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Celebrating Architecture Through the Lens of Our Region

The¬†American Institute of Architects, Central Valley Chapter’s (AIACV)¬†second annual¬†Central Valley Regional Architecture Festival¬†is just one day away! Over the next 10 days, over 2,000 attendees, architects and community members alike will partake in a variety of events and activities to celebrate architecture and the built environment of our region. With beautiful weather expected, the festival will highlight unique city sights while engaging¬†members of the public, design enthusiasts, architects and designers with a deeper appreciation for our region’s rich architectural and design heritage. The festival also honors current achievements and vision for the future.¬†This year, some of the planned events include:

Here is a little bit of what we’re looking forward to and why…

” I am excited about the Festival Kickoff Event at the Crocker tomorrow. At the Kickoff , the¬†cardborgami¬†demonstration and Pecha Kucha (PK) presentation will be awesome. ¬†Next week, Thursday is the Eames film tribute + Ray Eames exhibit which I am honored to have my¬†sculptures¬†be a part of!”

~ Laura Wood, Associate AIA, Virtual Design Coordinator

“I am looking forward to the Kickoff at the Crocker tomorrow to¬†socialize with the other architects in town, and hear in depth about the theme of the festival‚Ķ the¬†Biophilic Design Film presentation on October 14th and the Living Building perspective on October 18th because¬†these are some of the many thought streams of how architecture can facilitate our ability to exist on the planet in a responsible manner, I want to hear more…. and the¬†Charles & Ray Eames Films on the 17th –¬†they see architecture and life inseparable and as the combination of the two as an art expression.”

~ Andy McPherson, AIA, LEED APDirector of Design

“I am looking forward to seeing Biophilic Design.¬† My favorite architecture provides a connection to the natural world.”

~ Mike Parrott, AIA, Senior Project Manager

“I will be attending the bicycle architectural tour with my wife and daughter. I think it is more interesting to view architecture from a perspective other than through the windshield.¬†Riding a bike gets the best of reasonably short time between sites and you can still walk in and enjoy the buildings all without burning a drop of fuel.¬†Besides its fun and it makes you feel good to ride a bike.”

~ John Flath, AIA, Principal

“I am looking forward to the Design Awards event because I am involved with the planning committee for this event”.

~ Sajeev Madhavan, AIA, LEED AP B+C, Project Architect

“This industry is still relatively new to me, so I am looking forward to the Festival Kickoff event and the Top of the City Tour. I’m still figuring out what else to check out, but I’m excited about understanding more of how architecture creates our region’s built environment and how it impacts our daily lives.”

~ Sarah Sciandri, Marketing Manager

Go to aiacv.org/festival2013/events for a full Festival Guide with all the details to attend one of the exciting events. Like the AIACV Festival Facebook page to follow the festival throughout the week and discover/create social buzz with the hashtag #SacArch13.

To coincide with the festival, the architecture community celebrates the winners of the 2013 AIACV Design Awards. Congratulations to all of the winners! We are appreciative to continue to design and build this community with such exceptional colleagues.

You may have spotted our Nacht & Lewis ad on page 4 of the October Comstock’s Magazine issue. Yes, we did in fact construct the Elks Building out of LEGO pieces! Check out a fun behind the scenes look at our ad in the making.¬†

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