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CEI PACE Center, A Design for Aging Tour

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Free and open to all. Space is limited.
Location: CEI PACE Center, 1850 Fairway Drive, San Leandro
Click here to register.


The NorCal Design for Aging Committee tours the Center for Elders’ Independence, the premier provider of The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). The San Leandro center was designed by Kava Massih Architects.

Center for Elders’ Independence
has been serving seniors since 1992. They are a premier provider of PACE, which is the nation’s only integrated acute and long-term care program for low income frail seniors. Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) provides high quality, affordable, integrated health care services, which promote autonomy and quality of life for seniors, while keeping them in the community and living at home. CEI provides transportation from participants homes to the Center.

CEI selected a 15,660 square feet existing commercial office building in San Leandro for this unique senior adult day activity center and clinic. We worked with a steering committee on the architectural programming to insure the design respected participant’s dignity while providing enough stimulus and activities.

The orientation of the building takes advantage of natural daylight and large windows provide views of the outdoors. The dining, lounge and activity spaces are oriented to views of the courtyard. Nature elements are incorporated are the interior design for improved health and well-being of both participants and staff.

The design is inviting and comfortable, encouraging participant’s engagement socially and through activities. The center provides a large lounge and multiple activity rooms plus a large dining and a serving kitchen. Also included are spaces for rehabilitation services and support.The clinic is set up for four providers with six exam rooms and is accessible from the outside through an internal passageway. The clinic was designed to OSHPD 3 requirements.

Design on Tap: A Drinking Tour

Hosted by the Young Architects Forum & the Design Tours Committee

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Beginning location: Comal, 2020 Shattuck, Berkeley
$5 AIA Members & employees of Chapter Member Firms/$10 Non-members
Space is limited; click here to register.


Studio KDA kicks off our first Design on Tap event, leading a tour of three popular Berkeley restaurants…with great bars! We’ll learn about the design of Comal, Tender Greens & Makers Common while enjoying small bites and no-host drinks. Space is limited and refunds not provided.

About the Speakers:

Marites Abueg, principal, Studio KDA. A licensed architect, Marites designed her first restaurant,  A Cote, in 2000  (with Mark Becker Inc.) and was hooked on restaurant design’s perfect combination of food, communal gathering and sensory experience.  Since then, she and husband Keith Morris formed Abueg Morris Architects designing over 40 food-related projects before combining forces with Charles Kahn, AIA to create Studio KDA. Marites is design obsessed and focuses her work on beautiful and balanced lighting, conversation-allowing acoustics, “right” color, ergonomics, and brand-supportive look, feel and fit.

Firm Tour: Gensler Oakland

an Emerging Professionals event

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Location: Gensler Oakland, 2101 Webster St. #2000, Oakland, 94612
Cost: Free AIA Members; $5 BAYA/non-members
Sorry–this event is sold out. Please email to be placed on the waitlist.

The AIA East Bay Emerging Professionals are pleased to announce a Firm Tour of Gensler Oakland led by Anna Han, AIA. Ms. Han will be joined by her colleagues Amy Wynott, Emilio Todescato, Fabiola Catalan and Dayton Mac, AIA.

Gensler’s award-winning Oakland office is characterized by function and flexibility. Perched on the top floor of a Class A office tower, the space provides a captivating 360-degree panoramic view of the East Bay hills, Downtown Oakland, the Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the San Francisco skyline.  Organized into multiple components that support a multidisciplinary practice, the core-centric space has sit-stand desks, benching tables and drop-in stations around the perimeter, with conference and small meeting rooms around the core and a large flexible project area on the south end of the floor. Each area of the office is distinguished by its deliberate form and honest expression of materials.We are pleased to invite members of BAYA, the Bay Area Young Architects, to join us on this tour!

Beer and wine hosted by Gensler; cheese and other refreshments hosted by AIA East Bay. Space is limited; please register early.

Information Modeling’s Role in Sustainable Design Decisions

This event has been postponed. We will notify you when we reschedule.

Friday, March 17, 2017
Lunch provided by Vectorworks, Inc.
Please RSVP by 10am March 16 to

1.5 CES LUs

Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Site Information Modeling (SIM) applications provide us with the necessary tools to carry out well-designed and well-planned projects that save both time and money. These same BIM and SIM tools can also be used to help make informed decisions and create responsible, sustainable designs. This presentation will look at case studies of both architecture and landscape architecture projects that utilized intelligent BIM objects and tools to achieve low-impact, sustainable designs.

About the Presenter:
David DenglerAs a Regional Account Manager, David Dengler promotes the Vectorworks brand through consultative sales, marketing, promotion, education, and outreach across California. He also conducts CEU presentations and enables educational institutions to bring the Vectorworks platform into their classrooms. David is well suited for the task because he possesses extensive CAD software experience, including first-hand knowledge of Vectorworks software and its rendering capabilities. He has used Vectorworks professionally since 1996. Before joining Vectorworks Inc. in 2013, David was a designer with Adler Display. Prior to that, he founded his own company and developed apps for iPhone/iPad. He has worked as a project designer/manager with various architectural firms in California for over 15 years where he completed both residential and commercial projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand BIM and SIM workflows.
  • Learn how designers can benefit from using a BIM application.
  • Discover what tools are available to make sustainable design decisions.
  • See how designers are achieving success with intelligent tools and applications.

Design Tour: Chris French Metal

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Location: 2500 Union Street, Oakland, CA 
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

You’ve seen Chris French Metal’s work in home tours projects and design award winners and now here’s your chance to get an inside look at the studio where it’s all created. CFM is a premier metal working shop that specializes in highly-crafted architectural metal with experience in both traditional and contemporary fabrication technologies.

This tour will focus on fabrication techniques, materials, equipment, opportunities and challenges of working with metal.  We will experience first-hand what is involved in the detailing and execution of high-end architectural metal work.

CFM is a full-service shop offering consultation, design, shop drawings, fabrication, finish work and custom patina as well as delivery and installation. They facilitate extensive coordination with architects, engineers, designers and other building trades.

Learning Objectives:



Photo cred: Mariko Reed

2016 Design Awards Reception and Presentation

The registration deadline for the 2016 AIA East Bay Residential Design Awards has passed.

Click here for reception and presentation tickets.

Awards Reception & Presentation: 6pm, October 20, 2016
Location: Gensler Oakland, 2101 Webster St #2000, Oakland, CA 94612

Reception Tickets
$25 AIA member / $35 Non-member


Project Eligibility:

  • Projects must have been completed since September 1, 2009
  • AIA East Bay members may submit projects located anywhere
  • Non-member architects may submit projects located in the following Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma
  • Applicant need not be a registered architect or AIA member, but must be responsible for design of project.

Project Types:

  • Residential projects of all types are encouraged, including:
  • Remodels/Additions/Renovations
  • Interiors
  • New Construction
  • Small Budgets (under $30,000)
  • Affordable/Senior/Marketrate Multi-family
  • Student Housing, etc.




Ray Calabro, FAIA
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


Jennifer Devlin-Herbert, FAIA
San Francisco


Kulapat Yantrasast
wHY Architecture
Culver City


Sade Borghei
San Francisco



Borden Lighting

Ideate, Inc


Associated Building Supply

Dealey Renton & Associates

Dolan’s Windows and Doors


Pacific Coast Building Products

Design Tour: City Slicker Farms & Park

Saturday, July 16, 2016
Location: Meet at the Patio at Peralta and Helen Streets, Oakland, CA 94607
Cost:$5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
Click here to register.

Enjoy a summer morning in the heart of the East Bay! Join us at City Slicker Urban Farms & Park to learn about how an industrial site was transformed into a neighborhood gathering place through the efforts of many, including tour leaders Lowney Architects.

Since their grassroots beginnings in 2001, City Slicker Farms has been in the vanguard of the 21st-century urban farming and food justice movement, offering skills training, community building and a commitment to social, economic and racial justice in the heart of the city.

Besides the farm, the project features community gathering space, space for nutrition demos, an orchard, playground and raised community garden beds for 28 families. Site-built structures include the main building which houses an office and restrooms, covered and open-air farm stands and a demonstration zone. The chicken coops and front gate result from student-involved design. The coop, designed and built by CCA students, is an innovative approach to a traditional simple building.

The mission of City Slicker Farms is to empower West Oakland community members to meet the immediate and basic need for healthy fresh food, free of chemicals, for themselves and their families by creating high-yield urban farms and backyard gardens.

Design Tour: De La Salle STREAM Innovation Center

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Location: De La Salle High School, 1130 Winton Drive, Concord, CA 94518
$5 AIA Members and employees of chapter-member firms; $10 Guests

Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

Join AIA East Bay for a tour of an educational center that embodies the future of learning. Designed by Ratcliff to support the De La Salle High School’s changing program and need for future expansion, the new STREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Art and Math) Innovation Center is  a fascinating educational environment.

The 39,000 sf Center supports and enhances the interdisciplinary interaction of the Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Art and Math departments. Although each classroom is specifically designed for its program, the project creates spaces both inside and out that provide blended, collaborative project opportunities. These physical relationships encourage synergies between different disciplines with opportunities for sharing space, tools, equipment—and most importantly, ideas. Interactive spaces also support the faculty, with collocated department offices and conference rooms adjacent to teaching spaces, where faculty can share ideas and engage with students.

The Center provides a contemporary interpretation of the existing campus brick vernacular by introducing metal panel and operable sunshades in its design expression. The building design is also a learning tool for students that highlights sustainable strategies, such as exposed thermal mass and radiant conditioning, and operable sunshades that track the sun over the course of the day.

Inspiration Symposium: November 17th

POSTPONED. Please email to receive notification of the new date.
Free; open to all in the A/E/C community.

For 2016 we’re looking at what is interesting to you–the A/E/C community. It could be parametric design or musical roads. A new type of dining experience or the 2016 Tesla designs. Are you obsessed with biomimicry? Japanese punk bands? How your refrigerator can order you more apples when you’re running low? Make a list of five to ten things that excite, inspire, provoke, etc.

If you’d like to bring a flash drive with images and or websites, please do for a pecha-kucha presentation!

A Better Way to Build

The 2015 Joint Lean Construction Institute/American Institute of Architects Program

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Location: AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay St, Oakland
Cost: $15 AIA/LCI Members; $20 Guests – Includes wine and cheese reception
Click here to register!

1.5 CES LUs

The September monthly program will be a joint program hosted by the Northern California Community of Practice for the Lean Construction Institute ( Nor Cal COP LCI) and The American Institute of Architects, East Bay to engage the AEC community in sharing knowledge about lean design and construction as a project-based  production system. The program will be a moderated panel of owners who are engaging design and construction team to work utilizing lean construction tools and techniques.



Scott Muxen, Director of Capital Programs, UCSF
Eric Miller, Director of Project Management, Sutter Health
Dan Akol, Associate Director of Design and Construction, Genentech
James Pease, Moderator

Panelists will present the benefits of projects using lean design and construction techniques on projects ranging from small renovation and large construction projects. The benefits can be in the form of reduced budget and schedule but also in improved quality, process and collaboration. Panelists will describe their experiences and their goals in their lean journeys.





Learning Objectives:

By the end of this program, attendees will:

  • Be able to state at least three ways lean  project delivery can improve project outcomes in design and construction projects.
  • Be able to identify two best practices in building collaborative delivery teams.
  • Be able to differentiate between models for building collaborative delivery teams based on owner procurement requirements
  • Be able to define value and commonly used methods to maximize it.