The Architecture of Oakland: A Monthly Program

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Early registration (by February 1): Free AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms; $10 Guests
Late reg: $10 AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms; $15 Guests
At the door: $20
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1.5 CES LUs

Oakland is a true tapestry of architecture–picture its jade green art deco beauties, gleaming high rises and modern cathedrals. Moderated by Jeremiah Tolbert, AIA, of Tolbert Design Architects, AIA East Bay brings together three of Oakland’s “image makers” in a discussion about the current state of Oakland’s architecture, where it’s going and how it got there. A wine and cheese reception follows the discussion.

About the Presenters:

Rachel Flynn, AIA is the Director of Planning and Building for the City of Oakland. Flynn’s role is charged with managing 125 employees, improving the city’s planning and permitting functions and facilitating sustainable development. She has worked for a variety of public and private entities including two cities in Virginia, Cannon Design, and Otak International in Abu Dhabi. She earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard University and a master’s in engineering and construction management and a bachelor’s in architecture from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

For more than 20 years, Peter Waller, AIA has been leading the design of largescale multi-family housing developments for Pyatok, an Oakland-based architecture firm. Drawn to urbanism and high-density, he offers expertise in mixed-use, adaptive reuse in both affordable and market rate housing with a focus on creating transit-oriented developments that result in more livable and sustainable communities. Peter’s first priority on any project is to uncover solutions that relate to the larger community and create strong connections to the public realm. Peter is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

Doug Wittnebel, AIA, is the Principal & Design Director at Gensler’s Oakland office, Doug directs the vision of project teams as they collaborate with technology, energy and financial firm clients. He has more than 30 years of experience working in multiple countries across a number of practice areas. Doug’s award-winning projects have been published in the San Francisco Business Times and Forbes, among other media. His commitment to the East Bay community extends from a drawing tour of the wonderful classical historical buildings of Oakland to supporting a number of local art groups that include MOCHA, the Museum of Children’s Art. Doug holds an M.Arch from Tulane University.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to…

1. Identify four influences of architecture in Oakland.

2. Learn what impact fees mean for clients and projects.

3. Identify three ways in which historical buildings in Oakland have been transformed through the ages.

4. Learn what a building’s role is in the experience of Downtown Oakland.

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