Celebrate with Us at A’23, AIA’s National Conference in San Francisco

June 1, 2023

Join us for drinks and appetizers from some of our favorite local spots. 

We invite you, our friends, peers, and partners to celebrate our neighborhood community, brand launch, and new design discoveries. Enjoy tours of the space along with an induction cooktop demonstration by Mark Duesler, Chef and Program Advisor at Frontier Energy.

Location156 South Park Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Date: Tuesday, June 6

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.


AIA National Convention Speakers + Moderators

National Managing Principal Anthony Rohr, FAIA, will be a panelist on the AIA Large Firm Roundtable: Intersecting Equity, Advocacy & Industry.

With the formation of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) task force in 2020, the American Institute of Architecture’s Large Firm Roundtable (LFRT), which represents roughly 70 of the AIA’s largest firms, began to grapple with this question. Join Jonathan Moody, CEO of Moody Nolan and JEDI co-chair, and a panel of his fellow task force members as they discuss how a profession can inspire meaningful change within itself.

Director of Climate Positive Design Teresa Jan, AIA, will join a panel on The Playbook for Zero-Carbon Buildings.

Your playbook has arrived. The Building Decarbonization Practice Guide: A Zero Carbon Future for the Built Environment is a comprehensive, free resource for immediately advancing your expertise in carbon reduction strategies. Using case studies that demonstrate state-of-the-art proven methodologies and engaging in a lively dialogue, this moderated panel of diverse leaders—all practicing decarbonization experts—will show you how your project teams can increase your impact right now. The Building Decarbonization Practice Guide is a publication of the William J. Worthen Foundation, producers of the award-winning Onsite Non-Potable Water Reuse Practice Guide.

Early Education Market Leader Lexi Tengco, AIA, will moderate Mini MBA: Mastering the Business of Architecture.

How will architects create and manage a sustainable, profitable, and equitable firm for future resilience? Leaders from AIA’s Large Firm Roundtable and the AIA Young Architects Forum will share key principles to develop a road map to business success. This interactive practicum will center around business best practices and focus on developing soft skills for business leadership, managing staff and workloads in unpredictable times, and using technology and artificial intelligence for practice efficiency.

SCC Academic Excellence Center Receives the AIA Education Facility Design Award 2023

Southeast Community College’s (SCC) Academic Excellence Center was recognized with a 2023 AIA Education Facility Design Award of Merit. This program is the AIA’s highest honor acknowledging design excellence on 13 education facilities in the United States and Mexico.

“The center is a simple, elegant solution that remains sensitive to its context. It allows students to engage with their peers, a critical consideration for any commuter college.” – Jury comment

The Academic Excellence Center for Southeast Community College in Nebraska solves one of the most paradoxical challenges facing many community colleges: creating a broader community among a nontraditional, commuter-based population. Focused on introducing equitable opportunities for study and connectivity to the rural context that drives the college’s STEM programs, the center is a differentiator that accelerates the value proposition for today’s learners.

The center is the first new facility built through a revitalization plan for the college’s Beatrice campus, south of the state’s capitol. The project is a cornerstone for an anticipated transformation of the campus, which has a student population of just over 1,000. Across its 51,700 square feet, the center supports a wide range of STEM disciplines, from physics and health sciences to music and fine arts. Its construction sets a new bar for campus development and highlights critical programming through its cutting-edge learning environments, offices, and public space.

Though the college did not articulate specific energy conservation goals, the team employed a purposeful approach to sustainability that nurtures user well-being and comfort while ensuring the facility’s longevity and a return on investment that correlates to the college’s overarching business plan. It meets the Architecture 2030 Challenge through a 70% energy reduction and a photovoltaic-ready infrastructure that will help move the college to a net zero master plan.

A vital gateway to the campus, the center is both a destination and landmark for the college community. It is an aesthetically contemporary solution that responds to both program and considerations while still celebrating the unpretentious rural vernacular of Nebraska.


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