Skip to content

ARE Bootcamp: CD&S

Begins Monday, May 9, 2016
$50 AIA Members & Employees of Chapter Member Firms/ $75 Non-members
Cost includes a set of Construction Documents & Services ArchCards flashcards and access to study materials and knowledge experts.
Click here to register. Space is limited to 12 participants.

From May 9 to June 27, AIA East Bay will hold a weekly ARE Bootcamp, providing a structured, rigorous study group for the Construction Documents & Services section of the ARE, with the goal of every person passing.

Section Mentors:
Robert Williamson, AIA
Danielle Campbell, Assoc. AIA

Participants must schedule to take the Construction Documents & Services section of the ARE between Tuesday, June 28 and Saturday, July 16, 2016. Participants must email proof of test registration to AIA East Bay by 9am Monday, May 9:



Ready or Not, Here it Comes…Retirement!

a Small Firm Forum Panel Discussion

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Free AIA members / $3 Guests
Brown bag lunch (BYO lunch)

1.5 CES LUs

SFF Hosts:  Linda Randolph AIA and Maggie Maiers AIA

Michael Coleman, AIA, Andre Ptaszynski, AIA, Harry Jacobs, AIA, Larry Mortimer, AIA, Maggie Maiers, AIA and Linda Randolph, AIA will share retirement pitfalls and pleasures with you on such subjects as passing the baton, slamming the door, what to put in the trash,  looking for wealth in all the right places, laying out your legacy for those who follow and the joys of travel freedom.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this forum, attendees will…

  1.  Understand their responsibilities in keeping documents and records when they retire.
  1.  Learn at least three ways architectural practices are valued in the marketplace.
  1. Learn at least three arguments for and against continuing practicing beyond “normal” retirement age.
  1. Gain insight into the rewards of being a retired architect.


Zero Net Energy School Retrofit Workshops

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Free, space is limited.
Register here.

ZNE Technical Training for School & Building Industry Professionals

A zero net energy (ZNE) building generates as much energy as it consumes annually. With energy bills at California’s schools totaling more than $700 million a year*, innovative energy solutions for schools like ZNE buildings are being proposed as a way to save energy and put money back into classrooms.

A number of upcoming, no-cost interactive workshops are being offered to explain how California’s K-12 schools and community colleges can achieve ZNE through whole-building retrofits.

These workshops are part of an investor-owned utility (IOU) pilot program aimed at leveraging Proposition 39 dollars to test how some of the state’s existing K-12 and community college buildings can be transformed into ZNE facilities.

Full-day technical sessions will focus on best practices in design and operations. Half-day  school community workshops will cover design approaches, planning and financing.

School administrators, operations managers, business officers, construction managers, community stakeholders, building designers, operations staff and others interested in ZNE are invited to attend. Space is limited, so please register and reserve your spot today at

* Statistic from the CEC Consumer Energy Center.

Architecture Billings Index Ends the First Quarter on an Upswing

Healthy rebound for multi-family projects

Washington, D.C. – April 20, 2016 – The Architecture Billings Index reflects  consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms.  As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.9, up from the mark of 50.3 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.1, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.

“The first quarter was somewhat disappointing in terms of the growth of design activity, but fortunately expanded a bit entering the traditionally busy spring season. The Midwest is lagging behind the other regions, but otherwise business conditions are generally healthy across the country,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD.  “As the institutional market has cooled somewhat after a surge in design activity a year ago, the multi-family sector is reaccelerating at a healthy pace.”

Key March ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: South (52.4), Northeast (51.0), West (50.4), Midwest (49.8)
  • Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.7), commercial / industrial (51.8), mixed practice (50.0), institutional (48.0)
  • Project inquiries index: 58.1
  • Design contracts index: 51.8

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.
About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group, is a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction spending activity. The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly “Work-on-the-Boards” survey that is sent to a panel of AIA member-owned firms. Participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended as compared to the prior month, and the results are then compiled into the ABI.  These monthly results are also seasonally adjusted to allow for comparison to prior months. The monthly ABI index scores are centered around 50, with scores above 50 indicating an aggregate increase in billings, and scores below 50 indicating a decline. The regional and sector data are formulated using a three-month moving average. More information on the ABI and the analysis of its relationship to construction activity can be found in the recently released White Paper, Designing the Construction Future: Reviewing the Performance and Extending the Applications of the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index on the AIA web site.

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit

Mentorship Workshop: Presented by AEBL

cosponsored by AIA East Bay

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
$30 for AEBL and AIA members; $50 Guests
Register here.

Successful companies large and small are using mentoring programs to tackle complex human-resource challenges such as increasing employee retention and satisfaction, developing leadership skills, improving workforce productivity, and enabling company succession plans.

There are many benefits to having a well-run mentoring program. Employees benefit from mentoring relationships because they have someone with greater knowledge and experience who becomes a valued adviser, while the mentor can teach and advise up-and-coming leaders, develop a better understanding of employee issues, and develop stronger communication skills. Other benefits include greater productivity in the workplace and identifying the next generation of leadership while streamlining succession plans.

This workshop will offer practical ideas and guidelines for starting or improving mentorship programs. Facilitator Marion Thatch of B-Distinct Consulting has over 30 years of working in the A/E/C industry, serving as an executive coach to many architectural and engineering business leaders, as well as successfully implementing mentorship programs. This session will include discussions about creating and managing a mentorship program, as well as relevant case studies, interactive learning activities, and a live, real-life mentor/mentee demonstration.

Topics for the workshop will include:

  • Defining program objectives and developing a program that fits the culture of your company
  • Determining the goals of the program (greater productivity, employee retention, financial gains, etc.)
  • Structuring the program
  • Who should be involved
  • Getting buy-in from the entire company
  • How the program should be managed and monitored
  • Following up and quantifying the program’s success

My Architecture: Housing

a monthly program

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
5:30-7:15pm, wine and cheese reception to follow
Early bird registration (by Monday, April 25): Free AIA members & employees of chapter member firms; $10 Guests
Registration April 26: $10 AIA members & employees of chapter member firms; $15 Guests
At-the-door: $20 all

Click here to register

1.5 CES LUs

Join us for our monthly program as a selection of owners and clients from local recently-completed housing projects present and discuss how the architecture and design of the project affects, supports, advances and represents their work and the mission of their program.


Linda Mandolini, President, Eden Housing. Linda Mandolini has served Eden Housing as a Project Developer, as Director of Real Estate Development, and since 2001, as President. Eden Housing is one of California’s oldest non-profit housing development companies and has developed or acquired more than 8,500 units throughout California. Linda oversees affordable housing production, resident support services, and property management components of the organization, and a staff of more than 300 employees.

Jessica Sheldon, Project Manager, Resources for Community Development. Jessica Sheldon has  managed the development of over 300 units of housing, representing over $100 million in public and private investment.

Eve Stewart, Director of Housing Development, SAHA. Eve Stewart has over 14 years experience in real estate finance and development and has been with SAHA over 10 years. During her tenure, Eve has directly managed or overseen the completion of more than 900 housing units, primarily using  tax credit financing combined with additional State and local funding programs. Currently, Eve is responsible for 850 units in AHA’s predevelopment pipeline with total costs of $273 million.


Featured projects:


Photo: Douglas Sterling Photography

Monteverde Senior Apartments, Eden Housing (Dahlin Group Architecture + Planning)

Photo: Bruce Damonte

Photo: Bruce Damonte

The Ambassador, Resources for Community Development (Kava Massih Architects)

Photo: Tim Griffith

Photo: Tim Griffith

Merritt Crossing, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects)

Photo: Bruce Damonte

Photo: Bruce Damonte

Lakeside Senior Housing, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (David Baker Architects)

RFQ: Napa Earthquake Repairs, Napa State Hospital

BUILDINGS 147, 181 AND 183
Provide professional architectural and engineering design services as required to make seismic repairs to three buildings located at Napa State Hospital. Building 147 (Electric Shop), Building 181 (Manor House) and Building 183 (Central Nursing Services) were damaged in the 2014 South Napa Earthquake. All three buildings are considered historic. The responsible party shall be an architect or engineer licensed to practice in the State of California (CA) and all work shall be performed under and approved by a licensed design professional.

The estimated cost of construction for the project is $4,600,000.

Interested firms may obtain a Request for Qualifications Package (RFQ) by downloading it from the eProcurement Division’s California State Contracts Register on the Internet at: This is the preferred point of contact. The RFQ package may also be obtained by sending a request to one of the contact points listed below. Please include AD Number, contact person’s name, firm name, firm’s Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), mailing address and phone number. Request processing will be delayed if all information is not provided.
Submittal Deadline: Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 05:00:00 PM

Duration: N/A
City and County: Napa, Napa County
Department: Department of General Services
FAX: (916) 376-1778
Contact: (916) 375-4064

Christo DaSilva, AIA: Member Profile

profileChristo DaSilva, AIA worked at Levitch Associates, Hilliard Architects and Bull Stockwell Allen while attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Upon graduation, he received the AIA Henry Adams Medal and the AIA CCC Design Award before going on to work at Studio Bondy Architecture. His interest in shaping the future of education has led him to pursue a specialization in the design of independent schools at Studio Bondy.

Jim Gibbon, AIA: Firm Profile

Jim Gibbon was raised in a Marine Corps family that lived for 20 years in different economic and social environments throughout the United States, Hawaii and Caribbean. The family moved from base to base about every two years. They lived in Quonset huts and military housing most of the time. The family finally settled in Arlington, Virginia.


12,000 s.f. M.C. Hammer’s Home in Fremont

The Gibbon family lived in the southern US during segregation and in Hawaii before it became a state. Both experiences had an effect on Jim’s perception about life and design. At sixteen, he saw a Life Magazine article about the life and death of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It impressed him that Wright had worked as an Architect until he died at 89. At that moment Jim knew he wanted to become an architect and do the same.

Jim graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington in 1961. During his high school years, he studied art, mechanical and architectural drawing. When he graduated, at his father’s insistence and following his other brothers, he joined the Navy to serve his country. He completed a four-year tour, two of which were on a Destroyer in Vietnam during the war.

When he returned home, Jim immediately started junior college in Virginia concentrating on an Architectural Technology major. He worked for architects in Georgetown while in college and graduated in 1969 with an AA degree. In 1970 he traveled across country to attend college in California. He settled in the the Bay Area and entered UC Berkeley in 1972. He continued to work for local architects in Fremont and Hayward during the time he attended school and Jim graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture in 1974. While other students attended their graduation ceremony, Jim was on the fourth floor of Wurster Hall taking the first part of his licensing exams.


An Addition

In 1978, Jim received his state architectural license. On that same day, he quit his job at an architectural office in Walnut Creek and started his own firm with a partner. In 1982, Jim decided to go out on his own as James P. Gibbon Architect and Planner. Under his direction, his firm specialized in residential and commercial architecture for eighteen years. Jim developed designs for single, multi-family and condominium housing for large and small development companies in the Bay Area until 1996.

In 1996, Jim joined Safeway, Inc. He moved his architectural practice into his home and went to work  designing grocery stores. Over the next eighteen years, he developed or contributed to Safeway’s standardized construction documentation process, ADA Compliance program, green building, alternative energy and environmental sustainability programs. Jim developed criteria and standards for these programs and acted as the corporate resource for their building partners and designers. In 2013, he retired from Safeway and resumed his private practice.

gibbon2In his 50 years of architectural experience, Jim has designed over a thousand projects, ranging from massive residential subdivisions to bay windows and has designed over five hundred custom homes in the Bay region. He is now semi-retired, designing custom homes and additions for a new generation of home owners. He is politically active in saving our environment through his activities in the San Francisco Bay Area Sierra Club where he is an Ex-Com member of the Mount Diablo Group.

Members in the News

members1Bhandari’s Firm in Oman
BKBC ARCHITECTS INC is designing two Malls in Oman in the Middle East. The two cities, Sohar and Salalah, are amongst the fastest growing in the country and are underserved by quality retail centers. “Our project would become a catalyst for retail growth in the region and provide one stop shopping for both locals and tourists,” said Sanjiv Bhandari, AIA, FIIA. Last year they entered the Middle East market for the first time by designing a shopping center in Bahrain and were later retained by the client as a retail expert for the renovation of a mall in Dubai, UAE. Since 1999 BKBC has designed several projects around the Globe and with these two latest projects in Oman we have now worked in 10 countries out-side of the USA.

members2Adam Marcus, AIA Wins Award
Adam Marcus, AIA was awarded the 2016 ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award in recognition of demonstrated excellence in teaching performance during the formative years of his architectural teaching career. Since joining CCA in fall 2013, Marcus has taught design studios and courses in computational design and digital fabrication, often collaborating with the Digital Craft Lab. He directs Variable Projects, a design and research studio that operates at the intersection of architecture, computation, and fabrication. He is also a partner with Futures North, a public art collaborative dedicated to exploring the aesthetics of data.

Firms Moving to Oakland
Both Kodama Diseno Architects and Glass Associates, Inc. have moved their offices from San Francisco to Oakland.

members3McClintock Licensed
Maurya McClintock, AIA is now licensed in Utah and is working towards her California license. Congratulations!