Upcoming 2011 Continuing Education Classes @ AIA|LA

Last Updated: August 10, 2011

3780 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA

2011 Schedule-At-A-Glance

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  • Fri Sep 09 - ADA: The 2010 CBC & ADA Accessibility Primer
  • Fri Oct 14 - ADA: Stepping Thru Vertical Heights
  • Fri Nov 04 - ADA: The 2010 ADA Standards - Changes & Common Mistakes
  • Fri Nov 18 - CAL EMA: Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator Training
  • Fri Dec 02 - ADA: Stepping Thru Existing Buildings
  • Ongoing online learning opportunities available at the bottom of this page

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Location

  • Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held at the AIA Los Angeles Chapter Office at the Wiltern Center, 3780 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (corner of Western/Wilshire). Parking is available for $10 at the Ralphs/Wiltern Structure or on surrounding side streets, but be sure to read all posted parking signs. Please note that AIA|LA, Ralphs, and the Wiltern do not offer validation for parking. If you park in the Ralphs/Wiltern Structure, park on the third floor or higher and do not park in the spots indicated for Ralphs customers only as you run the risk of being towed.

SEPTEMBER 2011

ADA: THE 2010 CBC & ADA ACCESSIBILITY PRIMER - BASIC REQUIREMENTS, COMMON ERRORS & OMISSIONS AND BEST PRACTICES (9/9)

  • Friday September 9, 2011 @ AIA|LA
  • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM (check-in begins at 9 AM)
  • Provides 5.0 HSW/ADA Learning Units + fulfils CA license renewal
  • $125 AIA Members or $185 Non-Members
  • Capacity is limited to 45 registrants
  • Course Description: This five hour course will be broken into five segments focusing on spatial and functional accessibility requirements from the 2010 California Building Code (CBC) and 2010 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Basic requirements, common errors and omissions, as well as best practices will be explored in the context of site accessibility, accessibility of entrances, exits and paths of travel, building facilities, and accessibility approaches for existing buildings. The five segments will be: (I) Site Accessibility; (II) Accessibility of Parking Facilities; (III) Accessibility for Entrances, Exits and Paths of Travel; (IV) Accessibility of Sanitary Facilities; (V) Accessibility Approaches for Existing Buildings.
  • Instructor: Nate Wittasek, PE, LEED AP, Arup - Nate Wittasek of ARUP has engaged in accessibility codes consulting for over a decade. Using a foundation based on his in-depth understanding of fire and life safety requirements from the building code, Nate has sought to develop a holistic approach to codes consulting, wherein themes associated with life safety and accessibility are interwoven. Combining real-life examples and graphical depictions to enhance understanding, Nate brings over 15 years of current practical experience to the classroom. Nate is an instructor at the UCLA Extension, and an adjunct at the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona, where he has taught accessibility for over five years.
  • [REGISTER 9/9 ADA Seminar]

OCTOBER 2011

ADA: STEPPING THRU VERTICAL HEIGHTS (10/14)

  • Friday October 14, 2011 @ AIA|LA
  • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM (check-in begins at 9 AM)
  • Provides 5.0 HSW/ADA Learning Units + fulfils CA license renewal
  • $125 AIA Members or $185 Non-Members
  • Capacity is limited to 45 registrants
  • Course Description: A review of the parameters of Accessibility for vertical height changes in & outside of California. We will look in depth at issues related to curb transitions, pedestrian ramps, stairs, handrails, and elevators. A combination of architectural details and codes will be reviewed so you will gain a more comprehensive understanding of this specific topic.
  • Instructor: Janis Kent, AIA, CASp, Stepping Thru Accessibility - Janis Kent, AIA CASp is a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) and a licensed California Architect and has been involved in the world of Accessibility since the mid-1980's. In addition to having managed a variety of architectural projects, she has surveyed buildings for accessibility compliance and provided quality control for existing facilities throughout the country. Recently she authored a book which is a compilation of architectural details on Accessibility combining ADA with CBC. She has been asked to speak on Accessibility at a variety of venues from the Dwell Mobius conventions in LA, the National AIA Convention in New Orleans, to a number of local AIA Chapters, and the State Chapter of CCAIA has recorded one of her seminars. She also has been invited to speak at several business associations. Ms. Kent is the Founding President of the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI), serves on the Cerritos College Architectural Advisory committee, is on the Board of Directors for the AIA-Long Beach/South Bay chapter, and on the aecKnowledge Editorial Committee. She is also an invited Subject Matter Expert for the State DSA-AB Access Committee. Janis received her M.Arch from the University of California, LA and is currently the principal of Stepping Thru Accessibility in Long Beach California.
  • [REGISTER 10/14 ADA Seminar]

NOVEMBER 2011

ADA: THE 2010 ADA STANDARDS - SIGNIFICANT CHANGES & COMMON ACCESSIBLE DESIGN MISTAKES (11/4)

  • Friday November 4, 2011 @ AIA|LA
  • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM (check-in begins at 9 AM)
  • Provides 5.0 HSW/ADA Learning Units + fulfils CA license renewal
  • $125 AIA Members or $185 Non-Members
  • Capacity is limited to 45 registrants
  • Course Description: The initial portion of this seminar will provide a discussion of the significant changes from the 1994 ADAAG to the 2010 ADA Standards, including new scoping provisions & conflicts with the 2010 CBC. The later portion of the seminar will help participants avoid the most common mistakes when designing accessible facilities. Parking, curb ramps, walkways, doors & landings, ramps, stairs, sanitary facilities and signage are often built using standard details from a firm's CAD library. This practice leads to noncompliant features, change orders, angry clients and possibly an ADA lawsuit. Learn how to properly document accessible features to avoid these pitfalls.
  • Instructor: Paul L. Bishop, Architect, CASp - Paul L. Bishop has 38 years of experience in the architectural profession. His practice transcends several areas of specialization, including traditional design services, code consulting and historic preservation. Mr. Bishop has significant experience in the area of accessibility consulting and has provided accessibility consulting services for numerous architects, engineers, developers and contractors on difficult design problems. For 10 years Mr. Bishop provided accessibility document review services for the California Division of the State Architect, Access Compliance Department for K-12, community college and State University system projects and State of California owned and leased buildings. He has provided expert witness services for hundreds of accessibility-related lawsuits, for both plaintiffs and defendants. These cases have involved the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing Act, California Building Code and the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS). Mr. Bishop is certified by the Division of the State Architect as a Certified Access Specialist (No. 044) and the International Codes Council (ICC) as an Accessibility / Usability Specialist (#68637). He has also been designated as a Rotational Subject Matter Expert (RSME) by DSA and is contributing to create questions for future CASp examinations. Paul has personally surveyed over 150 million square feet of buildings to determine compliance with the ADA Standards as well as the California Building Code. Mr. Bishop's teaching experience includes 6 years as an instructor of Building Codes at Design Institute of San Diego. He has also delivered educational seminars regarding accessibility for architects, designers, contractors, attorneys and real estate professionals. His firm has also prepared curriculum for statewide training on provisions of the California Building Code through the Division of the State Architect.
  • [REGISTER 11/4 ADA Seminar]

CAL EMA: CA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY POST DISASTER SAFETY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (SAP) EVALUATOR TRAINING (11/18)

  • Friday November 18, 2011 @ AIA|LA
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (check-in begins at 8 AM)
  • Provides 7.0 HSW Learning Units
  • $150 AIA Members or $200 Non-Members
  • Capacity is limited to 20 registrants
  • An SAP Training Manual, ATC-20 & ATC-45 Handbooks will be provided at the class.
  • Course Description: The goal of the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) Safety Assessment Program (SAP) is to help local government perform accurate facility safety assessments as quickly as possible. This will allow people to use safe homes and businesses, and ensure that people are prohibited from entering unsafe structures after a disaster. SAP Evaluators survey damaged facilities to determine if there are safety hazards to building occupants or to the general public. SAP Evaluators also provide recommended posting of placards that denote the condition of each structure evaluated. This full-day Evaluator Training class trains civil engineers, architects, and building inspectors to do field evaluations of buildings and other infrastructure for safety. It includes the most currently updated curriculum prepared by the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA), practical examples of post-disaster field conditions impacting structural safety, assessing the degree of severity, posting, and barricading procedures. QUALIFIED PARTICIPANTS (see important note below) will receive the Disaster Service Worker Emergency Response Team card. Possession of this card is required in order to participate in emergency CALBO call-out operations (photos of each participant will be taken and a loyalty oath are part of the in-class registration process).
    Important Note about this Class: To receive the Disaster Service Worker Emergency Response card, individuals must be certified as a licensed Architect, Engineer, Building Official, Building Code Official, Master Code Official, Building Inspector, Combination Inspector, Residential Building Inspector, Residential Combination Inspector, Building Plans Examiner, or Combination Plans Examiner.
  • Instructor: Dean Vlahos, FAIA, DLR Group WWCOT - Dean Vlahos, FAIA is a Principal/Architect and Director of Architectural Forensics for DRL Group WWCOT Architects, a full-spectrum architecture firm with offices in Chicago, Colorado Springs, Denver, Des Moines, Honolulu, Shanghai, China, Kansas City, Lincoln, Minneapolis, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, Santa Monica, Riverside, Moorpark, and Palm Springs. Through his pioneering research, material testing and investigations on landmark projects, Dean has established himself as a leading national authority on forensics, building codes, construction technology, system analysis, construction industry inter-relationships, enhancing public safety and sharing his expertise throughout the profession. Over the last 32 years, he has successfully completed a wide range of building types including: hospitals, schools, auditoriums, commercial, justice, laboratory, correctional, single and multiple family facilities totaling over seven million square feet of building program space, at an approximate construction value in excess of $9 billion. Dean has participated in numerous speaking engagements and authored and co-authored numerous articles in architectural publications.
  • [REGISTER 11/18 SAP Training]

DECEMBER 2011

ADA: STEPPING THRU EXISTING BUILDINGS (12/2)

  • Friday December 2, 2011 @ AIA|LA
  • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM (check-in begins at 9 AM)
  • Provides 5.0 HSW/ADA Learning Units + fulfils CA license renewal
  • $125 AIA Members or $185 Non-Members
  • Capacity is limited to 45 registrants
  • Course Description: An overview for alterations on existing buildings for Accessibility even with no construction planned. This includes a review of requirements per 2010 ADA Standards for Barrier Removal for Places of Public Accommodation/Commercial Facilities as well as Program Accommodation for Public Entities (State & Local government). We will also look at Alteration requirements for 2010 ADA & CBC including disproportionality and Path of Travel. And included will be a brief overview of historic building requirements for Accessibility.

This seminar will be a bit different from other Stepping Thru Accessibility seminars in that we will also address specific issues you may have on existing projects. Please provide an existing condition you would like discussed using a PDF of the drawing or a photo of the item, along with a brief description of your question (and your phone # if we need clarification) to: info@SteppingThruAccessibility.com and enter Existing Bldgs Seminar in the email Subject. Remove all proprietary information. You can provide us with more than one question, but send it via separate emails. This will not ensure that we will use your question in the seminar. We are also presuming that if you have submitted a question with PDFs that you are giving STA permission to incorporate it into the seminar.

  • Instructor: Janis Kent, AIA, CASp, Stepping Thru Accessibility - Janis Kent, AIA CASp is a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) and a licensed California Architect and has been involved in the world of Accessibility since the mid-1980's. In addition to having managed a variety of architectural projects, she has surveyed buildings for accessibility compliance and provided quality control for existing facilities throughout the country. Recently she authored a book which is a compilation of architectural details on Accessibility combining ADA with CBC. She has been asked to speak on Accessibility at a variety of venues from the Dwell Mobius conventions in LA, the National AIA Convention in New Orleans, to a number of local AIA Chapters, and the State Chapter of CCAIA has recorded one of her seminars. She also has been invited to speak at several business associations. Ms. Kent is the Founding President of the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI), serves on the Cerritos College Architectural Advisory committee, is on the Board of Directors for the AIA-Long Beach/South Bay chapter, and on the aecKnowledge Editorial Committee. She is also an invited Subject Matter Expert for the State DSA-AB Access Committee. Janis received her M.Arch from the University of California, LA and is currently the principal of Stepping Thru Accessibility in Long Beach California.
  • [REGISTER 12/2 ADA Seminar]

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CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY & DISCLAIMERS

Cancellations made at least one week prior to the class will be refunded in full, less a $10 cancellation and processing fee. No refunds for cancellations will be given after that time. No refunds shall be issued for no-shows to the class. Registration may be transferred to another individual. AIA|LA reserves the right to cancel any class where the minimum number of pre-registration registrants is not met. If such a cancellation occurs, registrants will be notified and given the opportunity to select an alternate and comparable class to attend. In the event such an alternate and comparable class is not available, then the registration fees will be refunded as appropriate. Further, dates, times, classes, program subject matter, instructors, panelists and fees are subject to change, without notice, at any time at the sole and absolute discretion of AIA|LA.

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