It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to serve as chapter president this year and what a year it has been. We’ve completed the first phase of our chapter office tenant improvement, had another fantastic Home Tours, we hosted and moderated a forum for the top six candidates running for mayor of Oakland, and started our first annual Architecture Youth Camp. At the beginning of the year my agenda was to continue strengthening membership community, increase public engagement, and be intentional in teaching youth in our community about the practice of architecture. I’m pleased to say that the above programs and events were successful in accomplishing these goals. However, we are just getting started.
That is why I’m delighted to introduce my successor Malvin Whang, AIA. Serving as president for the chapter isn’t going to be foreign for Malvin because during his undergrad at UC Berkeley he was AIAS president. As AIAS president he was instrumental in petitioning for the National Convention to be held in San Francisco and as a result he was awarded AIAS Chapter President of the Year. His commitment to education for emerging professionals was evident in grad school where he was a graduate student instructor for Introduction to Professional Practice as well as Internship classes. After years of being on the private side working on such projects like the Getty Center, AT&T Park (formerly PacBell Park) and K-12 projects, Malvin is now the Senior Project Manager for UCSF. His experiences gives him a dynamic perspective and he wants to continue the chapter along the same path such as increasing public awareness to grow good clients–so we can do good work. In addition, he is passionate about creating more synergy amongst the A/E/C community at-large.
I am incredibly grateful to have served this year as chapter president and with Malvin at the helm, I’m extremely excited for next year. Thank you all again for such a successful year. I wish you all Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year!