AIA SCV AI’22 Symposium

This week, John Diffenderfer, Afsha Ali, AIA, Srivarshini Balaji, Eve-Marie Olimpo, Sanjana Kulkarni, Liam Hanlon, Assoc. AIA, Andrew McClellan, Hamdam Mozaffar, and Chania Bhatia attended the AIA SCV AI’22 Symposium. They heard from fellow professionals on many subjects like Net Zero design, building reuse, housing policy, and design visualizations. They return to their teams inspired and energized, ready to tackle challenges in new ways. Their commitment to learning and the built environment drives their design passion and ultimately creates higher quality spaces for our clients.

“During Cheryl Durst’s moving keynote, I learned how a sense of belonging in the spaces we create can promote optimism, equity, and hope. She left the audience with a profound mission and challenge, that we all need to be great ancestors for the generations to come.”  – Afsha Ali

“The Symposium offered presentations filled with inspiration and innovation.  The sessions expand the way I look at our profession, taking it to a higher level and allowing me to reflect on the importance of what we do.” – Eve-Marie Olimpo

“While the content of the entire symposium was rich with thoughtful and inspiring information, I was deeply moved by Cheryl Durst’s opening keynote.”  – Sri Balaji

“I truly enjoyed the thought-provoking sessions from architectural leaders who are pushing the industry forward with innovation and passion.” – Liam Hanlon

Steve Delay Dedication

Steve Delay was recognized for his commitment to the San Benito High School District, the community, and the students in a dedication and naming ceremony of their #CTE Building, designed by Aedis, as the Steve Delay CTE Building. It has been an honor to work with Steve for nearly 30 years, as we transformed San Benito High School into the pride of the community. He has been a dedicated advocate, a valuable collaborator, and a passionate leader in the school’s renewal process. Congratulations, Steve, this was well deserved! #PositiveLastingImpact

Pride Month 2022


A Tribute to Thang Do

Aedis Architects lost a great leader with the passing of Thang Do, FAIA this weekend. As managing principal since the early 90s, Thang navigated the firm successfully through three decades of change. He recognized that through his beloved profession, he had the ability and obligation to make a #PositiveLastingImpact on his adoptive home, San Jose, and he made it his mission to do so.

Professionally, he will be remembered as generous of spirit, innovative, informed, and supportive. We believe that his crowning achievement will prove to be the inspiration he provided to generations of young architects, to look beyond their role as designers, and to be active and responsible citizens bringing value to their communities.

Volunteer Appreciation Month

As Volunteer Appreciation Month comes to a close, we want to take a moment and recognize our selfless Aediseans, who give back to our community and strive to leave a #PostitiveLastingImpact both in and out of the office. Our devoted employees offer their time and expertise to serve on numerous boards, coach and mentor kids through sports, prepare taxes for the elderly, empower and excite kids to enter the field of architecture, and distribute food for Second Harvest Food Bank. Keep up the great work! We, and our community, thank you!

Thang’s Commendation

The County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors honored Thang Do, FAIA, CEO of Aedis Architects, for his devotion to our community and the #PositiveLastingImpact he has left on schools in the Bay Area. It was impressive to hear the list of committees and initiatives he has been involved with over the last several decades. Congrats, Thang, and thank you for all your hard work!

Mass Timber Conference 2022

Aedis’ Afsha Ali, AIA and June Yip are heading to the International Mass Timber Conference in Oregon next week! Incorporating #MassTimber into our designs is an earth-friendly way we leave a #PositiveLastingImpact on the education and housing communities we serve.

St. Patrick’s Day 2022

Together again! As we optimistically return to the office, we are reminded just how great being with our fellow Aediseans is. Smiling faces and good company created a wonderful buzz at the office today. Happy St. Patty’s Day, and cheers to more days together!

Aedis Soirees

Tombola! At long last, we have restarted our bi-weekly “soiree” tradition. Last Thursday, Aediseans came together to celebrate a shared love of all things Italian, including food and Italian bingo. In “hybrid” mode, friends in San Jose and Sacramento offices were able to take part in the fun. #OurOfficeIsOpen #TogetherAgain

Looking to the Future

On Monday, we celebrated where we’ve been and how we got here. Having so many current and former Aediseans together was a heartfelt reminder of just how many lives Aedis touched over the decades. We also kicked off the next chapter in the story of Aedis Architects. Although our story has followed sixty-seven years of twists and turns, it has always maintained a consistent narrative about care for the environment, positive transformation of communities, and the pursuit of innovation. It’s a story that never ends.