Author Archives: Malvin Whang, AIA

President’s Letter: The Cost of Stupid

We would all agree that continually improving how we do our work is a good thing. Our clients would laud us for this effort. We’d expect the same for professionals we would hire, such as doctors and attorneys. As a … Continue reading

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President’s Letter: A Better Way

Last spring, we held a monthly program on Lean Construction with a panel of practitioners representing architects, builders and owners. At the end of the meeting, we did a plus/delta (that’s where suggestions for improvements on the presentation, delta, and … Continue reading

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Swing Swing Swing

President’s Letter- Malvin Whang, AIA     It  seems  that  many  firms  have  come  back  from  the  great  recession and are in growth mode again. In fact, there seems to be a shortage of qualified people to do the work that firms … Continue reading

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President’s Letter: The Other 1%

We’ve heard a lot about the 1% in Oakland in the last several years. Long before there was Occupy Oakland, there was the other 1% I first heard in Thomas Edison’s quote “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent … Continue reading

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May 2015 President’s Letter

I don’t know this for a fact, but it seems like the economy is picking up again. It’s anecdotal, but the number of inquiries for staff seems to have gone up and is the topic of many conversations at chapter … Continue reading

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One Tribe: the April President’s Letter

AIA. These three letters after my name stand for The American Institute of Architects. There are an estimated 83,000 dues-paying members of the AIA (including associates and emeritus members) out of an estimated 105,847 registered architects in the United States. … Continue reading

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President’s Letter: Are You Not Dazzled?

The monthly chapter program is important. It is the regularly scheduled event for the whole chapter that gives us an opportunity to meet, learn, share and catch up. We’ve been trying to “up our game” with the monthly programs as … Continue reading

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There is No They There

I’m excited to be the new chapter president of the AIA East Bay for 2015. I was asked at the membership appreciation party in December why I became involved with the AIA. My answer has been and continues to be … Continue reading

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