• SMPS-LA Construction Tour
  • Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
  • 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • USC Michelson Jobsite
    3620 S Vermont Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90089

  • This program will give you the opportunity to be one of the first to tour the new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience project. This new state-of-the-art research building that will house cutting edge technology platforms and will be the nucleus of USC’s research programs. The 4-story, 190,000 sq. ft. research building is the future catalyst for discoveries in biological science, imaging, engineering, nanofabrication and collaborative cross-disciplinary studies. The building houses 30 labs, Class 100 and 1,000 Nanotechnology cleanrooms, imaging suites, and a large conference and classroom center on the 1st floor.

    We will begin with a quick overview of the project from the project team (including a representative from USC, DPR Construction and HOK). Once that discussion is complete, we will break out into smaller groups to tour this amazing cutting edge research facility. After the tour, join us for appetizers and a drink at the Lab Gastropub.
    Ticket price includes the tour and reception.

    Attend and be entered to win one (1) free PRC registration (value of $495). Must be a current SMPS member. Must be present to win.

  • SMPS-LA Education Event
  • Friday, October 27th, 2017
  • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • SWA Architects
    48 East Holly Street
    Pasadena, CA 91103

  • Come join us as our favorite InDesign guru schools us in the TAO of ID! Users from all experience levels, including seasoned publishing veterans, have benefited from Jonathan’s in-depth exploration of InDesign FUN-damentals. This intensive workshop will focus on the simple steps we can take to set up a project for optimum efficiency and flexibility down the road, as well as an in-depth exploration into making InDesign work for you.  When the proposal deadline is quickly approaching and your “helpers” want you to make some “minor last minute adjustments”, wouldn’t it finally be so nice to be able to accommodate all of these changes while minimizing time and maximizing sanity?

     Specific topics that will be covered include:
    ● I found this beautiful InDesign template online….but it’s in A4!
    ● My new InDesign template has no master pages…grrr
    ● Auto-Numbering – Not Just for Page Numbers!
    ● Taking an Institutional Form, and Making it Your Own!
    ● InDesign Tables – Great in theory, terrible in execution!
    ● [NEW!] How to create a sustainable and viable SYSTEM for customized & tailored brochures.

    Jonathan has graciously agreed to take a look at any InDesign files you may want to optimize!  Please send all questions and InDesign Package zip files to Cindy Ionita.  Please also feel free to bring questions and examples to the class if it's difficult to explain in an email.


    Instructor -- Jonathan Levit (Blend Space Design)

    With over 25 years experience in the desktop publishing and graphic design industries, and as an Adobe Certified Instructor and Expert in InDesign Jonathan Levit is a highly sought after trainer and consultant.

    His goal is to improve the production and creative process for companies and individuals. His expertise is matched by his ability to communicate in depth knowledge and concepts in a way that is easily understood and is presented in an engaging and dynamic environment.

    Working within the print and digital publishing world,  Jonathan provides template development and creation, training, and consulting services. Integrating real world experience, he has improved the workflow, production, and creative departments for a variety of clients including the top magazines, advertising agencies, newspapers, and in-house creative and marketing departments in the world. Some of Jonathan’s clients include Warner Brothers, Ogilvy & Mather, Boeing, Time Warner, The L.A. Times, Disney and UCLA.


    What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

    >>METRO:  We are only a block away from the Gold Line Memorial Park Station!

    >>PARKING: There is street metered parking for free till 11:00 AM or parking available at the Marriott Park & Walk Facility at 171 N Raymond, Pasadena where the first 90 minutes are free.

    Do I need to bring a laptop to the event?
    A laptop with InDesign would be extremely helpful, but is not necessary.

    How about food?
    A continental breakfast and a light lunch will be provided -- courtesy of SWA Architects!

    Attend and be entered to win one (1) free PRC registration (value of $495). Must be a current SMPS member. Must be present to win.

  • SMPS-LA Programs Event
  • Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
  • 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Millennium Biltmore Hotel
    506 S. Grand Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

  • The tragedies of 9/11, which brought about cumbersome, stressful and time-consuming travel, led to a renaissance in airport design. As a result, we’ve seen amazing projects and spaces unfold at airports including San Francisco International, Seattle Tacoma International, Los Angeles International, Denver International, and San Diego International to name just a few in the Western United States. These owners planned and implemented multi-billion-dollar programs aimed at improving the passenger experience. Placing amenities beyond security checkpoints now allows passengers to enjoy dining, shopping, or lingering in comfort close to their gates. These airports are branded and alive with hints of the flavors local to their respective regions. Who knew it could get even better?

    In the next, next generation of airports taking flight, we weary travelers can look forward to even greater amenities within environments that feel more like resorts than ever. A sharper focus on incorporating small, local retailers and restaurateurs hint at what we will experience during our visit when we land, and gives us the opportunity to soak it all in—and purchase last-minute souvenirs and gifts—before leaving town. Ample outlets and charging stations will allow us to manage all our digital devices. Self-service kiosks at restaurants and shops will provide greater convenience.

    What else will we have to look forward to in our next travel adventure? And how can the A/E/C community in the Los Angeles region be part of these important endeavors? Join this lively SMPS/LA panel to find out!

    SMPS LA has secured the following:
    1. Steve Dumas, Westfield
    2. Kris Opbroek, San Francisco International Airport
    3. Angela Shafer-Payne, San Diego International Airport
    Moderated by Teal Brogden, HLB Lighting Design

    Event Schedule
    11:30 AM-12:00 PM: Registration & Networking
    12:00 PM-1:15 PM: Aviation Panel Discussion
    1:15 PM-1:30PM: Networking

    Please contact Carmen Gonzalez, Programs Director, at carmeng@dpr.com


  • Coming to Southern California
  • Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
  • schedule to be announced
  • Wyndam Irvine-Orange County Airport
    17491 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614

  • November 8-10, 2017

  • SMPS-LA Professional Development
  • Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
  • 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Penta Building Group
    550 S. Hope Street, Suite 2640
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

  • SMPS/LA will be having a complimentary informational session on the new and improved upcoming CPSM Study Group. We are excited about the new program format and can't wait to share it with you. Please join us!

    Penta Building Company has graciously agreed to host the event at their Los Angeles Office. Please bring all your questions regarding the study group and/or the exam and we will do our best to answer.

    Professional Development Director, Jodi Espinoza jespinoza@syska.com | 310.254.3640

  • Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
  • February 7th to 9th, 2018
  • The Meritage Resort and Spa
    Napa, CA


  • Pacific Regional Conference 2018 Information



    The Wave is the name of the SMPS Pacific Regional Conference (PRC), an annual regional event hosted by ten SMPS chapters: Alaska, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Oregon, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. The Pacific Region provides access to some of the largest Chapters and has over 1400 members.

    Held annually, the Wave assembles over a dozen presenters and keynote speakers throughout the nation, providing attendees opportunities to learn best practices in A/E/C marketing and business development from some of the industry’s best. Moreover, the unique PRC conference atmosphere provides networking opportunities with fellow professionals within the Pacific Region that will help them build their business.