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Lean Journeys in Architecture

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Cost: Free. Event sponsored by Haley Aldrich.
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Four architects talk about their journeys in Lean to increase value and reduce waste in their work. Lean Construction techniques and processes come from the manufacturing world where a step saved is a dollar earned. Production system based on Lean values efficiency and productivity.

When these principles and practices are applied to an iterative process such as designing a building, they impact the way architects work and add value in their work.  Working in Lean is often described as a journey rather than a state. Four architects describe their respective Lean journeys and how their work has been impacted.

The Speakers:

John Long, AIA – Perkins + Will

Marianne O’Brien,  FAIA – SmithGroup JJR

Stephen Kieran, FAIA – Kieran Timberlake

Paul Davison, RIBA – Mark Cavagnero Associates

Lean Happy Hour

LCI Northern California Bay Area Program

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
$55 LCI and AIA Members / $75 Nonmembers / $30 Academics / Free Students
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A structured, agenda-less conversation about your Lean journey

Join us for a Lean Happy Hour to learn and support each other in our Lean endeavors! Take part in an open conversation in a safe, small and low-pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to our Lean community. We want to hear about the problems you are solving, the issues you want to solve, and lessons you’ve learned on your Lean Journey. No previous Lean experience is required. Based on our conversation with you, you’ll help us provide more relevant topics for our monthly presentations.

Participants from cross functional roles as designers, constructors, owners, trades partners, and associations propose discussion topics around any subject about which they want to learn – THERE ARE NO IRRELEVANT DISCUSSION TOPICS! Each proposer takes 15 to 30 seconds to pitch their topic, written on a sticky note, to the group. Once all topics have been pitched, voting begins to establish a priority for discussing the topics. Topics are then ordered from highest to lowest votes and examined accordingly. Participants will receive 8 minutes of time to discuss the topic. After 8 minutes there will be a ‘thumbs up/ thumbs down’ to decide whether or not the discussion should continue. Thumbs up equals 4 more minutes on the clock. This happens until it is agreed that the topic has been discussed to satisfaction. Takeaways are considered and then the topic with the next largest amount of votes is addressed.

Come as you are and be ready to learn.

Suggested Reading: How to Conduct a Lean Coffee

About the Presenters:

  • Matthew Boersma of The Boldt Company is an Interiors Project Manager for the Hospital on Van Ness and Geary.
  • Dave Hagen is the Director of Process Development for Western Operations for the The Boldt Company.

The Design Side of Lean Construction

A LCI Northern California and AIA East Bay Joint Program

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
(Panel followed by wine & cheese reception)
Cost: Free. Event sponsored by Turner Construction.

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Please join us as we hear from architects on how Lean Construction has impacted their practices. Each panelist and Lean practitioner will present how Lean Construction techniques are used in their design processes and discuss cultural shifts within their organizations.


Denis J Stroup, AIA is a Senior Associate at HGA Architects and Engineers with over 24 years of experience, the last 15 years delivering acute healthcare projects in California.  He is often called on to head up multidisciplinary teams for larger projects in the role of a design team leader.  He possesses a strong leadership proclivity leveraging lean project delivery tools and methodologies in all projects he is involved in both large and small.

Rob Williamson, AIA is a licensed architect and Project Director in the San Francisco office of Taylor Design.  Rob earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design and an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. He has worked extensively with the California Division of the State Architect (DSA), various campus agencies, and local building authorities in the permitting and construction of projects ranging from tenant improvements and alterations to new, ground-up facilities. Rob employs lean principles throughout the design process to help identify and understand the user values that contribute to these experiences, and to ensure that the process remains aligned with these values every step of the way.

Marianne O’Brien, FAIA is a Principal with SmithGroupJJR with more than 30 years of experience in the field of architecture leading projects and practices. She is recognized for her focus on collaborative project delivery through alternative methodologies and the application of Lean Principles. She was a panelist at the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) national conference opening general session in 2011 and has presented nationally and internationally at Tradeline, SCUP, and AIA conferences.

Todd Henderson is a principal at Boulder Associates with 21 years of architectural experience, mostly in the healthcare market. A self-described ‘change agent,’ Todd led Boulder Associates’ successful shift to BIM and now works to further lean-inspired transformation of his company’s culture and beyond.

Incorporating LEAN Principles in a Conventional Design Project at UC Davis

a LCI Northern California Community of Practice program

Thursday, May 12, 2016
LCI/AIA Members: $55 / Guests: $75 / Public Sector Owners/Non-Profit Owners Representatives: Free / Academic: $30
Register here. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Join the NorCal CoP and the UC Davis Olson Hall Seismic Upgrade project team for a panel discussion on lessons learned on this Design-Build project. The panel will include the University’s Project Manager, the Contractors Superintendent, and the Design Team’s Project Manager. The project was a conventional Design Build delivery utilizing Lead methodologies without an IFoA form of agreement.


Michael Head: UC Davis: Design & Construction Management

Wesley Ramirez, Assoc. AIA: Stafford King Wiese Architects

Paul Tate: The Boldt Company

For more information, contact Julia Shellhouse, LCI Administration Manager at
phone: (703) 387-3050 / email:

Integrated Design and Construction: UHS Henderson Hospital – The Good, The Bad and Everything In Between

Thursday, March 10, 2016
LCI/AIA Members: $55.00 / Non-Members: $75.00
Register here. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

A LCI Northern California Community of Practice presentation.

Come and hear from the UHS Henderson Hospital team as they race through primary construction and finishing. This serves as a follow-up presentation to the one given last year during the design phase of the project. This time, the design and construction team will cover Implementation of an Integrated Project Delivery System, Set Based Design, the Last Planner System, the Lean Process and Productivity in Material/Handling, the Lean Process and Team Design/ Construction Collaboration and Management.

About the Presenters:

Steve Wilson – HMC Architects

Uchenna Okoye – Buehler & Buehler

Danny Boh – Southland Industries

Joe Garcia – SR Construction

There is Building and There is Architecture: Opening the Black Box of Design

An LCI NorCal Event/Co-Sponsored by AIA East Bay

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
5-7 pm, networking reception to follow
Location: AIA East Bay Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA  94612.
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Early Registration: LCI & AIA Members: $55.00; Non-Members: $75.00; Public Sector Owners Representatives: Free; Not-for-Profit Owners Representatives: Free; Academic: $30.00.

Regular Registration Begins May 6thLCI & AIA Members: $75.00; Non-Members: $95.00

Architects and contractors have historically had a challenging relationship. Evolving innovations in technology, lean processes, and owner demands for more value, pushes all participants to reset the OS for collaborative design delivery.  Both designers and the builders need to re-examine past processes and deeply held beliefs in order to reset the OS to improve design project delivery.

In this presentation, Bruce Cousins, AIA of SWORD Integrated Building Solutions will discuss the current state of a collaborative (partnering or design/build) approach between designers and builders and explore ways that he and others are working to improve the collaborative design process to address the needs of designers, builders and owners.

Bruce has been on both sides of design and construction throughout his career and would like to draw on the attendees’ experience by facilitating a discussion of the challenges faced in collaborative design efforts; ways that trust was established, designers were compensated, design solutions were generated and if any shared great practices can be gained from the collective experience of the audience.

Learning Objectives

1. Understanding that Lean is an operating system comprised of principles and tools
2. Understanding how the principles and tools are relevant to concurrent and collaborative design process in integrated project delivery
3. Understanding how a Integrated Design Management process using primary Lean management practices and tools, such as: BIM Execution Plan, Pull in Planning, Level of Development and Collocation in Big Room in project delivery and its role in improving collaborative or concurrent design practices Project Validation and Design Development Phases.

Recommended Reading
Creativity, Inc. Ed Catmull President of PIXAR Animation — Chapter
Scrum – The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time – Chapter 

Salad ChatChair Exercise – Plan how to design, manufacture and deliver a chair to a customer. 

LCI NorCal presents: LCI/P2SL State of the Union and Networking

LCI/P2SL State of the Union and Networking

An LCI NorCal Event

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
5-7pm, networking reception to follow
Location: AIA East Bay Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA  94612
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Early Registration:

LCI or AIA Members: $55.00
Non-Members: $75.00
Public Sector Owners Representatives: free
Not for Profit Owners Representatives: free
Academic: $30.00

Regular Registration begins February 4th:

LCI or AIA Members: $75.00
Non-Members: $95.00

Please join us for a “State of the Union” for the Lean Construction Institute and P2SL.  Representatives from both organizations will report out on their proposed initiatives for 2015 as well as their successes from 2014.  LCI will present on both the NorCal Community of Practice as well as on the results from the National Congress in October and National Initiatives.  P2SL will report on their current research initiates and future goals.

The presentation will be followed by a networking session with heavy appetizers and a hosted bar.

Attendees should get a general understanding of the organization of the LCI NorCal Chapter, its goals for 2015, ways to get involved, and the upcoming event schedule.  Attendees should also get an understanding of P2SL, how it works and how to get them involved in future projects.

LCI NorCal presents: Lessons of A Failed Kaizen Event

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Location: The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano, 3250 Rancho Solano Parkway, Fairfield, CA 94534
$75 AIA/LCI Members; Non-Members: $95.00; Public Sector Owners Representatives: free; Not for Profit Owners Representatives: free; Academic: $30.00

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Speaker: Garrett Bradford – Clark Pacific

Clark Pacific, founded in 1963 as Tecon Pacific, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of state-of-the-art structural and architectural precast building systems. We are a trusted partner in design-build turnkey structural solutions. We focus on a preconstruction partnering process that helps our clients achieve shorter project schedules, reduced project costs, and best value designs. We have two production facilities in Northern California (West Sacramento and Woodland), and two production facilities in Southern California (Fontana and Irwindale).

The goal of the kaizen event is to improve safety, quality, and productivity by developing standard operations for the stripping, set up, reinforcing, and placing of precast systems. The change we are looking to bring about was to go from a team who constantly had to look to their supervisor for what to do next to a team where each employee knew exactly what their role was in completing all the work.

Kaizen events can introduce dramatic change to a process with the potential for great results. However, the power of kaizen must be applied with the culture of the organization in mind. In this presentation we will learn how managing the preparation for a kaizen can go very well, or very badly

Lessons of a Failed Kaizen Event will help any Lean practitioner avoid the pitfalls of change in an organization. It will outline the steps necessary for assuring alignment between management and a project team through real examples of failure (which is the 1st step to success).

Integrated Process for Document Quality Assurance

a dinner program by LCI NorCal

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
HS Lordships, 199 Seawall Drive, Berkeley, CA  94710
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In most cases, design teams have good internal quality and coordination process for their own disciplines. At determined design iterations, SD, DD, CD, etc., they are typically sent to one party where a single individual reviews and “throws the comments back over the fence.” Denis J. Stroup, AIA of Lionakis will offer a more collaborative and integrated method for design document quality assurance.

This course will provide an overview of a more integrated Quality Assurance/Quality Control than the traditional method. Teams will learn to appraise the internal quality and coordination process for their own disciplines, and analyze the common practice of determined design iterations – schematic design, detailed design, etc. – wherein a single party or individual reviews and valuable input/feedback is lost.