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YAF: A Conversation with Matt Baran, AIA

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
6pm
Free and open to all Young Architects (licensed under 10 years)
Please RSVP to events@aiaeb.org

Matt Baran, AIA of Baran Studio joins the YAF for a casual discussion about building an award-winning firm and the value architects bring to the community.

About the Young Architects Forum:

Have you been licensed in the past ten years? Are you getting more responsibilities within your firm? Who is your peer group that you share best practices and knowledge with? If you don’t have one, or want another one, come have a beer or glass of wine (and other refreshments) with other Bay Area Young Architects.

Symposium on Resilient Design for Buildings, Communities and Cities

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
1-5pm
Location: PG&E Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., San Francisco
Free and open to all.
Click here to register for the live event.
Click here to register for the live broadcast.

This event is co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE) and the PG&E Pacific Energy Center. We invite you to attend in person or via the web.

Dangers from climate change, more frequent extreme weather events and resulting power outages represent growing concerns for government agencies, building owners and design professionals. This session will explore how stakeholders are addressing resilience at multiple scales, assessing risks and responding through design strategies the scale of individual buildings, and at the city scale through infrastructure and waterfront design. The session will also present the inherent synergies between resiliency and sustainability.

Considering the scale of individual buildings, speakers will discuss approaches such as passive survivability, which allows buildings to remain usable in “unplugged mode” primarily through passive means (which enable efficient energy performance under normal operations). Speakers will also present new LEED pilot credits for resilient design. At the scale of urban and community design, speakers will examine resiliency concerns for infrastructure, fluvial processes and waterfronts, including policy concerns and design challenges underway in many cities around North America. The program will allow time for discussion and audience participation.

About the Speakers:

David Dixon, FAIA
Senior Principal, Urban Design Group Leader, Stantec

Residential Architecture Magazine named David to their Hall of Fame as “the person we call to ask about cities.” Having a focus on urban transformations, in recent years he’s led planning in post-Katrina New Orleans, and has initiated a broad reappraisal of the role of density in building more livable, resilient, and equitable communities. A Fellow of the AIA, David was honored with their Thomas Jefferson Medal for “a lifetime of creating livable neighborhoods, vibrant civic spaces, and vital downtowns.” He is co-author of  “Urban Design for an Urban Century: Shaping More Livable, Equitable, and Resilient Cities.”

Ariane LaxoAriane Laxo, CID, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC
Senior Associate, HGA Architects and Engineers

Ariane Laxo is an interior designer and co-chair of HGA’s Sustainability Council. She leads the firm’s resilient design task force, an inter-disciplinary firm-wide group that conducts primary and secondary research in order to deepen the firm’s expertise in the field of resilient design. Her work in resilience includes leading resilience risk assessment workshops for clients and at conferences across the country. As a designer, she works on corporate and cultural projects, infusing sustainable design principles throughout her practice. Ariane is founding chair of the Minnesota Resiliency Collaborative, and represents HGA in the AIA National Resilience Initiative, Upper Midwest Hub. She currently serves on USGBC’s LEED Resilience Working Group.

Luke Leong photoLuke Leung, PE, LEED Fellow
Director, MEP + Sustainable Engineering Studio, SOM

Luke Leung has been recognized with multiple awards including eight ASHRAE “Excellence in Engineering” awards, several AIA sustainable design awards, and others. His project highlights include the Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest man-made structure; Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis; and more than 40 LEED-certified or registered buildings, including Pertamina Tower – the tallest and largest building to target net-zero energy. He is a part-time professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, and he is active with many organizations developing standards related to sustainability, resilience, and natural ventilation in high-rise buildings, including the current LEED Pilot Credit on Resiliency, and as a presidential appointed member on ASHRAE Environmental Health Committee.

Claire Moore photoClaire Moore, SE, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Practice Leader, HOK

Claire Moore is a structural engineer and engineering practice leader based in HOK’s San Francisco office. Claire’s approach to each project is to focus on the client’s goals and tailor the structural solution to achieve an integrated building design that responds to those goals. Her professional work includes a wide range of experience in structural engineering design, project management and construction administration services. Her technical expertise encompasses both linear and nonlinear analysis, seismic evaluations and retrofits, structural design and BIM modeling. With completed projects ranging from large iconic buildings to small-scale art installations, she has experience in a variety of project types, including higher education, healthcare, justice and aviation.

Dave Ramslie
Principal and Head of Planning Research & Sustainability, Integral Group

Dave Ramslie is an urban planner by training, and his area of focus is on resilience and sustainable development. His work on policy, standards, and masterplans has won numerous international awards and last year he was recognized by the NRDC as one of 9 global leaders fighting climate change in cities. He has recently led the development of high performance building standards for the Province of BC, The City of Vancouver and City of Toronto that are all targeting net zero emissions strategies. Dave has also worked on energy policy issues with multiple US Cites and the US Department of Energy, and is a technical advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative.

Brian StrongBrian Strong
Chief Resilience Officer and Director, City of San Francisco

Brian Strong has spent over 15 years working with government organizations to develop and implement practical solutions and policies that improve the lives of the people they serve. He was appointed to his current position in 2016 by Mayor Ed Lee, and now leads resilience policy, programs, and initiatives at the City of San Francisco. This includes oversight for development of the 10-year capital plan, capital budget, and associated projects and programs to identify, fund, and address infrastructure needs.  Previously he served for over ten years as Director of Capital Planning Program for the City and County of San Francisco.

Façade Performance Workshop

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Noon-1pm
Free and open to all.
RSVP to events@aiaeb.org.

1 CES LU

Steve Gross, PE of Interface Engineering‘s Building Science Team will discuss the key attributes of façade performance. The presentation and discussion will focus on optimizing energy consumption and thermal comfort by balancing heat gain, heat loss, and daylight availability. The implications of window-to-wall ratio, glazing performance, opaque wall performance, and shading will be discussed in the context of various climate zones and building types. Several case studies, both real-world and hypothetical, will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1. Gain an understanding of why different climates require different façade treatments.
  2. Learn about the various analyses that can be used to optimize façade performance.
  3. Understand how the optimal window-to-wall ratio changes by climate zone.
  4. Understand how the optimal window-to-wall ratio changes by climate zone.

Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance and Water Conservation Executive Order Update

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Noon-1:30pm
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests

1.5 CES LUs

The Updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance and most recent Water Conservation executive order is being implemented by every community in California and affects big and small building projects with new and renovated landscapes. Peter Wolfe, Allied Member and landscape architect, will review the updated MWELO and Recent Water Conservation Executive Order and how it effects the work of architects, designers, and their client’s projects.

Topics include:

  1. Is the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) applicable to my project?
  2. How does the updated WELO affect my project?
  3. Some important terminology: MAWA, ETWU, ETF, Landscape Area as defined by the model ordinance, plant factor, WUCOLS, hydrozones.
  4. What’s in a “Landscape Documentation Package” and when is it required?
  5. Are there any MWELO site planning considerations?
  6. Are there any costs issues affecting project proposals and project implementation?
  7. What are post construction requirements of MWELO?
  8. What’s the most recent Drought State of Emergency Executive Order and how does it affect water use and conservation in the State?

About the Speaker

Peter Wolfe, Allied Member and Landscape Architect began his career over 30 years ago, after travels throughout the world. He is a Bay-friendly qualified designer and rater. His current practice focuses on place-making and sustainable environments for private, public and institutional clients throughout the Bay Area.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program participants will be able to…

  1. Identify when the Updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) is applicable to a project.
  2. Learn what a Landscape Documentation Package is. What’s in it and when is it required?
  3. Identify what the post construction requirements of MWELO are.
  4. Learn at least three site planning considerations required to accommodate MWELO.

RFQ: Speakers on ADA & Accessibility Issues

Background: AIA East Bay offers five-hour educational programs to architects approximately six times a year. These presentations focus on barrier-free access (ADA and/or California accessibility) and are geared towards a better understanding of the built environment and accessibility in both public and residential areas. Attendees are licensed architects who have knowledge of the fundamentals of accessibility and the ADA.

AIA East Bay is building its speakers’ bureau to offer more varied topics and speakers, and encourages all qualified speakers to apply.

Content Areas: Presentations must focus on barrier-free accessibility in California, providing in-depth knowledge that attendees can apply to their projects. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to: specific project types (schools, multi-family housing, retail, etc.); areas of common non-compliance; how to implement the California Building Code in practical ways; how to design beyond the requirements to provide excellent architecture; how to avoid legal situations regarding access, universal design, designing for aging-in-place, etc.

Presenters are encouraged to include case studies and real-life examples.

Qualified Applicants: Certified Access Specialists (CASp), ADA/accessibility experts, architects with demonstrable experience in accessibility issues, attorneys, etc. Speaker panels (more than one presenter) are encouraged.

Requirements: Applicants must be able to present in downtown Oakland during business hours (programs run from 8:30am-2:45pm); most programs are on Fridays.

Presenters will be required to provide presentations to AIA East Bay in an unlocked Powerpoint file one week prior to the presentation day; staff may make a locked PDF of slides available to attendees if content requires full-sized slides.

Compensation: Presenters will be compensated on a per-person fee. Half-day presenters receive $12.50 per attendee; full-day presenters receive $25 per attendee. Please note that panels (more than one speaker) will share the compensation. Attendance ranges from 60-160 per day; average anticipated attendance is 100. No expenses or other fees are covered.

Submittal format: Applicants are to submit the following (as attachments) via email to Sidney Sweeney, Executive Director at sidney@aiaeb.org:

  • Presenter name, contact information, biography and specific pertinent experience to show expertise in subject matter.
  • Presentation outline(s); specify whether for a 2.5-hour or 5-hour presentation.
  • Prior presentation/speaking engagements and either evaluations or reference contact information, including title and phone number.

Submission deadline: Qualified submittals received by April 21, 2017 will be considered for the remaining 2017 presentation. Submittals received after that date will be accepted, but may not be considered until the next cycle begins in August 2018.

Questions: Direct questions to Sidney Sweeney at sidney@aiaeb.org. Answers will be posted to the website www.aiaeb.org by noon, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Towards a Photosynthetic Architecture

Renewable Buildings for the Circular Carbon Economy

Thursday, May 4, 2017
5:30-7:30pm
Free AIA Members / $10 Guests before 5/2
Late Registration (after 5/3): $10 AIA Members / $15 Guests
At the Door: $20 all
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

We’re pleased to host visiting lecturer Craig White, RIBA from White Design, an innovative design practice and sustainability consultancy based in Bristol, UK. A wine and cheese reception follows the lecture.

Design Considerations for Durable Wood Structures

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
8-11am
Cost: $20
Click here to register.

2 CES/HSW LUs

With proper design, detailing and specification, wood structures can provide long and useful service lives while also offering a reduced environmental footprint. The key is careful planning and understanding of environmental loads and other external factors likely to impact a building over its lifetime. This presentation provides an overview of considerations related to durable wood design, including moisture management techniques, preservative treatment specification, and details for controlling termites.

Speaker: Janelle Leafblad, PE, West Coast Central Regional Director, WoodWorks

Firm Tour: HKIT Architects

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
6pm
Location: 538 Ninth St #240, Oakland, CA 94607
RSVP Required: email events@aiaeb.org
(Note: Space is limited, so RSVP early)

Come join the AIA East Bay Emerging Professionals Committee for our April Firm Tour at HKIT Architects. There will be a brief presentation by HKIT staff, a tour of their office space and then ample time for networking. Light refreshments will be provided.

A social hangout will follow at a local bar for those who are interested.

About the firm:
Founded in 1948, HKIT Architects is a 40-person office specializing in multifamily housing, schools and municipal projects. The multifamily housing includes affordable and senior housing specialties. School work focuses on public K-12 facilities with additional projects for independent and higher education clients. Our work for Municipalities includes water and wastewater treatment plants and corporation yards. The firm’s focus on community-oriented facilities is an expression of our mission: to design thoughtful, meaningful and valued buildings that enrich the community and the environment.

Information Modeling’s Role in Sustainable Design Decisions

A technical presentation

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
6pm
Please RSVP by April 24 for wine and cheese counts

1.5 CES LUs

Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Site Information Modeling (SIM) applications provide us with the necessary tools to carry out well-designed and well-planned projects that save both time and money. These same BIM and SIM tools can also be used to help make informed decisions and create responsible, sustainable designs. This presentation will look at case studies of both architecture and landscape architecture projects that utilized intelligent BIM objects and tools to achieve low-impact, sustainable designs.

About the Presenter:
David DenglerAs a Regional Account Manager, David Dengler promotes the Vectorworks brand through consultative sales, marketing, promotion, education, and outreach across California. He also conducts CEU presentations and enables educational institutions to bring the Vectorworks platform into their classrooms. David is well suited for the task because he possesses extensive CAD software experience, including first-hand knowledge of Vectorworks software and its rendering capabilities. Before joining Vectorworks Inc. in 2013, David was a designer with Adler Display. Prior to that, he founded his own company and developed apps for iPhone/iPad. He has worked as a project designer/manager with various architectural firms in California for over 15 years where he completed both residential and commercial projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of Information Modeling and how it can be used for both building and site design.
  • Learn how designers can use building information modeling software to make informed design decision to help achieve their project’s sustainability goals.
  • Discover what tools are available to understand the outcome of design decision such as building orientation and material selection.
  • See how designers are achieving success with intelligent tools and applications through a number of case studies.

ARCHnews April 2017

ARCHnews has gone digital! Click the links below to read each article:

Project Profile: California Drea, Compact Reality by Cheng+Snyder
Emerging Professionals: Firm Tours
Building Code IssuesSafety Only Starts With the Codes
CoolTechStuff: Travel Apps
Members in the News
Firm Profile: Hilliard Architects
Member ProfileNicole Stine, Assoc. AIA