MOBIUS LA 2010 Class Descriptions: Friday June 25th

MOBIUS LA 2010 Class Descriptions: Friday June 25th

4th annual MOBIUS LA @ Dwell on Design
June 24-26, 2010 | LA Convention Center
One Place. One Event. All of your Continuing Education Units.



9:15 AM - 12:30 PM
It’s Your Time & Money: Understanding Common Accessibility Errors & Omissions (3.0-hour seminar) (3.0 HSW/ADA)

At the completion of this class, attendees will receive a Coursework Documentation Form for 3.0 ADA learning units that can be applied to the MCE requirement for architecture license renewal in California.

Avoid costly re-design through an awareness of the most common accessibility errors and omissions. Everyone makes mistakes but you don't want to make these errors that will cause you to lose time and money. This presentation highlights accessibility errors and omissions made in new construction and renovations. Starting with common problems related to the site and access to the facility, the presentation then explores typical mistakes arising in connection with interior accessible paths of travel and accessible facilities.

  • Nate Wittasek, P.E., LEED AP - ARUP

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Characteristics of High Performing Design Firms (1.5 LU)

This has been a challenging few years for many design firms just trying to survive. However, there are firms moving forward, making adjustments and retooling themselves during this difficult economic period. Taking a proactive approach, these firms are in better positions today and primed for when economic conditions improve. Based on the results of risk assessments performed of A/E firms for the past four years, three main characteristics have been identified in these firms: 1) Demonstrating faith they will succeed and establish a strategy navigating the firm forward. 2) Ability for obtaining vital information and making important decisions at critical times. 3) Knowledge of the interrelated risk-factors of their practice and implementing risk management programs that in return improves performance, profitability and growth. This session will provide important industry claim trends, data and describe the characteristics and practices used by high performing firms.

  • Timothy J. Corbett - SmartRisk

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Weaving Transit Facilities into an Existing Urban Fabric: The Downtown LA Regional Connector (1.5 LU)

The Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project is an Urban Design Study and DEIS/R to conduct environmental analysis on light rail transit alternatives connecting the existing Metro Gold, Blue and Expo Lines through downtown Los Angeles. The project includes the development of urban design screening criteria for evaluating alignments and station locations for Underground and At-Grade configurations. IBI Group is leading the Conceptual architectural design of the 5 stations including 2 cut-and-cover underground stations and streetscape designs for all surface alignments. The presentation will focus on the evaluation and urban design process of designing underground facilities in urban sites of Downtown LA and will illustrate the complexities of creating destinations and urban streetscapes that are accessible to the community.

  • Gary J. Hartnett, AIA - IBI Group
  • Robert Uyeda, FAIA - Tetra-IBI Group

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Know and Exercise Your Lien Rights (1.5 LU)

Design professionals Liens/Mechanics Liens - What Are They? How do you Qualify for them? Requirements, Time lines, Enforcement - Learn all in one session. In the current economic climate, collection is a key challenge. Liens are a form of securitizing payment of your fees. You have lien rights both for projects that go into construction and for those that do not. Learn about Mechanics? Liens and Design Professionals? Liens, including entitlement to such liens, required notices, timelines and other formalities. Knowing these basics can make the difference between collecting your fees versus becoming a victim of bad debt. It can also help you negotiate better contracts by securing lien rights early, and maintaining the ability to enforce them.

  • Mehrdad Farivar, FAIA, Esq. - Morris Polich & Purdy LLP
  • Christopher J. Menjou, Esq. - Morris Polich & Purdy LLP
  • D. Creighton Sebra, Esq. - Morris Polich & Purdy LLP

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
CA High Speed Rail: Coming to Your Neighborhood? (1.5 LU)

This session will bring together Architectural, Engineering, Planning and Regulatory aspects to discuss impact, process and opportunities associated with the high speed rail development. The participating panelists will present their respective role and in the process discuss the interplay between their various disciplines. This will help the attendees understand the real impacts of the decision process, how to insure a more fruitful process and end product which addresses not only functional needs of the rail but also affords a more substantive outcome in both the urban and non-urban environment which hopefully corrects past oversights in planning.

  • Alex Clifford - LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA)
  • Patricia Diefenderfer - Community Planning Bureau, City of Los Angeles
  • Arthur Golding, AIA - Arthur Golding & Associates
  • Valerie E. Martinez - VMA Communications, Inc.
  • Gerhard W. Mayer, AIA - Mayer Architects

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
370 Years of American College Campus Design (1.5 LU)

This presentation traces the history of the physical planning, architectural design and related social and financial influences that have shaped the colleges and universities we experience today. Starting with Harvard University in 1640, major patterns, trends, and design approaches from that date to the present are illustrated and discussed. Attendees will learn the background for both the present day successes and failures, gain some insight into this important aspect of urban design, and understand some of the dynamics shaping building decisions in higher education today. The college campus is an American invention and needs to be so understood.

  • Charles Warner Oakley, FAIA - Ehrlich Architects

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Sleuthing for the Truth (1.5 LU)

Follow the clues in a series of mini case studies to learn how to identify, avoid and address typical areas of design and construction disputes. Design and construction disputes are all too common in today’s world. You do not need to be an unwitting contributor! In this lecture and mini case study seminar, participants will follow the clues to learn how to identify typical failures that frequently lead to disputes, how to address design and construction conflicts when they arise, and strategies for avoiding conflicts in the first place. Learn from the mistakes of others so that you can avoid the same issues in the future.

  • Dean J. Vlahos, FAIA - DLR Group WWCOT

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Placemaking at its Best: Creating the "There-There" (1.5 HSW)

Creating a "there-there," when done properly, placemaking fosters distinctive public realms and emphasizes a community's vitality, inspiration and well-being. Placemaking is not just the act of building or fixing up a space, but a process that fosters the creation of vital public destinations: the kind of places where people feel a strong sense of pride and stake. Simply put, placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, ultimately creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well being. Does good placemaking have psychological benefits? If so, what? There are great examples of placemaking in Los Angeles and other examples where there's no "there-there.” This session will assess the good, bad and ugly of placemaking.

  • Christopher Hawthorne - Architecture Critic, LA Times
  • John Kaliski, AIA - Urban Studio
  • Jonah Lehrer - Contributing editor to Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Nature Magazine, and Outside Magazine
  • Mia Lehrer, FASLA - Mia Lehrer + Associates
  • Michael Lehrer, FAIA – Lehrer Architects
  • Sam Lubell - The Architect's Newspaper

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Design & Construction of the Cooper Union New Academic Building in NYC (1.5 LU)

Late 2003, Morphosis was selected by The Cooper Union to design the college’s new academic building. One hundred fifty years earlier, The Cooper Union’s Foundation Building anticipated the innovation of the elevator. With the new building, the institution aspired to build on this legacy of design innovation by setting new benchmarks for contemporary architecture and sustainable design while overcoming a series of planning, programming, budgetary and social constraints. Morphosis’ project manager and designer / job captain will provide an insightful overview into the BIM integrated design process, which facilitated delivery of the new iconic building for The Cooper Union and made possible the project’s LEED platinum status.

  • Silvia Kuhle, AIA, LEED AP – Morphosis
  • Jean Oei – Morphosis

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Identifying and Managing Risk on a Project: Beware of the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing! (1.5 LU)

Many times, there is so much excitement at the beginning of a project that an architect may be blind to potential warning signs indicating risk on the project. This seminar will focus on early recognition of potential problem clients, problem contractual provisions, and problems on the job site, and will show you appropriate steps to take to manage that risk before the honeymoon is over. We will focus on new legal developments affecting architects, demonstrate strategies to negotiate more favorable contracts, and provide tools to avoid legal pitfalls when entering into new projects.

  • Robert Stellwagen, Esq. - Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP
  • Christie Swiss, Esq. - Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
LACCD: Building a New Paradigm for Design and Construction (1.5 LU)

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is in the forefront of the paradigm shift in the Design and Construction Industry. Learn how this $3.5 Billion program, utilizing both the Design-Build process and the rapid advancement of technology, is redefining the relationships between Owners, Users, Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Sub-contractors. This thought provoking presentation and discussion will explore LACCD’s team selection process, the redefinition of responsibilities, the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and how sustainable design and renewable energy requirements are integrated into the process.

  • Michael Cervantes, AIA - Build LACCD
  • Helen Ferraro - Build LACCD
  • Robert Hartung - Build LACCD
  • Bharat Patel - Build LACCD
  • Chester A. Widom, FAIA - Build LACCD



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