Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Committed to tolerance and compassion in the face of great adversity, social inequities, and racial injustice in our local communites and abroad. We have work to do. Read our full statement here…

The mission of the Redwood Empire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is to advance design and the built environment through education, public awareness and by empowering its members.

President’s Message – October 2020

October 21st, 2020|

Us – Maybe, Hopefully. Hello Redwood Empire far and wide, We are dealing with so many new challenges this year that words cannot convey the intensity, the adaptation required, the uncertainties felt for our families, communities and nation. Over and over we hear personal and media reflections on 2020 and then someone says “All [...]

AIARE Scholarship Committee Awards Two Scholarships in 2020

October 14th, 2020|

From Don Tomasi, Principal TLCD Architecture, AIARE Scholarship Fund: I want to take this opportunity to bring everyone up to speed on one of our chapter’s most important endeavors.  Since its founding in 2005, our AIARE Scholarship Fund has awarded a total of $22,800 to 16 architecture students from throughout our chapter area, from [...]

Extension Granted for Design Awards

September 30th, 2020|

We understand that wildfires in our region affect each of us on many levels and in many ways. In an effort to help alleviate any stress that this competition is causing during this time, we are extending the deadline to accommodate. Submission Deadline Extended to: OCTOBER 23, 2020 11:59pm due to the recent wildfires Virtual [...]

President’s Message – July 2020

July 28th, 2020|

Dear Members, Don’t Give Up! Okay, I’m a little annoyed and trying not to be “judgy.” Is there actually a physical problem with wearing a mask for another 6 weeks? Why is this so hard? But then I read the sage words of the Buddhist nun Pema Chodron who talks about Compassionate Action and [...]

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About AIA Redwood Empire

AlA Redwood Empire, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is an association that represents member architects and professionals in eight Northern California regions including Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Modoc, Siskiyou, Sonoma, and Trinity counties. Over its 43-year history, the chapter has provided its members with opportunity for professional development and continuing education through programs, design awards, local and national advocacy and community leadership.

The chapter’s roots can be traced back to the 1930’s and Clarence Caukins, a man who headed what was then Santa Rosa’s only architecture firm. As the area grew, one of Caukin’s employees left to form J. Clarence Felciano Architects. This marked the beginning of many new firms, and by the 1950’s, there was a growing need for communication between them. To meet the need, the San Francisco based AlA Northern California chapter created a special Sonoma County Section. Unfortunately, the Section was a weak voice and was not involved in many local issues.

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