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Hafsa Burt, AIA Wins the AIA Young Architects Award

Congratulations to AIA East Bay member Hafsa Burt, AIA!

“She brings the combined qualities of a successful business owner and a very involved community Sleader focused on making positive collaborative changes. Hafsa wears the multiple hats of businesswoman, project manager, green building advocate/consultant, indoor air-quality specialist, and architect. She has been practicing for 16 years and has devoted most of that time to larger issues concerning the health of the planet and its inhabitants. She pursues her personal passion of environmental sustainability in her business and everyday life by advocating on behalf of others.”

Click here for more on the 2015 AIA Young Architects Award.

Hafsa Burt, AIA

President’s Letter: Are You Not Dazzled?

Malvin Whang, AIA

The monthly chapter program is important. It is the regularly scheduled event for the whole chapter that gives us an opportunity to meet, learn, share and catch up. We’ve been trying to “up our game” with the monthly programs as to reach not just the members of the chapters but also serve as a vehicle for outreach.

During the Board of Directors retreat earlier this year, we discussed thinking about the programs in one of three buckets: one for our members, another for the AEC industry and another for the general public. And following up with the idea of going to the customers to understand what is valued, we gathered a panel of 15 or so to have a lively brainstorming session on how to improve our programs and to generate ideas on areas of interest for the programs.

We agreed that the monthly programs should serve our members. We discussed many different ways we can use the programs to engage with members. The spectrum of interests matched the wide diversity of practices in our chapter ranging from large firms focused on institutional work to sole, residential practitioners that make up our chapter. There were lots of great ideas for topics that ranged from technical to legal/business and sustainable programs. The idea that impressed me the most that evening was the idea of sharing what inspires us as architects.

Thanks Doug. It’s been a week and I’m still thinking about this.

I appreciate the learning opportunities the monthly programs represent and past programs have been interesting on many levels. But like good architecture, simple is powerful. Within the diversity of practices and interests, what binds us together is the pursuit of elegant solutions to the problems presented to us by our clients. Instead of trying to serve the many different, and sometimes divergent needs, let’s focus on the common thread we all share in our practices. And like other good ideas, this one is going to require some ruminating, some massaging, and a lot of work to execute.

Another bucket of programs was to serve as outreach and networking opportunities within the AEC sandbox we all play in. There are lots of reasons we need to connect with our industry partners. With alternative project delivery methods on the rise and opportunities abound, architects need good contractors, but more importantly, contractors need good architects. This isn’t simply an opportunity for us to meet them, it’s an opportunity for them to meet us. We want to highlight the value architects bring to the industry and create ways for architects to engage with the partners in a meaningful way. Again, more ruminating, massaging and work.

Lastly, we talked about programs as a way to engage with the public. This is not entirely an altruistic endeavor to increase the awareness of good design but to also an attempt to increase awareness of our profession and the value we bring in our work. Where do good clients come from? How can the Institute plant the seeds and grow good clients? Great clients collaborate with us to bring to fruition designs that we couldn’t have produced on our own. They help us see their world through their eyes and we, in turn, help them see their world through ours. Work, work and more work.

Those are the three buckets for our programs and the ways we hope to get there this year. We’re going to try new things, try old things, and just try different things to improve the programs until we get them right.

Then, we’ll do it again.

AIA/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture: Angela Brooks, FAIA

Thirty-First Annual AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture: Angela Brooks, FAIA

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Cost: Free, open to all, seating is limited
1.5 CES LUs

Pre-Lecture Reception and Dinner
Time: 5 pm
Location: Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Contact: 510/464-3600
Cost: $175 for sponsorship/includes one dinner ticket; $50 for extra dinner tickets
Please Click Here to Register
All dinner attendees enjoy reserved lecture seating.

Angela Brooks, FAIA
Principal, Brooks + Scarpa Architects


Green Dot Animo Leadership High School/Brooks+Scarpa Architects (Photo: John Linden)

The work of Angela Brooks lies at the confluence of beauty and better societies. She is a powerful advocate for the rich, multivalent impact of good design.  With each project, she envisions opportunities to change what is possible for the individual, the community and the planet.Her successful execution of these ideas, that often require new construction methods, has placed her at the forefront of the implementation of environment technologies in building and made her a recognized leader in the field of sustainable design. Ms. Brooks sees architecture as an instrument for the triple bottom line and the delivery vehicle for space that encourages occupants to flourish. She has pursued this philosophy through two tracks since her master’s thesis almost twenty-five years ago: executing and enhancing individual structures while formulating and advancing ideas that promote larger societal wellbeing through policy organizations. This combination of the ideal and the practical has led to a multiplicity of awards within the field and mainstream recognition such as the USA Network 2010 Character Approved award.


Cherokee Lofts/Photo Courtesy of Brooks+Scarpa Architects

Over the last 10 years, Ms. Brooks’ firm Brooks + Scarpa has received more than 50 major design awards including 19 National AIA awards and five ‘Top 10 Green Building’ awards.  In 2014 the firm  won the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Award  in Architecture. Her firm was also awarded the State of California and National American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award in 2010. Angela has served as a sustainable consultant on various projects and has lectured extensively about the importance of design and sustainability. Ms. Brooks’ was a peer reviewer for Global Green USA’s book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing and was featured in the book Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design for her policy  work with Livable Places and on Fuller Lofts, a sustainable mixed-use project designed to be a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization.


Pico Place/Brooks+Scarpa Architects (Photo: John Linden)

Ms. Brooks was a co-founder and past President of Livable Places, Inc., a non-profit development company dedicated to building sustainable mixed-use housing in the city of Los Angeles on under-utilized and problematic parcels of land as a reaction against Southern California’s suburban sprawl. She has served as an advisor to the National Endowment of the Arts, Mayors Institute on City Design and currently, she sits on the Advisory Board of Solar Santa Monica, a program whose mission is to achieve net zero energy imports by 2020 for the City of Santa Monica; a model that can be replicated throughout the country. Ms. Brooks received the National American Institute of Architects Young Architects Award in 2009.



Interesting and Thoughtful Details: Small Firm Forum

A Small Firm Forum Event

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Free AIA Members/$3 Guests

1.5 CES LUs

Host: Steve Swearengen, AIA

All architects and design professionals have created interesting and thoughtful details during projects—to solve a problem, detail something different or design something special.  Please share yours!

Call for Entries (but it’s not a competition!)

To make this event meaningful, please send in submittals from your selected projects starting NOW to:

phone: (510)428-1631

Send JPGs or PDFs of your images by email, along with a brief description, for Steve’s PowerPoint presentation OR bring actual examples or models to show & tell!

Please make your submission by Thursday, March 19th, 2015 or let Steve know if you are bringing something for the show.

Learning Objectives



AAJ Presents: Alameda County Crime Lab

An AIASF/AAJ Presentation

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Location: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600San Francisco, CA 94588
Free for AIA members/$10 non-members.
Register Here

1.5 CES LUs

Join the Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) for its first event in 2015! A special panel, including Alan Kawasaki, AIA, will present the County Crime Lab project at Peralta Oaks in Oakland, a recently completed project. Following this, Judy Melinek, M.D., an Alameda County Coroner, will read from her new book, Working Stiff.


  • 5:00-5:15 Reception, Chapter business and introductions
  • 5:15-5:45 Architectural slide presentation about the project by Jim Kachik with Dave Arntz and Alan Kawasaki
  • 5:45-6:15 Reading and presentation by Dr. Melinek and T.J. Mitchell
  • 6:15-6:30 Q&A
  • 6:30-7:00 Book sale and signing


Alan Kawasaki, AIA has over 30 years of experience in architectural design, construction and management. Alan brings an understanding of the budget and logistical challenges faced by operators and stakeholders. Alan’s design approach is to enhance the quality of the users environment by holistically integrating architecture with sustainable building systems. The formation of Shah Kawasaki Architects in 1999 has allowed Alan to focus on public sector design. Alan utilizes a hands-on approach in serving the needs of his clients, and takes pride in achieving creative designs that are valued by their communities

James Kachik leads the award-winning Technical Services Department (TSD) of the County of Alameda General Services Agency (GSA) and its staff of 45. Licensed in California in 1974, he was in the private sector for 23 years before joining the County in 1997, and is responsible for Capital Projects, Energy, Sustainability, Environmental and Property Salvage programs. GSA/TSD has delivered multiple projects of many types using both traditional Design/Bid/Build and Design/Build. Recent projects range in cost from the $682 million Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement project to the Country’s first LEED® Gold Juvenile Justice facility ($135 M); a new Courthouse, the LEED platinum REACH Ashland Youth Center, and smaller projects under $3 million.

Judy Melinek, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard University. She trained at UCLA in medicine and pathology, graduating in 1996. Her training at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York is the subject of her memoir, Working Stiff, which she co-wrote with her husband. Currently, Dr. Melinek is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, and works as a forensic pathologist for the Alameda County Coroner’s Office..

Arntz Builders, Inc. is a family owned and operated business that has been serving clients in Northern California area since 1943. Remaining true to our Philosophy of Experience, Quality and Integrity we are proactive in finding solutions for our clients that best achieve their goals. Arntz Builders felt that this was a unique opportunity to provide new life to a building with “good bones” and consolidate essential services into a central state of the art facility that can better serve its community. It was rewarding to fulfill the needs of these three departments and employ both local businesses and labor in the process. We wish to extend thanks to both the county staff and design team for working with us, we couldn’t have done it without the dedication of the entire project teams.

  • Project Manager: Kyle French
  • Superintendent: Steve Kubik
  • Assistant Project Manager: Adrianne Lewis
  • OCIP Safety Coordinator: Bob Arntz
  • Senior PM: Dave Arntz

Rona G. Rothenberg, FAIA has worked in project management “from the inside out,” within institutions as the owners’ architect in government and industry for the past 28 of her 41 years in professional service. She has served in management and project management for Stanford, Kaiser, AllianzAG/Fireman’s Fund North American Corporate Real Estate and most recently spent the past 13 years as a senior staff and founding member of the historic California State Court building program for the Judicial Council of California including 57 courthouses statewide, from which she retired in 2014. She is currently the capital program manager for the County of Alameda, responsible for projects in the County’s 200 facilities including health care, corrections, County administrative, library, community center, fire station and related work, including the $150 Million East County Hall of Justice, a collaborative project with the State and the Court, and Camp Sweeney, a $60 Million restorative probation project funded by the County and the State.

MCE/ADA Day: April 24, 2015

MCE/ADA Day: Accessibility for California Architects
Friday, April 24, 2015 8:30am-3pm
Location: AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Cost: $110 AIA Members / $150 non-membersIncludes coffee, fruit and lunch.
Please Click Here to Register



Morning Session: Erick Mikiten, AIA
Afternoon Session: Dawn Anderson, AIA, CASp

Provides the complete 5 hours of disability access coursework required for California Licensure.

About the Presenters:

Erick Mikiten, AIA. Erick is the principal of Mikiten Architecture and was a lecturer and instructor at the University of California, Berkeley for several years. Erick is an expert in design for people with physical disabilities and currently sits on the Building Standards Commission, overseeing the development, adoption and publication of California’s building codes.

Dawn Anderson, AIA CASp. Dawn is the principal of As It Stands, a full-service architectural firm specializing in accessible design and construction in the built environment. The firm serves a variety of corporate, non-profit, and jurisdictional clients. Ms. Anderson participates nationally in the development of the ANSI A117 Standard and has served on California’s Division of State Architect Advisory code task force and the Commission on Disabled Access.

Learning Objectives


Project Profile: Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 Apprentice Training Facility – LEED Gold







Bay Area Industrial Fund (BATF)
Fairfield, CA
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 and Bay Area Industrial Training Fund operate a joint labor-management trust that provides skills training and knowledge to sheet metal apprentices. Originally constructed in 1983 as a camping and RV center, this 44,000 square- foot wood framed and concrete tilt-up structure was purchased by the BAITF in 2010.

The BAITF’s vision for this multi-million dollar contemporary apprentice training facility centered on two major objectives:
First, to create a facility that would effectively serve the apprentice program well into the future; and, second, to design the facility to a LEED Gold(pending certification) as an example of industry excellence. A 45kw PV system was a key element of this remodel: this strategy pushed the project into the LEED Gold level.

The building was completely remodeled and major improvements were also made to the site including: storm water filtration, LED lighting and drought tolerant landscaping. A seismic retrofit was also designed for the ‘high-bay’ tilt-up portion of the building. Major spaces include administrative spaces, conference room, classrooms, architectural sheet metal shop, HV&AC sheet metal shop, welding lab, testing and air balancing (TAB) lab, instructor prep spaces, assembly hall, prep kitchen and union offices.

Upon completion of the programming phase, the owner, CM and architect interviewed contractors and selected Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company as the builder. The project delivery method was Design-Assist, and the MEP was Design-Build. Weekly design meetings took place at the site through schematic and design development phases and were attended by the owner, CM, architect, GC, key subs and building users. This collaborative process successfully allowed the team to identify cost, scope and schedule control measures and created an environment of accountability and clear communications.

Common Ground for Healthy Buildings

An AIASF Presentation

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Location: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600San Francisco, CA 94588
FREE  for AIA & USGBC members/$10 non-members.
Register Here


The built environment impacts global and human health, comfort and well-being. There are a number of developments in the industry right now that are elevating the discussion about human health to a more immediate level. These development will shape the design, construction and operation of the built environment moving forward.

A number of organizations are moving this discussion forward and bringing tools and strategies to market with varying success but that promise to change the market, some quite radically. These organizations include the USGBC, Health Product Declaration Collaborative, Delos Well Building Institute, International Living Future Institute and more recently Autodesk with its return on investment tools.

This panel discussion will involve the emerging design strategies, methods and standards with regard to the goal of healthy buildings as the building industry changes in response to many market forces (including climate change and zero-net-energy buildings): how these approaches fit together to create the emerging “common ground” for the design of healthy buildings.


MODERATOR: Anthony Bernheim, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Bernheim + Dean Inc.
On the forefront of sustainability, reimagining physical environment and its impact on human and global wellbeing, Anthony Bernheim, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is a visionary and respected leader in smart, energy efficient, high performance building. He has devoted his career to pioneering the impact of buildings on indoor air quality and human health. With a record of designing and implementing a holistic approach and process to sustainability, Anthony, contributes to improving global and human health, comfort, and wellness in the built environment.

Barry Giles, LEED Fellow, BuildingWise
Barry Giles is Founder and CEO of BuildingWise, a company that transforms existing commercial structures into buildings that are more energy-efficient, environmentally sound and profitable. Barry is an outstanding communicator and a proven individual contributor with over 35 years of construction, facilities maintenance, and high-performance building consulting experience. A founding member of the LEED for Existing Buildings Core Committee, Barry has continued to assist the USGBC in the development of the LEED EB rating system over all of the subsequent versions.

Phil Williams, Executive Director, Project Delivery, Delos Building Wellness
Phil has spent 30 years in the commercial design, engineering and construction industry, for the past 12 years as a Vice President with Webcor Builders. Prior to Webcor, he held management positions with Southland Industries and Carrier/United Technologies Corp. He currently serves as the Industry Chair for the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) through the UC Berkeley, and on the Technical Advisory Group for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory FLEXLAB. Phil is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and a LEED AP.

Tom Lent, Policy Director, Health Product Declaration
Tom has thirty-seven years of experience in environmental analysis primarily focused on healthy and resource efficient building technologies and the health, environmental and social impact of buildings, materials, and energy. For the last decade and a half, he has focused on addressing the confluence of health and the built environment through his work as Policy Director of the Healthy Building Network, a national nonprofit committed to transformation of the market for building materials to advance the best environmental, health and social practices. In this work, he has studied the health and environmental impact of a wide range of products and coordinated the development of standards ranging from the Green Guide for Health Care and LEED for Healthcare to the Sustainable Bioplastic Guidelines and the Health Product Declaration. Tom has received awards from the EPA and the US Green Building Council for his research and advocacy. Tom is a co-developer of the Pharos Project – HBN’s tool for selecting healthier building products – and manages its chemical library which catalogs the health impacts of over 35,000 substances. Tom was lead author on the recent white paper “Toward Safer Products: Accelerating Change with a Chemical Hazard Data Commons” defining a vision for organizing global chemical hazard information. He is a collaborator with CPA, C2C, HPDC and BIFMA on the Harmonization Task Group working to align chemical hazard assessment systems in the service of transforming industrial design to inherently safer products.

Architecture 101: Teaching the Language of Architecture

An AIA East Bay Monthly Program


Wednesday, March 25, 2015
5:30pm, includes buffet dinner and drinks.
Location: AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Please CLICK HERE to Register


for Architect/Emeritus/Allied AIA Members;
$5 for Associate AIA Members;
Free for Student Members (AIA East Bay);
$15 for Non-Members and Guests.

Local commissions and review boards often comprise citizens with little formal education in the built environment, but who are expected to understand the purpose and prose of architecture. This puts them – and A/E/C professionals – at a disadvantage that can potentially impact the success of a project.

All are welcome to join AIA East Bay for a charette-styled event in which we’ll develop a training program for “teaching the language of architecture”. Members are strongly encouraged to bring junior co-workers, non-architect friends and family to ensure we avoid jargon and “archispeak”.

LCI NorCal Presents: Lessons of A Failed Kaizen Event

An LCI NorCal Event

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
5-7pm, networking reception to follow
Location: AIA East Bay Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA  94612

1.5 CES LUs

Early Registration: LCI or AIA Members: $55.00; Non-Members: $75.00; Public Sector Owners Representatives: FREE; Not-for-Profit Owners Representatives: FREE; Academic: $30.00.

Regular Registration Begins March 4thLCI or AIA Members: $75.00; Non-Members: $95.00.

The goal of the kaizen event is to improve safety, quality, and productivity by developing standard operations for the stripping, set up, reinforcing, and placing of precast systems.  The change we are looking to bring about was to go from a team who constantly had to look to their supervisor for what to do next to a team where each employee knew exactly what their role was in completing all the work.

Kaizen events can introduce dramatic change to a process with the potential for great results.  However, the power of kaizen must be applied with the culture of the organization in mind.  In this presentation, we will learn how managing the preparation for a kaizen can go very well, or very badly.

The presentation will be followed by a networking session with heavy appetizers and a hosted bar. 


Garrett Bradford, Clark Pacific. Clark Pacific, founded in 1963 as Tecon Pacific, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of state-of-the-art structural and architectural precast building systems. They are a trusted partner in design-build turnkey structural solutions.  They focus on a preconstruction partnering process that helps clients achieve shorter project schedules, reduced project costs, and best value designs.  They have two production facilities in Northern California (West Sacramento and Woodland), and two production facilities in Southern California (Fontana and Irwindale).

Learning Objectives

In this presentation, attendees will learn:

1. How to avoid the pitfalls of change in an organization.
2. How managing the preparation for a kaizen can go very well, or very badly.
3. The steps necessary for assuring alignment between management and a project team through real examples of failure (which is the 1st step to success).
4. How kaizen events can introduce dramatic change to a process with the potential for great results.