• SMPS/LA Education Event
  • Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
  • 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
  • SWA Architects
    48 East Holly Street
    Pasadena, CA 91103

  • Photography by Takashige Ikawa (2016)

    Come join us for another of our popular Lunch & Learn styled courses, as we explore Adobe's Photoshop CC!    SMPS LA's Educational Committee has curated a special collection of tips and tricks that we think will be very useful and interesting, especially to those of us in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry.

    How many times have you thought to yourself,
    "This would make a great photo for my proposal if only..."?

    Whether it's because of budget constraints, scheduling limitations, or even just one of those "Surprise! You now have a proposal due in 5 days..." sort of situations, having a basic set of Photoshop skills can help you out of a bind.

    • A useful and helpful introduction to those who need to "retouch" project photos that were taken by either yourself or a colleague during a site visit
    • A great intro for those who would like to refine headshots
    • A refresher course for those who have not touched Photoshop in a while...
    • A super interactive "open forum" setting (seriously, there are no stupid questions)

    • One of those intense attempts to pack an all-day or multi-day conference workshop into a single hour or so
    • An attempt to replace professionally shot and retouched photography for both headshots and projects -- because that would be a full-time job in and of itself.

    60 minutes of planned instruction, with 30 minutes of overflow or additional Q&A for those who would like to stay a little longer. The instructor will be using a Wacom pen-style "mouse".

    Cindy Ionita is the Marketing / Business Development leader for SWA Architects, a mid-sized full-service architecture practice based in Pasadena, California that specializes in complex and technically challenging projects, especially those in healthcare, rail/transportation, aerospace -- and anything else that requires proven knowledge of careful design, drawing production, construction phasing + coordination, and agency submissions. She has been using Photoshop (and its predecessors) since 1996, but continues to learn new techniques and tricks with each release.

    Please email cindy.ionita@swaarch.com if you have any questions, have any dietary restrictions, or would like more details about this course.


    How will seating work at this venue?
    Seating is first come - first served, with the first 12 spots will be guaranteed a seat at the conference table. Subsequent seats will be behind the inner circle and may not have table access.

    What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
    Parking is available nearby via street parking (metered) or at various public Old Town Pasadena parking lots (most are free for the first 90-minutes). Paid parking lots are also located nearby. SWA Architects is also located just 2 blocks away from the METRO Gold Line Memorial Park station.

    Do I need to bring a laptop to the event?
    A laptop would be extremely helpful, but is not necessary. We will offer a demonstration of the items being addressed, and will provide a chance for everyone to practice.

    Will lunch be provided?
    Yes! A light lunch will be provided, but you're also more than welcome to bring your own brown bag for the occasion.

  • SMPS Gives Back: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
  • Friday, January 20th, 2017
  • 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
    1701 E. 41st Place
    Los Angeles, CA 90058

  • SMPS is continuing the Holiday spirit of giving and serving our local community with an SMPS Gives Back volunteer opportunity! SMPS/LA will be volunteering with The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to “Take a BITE out of hunger!”

    Please join us. Volunteers are needed to help sort, inspect, and repackage donated food items from local food drives and supermarket chains.

    Thank you for helping us fight hunger in our community!
    Minimum age requirement is 14 (sorry, no exceptions) All volunteers must wear close-toe/heel shoes.

    Can't come in to volunteer, but still want to help? You can help out virtually! For every $1 we can distribute 4 meals in our community Click below!

    Take a BITE out of hunger!

    Event Schedule
    12:30pm - 12:55pm: Registration
    1:00pm–4:00pm: Help with Project or Program most needed for that day.

    Parking is available on-site, but carpooling is highly recommended as there are limited parking spaces.

    $10 donation – members
    $10 donation – non-members
    All monetary donations collected by SMPS/LA will be donated back to Los Angeles Regional Food Bank as a charitable contribution.

    For sponsorship opportunities, contact JoAnne DeGuzman: JoAnne.DeGuzman@hei-eng.com

    For volunteer questions, contact Christine Timbre: ctimbre@pankow.com

  • The Super Wave
  • Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
  • 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
  • The Hotel Captain Cook
    939 West 5th Avenue
    Anchorage, AK  99501

  • SMPS PRC 2017 Information

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    Swag Donation:

    Must be received by February 3, 2017. Ship items to:
    Andrea Story
    R&M Consultants, Inc.
    9101 Vanguard Drive
    Anchorage, AK  99507

    Need a Reason to Attend?

    Andrea Story, CPSM, will send a letter to your principal(s) advocating for your attendance. Please email Andrea at astory@rmconsult.com for assistance.