October is Architecture Month in Los Angeles!

In 2007, Michael A Enomoto, FAIA, and the AIA|LA went before the Los Angeles City Council to seek and gain a month recognizing the contributions by architects to culture and Los Angeles municipal life.  In the office, as we organize this year’s LArchitecture month, which kicked off early with Powerful 5 (at the end of September) and culminate in the Design Awards Ceremony + Party, we can’t help but note how salient the words of that 2007 resolution still are:

Take this phrase, for instance: “the City of Los Angeles is in a unique position to recognize the vast wealth of architecture already within its municipality.”  So, before we let you know about particular events for October’s LArchitecture Month, we, in the office just wanted to take a moment, to thank our members who contribute to the urban fabric of our region on a daily basis.

Check below for 2018 Architecture Month programming.

2018 LArchitecture MONTH EVENTS
10.4.18 | 5:30-7:30PM
Movers & Shakers, Barbara Bestor, FAIA
Join the Urban Land Institute at Bestor Architecture to hear about the career, award-winning projects, and architectural perspective of renowned powerhouse Barbara Bestor, FAIA.
10.6 & 10.7.18 | All-Day
Free Licensing Classes at USC
Not licensed yet? Chose from 13 FREE classes to prepare yourself for the California Supplemental Exam.
10.8.18 | 12:00-2:00PM
Innovators in LED Lighting
Lunch and learn from a lightologist at the Prudential Lighting showroom, then walk across the street for a tour of their factory - where all of their products are LA-made, since 1955.

Preserve The Church of Epiphany in Lincoln Heights
The historic Church of Epiphany in Lincoln Heights is working to fund much-needed repair and renovation of the church, which played a pivotal role in the 1960's Chicano Movement
10.9.18 | 6:00-8:00PM
The Lutyens Trust - West Coast Branch Launch @ The Gamble House
The Directors of The Lutyens Trust America request the pleasure of your company at a reception to celebrate the West Coast launch of this new entity dedicated to the preservation and study of the work of architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, OM.

10.10.18 | All-Day
Walk to School Day
All over Greater Los Angeles, students, parents, teachers, and school staff will pound the pavement on the way to school. This day reminds us that when our kids get to school safely they get there ready to learn.
10.11.18 | 8:00-10:00AM
Prepared to Design for Zero Net Energy (ZNE)?
Multi-part panel discussion dedicated to helping small firms design and achieve net zero energy building design - specifically, residential construction by 2020, as set forth by the CA Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan.
10.11.18 | 5:00-8:00PM
Reshaping Education in Los Angeles
The cost of K-12 public education in the US is $600billion. Join LAHQ, private, and public sector stakeholders to hear about how Capital Programs and Future Plans for LAUSD and charter schoools are reshaping education for future Angelenos.

10.12.18 | 8:00-9:30AM
Breakfast with Austin Beutner - Superintendent, LAUSD
Austin Beutner is the superintendent of the LA Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the U.S. LAUSD spans over 720 square miles with over 640,000 students, 900 schools, 187 public charter schools, 60,000 employees, and a $7.5 billion budget.
10.12.18 | 3:00-7:30PM
(SOLD OUT) STRÖL: AIA|LA Interior Architecture Committee Fall Tour
Discover and explore the best kept secret on the Westside: The Campus at Playa Vista. An afternoon walk through YouTube Space LA, LMU, Central Park and The Brickyard by Michael Maltzan takes visitors to spaces where work and outdoors are blurred.
10.13.18 | 8:30AM-4:00PM
Los Angeles Historic Neighborhoods Conference 2018
LA Department of City Planning and the LA Conservancy team up for a day-long forum on preserving Los Angeles' historic neighborhoods. The theme this year is the relationship between creating housing and preserving history: how do we do both in our city?

10.13.18 | 9:00AM-12:00PM
Academy for Emerging Professionals: Los Angeles
Are you an emerging professional wanting to learn more about career paths, mentorship, how to become a leader in your profession and your association? This free event is for you.

10.17.18 | 8:00AM-4:00PM
(SOLD OUT) AIA|CC Healthcare Facilities Forum
The Forum will examine how the changing landscape is influencing healthcare facility development as well as how innovations in the design and construction industry - tech, project delivery, and a changing regulatory environment - can impact the future delivery of healthcare in CA.
10.18.18 | 6:45-7:45PM
"Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon"
Author Stephen Gee's new book chronicles the 90 year history of one of America's most iconic buildings: LA City Hall, which turns 90 this year. Attend his lecture at Los Feliz Library.
10.19.18 | 9:00AM-3:00PM
ADA Seminar: Public Multi-Family Residential Facilities
Check off your five mandatory continuing education ADA credits with this overview of publicly supported multi-family residential facilities and the differing requirements of regulations and codes, led by Certified Access Specialist Janis Kent, FAIA.

10.19.18 | 3:00-5:00PM
Blossom Plaza Tour
Blossom Plaza, designed by Johnson Fain and Togawa Smith Martin, is a transit-oriented, urban mixed-use devel­opment, linking a highly accessible and pedestrian-friendly network of public open spaces to the Metro Gold Line Chinatown Station in downtown Los An­geles.
10.20.18 | 11:00AM-2:00PM
Kids Draw Architecture Day
AIA|LA along with A+D Museum host an event for kids ages 5-16 to learn about architecture and how to hone in their creative skills.
ALL DAY | 10.25-26.18
Facades+ Exposition & Symposium
The Facades+ conference series is a robust dialogue encompassing all things building skin—bridging the profession, industry, academia, operations, and ownership.

10.30.18 | 6:00-10:00PM
AIA|LA Design Awards Ceremony
Honor the AIA|LA Design Award recipients and Presidential Honorees this year at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, then celebrate with them and Los Angeles’ architectural community at an après-event party and dinner.

10.2.18 | 7:15AM-1:30PM
Tile Marble Terrazzo Seminar Series
The International Masonry Institute presents the 2018 Tile Marble Terrazzo Seminar Series for architects, designers, and staff. The program features an entire morning of seminars and exhibits, breakfast through lunch.
10.2.18 | 10:00AM-12:00PM
Urban Design Review Session
As an architect passionate about improving the City of Los Angeles, are you interested in providing critical feedback to help improve urban design in the City of Los Angeles?
10.3.18 | 9:30-11:00AM
LADBS & Electronic Plan Check
The LA Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) is developing a system for online plan submittal and plan check. In this meeting, LADBS will discuss the progress of this effort and the upcoming pilot program and ask for input from architects and designers.


WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles is world-renowned for its famous architects, architecture and architectural enthusiasts; and


WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles is home to one of the largest Chapters of the American Institute of Architects, the AIA/LA Chapter with nearly 3000 members;

WHEREAS, the American Institute of Architects will be celebrating its one-hundred and fiftieth year anniversary;

WHEREAS, AIA/LA in working with the varied and diverse interests of numerous other architectural societies, historical preservationists, conservancies, et al.; and

WHEREAS, the goal of better educating the community about the importance of architecture and design can lead to a more livable and sustainable community; and

WHEREAS, the goal of better educating the community about the importance of architecture and design can lead to a more livable and sustainable community; and


WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles is in a unique position to recognize the merits of the vast wealth of architecture already within its municipality; and

WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles can further promote the idea of design excellence and the benefits of elegant density to its populace in an effort to promote a more sustainable, green and livable community;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, with the concurrence of the Mayor, that by the adoption of this Resolution, the City of Los Angeles hereby officially recognizes the month of OCTOBER as being ARCHITECTURE MONTH, with the expectations that The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects each year will coordinate a series of programs in conjunction with other interested parties that promote the values of architecture and the unique character of the City of Los Angeles to the community-at-large, and, in addition, communicate the programming of these events to City Staff in such a way that the City of Los Angeles can take advantage of these educational opportunities for its constituents.

Councilmember, 4th District

PHOTO: Banner: New United States Courthouse - Los Angeles. SOM. Detail of image by Bruce Damonte