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City of Santa Barbara Approves Historic Granny Flat Ordinance

COUNCIL VOTES BEFORE STATE LAW FORCES HAND | INDEPENDENT - BY NICK WELSH, MAY 10 Architect Alex Pujo channeled his inner Winston Churchill while quoting former Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver’s adage, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” When…

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New ‘Granny Unit’ Rules Approved by Santa Barbara City Council

NOOZHAWK - BY JOSHUA MOLINA, MAY 9 Architect Paul Zink spoke in support of accessory dwelling units at Tuesday’s Santa Barbara City Council meeting. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo) Despite some personal and political differences between members of the Santa Barbara City Council, the panel…

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Why an Architect? AIA Membership Is Architecture’s Seal of Approval

INDEPENDENT - MAY 3, 2018 BY ROBERT OOLEY FAIA It’s an age-old question: Why hire an architect? To begin answering it is to recognize that an architect does much more than just help you construct a building. There are numerous talented architects in the community…

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Santa Barbara City Council Moves Toward Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance

On a 4-2 vote, city leaders decide to require that ADU units be owner-occupied in perpetuity NOOZHAWK - JOSHUA MOLINA - APRIL 18 The city of Santa Barbara on Tuesday crept a bit closer to an accessory dwelling unit ordinance that would open the door to new construction throughout the…

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The Saga of the Kallman Family Overlook

By Dennis Thompson - April 2018 Soon after The Mesa Architects began our volunteer work in the community in 2008, we identified a seemingly ideal project: to make a small unused part of the Coast Guard property on Meigs Road, below Washington School, available to…

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Architects Stepping Up To Help Thomas Fire, Flood Victims

KCLU -  APR 4, 2018 BY LANCE OROZCO They were back to back disasters. First, there was the Thomas Fire. Then, there was the Montecito debris flow. While the immediate crisis is over, thousands of Ventura and Santa Barbara County residents are still struggling with its aftermath,…

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Architecturally Speaking: Santa Barbara City College’s New School of Architecture and Design

City College Establishes Associate’s Degree Program Thursday, March 29, 2018 by BARTON MYERS, FAIA; ARMANDO ARIAS DEL CID, DRAFTING, CAD, AND INTERIOR DESIGN DEPARTMENT CHAIR, SBCC; AND SUSANNE KORTZ TEJADA, AIA Read more here

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Architects Offer Guidance at Montecito Center

EDHAT - APR 3, 2018 A local collaboration between the County of Santa Barbara and the American Institute of Architects in Santa Barbara (AIASB) will offer free guidance for how to begin the rebuilding process to owners of properties that were damaged or destroyed in…

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Architects join together to help solve Montecito’s rebuilding issues

KEYT - APR 2, 2018 BY JOHN PALMINTERI Volunteer architects are helping Santa Barbara County and Montecito planners as they deal with  hundreds of damaged and destroyed homes in the January 9 disaster zone. 30 met today after touring the area last week. Some had…

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Architecturally Speaking: Architectural Archives of the AIA

A Valuable Resource for Property Owners and Builders Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by JOSEPH MOTICHA, AIA ARCHIVIST Read the Independent Article here Read the Newspress Article here

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Standards in Architecture

What Property Owners Should Know About DOI Standards Thursday, March 15, 2018 by ROBERT OOLEY Read more

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Historically Great Architecture, Urbanism Part of Santa Barbara’s Past and Future

By Anthony Grumbine AIA Response to 1925 earthquake points to blueprint for challenges from State Street, Thomas Fire and Montecito flash flooding. This is the second article of four in the Santa Barbara Noozhawk on urbanism. Illustration by Anthony Grumbine AIA Read more below

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Local Architect Radtkey Receives AIA Fellow Title

Architect Ken Radtkey, founding principal of Blackbird Architects in Santa Barbara, has been included in the national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of the Class of 2018 of the College of Fellows. Read more

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History of AIA Santa Barbara Chapter

By Bill Mahan, Dan Johnston, Jeremy White, and Dennis Whelan The American Institute of Architects was established in 1857, the year that James Buchanan was sworn in as the 15th president of the United States and John B. Weller was elected the fifth governor of…

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Kevin Dumain: What’s the Deal with ADUs?

By Kevin Dumain The lack of affordable housing in California has gotten so bad that the state has actually begun to do something about it. For years, Sacramento attempted to address the housing issue with centralized plans and policies, but local governments stymied these efforts…

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The Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

A Rationale for the Column by DENNIS WHELAN, FOR AIA SANTA BARBARA As many ideas do, this column came about through a chat over beers between the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Santa Barbara Independent. Our shared vision for this venture…

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American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara Fetes 2017 Design Award Winners

The American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara recently hosted its 2017 Design Awards Gala at the holiday-decorated University Club. The event honored the achievements of local architects and architecture, and drew attention to the legacy of great architecture in Santa Barbara and the value of quality design to…

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AIASB Holds Design Awards Gala

Event Honors Achievements of Area Architects and Architecture by GAIL ARNOLD On December 9, The American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara (AIASB) held its Design Awards Gala at the University Club to honor the achievements of area architects and architecture. A sold-out crowd of 120…

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Challenges Continue as City Council Undertakes State Street Blueprinting

We Don’t Need No Stinking Task Force, or Do We? by NICK WELSH A large gathering of local architects were profusely thanked for spending an excruciatingly beautiful Saturday late in October reimagining the future of State Street in a post-Amazon.com world, but they were told in…

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