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Webinar: Integrated Shoebox Energy Modeling using COMFEN

Live Web Training: Integrated Shoebox Energy Modeling with COMFEN: An Early Design Tool for Commercial Facade Systems

Friday, January 30, 2015, 9.30-11.30am
Location: Webinar via GoToTraining
Price: $40
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Dr. Charlie Ćurčija, a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), will teach this workshop about the tool COMFEN, which he develops at LBNL. COMFEN is an early-design energy modeling tool designed to make informed decisions about building fundamentals by considering the design of the building envelope, orientation and massing on building performance. COMFEN focuses on the concept of a “space” or “room” and uses the EnergyPlus and RADIANCE engines and a simple, graphic user interface to allow the user to explore the effects of changing key early-design input variables for the façade, internal loads, lighting controls and HVAC system on energy consumption, peak energy demand, and thermal and visual comfort. COMFEN provides the ability to import glazing systems that have been developed in LBNL WINDOW, utilizing the International Glazing DataBase (IGDB) for glass choices. Comparative results are rapidly presented in a variety of graphic and tabular formats to help users move toward optimal façade and fenestration design choices.

About the Presenter

Dr. Charlie Ćurčija is a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Energy and Environmental Technologies Division, leading the research in thermal and optical performance of windows and other fenestration systems. Charlie earned his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in the field of thermal performance of windows in 1992 and prior to that earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1982 at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. He started his career as a mechanical design engineer in Belgrade before coming to United States in 1987 to pursue graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts. After obtaining his Ph.D. from UMass, Charlie started working as a Post Doc within the same research group and later continued as a Senior Research Fellow. He joined LBNL in October of 2010. He has been working in the area of energy performance of buildings and building facades for over 30 years. He has authored over 50 publications.


LCI NorCal presents: LCI/P2SL State of the Union and Networking

LCI/P2SL State of the Union and Networking

An LCI NorCal Event

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
5-7pm, networking reception to follow
Location: AIA East Bay Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA  94612
Please Click Here to register

Early Registration:

LCI or AIA Members: $55.00
Non-Members: $75.00
Public Sector Owners Representatives: free
Not for Profit Owners Representatives: free
Academic: $30.00

Regular Registration begins February 4th:

LCI or AIA Members: $75.00
Non-Members: $95.00

Please join us for a “State of the Union” for the Lean Construction Institute and P2SL.  Representatives from both organizations will report out on their proposed initiatives for 2015 as well as their successes from 2014.  LCI will present on both the NorCal Community of Practice as well as on the results from the National Congress in October and National Initiatives.  P2SL will report on their current research initiates and future goals.

The presentation will be followed by a networking session with heavy appetizers and a hosted bar.

Attendees should get a general understanding of the organization of the LCI NorCal Chapter, its goals for 2015, ways to get involved, and the upcoming event schedule.  Attendees should also get an understanding of P2SL, how it works and how to get them involved in future projects.

The Secrets to Backups & Disaster Recovery for Architects

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Free, all are welcome. Please Click Here to RSVP at

1.5 CES LUs

Did you know that 70 per cent of small firms that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year? Attend this seminar and you will learn: strategies to backup every type of data, key ingredients for every disaster recovery plan, how to evaluate online backup services, and more! Attendees will also receive a free ArcSource Disaster Recovery Plan Template to help you start or update a disaster recovery plan for your business.

Presenter Dave Monk will share the secrets to backups & disaster recovery based on over 15 years of experience as an IT expert to Bay Area architects and other professional services firms through his company ArcSource.

About the Presenter

Dave Monk, Allied Member is the founder and CEO of ArcSource, a premier provider of IT consulting & support services to businesses in the Bay Area. With years of experience providing IT for architects, Dave also holds a masters in architecture and structural engineering.

Learning Objectives

1. Learn how to identify the common causes of data loss.
2. Learn the strategies to backup every type of data, from mobile devices to workstations.
3. Learn how to evaluate online backup services.
4. Learn all about the latest in backup hardware/software technologies.


The Long and Short of Wood Roof Systems

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Free and open to all. Light refreshments will be provided.
Please Click Here to RSVP


This course is an overview of the many framing systems commonly used in buildings in the United States for a variety of span lengths.  The presentation will review the possible wood structural framing systems including rafters, metal plated wood trusses, engineered wood products and hybrid roof systems.  Also covered will be how these components can be combined to create efficient and versatile roof framing systems. All of these concepts will be reinforced through the presentation of real example projects with details on the framing system used to achieve the project goals.

Burr and Burton Academy’s Mountain Campus VT

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:

  1. Participants will be familiar with wood framing options available for use as roof framing and be able to evaluate different framing systems to use for building projects.
  2. Participants will be familiar with the variety of roof geometries that are possible with wood framing systems.
  3. Through the presentation of several project case studies, the participant will understand how long span roof systems can be built from all wood and hybrid wood structural configurations.
  4. Participants will be familiar with the International Building Code provisions that allow the use of wood systems in many roof applications including use in non-combustible Type I and Type II construction buildings.

Pre–design Revit Roundtable Discussion

A Revit User Group
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Free and all are welcome. Lunch is provided by Ideate, Inc., so please RSVP!

1.5 CES LUs

We are kicking off 2015 with a moderated discussion on Revit and pre-design tasks. Whether the challenge is architectural programming, space planning, or other conceptual design tasks, most would argue that Revit is not an ideal pre-design tool. With each company approaching this topic differently, we want to share each other’s ideas and experiences.

About the Moderator

Sash KazeminejadIdeate, Inc – Sash brings proficiency in Autodesk solutions including AutoCAD and Revit Architecture to Ideate customers. His industry experience includes project management, BIM Management, and design for Architectural firms in California, Montana and Oregon. He is LEED accredited professional and is on track to achieve California licensure with Oregon to follow.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1. Learn about some of the pros and cons of using Revit in the pre-design process.
2. Learn about some of the ways architects and engineers might use rooms, areas, spaces, masses or other elements.
3. Discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of the available third party tools to manage the pre-design process.
4. Discuss some of the challenges of moving forward into the schematic design phase.

Emerging Professionals: Mock Design Awards

an Emerging Professionals Event

Monday, January 26, 2015
Free and open to all emerging professionals; light refreshments will be available.
Please RSVP in advance to have jury materials presented to you.

Don your judge’s cap for our first meeting of 2015 to experience a sample of the awards jury process.

Attendees will review and discuss a cross-section of the 2014 Exceptional Residential entries — will the Emerging Professionals Forum make the same selections as the 2014 jury?

SF Placemaking Summit: When we focus on PLACE, anything is possible!

An AIASF Presentation

Friday, January 30, 2015
Location: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600San Francisco, CA 94588
$50 AIA members/$75 non-members.
Click here to registerLunch is provided.


SF Placemaking Summit: When we focus on PLACE, anything is possible!
Placemaking encourages action. Join us for a half-day event where we will explore:

  • How San Francisco can further embrace, participate in and benefit from the International Placemaking Movement
  • What City government can do to better support community driven Placemaking from the top down
  • What we can learn from Placemaking success in San Francisco and beyond
  • How to support and leverage grassroots Placemaking efforts, create a demand for Placemaking, and inspire a culture of engagement and ownership within our communities.


11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration. Lunch is provided.
Interactive Poster Board – What other movements connect with and enhance Placemaking?

Interactive Poster Board – What is your definition of Placemaking?
Presentation Poster Boards – Various SF Placemaking efforts.

12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions. Why does Placemaking Matter?

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Session #1: Placemaking as a Movement. How can San Francisco further participate in and benefit from the International Placemaking Movement?

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Session #2: Place Governance and Place Capital. How can we rethink governance to support Placemaking?

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m-4:00 p.m.
Session #3: Innovation, Community Districts and Place-making. How can innovation efforts and Community Districts better embrace and take advantage of Placemaking?

4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Session #4: Break Out Groups: Create an Action Plan

4:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Report back and wrap up

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Reception hosted by Center for Architecture + Design, celebrating its 10th anniversary. This reception is a fundraiser to support the Center’s annual programming. A donation of $20 is suggested. To register for the reception, click here.

The summit will feature remarks by and conversations with:

  • Laurie Halsey Brown | Sense of Place Lab
  • Noah Budnick | Incoming ED SF Bicycle Coalition
  • Krista Canellakis | Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI)
  • Marina Christodoulides | MK Think
  • Hunter Franks | Neighborhood Postcard Project
  • Eliza Gregory | Massive Urban Change
  • Aaron Hyland | Placemaking San Francisco
  • Jennifer Jones | AIA San Francisco
  • Ethan Kent | Project for Public Spaces
  • Fred Kent | Project for Public Spaces
  • Mike Lanza | Playborhood
  • Krista Canellakis | Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI)
  • Dan Parham | Neighborland
  • Neal Patel | SF Beautiful, SF Bike and San Francisco Metro Transit Authority
  • John Raiham | Director of San Francisco Planning Department
  • Kara Riggio | Placemaking Chicago
  • Peter Smith | Place Leaders Asia and CEO (City Administrator) of Adelaide Australia
  • Michael Yarne | Build, Inc. and Up Urban, Inc.
    And more!


Allied Member Profile: Bedrosians Tile & Stone

Bedrosians Tile & Stone
In 1948, Bedrosians began providing tile and setting materials to contractors and builders in Central California. Today, 66 years later, Bedrosians has over 35 branches located throughout California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Washington, North Carolina, and Florida with a national and international customer base.

Our growth has made Bedrosians one of the largest independent porcelain tile and stone importers and distributors in the United States. However, Bedrosians philosophy is the same today as it was in 1948 when our founder, Ed Bedrosian, opened the doors. Bedrosians believe in and strive to provide the highest possible level of service, the best technical and design assistance available, excellent product quality, and competitive pricing.

The quantity, variance, and quality of Bedrosians lines allows them to meet the needs and performance requirements of any project whether commercial, institutional, industrial, or residential in nature, in the United States or around the world. This strong buying power enables Bedrosians to provide products falling well within a project’s budgetary constraints. Bedrosians has a huge selection of porcelain tile, stone, mosaics and setting material suitable for any project.

Jordon Long, Allied Member

Jordon Long, Allied Member

Jordan Long, Allied Member, Bedrosians Bay Area architectural and design representative, has been working with Bedrosians Tile and Stone for more than 5 years with full knowledge of everything Bedrosians has to offer. He has worked with architects and designers throughout the bay area on projects ranging from hospitality, restaurants and much more. Jordan brings expertise about the world of tile and stone where he values being a resource for any designer looking for that specific product that will help fulfill the vision of their project. He is very knowledgeable about competitive pricing, lead time situations and full technical knowledge on each product Bedrosians has to offer. Willing to help out in anyway, Jordan can be contacted anytime if you need any assistance on finding a specific look, affordable products and expertise in anything related to the tile and stone industry.

He can be contacted at the following:
Jordan Long
C: 510-856-7887 ■

Member Profile: Fai Chong, Assoc. AIA

Fai Chong, Assoc. AIA

Fai Chong, Assoc. AIA

Fai Chong, Associate AIA, LEED AP, is a Senior Planner and Urban Designer at HKS in San Francisco. She is currently
completing her ARE and AICP exams to become a licensed architect and certified planner.

As a Bay Area native, Fai’s career path has taken her around the world to work on planning and architectural projects in developing regions. Currently, Fai is working on domestic and international planning projects for public and private clients. Previously affiliated with the AIA Washington DC chapter as an international member, she recently transferred her AIA membership to the East Bay chapter.

Fai was initially introduced to the field of architecture while attending drawing and design programs for high school students at Ohlone College, Mission Valley ROP in Fremont, and UC Berkeley. Interacting with design professionals at a young age fueled her interest in pursuing architecture as a career. She continued her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. As a student, Fai interned with Wood Associates in Berkeley, where she had the opportunity to work on ADA compliance and interior renovation projects under the guidance of experienced architects.

Upon earning her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Fai relocated to Asia for the opportunity to work at the forefront of urban development. The rapid pace of projects in developing regions often required designers to take on roles across multiple disciplines. Working on urbanizing places in Asia and the Middle East instilled in her the importance of planning and architecture as an integrated progress. With this in mind, she went on to attend University of Oregon’s Portland Urban Architecture Program, graduating with a Master of Architecture degree focusing on urban design. Afterwards, she joined RTKL to help launch its Planning & Urban Design studio in Beijing. Among her favorite projects was Hainan Xiuying Port, a 160-acre mixed use waterfront master plan that was selected for a design exhibition at AIA’s headquarters in Washington DC.

Outside the office, Fai has a passion for promoting history and culture in underserved urban neighborhoods. While attending graduate school in Portland, she was actively involved in Portland Chinatown’s neighborhood development and led popular neighborhood walking tours. Since relocating back to the Bay Area in 2014, she has been volunteering as an English teacher in Oakland’s Chinatown, where she hopes to gain a better understanding of the neighborhood needs and contribute to its sustainable growth. ■

Firm Profile: Ark Studio West

Ark Studio West

Palo Alto

The firm reflects the passion and commitment of extraordinary individuals with a common vision: to inspire quality living through innovation, sustainable design and holistic design approach. The firm’s humble beginning was started back in 1985 in Mumbai (India) through the formation of a three person design firm ARK Venture by our senior founding partner, Reza Kabul.

Thirty years, three global financial recessions and three SF Giants World Championships later, our firm has grown into a global design firms with over one hundred full time staffs working at our offices in Emeryville, Mumbai and Dubai.
With collectively over 25 years of proven experience and projects in over seven countries, the partners of ARK Studio West strives to bring together a portfolio in project design and delivery ranging from educational, institutional,  residential and commercial buildings.

Ark Studio West


Our partners hold various licenses & credentials issued by various International jurisdictions: RIBA (U.K.), NCARB, AIA, USGBC, IAI, IID (Indian Institute of Design) and IIA (Indian Institute of Design).

With commitment to highest standard of quality and service for the clients, our firm’s approach gravitates around two essential tenets. One, is to provide great architectural design through attention to detail, green design strategies and affinity to the context/site, and the Two, is to provide great project delivery through excellent communication,
scheduling and cost control. In the practice, all of our projects must conform to the basic 4F concepts:

• Form – Aesthetic
• Function – Efficient circulation coupled with maximized space utilization
• Finance – A complete Revenue generating design
• Fit – Appropriate and site specific design solution.

We’re looking forward to join our peers at AIA East Bay Chapter and contribute our efforts in reshaping the community
in the Greater Bay Area. ■

Ark Studio West

Shreepati Gardens