Shannon Calder


About Shannon Calder

Shannon Calder, a Sacramento-based writer, joined the AIACC in 2013. She is the author of, “Jack and Abigail Make a Compass,” a novel about people, birds, and orchids. She spends her days both on and off hours, looking for connection, which is a good hobby to have when linking the value of design to public perception.


Sometimes You Win; Sometimes…

For the past 18 months, Senate Bill 1132, the bill that would allow those working on their architecture license to use the interim title “Architect-in-Training,” was at the forefront and a primary objective on the AIACC list of advocacy projects …

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The Future of Architecture

Architecture requires a modicum of character and a modicum of grit. Young architects have to feel the deliciousness along with the pain.

–Michael Lehrer, FAIA

At the Jul. 29 AIACC Board Meeting, many attended a special guest panel comprised of …

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7x7x7 Hits Youtube

Some of you participated in the Division of the State Architect’s (DSA) 7x7x7; some of you attended the events; some of you read the brief synopsis by our resident Director of Design and Practice. Now, before the official executive …

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2016 AIACC Firm Award Recipient: KFA

Whether the subject is how to hire an enthusiastic and motivated staff member; how to affect a community with design and renovation that does actually change someone’s life, so simply about what it takes to run a solid and successful …

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2016 Fellows Announced

Last week, AIA National officially announced this year’s list of Fellows—a program developed to elevate architects making significant contributions not only to the profession but also to society.  Out of the 149 elevated, 24 are from California—a number of …

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Free Webinars with Vital Information

The New Buildings’ Institute (NBI) has put together a series of free webinars that may be of interest to our members. Director of Design and Practice, Linda Derivi, AIA, has attended a few and highly recommends them. The next one

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In Passing: Charles Zimmerman, AIA

When the AIACC office received news from AIA San Mateo about the passing of architect Paul C. Zimmerman, AIA, we bowed our heads in grief and silence. Zimmerman passed away on Tues. Nov. 3.

Zimmerman was one of the founders …

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Michael Willis, FAIA, earns award, gives eloquent acceptance speech

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), recognized Michael Willis, FAIA as the 2015 Norma Sklarek Award Recipient.

This award, implemented in 2014, in honor of the late Norma …

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