Be A Part of the New AIAOC Office!
As you have read in prior emails, AIAOC is commencing with construction on our new office located at 1981 Orchard Drive, Newport Beach. This free-standing building will provide us the opportunity to hold much larger programs and events. However, as with all construction, it comes with a price tag.
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Happy Holidays from AIA Orange County
AIA Orange County will be closed from 12pm on December 21st and will reopen on January 2, 2018!
 Upcoming Programs
ARE 4.0 to 5.0- Back to School Night
December 11 @ 6:00 pm -7:00 pm
PART 2- What Architects Need to Know for 2018 T24 and Green Codes

December 12 @ 6:00 pm -8:30 pm
The small print: 


Cancellations made at least one week prior to the program will be refunded in full, less the processing/transaction fees incurred. No refunds for cancellations will be given after that time. No refunds shall be issued for no-shows. Registration may be transferred to another individual so long as they qualify for the pricing.
Modernism Week in Palm Springs- SAVE THE DATE!

AIAOC has collaborated with the Palm Springs Modernism Week committee to offer a unique experience! Please click here to learn about this private tour and to save the date.

 At Your Service
AIA Stance On Tax Reform
In the early morning hours of Saturday the Senate passed their version of the tax reform package, and we have reviewed the bill to assess the impact on architects and their key issues. The Senate version differs substantially from the House version that was passed on November 16, and legislators from both houses will now move to conference to develop a final version of the bill.

To learn how the version passed by the Senate affects your members, please read our latest Tax Reform Update for components. Additionally, you can easily see how the provisions related to our key issues differ in the House and Senate versions of the bill in our updated comparison chart . The AIA has also released a statement from 2017 President Thomas Vonier, FAIA, which is available here .

We are currently waiting on the list of conferees to be announced. Once that list is available, we will be sending an update to a wider range of members including the LAN, COTE, the Historic Resource Committee, and members who have participated in the tax reform action alerts. Members with legislators participating in the conference will be asked to continue to contact their offices. Additionally, we will be asking you as component staff to reach out to your state’s governor, the mayors of your cities, and members of your city councils to ask them to weigh in with the conference legislators.
Please stay tuned – once the list of conferees is revealed, we will be moving quickly to mobilize AIA members. In the meantime, please read the updates available above to help you address any questions you may receive from your membership. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to those of us on the Advocacy team for additional information.

Sarah Dodge
Senior Vice President, Advocacy & Relationships
AIA Releases Newly Revised Architect Scope Documents
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is releasing the second part of the once-in-a-decade 2017 edition of the A201, design-bid-build family of documents for a total of 34 newly revised 2017 documents. This release includes updated versions of the Architect Scope documents and many of the frequently-used AIA forms. Working with architects, contractors, subcontractors and owners, the AIA Documents Committee updates this core set of documents every 10 years. This helps ensure that the AIA legal forms and agreements reflect changes and trends in the industry, and that the AIA Contract Documents remain the Industry Standard.

Free Membership for up to 18 Months

New Graduates of accredited schools of architecture receive a complimentary membership with the AIA at the Associate level for up to 18 months after graduation. Non-NAAB Degree Holders or Individuals Enrolled in an IDP Program Working under an Architect’s Supervision may also be eligible for Up to 18 months complimentary membership.  Learn More...  

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
Q3 issue of YAF CONNECTION is out! This issue, Design with Conscience focuses on disaster relief, humanitarian and pro bono work. Many AIA experts contributed to this issue including the AIA president Tom Vonier. 

Not participating in the Black Spectacles Study Sessions? Join an AIAOC Study group!

CDS / PPP / SPD 10 Weeks Study + 4 Week Practice

CALL FOR PAPERS, FL Wright Building Conservancy 2018 Conference: Preserving Wright’s Legacy in Wisconsin

Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is now accepting proposals for presentations and panels at its 2018 annual conference, Oct. 10-14, in Madison, Wisconsin. The theme is Preserving Wright’s Legacy in Wisconsin. AIA continuing education credits are offered to conference attendees. Find more information online at: HERE

The deadline to submit a proposal is February 12, 2018. Proposals should be sent to Richard Longstreth, chair of the FLWBC speakers committee, at
AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference

AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference | June 5-7, 2018 | Anaheim, CA

Don’t miss the only AEC show of it’s kind! Join industry peers for three days of education, networking and a diverse exhibit hall floor showcasing the latest products and emerging technologies to help you design, construct and manage AEC projects smarter. Learn more...
Call for work - 2018 Project Tours 
Be a part of AIA Orange County programs. 
Submit a project for inclusion in the 2018 Tour Series.

Project tours offer the following opportunities: 

  • Assist Associates in meeting much-needed AXP construction hours for their path to licensure
  • Public awareness of AIA members’ work
  • Recognition of your work among peers
  • AIA learning unit opportunities
Have a project? Let us know! Please email a description, photo (if available) and availability to

What’s your order for the 2018 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 2018?
Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? (Benefit) What do I want them to do here? (Call-to-Action).
Create a great offer by adding words like "free" "personalized" "complimentary" or "customized." A sense of urgency often helps readers take an action, so think about inserting phrases like "for a limited time only" or "only 7 remaining!"
 AIAOC Allied Member Programs
PIRNAR Doors - Grand Opening
We invite you to experience our handmade Entrance Doors from Slovenia. 
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