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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 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.

Application

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.

Submission

Please email application packets to info@aiaeb.org by December 31, 2017

Questions: Please submit any questions in writing to info@aiaeb.org  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
Firm Profile: Cheng + Snyder
Member Profile: Juta Cinco, Assoc. AIA
Call for Submissions: Grant for Housing Innovation

Make the Connection 2017 Benefiting Rooms of Hope

Thursday, July 20, 2017
5-8pm
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 events@aiaeb.org.

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 events@aiaeb.org 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!

Architects Oppose U.S. Withdrawal from Climate Treaty

Reaffirm Commitment to Mitigating Climate Change

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today reaffirmed its commitment to climate change mitigation and announced it was opposing the Administration’s decision to withdraw the United States as a signatory to the Paris Agreement. That accord, signed in late 2015 within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), commits the international community to fighting harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

 

“The United States must remain a leader in the battle to cease harmful and needless practices that damage the planet and its climate, acting out of both environmental concerns and national economic interests. Instead of helping our economy, as the Administration contends, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will put us behind our major global competitors,” asserts AIA president Thomas Vonier, FAIA.

 

“The AIA will not retreat from its long-established efforts to conserve energy and to deploy renewable resources in buildings. We will continue to lead in efforts to curb the use of fuels and technologies that needlessly pollute our atmosphere and harm our environment. This makes good sense economically, and it is in the best interests of those we serve: our clients and the public.

 

“We will also urge our members throughout the United States and the world to assist cities, states, organizations and citizen groups in meeting the aims of the climate accord.


“By adhering to our values as a profession that is concerned with human habitat and the health of our environment, we will help to mitigate the harm this decision will do to our economy and to America’s stature across the globe.”

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 www.aiacontracts.org/purchase for more information. Comparative versions showing the differences between the 2017 and 2007 editions are also available at www.aiacontracts.org/learn.

 

 

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: http://www.breakgroundmedia.com/architect-photographer-artist-jobsite-bonnie-blake-drucker/

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
Noon-1pm
Free and open to all.
RSVP to events@aiaeb.org.

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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.

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