What Firm is Right for Me? Four Part Series

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Deciding where to apply and where to work can be a daunting process. How do you get started and what should you look for? This four-part series will start with a general discussion on researching firms and what to consider when looking for employment in the design industry. You will then get an inside look into the pros and cons of three different industry markets (education, civic and healthcare), to help you determine what types of projects may be right for you. You will also learn some of the benefits of integrated design through our structural, interiors and sustainability studios.

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Part I: Researching Design Firms – What to Consider | Wednesday, August 5th
Part II: Designing for Education – Architecture + Structural Engineering | Wednesday, August 19th
Part III: Designing for Public Works – Architecture + Sustainability | Wednesday, September 2nd
Part IV: Designing for Healthcare – Architecture + Interiors | Wednesday, September 16th
*Bonus Makeup Session from 7/8/2020: The Path to Becoming an Architect  | Wednesday, September 30th

All presentations are from 12:00-1:00 p.m. PST

Part I | Researching Design Firms: What to Consider & What Questions to Ask

Wednesday, August 5th, 12-1 pm

DESCRIPTION:
Whether it be for an internship or a full-time position, finding the right firm for you can be a daunting process.  With so much talk about salary and benefits, the other things that will have a much greater impact on your job satisfaction can be overlooked. In this presentation, additional factors you should consider will be highlighted, giving you the right tools to begin your job search.

PRESENTERS:
Danielle Smith, SE
Danielle joined Lionakis after graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2003 with a degree in Architectural Engineering.  She is a Structural Engineer and Project Manager in the Sacramento Structural Studio.  Danielle is also the Director of the Lionakis Emerging Professionals Program [EP].

Claire Seger, Architect
Claire is an Architect in Sacramento, California focusing on K-12 and Higher Education facilities. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Oregon and has been working in campus planning and the education market since 2014.

Bianca Dyke, Interior Designer
Bianca is an Interior Designer in Sacramento, California working primarily on Civic and Commercial projects. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on Interior Architecture from California State University, Sacramento, and has been working at Lionakis with the Interiors Studio since 2016.

Part II | Designing for Education: Architecture + Structural Engineering

Wednesday, August 19th, 12-1 pm

DESCRIPTION:
Is education the right project type for you? Education projects allow you to shape how your community will learn for generations to come. In this webinar, you’ll experience an inside look at the Lionakis education studio, and the pros and cons of working in education, from K-12, to community colleges, to universities. You will also be introduced to the integrated design approach of an A&E firm.  As an A&E firm, our education team works closely with our structural engineering team from project conception to construction.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHT:
Dyer-Kelly Elementary School is an award-winning replacement campus for the original 70-year-old Dyer-Kelly Elementary School. The new campus, delivered in the design-build delivery method, is a two-story, single building constructed adjacent to the existing, occupied site.

PRESENTERS:
Alicia Chavez, Associate
As an Associate and licensed architect at Lionakis, Alicia Chavez brings over 25 years of architectural design experience. Alicia is responsible for overseeing the work of projects at all stages, from Conceptual Phase to Construction Administration. Her hope is to be an agent of change in the community, building sector, and profession. She strives to create spaces that benefit and positively impact the end-users and the greater community.

Lucas Jolly SE, Associate
Lucas joined Lionakis in 2001 after graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Architectural Engineering. In his 19 years at Lionakis, he has worked on Healthcare, Civic, Commercial and Education projects. He is a Structural Engineer and now leads the education branch of the structural engineering studio, helping to design educational facilities that excite and engage students.

Part III | Designing for Public Works (Civic): Architecture + Sustainability

Wednesday, September 12th, 12-1 pm

DESCRIPTION: What does it mean to design public works projects?  Civic work encompasses a wide range or project types from jails and prisons to court houses, infrastructure and transportation. This presentation will introduce you to the unique aspects of this market and will highlight the importance integrating sustainability into the design process in order to achieve net zero.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHT:
CalSTRS Headquarters Expansion includes nearly 300,000 square feet of additional space to meet increasing growth, and the ongoing administration of the state teacher’s pension plan. Lionakis is teamed with ZGF Architects, DPR Construction, and Ridge Capital Inc. to design and deliver a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) sustainable building that will serve CalSTRS’ members for the next 50 years.

PRESENTERS:
Jake Elliott, Architect
Jake Elliott is a Sacramento native and Portland State University alumni.  He is a licensed architect in California and has more than seven years of experience in Civic and Higher Education projects throughout northern California. Jake is currently the Emerging Professionals Director of the Central Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and works with Architect Registration Exam candidates to help them through the licensing process.

Elena Nansen, Sustainability Specialist
Elena Nansen graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Technology and is now a Sustainability Specialist at Lionakis. She brings experience in sustainable design and the management of LEED , WELL and CHPS projects from pre-design to occupancy. She is active in the sustainability community, holding positions on the CA CHPS Committee and AIA CA Committee on the Environment (COTE).

Part IV | Designing for Healthcare: Architecture + Interior Design

Wednesday, September 16th, 12-1 pm

DESCRIPTION:
Thoughtful and whole-health oriented design creates an environment built for healing and can directly affect patient rates and speeds of recuperation, but what does that mean for you as a designer? This presentation will introduce you to the pros and cons of working in the healthcare industry as a designer. We will also touch on the importance of interior design for healthcare and the impact it has on the patient experience.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHT:
G Street Behavior Health included the development of an existing stand-alone office building for use as a behavioral health outpatient facility. The project was a tenant improvement of a portion of the existing building (5th floor) to be leased by the Client, consisting of an approximately 20,000 square foot program area.

PRESENTERS:
Michael Burke, Architect/Senior Associate
Michael graduated from North Carolina State University with a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design and has been with Lionakis for 17 years. He helps lead our Healthcare Studio in Sacramento, CA and has also done a lot of work in our Public Works/Civic Studio.

Jamie Jones, Senior Interior Designer
Jamie has been with Lionakis for over a decade and graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. As a Senior Interior Designer in our Sacramento, CA office, she primarily focuses on Healthcare projects.

Bonus Session: The Path to Becoming an Architect

*Repeat of the 7/8 presentation for those unable to attend

Wednesday, September 30th, 12-1 pm

You graduated… now what? The licensure process for Architects can seem overwhelming when you’re first starting out. This licensure presentation will layout the immediate steps you should follow after graduation, as well as demystify the process of obtaining an architecture license in the state of California. We will dive into AXP, ARE, NCARB, and state level processes you will need to understand in order to become an Architect!

PRESENTERS:
Matthew Harris, Architect
Matthew Harris is an Architect in Sacramento, California focusing on K-12 and Higher Ed facilities. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the NewSchool of Architecture + Design, and has been working at Lionakis in the Education Studio since 2015. Matthew is currently the Northern California Licensing Advisor for AIA California as part of the Academy for Emerging Professionals.

Claire Seger, Architect
Claire is an Architect in Sacramento, California focusing on K-12 and Higher Education facilities. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Oregon and has been working in campus planning and the education market since 2014.

This presentation is brought to you by the Lionakis Emerging Professionals Program (EP). The Lionakis EP Program helps guide our employees through their licensure process and provides the mentorship and study materials needed to succeed on the path to licensure.

The link to register for this free series is HERE.