BLUEPRINT: The AAa/e Newsletter
February 2019

Incoming President Steve Hirai Has a Commitment to Serve
As you look across your city's landscape, you will see construction cranes standing tall, new towers emerging from the ground, and bridges being erected across freeways. Below the ground, a world of activity exists with tunnels being dug to expand our rapid transit system, pipes being replaced to provide water to everyone, and stormwater capture systems installed to collect precious rainfall to be used as a local water supply. These actions will prepare our region for continued growth and development. World class events such as the 2028 Olympics and the 2026 World Cup will bring the world to our region and allow us to showcase the great things we have done and built. The coming years will require the collective services of all of us in the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.
The Asian American Architects and Engineers Association (AAa/e) has served the AEC industry for over 40 years to provide a conduit to opportunities, services, clients, and networking. We also provide services for personal and professional growth through mentorship, internships, and professional development to empower emerging professionals to become the leaders of tomorrow. Our mission is to serve, and we are committed to adding value to our profession and our membership by providing opportunities consistent with our Strategic Plan. In 2019, we will continue our focus on the following areas from our Strategic Plan:
  1. Promote the Highest Levels of Professional Development amongst AAa/e Members
  2. Grow Professional Relationships in the AEC Industry
  3. Maximize Member Involvement in Leadership Roles
  4. Enhance our Professional Services and Contributions to Society
We continue to provide value-added services to our membership. Our lunch programs provide information and networking for excellent opportunities for the largest projects and programs in the region. Our professional development committee provides mentorship and training opportunities focused on young and emerging professionals. And this year, we will roll out an internship program to provide high-quality architectural and engineering interns for our member companies.
Our reputation is strong, our voice is heard, we are here to serve our communities. Join us in solidarity and make a commitment to serve to continue to make our region and communities great! If you are a member, join one of our committees and be a leader who can make a difference. If you are not a member, come to one of our next events and see what we can do for you and your career. Contact us at for more information. I look forward to meeting you at our next event and look forward to serving with you.

We Appreciate You - AAa/e Members!
AAa/e kicks off another highly anticipated 2019 with its Annual Appreciation Event
Join us this evening at the AAa/e Annual Appreciation Event held at AECOM in downtown Los Angeles. At this Members Only event the AAa/e board of directors would like to personally thank our Members, Corporate Members, Banquet and Program Sponsors, Speakers and Honorees, for their ongoing support for the organization. Their support throughout the years has been an important reason that AAa/e continues to be recognized as a leading API professional organization in the A/E/C community. Thus far, we have confirmed guests from LA County Pubilc Works, Metro, and LACCD. For more information, visit:

2019 Luncheon Series Kick-off
Thursday, February 21st 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Biltmore Hotel  
Program Description: The City of Hope is a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and other serious diseases. Hear from the Facilities Planning, Design & Construction team on their innovative plans to provide state of the art facilities. City of Hope is a private not-for-profit clinical research center, hospital and graduate medical school located in Duarte, CA The center's main campus resides on 110 acres of land adjacent to the boundaries of Duarte and Irwindale.
The Biltmore Hotel - 506 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Members: $60 / Non-Members: $90 / Student Members: $20 with ID / On-site: Add $15
Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to hear from Jack Haupt, Senior Director of Facilities Planning, Design & Construction, on their expansion plans. Click here to sponsor now!

Steve Hirai joins Brown and Caldwell
Board Member Steve Hirai joined the Los Angeles office of Brown and Caldwell as the managing director of business development for the California-Desert region covering California, Nevada, and Arizona. Steve will be responsible for advancing the strategic initiative for the Large Infrastructure Program to develop and implement strategy and lead sales opportunities for large water infrastructure projects.

Quynh Ho joins City of Los Angeles BOE
Board Member Quynh Ho joined the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering as a Structural Engineering Associate. Quynh is a licensed Civil Engineer practicing in building design for over six years, and received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at UC Irvine, and Master of Science in Structural Engineering at UCLA. Quynh also serves as the President of the AAa/e Foundation, in addition to Chair of the Bylaws/Policy/Procedure committee for the AAa/e Association. 

Corporate Sponsor Highlight
AAa/e appreciates the support of Gruen Associates 
Since 1946, Gruen Associates succeeds as one of Los Angeles' best known legacy firms with a deep portfolio of landmark projects. The firm's 80 professionals provide creative, effective solutions through superior planning, architectural, transportation planning and design, urban design, interior design, and streetscapes and landscape architectural services. Innovators for significant, complex and challenging projects, Gruen Associates has won more than 250 awards including the 2015 AIACC Firm Award. Gruen Associates' impact on the profession and the world continues into the future under the leadership of AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal Recipient and Past AAa/e President Michael A. Enomoto, FAIA as the Managing Partner, and Partners Larry Schlossberg, AIA, Debra Gerod, FAIA,  and Ashok Vanmali, AIA.
For more information on recent projects, visit the firm's website:

Mark your Calendars:
Save these dates for our exciting upcoming Luncheon Series
February: City of Hope - Thur 2/21/19 @ Biltmore, DTLA
March: LA County Public Work's Innovation in Sustainability Program - Thur 3/21/19 @ Doubletree, DTLA
April: Aviation - Thur 4/18/19 @ Doubletree, DTLA
May: Water - Thur 5/16/19 @ Biltmore, DTLA
June: LA River - Thur 6/20/19 @ Doubletree, DTLA
June: AAa/e Foundation Fundraiser event - further details T.B.D.
July: Metro - Tues 7/16/19 @ Biltmore, DTLA
August: Measure W - Thur 8/15/19 @ Doubletree, DTLA
September: Architectural Forecast - Thur 9/19/19 @ Doubletree, DTLA
October: AAa/e Annual Awards Banquet - Thur 10/3/19 @ Biltmore, DTLA
November: Education - Thur 11/21/19 @ Doubletree, DTLA
December: Master Series - TBD
Click here for more information.
*All future program topics, dates, times, and locations are subject to change.

AAa/e is on LinkedIn
Stay connected with the AAa/e via our relaunched link

Post your jobs here
AAa/e offers FREE Job Portal
The Southern California market is booming and firms are actively searching for qualified entry-level and seasoned AEC professionals to service our myriad of public and private sector projects. Did you just land a multi-million contract and need a senior-level Project Manager to take charge? Look no further, the AAa/e Job Portal is your answer! AAa/e members can avoid pricey headhunter fees and post their firms' open positions on the AAa/e website, for free!
Click here to post your job opening in the AAa/e Job Portal's online form.

AAa/e Membership "Bundle"
AAa/e has launched its  Membership Bundle. Non-members and renewing members will benefit from an AAa/e Membership and 6 events for the price of 5.

General Members - $375
Associate Members - $325

Includes AAa/e Membership and 6 events

  • Savings of $50
  • One-time payment
Click here to sign-up!
Elevate the exposure of your firm, services or products with new AAa/e event sponsorship opportunities, including our monthly luncheons, Masters Series, Student/Young Professionals Forum, Scholarship Fundraiser, Members and Supporters Appreciation Event, and 2018 Awards Banquet. Click here to find out more!


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