AIA Practice Series - Hosted by RKA

AIA Practice Series - Hosted by RKA

Join RKA for the next AIA LS/SB Practice Series

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OCTOBER 10 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


1.5 AIA/LUs (pending)



Photography speaks for itself, but how does a firm convey its work in writing? How does a licensed architect describe their years of experience on a piece of paper? What should a recent graduate include on their resume that reflects their experience with real-life scenarios?

Join us to hear from Christopher Kempel, AIA, NCARB, Design Partner and Nancy Priestley, Operations Manager and head of Human Resources, from the architecture firm of Rockefeller Kempel Architects at their new office location in El Segundo.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how to present their firm’s collective body of work to a new client.

  • Participants will gain a better understanding of what firm leaders look for in an experienced candidate’s resume and during the interview process.

  • Participants will gain a better understanding of what firm leaders look for in a new graduate’s resume and during the interview process.

  • Participants will leave with knowledge to further their professional career.

This program is supported by:


1105 Long Beach in Urbanize LA

1105 Long Beach in Urbanize LA

More Apartments to Rise Next to Long Beach Blue Line Station

At its meeting on September 20, the Long Beach Planning Commission is scheduled to consider a proposal to construct a mixed-use development near the Blue LIne’s Anaheim Street Station.

Pacific Property Partners, on behalf of owner Leeward Capital of Long Beach, LLC, intends to replace several small commercial buildings at 1101-1157 Long Beach Boulevard with an eight-story structure featuring 120 residential units above 4,997 square feet of ground-floor retail uses and parking for 151 vehicles. Plans call for a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom dwellings, as well as amenities such as a courtyard and a swimming pool. 

Rockefeller Kempel Architects is designing the proposed 87-foot-tall building, which would mask its three levels of at- or above-grade parking with habitable space along its street frontages. Plans call for an exterior of mostly cement and stucco. 

A staff report to the Planning Commission recommends approval of the project, which is called 1105 Long Beach. 

Construction is expected to begin in early 2019, according to website of Plus Development, which is entitling the property. 

The market-rate development is located just south of the Beacon, a 160-unit affordable housing complex that is now under construction. 

-Article written by Steven Sharp Urbanize LA

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Citizen News in Urbanize LA

Citizen News in Urbanize LA

1930s Hollywood Citizen News Building to Become Event Space

An initial study published by the City of Los Angeles has unveiled plans to transform the Hollywood Citizen News Building into event space. 

The Art Deco building, located at 1545 N. Wilcox Avenue, was completed in the early 1930s as the headquarters of a newspaper of the same name. Relevant Group, the owner of several neighboring hotels, is planning to use the upper floor of the three-story edifice as 15,788 square feet of flexible event space while activating the ground floor with two restaurants. 

Rockefeller Kempel Architects is designing the project, which calls for converting alleys that run along the north, south, and west property lines into landscaped paseos and patio seating for the proposed restaurants. 

Construction is anticipated to occur over approximately 12 months. 

The building was recently designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, a distinction granted due to its Art Deco architecture and the influence of the Citizen-News during its 66-year run. The property most recently served as an office building. 

Relevant Group acquired the building in 2017 as part of a joint venture with Miramar Capital. Its prior owner, SE Edinger, had paid $14.5 million for the 49,000-square-foot structure just three years earlier. 

Relevant Group is currently in the midst of construction on a Thompson Hotel and a Tommie Hotel on two properties that abut the Citizen News Building. 

-Article written by Steven Sharp Urbanize LA

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