<b>NEW DESIGNS:</b> Pictured is the inside ofthe SYNERGY Business and Technology Center on Calle César Chávez.

In 1857, a handful of architects gathered in New York City and created the American Institute of Architects (AIA). It’s purpose then was, among other goals, “to promote the artistic, scientific, and practical profession of its members; … to elevate the standing of the profession; and to combine the efforts of those engaged in the practice of Architecture, for the general advancement of the Art,” according to its constitution.

More than 150 years later, and the AIA remains true to its mission. The organization now has more than 300 chapters throughout the country, including one in Santa Barbara. Each year, our AIA offers a public tour so folks can see the latest and greatest design by S.B. architects. This year’s theme is Sustainable Living and consists of eight projects that run the gamut from multifamily homes to new and remodeled houses to commercial design. The day-long tour is self-guided, which affords moving along at your own pace. (Neither taking photographs nor smoking is permitted at any of the properties.)

The event takes place Saturday, October 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (tour) and 4:30-6 p.m. (after-party). Tour tickets and map can be collected at the AIA Santa Barbara office (229 E. Victoria St.) beginning Wednesday, October 1. Cost is $25-$65. For more information, call 966-4198 or see aiasb.com.


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