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Desk Space for Lease – West Berkeley

Three desks available in a shared open office in West Berkeley! Lots of natural light, landscaped courtyard and bike parking. Shared conference room, bathroom with shower and kitchenette. We’d prefer a compatible use in the design and housing fields, but open to any discreet office use with friendly people. We are five designers/ architects working with homeowners, non-profits and developers on projects in the bay area.

Located by Standard Fare, Berkeley Bowl West, Bayer. $1200 for approx 120sf of space, or $450/desk. Available now.

devi dutta architecture, inc

RFQ: Speakers on ADA & Accessibility Issues

Background: AIA East Bay offers five-hour educational programs to architects approximately six times a year. These presentations focus on barrier-free access (ADA and/or California accessibility) and are geared towards a better understanding of the built environment and accessibility in both public and residential areas. Attendees are licensed architects who have knowledge of the fundamentals of accessibility and the ADA.

AIA East Bay is building its speakers’ bureau to offer more varied topics and speakers, and encourages all qualified speakers to apply.

Content Areas: Presentations must focus on barrier-free accessibility in California, providing in-depth knowledge that attendees can apply to their projects. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to: specific project types (schools, multi-family housing, retail, etc.); areas of common non-compliance; how to implement the California Building Code in practical ways; how to design beyond the requirements to provide excellent architecture; how to avoid legal situations regarding access, universal design, designing for aging-in-place, etc.

Presenters are encouraged to include case studies and real-life examples.

Qualified Applicants: Certified Access Specialists (CASp), ADA/accessibility experts, architects with demonstrable experience in accessibility issues, attorneys, etc. Speaker panels (more than one presenter) are encouraged.

Requirements: Applicants must be able to present in downtown Oakland during business hours (programs run from 8:30am-2:45pm); most programs are on Fridays.

Presenters will be required to provide presentations to AIA East Bay in an unlocked Powerpoint file one week prior to the presentation day; staff may make a locked PDF of slides available to attendees if content requires full-sized slides.

Compensation: Presenters will be compensated on a per-person fee. Half-day presenters receive $12.50 per attendee; full-day presenters receive $25 per attendee. Please note that panels (more than one speaker) will share the compensation. Attendance ranges from 60-160 per day; average anticipated attendance is 100. No expenses or other fees are covered.

Submittal format: Applicants are to submit the following (as attachments) via email to Sidney Sweeney, Executive Director at

  • Presenter name, contact information, biography and specific pertinent experience to show expertise in subject matter.
  • Presentation outline(s); specify whether for a 2.5-hour or 5-hour presentation.
  • Prior presentation/speaking engagements and either evaluations or reference contact information, including title and phone number.

Submission deadline: Qualified submittals received by April 21, 2017 will be considered for the remaining 2017 presentation. Submittals received after that date will be accepted, but may not be considered until the next cycle begins in August 2018.

Questions: Direct questions to Sidney Sweeney at Answers will be posted to the website by noon, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Lunch Seminar: Breaking Convention with Timber Offices

presented by Woodworks Wood Products Council

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 
9:30 am to 12:45 pm 
Location: One Market Restaurant, San Francisco
Cost: $20 Includes Lunch. Click here to register.


Most offices in the U.S. could be built with a wood structural system yet many designers assume they’re limited to concrete and steel for workplace environments. In fact, wood construction can accommodate the space and performance needs of office occupancies, and also provide advantages such as speed, cost savings, and reduced environmental impact. Focusing on common design considerations, this presentation will examine the potential for light-frame and heavy timber structural solutions, including building code opportunities related to fire and life safety, structural design layout, and cost. Hosted by WoodWorks – Wood Products Council. 2.0 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits.

About the Presenter:

A California licensed professional engineer, Janelle Leafblad, Allied Member has been an active building technology consultant since 2002, primarily in the area of wood technology, investigation and design of building envelope components, and construction for both historic and contemporary structures. She earned her BS in Architectural Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and her MS in Wood Science and Technology from the University of California at Berkeley. Janelle has been with WoodWorks for close to three years and provides assistance on non-residential and multi-family wood projects in N. California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado.

AIA East Bay Pokémon Go Contest


Enter for the chance to win a $25 Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes gift card

Let Pokémon Go be your local tour guide! As you discover new places and spaces on your adventures, use the camera to take pictures of Pokémon with some of your favorite buildings.

How to enter:

  1. Screenshot a Pokémon in front of your favorite building or architectural landmark (no private residences). Use the app’s camera tool!

2. Write a short caption (~25 words) about what makes the building stand out to you. Include the general location of the building.

3. Email your screenshot, description, and name to by August 15th. (No more than 5 entries per person).

An East Bay and a global winner will be announced on August 19th. All submissions will be featured on and AIA mobile!

2016 Design Awards Jury Announced

AIA East Bay and Design Awards Chair Janet Tam, AIA, are pleased to announce the jury for the 2016 Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Design Awards.

Ray Calabro, FAIA
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Jennifer Devlin-Herbert, FAIA
San Francisco

Kulapat Yantrasast
wHY Architecture
Culver City

Mark your calendars and save the date!

Awards Jury and Presentation: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Submittal Deadline: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Awards Pre-submittal Meeting: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 (for those who have submittal questions)
Registration Opens: Monday, August 1, 2016

Please note, all submittals will be made via Dropbox. Please attend the pre-submittal meeting if you have not used Dropbox and have technical questions.

Architecture Billings Index Hits another Bump

Business conditions show continued strength in South and West regions

As has been the case a few times already this year, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped in November.  As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the November ABI score was 49.3, down from the mark of 53.1 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.6, up just a nudge from a reading of 58.5 the previous month.

“Since architecture firms continue to report that they are bringing in new projects, this volatility in billings doesn’t seem to reflect any underlying weakness in the construction sector,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD.  “Rather, it could reflect the uncertainty of moving ahead with projects given the continued tightness in construction financing and the growing labor shortage problem gripping the entire design and construction industries.”

Key November ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: South (55.4), West (54.5), Midwest (47.8), Northeast (46.2)
  • Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.8), institutional (51.4), commercial / industrial (55.1), mixed practice (54.9)
  • Project inquiries index: 58.6
  • Design contracts index: 53.5

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

Office space, furniture, and equipment available in Orinda

Studio space:

1,530 square feet of bright, airy, studio space. Three blocks from BART station. Easy on-and-off freeway access. Short walk to Theatre Square and lots of restaurants. Plenty of parking. Copy/printer room with sink, space for refrigerator and microwave; built in cabinets. 16′ x 14′ conference room with display lighting and custom built in credenza. 3′ x 16′ enclosed sample storage area with heavy duty adjustable shelves. 18-1/2′ x 10′ private office with adjustable shelves and layout counters. French doors open onto two balconies. Fully wired for DSL; Toshiba Digital Business Telephone/intercom system with Strata DK Centrex/PBS equipment. Battery backup. Punch down block for up to 12 lines. Nine Toshiba LCD digital phones. Central library shelving for 90 lineal feet of books. Perimeter of production area space has continuous 36″ deep layout counters. Zoned HVAC and lighting controls. ADA access. Great landlords.

Furniture and supplies:

Glass top conference table, 96″ x 42″ x 3/4″ thick with polished micro bevel edge. Black powder coated tri-leg bases.

Nine Mart Stam S34 conference arm chairs, black leather and chrome. Imported from Italy; originals; not knock-offs.

Five Safco PlanHold steel drafting tables; fully adjustable board height and angle. 60″ wide base with varying top lengths. Tops covered with Borco Board. Can be fitted with any size table tops. Four white and one black.

Three Safco flat files for 30 x 42 inch drawings; light grey color. One each, 10 drawer, 7 drawer and 5 drawer units.

One Safco hanging drawing file with 12 brackets.

Miscellaneous scanners, printers and other items related to design services.

Call Rich Bartlett, AIA, at 925 253 2880 if interested in part or all of the above, or to answer any questions.

Newly Rebuilt Office in Rockridge


Newly rebuilt 250 sq. ft. office with half bath.

Great light, comfortable, second floor, private entrance

$700.00 month

Access to garden, quiet, residential area, two blocks from Rockridge Bart, on street parking only

Non-smoking property

Not appropriate to see clients.



Adele Crawford
510.435.9829 text or call


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Energy Code Compliance for the 21st Century: A Showcase of Electronic Tools

Thursday, December 10, 2015
 8:30am – Noon
Location: Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive,Room 330, San Rafael
Participation is by invitation only, and registration is required (limited space available).
For more details click here

Building industry professionals, including building department officials, architects and contractors, are invited to learn about exciting electronic tools and resources developed to assist with energy code related responsibilities. Electronic tools are now more than ever essential for achieving code compliance as State Energy Codes continue to become lengthier and more complex. The BayREN Showcase will include presentations that provide insight into resources available for government, nonprofit, or private organizations of any size, regardless of budget constraints.

Attendees will also hear about the science behind the ultra-low energy intensive passive house building standard, an exciting example of where the energy code will eventually lead us being implemented today right here in Marin County.

Join us after speaker presentations- there will be a mini-expo with vendors providing live tool demonstrations.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Graham Irwin, Essential Habitat


  • Chris Bradt, BKi on behalf of BayREN
  • Misti Bruceri, Misti Bruceri & Associates, LLC on behalf of Energy Code Ace
  • Stephanie Egger, Autodesk
  • Kim Goodrich, CodeCycle
  • Speaker TBA, Accela

All jurisdictions are welcome and are not limited to population or demographic size.



Roofable Roofs

the Westcon 2015 Symposium 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015                                                                 7:30am-5pm
Please click here for pricing and to RSVP.

Sponsored by AIA East Bay

6.5 CES LUs

What Architects, General Contractors and Mechanical Contractors need to know to deliver roof decks, walls, penetrations, etc. that are ready to roof (or waterproof) without compromise.

How should the roof deck, walls, and penetrations be configured to allow roofing to be installed without compromise?  What are the standards that apply?  Learn what your roll is in producing a reliable roof.

Design so that roofing application is not compromised.  Learn appropriate separations and clearances to accommodate roof application.  Understand roof deck considerations and how choices affect roof performance.   Understand the work of other trades affects roofing and vise versa.

Every successful project starts with the substrate and ends with flashings.  What designers, general contractors, and other trades need to know.

Design and build to allow easy and economical re-roofing. Come and listen to the advice of working professionals with 200 years of combined experience.

Invited Speakers:

David Field, AIA, Richard Avelar & Associates
Chris Nelson, Technical Roof Services
Chuck Peterson, Malott & Peterson Roofing Co.
Steve Cadet, Fidelity Roof Company
John Thompson, Salas O’Brien
Rod Tosetti, Tosetti Electric

Symposium Objectives:

By the end of this symposium, attendees will understand:

  • How substrate choices and preparation affect roofing and waterproofing.
  • How to configure design features and penetrations on roof decks and walls.
  •  The appropriate separations and clearances to accommodate roof applications.
  • Which codes apply, and the recommendations of industry, trade and manufacturers.
  • The role of the designer, general contractor and specialty contractor in ensuring their designs and work allow a roofer to deliver a reliable roof.