Aedis had the privilege of hosting a dynamic group of women from the AIA Women in Leadership Summit for a tour of our office this week. The conference, happening just 10 minutes from our San Jose office, has focused on how women can leave a #PositiveLastingImpact through architecture, leadership, and culturally inclusive design and management. Aedis’ attendees, including Afsha Ali, AIA, Brittany Sicat, and Srivarshini Balaji have been inspired, motivated, and enriched with four days of programs, tours, and round table discussions. It was heartwarming to see that the Silicon Valley Chapter’s poster, honoring Leading Women in Architecture, showcased nearly 20% Aediseans, current and former.
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
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.
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.
Happy 4th of July!
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
Our Aedis family celebrated Halloween with pumpkins, a potluck and costumes galore. We wish you all a spooktacular Halloween!
We celebrated summer, friendships, and, most importantly, #AmazingCoworkers with roller coasters, park food, and good ol’ belly laughs at Great America! We appreciate each and every one of our Aediseans!
“Back to School” season is upon us, full of wonder and excitement! It’s the gift of a fresh start, and with it brings #NewBeginnings, #NewFriends, and #NewExperiences. Cheers to this season, and all the possibilities ahead. We are hopeful you will leave a #PositiveLastingImpact everywhere you go. Happy #BacktoSchool!
The 29th Annual CCFC Conference in Sacramento was the place to be this week. Sessions and speakers focused on our ever-evolving business of community college facilities planning, including presentations on the burgeoning student housing movement, as well as impending building code, funding, and legislative changes. Aedis’ John Diffenderfer, Joe Vela, AIA, Michelle Netzley, Kaitlin Bailey, and Eve-Marie Olimpo joined other professionals and community college representatives in a collective effort to stay prepared for the future, and plan how we can work together to leave a #PositiveLastingImpact.