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Design Immersion – From Sketch to Virtual Reality

Wednesday, March 6, 2018
Free and open to all.
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Architecture is going through a fundamental shift in how designers communicate ideas. Today’s clients are technology savvy and becoming comfortable with interactive design immersion technologies such as iPads, BIMx, Google Cardboard VR and Oculus Rift.

Discover how mobile and virtual reality technologies are changing the way architects interact with clients, consultants, contractors and other stakeholders. The seminar will review case studies that utilize immersion technologies to improve their design process, build client engagement, expand services and support remote communication. We invite you to take a ride with us as we embark on a look at present day use of immersion technologies as well as a glimpse to the future where we envision how mobile and virtual reality will impact the profession.

Attendees will receive a FREE BIMx Cardboard VR viewer and BIMx app compatible with Apple iPhone or Android Phones.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review technologies that can increase your presentation effectiveness and sell your design ideas to clients.
  • Examine popular architectural design immersion technologies including BIMx, Google Cardboard VR and Oculus Rift.
  • Discover through case studies how architects use design immersion to improve the design process, build client engagement, expand services and support remote communication.
  • Explore how mobile and virtual reality impact current and future methods for presenting and communicating design and construction.

2018 AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture

Thirty-Fourth Annual AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture:  Sharon Johnston, FAIA and Mark Lee, Johnston Marklee, Los Angeles

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 -Save the Date!
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Cost: Free, Open to All, Seating is Limited
1.5 CES LUs

Reception and Dinner
Time: 5pm
Location: The Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Contact: 510/464-3600
Interested in sponsorship? Click here to register.
All dinner attendees enjoy reserved lecture seating. 

Sharon Johnston, FAIA and Mark Lee are the founding partners of the architecture firm Johnston Marklee. They have taught at major universities including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the Technical University of Berlin, and ETH Zurich. They have held the Cullinan Chair at Rice University and the Frank Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto.

Since its establishment in 1998 in Los Angeles, Johnston Marklee has been recognized nationally and internationally with over 30 major awards and numerous publications. Johnston and Lee were named the 2016 USA Oliver Fellows for Architecture & Design by the United States Artists. A book on the work of the firm, entitled House Is a House Is a House Is a House Is a House, was published by Birkhauser in 2016. This followed a monograph on the firm’s work, published in 2014 by 2G.

Projects undertaken by Johnston Marklee are diverse in scale and type, spanning seven countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Current projects include the renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, which opened in September 2017, the new UCLA Graduate Art Studios campus in Culver City, California, and the Menil Drawing Institute, on the campus of the Menil Collection, complete in 2018.

The firm’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Collection, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Architecture Museum of TU Munich.

Johnston Marklee are the Artistic Directors for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Lecture Dinner

Each year we ask East Bay firms to help underwrite the expense of bringing in a renowned architect to Cal. Through the firms’ generosity we are able to present international architects such as Andrea Leers, Fuhimiko Maki, Craig Dykers and Merrill Elam without charging for the lecture. One benefit of sponsorship is attendance at the lecture dinner. The traditional wine reception and dinner precedes Johnston and Lee’s lecture. Dinner guests have reserved seats at the lecture hall–a must for this popular lecture series!

Interested in sponsorship? Click here to register. 

2018 Sponsors include

Byrens Kim Design Works

ELS Architecture and Urban Design

Glass Associates, Inc.


Swatt Miers Architects

Taylor Design

Urban Field Studio

Tolbert Design Architects

Setting Up Vectorworks Document Files

A Vectorworks User Group

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Free and open to all.
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1.5 CES LUs

At our first meeting of 2018, several from our group will share how their practices organize and structure Vectorworks document files.  We will be reviewing and discussing a variety of layer and classing systems, document templates, resource organizations, work spaces, and the like.

About the Presenters:

Peter Thayer (Architect, OAG Architects Inc.) has been using Vectorworks/MiniCAD software for over 20 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 15 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. Learn how others have developed layer and classing systems to suit their workflow.
  2. Understand how to structure template files to maintain consistency and optimize efficient design and documentation.
  3. See how others have customized their workspaces, and set-up saved views to enhance efficiency.
  4. Learn about different systems for organizing resources to speed location and selection.

Design Tour: Chow Oakland

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Location: 3770 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
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1.5 CES LUs

Lowney’s Tony Valadez leads this design tour of the newest location of the Chow franchise by Lowney Architecture.

Chow Oakland is a project with a  hybridized program – part food market, part restaurant and café and part commercial bakery. Chow gets its energy from the intersection of these disparate programs. Blurring the line between interior and exterior, Chow brings customers and shoppers outside and brings plant life and landscape to the inside. Additionally, the building involves the renovation of a long-vacant concrete and steel building. Wherever possible, the existing structure will be exposed, adding more interest to the experience of the project.

Vectorworks v2018: New Features and Improvements

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Free and open to all.
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At this meeting we will discuss and demonstrate the most significant new features of Vectorworks 2018 – the user interface changes and the enhancements that speed productivity and BIM creation and exchange.

About the Presenters:

Peter Thayer – Architect, OAG Architects Inc., Benicia, CA.

Peter 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., San Francisco, CA

Paul 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:

  1. See how to use multiple and floating view panes to see 3D “models” from multiple angles, and design and document sheet layers simultaneously.
  2. Learn about the new features to control parametric object parameters through styles.
  3. See how enhancements to editing of site models, walls, roofs, “live” sections and elevations can be used to increase productivity.
  4. Understand the interface changes for document sheet layouts and publications, and worksheet data.

Are you new and interested in attending?
Send an email to the user group leaders Paul Majka or Peter Thayer

Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Training

Friday, January 12, 2018
$62 AIA Members; $75 Non-members
Includes lunch and all training materials
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Please register by 5pm Friday, January 5, 2018.

Become a registered Safety Assessment Evaluator and be prepared to help local governments perform accurate facility-safety assessments in the aftermath of a disaster.
AIA East Bay and the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), will present an all-day training program available to licensed architects, registered engineers, or certified building officials and inspectors.

This full-day training will provide guidelines and procedures for making post-disaster building safety evaluations. The purpose of these evaluations is to determine whether damaged or potentially-damaged buildings are safe for use or if entry should be restricted or prohibited.

This training provides procedures for two different levels of safety evaluation and advice on evaluating structural, geotechnical and nonstructural hazards:

  • Where to look for damage.
  • How to rate the safety significance of damage.

About the speaker:
Statewide Safety Assessment Program Coordinator Jason Spotts is a civil engineer with over 15 years of experience.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this full day training, you will:1) Become proficient in California’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) Safety Assessment Program (SAP)

2) Become registered to assist jurisdictions across California and the nation with accurate evaluation of facilities, buildings, and infrastructures in the aftermath of a disastrous event

3) Qualified individuals will earn a State-issued OES badge (in addition to 6 AIA/ CES HSW LUs)

From Cal OES: “The Safety Assessment Program utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers and architects and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster. The program is managed by Cal OES with cooperation from professional organizations. SAP produces two resources, SAP Evaluators, described above, and SAP Coordinators, which are local government representatives that coordinate the program. Cal OES issues registration ID cards to all SAP Evaluators that have successfully completed the program requirements.”


Design Forecast: Technology Practice Area

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Early registration (before November 6): Free AIA Members and employees of chapter member firms / $10 Guests
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1.5 CES LUs

Douglas Wittnebel, AIA takes a look into trends in the world of technology and workplace at this evening program. We’ll discuss:

– Where is tech workplace design going?

– What would a tech workplace ecosystem look like?

– How does health and wellness tie into tech?

Disruption in Design Workflow

Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate, Inc.
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BIM is changing the way architecture firms must approach the design process, and it’s yielding fantastic results.

During this presentation, learn why it is no longer necessary for teams to spend the majority of the project schedule in documentation. Explore how BIM tools, such as Revit, will give you more time to:

  • identify client needs
  • review design options
  • use technical data to evaluate solutions
  • streamline the design for greater efficiency and lower client costs

About The Presenter:

Laura Kay Smith, Design Technology Manager, ZFG Architects, has been on the technology management side of architecture for over 20 years, both as a business consultant and an in-house expert. She develops and helps firms use technology to create better design. As a thought and technology leader, Laura brings new approaches that help architectural teams transform technology and design challenges into opportunities for innovation and practice excellence.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Laura moved to Vancouver, BC Canada in January 2011. Laura has contributed to the advancement of BIM in Vancouver by being a part of CanBIM, SmartBIM, conferences, and user groups. As the author of the blog, BIMFreak and the ebook, “How to Be a BIM Advocate,” Laura is a valuable resource for implementing and starting BIM. She has the expertise to guide all levels of BIM users toward successful and future-proof technology solutions.

How to Get Paid on Time

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
BYO Lunch (brown-bag lunch)

1.5 CES LUs

SFF Host: Deborah Lane, Architect

This Small Firms Forum is dedicated to billing, from contract negotiation to receiving payment:  What works and what doesn’t work. Topics include:

How do you decide what and how much to bill (your contract fee for service)?:

  1. Do you bill by the hour, by the job or both?
  2. How do you determine the amount of time a job will take? Does the time you thought you’d spend increase or decrease?
  3. Do you collect additional fees if the job takes more time than you anticipated?
  4. What kind of clauses do you have in your contract for unanticipated changes in work such as increased building permit submittal requirements etc.?

What system(s) do you use to bill?

  1. Are there specific times of the month or specific intervals that work best?
  2. How close after billing do you require payment?

Do you get paid on time?

  1. How soon after billing do you required payment?
  2. If a client doesn’t pay on time, what steps do you take.

If you have no issues with charging clients and getting paid on time, please come and let the rest of us in on your secrets! Please Note: All should be mindful that AIA is restrained by court decision, from discussing specific hourly rates or percentages.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1. Learn how other architects weigh the benefits of hourly vs. fixed fee contracts.
  2. Learn techniques to manage additions to the work which are outside of the original scope.
  3. Develop a perspective on the range of billing intervals used by small firm architects.
  4. Learn some of the ways late or refused payments can be managed.


Rain Screen Wall Systems

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Free and open to all. Space is limited.
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Among the most popular building enclosure choices are rain screen walls and systems.  This program investigates the building science and evolution of wall theory from mass walls to drainage and cavity walls finally to both pressurized and non-pressurized rain screen systems.  The attendee then learns specific details of common terra cotta, porcelain and composite panel systems operating as a rain screen. Sponsored by the International Masonry Institute

Presenter:  David Sovinski, National Director of Technical Services, International Masonry Institute

David began his masonry career over thirty years ago, and has held positions in project management, estimating and field supervision.  He managed masonry projects in New York City, Houston, Dallas and Chicago before moving to the International Masonry Institute (IMI).