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Masonry Design and Construction: Lessons Learned

Friday, March 30, 2018
Free and open A/E/C industry professionals.
Space is limited. Click here to register.


Join us for breakfast and masonry education as we review case studies and share many of the lessons learned throughout our years of west coast masonry design and construction.

This session uses a case study format to highlight ten commonly made masonry construction, detailing and design mistakes.  These mistakes can lead to on-going building performance issues throughout the course of the building’s life.  Topics include material understanding, moisture and movement issues, field testing, supervisory methods and constructability. This program is sponsored by the International Masonry Institute.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1. Gain an understanding of cavity wall components and construction codes.
  2. Gain an understanding of tolerances and inspection guidelines.
  3. Be able to identify at least three quality control mistakes.
  4. Learn at least four commonly made masonry construction mistakes.

AIA 2017 Documents: Owner-Architect Agreements & Sustainable Design and Construction

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Free AIA Members / $5 Nonmembers
Lunch Provided by Dealey Renton.
Click here to register.

AIA Documents B101, B103 and other key Owner–Architect Agreements were revised in 2017. Attendees will leave this session with an understanding of the 2017 revisions to the Owner-Architect agreements; will be able to select appropriate contracts for their  projects;  and will evaluate the suitability of alternative contract terms.  Presenters will also discuss the new Sustainable Projects Exhibit and explore how it can be used to provide a positive impact on the health and safety of building occupants.

The newly released documents at the heart of the AIA Contract Documents program– the A201- related AIA Owner–Architect Agreements– are revised by the Documents Committee on a 10-year cycle. The Documents Committee strives to achieve balance in the contract language and to build consensus among the industry stakeholders.

This program will give attendees an insight into the AIA’s revision process, as well as a chance to learn about the revised Owner-Architect agreements.  Subject matter experts and practitioners will share their experiences with all participants as they examine the newly revised Owner-Architect agreements. The program will prepare participants to select appropriate AIA contracts for their particular project and practice, as well as to evaluate the suitability of alternative contract terms and language. Presenters will also discuss the new Sustainable Projects Exhibit and explore how it can provide a positive impact on the health and safety of building occupants.

About the Presenters:

Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, is Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Management Officer of Berkley Design Professional, a member of W.R. Berkley Corporation – a Fortune 500 insurance company.  Andy joined Berkley DP in July 2013 after a 36+ year career as a licensed architect and firm principal with a diverse background of practice, project, financial, operations and risk management experience particularly in the large A/E firm environment. He has held corporate leadership positions as CFO, Contracting Officer and Director of the Education market sector at OWP/P (Chicago) and prior to joining Berkley DP served as Director of Practice Management for CannonDesign.

David Ericksen currently serves as a Member of Severson & Werson’s Executive Committee after serving as President from 2009-2012. Since 1997, Mr. Ericksen has led the Firm’s Construction/Environmental Litigation and Transactional Practice, as well as focus on liability and insurance issues through insurers. For over twenty years, he has repeatedly and successfully represented design professionals in jury trial, bench trial, single arbitrator arbitration, and panel arbitration as well as mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in state and federal courts.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the impact the changes to the 2017 AIA Owner-Architect agreements will have on practice and discuss the rationale driving the changes with key members of the Documents Committee.
  2. Discuss various AIA Owner- Architect agreements to confidently select appropriate AIA Documents based on project size and complexity.
  3. Examine the changes to AIA Owner-Architect agreements with respect to the overall format, including the new distinction between supplemental and additional services.
  4. Learn how the new Sustainable Projects Exhibit including the Architect’s sustainability services can be used to provide a positive outcome on the health, safety and welfare of building occupants.

Designing for Occupant Comfort: Acoustics and Energy Performance in Multi-Family and Mixed-Use Buildings

A Woodworks Program

Thursday, March 8, 2018
$30. Lunch provided by Woodworks.
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Occupant comfort may not be an expressed design objective in the California Building Code, but it’s crucial to the success of a project. This workshop will provide practical information for designing wood-frame multi-family and mixed-use buildings to avoid common comfort-related pitfalls. Discussion will cover design, detailing and installation of high-performing, acoustically-rated assemblies, building envelope and energy efficiency requirements per Title 24, and methods for going beyond energy codes—such as implementation of Passive House techniques. Attendees can expect to gain a better understanding of the most common occupant complaints, and how to avoid them through proper building design.

About the Presenters:

Randy D. Waldeck, PE, CSDA Design Group is an expert in architectural, environmental, aviation, and mechanical equipment noise and vibration control, and a leading authority on the mitigation of aircraft noise intrusion into residential structures. An acoustical consultant for over 16 years, he has consulted on more than 500 projects nationwide, including transportation projects, medical facilities, industrial use facilities, federal buildings, educational facilities, offices, condominiums, single-family homes, mixed-use projects, hotels and resorts, and restaurants.

Colin Shane, P.E., M.Eng., P.Eng.RDH Building Science Inc. is a Principal at the San Francisco Bay Area office of RDH Building Science Inc., an engineering consulting firm dedicated to building science and building enclosure engineering. Colin’s experience includes design of all components of the building enclosure, including walls, glazing systems, balconies and roofs in climate zones across North America.

Eric Catania, M.Eng., BEMP, CPHD, RDH Building Science Inc. As an Energy Analyst at RDH Building Science, Eric Catania’s primary responsibilities include building energy modeling, Passive House consulting, building science research, and sustainability-related work. He has more than 10 years of energy modeling experience, on projects that include hospitals, offices, laboratories, residential buildings, and recreational facilities.


2017 Design Awards Reception and Presentation

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Gensler Oakland, 2101 Webster St #2000, Oakland, CA 94612
$35 AIA Members, $45 Non-members
Purchase Tickets Here
Please note, winning firms will not be notified in advance of the reception.

***New for 2017! A people’s choice award as selected by reception attendees.


  • Projects must be designed and submitted by an architect.
  • Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2010.
  • AIA East Bay members may submit projects from anywhere.
  • Non-member architects may submit projects located in the chapter’s four counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa and Solano.

Project Types

Projects of all types will be viewed, including, but not limited to:

  • Commercial, office, and mixed-use
  • Industrial, laboratories, and hospitals
  • Transportation and parking structures
  • Places of worship
  • Libraries, schools, and other institutions
  • Historic preservation, adaptive reuse, renovation and restoration
  • Single & multi-residential, dormitories, affordable & temporary housing

The 2017 Design Awards jurors:

Karen Fiene, FAIA, LEED AP
Mills College
Oakland, California










Craig Steely, AIA
Craig Steely Architecture
San Francisco, California









Marc L’Italien, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
San Francisco, California






Ideate, Inc

Dealey Renton & Associates

Dolan’s Lumber



Pacific Coast Building Products

2015 East Bay Design Award Winner: East Oakland Sports, ELS Architecture and Urban Design
Photo Credit: David Wakely Photography

Mobilizing for Fire Relief: Happy Hour Fundraiser

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Federation Brewing, 420 3rd St A, Oakland
Click here to RSVP.

YPT SF Bay joins forces with the San Francisco Bay Area Section Institute of Transportation Engineers, Bay Area Young Architects ( and AIA East Bay Emerging Professionals ( to host a fundraiser for fire relief. Federation Brewing will donate $1 from every pint sold to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund ( This happy hour is hosted by YPT SF Bay.

Drinks won’t be on them this time– they’re donating their happy hour pot to the Resilience Fund– but we hope you come out and drink up for a good cause! The need is great, and we know the transportation community can come together to help those who lost so much in the fires.

Can’t make the HH? Feel free to donate directly to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund (

Office Space to Share Available for Architect or Engineer

Landscape Architecture firm is seeking an architect or engineer (1 or 2 people) to share an office near Jack London Square. The office is located in a professional building with free parking and a wonderful cafe (Montse’s Cafe). The office is a 10 minute walk to the Jack London Ferry Terminal, waterfront restaurants, and shops.

We are looking for an architect or engineer (structural or civil) so that we can refer projects to each other. Semi-private office space is 110+ s.f. Includes utilities, use of kitchen, scheduled use of conference table and large flat screen monitor. See photos. Furniture in the walled space will be removed.

Month to month sub-lease. $450/mo.

155 Filbert St. Suite 249
Oakland, CA 94607

Contact: Susan Miler,

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 transferable. 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 the second grant session must be received no later than December 31, 2017. The AIA East Bay Board of Directors will review all applications in January; applicants will be notified of their decision by February 1, 2018.

Final products, which may be reports, exhibit boards prototypes, and/or events will be due by December 15, 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 December 31, 2017

Questions: Please submit any questions in writing to  not later than November 15, 2017.  Written responses to questions will be posted not later than November 20, 2017.

ArchNews August 2017

August ArchNews is out now! Click the links below to read the full article for each section.

Project Profile: San Ramon custom home
Instagram Community: Take over the AIA!
COTE: Want to help restore a healthy climate?
More Fire Disasters: By Kerwin Lee, AIA and Erick Mikiten, AIA
Featured Event: Highspeed Rail in Europe – Lessons Learned
CoolTechStuff: Contour
Member News: from Laura Hartman, AIA, Patrick Mervin, AIA and Alissa McNair, AIA
Member Profile: Juta Cinco, Assoc. AIA
Call for Submissions: Grant for Housing Innovation

This issue of ArchNews is supported by

Make the Connection 2017 Benefiting Rooms of Hope

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Location: Autodesk Gallery, 1 Market St #200, San Francisco
Cost: $20 + service fees / $30 day-of
Click here to purchase tickets.

Rooms of Hope’s mission is to provide dream room makeovers to children with life-threatening illnesses. Their purpose is to surround these children with love and co-create the space of their dreams, may it be their bedroom, playroom or other refuge away from all the medical tests and treatments they must endure at the hospital. They are about bringing hope and joy to seriously ill children as they literally fight for their lives. These spaces are very personal and are built to represent the child’s unique personality, filled with everything that is meaningful to our Rooms of Hope children. Rooms of Hope is a 501(c) non-profit organization serving 9 counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area.

About Make the Connection:

Come mingle and enjoy fabulous food and wine. Find out what these professional associations can do for you!  Join us for a fun introduction to FIVE organizations serving the real estate, interior design,  architectural & construction community, and marketing professions in Northern California.

Each year the proceeds from the Make the Connection event benefit a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the Architecture, Engineering or Construction industry. This year the 2017 beneficiary is Rooms of Hope. Rooms of Hope is a local Bay Area non-profit whose mission is to provide dream room makeovers for children with life-threatening illnesses. Bringing hope and joy while creating spaces that matter!

Presented by AIA-SF, AIA East Bay, SMPS, IIDA-NC, & RECON

Seven Members Recognized

On May 31, 2017, AIA East Bay had its second annual Chapter Recognition Party, held this year at Lowney Architecture. This social event celebrates our members and sponsors, newly licensed architects, and volunteers who make our programs and events a success.

Chapter president Winston Win, AIA was a terrific host, warmly welcoming everyone and thanking our sponsors including Moen, Ideate, and Dealey Renton. He also presented a special certificate to the chapter’s first emeritus allied member: Phyllis Piepho, Allied Member; thanked 2016 Design Awards Chair Janet Tam, AIA, and expressed his appreciation to 2016 chapter president Susi Marzuola, AIA.

Current Home Tours co-chairs Chris Coffee, AIA and Miya Muraki, AIA were on-hand to recognize their predecessor, Rudi Widmann, AIA, Home Tours chair from 2015-2016. The 2017 Home Tours were officially announced for Saturday, August 12, with a special call for docents. (Click here to sign up.)

Michael McCutcheon, Allied Member, was pleased to recognize both Nathan Hills, AIA and Winston Win, AIA for their work over the past few years in building a thriving Monthly Design Tours program. He invited those interested in joining the committee to chat with him—active committee members get to attend the tours for free!

Then, Associate Director/Emerging Professionals co-chair Jeremy Hoffman, Assoc. AIA presented Derrick Porter, Assoc. AIA with a special presidential citation for developing the ARE Bootcamp, a program that since its inception in 2015 has helped many dedicated licensure candidates near their goal. The certificate read “For his tireless efforts in fostering an environment to encourage his peers to licensure, his dedication to the profession and to the AIA community.”

AIA East Bay is a great community with diverse programming and services—and you can be a part of it! Both the Regional Urban Design (RUD)—Matt Taecker, AIA, chair–and Committee on the Environment (COTE)—Philip Luo, AIA, Chair– groups will be holding happy hour/”scrum” sessions—RUD will be at 6pm Tuesday, June 13th and COTE will be 6pm Thursday, June 22nd. All are welcome; RSVP to

The Young Architects Forum (YAF)—Tim Nystrom, AIA, chair– travels to Pyatok this month to chat with Adrianne Steichen, AIA, who became a principal while still a Young Architect. If you’ve been licensed in the past ten years or are actively studying for the CSE, head over to Pyatok at 6pm on June 20th. Of course, RSVP to as space is limited.

Not yet licensed? There’s an Emerging Professionals Happy Hour this month at Mad Oak on Tuesday, June 27th. They’ll be joined by the EPs from across the Bay: BAYA. Last year’s mixer was a lot of fun—why not stop by at 6pm?

And of course, we have the Mueller Nichols tour and presentation by Eric Powell, Allied Member, which you can read about in this issue of ArchNews. If we don’t currently offer a committee/forum for your interest area, let’s talk about it. Maybe it’s time for you to get involved!