February Newsletter

AIA California Desert Celebrates Modernism

Modernism Week

Dear AIA California Desert Chapter Members and Subscribers,

We hope this message finds you well and thriving. As February unfolds, we are thrilled to share some exciting news with you – Modernism Week is just around the corner in Palm Springs!

This annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, and culture promises to be an enriching experience for enthusiasts and professionals alike. We are delighted to announce that four of our esteemed AIA California Desert Chapter members will be actively participating in Modernism Week, contributing their expertise through engaging lectures and captivating tours.

Join us in supporting these AIA Chapter Members!

Kathleen Friedle, Assoc. AIA

AIA California Desert

Board President

Interior Designer at H3K

Wexler '54 by H3K Home and Design (designed by owners Howard Hawkes, Kevin Kemper)/ Susan Secoy Jensen, AIA

February 17, 18, 19, 23, 24 and 25

9:00 am-9:30 am

Only Few Tickets Left!

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Todd Verwers Architects Ocotillo Lodge

Todd Verwers, AIA

AIA California Desert

Board Member

Ocotillo Lodge Residence

The Ocotillo Lodge in Palm Springs is an iconic example of midcentury desert architecture. A complex of predominantly one-story condominiums situated around a clubhouse and pool, the project was designed by architect William Krisel, and opened originally as a hotel in 1957.

Saturday, February 17 

10:00 am-3:00 pm

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Mark Daniels, AIA

AIA California Desert

Chapter Member


 "Talking to Strangers Only Leads to Good Things"

Architect Mark W. Daniels, AIA presents an entertaining and informative talk delving into the intricate world of design and the creative process to generate truly unique architectural buildings.

Monday, February 19 

9:00 am-10:00 am

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MWDA Reflection Ridge

Mark Daniels, AIA

AIA California Desert

Chapter Member

Signature Home Tour: The Doug Smith Residence 

Visit this exclusive one-house Signature Home Tour showcasing the creative work of Architect, Mark W. Daniels, AIA. Transcending the ordinary, this remarkable architectural home boldly embraces simplicity. 

Monday, February 29 

9:00 am-3:00 pm

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Lee Campbell, AIA Emeritus

AIA California Desert

Chapter Secretary

Home Tour: Campbell Residence, Tamarisk West

The Tamarisk West community presents a tour of homes and surrounding lushly landscaped grounds in the visionary residential community of 22 homes designed by noted architect S. Charles Lee, built in 1964.

Monday, February 29 

9:00 am-5:30 pm

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Meet the New AIA California Desert Board Members

Todd Verwers, AIA, MAA

Born: USA

Education: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts,Copenhagen, Denmark Kansas State University, USA (Bachelor of Architecture)

Languages: English, Danish.

About Todd

Todd Blake Verwers AIA MAA (Member of the Danish Association of Architect) is a Scandinavian-American architect with strong connections to Denmark and the Danish design tradition. Trained in the Nordic design tradition at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, his decidedly Scandinavian approach to design has evolved to create work characterized by timeless simplicity, refined elegance, and careful refinement of detail.


Licensed in both California and Denmark, Todd is an architect with extensive international experience over a broad range of project types. His portfolio of work, much of which has been published widely in international journals and books, is often associated with the subtle aesthetic qualities of Japanese and Danish minimalism

Todd Verwers Architects

Bing Bu, Assoc. AIA

Born: Yangzhou, China

Education: Tsinghua University and Yale University

Languages: Mandarin, English.

About Bing

Bing Bu is an architect and artist based in Shanghai. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree of architecture from Tsinghua University and Yale University respectively. He joined MADA s.p.a.m. in 2000, and established One Design in 2003.

Bing Bu’s works include the LVG Office Complex at Shanghai, the Wulongtan Resort at Ningbo, urban design for Pudong Waterfront, art installation Cloud Room and Green Vandalism. His works were shown in exhibitions including “Landscape in Mind” Kennedy Center Washington DC 2011, Chengdu Biennale 2011, “Flourishing & Flowing” Contemporary Art Exhibition across the Strait Beijing/Taichung 2011, Utopia2 at CIVA Brussels 2008, Shenzhen/Hong Kong Biennale 2007, and Shanghai Biennale 2002.

One Design, Inc.

Kathy's Message

Whoo Hoo...we are off to quite the start in 2024!

Big kudos to Jorge Garcia, our new Executive Director / Chapter Lead who is off to an amazing start in his new role! We are seeing lots of engagement with this new format newsletter. Hope you are enjoying it!

And now the next step...engaging more members and growing our California Desert chapter. We need your help!

As we try to engage our younger design professionals, I'm excited to share with you the upcoming AIA AEP (Academy for Emerging Professionals) summit taking place in Sacramento, CA on Saturday, March 16th. The summit is free for those who would like to attend and includes "leadership discussions and exploration of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)" with notable speakers.  Due to travel and accommodation expenses, AIA California is contributing one $250 stipend and our CA Desert Chapter is matching that for a total of (1) $500 expense stipend to be raffled off to an Emerging Professional who has applied. If you have young EP's in your office that would benefit from this seminar, please encourage them to sign up and submit their names for the stipend. (An EP is defined as "professionals who have completed their academic studies up to the point of licensure or up to 10 years after completion of their academic studies.")

One last thing...if you have projects that we can tour or ideas for meet-ups, please let us know. Likewise if you have project images, sketches to share on social media, we are always looking for content. Send our way and we will post and tag you.

And if you are not following us on Instagram, please do so and share our site with others!   @aia-cdc



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