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2014 Home Tours

2014 AIA East Bay Home Tours
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Click here to purchase tickets.
$50 in advance
$60 Tour Day, if available
Tour Day ticket headquarters: Bica Coffeehouse, 5701 College Ave, Rockridge

AIA East Bay announces the return of its popular Home Tours. This year’s tour is Saturday, August 9, 2014. Our “mostly self-guided” tour celebrates design excellence, inspiring and educating the public about the impact of architects and architecture on East Bay living.

2014 Sponsors:

Premier Sponsor
The Grubb Company

Media Sponsor
Diablo Magazine

Industry Sponsors
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2014 Homes:


Craftsman Addition
Eisenmann Architecture


Midcentury Modern
Koch Architects


Contemporary Cabin
John Quiter, AIA


Gallery House
Regan Bice Architects


LEED Ranch
Michelle Kaufmann Studio


View House
WA Design


Featuring Houses By:

Eisenmann Architecture
Michelle Kaufmann Studio
Koch Architects
John Quiter, AIA
Regan Bice Architects
WA Design

The AIA East Bay Home Tours feature a diverse selection of contemporary homes designed by the Bay Area’s leading architects, ranging from finely-detailed in-law units to exuberant historic renovations to stunning modern masterpieces.

The AIA East Bay Home Tours is the best way for our community to learn how an architect transforms a house into a home.

Questions? Please contact Sidney Sweeney, executive director at 510/464-3600 or

Starting a New Firm

an Emerging Professionals Forum

Monday, July 21, 2014
Free and open to all.

Light reception will be provided.

Join us this coming Monday July 21st for our monthly Emerging Professionals meeting. We will have a number of guest speakers to give us some insight into ‘Starting you own firm’. This will be a great chance to see what you can look forward to and to receive some valuable suggestions if and when you want to take that leap into starting a firm.

Featured speakers:
Kerstin Fischer, AIA, Fischer Architecture
Todd Jersey, AIA, Todd Jersey Architecture

Dong Kim, AIA, Byrens Kim Design Works

George Schevon, AIA, Studio 4 Architecture


Project Profile by JSW D Architects

Green Gulch Farm

Green Gulch Farm Student Housing — Passive House
JSW/D Architects

Green Gulch Farm, located in Marin County, is a Buddhist practice center and a working farm. Taking care of the Gland and creating a sustainable community have been guiding principles, and the new Student Housing embodies
those concerns by combining several tactics to create housing with “near net zero” energy use.

The building was the first multi-unit project in the United States built to passive house standards. The two-story building is organized into four pairs of rooms that share accessible baths and kitchenettes. Each room has access to its own outdoor patio or balcony overlooking the farm valley. The combination of careful siting, use of super-insulation, tripleglazed doors and windows, airtight construction, and a heat-recovery system make for a building that does not require conventional heating and cooling. Besides lighting, appliances, and people, the only supplemental heat sources are electric towel warmers and inline gas duct heaters for the very coldest days.


The climate at Green Gulch is generally cool and foggy, so the structure is oriented for maximum solar gain. Triple-glazed windows (R-values of 5.0 and 5.26) are located for maximum daylighting and to balance interior light. Window frames are fiberglass, for reduced conductivity and increased longevity, and the glazing has low-E coatings tuned to orientation. Thermal bridging was avoided by careful detailing. Air infiltration was diminished by sealing and taping plywood joints, using air-tight electrical outlet boxes, applying an air barrier below the bottom truss chord, and gasketing all openings into the attic. Insulation far exceeds California standards.


Exterior materials were chosen for longevity, like the standing-seam metal roof, which also facilitates water-catchment to a 5,000 gallon tank, providing water for about 70% of toilet use. In the future, a grey-water system will be added, for which the building is pre-plumbed.

Project Team
• Structural Engineer: Komendant Engineering
• Landscape Architect: Chuck McCulloch
• Passive House Consultant: Essential Habitat
• Mechanical Engineer: Meline Engineering
• Photography: Adrian Schulz Architekturfotografie


Youth Designing for Youth


Last month we hosted our first annual architecture youth camp in conjunction with Fam 1st Family Foundation. Over the 4 day camp, we introduced & exposed 18 underprivileged kids (9 boys and 9 girls) between the ages of 11-14 from East Oakland to the world of architecture. The camp was held in Wurster Hall, which houses the school of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley.

Fam 1st eventually wants to develop a community center for Oakland so the kids were challenged to design and present a new Youth Center as their project to Fam 1st. Prior to the camp, the kids didn’t even know what a section or a floor plan was. However, during the camp they absorbed basic concepts and vocabulary, had sketching exercises, learned scaling techniques, went on a site visit where they did site mapping, created inspiration boards, and built models. When they arrived the first day, they admitted that they thought architects were “nerds” & no one was interested in pursuing the career. By the end of the camp we had a majority of kids saying that they most likely will be architects when they grow up and can’t wait to come back next year.

I’m very thankful and proud of our mix of volunteers as well. We had architecture students from Diablo Valley College, UC Berkeley’s AIAS, the National Organization of Minority Architects members (NOMA), AIA East Bay emerging professional members, and community members with a heart for kids. All these volunteers (mostly emerging professionals) really gave a lot of themselves and it was very apparent to the kids. They were eternally grateful. I personally want to thank all the volunteers for making our camp such an overwhelming success. Also, thank you to Fam 1st for partnering with the East Bay Chapter, UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design for the use of the Cal Design Lab, and thank you to all our other donors. Last but not least, a very special thank you to the man who originally came up with the idea to have a camp, my co-chair and friend Cameron
Toler, Assoc. AIA.


Integrated Design Build Delivery on the St. Jude’s Medical Center Project

a dinner program by LCI NorCal

August 13, 2014
The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano, 3250 Rancho Solano Parkway, Fairfield, CA 94534

LCI Members: $55.00
Non-LCI Members: $75.00
Public Sector Owners Representatives: free
Not for Profit Owners Representatives: free
Academic: $30.00
Late Registration begins August 4th:
LCI Members: $75.00
Non-LCI Members: $95.00
Dinner is included. Register Here

Join key team members of the St. Jude’s Medical Center for an interactive discussion on how they set the stage for success by using an Integrated Design Build Delivery model on a large hospital project with complex business case needs.  This project team was able to complete this California hospital under budget, ahead of schedule, and met all owner value expectations.

Jung Gang – Petra
Jim Mynott – McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Holly Cindell – McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Dennis Ortman – Sasco, Inc.
Patrick Reed – Southland Industries

Key Concepts to be discussed:
• Team Selection approach for Integrated Project Delivery
• Developing mutually beneficial contract terms
• How to set the right goals for use with Target Value Design

Integrated Process for Document Quality Assurance

a dinner program by LCI NorCal

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
HS Lordships, 199 Seawall Drive, Berkeley, CA  94710
Click Here to Register and for Pricing

In most cases, design teams have good internal quality and coordination process for their own disciplines. At determined design iterations, SD, DD, CD, etc., they are typically sent to one party where a single individual reviews and “throws the comments back over the fence.” Denis J. Stroup, AIA of Lionakis will offer a more collaborative and integrated method for design document quality assurance.

This course will provide an overview of a more integrated Quality Assurance/Quality Control than the traditional method. Teams will learn to appraise the internal quality and coordination process for their own disciplines, and analyze the common practice of determined design iterations – schematic design, detailed design, etc. – wherein a single party or individual reviews and valuable input/feedback is lost.

Design Tour: Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital
(ticket holders will be provided location and parking details)
Tickets $15
Space is limited and tickets will be raffled out to interested members of AIA East Bay. Click here to register for the raffle. Registration closes at 4pm Monday, July 21, 2014.

1.5 CES LUs

20 AIA East Bay Chapter members will be drawn at random to attend the July 30, 2014 Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital Tour at 5pm. All chapter members are encouraged to enter–entries must be received by 4pm Monday, July 21st.

Five alternate members will be selected in case of family emergency, illness, etc., however, please do not enter the raffle if you are not certain you will be able to attend. Tickets are not transferrable.

The cost to attend is $15; we will contact selected members for payment after the drawing.

About the Veterinary Hospital:

The Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo urgently needed to replace its 1960s-era veterinary hospital with a facility that could accommodate state-of-the-art technology and increased capacity. Noll & Tam Architects’ design of the new 17,000-square-foot Veterinary Hospital expands the Zoo’s animal care, research, and training programs. The building recently received LEED Gold certification, the first facility of its kind in the state of California to do so. Sustainable features include solar panels, extensive daylighting, renewable and recycled content materials, water conservation, in-slab radiant heating, and an electric vehicle charging station.

We are very pleased to have this special design tour led by Noll & Tam Architects’ team: Janet Tam, AIA; Jason Barish, Assoc. AIA, Job Captain; and Alyson Yarus, Project Manager.

Quick facts about the Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital:

Completed 2012

17,000-square-foot building

  • The first LEED certified building of its kind in California – LEED Gold achieved!
  • Serves the 640 animals of the Zoo, from the smallest amphibian to the largest mammal
  • Includes latest high-tech equipment for X-rays, radiology, blood tests, necropsies, etc.
  • Additional space and resources means the Zoo can involve more students studying veterinary medicine in daily operations

Questions? Please call Sidney Sweeney at 510/464-3600 or email

ArchNews July 2014

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

Project Profile: Green Gulch Farm Student Housing, JSW/D Architects
President’s Letter: Youth Designing for Youth
Emerging Professionals: The Road to ARE 5.0
CoolTechStuff: Concept
Member & Firm News
Firm Profile: Norman D. Hooks/Architecture
Member Profile: Cliff Moser, AIA

Click here to download the July issue

Professional Practice Forum: Construction Administration

a roundtable discussion

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Free, all are welcome

1.5 CES LUs

This month’s Professional Practice Forum will discuss about the phase that brings designs to life but where risks and liabilities are managed through appropriate communication, diplomacy, and decision making.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this roundtable, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn about diplomacy and it’s 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

2014 Docents: Home Tours

Calling all architects and design professionals!

AIA East Bay seeks docents to interact with the public during its fourth annual Home Tours.

Saturday, August 9, 20149:30am-1pm


After-party location TBA

Docents are assigned to either a morning or afternoon shift at one of six houses in Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley or Albany and are free to tour the other houses during the shift that they are not docenting.All house assignments and materials are distributed during the required docent trainings:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 6pm


Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at noon.

If you cannot attend either training, please contact Sidney Sweeney to be notified of the mini-makeup training.

Docents who are pre-registered are invited to attend our July 30th  Meet the Architects event at no charge. ($15 general admission)

Click here for more information and to sign-up!