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My Architecture: COTE Top Ten

A Monthly Program

Wednesday, April 5, 2017    DATE CHANGE!
Early registration (by April 3): Free AIA members and employees of chapter member firms / $10 Guests. Late registration: $10 Members / $15 Guests. At the Door: $20 all.
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The AIA COTE (Committee on the Environment) Top Ten Awards is the industry’s best-known awards program for sustainable design excellence. Each year, only ten innovative projects earn the prize for setting the standard in design and sustainability.

The Exploratorium (EHDD), Jacobs Hall at UC Berkeley (LMS) and West Berkeley Library (HED) are all 2016 COTE Top Ten winners, and we’ve asked the CLIENTS to come talk about these award-winning projects from their point of view. Join us for our monthly program as a selection of owners and clients from these projects present and discuss how the architecture and design of the project affects, supports, advances and represents their work and the mission of their program. A wine and cheese reception follows the panel presentation.


The Exploratorium: Located in San Francisco, the Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art and human perception. The museum creates tools and experiences that help attendees become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits, a website with over 50,000 pages of content, film screenings, evening art and science events for adults, and much more.

  • Heidi Dolamore, Director of Library Services, City of Berkeley, on the West Berkeley Library and Elliot Warren, Deputy Director, City of Berkeley, on the West Berkeley Library

West Berkeley Library: Part of the Berkeley Public Library System, the West Berkeley Library is the first Net Zero Public Library in California. In 2016 they became a recipient of the prestigious COTE Top Ten Award.

  • Emily Rice, Director of Programs & Operations, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation is UC Berkeley’s interdisciplinary hub for learning and making at the intersection of design and technology. From their home in Berkeley’s College of Engineering, they extend broadly across campus, serving as a welcoming hub: engineers, artists, and makers of all kinds can gather and collaborate.

2017 AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture

Thirty-Third Annual AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture:  Amale Andraos, WORKac, New York City; Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Cost: Free, open to all, seating is limited
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Reception and Dinner
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: The Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Contact: 510/464-3600
Cost: $200 for sponsorship/includes one dinner ticket; $55 for extra dinner tickets
All dinner attendees enjoy reserved lecture seating. Click here to register.

Amale Andraos is Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and co-founder of WORKac, a New-York based architectural and urban practice focused on re-imaging architecture at the intersection of the urban, the rural and the natural.

The practice has achieved international recognition for projects such as the Centre de Conferences in Libreville, Gabon and the Edible Schoolyard at PS216 in Brooklyn, NY. Current projects include the Miami Collage Garage and a residential conversion of a historic New York cast-iron building. WORKac was named the AIA New York State Firm of the Year in 2015.

Prior to Columbia, Andraos taught at universities including Princeton University School of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design and the American University in Beirut. Her publications include Architecture and Representation: The Arab City co-edited with Nora Akawi as well as 49 Cities and Above the Pavement the Farm! co-authored with her partner Dan Wood, FAIA.



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 Ms. Andrao’s lecture. Dinner guests have reserved seats at the lecture hall–a must for this popular lecture series!

Funds to underwrite the costs of this program are provided by the following 2017 sponsors:

Byrens Kim Design Works

Carol Shen, FAIA

Dahlin Group Architecture + Planning

Dealey, Renton & Associates

Devi Dutta Architecture

ELS Architecture & Urban Design

Fischer Architecture


Glass Associates, Inc.

Goring & Straja Architects

Graff Architects

Harriman Kinyon Architects

Haviland Associates Architects


JRDV Architects

Kava Massih Architects

Lowney Architecture

Madsen, Kneppers & Associates



Noll + Tam Architects and Planners

Powell & Partners Architects


Siegel & Strain Architects

Swatt Miers  Architects

Taylor Design

Tile and Stone Council of Northern California

Tolbert Design Architects

Urban Field Studio


Interested in sponsorship? Contact Sidney at

AIA EB : BE AIA, A Member Mixer

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Cost: Free AIA Members / $10 Guests; After 1/23: $10 AIA Members / $15 Guests
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What do you want? How can we help? Let’s kick off the year right! Please join us at the chapter office on January 25, prepared to share your ideas and priorities on what AIA East Bay can do (and do better) for you.

Investing in Place with Imagination and Care

a Monthly Program

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Early registration (by Monday, June 27): Free AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms /
$10 guests. Registration starting June 28: $10 AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms / $15 guests.
At the door: $20 all
Click here to register.

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“Investing in Places with Imagination and Care” is about bringing the design of buildings and open spaces to a level of attention that injects fresh spirit into the larger context. While drawing on the resources of what already exists, designs should go beyond ordinary replication. Design-focused guidelines and development codes have encouraged more walkable environments but inspiring urban places must do much more.  What qualities of place generate a sense of connection, invite creative use, cement memories and bring delight?

Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA, founding editor of PLACES journal and UC Berkeley Eva Li Professor emeritus of Architecture and Urban Design, will consider how urban placemaking can go beyond common proscriptions, to embrace context, support and adapt to human activity and make places with distinction and meaning.  Professor Lyndon will explain principles for enhancing built environments through imagination and care.  He will draw upon recent architecture in Oakland and Berkeley as well as historical examples to illustrate successful and less successful examples.

Susi Marzuola, AIA, will speak with Professor Lyndon following his presentation, to get a better sense of what differentiates the ordinary from extraordinary when it comes to urban places.

About the Presenter:

Donlyn Lyndon’s work with the design of places is internationally recognized.  He served as Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon, MIT and as Chair of the Department of Architecture at Berkeley. Lyndon was a founding editor of PLACES, a journal of environmental design (now web-based) and has written extensively, including titles such as, “Chambers for a Memory Palace,” “The Place of Houses,” and most recently, “The Sea Ranch: Fifty Years of Architecture, Landscape, Place and Community on the Northern California Coast.” He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, has received numerous design awards and was awarded the AIA-ACSA’s Topaz Award for service in architectural education.

lyndon sketchLearning Objectives:


Sustainable Design Excellence, a Monthly Program

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Early-bird registration (before 6pm, Wednesday, June 8): Free AIA members & employees of chapter member firms / $10 Guests
Reg starting 6pm June 8: $10 AIA members & employees of chapter member firms; $15 Guests
At-the-door: $20 all
Click here to register.

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Sustainability and architectural design now go hand-in-hand thanks to Cal Green; how do projects exceed building code expectations to become sustainable design award winning projects? COTE Top 10 winner Marsha Maytum, FAIA joins 2016 jurors Anne Fougeron, FAIA and Larry Strain, FAIA to discuss a variety of issues around sustainable design excellence, including:

  • In today’s context, can architectural design be excellent if it’s not sustainable?
  • How are the majority of winning projects integrating sustainability into design, and is it seamless?
  • How do firms like Leddy Maytum Stacy, Siegel & Strain Architects, and Fougeron Architecture integrate and track sustainable design in the design process?
  • What do clients value in sustainable design, and how can architects show long-term value to clients when discussing sustainability throughout the scope of the project?

Our speakers will also share lessons learned and and insights on what not to do when submitting projects for design awards. A wine and cheese reception is included with the program.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, attendees will…

  1. Be able to state at least two sustainable design elements that are seen in most COTE Top 10 award-winning projects.
  2. Be able to state at least two aspects of sustainable design in which the return-on-investment is valuable to most clients.
  3. Be able to give examples of seamless integration of sustainable elements in award-winning projects.
  4. Be able to state new approaches to sustainability not common to most projects.

My Architecture: Housing

a monthly program

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
5:30-7:15pm, wine and cheese reception to follow
Early bird registration (by Monday, April 25): Free AIA members & employees of chapter member firms; $10 Guests
Registration April 26: $10 AIA members & employees of chapter member firms; $15 Guests
At-the-door: $20 all

Click here to register

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Join us for our monthly program as a selection of owners and clients from local recently-completed housing projects present and discuss how the architecture and design of the project affects, supports, advances and represents their work and the mission of their program.


Linda Mandolini, President, Eden Housing. Linda Mandolini has served Eden Housing as a Project Developer, as Director of Real Estate Development, and since 2001, as President. Eden Housing is one of California’s oldest non-profit housing development companies and has developed or acquired more than 8,500 units throughout California. Linda oversees affordable housing production, resident support services, and property management components of the organization, and a staff of more than 300 employees.

Jessica Sheldon, Project Manager, Resources for Community Development. Jessica Sheldon has  managed the development of over 300 units of housing, representing over $100 million in public and private investment.

Eve Stewart, Director of Housing Development, SAHA. Eve Stewart has over 14 years experience in real estate finance and development and has been with SAHA over 10 years. During her tenure, Eve has directly managed or overseen the completion of more than 900 housing units, primarily using  tax credit financing combined with additional State and local funding programs. Currently, Eve is responsible for 850 units in AHA’s predevelopment pipeline with total costs of $273 million.


Featured projects:


Photo: Douglas Sterling Photography

Monteverde Senior Apartments, Eden Housing (Dahlin Group Architecture + Planning)

Photo: Bruce Damonte

Photo: Bruce Damonte

The Ambassador, Resources for Community Development (Kava Massih Architects)

Photo: Tim Griffith

Photo: Tim Griffith

Merritt Crossing, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects)

Photo: Bruce Damonte

Photo: Bruce Damonte

Lakeside Senior Housing, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (David Baker Architects)

The Architecture of Oakland: A Monthly Program

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Early registration (by February 1): Free AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms; $10 Guests
Late reg: $10 AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms; $15 Guests
At the door: $20
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Oakland is a true tapestry of architecture–picture its jade green art deco beauties, gleaming high rises and modern cathedrals. Moderated by Jeremiah Tolbert, AIA, of Tolbert Design Architects, AIA East Bay brings together three of Oakland’s “image makers” in a discussion about the current state of Oakland’s architecture, where it’s going and how it got there. A wine and cheese reception follows the discussion.

About the Presenters:

Rachel Flynn, AIA is the Director of Planning and Building for the City of Oakland. Flynn’s role is charged with managing 125 employees, improving the city’s planning and permitting functions and facilitating sustainable development. She has worked for a variety of public and private entities including two cities in Virginia, Cannon Design, and Otak International in Abu Dhabi. She earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard University and a master’s in engineering and construction management and a bachelor’s in architecture from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

For more than 20 years, Peter Waller, AIA has been leading the design of largescale multi-family housing developments for Pyatok, an Oakland-based architecture firm. Drawn to urbanism and high-density, he offers expertise in mixed-use, adaptive reuse in both affordable and market rate housing with a focus on creating transit-oriented developments that result in more livable and sustainable communities. Peter’s first priority on any project is to uncover solutions that relate to the larger community and create strong connections to the public realm. Peter is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

Doug Wittnebel, AIA, is the Principal & Design Director at Gensler’s Oakland office, Doug directs the vision of project teams as they collaborate with technology, energy and financial firm clients. He has more than 30 years of experience working in multiple countries across a number of practice areas. Doug’s award-winning projects have been published in the San Francisco Business Times and Forbes, among other media. His commitment to the East Bay community extends from a drawing tour of the wonderful classical historical buildings of Oakland to supporting a number of local art groups that include MOCHA, the Museum of Children’s Art. Doug holds an M.Arch from Tulane University.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to…

1. Identify four influences of architecture in Oakland.

2. Learn what impact fees mean for clients and projects.

3. Identify three ways in which historical buildings in Oakland have been transformed through the ages.

4. Learn what a building’s role is in the experience of Downtown Oakland.

2015 Member Appreciation Party & Annual Business Meeting

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Location: Parliament, 811 Washington St., Oakland
Free for AIA East Bay Members and employees of chapter members firms;
$38 Guests.
Click here to Register

AIA East Bay Members, sponsors and welcome guests gather at Parliament in Old Oakland for our annual Member Appreciation Party and Annual Business Meeting. We’ll have heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks–and conversation with old colleagues and new friends!

(Cocktails and liquor are available via no-host bar.)

Candidates for 2016 Board of Directors:

Vice President/President-Elect: Winston Win, AIA, Lowney Architecture
Director: Matthew Taecker, AIA, AICP, Taecker Planning & Design
Director/Immediate Past President: Malvin Whang, AIA, UCSF Capital Programs
Associate Director: Paul Nabena, Assoc. AIA, The Architects Office

Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors:

American Soil & Stone
Associated Building Supply
Dealey Renton & Associates
Dolan’s Lumber
Eric F. Anderson, Inc.
The Grubb Company
Ideate, Inc
Pacific Coast Building Products

Media Sponsor
Diablo Magazine

The Profession Post-Recession

a Monthly Program

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Free for AIA Members and Employees of Chapter Member Firms who register by 11/2; $10 after.
Guests: $10 by 11/2; $15 after 11/2.
At-the-door: $20

Includes a networking reception! Click here to register.

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Mark Cameron, founder and principal of Cameron MacAllister Group, will speak on issues affecting the profession post-recession. Mark Cameron will discuss the five external factors that are impacting the business and practice of architecture, such as what clients want from architects, how they select architects; the consolidation of the industry; move toward alternate delivery methods. He will also talk about the four internal factors that influence architectural practice (culture and ethos, client relationships, skills development, strategic direction, and leadership and ownership succession.) Drawing on these observations Mark will suggest ways to respond to all these influences to increase likelihood of success:  what things can be done tomorrow, what should be done in the next six months, and what over the longer term.

About the presenter:

Mark Cameron established the consulting practice of Cameron MacAllister Group twenty-nine years ago to provide marketing advice and strategies to design firms. Prior to that, he was director of Marketing for industry giants NBBJ and The Architects Collaborative, and Managing Director for Anderson DeBartolo Pan. He has lectured on marketing at business schools, architecture schools and professional organizations and his articles have been published in Architectural Record and arCA.

Building the University of California for the 21st Century – University of California Office of the President

an AIA East Bay Monthly Program

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Cost prior to 10/26: Free for AIA members and employees of chapter member firms. $10 Guests
After 10/26: $10 AIA members and employees of chapter member firms. $15 Guests
At the door: $20
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“Let there be light” is the motto for the University of California. Established almost 150 years ago, the University of California has grown into a world class public university system including prestigious campuses such as the venerable UC Berkeley and UCLA, and the latest ground up endeavor at UC Merced.

While each of the campuses have evolved into creating its own environment, tradition and operations, the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) provides a framework of policies, guidelines, and legal interpretations to knit the University’s 10 campuses, five medical centers, and other special entities together to operate as a state wide enterprise. Within the auspice of UCOP, many departments touch and impact how construction and design services are procured, provided, and practiced within the UC system.

As an institution of higher learning and research, the University is equally dedicated to architectural excellence, quality craftsmanship, and value adding project delivery.  The campuses are faced with increasing enrollment goals and faculty competition, but with diminishing public resources. The October monthly program will be a panel presentation on how the University works within the AEC industry to support the UC mission. The UC team will offer context and present the methods behind the madness.  The audience will learn about UC design professional and contractor selection practices, the UC sustainability mission, and the latest project delivery practices around the system.


Chris Hornbeck, AIA is the Director of Construction Services at UCOP. Within the purview of his position, he also serves as the Chair of the Construction Review Board and the Capital Programs Institute. He has held his position at UCOP for five years, with experience in the real world as an Architect, contractor, and owner’s representative.  Chris is licensed as an Architect and general contractor in the state of California. He will be a 2016 board member of the Design Build Institute of America. As extracurricular activities, he is the President of the Abracadabra House Corporation in Berkeley, a non-profit, and spends time working on his money pits of home and cars.  Chris holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley, and Masters in  Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the same institution.

John Bevan is a part of UCOP’s Construction Group at the Office of General Counsel. John is a licensed architect (Univ. of Idaho, B.Arch. 1978.)  He practiced architecture for 13 years in Seattle and San Francisco at a variety of firms, including Cardwell/Thomas & Assoc., Thistlethwaite Architectural Group, and NBBJ on projects including hospitals, sports facilities, historic buildings, hotels, and commercial and medical office buildings.  He then realized his true calling as an attorney (but he kept his architectural license, just in case…).   After graduating from the University of San Francisco (J.D. 1994), he practiced in the field of construction law for 18 years, including 8 years at Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, and, most recently as Special Counsel with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Los Angeles, CA.