Michael Ellars

michaelellars.com

Michael Ellars, AIA, APX, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, CASp

Curriculum Vitae

August 2017

Education

University of Southern California, School of Architecture

1995–2000Bachelor of Architecture magna cum laude

Licensure and Certification

2006–PresentLicensed Architect, California (C-30683)
2007–PresentLEED Accredited Professional (AP), United States Green Building Council
2009–PresentCertified Access Specialist, California (CASp-111)
2014–PresentConstruction Documents Technician (CDT), Construction Specifications Institute

Professional Service and Activities

2006–PresentMember, Building Performance and Regulations Committee, AIA Los Angeles
2009–PresentInvited Presenter, NotLY (Not Licensed Yet)
2011–PresentCo-Chair, Accessibility Subcommittee of Education Committee, Los Angeles CSI
2011–PresentMember, Education Committee, Los Angeles CSI
2009Mentor, ACE Program, WWCOT and Santa Monica High School
2009–2012Member, Los Angeles Building Enclosure Council, NIBS/BETEC & AIA Los Angeles
2009–2012Invited Presenter, AIA Los Angeles – Emerging Professionals Education Series
2005Guest Critic for USC School of Architecture Topic Studio Reviews (D. Noble)
2003–2006President, Andronicus Alumni Association, Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity
2002Guest Critic for USC School of Architecture First-Year Studio Reviews (D. Noble)

Instructional Experience

NotLY: Not Licensed Yet
(formerly USC Architecture License Study Hall)

06/2016ARE 4.0 SD: Schematic Design
06/2015ARE 4.0 SD: Schematic Design
ARE 4.0 PPP/CSE: A Brief History of Accessibility
CSE: The 12 Parts of Title 24
01/2015ARE 4.0 SD: Schematic Design
ARE 4.0 PPP/CSE: A Brief History of Accessibility
CSE: The 12 Parts of Title 24
05/2014ARE 4.0 SD: Schematic Design
ARE 4.0 PPP: How Did We Get Here? A Brief History of Accessibility
CSE: The 12 Parts of Title 24
04/2014ARE 4.0 BDCS: Architectural Acoustics
05/2013ARE 4.0 SD: Schematic Design
CSE: California Supplemental Exam
12/2012ARE 4.0 SD: Schematic Design
CSE: California Supplemental Exam
05/2012ARE 4.0 SD: Schematic Design
CSE: California Supplemental Exam
05/2011ARE 4.0 SD: Schematic Design
ARE 4.0 PPP: Programming, Planning & Practice
05/2010ARE 4.0 SD: Schematic Design
ARE 4.0 BDCS: Building Design
09/2009ARE 4.0 BDCS: Building Design & Construction Systems

LACSI: Los Angeles Chapter of Constructon Specifications Institute

01/2017Accessibilit: Past and Present
01/2015Accessibilit: Past and Present
06/2013Accessibility Seminar: How Did We Get Here?
10/2011Accessibility Seminar: Site Circulation

AIA San Fernando Valley

11/2016An Evening of Accessibility: Best Practices for 2013 CBC and 2016 CBC Preview
09/2015Accessibility: Past & Present (CASp Discussion Group)
03/2015Accessibility Blitz: Parking
11/2014Accessibility: Past, Present and Future
Accessibility Seminar: Best Practices for 2013 CBC

Long Beach City College—Construction Management/Maintenance & Operations CE Seminar

08/2017Accessibility Seminar: Best Practices for 2013 CBC (2016 Update)

AIA Los Angeles — Emerging Professionals Education Series

06/2016ARE Workshop: Site Planning & Design
09/2014ARE Workshop: Building Design & Construction Systems
06/2012ARE 4.0 SPD: Site Planning & Design
06/2011ARE 4.0 SPD: Site Planning & Design
05/2010ARE 4.0 SPD: Site Planning & Design
10/2009ARE 4.0 SPD: Site Planning & Design
09/2009ARE 4.0 BDCS: Building Design & Construction Systems
05/2009ARE 3.1 BT: Building Technology
03/2009ARE 4.0 SPD: Site Planning & Design

AIA Los Angeles — Building Performance & Regulations Committee

04/2015Making an Access Friendly Business
03/2014Accessibility Seminar: Best Practices for 2013 CBC
02/2014Accessibility Seminar: Best Practices for 2013 CBC
06/2013Accessibility Seminar: How Did We Get Here?
09/2012Accessibility Seminar: Emergency Regulations
05/2012Accessibility Seminar: Why Accessibility?
10/2011Accessibility Seminar: Site Circulation
08/2011Accessibility Seminar: Clear Floor Spaces
06/2010Accessibility Seminar: Accessibility in Existing Non-Residential Buildings

AIA Golden Empire (Bakersfield)

10/2011ARE 4.0: Construction Documents & Services

IECSI: Inland Empire Chapter of Construction Specifcations Institute

11/2014Accessibility: Past and Present
Accessibility Seminar: Best Practices for 2013 CBC

Los Angeles Unified School District

11/2016Accessibility: Past, Present & Future
Best Practices for 2013 CBC
2013 CBC Intervening Code Cycle Accessibility Provisions (2015)
Preview of 2016 CBC Accessibility Provisions

Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) – 37th Annual Conference on School Facilities

02/2016Virtual Reality: The Next Big Thing

Thompson Design Expo (Orange County)

11/2016Accessibility: Past & Present

The Valley Economic Alliance (San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles)

04/2015Making an Access Friendly Business

AWA+D: Association of Women in Architecture & Design

12/2014Cocktails & Codes: The 12 Parts of Title 24

DLR Group (formerly WWCOT prior to 3/2010)

05/2014Accessibility Seminar: Best Practices for 2013 CBC
07/20122010 California Building Standards Code: Title 24
04/20122010 California Building Code: Chapter 4
03/20122010 California Building Code: Chapter 3
02/20122010 California Building Code: Chapter 1
07/2011Microsoft Word: Introducing Styles
02/2010Using Styles in Microsoft Word
01/20082007 California Building Code: Chapter 5

Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity — National Convention

04/2010Convention Boot Camp: Robert’s Rules of Order

Professional Experience

2000–PresentDLR Group
(formerly WWCOT prior to 3/2010)

Project Architect / Project Manager

06/2006–Present: Project executive and technical lead for broad range of project types (civic, retail, K-12 education and higher education) with involvement from schematic design through construction documents, construction administration and project close-out. Responsible for scheduling and directing staff during all phases of projects. Expanding marketing and business development responsibilities including client management, proposal preparation and project interviews. De facto “code expert” for office and California Region.

Certified Access Specialist (CASp)

09/2009–Present: Perform field investigation, conditional analysis and written report documentation regarding construction-related accessibility standards compliance. Internal design phase plan reviews and construction phase inspections. Technical advice for access compliance across all projects types.

Forensic Architect

09/2008–5/2011: Investigated construction defects (including field work and documentation review), provided litigation support services (including code research, presentation preparation and critical issue analysis), and assisted in development and oversight of remedial design work.

Designer / Job Captain

02/2001–6/2006: Directed junior staff during design development and construction document phases. Co-chaired interoffice “Technical Roundtable” group. Active member of inter-office “CAD Leaders” group. Some construction management and marketing experience.

Graphic Designer / Marketing

05/2000–2/2001: Developed proposals, presentations and other marketing graphics. Assisted business development and client research efforts.

Professional Memberships / Affiliations

1996–PresentAlpha Rho Chi Fraternity (APX)
2006–PresentAmerican Institute of Architects (AIA)
2013–PresentConstruction Specifications Institute (CSI)

Publications

11/2016New Visual Realities Require K-12 Designs for the Future. DLR Group Insights. www.dlrgroup.com/insights/articles/ellars-new-visual-realities/
04/2016Boosting the K-12 Educational Experience through Virtual Modes of Learning. DLR Group Insights. www.dlrgroup.com/insights/articles/ellars-virtual-reality/
02/2016Virtual Reality: A Revolutionary Evolution in Building Design. AIA YAF Connection. issuu.com/youngarchitectsforum/docs/160216_-_1401_-_vol_14_issue_01_dra/32
06/2014Architectural Acoustics. Presentation slides and supplemental notes from NotLY seminar. michaelellars.com/edu/are/are40/bdcs.html
05/2010ARE Schematic Design: Building Layout Vignette Sketch Paper Example. Supplemental presentation material from NotLY seminar. michaelellars.com/edu/are/are40/sd.html

Grants and Scholarships

2015“Virtual Realities” Professional Development Grant, DLR Group
1995Trustee Scholarship, University of Southern California

Awards and Honors

2015“Virtual Realities” Professional Development Grant, DLR  Group
2000AIA (Henry Adams) School Medal, School of Architecture, University of Southern California

Technology Skills

Hardware

1990–Present: 27 years of experience specifying, constructing, installing and troubleshooting assorted computer hardware and peripherals. Half-year professional development grant for virtual reality study using Oculus Rift head-mounted display (2015).

Operating Systems

1990–Present: 27 years of personal and professional experience with various operating systems, including Microsoft Windows (3.1 through 8.1), Linux (various distributions), BeOS and MS-DOS.

Computer Aided Drafting and Design / Building Information Modeling Software

1993–Present: 24 years of academic and professional experience with AutoCAD. 12 years of academic, personal and professional experience with Revit. Additional professional experience with PowerCADD, form•Z and SketchUp. Personal familiarity with ArchiCAD, Unreal Editor and Unity 3D.

Graphic Design Software

1995–Present: 22 years of academic and professional experience with Adobe Photoshop. 15 years of professional and personal experience with Quark XPress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Dreamweaver. Personal familiarity with Inkscape and Scribus.

Office / Productivity Software

1995–Present: 22 years of academic and professional experience with the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook). 12 years of professional experience with Microsoft Project.

Web Markup and Programming Languages

1995–Present: 22 years of academic and professional experience with World Wide Web mark-up languages (HTML, DHTML and XHTML). 20 years of academic and professional experience with World Wide Web style sheets (CSS) and JavaScript (ECMAScript) programming. 22 years of academic and personal experience with AutoLISP programming and AutoCAD interface customization.
Recent Professional Examples:
• Ocean View School District, 2016 Facilities Master Plan: www.ovsd-fmp.org/
• Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, 2017 Facilities Master Plan: www.pvpusdplan.org/

Hobbies and Interests

Professional interests in building technology, architectural detailing, accessibility and universal design, and sustainable/regenerative design. Science fiction author. Hobbyist web page and graphic designer. Computer geek. Amateur historian. Puzzle fanatic. Creative problem solver.

Novels

2013Edge of Infinity. Science fiction. ISBN-10: 1484840399 / ISBN-13: 978-1484840399. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

References

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