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SB 827: Examining Effects in Transit-Rich Neighborhoods

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Free AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms / $10 guests; After 4/22: $10 AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms / $15 guests
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Please join AIA East Bay to learn about SB 827, a bill before California’s State Senate which would supersede local zoning to increase the extent and density of development near transit. If passed, the bill would increase by-right building heights within one-half mile of rail stations. Allowable building heights would vary depending on the distance to train stations. To illustrate, new buildings within a 1/4 mile could reach 55 feet by-right. Farther out but within a 1/2 mile, building heights could be 45 feet.

We will examine SB 827’s implications on neighborhood form and explore planning opportunities as we hear from experts conversant in public policy, urban economics, and building and city design typologies.

The presentation will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Speakers include:

Laura Foote Clark, YIMBY Action
Kelan Stoy & Kuan Butts, Urban Footprint
Sujata Srivastava, Strategic Economics
John Ellis, Mithun

Moderator: Jay Castle, Assoc. AIA, Meshwork Organization

My Architecture: Housing

a monthly program

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
5:30-7:15pm, wine and cheese reception to follow
Early bird registration (by Monday, April 25): Free AIA members & employees of chapter member firms; $10 Guests
Registration April 26: $10 AIA members & employees of chapter member firms; $15 Guests
At-the-door: $20 all

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Join us for our monthly program as a selection of owners and clients from local recently-completed housing projects present and discuss how the architecture and design of the project affects, supports, advances and represents their work and the mission of their program.


Linda Mandolini, President, Eden Housing. Linda Mandolini has served Eden Housing as a Project Developer, as Director of Real Estate Development, and since 2001, as President. Eden Housing is one of California’s oldest non-profit housing development companies and has developed or acquired more than 8,500 units throughout California. Linda oversees affordable housing production, resident support services, and property management components of the organization, and a staff of more than 300 employees.

Jessica Sheldon, Project Manager, Resources for Community Development. Jessica Sheldon has  managed the development of over 300 units of housing, representing over $100 million in public and private investment.

Eve Stewart, Director of Housing Development, SAHA. Eve Stewart has over 14 years experience in real estate finance and development and has been with SAHA over 10 years. During her tenure, Eve has directly managed or overseen the completion of more than 900 housing units, primarily using  tax credit financing combined with additional State and local funding programs. Currently, Eve is responsible for 850 units in AHA’s predevelopment pipeline with total costs of $273 million.


Featured projects:


Photo: Douglas Sterling Photography

Monteverde Senior Apartments, Eden Housing (Dahlin Group Architecture + Planning)

Photo: Bruce Damonte

Photo: Bruce Damonte

The Ambassador, Resources for Community Development (Kava Massih Architects)

Photo: Tim Griffith

Photo: Tim Griffith

Merritt Crossing, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects)

Photo: Bruce Damonte

Photo: Bruce Damonte

Lakeside Senior Housing, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (David Baker Architects)

Project Profile: Fukuji Architecture and Planning

Project 1

Collaborative, Supportive Housing at Alameda Point

Fukuji Architecture and Planning, AKA Urban Design Innovations

Bruce Fukuji, AIA is designing 200 units of supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals and families at the former Alameda Naval Air Station. In 2009 the Collaborative Partners initiated a collaborative process to plan for and respond proactively to the City of Alameda’s plans to redevelop Alameda Point and address the interests of their constituents.

The master plan creates a model supportive housing community for three organizations: Alameda Point Collaborative who serve formerly homeless families; Building Futures for Women and Children who serve formerly homeless women and children who are survivors of domestic violence and mental health challenge; and Operation Dignity who serve homeless veterans to rebuild their lives and address wounds of war that continue to linger after their return to civilian life.


Bruce facilitated visioning sessions with the staff, residents and boards of the three agencies to create a community-based vision for how the three agencies can share services to transition residents to self-sufficiency.

The site plan is designed as a walkable, bikable, transit-oriented neighborhood for LEED ND gold certification. Housing is clustered around a village center with comprehensive social services. The supportive services case management counseling, peer to peer support groups, micro enterprises, trauma informed and recovery-oriented services, job training, social enterprises, a veteran drop in center, wellness programs, youth programs, a community center and a daycare program.

project3Housing is arranged in small residential blocks to enable each service provider to create a safe and secure community environment for families. This design creates safety with “eyes on the street” and sense of community where people can connect with each other on a daily basis. Units are a mix of two, three, and four bedrooms as flats, townhouses, and apartments. The supportive housing neighborhood is designed to blend with, and complement, the character of the new market rate housing in the Main Street Neighborhood.

Downtown Berkeley Finds Traction: Private Investment, Public Improvements and On-Going Stewardship

A Regional Urban Design presentation

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Free, all are welcome (bring your lunch)! Please RSVP for room setup.

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Downtown Berkeley is booming! From mixed-use infill to micro-units, the projects that have been approved since the Downtown Berkeley Plan was adopted have been nothing less than controversial. From concerns about infrastructure, affordable housing and the “Manhattanization” of Berkeley, residents have been vocal. But what are some of the economic and cultural benefits that the City anticipates, and why have they so strongly incentivized development within the city limits?

Matt Taecker AIA, AICP, Taecker Planning & Design, and Mark Rhoades, AICP, Rhoades Planning Group and Former Planning Manager, will discuss the upcoming changes to downtown Berkeley as more than 1,400 units are added to the housing mix. Free and open to all.

About the presenters:

Mark Rhoades, AIACP, Rhoades Planning Group
Mark Rhoades, AICP, has over 20 years of experience as a land use planner in both public and private sectors. Between 1998 and August 2007, he served as City Planning Manager for the City of Berkeley during a period of unprecedented development activity and increasing politicization of land use. Mr. Rhoades has been acknowledged for his professional leadership by the City of Berkeley, and by the American Planning Association (APA), which awarded Berkeley the California State Chapter Award for Distinguished Leadership in 2003 for the City’s infill development program, which he designed. He is a speaker at various professional conferences and has lectured extensively at UC Berkeley and San Jose State University.

As Berkeley’s City Planning Manager and Zoning Officer, Mr. Rhoades was responsible for both policy development and implementation. His major efforts revolved around infill and new transit-oriented development while achieving a high degree of responsiveness to neighborhood issues. Approximately 2,400 housing units were built or approved during Mr. Rhoades’ tenure in Berkeley’s Planning Department.

Matt Taecker, AIA, AIACP, Taecker Planning & Design
For twenty-five years, Matt Taecker has developed innovative area plans, city plans, development codes, and mixed-use master plans. His firm negotiates economic, environmental and social challenges by applying the leading edge of best practices in urbanism and environmental sustainability.

Taecker’s award-winning work is known nationally and internationally. Most recently, he developed Berkeley’s Downtown Area Plan. Taecker was a founding partner of Catalyst, a firm integrating best urban and ecological practices. And for a decade, he was a Principal at Calthorpe Associates, where he developed many of the first transit-oriented development design guidelines and new urban master plans.

Taecker has lectured extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia, and has taught urban design at the University of Southern California, UC Davis, and UC Berkeley — where he earned Master in Architecture and Master of City Planning degrees. His undergraduate degree focused on urban policy and economics at the University of Chicago.

Learning Objectives:

1. Attendees will be able to state at lease two “best practices” for high-density city centers from the perspective of both community acceptance and social/economic/environmental performance.

2. Attendees will be able to state how high-level visioning and policies can be effectively translated into ready-to-go implementation.

3. Attendees will be able to identify at least two considerations critical to attracting infill development and ensuring that it fully leverages community benefits.