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2017 Grant for Housing Innovation: Affordability by Design

The AIA East Bay confers grants to address contemporary challenges by promoting design innovations that are relevant and transferrable. These funds may be used for research, prototypes, projects, exhibits or programs. Funds may be used for innovations that are already underway or as seed money to support new work. Because one of the goals of the grant program is to share innovative approaches, the development of a best practice or other method of teaching the application is necessary. The topic for 2017 is Affordability by Design.

There is a maximum limit of $1,750 per grant in 2017, however, some grants awarded may be less than the amount requested. Grants for normal worktime compensation, operating overhead, travel or meal reimbursements will not be funded. Proposals with funds and/or the participants’ time as a matching contribution will be favorably considered.

Applicant must be a current AIA East Bay member and must be the principal contact.

Evaluation Criteria:

Special attention will be paid to:

Purpose: Is the purpose of your proposal to consider Affordability by Design in an innovative way? Will products succeed in teaching others about best practices at the completion of the program?

Budget and schedule: Are these realistic for the project? Are their matching funds? Will the project realistically see completion with the proposed schedule and funding?

Key participants: Are key participants’ skills and the number of participants sufficient to complete the project successfully?

Innovation: Is your proposal for a “breakthrough” approach or idea? Has this been done before? Can the results be easily transferred?

Deadlines and Notification Schedule

Applications for funding in 2017 must be received no later than Monday, July 31, 2017. The AIA East Bay Board of Directors will review all applications in June; applicants will be notified of their decision by Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Final products, which may be reports, exhibit boards prototypes, and/or events will be due by Friday, March 2, 2018.


Please submit all materials as one PDF no larger than 4 MB, five pages maximum, including the following information:

  1. Proposal Summary
    1. Title of program
    2. Applicant name, address, phone number and email
    3. Concise abstract (150 words or less)
  2. Proposal
    1. Purpose and description
    2. Graphics (if applicable)
    3. Budget—income and expenses, in-kind support, matching funds, etc.
    4. Grant requested
    5. Schedule: please include how much time is anticipated to be spent by each participant, as well as a calendar schedule.
    6. Key project participants: name, project responsibility, email address.
    7. Brief description of team’s relevant skills, expertise, etc.


Please email application packets to by Monday, July 31, 2017

Questions: Please submit any questions in writing to  not later than Monday, June 29.  Written responses to questions will be posted not later than Friday, June 30.

The AIA Releases the 2017 AIA Contract Documents

The American Institute of Architects announced on April 27 the release of the 2017 edition of the A201 family of documents. This release includes updated versions of the AIA’s flagship documents, developed for the design-bid-build delivery model. Working with architects, contractors, subcontractors and owners, the AIA Documents Committee updates this core set of documents every 10 years. This helps ensure that the AIA legal form and agreements reflect changes and trends in the industry, and that the AIA Contract Documents remain the Industry Standard.

“It is critically important that industry professionals learn about the 2017 revisions,” says Kenneth Cobleigh, Esq., Managing Director and Counsel of AIA Contract Documents. “The changes impact the roles and responsibilities of each of the parties directly, and understanding the changes will help everyone to promptly review and finalize project contracts. We hope that all industry participants take advantage of the significant written resources and education programming opportunities available to learn about, and understand, the 2017 revisions and the full portfolio of AIA Contract Documents.”

Some of the major owner/architect changes include:

  • Single Sustainable Projects Exhibit that can be used on any project and added to most AIA contracts to address the risks and responsibilities associated with sustainable design and construction services.
  • Agreements contain a fill point to prompt the parties to discuss and insert an appropriate “Termination Fee” for terminations for the owner’s convenience.
  •  Architect is no longer required to re-design for no additional compensation if he or she could not have reasonably anticipated the market conditions that caused the bids or proposals to exceed the owner’s budget.
  •  Services beyond Basic Services and identified at the time of agreement are now categorized as Supplemental Services, to avoid confusing them with Additional Services that arise during the course of the project.
  • Agreements clarify how the Architect’s progress payments will be calculated if compensation is based on a percentage of the owner’s budget for the Work.

Some of the major owner/contractor changes include:

  • New exhibit with comprehensive insurance and bonds provisions that can be attached to many of the AIA owner/contractor agreements.
  • New provisions relating to direct communications between the owner and contractor.
  • Revised provisions pertaining to the owner’s obligation to provide proof that it has made financial arrangements to pay for the project.
  • Simplified provisions for the contractor to apply for, and receive, payments.
  • Sustainable Projects Exhibit, as noted above under the owner/architect changes

The documents included in this April release are:

  • A101™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor where the basis of payment is a Stipulated Sum
  • A102™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor where the basis of payment is the Cost of the Work Plus a Fee with a Guaranteed Maximum Price
  • A103™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor where the basis of payment is the Cost of the Work Plus a Fee without a Guaranteed Maximum Price
  • A104™–2017(formerly A107-2007), Standard Abbreviated Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor
  • A105™–2017, Standard Short Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor
  • A201™–2017, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction
  • A401™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Contractor and Subcontractor
  • B101™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect
  • B102™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect without a Predefined Scope of Architect’s Services
  • B103™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Complex Project
  • B104™–2017, Standard Abbreviated Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect
  • B105™–2017, Standard Short Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect
  • C401™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Architect and Consultant
  • E204™–2017, Sustainable Projects Exhibit

The new 2017 documents are currently available through an unlimited license or as a single customizable document on ACD5, the online platform.  The documents are also available as single, non-editable documents on AIA Documents on Demand and as paper version through AIA East Bay.  Visit for more information. Comparative versions showing the differences between the 2017 and 2007 editions are also available at



Member News – May 2017

Blake-Drucker Featured on BREAKGROUND Media

Bonnie Blake-Drucker, FAIA has been profiled for BREAKGROUND’s “Artist By Night” series, a three-part series featuring architecture, engineering and construction professionals who pursue artistic passions outside of work.

Read the profile here:

David Driver, AIA

Ratcliff Names New Associates

Ratcliff announces the promotion of David Driver, AIA to senior associate of the firm and of David Olsen and Lance Keoki Kubiak to associate.

Architect David Driver, AIA is the firm’s design technology manager, responsible for guiding our growth into emerging technologies, cultivating standards and leading training efforts to continuously improve our design and production processes. Driver combines 30 years’ experience in the field of architecture with a wide spectrum of industry software expertise to provide both holistic future vision and detailed actionable work plans.

Lance Keoki Kubiak (Associate) is a project designer with the firm and focuses on projects the promote public health. Selected project clients include Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose; Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center, Martinez and Washington Hospital Healthcare System.

Architect David Olsen (Associate) is a project architect with the firm and brings 12 years of experience to the firm’s healthcare and academic practice areas. Current project clients include the VA (Martinez Psycho-Social Rehabilitation and Recovery Center; Sacramento clinics and MRI addition); NorthBay Healthcare; Stanford and Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center.

Emerging Professionals: Firm Tours

It was great seeing everyone at last month’s Emerging Professionals firm tour of Shah Kawasaki Architects. Many thanks to Alan Kawasaki, AIA for hosting us. We look forward to seeing you at the next firm tour of HKIT on Tuesday, April 25.

Livable Transit Corridors

A Regional Urban Design Program

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Free and open to all.


Designers and planners often talk about livability, but few efforts have defined livability more exactly or recognized its potential to frame land use and transportation decisions.  Please join Christopher Ferrell, Ph.D., and Matthew Taecker, AIA AICP, as they describe research and provide a framework for “livable transit corridors,” where people have easy access to opportunities for improving quality of life and addressing a full spectrum of livability needs.

Chris and Matt will explain how livable transit corridors can better address persons’ basic needs, by moving beyond the geographic limitations of single station areas, such as to provide easy access to health care and other major destinations.  The project’s research and planning approach were developed for the Transportation Research Board, ending in a handbook called  “Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics and Strategies.”  By examining over 350 transit corridors throughout the US, it was discovered that people who live, work or shop in the most livable corridors made four times as many trips without a car compared with the least livable corridors, and make daily trips to 50 percent more destinations within their corridors.

About the Presenters:

Christopher Ferrell, Ph.D, received his doctorate in City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley, and began his career as a planner for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).  In 2010, he started CFA Consultants, which focuses on transportation / land use integration research and planning.

Matthew Taecker, AIA AICP, Principal, Taecker Planning & Design.  For three decades, Matt has been a leader in urban placemaking and transit-oriented development (TOD).  As a planner and designer, Matt shapes policy, masterplans, and implements development near transit.

Learning Objectives:

After this presentation, attendees will be able to…

  1. Identify at least three ways livable transit corridors can better a person’s access to resources such as food and healthcare.
  2. Discuss the findings of the research project “Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics and Strategies.”
  3. Learn how livable transit corridors cut down on car use.
  4. Identify at least two ways in how people reside in “least livable corridors” and how they differ from how people reside in “most livable corridors.”

Arnold W. Brunner Grant Seeks Applicants

With a deadline of February 1, the Center for Architecture are currently looking for applicants for the Arnold W. Brunner Grant. This prestigious award is designed for mid-level architects to pursue architectural investigations that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture. The project must engage in contemporary architectural issues within a local and global context. The sole recipient will be awarded up to $15,000.

Click here for more information and submission requirements.


Hide–and–Seek with Revit Elements

A Revit User Group

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Free and open to all.
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

Revit software gives you a dizzying array of sophisticated options to display or hide elements within the Building Information Model that are based on intelligent parameters or properties of the element or view settings. Every element has a category, phase, discipline, or workset that can impact whether that element displays within a selected view. In addition, scope boxes, crop regions, and view ranges may also impact the display of Revit model or annotation elements. And, view templates and many view settings can also drive element visibility. In fact, there are at least 50 different ways to hide an element in Revit.

Attend this Revit User Group to learn about Ideate Software’s powerful arsenal of forensic tools that will help you understand why an element doesn’t display as expected, and how to fix the issue.

About the Presenter:

Richard W. Taylor, Assoc. AIA, Technical Evangelist at Ideate Software has over 25 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 15 years of Revit experience, and was part of the original development team for Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked 12 years at Autodesk where he presented, taught, and worked to improve features in Revit.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this presentation, attendees will be able to…

  • Learn how to fix a visibility issue when a Revit object is outside of the View Range setting.
  • Learn how to fix a visibility issue when a Revit object is outside of an annotation or model crop view setting.
  • Gain an understanding of how element and view Phase settings can impact element visibility.
  • Learn how discipline settings on the element and within the view can impact element visibility.

Why Architects Should Pay Big Attention to Tiny Houses

an AIA Codes Advocacy Webinar

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Free and open to all
Register here


Tiny houses are more than just houses built on trailers. Building codes and zoning ordinances are evolving to allow tiny houses in urban areas so it’s time we take a serious look at the potential of this housing type. We’ll define the three types of tiny houses and review the latest ICC building code proposals to address tiny houses. This will help AIA members focused on housing understand why and how they may provide services for owners interested in tiny houses.

About the Presenters:

Ryan Taylor, AIA – Founder, Ryan Taylor Architects | AIA C&S Committee Member

Ryan Taylor founded Ryan Taylor Architects LLC in 2002 to change the scale of his practice from commercial work to residential projects: renovations, additions and new construction. Ryan shares a combination of experience in commercial work, residential practice, building code development, legislative work, public speaking and community service with each project team and audience. He’s invested in growing his skill set to include HERS ratings and HVAC design to be ready for our evolving building codes and real estate market.

Robert E. Reed III, Assoc, AIA – Director, Res. & Community Sustainability Services, Southface

Robert is the Director of Residential & Community Sustainability Services at Southface Energy Institute, a non-profit at the forefront of sustainability-planning in the Southeast region advocating for sustainable homes, workplaces, and communities for more than 38 years. He co-led the community interaction and architectural guidelines process for the award-winning Chattahoochee hill Country Land Use Plan, recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Robert is Past-Chair of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission and is a four-time winner of the Atlanta urban Design Commission Award for homes and communities designed in historic neighborhoods.

Moderator: Paul Karrer – Manager, AIA Building Codes Policy | | (202) 626-2562

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will be able to…

1) Define the three types of tiny houses.
2) Explain why and how AIA members focused on housing may provider services for tiny houses.
3) Demonstrate the potential for tiny houses in development and increasing density of cities.
4) Identify building code issues related to tiny houses.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

2016 Member Appreciation Party & Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

AIA East Bay Members and Employees of Chapter Member Firms: Free / Guests: $38
Location: Parliament, 811 Washington St., Oakland, CA
Click here to register.

AIA East Bay Members, sponsors and welcome guests gather once again at Parliament in Old Oakland for our annual Member Appreciation Party and Annual Business Meeting. Last year’s party was so much fun that we decided to return to Parliament for another round. Enjoy beer, wine, cocktails and heavy hors d oeuvres in a celebration of our members and all the great things you’ve accomplished this year. Come enjoy our last event of the year!

Chapter Response to AIA National

AIA East Bay sent the following letter to AIA’s leadership in response to a poorly-timed
press release issued on behalf of the members of the AIA, many of whom took umbrage by its message.


November 16, 2016

American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006-5292

Dear AIA National President Russell Davidson, President-Elect Thomas Vonier, and Executive Vice President and CEO Robert Ivy:

In this highly divisive election cycle and even more extraordinary post-election reaction, it is difficult to comprehend why Mr. Ivy issued the statement he did on behalf of AIA’s 89,000 members so soon after the election.

We acknowledge the apology, which, it must be said, came only after swift rebuke by AIA members.  On their behalf and specifically on the behalf of the AIA East Bay Chapter members who practice architecture with respect for people, inclusion and diversity; who lead efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change; and who have dedicated careers to creating beautiful, healthful and sustainable places that make positive differences in people’s lives, we ask that AIA National develop, articulate and memorialize clear protocols for future leaders so that this “mistake” does not happen again.  We feel this is a critical first step towards restoring trust in AIA National leadership.

We look forward to the AIA National listening sessions to affirm our collective values. In anticipation, the AIAEB chapter leadership will conduct our own chapter-wide listening sessions in January 2017 to prepare for our upcoming work with AIA National.


Susi Marzuola, AIA                Winston Win, AIA                  Sidney Sweeney
President                                 President-elect                        Executive Director