Building the University of California for the 21st Century – University of California Office of the President

an AIA East Bay Monthly Program

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Cost prior to 10/26: Free for AIA members and employees of chapter member firms. $10 Guests
After 10/26: $10 AIA members and employees of chapter member firms. $15 Guests
At the door: $20
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1.5 CES LUs

“Let there be light” is the motto for the University of California. Established almost 150 years ago, the University of California has grown into a world class public university system including prestigious campuses such as the venerable UC Berkeley and UCLA, and the latest ground up endeavor at UC Merced.

While each of the campuses have evolved into creating its own environment, tradition and operations, the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) provides a framework of policies, guidelines, and legal interpretations to knit the University’s 10 campuses, five medical centers, and other special entities together to operate as a state wide enterprise. Within the auspice of UCOP, many departments touch and impact how construction and design services are procured, provided, and practiced within the UC system.

As an institution of higher learning and research, the University is equally dedicated to architectural excellence, quality craftsmanship, and value adding project delivery.  The campuses are faced with increasing enrollment goals and faculty competition, but with diminishing public resources. The October monthly program will be a panel presentation on how the University works within the AEC industry to support the UC mission. The UC team will offer context and present the methods behind the madness.  The audience will learn about UC design professional and contractor selection practices, the UC sustainability mission, and the latest project delivery practices around the system.


Chris Hornbeck, AIA is the Director of Construction Services at UCOP. Within the purview of his position, he also serves as the Chair of the Construction Review Board and the Capital Programs Institute. He has held his position at UCOP for five years, with experience in the real world as an Architect, contractor, and owner’s representative.  Chris is licensed as an Architect and general contractor in the state of California. He will be a 2016 board member of the Design Build Institute of America. As extracurricular activities, he is the President of the Abracadabra House Corporation in Berkeley, a non-profit, and spends time working on his money pits of home and cars.  Chris holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley, and Masters in  Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the same institution.

John Bevan is a part of UCOP’s Construction Group at the Office of General Counsel. John is a licensed architect (Univ. of Idaho, B.Arch. 1978.)  He practiced architecture for 13 years in Seattle and San Francisco at a variety of firms, including Cardwell/Thomas & Assoc., Thistlethwaite Architectural Group, and NBBJ on projects including hospitals, sports facilities, historic buildings, hotels, and commercial and medical office buildings.  He then realized his true calling as an attorney (but he kept his architectural license, just in case…).   After graduating from the University of San Francisco (J.D. 1994), he practiced in the field of construction law for 18 years, including 8 years at Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, and, most recently as Special Counsel with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Los Angeles, CA.

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