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

Architects licensed in California must complete 5 hours of coursework relating to ADA and/or California accessibility codes within the two years prior to each license renewal. Architects are responsible for reporting their individual hours as part of the renewal process. Please note that AIA does not report MCE hours to the State of California. For information on the specific license renewal requirement, visit the Continuing Education (CE) page {} on the California Architects Board website.

The Chapter is offering four (4) courses this year:

  • March 11th, 2015 / Accessibility Scoping for New Construction and Alterations: What is Compliant, What to Modify & Which Regulations Apply / 5 HSW
    Instructors: Mark Wood, CASp and Paul Klein, CASp
  • May 28th, 2015 / Accessibility for Healthcare Architects / 5 HSW
    Instructor: Bill Zellmer, AIA
  • July 10th, 2015 / Universal Design Case Studies & Accessibility Code Update / 5 HSW
    Instructor: Gilda Puenta-Peters GPPA Architects
  • September 15th, 2015 (Repeat Course)/ Accessibility Scoping for New Construction and Alterations: What is Complaint, What to Modify & Which Regulations Apply / 5 HSW
    Instructors: Mark Wood, CASp and Paul Klein, CASp

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On-Line Courses
The AIA Central Valley has joined forces with AIA California Council and their partner aecKnowledge to provide online continuing education for the design and construction industry. This allows professionals to pursue educational opportunities at their own pace and according to their own schedule. While state regulations require architects to complete CE credits in accessibility, there are other subjects all members of the industry are interested in as well. Choose from a wide range of topics in design, sustainability, accessibility, marketing and business development, practice management, project delivery, and small firm practice– each one professionally developed and delivered by industry leaders.

New Accessibility/Universal Design Courses:

Designing for All – Integrated Universal Design
Bill Leddy, FAIA, designer of the award-winning Ed Roberts Campus, a widely cited example of innovative Universal Design, inspires us with insights into how accessible environments can be inviting, engaging and celebrate the rich diversity of the human condition.

Architecture Beyond Sight
Chris Downey, AIA, one of the few practicing blind architects discusses the range and types of visual impairments that affect users of the built environment.

Universal Design is Good Design—Part One
Universal Design is Good Design – Part Two
This two-part course features projects selected for their outstanding commitment to Universal Design principles. Stephan Castellanos, FAIA, Executive Director, California Commission on Disability Access, provides insightful commentary on how each solution addresses the needs of people with a wide range of ability levels.