AEP Summit: Proud to be among them!

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Last month, the AIACC’s Academy of Emerging Professionals held their annual summit at the Herman Miller showroom.

More than 50 were in attendance, and all came away with inspirations, thoughts, and insights. The AEP President, Benjamin Kasdan, AIA, shared his thoughts as well as Regional Associate Director, Megan Dougherty, Assoc. AIA.

From Mr. Kasdan:

The AEP Summit exists to bring the local Emerging Professional Leaders from across the state to the same place at the same time.  Once there, the programming is designed to connect, encourage, and inspire them.  It gives names and faces for the local EP Leaders to reach out to each other for ideas and support in the future. 

The byproduct of those goals is that the AEP Summit is always a lot of fun! 

We were graced with speakers Tania Van Herle, AIA, from HED and AIA Los Angeles First VP, AIACC President Jana Itzen, AIA, from ITZEN Architecture, and AIA Los Angeles President Douglas Teiger, AIA, from Abramson Teiger Architects.  Van Herle spoke about learning when to say “yes” and when to say “no,” Itzen compelled us to not live our lives with only one mentor, and Teiger spoke existentially about being divine beings in the midst of a human experience.  The speakers were poignant, practical, inspiring, and ethereal.  After his talk, Douglas Teiger led a walking tour of the unconventional – yet wildly successful – mixed-use project Platform LA nearby, that his firm designed.

From Ms. Dougherty:

Highlights for me include meditation time with Doug Tieger, playing with the HermanMiller furniture offerings, discovering shared mutual connections with other attendees, getting to interview Jana Itzen about her mentorship experiences, and enjoying delicious ice cream while touring around Platform.

It was great to hear the successful things that our local chapters are doing and help to brainstorm with those who are struggling to get an EP group together. The idea sharing was top notch as usual. I am constantly amazed at the amount of dedicated and passionate people there are out there…makes me proud to be on the AEP and count myself among them!



The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACC's mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIACC is the largest component of the National AIA organization.

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