AIA|LA

Announce

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Architecture and Urban Design in Los Angeles
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nathalia Morales-Evanks, AIA|LA Communications Coordinator nathalia@aialosangeles.org

Los Angeles, March 22, 2012 - The American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles (AIA| LA) is proud to announce plans to open a Center for Architecture and Urban Design Los Angeles [CALA], a destination for Angelenos who are passionate about the LA built environment. Incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in January 2011, currently, CALA is incubated and staffed by the AIA|LA Chapter. CALA’s mission is to enhance the value of architecture, planning, and urban design through a broad range of programs and exhibitions. As a collaborative community space created by several distinct architecture and design organizations, CALA will foster education and dialogue about the importance of our built environment. As an architectural hub, CALA will provide special services to design professionals and those in related fields, while facilitating discourse around architecture and planning issues for the general public. AIA|LA Executive Director, Nicci Solomons, Hon. AIACC states that, “CALA’s primary goal will be to address and promote important architecture, planning, design, and urban design issues through a robust range of public programs, symposia, exhibitions, other events and activities.” Progress is underway. The search for a Capital Campaign Director has already begun, with a shortlist quickly being compiled. This individual will implement and manage an $8-$15 million dollar capital campaign, taking the campaign from public launch in 2012 through building opening and campaign completion by 2016. These are exciting times for the Los Angeles architecture and design community, AIA|LA will continue to release news as plans progress. Stay tuned for information in regards to the hire of a Capital Campaign Director, building location and project renderings! ###