Chapter Meeting - Transforming Education
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When: Thursday, May 23, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Mission College
3000 Mission College Boulevard
Hospitality Management Building
Santa Clara
United States
Contact: Chris Burnham
(408) 298-0611

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Chapter Meeting - Transforming Education



See first-hand how the Mission College campus is being transformed, from one building in 1979 to the vibrant campus that it is today and will be in the future. Learn about the approach to education design at the new campus.


Celebrate the Chapter's Scholarship honorees at the Awards Ceremony. AIA Silicon Valley's Scholarship program assists in the education of future professionals through selection of architectural students whose design abilities are judged to be among the most outstanding of the eligible applicants.


Discover the future of technology in architectural education from Professor of Architecture, Luisa Caldas of UC Berkeley.

Nosh on delicious bites prepared by Cross Hatch Eatery, a catering company founded by graduates of Mission College's Hospitality Management program.


Chapter Meeting Agenda

6-6:45 pm - Social Hour + Meeting


6:15-6:40 pm - Campus Tour with Matthew Harris, Project Architect at Lionakis


6:45 - 8:00 pm - Featured Program:

  • Kent Brown, AIA announces the AIA Silicon Valley 2019 scholarship winners
  • Daniel Peck, Mission College President discusses how the college's pedagogic mission influences the new campus design.
  • Luisa Caldas, Professor of Architecture and director of the Virtual and Augmented Reality Laboratory at UC Berkeley presents how education is preparing students in architecture, specifically in new technology in practice and pedagogy, to anticipate the unknown future of our practice.



REGISTRATION IS CLOSED - You can still attend, however you won't have a name tag.
Members are free

Non-members $40



Free parking will be available in parking lot C, between the hours of 4:30 PM  to 8:30 PM



Speaker Bio


  Luisa Caldas is Professor in the Department of Architecture and director of the XR Lab, the virtual and augmented reality laboratory at UC Berkeley. Her approach to VR/AR congregates advanced visualization, design and simulation in immersive environments, parametric and generative design, and storytelling. The XR Lab has collaborations with HTC, Oculus, Autodesk, HOK and Lucas Film/Industrial Light and Magic, among others. Caldas is director of the MS/PhD program in Building Science, Technology and Sustainability, and a faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Before founding the XR Lab she was a principal at her consultancy company in sustainability and green building. Caldas is a pioneer in the field of generative design applied to low-energy buildings and is the author of several software in that domain. A licensed architect, she received a MSc from the Bartlett Graduate School, UCL and a PhD in Architecture and Building Technology from MIT.