LAI FL Suncoast members joined the Elemental Impact (Ei) 4Roots Farm Campus Tour on May 17. The tour featured the multiple-award-winning Education Center, the first building in Florida to attain the energy-petal certification of the Living Building Challenge, a monumental achievement!

The LAI Global Initiative has tackled the publicized challenges of the real estate appraisal industry in the U.S. in a five part webinar series – you won’t want to miss joining this discussion by industry and academic leaders.

Photo courtesy of National Fair Housing Alliance

LAI New York Chapter held a special gathering on May 15, 2024 at Rizzoli Bookstore on Broadway and 26th Street, where our chapter's very own Vice President Jason Barr released his new book Cities In The Sky: The Quest to Build the World’s Tallest Skyscrapers.

On Thursday, April 25, 2024, the LAI Suncoast Chapter underdevelopment hosted its second official event at one of Lakewood Ranch’s (LWR) three town centers. LAI VP Craig Binning traveled from Toronto to attend the meeting, educate on the value of LAI membership, and induct four new members. It was a stellar event.

Gina Caruso, Chicago Region Chapter, shares from her travels to Copenhagen in March and encourages you to attend the LAI Copenhagen Regional Study Tour and visit one of the happiest places on earth.

Rooted in the principles of walkability, accessibility, and proximity, 15-minute cities create self-sufficient and inclusive communities where residents can access most of their daily needs within a 15-minute walk or bike ride from their home.  15-minute cities are not, as some conspiracy theorists suggest, an attempt to limit movement. Rather as, a Vancouver study found, retail plays a vital role in the creation of sustainable and vibrant neighbourhoods.  

Told from the perspective of an experienced city planner and architect, this overview of  a four-month solo trip around the world highlights the character of the places visited and their people, the adventure and challenges of solo travel, and the wonder that is our world.

LAI’s chapter in Pune, India co-hosted a one-day nationwide conference on “Securing Water for Food, Energy and Environment” at MIT-WPU, World Peace University in Pune. Pune is a college town (“the Oxford of the East”) and also an automobile manufacturing Hub. At 4 million people, Pune is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra (Mumbai is the first and India’s, Economic financial capital).

LAI Global Initiatives sponsored a webinar on Home Ownership in Transition - A Canada-California Comparison on 2023-10-16. 
The webinar featured a moderated panel with experts from the legal, insurance and regulatory perspectives and explored the differences in construction defect legislation and project financial risk  between acceptance of condo housing (5 or more units, apartment or townhome) in Canada compared to California. 38 percent of the new housing added in Canada between 2011 and 2021 was in the form of multi-family condos (5 or more units), compared to an estimated 3 percent in California. 

The webinar recommended California consider the systems in place in Canada to encourage multi-family home ownership.

Photos of LAI Home Ownership in Transition header, courtesy of Rick Cook

Special thanks to Photographer Emilie K. Adin, LAI Vancouver Chapter Member and Scribe Marina Aviles Olmos, LAI Madrid Chapter Member.

Kathy King, of the Los Angeles chapter, begins her two year term as LAI International President.  Kathy introduces you to the International leadership team and shares some perspective on LAI. 

In 2023 LAI Baltimore members participated on an Architecture and Urban Design Exchange Trip between Baltimore, Maryland and Rotterdam, The Netherlands with students and faculty from Baltimore’s Morgan State University School of Architecture + Planning and the Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst. And another trip is planned for 2024.  

LAI President Kathy King traveled from Los Angeles and LAI Past President, LAI Fellow, and New Chapter Development Chair Steven Gragg from El Paso, Texas to support the underdevelopment LAI Suncoast Chapter. The three-day visit was filled with a multitude of activities, including local tours, individual induction ceremonies and culminating with a prestigious November 28 event; a total of 13 new At-Large members were inducted into LAI.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 26, 2023, 9 – 10:30 PDT for the LAI Global Initiatives sponsored webinar series on Home Ownership in Transition - A Canada-California Comparison. The initial webinar will feature a moderated panel with experts from the legal, insurance and regulatory perspectives, and provide LAI members the opportunity to query the panelists. 

Confirmed speakers are Wendy Moir, CEO and Registrar, Ontario Home Construction Regulatory Authority; Tamara L. Boeck, Partner Stoel Rives LLP and Kerry Nagy, Vice-President – Underwriting, Travelers Canada. Based on member feedback, future webinars will focus on one or more of the topics explored in the opening event.   

Photos of LAI Home Ownership in Transition header, courtesy of Ken Cameron, Tim Youmans and Rick Cook

LAI members from the Sacramento and Atlanta Chapters as well At-Large members from Dorset, England and Sarasota, FL participated in the May 25 Eco Justice for ALL Dialogue, Environmental Stewardship: the business perspective. The Temple of Understanding invited Elemental Impact Founder & CEO and At-Large member (Sarasota, FL) Holly Elmore to orchestrate and moderate the empowering 60-minute dialogue.

In their dialogues, Stephanie Barger (Sacramento,) Tim Trefzer (Atlanta,) and Simon Lamb (At-Large) showcased business community leadership in environmental stewardship.

Businessman and philanthropist Warren K.K. Luke, longtime member of LAI Aloha Chapter, was recently selected in this year's group of Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients.  The Ellis Island Honor Society awards medals to distinguished people of diverse backgrounds who have selflessly worked to better their community. Luke accepted the medal at a ceremony at Ellis Island on May 13, 2023.

Photo of Warren Luke, Courtesy of Aloha Chapter

The Board of Governors extends its congratulations to Richard A. Wilson who has been nominated by the Ely Chapter and selected by the International Awards Committee as the 2023 International Member of the Year. Richard has been a member of LAI for 17 years.

When she returned to her hometown Sarasota, FL in 2021, former Atlanta Chapter Board member Holly Elmore formed an environmental Leadership Group (LG) on the central Florida Gulf Coast focused on water quality and its land economics impact. Two years later, the LG boasts ten members, all prominent environmental leaders and LAI At-Large members, and an impressive track record of accomplishments.


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