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The Future of Elevated Exterior Walking Surfaces

A Professional Practice Forum

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Free, all are welcome. Bring a lunch!
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1.5 CES LUs

Please join our September roundtable discussion on a timely and regional topic: the recent building ordinances passed by the City of Berkeley.

In the wake of the recent fatal balcony collapse, the City of Berkeley has made several changes to the Building and Housing Codes with respect to requirements for wood-framed and metal-framed elevated exterior walking surfaces (e.g., balconies, decks, and exterior exit corridors) in R1 and R2 occupancies. We will review these changes and their anticipated effect on existing and new buildings in Berkeley.

Learning Objectives:


2015 Design Awards

AIA East Bay is pleased to announce the Call for Entries for its 2015 Design Awards. The AIA East Bay Design Awards program recognizes design excellence in architecture, residential architecture, interior architecture, restoration/renovation, and urban design. Criteria to be used by the jury include quality of design, resolution of the program idea, sustainable responsibility, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.

Click here to register entries.


  • Projects must be designed and submitted by an architect.
  • Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2008.
  • AIA East Bay members may submit projects from anywhere.
  • Non-member architects may submit projects located in the chapter’s four counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa and Solano.
  • Projects that have won earlier design awards, other than previous AIA East Bay design award winners, or that have been previously published remain eligible.

Project Types

Projects of all types will be viewed, including, but not limited to:

  • Commercial, office, and mixed-use
  • Industrial, laboratories, and hospitals
  • Transportation and parking structures
  • Places of worship
  • Libraries, schools, and other institutions
  • Historic preservation, adaptive reuse, renovation and restoration
  • Single & multi-residential, dormitories, affordable & temporary housing

Click here to preview full submittal guidelines.

Registration & Submittal Deadline:
Entries must be received by 3pm, Friday, September 25, 2015.
Late or postmarked entries cannot be accepted.

Awards Reception and Presentation:
6:00 pm, Thursday, October 1, 2015

AIA East Bay
1405 Clay Street
, CA 94612

Please note: winning projects will not be announced prior to the Awards Presentation. We strongly encourage all entrants to attend the Awards Reception and Presentation.

Entry Fees
$165 per project—AIA members
$250 per project—Non-members
Fee includes one ticket to the Awards Reception and Presentation
Click here to register entries.

Additional Reception and Presentation tickets: $20 AIA members/$30 non-members

Entry fees are non-refundable and may not be applied to future AIA East Bay Award Competitions.

An email including will be sent to the entrant upon registration, including: an assigned entry number for each project submitted; Descriptive Data Sheet; Sustainable Design Supplement; and Concealed Identification Form. For additional information, please call AIA East Bay at 510/464-3600.

2015 Jury:

E.B. Min, AIAE.B. Min, AIA
Min | Day
San Francisco, CA

EB is the San Francisco-based principal of Min | Day.  A graduate of Brown University with dual concentrations in Art History and Studio Art, EB received her Master of Architecture from U.C. Berkeley.  E.B.’s early experience in the landscape architecture design-build office of Topher Delaney and Andrea Cochran instilled an interest in the integration of landscape and building. She has taught at U.C. Berkeley and is an Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. E.B. has served on the boards of both the AIASF and the AIACC. During her tenure on the AIASF board, EB helped in the formation of the Missing 32% project to address issues of design equity. Recently she has been involved in expanding the practice into furniture design with the formation of MOD furniture, a design off-shoot of Min | Day.  Min | Day has received numerous awards including being featured in Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard, 2010, the AIACC’s 2007 Emerging Talent Award and Residential Architect’s 2010’s Rising Star.

Allison Williams, FAIAAllison Williams, FAIA
San Francisco, CA

In a career spanning more than 30 years in corporate practice, Allison Williams, FAIA has designed significant large-scale projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, nationally and internationally. The breadth of Ms. Williams’ work spans civic, corporate and cultural facilities, places for research and education, mixed-use and high density developments. Prior to joining AECOM, Allison led architecture studios for both Perkins Will and SOM, where projects have included the highly acclaimed international terminal at San Francisco International Airport; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computational Research Facility; August Wilson Center for African American Culture (Pittsburgh, PA); and CREATE at the National University of Singapore.A Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Allison earned her master of architecture and bachelor of arts in the practice of art degrees at the University of California, Berkeley, and was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1997. She is a current member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Visiting Committee for Harvard’s Board of Overseers and the Harvard Design Magazine Practitioners Advisory Board.

Brett BabaBrett Baba, AIA
Graham Baba Architects
Seattle, WA

A Washington native, Brett Baba has practiced architecture for 35 years in Seattle, Yakima  and Connecticut.    He has worked in a number of firms including Ralph Anderson and Olson Sundberg (later Olson Kundig) in Seattle and the Knipper Dunn Partnership in Yakima, Washington.

Brett earned a BA and Master of Architecture from the University of Washington and is active in supporting and participating in the school’s mission.   Significant projects in Brett’s early career include the Frye Art Museum, the Mission Hill Winery, and residences around the US, including the Martha’s Vineyard house where President Obama vacationed in 2013.

Joining Jim Graham, a friend & colleague from Olson Sundberg, the two started Graham Baba Architects in 2006.    The firm has grown to 22 people since then and has garnered much positive attention for its innovative and appealing approaches to adaptive reuse & residential work, restaurants, public markets and other hospitality projects and developments related to art and community-building.

The Info in your BIM: Dynamic Notes Management

a Vectorworks Users Group

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Free, all are welcome.
Click here to RSVP

1.5 CES LUs

Create, customize, and leverage a central database of drawing annotations for all of your projects

  • Save time
  • Prevent errors
  • Standardize compliant firm-wide notes usage

About the Presenters:

Jacob Dale – Project Manager, John Lum Architecture, San Francisco, CA

Jacob considers architecture his sport and Vectorworks one of his most valuable tools.   He has over a decade of collective experience in architecture, interiors, construction administration, real estate development, and theatrical arts.

Peter Thayer – Architect, OAG Architects Inc., Benicia, CA.

Peter has been using Vectorworks/MiniCAD software for over 15 years, providing residential          architectural services with his firm in Benicia.

Paul Majka – Principal, Paul Majka Architect Inc., San Francisco, CA

Paul is a seasoned professional in Architecture with about ten years of experience with    Vectorworks, and is currently running an architectural practice in San Francisco.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn to build database of notes from existing projects.
  2. Learn how to add, modify and organize notes in the database
  3. Placing general notes, callouts and keynotes on drawings
  4. Reconciliation techniques for database and drawing notes.

ArchNews August 2015

ArchNews August 2015 Out Now! This month’s issue includes:

Project Profile: Remodel of a Dixon Home in Oakland, California
Architecture Camp: East Bay and Fam 1st family foundation co-hosted the second annual Youth Architecture AIACamp in June, a week-long program that exposes middle school students to architecture and design-thinking.
Codes: The Codes are a Sign of the Times
Green: The Flexlab at LBNL: The Worlds Most Advanced Building Efficiency Test Bed.
CoolTechStuff: SketchUp 2015 Hands-On: Layout
In the News: ELS Promotes Clarence Mamuyac, FAIA, President of ELS Architecture and Urban Design, announced the firm has promoted Ryan Call, AIA, Christopher Jung, and Gerald Navarro, AIA to Associate Principals
Home Tours: Get your tickets now! Home Tours 2015, Saturday August 8
Profiles: Baran Studio

Click here to download the PDF: ArchNews August 2015

AIA Design & Health Research Consortium to Expand: Applications Due October 16 For University-led Research

The Architects Foundation, along with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), today announced that a new member Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will available September 1 as part of an expansion of the AIA’s ongoing Design & Health Research Consortium, which helps translate research into the influence design has on public health for the public, policymakers, design and public health professionals.

The Architects Foundation has set a deadline of October 16, at 11:59 pm PDT for receiving qualification applications from interested university-led teams. Selection of the schools will be made by mid-November. The full RFQ and application site will be available on on September 1 for interested teams to apply to be members of the Consortium’s second cohort.

“In the last year, the Consortium has been instrumental in building consensus among the architecture and public health communities that the optimal building of this century will be one that minimizes its ecological footprint while promoting human health and well-being,” said Architects Foundation Executive Director Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop. “The foundation for making this vision a reality will only grow stronger as the consortium continues to grow.”

The Consortium, which is comprised of 11 university-led partnerships, will be accepting applications for up to six new slots. It is a joint project of Architects Foundation, AIA, and ACSA to advance university-led research in the area of design and health and to promote and accelerate the translation of research into practice. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (“ASPPH”) provides additional support and guidance for the project.

About the Architects Foundation:
The American Institute of Architects Foundation, now called the Architects Foundation, advances excellence in design for the benefit of the public.  As a nonprofit philanthropic extension of the American Institute of Architects, the Architects Foundation is the consummate voice and advocate for architecture and design.  The Architects Foundation is dedicated to the belief that good design is good for all and plays an essential role in transforming lives and building a better world.

Strong Conditions Persist for Architecture Billings Index

Long struggling Northeast region starting to rebound

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is reflecting healthy and sustained demand for design services in nearly all nonresidential project types. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 54.7, down a point from a mark of 55.7 in June. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 63.7, up slightly from a reading of 63.4 the previous month.

“On top of what has been a flurry of design activity in recent months, some architects are reporting a break in the logjam created by clients placing projects on hold for indefinite periods, which bodes well for business conditions in the months ahead,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “There is some uneasiness in the design community that rapid growth in construction costs could escalate beyond development capital and municipal budgets, which could trigger some contraction in the marketplace down the road.”

Key July ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: Midwest (58.2), South (55.7), West (53.8) Northeast (53.5)
  • Sector index breakdown: institutional (57.3), mixed practice (56.8), commercial / industrial (53.4) multi-family residential (49.8)
  • Project inquiries index: 63.7
  • Design contracts index: 54.5

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.
About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group, is a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction spending activity. The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly “Work-on-the-Boards” survey that is sent to a panel of AIA member-owned firms. Participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended as compared to the prior month, and the results are then compiled into the ABI.  These monthly results are also seasonally adjusted to allow for comparison to prior months. The monthly ABI index scores are centered around 50, with scores above 50 indicating an aggregate increase in billings, and scores below 50 indicating a decline. The regional and sector data are formulated using a three-month moving average. More information on the ABI and the analysis of its relationship to construction activity can be found in the recently released White Paper, Designing the Construction Future: Reviewing the Performance and Extending the Applications of the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index on the AIA web site.

Lunch and Learn: Highlights of 2015: What You Need to Know in Your A&E Practice

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Free, lunch will be provided by Long & Levit
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1.5 CES LUs

During this presentation, we will review and analyze key cases of 2015 impacting the work of design professionals.  We will discuss key holdings and what we can all learn from each decision.

About the presenters:

Christina Dondero Edwards, an attorney with Long & Levit LLP, represents design professionals including architects, engineers, interior designers and real estate professionals in all stages of litigation. In addition, Ms. Edwards is passionate about helping her clients protect their success with effective risk management protocols, including  contract review and effective contract negotiation.

Victoria Godfrey is Vice President of IOA Insurance Services. She has specialized in providing professional liability insurance for design professionals, construction managers, law offices and other professional consultants since 2007. Victoria has nationwide and California-specific experience working as a partner with design professionals and providing creative and insurable risk management advice for her clients. Victoria is a member of a/e ProNet, a national network of brokers who specialize in serving the insurance needs of design professionals.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation attendees will:

1) Know how the courts view obligations of the design professionals

2) Understand enforceability of A/E contract provisions

3) Know if these court decisions ultimately affect A/E risk

4) Understand what A/E firms can do in response.

Lunch and Learn: A/E Risk Management in the Field

Friday, September 25, 2015
Free, lunch will be provided by Long & Levit
Click here to RSVP

1.5 CES LUs

Long & Levit’s recent study of pre-claim and litigation matters against A/E professionals reflects that more than 80% of conflicts stem from the construction phase.  Closer analysis  of these claims reveals red flags from the contractor, developer, and/or owner that preceded the conflict. This presentation will address how to avoid these conflicts, how to manage potential conflicts before they escalate, and how to mitigate the effect of conflicts on the overall project and/or a future claim.  This presentation will provide practical tips for A/E professionals working in the field with the aim of decreasing the potential for claims.

About the presenter:

Verita J. Molyneaux is an attorney with Long & Levit. In the past 7 years, her practice has focused on representation of A/E firms in litigation, contract review, and employment matters. Verita works closely with her A/E clients and regularly presents in-house risk management seminars for her clients.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, attendees will:

1) Recognize red flags during construction

2) Understand how to avoid these red flags

3) Understand how to manage disputes

4) Understand how to mitigate the overall potential for a claim against the A/E firm.


Member Profile: Jay W. Janda, AIA

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I’ve always treated architecture as a logical process – one that involves applying rational thought and solutions to an intricate collection of conflicting requirements. Buildings are, after all, fairly permanent parts of our environment and their design and construction deserves our complete attention. I’m fascinated by the ways different pieces come together to make the completed building, and I find myself focusing on the smaller details as I walk through finished projects.
I started my architectural career in 2005 in San Diego with a M.Arch. from University of Oregon. My experience ranged from multifamily projects during the condo boom of 2005-2007, to industrial, commercial, and military facilities more recently. I relocated to Oakland in 2013, looking for a renewed focus on multi-family mixed-use architecture, and found Oakland and other East Bay cities full of opportunity. The whole Bay Area region is experiencing tremendous growth, and needs careful atten-tion to the needs of individual neighborhoods so that new developments fit in with its context, give respect to who and what is already here, and look forward to the future.
To help this process I am a strong proponent of maximizing digital technology for building design and development. I began using Autodesk Revit in 2005, and have since pushed its boundaries as a 3D mod-eling and BIM tool. My goal with digital design is to maximize the knowledge of a building’s components prior to construction, and I find Revit to be one tool of many available to me. To more fully exploit BIM development, I have expanded my digital tools to include Navisworks, working through complete build-ing coordination, and Solidworks, developing intricate detailing for use in modular manufacturing.
My recent efforts with architecture and technology have been with Nautilus Group and Nemo Building Systems, working to develop a modular building system for use in Bay Area and California developments. While modular building is a well-known process at this point, I find it an exciting opportunity to develop and test designs quickly and see real improvements in the building systems. I hope that, with the help of digital technology and manufacturing processes, modular buildings can be successful parts our built environment.■

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Firm Profile: Baran Studio

Baran Studio Architecture is a full-service design firm with projects that include mixed-use, commercial, large-scale residential, and single-family homes. Our work balances the conventions of design and construction with an open mind toward invention.  The underlying studio philosophy incorporates adaptability, improvisation, and resourcefulness into an understanding of real-world constraints such as regulatory agencies, neighborhood groups, and construction costs. We believe good design is derived from a process, not a style. And we pride ourselves on a collaborative spirit in our partnerships with clients and all parties that contribute to our projects, both inside and outside of the studio.

Firm 2

Founded in 2010 by Matthew Baran, Baran Studio Architecture was born out of his experiences practicing architecture for 15 years, and then returning to academia to rethink the architectural process. Matt graduated from the post-professional Master’s pro-gram at UC Berkeley at the height of the 2009 recession. Turning to teaching part-time at UC Berkeley and The Academy of Art, he began the fledgling firm with a back-pack and a laptop. In his studies, he developed robotic solutions that adapted to specific site conditions, prima-rily on sites that presented challenges such as contamination, crime, and a general lack of resources. The robot-ic research translated well into practice because of the focus on site conditions, and how they can influence built form. The studio still integrates these adaptive principles today, taking very simple, inexpensive, and con-structable forms, and adding site-specific components to give the projects a unique quality that roots them in their location.

Firm 3

Our focus is on process rather than a style, and we look to diverse factors when beginning a new project. These typically include environmental and built conditions such as solar access, prevailing wind, views, light, air, and privacy, but we try to focus on what makes a site unique and to play off those characteristics, often in an unconventional manner and with irreverent spirit.  While our projects appear unique and often refuse to blend in, we strive to create architecture that grows out of its site con-ditions. Additionally, we pride ourselves on our ability to improvise in difficult situations, turning potential lia-bilities into assets. We excel at making the best out of given conditions and operating within constraints. Ultimately our projects balance practical concerns with visionary direction. ■