Become a 2014 AIA Orange County Sponsor!

-2014 Premier Sponsor-
-2014 Annual Sponsor-



Collins Collins Muir & Stewart

Dealy, Renton & Associates

Ghatoade Bannon Architects LLP

Murtaugh Meyer Nelson & Treglia LLP



LPA, Inc.



Bear Technologys
Belden Hiramoto Liu & Co., LLP
BKF Engineers
Dougherty + Dougherty, LLP
KNA Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Milgard Windows & Doors
PENTA Building Group
Tangram Interiors 
Thornton Tomasetti 




Birchwood Lighting



RDM General Contractors

SCI Lighting Solutions    



Sponsorship Opportunities

Did you know sponsors are the foundation of many of our programs?  Their support of AIA Orange County allows us to expand our design awards; create events such as the Artwalk, member meetings, panel discussions, and COTE tours.  Sponsorship further helps us build a stronger associates program to help members advance to licensure, and provide ADA seminars for license renewal.


As we look to the value of AIA Orange County membership, our goal is to expand the opportunities provided for you to learn, experience, and mingle with other members and our communities.  We can achieve these goals through sponsorship support  Click Here


2014 ARTWALK Art Walk

SAVE THE DATE! 2014 Design Awards


With a tradition of honoring exceptional responses to the complex problems of today's architectural environment, the AIAOC Design Awards celebrate innovative solutions to the architectural challenges facing Orange County, regardless of project category, type, or budget.


From the largest urban planning solutions, to the smallest custom home on a constrained lot, each project awarded stands on its own merit as an example of exceptional work by exceptional architects.  AIAOC looks forward to this year's entries and urges all of our members to present their best work for recognition.


Important Dates:


Registration and Submissions Open:

Submit Here 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Registration Closes:

Monday, August 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM


Submission Materials Due:

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:59 PM


Design Awards Presentation and Gala:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

at The Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room


When registering through BROWN PAPER TICKETS, AIA Orange County 
Members Click on the words "Discount Code or Password." Enter your Member number. Then click "Show Available tickets." This should help you through the registration process. 
Since 1857, the AIA has represented the professional interests of America's architects. As AIA members, more than 74,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals and allied partners express their commitment to excellence in design and livability in our nation's buildings and communities. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public, and colleagues of an AIA-member architect's dedication to the highest standards in professional practice.

AIA is a three-tiered membership organization. Members join and maintain membership at local, state and national components.

1 HSW! Window Energy Performance Ratings
Tuesday, July 15th
  • Examine window performance ratings and understand how they can impact and improve the build environment and performance of a building. 
  • Discuss high performance window technologies that increase energy efficiency and sustainability. 
  • Learn about the NFRC program and discuss how it helps windows meet building energy code requirements. 
  • Describe what criteria must be met in order for windows to contribute to various standards, codes and voluntary practices for performance and energy efficiency. 
  • Also review upcoming changes to Title 24 window thermal requirements.   
1 HSW! COTE: Gensler Newport Beach Office Tour
Thursday, July 17thGensler Newport Beach is a creative work space developed after extensive workplace research, focusing on interactive spaces, social connectivity, and a highly collaborate open-office work environment. 
Sponsored By: SCI Lighting Solutions and Birchwood Lighting
1 HSW! Air Movement for Energy-Efficient Comfort In Conditioned Spaces
Wednesday, July 23rd- AIAOC Lunch Program-As we move increasingly towards market viable net-zero buildings with initiatives like the 2030 Challenge, we must reevaluate the role that typical building components play in a facility's energy efficiency. When integrated into new building designs, air movement allows a reduction of air conditioning capacity and ductwork. Project teams working on net-zero buildings have proven the effectiveness of incorporating air movement in building plans as part of an integrated design strategy.
2 Learning Units! Movie Night
Thursday, July 24rd-The third in a series of iconic architecture. This series focuses on three masterpieces combining art with architecture: The Paris Opera House by Charles Garnier; The Convent of La Tourette by Le Corbusier; and La Casa Mila by Gaudi


Wednesday, July 30th-Please join Hughes Marino and The American Institute of Architects Orange County for an introspective presentation on millennials' fresh approach to office design. Discover how a perfect balance of comfort and professionalism with just the right mix of private and open space can define your company's culture and overall success. Hughes Marino's creative work space offers a behind-the-scenes look into our idea of form and function, where our ideas, values, and business take shape. 
Hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks will be served. The cost of admission for this event, including parking, will be covered by a generous donation on behalf of Hughes Marino. 


2 Learning Units! Cliff May Home Tour
Tuesday, August 5th- Attendees will visit iconic mid-century architecture designed by Cliff May. Included in the tour will be a presentation on Cliff May's work by architect Jeff Jeanette and mid-century modern design specialist Roachelle Kramer. Attendees will learn about design attributes and issues that shaped the design of the prior mid-century. 
1 HSW! Lunch Program- Scan to BIM-How its being used today by AEC
Tuesday, August 19th- Overview: The process How Scanning is Being Implemented on Projects 360 Degree Imagery What does it co$t?

2 Learning Units! Newport Beach Civic Center & Park an ADA Walking Tour
Thursday, August 28th- Attendees will tour the recent completed, dog park, and civic center in Newport Beach. During this approximately one mile walking tour, attendees will learn about ADA applications as they impact the external environment including the implication of ramps, bridges, elevators, seating, parking, and general movement through a sloped park. 

Looking for ways to streamline your path to getting licensed? Check out our newest resource and empower yourself to meet your jurisdiction's requirements in a way that fits your lifestyle. Learn More Here

ARE 5.0 Transition Plan

Some of you may remember when we transitioned candidates from ARE 3.1 to ARE 4.0. It is safe to say that the Council learned several valuable lessons from that transition that we have applied to the ARE 5.0 transition plan.

Join an ARE Study Group!
ARE 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 jgill@aiaoc.org  for more information or to add your name to the interest list.


Interested in passing your first ARE? (or your last?)- The following reference materials are now available for check out at the AIAOC office:

  • The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice Joseph A. Demkin, AIA, Executive Editor The American Institute of Architects John Wiley & Sons, latest edition
  • Architectural Graphic Standards
    Charles G. Ramsey and Harold R. Sleeper
    The American Institute of Architects
    John Wiley & Sons, latest edition
  • The Architect's Studio Companion: Technical Guidelines
    for Preliminary Design
    Edward Allen and Joseph Iano
    John Wiley & Sons, latest edition
  • Design With Nature
    Ian L. McHarg
    John Wiley & Sons, 1992
  •  Designing Places for People
    C. M. Deasy, FAIA
    Whitney Library of Design, 1990
  • Modern Architecture
    Alan Colquhoun
    Oxford University Press, 2002
  • A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
    Christopher Alexander, Sarah Ishikawa, and Murray Silverstein
    Oxford University Press, 1977
  • Programming for Design: From Theory to Practice
    Edith Cherry John Wiley & Sons, 1998
  • Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture
    John Musgrove, Editor Butterworths-Heinmann, 1996
  • Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the
    Decline of the American Dream
    Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zybeck,and Jeff Speck
    North Point Press, 2001
  • Sustainable Design Fundamentals for Buildings National Practice Program
    Canada, 2001
  • Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design Data 
    Donald Watson, Michael J. Crosbie, and John Hancock Callender, Editors 
    McGraw-Hill, latest edition  
You can find the ARE Study Material Check Out Form HERE
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Call for Proposals- 2015 Convention


We're developing an incredible education program for AIA Convention 2015, the largest annual gathering of architects in the country, and we'd love your help.

If you're an articulate subject matter expert looking for an opportunity to educate, engage, and connect with the architecture and design community, we invite you to submit an education proposal between July 1 and August 15, 2014.

Learn More Here 




Solar Decathlon 2015 - Request for Design Critiques

Team UCI has requested AIA architects to participate in upcoming design critiques of their planned entry for the 2015 Solar Decathlon.  Proposed crit dates as follows:


Design Review - Friday, July 18th, 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Design Review - Friday, July 25th 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Lunch will be provided.  If interested, please contact Leyla De Silva Riley at ldnewton@uci.edu




2014 CRAN Symposium
The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, will hold its 7th annual symposium on September 18-20 at the Mills House Wyndham Hotel and Hibernian Hall on Meeting Street in historic Charleston, South Carolina. Entitled 'The Architecture of Influence,' the three-day symposium, open to all AIA and non-AIA members, will bring together custom residential architects from across the country to learn, share, and discuss relevant topics in the field of residential architecture. CRAN is committed to the promotion of high-quality residential architecture irrespective of style. Up to 18 AIA Continuing Education credits will be offered at this event. Learn More Here


CANstruction Orange County
Canstruction events have been held in over 150 cities worldwide donating over 25 million pounds of food to feed the hungry. Learn More Here


General Information
Do you have a project nearing completion?

Let us know about it! Provide estimated dates that the project may be toured by the Chapter membership, as well as the architect member/s we should contact for follow-up.

Contact Jeff Gill via email at jgill@aiaoc.org

Public Input Meeting Regarding OCC Neutra & Alexander Buildings 

A public meeting to discuss the proposed campus upgrades and demolition of some of the Neutra & Alexander buildings has been scheduled for July 15 at 6 pm in the Orange Coast College Library.  Attendance is open to the public. 


Did You Know?

Dear ArchiPAC Investors,

Did you know that last year, with an average donation of $130 per AIA member, federal candidates received an average donation of $1,629 from ArchiPAC?  Or did you know that last year alone, ArchiPAC supported nine Senate and 49 House candidates?You can find these facts and more in the 2013 ArchiPAC Annual Report!  Click here  to access your copy



ACE Mentoring Program - Mentors Needed


Are you interested in mentoring high school students? The ACE Mentor Program of LA is looking for architecture mentors in the Orange County area for the fall semester. Founded in 1994, the ACE name stands for Architecture, Construction and Engineering. The ACE program helps to mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. For more information, visit Here


If interested, please contact Paulette Dallas, ACE LA Administrator

infoacela@acementorla.org, OR Katie Darter katied@whainc.com .

Are You Up to Date with AIA?
Please take a moment to update your member profile and pay your 2014 dues

A new self-service web application has been released for members to update personal information online. Members can now change their contact information, provide demographic information, update their education, professional licenses, career-track, and contact preferences.  Please publicize this new service to your members, and provide direct linking to the profile from the component webpage.

You can now update your contact preferences, education, licenses, career, and contact information online. Visit www.aia.org/MyProfile to make sure we have the latest information for you.
Be a part of the AIAOC MEMBER DIRECTORY! Visit AIA National to update firm information.
Need an Intern?
You may want to consider students at the OCC and Saddleback architectural programs.  Please contact RoseAnne Kings or following the link provided here for OCC, or contact Lem Chin at Saddleback.


Jeffrey Gill, FAIA

Executive Director


AIA Orange County

4100 Birch, Suite 300

Newport Beach, CA 92660

email: jgill@aiaoc.org
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Home Trend Design Survey
The survey measures general business conditions at residential architecture firms while also spotlighting architects' expertise on particular home design trends on a rotating basis. As a result, the news media, consultants, and other industry observers consider the HDTS a credible and useful housing business resource.


Nowhere is such information more valuable, however, than in the strategic decision-making that drives the residential design and construction industry. Architects need ready access to reliable, profession-specific information to plan for a better future

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