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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


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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.

2015 Design Awards

The AIA East Bay Design Awards program recognizes design excellence in architecture, residential architecture, interior architecture, restoration/renovation, and urban design. Criteria to be used by the jury include quality of design, resolution of the program idea, sustainable responsibility, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.

On Thursday, October 1, 2015 the jury reviewed more than 70 projects, selecting the following 12 for exceptional design excellence.

Citation Awards:


HALL Winery, St Helena
Signum Architecture

Photographer: Adrian Gregoretti and Tubay Yabut
General Contractor: Frank Borges Jr. Construction and
Hathaway Dinwiddie





Digital Fabrication Lab, UC Berkeley, Wurster Hall Addition
Mark Cavagnero Associates

Photographer: Tim Griffith Photography
Contractor: Vila Construction





Willow Houses, Oakland
Baran Studio Architecture

Photographer: Peter Lyons
Contractor: Szilagy Construction



Gensler Oakland, Oakland
Gensler Oakland

Photographer: Jasper Sanidad Photography
Contractor: Turner Construction Company





Energy Biosciences Building, University of California, Berkeley

Photographer: Bruce Damonte Photography
& Skyhawk Photography




West Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley
Harley Ellis Devereaux

Photographer: Kyle Jeffers
Contractor: West Bay Builders




Merit Awards:


Chu Hall (Solar Energy Research Center), LBNL, Berkeley

Photographer: Bruce Damonte
Contractor: McCarthy





East Oakland Sports Center, Oakland
ELS Architecture and Urban Design

Photographer: David Wakely Photography
Contractor: Turner Construction





Maximino Martinez Commons, UC Berkeley
EHDD & Behnisch Architekten

Photographer: Russell Abraham
Contractor: Vance Brown





Martis House, Truckee
Faulkner Architects

Photographer: Joe Fletcher
Contractor: Jim Morrison Construction





Honor Awards:


Lakeside Senior Housing
David Baker Architects

Photographers: Bruce Damonte, Brian Haux, David Baker Architects
Contractors: James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp.




US Coast Guard TRACEN Waste Water Treatment Facility, Petaluma
Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

Photographer: Billy Hustace Photography
Contractor: CDM Smith




2015 Jury:

E.B. Min, AIAE.B. Min, AIA
Min | Day
San Francisco, CA

EB is the San Francisco-based principal of Min | Day.  A graduate of Brown University with dual concentrations in Art History and Studio Art, EB received her Master of Architecture from U.C. Berkeley.  E.B.’s early experience in the landscape architecture design-build office of Topher Delaney and Andrea Cochran instilled an interest in the integration of landscape and building. She has taught at U.C. Berkeley and is an Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. E.B. has served on the boards of both the AIASF and the AIACC. During her tenure on the AIASF board, EB helped in the formation of the Missing 32% project to address issues of design equity. Recently she has been involved in expanding the practice into furniture design with the formation of MOD furniture, a design off-shoot of Min | Day.  Min | Day has received numerous awards including being featured in Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard, 2010, the AIACC’s 2007 Emerging Talent Award and Residential Architect’s 2010’s Rising Star.

Allison Williams, FAIAAllison Williams, FAIA
San Francisco, CA

In a career spanning more than 30 years in corporate practice, Allison Williams, FAIA has designed significant large-scale projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, nationally and internationally. The breadth of Ms. Williams’ work spans civic, corporate and cultural facilities, places for research and education, mixed-use and high density developments. Prior to joining AECOM, Allison led architecture studios for both Perkins Will and SOM, where projects have included the highly acclaimed international terminal at San Francisco International Airport; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computational Research Facility; August Wilson Center for African American Culture (Pittsburgh, PA); and CREATE at the National University of Singapore.A Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Allison earned her master of architecture and bachelor of arts in the practice of art degrees at the University of California, Berkeley, and was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1997. She is a current member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Visiting Committee for Harvard’s Board of Overseers and the Harvard Design Magazine Practitioners Advisory Board.

Brett BabaBrett Baba, AIA
Graham Baba Architects
Seattle, WA

A Washington native, Brett Baba has practiced architecture for 35 years in Seattle, Yakima  and Connecticut.    He has worked in a number of firms including Ralph Anderson and Olson Sundberg (later Olson Kundig) in Seattle and the Knipper Dunn Partnership in Yakima, Washington.

Brett earned a BA and Master of Architecture from the University of Washington and is active in supporting and participating in the school’s mission.   Significant projects in Brett’s early career include the Frye Art Museum, the Mission Hill Winery, and residences around the US, including the Martha’s Vineyard house where President Obama vacationed in 2013.

Joining Jim Graham, a friend & colleague from Olson Sundberg, the two started Graham Baba Architects in 2006.    The firm has grown to 22 people since then and has garnered much positive attention for its innovative and appealing approaches to adaptive reuse & residential work, restaurants, public markets and other hospitality projects and developments related to art and community-building.

2015 Design Award Sponsors:

American Building Supply, Inc.

Ideate, Inc

Associated Building Supply

Dealey Renton & Associates

Dolan’s Lumber

Eric F. Anderson, Inc.


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