Chapter Calendar

Recent News

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May

June 6-8 National A'19 Conference in Las Vegas

A’19 Theme Blueprint for a Better Future Designing a better future means taking on the critical challenges facing cities—and our world—today. A’19 programming includes sessions on artificial intelligence, data...
21
May

DesignIntellignece Survey Closes May 31

Dear Colleagues, I invite you to participate in the annual DesignIntelligence survey, which closes on Friday, May 31, 2019. If you are a person in your firm who hires...
14
May

May 24th Deadline for San Mateo Planning Commission Application

The City of San Mateo has an opening on its Planning Commission and is keenly interested in having an architect in that seat, which will be vacated by Dianne...
25
Apr

Invest in America Act, and You Can Help!

Two weeks ago, the AIA successfully worked with senior legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives to introduce the Invest in America Act. This federal legislation would create project opportunities for architecture firms by increasing local leaders’...
22
Apr

Monterey Design Conference | Oct 25-27

Entering its fourth decade, the Monterey Design Conference (MDC) brings together the country’s—and the world’s—leading architects and design thinkers for an intellectually vibrant weekend at Asilomar Conference Grounds in...
19
Apr

HEART of SMC | ADU Request for Proposal

The Housing Endowment and Regional Trust of San Mateo County (HEART) is seeking proposals from qualified architects and designers interested in contracting with HEART to prepare one or more...

Upcoming Events

Design Tech High School

The Green Building Award, sponsored by SSMC and the American Institute of Architects of San Mateo County, will be presented to Design Tech High School for its sustainable design targeted to achieve LEED Gold certification. D.tech high school was designed by DES Architects and Engineers, a chapter member firm of AIA San Mateo County.

Get Started With an AIA Architect

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“Design and construction are inherently exciting. There are few things more satisfying than a successful project. The secret to success lies in the professional, business and personal relationships between owner and architect. You and Your Architect provides guidance on how to establish and benefit from those relationships.

Click here to view:  You and Your Architect (pdf)

Contents

1. Getting started
2. Selecting your architect
3. The important choices
4. Services available from architects
5. Negotiating the agreement
6. Compensating your architect
7. Keeping the project on track

How Design Works For You

Prepare yourself for a rewarding experience with an AIA architect and get the tools you need to get through the five stages of design easily.

Go Green

Sustainable design makes a big difference. We’ll help you better understand the costs, show you great examples, and introduce you to AIA architects who walk the walk on sustainable design.

You and Your Architect

Hiring an AIA architect could be the best decision you’ll make for your residential or commercial design project. If you’ve never worked with an architect, though, you’re likely to have many questions. We’ll help you get through the design process.

Get Started
Find an Architect

Questions to Ask Your Architect

1.  What are the challenges for the project?
2.  How will you approach the project?
3.  How will you establish priorities and make decisions?

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Consumer’s Guide to Hiring an Architect

The California Architects Board (CAB) examines, licenses, and regulates more than 20,000 architects used by Californians.

This brochure provides information on the following:
1. What types of projects do and do not require a licensed architect,
2. How to find and select an architect,
3. What the written agreement between you and your architect should contain, and
4. Budgeting and construction for your project.

Click here to view:  Consumer’s Guide to Hiring an Architect (pdf)

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