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2×1 Panel discussion

October 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 2×1 Panel Discussion: Emeritus Architects + Emerging Professionals

Join us for a panel discussion with 2 local emerging professionals and 1 emeritus architect

Friday October 18th, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Fresno City College, Old Admin Building, room 251
Parking is $1 after 5:00
The college has designated Parking Lot B to be an free open lot for us, without the need of passes. Lot B is on the corner of McKinley and Van Ness.
Please see below revised map:

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Event Description:
Architects, Emerging Professionals, AIA members and non-members are invited to participate in a dialogue about how far the profession has come, and where it is headed in the future. We’ll look back and ahead, from the perspectives of local professionals both emeritus and recently licensed, all sharing their years of experience both seasoned and those at the early stage of their careers. Join us with recently licensed architects Stephanie Reed and Matt Heiss, along side Emeritus Architect Warren D Thompson for this FREE event.

Discussion topic: “How has the architecture profession evolved in the San Joaquin Valley?”
An open dialogue, between two recognized Emeritus members, and two recently licensed Emerging Professionals. The discussion will touch on the brief history of architecture, of the
last 70 years in the San Joaquin Valley. A retrospective of the work, and contributions of the Emeritus members to the profession in the valley, and to the local community. First hand perspectives of how the profession itself has evolved, with respect to time of service of our Emeritus members, and of our Emerging Professionals, within the last decade of their licensure. Q&A between the panel and audience elaborating on topics such as professional practice, scale of firm management, equity and equality, representation and diversity, technology advancement, socio economic issues, and the environment.

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2X1 Panel

Emeritus Architects x Emerging Professional Bios

Stephanie Reed  | EP

“Stephanie Reed is an Architect at Paul Halajian Architects. As the stereotypical “boomerang” young professional, she grew up in Fresno, graduated from University of Arizona with a Bachelors in Architecture, and returned to intern for the City of Fresno Downtown and Community Revitalization department. She then started at PHA and has been a part of the team for about 5-1/2 years, getting licensed just over a year ago.  Her passion is giving historic buildings a new life through adaptive reuse, and using physical and emotional context to create functional, beautiful architecture that leaves a lasting impression on the current and next generation. Some projects in her portfolio: State Center Warehouse Adaptive Reuse, Sun Stereo Warehouse Adaptive Reuse, Saint Rest Baptist Church New Children’s Building, and Madera Multi-family and Veteran’s Housing. “

Matt Heiss  | EP

“Matt Heiss is a licensed architect and member of the American Institute of Architects. He was born and raised in the California’s Central Valley and is passionate about contributing to the built environment in the region. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and has been working in the Fresno area on K-12 education projects for 7 years.  Matt is a Graduate of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing’s School Facility Leadership Academy.”

Warren D Thompson  | EA

“Born in Nebraska, his family migrated to California and settled in Fresno in 1940.  He attended Washington Union High School where he fell in love with industrial arts. He became a licensed building designer in 1970. At its peak in the 1980’s, Thompson Architectural Group had 37 employees and was responsible for the design of several offices, hotels and 400,000 apartment units.  At one time Warren held reciprocal licenses in 17 states. Among his fondest and most recent projects are the Iron Bird Lofts and McCaffrey Corporate Offices, both in Fresno.

During his 40-year membership in the AIA he has held every local office, president of AIA CC, vice president at the national level and has also served on several committees. After the 1983 Coalinga earthquake the R/UDAT format was implemented, under Mr. Thompson’s direction, to form CEDAT (California Emergency Design Assistance Team).  These teams assess the safety and damage of structures and help to rebuild and restore affected communities after catastrophic disasters. One of his most rewarding accomplishments was the completion of a Master of Architecture degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He was selected to give the commencement address to the School of Architecture and Environmental Design and serves on the school’s advisory committee. He said that as an architect, one legacy can be found in the buildings he designs.  He also believes that another and perhaps better legacy, that any architect can leave, is to invest time and educate young people. “


October 18, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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