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Ehrlich Architects designed the breathtaking McElroy residence in Laguna Beach (Photo by Miranda Brackett)


At this year’s Dwell on Design Los Angeles, AIA is offering more than 20 continuing education courses, covering everything from modern design for an aging population, to historic preservation, and 3D printing. These are discussions you won’t want to miss!

Ehrlich Architects: from House to Courthouse. Join partners Takashi Yanai and Patricia Rhee as they discuss the work and studio culture of Ehrlich Architects, the recipient of the 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The firm’s residential work continues to play an important role as an ongoing laboratory for the development of design concepts, details and material uses, while the scaling of those ideas into larger urban and design concepts permeates virtually every effort the husband-and-wife duo undertakes.

Yanai and Rhee will share in-depth design processes on projects ranging from some of their California custom homes, such as the McElroy residence in Laguna Beach, to the courthouse in Yuma, Arizona they designed, and a creative campus in El Segundo. This course will be held on Friday, May 29, 12:00 p.m. at the J Geiger Stage

Modern Design for an Aging Population. Good design is, quite simply, for everyone. We’ll explore this notion onstage with AIA architects Barbara Bestor and John Dutton, author of New American Urbanism: Re-forming the Suburban Metropolis. The discussion will focus on the future of senior housing, which is “much hipper, creative, connected, and modern,” says Dutton, “a shared place of social gathering and unabashedly part of larger neighborhoods and an urban infrastructure.” This course will be held on Sunday, May 31, 1:00 p.m. at the J Geiger Stage


Innovations in Prefab. An all-star panel of prefab architects will join us onstage to reveal the most up-to-the-minute developments in the industry. Plus, LivingHomes Founder Steve Glenn will discuss his company’s full-size prefab home, the C6 model, which will serve as this year’s Airbnb Home on the Dwell on Design show floor.

Additional topics will include the hybridization of prefab and advances in sustainability. AIA award-winning architect Whitney Sander will present his Desert Canopy House in Palm Springs (pictured above) and Erla Dogg Ingjaldsdottir of Minarc will present Dawnsknoll, a hybrid prefab to be featured on Dwell’s West Side home tours on Saturday, May 23. Plus, architect Linda Taalman will discuss the desert-friendly iT House prefab, which won the AIA L.A. Merit Award in 2008, and architect Joel Turkel will present his TD3 and Axiom designs, including the Dwell Prefab. This course will be held on Friday, May 29, 4:00 p.m. at the J Geiger Stage

Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse. When AIA architects Chava Danielson and Eric Haas of DSH // architecture transformed a midcentury Los Angeles insurance building into the Larchmont Charter High School campus, featured in Dwell’s May 2015 issue, they preserved key elements of the original structure, while reconfiguring the interior, adding vibrant washes of color, and creating classrooms that would inspire students. The two will walk the audience through the project.

Joining Danielson and Haas onstage will be Leo Marmol, FAIA, of Marmol Radziner, whose firm has undertaken the most sensitive restorations of iconic architecture, including Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House, Rudolf Schindler’s Elliot House, and E. Stewart Williams’ 1961 Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan building in Palm Springs, California, which was repurposed into the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center. Join the trio as they embark on a visual and philosophical journey through the concepts of preservation, restoration and adaptive reuse. This course will be held on Saturday, May 30, 12:00 p.m. at Stage A


Negative Space and the Built Environment. Visual noise. Lot-hogging boxes. Are architects leaving enough negative space in their buildings? Los Angeles architects Dan Brunn, AIA; Ron Radziner, FAIA, of Marmol Radziner; and Alexander Gorlin, FAIA, will explore how the absence of form enhances the overall architectural experience and how to provide valuable pauses in the built environment.
 Brunn’s #9 Dream House (pictured above) will be a featured home of Dwell’s Midtown and East Side home tours, on Sunday, May 31. This course will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2:00 p.m. at Stage C

Urban Infill and Small Spaces. Architects Apurva Pande, AIA, of CHA:col; Jeanine Centuori, principal and founder of UrbanRock Design and director of the Architecture of Civic Engagement (ACE) Center at Woodbury University; and Nathaniel Funk, of Vancouver-based Shape Architecture will share their solutions for maximizing living space in their urban infill projects. Citing current and recently completed projects, the three architects will discuss new models of development in historic urban areas and how preservation and sustainability go hand and hand. This course will be held on Friday, May 29, 3:00 p.m. at the J Geiger Stage


3D Printing and Architecture. How is 3D printing affecting how we approach architecture and design? What are its effects on digital modeling and intellectual property? AIA architect Alvin Huang, the Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture, and Jenny Wu, founder and design director of the 3D-printed LACE jewelry collection (Catena necklace, picture above), will discuss their firms’ foray into the medium and the ways in which it can, as Huang says, “revolutionize the industry.” This course will be held on Friday, May 29, 1:00 p.m. at the J Geiger Stage

Architecture and the Arts. Annie Chu, AIA architect, principal at Chu + Gooding Architects, and professor at Woodbury University, will join architect Cary Bernstein and the Director of A+D Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles Tibbie Dunbar, in a lively discussion on how to design residential, commercial, and civic spaces for displaying artwork. The panelists will share case studies, dispense advice, and field audience questions. This course will be held on Friday, May 29, 3:00 p.m. at Stage C

To learn more about the many other CEUs that AIA is offering, in addition to the courses offered via other organizations, please visit the CEU schedule.

Originally submitted by Brandi Andres