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ADA Day: September 26, 2014

ADA Day: Accessibility for California Architects

Friday, September 26, 2014
Location: AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Cost: $110 AIA Members / $150 non-members
Includes coffee, fruit and lunch. Click here to register.

Jan Garrett, Esq., Program manager, Pacific ADA Center
Craig Williams, CASp

Provides the complete 5 hours of disability access coursework required for California Licensure.

The presentation will provide an ADA/accessibility workshop pertinent to Bay Area architects and will provide them with the full five hours required by the CAB for licensure renewal.

Full details and learning objectives to be posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

Pleasanton Program: Midrise Construction with Wood

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Location: Dahlin Group, 5865 Owens DrivePleasanton, CA 94588
All are welcome,  no cost to attend.
Bring your own lunch. Click here to RSVP

1.5 CES LUs

Following the ever growing trend of multifamily construction, this presentation covers the advantages of 4 and 5 story wood construction for mid-rise construction practices. Topics discussed include building types, shrinkage, design concepts, allowable area, Fire Retardant Treated Wood usage, and best practices for proper design and construction of mid-rise construction projects.

About the Presenter:

A California licensed professional engineer, Janelle Leafblad, Allied Member, has been an active building technology consultant since 2002, primarily in the areas of wood technology, investigation and design of building envelope components, and construction for both historic and contemporary structures. She earned her BS in Architectural Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and her MS in Wood Science and Technology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this program, attendees will:

1. Identify height limits for wood frame structures including IBC podium provisions.

2. Utilize Type III construction in multi-story structures.

3. Address common design considerations, including wood shrinkage.

4. Identify valuable resources providing in-depth information on wood-frame construction.

Financial Obstacles to Infill Development: What Designers and Planners Should Know

A Regional Urban Design & Monthly Program

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:30pm, reception to follow
$15 for AIA/APA members and employees of AIA East Bay Chapter Member firms
$20 non-members
Click here to Register

1.5 CES LUs

This symposium will illuminate factors and strategies that design and planning professionals should understand to promote infill and fully leverage community benefits.  While infill development delivers a host of environmental, social and economic benefits, it must leverage local community benefits to gain support and get approved.  Plans and policies look to development to address numerous needs, from affordable housing to street and open space improvements.  At the same time, requirements can be so burdensome that development projects — and related community benefits –become infeasible.  Our panel of experts will explain how to get from “no” to “go”.

Please join us at AIA East Bay at 5:30pm on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 with moderator Matt Taecker, AIA (Taecker Planning & Design) and guest speakers Nadine Fogarty (Strategic Economics), Bill Lee (Land Econ Group) and Steve Hixson (Hixson & Associates) on this relevant issue.

About the Presenters:

Nadine Fogarty, Strategic Economics.  Nadine Fogarty leads a wide range of economic projects, providing expertise in market analysis, development feasibility, and public sector financing strategies with a focus on urban infill and transit-oriented development (TOD). She specializes in evaluating the implications of planning policies and public investments on development potential and creating strategies to support and neighborhood revitalization. Fogarty’s TOD work includes a multi-year research effort funded by the Federal Transit Administration to understand the impact of transit on real estate development and property values, and the potential to capture increases in value to pay for infrastructure and other community benefits.

Steve Hixson, Hixson & Associates.  Steve Hixson founded Hixson & Associates in 1991 to provide consulting services in the areas of Real Estate Development and Project Management.  Clients include both for profit developers and non-profit organizations.  He has played a vital role in gaining entitlements for and managing the delivery of residential, office, retail, hospitality and  educational projects in infill settings.  Hixson worked as an Architect for 17 years in a number of firms both in the Bay Area and London.

Bill Lee, Land Econ Group.  Bill Lee has been in land planning economics and economic development consulting since the 1970s and was the Managing Principal of Economics Research Associates’ (ERA) San Francisco Office for over a dozen years.  ERA was the largest and most experienced land economics consulting firm in the United States at the time of its sale to AECOM in 2007.  He was with AECOM Economics from 2007 until 2012. Over four decades of practice he has specialized in services to local government agencies, land planning/urban design firms, property owners, real estate developers and transportation agencies.

Matt Taecker AIA AICP, Taecker Planning & Design, Moderator.  Matt Taecker chairs AIA East Bay’s “Regional and Urban Design Committee.”  For three decades, Taecker has been a leader in promoting transit-oriented development and pedestrian-friendly places, especially as part of city centers and infill development.  Taecker received the 2014 National American Planning Association’s “Best Practices Award” for Berkeley’s Downtown Area Plan and implementation. His services include: urban design, policy/code development, stakeholder engagement and entitlements, and his on-line journal on city centers can be read at

Learning objectives:

  1. Learn about strategies for overcoming financial obstacles associated with infill development.
  2. Understand how the economic feasibility of infill projects is affected by parking and other development code requirements.
  3. Examine the relationship between building height, construction code requirements, and the economic feasibility of projects.
  4. Find methods for leveraging community benefits while maintaining project feasibility.

Professional Practice Forum: Construction Administration

Brief presentation and roundtable discussion

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Free, all are welcome

1.5 CES LUs

This month’s Professional Practice Forum will feature a brief presentation from Attorney’s Liam K. Malone and Ryan P. Harley (Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP) followed by a roundtable discussion about some of the potential risks that can occur during the construction phase of a project and the various ways in which architects can minimize those risks.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this roundtable, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn about diplomacy and its importance in minimizing problems and liabilities
  2. Understand the importance of timely and thorough Site Observation Reports and other CA phase documents
  3. Learn about appropriate staffing during CA while still helping to mentor staff
  4. Learn about potential impacts of field decisions and reviews of contractor submitted documents and their impact on potential litigation

ArchiCAD User Group: Cinerender – A Review of the New Renderer

ac18-visualization-Cairns-exteriorWednesday, September 3, 2014
6-8:00 pm

During this User Group we will review the new photo rendering engine in ArchiCAD based on Cinema4D called Cinerender. We will discuss new options for lighting, how to use rendering presets to reduce time in rendering setup, how to create light simulation renderings and how to define custom materials.

About the presenter:

Tom Simmons, the founder of ARCHVISTA, Inc. and LearnVirtual, will present at this User Group. ARCHVISTA is the authorized ArchiCAD reseller for Northern California and is recognized for expertise in Building Information Modeling (BIM) as well as its implementation. Tom has spoken at major industry events including EcoBuild, AEC Systems, AIA Desert Practice Conference, AIA Monterey Design Conference and the Dwell Conference. He has authored several books and articles on Building Information Modeling and architectural technologies. Tom has a Masters of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this program, attendees will:

1. Understand how to create a rendering using Cinerender.

2. Understand how to create light simulation renderings with IES.

3. Understand the presets that minimize setup time for renderings.

4. Understand how to produce high quality photo renderings via built-in tools.

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In Memoriam: Philip Williams

philip williams

Memorial service and reception:
Saturday, August 23, 2014
1:30–3:30 pm
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research in the Gunn Building, 366 Galvez St. (cross street is Serra, off Campus Drive East).
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory be made to Peninsula Volunteers–Rosener Hse, 500 Arbor, Menlo Park, CA 94025.



Philip C. Williams
Sept. 30, 1931 – June 26, 2014 

Phil Williams, influential University Architect & Director of Planning at Stanford University, died unexpectedly June 26. From 1975 – 1992 he set his imprint on the campus with architectural guidelines affecting over 35 major buildings and open spaces, and oversaw two General Use Permit updates.

Phil cared deeply about historic preservation of the venerable campus, the quality of landscaped “people places,” and the sensitivity of new plans to the original 1880s campus design.  Balance, order, permanence, unity-in-variety, and the delight of the unexpected element were hallmarks of his aesthetic.

He mentored a generation of planners with short, pithy remarks such as: “If they don’t understand you, you haven’t said anything.”

Chicago-born, he earned both a BA and MA in architecture from Oklahoma  State University.  After military service, he joined Caudill Rowlett Scott in Houston as a university specialist, rising to partner and senior vice president.

Talented at ceramics, painting, silk screening and photography, he was also an avid traveler, basketball fan, and punster, renowned  for his wit.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Ellen Sutow Williams, also a long-time Stanford employee; his brother, Jim; his three children – David (Laurie Peller), Laurie Von Sternberg (Rusty) and Sherrie Winokur (Doug); and five grandchildren.


ArchNews August 2014

ArchNews August 2014 Out Now! This month’s issue includes:

Project Profile: Daniel Hoy, AIA
Events: 2014 AIA East Bay Home Tour
Monthly Design Tour: Zero Net Energy Center
Building Code Issues: The Codes are a Sign of the Times
Green: Smart and Innovative Facade Systems
Amazon Glacier
Member & Firm News
Firm Profile
Rebecca Schnier Architecture
Member Profile:
Alexis Karolides, AIA



Click here to download the August issue




Sarah Oppenheimer Exhibit

33-DSeptember 13–December 14, 2014
The Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613
Open to the public. Admission is free unless noted.

Public Programs
Artist Talk
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 7:00 pm
Danforth Lecture Hall, Mills College

Opening Reception
Friday, September 12, 2014 | 6:00-8:00 pm


Organized by the Mills College Art Museum, this exhibition presents a unique examination of the artist’s artistic process and current research through previously unseen archival materials. New York-based artist Sarah Oppenheimer is internationally recognized for her architectural interventions that explore how space is animated and experienced. The exhibition presents a unique examination of Oppenheimer’s artistic process and her current research.

For each of Oppenheimer’s large-scale spatial interventions, there is an extensive archive of material created. This includes both hand and digital drawings; aluminum, glass, and wood prototypes; three-dimensional models; light studies; and customized computer code, among other materials.

For the exhibition at MCAM, Oppenheimer has designed a series of tables, each highlighting an area of her process, including: mapping spatial arrays, exploring the effects of multiple sightlines, predicting the movement of bodies through architectural space, disrupting surface continuity and direction, and testing the impact of lighting variables such as reflectivity and color.

Oppenheimer’s exhibit focuses on this extensive body of unseen work, highlighting a set of key projects that demonstrate the physical and conceptual specificity of her practice, particularly as it effects her current methods and ideas regarding materiality, light, perception, and spatial engagement. The exhibit includes materials from a cross-section of Oppenheimer’s projects but focuses primarily on research around two related projects: D-33, at PPOW, New York (2012), and 33-D, at Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland (2014).

An exhibition catalogue featuring new scholarship by Julian Rose, architect and senior editor at Artforum, and Stephanie Weber, art historian and curator, accompanies the exhibition. The publication documents previously unseen works featured in the exhibition.

33-DSarah Oppenheimer
received a B.A. from Brown University in 1995 and an M.F.A. in painting from Yale University in 1999. Oppenheimer’s first solo exhibition was held in 2002 at the Drawing Center, New York. Since that time, her work has been exhibited internationally. Recent projects include W-12302, an architecturally embedded permanent commission at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2012); 33-D, a double threshold at Kunsthaus Basel (2014) and a solo exhibition at MassMoCA. Her work has been exhibited at venues including The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Saint Louis Art Museum; and the Sculpture Center, Long Island City. Oppenheimer has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2007); the Louis Comfort
Tiffany Foundation (2010-11); the Rome Prize (2010–11) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation fellowship (2011). She is a critic in painting/printmaking at Yale University.



Member Profile: Alexis Karolides, AIA

Alexis Karolides, AIAAlexis Karolides, AIA, LEED AP, Certified Passive House Consultant, has just joined Point Energy Innovations in Oakland, CA, as Principal Architect. Point Energy Innovations is a consulting firm focusing on “next level” super-efficiency, clean energy, and sustainability for the built environment. Ms. Karolides comes to the firm after 15 years as a Principal at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) in Colorado, a nonprofit organization that provides market-based solutions, engaging businesses, communities, and institutions to cost-effectively shift to efficiency and renewable energy. Most recently at RMI, Ms. Karolides led the Superefficient Housing Initiative, focusing on healthy, affordable, resource efficient housing, particularly public and workforce housing. She recently helped DOE initiate the Challenge Home Student Design Competition, which, in its inaugural year of 2014, attracted 28 university teams to design cost-effective, zero-energy-ready homes for mainstream builders.

In prior years, Ms. Karolides led RMI’s Green Development Services, working with real estate developers, owners, cities and design professionals to foster resource-efficient, life-enhancing buildings and communities. Clients included the cities of Las Vegas and Madison, Berea College, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Royal Ahold (Stop & Shop). Ms. Karolides also worked with commercial and industrial clients, including Kaiser Permanente, EDS (now HP), AMD, HEB, Wal-Mart, and several heavy industry clients, addressing corporate sustainability, building efficiency and industrial process efficiency. She led, in conjunction with Health Care Without Harm, the Boston Design for Health Summit, catalyzing sustainability planning at leading hospitals throughout the region. She also led RMI’s research in biologically inspired design, developing, with the Biomimicry Guild, a prototype for a biomimicry portal that links human design challenges to solutions found in nature, now found at

She has led energy innovation and sustainability workshops around the world, from Tianjin, China to Cambridge, MA, is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, has authored articles and contributed to books on green building, and has provided commentary for national media including the New York Times and National Public Radio. Ms. Karolides is a Board member for the Passive House Alliance US and previously served on the AIA National Committee on the Environment and the National Academy of Sciences Round table on Environmental Health.

Ms. Karolides looks forward to joining colleagues at the AIA East Bay Chapter, and immersing herself in the creativity, innovation, and natural beauty that abound in the Bay Area.