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Getting to Zero: The AIA 2030 Commitment and Other Strategies

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Free and open to all.

AIA East Bay COTE members Alice Sung, AIA (Greenbank Associates) and Larry Strain, FAIA (Siegel and Strain Architects) present: Getting to Zero: The AIA 2030 Commitment and Other Strategies. Some of us have heard about Architecture 2030 and/or the AIA’s partner program, the 2030 Commitment, but how many of us are walking our talk about getting to zero energy or carbon, and reporting on performance with every project?  Whether you are already a signatory firm (it’s free!) but struggle with fulfilling your AIA 2030 Commitment, OR want to learn more about the topic and real world approaches to getting to zero energy and zero carbon, this evening meeting is for you. Come learn about the AIA 2030 Commitment and other strategies to get us to zero carbon, including: the value of embedded carbon, materials selection (2030 Palette) , district-scale approaches, and de-carbonization /electrification of our EXISTING buildings.  Share your thoughts, join in in the discussion.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what Architecture 2030 and the AIA 2030 Commitment programs are.
  2. Understand what it means to “sign-on,” and learn best practices for reporting performance towards zero carbon.
  3. Learn a variety of approaches within architectural practice, to get to a zero carbon built environment.
  4. Better walk your “sustainable design” talk.

Rebuild Green Expo

Friday, February 23, 2018
Location: Santa Rosa Veterans Hall, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa
Free for the North Bay Fire Communities.

Rebuild Green EXPO is a FREE Event for the North Bay Fire Communities. Join hundreds of green building professionals at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Hall on February 23 for education, information, and networking focused on resilient, affordable, community-centered “green” rebuilding options. You need not have lost a home to learn more about resilient green building options. We encourage all developers, builders, designers, construction workers, and architects — as well as all homeowners — to attend.


Education and Community Meetings: 10-6pm

Public Green Building EXPO: 2-7pm

2018 AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture

Thirty-Fourth Annual AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture:  Sharon Johnston, FAIA and Mark Lee, Johnston Marklee, Los Angeles

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 -Save the Date!
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Cost: Free, Open to All, Seating is Limited
1.5 CES LUs

Reception and Dinner
Time: 5pm
Location: The Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Contact: 510/464-3600
Interested in sponsorship? Click here to register.
All dinner attendees enjoy reserved lecture seating. 

Sharon Johnston, FAIA and Mark Lee are the founding partners of the architecture firm Johnston Marklee. They have taught at major universities including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the Technical University of Berlin, and ETH Zurich. They have held the Cullinan Chair at Rice University and the Frank Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto.

Since its establishment in 1998 in Los Angeles, Johnston Marklee has been recognized nationally and internationally with over 30 major awards and numerous publications. Johnston and Lee were named the 2016 USA Oliver Fellows for Architecture & Design by the United States Artists. A book on the work of the firm, entitled House Is a House Is a House Is a House Is a House, was published by Birkhauser in 2016. This followed a monograph on the firm’s work, published in 2014 by 2G.

Projects undertaken by Johnston Marklee are diverse in scale and type, spanning seven countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Current projects include the renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, which opened in September 2017, the new UCLA Graduate Art Studios campus in Culver City, California, and the Menil Drawing Institute, on the campus of the Menil Collection, complete in 2018.

The firm’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Collection, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Architecture Museum of TU Munich.

Johnston Marklee are the Artistic Directors for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Lecture Dinner

Each year we ask East Bay firms to help underwrite the expense of bringing in a renowned architect to Cal. Through the firms’ generosity we are able to present international architects such as Andrea Leers, Fuhimiko Maki, Craig Dykers and Merrill Elam without charging for the lecture. One benefit of sponsorship is attendance at the lecture dinner. The traditional wine reception and dinner precedes Johnston and Lee’s lecture. Dinner guests have reserved seats at the lecture hall–a must for this popular lecture series!

Interested in sponsorship? Click here to register. 

2018 Sponsors include

Alexander Jermyn Architecture

Byrens Kim Design Works

Choi & Robles

Craiker Architects

Devi Dutta Architecture

ELS Architecture and Urban Design

Glass Associates, Inc.

Haviland Associates Architects

Interactive Resources


Swatt Miers Architects

Taylor Design

Urban Field Studio

Tolbert Design Architects

Lean Happy Hour

A Structured, Agenda-Less Conversation About Your Lean Journey

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
$55 LCI/AIA Member / $75 Non-member
$30 Academics / Free Owners & Students
Click here to register.

Join us for a Lean Happy Hour to learn and support each other in our Lean endeavors! Take part in an open conversation in a safe, small and low-pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to our Lean community. We want to hear about the problems you are solving, the issues you want to solve, and lessons you’ve learned on your Lean Journey. No previous Lean experience is required. Based on our conversation with you, you’ll help us provide more relevant topics for our monthly presentations.

Participants from cross functional roles as designers, constructors, owners, trades partners, and associations propose discussion topics around any subject about which they want to learn – THERE ARE NO IRRELEVANT DISCUSSION TOPICS! Each proposer takes 15 to 30 seconds to pitch their topic, written on a sticky note, to the group. Once all topics have been pitched, voting begins to establish a priority for discussing the topics. Topics are then ordered from highest to lowest votes and examined accordingly. Participants will receive 8 minutes of time to discuss the topic. After 8 minutes there will be a ‘thumbs up/ thumbs down’ to decide whether or not the discussion should continue. Thumbs up equals 4 more minutes on the clock. This happens until it is agreed that the topic has been discussed to satisfaction. Takeaways are considered and then the topic with the next largest number of votes is addressed.

Come as you are and be ready to learn.

The Presenters:

  • Steve Yots is Director of Construction Operations with Boldt Company.
  • Dave Hagan is Director of Process Development with Boldt Company.
  • Matthew Boersma is Senior Project Manager with Boldt Company.
  • Ariana Alvear is Senior Project Engineer with Boldt Company.

CEI PACE Center, A Design for Aging Tour

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Free and open to all. Space is limited.
Location: CEI PACE Center, 1850 Fairway Drive, San Leandro
Click here to register.


The NorCal Design for Aging Committee tours the Center for Elders’ Independence, the premier provider of The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). The San Leandro center was designed by Kava Massih Architects.

Center for Elders’ Independence
has been serving seniors since 1992. They are a premier provider of PACE, which is the nation’s only integrated acute and long-term care program for low income frail seniors. Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) provides high quality, affordable, integrated health care services, which promote autonomy and quality of life for seniors, while keeping them in the community and living at home. CEI provides transportation from participants homes to the Center.

CEI selected a 15,660 square feet existing commercial office building in San Leandro for this unique senior adult day activity center and clinic. We worked with a steering committee on the architectural programming to insure the design respected participant’s dignity while providing enough stimulus and activities.

The orientation of the building takes advantage of natural daylight and large windows provide views of the outdoors. The dining, lounge and activity spaces are oriented to views of the courtyard. Nature elements are incorporated are the interior design for improved health and well-being of both participants and staff.

The design is inviting and comfortable, encouraging participant’s engagement socially and through activities. The center provides a large lounge and multiple activity rooms plus a large dining and a serving kitchen. Also included are spaces for rehabilitation services and support.The clinic is set up for four providers with six exam rooms and is accessible from the outside through an internal passageway. The clinic was designed to OSHPD 3 requirements.

How Leaders Can Step Up to the Next Level

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Early registration (by February 26): Free AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms; $10 guests. Late registration: $10 AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms; $15 guests
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

As companies grow to the next level, they need more leaders and leadership at every level.  Without it, those companies become disorganized and inefficient, and they get passed up by competitors.  Two principals of CEO to CEO, Inc, a management consulting firm, will bring you actionable ideas about becoming a more powerful leader and manager in your firm. Hear from:

  • Gary Wohl, past President and CFO of Harris and Associates, a $50M revenue Bay Area Engineering firm.
  • Robert Sher, Founding Principal of CEO to CEO, author, columnist on and veteran CEO.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to build a simple but powerful operating plan that will keep you focused all year long.
  • Keys to better teamwork, even if you’re not the “boss” of the team.
  • Using listening as a tactical tool to get people more aligned with your ideas.
  • Confronting badly behaving individuals in your firm in a positive yet effective way.

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

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Cost: Free AIA Members / $10 Guests; After 1/29: $10 AIA Members / $15 Guests
Click here to register.

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)!

YAF: Augmented Reality CES Recap

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Free and open to all.
Location: Google Launchpad Space (4th floor), 301 Howard Street, San Francisco
Click here to register.

Join the Young Architects Forum at Google Launchpad & fellow Augmented Reality + Computer Vision folks for their fun-packed event! This event is sponsored by Pixy. Pixy is a stealth AR + AI + Blockchain social commerce platform.

6:00pm – 6:30pm: Registration and Networking
6:30pm – 6:35pm: Opening remarks by Anna Cho
6:35pm – 6:45pm: CES Video & Recap
6:45pm – 7:10pm: AR + CV Demos

• uSens
uSens Inc. creates 3D Human-Computer Interaction solution for augmented and virtual reality. As a domain expert in 3D graphics, Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence, uSens is one of the first companies to provide inside-out 3D hand tracking as well as 6DOF head position tracking for both mobile and tethered AR/VR systems, allowing end users to immerse in the most naturally interactive digital experience named as “Super Reality.”

• Ultrahaptics
7:10pm – 7:35pm: Jon Peddie, Author of Augmented Reality: Where We Will All Live

7:35pm – 8:05pm: Zenka, AR + Futurist Artist. Zenka is an artist and futurist social engineer. She is a thought leader in the future of augmented reality technology and exponential change. Her focus is creating meaningful conversations around what is possible in the future using emerging technology and crowd participation. Her work can be seen in the permanent collection of Delta at JFK, Accenture Interactive in Soho, The Museum of Tech and Innovation, and tech startups in the US and Europe. She has spoken at TEDx and tech conferences around the country about the importance of leveraging our unique place in time.

8:05pm – 9:00pm: Networking

Finding the Leak Without Opening the Wall

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
$50 Westcon Member / $60 Westcon Non-member
Location: Berkeley Yacht Club, 1 Seawall Drive, Berkeley
Click here to register.

Opening wall and ceiling finishes are common when trying to search for a water leak. This type of destructive testing often causes disruptions, requires advanced planning and coordination and leaves the building aesthetically displeasing or more vulnerable to additional leakage.

The use of thermal imaging cameras is a tremendous advancement in the area of investigative leak causation documentation. With thermal imaging, we are able to “see” in the infrared what we cannot see in the visible.

Bill Weber of Richard Avelar & Associates will take you through some basic science of infrared and how it works for this application. He will also present case studies of projects where the use of thermal imaging was a quick, non-destructive and non-intrusive means of determining the source area of the water intrusion leak.

In addition, Mr. Weber will discuss the advantages of the photos and science in construction defect litigation work. You will also have an opportunity to use a thermal imaging camera during the session.

About the Speaker:

Bill Weber is a Senior Consultant for Richard Avelar & Associates; Northern California’s architectural, construction and building code experts who specialize in the forensic analysis, design and repair of commercial properties and single and multi-family residential buildings. He was most recently on the Western Chapter Board of Directors for Disaster Kleenup International, a national Cleaning and Restoration Association, and is also a founding member of the Building Science Institute.

Weber is one of only several hundred people in the country to earn the coveted Certified Restorer designation from the Restoration Industry Association. He is also a Board Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor (CMRS) and earned his Certified Building Science Thermographer (CBST) credentials from the Infrared Training Center.

If you have any questions please contact Westcon at (707) 792-1323.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of the science behind thermography and the infrared spectrum.
  • Gain a better understanding of how thermal imaging can be one of the most important tools to discover the location of leaks and other thermal anomalies.
  • Gain a better understanding about the use of the acquired data and its role in litigation or potential litigation work.

New Legislation Affecting Construction Professionals in 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
$50 Westcon Member / $60 Westcon Non-member
Location: Berkeley Yacht Club, 1 Seawall Drive, Berkeley
Click here to register.

This presentation is a summary of significant new legislation taking effect in 2018 which affects construction professionals. The lobbying forces for and against the new legislation will also be discussed at this Westcon program.

About the Presenter:

Richard Bauman, AIA is an attorney in San Francisco who represents design professionals, contractors, and materials suppliers in contract negotiations, construction defect cases and collection matters. He received his law degree from UC Berkeley in 1980, and is a member of Westcon.

If you have any questions please contact Westcon at (707) 792-1323.