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Creativity Conference 2021 – Day 2

May 25, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

Free – $20.00


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Creativity Conference 2021 – Day 2

Organizing Committee: AIALA Interior Architecture

This is a virtual conference. Zoom log-in information will be emailed to registrants 24 hours in advance from events@aialosangeles.org. If you do not receive a confirmation 24 hours prior to the event, please email events@aialosangeles.org.

CES Learning Units: 2 LU/per day

Where does you creative inspiration as an architect come from? A favorite building? A beloved city? Or another architect that inspires you? If you were to dig deeper, you’ll find the answer entwined in your life story…a transporting novel, a moving music score or an evocative abstract painting.

What about other creators? How did they achieve creative success?

This conference explores the work and creative motivations of artists and designers outside of architecture. Discovering the sources of their intellectual and creative energy.

By taking a look the worlds of product design, art, filmmaking and curation, we’ll see how alike and different creative processes and lives are. We’ll look into the parallels with our own engagement with the human experience and explore how the creative boundaries can blur, setting up the potential for multi-disciplinary approaches. In seeing how others create, architects will find new inspiration for their own designs.


Annie Chu, FAIA – Found Principal, Chu+Gooding Architects
Annie Chu, FAIA, IIDA, is an architect, interior designer, educator, and a founding principal of the award-winning Chu+Gooding Architects in Los Angeles. In her 38 years in practice, Annie has worked extensively with world-renowned museums, cultural facilities, and educational institutions, including MOCA, Hammer Museum, J Paul Getty Center, The Huntington, Autry Museum of the American West, Studio Museum in Harlem, Southern California Public Radio, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. Leveraging her design reputation, Annie champions Interior Architecture as a distinct and emerging discipline, advancing design excellence through teaching, public speaking, design juries, and her leadership in the civic and professional realms, including her role on the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission, the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel, the National AIA Interior Architecture Advisory Group, Contract Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board, Architecture California (arcCA), and the IIDA International Board of Directors. In 2014, Annie received the International Interior Design Association’s Leadership Award of Excellence from the Southern California chapter of the IIDA. A dedicated educator since 1990 in architecture and design schools across the country and abroad, Annie was recognized with the distinguished Presidential Honoree Educator Award by the Los Angeles Chapter of the AIA in 2016.


Mary Trunk – Filmmaker
Mary Trunk is a filmmaker, choreographer and multi-media artist living in Altadena, CA. Her films take seemingly simple subjects—a family’s unraveling, the choices women make as they navigate identities as mothers and artists, how dancers age— and illuminates how each radiates out to bigger questions: how do we make sense of our histories? What paths are available to us? How do we create meaning within our lives? She has been producing and directing documentaries, dance videos, experimental hybrid films and paintings for more than 30 years. Mary is also a film, video and screen dance Professor at Mount St. Mary’s University, Loyola Marymount University and Art Center College of Design. Her work can be found at www.maandpafilms.com and www.musclememoryproject.com.


Sheila Klein – Artist
Sheila Klein was born in Pittsburgh. Her 1st grade teacher wouldn’t allow erasers. Sheila used her rubber-soled gym shoes instead. It was the start of performing with materials. In 3rd grade she was picked for Tam O’Shanters – young artists with exceptional talent and promise that met at the Carnegie Museum. Sheila spent weekends at the museum exploring the visual arts and also performing in plays, making costumes and sets. As a teen Sheila left home to concentrate on making objects that were visually and materially influenced by experimental theater. Arriving in Seattle in 1972 after a stint in San Miguel de Allende at Instituto Allende, she attended the Factory of Visual Art. Her focus on textiles led to mixed-media installations and a pivotal exhibition in 1981 at P.S.1. Realizing she wanted to work in public spaces, she began a creative consultancy with Olson-Walker Architects and co-founded A2Z, a collaborative art+architecture firm. Sheila moved to Los Angeles in 1983, launching an active career in Southern California. In 1995, she returned to the Skagit Valley with her family continuing to build civic projects, work in the studio and pursue personal projects. Klein has exhibited at such diverse organizations as P.S.1, Institute for Art and Urban Studies in New York, Memory and Lands of the 20th Century in Florence, Italy, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York and La Foret Museum in Tokyo, Japan. Klein’s work has been published in art journals and mainstream media including the New York Times, Times of India and National Public Radio. She is the youngest artist included in the book 50 Northwest Artists. “I want to dress the world. Re-make it, as I want to see it, one piece at a time. The world is my studio. performing with materials.”

Learning Objectives:

+ Creative Parallels – Understand various perspectives and approaches to the concept of creativity through design disciplines outside of architecture
+ Interdisciplinary Approaches – Explore in depth the value other design fields bring to places and events and consider how architects can collaborate with these disciplines in a world becoming rapidly interdependent.
+ New Lens on Spatial Design – Understand and draw inspiration for architectural design including interiors from ways that other design fields approach space as an element and manipulate it as part of their narrative presentation.
+ Narrative/Human Experience – Identify various forms of story-telling, its central role in the creative act, and the many methods of expressing story.


May 25, 2021
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
Free – $20.00
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AIA|LA Interior Architecture Committee
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