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Design Tour: Chow Oakland

Saturday, December 16, 2017
10-11:30am
Location: 3770 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

Lowney’s Tony Valadez leads this design tour of the newest location of the Chow franchise by Lowney Architecture.

Chow Oakland is a project with a  hybridized program – part food market, part restaurant and café and part commercial bakery. Chow gets its energy from the intersection of these disparate programs. Blurring the line between interior and exterior, Chow brings customers and shoppers outside and brings plant life and landscape to the inside. Additionally, the building involves the renovation of a long-vacant concrete and steel building. Wherever possible, the existing structure will be exposed, adding more interest to the experience of the project.

University Village: Mixed-Use Tour

Friday, October 20, 2017
9-10:30am
$5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
Click here to register. Space is limited.

Join us for a tour of University Village, a mix-use project featuring a senior housing development designed by HKIT and a retail center including Sprouts Farmers Market grocery store designed by Lowney Architecture. This tour is co-led by Lowney Architecture, HKIT, Jeff Bond from the City of Albany and Kevin Hufferd from UC Berkeley.

Renovations include two new single-story buildings including a grocery building for Sprouts with a gross floor area of 28,684 sf and a retail building with a gross floor area of 4,700 sf. The grocery building is a cold shell and the retail building is  a warm shell including HVAC. Site improvements include replacement of a section of Monroe St., a new public plaza, parking servicing the retail buildings, creek bank enhancements and a new creek side trail. A new single story multi-tenant retail building with a gross floor area of 11,700 sf, the building is also designed as a warm shell including rooftop HVAC for all tenants.

BART TOD Tour

This tour has been postponed due to speaker scheduling conflicts. We will hold the tour in the spring 2018, date TBA.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:30am-2pm
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Nonmembers.
Click here to register. Space is limited.

3.5 CES LUs

Join the Regional Urban Design Forum for a BART tour of transit-oriented development in three East Bay neighborhoods. We’ll be learning about successes, lessons learned, and challenges facing all TOD. We will tour transit oriented developments at three BART stations: MacArthur, San Leandro and Fruitvale. 

Our intent is to explore existing, current and future developments, looking at the elements of development that were successful, lessons learned and partnerships that evolved. Invited speakers include architects, developers, city leaders and BART directors and staff. The tour will be limited to 20 people.

 

Design on Tap: A Drinking Tour

Hosted by the Young Architects Forum & the Design Tours Committee

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
5:30pm
Beginning location: Comal, 2020 Shattuck, Berkeley
$5 AIA Members & employees of Chapter Member Firms/$10 Non-members
Space is limited; click here to register.

1 CES LU

Studio KDA kicks off our first Design on Tap event, leading a tour of three popular Berkeley restaurants…with great bars! We’ll learn about the design of Comal, Tender Greens & Makers Common while enjoying small bites and no-host drinks. Space is limited and refunds not provided.

About the Speakers:

Marites Abueg, principal, Studio KDA. A licensed architect, Marites designed her first restaurant,  A Cote, in 2000  (with Mark Becker Inc.) and was hooked on restaurant design’s perfect combination of food, communal gathering and sensory experience.  Since then, she and husband Keith Morris formed Abueg Morris Architects designing over 40 food-related projects before combining forces with Charles Kahn, AIA to create Studio KDA. Marites is design obsessed and focuses her work on beautiful and balanced lighting, conversation-allowing acoustics, “right” color, ergonomics, and brand-supportive look, feel and fit.

EP Firm Tour: Lowney Architecture

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
6:30-8pm
Free and open to all. RSVP to events@aiaeb.org.
Location: 360 17th St., #200, Oakland

Emerging Professionals are invited to Lowney Architecture to tour the firm, discuss recent projects and network over light food and beverage.

Lowney Architecture, based in Oakland, CA, was founded by Ken Lowney in 2003 and has quickly grown into one of the area’s leading practices, actively engaged in improving the city through its projects and other civic engagements. Project expertise includes grocery stores, retail, multi-family housing, high-rises, restaurants, offices, renovation, parking structures and master planning.

Lowney has won acclaim for its vertical grocery store and prefabricated modular multifamily housing designs, including the Golden Nugget Award and AIA. The firm has consistently been ranked by The San Francisco Business Times as one of top 100 fastest growing business in Bay Area, and is currently expanding into a second office in Hawaii.

Firm Tour: Gensler Oakland

an Emerging Professionals event

Thursday, July 20, 2017
6:30-8:30pm
Location: Gensler Oakland, 2101 Webster St. #2000, Oakland, 94612
Cost: Free AIA Members; $5 BAYA/non-members
Sorry–this event is sold out. Please email events@aiaeb.org to be placed on the waitlist.

The AIA East Bay Emerging Professionals are pleased to announce a Firm Tour of Gensler Oakland led by Anna Han, AIA. Ms. Han will be joined by her colleagues Amy Wynott, Emilio Todescato, Fabiola Catalan and Dayton Mac, AIA.

Gensler’s award-winning Oakland office is characterized by function and flexibility. Perched on the top floor of a Class A office tower, the space provides a captivating 360-degree panoramic view of the East Bay hills, Downtown Oakland, the Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the San Francisco skyline.  Organized into multiple components that support a multidisciplinary practice, the core-centric space has sit-stand desks, benching tables and drop-in stations around the perimeter, with conference and small meeting rooms around the core and a large flexible project area on the south end of the floor. Each area of the office is distinguished by its deliberate form and honest expression of materials.We are pleased to invite members of BAYA, the Bay Area Young Architects, to join us on this tour!

Beer and wine hosted by Gensler; cheese and other refreshments hosted by AIA East Bay. Space is limited; please register early.

Tour of Mueller Nicholls Builders

Thursday, June 15, 2017
3-5pm
Location: MN Builders, 2400 Union Street, Oakland
$5 AIA members / $10 Guests
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

Join us for a tour of this popular, Oakland-based custom cabinetry/millwork company, where we’ll take a shop tour through the CNC machinery and discuss interrelation between designer and builder.

Mueller Nicholls Builders is a leader in the cabinet and construction industries. They specialize in mid-sized to large comprehensive remodels, with turn-key solutions: everything from design assistance and permit expediting – to complete construction and installation capabilities. At MN Builders, they develop relationships with architects, designers, and other consultants; with staff;  with clients;  and with sub-trade contractors.

By the end of the program, attendees will:

  1. Be able to state what a computer-controlled table saw is, and how it is operated.
  2. Be able to state what a large edge bander is, and how it works.
  3. Be able to state what a computer numeric control machine is, and how it operates.
  4. Be able to describe the overall process for building custom-designed cabinetry.

Simpson Garden Design Tour

Saturday, June 3, 2017
11am-12:30pm

Sorry, this tour is sold out.

Sharon Simpson and her late husband Barclay, founder of Simpson Strong-Tie, have created a unique and extraordinary garden at their Orinda home. As committed supporters of the arts, they have collected an impressive selection of sculptures from internationally renowned as well as local artists.  Over the years, the garden and the art have evolved together, resulting in a magical environment. Join us for a special tour of this private garden.

On a one acre site with multiple elevation changes, there is no shortage of “oh my” moments. Upon entering, the artistic tone is set by a playful abstract metal gate leading to the lower garden with its boxwood spheres and gently arching pergola. This part of the garden has a more formal structure, organized as rooms of color, with plants and sculptures creating the partitions. Meandering to the upper garden you pass weathered steel-clad walls, shade-loving perennials and, of course, more wonderful sculptures. The upper garden is a stone and steel terraced hillside abundantly planted in a mesmerizing palette of textures, colors and shapes. Viewed from the kitchen and adjoining deck, this garden is an ever-changing source of beauty and tranquility throughout the year.

For the past 18 years David Manlove, owner of Indian Rock Landscapes, has been involved in the design and renovation of the Simpson garden. As a licensed landscape and building contractor for over 26 years, his design/build firm has participated in all aspects of renovating and maintaining the landscape.   Whether working with plants, stone, water or wood, there is always an eye on detail and preserving the artistic integrity of the garden’s legacy.

Firm Tour: HKIT Architects

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
6pm
Location: 538 Ninth St #240, Oakland, CA 94607
RSVP Required: email events@aiaeb.org
(Note: Space is limited, so RSVP early)

Come join the AIA East Bay Emerging Professionals Committee for our April Firm Tour at HKIT Architects. There will be a brief presentation by HKIT staff, a tour of their office space and then ample time for networking. Light refreshments will be provided.

A social hangout will follow at a local bar for those who are interested.

About the firm:
Founded in 1948, HKIT Architects is a 40-person office specializing in multifamily housing, schools and municipal projects. The multifamily housing includes affordable and senior housing specialties. School work focuses on public K-12 facilities with additional projects for independent and higher education clients. Our work for Municipalities includes water and wastewater treatment plants and corporation yards. The firm’s focus on community-oriented facilities is an expression of our mission: to design thoughtful, meaningful and valued buildings that enrich the community and the environment.

Design Tour: Meyer Sound Laboratories

Thursday, April 13, 2017   SOLD OUT
2:30-4:30pm

Location: Meyer Sound Laboratories, 2832 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
$5 AIA members and employees of chapter member firms /$10 guests
This tour is sold out. Please email events@aiaeb.org to be placed on the waitlist.

1.5 CES LUs

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at Meyer Sound Laboratories, a sound presentation in the award-winning Pearson Theater and for light refreshments following the tour.

We will do a walk-through of the “Luna and Mercury” spaces where we will learn about the design of Meyer Sound’s LIBRA panels.  We’ll then walk to Saturn, an assembly area (design/build by Levitch Associates), to learn about the  manufacture of Meyer’s key components.  In the Pearson Theatre, designed by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects, we’ll learn about constellation technology – which has major applications for architecture – as well as how the theater was designed and built.

About Meyer Sound:

In 1979, John and Helen Meyer established Meyer Sound to create and support high-quality products for sound reinforcement and recording, designed to meet the real challenges faced by audio practitioners. Today, the company’s history shows a track record of more than 30 years of innovation, quality, performance and support.