In April of 2006…
a group of AIA members got together to strategize for a future Chapter. The Chapter was named after the Palomar Observatory located within its territory. The name AIA Palomar was chosen, duties were assigned and big plans were made.
One of our plans was to pledge $200.00 for ‘seed money’. We would then consider the people who generously pledged this amount to be Charter Members of the new Chapter when it was established.
The following people become original Charter Members on that day:
Don Edson, AIA
Ken Chriss, AIA
Nasrin Barbee, AIA
John Maple, AIA
Bart Smith, AIA
Ed Edginton, AIA
Brian Church, AIA
Sjirk Zijlstra, AIA
AIA Palomar is dedicated to serve AIA Members in the San Deigo North County area since January 2007. It was formally a section of the AIA San Deigo Chapter for more than 20 years. AIA Palomar serve the needs of architects who work and/or live in North San Diego County from Del Mar to the Anza Borrego area and north to the Riverside/Orange County line. In addition to offering its members a collective voice to integrate with the many municipal agencies, as well as the County of San Diego, the chapter established communication with Palomar College, Mira Costa College, and other institutions with architecture programs to promote awareness and interest in the architectural profession.
Each month AIA Palomar offers professional development and networking opportunities as well as public forums, tours, lectures, and gallery exhibitions that provide architects and design enthusiasts with many opportunities to explore the local built environment. Our annual Industry Mixer celebrates construction and design in San Diego County. The Industry Mixer provide attendees the opportunity to meet and greet our design community’s movers and shakers.
The mission of the AIA Palomar Chapter is to promote the character, values and ethics of The American Institute of Architects within Northern San Diego County. The Chapter is dedicated to supporting our members by providing opportunities to advance our value to the public, foster innovation in design and cultivate the future of the architectural profession in Northern San Diego County.