We have run a small program of events in LA (from which the RIBA USA presence has since been asserted).
Our program was possible thanks to the support of willing local partners, notably UCLA and the Getty Museum, both of whom collaborated in the mounting of events on their premises.
g>David Falla visits RIBA-USA – May 2006
David Falla, Vice President International Relations,
made a whirlwind US tour visiting the RIBA-USA
Chapters in Los Angeles, Boston and New York
Thank you David for your support
AIA Convention Update
Between June 7th and June 10th 2006, at the AIA Convention in Los Angeles,
RIBA-USA ran one of its most ambitious and successful programs ever. The Convention itself was the best attended ever, with 24,860 registered participants. Our program was ably supported by RIBA HQ who sent Vice President Clare Wright as the representative of RIBA President Jack Pringle, together with Director of Membership and Client Services, Carolyn Munton. We were joined in Los Angeles by RIBA-USA’s Presiding Chair, Derek Bradford, New York Chair Jonathan Wimpenny and California Chair Niall Saunders.
On June 7th, Tim Clark and Carolyn Munton ran the RIBA stand at the AIA CES Marketplace – as an official AIA CES Provider
of some seven years standing, RIBA-USA has many obligations to engage with AIA’s CES culture. The event also provided
us with a chance to disseminate details of RIBA’s CPD policy and specific initiatives for improving services to RIBA members in the USA.
RIBA-USA Presiding Chair Derek Bradford with RIBA Vice President
Clare Wright (left) and Carolyn Munton
During the Convention week we experienced the largest single gathering of RIBA members anywhere in the US, reaching a peak of some 45 members (over 10% of our membership) for our dinner with Autodesk on June 8th. The dinner deserves particular mention because it attracted broad participation from leading firms and individuals as well as many non-architects. The chosen venue was Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant at the Pacific Design Center in West Los Angeles, which we decorated to give a “Hollywood” flavour and filled to the brim with bustling tables of guests. The event, which was free to RIBA members, saw two memorable presentations, from Thom Mayne and Ken Yeang, both calling for bold new initiatives to improve our grip on global sustainability. Guests included Peter Cook, Paul Hyett and the designer of the Academy Awards logo, Arnold Schwartzman.
Peter Cook and Ken Yeang in the midst of dining pleasures as Autodesk’s leader, Phil Bernstein chats with Thom Mayne
The involvement of Autodesk and of Ken Yeang at our dinner event this year was particularly timely due to the launch of the new “PBS” series on TV entitled E2, which Autodesk
sponsored and in which Dr Yeang features. The series is narrated
by Brad Pitt and will be broadcast in the UK later in 2006.
Tim Clark introducing Ken Yeang with Alfred Hitchcock making
an appropriate gesture in the background
On June 9th, we had our regional AGM, followed by a luncheon
sponsored by Häfele, at which one of our leading members,
the new President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation,
Phil Allsopp gave a rallying presentation on the lamentably
unhealthy state of US urban life, stemming from bad design
and bad planning... enough said?
President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Phil
Allsopp RIBA with his wife Dr Lauren Sickles at the RIBA-USA
luncheon on June 9th
Finally, on Saturday June 10th we had some poetry-rap renditions
from students of Verbum Dei High High School, located between
two gangland “projects” in south central LA. These presentations
left us in no doubt about our inner city priorities and we’ll
shortly be posting the lyrics on our website.
The AIA Convention for 2007 will be in San Antonio
Texas. We’ll look forward to seeing you there!
RK Stewart, Speaker, AIA 1st vice president (and 2007
Kate Schwennsen, current AIA President hosting the closing ceremonies
William McDonough, FAIA. Keynote speaker, emphasizing
environmentally sound architectural and planning practices at
On Sept 21st at the Crown Plaza in Beverly Hills, RIBA California hosted a highly
successful event on Presentation Skills, WAYS TO "WOW" CLIENTS AND PROSPECTS!, which
thanks to 100% sponsorship by Haefele, was attended free of charge for RIBA and AIA
members and guests.
The event featured proven techniques to enhance success rates at shortlist
interviews, public hearings, and client presentations. Presenter Joanne Linowes
certainly "Wowed" her audience. Joanne is founder of Linowes Executive Development
International, and is a nationally recognized presentation coach to the design and
building professions. Asked about their experiences afterwards, attainders felt that
they had really acquired new insights into improving "hit rates", client relations,
business development activities, board hearings, and community presentations! This
lively, engaging program featured Joanne's proven, copyrighted techniques for
May 2003 - Los Angeles
AIA Convention in San Diego
President of the RIBA, Paul Hyett, visiting the AIA Annual Convention and a RIBA reception was held at the event. The reception was a continuing party from 6.30-9pm attended by about 80 people.Paul Hyett spoke of the need for closer joint working between AIA and RIBA to assist both professions to balance the need for improved sustainability with the need to move away from the small office mentaility and to build on the best practices from both professional arenas.
Tim Clark, RIBA-USA President (left) with President of Royal Australian Instute David Parken and President of AIA Thompson E Penney and far right, RIBA President Paul Hyett.
Picking up these themes Tim Clark mentioned the importance of RIBA working nationally as a partner of AIA, and to enthusiastic applause announced the founding of new Chapters in Boston and Chicago to boost RIBA member outreach in the US.
Both Tim Clark and Paul Hyett also talked about the upcoming move of the RIBA drawings collection to the V&A's new Architecture Gallery and the "adopt a drawing" scheme whereby firms and individuals can pay to be associated with a particular drawing from the collection, receive a framed authentic copy and have exclusive rights to reproduction.
December 2002 - Los Angeles
Images of British Architecture
December 5th saw the opening of a major photographic exhibition in Los Angeles depicting significant British buildings and places.
With the support of RIBA-USA the 22 works by British photographer Caroline Davies will remain on display until Feb 14th 2003 at 10924 Le Conte Avenue in Westwood Village.
Members may view it free by arrangement:- Tel 310 208 0028
LA opening reception for the Exhibition of Photographs from the British Isles
November 2002 - Los Angeles
Book Signing at Form Zero
Wolfgang Wagener RIBA signed copies of his new book about architect Raphael Soriano in the company of Julius Schulman, the former teacher and current owner of the Case Study home in Los Angeles that Soriano designed.
Check availability with Form Zero 213 620 1920
Wolfgang (center) with Julius at Form Zero Nov 24th
Summary of initial program of events
The RIBA has run a program of events in Los Angeles since the inception of the LA Chapter in the summer of 1995.
This program was made possible thanks to AIA Los Angeles, UCLA, the J Paul Getty Museum, and the kind invitation of the Academy of Motion Pictures for the April 4th Preview.
July 27th 1995 Visit to RTKL International Ltd,
at RTKL, with AIA LA
September 1st 1995 Inaugural Chapter Meeting and Receptio:
February 27th 1996
Future Event Planning meeting: Sustainable Architecture Rediscovere;
with Tim Clark and UCLA Faculty, UCLA Faculty Center.
March 21st 1996
Alls Well that Ends Well: the reconstruction of Shakespeare’s
Globe in London:with Louis Fantasia: at Perloff Hall, UCLA.
Preceded by Chapter meeting.
April 4th 1996
(at the invitation of the Academy of Motion Pictures) From Caligari to
Bladerunner: Film Architecture: exhibition preview at AMP
April 9th 1996
Biodiversity meets World Class Architecture: THE EDEN PROJECT:
with Jonathan Ball RIBA: at Perloff Hall, UCLA, with the British
Consul General LA.
April 23rd 1996
Future Event Planning meeting: The Art of Organetics: A way of seeing
for Designers; with Tim Clark and Dr Stephano Sabetti; Perloff
June 25th 1996
J Paul Getty: Early Visions: with Stephen Garrett RIBA, first
Director of the Getty Museum; J Paul Getty Museum Malibu, at
the JPG Museum
December 9th 1996
MORPHOSIS ARCHITECTURE I: visit to Blades House and Crawford
House, Santa Barbara: with John Enright (meet on site)
December 14th 1996
MORPHOSIS ARCHITECTURE II: visit to Lander House, Hermosa House
and 72 Market Street Oyster Bar, Manhatten Beach/ Hermosa/ Venice
(meet owners and Professor Thom Main on site)
May 22nd 1997 5.30pm
POP-ARCHITECTURE COMES TO WESTWOOD (FIRST TASTE): A
tour of Kanner Architects’ newly completed IN’N OUT BURGER on the corner of Gayley and Le Conte. Meet at the rear lobby of Kanner Architects, 10924 Le Conte Ave.
May 28th 1997 6.00pm
LEGACY OF FORM at the LA Pacific Design Center
(AIA members and guests will be welcomed to this LA RIBA event).
A Photographic Journey through the rich legacy of forms left by the Egyptian Pharaohs and their contemporaries.. Caroline Davies travels extensively, recording the remnants of once great civilizations. The Egyptians granted Caroline unlimited access to their extraordinary antiquities. This resulted in an unparalleled modern testimony to an ancient land of mystery and wonder.
July 24th 1997 5.30pm
POP-ARCHITECTURE COMES TO WESTWOOD (SECOND HELPING): A tour of Kanner Architects’ newly completed IN’N OUT BURGER on the corner of Gayley and Le Conte. Meet in the rear lobby of Kanner Architects, 10924 Le Conte Ave.
GENERAL:- 5.45-7PM MEMBERS’ TABLE now established at the CHAYA bar and Restaurant, 8741 Alden Dr, LA (just east of Robertson, half way between LA’s Pacific Design Center and Wilshire Blvd). Last Friday in every month. Just come when you are able to, and sign the LA RIBA members’ book. Complimentary buffet, plus all kinds of beverages and meals to order. Meet with colleagues, discuss issues of concern and suggest events, etc etc.