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Bridge the Gap: A Bicycle / Pedestrian Moveable Bridge Connecting West Alameda and Oakland

A Regional Urban Design Forum

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Free and open to all. Bring your own lunch.


While the vibrant West Alameda/Oakland corridor contains many key destinations, bicyclists and pedestrians have few and unattractive options to cross the Oakland Estuary: the narrow Posey Tube walkway, or the circuitous Park Street Bridge.  In response, advocates at Bike Walk Alameda have proposed a movable bike / pedestrian bridge as the most practical, convenient, safe and enjoyable design.  “Bridge the Gap” campaign supporters include bicycle advocacy groups and community leaders from both sides of the Estuary, who point to project benefits such as congestion reduction, health and recreation, access for underserved populations and increased economic activity.

About the Presenter:

Lucy Gigli began her bicycle advocacy career with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition in 1992. In 1999, she co-founded BikeAlameda. She is currently the president of Bike Walk Alameda, and coordinates all advocacy. Lucy is also on the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority’s (ACTIA) Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).

How Storytelling Helps Development Past the Finish Line

A Regional Urban Design Forum

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Free and open to all. Bring your own lunch.


Architects and urban planners are increasingly tasked with not only delivering successful projects to their clients but also getting buyoff from a multitude of stakeholders. Storytelling using video and other media can be a powerful tool to help stakeholders understand and engage with a project’s vision.  SF Urban Film Fest organizers, Derek Levoit and Adam Mayer, AIA will show past examples of how storytelling has successfully been used to build consensus around development projects. They will also explore strategies for crafting a convincing and memorable narrative. Presentations will be followed by audience discussion.

About the Presenters:

Derek Levoit works for BRIDGE Housing as their Portfolio Rehabilitation Manager. He also serves as a Board Member and Treasurer for Transport Oakland, a transportation advocacy group.  He’s been working with the SF Urban Film Festival to encourage civic engagement and city decisions inspired by great storytelling. He holds a Master’s degree in Planning from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Adam Mayer, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is an architect with eight years of design experience domestically and abroad, including three years in China. His portfolio covers a wide range of building types with a focus on complex master planning projects and high-density mixed-use developments. He most recently worked at William McDonough + Partners in San Francisco where he was involved in the Recology Zero Waste Facilities Master Plan project, a sustainable manufacturing facility design for a Fortune 500 company and a master plan vision for a new district outside of Beijing. Adam is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Architecture and is currently based in San Francisco where he sits on several local neighborhood planning committees.

The Roots of an Architect

A Small Firm Forum

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
Brown bag lunch (BYO Lunch)

1.5 CES LUs

SFF Hosts: Maggie Maiers, Linda Randolph AIA, Donald Wardlaw AIA

There is anecdotal evidence that unlike say, particle physicists, architects find their calling while still children.  Also, some believe that a childhood epiphany along the lines of, “I’m going to do this!” is more memorable than a more maturely expressed, “I might as well do this” note to self, later in life.

Do you remember a moment in your life when the outrageous thought of becoming an architect crossed your mind? Were you a five-year-old playing with blocks or a 21-year-old on a motorcycle when the notion hit? Architects are a unique bunch, just ask friends outside the profession. But what is it about us that has led us to look at the world in such a unique way? What led us in this direction? Some of us came to this profession as if by no choice, others came by it more methodically.  Either way the passion took hold.

This month we will share those moments of epiphany:  those first experience(s) or notions that set the course of being an architect.  In return, we will share how to recognize, encourage and strengthen the bonds between budding architects and the seasoned professional.  It’s story time at the Small Firm Forum.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn to recognize a child’s interest in architecture by acknowledging your own.
  2. Learn why the AIA experience of fellowship is a core reward of membership.
  3. Gain perspective on the relationship between the childhood epiphany and the likelihood of later success in our field.
  4. Learn how wooden blocks in childhood influence the balance between architectural and engineering aptitude.

Google Apps for Architects

Wednesday, October, 26, 2016
Free and open to all. BYO lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
RSVP here

1.5 CES LUs

Are you paying too much for your email and collaboration tools? Is there a better, cheaper alternative? Attend this seminar and learn how Google Apps can help architects increase productivity, improve collaboration and save money. Google Apps for Work is a suite of tools that includes email, calendar, documents and online storage. This seminar will be presented by Dave Monk, CEO of ArcSource and an expert at helping AEC firms leverage technology to improve their business. At ArcSource, Dave and his team have helped dozens of architecture firms go Google with fantastic results and a 100% satisfaction rate.

About the Presenter:

Dave Monk is the founder and CEO of ArcSource, a premier provider of IT consulting & support services to businesses in the Bay Area for over 18 years. As the Principal Consultant, he combines his passions for technology and helping businesses. Dave holds a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Structural Engineering degrees from UC Berkeley. Dave is an expert in technology planning, server operating systems, application software, software as a service, computer hardware, network design, problem solving and training.

Learning Objectives:

After this presentation, attendees will be able to…

  1. Explain what Google Apps is and summarize its benefits to AEC firms.
  2. Define three technological challenges facing modern businesses.
  3. Critically assess the difference between Google Apps, Exchange and Office 365.
  4. Identify at least two current trends in technology.

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism

The Berkeley City Club Conservancy presents a lecture series featuring four Bay Area architects, who’s work promotes sustainability, historic revitalization and urban planning.


Home Tours 2016

2016 AIA East Bay Home Tours

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Early bird tickets just $40 through September 15; $50 after
Click here for tickets

AIA Members and allied friends: Interested in being a docent? Click here to sign up.


Featuring Houses By:

Debbas Architecture
Lindy Small Architecture
Medium Plenty
Sogno Design Group
Swatt I Miers

Each year the AIA East Bay Home Tours feature a diverse selection of contemporary homes designed by the Bay Area’s leading architects. We choose from a wide range of project sizes and types which have included finely-detailed in-law units, exuberant historic renovations and stunning modern masterpieces.

Through the AIA East Bay Home Tours, we offer the community an opportunity to experience the impact of collaboration between homeowners and AIA architects, by being inside the houses themselves and talking with the architects who designed them.

The 2016 Houses:

Swatt Miers Architects


Sogno Design Group


Medium Plenty

Lindy Small Architecture
Oakland, CA


Debbas Architecture


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Questions? Please contact Sidney Sweeney, executive director at 510/464-3600 or

Symposium on Context-Sensitive Infill, A Monthly Program

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Free AIA Members / $10 Guests before 9/28
Late Registration (after 9/28): $10 AIA Members / $15 Guests
At the Door: $20 all
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

While infill development plays a critical role for urban sustainability, infill development faces challenges from local constituents and lengthy regulatory procedures. Controversy and delays can often be attributed to fear that infill development will damage a community’s character.

Three award-winning architects will examine how new development should “fit in” – while remaining true to today’s building methods, economics and tastes – and each will distill the most essential considerations into a set of context-sensitive design principles.

About the Speakers:

Stefan Pellegrini, Principal, Opticos Design is an urban designer who emphasizes the creation of walk-able urban places and has a deep portfolio of award-winning new urban projects.  He recognizes the importance of analyzing places and has a passion for traditional architecture.  His firm, Opticos, is nationally recognized for the innovative creation of form-based codes.

Edward McFarlan, Director of Architecture, JRDV Urban International is responsible for award-winning infill buildings and mixed-use master plans, locally and internationally.  His street-oriented urban gestures focus on vibrant urban places that celebrate city life.  Ed’s forte also includes a deep understanding of financial complexities associated with delivering dense urban architecture.

David Trachtenberg, President & Principal, Trachtenberg Architects believes that effective design and implementation come from a critical understanding of site conditions, program, political realities and budgetary constraints.  Interpretation of site and context informs decisions regarding program, circulation, materials and light.  Placemaking must also consider scale from the measure of the hand to the scale of the city and must consider the needs of multiple constituents: client, neighborhood, advocates and city officials.

Moderator, Matt Taecker, AIA, Principal, Taecker Planning & Design chairs AIA East Bay’s Urban & Regional Design program and has been a leader in urban placemaking and transit-oriented development (TOD) for three decades.  He has developed policies and master plans across a full spectrum of settings, but especially in downtown centers.  He is also a national leader in the creation of integrated transit corridors that are livable and connect complementary uses and has co-authored the Transportation Research Board’s “Handbook for Livable Transit Corridors.”

The Chief Estimator’s Round Table 2016


A partner program

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
$30 ASPE Members / $35 Non-members / Free Students
Click here to register

American Society of Professional Estimators – Chapter 2 welcomes you to their September 2016 dinner meeting!  (Dinner and refreshments will be served)

Join ASPE for our annual Chief Estimator’s Round Table discussing the burning topics of Estimating and Pre-Construction of the day in the Bay Area. We will be joined by Chief Estimator’s from some of the top GC’s, Subs and consulting companies discussing, debating and answering questions on the following topics.

  • What’s currently driving our industry
  • Future trends on the horizon
  • Current/future economic conditions
  • Construction industry forecasting
  • New challenges in pre-construction
  • New project delivery methods
  • New technologies
  • Relationship building
  • And much more…

Panel Moderator:

  •  Bob Murelli, Allied Member,  Chief Estimator at Turner Construction

About the Organizer:

The American Society of Professional Estimators began in 1956. What started with fewer than 20 members in the Los Angeles area can boast today of thousands of members in chapters from border to border. ASPE was created with dedication and commitment to the idea of providing its members with tangible benefits:

  • A professional society which promotes the highest standards and ethics in the practice of construction estimating.
  • Continuing education through seminars and lectures on construction-related topics.
  • Our magazine, Estimating Today, and local chapter newsletters carry technical, industry-related and other pertinent articles for the professional estimator.
  • An opportunity to become recognized as a Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) through the completion of our training and testing program.
  • A means of personally communicating with fellow professionals on a monthly and annual basis, providing an opportunity to exchange information and gain professional recognition for yourself and your company.

Team Up – The Collaboration Story

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

Working better together, that’s what Collaboration for Revit is all about.

Revolutionize teamwork by connecting building project teams with centralized access to BIM project data in the cloud. There are a lot of alternatives: LAN–based, Cloud–based, and hybrid solutions; the choices can be daunting. While this presentation will focus on BIM360 Collaboration for Revit, other options will be discussed.

Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in this LIVE session that will address your questions and allow you to see how Collaboration for Revit can contribute to increased collaboration. Team Up!

About the Presenter:

Katrina Vea Rodriguez, AIA  is an AEC application specialist at the Ideate, Inc. San Francisco office. She is a California–licensed architect with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of the Philippines. Katrina has over 18 years of experience in the AEC industry with a focus on both commercial and hospitality projects. She is also a Revit Certified Professional with over 8 years of experience utilizing the software on both small and large scale projects, from programming to project close out.

Addition and Alteration Projects with Vectorworks

A Vectorworks User Group

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Free and open to all. No RSVPs needed.

1.5 CES LUs

Designing and documenting addition and alteration projects with Vectorworks will be the focus of our presentation and discussions on September 13th. We’ll go over setting up project documents to accomplish this effectively, developing existing and proposed plans, sections and elevations, alternatives and shadow studies.

Plus, with the imminent release of Vectorworks 2017, we will let you know as best we can, some of what you might expect and how to prepare for it.

About the Speakers:

Peter Thayer, architect at OAG Architects Inc., has been using Vectorworks/MiniCAD software for over 15 years, providing residential architectural services with his firm in Benicia.

Paul Majka, Principal, Paul Majka Architect Inc., is a seasoned professional in Architecture with about ten years of experience with Vectorworks, and is currently running an architectural practice in San Francisco.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program participants will be able to…

  1. Know how to set up project files that facilitate the design and documentation of addition and alteration projects.
  2. Demonstrate how to separately display and indicate existing and new work.
  3. See at least two ways how alternative schemes might be studied and documented.
  4. Learn how to create shadow studies to satisfy local building regulations.