Southern California Chapter

The chapter includes the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Carla Cummins

School Safety Roundtable Workshop

Emphasizing School Community

WHAT A roundtable workshop bringing together school administrators, educators, parents, and students from a variety of communities to gather input on school safety. The workshop follows the AIA LA Designing Safer Schools discussion from August 23.
WHO Santa Monica Malibu USD administrators will start the workshop with a presentation about the district’s new security pilot projects. Moderators will include AIA Los Angeles, the Association for Learning Environments, and local architecture firms.
WHY Input from the workshop will guide recommendations on school safety, showing how school environments for contemporary education can be developed to reduce the incidence of crime and daily threats. These recommendations will be submitted to the AIA at the national level and to governmental organizations to guide future policy.

Table topics for breakout groups:

  • Steps to prevent and to prepare for both daily threats and emergencies.
  • Measures both to increase the perception of safety and to make the physical environment safer.
  • How would a trauma informed school improve safety?
  • What physical and cultural shifts are needed to make a school welcoming yet safer?
  • How do we manage the check-in and pick up challenge?
  • What can you imagine doing (physical and programmatic) that engages all community members?

March 5, 2019

4:00 – 6:00 pm
Includes light refreshments with a mixer at a local restaurant afterwards.

Register for this FREE Event!

John Adams Middle School
2425 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA

For an invitation once the date is set, sign up now or send your email to Mariana Lavezzo at

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2019 Southwest Regional Conference

BernalilloHS April 24-26, 2019
Cultivating Courage: Connect, Commit, Create
Hayes Mansion
San Jose, California

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Call for Speakers

We want to hear from you, PechaKucha style!

What is PechaKucha? Japanese for “chit-chat,” PechaKucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, allows designers to exchange ideas, share projects and start a dialogue on issues and inspiration in our industry.

This presentation style is a perfect fit for the conference theme this year: Cultivating Courage: Connect, Commit, Create. We’ll be focusing on projects such as Career Technical Education facilities, NextGen spaces, and charter schools that are committing to different models of educational delivery.

We’re encouraging you to bring your courage, and 20 slides, to be part of the conversation… PechaKucha style.

(Japanese: ぺちゃくちゃ, IPA: [petɕa kɯ̥tɕa])

Submit your proposal!


Events & Programs: Mariana Lavezzo & Jesse Miller
Communications: Khary Knowles
Membership: Dawn Brisco
SchoolsNEXT: TBD

Call for Programs

The Southern California Chapter is seeking proposals for future topics of discussion or locations for upcoming events, lectures and tours.

Please download the submission form, complete and email to Jesse Miller at

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Playa Vista Elementary School

Built Category: Award of Excellence

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Built Category: Award of Honor

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Built Category: Award of Merit

Antonio Maria Lugo Academy
Aspire Public Schools
NAC Architecture
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Design Concept Category: Award of Honor

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Design Concept Category: Award of Merit

eSTEM Academy
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