SOURCE: American Institute of Architects California Council

American Institute of Architects California Council

March 17, 2011 21:30 ET

The American Institute of Architects, California Council, Announces the Release of a New Whitepaper Regarding Possible Restructure of the Division of the State Architect (DSA)

Maximizing California's Resources: Recommendations for a Stronger Design and Construction Industry

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2011) - In furthering past efforts to actively engage State Government in helping find ways to be more effective and efficient, The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) has published a whitepaper; Maximizing California's Resources: Recommendations for a Stronger Design and Construction Industry. It presents a comprehensive vision which includes specific recommendations for building a stronger DSA, furthering the role and relevancy of the State Architect in California's government. The whitepaper is intended to be a first-step toward assisting state government leaders in addressing the myriad of issues regarding planning, design, and construction affecting the quality of life for California's citizens and its economy. 

As a consequence of California's current budget crisis, and the cuts the state is facing, which in turn will affect programs and services that benefit our communities, efficiency and effectiveness in the built environment has never been more important.

Architectural design has the inherent ability to solve problems that are physical, as well as social and economic. Without direct internal access to government decision makers, the AIACC cannot effect the transformations needed that ultimately affect the greater community at large. Transformations such as new delivery methods that are more efficient and cost effective, designs that go beyond sustainable, and post occupancy evaluation tools that impact future designs for better building performance, are key to our goal for a preferred future. Former State Architects, as well as architectural practitioners, involved in the development of this white paper, recently stated the value of its contents.

"The AIACC has shown responsible leadership in preparing this important, and much needed set of recommendations for maximizing effective utilization of the State's design and construction resources for the benefit of California's citizens." Barry Wasserman, FAIA, Former California State Architect 1978 - 1983.

"I am pleased to endorse the efforts of the AIACC in producing this important white paper. The fragmentation of the State's design and construction process over the years has increased costs to California taxpayers through over regulation and burdensome duplication of services. There is no single trusted advisor for the Governor, or the legislature, to acquire accurate advice for the industry. Now that the State of California is facing unprecedented infrastructure, budget and environmental issues, the time has come to consolidate design and construction into one entity and restore the Division of the State Architect to the role it held during the previous Brown Administration." Paul Neel, FAIA, CDS, Former California State Architect 1989 - 1991.

"I applaud and support the AIACC's efforts to strengthen and reinvigorate the role of the State Architect. Architecture, and its positive impact on society, reflects the values of our State. By restoring the role of the State Architect to one of leadership and prominence, we are expressing pride and an elevated standard for our public buildings and an optimistic outlook toward California's future." Steve Newsom, AIA, LEED AP.

This whitepaper offers some important suggestions that if considered and implemented could make a marked difference in the quality and cost effectiveness of planning, design, and construction services for future state funded and supported projects -- and in many ways the future of the profession itself. Visit to review the whitepaper.

The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACC's mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIACC is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Kurt Cooknick
    Hon. AIACC Director, Professional Practice
    (916) 642-1706
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