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Design Tour: Bishop O’Dowd High School

Saturday, May 19, 2018
$5 Members / $10 Nonmembers
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1.5 CES LUs

Interested in seeing an educational building set in an ecological restoration of a once abandoned hillside? Susi Marzuola, AIA of Siegel & Strain Architects leads a tour of this Zero Net Energy site. Bishop O’Dowd Center for Environmental Studies was the 2017 AIA East Bay COTE Sustainable Design Honorable Mention winner.

The Center for Environmental Studies (CES) at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland serves the school’s environmental science curriculum while offering learning and gathering spaces for the campus community.The building’s two large laboratory classrooms expand onto a generous covered patio – a third classroom – overlooking the Living Lab, Oakland and the Bay.

Mills College: Design Tour

Friday, May 18, 2018
$5 Members / $10 Nonmembers
Location: 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

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1.5 CES LUs

Campus architect Karen Fiene, FAIA leads a tour of her favorite designs on the Mills College campus, including historic and ground-breaking buildings. This tour will meet at the front of Mills Hall, at the center of campus.

Mills College, founded in 1852 sits on 135 acres and has a lake and three creeks running through the property. We have about 1 million square feet in 64 buildings, the oldest dating to 1871. Julia Morgan did one of her first projects here, the iconic El Campanil bell tower from 1904. We have four other Julia Morgan buildings including the Margaret Carnegie Library, Alumnae Hall Student Union, Kapiolani Cottage and Alderwood Hall. In 2006 the college embarked on the largest facilities upgrades undertaking in half a century. This work included new student housing, the Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building addition, restoration of the Littlefield Concert Hall and construction of the Lokey Graduate School of Business designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Lisser Hall, a dramatic performing arts theater designed by Willis Polk in 1901, is being full renovated to bring the building up to seismic and ADA codes. It will be nearing completion at the end of June.


Swan’s Market: Design Tour

Saturday, April 7, 2018
$5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
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1.5 CES LUs

Pyatok leads this design tour of Swan’s Market, an ambitious mix-use project comprised of a fresh food market hall, restaurants, street-oriented retail, 20 co-housing units, 18 affordable rental units, live/work spaces and commcerical office space.

Swan’s Market is a nationally recognized model for the re-purposing of a historic structure as a mixed-use & mixed income urban village. A major East Bay shopping destination for over 60 years, Swan’s encompassed an entire city block in the Old Oakland neighborhood. The non-profit East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) rescued this historic structure from imminent demolition through creative financing and an ambitious mixed use program that included a fresh food market hall, restaurants, street-oriented retail, 20 co-housing units and common house, 18 affordable rental units, live/work space, commercial office space and a central shared courtyard. PYATOK worked closely with EBALDC, and future cohousing residents to fit the complex program within the shell of the existing structure, preserving over 75% of the original exterior. Portions of the roof were removed to bring sunlight into the interior of the block and to create public and private outdoor spaces that link the diverse uses into a vibrant, unique urban community.

Design Tour: Chow Oakland

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Location: 3770 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
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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
$5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
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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.

Simpson Garden Design Tour

Saturday, June 3, 2017

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.

Design Tour: Meyer Sound Laboratories

Thursday, April 13, 2017   SOLD OUT

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 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.

Design Tour: Berkeley Art Museum

This tour is sold out; please email to be added to the waitlist.

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


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.

Design Tour: Kapor Center for Social Impact


Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Location: 2148 Broadway, Oakland

$5 Members / $10 Non-members
This tour is sold out. Please email 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.

Hard-Hat Tour: The Orchards

Saturday, November 5, 2016
$5 Members / $10 Nonmembers
Location: 2800 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek

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1.5 CES LUs

The Orchards is a neighborhood retail center located on a 25-acre site in Walnut Creek. Two hundred thousand square feet of retail and restaurants are interspersed among mature oak and black walnut trees in a park-like setting. The “modern agrarian”-styled center includes a fitness club, several restaurants, 7 acres of new community-oriented open space, parkland, gathering spaces and children’s play areas.

Additionally, 20% of the site will be developed into senior housing to serve the aging population of the city. The 200-unit project, which Lowney Architecture is co-designing with HKIT, features a pool, fitness/spa room, offices, kitchen and dining room and a memory care center.

Eric Price, senior project manager and Doug Schneider, senior project designer, will be leading the tour.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1. Learn the components of three different types of projects: retail facilities, housing and open space.
  2. Be able to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities in master-planning a 25-acre site.
  3. Gain an understanding of the design team and project team coordination needed for a project of this scale.
  4. Learn at least three strategies for reducing the environmental impacts in areas including landscape approach, parking and traffic approach and systems.