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Build Positive: Carbon Positive Buildings and the Global Impact Initiative

A Committee on the Environment Presentation

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Free and open to all.

Build Positive: Carbon Positive Buildings and the Global Impact Initiative sponsored by Carbon Leadership Forum. Larry Strain, FAIA will give a brief presentation and lead discussion on decarbonizing the built environment, mostly focusing on building reuse and upgrading existing buildings – the big picture on why this is what we need to be focusing on. Also, he will report on the Global Climate Action Summit – week of September 10.

Larry is a founding Principal at Siegel & Strain Architects and co-author of the Total Carbon Study in 2016. He is on the research team for the Embodied Carbon Benchmarking project.

Building an Exterior Wall (With Wood): SFF

SFF Round Table Discussion (Highly Interactive)

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests

1.5 CES LUs

SFF Host:  Gregory True, AIA

Gregory True, AIA has built and designed a lot of walls during his decades as a licensed contractor and architect.  He admires building projects that meld design ideas, structure, materials, and an efficient building process to achieve their goals.  He is curious to know what his colleagues, with an interest in this topic, have to share.

Evolving building code & energy requirements demand more from the building envelope.   Wood frame exterior walls not only provide structure, but must provide the multiple barriers that protect from water and air infiltration, provide thermal comfort and prevent the deterioration that occurs when moisture is absorbed into the wall.  Some projects require fire protection. Many experts have differing opinions on what products, strategies and details work best.   It’s likely that on any given project, the designer, code enforcement agency, the contractor and tradesmen all would have input on the best way to meet that project’s requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a broader perspective on trusted strategies and products for water and air barriers, including housewrap, integrated air & water barriers, rainscreens and structural sheathing with air and water barriers.
  2. Learn how your peer’s thinking about thermal barriers has evolved with respect to fiberglass batts,  continuous Insulation and closed or open cell polyurethane products.
  3. Learn about innovative wall sections that have enabled unique project solutions
  4. Learn via highly interactive conversation, the range of knowledge your peers possess and where that leaves you relative to your standard of care.

2018 Design Awards: Exceptional Residential

The AIA East Bay Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Regional Design Awards is a unique design awards program  established to recognize the best in the Bay Area housing design. ExRes 2018 emphasizes the important impact excellent design has on everyday living and our communities. Criteria to be used by the jury include quality of design, resolution of the program idea, sustainable responsibility, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique. Click here to register.

Project Eligibility

  • Projects must have been completed since January 1, 2011.
  • AIA East Bay members may submit projects located anywhere.
  • Non-Members may submit residential projects located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma Counties.

Project Types

Residential projects of all types are encouraged, including:

  • Remodels/Additions/Renovations
  • Interiors
  • New Construction
  • Small Budgets (under $30,000)
  • Affordable/Senior/Market-rate Multi-family
  • Student Housing

Click here to view the full submission guidelines.
Click here to register.


2018 Design Awards Reception and Presentation
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Location: AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland
Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 1, 2018


Brian Johnsen, AIA
Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Luke Ogrydziak, AIA
San Francisco

Paulett Taggart, FAIA
Paulett Taggart Architects
San Francisco


Brian Johnsen, AIA
Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Brian Johnsen, AIA, is a founding partner of Johnsen Schmaling Architects, a design and research studio whose work has garnered critical acclaim for its conceptual clarity, formal discipline, astute detailing, and an unequivocal commitment to architectural innovation and environmental sustainability. Widely recognized as leading voices in contemporary American architecture, Johnsen and his partner Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, LEEP AP, received an Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York and were featured in Architectural Record’s Vanguard issue as one of ten “exceptional global architecture firms to watch.”  Residential Architect selected Johnsen Schmaling for the Top Firm Award, praising the “stoic brilliance” permeating its work, and Architectural Digest named the office one of “Ten Rising Stars in American Architecture.”


Luke Ogrydziak, AIA
San Francisco

Luke Ogrydziak, AIA is a principal of OPA, an idea-driven architectural studio committed to finding design solutions that both expand the discipline and resonate within their particular context. Shaping and choreographing spatial experiences through the consideration of movement and formal logic results in work that is distinctive for its conceptual clarity and physical presence.  OPA has been internationally published and exhibited for both built projects and research work. Luke Ogrydziak received BA and M. Arch degrees from Princeton University and has taught at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.


Paulett Taggart, FAIA
Paulett Taggart Architects
San Francisco

The work of architect Paulett Taggart Architects is based on the premise that excellence in design enriches the lives of the people who live in, work in, and make use of their buildings and enhances the public realm. Whether the project at hand is multifamily housing, a community facility, or a private residence, Paulett Taggart Architects focuses on making enduring, sustainable, contemporary architecture that is particular to its place. The quality of the firm’s work has been recognized by dozens of awards and by Paulett’s elevation to AIA Fellow in 2007.




Many thanks to the following sponsors who make this program possible.

CSI East Bay

Dealey Renton & Associates

Dolan’s Windows and Doors


Ideate, Inc.


Pacific Coast Building Products


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
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.

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.

Fire and Sound Assemblies: Small Firm Forum

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Brown Bag Lunch (BYO Lunch)
Free for AIA Members / $3 Guests

1.5 CES LUs

The UL Fire Resistance Directory and the various sound assembly resources tend to intimidate professionals. Focusing on the UL Directory, we hope to make these resources easy to understand and apply while avoiding the common mistakes that have led to litigation.

Fire, Smoke, Heat and Sound Assemblies – Components of a safe and livable environment.
Fire and sound assemblies are like a transmission in your car. If one part is missing or assembled incorrectly, the car won’t run.  The UL manual tends to intimidate professionals and mistakes are made. Focusing primarily on the UL Fire Resistance Manual, this presentation is intended to explain and simplify the selection of fire and sound assemblies and illustrate common mistakes that have led to litigation.

About the Presenter:

Dennis Reilly, Architect/Structural Engineer (President of Reilly & Company & POSTEN Engineering Systems) has designed projects ranging from housing to hospitals and has provided forensic investigation services on projects ranging from housing to justice centers. 

Learning Objectives:

After this presentation, attendees will…

  1.  Have an understanding of the UL Fire Resistance Directory, its organization, components (fire, temperature, smoke, walls, floors, roofs, cladding, penetrations, etc.) and limitations.
  2. Identify at least three common issues related to Sound Assemblies.
  3. Know common mistakes (constructibility, coordination with consultants, application, installation, etc) that have led to litigation.
  4. Removed the intimidation factor in selecting and specifying fire and sound assemblies.


Make the Connection 2018 Benefiting Homes For Sonoma

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Location: Autodesk Gallery, 1 Market St #200, San Francisco
Cost: $30 + service fees / $40 day-of
Click here to purchase tickets.

About Homes for Sonoma:

One week after the fires disrupted and destroyed parts of our community a small group of designers, architects, builders and community leaders called a meeting to discuss how to help our friends, families and neighbors. With so many displaced residents in the aftermath of the fires, we felt an urgent need— really a duty—to provide a clear, practical, responsible way to rebuild our community in a way that not only served the immediate needs of those who lost their homes, but would also help address the long-term affordable housing situation in Sonoma County.

Our goal in coming together is to provide leadership and direction in our collective journey to rebuild our homes, our communities, and our lives. By putting our plan into action we can provide affordable, high-quality homes to our neighbors who need housing and build a strategy for longterm needs.

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.

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

Napa Update on Fees and Recovery/Rebuilds

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Free and open to all.
Location: 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Dr, Napa, CA 94558

Click here to RSVP.

Mike Zimmer, Chief Building Official, Planning, Building & Environmental Services for County of Napa, will speak on proposed development fees and provide an update on fire recovery/rebuilds. Time is available for a Q&A session. Please RSVP to for seating counts. 

CSE Meetup

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Free and open to all.
Click here to RSVP.

Planning to take the CSE in the next year? Meet up with others who are and set up study groups. Recently licensed architects will be on-hand to share best practices in studying and test-taking. RSVP to

Delivering The Winning Pitch: Making the Business Case for ZNE

Presented by New Buildings Institute and AIA East Bay

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Free and open to all.
Click here to register.

The zero net energy (ZNE) process can be daunting! Discover how the spark of an idea can ignite buy-in and fire-up key decision makers in the ZNE process. This three-hour session focuses on the business of creating ZNE in California’s K-12 schools and community college campuses. This interactive workshop will highlight the experiences of districts participating in the Proposition 39 ZNE Schools Pilot program including planning, engaging stakeholders, assessment of costs and savings and options to secure
financing. This session will provide an opportunity for school district staff to hone their key messaging skills to effectively “sell” deep energy efficiency and ZE in their district. Decision makers and operators of these Prop 39 Pilot projects will provide real life examples and case studies to assist in replicating similar projects in your own district. Attendees will have the opportunity to hone their key messaging skills to effectively “sell” deep energy efficiency and ZNE in their district to help build consensus among community members and engage all the necessary audiences.

Who should attend: school administrators, construction and operations managers, business officials, community stakeholders, architects, engineers, contractors, and others interested in high performance design and construction are encouraged to attend.

Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Examination Preparation Course

Tuesday, July 16 – Thursday, July 19, 2018
Cost: $750. Checks only, no credit cards.

Location: Elihu Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland

To register, please send an email to
In the email please include the following information:

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Organization affiliation

This four-day workshop, presented by Pacific ADA Center, will provide a comprehensive review of the relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully pass the examination to become a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) in the state of California. The workshop will provide participants a broad yet detailed synopsis of both state and federal accessibility requirements, as well as an understanding of services rendered by a CASp.

Course benefits:

  • Trainers who know the laws and their importance firsthand.
  • Training in accessibility regulations, standards and codes that will be on the exam, as well as the reasons those regulations, standards and codes exist.
  • Exercises in architectural plans demonstrating accessibility concepts.
  • Sample questions relevant to the open and closed book sections of the exam.
  • AIA credit available for those who sign-in each day, complete the course and receive a certificate of attendance.

If you need an accommodation to participate in the training, please include this information in your registration email. We must receive accommodation requests no later than July 6, 2018.

For more information contact the Pacific ADA Center at 1-800-949-4232 or at email /