November / December 2016
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  Upcoming Programs
2016 AIA Orange County Holiday Party!

2016 Gingerbread House Design Competition
Supporting Toys for Tots

AIAOC Lunch Program MDF-New Materials and Technology
November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
What Architects Need to Know for 2016 T24 and Green Codes - Part 1
December 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
What Architects Need to Know for 2016 T24 and Green Codes - Part 2
December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  News and Happenings
Women in Architecture

In October, we launched "Women in Architecture" committee for AIA Orange County.  WiA-AIAOC is an all inclusive committee for AIA, Associate AIA and Allied AIA women members.

What do women of AIAOC want?
Instead of basing our committee’s ideals and goals on the data driven by popular media surveys and articles, we convened together for a round table meeting at our launch and discussed what is most important for us in the committee. We touched on topics such as compensation gaps, and inherent stereotypes and gender roles observed during site visits, as well as the lack of women role models in education, and in practice.

However, throughout our discussion we had a common reference; we all wanted to use Women in Architecture to make a positive difference in AIA Orange County.

Following the guidelines of AIA Advocacy and AIA’s definition of a Citizen Architect, WiA-AIAOC has chosen the path of Citizen Architecture to empower women in architecture. WiA - AIAOC Citizen Architect will use her talents, training and experience to contribute meaningfully towards the improvement of professional conditions for women in architecture through leadership training, mentoring and networking, and create awareness in the community about what a woman architect does at work.
In order to reach our goal, we will organize events that promote networking and leadership, and represent our committee at other similar events. We are a diverse group of women ranging from successful and experienced women business owners to recent graduates, licensed architects to those studying for their first ARE. We are aiming to make a considerable and positive difference in the community as well as motivate women in architecture through our diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Yesterday we had our first event “Women in Business”. The goal of the event was to discuss the challenges that women face in business, especially in architecture. Our guest speakers Melissa Leonard (CEO, Sqwerl) and Jacqueline Pons-Bunney (Managing Partner, Weil & Drage) shared their experiences on how they navigated their paths to be successful and have their voice heard. Being an interactive session, the attendees chimed in and shared their stories as well.

As we continue to grow, we will need more support from the members of AIA to be a successful committee.  

Women of AIA - Join us.
Men of AIA - support us, and our events.
Together we can make a difference for all of us. 
Follow us on Twitter @wiaaiaoc

Thank you,
Meghana Joshi, Associate AIA
Chair, WiA-AIAOC

  At Your Service
Upcoming Office Closures
  • 11/18/16 Annual~ Board Retreat
  • 11/24/16- 11/25/16~ Thanksgiving
  • 12/23/16-1/3/17~ Christmas and New Years
Reminder to Members
•The importance of updating their profiles to ensure renewal invoices and other AIA materials are received. 

•The completion of the membership status change form or chapter transfer form, if applicable, before the 2017 renewal cycle begins.

AIACC BIM Software Member Value Program
The AIACC is pleased to announce a new Member Value program for BIM design software in response to feedback, particularly from small firms. We are more than happy to be able to help provide access to powerful tools as options and/or alternatives – supporting full engagement in the business of architecture as a tangible and valuable benefit of AIACC membership.

What’s your order for the 2016 AIAOC Community Leaders Breakfast Series?

Whether you’re seeking to develop relationships or want to influence policy that affects the built
environment, the “AIAOC Community Leaders Breakfast with...” series is the members voice to
local advocacy.

Who would you like to meet in a round table setting in 2016?
tell us here
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