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5-Day Basic CPTED

Monday, August 27 – Friday, August 31, 2018
8am-5pm Daily
Cost: Non-Affiliates $395 / CCPOA $350 / COH Employees $195
Location: City of Hayward Public Library, 888 C Street, Hayward
(near Hayward BART)
Click here to register.

Cities and Counties throughout the country are adopting CPTED ordinances requiring site plan reviews with crime prevention in mind. Law enforcement officers and crime prevention specialists who are specifically trained in CPTED are now working closely with Planners, Architects, City Officials, and Educators to ensure the proper design of structures, schools, and neighborhoods. This program is provided by NICP, Inc.

FEATURING · CPTED Strategies · Design Out Crime · Writing a CPTED Ordinance · Lighting for Safety · Understanding Site Plans · Field Assessments

Learning Objectives:

1. How the design and use of the environment can control human/criminal behavior and reduce the fear of crime
2. How natural access control and natural surveillance decrease the opportunity for crime
3. How different aspects of lighting impact human behavior and other design strategies
4. Participants will work together on a site survey and provide a group presentation of their results using CPTED strategies
5. Learn the advantages of having a CPTED ordinance and how to construct and present one to lawmakers

For Course Description/Agenda/Instructor Information click here.

Northern California Vectorworks User Group Meeting

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Free and open to all.
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Our discussions for the evening will once again focus on site improvements. Bob Cleaver, landscape architect, will lead the discussions and presentations, taking us beyond basic site model creation to modeling the terrain in detail using the tools in Site Planning toolset and commands for Vectorworks Landmark and Architect users. We will also show how to integrate structures onto and into the site and to determine cut-and-fill quantities.

About the Presenters:

Bob Cleaver of Cleaver Design Associates, is a landscape architect with a practice started in 1996 and currently located in Lafayette. His work is a mix of residential, winery and school projects.

Paul Majka, Principal of 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.

Four Learning Objectives:
After completing this program participants will…

  1. Learn how to manipulate the site using pads and grade limits, grading and hardscape tools.
  2. Understand when to draw traditional contours in plan or to use parametric site modifiers, and to use the power of 3D polygons.
  3. See how texture beds can quicken conceptual design how to take advantage of keyboard shortcuts to speed your workflows.
  4. Learn how to integrate structures onto and into the terrain and the associated quantities of earth moved to accommodate them.

Are you new and interested in attending?
Send an email to the user group leader Paul Majka at

American Institute of Architects Launches Film Challenge

The American Institute of Architects launches its fourth annual film challenge today as part of the AIA’s “Blueprint for Better” campaign, an initiative that highlights the collaborative work of architects and civic leaders to solve some of the biggest issues facing cities today.

AIA is launching its film challenge along with the premiere of its new film, “Caño Martin Peña: A Blueprint for Better,” which depicts the rebuilding efforts of an architect and community leader in Puerto Rico following last year’s devastating Hurricane Maria that left more than three million people without power.

Similar to AIA’s film, participants in the film challenge should produce, shoot and edit a three to five-minute documentary to tell a story about architects working with civic and community leaders to make a positive impact on their cities and towns.

“Architects are committed to solving some of the most pressing issues of our time. This challenge gives filmmakers the opportunity to showcase how civic leaders are looking to architects to solve critical problems.” said AIA EVP and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ivy, FAIA. “AIA is thrilled to launch this installment of the film challenge. We hope it generates awareness around the talent and important work architects bring to our communities.”

Submissions for the film challenge—due by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Monday, Aug. 27—will be subject to two rounds of judging. The first round of winners will be selected by a panel of jurors from the media, architecture and film industries. A second round will be open for public voting to choose the “People’s Choice Winner.” Last year’s People’s Choice competition yielded more than 268,000 votes.

Participants will have the chance to win a $5,000 grand prize that includes distribution of the film through a multitude of channels, including screenings at the Architecture and Design Film Festival on Oct. 16 in New York in addition to travel and accommodations. The “People’s Choice Winner” will receive a screening at the Chicago Ideas Festival. Other finalists will be awarded a $500 prize.

Complete details are available on AIA’s Film Challenge website. Films from previous film challenge finalists can be watched online.

Make the Connection 2018 Benefiting Homes For Sonoma

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Location: Autodesk Gallery, 1 Market St #200, San Francisco
Cost: $30 + service fees / $40 day-of
Click here to purchase tickets.

About Homes for Sonoma:

One week after the fires disrupted and destroyed parts of our community a small group of designers, architects, builders and community leaders called a meeting to discuss how to help our friends, families and neighbors. With so many displaced residents in the aftermath of the fires, we felt an urgent need— really a duty—to provide a clear, practical, responsible way to rebuild our community in a way that not only served the immediate needs of those who lost their homes, but would also help address the long-term affordable housing situation in Sonoma County.

Our goal in coming together is to provide leadership and direction in our collective journey to rebuild our homes, our communities, and our lives. By putting our plan into action we can provide affordable, high-quality homes to our neighbors who need housing and build a strategy for longterm needs.

About Make the Connection:

Come mingle and enjoy fabulous food and wine. Find out what these professional associations can do for you!  Join us for a fun introduction to FIVE organizations serving the real estate, interior design,  architectural & construction community, and marketing professions in Northern California.

Each year the proceeds from the Make the Connection event benefit a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the Architecture, Engineering or Construction industry.

Presented by AIA-SF, AIA East Bay, SMPS, IIDA-NC, & RECON

June ArchNews 2018

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

Project Profile: 1960s Rancher Remodel
Codes: Next Time You Design a House
Green: Greening Your Buildings, Greening Your Practice
8/4: Home Tours 2018
CoolTechStuff: The Last Word
Firm Profile: Alexander Jermyn Architecture
Allied Member Profile: Rod Heisler, Allied Member

Napa Update on Fees and Recovery/Rebuilds

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Free and open to all.
Location: 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Dr, Napa, CA 94558

Click here to RSVP.

Mike Zimmer, Chief Building Official, Planning, Building & Environmental Services for County of Napa, will speak on proposed development fees and provide an update on fire recovery/rebuilds. Time is available for a Q&A session. Please RSVP to for seating counts. 

CSE Meetup

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Free and open to all.
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Planning to take the CSE in the next year? Meet up with others who are and set up study groups. Recently licensed architects will be on-hand to share best practices in studying and test-taking. RSVP to

Transforming I-980: Regional Urban Design

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Free and open to all.
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Brian Stokle, a founding member of Connect Oakland, will give a presentation on transforming I-980 to create new public land for housing, jobs, and open space, which could be catalyst for future transportation connections throughout the region. I-980 corridor is a priority of the community and the City and has been included in the Draft Downtown Oakland Specific Plan.

  • John King of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “With imaginative engineering and design, [I-980] could be replaced by a boulevard lined with housing at all price levels, reknitting the urban landscape.”
  • “Our I-980 is a cautionary tale,” says Mayor Schaaf. “It was proposed as a part of a plan to build another Bay Bridge and a shopping mall—but this broken promise leaves us with a scar across our city that separates our residents from opportunity. In its place, we want to reknit our community, building infrastructure that creates local economic opportunity, reconnects neighborhoods, and helps connect the region.”
  • The Congress for the New Urbanism in 2017 listed I-980 on the Top 10 Freeways Without Futures.

Volunteer to Help with the 5th Annual Youth Architecture Camp!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – Saturday, June 23, 2018
Location: Cal Design Lab, (4th Floor of Small Tower) Wurster Hall

Click here to sign up.

The FIFTH annual architecture camp for underrepresented youth needs volunteers!

This program, co-hosted by AIA East Bay and Fam 1st, exposes 30 middle school students (12-15 years old) to architecture and design thinking as they assist Fam 1st with the development of their future Oakland-based Youth Center.

Volunteers are encouraged to take part in the camp from 9:00am-4:30pm, and engage with our campers for the whole day. If your time permits, we’d love for volunteers to come for multiple days, so that the campers see familiar faces. Full-day volunteers are appreciated, but if you can only donate half a day, that’s great too!

Parking is limited at the UC Berkeley campus, so there will be 3-4 passes available for those who need them. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to carpool.

We’re looking forward to another successful architecture youth camp!

The Last Word: CoolTechStuff

Larry Mortimer, AIA

I’ve been doing CoolTech articles for over seven years now.  As some of you know, I’m in the process of building a house in Sonoma County.  With the start of construction my available time will be sharply reduced, so this will be my last CoolTech article.  What I thought I would leave you with is a list of some of the internet resources I’ve relied on over the years to inspire my articles.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, and is in no particular order, but there are some gems in there.  If you don’t know them, I hope you will check them out.  This site is just like the name implies a site to see new gadgets.  Some will be of interest, most will not.  This site has two sections “Shop” and “Journal.”  The “Shop” section is full of high-priced stuff that I don’t need, but the “Journal” section does have some interesting articles under the headings of: Architecture, Art and Design.  I can’t remember ever using anything from this site in a CoolTech article.  It’s more of a literary blog, but with cool illustrations.  It’s a good site to visit to relax and get your mind off of work.  This site can be a big time-sink.  You never know what you will find there, but I guarantee you will be entertained.  Lost at E Minor is a site that I occasionally find something I might use in my column.  Of the ten sections, I usually look in the “Tech” section.  Here I usually look in the “Products” section for something to write about.  Some of the products listed have PDF, DWG and BIM files available for download.  Paul Saffo is a technology forecaster and teaches forecasting at Stanford University and chairs the Future Studies and Forecasting track at Singularity University.  Check out his essays for interesting topics on the future.  I never know what I’m going to find here, but you can be sure it will be cutting edge.  I subscribe (free) so I get a short email very day with 4 or 5 articles I can click on if they look interesting.  DeZeen is an online magazine (it’s a free subscription).    There is a daily issue and a weekly issue.  It’s heavy on futuristic architecture but also has many tech articles.  You’ve probably heard of Ray Kurzweil and his theory of the singularity (when machines with artificial intelligence become smarter than humans).  There are interesting articles and essays here.  Very interesting articles on:  Energy, Space, Science, Technology, Military, Medicine, Robotics, Quantum Computers and Artificial Intelligence.  This one is a little hit or miss.  I sometimes find something interesting under the “Field Guide” or “Design” headings. This is another hit or miss site. The “Tech” or “Design” headings sometimes have interesting articles.  Just as the name implies, this is a site devoted to mobile devices, apps, and accessories.  It does a good job of covering both the Android and iOS platforms.  Good for architecture news, related apps and more.  If you’ve never listened to a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk, I encourage you to do so.  Most talks are 5 to 15 minutes long and are on a wide variety of topics.  I read Wired magazine every month.  Each issue will have a common thought provoking topic that runs through most of the articles in that issue.

I also get ideas from the radio (mostly NPR), television (mostly PBS) and newspapers (mostly the SF Chronicle, and NY Times).  I’ve enjoyed writing these articles, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them.