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Member Profile: Paul O. Nabena Assoc. AIA

October_ArchNews 1-10_Page_09_Image_0001I’m passionate about art and architecture and my design philosophy gives more importance to the user experience and their needs rather than the act of form making. My professional experience includes model making, commercial, residential and landscape design both in the U.S. and in Nigeria.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Architecture (B.Tech. Architecture – 2006) from Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nigeria and a Master of Architecture (M.Arch – 2012) from the Academy of Art University. USA. I am currently practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area and on track with my IDP and AREs.

Members in the News

October_ArchNews 1-10_Page_07_Image_0003Blake-Drucker Exhibits
Bonnie Blake Drucker, FAIA will be exhibiting photographs of Kyoto at the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco from October first to November twenty fifth. Since taking Marc Treib and Ron Herman’s class at UC in Japanese gardens she had longed to visit Japan. She has been there three times and will return in 2016, Her photographs highlight the people of trhe Jidai Matsuri and sites in Kyoto. The consulate hours are 9:30am to 12n and 1:00pm to 4:40pm.
Bonnie’s photos can be seen at


October_ArchNews 1-10_Page_07_Image_0004Davis Appointed
Sam Davis, FAIA, professor emeritus in the UC Berkeley department of architecture, assumed the newly created position of Retirement Liaison at the beginning of August. Through his new position, Davis will provide “assistance in negotiating pre- and post-retirement arrangements” for faculty, according to an email sent to campus administrators Aug. 17. Additionally, he will assist with negotiating the campus Pathway to Retirement option, an agreement that allows retirees access to certain provisions after retirement, which could include the use of campus offices and research space.
Rachael Lee Joins Harley Ellis Devereaux
Harley Ellis Devereaux is pleased to announce that Rachel Lee, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, has joined the firm as Science & Technology Studio Leader. Based in Harley Ellis Devereaux’s San Francisco, California, office, Lee will oversee the management of the firm’s Science & Technology practice in the Bay Area. With 19 years’ experience, Lee focuses on complex Science & Technology projects for top-tier research institutions. Lee’s experience includes master planning, programming, laboratory planning, total building planning and design, technical coordination, construction administration, quality assurance and project management.
21st Amendment Brewery Tour

The tour of the brewery was led by David Darling, AIA of Aidlin Darling Design on Saturday, September 12th.

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Berkeley City Ordinance on Balconies

Kerwin Lee, AIA, CASp ICC Certified-Accessibility Inspector and Plan Examiner ICC - Certified Building Plan Examiner

Kerwin Lee, AIA, CASp ICC Certified-Accessibility Inspector and Plan Examiner
ICC – Certified Building Plan Examiner

The City Council of Berkeley approved an ordinance on July 15th in response to the recent balcony collapse. Part of the ordinance is a vigorous inspection program requiring all balconies in R-1/hotels and transient lodging and R-2/multi-family dwellings be inspected within 6-months of the passage of the ordinance. In addition all of these balconies need to be inspection every 3-year. It was estimated that 6,000 letters were sent to building owners in this category. This program does not include single family residences or R-3.
The City is currently dealing with the implementation: this would include who can do the inspection(s), what needs to be looked at, if any destructive demolition needs to be done, and trigger points for repairs and affects on associated building elements, such as guards and handrails. Guidelines for this will be issued by the City through the Building Department.
One of the remedies is the addition of a new Section 1203.6 to the 2013 California Building Code, for requiring ventilation of weather enclosed exterior assemblies. The code currently does not address/require or is silent on the issue of ventilation for enclosed balconies or other types of projections. Ventilation is generally associated with moisture with condensation related to a temperature difference between spaces. Although the code addresses keeping moisture (weather protection) out of these areas, the basic assumption of the new section is that if there is moisture within these assembles the ventilation will help mitigate the problem. The addition of ventilation will also provide visual opportunity to inspect the enclosed or sealed off areas more easily. The alternative is to provide access panels or performing destructive demolition for inspection and repairs. So the venting in the ordinance is different from venting in the current code.
The addition of the vents may address one issue, but may also create another issue related to fire protec-tion of the structure. All new R-1 and R-2 structures are required to be fire resistive in design, Type A con-struction. This would include projections, decks and balconies. Projections are considered floor or floor/roof assemblies and required to have the same fire resistance as the rest of the building. By adding all of these vents, which is required in the ordinance to be a minimum 1/150th of the area of the space ventilated, this may compromise the fire resistance integrity of the balcony. For an 8 x 10 foot deck, a min-imum of about 77 square inches of venting is required. This is potentially a lot of unprotected openings. The City ordinance did not address this issue and the code vague in requiring the integrity of a balcony construction with openings.
It is my opinion that this needs to be addressed whether as a non-concern or through alternative means to meet the intent of the code for fire protection. I am less concerned about a single balcony serving an individual dwelling unit. If there is a fire below, I doubt anyone would be standing on the balcony above. What I am concerned about are the exterior egress balconies where the balcony serves as a required means of egress for the occupants of the building. A fire on a floor below could have an adverse affect on the exiting above. A solution is to require sprinkler protection over a covered balcony. Most, if not all, R1 and R2’s buildings are sprinkler protected. The effectiveness of an exterior sprinkler is always in question, but this would be a compromise. Section 1406.3 requires balconies to have the same fire resistive construction as the remainder of the building, but Exception 3 of this section does permit the use of sprinklers in lieu of the rated construction.
Only time will tell if the ordinance will make a difference. We are all hopeful that another incident like this will never happen again. Even with these requirements in the ordinance, there are no guarentees for the elimination of risk or eliminating the risk completely. This is what the code is all about, a public con-sensus approach that balances risk and safety.

(As Steve Winkel, FAIA serves on the California Building Standards Commission he’s taking this month off from ArchNews to ensure there’s no conflict of interest.)

Pleasanton Program: Maximizing Marketing Money

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Noon – 1:30pm

1.5 CES LUs

Location: Dahlin Group, 5865 Owens Drive, Pleasanton

tjp_945_0084Treve Jonson, Allied Member will be sharing insights on how firms can position themselves through photography and marketing to make the most of their budgets.


Plan Your Path to ARE 5.0

With ARE 5.0 launching in late 2016, NCARB wants to make sure you’re armed with the tools you need to succeed. That’s why they’ve launched the ARE 5.0 Transition Calculator. The calculator can be used without logging into your NCARB Record. But if you log in, we’ll automatically load the exams you’ve passed and their expiration dates. The online tool has two views: “calculator” and “credit model.”

Here’s what the calculator can do for you:

  • Help you form a personalized testing plan.
  • See how divisions in ARE 4.0 will transition to 5.0, so you can make a plan to finish.
  • If you have already begun testing, the calculator will help keep track of your Rolling Clock. When you log in through My NCARB, you can see which exams you’ve passed along with their expiration dates.

Test Strategically

The calculator was designed to help you develop a personalized testing strategy. Use the calculator in conjunction with the Credit Model to see what works best for you.

Calculator View

By clicking on the ARE 4.0 division buttons, you can explore which 5.0 exams you will receive credit for. Conversely, you can click the ARE 5.0 division buttons to see the list of 4.0 exams you’d need to take.

If you log into your NCARB Record, you will see checkmarks next to the exams that you have passed, along with their expiration date. If you will receive 5.0 credit for these exams, the expiration will also be shown in the 5.0 column. If you click an ARE 4.0 division to explore hypothetical scenarios, those exams will be marked with an asterisk. You must still pass these exams to receive credit.

Choose Your Transition Date

To help make this change as smooth as possible, you can transition at any point between the launch of ARE 5.0 and June 30, 2018. To account for this, you can select the exact day you’d like to transition. Pick a transition day before a 4.0 division expires and you will see 5.0 credit on the right; pick a day after a 4.0 division expires and you will not see credit.

Remember: If you have an exam that expires before June 30, 2018 (the last day that you will be able to take an ARE 4.0 division), you could potentially lose credit for any corresponding ARE 5.0 divisions. For example, if your ARE 4.0 Schematic Design division expires, then you will not receive credit for Project Planning & Design in ARE 5.0 until you retake that exam.

Credit Model View

The “credit model” view was inspired by the ARE 5.0 Credit Model (PDF). The matrix shows ARE 4.0 divisions along the left side, with the corresponding ARE 5.0 divisions along the top. To receive credit in 5.0, you’ll need to pass all asterisked divisions. For example, to receive credit for 5.0’s Construction & Evaluation, you’ll need to pass 4.0’s Construction Documents & Services.

Remember: ARE 4.0 is available until June 30, 2018
As you continue to make progress toward completing the ARE, remember that ARE 4.0 will be available until June 30, 2018. ARE 5.0 launches in 2016, at which point you’ll be able to continue testing in ARE 4.0 or self transition to ARE 5.0. You can learn more about ARE 5.0 on NCARB’s  website and blog

The Profession Post-Recession

a Monthly Program

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

1.5 CES LUs

Mark Cameron, founder and principal of Cameron MacAllister Group, will speak on issues affecting the profession post-recession.

About the presenter:

Mark Cameron
established the consulting practice of Cameron MacAllister Group twenty-nine years ago to provide marketing advice and strategies to design firms. Prior to that, he was director of Marketing for industry giants NBBJ and The Architects Collaborative, and Managing Director for Anderson DeBartolo Pan. He has lectured on marketing at business schools, architecture schools and professional organizations and his articles have been published in Architectural Record and arCA.

What’s NEXT in the Built Environment?


Thursday, November 12, 2015  10:30 AM
Location: The Exploratorium, Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco
Friday, November 13, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Location: San Francisco County Fair Building 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Click here to register

 10502033_997278360303230_1406671292695928220_nHosted in San Francisco, a city recognized as a leading hub for innovative design leaders and thinkers, AIASF NEXT is a great opportunity to hone your cutting-edge ideas, projects, and practices that will impact the next generation of the architecture and design profession as well as the future of the built environment.

 From Thursday’s Opening Night Party at the Exploratorium to a full-day of educational programming and networking opportunities on Friday at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, AIASF NEXT will offer 12 inspirational and informative sessions on what’s NEXT in the built environment led by more than 50 of the nation’s leading experts in design, business, and technology. 

 Add an additional day of learning with the Thursday Pre-Conference Placemaking DeepDive, and learn how practitioners are leveraging the global placemaking conversation here in the Bay Area and beyond!

Confirmed speakers 

Emerging Professionals and LiA Mixer

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Latinos in Architecture of San Francisco and the Emerging Professionals of AIA East Bay invite you to join us for a Happy Hour mixer. Come enjoy some treats and mingle with fellow professionals. Click here to register. 

Performance- Based Design

a Revit User Group

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
11:30am – 1:30pm

Click here to register
Complimentary lunch provided by Ideate, Inc.

1.5 CES LUs

High–performing buildings used to be an exception. Due to increasingly strict code requirements and more demanding clients they have now become mainstream but many architects still struggle to design for performance.

Their engineers will present 3 case studies from Sefaira customers to dig a little bit deeper into:

  • Collaborating efficiently with other project stakeholders
  • Presenting analysis to clients and justifying design decisions
  • Optimizing facade design

The presentation will be interactive and involve live demos of analysis and workflows. It will be followed by a Q+A session during which Sefaira’s engineers and Sefaira customers will be available to answer questions.

Hariharan Natarajan joined Sefaira 2 years ago and is part of Sefaira’s customer success team. Being a building science professional himself, he is very enthusiastic about a whole building approach to energy and sustainability analyses and is passionate about bringing energy efficiency and sustainability services to our clients.

Hari’s areas of expertise include energy modeling, lighting analysis and building science research. He has significant experience in applying these skills to commercial, residential and institutional projects.

Learning Objectives:


Working with UCOP: an Architect’s Primer

an AIA East Bay Monthly Program

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Cost prior to 10/26: Free for AIA members and employees of chapter member firms. $10 Guests
After 10/26: $10 AIA members and employees of chapter member firms. $15 Guests
At the door: $20
Click here to register

1.5 CES LUs


“Let there be light” is the motto for the University of California. Established almost 150 years ago, the University of California has grown into a world class public university system including prestigious campuses such as the venerable UC Berkeley and UCLA, and the latest ground up endeavor at UC Merced.

While each of the campuses have evolved into creating its own environment, tradition and operations, the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) provides a framework of policies, guidelines, and legal interpretations to knit the University’s 10 campuses, five medical centers, and other special entities together to operate as a state wide enterprise. Within the auspice of UCOP, many departments touch and impact how construction and design services are procured, provided, and practiced within the UC system.

As an institution of higher learning and research, the University is equally dedicated to architectural excellence, quality craftsmanship, and value adding project delivery.  The campuses are faced with increasing enrollment goals and faculty competition, but with diminishing public resources. The October monthly program will be a panel presentation on how the University works within the AEC industry to support the UC mission. The UC team will offer context and present the methods behind the madness.  The audience will learn about UC design professional and contractor selection practices, the UC sustainability mission, and the latest project delivery practices around the system.