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AIA 2017 Documents: Owner-Architect Agreements & Sustainable Design and Construction

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Free AIA Members / $5 Nonmembers
Lunch Provided by Dealey Renton.
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AIA Documents B101, B103 and other key Owner–Architect Agreements were revised in 2017. Attendees will leave this session with an understanding of the 2017 revisions to the Owner-Architect agreements; will be able to select appropriate contracts for their  projects;  and will evaluate the suitability of alternative contract terms.  Presenters will also discuss the new Sustainable Projects Exhibit and explore how it can be used to provide a positive impact on the health and safety of building occupants.

The newly released documents at the heart of the AIA Contract Documents program– the A201- related AIA Owner–Architect Agreements– are revised by the Documents Committee on a 10-year cycle. The Documents Committee strives to achieve balance in the contract language and to build consensus among the industry stakeholders.

This program will give attendees an insight into the AIA’s revision process, as well as a chance to learn about the revised Owner-Architect agreements.  Subject matter experts and practitioners will share their experiences with all participants as they examine the newly revised Owner-Architect agreements. The program will prepare participants to select appropriate AIA contracts for their particular project and practice, as well as to evaluate the suitability of alternative contract terms and language. Presenters will also discuss the new Sustainable Projects Exhibit and explore how it can provide a positive impact on the health and safety of building occupants.

About the Presenters:

Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, is Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Management Officer of Berkley Design Professional, a member of W.R. Berkley Corporation – a Fortune 500 insurance company.  Andy joined Berkley DP in July 2013 after a 36+ year career as a licensed architect and firm principal with a diverse background of practice, project, financial, operations and risk management experience particularly in the large A/E firm environment. He has held corporate leadership positions as CFO, Contracting Officer and Director of the Education market sector at OWP/P (Chicago) and prior to joining Berkley DP served as Director of Practice Management for CannonDesign.

David Ericksen currently serves as a Member of Severson & Werson’s Executive Committee after serving as President from 2009-2012. Since 1997, Mr. Ericksen has led the Firm’s Construction/Environmental Litigation and Transactional Practice, as well as focus on liability and insurance issues through insurers. For over twenty years, he has repeatedly and successfully represented design professionals in jury trial, bench trial, single arbitrator arbitration, and panel arbitration as well as mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in state and federal courts.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the impact the changes to the 2017 AIA Owner-Architect agreements will have on practice and discuss the rationale driving the changes with key members of the Documents Committee.
  2. Discuss various AIA Owner- Architect agreements to confidently select appropriate AIA Documents based on project size and complexity.
  3. Examine the changes to AIA Owner-Architect agreements with respect to the overall format, including the new distinction between supplemental and additional services.
  4. Learn how the new Sustainable Projects Exhibit including the Architect’s sustainability services can be used to provide a positive outcome on the health, safety and welfare of building occupants.

DFA: Design for Aging Review Awards

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Free and open to all.
Location: AIASF, 130 Sutter Street, #600, San Francisco

Leslie Moldow, FAIA of Perkins Eastman will review the latest AIA Design For Aging Review Award recipients to the Design for Aging Regional Committee Meeting.

Emerging Contractual Issues in the Design & Construction Industry

a Westcon monthly program

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Berkeley Yacht Club, 1 Seawall Drive, Berkeley, CA 94710
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In this presentation, Construction Practice Leader David Ericksen, Severson & Werson, will address the professional service agreement, alternative delivery models, and employee policies. Under the professional service agreement section, David will cover:

  • Confidentiality
  • Ownership of Work Product
    • Conscience Clauses
    • Assumption of Preliminary Site Information
    • Indemnity (post CA 496 and CDP Coverage)
    • Code Compliance
    • Pass Through Clauses

David will also highlight concerns and risks with corresponding contractual and practice solutions.

Feng Shui and Architecture

A Small Firm Forum

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
Brown-bag lunch (BYO lunch)

1.5 CES LUs

Hosted by Rebecca Friedberg.

What is Feng Shui and how does it relate to our role as architects? Core concepts and demystification of the Feng Shui Bagua map, five elements theory, placement, enhancing interiors with Feng Shui design and examples of design approaches that have strong and weak Feng Shui will be discussed.

Please join us for a fun and content rich discussion with Michele Duffy, BTB M.F.S. who will share many obvious and nuanced design principles that infuse architecture and real estate across the globe. Within a contextual framework of what Feng Shui is and what it is not; core concepts and demystification of the feng shui Bagua map; & other relevant topics of Land Form Feng Shui and architecture, five elements theory, placement, enhancing interiors with Feng Shui design and examples of design approaches that have strong Feng Shui and those that are counter productive will be discussed.

About the Presenter:

Shui Master Michele Duffy studied under the Buddhist Tibetan Bon lineage of Grandmaster Lin Yun and his students, Dr. Edgar Sung and Stephen Post, Ph.D. In practice for 18 years, Michele brings her expertise in land form Feng Shui, real estate Feng Shui, geomancy, Taoism, mysticism, astrology, & five element theory to her professional practice. Michele’s passion is for sharing her skills and knowledge to facilitate others understanding of the art & science of feng shui, and in shifting their personal environments to open the way for new possibilities. Michele also offers annual empowerment charts which combine traditional Chinese Astrology & the I CHING.

Learning Objectives:

1. Gain and understanding of the Feng Shui Bagua map.
2. Have a working knowledge of Feng Shui for 21st century clients.
3. Gain an understanding of how Feng Shui might inform architectural and interior design.
4. Become familiar with Feng Shui vocabulary terms and core concepts.

Architecting the Cloud for AEC

Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
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1.5 CES LUs

At this month’s East Bay Revit User Group, you will hear in-depth discussion on cloud computing. Topics will include: leveraging cloud computing to aid geographic expansion; adding instant access to global users; running design applications in the cloud without spending money on hardware; using the flexibility of computing power, virtual GPUs, and elastic capacity; and enhancing business continuity and centralized control.

About the Presenter:

Rohit Arora is an Autodesk Certified Professional in both AutoCAD and Revit with 20 years of industry experience. Educated as a design and construction architect, Rohit has worked as an AEC consultant, trainer, design technology manager, and AutoCAD QA engineer. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and worked in leadership roles forseveral SF Bay Area startups.

2018 Fellows: Emily Marthinsen, FAIA and Laura Hartman, FAIA

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Early registration (by March 26): Free AIA Members / employees of chapter member firms; $10 guests. Late registration: $10 AIA Members / employees of chapter member firms; $15 guests
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1.5 CES LUs

Celebrate the achievements of our 2018 Fellows Laura Hartman, FAIA and Emily Marthinsen, FAIA! In addition to a reception, Laura and Emily will present an overview of recent projects.

Click the links below to read the first page of Laura and Emily’s submittals:

Laura Hartman, FAIA

Emily Marthinsen, FAIA

ArchNews March 2018

March ArchNews is out now! Click the links below to read each article:

Project Profile: Canyon Road Bridge House, Santa Fe
AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture
CoolTechStuff: Blackbelt 3D Printer
Member News
Firm Profile: Barry & Wynn Architects, Inc.
Member Profile: Rick Kattenburg, AIA
Steel, Aluminum Tariffs will Negatively Impact U.S. Design and Construction Industries


This month’s issues is sponsored by Moen.

Low Carbon Architecture: COTE

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Free and open to all.

David Arkin, AIA, will be giving a brief presentation and leading a discussion of Low Carbon Architecture—in particular example, incorporating photosynthetic and rapidly renewable resources. David is Chair of the Embodied Carbon Network’s Renewable Materials Task Force and Director of the California Straw Building Association (CASBA).

Member News – March 2018

Liz O’Hara is retiring from Ratcliff.







Michelle Solimon, Assoc. AIA, has been promoted to Manager, Store Design at Ross Stores.






The office of California Governor Jerry Brown announced the reappointment of Erick Mikiten, AIA to another four years as a State Building Standards Commissioner. He has served since 2012.

Steel, Aluminum Tariffs will Negatively Impact U.S. Design and Construction Industries

Tariffs would have far-reaching implications on building materials, construction costs, and economic growth.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) President Carl Elefante, FAIA, and EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, released the following statement today in response to the Administration’s plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

“The Administration’s announcement of new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports threatens to drastically increase the prices of many building materials specified by architects. These metal products are some of the largest material inputs in the construction of buildings. Structural metal beams, window frames, mechanical systems, and exterior cladding are largely derived from these important metals.

“As creative problem solvers, architects rely on a variety of these materials to achieve functional and performance goals for their clients. Inflating the cost of materials will limit the range of options they can use while adhering to budgetary constraints for a building.

“By the same token, the Administration’s proposed infrastructure funding will not achieve the same value if critical materials become more expensive. Furthermore, the potential for a trade war risks other building materials and products. Any move that increases building costs will jeopardize domestic design and the construction industry, which is responsible for billions in U.S. Gross Domestic Product, economic growth, and job creation.”