Hosted by AIA Pasadena & Foothill
Local Contact: Zelda Wong

local programming

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)

12:00 - 01:00p Lunch served during Broadcast

02:00 - 02:15p Coffee break

02:30 - 03:15p Challenges and Opportunities in Southern California

Participants will consider a number of civic design challenges facing California architects, including: zero net energy, the housing crisis, disaster preparedness, water in the West, and professional topics. What opportunities can architects take to move these conversations forward in a positive way?

Ric Abramson, FAIA, WORKPLAYS studio architecture
Jana Itzen, AIA, ITZEN Architects
Philip Bona, AIA

03:15 - 03:30p Networking break

03:30 - 04:00p How to Engage as a Citizen Architect

Participants will learn the framework for engaging in civic design issues as a Citizen Architect.

Ric Abramson, FAIA, WORKPLAYS studio architecture
Mark Gangi, AIA, Gangi Architects

04:00 - 05:15p Breakout Discussion on Solving the Problem + Report Out

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
The Housing Crisis
Disaster Preparedness - the WHEN scenario
The Architecture of Water
Pipeline Development in Practice
Architects as Leaders

05:15 - 05:30p Closing Remarks

05:30 - 6:30p Reception


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

A 26 year practitioner in California, Ric. Abramson established his studio WORKPLAYS studio architecture in 2003. A small firm advocate, Ric spearheaded AB630, California legislation signed into law by Governor Brown, that protects architect's Instruments of Service. His professional service includes terms on the AIA California Council, AIA Los Angeles and Center for Architecture + Urban Design Los Angeles Board of Directors. Within his community, he has served as a Public Facilities Commissioner and chaired an affordable housing nonprofit Board of Directors. Ric currently represents California nationally on AIA's Strategic Council and is a former member of the AIA Small Firm Exchange.


Jana S B Itzen, AIA
ITZEN Architects

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 Bona, AIA

Philip's expertise encompasses sustainable regional and urban design principles and policies supporting green building, renewable energy, water conservation and climate impact reduction. His work as Assistant Vice President of Architecture and Planning at CCDC included developing local, state and federal green building and energy policy. In more than 30 years of practice, he has developed expertise in urban design and planning for redevelopment, community master planning, firm management, project management, architectural design, computer drawing, specification writing and construction administration. Philip’s breadth of project experience encompasses a comprehensive range of projects.


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



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