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May 29, 2014


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Chapter News

Contracts, Pre-Fabrication, Case Studies, Trends, and Collaboration at Design on the Delaware Oct. 29-Nov.1

Design on the Delaware is a collaborative conference examining the issues and opportunities of the built environment for design and building professionals in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Programs of particular interest to contractors, designers, developers and owners include:

Pre-Fabrication from Owner's Perspective: A. I. duPont Hospital for Children
Please join the AIA/GBCA Joint Committee and an expert panel of design and construction professionals as we explore the current state of pre-fabrication in our industry, as utilized on a complex hospital expansion at Nemours’ A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Panelist will discuss the challenges and opportunities afforded by pre-fabrication from an owner’s point of view. This session is a collaborative session that will seek audience participation.

Residential Development Trends and Challenges
Members of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philadelphia Chapter who are some of the top developers will speak to the trends and challenges of residential development in the region. Learn what's hot and what's not, new ways to work with architects and designers, what buyers want and how to get financing.

Contracts-The Architect's and Owner's Perspectives
In the negotiation of an agreement with an Owner, there will be points of disagreement about the appropriate balance of risk and reward … sometimes resulting in take it or leave it postures. This seminar will provide a point counterpoint to the perspectives of the Owner and the Architect on the more important subjects of disagreement in an effort to understand when you should “take it” or “leave it”.

Stewardship of the North Broad Corridor: Past, Present and Future
This program will explore the past, present and proposed development activities along North Broad Corridor (from Spring Garden to Girard) from a variety of perspectives to understand the goals and rationales of the developers, the public institutions, the designers, and the politicians.

Architects, Landscape Architects, LEED Professionals, Planners and other building and design professionals can earn up to 25 professional continuing education hours. Learn more at

Earn up to 25 CES at Design on the Delaware October 29 - November 1

The 11th Annual conference will feature 36 programs, 11 tours, two general sessions, two evening parties, design charette and trade show October 29-November 1 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel and the Center for Architecture.

Registration for 25 AIA credits is just $340 for AIA members if registered by midnight October 4. Registration options include one day, two day or individual programs at lower fees. Registration includes conference parties, general sessions, breakfast, lunch and trade show.  In addition to AIA credits, attendees can earn GBCI CM, AICP CM, LA CES and PDH continuing education credits. For more information and to register, visit

General Sessions Speakers are:

Thomas Christoffersen
Thomas Christoffersen, an architect and partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has experience on every notable BIG project including the multi-award winning VM Houses, the Astana National Library and the 8 House, which was awarded the World Architecture Festival 2011 Award in the housing category and the 2012 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture. He most recently oversaw the detail design and construction of the 861,100 sf mixed-used West 57th building in Manhattan which aims for LEED Gold Certification.

Ken Greenberg

Ken Greenberg is an architect, urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto. Founding partner of Urban Strategies Inc., and now Principal of Greenberg Consultants, he has  worked in cities as diverse as Toronto, Hartford, Amsterdam, New York, Boston, Montréal, Washington DC, Paris, Detroit and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Catheleen McGuigan
Cathleen McGuigan is editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, the nation’s leading architecture publication for more than a century. McGuigan, who is the second woman to serve as editor-in-chief, was named to the post in 2011. Under her leadership, Record won the 2012 Grand Neal award, the top American Business Media award for overall excellence. 

Stacy Levy
Stacy Levy works collaboratively with architect, engineers and landscape architects on projects that show the presence of urban nature and clarify the patterns of natural processes at work on the site. She works with water of all sorts, from acid mine drainage, to rainwater, to urban streams and rivers. Her work registers the changes in nature over the course of a day, a season, or a several years. Often using industrial materials from surveying and construction trades, she creates ways of understanding the dynamic processes of nature. Many of her recent projects utilize stormwater runoff to make rainwater an asset to the site.

Selected Conference Programs & Tours:

Contracts-The Architect's and Owner's Perspectives
In the negotiation of an agreement with an Owner, there will be points of disagreement about the appropriate balance of risk and reward … sometimes resulting in take it or leave it postures. This seminar will provide a point counterpoint to the perspectives of the Owner and the Architect on the more important subjects of disagreement through two speakers who regularly negotiate such agreements on behalf of their respective clients, architects and owners, in an effort to understand when you should “take it” or “leave it”.

Transforming the Reading Viaduct
Philadelphia's abandoned Reading Railroad viaduct is being transformed into a unique, elevated linear park. This presentation explores the design approach, which involved extensive public outreach, and how the project could ultimately spark future community development.  

Smart Design for a ‘SMART Working’ Environment
GlaxoSmithKline implemented a new design guide for facilities worldwide called SMART Working, with the goals of achieving a business that is sustainable, collaborative, and responsive. GSK employees in Philadelphia now have a LEED Platinum workplace environment which responds to their needs and supports them. This case study will emphasize the collaboration between the owner and the designers and the strategies involved to achieve the goals of the SMART Working System.

Penn's Krishna P. Singh Nanotechnology Center
Conceived as a seminal collaboration between two schools - The School of Engineering and Applied Science and The School of Arts and Sciences - The Singh Center for Nanotechnology creates a world class research facility bringing science and technology together in one place. This $91.5M project encompasses 80,000 GSF and is targeting LEED Silver Certification.

Re-imagining 8th and Berks - A Design Charrette
Asociación Puertorriquenos en Marcha (APM) Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) for Eastern North Philadelphia was created to implement a long-lasting, sustainable, and comprehensive strategy to meet the challenges facing this community. Charrette participants will develop solutions for the redevelopment of a 1.8-acre, city-owned parcel at 8th and Berks

Member discount registration pricing available to APA, ASLA, GBCA, Engineers Club, Building Information Association, ULI, Associated Builders & Contractors and other design and building professions. Design on the Delaware is sponsored by: Microsol Resources, Architectural Glass Institute, O'Donnell & Naccarato, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Urban Engineers, Keast & Hood Co. and AKRF

For information, go to


Member News

KidZooU: SMP Architects designs new cultural and educational attraction

On April 13 the Philadelphia Zoo—America’s first zoo—opened KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center. The Zoo’s largest construction project to date, KidZooU is a year-round destination with a multitude of indoor and outdoor experiences for animals and guests alike. Designed to LEED Silver standards and scheduled to complete certification this year, it occupies a 2.5-acre site and repurposes the former Pachyderm House with interactive exhibits, conservation stations and robust programming aimed at teaching toddlers to tweens how to become stewards of wildlife and the environment.

The design and construction team included Bruce E. Brooks & Associates Consulting Engineers, CVM Engineers, Arora Engineers, Viridian Landscape Studio, Meliora Environmental Design, David Nelson & Associates, Becker & Frondorf and W.S. Cumby. 

BLT Architects Announces the Hiring of Five Staff Members

BLT Architects announced today the hiring of four design staff members and an administrative assistant.

“BLT Architects has enjoyed plenty of growth this year, requiring us to increase our staff to meet demand,” said Michael L. Prifti, FAIA, Managing Principal at BLTa. “We look forward to the contributions our talented new staff members will make to our team.”

The new staff members include:

Lois S.K. Suh, a resident of Philadelphia, is a 2013 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Science degree in architecture and a 2005 graduate of Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and architecture. She previously was a designer for Chan Mock Architects in Cambridge, Mass.

Ryan Sison is a 2013 graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture and is a resident of Philadelphia

Andrea Polaski is a 2013 graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design and is a resident of Hillsborough, N.J.

Fay Leff, a resident of Philadelphia, is a 2013 graduate of Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design and a Master of Science degree in interior architecture and design.

Ann Margaret Durfee was hired an administrative assistant. A resident of Philadelphia, she completed an interior design professional certificate program at Moore College of Art and Design.

Affiliate News

Norwood’s Industrial Group Breaks Ground on 677,000SF Warehouse Distribution Center in the Lehigh Valley

The Norwood Company has recently commenced construction on a 677,000 square foot warehouse distribution center in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII, a 40 acre site that was previously part of Bethlehem Steel’s main manufacturing plant. Serving as Construction Manager, Norwood is working collaboratively with developer Trammell Crow Company, investor Clarion Partners and designer KSS Architects. The new building, situated in a Local Economic Revitalization Zone (LERTA), will feature 32’ clear height, 190’ deep truck courts, ESFR sprinkler systems, ample parking and an excellent logistical location near the I-78 / Rt 412 interchange. Norwood’s Industrial Group has completed more than 20 million square feet of comparable warehouse/distribution facilities. Project completion is scheduled for Spring 2014.

The Harman Group's Director of Parking Design to be Panelist for ADA Webinar on Parking

Bill Kavanagh, AIA, NCARB, The Harman Group's Director of Parking Planning and Design is lending his expertise to a webinar panel discussion, "ADA and Parking" hosted by the International Parking Institute (IPI).  The panel will discuss the parking regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act, including political challenges in municipal parking, common mistakes that trigger non-compliance and recent changes that affect old and new spaces.

The webinar is moderated by Doug Holmes, the creator and editor of the CPARK-L parking listserv, a parking information source and clearinghouse for campus and municipal parking officials.  The panelists include Mr. Kavanagh, a licensed architect with more than fifteen years of experience in the design of parking garages and mixed use buildings; Linda Kauffman, former executive director of the Allentown Parking Authority and past chair of the IPI Board of Directors; and Teresa Trussell, Parking Operations Supervisor for Ohio University.

The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st at 2pm EDT.  For more registration information visit  Information is listed on the Professional Development tab under Webinars.

Wohlsen Construction Honored with Nine Awards

Wohlsen Construction Company received nine awards from the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) at the association’s Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Gala.

The Ben Franklin Skilled Nursing renovation project at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown located in Elizabethtown, Pa., won the Project of the Year Award. The project was designed by RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa.

Wohlsen received Green Building recognition by winning the first place Excellence Award in the Green GC Sustainable category for the Hamilton Health Center project located in Harrisburg, Pa. Advanced Building Design located in Johnstown, Pa., served as the design professional.

Winning First Place Awards of Excellence in Construction were the following:
• Ben Franklin Skilled Nursing Renovations located on the campus of Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, located in Elizabethtown, Pa. The project was designed by RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa.
• Unionville High School Additions and Renovations, located in Kennett Square, Pa. The project was designed by MM Architects, Inc. located in Lancaster, Pa.
• Gettysburg Energy and Nutrient Recovery Facility, located in York Springs, Pa, and constructed for EnergyWorks BioPower, LLC. Lewis & Associates Architects of Lancaster, Pa., served as the design professional.
• Jennersville Regional Hospital Patient Rooms, located in West Grove, Pa. Hart Freeland Roberts Inc. of Brentwood, TN served as the design professional.

Earning Awards of Merit were the following:
• Garrett Community Center located on the campus of Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honey Brook, Pa. The project was designed by RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa.
• Health and Wellness Center at Pleasant View Retirement Community in Manheim, Pa. RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa. served as the design professional.
• Hamilton Health Center Medical and Dental Clinic located in Harrisburg, Pa. Advanced Building Design located in Johnstown, Pa., served as the design professional.

Upcoming Events

Philadelphia Student Housing Forum
Wed, 05/27/2015 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Free to AIA Member (any chapter) & AIA Philadelphia Affiliate Member/ $10 non-member
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

Please join AIA Philadelphia's Housing Committee for an engaging discussion of current trends in student housing design featuring recent projects on the campuses of Drexel University, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. The panel will explore what students want, what local institutions are building and how they are getting built. Projects studied include one university-built, one developer-built and one university-developer partnership project. Panelists include the lead design architects and their developer or university counterparts. The event will be followed by a reception and continued discussion. 


Robert Francis, Moderator
Vice President of University Facilities at Drexel University

Chestnut Square, Drexel University
Kevin Smith, AIARobert A.M. Stern Architects

New College House at Hill Field, University of Pennsylvania
David Hollenberg, AIA. University Architect at University of Pennsylvania
Frank Grauman, FAIABohlin Cywinski Jackson

The View at Montgomery, Temple University
Kevin Trapper, The Goldenberg Group
Antonio Fiol-Silva, FAIA, Wallace Roberts & Todd

Evening Schedule

5:30-6:00 Light Refreshments
6:00-7:30 Panel Discussion
7:30-8:30 Reception

Graduate Sponsors:




Undergraduate Sponsors:




Graduate Level|$500
• Firm recognition at the beginning of event
• Company logo prominently displayed at the event
• Opportunity to display company literature and promotional items
• Company logo and link on announcement in AIA Philadelphia e-newsletter
• Two non-member admissions

Undergraduate Level|$250
• Company logo displayed by the refreshments table
• Opportunity to display company literature and promotional items
• Company logo on announcement in AIA Philadelphia e-newsletter
• One non-member admission

Napkin Sketch Auction & Student Showcase Networking Event
Fri, 05/29/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
URBN Center, 3501 Market St.
Drexel University AIAS
No, Registration is not required

Join Drexel AIAS for their annual Napkin Sketch Auction & Student Showcase. Work from current sophomores will be on display, complimented by a silent auction of Napkin Sketches. Light refreshments provided as well. BUT, we need your napkins!

Submit napkins by mailing them in to the address below by MAY 15th!

Drexel AIAS

Dept. of Arch. + Interiors

3501 Market St. 

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Any questions please email

ARE COURSE: Structural Systems
Sat, 05/30/2015 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Free to AIA Member (any chapter) / $10 non-member
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

This two-day course on Saturday, May 30 and  Saturday, June 6  includes sample test questions and extensive information. Identification and incorporation of general structural and lateral force principles in the design and construction of buildings. Content Areas: General Structures; Seismic Forces; Wind Forces; Lateral Forces – General. Vignette: Structural Layout. This one class is two sessions.
Instructor: Alan Miller, PE, SECB, O’Donnell & Naccarato

Innovating the Built Environment for 350 Years
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Dome at Saint-Gobain Future Sensations; The Oval - 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

On behalf of Saint Gobain, CertainTeed and AIA Philadelphia...

You are invited to an exclusive evening of architectural education at Future Sensations!
Innovating the Built Environment for 350 Years: 1.5 AIA LU

Architects and innovation partners are invited to a discussion of Saint-Gobain’s 350 year relationship with the built environment – a look at the company’s history of innovation as well as a look forward at what innovation is to come. Following the discussion, guests are invited tour the Future Sensations exhibition at their leisure.

6 PM: Drinks and hors d'oeuvres

6:30 PM: Presentations and Panel Discussion
Gerard Aspar, Company Historian
Arman Adjari, VP R&D for Innovative Materials
Todd DiNoia, Director, CertainTeed R&D Platforms
Moderator – AIA Philadelphia Member

7:30 PM: Small group tours through the four ephemeral pavilions

8 PM: Stay to watch the light within the pavilions transform as night falls!

2015 NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference
Wed, 06/03/2015 (All day) - Thu, 06/04/2015 (All day)
various options available
Hotel ML, 915 NJ Route 73, Mt. Laurel NJ
NJ Historic Trust
Yes, Registration is required

Register now for New Perspectives on the Past: 2015 New Jersey History & Historic Preservation Conference, scheduled for June 3-4, 2015 in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. The annual conference offers more than 20 educational sessions and field workshops over two days (the June 3 activities are optional and require an additional fee). Featured speakers include Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI’s National Art Crime Team, Ruth Abram, founder of the Tenement Museum, and Elizabeth Silkes from the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

New this year: a hands-on historic window workshop, a tour of women’s heritage sites, and a cultural resource management workshop. Select sessions will be eligible for AIA, AICP, and ASLA continuing education credits. Networking opportunities will center around the Marketplace exhibit area and during the closing reception at the ML Hotel’s Coco Key Water Resort.

For more information and to register visit the conference website:

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 8:00am - 1:00pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th St), NY, NY 10016
Microsol Resources
Yes, Registration is required

Microsol Resources' BIM Perspectives seminars are events held annually in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. They are tailored to study the usage of building information modeling (BIM) by multi-disciplinary project teams and to showcase best practices for using BIM as a basis for a collaborative design and construction process. We will hear about the challenges and benefits of the BIM technology from the perspective of leading local and national AEC practitioners.
This year's theme for BIM Perspectives New York is "Collaboration", focusing on the entire project team. From the owners and facilities professionals to the architects, engineers, construction, and specialty contractors, we will investigate new ways to accelerate innovation. We will explore cloud-based and mobile collaboration, as well as the dynamics between people inside or outside an organization for flexible and effective project workflow.

2 Day SketchUp Workshop
Wed, 06/03/2015 - 9:00am - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 4:00pm
1015 Chestnut Street
Yes, Registration is required

Become a SketchUp expert in just 2 days of training. The first day begins with the basics and sets you up for success to model quickly and effectively. The second day goes through CAD to SketchUp workflows as well as techniques for creating presentations and photorealistic renderings. Students that purchase the the full 2 days receive a 6 month subscription to the Pro Video Tutorials Series.

Experience Design: The Integration of People, Process, and Place
Thu, 06/04/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia Health Facilities Committee
No, Registration is not required

Topic description: With reimbursement and patient satisfaction tied to scores earned through the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, leaders are evaluating facility design and its impact upon experiences of care. However, designing to meet the standards encompassed in HCAHPS often does not fully address how facility design impacts perceptions of care.
Learning Objective 1 Participants will be able to explore aspects of a holistic view and define experience design and the role of “Place” through learning about the Holy Redeemer Case Study, which was “Mystery shopped” against Holy Redeemer’s similar facilities.
Learning Objective 2 Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of what is a “Patient’s Experience” and will then be able to apply that understanding, so that Quality & Safety and Service and Efficiency add up to a greater patient experience in their facility.
Learning Objective 3 Participants will learn how to justify experiential facility design that incorporates aspects of the organization’s character and reflects the unique value that the organization delivers to its patients, and further learn about metrics, such as mystery shopping, to measure experiential design.
Learning Objective 4 Participants will be able to assess the team: Chief Experiential Officer, the Architect, and the Contractor, and the importance of working together to deliver this project in record time, while still maintaining a high level of standard of finishes and attention to detail.

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Online Event
Microsol Resources
Yes, Registration is required


Interested in finding out about the new Autodesk portal to track and manage all your Autodesk products? Curious to learn more about Autodesk’s Desktop Subscription offering? Trying to learn how to request the home use policy or previous software versions for your Autodesk software? Need to figure out how to download your software from the new Autodesk Account?

Join Microsol Resources for an hour long webinar as we show you some tips and tricks to boost the value of your Autodesk software investment with Autodesk Account; the most convenient and cost-effective way to access the latest tools, flexible licensing, technical support, and services in the cloud.

Hear from our own Cora Coates and Rowena Harry as they show you how to access your Autodesk Account and discuss the following:
Brief overview on Autodesk Desktop Subscription and how this offering coexists with existing perpetual licenses on Maintenance Subscription
Download products and trials – including previous versions, product updates and enhancements
Access technical support – get access to tutorials, web support, and in context help
Flexible licensing rights – allow users to access the right tools at the right time, whatever your location
Manage permissions – grant users access to software and cloud benefits
Reporting tools – to better manage all your Autodesk licenses and usage of cloud credits


30th Louis I. Kahn Memorial Award + Talk: Lord Norman Foster
Tue, 06/09/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
UPenn Museum of Archaeology + Anthropology, 3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Philadelphia Center for Architecture in partnership with AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

* Presented by the Philadelphia Center for Architecture in partnership with AIA Philadelphia

Early-bird discount ends May 26th!

5:30-6:30 PM | VIP Reception (requires VIP ticket)
6:30-8:00 PM | Talk + Q&A

Join the Philadelphia Center for Architecture for our 30th Louis I. Kahn Memorial Award + Talk honoring Lord Norman Foster, architect of Philadelphia's forthcoming Comcast Innovation + Technology Center. A portion of proceeds from this annual event support the Charter High School for Architecture + Design, a legacy project of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

In 1967 Norman Foster established Foster Associates, now known as Foster + Partners. Over the past four decades the company has been responsible for a strikingly wide range of work, from urban masterplans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design. Since its inception, the practice has received 470 awards and citations for excellence and has won more than 86 international and national competitions. In 1999 Foster was honoured with a life peerage in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, taking the title Lord Foster of Thames Bank.

Learn more about Norman Foster at his website:

This program is made possible by our generous sponsors:
                Comcast NBC10 Telemundo62 Comcast-Spectacor
                Liberty Property Trust
                Clemens Construction Company
                Diener Brick
                Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle + Lombardo P.C.
                University of Pennsylvania Museum
                L.F. Driscoll
                Neubauer Family Foundation
                WHYY 91FM|TV12

ARE Course: Building Systems
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 5:30pm - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:00pm
Free for AIA Associate Members (Any Chapter) and $10 non-members
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

This two-evening course has been updated to include sample test questions. The evaluation, selection, and integration of mechanical, electrical, and specialty systems in building design and construction. Content Areas: Codes & Regulations; Environmental Issues; Plumbing; HVAC; Electrical; Lighting; Specialties. Vignette: Mechanical & Electrical Plan.

June 10 & 11, 2015, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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For information contact Pat Gourley at 215-569-3186 x 105 or

ROSA T. SHENG, AIA, on Equity by Design: The Missing 32% Project
Wed, 06/10/2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
$5 for AIA, AIAS & Associate AIA Members ($10 at door) $15 Non-Members ($25 at door) TICKETS AT DOOR SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY
@ Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Women In Architecture + TEDxPhiladelphia
Yes, Registration is required

Join Women In Architecture [WIA] Philadelphia for a conversation with TEDxPhiladelphia 2015 speaker ROSA T. SHENG, AIA, founder of AIASF committee Equity by Design: The Missing 32% Project, a groundbreaking research study which launched a national conversation about why so few leaders in architecture are women. Rosa will present key findings of the Equity in Architecture Survey and highlights from the 2014 symposium Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action! The presentation will be followed by an open discussion on how women and men can work together to realize the goal of equitable practice, advance architecture, and communicate the value of design to society.

Based in San Francisco, Rosa is in Philadelphia this week to speak about this topic and more at the annual TEDxPhiladelphia conference on June 11, which will explore the timely theme "And Justice For All." 

WHEN : Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 6pm
WHERE : Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
COST: $5 for AIA, AIAS & Associate AIA Members ($10 at door)
$15 Non-Members ($25 at door)



About the Missing 32% Project
Fueled by the persistent and striking gender inequity within architectural practice, where women compose only 12–18 percent of AIA members, licensed architects, and senior firm leadership, the Missing 32% Project, a committee of AIASF, was developed as a call to action for both women and men to help realize the goal of equitable practice to advance architecture, sustain, and communicate the value of design to society.

Its mission is to understand the pinch points and promote the strategic execution of best practices in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of our profession's best talent at every level of architectural practice.

About Rosa T. Sheng
Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, founded AIASF Committee: The Missing 32% Project in July 2013. She joined Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in 1997 and became a founding member of the firm’s San Francisco office in 1999, while serving as the project architect for Pixar Animation Studio’s headquarters in Emeryville, California. As Senior Associate and licensed architect with 21 years experience in Architecture and design, Sheng has led a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects; from the aesthetically minimal, highly technical development of the glass structures for Apple’s original high-profile retail stores in New York and San Francisco, to the innovative and sustainable LEED NC Gold–certified Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland, California. She was recently part of the team for the headquarters of e-commerce startup Square and is currently working on innovative and sustainable projects for the University of California, Davis and Dominican University of California in San Rafael.

About Women In Architecture [WIA]
The mission of WIA is to cultivate and promote the development and leadership of women design professionals by providing a forum for empowering, networking, and mentoring to enhance the architectural community.

About TEDxPhiladelphia
This program is presented in conjunction with TEDxPhiladelphia. "And Justice For All" – the final four words of the Pledge of Allegiance – embodies the timely theme of the TEDxPhiladelphia 2015 on Thursday, June 11 at Temple Performing Arts Center. The annual multidisciplinary conference will bring together hundreds of citizens to explore the ideal of justice and showcase great ideas for building more just cities. Tickets are limited. A video webcast of speaker talks will stream live on June 11, available for free to anyone with an internet connection. TEDxPhiladelphia is an independently organized not-for-profit event, licensed by TED and created in the spirit of the TED conference and its mission, “ideas worth spreading". Watch talks year-round at 

What's New with AutoCAD 2016 & AutoCAD Architecture 2016?
Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Online Event
Microsol Resources
Yes, Registration is required


Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture 2016 provides new features and enhancements to improve productivity and usability. Draft and document your construction documents more easily with tools to support your workflow.
Learn more about the following topics:

Productivity and usability:
Set to layer zero
Change block
Command line search | Architectural styles
Escarpment block
Project information file backup

Drafting and documentation:
Display order by layer
Annotation and unit scaling
Enhanced layer standards
Automated property set definitions
Door & window insertion enhancement
Door & window justification enhancement
About the Presenter:

Reid Addis is an AEC BIM Specialist at Microsol Resources in Philadelphia. Reid is a Registered Architect, and he studied Architecture at Cornell University and has a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

He provides instruction as well as technical support and CAD Manager Consultation, specializing in Autodesk AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, Revit Architecture, and Revit Structure. Prior to joining Microsol Resources, he worked as a Project Architect in a variety of architectural firms in Philadelphia, Newport, Providence, and Chicago. Reid has also worked as an Architectural Applications Manager for Granary Associates, CAD Systems Coordinator for Bower Lewis Thrower, and as a CAD Consultant.



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