Sustainable Urban Affordable Housing Models

An AIASF Presentation

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Location: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600San Francisco, CA 94588
$10 AIA members/$15 non-members.
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This presentation showcases three socially & environmentally sustainable, affordable housing models in San Francisco, each designed for residents with special needs. St. Peter’s Place serves residents who are developmentally disabled, Bishop Swing Community House is home to formerly homeless adults and 1100 Ocean Avenue houses transitional age youth (TAY) mixed with very low income families. Three non-profit housing developers and their architect collaborated to tailor each project toward sustainable livability and a strong sense of community.


Robert Herman, FAIA Robert Herman, FAIA is a principal of Herman Coliver Locus Architecture who, as a child, spent rainy afternoons at the basement workbench. It was an environment for modeling things that miniaturized the built environment. Eventually, those efforts led to graduate work in architecture at Harvard, a four year immersion in a passionate search for solutions to apply to full scale built environments that continues to evolve. For 40 years Herman Coliver Locus’s practice has focused on the design of very-low income, multi-unit supportive housing on behalf of private non-profit developers.

Steven Rajninger, AIA is a principal of Herman Coliver Locus Architecture in San Francisco. Steven founded Locus Architecture in 1994 with classmates from UC Berkeley and Harvard University where he received his BArch and MArch degrees. Since merging with Herman Coliver Locus Architecture in 2008, he has led affordable housing design of 1100 Ocean Avenue in San Francisco, Half Moon Village in Half Moon Bay, and University Avenue Senior Housing in East Palo Alto.

Amy Beinart has been working in the field of affordable housing development for more than 14 years. She has served as Housing Director with the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, Organizational Director of the San Francisco Community Land Trust, and independent consultant to nonprofit affordable housing development organizations and community development intermediaries.

Sumi Imamoto is the Director of Asset Management at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. As the Director of Asset Management she oversees an affordable housing portfolio which includes supportive housing for families, seniors, developmentally disabled, and housing for persons with HIV/AIDS.

Ken Reggio, Executive Director, Episcopal Community Services. Ken has served as ECS’s Executive Director since February 2002. Mr. Reggio holds advanced degrees in sociology and social work and has a 28-year history of executive leadership in organizations serving people who are poor and disenfranchised, notably ECS, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, and St. Vincent DePaul Society of San Francisco.

Liz Pocock, Director of Housing & Development & Asset Management. Liz has worked in the field of affordable and supportive housing since 1999. Prior to joining ECS, Liz was Director of Property Management at CHCPMC for five years.

Jennifer Dolin, Regional Vice President of Operations, Mercy Housing California has more than 15 years’ experience in affordable housing. She has been a senior housing developer on a variety of affordable housing developments including, 1100 Ocean Avenue in San Francisco, 1180 Fourth Street in San Francisco, and Kent Gardens Senior Housing in San Lorenzo.


R. Thomas Jones, AIA is currently Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo and serves as the Director of the San Francisco Urban Program. Prior to September 2012, Tom was the Dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly, for nine years. A graduate of Cornell University, his career includes 43 years of private, non-profit, and governmental practice in architecture, planning, non-profit housing development, and land use policy

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