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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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Registration Opens: October 1
Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadlne: November 30
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

Deadline: January 16
Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
Ceramics of Italy 

Deadline: February 23
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Building Your Business: Seeing the World, Part 1

Participants in EPT Design's TREK program have traveled the world, seeking inspiration and renewal. They bring back a new perspective on their work that imbues the firm with creative energy. Image courtesy EPT Design.If you happen to be fortunate enough to work at EPT Design, a landscape design firm with offices in Pasadena and Irvine, and have a hankering to check out what’s happening with, say, playgrounds in the Netherlands or dry gardens in Australia, you’re in luck. For the past decade or so, the company has offered the TREK program, which gives two staffers each year the chance to travel and explore.

The program (TREK stands for Travel, Renewal, Exploration, Knowledge) got its start over a decade ago when Nord Eriksson and his partners Matthew Hall and Stephen Carroll started thinking about their own travel experiences. “We got really rejuvenated and inspired,” says Eriksson. “We talked about our travels in the office and in client meetings.”

From there, it was a few steps to discussing “how much we wished our staff could benefit and how we could trigger it,” he says. “We wanted them to travel, be renewed, explore and gain knowledge. They would benefit personally and also bring back information to share.” With that, TREK was set in motion.

The program is set up as a competition. Employees are invited to submit proposals, and at a dinner, a jury composed of staff and clients, evaluates them. “The ones that win have demonstrated a really strong central idea, provide specifics relative to what they’re going to do, demonstrate some research and have some specific, measurable goals that gets the jury fascinated,” Eriksson explains.

While benefitting the employees themselves, the TREK program has also had a meaningful impact on the direction of the firm, as returning participants get a chance to present and share their experiences with their colleagues. A trip to Portland, Oregon, revealed an ingenious rainwater-collection system—the photos of which “circulated in the office like wildfire,” says Eriksson. Another employee’s trip to Paris to study urban gardens has also inspired and shaped thinking at the firm.

TREK has proven to be a great draw in recruiting prospective employees, since it provides a quick and easy way to see “what we are about,” notes Eriksson. “It’s a very good way to showcase our culture.” Of course, it’s impossible to overstate the personal piece: “The real gift is that people’s world views change,” he says. “You see the world through other’s eyes and realize and appreciate where you come from.” 

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