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2016 Design Awards Jury Announced

AIA East Bay and Design Awards Chair Janet Tam, AIA, are pleased to announce the jury for the 2016 Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Design Awards.

Ray Calabro, FAIA
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Jennifer Devlin-Herbert, FAIA
San Francisco

Kulapat Yantrasast
wHY Architecture
Culver City

Mark your calendars and save the date!

Awards Jury and Presentation: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Submittal Deadline: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Awards Pre-submittal Meeting: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 (for those who have submittal questions)
Registration Opens: Monday, August 1, 2016

Please note, all submittals will be made via Dropbox. Please attend the pre-submittal meeting if you have not used Dropbox and have technical questions.

Project Profile: Monteverde Senior Apartments

Dahlin Group Architecture Planning 


Location: 2 Irwin Way, Orinda, CA

  • 2015 Gold Nugget Grand Award, Seniors Housing Community, Active Adult/Independent Living
  • 2012 Gold Nugget Grand Award, Seniors Housing Community, On-the-Boards


MMonteverde Apartmentsonteverde  Senior Apartments  is  nestled  on  a  hillside  in  an  idyllic  setting  in  Orinda, California. Situated  on a quintessential infill site conveniently located in the downtown area, this ideal location for a transit-oriented development links seniors to BART and downtown services, the adjacent community church, park, and library. Design of this new 67-unit affordable apartment community connects the City’s carefully executed past to its future design direction, downtown  revitalization, and  provides  much-needed  affordable, age-qualified  housing. Its  contemporary design melds with the existing structures, while working well with the multi-tiered site.

With more than a 17% slope and a 40-foot grade change, the challenging site provided an opportunity for a number of meandering paths connecting residents, students of the neighboring school, and existing residents of the senior community above to the park, downtown, and pedestrian links to other walkable amenities.

Taking advantage of slope, two courtyards were developed to allow for a number of outdoor experiences including community planters, allowing residents to till their own veggie garden or flower patch. Even with steep slope, building and site are completely accessible with each level being connected to an accessible path to neighboring park and into down- town Orinda. Elevators connect the wood-framed podium to the community room, library, lounges, exercise room, salon, units, laundry facilities and a fourth floor computer lab, affording expansive views to the Orinda Valley.Final 1-11 Archnews Sep_Page_08_Image_0002

Designed to achieve a GreenPoint Rated score of 135 points, the development incorporates a number of sustainable features including solar hot water and photovoltaic systems.

With its supportive resident services and highly-sustainable design, this innovative development will support long-term independent living for lower income seniors in a healthy, safe environment.


Architect:              Dahlin Group Architecture Planning

Developer:             Eden Housing

Contractor:            Oliver & Company

Interior Designer:    HKIT Architects

Photography:         Douglas Sterling Photography

Members in the News

 Dahlin Group Project Wins its 2nd Gold Nugget AwardFinal 1-11 Archnews Sep_Page_05_Image_0003

The project in this Septembers “Project Profile” The Monteverde Senior Apartments in Orinda has won its second Gold Nugget Award. The first was awarded in 2012 for “Seniors Housing Community On the Boards” project. The second awarded this year was for “Seniors Housing Community, Active Adult/ Independent Living.”

Cole in Gabon

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AIAEB member Steve Coyle, AIA is the Treasurer of Ingénieurs Sans Frontières, Gabon with the Oregon-Final 1-11 Archnews Sep_Page_05_Image_0008Gabon Center and University of Omar Bongo. He is launching a pilot program with geography students, instructing them on applying smart growth regional scale plans using GIS with local architects. They are developing a cadre of young, trained Gabonese with the technical skills to plan the country at a large enough scale to determine where to grow and where to protect (e.g., water- ways), and a small enough scale to collaborate with other agencies and institutions who can design at the community level.


Ratcliff  Transforms Top Floor of UC Barrows Hall

Final 1-11 Archnews Sep_Page_05_Image_0009Social Science Matrix is UC Berkeley’s new flagship center for social science research, now housed in a light filled gathering space designed for the digital age by Ratcliff architects of Emeryville, California. “The name Matrix says a lot about us, if not all of it,” said Professor William Hanks, Director of Social Science Matrix, in welcoming remarks at the center’s opening gala on January 30.


Dahlin Group Project Approved

Final 1-11 Archnews Sep_Page_05_Image_0010The Menlo Park Planning Commission voted to approve a plan to demolish two buildings at 1283 and 1295 El Camino Real and construct a three-story, mixed-use development in its place. The plans are to build 15 residential units geared for corporate workers, with about 2,000 square feet of retail, personal service or non-medical office space on the ground floor facing El Camino Real. The site slated to be called Pinnacle and designed by Dahlin Group, is the first project along El Camino Real to see the light of day since the city adopted its El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan in 2012.


Members in the News: BKBC Wins Award

Thanks to our team, collaborators and clients, BKBC Architects has been awarded “2015’s Most Innovative Business Leaders” by U.K. based ‘AI Global Media Limited,’ an international publishing group publishing the magazines “Acquisition International,” “Wealth & Finance International,” and “DealFeed International.”


Sanjiv Bhandari, AIA, FIIA

How Sanjiv Bhandari, AIA, FIIA, President & CEO of BKBC Architects started and nurtured the firm to be a ‘Global Design Firm’ is covered on page-24 of April Issue of ‘Acquisitions International’.


The award

5/16/15 Tour of Studio Bondy’s new Residence Hall at the Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael.


Hafsa Burt, AIA Wins the AIA Young Architects Award

Congratulations to AIA East Bay member Hafsa Burt, AIA!

“She brings the combined qualities of a successful business owner and a very involved community Sleader focused on making positive collaborative changes. Hafsa wears the multiple hats of businesswoman, project manager, green building advocate/consultant, indoor air-quality specialist, and architect. She has been practicing for 16 years and has devoted most of that time to larger issues concerning the health of the planet and its inhabitants. She pursues her personal passion of environmental sustainability in her business and everyday life by advocating on behalf of others.”

Click here for more on the 2015 AIA Young Architects Award.

Hafsa Burt, AIA

Bay Area Residential Projects Honored for Excellence

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, the American Institute of Architects, East Bay, awarded six residential projects with jury honors for the 2014 Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Regional Design Awards. This program is the Bay Area’s only solely-residential architectural design awards program.

One project was awarded with a citation for architecture, two homes were recognized with Merit Awards and three projects received the highest award of Honor. The projects include renovations, additions, and affordable housing.

The distinguished 2014 Design Awards jury are leaders in the architectural community: David Baker, FAIA, (San Francisco, CA), founder of David Baker Architects; Julie Eizenberg, AIA (Santa Monica, CA), founding Principal of Koning Eizenberg Architecture; and Nick Noyes, AIA (San Francisco, CA), founder of Nick Noyes Architecture.

The AIA East Bay 2014 Design Award recipients are:

Citation Award

Grizzly PGrizzly Peak Kitchen Renovationeak Kitchen Renovation, Oakland

Architect: Andrew Lee Architecture

The project was a complete kitchen renovation in a landmark mid-century house in the East Bay hills. The design team sought to develop a solution that updated the kitchen to serve contemporary needs, while respecting the integrity of the original structure’s design.

Large openings were cut out of the wall separating the kitchen from the living area, to allow for visual connection and to bring natural light and views deeper into the house. Importance was placed on emphasizing the craft and simplicity of the house’s original materials.

The initial program was typical of kitchen renovations in older homes: to enhance the utility of the room, to update its aesthetic, to open the room to adjacent spaces for visual connection, views, and light — while also providing a means to close off the room — and to provide a built-in space for dining.

The cabinets, fabricated by a shop in the Pacific Northwest, are simply but carefully crafted maple-veneer plywood and plastic laminate; the owners appreciated the shop’s light, contemporary aesthetic, and selected the laminate colors. Finishes—quartz and butcher block countertops, white ceramic wall tile, and stained oak flooring—were selected as useful, durable surfaces that recede into the background.

Jury Comments: This is a compelling project in that the design keeps the intent of the original kitchen while meeting present-day need. It is sweet, modest and plays well with the personality of the house overall.

Merit Awards

H RanchHupomone Ranch, Petaluma

Architect: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

Hupomone Ranch is an original 160-acre homestead located in the Chileno Valley, three miles west of downtown Petaluma. The ranch had been fallow for over 30 years and the owners wanted to build a family house that would reflect their commitment to sustainable farming, draw on the natural serenity of the site and build on the sense of place in western Petaluma, where farming and ranching are still a part of people’s daily lives.

The site has a wonderful balanced quality to it, and the simple grounded form of the barn shape is sited to compliment this setting and capture the long views to the coastal range beyond. Entering a low porch on the more opaque north side under the loft above, the light-filled house opens up to the long view south and gathers the bedrooms and kitchen to either side.

The house is certified LEED Platinum and includes a number of energy saving features, exceeding Title 24 by over 50 percent. Passive heating and cooling with thermal mass and insulation, geothermal, radiant cooling and heating along with solar and photovoltaic panels contribute to the house’s energy efficiency.

An integral part of the design, the landscaping includes several outdoor living areas, organized along a riparian restoration and native plantings.

Jury Comments: A picturesque residence, modern and formal, restrained, rich, playful, and sustainable. The design looks effortless—which is not easy to accomplish.

Hill HouseHill House, San Francisco

Architect: Cary Bernstein Architect

The complete transformation of a well-worn 1930’s bungalow created a modern home for a young family of three. Sectional shifts in the architecture and landscaped terraces unify the building and hillside site. The newly amplified and light-filled interior belies its compact, mid-block footprint. Rigorously detailed construction is enriched by warm, textured materials and fluid connections to the surrounding gardens. In contrast to the building’s materiality, plentiful glazing erodes the envelope. The interplay between solid and void, light and dark, intimate and expansive, machined and handmade, landscape and architecture, uniquely integrates Hill House with its site.

The clients asked for a house that would be “just big enough” for their daily needs, promoting quality over quantity and expressing their love for design. Every part of the project was scrutinized in search of an artful balance among concept, utility, value and resolution.

The clients’ commitment to sustainability started with the choice of living in a compact house on an urban site. Demolition was managed through deconstruction and recycling. Careful planning ensured limited waste, integrating storage into walls and floors with ship-like efficiency. Space for concealed solar shades was incorporated into the structural plan. Material disposition helps unify the building and landscape.

The clients purchased a small, plain house with the idea of turning it into their dream home. They couldn’t be happier to have found the perfect team to help realize their vision. According to the client, “the process was collaborative and transparent and yet the design has a clarity and inevitability that transcends the open communication and compromises made along the way. The final design balances dark and light, inside and outside so well that we ended up having the best of both.” The textural details “[integrate] a lot of subtlety in the materials without making them look fussy.”

Jury Comments: A rigorous and warm residence that displays an effortless “climb up the hill” of San Francisco’s steep terrain.

Honor Awards

474 Natoma474 Natoma Apartments, San Francisco

Architect: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Filling a void in San Francisco’s SOMA Redevelopment Area, this high-density development provides 60 affordable apartments for low income families knitted into the urban fabric as a transition between the gritty Sixth Street SRO corridor and the gentrifying Eastern SOMA neighborhood.

Situated on a small property between two alleys, the development’s front and rear buildings share a common two-level lobby and through-block passageway linked to a central linear courtyard.

At the top floor, a landscaped terrace and a community garden provide additional sunny and secure outdoor areas with city views.

The project included a variety of sustainable design strategies which were tracked under the GreenPoints rating system. The building’s energy use is modeled to be 18.4% less than California’s strict Title 24 energy regulations.

The concrete structure is exposed at the exterior of the building expressing the building components and the compartments for each apartment. Large windows and cantilevered balconies are staggered to create individuality and counter the repetitious nature of multifamily housing. An intense exterior color scheme was encouraged by the redevelopment agency to signify a new dynamic in the long challenged neighborhood.

Jury Comments: Rigorously logical with a sense of dignity and grace. A tough site handled with ease.

Mill ValleyMill Valley Courtyard Residence

Architect: Aidlin Darling Design

The intention of this residence was to create a sanctuary for a writer, his wife and two college-age sons. The site is located in a typical suburban community in Mill Valley, California.

A u-shaped courtyard cradles a south-facing central garden, with two private wings flanking the garden on each side. The wings are connected by a vaulted public great room with a wall of retracting glass doors, opening the living/dining and kitchen to the adjoining deck and garden. The plan diagram provides privacy for (and from) the neighbors, while opening the home to a dramatic view over the valley and forested hillside beyond.

The material palette integrates industrial materials, such as corrugated metal siding, patinated raw plate steel, and concrete floors that are complemented by the warmth of wood ceilings, cabinets, decks and trellises. The result is a simplicity that focuses on space, texture, and natural light. This quiet palette also provides an intentionally neutral backdrop for the client’s growing art collection. The ultimate goal is a home that lives effortlessly while unifying an experience of art and nature.

Jury Comments: Residence was not overwrought and exhibits a formal clarity and confidence. It is elegantly crafted. The architects clearly understand proportion.

TP-HTP-H Residence, Palo Alto

Architect: Alexander Jermyn Architecture

The project is the addition of a dining room, reading room and two bedroom suites to an existing 1948 adobe-brick house. A series of simple solids and voids control view and orchestrate movement through their various internal and external alignments.

It employs the material and formal language developed for a previous addition: spare, platonic boxes of a perceptual mass defined precisely at their junctions to openings with a material thinness. Four volumes control view and orchestrate movement through their various internal and external alignments. The reading of the solid/void relationship oscillates between additive and subtractive processes.

The house was designed to utilize all spaces in the addition to being fully accessible once the couple reaches retirement age. The design objective was to develop a language of apertures that provide a seamless connection between inside and out. A large format glazing was designed with custom aluminum profiles to achieve a frameless edge and introduce daylighting via skylights and glazing. A combination of LED, fluorescent and dimmable low voltage lights maintains low energy use without sacrificing color rendition quality for the client’s art collection.

The client remarks that the home incorporates the minimalism of the new with the rough texture of the old, which guided the decision making process for the addition. Only through distilling the finish and glazing details to their extreme essence, could the new volumes resonate clearly in juxtaposition with the old house and the surrounding garden.

Jury Comments: Achieves a compelling attention to inside and outside space. The restraint offered a sense of poetry to the space. Classically spare, this house is respectful of space and volume.


AIA East Bay’s 2014 ExRes Design Awards are sponsored by Aerotek, American Building Supply, American Soil & Stone, Associated Building Supply, Crestron, Degenkolb, Dealey Renton & Associates, Ideate, Lutron, Moen, and Pacific Coast Building Products.


The AIA East Bay’s members are architects and allied professionals in Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano, and Napa counties. AIA East Bay, an architectural community founded in 1947, supports our membership in exemplary practice and professional growth.