AIA California Headquarters
American Institute of Architects, California
4,800 Square Feet
In need of a more prominent local presence, the organization which supports the architecture profession in the State, AIA California (AIA CA), moved their headquarters to a Midtown building which was once occupied by architect Ralph Vitiello’s practice. Originally built in the 1930’s, the existing brick building has tremendous character with concrete floors and exposed wood trusses.
As each client is unique in what they do and how they work, we embedded ourselves in AIA CA’s work environment to understand how their new space needed to function and feel. Through a series of benchmarking tours, ideation charrettes and sketch sessions we designed a space tailored to their organizational needs which includes neighborhoods and spaces supportive of different work modes, as well as areas encouraging collaboration. A variety of conference spaces also allow flexibility for meetings, events and focused work when necessary.
On the exterior an entry portal addresses the street and creates a prominent entrance into the new space. Other features include a curated library where books featuring California architects and designers will be displayed. A “big table” serves as the staff break area and also a pre-function space for events and AIA Executive Committee meetings. This public side can be closed off through a series of full height sliding doors, providing privacy for the staff offices.
This new space better serves the AIA CA as they continue their mission for California architects.