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YAF Holiday Happy Hour

Thursday, December 20, 2018
Free and open to all. Drinks are no-host.
Location: Mad Oak, 135 12th Street, Oakland

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Happy holidays Young Architects Forum! We are having our last happy hour event of the year on December 20th at Mad Oak in Downtown Oakland. Come join us as we recap the year, discuss leadership for the group and plan our events for 2019.

Regional Urban Design Forum

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Free and open to all.

Please join us for a presentation of The Agile ADU, a research project on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) by Design Draw Build. ADUs are small, separate dwellings associated with a primary house, and increase housing supply with minimal impact to neighborhood character.  This research examines policy, design, and financial roadblocks to ADU production, and is partly funded in part by the chapter’s Grant For Housing Innovation program.

The Regional & Urban Design (RUD) Forum is hosting the event, and it will be held in the chapter office at 1405 Clay Street, near 12th Street BART Station in Oakland.


11/15: COTE

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Free and open to all. RSVP to

The Committee on the Environment would like to hear what environmental issues (existing and potential) are most important to you. We encourage all chapter members to attend this happy hour and  share your thoughts on program ideas, discussion topics, group mission and anything else you’d like to see next year.

11/7: Regional Urban Design Forum

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Free and open to all.

Please join us on November 7th at 6pm at the offices of the AIA East Bay for a meeting of the Regional & Urban Design (RUD) Forum. We will have short discussions on a few topics:

  1. Post election round-up.
  2. Redesign of 90th Av in Oakland, introduced by Scraper Bike Team.
  3. The Agile ADU project, introduced by Design Draw Build.
  4. Open topic for discussion (if time allows, bring ideas).

Followed by a discussion of the RUD schedule and program ideas for next year.

What’s Behavior Got To Do With It?

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Free and open to all.

On October 18, Chris Hammer and Jennifer Tsau will co-present: what’s behavior got to do with it?

As we know, building occupants can turn the performance of a well-designed even zero net energy building upside down. Fortunately, occupancy sensors and other controls do a lot of the heavy lifting. But are they enough? And what about controls for plug loads, in particular? Please join Chris and Jennifer as they discuss how we can we design and operate buildings as well as engage occupants to make sure buildings operate as efficiently as possible.

Chris Hammer is the founder of Building Behavior and a project manager at Brightworks. She combines expertise in building design with how buildings operate–and inspiring occupants to take simple actions to reduce their energy consumption.

Jennifer Tsau is the co-founder and CEO of Keewi Inc, a company combining socially driven energy management tools with IoT and big data to make buildings more efficient. Jennifer is passionate about helping to bring back “blue skies and starry nights” through enabling technology and human interaction to achieve large scale sustainable impact in the world.

Build Positive: Carbon Positive Buildings and the Global Impact Initiative

A Committee on the Environment Presentation

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Free and open to all.

Build Positive: Carbon Positive Buildings and the Global Impact Initiative sponsored by Carbon Leadership Forum. Larry Strain, FAIA will give a brief presentation and lead discussion on decarbonizing the built environment, mostly focusing on building reuse and upgrading existing buildings – the big picture on why this is what we need to be focusing on. Also, he will report on the Global Climate Action Summit – week of September 10.

Larry is a founding Principal at Siegel & Strain Architects and co-author of the Total Carbon Study in 2016. He is on the research team for the Embodied Carbon Benchmarking project.

YAF Firm Tour: Gyroscope Inc.

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Free and open to all Young Architects
Location: 283 Fourth Street #201, Oakland

Join the Young Architects Forum for a firm tour, drinks and light food and a round-table discussion at Gyroscope Inc. in downtown Oakland.

Gyroscope is an award-winning studio of creative designers who work closely with their clients to create innovative learning environments. They offer strategic planning, exhibit and graphic design, public art, and architectural services for museums, libraries, visitor centers and other cultural institutions.

Energy Modeling for Architects

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Free and open to all.

Energy modeling is not just for engineers. Philip Luo, AIA of Shah Kawasaki Architects, will present examples of how architects can use energy modeling for achieving LEED V4 Integrative Process Credit, optimizing building envelope design, and answering critical design questions. Software used in case studies include eQuest, EnergyPlus, and Dialux. A group discussion will follow this 30 minute presentation.

YAF Presents ALR

Thursday, August 2, 2018
Free and open to all.

Join the Young Architects Forum for a brief presentation, discussion, and refreshments with ALR Associated Lighting Representatives.


COTE: Resilient by Design Challenge

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Free and open to all.

Ben Levi gives a presentation of Ratcliff Architect’s explorations into issues raised by the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge competition.

“Resilience,” like sustainability, is difficult to define, yet everyone is talking about how to build or maintain it. So, what is resilience really, and is it a useful concept or a meaningless buzzword?

Why is it that when we talk about resilience, we immediately think scary thoughts about disaster and disturbance? Can we think about resilience in terms of renewal and innovative thinking?

Inspired by the recent Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge competition, which took place in our own “Bay(k)yard”, a small group of us at Ratcliff embarked on a six-month long exploration to find answers to some of these questions. We invite you to join us for this presentation/conversation to discuss some of the things we’ve learned about the overwhelming complexity of issues and many dimensions of resilience, a surface of which we feel we’ve only began to scratch.