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2014 Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Regional Design Awards

Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Regional Design Awards is a unique design awards program. It was established to recognize the best in the Bay Area housing design. ExRes 2014 emphasizes the important impact excellent design has on everyday living and our communities.

Registration and Submittal Deadline:
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | 5 pm
Click here to register.

Jury Presentation and Reception:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 6 pm


  • Residential projects located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma Counties.  Projects must have been completed since September 1, 2007.
  • Projects that have won earlier design awards, other than previous AIA East Bay design award winners, or that have been previously published remain eligible.
  • Applicant need not be a registered architect nor an AIA member, but must be responsible for the design of the project. All significant contributors to the design of the project must be given credit as part of the submission.

Please click here for Submission Guidelines. Entry numbers and additional documents will be emailed upon registration.

Project Types

Residential/Remodel/Additions, Interiors or New Construction
in either:
Single Family Residential Design
and/or Multi-Unit Residential Design (Complexes or Individual Units)
and/or Small Budget/Great Space (Projects under $30,000)

Entry Fees
$150 per project—AIA East Bay members
$235 per project—Non-members
Fee includes one ticket to the Awards Reception and Presentation

Additional Reception and Presentation tickets: $25 AIA East Bay members/$45 non-members

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

Click here to register.

2014 Jury

davidbaker2012_cgregorycrowley.slideshow_mainDavid Baker, FAIA
David Baker Architects
San Francisco, CA

David Baker, FAIA, LEED AP founded San Francisco-based David Baker + Partners in 1982. With a focus on sustainable affordable housing, the firm has come to be known for combining social concern with a signature design character. A leader in the affordable housing sphere, the firm has designed and built more than 8,000 affordable units in the San Francisco Bay Area and has received more than 160 local and national architectural design awards, including the 2012 ULI Global Award for Excellence for the multi-generational Armstrong Place Senior and Family Housing. David was selected as the AIA California Council’s 2012 Distinguished Practice, in recognition of a career of dedicated commitment to the built environment. In 2010 he was given Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award, which honors the housing industry’s 30 most influential and innovative people of the past 30 years.

julieeizenbergJulie Eizenberg, AIA
Koning Eizenberg Architecture Inc
Santa Monica, CA

Julie Eizenberg, AIA is a founding Principal of Koning Eizenberg Architecture, and brings design vision to the firm’s wide range of projects. Under her leadership, the firm has earned over 100 awards for design, preservation and sustainability including the World Architecture Festival’s Housing Award in 2013 and the 2012 AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal in recognition of a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Julie teaches and lectures around the world, is a frequent advisor to the U.S. Mayor’s Institute on City Design, and is the author of Architecture Isn’t Just for Special Occasions that outlines her practice’s philosophy on the role of architecture in everyday life. Notable work includes the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Hancock Lofts in West Hollywood, the Otis Booth Campus in Los Angeles, Pico Branch Library and Belmar affordable housing in Santa Monica.

Noyes PortraitNick Noyes, AIA
Nick Noyes Architecture
San Francisco, CA

Nick Noyes, AIA founded Nick Noyes Architecture in 1992, this nationally and internationally published and award-winning firm concentrates on new residential construction and residential renovations. The firm is noted for consistently producing work that is both rich in formal clarity and expressive of the material nature of construction. Operating out of a converted warehouse in the Dogpatch/Potrero district of San Francisco, Nick Noyes Architecture has found a prominent place in the architectural community of the Bay Region and beyond. Along with his practice Nick has also taught architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and most recently as an Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts.

AIA East Bay thanks the following sponsors for their support of  design excellence and the architectural community.

American Building Supply

American Soil & Stone
Associated Building Supply
Dealey Renton & Associates
Ideate, Inc
Jetton Construction
Pacific Coast Building Products

Interested in Sponsorship? Please call Sidney Sweeney at 510/464-3600.

For more information on these and upcoming programs please contact the Chapter Office at 510/464-3600 or

Visual Storytelling Workshop

This session will be an abbreviated version of the full 1.5 hour workshop at the SF Urban Film Fest (SPUR/ November 6-9, 2014) 

Wednesday October 15, 2014
Free and Open to All!

AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay St, Oakland,  CA


A professional development session for planners, architects, developers, activists, and filmmakers interested in using storytelling and film as a medium to inspire and enhance civic engagement in urban planning and architecture.

Please Click Here for more details about the SF Urban Film Fest (November 6-9, 2014).

About the Presenter

Fay Darmawi is an urban planner, community development investment banker, and writer. She is active in creative civic engagement projects in San Francisco, where she lives with her twin teenage sons. Fay also studied screenwriting at UCLA and her first script placed in several screenwriting contests.  She is the Founder and Executive Producer of the SF Urban Film Fest, the first urban planning film festival in the United States.

Learning Objectives

  1. How film, visual media and storytelling can be used as powerful mediums to inspire civic engagement in urban planning and architecture.
  2. Will be able to discuss the importance of urban planning to addressing problems of social equity as well as urban design concerns.
  3. Will be able to apply examples found in film and storytelling to help enhance real life projects.
  4. Be able to recognize and discuss concerns over housing, transportation, income inequality and education, and how each are invariably connected to our built environments.


Tom Butt, AIA Running for Mayor!

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Member, Tom Butt, FAIA has thrown his hat in the Mayors race for the city of Richmond.

Click here to learn more about his campaign!


Net Zero Energy Center Tour A Success

By Joel Carico, AIA

On Friday, August 15, 2014, the Net Zero Energy Center hosted a design tour and reception for AIA East Bay and guests. Galen Grant, AIA of FCGA and Center Executive Director Byron Benton jointly explained the story behind the project and the design process. Attendees were encouraged to ask questions and there were many.

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This was a more mixed group than usual with only about half the attendees being AIA members, and the others members of the public, contractors, USGBC and Build it Green Members. Having such a mixed group had a positive effect on the tour in a way I can’t quite define. At the end of the tour, which was a full 90 minutes, we were encouraged to stay for a wonderful reception hosted by the Center. Everyone stayed for quite a while and there was a lot of pleasant conversation. We were happy to have the extra time with Galen Grant, AIA who delved deeper into the design process of the project—and we grilled him heavily! All in all, it was time well spent.

TransForm GreenTRIP Webinar

Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 1-2pm
Free and Open to All

GreenTRIP Parking Database and Research


All are invited to join TransForm for the online launch of their new Parking Database Tool.

Please visit for more details or Click Here to register.

Emerging Professionals Monthly Mixer

an Emerging Professionals Event

Monday, September 15, 2014 6-7:30pm

Location: ELS Architecture and Urban Design

2040 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704

Free and Open to all Emerging Professionals (students, recent graduates, interns/design professionals, and recently licensed architects).  Join the emerging professionals of the East Bay for a firm Open House hosted by ELS Architecture and Urban Design at their office in Berkeley. Representatives from the firm will present recent work and discuss their firm culture, etc. ELS is known for their award-winning public places such as Walnut Creek’s Splash Swim School, The Ward Village Shops in Honolulu, and the East Oakland Sports Center.

East Oakland Sports Center, ELS Architecture and Urban Design

Refreshments and appetizers will be served. Spaces will be limited so please RSVP by emailing!

The Benefits of Working with a Lighting Designer

a Small Firm Forum

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Free AIA Members/$3 Guests. Open to All.

AIA East Bay
1405 Clay St
Oakland, CA
(510) 464-3600


Hosted by Maggie Maiers, AIA.

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Working with a Lighting Designer has many benefits.

Professional Lighting Designer Caprice Carter’s specialty is keeping abreast of the most cutting edge lighting technologies on the market and finding clever (appropriate) applications for them. Every space is different and, therefore, requires it’s own approach for a lighting solution. In this Small Firm Forum, Caprice Carter addresses functional as well as aesthetic aspects of Lighting Design, and will detail how this can enhance the architecture and magic of the space.

About the Presenter:

Caprice Carter, Caprice Carter Lighting Design. After working in the Interior Design field for a number of years Caprice found herself drawn to the field of Lighting Design. In 1988 Caprice apprenticed with Lewis Rosenberg from Electric’s Lighting and Design and thereafter with Becca Foster Lighting Design, going on to manage the Lighting Dept. at Limn Co., a modern, cutting edge furniture and lighting showroom. In 1998 Caprice started her own business, Caprice Carter Lighting Design, and has worked on many complex and interesting projects since. Caprice particularly enjoys residential, restaurant, retail and landscape lighting design projects and has also taught Lighting Design classes at the Academy of Art, San Francisco.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn the many benefits of using a Lighting Designer and when to bring them in on a project.
2. Learn what a Lighting Designer provides to the project and the three phases of the Designer’s  services.
3. Learn the “ins and outs” of Kitchen Lighting Design with the latest Title 24 requirements.
4. Using a case study, learn the aspects of a Lighting Designer’s involvement with a residential remodel/addition project.

Important NCARB Announcements

By Derrick Porter, Assoc. AIA

an Emerging Professionals column

• With effect from October 1, 2014 NCARB will reduce the wait time for retesting for the ARE from 6 months to 60 days. This means that candidates who have failed a division will now be able to retake the exam just 60 days after the previous attempt.

• Candidates will now be able to test on each division of the ARE up to three times within any one-year time frame. If a candidate fails a division for a third time within a 12-month period he or she must wait to retest until the oldest of his or her last three attempts is more than one-year old.

• Candidates who fail a division from now until October 1, 2014 may prefer to wait to schedule their retest appointment until after October 1st – for earlier access to retesting… (

• NCARB has also modified its reporting requirement known as the “six-month rule” for credit in the Intern Development Program (IDP). This new adjustment allows credit for intern experience that occurred up to five years previous to the current reporting requirements of six months. Credit for experience older than eight months will be valued at 50 percent for up to five years, after which any experience would be ineligible for credit… (

• NCARB announced a proposal to streamline and overhaul the IDP over the next few years. The proposal would reduce the number of hours required to complete the IDP, and the overhaul phase would align the program to the divisions that will be tested starting late 2016 in the ARE… (

• NCARB proposes to drastically reduce time to certification for broadly experienced and foreign architects…(

• Incoming NCARB President Announces Creation of Title Task Force… (

• Apply for the 2014-2017 IDP Firm Award…(

Member Profile: John Quiter, AIA

member profileJohn Quiter is a semi-retired Bay Area architect who runs a small design practice from his Berkeley Hills home.

He attended Iowa State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1972. After graduation, he worked for four years in Atlanta for Miller Waltz Deidrich Architects and followed that with extensive travel in Europe and North Africa. In 1980, he joined Cuningham Architects in Minneapolis, a firm of ten people doing work in residential and religious architecture and in adaptive reuse of historic structures.

His first major project for the firm was the Breck Chapel of the Holy Spirit, which won a Minnesota AIA 25-year award in 2008. The 25-year award is given to a sole project each year that has stood the test of time for design excellence. In 1982, Mr. Quiter became a shareholder in the firm and, in 1997, following John Cuningham’s initial leadership, he became the second president of the organization.

Under his leadership, the organization grew from 30 people in a single location to over 200 people with offices in four U.S. cities plus Beijing, Madrid, and Seoul Korea, and expanded its design services to include the hospitality and entertainment,  educational, healthcare, housing, religious, urban planning and office markets. Design services in those markets included Architecture, Planning, Sustainable Design, Interior Design and Landscaping. The organization is viewed as a design leader in its various markets. Its work is frequently published and it has won numerous design awards including three AIA Minnesota 25-year awards in eleven years.

In 1998, he moved from the Minneapolis office to the Los Angeles office to help solidify a merger with a Los Angeles firm. Mr. Quiter’s leadership extended beyond the firm to the community. He chaired the ULI LA Urban Plan program for 6 years and served on the ULI LA Executive Committee for 5 years. He was a founding Board Member of Environmental Charter Schools, an organization that addresses the needs of underserved students in South Los Angeles. He served as President of the Board of that organization as it grew from one school with 100 students to three schools with over 750 students.

In 2012, Mr. Quiter retired from his position of Chair of the Board of Cuningham Group Architecture and moved to the Bay Area to be closer to his family. He recently completed a new home, a contemporary LEED Platinum structure in the Berkeley hills, for himself and his wife.

CoolTechStuff: Scribble

By Larry Mortimer, AIA

Does a compact device that can quickly and accurately scan the color of any object around you, then reproduce it on paper, or in a tablet, interest you? Well take a look at the Scribble pen and stylus, and see what you think!CoolTech1

What Does It Do: Scribble is actually two devices (a pen or a stylus) that can both scan the color of any object around you, and store it. The pen can then duplicate the color directly onto paper, while the stylus can draw the color on your favorite tablet device.

System Requirements: iOS, Android, OS or paper

What does it cost: to be determined

cooltech2How Does It Work: The Scribble Ink pen and stylus both use a color sensor and microprocessor to detect colors. The pen then mixes five inks for the correct color on a paper drawing.

The stylus translates the color to a digital device, such as an iPad or Wacom Tablet. To use it simply hold Scribble’s scanner end up to any color, like on a wall, an object, or a photo and within a second or two that color is stored in Scribble’s internal memory. An accompanying app instantly displays the RGB, CMYK or HEX
CODE for any color you capture on your mobile device. The mobile app also shows battery life, storage use, and ink levels.

Key Features:
• Works with Photoshop & Corel
• Can hold over 100,000 colors in internal memory & reproduce over 16 million colors!

Pros: Scribble Pen reproduces any color, replacing hundreds of marking pens that become dried out before their time.

Cons: Not available yet, but will be available for pre-order soon.


Conclusion: The ability to quickly pick any color around you and instantly draw that same color on paper or on your favorite tablet could be very useful. Scribble could also be handy to simply find the RGB, CMYK or HEX code of a color.

More Information At:


Follow up on a Previous Article: I recently purchased a 3D printer, and shortly after that I purchased the 3Doodler pen (I reviewed last March). While the 3Doodler is somewhat of a challenge to create something by itself, it’s a great tool for welding 3D printed parts together, or adding filler material to a 3D print.