The Passing of Time (1.5 LU)

Architects and their clients benefit from architects sharing experiences and lessons learned with one another.

This months meeting has two parts:

  • A conversation with 5 questions
  • A show and tell by 2 young architects

5 Questions

AIAEB Small Firm Forum (originally Remodelers Roundtable) has a long history (more than 30 years) of professional fellowship. We learned from each other and we made friends that are rewarding and long lasting.

While AIAEB is in the process of retuning to a physical office, it seems likely remote meetings will remain a part of the SFF experience for some.

One of the shortcomings of the remote format is less interaction. We are not only physically distant from one another. Many do not even present their face or share their thoughts.

So there are some things in a remote gathering we cannot overcome. But it could be fun to get to know one another a bit more than we currently do.

We will see the extent we can build new bridges via 5 questions and a protocol. Below are 5 questions that everyone can see and consider well in advance of our meeting. Hopefully the questions will resonate and inspire your thoughts. We will go through them in order and go as far as we can for the first two thirds of our meeting. After that we will all sit back and see the work presented by a couple of remarkable young architects.

The Questions:

1. Looking back to when you were just entering the profession, in what way has your experience in the profession not been what you expected?

2. Knowing what you know now, what might you have done differently, to your benefit, in the beginning?

3. Have there been any joys or special rewards that surprised you?

4. What has been more difficult than you imagined?

5. In what way is architecture an art?


The Recommended Protocol:

  • Let others see you even if you are eating. It’s a lunch meeting.
  • Mute if there are disruptive noises in your environment, but otherwise leave your mike on.
  • If you cannot control the urge to laugh or interrupt, then do it.
  • If someone says something you want to challenge or ask a follow up question about, do it.
  • It is fine to raise your hand, we will keep an eye out for that, but if you feel ignored speak up.

Young Architect Show and Tell

(brought to us by AIAEB Young Architects Forum)

Daniel Zweig AIA

Dan has been an active member of both AIAEB and AIASF since graduating from IIT in 2014 and has served as the AIAEB Young Architects Forum co-chair since 2018. Growing up in Sonoma County he has worked for small firms in the North Bay before and during his studies at IIT in Chicago. After graduating in 2014 Dan joined SOM and has worked on a variety of large project types, including office towers, institutional campuses, labs, and convention centers. He has extensive experience coordinating multidisciplinary teams from concept to construction administration and has contributed extensively to SOM’s research on California wildfires.

Marcia Adair AIA

Marcia Adair has been a member of AIAEB since 2014. She finished in 8th place out of 400 competitors for the Bachelors Degree course in Architecture & Urban Planning at UFRN, Brazil. After graduating in 2012 with a Brazilian Architect’s license, she came to the US and started pursuing licensure in California. Subsequently, after working at a few firms in the San Francisco Bay area, Marcia obtained her CA Architect’s license in April 2022 and has recently opened her own architecture office: Sustainable Architecture Firm. Her Brazilian connections and attentive customer care have led her to obtaining a few commercial restaurant projects. Marcia’s love for sustainability keeps motivating her to improve and enrich her skills. Marcia is also an active volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, which developed in her getting her first architectural job in the US.


Sep 08 2022


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 08 2022
  • Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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