Author Archives: AIA East Bay Staff

Project Profile: Kava Massih Architects

Oakmore TownhouseOakland, CaliforniaText provided by Kava Massih Architects This multi-family residence located in the Oakmore neighborhood consists of three townhouses – a two-story three-bedroom unit and two three-story two-bedroom units. Through thoughtful use of scale, form, and material, the modern … Continue reading

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PSM Architects, Inc.: Firm Profile

How did the firm get its start?  Originally founded by Albert Perata & Robert Sylvester in 1961. When Richard Mutter became a partner the firm changed it’s name to Perata Sylvester and Mutter in the mid 1970’s. How did your … Continue reading

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The History: Codes

As the nation mourns the passing of our 41st President, George H. W. Bush, one of the most significant laws was signed by President Bush back on July 23, 1990. It was the American with Disabilities Act or the ADA. … Continue reading

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Tolbert Design Architects: Firm Profile

How did your firm get its name?  It’s my last name, I design and I’m an architect.  Tolbert Design Architects. How large is the firm? Me Myself and I Where are you located? San Jose and Oakland office locations How … Continue reading

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Project Profile: Siegel & Strain

Redwood Visitor CenterRedwood National & State ParksOrick, CaliforniaText provided by Siegel & Strain Architects Siegel & Strain Architects is designing a new Visitor Center for Redwood National and State Parks and Save the Redwoods League in Orick, CA. The parks are … Continue reading

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1/28/19 Letter to AIAEB Members

January 28, 2019 Message from the President of the Board, Mark B. Steppan, AIA, CSI, NCARB, and the Board of Directors of the East Bay Chapter of the AIA. Dear East Bay AIA members, The Board of East Bay AIA … Continue reading

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Detectable Warnings (Part Two): Codes

Last month we discussed Detectable Warnings and how the code’s vague phrase “Hazardous Vehicular Area” creates uncertainty. The code defines “Vehicular Way,” but leaves architects, plan checkers and site inspectors to decide what is “hazardous.” Intent These little yellow bumps … Continue reading

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Sean Winchester, AIA: Member Profile

Sean Winchester, AIA brings over 25 years of experience in the building industry. He started his career in construction as a carpenter, woodworker, and stair fabrication specialist. He operated Winchester Woodworks as a stair design fabricator, and Kingstud Construction, a … Continue reading

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Letter to AIA East Bay Membership

December 10, 2018 Message from the President of the Board, Mark B. Steppan, AIA, CSI, NCARB, and the Board of Directors to the full membership of the East Bay Chapter of the AIA. We desire to provide our membership with … Continue reading

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Project Profile: Levitch Associates, Inc.

Warm Modern Remodel + Addition Text provided by Levitch Associates, Inc. Albany homeowners wanted a modern design, open plan and additional space for family and guests at their two-bedroom, 1 Bath, 1,053 SF home on a 30’ wide lot. At … Continue reading

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