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The Concept of Co-Housing for Aging-In-Place

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Free and open to all.
Location: Swan’s Market Co-Housing Community Room (2nd Floor), 930 Clay St., Oakland


North America’s 50th Co-housing Community is preserved in the 1917 Swan’s Market building in the historic Old Oakland neighborhood of Downtown Oakland. Swan’s Market is a mixed-use building comprised of restaurants, retail, offices, services, housing, and co-housing. Come see and hear about the concept of co-housing and its applicability as a model for aging-in-place.

We will be graciously hosted by residents Michael Coleman, AIA and Sandra Coleman, Hon. AIA, and guest speaker, Raines Cohen who is the Northern California Regional Organizer with Co-housing California.


Our March meeting will be a special meeting location and field tour. Enter Swan’s Market Co-Housing at: 930 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94607 or 538 9th St. Oakland

Enter through courtyard at either address on Clay Street or 9th Street and proceed to co-housing community room, 2nd level. See red star on map for entry point. We hope to have people to direct you once in the courtyard. The location is easily accessible from the 12th St. downtown Oakland BART station.




Prefab Housing by Avava Systems

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
Brown Bag Lunch (BYO Lunch)

1.5 CES LUs

SFF Host:  Maggie Maiers, AIA

Join us for a presentation from Patricia Carpentieri, AIA of Avava Systems, a prefabricated housing company in Berkeley.  She will discuss housing needs from a planning perspective and how prefab buildings can be part of the solution. Avava Systems provides high quality, sustainable homes that are assembled on site in 4-6 weeks, for a fixed price.  This requires some unique departures from conventional ideas of construction. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will…

  1. Be able to identify at least three new innovations to traditional building materials.
  2. Be able to state three areas of conservation that prefabricated housing can offer.
  3. Be able to state a pro and con of prefabrication regarding design and construction.
  4. Be able to state a pro and con of prefabrication regarding energy efficiency.

2017 AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture

Thirty-Third Annual AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture:  Amale Andraos, WORKac, New York City; Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Cost: Free, open to all, seating is limited
1.5 CES/LUs

Reception and Dinner
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: The Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Contact: 510/464-3600
Cost: $200 for sponsorship/includes one dinner ticket; $55 for extra dinner tickets
All dinner attendees enjoy reserved lecture seating. Click here to register.

Amale Andraos is Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and co-founder of WORKac, a New-York based architectural and urban practice focused on re-imaging architecture at the intersection of the urban, the rural and the natural.

The practice has achieved international recognition for projects such as the Centre de Conferences in Libreville, Gabon and the Edible Schoolyard at PS216 in Brooklyn, NY. Current projects include the Miami Collage Garage and a residential conversion of a historic New York cast-iron building. WORKac was named the AIA New York State Firm of the Year in 2015.

Prior to Columbia, Andraos taught at universities including Princeton University School of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design and the American University in Beirut. Her publications include Architecture and Representation: The Arab City co-edited with Nora Akawi as well as 49 Cities and Above the Pavement the Farm! co-authored with her partner Dan Wood, FAIA.



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 Ms. Andrao’s lecture. Dinner guests have reserved seats at the lecture hall–a must for this popular lecture series!

Funds to underwrite the costs of this program are provided by the following 2017 sponsors:

Byrens Kim Design Works

Dealey, Renton & Associates

Devi Dutta Architecture


Glass Associates, Inc.

Graff Architects

Haviland Associates Architects


Lowney Architecture



Noll + Tam Architects and Planners


Siegel & Strain Architects

Swatt Miers  Architects

Taylor Design

Tile and Stone Council of Northern California

Urban Field Studio


Interested in sponsorship? Contact Sidney at

Young Architects Forum: 2017 Kickoff

Monday, February 13, 2017
Free and open to all Young Architects (licensed under 10 years)
Please RSVP to

Have you been licensed in the past ten years? Are you getting more responsibilities within your firm? Who is your peer group that you share best practices and knowledge with? If you don’t have one, or want another one, come have a beer or glass of wine (and other refreshments) with other Bay Area Young Architects.

We’ll set up an agenda of topics for the next few months based on what YOUR priorities are.

ARE Trivia Lunch: 2/23/17

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Location: Dahlin Group, 5865 Owens Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free for AIA Members and employees of Chapter-member firms
$5 non-members, includes lunch

Please register by 2/21/2017 by clicking here.

Come have lunch with us and have some architectural trivia fun! We’re focusing on the “4.0 Big 3” exams of PPP, SP&D and CD&S–Programming, Planning & Practice, Site Planning & Design, and Construction Documents & Services. Pass these three in the 4.0 format and then transfer to 5.0 to take only two more exams!

All done with these exams? Even the most seasoned veteran can test their knowledge of this trivia. Which team will win?

All are welcome!

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.”

Wood, Concrete, Plaster and Stone: A Materials Primer

A California Preservation Foundation Program, cosponsored by AIA East Bay

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Cost: $115 Members / $150 Nonmembers
Click here to register.


Dig into conservation methodology, manufacturing, and material history at this hands-on, all-day workshop. You will better understand techniques and challenges faced by craftspersons, architects and conservators. Learn how to identify wood, sensitively repair plaster, evaluate and identify problem spots in concrete or structural components, and repair historic stone. Topics may include restoration of historic windows, masonry restoration (stone and brick), wood repair, and finishes and interior plaster. You will focus on building materials common in the Bay Area. Understand these materials to ensure stewardship and long-term maintenance and protection of these resources.

About the Presenters:

Mark Christiansen is a Chief Executive Officer at Wooden Window. Before coming to Wooden Window in 2007, he held a number of roles in the high-tech industries. He has spoken at conferences around the world on information technology, business processes, efficiency and construction technology. He received a degree in EECS from UC Berkeley.
Oleg Lobykin (Russian, b. 1966) is a sculptor. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Lobykin now resides in Silicon Valley and also specializes in the restoration of landmark architecture and sculpture.Oleg has roots in a tradition of the old work craft of stone carving yet considers himself “an international man and product of globalization.” He defies labels and strives to show how old and new, timeless and contemporary, familiar and unexpected elements can combine to reveal hidden truths. His work explores connections between what is known and emerging insights about the nature of life. He is a sculptor interested in conceptual art and likes to use modern tools and technology as an opportunity to reach new heights.Lobykin exhibits in the San Francisco Bay Area and has completed a number of projects in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Japan. Clients have included Stanford University, The Presidio Trust, The City of Cupertino, The City of San Jose, Cathedral Stoneworks Inc., The Denver Public Library, Yale University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Cloisters), The Cathedral Church St. John the Divine, The Jewish Museum NYC, Alabama Limestone Co., & Artists and Architects.
What brought David Roccosalva to EverGreene is his interest in how historic preservation enhances the urban environment and the role of architectural arts in contemporary design. He has worked in the A/E/C industry for more than 25 years – in Washington, DC, San Francisco and New York – marketing design services for top-tier development, architectural, and engineering firms. David has been an active member of the architectural community during his professional career and has served as the Director for AIA’s Historic Resources Committee and Committee on Design and as a Trustee of the California Preservation Foundation. David has also presented on marketing for A/E/C firms at AIA/National, SMPS, and Architecture Expo Boston.David holds a B.S. in Economics and an M.A. in Education from Boston College and an M.Arch from The Catholic University of America.
Carolyn Searls has over thirty years of experience in investigation, design, and construction contract administration of building-envelope repairs on both historic and contemporary structures throughout the United States. In her career, she has investigated more than 1,000 buildings and structures. Carolyn has been recognized through speaking engagements, project commissions, and published papers as an expert in the field of preservation of masonry and concrete on historic buildings, in addition to her work in cladding and waterproofing systems on contemporary buildings. Carolyn is head of SGH’s Building Technology Division in San Francisco.
Taryn Williams has fifteen years of experience in building technology and structural engineering. Clients and colleagues value Taryn’s grasp of both disciplines, as well as her diverse project experience, which includes building envelope investigations, construction claim investigations, condition assessments and repair designs for historic structures, seismic evaluations of existing buildings, and probable earthquake loss evaluations. Taryn’s collaborative approach to project management results in clear communication and productive meetings with clients, colleagues, and team members. Her knowledge of and enthusiasm for engineering principles make her a natural teacher, and she enjoys writing and speaking engagements aimed at educating clients, colleagues, industry professionals and the public. Taryn is a longtime active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) and the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI).

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will be able to…

  1. Understand durability, terminology and issues for wood, masonry, and concrete.
  2. Recognize signs of deterioration and their causes using investigation and structural assessment techniques.
  3. Common repair techniques, including sistering, epoxy repair, replacement, cleaning, repointing, patching, dutchmen, retooling and replacement.
  4. Examine the pros and cons of various substitute materials, including performance, reversibility, and relationship with the SOI Standards.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Please join us as we take an in-depth review of the important legal and insurance implications of a merger or acquisition. Liam Malone of Collins Collins Muir + Stewart and James Murphy of Dealey, Renton & Associates will lead us in a discussion on this increasingly important topic. Over the past few years the M&A activity in the design community has increased dramatically and will most likely continue well into 2017.  If you plan to sell, acquire or transfer the ownership of your design firm in the near future, or simply want to learn more about the issues to consider when a transfer of ownership takes place, we encourage you to attend this informative session.

About the Presenters:

Liam Malone’s practice focuses on professional liability and risk management, including
representation of architects, engineers, and other professionals. He also counsels his clients
regarding service agreements, contracting issues, and general risk management matters. His practice areas include Trial, Professional Liability and Commercial Transactions and Corporate.

James Murphy joined Dealey, Renton & Associates in 2004 and is currently an Account Executive in the design professional practice. With 14 Years of experience in the insurance industry, James is well informed with regards to the unique insurance and risk management needs of design firms. By focusing exclusively on design firms, James is able to stay abreast of important trends impacting the design industry.

Learning Objectives:

After this presentation, attendees will be able to…

  1. Identify potentially problematic areas with closing your business.
  2. Understand the benefits and detractors of different business entities.
  3. Identify at least three key areas of law applicable to changing your business structure.
  4. Understand the essential insurance issues related to changing one’s business.

Tall Wood: A Viable Option for Today’s Building Designers

a WoodWorks Event

Tuesday, December 8, 2016

AIA SF Hallidie Building
Cost: $40
Register here


As an 18-story mass timber student housing project nears completion in Canada, the design and approval communities in the United States are asking themselves if tall wood structures can or should be built domestically—and, if yes, how. The motivation for mainstream use of mass timber is extremely compelling, not just for designers and developers who want to advance modern construction, but for cities and states across the US that want to leverage wood’s benefits from sustainability and economic development perspectives. This workshop outlines potential code path options for design and approval teams considering mass timber projects that exceed the prescriptive limits of combustible construction. In particular, it will provide insight on methods for addressing two of the biggest hurdles in tall timber construction: structural and fire life safety provisions of the code.

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!