MOBIUS LA 2010 Class Descriptions: Thursday June 24th

MOBIUS LA 2010 Class Descriptions: Thursday June 24th

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 - 10:45 AM
Building A Global Practice: An Entrepreneur's Survival Guide (1.5 LU)

It is challenging economic times at home. All certainties are now in play. Nothing can be taken for granted. Your once rock-solid practice foundation is now sitting precariously on quicksand. Is there a more desired outcome abroad where nothing is certain, but everything possible? This presentation will address how a modest sized design firm aggressively and successfully exported and exploited its' domestic capabilities around the world, grew its' global brand, realized its' vision, and brought back expertise never imagined to expand its' domestic market sector in the process. In circus terms, it’s like working without a net.

  • Ronald A. Altoon, FAIA, LEED AP - Altoon + Porter Architects

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Transforming Aging Commercial Buildings into Green Machines (1.5 HSW/SD)

The greenest approach to building is to re-use, rather than to re-build. With ample stock of aging commercial buildings around 50 years old, Los Angeles is primed for green retrofits. Through case studies and analysis, we will show how marginally used, but centrally-located properties can be retrofitted into attractive, sustainable buildings that yield results for all stake-holders. They command higher rents, attract better tenants, reduce operating costs, and contribute to smart growth by keeping the workforce in the city's already-developed areas. Further, because they don't have protracted entitlement processes associated with new construction, they take shorter time to develop.

  • Daniele Aquino Horton, LEED AP - Thomas Properties Group
  • Greg Otto - Buro Happold Engineers
  • Mic Patterson, LEED AP - Enclos Corp.
  • Thomas Schneider, AIA - Barton Myers Associates, Inc.

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Water Crisis: How Simple Analytical Techniques can Inform Smarter Design Solutions (1.5 HSW/SD)

The session will explore the importance of using smart, yet simple analytical techniques to inform design solutions and options for water reuse. The presentation will demonstrate a methodology for analyzing water consumption, showing how to develop a complete water budget rather than a adopting piecemeal approach. The presentation will demonstrate how this can inform appropriate solutions for different project types through the use of case studies. The presenters will look at permitted water reuse options within California and demonstrate appropriate local solutions. The use of water within air conditioning systems as a cooling strategy will be explored, looking at energy savings and water consumption.

  • Alper Erten - Buro Happold Engineers
  • Julian Parsley - Buro Happold Engineers

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Detroit, Dallas & Despotism (1.5 HSW/SD)

After all of this talk in the past decade about the need for green buildings, the question is no longer WHY we need to go green, the question is HOW. American cities are confronting serious issues and they are in dire need of tangible, deployable & affordable solutions. This talk explores the lost city of Detroit by analyzing its decline from the once great "American Dream City" and mapping out a plan for transforming it into an urban oasis of sustainability. The lessons learned here could be applied to every rust belt and industrial city in the country. In stark contrast, we investigate the city of Dallas, a place born from the oil industry but now developing one of the most sustainable city blocks in the US. The third "D" of the talk delves into the growing trend of despotism and the strange forces working against the greening of the economy. This "bullet-point free" talk is presented by the acclaimed author of Green Building for Dummies.

  • Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP - organicARCHITECT

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Green to Codes: Integrating Building Analysis into BIM (1.5 HSW/SD)

As more architecture firms adopt BIM as part of their project work flow, the ability to perform sophisticated analyses of a building's performance increases dramatically. This seminar will focus on how BIM technology can be used to analyze a building for the purpose of sustainable design, architectural programming, code checking and facility management. As part of this program, you will learn: How your workflow with a BIM model can act as a catalyst for creating a collaborative approach to Sustainable Design, Architectural Programming and Facility Management; How software tools that integrate with a BIM model can extend the power of analysis for these disciplines; How a BIM model can be used for building analysis, code checking and certification standards (such as LEED).

  • Thomas Simmons - ARCHVISTA Building Technologies

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Forecast of Construction Activity (1.5 LU)

We find ourselves in uncertain economic times. Are we in the midst of a recovery, or are we struggling through an extended correction? Did the stimulus package provide the boost the economy needed, or did it add debt that will be a further drain on the economy? Will inflation complicate the overall picture, or will prices stay moderate? What construction sectors will do well and which will struggle? McGraw-Hill Construction is in a unique position to provide a knowledgeable perspective on the economy and the construction industry. This session will review McGraw-Hill's forecast of construction activity and will present their view on the direction of the major sectors of the industry and why.

  • Cliff Brewis, Hon. AIACC - McGraw-Hill Construction

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Change the Way We Build: Change the World (1.5 LU)

FORM and PerFORMance: Until now, the profession has focused on innovation for improvement, concentrating on doing the same things in a more efficient manner, driven by a value for reducing labor costs and saving time. Recently, at a remarkably rapid rate, the profession appears to be positioned to reverse the estrangement of the design professional, and the design process itself, from the construction process. As digital technology transforms into the next phase, architects have a window of opportunity to re-insert themselves into the discussion of not only what gets built, but also how it gets built. This situation leads naturally to a discussion of the role of architects assuming a role in determining how, and how well, buildings perform. This session will focus on what architects must do to lead this effort using increasingly valuable tools and techniques and by changing beliefs and behaviors. Consistently research has demonstrated that since the advent of wide scale use of digital technology in the profession and the construction industry, measured by any number of yardsticks, productivity has steadily declined. Rather than innovation for improvement, the stage is set for the profession and the industry to chart a course and set standards for tools that will be able to “change the game”, thereby benefiting all involved in the process.

  • Michael Hricak, FAIA - Michael Hricak Architects

1:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Stepping Thru Vertical Heights (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.

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.

  • Janis Kent, AIA, CASp - Stepping Thru Accessibility

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Seeking Balance: Cooperative Strategies for Daylighting and Electric Lighting and Energy Efficient Design (1.5 HSW/SD)

This presentation will cover two cooperative perspectives for investigating opportunities for sustainable and high performance lighting solutions; focusing on current techniques for evaluating daylight availability and performance in tandem with consideration of current control strategies to optimize electric lighting loads. With examples and explanation of the analysis, design, and implementation of successful daylighting strategies, participants will learn about the impact of daylight studies on energy modeling and glazing selection for varied project sectors. The use of energy efficient lighting technologies such as high performance fluorescent systems and appropriate use of LEDs will be specifically examined for their role in achieving a balanced daylight and electric lighting scheme.

  • Jeffrey Boynton, LEED AP - Buro Happold Engineers
  • Moana Reynau, LEED AP - Buro Happold Engineers

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Architects in the Community: Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District's Measure BB Facilities Program (1.5 LU)

Measure BB is Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s $268 million facilities bond program for improvements to its campuses. Improvements focus on the transformation of existing sites to improve the educational experience of the students. Architects in the community hold critical roles as members of the Measure BB Advisory Committee, the architect selection subcommittee and the Design Review Team. Through their roles as community members, design professionals and parents, the panelists have contributed to the success of the Measure BB program, affected positively the built environment of their community, heightened community awareness of what architects do and supported and encouraged quality public architecture.

  • Julie Eizenberg, AIA - Koning Eizenberg Architects
  • Craig A. Hamilton, AIA, LEED - Cannon Design
  • Julia Hawkinson, AIA, LEED AP - Parsons
  • David Kaplan - Kaplan Chen Kaplan Architects & Planners
  • Elaine René-Weissman, RA - ERW Design

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Work With Architects (1.5 LU)

Work With Architects is an initiative of the AIA|LA Board of Directors to facilitate non-traditional work opportunities for unemployed or under-employed architects. At this event, you will meet local industry representatives to whom you can introduce the varied skills of an architect, and make connections for future opportunities. This session will be run as a workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to talk in small groups with the panelists to explore non-traditional work opportunities for architects in related industries. Panelists represent companies that create film trailers, provide installation designs and production, are in-house corporate facility managers, and provide real estate facility analysis and management.

  • Peter Frankfurt - Creative Director @ Imaginary Forces
  • Dave Mannix - Worldwide Facilities Administration @ Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Mary Marx - Managing Director @ Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc.
  • Steve Matt – MATT Construction
  • Deborah Weintraub, AIA - City of Los Angeles



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