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What’s Next on the Senior Living Horizon?

a Design for Aging, NorCal Forum

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, SF
Free and open to all.

From Tom Brutting, FAIA:

“Our topic for the December meeting will be What’s Next On The Senior Living Horizon!

Living environments for those who are seniors have evolved greatly in a short period of time.

We will review and discuss this evolution over the past decades and brainstorm what may lie ahead, and the factors related to change.

As an example Assisted Living and Memory Care hardly existed as a form of care product just 30 years ago.  How and why have these care models evolved and where might they be headed in the future?

Also, what we call or name living environments is ever morphing and changing.  The names and terms are often revised.  Updated?

Why can’t we land on something that’s definitive, or does the branding need to evolve too?

What role does demographics and psychology have to do with it?

Finally, what do we each individually view as the future?

Come join us for the discussion!”

Office space, furniture, and equipment available in Orinda

Studio space:

1,530 square feet of bright, airy, studio space. Three blocks from BART station. Easy on-and-off freeway access. Short walk to Theatre Square and lots of restaurants. Plenty of parking. Copy/printer room with sink, space for refrigerator and microwave; built in cabinets. 16′ x 14′ conference room with display lighting and custom built in credenza. 3′ x 16′ enclosed sample storage area with heavy duty adjustable shelves. 18-1/2′ x 10′ private office with adjustable shelves and layout counters. French doors open onto two balconies. Fully wired for DSL; Toshiba Digital Business Telephone/intercom system with Strata DK Centrex/PBS equipment. Battery backup. Punch down block for up to 12 lines. Nine Toshiba LCD digital phones. Central library shelving for 90 lineal feet of books. Perimeter of production area space has continuous 36″ deep layout counters. Zoned HVAC and lighting controls. ADA access. Great landlords.

Furniture and supplies:

Glass top conference table, 96″ x 42″ x 3/4″ thick with polished micro bevel edge. Black powder coated tri-leg bases.

Nine Mart Stam S34 conference arm chairs, black leather and chrome. Imported from Italy; originals; not knock-offs.

Five Safco PlanHold steel drafting tables; fully adjustable board height and angle. 60″ wide base with varying top lengths. Tops covered with Borco Board. Can be fitted with any size table tops. Four white and one black.

Three Safco flat files for 30 x 42 inch drawings; light grey color. One each, 10 drawer, 7 drawer and 5 drawer units.

One Safco hanging drawing file with 12 brackets.

Miscellaneous scanners, printers and other items related to design services.

Call Rich Bartlett, AIA, at 925 253 2880 if interested in part or all of the above, or to answer any questions.

Newly Rebuilt Office in Rockridge


Newly rebuilt 250 sq. ft. office with half bath.

Great light, comfortable, second floor, private entrance

$700.00 month

Access to garden, quiet, residential area, two blocks from Rockridge Bart, on street parking only

Non-smoking property

Not appropriate to see clients.



Adele Crawford
510.435.9829 text or call


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Annual Small Firm Forum Luncheon

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Cost: $22; $27 after November 30. Click here to RSVP.

What have we done!  Horror Stories of 2015.

This month the Small Firm Forum celebrates that we survived another year despite the challenges of our own making.  Regale your friends with your near death experiences, and other daily tragedies in the life of an architect, or even worse, contractor.  You need schadenfreude?  Have we got a lunch for you!

And maybe we have a  prize for you too!  Best story wins $25 gift certificate at Builder’s Booksource.


Please RSVP by noon on December 2nd.

Catered by Miraglia Catering

Small Firm Forum Annual Luncheon Menu:
salad:  spinach, red leaf, mandarin oranges and almonds with honey lime vinaigrette
seasonal vegetable platter:  zucchini, eggplant, carrots, yellow squash, portabello mushrooms, tomato, and onion
oven roasted new potatoes with garlic and rosemary
for carnivores:  grilled lemon-rosemary chicken breasts & sirloin tips (sautéed strips of beef with demiglace ,garlic, mushrooms, and red wine)
for vegivores:  stuffed portabello mushroom with grilled zucchini, yellow squash, roma tomato, sweet red and jalapeño peppers, black beans and cilantro (vegan)

red & white wine, sparking water, cookies

Energy Code Compliance for the 21st Century: A Showcase of Electronic Tools

Thursday, December 10, 2015
 8:30am – Noon
Location: Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive,Room 330, San Rafael
Participation is by invitation only, and registration is required (limited space available).
For more details click here

Building industry professionals, including building department officials, architects and contractors, are invited to learn about exciting electronic tools and resources developed to assist with energy code related responsibilities. Electronic tools are now more than ever essential for achieving code compliance as State Energy Codes continue to become lengthier and more complex. The BayREN Showcase will include presentations that provide insight into resources available for government, nonprofit, or private organizations of any size, regardless of budget constraints.

Attendees will also hear about the science behind the ultra-low energy intensive passive house building standard, an exciting example of where the energy code will eventually lead us being implemented today right here in Marin County.

Join us after speaker presentations- there will be a mini-expo with vendors providing live tool demonstrations.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Graham Irwin, Essential Habitat


  • Chris Bradt, BKi on behalf of BayREN
  • Misti Bruceri, Misti Bruceri & Associates, LLC on behalf of Energy Code Ace
  • Stephanie Egger, Autodesk
  • Kim Goodrich, CodeCycle
  • Speaker TBA, Accela

All jurisdictions are welcome and are not limited to population or demographic size.



ArchNews November 2015

ArchNews November 2015 Out Now!

This month’s issue includes:

President’s Letter: The Cost of Stupid
Project Profile: Ohashi Design Studio
Emerging Professionals: Overhauled IDP Goes Into Effect June 2016
In the News: RATCLIFF Architects, Andrew Weber, AIA, Swatt Miers Architects, Tour of UC Berkeley’s Lower Sproul Redevelopment
Firm Profiles: PRA
Member Profiles:  Brett Snyder, AIA
Alied Member Profile: Joe Lazzaretto for TREX

Click here to download the PDF: ArchNews November 2015

Fab Lab Tour: Emerging Professionals

Monday, November 23, 2015
6:30 – 8:00pm
Location: 900 Fallen St, Oakland
Please RSVP by noon, Wednesday, November 18 to
Click here for details

Join the Emerging Professionals as we get a tour of Laney College’s Fabrication Lab, aka FabLab. See demonstrations of their CNC machine, laser printers, 3D printers, and more.

2015 Member Appreciation Party & Annual Business Meeting

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Location: Parliament, 811 Washington St., Oakland
Free for AIA East Bay Members and employees of chapter members firms; $38 Guests.
Click here to Register

AIA East Bay Members, sponsors and welcome guests gather at Parliament in Old Oakland for our annual Member Appreciation Party and Annual Business Meeting. We’ll have heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks–and conversation with old colleagues and new friends!

(Cocktails and liquor are available via no-host bar.)

Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors:

American Soil & Stone
Associated Building Supply
Dealey Renton & Associates
Dolan’s Lumber
Eric F. Anderson, Inc.
The Grubb Company
Ideate, Inc
Pacific Coast Building Products

Media Sponsor
Diablo Magazine

Inspiration Symposium: November 17th

POSTPONED. Please email to receive notification of the new date.
Free; open to all in the A/E/C community.

For 2016 we’re looking at what is interesting to you–the A/E/C community. It could be parametric design or musical roads. A new type of dining experience or the 2016 Tesla designs. Are you obsessed with biomimicry? Japanese punk bands? How your refrigerator can order you more apples when you’re running low? Make a list of five to ten things that excite, inspire, provoke, etc.

If you’d like to bring a flash drive with images and or websites, please do for a pecha-kucha presentation!

Overhauled IDP Goes Into Effect June 2016

On June 29, 2016, the Intern Development Program (IDP) will be updated to reflect six broad areas of architectural practice. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming changes.

What’s Happening?

Next summer, the IDP’s current 17 experience areas will be realigned into six broad practice-based areas. The six new experience areas include:

  • Practice Management
  • Project Management
  • Programming & Analysis
  • Project Planning & Design
  • Project Development & Documentation
  • Construction & Evaluation

The IDP map shows how the current experience areas will merge into the six new areas. Any hours that fall outside of the six new areas can be used to fulfill additional jurisdictional requirements.

Download the IDP Overhaul Map

How Will the Overhauled IDP Impact You?

The IDP will continue to require 3,740 total hours, and you won’t lose any of the hours you’ve already reported. Another new feature is that the overhauled IDP will have two experience settings—Setting A: Practice of Architecture and Setting O: Other Experiences. A number of existing supplemental experience opportunities—including site visits, design competitions, and the Professional Conduct Monograph—will be incorporated into Setting O. Learn more about the new experience settings.

Important: A handful of jurisdictions require 5,600+ hours and/or have a minimum employment duration requirement. It’s a good idea to check with NCARB or your jurisdiction for the latest rules and regulations.