October/November 2016
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  Upcoming Programs
2016 AIA Orange County Holiday Party!
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 Medgar@aiaoc.org
How to Get Better Profesional Service Contracts
October 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Towards a Neuroscience for Architecture
November 1  @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
2017 and Beyond – Trends and Innovation Conference
Life is about Growing – Join Industry Leaders to learn more about tomorrow! Learn More

November 10  @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  News and Happenings
Women in Buisness

Meghana Joshi, Associate AIA
Chair, WiA-AIAOC

What does it take to be a successful business woman? What are the challenges? How do you find your voice and navigate your path?  

Come to AIA Orange County's office on November 2nd at 5:30 pm, and sit down with us for an informal chat and highly interactive session with two diverse and successful business women of AIA Orange County - Melissa Leonard, CEO of Skwerl and  Jacqueline Pons-Bunney, Managing Partner and Shareholder at Weil & Drage.  


About our speakers:

Melissa Leonard (Assoc AIA) is the CEO of Skwerl and has over 20 years of experience as a senior-level executive and entrepreneur across multiple industries. She earned a MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA, and has completed post-graduate studies in strategy and advanced modeling (in conjunction with Harvard Business School and MIT, respectively). She brings a broad business background, with deep experience in leading new ventures and setting up labor optimization, outsourcing, technology implementation, and quality assurance operations.

Jacqueline Pons-Bunney is Managing Partner and Shareholder at Weil & Drage. She is licensed to practice law in both California and Arizona, and opened the firm’s Arizona office in 2008. She focuses her practice primarily on the representation of design, construction, and real estate professionals in a wide array of actions. Her undergraduate degree in Architecture affords her unique insight and advantage in dealing with adversaries and understanding the design and construction process. This unique background also allows her to meet the needs and concerns of her clients because she understands the industry literally from the ground up. Learn More Here

  At Your Service
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.

Women in Design+Construction Conference 


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Architecture at Zero 2016

Architecture at Zero 2016 is a zero net energy design competition open to students and professionals worldwide, engaging architecture, engineering, planning students and professionals in the pursuit of energy efficient design. Presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), this is a wonderful opportunity to engage the architectural community on an important global issue. $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded to student and professional winners. We woudl sincerely appreciate your help in spreading the word to AIA components across the country. For more information visit www.architectureatzero.com

Now Next Future
The AIACC is bringing together architects, designers, emerging talent, and affiliates to inspire new ways of thinking about the future of design, practice, and the built environment through examples of their work and case studies. Technology is evolving at unprecedented rates and transforming our pencils into stylus and our spectacles into Virtual Reality headgear. At this event, you will experience design from those who are pioneering these technologies into their practices, and be inspired to where the future can bring you!

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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