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Bay Area Residential Projects Honored for Excellence

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, the American Institute of Architects, East Bay, awarded six residential projects with jury honors for the 2014 Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Regional Design Awards. This program is the Bay Area’s only solely-residential architectural design awards program.

One project was awarded with a citation for architecture, two homes were recognized with Merit Awards and three projects received the highest award of Honor. The projects include renovations, additions, and affordable housing.

The distinguished 2014 Design Awards jury are leaders in the architectural community: David Baker, FAIA, (San Francisco, CA), founder of David Baker Architects; Julie Eizenberg, AIA (Santa Monica, CA), founding Principal of Koning Eizenberg Architecture; and Nick Noyes, AIA (San Francisco, CA), founder of Nick Noyes Architecture.

The AIA East Bay 2014 Design Award recipients are:

Citation Award

Grizzly PGrizzly Peak Kitchen Renovationeak Kitchen Renovation, Oakland

Architect: Andrew Lee Architecture

The project was a complete kitchen renovation in a landmark mid-century house in the East Bay hills. The design team sought to develop a solution that updated the kitchen to serve contemporary needs, while respecting the integrity of the original structure’s design.

Large openings were cut out of the wall separating the kitchen from the living area, to allow for visual connection and to bring natural light and views deeper into the house. Importance was placed on emphasizing the craft and simplicity of the house’s original materials.

The initial program was typical of kitchen renovations in older homes: to enhance the utility of the room, to update its aesthetic, to open the room to adjacent spaces for visual connection, views, and light — while also providing a means to close off the room — and to provide a built-in space for dining.

The cabinets, fabricated by a shop in the Pacific Northwest, are simply but carefully crafted maple-veneer plywood and plastic laminate; the owners appreciated the shop’s light, contemporary aesthetic, and selected the laminate colors. Finishes—quartz and butcher block countertops, white ceramic wall tile, and stained oak flooring—were selected as useful, durable surfaces that recede into the background.

Jury Comments: This is a compelling project in that the design keeps the intent of the original kitchen while meeting present-day need. It is sweet, modest and plays well with the personality of the house overall.

Merit Awards

H RanchHupomone Ranch, Petaluma

Architect: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

Hupomone Ranch is an original 160-acre homestead located in the Chileno Valley, three miles west of downtown Petaluma. The ranch had been fallow for over 30 years and the owners wanted to build a family house that would reflect their commitment to sustainable farming, draw on the natural serenity of the site and build on the sense of place in western Petaluma, where farming and ranching are still a part of people’s daily lives.

The site has a wonderful balanced quality to it, and the simple grounded form of the barn shape is sited to compliment this setting and capture the long views to the coastal range beyond. Entering a low porch on the more opaque north side under the loft above, the light-filled house opens up to the long view south and gathers the bedrooms and kitchen to either side.

The house is certified LEED Platinum and includes a number of energy saving features, exceeding Title 24 by over 50 percent. Passive heating and cooling with thermal mass and insulation, geothermal, radiant cooling and heating along with solar and photovoltaic panels contribute to the house’s energy efficiency.

An integral part of the design, the landscaping includes several outdoor living areas, organized along a riparian restoration and native plantings.

Jury Comments: A picturesque residence, modern and formal, restrained, rich, playful, and sustainable. The design looks effortless—which is not easy to accomplish.

Hill HouseHill House, San Francisco

Architect: Cary Bernstein Architect

The complete transformation of a well-worn 1930’s bungalow created a modern home for a young family of three. Sectional shifts in the architecture and landscaped terraces unify the building and hillside site. The newly amplified and light-filled interior belies its compact, mid-block footprint. Rigorously detailed construction is enriched by warm, textured materials and fluid connections to the surrounding gardens. In contrast to the building’s materiality, plentiful glazing erodes the envelope. The interplay between solid and void, light and dark, intimate and expansive, machined and handmade, landscape and architecture, uniquely integrates Hill House with its site.

The clients asked for a house that would be “just big enough” for their daily needs, promoting quality over quantity and expressing their love for design. Every part of the project was scrutinized in search of an artful balance among concept, utility, value and resolution.

The clients’ commitment to sustainability started with the choice of living in a compact house on an urban site. Demolition was managed through deconstruction and recycling. Careful planning ensured limited waste, integrating storage into walls and floors with ship-like efficiency. Space for concealed solar shades was incorporated into the structural plan. Material disposition helps unify the building and landscape.

The clients purchased a small, plain house with the idea of turning it into their dream home. They couldn’t be happier to have found the perfect team to help realize their vision. According to the client, “the process was collaborative and transparent and yet the design has a clarity and inevitability that transcends the open communication and compromises made along the way. The final design balances dark and light, inside and outside so well that we ended up having the best of both.” The textural details “[integrate] a lot of subtlety in the materials without making them look fussy.”

Jury Comments: A rigorous and warm residence that displays an effortless “climb up the hill” of San Francisco’s steep terrain.

Honor Awards

474 Natoma474 Natoma Apartments, San Francisco

Architect: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Filling a void in San Francisco’s SOMA Redevelopment Area, this high-density development provides 60 affordable apartments for low income families knitted into the urban fabric as a transition between the gritty Sixth Street SRO corridor and the gentrifying Eastern SOMA neighborhood.

Situated on a small property between two alleys, the development’s front and rear buildings share a common two-level lobby and through-block passageway linked to a central linear courtyard.

At the top floor, a landscaped terrace and a community garden provide additional sunny and secure outdoor areas with city views.

The project included a variety of sustainable design strategies which were tracked under the GreenPoints rating system. The building’s energy use is modeled to be 18.4% less than California’s strict Title 24 energy regulations.

The concrete structure is exposed at the exterior of the building expressing the building components and the compartments for each apartment. Large windows and cantilevered balconies are staggered to create individuality and counter the repetitious nature of multifamily housing. An intense exterior color scheme was encouraged by the redevelopment agency to signify a new dynamic in the long challenged neighborhood.

Jury Comments: Rigorously logical with a sense of dignity and grace. A tough site handled with ease.

Mill ValleyMill Valley Courtyard Residence

Architect: Aidlin Darling Design

The intention of this residence was to create a sanctuary for a writer, his wife and two college-age sons. The site is located in a typical suburban community in Mill Valley, California.

A u-shaped courtyard cradles a south-facing central garden, with two private wings flanking the garden on each side. The wings are connected by a vaulted public great room with a wall of retracting glass doors, opening the living/dining and kitchen to the adjoining deck and garden. The plan diagram provides privacy for (and from) the neighbors, while opening the home to a dramatic view over the valley and forested hillside beyond.

The material palette integrates industrial materials, such as corrugated metal siding, patinated raw plate steel, and concrete floors that are complemented by the warmth of wood ceilings, cabinets, decks and trellises. The result is a simplicity that focuses on space, texture, and natural light. This quiet palette also provides an intentionally neutral backdrop for the client’s growing art collection. The ultimate goal is a home that lives effortlessly while unifying an experience of art and nature.

Jury Comments: Residence was not overwrought and exhibits a formal clarity and confidence. It is elegantly crafted. The architects clearly understand proportion.

TP-HTP-H Residence, Palo Alto

Architect: Alexander Jermyn Architecture

The project is the addition of a dining room, reading room and two bedroom suites to an existing 1948 adobe-brick house. A series of simple solids and voids control view and orchestrate movement through their various internal and external alignments.

It employs the material and formal language developed for a previous addition: spare, platonic boxes of a perceptual mass defined precisely at their junctions to openings with a material thinness. Four volumes control view and orchestrate movement through their various internal and external alignments. The reading of the solid/void relationship oscillates between additive and subtractive processes.

The house was designed to utilize all spaces in the addition to being fully accessible once the couple reaches retirement age. The design objective was to develop a language of apertures that provide a seamless connection between inside and out. A large format glazing was designed with custom aluminum profiles to achieve a frameless edge and introduce daylighting via skylights and glazing. A combination of LED, fluorescent and dimmable low voltage lights maintains low energy use without sacrificing color rendition quality for the client’s art collection.

The client remarks that the home incorporates the minimalism of the new with the rough texture of the old, which guided the decision making process for the addition. Only through distilling the finish and glazing details to their extreme essence, could the new volumes resonate clearly in juxtaposition with the old house and the surrounding garden.

Jury Comments: Achieves a compelling attention to inside and outside space. The restraint offered a sense of poetry to the space. Classically spare, this house is respectful of space and volume.

 

AIA East Bay’s 2014 ExRes Design Awards are sponsored by Aerotek, American Building Supply, American Soil & Stone, Associated Building Supply, Crestron, Degenkolb, Dealey Renton & Associates, Ideate, Lutron, Moen, and Pacific Coast Building Products.

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The AIA East Bay’s members are architects and allied professionals in Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano, and Napa counties. AIA East Bay, an architectural community founded in 1947, supports our membership in exemplary practice and professional growth.

Planning-Related Initiatives: A Post-Election Wrap Up

A Regional Urban Design Forum

Wednesday November 5, 2014
Noon-1.30pm
AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay St, Oakland,  CA

Free and Open to All!
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On November 5, please join AIA East Bay’s Region & Urban Design Committee as we consider the effects of November 4th’s election on the future of Bay Area planning and development.  You will be part of a panel discussion to examine the content of the planning-related measures (below), look at election results, and ponder their implications for the Bay Area and our communities.  The program will be led by Matt Taecker AIA AICP, RUD Committee Chair.

Planning-Related Initiatives

East Bay

Measure BB  Alameda County Transportation Sales Tax

Measure R    Berkeley Downtown Zoning Amendments

Measure T    Dublin Annexation of Doolin Canyon (far-east County)

Other Bay Area

Measure F    San Francisco Pier 70 Mixed-Use Redevelopment

Measure M   Menlo Park Downtown Plan Amendments

Measure N    San Bruno Downtown & Corridors Development

Learning Objectives

Forthcoming

Westcon Annual Symposium 2014: Water Resistive Barriers – The Hidden Critical Element in a Wall

Tuesday November 11, 2014
Golden Gate Fields, Turf Club
1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, CA
Registration: 7:30-8am
Program: 8am-5pm
Complimentary continental breakfast, buffet lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided.

 

 

Cost:
Sept 15th – Nov 3rd: $265 for Westcon members; $290 for non-members
After Nov 3rd: $290 for Westcon members; $315 for non-members
($25 off for each additional registrant from the same firm at time on purchase only)

Click Here to Register Now

6.5 RCI CEH’s. 

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Westcon’s purpose is to promote the highest standards of professionalism and to protect the general welfare of the construction consultant, to improve the practice of the professional construction consultant, and to offer expertise and knowledge to the construction industry.

AIA East Bay is delighted to co-sponsor the 2014 Westcon symposium that will feature a full day of lectures on water resistive barriers from expert presenters:

Session 1, Water Resistive Barriers (WRB), Air Barriers & Vapor Barriers – Tom Butt, FAIA, Interactive Resources

  • Understand classifications and code requirements for water resistive barriers, air barriers, vapor retarders and flexible flashings.
  • Be able to discuss the limitations of industry standards for different categories of products.
  • Be able to apply industry standards for comparing and contrasting products and applications.
  • Be able to identify information sources available to assist in the selection of products.

Session 2, Moisture Modeling & Computer Modeling – Phil Dregger, Technical Roof Services

  • Understand basic concepts of water vapor transmission and condensation in frame building walls.
  • Be able to identify the functions and limitations of hydrothermal computer modeling.
  • Be able to analyze basic wall details to apply knowledge for preparing better details.
  • Be able to evaluate wall designs in the context of moisture control standards.

Session 3, Application of Building Paper, Felt & Flashings, Chris Nelson, Technical Roof Services

  • Understand multiple layer application, attachment and repair of WRB assemblies.
  • Be able to discuss code requirements and industry standards for flashings.
  • Be able to evaluate water testing techniques and standards.
  • Be able to recognize and select appropriate details for integrating flashings and WRB from presented examples.

Session 4, Application of Polymeric Building Wraps & Flashings, Robert Bateman, AIA, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger

  • Understand sequence of application, attachment and repair of WRB assemblies.
  • Be able to recognize options for terminating WRB at top and bottom of walls.
  • Be able to compare and contrast industry standards for wall flashing techniques of windows and wall penetrations.
  • Be able to specify and select WRB and flashing details for integrated wall design assemblies from presented examples.

Session 5, Application of Liquid-Applied WRB & Flashings – Charlie Saul, Aquatech Consultancy, Inc.

  • Know the criteria for using fluid applied WRB and flashings at appropriate conditions.
  • Be able to discuss issues of material chemistry and compatibility when selecting products.
  • Be able to describe application characteristics and evaluate manufacturers’ requirements.
  • Be able to compare products against criteria for over a dozen testing mock-ups displayed and available for observation.

Green Building and Integrated Project Delivery

a Small Firm Forum

Thursday, November  6, 2014
Noon-1:30pm
Free AIA Members/$3 Guests. Open to All.

AIA East Bay
1405 Clay St
Oakland, CA
(510) 464-3600

Ann Edminster will discuss preliminary findings from a project underway by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s Green Building Task Force, which she chairs. The Commission for Environmental Cooperation has been charged by its three federal government partners – the US, Mexico, and Canada – with advancing the practice of green building across North America. Creating a guide to adoption of “integrated design and delivery,” or ID2, is one of the ways the CEC has been pursuing this agenda.

“Integrated design” is a term that has been in use in the green building community for at least 10-15 years, possibly longer, and refers to an unconventional approach to building design that engages all the principal design team members early during the design process, working together instead of separately and sequentially. The aim of integrated design is to derive the benefits of the collective knowledge and insights of all the team members in order to achieve a project that is better-integrated and therefore higher-performing from a green building perspective.

Independently and more recently, the term “integrated project delivery” was introduced by members of the AIA-San Francisco working in collaboration with attorney Howard Ashcraft, a partner at HansonBridgett LLP. Howard’s career has a strong focus on improving the construction process to reduce conflicts and achieve better outcomes for all the principal participants in the construction process. One of the mechanisms developed to further this end has been the development of new standard contract forms for pursuit of integrated project delivery. Ashcraft and AIA-SF consider integrated project delivery to take place only when these contract forms are used. In a more generic sense, however, integrated project delivery is distinguished from integrated design primarily by the explicit inclusion of the construction phase in the team approach to integration – it doesn’t stop with design.

The prime contractor working on the project is Building Green, with assistance from Bill Reed, John Boecker (authors of the main text on integrated design, as well as of the ASTM standard), Howard Ashcraft, Edminster, and others. Edminster will preview the guide for presentation attendees.

About the Presenter:

Ann V. Edminster, M. Arch., founder and managing principal of Design AVEnues LLC, is an expert environmental and net-zero energy design consultant, green building teacher, speaker, and author. She guides project teams in the creation of award winning, high performance residential projects, both single- and multifamily. She was a principal developer of LEED for Homes and in 2009 authored the first book on zero net energy homes, Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet.

Learning Objectives:

  1. After completing this program participants will understand the use of the guide for green building and integrated project delivery.
  2. After completing this program participants will understand the roles of the respective players in an integrative process.
  3. After completing this program participants will understand how to structure team collaboration to greatest effectiveness.
  4. After completing this program participants will be able to set the groundwork for an integrative design to effect a positive project outcome.

 

2014 IDP Design Competition

IDP500

A program by AIA San Fernando Valley

Registration Due: Monday, November 2014 

Submissions Due: Friday, January 9, 2015

Winners Announced Monday, February 2, 2015

 

Click Here for the application form and program requirements

The competition involves the design of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. Recently, this mission was lost due to fire. A new site has been selected and the AIA San Fernando Valley has worked with the staff of the mission to provide the programmatic requirements. While Survival Outreach Services has served as an emergency stopgap, the loss of the production, donation, residential facilities and half of the vehicles fleet has caused a significant loss of support of the mission’s work with the homeless. This new facility will be enlarged enabling the mission to reduce the homeless population by offering self‐sufficiency, life skills classes and training to the homeless.

Prizes will be rewarded to Interns and Students.

1st Place: $1,500.00 1st Place: $ 500.00
2nd Place: $1,000.00 2nd Place: $ 300.00
3rd Place: $ 500.00 3rd Place: $ 200.00

The competition is open to all NACRB/IDP participants. The project submissions can be from individuals or teams. Credit for IDP hours is available to all participants working with a mentor. Each participant will be responsible for self‐reporting hours as detailed in the IDP Guidelines. A maximum of 300 hours are available. Intern and student submissions will be judged separately.

Sponsored by Stock Building Supply and Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors

Build It Green Presents: Water Wise Homes Conference, Solutions for Building Professionals

Thursday, November 6, 2014
8:00 a.m–2:30 p.m.
David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA
$35; $25 for Build It Green members*

Click here to register

Build it Green invites you to join them to learn new technologies, techniques, and strategies to save water in home design, construction, and remodeling. Join Build It Green, your peers, and leading experts to help fight California’s drought!

We all want our residential projects to save more water, but keeping up with the latest practices and policies can be challenging. In its latest conference, Build It Green delivers advanced solutions to help building professionals like you overcome water conservation barriers.

The schedule includes presentations addressing:
Landscape Design and Strategy – Learn your options for replacing lawns with solutions across the landscaping spectrum, from native plants to xeriscape, with a look at water usage and project costs for each. Explore design how-to’s and common mistakes.
Behavior and Water System Design – Explore new technologies that automate water conservation in modern bathrooms and help overcome wasteful behaviors.
Water-Energy Nexus – Optimizing and designing home water systems to save both energy and water, including structured plumbing, recirculation strategies, fixture and appliance selection, and troubleshooting issues.
Gray Water and Rain Water Reuse – A review of low-cost to more advanced systems, how to balance source and sink, and a case study of a Passivhaus home that utilized laundry-to landscape strategies and rainwater capture.
GreenPoint Rated and Water Conservation – A panel of experts will discuss design/code challenges for gray water and the role of GreenPoint Rated Version 6.0 in water conservation. Hear perspectives and share your opinions on installation, design, and policy.

 

Oktoberfest Celebration at Fox Marble

Friday, October 17th
3:30-7:30 PM
1315 Armstrong Ave San Francisco, CA 94124

Free, all are welcome!
Click here to RSVP

Sponsored by Neolith

Fox Marble will host their annual Punkin Chukin Oktoberfest celebration on October 17th with a variety of demonstrations by top vendors in the field of “extraordinary surfaces”, as well as beers, brats, music and, of course, their signature Punkin Chukin competition.

The event is sponsored by Neolith — a pioneer in the latest technology for surfacing material — who will host live demonstrations throughout the day. The event will also feature demonstrations by Laticrete and Schluter, who will discuss how to better utilize their systems with Neolith. LUXE magazine will also be present, as well as a host of other vendors.

 

Beacon v. SOM: What Architects Should Know

Beacon v. SOM: What Architects Should Know

An AIA East Bay Monthly Program

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94612
5:30pm, wine and cheese reception to follow
$15 for AIA members and employees of AIA East Bay Chapter Member Firms
$21 for non-members

Please Click Here to Register.

1.5 CES LUs

The California Supreme Court ruled against SOM in Beacon vs. SOM this summer. The  Court ruled that architects owe a duty of care to future homeowners in the design of a residential building where the architect is a principal architect on the project.

This panel will provide architects and firms with an understanding of what they need to know to navigate the new waters of the post-Beacon legal landscape. Our panel of experts will include attorney David E. Barker of Collins Collins Muir + Stewart, who wrote a court brief on behalf of the AIA California Council, and attorneys Jennifer W. Suzuki and Bruce N. Furukawa of Long & Levit LLP, who specialize in the representation of architects and design professionals. This panel will explain the facts of the Beacon v. SOM case and how architectural practice may change as a result of this ruling, and what architects can to do in the future to mitigate the potential for liability.

About the Presenters

David E. Barker, Collins Collins Muir + Stewart – David Barker practices in the areas of professional liability and corporate transactions. Barker focuses on representing architects, engineers, contractors, and insurance professionals, and has served as lead trial counsel representing clients in federal and state courts, and arbitration in matters of contract disputes and negligence. He has served as amicus counsel on behalf of the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Architects California Council.

Jennifer W. Suzuki, Long & Levit LLP – Jennifer Suzuki specializes in corporate, partnership, and business law. Her practice includes the formation, merger, acquisition, and dissolution of business entities, , counseling of clients concerning issues arising from their professional service agreements and general business issues such as fee collection and the use of liens as a fee collection tool. Ms. Suzuki’s practice focuses on the representation of professionals, including architects, engineers, and attorneys.

Bruce N. Furukawa, Long & Levit LLP – Bruce Furukawa is a Partner in the Design Professionals Defense & Counseling Group, primarily representing and counseling architects and engineers. He has represented design professionals, contractors, and business owners in a wide range of projects related to transportation, municipal works, commercial high-rises, waste-water treatment plants, wetland development, and residential development.

Kurt Cooknick, Assoc. AIA, AIA California Council – Kurk Cooknick, Assoc. AIA recently celebrated his 18th year with the AIACC. He is a devoted advocate on behalf of the architectural profession in California, and is currently the director of regulatory affairs for AIACC.

With Moderator

Malvin Whang, AIA, University of California, San Francisco – Malvin Whang, AIA is a Senior Project Manager for UCSF and is 2015 AIA East Bay President Elect.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, attendees:

  1. Will be able to state three relevant facts of Beacon v. SOM.
  2. Will be able to state at least two key outcomes of the case.
  3. Will be able to identify at least two ways to mitigate the prospect of litigation.
  4. Will be able to state at least two misconceptions with regards to the results of Beacon v SOM.

 

 

Member Profile: Michael Myers, AIA

MMeyersA licensed Architect with over 25 years in the architectural profession, I bring not only a passion for innovative design but also the long view to my work. I have a broad range of experience on many different building types, budgets and aesthetic styles from historic preservation and classical design to cutting-edge modern. I possess strong presentation and communication skills, and I’ve led design teams and studio operations of up to 20 people with numerous consultants. I’ve been utilizing Building Information Modeling for over 10 years now on the Revit, Bentley Architecture and Vectorworks platforms to both model and document my work, and I am an Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 Certified Professional User. At the same time, I can still sketch fluidly to communicate design ideas quickly and spontaneously to colleagues and clients.

Specialties: Historic Preservation; Classical Design; Revit and BIM; Team Leadership; Mentoring and Design Education; Architectural History; Design Criticism and Critique

Experience:

ASSOCIATE Harley Ellis Devereaux
May 2013 – Present (1 year 3 months)
Senior Project Architect and BIM Implementation Specialist for the West Coast offices.

ASSOCIATE AECOM Technical Services
March 2008 – May 2013 (5 years 3 months)|San Francisco, CA
INSTRUCTOR Academy of Art University
2009 – 2010 (1 year)
Instructor of REVIT and BIM in the Interior Architecture and Design Program.

ASSOCIATE Sullivan Bruck Architects
January 2002 – March 2008 (6 years 3 months)

PRINCIPAL Michael J. Myers Architect
January 1996 – January 2002 (6 years 1 month)

SENIOR ARCHITECT Design Collective Inc.
January 1999 – January 2001 (2 years 1 month)

ARCHITECT Sullivan Gray Bruck Architects
January 1996 – January 1999 (3 years 1 month)

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS The Arris Group
January 1994 – January 1996 (2 years 1 month)

DIRECTOR OF INTERIORS ka architecture
January 1992 – January 1994 (2 years 1 month)

DEPARTMENT HEAD/INSTRUCTOR Virginia Marti College of Art and Design
January 1984 – January 1994 (10 years 1 month)

ARCHITECT, CHIEF DESIGNER MAI Architects

DESIGNER Larsen Architects
January 1986 – January 1988 (2 years 1 month)

SENIOR DESIGNER Kekst Architects

DESIGNER Robert C Gaede Architects
January 1982 – January 1984 (2 years 1 month)

 

 

Firm Profile: PSM Architects

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PSM Architects, located in Emeryville, was established in 1961 as Perata & Sylvester, a specialist in retail & commercial architecture. The award winning firm evolved into PSM Architects, Inc. in 1987 and is now headed by Laile Giansetto, AIA, who is committed to preserving the vision of the original founders: to provide a comprehensive, innovate solutions that are both aesthetically and economically sensitive. PSM became a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) in 2013 and is licensed to practice in California, Nevada and Hawaii. Our reputation is built on excellence in technical design and project delivery services.

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PSM Architects offers a wide range of architectural services that are  comprehensive, but thoughtfully tailored to each client’s needs. Project types range from new retail shopping centers to restaurants, office buildings and small tenant improvements. We are proud of our long standing relationship with Safeway, which started in the early 1960’s with the Moraga store until current day with the delivery of the new Burlingame store and shopping center. Other valued clients include CVS Caremark/Longs Drugs Stores, Cost Plus World Market, CBRE, Property Development Centers & Colliers International.

PSM3PSM Architects is committed to learning and growing through collaboration with our clients, our engineers and other experts in our field. We are also strong believers of giving back to the profession by providing a training ground for young interns. We encourage and support junior staff ’s efforts to complete the IDP process. By nurturing our interns’ talents in a professional setting, we are not only investing in the future of our profession, but we also continue to learn and evolve into better architects.

Visit the website of PSM Architects to learn more.