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    Fresh Brew: Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

    REGISTER AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

    Scheduled to open in Fall 2021, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures located in the historic May Company Building in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles— will be the world’s premier institution devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking.

    Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and engineered by Buro Happold's San Francisco-based team, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will consist of a major renovation to the 1930s Streamline Moderne May Company Building (renamed the Saban Building) plus a soaring spherical addition that will house a 1,000-seat theater. Visitors to the museum will experience the magic of cinema and the creative, collaborative process of filmmaking.

    This segment of "Fresh Brew" features Andrew Rastetter, PE and Derrick Roorda, PE SE, of Buro Happold, an international, integrated consultancy of engineers, consultants and advisers, who will share their experiences working with the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. This presentation will focus on a key element of the museum complex by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and the adaptive reuse of the former May Company building, where the team focused on maintaining its integrity and historical significance.


    Andrew Rastetter, PE, Associate
    Andrew is an associate on Buro Happold’s California Structures team. In his six years of experience in the fields of architecture and structural engineering, Andrew has helped deliver a broad spectrum of projects, from single-family residential to large-scale cultural and institutional buildings. Through this body of work, and through his dual educational background in engineering and architecture, Andrew has developed an expertise in integrated structural design, striving to create structures that enhance the architecture that they support. He believes strongly in the value of collaboration and integration in the design process, and enjoys working closely with architects to make their dreams a reality and to make the impossible possible.

    Derrick Roorda, PE SE LEED AP, Principal
    Derrick is the director of Buro Happold’s California structural engineering group. With over 20 years of experience, he is an expert in the topic of seismic engineering and performance based design. Derrick participated on a number of expert committees charged with the advancement of seismic design regulations, including those responsible for the development of PBD guidelines for Tall Buildings in San Francisco and Los Angeles. More recently he served on the NEHRP consultants joint venture that published recommendations for seismic design of concrete buildings following the 2010 Maule, Chile earthquake. Derrick has a strong resume of commercial, entertainment, and cultural projects around the US and internationally. He holds a reputation for maintaining balance between design ambition and construction practicality. Having worked with a broad spectrum of the world’s great architects including Renzo Piano and Frank Gehry, Derrick has shown a prowess to advance creative solutions within the confines of restrictive technical regulation.

    Fresh Brew is a series of online morning conversations covering a variety of topics about all things architecture and design. Fresh Brew provides the general public and industry professionals with engaging dialogue and a space for inspiration during these challenging times.

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021
    9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
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