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Seven Members Recognized

On May 31, 2017, AIA East Bay had its second annual Chapter Recognition Party, held this year at Lowney Architecture. This social event celebrates our members and sponsors, newly licensed architects, and volunteers who make our programs and events a success.

Chapter president Winston Win, AIA was a terrific host, warmly welcoming everyone and thanking our sponsors including Moen, Ideate, and Dealey Renton. He also presented a special certificate to the chapter’s first emeritus allied member: Phyllis Piepho, Allied Member; thanked 2016 Design Awards Chair Janet Tam, AIA, and expressed his appreciation to 2016 chapter president Susi Marzuola, AIA.

Current Home Tours co-chairs Chris Coffee, AIA and Miya Muraki, AIA were on-hand to recognize their predecessor, Rudi Widmann, AIA, Home Tours chair from 2015-2016. The 2017 Home Tours were officially announced for Saturday, August 12, with a special call for docents. (Click here to sign up.)

Michael McCutcheon, Allied Member, was pleased to recognize both Nathan Hills, AIA and Winston Win, AIA for their work over the past few years in building a thriving Monthly Design Tours program. He invited those interested in joining the committee to chat with him—active committee members get to attend the tours for free!

Then, Associate Director/Emerging Professionals co-chair Jeremy Hoffman, Assoc. AIA presented Derrick Porter, Assoc. AIA with a special presidential citation for developing the ARE Bootcamp, a program that since its inception in 2015 has helped many dedicated licensure candidates near their goal. The certificate read “For his tireless efforts in fostering an environment to encourage his peers to licensure, his dedication to the profession and to the AIA community.”

AIA East Bay is a great community with diverse programming and services—and you can be a part of it! Both the Regional Urban Design (RUD)—Matt Taecker, AIA, chair–and Committee on the Environment (COTE)—Philip Luo, AIA, Chair– groups will be holding happy hour/”scrum” sessions—RUD will be at 6pm Tuesday, June 13th and COTE will be 6pm Thursday, June 22nd. All are welcome; RSVP to events@aiaeb.org.

The Young Architects Forum (YAF)—Tim Nystrom, AIA, chair– travels to Pyatok this month to chat with Adrianne Steichen, AIA, who became a principal while still a Young Architect. If you’ve been licensed in the past ten years or are actively studying for the CSE, head over to Pyatok at 6pm on June 20th. Of course, RSVP to events@aiaeb.org as space is limited.

Not yet licensed? There’s an Emerging Professionals Happy Hour this month at Mad Oak on Tuesday, June 27th. They’ll be joined by the EPs from across the Bay: BAYA. Last year’s mixer was a lot of fun—why not stop by at 6pm?

And of course, we have the Mueller Nichols tour and presentation by Eric Powell, Allied Member, which you can read about in this issue of ArchNews. If we don’t currently offer a committee/forum for your interest area, let’s talk about it. Maybe it’s time for you to get involved!

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