March 2016
  Ransom Malware Hits OC Architects
A New Computer Virus With Serious Implications!

A new virus has been hitting Orange County Architect’s offices with serious consequences. This virus (program) runs on your computer encrypting your files so you cannot read them unless you pay a ‘ransom’ in non traceable funds (bits) for the decryption key. Highly sophisticated, its origin is unknown (countries have been identified), and while the FBI is aware, they have not been able to solve the problem at this time. READ MORE...

  Upcoming Events
Attention Premier, Annual, Platinum, Gold, and Silver Sponsors – you receive complementary admissions to AIAOC presentations.  The number of admissions depends on your firm or company’s sponsorship level.  Please RSVP to Marilee Edgar
Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator Class
March 11, April 1, April 8 @  8:30 am - 4:00 pm

8 HSW's

The Safety Assessment Program (SAP) utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers and architects and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in the aftermath of a disaster. The program is managed by Cal OES, with cooperation from professional organizations, such as American Institute of Architects (AIA).  Cal OES has scheduled 3 SAP Evaluator training sessions for southern California.  Orange County Sheriff’s Department and AIA Orange County are currently seeking licensed architects to volunteer their services as SAP Evaluators.  For additional information, please click below

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Universal Design and Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population- AIAOC Lunch Program
March 15 @  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Explore the demographic trend of aging in the US and their physical and psychological needs. Baby boomers are more physically active, live healthier lives and have a stronger desire to remain independent than the previous generations.  The majority of boomers prefer to age in place, regardless of their physical abilities. There are many laws for accessibility in the US and around the world. Whereas accessibility is a legal mandate universal design has no determined minimum level of compliance.  This CEU looks at the 7 Principles of Universal Design and will address how to implement them into practice.

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COTE Mixer & Presentation: Water Regulations and the True Value of Water
March 24 @  5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

New legislative measures are being taken to counter the effects of the severe drought impacting California.  This seminar will instruct architects on new water use restrictions and how design of the built environment is key to the success of water restrictive usage.

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AIAOC Construction Tour-
Multi-Family Residential
March 18 @  12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

IDP:  2 hours credit
Equity Residential is a S&P company that owns, builds and operates high-quality apartment communities in places like New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco and Southern California—places where people most want to live, work and play. Our employees – about 3,600 strong—are really good at what they do, work hard and play nice, appreciate the community at large and value the contributions of others.

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Title 24- Hotels and High Rise Apartments, Compliance with New Regulations to Automate HVAC, Lighting and Plug Load Energy- AIAOC Lunch Program
March 30 @  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The 2013 California Energy Code has changed many requirements to automate HVAC, lighting and plug loads based on real-time occupancy sensing.  We will discuss how this is particularly emphasized in hotels and high-rise apartment buildings and has major implications on energy performance of the building, the design aspects and how this will affect occupants, including a review of key points in the energy code.  Building owners, developers, designers, architects, engineers and other building practitioners will learn a.) how to comply with Title 24, b.) key aspects to related technology, c.) how sensors can boost energy savings, and d.) understanding how these measures affect the building design, construction and occupational comfort, health and safety.

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March Madness- General Meeting
March 31 @  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join AIAOC For March Madness at Classic Q!

Come celebrate the NCAA Tournament at Classic Q.  While in between games, AIAOC is cooking up its own competition for the winner of the Final Four!  Be prepared to purchase raffle tickets for an American Express Gift Card with the winner selected from the first place team on April 4th.

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May 19 @ 8:00 am - May 21  @ 5:00 pm

Registration for AIA Convention 2016 is now open!

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Member Referral Program 
Help support AIAOC’s 2016 Member Referral Program! 

New members receive free 2016 Convention registration.  

  News and Happenings
  At Your Service
Inside Houzz: Enter PlayHouzz 2016
Houzz and AIA are launching a charitable playhouse design competition to showcase architecture and the value of design through the creative work of architecture professionals and students in the U.S. and Canada. AIA components whose members submits at least 20 entries will be eligible to receive a $5,000 grant to build the winning design

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
enviroment, the “AIAOC Community Leaders Breakfast with...” series is the members voice to
local advocacy.

Who would you like to meet in a roundtable setting in 2016?
tell us here
Brick in Architecture Awards
Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored one of the country's most prestigious architectural award programs - the Brick in Architecture Awards. As the only national association to represent both manufacturers and distributors, BIA is the authority in the clay brick industry. As such, the Brick in Architecture Awards has become the nation's premiere architectural award featuring clay brick.
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