Allied Members are not Architects, but are professionals in related fields, who collaborate with and support Architects in the creation of the built environment.

AEC Workforce: Trends, Challenges & Solutions

By Tinn Lee
In March 21, 2017
Comments off

Thursday, March 30th, 5:30 – 7:30pm
AIA Central Valley Gallery, 1400 S Street Suite 100, Sacramento

The Association for Architectural and Engineering Business Leaders (AEBL) and AIA Central Valley have teamed up for an informative panel discussion addressing:

  • What AEC companies are doing to retain their staff – both male and female – through the transitional periods in their lives?
  • What is the business case for part-time or flex-time workers?
  • How are companies addressing healthcare costs and other fixed costs for part-time workers?
  • What other incentives do companies believe could be provided to their staff?
  • What do they see as within their economic means to provide? What is the cost-benefit of providing these added benefits?
  • How local firms address employee life transitions and challenges and how it effects their culture.

Sponsored by Flint Builders and Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers

Cost: $10 members, $20 non-members, Free for students with valid ID
AIA/CES: 1.5 AIA Learning Units
Register by: Monday, March 27 to
Questions? Contact or call 916-444-3658

Click here for a flyer.


Moderator: Lindsey Maclise, SE, LEED AP BD+C, Forell/Elsesser Engineers

Lindsey is a California licensed Structural Engineer and Senior Associate with Forell/Elsesser Engineers in San Francisco. Lindsey has worked on a variety of retrofit and new construction projects including multi-family housing, laboratories, and athletic facilities. She has exceptional knowledge and passion on the subject of sustainable design and has lectured and presented on the subject nationally. She serves as an advocate for green building practices and has written numerous reports and papers about the structural engineer’s role in sustainable design. Lindsey received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from UC Berkeley where she is currently serving as a member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Advisory Board.  She is also an EERI Housner Fellow and serves on the Board of AEBL.



Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Chair of The Missing 32% Project

Rosa T. Sheng, AIA is a Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Founding Chairperson for Equity by Design an AIA San Francisco committee. She has led a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects throughout her career. As the lead for Equity by Design, Rosa lead the 2014 and 2016 Equity in Architecture Surveys which have launched a national conversation for achieving equitable practice in Architecture. The group’s survey and outreach for equity in architecture has received national press including Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TEDxPhiladelphia and KQED/NPR.


Krista Looza, S.E., Associate Principal at Buehler & Buehler

Krista is a licensed Structural Engineer and works for Buehler & Buehler, Structural Engineers, Inc. where she is an Associate Principal and Regional Office Manager of their Los Angeles office.  She has been at B&B since graduating from Cal Poly, SLO, in 2004 with a B.S in Architectural Engineering.  Krista has been involved in all phases of design, coordination, and construction administration for health care, school, retrofit and aviation projects.  She has a broad background and working knowledge in wood, steel, concrete, masonry, and seismic design for various types of structures.

Krista has served on various committees for SEAOCC and on the Board of Directors for SEAOCC (Structural Engineers Association of Central California) for the last six years and is currently serving as Past President.  Krista also serves on the board of directors for the SEAOC State Association.


Naaz Alikhan, CID, LEED AP, Principal at Williams + Paddon

As Principal of the Interior Environments Group, Naaz has been a member of the Williams + Paddon team for over 22 years. In addition to her role in leading design efforts for specialized interior projects, Naaz oversees Business Development, Staff Recruitment as well as Strategic Planning for the firm.

Naaz has oversight of all interior design projects, and the interior design team. As Project Designer, and Project Manager for a variety of projects in several market areas, she actively participates in programming, space planning, and development of interior architectural concepts, finishes, furnishings, specifications, and construction phase services.

Her career as an Interior Designer began in 1980, in Westport, Connecticut. Since relocating to the Sacramento Metropolitan area, she has worked on numerous projects in the Central Valley region. While at Williams + Paddon, she helped establish the Interior Design Studio, building it into a viable profit center for the firm.


Courtney McLeod Golden, AIA, LEED AP, Partner at Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture

Courtney started her architecture journey when she began working part time for a local design firm while still in high school. After graduating from Cal Poly SLO, she experienced early on what it means to have balance; because she didn’t have any. Courtney made the classic mistake of working ridiculous hours and sacrificing her personal life to “learn” as much as possible. What she discovered was burn-out. She quit, took a year-long sojourn around the world, and committed to seeking better balance between her professional and personal life.

In the next phase of her career, Courtney sought the flexibility and autonomy she needed to thrive at work and outside the firm. Her search became much more intentional and she found herself at Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture (D+B). Fourteen years later, she is a Partner and Civil and Education Director, as well as a wife, mom, architect, mentor, board chair for a statewide non-profit, skier and hiker – and those are just a few of the hats she wears.

Courtney knows from her own architectural odyssey that creating a workplace where people’s lives are recognized outside of the office ultimately leads to a more inspired, productive and satisfied team. She believes that creativity is at its best when we allow “outside” experiences to influence our thoughts and generate new ideas. D+B’s culture supports this and mirrors it. Team members feel like part of a tribe – one that works together to support each other in times of transition, as well as the throws of celebration. Courtney walks the walk…and enjoys every step.


Larry Yee, AIA, Principal at Stantec

Larry is a graduate of UC Berkeley and a licensed architect with nearly 30 years of experience in Architecture.  His practice specialty is healthcare architecture with professional experiences managing a healthcare group in both Sacramento and Honolulu.  Larry is an AIA member and licensed both in the state of California and Hawaii.  His dedication to the building industry has led to the successful completion of a wide variety of projects and a number of strong and long lasting client relationships. Larry prides himself on the mentorship and positive collaboration he brings to his teams.


John Stump, AIACV Allied Director, President of Flint Builders

John graduated from CSU Chico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management, working his way from project engineer, project manager, project executive, VP of operations, to now President of Flint Builders. John serves as an allied board member of AIACV and board member for Copper for Kids.  He is a certified DBIA Professional with the Design-Build Institute of America.  John lives in the delta town of Courtland with his wife Kerri and two children Tyler (12) and Emily (10).

Comments are closed.