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President's Letter


I and other AIAOC members attended the AIA Grassroots conference in Washington DC earlier this month.   Grassroots is an opportunity to participate in our national efforts to advocate on behalf of our profession and community.  It's part of what we as AIA members contribute back to society and the foundation of AIA membership.  It's also something few people realize we are very committed to as AIA architects.  While Grassroots is all about national issues, we continue to fight the taxation on services battle at the state level, as well as other issues impacting our California communities.  AIAOC recently held an advocacy meeting to discuss state and local issues and we will continue to ramp up our efforts to defend our profession and communities.  American Institute of Architects - Advocacy in Action, stay tuned for upcoming conversations and actions and make sure to participate as we effect positive change. 


John A. Danielian, AIA, LEED AP
2015 AIA Orange County President 

Available Programs

AIAOC Lunch Program- Wood Flooring

This Lunch Program is for AIAOC AIA Members

This presentation will cover the installation guidelines as well as job site preparation and acclimation of wood flooring

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

1 LU  Learn More


Title 24 Code and How It Impacts the Design of Big Openings for Indoor/Outdoor Living

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

1 HSW  Learn More


Designing with Rammed Earth:
An Adaptation of An Ancient Technology for a Greener Modern World

Tuesday, April 16, 2015

1 HSW  Learn More


DBIA Presentation: Innovation and Creativity How to make your RFP Unique!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

1 HSW Learn More


COTE:Introduction to the Living Building Challenge 3.0

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

1 LU Learn More


ADA:2013 California Mid-cycle Code Changes for Accessibility

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2 HSW  Learn More


At Your Service

Get involved with AIA Orange County!

The following committees welcome your support.  Join one today by responding to

Committee Openings:

Artwalk Committee

Associates Committee

Communications Committee

COTE Committee

Custom Residential Architects Committee (CRAN)

Emerging Professionals Committee

Secretary Advisory Committee 



We want to hear from you.  Please email your response to the following question to


"What do you as the member need from us to add value to your AIA membership"




Convention's Top 5

Career-changing keynotes, dynamic seminars and workshops, and one-of-a-kind educational tours-You can earn education credit for all of it, including your talks with exhibitors.

Here's how:

  1. Keynotes
    Opening keynote President Bill Clinton kicks off a three-day event filled with presentations by visionaries, champions, change agents, and rising stars. Stay tuned-we're announcing our Day Two keynote soon!
  2. Preconvention Workshops
    Join us a day early for an in-depth small-group education experience. Nearly 30 half- and full-day workshops cover ADA and FHA, disaster planning, LEEDV.4 materials credits, a special conference for academics and grad students, and more.
  3. Seminars
    Boost your LUs to the double digits with 200+ seminars by top leaders in firms, business, and academia, giving you insider looks and essential knowledge. Take advantage of sessions on the expo floor, hosted in the CE theaters and learning lounges.
  4. Educational tours
    Turn Atlanta into your classroom! Earn education credits for biking around the Old Fourth Ward or soaking up the historic ambiance of the Sweet Auburn neighborhood. We've got tickets for nearly 40 different tours of exclusive Atlanta hot spots.
  5. Expo Chat
    Earn up to 6 LUs when you bring your technical and new-product questions to the Expo floor and chat solutions with one of the hundreds of experts there. It's simple- here's how it works.

There are nearly 300 opportunities for high-quality, interesting, of-the-moment education at AIA Convention 2015. Sessions fill up fast! Reserve your seat when you register for convention.

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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Department of Architecture | College of Environmental Design

Cal Poly Pomona's Department of Architecture would like to invite you to participate in our architecture intern placement program. Our students must complete 500 hours of training in an approved setting under the guidance of qualified, licensed individuals before they may graduate.

We recognize and value our industry partners. You provide the jobs that our students have trained for. You come to Cal Poly events, reviews and participate in specialized lectures and conferences.

We offer the following:

  • A simple and secure way of contacting prospective interns
  • Students may only contact the individuals you identify as internship liaisons
  • A yearly Career Fair where your representatives may meet our students during a well-organized day of events, talks and mixers
  • Faculty cooperation and coordination
  • Let's not forget: Fully trained, cooperative and productive future architects!

What you need to do:

  • Send an e mail, identifying your internship coordinator to Prof Luis Hoyos, Internship Coordinator at
  • Questions? Call Luis Hoyos directly at 323 377 1953

Or better yet: enroll directly at:

The Cal Poly College of Environmental Design Career Fair is Thursday, April 16th at the ENV Building. We hope to see you there!

Benefits from the ENV Career Day will go to the ENV student organizations directly. The student organizations include ENV Council, AIAS, ASLA, APSA, ASA, GPSA, and TSD

Visit our website at

CRAN tv has recently produced its 6th video, "The Owner-Architect Contract". While it is not exactly splashy subject matter, it is valuable information for clients (and architects) regarding contracts. 

The Owner | Architect Contract
The Owner | Architect Contract



Your Advocacy in Action

Part of being an AIA member is to support local advocacy efforts?  Click here to find out more about how AIA is making a difference in California and how you can participate Learn More


Gain Credibility and Showcase Your AIAOC Affiliation with the Logo Badge!

We are excited to announce participation in the Houzz Affiliation Badge Program. Houzz has become the leading online platform for home remodeling and design. With more than 25 million homeowners using Houzz every month, we know that using Houzz can help you build your brand and grow your business. The Badge Program will let you showcase your AIA Orange County affiliation right on your profile.


Please follow us on Houzz and add the AIA badge to your Houzz professional profile today!

It takes less than a minutes; here's how to do it:

1. Go to Your Houzz, then "Edit Profile." Scroll down to Affiliations

2. In the text box, start typing the name of our organization.

3. Click on our organization name, then click the Add button. Make sure to click "Update" to save your changes. 


Click the green text below to edit your profile now or create a free profile if your company is not yet on Houzz.



Member News

Three Masters of Modern


AIA's Anders Lasater, Christopher Brandon, and Annette Wiley's impact in shaping the look of Southern California.


An Interview with Architect JoAnn Lee-Kim, AIA, LEED AP




Hands down, favorite architect or favorite building/structure? 
Louis Khan.  Too many to list but locally, Salk Institute in La Jolla by Louis Khan. It's a place I will go alone, to think, feel, breath and relive the moment that inspired me to become an architect.


If you had a chance to visit a structure anywhere in the world where would you go? And what about it attracts you so much? 

Paris and Positano, Italy.  Two places that are complete opposite of Salk Institute and I would love to visit with my family, friends and all my favorite people.  It's where I would replenish myself with love of people, culture, history, food, music, art... and architecture that grew out of all these things.


For our recent grads or current students, do you have a favorite moment from your experience in architecture school? What kept you going, despite the all nighters, the insane deadlines, the exhaustive amount of money spent at the art supply stores? Who was your support system? Anything you can look back on now and laugh about? 

One of my favorite was a final team project that our entire model building studio built together called "Card Cutta"; life size model built in school courtyard, out of recycled cardboard boxes and paper tapes, and the beer party after completion.  The friendship and camaraderie that grew out of spending countless hours in a studio, working, talking, eating, drinking, sleeping, laughing, and crying together was the best support system and what kept us going.   And those memories of pain and suffering became a common connection shared by many of my peers and know in our hearts, that we will do it all over again.


If you weren't an architect, what would you be?

A fashion designer, music teacher or own a small gallery that serves good cappuccino and sells paintings by unknown artists. (This is now my dream for retirement...)    

For the full interview with JoAnn and more on Women In Architecture, check







Congratulations to  Ms. Giuliana Corina Haro Paz, AIA who has elevated from AIA Associate to AIA and has received her Architectural License





Join a Study Group! 

AIAOC HAS THE 2014 KAPLAN STUDY MATERIAL! Email: for more information. A growing group of AIAOC Associate members have been holding weekly study sessions in Irvine from 7-9pm on Wednesday evenings. Email Executive Director Jeffrey Gill at  for more information. Click Here for reference materials for check out.


NCARB & You: IDP, ARE, & Certification

NCARB's Outreach Manager of Internship + Education Kimberly Tuttle, AIA, NCARB, will be speaking on licensure-related topics in Orange County. Learn More


2015 Brick in Architecture Awards Competition

The Brick Industry Association is pleased to announce a call-for-entries for the 2015 Brick in Architecture Awards, and we cordially invite you to submit your best work to the competition! 

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General Information

AIA Contract Documents

New AIA Contract Documents Just Added!  Now, AIA Documents-on-Demand allows you to access 113 AIA Contract Documents anytime, anywhere. Each document can be downloaded and printed once you complete the purchase process. Both MAC and PC users can use this service. Learn More



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2015 Sponsorship

Sponsorship Opportunities

Be a part of our success! AIAOC 2015 Sponsorship is avalibe now!

View the current AIA Orange County Sponsors HERE








AAA Blueprint & Digital Reprographics Inc.





Dealy, Renton & Associates
Mark J. Paone, AIA
Michael Murtaugh Nelson & Treglia LLP


LPA, Inc.


Belden Hiramoto Liu & Co., LLP CPAs
Dougherty + Dougherty Architects, LLP

Prudential Lighting Products

SABP Reprographics


Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.





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