AIA Las Vegas FORUM January 2023 Newsletter

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FORUM January 2023 Spotlight Member Pg: 2 In This Issue... President's Message Pg: 3 AIA LV Events Pg: 4 - 7 Member News Pg: 11 Committee News Pg: 12 - 13 Community News Pg: 15 - 19 AIA National News Pg: 21 - 23 Classifieds Pg: 25 - 28 The Calendar Pg: 29 AIA LV 2023 Calendar Pg: 8 AIA LV CE News Pg: 10 Member Spotlight Wellbe Bartsma, AIA ADVOCATING FOR AND ADVANCING THE PRACTICE OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN IN SOUTHERN NEVADA

I Am A Member Of The American Institute Of Architects (AIA) Because... I want to connect with like-minded professionals who share related goals and interests in our community and beyond! AIA gives us the common ground to come together and learn from one another. I see so much potential for Las Vegas and I want to do my part to help further improve the city, helping it become a staple sustainable community in the desert.

I attended Washington State University (Go Cougs!) to obtain my undergraduate degree, but then having a strong passion for urban design and tall buildings, I moved to Chicago and obtained my Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Having been in Las Vegas for over nine years, it’s now the city I’m proud to call home. Being a part of Gensler for over five years, and as an Associate, I get the chance to collaborate with great talent every day in not only our Las Vegas office but offices worldwide.

I am very excited to be taking on the role of the AIA Las Vegas Emerging Professionals Director for the upcoming term. I have always had a strong interest in the architectural community and love meeting new people in the city. I look forward to further promote our profession among the community, make connections as well as connecting others in our industry. Next year, EPYAF will be focusing on increasing career development including project tours, firm crawls, network events and more. We also plan to coincide some of these events with the local AIAS chapter at UNLV, where we can encourage leadership not only among young architects, but emerging and future architects currently working on their degrees or licensure. I want to help connect young architects in Las Vegas through our common goal of achieving design excellence.

As with many people, I’d like to think my past has helped mold me into who I am today. Being brought up on a farm in central Washington state, I learned the value of good work ethic, teamwork, and how important it is to meet deadlines at an early age. When the crops are ready, they’re READY and you better be quick to get everything harvested by the time that thundercloud approaches. I knew I wanted to be an architect from an early age and always had a wanderlust to travel to any city and explore. Coming from the wide-open fields and walking into a dense urban environment was a whole other world for me, and I wanted to be a part of it! Now that I’m a licensed architect, I enjoy coming into work every day and collaborating with amazing talent to help better our built environment. I now work on amazing projects inside and outside of Las Vegas, focusing on urban and tall building design, master planning, and hospitality design. When I’m not working away, one of my favorite things to do is do yardwork and landscaping in my backyard. As my dad likes to say, ‘You can take the boy out of the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy.’

What is the most important thing you’ve learned? Be Confident! A little confidence goes a long way when you are creating, presenting to clients, or really anything in life! I’ll be honest when I say I have times of self-doubt when a certain task gets too hard. I’ve learned to step away, go for a walk and take a breather to try and clear my mind. Upon approaching the task again, I almost always have a clear direction or path ahead. Confidence helps us keep going if things don’t quite work out the first time, and it helps us move forward with new opportunities. Always believe in yourself and you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve!

What is your favorite piece of architecture? Why? The John Hancock Center in Chicago. The way the structure of the tower is expressed on the perimeter and the tapering of the tower that help brace the tower against the wind loads is fascinating to me. It’s such a powerful building when you’re in its presence, and to think how revolutionary it was during its construction in the 1960’s, yet still such a great statement today shows how timeless it is.

What person, living or dead, would you most like to talk with? Relating to our industry, I would have to say my thesis professor from IIT, Peter Land. He really challenged me, and I believe I learned some of the most valuable insights to design from him. His studio focused on sustainable long-span and high-rise architecture, believing that architects need to address renewable resources and energy conservation in a world where fossil fuels are diminishing. He would always gladly take the time to sit and have conversations about design, his experiences and we would explore methods in which our studio projects could harvest energy to be self-sufficient. I was saddened to hear of his passing in 2020.

How do you think the profession will evolve in the next 5-10 years? Resiliency in design and construction will be more important in the next few years. We all keep hearing about renewable energy and finding sustainable ways to power our buildings, but it will become more important to find ways to achieve carbon neutrality. We can only truly achieve this if we remove the embodied carbon used in constructing buildings, as well as the emissions related to using buildings.



It is with great honor and gratitude that I am back for 2023 to serve another term as your AIA Las Vegas President. As a chapter, we ended the year moving forward financially in a positive direction. We focused on The Business of Architecture with several successful in person events including our 48th annual golf tournament, the Learn About/ Turn About Product Show, a new event our Top Golf Tournament, and a well-attended Mock Trial for our members. I want to take this opportunity on behalf of the Board to thank John Sawdon, AIA for many years of dedicated service to the AIA Las Vegas Board and for his leadership as President during 2022. John will be continuing his service as the President of the AIA Nevada Board in 2023 and I look forward to the governance he will provide to the AIA chapter of our great state of Nevada.

For everyone who attended the AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Gala at the Four Seasons, I first introduced to you the theme for 2023: DESIGNING THE FRAMEWORK FOR ADVOCACY. I told the attendees how in September of 2022, I had the privilege of representing AIA Las Vegas in Washington D.C. with 250 local business owners with the Vegas Chamber and Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. For me it was an awakening to what we as Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Owners, and Owners Reps can and must do in terms of advocacy. Both AIA national and AIA Las Vegas have made advocacy part of a statement of our values. Over the course of 2023 our member meetings will highlight each of the committees represented in our chapter and how we align with the following values listed by National:

• We stand for equity and human rights

• We stand for architecture that strengthens our communities

• We stand for a sustainable future

• We stand for protecting communities from the impact of climate change

• We stand for investing in the future

• We speak up, and policymakers listen

I left Washington D.C. realizing that we have a voice in policy when we speak up and go to the table. I know that as individuals we have differing opinions on politics, but that is not our focus, Policies are the focus.

As I close this first letter of the year, I want to thank all of our sponsors who you will find listed throughout the newsletter. Each of you make a difference and allow AIA Las Vegas to provide our members; FAIA, AIA, Associate AIA and Allied AIA members the quality programs and events we look forward to each year.

Let us all make 2023 a successful year! May we enjoy each other’s company, and may we choose to create a better, stronger, and more equitable and sustainable society with AIA Las Vegas.

I look forward to seeing each of you in the coming year at our member meetings and events.

Sincerely, James Horvath, AIA


James Horvath, AIA President

Troy Moser, AIA President-elect

Rick Van Diepen, AIA Treasurer

Alexia Chen, AIA Secretary

Joyce Orias, AIA Director

Daniel J. Chenin, AIA Director

Victoria Cousino, AIA Director

Andrew Martin, AIA Director

Melvin Green, AIA Director

Wellbe Bartsma, AIA EP Director

Kayleigh Hasshaw, CPSM Allied Director

John Sawdon, AIA Past President

Glenn Nowak, AIA Eduction Liaison

Ivan Gonzalez-Vasquez, AIAS AIAS President

Carlos D. Fernandez Executive Director


Carlos D. Fernandez Executive Director

Kelly Lavigne Director of Operations


John Sawdon, AIA President

Mike Andersen, AIA Secretary/Treasurer

James Horvath, AIA AIA LV President

Angela Bigotti, AIA AIA NN President

Bradley Carlson, AIA Past President

Carlos D. Fernandez Executive Director


Maggie Will, Assoc. AIA NV NAC Rep.

Andrew Martin, AIA NV YAF Rep.

Dennis Panars, AIA NCARB Advisor

Chris Lujan, AIA SGN Representative

John Copoulos, AIA LAN Representative

Mark Ryan, AIANV Strategic Councilor

Jason Andoscia, AIA PAC Chair

Audrey De La Cruz, AIA Small Firm Exchange

Brandon McLaughlin, AIA LV EP Director

Mike Hillerby Lobbyist

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"2023 Kick Off Breakfast"

Don't miss our January Member Meeting where you'll find out what 2023 has in store for the AIA Chapters in Nevada.

With it being a legislative year in Carson City and all the events and activities we have planned, 2023 is shaping up to be an exciting year! We're kicking it off early this year with a breakfast meeting. Come have some coffee and start your year off right!

When: Wednesday, January 25th - 8:00 - 10:00am Breakfast at 8:00am Program begins at 8:30am.

Where: Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 575 W. Symphony Park Ave., # 100, LV, NV. 89106


There is no charge to attend but an RSVP is Mandatory. In Person RSVP No Shows will be invoiced $35.


ULI Nevada + AIA Las Vegas Present "Urban Tech and Smart Cities"

This event will showcase technology companies from South Korea and the United States and expose pathways to emerging technologies about urban innovation, design, market analysis, and smart cities.

Each company will do an 8-10 minute presentation with case studies.


• Chargepoint – Deana Haynes, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Commercial Real Estate

• Market Stadium – Dennis Lee, CEO

• Motov – JuYeong Lee, Corporate Development Manager

• Sidewalk Labs, Part of Google – Andrew Lee, Business Development

When: Tuesday, January 10th - 5:30 - 7:30pm

Where: Molasky Corporate Center 100 N. City Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV. 89106

Contact Minja Yan at for more information and to RSVP.



The AIA Nevada Excellence in Design Awards Program recognizes achievements for a broad range of architectural activity to elevate the general quality of architecture practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance and inform the public of the breadth and value of architecture practice. AIA Nevada advocates that quality architecture is sustainable architecture.

This year, we had 42 entries in 6 Categories with 5 Award Recipients. Our Jury was made up of Chair Sahra Hassanipour, AIA with Studio LP from Salt Lake City, UT.; Christian Stayner, AIA with Stayner Architects from Los Angeles, CA.; and Eddie Abeyta, AIA with Abeyta Tibbs Architects from Dallas, TX. The Awards were distributed as follows. Click on the image to see the submittal. Click Here for the Event.

An Honor Award was presented in the Academic Category to Trexy Joyce Dunnam for her "Nevada Family Friendly Housing" project.

The Jury agreed that this project "demonstrates a strong an sophisticated understanding of the spaces between buildings in a way that illustrates livability on a human scale manner. The project is inviting and is clearly organized by a strong focus on the human experience, which represents a maturity in design thinking. The perspectives are clear and communicative while inspiring one to see the potenital of this project."

A Citation Award was presented in the Academic Category to Andrya Mojena Cutiè for her "Desert Senses" project.

The Jury provided that this project "delivers with great clarity and a big idea that is both functional and poetic. The site photos, contextual materiality adn site analysis are very clear and strong."

A Merit Award was presented in the Unbuilt Category to assemblageSTUDIO for their "LiveSTUDIO" project.

The Jury shared that this project "strives to address larger issues beyond the building itself and those ideas are clearly expressed in the project execution. It sets a design standard of conceptual thinking and quality that is to be admired. If built, this project would certainly thrive."

A Merit Award was presented in the Built Category to RO | ROCKETT Design for their "Lake Tahoe | Lakefront" project.

The Jury felt that this project "demonstrates a great sense of richness and materiality that is both tactile and visually appealing. The building's achievement of connecting it's interiors to nature is well exectued and compelling. Natural light and scale make the spaces feel human."

An Honor Award was presented in the Built Category to Magnin Architecture for their "Frantz Ski Haus" project.

The Jury thought that this project, "demonstrates elegance through the restraint expressed in the project. This project delivers a great sense of clarity in design through the use of natural materials and simple palettes."



The Nevada Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Nevada) honors the achievements of exceptional AIA members and firms through this annual awards program. It is designed to recognize the significant contributions made to the profession of architecture, and to the larger community through the various levels of AIA membership. At our Design and Service Awards Celebration on December 9th in the Four Seasons Ballroom, the recipients were awarded as follows. Click on their image to see their submittal. Click Here for the Event.


This is the highest honor that the AIA Nevada Chapter can bestow upon an individual. It is given in recognition of the most distinguished service to the profession of architecture and a significant body of work of lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture in the state of Nevada. No more than one award is given in any year.

Jury Comments: “Daniel is without question deserving of the Silver Medal Award. From his time teaching and well into his practice, he has had a lasting impression and influence on the profession, as evidenced by his accolplishments in the profession and academia. The letters of support from his former students are overwhelming and demonstrate the lasting impressions he has had. Influenced by his sponsor, family friend, architect, former employer and mentor, William Snyder, FAIA, Daniel continues to clearly pay it forward to the next generation of architects.”

Congratulations Daniel!


This honor is awarded to the individual Allied Member who has contributed significantly to the profession of architecture through their membership and participation in their local Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Jury Comments: “Kayleigh has contributed to the industry in many facets and is committed to the industry as a whole. Her commitments to SMPS demonstrates her abilities to work alongside within a collateral organization. She presents a strong sense of the Grassroots nature of AIA activities and programs demonstrated by her involvement and their significance to AIA Members such as building tours, golf tournaments and trade shows. As such, Kayleigh is deserving of the Allied Member Award.”

Congratulations Kayleigh!


• We speak up, and policymakers listen

If you stand for these things, and you value the work you do as an architect, then stand with the AIA as an active member and work to protect your profession and improve your community and your world.


AIA Architects in Las Vegas are producing some of the most beautiful and innovative architecture in the world.

We’d like to highlight and feature these projects on our Social Media platforms. All we need is for you to send us a photo(s) that we can use on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked In….. to recognize your firm’s work. Give us the name of the project…. the location….and the name of the firm.

We’ll do the rest.

Send all images directly to our Social Media Manager, Lori Lea

We stand for equity and human rights
We stand for architecture that strengthens our communities
We stand for a sustainable future
We stand for protecting communities from the impact of climate change
We stand for investing in the future



10 ULI NV + AIA LV "Urban Tech and Smart Cities" 11 Coffee With An Architect - Brett Robillard, AIA 12 AIA LV / ULI Centennial Hospital Tour - Postponed 14 Urban Sketchers - The Writer's Block 23 AIA Forum Newsletter Deadline for Feb. Issue 25 AIA Member Breakfast Meeting - Kick Off 26 AIA LV CE Luncheon - "Cold Formed Steel Load Bearing Partition Systems" hosted by TORI Contracting


11 Urban Sketchers - TBA 13 - 17 Grassroots 14 Urban Sketchers - TBA 20 AIA Forum Newsletter Deadline for Mar. Issue 22 AIA Member Meeting - Program TBA


11 Urban Sketchers - TBA 15 AIA Member Meeting - Program TBA 22 Coffee With An Architect - TBA and AIA Forum Newsletter Deadline for Apr. Issue



47th Annual Golf Tournament - Date & Loc. TBA 8 Urban Sketchers - TBA 19 AIA Member Meeting - High School Design Awards 21 AIA Forum Newsletter Deadline for May Issue


47th Annual Golf Tournament - Date & Loc. TBA 13 Urban Sketchers - TBA 17 AIA Member Meeting - Program TBA 22 AIA Forum Newsletter Deadline for June Issue 24 Coffee With An Architect - TBA


6 - 10 A'23 Conference on Architecture - San Francisco, CA 17 Urban Sketchers - TBA 22 AIA Member Meeting - Government Affairs and AIA Forum Newsletter Deadline for July Issue


8 Urban Sketchers - TBA 20 No Member Meeting This Month 24 AIA Forum Newsletter Deadline for Aug. Issue 26 Coffee With An Architect - TBA

AUGUST 12 Urban Sketchers - TBA 21 AIA Forum Newsletter Deadline for Sept. Issue 23 AIA Member Meeting - Program TBA


9 Urban Sketchers - TBA 13 Learn About/Turn About Product Show 20 AIA Forum Newsletter Deadline for Oct. Issue 27 Coffee With An Architect - TBA

OCTOBER 12 AIA LV Topgolf Event 14 Urban Sketchers - TBA 18 AIA Member Meeting - Allied Appreciation 23 AIA Forum Newsletter Deadline for Nov. Issue


3 Vir tual AIA | NSBAIDRD C.E. Seminar 11 Urban Sketchers - TBA 15 AIA Member Meeting - Program TBA 22 Coffee With An Architect - TBA and AIA Forum Newsletter Deadline for Dec. Issue


1 AIA Holiday & Design Awards Gala 9 Urban Sketchers - TBA 18 AIA Forum Newsletter Deadline for Jan. 2024 Issue

Please Note: This calendar is as of December 2022. Dates and Events are subject to change as necessary as the year evolves.



If you are interested in providing a Virtual, Hybrid or In Person AIA Las Vegas CE Luncheon

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Live and In Person AIA Continuing Education LuncheonHostedByTORIContracting,LLC 3451 W. Martin Ave., Ste: C, LV, NV. 89118 (cross street is Dean Martin Dr.)

When: Thursday, January 26th - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm PST

What: "Cold Formed Steel Load Bearing Partition Systems" Presented by Scout McNealy and Robert Johnson of TORI Contracting Registeredfor1CE

The presentation will cover the benefits of specifying prefabricated cold formed steel load bearing systems and how that benefits the owner/developer/client. It will also delve into MEP Coordination needs and the where the best opportunities for LEED points are and how to specifically tabulate those points utilizing our CFS system.

Space is Limited. You must register to attend. No Walk-Ins Please. There is no fee but RSVP No-Shows will be invoiced $35



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All of the AIA Las Vegas / AIA Nevada Newsletters since 1997 are now online? That's right. Take a step back in time and see what was happening in March 1998 or December 2004. Looking for that article from last year? What was happening when you first joined? It's all here! CLICK HERE and take a stroll down Memory Lane!

The AIA 2030 Commitment sets ambitious achievable targets for carbon reduction –leveraging your influence in the design process. By signing on you gain access to the best practices and comparative tools to track your performance.


The 2030 Commitment enables firms of all sizes to advance energy-efficient and resilient design approaches while elevating their practice, boosting their profile and saving money for clients.


A typical 2,500 square-foot single-family home in Mobile, Alabama designed to perform 70% better than the 2030 baseline would yield the following approximate annual savings.

• 22.6 MWh less energy

• $2,050 in energy cost

• 9 metric tons of CO2e reduction



Architects have the most influence on Design JOIN THE MOVEMENT NOW! AIA.ORG/2030 COMMITMENT

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CLICK HERE for information on how to become a Member of AIA Las Vegas! What are you waiting for?

scarcest resource is not oil, metals, clean air, capital, labor, or technology. It is our willingness to listen to each other and learn from each other and to seek the truth rather than seek to be right.”


Our Allied Members are committed to the design community of Nevada and they show it by supporting the AIA through advertising, sponsorships and service on committees.

SUPPORT OUR AIA ALLIED MEMBERS and keep our Chapters strong.

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AIA Las Vegas COTE Committee

Chair: Rick Van Diepen, AIA

Virtual Meeting 1st Thursday of each month at 11:30am

AIA Las Vegas Affordable Housing Committee

Co-Chair: Monica Gresser, AIA Co-Chair: David Kim, AIA Virtual Meeting 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:00pm

AIA Las Vegas Allied Members Committee

Chair: Kayleigh Hasshaw

Virtual Meeting 4th Wednesday every other month at 9:30am

AIA Las Vegas Government Affairs Committee

Chair: Chris Lujan, AIA

Virutal Meeting Schedule 1st Wendesday of each month at 4:00pm

AIA Las Vegas Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Co-Chairs: Melvin Green, AIA Sydney Katz, Virtual Meeting 4th Thursday of each month at 4:00pm

AIA Las Vegas Education Outreach Committee

Chair: John Torpey. AIA Virtual Meeting 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00pm

AIA Las Vegas Women In Architecture Committee

Chair: Monica Gresser, AIA Hybrid Meeting 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:00pm

AIA Las Vegas UNLV School of Architecture Committee

Chair: Glenn Nowak, AIA Virtual Meeting 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:30am

AIA Las Vegas EPYAF Committee

Chair: Wellbe Bartsma, AIA

Virtual Meeting 2nd Wednesday of each month at 3:00pm

AIA Las Vegas Urban Sketchers Committee

Chair: Eric Roberts, FAIA

Virtual or In Person Meeting 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:00am

No need to RSVP. Just show up with those sketchy friends of yours!

You should bring your own sketch supplies. Don't forget some water and something to sit on . A hat, jacket, sunglasses and sunscreen is still a must.

702-498-3658 Eric's Cell



Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm PST They will be meeting at The Writers Block 519 S. 6th St., Ste: 100 Las Vegas, NV 89101



Want to get involved?

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Wednesday, Jan. 11th, 2023 - 9:30am PST

Hosted by Kayleigh Hasshaw, 2023 AIA Allied Member Director

Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a virtual coffee break with Brett Robillard, AIA Studio Director, Senior Associate - Gensler.

Brett has more than 27 years of experience in a broad range of market sectors including entertainment, hospitality, commercial office buildings, sport facilities, and residential projects throughout the U.S. and Asia.

REGISTER here right now ... and be one of the first AIA Members to join the conversation with Brett.

There is no cost to attend but you must register online in order to receive the instructions to join the meeting.

Please Click Here for the Coffee With An Architect Archive


Pet Portraits at the Government Center Rotunda Gallery

What is it about our pets? For people of all ages and walks of life, pets fill a special place in our families and daily lives. They bring us joy, affection, peace of mind, compassion, and eventually heartache when they cross the rainbow bridge. Most of all, they bring us their irresistible, abounding love. This exhibition offers an opportunity to share our pets with others.

Exhibition: November 20,2022 – January 19, 2023

Some people wear weather-inappropriate clothes, but this guy has taken it to a whole new level.

Reminds me of me in junior high--always out of sync with the current fashion. When bell bottoms were cool, all I had were straight leg Toughskins jeans from Sears. The next year I showed up to school with bell bottoms only to discover everyone was now wearing baggies. One year, my mom made me a super awesome disco shirt that I couldn't wait to wear the first day of school, only to show up and find all the cool guys wearing "Disco Sucks" t-shirts. I never wore that shirt again after that day. Tragedy.


Having associates that are registered makes you firm more valuable. Because NSBAIDRD's mission is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by assuring the quality of the built environment, we would like to assist you in encouraging associates in your firm to become registered.

NSBAIDRD would like to promote registration within your firm by speaking with your associates about the importance of professional registration and helping them navigate the path to licensure. If you are interested in holding a brief discussion with non-registrants in your firm, hosted by NSBAIDRD, please contact the NSBAIDRD public information coordinator at (702) 486-7300.



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Visual imagery and written language share historical points of intersection: from early image-based alphabetic symbols, to medieval manuscripts, to the development of the printing press and mass use of typography, finally appearing in Modern Art around the turn of the 20th century. Seeking to extend the technique of artmaking, Modern Artists pushed the understanding of Art beyond formalistic boundaries. New frontiers for creative expression were opened, paving the way for art to evolve through contemporary genres such as pop art, conceptual art, and street art. In visual art today, words and alphabetic symbols are commonly used independently as graphic visual elements, or to illustrate ideas such as irony, meaning, narrative, enigma, or humor. We invite artists to submit artwork that includes text as a stand-alone or as a contributing element. Works across a broad range of mediums in both 2D and 3D are encouraged.

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 22, 2023 @ 11:59 PM

*Official Call Post and Rules can be found on the Clark County Public Arts website

*Applications are to be submitted electronically by emailing:





Clark County Office of Public Arts is seeking interested individuals to serve as volunteer evaluators on various public art projects. Our goal is to assemble an on-going list of evaluators, comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders who are committed to helping Clark County Public Arts Program.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Public Art Project Evaluator, please complete the form below and upload a copy of your resume or bio in PDF format. The expectation is that you are committed to volunteering 10 to 20 hours of your time through the course of a year or more. Selection to evaluate will be based on proximity to proposed artwork and other qualifications based on the public art project.

Go to this link to fill out the form

Clark County Public Arts will commemorate our annual Black History Month exhibition with the juried show, Reverence: Celebrating Black Cultural Heritage, artwork exploring the profound richness and beauty of Black Cultural Heritage through a global lens. Artists are encouraged to research black cultural heritage themes, creating works of art which illustrate these cultural connections over a broad range of mediums in both 2D and 3D.

Categories for Youth, Amateur, and Experienced Artists will be awarded Best in Show and two Honorable Mentions for each group. This exhibition and reception will be held at the Government Center Rotunda Gallery in coordination with Commissioner McCurdy and his staff.

This show will be juried by a small committee of local artists. These artists have been selected and will be announced after the open call for art has closed.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 17, 2023 @ 11:59 PM

*Official Call Post and Rules can be found on the Clark County Public Arts website

*Applications are to be submitted electronically by emailing:

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Art and Technology share a multifaceted, meaningful history of collaboration. Through reciprocal influence, they have evolved side by side to arrive in the world we live in today: a digital age where art and technology constantly intersect and reveal new ideas.

Inviting artists to explore futuristic styles of fantasy, glitch, and/ or anime in 2D and 3D design. Works made with graphic design software such as Procreate and Adobe are highly encouraged, along with the design technology such as 3D printers, video editing software, and other “new media”.

This show will be juried by local artist Luis Varela-Rico, whose work is grounded in his Mexican American cultural heritage with the combined use of applied technology with industrial 3D design. He was a featured participant on Netflix’s original show, Metal Shop Masters.

Exhibit Date: December 15, 2022 through January 31, 2023


Petit Monstre is a self-taught professional photographer from Las Vegas. He developed his style in the streets of Vegas, often wandering around the strip, downtown, and any location that looks even a slight bit interesting. Petit now focuses mostly on portrait, lifestyle, and his own projects and has recently released a book featuring some of his work entitled "Oh Those Feels". Petit aspires to work commercially and be featured in magazines and on billboards.

Images by photographer Petit Monstre capture the energy and essence of each subject by utilizing natural light and shadow, while also telling a unique story of the human experience with each set. Be ready to be immersed in a world of bright vibrant colors, contrast, and emotion that will be sure to make you feel.

On display November 11, 2022 – January 12, 2023

Pearson Community Center

Workshop: December 17th at 1pm

Closing Reception: January 7th from 2pm to 4pm

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

Andy Warhol
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Here's how... Log into your profile at If you are not able to log in, contact and they will be able to help you with login information. You can also call AIA Member Services at 202-626-7300.

Marginalized communities in Florida’s Miami-Dade County are disproportionately impacted by rising temperatures linked to climate change. In general, low-income areas typically get up to 14 degrees hotter than their more affluent counterparts, which causes myriad problems. The county took a bold step—hiring the world’s first chief heat officer. See how civic leaders across the U.S. are partnering with architects to design sustainable, equitable, economical solutions that benefit everyone.

AIA's Blueprint for Better campaign is a call to action for AIA members, architecture professionals, civic leaders, and the public to transform the practice of architecture to achieve a zero-carbon, resilient, healthy, just, equitable future for everyone.

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Do you know an AIA member that brings their insights, talents, training, and experience to make positive contributions to their community through engaging in the administrative and legislative political process? CLICK HERE to Nominate a Citizen Architect

The architecture and design event of the year is heading to San Fransisco June 7-10, 2023.



The Gold Medal is the AIA’s highest annual honor, recognizing individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

As a leader of civic design’s vanguard since the early 1980s, Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, has persistently pursued architecture that betters the daily life of all who interact with it. Her thoughtful and transformative projects, almost all of which exist in the public realm, are imbued with hope and received with acclaim. From her early days in the Peace Corps working alongside the newly formed Costa Rican National Park Service to close collaborations with the leaders of the largest U.S. cities, all of Barney’s work has been guided by the ethos that good design is a right, not merely a privilege.

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The Topaz Medallion, presented jointly by AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, honors those who educate others to ensure architecture’s enduring excellence

An educator, author, and citizen architect with worldwide reach, Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA, has shifted the profession of architecture toward a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive future.

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The Edward C. Kemper Award honors members who carry on the former Executive Director's legacy of continued and significant service to AIA.

Through his seemingly countless contributions, Jeff Potter, FAIA, has played a critical role in shaping the values and professional standards of today’s AIA and profession.

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The Architecture Firm Award is the highest honor AIA bestows on an architecture practice. The award recognizes a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years.

Mithun, founded by beloved University of Washington Professor Omer Mithun in 1949, is an integrated design firm that introduces positive change through its holistic, interdisciplinary pursuit of architecture

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The Whitney M. Young Jr. Award distinguishes an architect or architectural organization that embodies social responsibility and actively addresses a relevant issue, such as affordable housing, inclusiveness, or universal access.

Through his staunch advocacy and commitment to education, Robert L. Easter, FAIA, has continually proven himself to be a leader for all members of the profession who embody architecture’s progressive values and seek to shape our world for the better.

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Jury for Gold and Firm Awards

*Nathaniel Hudson, AIA, Chair, FormGrey Studio, Reno, Nev.

*Joseph Benjamin, AIA, Lake | Flato, San Antonio

*Arathi P. Gowda, AIA, ZGF Architects, Washington, D.C.

*Anne Hicks Harney, FAIA, Long Green Specs, Manasquan, N.J.

*Jaime Torres Carmona, AIA, Canopy/architecture + design, Chicago

*Andrew Tyley, RIAI, RSHP formerly Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, London, United Kingdom

*Melodie Yashar, ICON, Austin, Texas

Jury for Whitney M. Young and Edward C. Kemper Awards

*Gianna Pigford, AIA, Chair, Stantec, Plano TX

*Jacqueline Gomez, Hispanic American Construction Industry, Chicago

*Mona Hodge, AIA, Smith Gee Studio, Nashville, TN

*Ricardo J. Maga Rojas, Assoc. AIA, STG Design, Austin, TX

*Mitchell Ramseur, AIA, M Ramseur & Associates, PLLC, Raleigh, NC.

Jury for the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion

*Kirk Narburgh, FAIA, Chair, King + King Architects, Syracuse, NY

*Karen Lu, AIA, Snow Kreilich Architects, Minneapolis, MN

*Igor Marjanovic, Rice University, Houston, TX

*Cooper Moore, Assoc. AIA, AIAS, Erie, PA

*Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Real projects start with the industry standard

Before they broke ground, HBG Design ensured the Guest House at Graceland™ Resort was protected with AIA contracts. Learn more at
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Knit believes architecture can elevate and transform lives, fostering community wherever we live, learn, work and play.

CSN Betty Engelstad School of Health & Sciences 2021 AIA Nevada Citation Award Winner




Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects is looking for great people to add to their family.

The ideal candidate is a passionate and exceptionally talented project manager with 7+ years of post-graduate professional experience that can lead the Team through the successful project delivery of high quality construction documents. Candidates must possess a balance of technical and design skills, a passion for and attention to detail, and proven organizational and communication skills working on multiple projects simultaneously

CSD’s portfolio includes public and private work in areas such as: Office, Higher Education, PreK-12, Health Care, Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and variety of other project types.

We offer competitive salaries based on experience and abilities, excellent benefits, and a great office culture (thanks to our amazing team!). Our firm is committed to provide a working environment that promotes employee professional development and growth.

If you are equally passionate about design and client service, please email your cover letter, resume, portfolio samples and references to:

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A passionate and talented design professional ready to make your next career move. You must be willing to learn, motivate, communicate, and collaborate with all levels of our team. Revit and Bluebeam software experience is preferred. Experience with Photoshop, Sketchup, and InDesign is a plus. We are currently hiring for all positions and we have immediate openings for a BIM specialist, project manager/architect, and an interior designer. PLEASE SEND YOUR RESUME AND PORTFOLIO OF WORK Helen Valade at
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Position Status: Full-Time - Work Flexibility: Remote Who is HAA?:

Hamilton Anderson Associates is seeking Licensed Architects to join our Team! The ideal candidate will be a qualified architect who will provide the technical and/or design input for significant aspects of an architectural project or for an entire project. It is preferred that this candidate is located in or near Las Vegas, Nevada with experience in Hospitality, Multi-Family and REVIT.

Credentials & Educations:

• Professional degree from a school accredited by NCARB or equivalent as determined by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

• Architectural License

• Minimum of eight years of experience after graduation or, equivalent education and experience.

Position Responsibilities:

• Lead in organizing the drawing and BIM efforts

• Lead, coordinate and monitor the activities of project personnel, ensuring individual job assignments are achieved in support of project requirements

• Lead consultants, contractors, and owners in a proactive integrated project-delivery process throughout all project phases, including design, construction, and post-occupancy to achieve client, project, and internal office goals

• Attend internal and external meetings with consultants, clients, agencies and others and prepare meeting notes for distribution

• Lead and coordinate the work of consultants for small to mid-size project, under $10,000,000.00 in construction cost

• Execute project code reviews

• Develop drawing sets using current HAA and AIA standards; must be able to compile a set of construction documents from start to finish in Revit

• Maintain awareness of scope, schedule, budget, and status of all assigned projects

• Allocate and monitor level of effort for phases and tasks to assure compliance with budgets, fees and schedules

• Develop and maintain client confidence in HAA by maintaining a high level of professionalism, accountability, and performance

Skills Required:

• Advanced knowledge of architectural building systems and sustainability

• Must have excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills

• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret industry and trade magazines•Entitlements and permitting experience

• Knowledge of integrated design and LEED guidelines; LEED accreditationpreferred

• Strong organization, communication, technical, and graphic skills

• Proficient in Revit, Newforma, and Microsoft Office

• Proficient with computer-assisted design software such as Adobe Creative Suite,Revit, SketchUp, Enscape, Bluebeam

• Ability to work effectively in a team atmosphere, meet deadlines, and have strongknowledge of design, trends, construction methodology, and material application

• Must be detail-oriented and able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily

• Available for limited travel, overtime, and weekend work as required to meettraining and project requirements/deadlines•Experience in construction document development

• Knowledge of civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering systemsrelating to design, performance and building costs; international experiencepreferred

• Knowledge of federal and state building codes and zoning ordinances;international experience preferred

Hamilton Anderson Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Qualified Candidates should send resume and portfolio to Shawndia North, Director of Human Resources, at

No Phone Calls Please.

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Gensler Las Vegas is currently seeking an Architect in our Lifestyle Studio. As a Gensler Architect, you will collaborate with our Design Directors to develop design solutions as well as coordinate the design through the construction documentation phase of a project. You will be successful because you already know how to translate an architect's sketches and documents into realized 2D/3D models and images and can research artistic and/or technical issues when they arise. Your work ethic, combined with your commitment to collaboration and mentoring, makes Gensler the perfect place to nurture your career.

What You Will Do

• Participate in all project phases, including conceptual designs, presentations, schematic design, design development, construction documents and production

• Collaborate with design team, clients, consultants, contractors, fabricators,

• regulatory agencies, and other vendors to meet overall project objectives

• Resolve complex design issues with innovative and practical solutions

• Produce graphic presentations, 3D renderings, and construction drawings

• Assist in managing client expectations, team communication and consultant coordination

• Contribute to office activities, initiatives, and learning programs

Your Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in architecture

• Licensed Architect required

• 5-10 years of related experience, including proven ability to deliver projects from beginning to end

• Experience interpreting building code requirements in designs, coordination with consultants, and clear client communication during C.A.

• Proficient in the use of 2D/3D software, including Revit, Octane, Rhino, Bluebeam, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), etc.

• Experience using and applying VR and/or AR as applicable to the architectural design process is a plus

• Knowledge of materials, construction techniques, and building codes

• Strong organizations skills and the ability to work on multiple projects at the same time

• LEED accreditation a plus

All applications must include a portfolio for full consideration.

Life at Gensler

At Gensler, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering bestin-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions to “Well-being Week,” our offices reflect our people’s diverse interests.

We encourage every person at Gensler to lead a healthy and balanced life. Our comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, wellness programs, flex spending, paid holidays, and paid time off. We also offer a 401k, profit sharing, employee stock ownership, and twice annual bonus opportunities.

As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, we reimburse tuition for certain eligible programs or classes. We view our professional development programs as strategic investments in our future.

Qualified Candidates, Click Here To Apply No Phone Calls Please.


Here at ethos|three ARCHITECTURE, we are a well-established and growing design firm with projects throughout the western United States. Our focus is primarily in the Educational, Community, Corporate Interiors, and Commercial market sectors. We pride ourselves on our culture of teamwork in an open plan workspace, direct access and communication with the Principal Architects, and our multifaceted staff, where we inspire communication and growth opportunities for all employees. Our values are simple: client service, a design philosophy based on logic and sustainability, collaborative work environment, and serving our community.

Project Manager: We at ethos|three ARCHITECTURE, are looking for someone who can build strong, client-centric relationships and manage projects from proposal to finished product.

What you will be doing:

• Create and manage project schedules

• Preparation of fee proposals

• Manage a team of drafts people

• Coordinate engineering consultants

• Manage permitting processes

• Manage the bidding process, construction phase activities, and project close-out

• Communicate directly with Principals and clients

What the firm has to offer:

• Salary dependent upon experience

• Company Paid Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

• Paid Time Off

• An understanding and promotion of work life balance

What you will need:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture

• 10 years of management experience

• Licensure in Nevada preferred

• Understanding of construction technologies and building codes

• Ability to manage a small team of technical and administrative personnel.

Please send resumè and portfolio to No Phone Calls Please.



Gensler Las Vegas is seeking a Senior Project Architect to join our Community Lifestyle studio. As Senior Project Architect, your job is to lead and mentor a team of architects and/or designers to deliver world-class architectural projects. You will leverage your industry experience and technical acumen to drive client projects from concept through build while directly managing client relationships.

What You Will Do

• Manage multiple aspects of client, team, and project coordination, including full documentation coordination with consultants (structural, MEP, lighting, AV, landscape, civil, accessibility, etc.)

• Provide design and documentation for a wide range of project types, including mixed-use and residential project types in a variety of settings, including multifamily, mixed-use, low-rise, and permanent supportive housing

• Manage communication between project team, client, vendors, contractors, consultants, etc.

• Resolve complex technical and design issues with team to produce innovative technical/constructible solutions

• Direct production of drawings, specifications and construction administration tasks

• Responsible for oversight and delivery of documents with design intent and top-notch technical quality

• Process submittals/substitution requests during construction and address RFIs

• Interface with building and permitting officials during the permitting and construction phases of the project

• Maintain and oversee the project manual and specifications

• Conduct on-site observations and document site reviews

• Managing client expectations, team communication and oversight of consultant coordination

• Actively participate and contribute to the financial performance of project

• Contribute to office activities, initiatives and learning programs

• Establish and maintain ongoing, productive client relationships through successful project delivery

Your Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from an accredited college/university required

• Registered Architect required; LEED AP preferred

• 10+ years of related experience in an architectural practice with mixeduse and multifamily projects, especially in wood frame construction

• Strong proficiency in Revit required

• Full knowledge of architectural principles and practices

• Excellent written + verbal communication and management skills to include leadership, organization, and client relationship management skills

• Proficient in the use of 2D/3D software, including Revit, Octane, Rhino, Bluebeam, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), etc.

• Expert knowledge of building codes, mixed-use principals, commercial & residential accessibility codes & standards, building construction, and building systems

• Experience with the entire project lifecycle and design process through post-occupancy

• Flexibility to focus on concurrent projects in various stages of development

• A quick learner with an ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment

• Well-rounded, strategic thinker with an integrated approach to design, management, and technical project resolution who can help shape a vision for the future

• Capable of traveling to and from project sites for attending client, project, and construction meetings

All applications must include a portfolio for full consideration.

Life at Gensler

At Gensler, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering bestin-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions to “Well-being Week,” our offices reflect our people’s diverse interests.

We encourage every person at Gensler to lead a healthy and balanced life. Our comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, wellness programs, flex spending, paid holidays, and paid time off. We also offer a 401k, profit sharing, employee stock ownership, and twice annual bonus opportunities.

As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, we reimburse tuition for certain eligible programs or classes. We view our professional development programs as strategic investments in our future.

Qualified Candidates, Click Here To Apply No Phone Calls Please.


Here at ethos|three ARCHITECTURE, we are a well-established and growing design firm with projects throughout the western United States. Our focus is primarily in the Educational, Community, Corporate Interior, and Commercial market sectors. We pride ourselves on our culture of teamwork in an open plan workspace, direct access and communication with the Principal Architects, and our multifaceted staff, where we inspire communication and growth opportunities for all employees. Our values are simple: client service, a design philosophy based on logic and sustainability, collaborative work environment, and serving our community.

Drafts Person: We at ethos|three ARCHITECTURE are looking for someone who can utilize their talent and expertise in building technologies to prepare architectural drawings.

What you will be doing:

• Preparation of schematic design documents

• Preparation of construction documents

• Technical assistance in the construction phase

What the firm has to offer:

• Salary dependent upon experience

• Company Paid Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

• Paid Time Off

• An understanding and promotion of work life balance

What you will need:

• Working knowledge of AutoCAD and Revit

• Understanding of construction technologies and building codes

• Bachelor’s degree in Architecture preferred

• Read and understand engineering drawings

• 3D software knowledge beneficial

• Excel in a team oriented working environment

Please send resumè and portfolio to No Phone Calls Please.

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