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ArchNews March 2018

March ArchNews is out now! Click the links below to read each article:

Project Profile: Canyon Road Bridge House, Santa Fe
AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture
CoolTechStuff: Blackbelt 3D Printer
Member News
Firm Profile: Barry & Wynn Architects, Inc.
Member Profile: Rick Kattenburg, AIA
Steel, Aluminum Tariffs will Negatively Impact U.S. Design and Construction Industries


This month’s issues is sponsored by Moen.

Member News – March 2018

Liz O’Hara is retiring from Ratcliff.







Michelle Solimon, Assoc. AIA, has been promoted to Manager, Store Design at Ross Stores.






The office of California Governor Jerry Brown announced the reappointment of Erick Mikiten, AIA to another four years as a State Building Standards Commissioner. He has served since 2012.

Steel, Aluminum Tariffs will Negatively Impact U.S. Design and Construction Industries

Tariffs would have far-reaching implications on building materials, construction costs, and economic growth.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) President Carl Elefante, FAIA, and EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, released the following statement today in response to the Administration’s plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

“The Administration’s announcement of new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports threatens to drastically increase the prices of many building materials specified by architects. These metal products are some of the largest material inputs in the construction of buildings. Structural metal beams, window frames, mechanical systems, and exterior cladding are largely derived from these important metals.

“As creative problem solvers, architects rely on a variety of these materials to achieve functional and performance goals for their clients. Inflating the cost of materials will limit the range of options they can use while adhering to budgetary constraints for a building.

“By the same token, the Administration’s proposed infrastructure funding will not achieve the same value if critical materials become more expensive. Furthermore, the potential for a trade war risks other building materials and products. Any move that increases building costs will jeopardize domestic design and the construction industry, which is responsible for billions in U.S. Gross Domestic Product, economic growth, and job creation.”


Blackbelt 3D Printer: CoolTechStuff

Larrry Mortimer, AIA

So you’ve looked at 3D printers and thought they were interesting but only good for printing small things.  Well, here is a company (Blackbelt 3D) in the Netherlands that has rethought the way 3D printers operate and how large the prints can be.

What Does It Do: The Blackbelt 3D printer is a fused filament (FFF) 3D printer that can print an object 340mm (13”) high x 340mm (13”) wide x any length.

What Does It Cost: It’s not cheap, €9,500 (approx. $11,870) for the desktop version and €12,500 (approx. $15,620) with a standing frame and roller table.

How Does It Work: The Blackbelt 3D printer is similar to most FFF printers, except the printing mechanism is rotated 15-45 degrees from the horizontal and the printing bed is a moving high-precision conveyor belt that allows prints to be of any length.  There are still limitations on height (13”) and width (also 13”) but the length can be anything.  The printer uses a standard 1.75mm filament of ABS, PLA, Co-Polyester, or PETG materials.

Conclusion: This is a fantastic idea.  I’m surprised that no one thought of it before now.  I can see many applications for a printer like this in architecture.  For example, you could print a long streetscape model with this printer, or a mockup of a long building element.  The printer is also good at printing an endless number of the same part (good for repeating elements in a model).

This printer is in Kickstarter Campaign mode and is scheduled to ship December 2017 to January 2018 (which is now – I don’t know if it is shipping yet).  However, exercise caution when participating in any Kickstarter Campaign because shipping dates are notoriously optimistic, and sometimes they never ship at all.

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Rick Kattenburg, AIA: Member Profile

Rick Kattenburg, AIA

The son of an American Foreign Service officer, Rick Kattenburg, AIA lived in Asia and Europe as a child. His experiences abroad came to influence his architectural style, which is based heavily on classical concepts found in many European and Asian buildings.

After earning a bachelor’s degree with honors in architecture from North Carolina State University in 1972, Kattenburg moved to California to begin his career at various San Francisco firms. In 1975, Kattenburg began attending UC Berkeley for graduate school, where he studied the American housing industry, building technology, and real estate development strategy. He earned both his master of architecture degree and his California architectural license in 1976.

From March to October 1977, Kattenburg served as the job captain on Macondray Terrace, a $2.5 million, 13-unit wood frame condominium project in Russian Hill, San Francisco for the Hood Miller Partnership. This project won many awards, including the National A.I.A. Honor Award, CCAIA, and the Sunset Magazine Award. He then joined Bull, Field, Volkmann & Stockwell in San Francisco, where he accrued valuable experience in construction management as the project manager on several projects, including River Run Condominiums in Lake Tahoe, the Sentinel Building Highrise Retrofit for Omni Zoetrope in San Francisco, and the UCSB University Center 2 in Santa Barbara.

In 1981, Kattenburg opened Kattenburg & Associates, a private practice in San Anselmo, CA. He and his firm completed various commercial, institutional and residential projects, including the Memorial Park Field House in San Anselmo, the conversion of a 15,000 square foot industrial building in Emeryville into an office complex, and over 40 residential projects across the Bay Area. During this time, Kattenburg worked as a consultant for Treffinger, Walz & MacLeod in San Rafael and George Miers & Associates in San Francisco. He also taught architecture courses at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley Extension, and the Owner Builder Center in Berkeley.

Kattenburg closed Kattenburg & Associates in 1986 to become a partner at George Miers & Associates, where he oversaw and directed numerous projects. With Miers, he received the Gold Nugget Award in 1989 for the Colby Taylor residence, and again in 1990 for his work as project manager of the new Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control administration building.

In 1989, Kattenburg reopened Kattenburg & Associates in Benicia. He has completed many new custom homes, remodels, and additions across the Bay Area and in Southern California, as well as commercial and institutional projects. One notable example is the San Ramon Senior Center, which Kattenburg designed in 1992 in collaboration with Wilkinson & Hartman Architects. In 2003, the firm, now renamed Kattenburg Architects, added a 5,000 foot addition and a new 50-car parking lot to the project.

Kattenburg & Associates is based in Orinda, California and continues to provide high-quality architectural service in the Bay Area and beyond. Their specialty remains “fine custom homes and additions” in the Walnut Creek/Lamorinda corridor. Other projects include shops and light commercial work. Visit to see what we’ve been up to.


Firm Profile: Barry & Wynn Architects, Inc.

Barry and Wynn Architects, Inc. is a design studio offering residential, commercial, historic renovation, recreational and civic architectural services throughout Northern California. We value the diversity of our clientele and project types, delivering timeless and unique solutions with attention to detail, effective use of materials, and a passion for design.

Based in Danville, we are committed to contributing a positive and lasting impact on the fabric of our community, where Blair Barry’s family roots date to 1954. He has served on Danville’s Heritage Resource Commission, Planning Commission, and Design Review Board. Early in his career, he saw the value in building what he designed, and obtained his contractor’s license. Blair’s nearly three decades of construction experience helps guide each architectural project with an eye toward constructability. Blair and partner Steven Wynn, a Santa Barbara native, have collaborated for over fifteen years. Together, they have completed a deep portfolio of award-winning work.

Our custom residential work includes new homes, remodels and additions of all sizes. The Diablo Residence pictured here displays a classic California cottage style of shingle and gable roofs. Window walls capture views of the 18th green, while expansive verandahs embrace warm summer nights.

The contemporary Alamo cabana pictured here offers a change of pace, introducing a modern element to a traditional California ranch home. The large shed roof and clerestory windows define this glass pavilion. A clean, flat roof ties the house and BBQ seating to the cabana. Shade and shadow are a must during our hot Contra Costa summers.

Mountain architecture serves as a satisfying counterpoint to our urban and suburban work, with custom home and ranch projects in the Tahoe-Truckee region, and even a full log home overlooking Priest Lake in Idaho. The exchange of ideas, materials and detailing between our urban and mountain projects strengthens both areas of work.

Our commercial work includes office, retail, restaurant, civic, and mixed use development. Commercial and mixed use projects underway include a major addition for Danville’s Town Offices, a new downtown Pleasant Hill restaurant, and the redevelopment of the 1930’s era Xavier Building in downtown Danville. The existing ground floor of the Xavier Building will remain retail, with its historic façade on Hartz Avenue. At the rear, as seen in the rendering pictured here, a contemporary glass façade will extend to the new butterfly roof of our 1,700 square foot second story addition – Barry and Wynn’s new home, anticipated for late 2018 – an exciting time for our firm.

Giving back to our community, we proudly support the work of Operation Dignity, which provides housing services for homeless veterans. We are also engaged with the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, spearheading a new archives storage facility.

Canyon Road Bridge House, Santa Fe: Project Profile

Negotiating a rolling wooded site overlaid with both historic review and terrain management constraints, a portion of this house, designed by Arkin Tilt Architects, bridges a minor dry arroyo to locate the main volume amongst the piñons, with the best views of downtown Santa Fe. Metaphorically, the home bridges past and present: traditional construction with high performance building systems, and modern spaces with richly textured materials.

The covered entry sequence takes one through a courtyard flanked by the guest ‘casita’ and rec room that connects to the courtyard via a glazed garage door, and draws you to the main entry past a single, natural cedar ‘portal’ column. An outdoor ‘kiva’ fireplace anchors an outdoor living space contained within the courtyard.

The dining room employs wood and cable stay trusses to span the arroyo, providing a light, windowed frame for viewing the wildlife-filled site. In contrast, the living room is firmly anchored to the land with plastered ICF walls, concrete floors and a custom rammed earth masonry heater fireplace mass. The girl’s “wing” a half level up visually connects to the living room with a bench in the rammed earth wall.

The rammed earth adds beauty as well as thermal mass on the interior, increasing the home’s passive solar performance. Radiant heating is featured in the floor slabs, and in the bench and banquette concrete tops at the dining bridge. Deeply weathred salvaged wood accents the interior core, and locally harvested spruce featured at most ceilings.

The project is projected to achieve LEED Platinum level certification, employing many energy and resource conserving features, plus a photovoltaic array that provides nearly all of the home’s electrical needs on an annually averaged basis.

Arkin Tilt Architects – David Arkin AIA, Anni Tilt AIA, Devin Kinney

Prull Custom Builders, Contractor

Design with Nature, Landscape Architect

Verdant Structural Engineers

Steve Onstad & Dee Bangert, LEED Consultant

Kate Russell, Photographer

ANSI A117 – Everything Old is New Again: Codes

Erick Mikiten, AIA, LEED-AP

Change is on the horizon for accessibility requirements.

The ADA and the CBC (California Building Code) are both based on 1970’s studies that determined things like turning radius, clear space, and reach. It was good work, but the sample sizes were small, and some mobility devices—like scooters—didn’t exist.

This column previously explored the history of the1959 standard “ICC/ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.” The authors of that first version of A117 had impressive foresight in thinking about what people with disabilities needed to navigate the built environment.

A few years ago the US Access Board (the federal agency that issues the ADA) sponsored a new research project to collect data on 500 people with disabilities, mainly focusing on wheeled mobility devices. It was done by the IDeA Center (Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access) at the University of Buffalo. For this article, I contacted the center’s director, Edward Steinfeld, AIA, Arch.D and Jonathan White, who worked on the new study. That study informed the new 2017 version of ANSI A117, which – over time – will precipitate changes to the ADA guidelines and the CBC.

The new standards make many adjustments to maneuvering spaces, reach ranges, and other clearances that are more realistic today. Some seem broad and others dramatic, but it’s notable that in many areas, Australian and UK code have space requirements that are larger than in the new A117.

The Changes

A117 updated and added interesting technical requirements such as classroom acoustics, sign language interpreter stations and video relay service booths. But I’ll focus here on a few spatial changes.

Clear Space

A117 makes a fundamental change to the length of a wheelchair clear space. This grew from 48 inches to 52 inches. Those four inches don’t sound like much, but the effect ripples through other requirements, such as restroom stalls, auditorium seating, platform lifts, etc.

The larger clear space increases the required turning space from 60 to 67 inches. This odd number is a little awkward to work with, but is an example of the push and pull that happens in the public negotiation process.

We have a lot of existing buildings that don’t meet this and many  of the other new standards, so A117 splits many requirements into two categories: New Buildings and Existing Buildings.

In the example of turning space, a wheelchair was previously allowed to turn underneath a countertop, sink, or other obstruction that provided knee and toe clearance. That overlap was limited to the 25 inches of toe clearance defined elsewhere.

Now A117 has two standards: for existing buildings we retain the 60-inch circle and 25-inch maximum overlap with knee and toe space. But new buildings have the 67-inch circle with a maximum overlap of ten inches. This is an improvement for access. Even with a compact manual wheelchair, I’ve encountered many restrooms where I’m barely threading myself through these overlapping clearances that would be impossible with an electric chair or a scooter. This change will enlarge restrooms, changing rooms, and many other spaces, giving people with larger devices a chance for equal use.These are just a few examples of the many changes in A117. Other big ones are 90-degree and 180-degree turns in accessible routes, changes to the T-shaped turning space and new clear space requirements for front-approach doors.


Here’s an interesting diagram from the IDeA Center’s anthropometric study. It shows reach ranges for people in manual wheelchairs, with numbers on a grid indicating the percentage of people able to reach certain distances. Similar analyses were done for people in electric wheelchairs and people using scooters.

This graphic shows that for the standard 48-inch-high element, 99 percent of people can reach it if it’s close to their torso, but that percentages drops quickly down to 69 percent if it’s at the same height above their toes. For scooter users, it’s only 46 percent.

Even with this new data, the committee did not make any changes to reach standards in the new A117, but you can use the information to inform your own work and we should all expect changes in the next update.

The Future

Changes to the ADA are slow, and with Washington in a quagmire, don’t expect any of the A117 requirements to show up in the ADA soon.

Changes to the CBC are also slow. But since it’s based on the IBC, and the IBC creators (ICC – the International Code Council) may incorporate the new A117 sooner, my guess is that it will trickle down from ICC to CBC before we see it in the ADA.

So what’s an architect to do now? Get a copy of the new standard, and use the design principles to make your architecture better serve your community. Architects are innovators, not followers, and if we can get some experience with these new standards in the next few years, we will be in a position to influence changes to Title 24. Not only will you be doing a great service to people with disabilities, but you can tell your clients that you’re looking ahead, and doing what you can to help them future-proof their building, both for their legal protection and in service of our aging population.

I will be interested to see what you design! And as the Accessibility Representative on California’s Building Standards Commission, I’ll be eager to share your experiences in Sacramento.

Comments from Kerwin Lee, AIA, CASp:

It needs to be understood that the authors of the A-117.1 Standards are part of the ICC code process. ICC is a private organization not directly tied to the Government. Supposedly, it is an open public process and anyone can write a code change. These new standard are controversial and were debated at great lengths in committee and at the open ICC code development hearings. It did not make it into the 2016 edition of the IBC and some say that it may or may not make it into a future edition. Because it is not codified in the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards, it is not required for compliance with the ADA, at least at this time.

Remember that California does not adopt or use ANSI A-117.1 as a standard for their building code; we have our own Chapter 11B, which is unique and different from the IBC, which does reference the A-117.1 Standard. California is just beginning their code development cycle for the next edition of the codes. It will be interesting to see what of the new standards makes its way into the CBC and in what form. The biggest issue I see is the proposed separation of “New” and “Existing” buildings. The application and use of the “Path of Travel” requirements in the CBC will need to be addressed in detail on how this works. There are many questions that need to be addressed if any of these are added to the CBC.


AIA Elevates 152 Members and Two International Architects to the College of Fellows

AIA Fellowship Recognizes Significant Contributions to Profession of Architecture and Society

The 2018 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 152 member-architects to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession. The fellows will be honored at a ceremony on June 22 at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City.

The fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Prospective candidates must have at least 10 years of AIA membership and demonstrated influence in at least one of the following categories:

  • Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession;
  • Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training or practice;
  • Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA or other related professional organizations; or
  • Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment.

The stringent requirements result in only three percent of the AIA’s more than 91,000 members being recognized as fellows. Currently, there are 3,425 living fellows globally.

Fellows are selected by a seven-member Jury of Fellows. This year’s jury included Karen Nichols, FAIA (Chair), Michael Graves Architecture & Design; Peter Bardwell, FAIA, Bardwell + Associates, LLC; Mary A. Burke, FAIA, Burke Design and Architecture PLLC; Philip Castillo, FAIA, JAHN; Mary P. Cox, FAIA, Virginia Commonwealth University; Paul Mankins, FAIA, Substance architecture and David Messersmith, FAIA, University of Texas.

The newly elevated members and their AIA component affiliations are listed below. Complete details and images are available on the AIA’s website.

Edward H Adelman

Boston Society of Architects/AIA

Jennifer Aliber

Boston Society of Architects/AIA

Joseph J. Aliotta

AIA New York Chapter

Joseph M. Antunovich

AIA Chicago

Dror Baldinger

AIA San Antonio

Jay Bargmann

AIA New York Chapter

Alan Barlis

AIA New York Chapter

Jonathan Barnes

AIA Columbus

Larry Barr

AIA Washington DC

Denise M. Berger

AIA New York Chapter

 Andrew Bernheimer

AIA New York Chapter

Randall J. Biallas

AIA Washington DC

Kiki Bolender

AIA Philadelphia

Craig Borum

AIA Huron Valley

Gerald Warren Briggs

AIA Washington DC

Eric Bunge

AIA New York Chapter

Gregory John Burke

AIA Treasure Coast

Mary Burnham

AIA New York Chapter

Nathan R. Butler

AIA Orlando

Robert Calvani

AIA Albuquerque

Pablo Castro

AIA New York Chapter

Vishaan Chakrabarti

AIA New York Chapter

Katherine Kai-sun Chia

AIA New York Chapter

David J. Chilinski

Boston Society of Architects/AIA

Leigh Christy

AIA Los Angeles

Jonah Cohen

AIA Portland

Jose R. Coleman-Davis Pagan

AIA Puerto Rico

Chris Cooper

AIA New York Chapter

Stuart L. Coppedge

AIA Colorado South

Joseph Coppola

AIA New York Chapter

Joseph Coriaty

AIA Los Angeles

Bernard Costantino

AIA Columbus

Andrew M. Cupples

AIA Los Angeles

William (Griff) Davenport

AIA Minneapolis

Jules Dingle

AIA Philadelphia

Martine Dion

Boston Society of Architects/AIA

Wendy Dunnam Tita

AIA Austin

Craig Dykers

AIA New York Chapter

Tamara Eagle Bull

AIA Lincoln

Aimee Eckmann

AIA Chicago

Rand Ekman

AIA Chicago

Glenn Fellows

AIA Albuquerque

Joshua Flowers

AIA Memphis

Viviana Frank-Franco

AIA Lower Rio Grande Valley

Anna Franz

AIA Washington DC

Verity L. Frizzell

AIA Jersey Shore

R David Frum

AIA Seattle

William B. Gallagher Jr.

AIA Washington DC

Donald  F Gatzke

AIA Fort Worth

Brian George

AIA Dallas

Rocco Giannetti

AIA New York Chapter

Joann Gonchar

AIA New York Chapter


F. Eric Goshow

AIA New York Chapter

 Dina A. Griffin

AIA Chicago

Timothy J. Griffin

AIA St. Paul

 Jacquelyn Hale

AIA Orlando

Melody Harclerode

AIA Atlanta

 Kristine A. Harding

AIA North Alabama

Laura Hartman

AIA East Bay

 Cynthia Hayward

AIA Huron Valley

Laura Heim

AIA New York Chapter

Mark C. Hirons

AIA Chicago

James House

AIA Los Angeles

 Zena K. Howard

AIA Triangle

Jonathan Humble

AIA Connecticut

David J. Insinga

AIA Washington DC

Mark Jensen

AIA San Francisco

Pamela Jerome

AIA New York Chapter

Bruce Johnson

AIA Asheville

 Leonard Kady

AIA New York Chapter

Bernhard Karpf

AIA New York Chapter

Arlan Kay

AIA Southwest Wisconsin

James H. Kolker

AIA St. Louis

 Matthew Kreilich

AIA Minneapolis

Lee Ledbetter

AIA New Orleans

 Mindy Lehrman Cameron

AIA Seattle

Thomas Leslie

AIA Iowa

 David Leven

AIA New York Chapter

Ismael Leyva

AIA New York Chapter

Brian J Mac

AIA Vermont

Emily Marthinsen

AIA East Bay

Don H. May

AIA Albuquerque

Ronnie McGhee

AIA Washington DC

 Samuel Miller

AIA Seattle

Adrienne Montare

AIA Columbia

 Suzanne Napier

AIA San Francisco

James A. Nicolow

AIA Southwest Michigan

 Christopher Noll

AIA San Francisco

Samuel Óghale Oboh


 Sean O’Donnell

AIA Washington DC

Joyce Owens

AIA Florida Southwest

Haril Pandya

Boston Society of Architects/AIA

Wendy Pautz

AIA Seattle

 Frederick (Rick) Petersen

AIA Denver

Donna Phaneuf

AIA Hampton Roads

 Naomi Pollock

AIA Japan

Kenneth Radtkey

AIA Santa Barbara

 Sharon Refvem

AIA Santa Clara Valley

David W. Robinson

AIA Houston

J. Todd Robinson

AIA Middle Tennessee

Candid Rogers

AIA San Antonio

 Zigmund Rubel

AIA San Francisco

Wolf Saar

AIA Seattle

Patricia Saldaña Natke

AIA Chicago

Tania S Salgado

AIA Denver

John Lynch Sanders

AIA East Tennessee

Thomas Savory

AIA Columbia

Clemens Bruns Schaub

AIA Treasure Coast

Edwin Schmidt

AIA Northern Virginia

Charles L. Schreckenberger

AIA Akron

John M. Sellery

AIA Hong Kong

Nick Serfass

AIA Richmond

Stephen L. Sharp

AIA Dayton

Brian Shea

AIA New York Chapter

Christopher N. Shears

AIA Denver

Rosa Sheng

AIA San Francisco

 Troy Sherrard

AIA Columbus

Lloyd Sigal

AIA Buffalo/Western New York

George C. Skarmeas

AIA Philadelphia

Charles Davis Smith

AIA Dallas

Z. Smith

AIA New Orleans

Traci Dawn Sooter

AIA Springfield

Jonathan Scott Sparer

AIA Las Vegas

Robert Steele

AIA Richmond

Carrie Strickland

AIA Portland

Dean Strombom

AIA Houston

James Susman

AIA Austin

Robert J. Svedberg

AIA Atlanta

Karen Hargarther Thomas

AIA Seattle

Kermit Duncan Thompson

AIA Connecticut

Henry Tom

AIA Southern Arizona

Ronald J. Tomasso

AIA Washington DC

 Eric Tomich

AIA San Francisco

Sean Towne

AIA San Diego

Edward Tucker

AIA West Virginia

Bryan Turner

AIA Utah

 Grant Uhlir

AIA Chicago

David Urschel

AIA Chicago

Peter F. Vieira, Jr.

Boston Society of Architects/AIA

Lois Vitt Sale

AIA Northeast Illinois

 Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter

AIA Los Angeles

David E. Wark

AIA Portland

Louis Wasserman

AIA Milwaukee

Angela E. Watson

Boston Society of Architects/AIA

Ellen Watts

Boston Society of Architects/AIA

David West

AIA New York Chapter

Paul Whalen

AIA New York Chapter

Stephen Wierzbowski

AIA Chicago

Graham S. Wyatt

AIA New York Chapter

Mark Yoes

AIA New York Chapter

 Steve Ziger

AIA Baltimore

Dawn Zuber

AIA Huron Valley

2018 Honorary Fellows

Two honorary fellows were also elevated this year by the 2018 Jury of Fellows in conjunction with the 2018 Jury of Honorary Fellows. The Honorary Fellows of the Institute was developed as the international counterpart to the fellowship program. It recognizes the achievements of foreign architects as individuals and also elevates before the global public and the profession, model architects who have significantly contributed to the profession on an international level. This year’s honorary fellows are:

Taro Ashihara
Taro Ashihara Architects
Tokyo, Japan
Sathirut Nui Tandanand
Dhevanand Co. Ltd.
Bangkok, Thailand

This year’s Jury of Honorary Fellows included Ric Bell, FAIA (Chair), New York City Dept. of Design & Construction; Peter Bardwell, FAIA, Bardwell + Associates, LLC; Mary A. Burke, FAIA, Burke Design and Architecture PLLC; Philip Castillo, FAIA, JAHN; Mary P. Cox, FAIA, Virginia Commonwealth University; Lester Korzilius, FAIA, EllisWilliams Architects; Paul Mankins, FAIA, Substance architecture; David Messersmith, FAIA, University of Texas and Karen Nichols, FAIA, Michael Graves Architecture & Design.

You can view this press release online here.

Member News – February 2018

Member Promotions and Awards

Lowney Architecture is pleased to announce that Anthony Cataldo, AIA has joined them as Chief Operations Officer. Prior to working with Lowney, Anthony was Director of Commercial Architecture at Ware Malcomb.




Kathryn Wagner, AIA was named employee of the year by Dougherty Architects.






Allied Member Anniversary

Thorburn Associates is celebrating 25 years of design excellence.


Member Firm Featured

Arkin Tilt Architects was featured in East Bay Express for their work on Origin Brewer in Richmond.

“A few months before Armistice got going, Michelle Baker formally launched her commercial brewery, Origin Brewer. Origin is a tiny nano-brewery in Baker’s backyard — and an extremely sustainable one at that. Built from reclaimed and salvaged materials with help from Arkin Tilt Architects, an ecological design firm, it notably collects and reuses rainwater. Given its size, there’s no taproom.”
Read the full article here: