June Newsletter

Monterey Design Conference 2024

Monterey Design Conference


October 25 - 27, 2024 | Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California

Where the Conversation about Design Happens

Every two years, the Monterey Design Conference brings together a diverse blend of globally recognized speakers to inspire and educate – all in scenic and vibrant location. In a retreat setting, MDC is your chance to step out of the everyday and into a creative space, networking with colleagues and re-connecting with the ideas and motivations that drew you to the profession from day one. 

Speakers inspire creativity by sharing their stories, showcasing innovative projects, discussing design philosophy, encouraging risk-taking, exploring cross-disciplinary collaboration, addressing societal challenges. Their insights and experiences can ignite new ideas and perspectives, motivating you to approach your own creative endeavors with passion and purpose.

Pick-Up A Year’s Worth of Learning Units!!

Attendees typically receive up to 22 AIA CE credits throughout the event.

New Member Introductions

Joe Dapper,

Associate AIA 

University of Washington, Seattle

Bachelor of Arts: Architectural Design

Bachelor of Sciences: Construction Management

Joe Dapper Email


Our Newest California Desert Chapter Members

Joe Dapper,

Assoc. AIA

Joe is New to the Desert and looking for a Workplace here, he was working at SkB Architects in Seattle WA., Graduated from The University Of Washington, Seattle in 2018. He has Residential and Commercial Experience since 2019.

Joe Dappe Curriculum Vitae
Joe Dapper Portfolio

Alejandro Ontiveros,

Associate AIA 

Alejandro Ontiveros,

Assoc. AIA

Alejandro Ontiveros, originally from Ciudad Obregón Son, Mexican Architect with a degree in Architecture with a specialty in design, graduated in 2016 from ITESCA University, his work experience in residential and commercial projects in Mexico and collaborations in California were what introduced him to Join as a partner and designer architect at URBARC DESIGN from 2020 to date…


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Highlights from the AIA'24 Annual Meeting

AIA24 Conference on Architecture and Design and AIA Annual Business Meeting

This year's AIA24 Conference on Architecture and Design was held in Washington, DC, from June 5-8. Representing our chapter, Lance O'Donnell, AIA, (o2 Architecture) served as the accredited delegate for voting, while Marina Acosta, Assoc. AIA (architecture professor at College of the Desert), attended the conference as our education representative. The event offered a wealth of insights into the future of architecture and design, with a strong emphasis on emerging technologies and professional development.

AIA Annual Business Meeting

The AIA Annual Business Meeting took place on June 5th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Delegates reviewed amendments to AIA bylaws, considered resolutions, and voted for candidates for AIA elected offices. Notably, the proposal to amend the membership categories did not pass. Read the Results memo click here

Here are the results of the elections for new leadership positions:

  • Illya Azaroff, FAIA: 2025 President-elect/2026 President
  • Joshua Flowers, FAIA: 2025-2026 Secretary
  • Matthew Toddy, AIA: 2025-2027 At-Large Director

For more detailed information about these leaders, you can read the AIA Press Release click Here. Cli click H

Conference Highlights

Marina Acosta reported that presentations on Artificial Intelligence (AI) drew significant attention. The rapid development of AI technology is being referred to as a "Renaissance Era of the AI," with generative imagery and AI applications in architecture and design sparking considerable interest. There was also a focus on the potential for AI to revolutionize building codes and regulatory compliance.

We extend our gratitude to Lance O'Donnell and Marina Acosta for representing our chapter at this important annual event. Their participation helps ensure that we stay informed about national trends and advancements in our profession, enabling us to bring these insights back to our local practices.

Celebrating 40 Years: A Look Back at Our Chapter's History

The First Two Chapter Board Presidents:

Mr Steven H. Sullivan, AIA (1985) and Mr. Raymond L. Howard, AIA (1986). and their respective Board Members.

Our Chapter Defined Boundaries, The Cities in the Eastern Riverside County.

Also the Historical petition from 1983 to form our chapter..


June 20, 2024


Join Us for an Educational Presentation!

Date: Thursday,June 20th.

Time: 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Location: The Palm Springs Surf Club

Address: 1500 S Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92264

We invite you to an enlightening presentation by our friends from Lutron and AudioVisions about **Residential Human-Centric Lighting**. This is a fantastic opportunity to:

Earn HSW Learning Units

Network with Industry Professionals

Explore the Stunning Palm Springs Surf Club Installations

Don't miss out on this chance to enhance your knowledge and connect with fellow professionals. We look forward to seeing you there!

Scan the QR code or click on the Button Below to Register for free

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Kathy's Message

A Note From our President, Kathy Friedle...


Fortunately, architecture is not seasonal. Whether it's 10 degrees below zero or a blazing 115 degrees in the shade, the built environment is out there to enjoy. So this summer, pack your parasol or your parka (depending where you are headed) and seek out something on your bucket list. Case in point, right here in Palm Springs the newly renovated Bank of America is now open. I think of it as our own Notre Dame du Haut (although not designed by Le Corbusier). Originally designed as The City National Bank Building by architect Rudy Baumfeld of Victor Gruen & Associates in 1959, the building was renovated and restored for Bank of America by Gensler Newport Beach and completed last week. What started as a three month project to "replace some single pane glass and put a new microwave in the pantry", turned into a three year renovation. (Now that's some scope creep!) Lucky us...this is a preservation stunner with a Class 1 Historic site designation right here in our own desert backyard. Check it out, it's open to the public during banking hours.

Reminders for the summer:

  • Follow AIA CDC on Instagram and send us project photos to promote your work on our social media.
  • AIA IC design awards gala is on July 10, 2024 at the Riverside City Hall from 6 - 9 pm. We have three entries from our Chapter!
  • Stay hydrated at our summer AIA CDC Thirsty Thursdays...dates to follow for July and August meet ups
  • Sponsor membership in our Chapter is now available. Spread the word to your vendors and we can send them an application form

Enjoy your summer! 


All the best,

Kathy Friedle, Assoc. AIA

President, AIA California Desert


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