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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.

MacArthur Annex / Shipping Container Architecture

This tour is sold out, please email events@aiaeb.org to be added to the waitlist.

A Small Firm Forum Tour

Thursday, April 6, 2017
12-1:30pm
Location: 644 40th Street, Oakland

Free and open to all.

1.5 CES LUs

This month, we will tour the MacArthur Annex Project and discuss how shipping containers operate as a building material. The project tour will focus on the various challenges encountered with the use of containers from design, to permitting, to construction.

The project is mixed use, and acts as an open architectural framework for a local community of creative entrepreneurs and makers. The occupants range from artists and craftsmen to professionals and small businesses. Included in the mix are a local coffee shop and a new beer garden.

The conception of the project began with the notion of using the shipping container as the basic module for development. This is in part because shipping containers are ubiquitous in the Bay Area, and Oakland in particular due to proximity to the port. The studio has a history of working with conditions and materials that have gone neglected or been discarded. The containers presented a perfect opportunity.

About the Presenter:

Matt Baran, AIA founded Baran Studio Architecture in 2010 at the peak of the Great Recession. Prior to that, he worked on concepts for architectural robots that shifted their form and location to adapt to various contexts which became the beginning of Baran Studio. Currently the studio extends those efforts, working closely with staff and clients to further explore architecture that is closely adapted to various contexts.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1. Learn conceptual design opportunities in using shipping containers as a building material.
  2. Be able to identify the programmatic opportunities and constraints unique to shipping container construction.
  3. Identify the planning, zoning and building code issues associated with the use of shipping containers as building material.
  4. Be introduced to the construction and cost concerns regarding the use of shipping containers.

Emerging Professionals Firm Tour: Shah Kawasaki Architects

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
6:30pm
Location: 570 10th St., #201, Oakland

Open to all, space is limited.
RSVP required to events@aiaeb.org.

Come join the AIA East Bay Emerging Professionals Committee for our first Firm Tour of the year at Shah Kawasaki Architects. There will be a brief presentation by SKA, 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:

Shah Kawasaki Architects (SKA) is a public sector practice specializing in managing complex projects within limited budgets. Since its inception in 1999, the Oakland-based firm has utilized a hands-on, collaborative and tailored approach in order to deliver a full range of architectural, planning, and interior design services. Throughout its 18 years in business, SKA’s primary focus and source of pride resides in the design, renovation, and restoration of civic and commercial facilities. Led by Alan Kawasaki, AIA and Philip Luo, AIA with a staff of 13 personnel, Shah Kawasaki Architects is passionate about providing quality services that enhance the user experience and thoroughly and thoughtfully satisfy the needs and wishes of the client.

Design Tour: Berkeley Art Museum

This tour is sold out; please email events@aiaeb.org to be added to the waitlist.

Thursday, March 2, 2017
5:45-7pm
$5 Members / $10 Non-members. Museum ticket is extra.

1 CES LUs

Join us for a guided tour of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), led by Director Larry Rinder. Museum ticket is extra; we recommend arriving before 5:45 if you want time to check out the current exhibits.

Totaling 83,000 square feet, the new BAM/PFA combines serene spaces for viewing art and film with public areas that will inspire you with their fresh, imaginative design. Forward-looking and versatile, the project integrates a repurposed building—the former UC Berkeley printing plant, at the corner of Oxford and Center Streets—with a dramatic new structure.

Tour: Blu Homes Factory & Model Village

SOLD OUT

Thursday, February 16, 2017
9-11am
1245 Nimitz Ave., Vallejo, CA 94592
$5 Members & Employees of Chapter Member Firms/$10 Guests

This tour is sold out. Please request a spot on the wait list by contacting events@aiaeb.org.

1.5 CES LUs

 

Blu Homes makes modern, green, prefab houses right here in the East Bay, but not for long. This is your last chance to see assembly-line home building before they move out of state! 

During World War II the historic building that houses Blu Homes was used to manufacture submarines. Much of Mare Island was abandoned and in disrepair – including the old factory – until Blu Homes rehabilitated it to turn into their home-producing factory. The space contains several unique features which are still used today, such as cranes from 1939.

After the tour of the working factory we’ll move on to the Model Village to explore the end products.

Design Tour: Kapor Center for Social Impact

SOLD OUT

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
5-6:30pm
Location: 2148 Broadway, Oakland

$5 Members / $10 Non-members
This tour is sold out. Please email events@aiaeb.org to be placed on a wait list.

1.5 CES LU

For its new headquarters, The Kapor Center commissioned Fougeron Architecture to transform an existing 1920s-era office building in downtown Oakland into innovative workspace. The Kapor Center for Social Impact works to improve access to opportunity, participation and influence in the United States for historically underrepresented communities through investments in information technology and partnerships with nonprofits.

The design is modern and harmonious, blending high-tech and humanism. Open spaces encourage collaboration and camaraderie, as well as flexibility. The clean interiors cater to informal social spaces that invite the interaction of staff, partners and visitors. Efficiency is paramount in the design, creating operational spaces that use human and technological resources sensibly, economically but imaginatively.The LEED Gold building had to express the center’s vision for a connected, open, and democratic world, which is why the unified aim of the Kapor ethos is echoed through a circular volume at the heart of the structure.

The bottom floor of the Center is a 4,000-foot dining experience from Chef Octavio Diaz, bringing traditional cooking, culture and energy of Oaxaca, Mexico to Oakland. Join fellow tour-goers for a no-host cocktail and discussion after the tour!

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1. Learn at least two strategies for transforming a 1920’s-era building into a modern workspace.
  2. Gain an understanding of how the circular volume of the structure represents Kapor Center’s vision and how it is carried throughout the building.
  3. Learn at least three ways the building achieves LEED Gold Standard.
  4. See how to incorporate environmental efficiency principals into design, while maintaining lots of light and energy.