all, how people integrate these into their lives. Based on this understanding, the team supports clients by defining insights on how to more meaningfully engage a brand with its constituents and thus generate revenue for the brand and its enterprise. Eduardo has aligned multi disciplinary teams towards creating multi-channel communications strategies and campaigns for clients including Samsung, Intel, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, NASDAQ and others.

BRESEE, WILLIAM
William Bresee, Esq. - Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart, LLP (Are International Projects Right For You?)

William F. Bresee is associated with Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart,  LLP with offices in South Pasadena and Orange, California.  The firm represents design professionals in all aspects of their professional practice including mediation, arbitration, trials, appellate work, general transactional work, and contract review and negotiation. Mr. Bresee focuses on commercial transactions, international transactions, engineering and construction, project finance, and corporate structure and administration.  He has provided legal services related to electrical power, petroleum, industrial and civil facilities for United States and foreign corporations, governmental entities and joint ventures, and provided transactional legal services for Fortune 50 and entrepreneurial businesses. 

BUTCHER, NICHOLAS J.
Nicholas J. Butcher, Affiliate AIA/LA - Davis Langdon (Aligning Project Funding with Scope and Quality Expectations)

Nicholas Butcher, President of Davis Langdon (USA), is responsible for the firms' activities in North America and is a member of Davis Langdon & Seah's International Board. Nick is a quantity surveyor by training and has worked as a cost consultant in California since joining the firm in 1986. He established the Los Angeles office in 1987 and since then has played a major role in the design-stage cost management of many major higher education, healthcare and cultural facilities in California. In  2003 Nick assumed the leadership of Davis Langdon in the USA and is responsible for management of the firms' operations and for strategic planning. This includes a particular focus on the firm's transition into a national consultancy, building a range of integrated services designed to manage risk and add value to our client's projects. He received his degree in Quantity Surveying from Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham, England and is a member of the American Association of Cost Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  

CHAVEZ, OSCAR
Oscar Chavez - Smith Barney (Investing with Green Principles)

COHEN, ANDY
Andy Cohen, FAIA – Gensler (Building a Global Boutique)

Andy Cohen is a champion of design excellence at Gensler, and a mentor to the design leadership of their practices and offices. As an Executive Director, he oversees initiatives related to design, client development and strategic growth. He’s also the Regional Managing Principal for the Southwest, including Gensler’s offices in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Phoenix and San Diego. In that role, he helped build Gensler’s airport, entertainment, hospitality and mixed-use practices. An architect, he is a graduate of Pratt Institute and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

CORBETT, TIM
Tim Corbett – SmartRisk (Are International Projects Right For You?)

Timothy J. Corbett, Founder and President of SmartRisk has over 23 years of experience developing insurance and risk management programs for architects, engineers and building professionals. Tim has developed model risk management programs for international engineering/construction firms Bechtel and EG&G and held senior level positions with insurance carriers specializing in the design and construction industry. He sits on various professional risk management committees and is called upon as a speaker at regional and national forums on the topics. Tim has been published and quoted in national publications such as Engineering, Inc.,  Engineering & Science and Green Buildings and holds copyrights on risk management strategies. Mr. Corbett holds a BS Degree in Security & Risk Management from Bellevue University and a MS Degree in Management from Regis University. He also holds a degree in Environmental studies and concentrated studies in Architectural design.
                                                                                                                               
DISABATINO, PETER
Peter A. DiSabatino, AIA (Mobility and Urban Systems: Strategic, Systemic and Synthetic)

Peter Di Sabatino is teaching, practicing, and consulting in architecture and design. His work explores the built environment with particular focus on the integration of architecture, landscape, urbanism, media and design. Peter was the Chair of the Department of Environmental Design at Art Center College of Design, and continues as an Adjunct/Visiting Professor. He was a Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Woodbury University, and the founding Director of the Community Design and Urban Research Center in Hollywood. Peter was a Visiting Professor and consultant in India, including the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. He currently is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Design at the Politecnico di Milano.

EDELSTEIN, EVE
Eve Edelstein, M.Arch, Ph.D. - HMC Architects & University of California San Diego (The Human Response to Architecture: Brain, Body & Building)

Eve’s background includes scientific, clinical and architectural exploration of how architectural features modulate human responses. As Senior VP Research & Design, HMC Architects, she translates biomedical evidence into design principles. Her research includes the 2005 AIA College of Fellows Latrobe Fellowship on evidence-based design and influence of light on health.  Eve developed the first program of courses in neuroscience for architecture and teaches at NewSchool of Architecture and Design and the University of California, San Diego.  Her current work at UCSD uses a human scale 360degree virtual reality cave to test the influence of architectural cues on brain and behavior.

FIDLER, JOHN
John Fidler, Intl Assoc. AIA, RIBA - Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc  (False Economies in Façade Renovation: Suggestions for Higher Standards of Practice)

John A Fidler is the Staff Consultant and Practice Leader for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., a national firm of engineers that designs, investigates and rehabilitates building envelopes and structures across the USA and overseas.  Based in Los Angeles, John is a British-licensed architect with two postgraduate qualifications in historic preservation.  He was formerly the Conservation Director of English Heritage in London with over 30 years experience of repairing, adapting and rehabilitating historic buildings in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally.  He was the 2006 Getty Scholar and served as the Vice President of ICCROM (the Intergovernmental Centre for the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) in Rome until 2007.  Formerly a nationally elected councilor of the Royal Institute of British Architects, he is a member of the LA Chapter Historic Resources Committee.  He currently sits on the Conservation Committee of the Getty Foundation, is a board member of the Western Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology and co-chairs the California Preservation Foundations Design Awards Jury.

GABEL-LUDDY, EMILY
Emily Gabel-Luddy, FASLA - Urban Design Studio, City of LA (Implementing Green Streets)

Emily Gabel-Luddy, FASLA,  a native Angeleno, received her BA from Occidental College and M.L.A. from the University of Massachusetts. Her public work covers important initiatives from the Citywide General Plan Framework Project for Los Angeles to the Los Angeles/Design Action Planning Teams (an urban design initiative in five City neighborhoods) Project.  Ms Gabel-Luddy has enjoyed 10 years as a decision-maker on development projects affording her a unique perspective on urban design, economics and community building.  In December 2006, she established the Urban Design Studio for the Planning Department at the request of Gail Goldberg, Director. In April, the Studio won the 2008 Los Angeles AIA Chapter President’s Urban Design Team Award for agency collaboration leading to new street/sidewalk standards in emerging Downtown Los Angeles; and local APA Award for the collaborative Walkability Checklist. In March, the Studio launched the Urban Design Principles citywide conversation about the essential qualities of LA’s unique neighborhoods. Studio projects may be viewed at urbandesignla.com. A 1990-91 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, she brings a visionary as well as practical perspective to her new and exciting role as head of the Urban Design Studio.

GANGI, MARK
Mark S. Gangi, AIA, LEED AP - Gangi Architects (To LEED or Not to LEED)
Mark Gangi AIA LEED AP has lead Gangi Architects, the design division of Gangi Development, a design + build + develop 3 generation family run corporation since 1990.  Mark Designs and constructs buildings for the late 21st century from zero energy houses to LEED Platinum museums.  The Studio operates as an open network celebrating collaborations in all areas of the design, construction, and development industry.

GENIK, CHRIS
Chris Genik, AIA – Daly Genik Architects (Achieving Design Excellence in Public Sector Work)
 
Chris Genik is Principal of Daly, Genik.  Mr. Genik practiced architecture in Houston prior to moving to L.A. to associate with Kevin Daly in 1989.  He has directed the design of a number of the firm’s award-winning projects and his firm was the architect for the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Schools which received the prestigious Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence as well as state and Los Angeles AIA awards. Daly, Genik is the architect for the Art Center College of Design’s renovation of the 100,000 SF coop wind tunnel building, and is also currently completing work for park replacement buildings for the City of Santa Monica Parks and Recreation Department, a project for BMW/Design Works, and an exhibition at the Huntington Library. He is the Undergraduate Program Director at SCI-Arc.

HALL, PEYTON
Peyton Hall, FAIA - Historic Resources Group LLC (False Economies in Façade Renovation: Suggestions for Higher Standards of Practice)

Peyton Hall is a principal and Director of Architecture in Historic Resources Group LLC., of Hollywood, CA.  Peyton has a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a masters degree in environmental design from Yale University, where he was awarded the Parsons Medal in City Planning.  Post-graduate work includes study at the Center for Palladian Studies in Vicenza, Italy, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship at the Tokyo National Institute for Cultural Properties.  He brings substantial depth to the firm’s ability to provide architectural and rehabilitation services.  With more than 25 years of architectural experience, his list of noteworthy and award-winning preservation projects in Southern California include the Gamble House, Angels Flight, twelve structures at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (Olvera Street), the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Rose Bowl, the Alex Theatre (Glendale), the Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood), Hotel Casa del Mar (Santa Monica) the Hughes Industrial Historic District at Playa Vista, Fox Studio, and A & M Records at the Charlie Chaplin Studios.  He is a former President of the Board of Trustees of the California Preservation Foundation, past Chair of the Board of Directors of Pasadena Heritage and currently co-chairs the AIA Los Angeles Chapter’s Historic Resources Committee.

HASENIN, ISAM
Isam Hasenin P.E., C.B.O. – Bureau Verita (2007 California Building Code Seminar: Advanced Topics)

Isam Hasenin, P.E., C.B.O., Bureau Veritas, is one of AIA/LA's most popular instructors. Isam Hasenin is the Chief Operating Officer of the Construction Code Compliance and Municipal Consulting and Outsourcing Division for Bureau Veritas, a global company specializing in the fields of quality assurance, health, safety, and environmental (QHSE) services, with operations in 850 offices in 170 countries. Previously, Mr. Hasenin was the Director of the Department of Building Inspection and Chief Building Official for the City and County of San Francisco from 2007-2008. He was the Chief Building Official for the City of San Diego for 5 years from 2002 to 2007. Mr. Hasenin has over twenty years experience in the code enforcement field and building department administration. He has an MS degree in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and is a licensed civil engineer in the state of California. He serves as the Vice Chair of the California Building Standards Commission, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Accreditation Services (IAS) and a member of ICC’s Education Committee. 

HAWTHORNE, CHRISTOPHER
Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic - Los Angeles Times Company (Spreading the News: Making the Most of the New & News Media Focus on Architecture)

Christopher Hawthorne is the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times. Previously he was architecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Metropolis magazine. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, New York magazine, the Washington Post and many other publications. With Alanna Stang, he is author of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005), and was co-curator of a recent exhibition based on the book at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Yale University, he has taught at Columbia University and led the Urban Reporting program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

HOFFMAN, SHERRY
Sherry Hoffman - (M)Arch.branded architectures (Branded Architectures: Brand Slaves to Brand Stewards)

Sherry Hoffman is the marketing partner at (M)Arch., a collaboration of architects and creative marketing professionals whose mission is to build brand value through architecture. She is currently teaching “Branding Strategies” at Art Center College of Design. Prior to establishing (M)Arch. Sherry was a marketing executive at  Universal Studios and Young & Rubicam. Sherry has a MBA in marketing and international business from Stern School of Business (NYU). She and her partner, Todd Erlandson, have been teaching and exploring the relationship between architecture and branding at Tulane University, SCI_ARC, Otis College of Art and Design, Woodbury University, and Art Center College of Design. 
                                                                                                                                                                           KOBE, TIM
Tim Kobe, Assoc. AIA - eight inc. (Branded Architectures: Brand Slaves to Brand Stewards)

Tim Kobe is founder and principal of Eight Inc. Eight Inc. designs for some of the most successful and best loved brands in the world. The company works with global brand giants defining strategies, innovating and designing branded experiences that engage the consumer in relevant, dynamic and meaningful ways. Eight Inc. work crosses traditional disciplines and includes environments, products and communications. This work consistently results in award-winning projects and long-term client relationships such as Apple, Nokia and Virgin Atlantic Airways. Eight Inc. has offices in New York, San Francisco and Honolulu.

LEHRER, MIA
Mia Lehrer, FASLA - Mia Lehrer + Associates (Redefining Recreation…Shifting Gears Out of "Park")

Mia Lehrer is the founding principal of the Los Angeles firm, Mia Lehrer + Associates. Born in San Salvador, El Salvador, Ms. Lehrer received her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.   Ms. Lehrer leads the ML+A office in the design and development of a diverse range of ambitious public and private projects that include urban revitalization developments, large urban parks, and complex commercial projects.  Today she is internationally recognized for her progressive landscape designs, unique amalgamations of graphic configurations, working with natural landmarks, and her advocacy for sustainable and people-friendly public space.

LEHRER, MICHAEL
Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA - Lehrer Architects (To LEED or Not to LEED)
Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA, founded his practice, Lehrer Architects LA, in 1985.  Practitioner, leader and teacher, he designs for community with a reverence for light, space, and sustainability in the pursuit of beauty and joy. The firm’s international and award-winning work consists of institutional, urban design, residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Michael has won over forty design awards, including honor awards from the national, state, and local chapters of The American Institute of Architects. Michael was President of AIA/LA in 1999. He has been a member of the faculty at USC since 1986, as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture.

LILLO, M. ALEJANDRA
M. Alejandra Lillo - Graft (Building a Global Boutique)

M. Alejandra Lillo received her first professional degree and license in Architecture at the University of Mendoza, Argentina, later pursuing a Master's degree in Architecture at the University of California Los Angeles. As a designer, project architect and project manager she has worked on numerous international award winning educational, institutional, commercial and residential projects while practicing in Canada and the USA. In 2007 M. Alejandra Lillo became Partner for the Graft Los Angeles office.

LLOYD, RICK
Rick Lloyd - Davis Langdon (Aligning Project Funding with Scope and Quality Expectations)
 
As the Associate Principal-in-charge of Davis Langdon’s Los Angeles office, Rick Lloyd has over 23 years of experience providing construction cost planning and estimating services on a wide range of domestic and international projects. These projects include residential, hospitality, higher education, healthcare, commercial, cultural and government facilities.  He has extensive experience in providing cost estimates at all phases of design and construction, including preconstruction and post construction cost reports, claims reviews and settlements, and project management. In addition, Rick has conducted and participated in value engineering efforts on many of the projects on which he has worked.  Rick received a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying from Thames Polytechnic in London, England and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

LOCKE, ALAN
Alan Locke, PE - IBE Consulting Engineers (To LEED or Not to LEED)

Alan Locke, PE, has more than 28 years of experience providing mechanical and building engineering design for a wide range of projects, including museums, libraries, laboratories, hospitals, schools, corporate office buildings, and entertainment facilities.  In 1999, he founded IBE Consulting Engineers with the belief that the engineering components should be fully integrated into the architectural design of a building in order to create innovative solution. Currently, Alan is an adjunct professor of Climatology and Environmental Control Systems at UCLA and has taught engineering design and construction practice to architectural students at UCLA, USC and SCI-ARC for the past 10 years.

LUBELL, SAM
Sam Lubell, Editor - The Architect's Newspaper Company (Spreading the News: Making the Most of the New & News Media Focus on Architecture)

Sam Lubell is Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper, California Edition, and was formerly News Editor at Architectural Record. He has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record, Travel + Leisure, and New York Magazine. He has written two books, Paris 2000+ (Monacelli Press, 2007) and London 2000+ (Monacelli Press, Fall 2008). He studied Architectural History at Brown University.

MACAGNO, EDUARDO
Eduardo Macagno, Ph.D. - Professor, University of California San Diego (The Human Response to Architecture: Brain, Body & Building)

After receiving his PhD in Physics at Columbia, Eduardo Macagno switched his scientific interests to neuroscience, where he has focused his research mainly on the development of the nervous system.  Macagno first became interested in the nexus of neuroscience and architecture through John Eberhard, FAIA, who introduced him to the idea that knowledge of human brain function could inform and provide evidence for architectural design. He has been involved with the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) since its formation at the AIA Convention in San Diego in 2003 and his thinking about wayfinding began at an ANFA-sponsored meeting in August, 2004.

MARGULIES, ESTHER
Esther Margulies, RLA, ASLA - Mia Lehrer + Associates (Redefining Recreation…Shifting Gears Out of "Park")

Esther Margulies, Partner of Mia Lehrer + Associates, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture at Cornell University and practiced in New York and Philadelphia before attending the Graduate School of Design at Harvard where she received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree. Ms. Margulies believes in the power of landscape to increase environmental awareness and improve urban social conditions.  As managing partner of many of the ML+A projects, Ms. Margulies has the opportunity to exercise her philosophy, enforcing sustainable practices where possible and encouraging positive interaction with nature.

MEIS, DAN
Dan Meis, FAIA – MEIS Architects/Aedas Los Angeles (Building a Global Boutique)

With over 25 years of experience in large-scale civic and commercial architecture, Dan was the first designer twice named one of the 40 under 40 most influential executives in sports by Sports Business magazine. His work includes Dodge Theater, Miller Park, Safeco Field, Lincoln Financial Field, and Paul Brown Stadium—the first NFL facility to win an AIA design award. In 1999 Dan designed Los Angeles' Staples Center and in 2001 was featured in Time Magazine as one of their "100 Innovators in the World of Sports." In 2005 Dan founded MEIS Architects as a specialty architecture practice, and in 2008 MEIS merged with Aedas to establish Aedas LA, LLC. Aedas is the world’s fourth largest architectural practice with over 2000 architects in 35 offices around the world.

MOONEY, ANNE G.
Anne G. Mooney, LEED AP - Sparano + Mooney Architecture (Achieving Design Excellence in Public Sector Work)

Anne was educated at Columbia University and at SCI-Arc.  She began her career in the office of Eric Owen Moss and later co-founded Sparano + Mooney Architecture.  The office has commissions ranging from cultural and community centers, transit and public works projects, and recreation and religious facilities.  Her work has been internationally recognized for its research-based conceptual approach to architecture and has been featured in publications including A+U, World Architecture, Bauwelt, Surface, Architecture California, and LA Architect.  The firm’s public sector work has won design awards from the AIA, the Los Angeles Business Council and the City’s Cultural Affairs Commission.  

O’BRIEN, KEVIN
Kevin O'Brien, AIA, LEED - HMC Architects (The Human Response to Architecture: Brain, Body & Building)

Kevin has more than twenty years of architectural design experience for projects throughout the world. As a LEED certified professional, Kevin is sensitive to promoting the design and construction of buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live, work and visit. His work has been published in Architectural Record, L.A. Architect, Architecture Magazine, Progressive Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.

PALMERI, CHRISTOPHER
Christopher Palmeri, Senior Correspondent - Business Week Company (Spreading the News: Making the Most of the New & News Media Focus on Architecture)

PASTUCHA, SIMON
Simon Pastucha - Urban Design Studio, City of LA (Implementing Green Streets)

Simon Pastucha is with the Urban Design Studio of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning and lives without a car.  He graduated with a degree in Landscape Architecture with an emphasis on sustainability. His experience covers projects worth over 20 billion dollars and ranging in size from complex single family and condominium subdivisions to commercial and industrial projects of over to 2,000,000 square feet. He served as Chief Planning Deputy for Councilman Michael Feuer. He was a key part of the Los Angeles Charter Implementation Unit, where a small team brought the existing land use codes into compliance with the new City Charter. He worked on amendments to the Los Angeles Municipal Code regarding reducing impediments to new housing, adaptive reuse of existing structures, and code simplification.

PINEDO, FRANCISCO
Francisco Pinedo - Cisco Brothers (Investing with Green Principles)

PRYZGODA, KATHY
Kathy Pryzgoda - LightStudio LA (Investing with Green Principles)

Kathy Pryzgoda has been designing lighting for the past 25 years.  Her diverse background includes lighting design for Architecture, Theatre, Event Lighting, and Television. Ms. Pryzgoda received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1982.  She has designed for such companies as Long Beach Opera, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, and the Jazz Tap Ensemble.  Kathy just completed her seventh season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a Lighting Director for the Hollywood Bowl.  Kathy has received several awards in Lighting Design including a Drama-logue Award in 1991 for outstanding achievement in Theatre. In 1992, Kathy Pryzgoda expanded her skills by designing for Television.  She became lighting Designer/Director for Channel One News.  Between 1992 and 2002 Kathy received three Broadcast Design International Gold Awards for her work with Channel One News.  In 2000, Kathy created the lighting design for Peter Jennings with World News Tonight on ABC.  In 200l, Ms. Pryzgoda acted as production design consultant for CNN’s “American Morning” with Paula Zahn. Additional television credits include: “Telling Stories with Tomie” for the Jim Henson Company, “Pat the Bunny” (Classic Media) and most recently, the lighting design for the Current TV studio, (Al Gore’s 24-Hour television network). In 2001, Ms. Pryzgoda included architectural and event lighting to her scope and created Kathy Pryzgoda Lighting Design.  Kathy illuminated the SKYY View Lounge for the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and began working with architects and designers throughout southern California.   In 2007, Ms. Pryzgoda established Light Studio LA, a multi-faceted lighting design firm.  Light Studio LA produces lighting designs for Architecture, Theatre, Events, and Television. In addition to her design work, Kathy Pryzgoda teaches lighting design at UCLA extension (Architecture and Interior Design Program) and Art Institute of California, Los Angeles.

REID, NELLIE
Nellie Reid, LEED AP - Gensler (Investing with Green Principles)

Nellie joined Gensler in 1997 and was the first LEED AP at Gensler. Nellie is a Sustainable Design consultant for the San José Airport, the Port of Long Beach and CityCenter in Las Vegas. She is a founding member of the USGBC-LA Chapter and served on its board for several years.  Interiors & Sources Magazine recognized Nellie as one of the “25 Environmental Champions for 2004,” and she was recently listed on Real Estate Southern California’s “40 Under 40” list.  Nellie received a BA and BArch from Rice University.     

ROMERO, BARBARA
Barbara Romero – Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (Redefining Recreation…Shifting Gears Out of "Park")

Barbara Romero is currently Chief of Urban Watersheds for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, a joint powers local park agency of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The Conservancy's mission is to acquire, preserve, protect, restore and enhance the parkland and open spaces of Southern California.  Among her responsibilities is the identification, development and implementation of multiple park development, restoration, and acquisitions projects set primarily in urban areas along the Upper Los Angeles River watershed and tributaries. Outside of her work with the Santa Monica Conservancy, Ms. Romero was appointed by Mayor of Los Angeles to serve as a commissioner for the South Valley Planning Commission for the City of Los Angeles.  She was also appointed to serve on the statewide Selection Advisory Committee for the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

ROVA, DAVID
Davis Rova - HMC Architects (The Human Response to Architecture: Brain, Body & Building)
 
David balances the diverse nature of design and business as both design director and managing principal at HMC Architects. His creative approach to design equally positions both knowledge and experience in exploring a unique blend of evidence and intuition to achieve extraordinary architectural environments. David brings with him twenty+ years of experience throughout the world which has been acknowledged through progressive design solutions and generated worldwide recognition and publicity throughout prominent architectural publications, including World Architecture, Architecture, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and Casabella.

SAVIOLA, DAVID
David Saviola, AIA, NCARB – DMJM Design/AECOM (Achieving Design Excellence in Public Sector Work)

David Saviola is an architect and design principal with DMJM Design / AECOM Los Angeles.  His professional experience encompasses an array of complex planning and architecture work for private and public institutions within urban, campus and community use environments.  With a diverse portfolio in education, civic, and cultural work he has served a comprehensive role in the areas of site and master planning, urban design, architecture and interior design. Saviola’s work with DMJM Design reinforces the firm’s public sector contributions. “We are committed to improving the urban character of cities and to addressing rapidly evolving constituent, social, environmental and economic needs that are so important in shaping our 21st century world. Navigating the complex and nuanced world of public architecture helps us achieve these objectives through thoughtful planning and design.”  Current planning and design work includes local, national and international education, civic and cultural arts projects.

SMITH, MOTT
Mott Smith – Civic Enterprise (Redefining Recreation…Shifting Gears Out of "Park")
 
Mott Smith is co-founder of Civic Enterprise, an L.A.-based firm that plans and builds innovative, socially-conscious projects in emerging neighborhoods. Earlier, he was Acting Director of Planning for the L.A. Unified School District,.  Before that, he developed affordable housing and served as founding Executive Director of New Schools-Better Neighborhoods. He was earlier the editor/business manager of The Planning Report and Metro Investment Report.  Mott is past president of the Westside Urban Forum and sits on the boards of the Transportation & Land Use Collaborative, and Hollywood Arts. He received a Master of Real Estate Development from USC and a BA in Linguistics from UCLA.

SMITH, DAKOTA
Dakota Smith, LA Editor - "Curbed Los Angeles" Company (Spreading the News: Making the Most of the New & News Media Focus on Architecture)

Dakota Smith works as the editor of Curbed LA, a real estate and neighborhood blog, and as a reporter/blogger for AOL News. A former real estate columnist for the New York Post, her freelance articles have appeared in publications ranging from the New York Observer to Los Angeles magazine.

STELLWAGEN, ROBERT H.
Robert H. Stellwagen, Jr., Esq. - Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart, LLP (The New AIA Documents: What You Should Know & Why)
Robert H. Stellwagen, Jr., is a 1990 graduate of Hastings College of the Law, having received his BA cum laude from the University of California, San Diego.  He is currently a partner of Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart with offices located in South Pasadena and Orange, California and is licensed in California State and Federal Courts, as well as the United States Court of Claims.  Mr. Stellwagen specializes in the representation of design professionals in contract negotiations, corporate transactions, jury and judge trials, mediations, arbitrations, and appeals.  He has been a speaker at numerous seminars, as well as for groups such as CELSOC, CSI, and local AIA Chapters.

TAYLOR, JULIE D.
Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA - Taylor & Company (Spreading the News: Making the Most of the New & News Media Focus on Architecture)

Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA, is the principal of Taylor & Company, a public relations and communications firm for the architecture, design, furnishings, and building industries.  She is the author of Outdoor Rooms (Rockport, 1999), Bars, Pubs, and Cafés (Rockport, 2000), and co-author of Spa: The Sensuous Experience (Images, 2006), and is presently the editor of the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter News. Taylor is co-chair of AIA/LA Design Awards Committee and is on the steering committee for Canstruction LA.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University, and a frequent guest speaker on the marketing of design services to schools and professional organizations.

WANG, KENNETH
Kenneth Wang - Attorney-at-Law, Irvine, CA (Significant Legal Issues - What You Need to Know)

Mr. Kenneth Wang specializes in construction and professional liability matters.  He has represented various design professionals including architects, engineers, geotechnical engineers, and geologists in delay, cost over-run, change order, and professional negligence claims, for the construction and design of commercial and residential projects.  In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Wang has advised clients on contractual issues related to the drafting and negotiation of design and consulting agreements.  Mr. Wang is an experienced trial attorney who has obtained many excellent verdicts for his clients.  Mr. Wang was associated with several prominent law firms. Mr. Wang is a selected Fellow of the American Bar Association ("ABA") Construction Industry Forum.  He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Owners and Lenders Division of the ABA Construction Industry Forum.  He is the author of Legal Pitfalls for Architects as Contract Administrators and Common Issues in Programming in the ABA publication – Construction Checklists – A Guide to Frequently Encountered Construction Issues.  Mr. Wang has conducted seminars on construction and professional liability issues at the various professional organizations – Lessons Learned Affecting Design Professionals, Green Building Standards and Reporting Requirements for Engineers. Mr. Wang has held many leadership positions in the legal community.  He was appointed to the Arbitration and Mediation Committee of the Orange County Superior Court.  He is the co-chairperson of the Community Outreach Committee of the Orange County Bar Association.  Mr. Wang was elected to the Board of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (the “Association”) and will be President Elect of the Association in 2009 – 2010. Mr. Wang is a graduate of Loyola Law School and University of California, Irvine, where he was on the Honor’s List.

WEINTRAUB, DEBORAH
Deborah Weintraub, AIA, LEED AP – Bureau of Engineering, City of Los Angeles (Achieving Design Excellence in Public Sector Work)

Deborah is the Chief Deputy City Engineer of the City of Los Angeles, the first architect and first woman in the position.  She manages multi-million dollar design and construction programs for animal care, fire, libraries, police, recreational/cultural facilities, the zoo, sanitation, and the Los Angeles River.  Previously Deborah worked for Southern California Edison providing sustainability and energy efficiency consulting to Edison customers, and for the Los Angeles Canadian Consulate General, promoting Canadian construction products, and Canadian expertise in sustainable design. Prior to that, she ran her own firm in New York City.  Deborah earned a Master of Architecture from Berkeley with Honors, and a Bachelor from Princeton University. She has published her designs, as well as professional papers, and has presented at various local and national forums.  Married with two children, she is a long time member of the AIA and the US Green Building Council.

WILLIAMS, LANCE
Lance A. Williams, Ph.D. - US Green Building Council (To LEED or Not to LEED) 

Lance A. Williams is a LEED® Accredited Professional, and Executive Director of the award-winning USGBC-LA chapter.  A primary area of Dr. Williams’ interest is the relationship between culture and sustainability. He is a frequent program moderator and speaker on green building and sustainability. He was the keynote speaker at the 2008 Urban Marketplace, hosted by ULI-LA. He has served as an advisor on green building policy development and is also active in the effort to define the burgeoning green jobs sector. Dr. Williams holds a Ph. D. in Anthropology from UCLA.

WINOKUR, RACHEL
Rachel Winokur - eTTa designs (Investing with Green Principles)

Rachel Winokur, a Certified Green Building Professional through Build It Green, has 15 years of combined design experience including textiles, fashion, events, and commercial and residential interior design.  In addition, following her B.S. in Consumer Studies from the University of New Hampshire, she spent 4 years studying in the Boston Architectural Center’s Master of Interior Design and UCLA’s Certificate of Interior Design programs. Rachel’s professional design career began at the prestigious and award-winning Boston architecture firm Ann Beha Architects specializing in libraries, museums and preservation.  She then moved to Los Angeles to work with residential and commercial architecture and design firms including the highly regarded and widely published Michael S. Smith, Inc.  There, Rachel was the Director of the Commercial Department managing over $450 million in projects in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and NYC. In 2007 Rachel started eTTa designs, a multidisciplinary boutique design firm with a focus on eco-friendly interior design for residential & commercial applications with a focus on hospitality.  eTTa designs’ services range from consulting to full-service including concept, budget, space planning, selecting and purchasing finishes, furnishings & equipment, installation and styling. Currently, eTTa designs is working on an eco luxury Los Angeles beachfront resort spa.  Prior eTTa projects include a well-published eco-friendly Hermosa Beach nail salon and an eco-friendly Los Angeles residential renovation.  Past hospitality and residential projects by Rachel include a Los Angeles LEED designated mixed-use condo project, a New York City Town & Country showcase hotel penthouse, a Santa Barbara 4-star hotel, a New York City 7-story brownstone, a Shanghai residential development, and homes throughout Southern California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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