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Lean Construction in Design: AIA East Bay / LCI Joint Program

The 5th Annual AIA East Bay / LCI Joint Program is sponsored by Jacobs Engineering Group

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
5:00-7:30pm
Free and open to all. Click here to register for food & beverage counts.

Join LCI and AIA East Bay for a panel presentation on lean construction and impacts on design. They’ll provide an introduction to lean construction concepts, lean tools architects can use during design and present examples of large and small projects that use lean processes.

Panelists:
James Pease – Regional Manager, Sutter Health is a Regional Manager for Project Delivery for the Greater Sacramento Area at Sutter Health Facility and Property Services. He focuses on the delivery of complex capital projects using Lean and Integrated Project Delivery.

Patricia Tillman – Lean Project Manager, UCSF is a Senior Lean Manager for UCSF. She is an Architect with a Master’s degree and PhD in Construction Management. She has worked with the implementation and evaluation of lean methods for design and construction for more than 17 years.

Engel Ching, AIA – Project Architect, HGA is the lead project architect for the Sutter Van Ness and Geary MOB project, currently embedded with an integrated team of designers and contractors employing Lean to expedite the delivery of this 150,000 SF TI project.

Jill Bergman AIA – Principal, HDR is a Principal at HDR, and a leader in healthcare facility design. She is the Sutter Expedited Project Delivery Program, Command Center leader. She believes architectural design is a team sport; that hospitals are small magical cities; a short, well run meeting is a thing of beauty.

SB 827: Examining Effects in Transit-Rich Neighborhoods

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
5:30pm
Free AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms / $10 guests; After 4/22: $10 AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms / $15 guests
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1.5 CES LUs

Please join AIA East Bay to learn about SB 827, a bill before California’s State Senate which would supersede local zoning to increase the extent and density of development near transit. If passed, the bill would increase by-right building heights within one-half mile of rail stations. Allowable building heights would vary depending on the distance to train stations. To illustrate, new buildings within a 1/4 mile could reach 55 feet by-right. Farther out but within a 1/2 mile, building heights could be 45 feet.

We will examine SB 827’s implications on neighborhood form and explore planning opportunities as we hear from experts conversant in public policy, urban economics, and building and city design typologies.

The presentation will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Speakers include:

Laura Foote Clark, YIMBY Action
Kelan Stoy & Kuan Butts, Urban Footprint
Sujata Srivastava, Strategic Economics
John Ellis, Mithun

Moderator: Jay Castle, Assoc. AIA, Meshwork Organization

AIA EB : BE AIA, a Member Mixer (and Brainstorming Session!)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
5:30-8pm
Cost: Free AIA Members / $10 Guests; After 1/29: $10 AIA Members / $15 Guests
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At our January kick-off and Member Mixer, have a drink and share your thoughts on interesting people, programs and places we might feature in 2018. In addition, representatives from our committees and forums will join us to hear your feedback and answer questions. This is your chapter–be a part of its successful programs and services (and help make them even better)!

Design Forecast: Technology Practice Area

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
5:30-7:30pm
Early registration (before November 6): Free AIA Members and employees of chapter member firms / $10 Guests
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1.5 CES LUs

Douglas Wittnebel, AIA takes a look into trends in the world of technology and workplace at this evening program. We’ll discuss:

– Where is tech workplace design going?

– What would a tech workplace ecosystem look like?

– How does health and wellness tie into tech?

Animals in Contemporary Architecture and Design

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
5:30-7:30pm
Free
Includes a wine & cheese networking reception.
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1.5 CES LUs

What are animals doing in design? How do designers see, care for, and use animals? This talk highlights an array of design projects featuring animals, including those developed as part of broad efforts to better integrate cities and nature, including animals. The projects reveal the distribution of attention that architects and designers delegate to certain animals, the standardization of certain animal designs, and which designs circulate in the design public sphere, revealing cultural blind spots and biases of designers. They also pinpoint some of the tricky ethical issues associated with speculative design practice, and with more practical design approaches to creating a lively, animal-friendly city.

About the Presenter:

Jennifer Wolch is William W. Wurster Dean and Professor of City & Regional Planning in the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. Previously director of the Center for Sustainable Cities at the University of Southern California, she also served as Dean of Graduate Programs in the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. Her current research focuses on sustainable urbanism, access to parks and environmental justice, and animals in design and planning. Wolch has published over 135 scholarly articles and book chapters, and books including Landscapes of Despair: From Deinstitutionalization to Homelessness (1987); The Power of Geography: How Territory Shapes Social Life (1989); Shadow State: Government and Voluntary Sector in Transition (1990); Malign Neglect: Homelessness in an American City (1994); Animal Geographies: Place, Politics and Identity in the Nature-Culture Borderlands (1998); Up Against the Sprawl: Public Policy and the Making of Los Angeles (2004). Wolch is a recipient the Guggenheim Fellowship.

Transforming Spaces: The Power of Public Art

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
5:30-7:30pm
Early registration (by June 26): Free AIA members and employees of chapter member firms / $10 Guests. Registration after June 26: $10 AIA members / $15 Guests.
Includes a wine & cheese networking reception.
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1.5 CES LUs

Eric Powell, Allied Member transforms environments through creating compelling, beautiful, unique works of art.  These works are responsive to the places where they reside.  They bring magnetism and unique character and businesses flourish.  His work marks and distinguishes these places by incorporating aspects of their history, natural surroundings and other relevant phenomena.

He will present images of his work and describe the arc of his creative journey and career, his sources of inspiration and the challenges of merging art with business. He will describe the richness and expansiveness of creating a personal language through art.

Eric will also discuss the collaborative process of public art and how the cross-pollination between art and architecture can enhance the outcome of a project.

About the Presenter:

With twenty-seven years of experience and five hundred completed commissions, Powell is well versed and highly experienced in the public art process and in working with cities, architects, landscape architects, designers, developers, arts commissions and other stakeholders. He is an effective problem solver, a skilled collaborator and a proactive and clear communicator.

Powell’s work is well rounded, comprehensive and site-responsive to the real needs of the client and of the project context. His body of public art works includes freestanding sculpture, wall-based sculpture and integrated architectural works such as gates, railings and sculptural screens. Powell finds that the diversity and range of his work allow him to respond to and take on virtually any project to create unique, timeless and enlivening works of art.

 

The Concord Reuse Project and New Town Planning

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
5:30-7:30pm
Early registration (by June 4): Free AIA members / $10 Guests
Late registration: $10 AIA members / $15 Guests
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1.5 CES LUs

Come hear the story of the Concord Reuse Project and how the plan has evolved over the last ten years.  The project will redevelop the former Concord Naval Weapons Station to become a model for transit-oriented sustainable design.  North Concord BART serves as a gateway to the 2,300-acre site.  The project will include 12,200 housing units, over 6 million square feet of commercial development and hundreds of acres of parks, open space and greenways.

FivePoint and Hart Howerton are working with the City of Concord to develop a Specific Plan and EIR by the end of 2018.  Rachel Flynn, AIA, Vice President with FivePoint Communities and Eron Ashley, AIA Managing Principal at Hart Howerton will present plans for this exciting project.

About the Presenters:

Rachel Flynn, AIA joined FivePoint in 2016 as Vice President of Planning where she oversees Lennar’s redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.  Prior to this, she was Director of Planning and Building for the City of Oakland. Rachel is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition from organizations such as the Jobs and Housing Coalition of Oakland, the SF Business Times, the Sierra Club of Virginia, the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association, and the Governor of Virginia.

Eron Ashley, AIA is a Managing Principal with Hart Howerton in San Francisco and his skills span from early master-planning, design and construction. Eron has led a variety of assignments including: community master plans in Abu Dhabi, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and Hawaii; full-service design of Pearl Island, Panama; a master plan for San Francisco’s Olympic Club; new clubhouse facilities in Phoenix and Park City; the mixed- use Emeryville Public Market; and The Island House boutique hotel in Lyford Cay, Bahamas.

 

2017 Chapter Recognition Party

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
6-8pm
Free for chapter members and employees of chapter member firms / $25 Guests
Location: Lowney Architecture, 360 17th St. #200, Oakland
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Since we like parties AND recognizing all of the people who make AIA East Bay great, we are pleased to invite the AIA East Bay community to the 2017 chapter recognition party. Come celebrate what makes our chapter great – our members, sponsors and friends!

Towards a Photosynthetic Architecture

Renewable Buildings for the Circular Carbon Economy

Thursday, May 4, 2017
5:30-7:30pm
Free AIA Members / $10 Guests before 5/2
Late Registration (after 5/3): $10 AIA Members / $15 Guests
At the Door: $20 all
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1.5 CES LUs

We’re pleased to host visiting lecturer Craig White, RIBA from White Design, an innovative design practice and sustainability consultancy based in Bristol, UK. Developer, architect and renewable material entrepreneur, Craig synthesizes a number of roles to help deliver sustainable outcomes in the built environment. Craig is currently leading the work for a new model of community-led and financed housing to meet the housing crisis challenge using ModCell. Craig’s ambition is to recast our relationship with carbon from one of negativity to positive innovation. A wine and cheese reception follows the lecture.

About the Lecture:

The need to reduce CO2 emissions from the operational energy use in buildings is more pressing as we seek to mitigate the effects of climate change. As we do so, the ratio of  emissions embodied in the materials we use increases compared to those of operational energy. The use of biobased materials in construction allows us to tackle both operational and embodied emissions to degree not possible using inorganic materials.

The ModCell Straw Technology system uses this natural carbon capture and storage process (CCS) to exploit the physical properties of straw and timber to effectively build with carbon. ModCell’s use of renewable materials not only delivers a 90% reduction in emissions from heating and cooling, it also delivers an effective carbon capture and storage solution.

Observation and Speculation: Artist Talk and Reception

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
5:30-7:30pm
Free and open to all. No charge at the door.
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Join us for the opening of our latest exhibit where the artists, Doug Wittnebel, AIA, Peter Gee and Future Cities Lab will say a few words about the creative process.

About the Exhibit:

Observation and speculation are central to the creative process whether that process occurs in the interest of pure art, architectural design or place-making. The work exhibited here is a sampling from three unique practitioners. Their work spans the spectrum from fantasy landscapes to real places or having no site whatsoever. The work presented deliberately mixes genres to invite a dialogue about creative products and processes.

Doug Wittnebel, AIA is an architect and Principal at Gensler’s Oakland office. He describes his work as ranging “from landscape studies, paintings of buildings, and some work that is about speculation and dreaming.” Future Cities Lab is an experimental design studio, workshop and architectural think tank operating globally out of San Francisco. Their proposed public art piece “Anemone” inspired by the eponymous California native plant is a structural canopy and gateway element within a new retail development at UC Village in Albany designed by Lowney Architecture. Peter Gee’s work includes paintings and a collection of  functional pottery that encompasses a variety of influences and methods. He lives and practices his art in Oakland and San Miguel de Allende.