Hosted by AIA Pasadena & Foothill
Local Contact: Zelda Wong  

local programming

November 16, 2017
The Maxwell House, Western Justice Center, 55 S. Grand Avenue, Pasadena, 91101
8:30am–6:30pm (Local Time)

Following a successful year of the AIA Leadership Institute in Northern California, AIA Pasadena & Foothill is bringing the program to Southern California! The focus of the local programming will be encompassing leadership from projects to community through a mindset of Citizen Architect, with an emphasis on how to create thriving communities through the production of well-designed affordable housing.

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Participants will earn up to 6.25 LU|HSW

Follow the discussion online #AIALi17 or #AIALi17_CA




08:00 - 8:30a Breakfast / Registration

09:00 - 09:15a Local Program Welcome by Mark Gangi

09:15 - 09:30a Countdown to National Plenary Broadcast

09:30 - 02:00p National Plenary Broadcast (click to view Pacific Schedule)

Lunch served during Broadcast

02:00 - 02:15p Coffee break

02:15 - 02:45p AIACC 2017 AEP Awards Program

02:45 - 03:15p Challenges and Opportunities in California

Participants will consider a number of civic design challenges facing California architects, including: zero net energy, the housing crisis, disaster preparedness, architects a leaders, and design leadership. What opportunities can architects take to move these conversations forward in a positive way? Five design leaders from Southern California will present these table topics.

Ric Abramson, FAIA, Workplays studio*architecture
Jana Itzen, AIA, ITZEN Architects
Philip J. Bona, AIA, BNIM
Carol Lanham, Kitchell CEM
Lance Bird, FAIA, La Canada Design Group

03:15 - 03:30p Networking break

03:30 - 04:30p Breakout Discussions on Opportunities in California

Participants will have the option to choose from one of the following breakout topics themes, and will engage in small teams to discuss and collaborate to address the Citizen Architect approach to solving the problem:

  • Zero Net Energy - AIA’s leadership strategy for 2020 ZNE requirement in California
  • The Housing Crisis - the opportunity to transform communities and house our people 
  • Disaster Preparedness - the WHEN scenario
  • Architects As Leaders - positioning architects as leaders in California
  • Design Leadership - the growing impact of design in society and the architect's role

04:30 - 05:15p Report Out

05:15 - 05:30p Closing Remarks


Mark Gangi, AIA
Chair, AIA Center for Civic Leadership

Mark formed Gangi Architects as a division of Gangi Development in 1990, and is currently Vice President, Chief of Design.  Located in Pasadena, CA, Mark is the 2017 Chair of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership (CCL), and leads this team of national volunteers in an effort to advance leadership training and the Citizen Architect program within the AIA. Mark has served as Chairman of the Citizen Architect Committee of AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter for 26 years. He helped develop the resources ‘Creating a Citizen Architect Committee’, and the ‘Citizen Architect Toolkit’.

local speakers


Ric Abramson, FAIA
Workplays studio*architecture

As a licensed practitioner for 28 years, Ric. Abramson, FAIA established his small firm, Workplays studio*architecture, in 2003. An active  small firm advocate, Ric. spearheaded new California legislation signed into law by Governor Brown that protects the architect's creative work. His professional service includes terms on the AIA California Council, AIA Los Angeles and Center for Architecture and Urban Design Board of Directors.  Ric. recently completed a four-year term as the State of California's representative on the AIA National Small Firm Exchange and is currently serving as a California Regional Representative on the AIA National Strategic Council in Washington DC


Jana S B Itzen, AIA
ITZEN Architects
Past President, AIA California Council

Jana is President/CEO and cofounder of ITZEN Architects. She is the 2017 President of AIA California Council, and has been committed to the efforts of the AIA, having held a variety of positions at the local and state level since the start of her career. She has worked on notable LEED rated projects throughout California and conributes to the sustainable learning environment through teaching at Orange Coast College. A California licensed architect since 2008, Jana is a graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 


Philip J. Bona, AIA
2017 President, AIA San Diego

A Senior Architect with BNIM in the San Diego office, Philip focuses on Net Zero buildings with renewable energy, water conservation, and climate impact reduction measures. He is 2017 President of the AIA San Diego, a Councilmember of the AIA National Strategic Council, and is championing the “Housing the Next 1 Million in San Diego County” movement to address the regions housing crisis. In 2007, he joined the Centre City Development Corporation as Assistant Vice President for Architecture and Planning, overseeing commercial/residential entitlements, parks, and the public realm. In September 2017 he was named one of the City of San Diego’s 50 most influential people by the San Diego Daily Transcript. 

Carol Lanham
Kitchell CEM

Carol is an architect who has spent her career specializing in justice architecture working on large courthouse and detention projects. She is 2018 President-Elect for the AIA Pasadena and Foothills Chapter and recently started working as a Senior Project Manager for Kitchell CEM. Originally from Wyoming, Carol graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has lived in Texas, North Dakota, Arkansas and Missouri before landing in Los Angeles. She is working on a group project with fellow women architects, designers and “makers” to map their neighborhoods using knitting, crochet, fabric and craft and it’s going to be awesome!


Lance Bird, FAIA
La Canada Design Group

Lance is principal and founder of the Pasadena-based, regional architectural practice, LCDG, a small, diverse practice with long-term relationships dating back 25 years and more.  LCDG is well-known for their service to the profession.  As a leader, Lance ‘walks the talk’ in the community and profession as a leader of non-profit boards, past-president of AIA Los Angeles, and a member of the AIA California Council and AIA National boards.  He frequently writes on the explosive impact of technology on society, and the urgent need for architects to volunteer in our communities.  


The Maxwell House, Western Justice Center, 55 S. Grand Avenue, Pasadena, 91101