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Webcast: Getting Started with BIM

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Join Ideate Inc for a webcast presentation on how you can benefit from BIM by using rich information in a 3D model to make better informed decisions for planning and design projects.

Please Click Here for more details and to register.

Pleasanton Program: Why You Need a Bring Your Own Device to Work Policy Now

a Pleasanton Program

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Location: Dahlin Group, 5865 Owens Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94588
All are welcome, no cost to attend.
Bring your own lunch. Click here to RSVP.

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Gartner predicts that by 2017, half of all employers will require employees to bring their own devices (BYOD). If you haven’t instituted a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy in your architecture or engineering firm, you’re leaving critical issues to chance. Learn how to integrate employee-owned devices into your organization while maintaining security and compliance.

About the Presenter:

Jim Bender, Allied Member is the Business Development Specialist for Clare Computer Solutions (CCS) a professional services firm that has provided technology and IT consulting services to East Bay companies for 24 years. Jim is known for quickly grasping complex organizational needs and integrating them with technology solutions. He has been with CCS since 2011. With his process orientation Jim has worked with clients to take a systematic approach to integrating technology into their business. He has helped assess and develop approaches that minimize risk and expense and deliver creative technology solutions that allow clients to reach their business objectives.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this program, attendees will:

  1. Learn the top reasons why it’s necessary for architecture and engineering firms to have a policy around mobile devices
  2. What are the potential security threats to your firm related to mobile devices
  3. How to speak to your employees and colleagues about establishing a policy and how to develop one
  4. What preventive measures your firm can take to prevent security breaches or data loss

The Making of an Avant Garde

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Reception: 5:30pm at UC Berkeley, Wurster Gallery (121 Wurster Hall)
Film Screening and Panel Discussion: 6:30pm at Wurster Hall Auditorium (112 Wurster Hall)

UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design is presenting a film screening of The Making of an Avant Garde: The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, 1967-1984 followed by panel discussion with Diana Agrest, Nicholas de Monchaux (UC Berkeley), Sylvia Lavin (UCLA), and Stanley Saitowitz (Natoma Architects).

About the Presenter:

Diana Agrest, Professor of Architecture at the Cooper Union and principal of Agrest and Gandelsonas Architects, presents a screening of her 2013 documentary on the lesser-known history of the Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS). The organization was formed in 1967 New York by a group of young architects at a time of questioning, when student revolts were happening around the world, and unknowingly became the center for the production of the International Avant Garde. Among the group’s most active participants were founder and director of IAUS Peter Eisenman, Diana Agrest, Kenneth Frampton, Mario Gandelsonas, Anthony Vidler, Richard Meier, Rem Koolhaas, Deborah Berke, Frank Gehry, and Aldo Rossi.

This program is sponsored by the College of Environmental Design, SFMOMA, BAM/PFA, and AIA East Bay.

South Napa Earthquake: First-hand investigations and reconnaissance

Reprinted with permission from Degenkolb Engineers

Degenkolb Engineers conducted first-hand investigations and reconnaissance of the South Napa Earthquake that occurred on August 24, 2014 at 3:20AM.

Field note contributors: David Bonneville, Ariel Creagh, Mahmoud Hachem, Roger Parra and Taka Tamiya.

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake caused many residents around the San Francisco Bay area to jolt out of bed, but fortunately, there has only been one reported fatality. Earthquakes of this scale tend to have a relatively localized ground shaking around the epicenter, not providing the broad range of high ground shaking intensity that people experienced in the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.

For more information on the earthquake seismicity, refer to the USGS ShakeMap found at the following link:

Downtown Napa is home to many historic masonry buildings.  The performance of unreinforced masonry buildings was of particular interest due to their vulnerability to seismic activity.  More modern buildings are found in the surrounding areas.  Naturally, the performance of modern buildings designed to recent codes is always of interest to compare our progress in design standards. In addition, the impact to the wine industry provided an interesting case study.

Unreinforced Masonry Structures

Most unreinforced masonry (URM) structures, which had undergone a seismic retrofit, survived the earthquake with no vital structural damage and minimal nonstructural damage.  This substantially reduces the financial impact due to building repairs and business closures.

In non-retrofitted URM structures, building damage was primarily found in the unreinforced masonry façade, where bricks and stones had fallen into the streets and sidewalks.  Fortunately, the earthquake occurred during the middle of the night, significantly reducing the chances that such failures resulted in injury or loss of life. As seen in the pictures below, typical damage consists of fallen walls, diagonal cracks indicating shear failure originating from corners of window/door openings, as well as failure of masonry at building corners.

building corners

Napa building


Modern Buildings

Most of the new construction performed well.  Damage was primarily found in nonstructural elements such as X cracks in stud walls, spalling of adhered stone cladding, and broken windows.


Adhered Stone Cladding

Notable nonstructural damage occurred in a downtown building with a metal stud framed exterior wall, which had broken from its slab connection, separating by approximately a foot from the structural frame.

Modern building


A Target store with a unique tower feature had some structural damage.  The tower appears to have displaced from its ground connection and shifted backwards slightly into the building.  The store currently has shores in place and the area is blocked off, but is otherwise fully operational.

Displaced tower

Displaced tower

Minimizing Economic Loss

The Target store is an interesting example of a building owner who apparently had an earthquake action plan in place with a retained engineer and contractor who were able to quickly assess, contain, and repair the damages, allowing them to reopen quickly.

The city has a responsibility to inform the public of buildings unsafe to be occupied as well as reassure that others are safe to enter.  This is done through the ATC-20 system of red, yellow, and green tags placed on the door of the building by an inspector.  As sometimes happens in the aftermath of an earthquake, there were a number of tagging inconsistencies. In some cases, we were unable to determine reasoning for the choice of tags.  There were also a number of safe buildings red-tagged due to their adjacency to a building with serious damage despite otherwise posing a limited threat to occupants.  This may have resulted in business closures for companies otherwise ready to reopen with little to no down time.

Yellow tag

The wine industry, centered in Napa Valley, created a unique opportunity to evaluate the effects of an earthquake on wine making equipment and storage. Structural damage to the winery facilities was limited due mostly to the fact that the majority of the wineries were North of the high shaking intensity and have relatively modern construction; however, considerable damage was reported at a wide number of facilities in the form of buckled tanks and toppled wine barrel stacks.  Wine barrels are often stacked six barrels high and in many cases have no tie downs or anchorage for restraint.  The damage observed reinforces the need for proper seismic consideration for large nonstructural elements both for safety and for the reduction of economic loss.

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Movie Screening: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Saturday, September 27, 2014
The New Parkway Theater
474 24th St
Oakland, CA

Click here to buy tickets.

The Emerging Professionals Forum of AIA East Bay is hosting a popular retro comedy, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House!

The Blandings (Cary Grant/Myrna Loy) wanted to escape from the crowded big-city living and decide to seek out a big, roomy house in the country. While Mr. Blanding designs his dream home, he discovers the project wasn’t as easy as it seemed. The house gets larger. The bills get bigger. The problems just won’t go away! It’s an adventure in homeowning that strikes a familiar chord with everyone who’s ever bought a house.

Buy your tickets at the door and save a buck and change, but there’s a chance it could sell out.

2014 Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Regional Design Awards

Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Regional Design Awards is a unique design awards program. It was established to recognize the best in the Bay Area housing design. ExRes 2014 emphasizes the important impact excellent design has on everyday living and our communities.

Registration and Submittal Deadline:
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | 5 pm
Click here to register.

Jury Presentation and Reception:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 6 pm


  • Residential projects located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma Counties.  Projects must have been completed since September 1, 2007.
  • Projects that have won earlier design awards, other than previous AIA East Bay design award winners, or that have been previously published remain eligible.
  • Applicant need not be a registered architect nor an AIA member, but must be responsible for the design of the project. All significant contributors to the design of the project must be given credit as part of the submission.

Please click here for Submission Guidelines. Entry numbers and additional documents will be emailed upon registration.

Project Types

Residential/Remodel/Additions, Interiors or New Construction
in either:
Single Family Residential Design
and/or Multi-Unit Residential Design (Complexes or Individual Units)
and/or Small Budget/Great Space (Projects under $30,000)

Entry Fees
$150 per project—AIA East Bay members
$235 per project—Non-members
Fee includes one ticket to the Awards Reception and Presentation

Additional Reception and Presentation tickets: $25 AIA East Bay members/$45 non-members

Entry fees are non-refundable and may not be applied to future AIA East Bay Award Competitions.

Click here to register.

2014 Jury

davidbaker2012_cgregorycrowley.slideshow_mainDavid Baker, FAIA
David Baker Architects
San Francisco, CA

David Baker, FAIA, LEED AP founded San Francisco-based David Baker + Partners in 1982. With a focus on sustainable affordable housing, the firm has come to be known for combining social concern with a signature design character. A leader in the affordable housing sphere, the firm has designed and built more than 8,000 affordable units in the San Francisco Bay Area and has received more than 160 local and national architectural design awards, including the 2012 ULI Global Award for Excellence for the multi-generational Armstrong Place Senior and Family Housing. David was selected as the AIA California Council’s 2012 Distinguished Practice, in recognition of a career of dedicated commitment to the built environment. In 2010 he was given Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award, which honors the housing industry’s 30 most influential and innovative people of the past 30 years.

julieeizenbergJulie Eizenberg, AIA
Koning Eizenberg Architecture Inc
Santa Monica, CA

Julie Eizenberg, AIA is a founding Principal of Koning Eizenberg Architecture, and brings design vision to the firm’s wide range of projects. Under her leadership, the firm has earned over 100 awards for design, preservation and sustainability including the World Architecture Festival’s Housing Award in 2013 and the 2012 AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal in recognition of a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Julie teaches and lectures around the world, is a frequent advisor to the U.S. Mayor’s Institute on City Design, and is the author of Architecture Isn’t Just for Special Occasions that outlines her practice’s philosophy on the role of architecture in everyday life. Notable work includes the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Hancock Lofts in West Hollywood, the Otis Booth Campus in Los Angeles, Pico Branch Library and Belmar affordable housing in Santa Monica.

Noyes PortraitNick Noyes, AIA
Nick Noyes Architecture
San Francisco, CA

Nick Noyes, AIA founded Nick Noyes Architecture in 1992, this nationally and internationally published and award-winning firm concentrates on new residential construction and residential renovations. The firm is noted for consistently producing work that is both rich in formal clarity and expressive of the material nature of construction. Operating out of a converted warehouse in the Dogpatch/Potrero district of San Francisco, Nick Noyes Architecture has found a prominent place in the architectural community of the Bay Region and beyond. Along with his practice Nick has also taught architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and most recently as an Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts.

AIA East Bay thanks the following sponsors for their support of  design excellence and the architectural community.

American Building Supply

American Soil & Stone
Associated Building Supply
Dealey Renton & Associates
Ideate, Inc
Pacific Coast Building Products

Interested in Sponsorship? Please call Sidney Sweeney at 510/464-3600.

For more information on these and upcoming programs please contact the Chapter Office at 510/464-3600 or

Visual Storytelling Workshop

This session will be an abbreviated version of the full 1.5 hour workshop at the SF Urban Film Fest (SPUR/ November 6-9, 2014) 

Wednesday October 15, 2014
Free and Open to All!

AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay St, Oakland,  CA


A professional development session for planners, architects, developers, activists, and filmmakers interested in using storytelling and film as a medium to inspire and enhance civic engagement in urban planning and architecture.

Please Click Here for more details about the SF Urban Film Fest (November 6-9, 2014).

About the Presenter

Fay Darmawi is an urban planner, community development investment banker, and writer. She is active in creative civic engagement projects in San Francisco, where she lives with her twin teenage sons. Fay also studied screenwriting at UCLA and her first script placed in several screenwriting contests.  She is the Founder and Executive Producer of the SF Urban Film Fest, the first urban planning film festival in the United States.

Learning Objectives

  1. How film, visual media and storytelling can be used as powerful mediums to inspire civic engagement in urban planning and architecture.
  2. Will be able to discuss the importance of urban planning to addressing problems of social equity as well as urban design concerns.
  3. Will be able to apply examples found in film and storytelling to help enhance real life projects.
  4. Be able to recognize and discuss concerns over housing, transportation, income inequality and education, and how each are invariably connected to our built environments.


Tom Butt, AIA Running for Mayor!

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Member, Tom Butt, FAIA has thrown his hat in the Mayors race for the city of Richmond.

Click here to learn more about his campaign!


Net Zero Energy Center Tour A Success

By Joel Carico, AIA

On Friday, August 15, 2014, the Net Zero Energy Center hosted a design tour and reception for AIA East Bay and guests. Galen Grant, AIA of FCGA and Center Executive Director Byron Benton jointly explained the story behind the project and the design process. Attendees were encouraged to ask questions and there were many.

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This was a more mixed group than usual with only about half the attendees being AIA members, and the others members of the public, contractors, USGBC and Build it Green Members. Having such a mixed group had a positive effect on the tour in a way I can’t quite define. At the end of the tour, which was a full 90 minutes, we were encouraged to stay for a wonderful reception hosted by the Center. Everyone stayed for quite a while and there was a lot of pleasant conversation. We were happy to have the extra time with Galen Grant, AIA who delved deeper into the design process of the project—and we grilled him heavily! All in all, it was time well spent.

TransForm GreenTRIP Webinar

Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 1-2pm
Free and Open to All

GreenTRIP Parking Database and Research


All are invited to join TransForm for the online launch of their new Parking Database Tool.

Please visit for more details or Click Here to register.