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Enduring Architectural Integrity with Thomas A. Kligerman: Partner Program

Delivering The Winning Pitch: Making the Business Case for ZNE

Presented by New Buildings Institute and AIA East Bay

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Free and open to all.
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The zero net energy (ZNE) process can be daunting! Discover how the spark of an idea can ignite buy-in and fire-up key decision makers in the ZNE process. This three-hour session focuses on the business of creating ZNE in California’s K-12 schools and community college campuses. This interactive workshop will highlight the experiences of districts participating in the Proposition 39 ZNE Schools Pilot program including planning, engaging stakeholders, assessment of costs and savings and options to secure
financing. This session will provide an opportunity for school district staff to hone their key messaging skills to effectively “sell” deep energy efficiency and ZE in their district. Decision makers and operators of these Prop 39 Pilot projects will provide real life examples and case studies to assist in replicating similar projects in your own district. Attendees will have the opportunity to hone their key messaging skills to effectively “sell” deep energy efficiency and ZNE in their district to help build consensus among community members and engage all the necessary audiences.

Who should attend: school administrators, construction and operations managers, business officials, community stakeholders, architects, engineers, contractors, and others interested in high performance design and construction are encouraged to attend.

Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Examination Preparation Course

Tuesday, July 16 – Thursday, July 19, 2018
Cost: $750. Checks only, no credit cards.

Location: Elihu Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland

To register, please send an email to
In the email please include the following information:

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Organization affiliation

This four-day workshop, presented by Pacific ADA Center, will provide a comprehensive review of the relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully pass the examination to become a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) in the state of California. The workshop will provide participants a broad yet detailed synopsis of both state and federal accessibility requirements, as well as an understanding of services rendered by a CASp.

Course benefits:

  • Trainers who know the laws and their importance firsthand.
  • Training in accessibility regulations, standards and codes that will be on the exam, as well as the reasons those regulations, standards and codes exist.
  • Exercises in architectural plans demonstrating accessibility concepts.
  • Sample questions relevant to the open and closed book sections of the exam.
  • AIA credit available for those who sign-in each day, complete the course and receive a certificate of attendance.

If you need an accommodation to participate in the training, please include this information in your registration email. We must receive accommodation requests no later than July 6, 2018.

For more information contact the Pacific ADA Center at 1-800-949-4232 or at email /

What’s New in Revit?

Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate + IMAGINiT.

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1.5 CES LUs

Spring is in the air! It’s a great time to get out of the office, join us for lunch and learn about the new features and functionality in Revit 2019.

At this month’s Revit user group, you will hear from Eugene A. O’Day, IX, Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Owner (AECO) Solutions Team Lead for Ideate + IMAGINiT. Having recently attended the Autodesk One Team Extension Conference (OTx), Eugene is excited to discuss Revit 2019, including core improvements and discipline-specific enhancements for Architecture, MEP, and Structure.

About the presenter:

Eugene A. O’Day, IX, has more than 25 years of architectural and mechanical experience, and he offers a trained focus on all things Revit and BIM. Teaching is a passion of his. Eugene has been an instructor in undergraduate degree programs; has traveled worldwide teaching Autodesk solutions to major corporations; has taught at accredited Autodesk Training Centers throughout the northwestern region; and is a frequent and popular instructor, speaker, and presenter for AUGI® CAD Camps, Revit – and related product user groups. He has also been a trusted public school district advisor on new drafting instructor hires. At Ideate, Eugene provides training and support for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, and AutoCAD. Eugene is also a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional.

ADA/MCE Day August 24, 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018
$110 AIA Members; $150 Non-members. Includes light breakfast and lunch
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Attorney and accessibility expert Jan Garrett, CASp presents the full five-hours of education required for your 2019 California license renewal. Click here to register.  5 CES/HSW/MCE LUs
$110 AIA members; $150 Non-members. Light breakfast & lunch included.

ArchNews May 2018

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

Project Profile: San Benito High School Visual Arts and Performing Arts
Codes: Code Changes Through Legislation
CoolTechStuff: WRLD
Firm Profile: Gyroscope, Inc.
Member Profile: Matt Maneval, AIA
Allied Member Profile:
 Gordon Huether Studio

Sculpting Architectural Space with Light: Small Firm Forum

Tuesday, June 7, 2018
Free AIA Members / $3 Nonmembers
Lunch will be provided by Apparatus Design; Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

Sculpting Architectural Space with Light gives designers fluency in LED lighting technology by demonstrating the use of LED products in residential applications. Product demonstrations will be used to clearly illustrate design and engineering innovation, quality of light concerns, and the lighting layers that enhance architectural spaces. After the training there will be a question and answer session and an opportunity to see the products and discuss how they can optimized for your projects.

We will discuss updates in architectural lighting technology and how they impact your current projects. Designers will learn how to guide clients towards informed decisions about LED lighting as the result of their increased understanding of quality of light and required to make design projects 100% successful.

The extensive research conducted in preparing the Innovators in LED Lighting presentation provides practical guidance for specifiers to gain fluency in LED Lighting technology.

About the Presenters:

Therese Lahaie is an independent consultant who connects lighting designers and manufacturers with LED lighting solutions. She serves as program advisor for the light & architecture conference Lightspace California and as juror for the architectural lighting competition 40under40 North America. Therese also has an active career as an artist working in the medium of light.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the four lighting layers needed to make the spaces you design look three-dimensional.
  2. Identify the benefits of color-tunable LED lighting for residential applications.
  3. Be able to list the ways that color temperature or degrees Kelvin and CRI color rendering index improves the final design project.
  4. Identify the biggest technical challenges for LED lighting manufacturers and how are these challenges addressed.

Make the Connection: Call for Sponsors

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Make the Connection event!

Make the Connection is an annual mixer that brings together 400+ Bay Area professionals from the AEC, real estate, and interior design communities for an evening of conversation and cocktails. This year’s event will be held on July 19th, from 5PM – 8PM and is being organized by: AIASF, AIA East Bay, SMPS, IIDA-NC, IFMA-SF and RECON.

We are asking your firm to sponsor a $500 flat rate donation to support this community event and Homes for Sonoma. Each sponsor will be prominently listed on the website and social media channels, on the invitation, and at the event in July. Additionally, cash sponsors receive two complimentary tickets to the event.

Please click here for more details and to view our Sponsorship Form.

Member News – May 2018

New Positions

Rachel Flynn, AIA started a new position as Director of Design Management, Planning and Entitlements at Google.






Kerwin Lee, AIA has been appointed to the Building, Fire and Other Code Advisory Committee of the CBSC.






Be a Home Tours Docent!

Pick the house you want to docent in! Early-bird registrants who sign-up in May 2018 to be Home Tours docents get to select which house and shift they get! Docent registration is open now—click here. When the 2018 Home Tours are announced June 1st  everyone registered to volunteer will be given the opportunity to sign up for the house and shift of their choice. Please note: volunteers who sign up after May 31st will be assigned based on need, so register today!


Chapter Member Events

Lowney Architecture invites you to their Artist Happy Hour with Raylene Gorum, on Thursday, May 10 from 5-7pm.


Perkins Eastman and Dougherty Are Joining Forces


AIASF NEXT Conference

Thursday, May 31 – Friday, June 1, 2018
Early Bird (before May 16): $200 ($150 AIAEB Member/$50 Student Allied) /
After May 16: $225 ($175 AIAEB Member/$50 Student Allied)
Thursday Location: California College of the Arts, 1111 8th Street, San Francisco

Friday Location: San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
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If attending day one and/or day two of the conference, AIA East Bay members can register using either of the promo codes below:
O Full day conference comp code: NEXTdbl_AIAEB
O Thursday OR Friday comp code: NEXTsgl_AIAEB

How can architects and built-environment professionals leverage the global United Nation’s New Urban Agenda for success and relevance at a local level? The 3rd Annual AIASF Next Conference, May 31 + June 1, will focus on how the Bay Area can take a proactive stance to achieve sustainable and equitable growth.

The 2018 NEXT Conference theme seeks to expand dialogue and engagement around the United Nation’s New Urban Agenda – a bold roadmap to promote sustainable, regenerative, and equitable growth in our cities. The conference will concentrate on taking a proactive stance to prepare a blueprint to achieve a happier and healthier world by 2030. For NEXT, the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF)  will gather the best minds in the Bay Area building and design community featuring three tracks: Design, Business and Technology.


This year’s Housing Symposium will examine the housing crisis as it relates to three basic principles: public needs and desires, policy rules and incentives, professional responses to these forces. Alternatives beyond what is currently thought possible will also be part of the discussion given the existing conditions of public pressures and policy structure.


Presentations focus on how the Bay Area can advance upon NUA’s outlined standards and principles for the planning, construction, development, management, and improvement of urban areas along its five main pillars of implementation: urban policies, urban legislation and regulations, urban planning and design, local economy and municipal finance, and local implementation.