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My Architecture: COTE Top Ten

A Monthly Program

Wednesday, April 5, 2017    DATE CHANGE!
Early registration (by April 3): Free AIA members and employees of chapter member firms / $10 Guests. Late registration: $10 Members / $15 Guests. At the Door: $20 all.
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The AIA COTE (Committee on the Environment) Top Ten Awards is the industry’s best-known awards program for sustainable design excellence. Each year, only ten innovative projects earn the prize for setting the standard in design and sustainability.

The Exploratorium (EHDD), Jacobs Hall at UC Berkeley (LMS) and West Berkeley Library (HED) are all 2016 COTE Top Ten winners, and we’ve asked the CLIENTS to come talk about these award-winning projects from their point of view. Join us for our monthly program as a selection of owners and clients from these 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. A wine and cheese reception follows the panel presentation.


The Exploratorium: Located in San Francisco, the Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art and human perception. The museum creates tools and experiences that help attendees become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits, a website with over 50,000 pages of content, film screenings, evening art and science events for adults, and much more.

  • Heidi Dolamore, Director of Library Services, City of Berkeley, on the West Berkeley Library and Elliot Warren, Deputy Director, City of Berkeley, on the West Berkeley Library

West Berkeley Library: Part of the Berkeley Public Library System, the West Berkeley Library is the first Net Zero Public Library in California. In 2016 they became a recipient of the prestigious COTE Top Ten Award.

  • Emily Rice, Director of Programs & Operations, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation is UC Berkeley’s interdisciplinary hub for learning and making at the intersection of design and technology. From their home in Berkeley’s College of Engineering, they extend broadly across campus, serving as a welcoming hub: engineers, artists, and makers of all kinds can gather and collaborate.

AIA EB : BE AIA, A Member Mixer

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Cost: Free AIA Members / $10 Guests; After 1/23: $10 AIA Members / $15 Guests
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What do you want? How can we help? Let’s kick off the year right! Please join us at the chapter office on January 25, prepared to share your ideas and priorities on what AIA East Bay can do (and do better) for you.

When Talking about Design: Monthly Program

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Early registration (by February 28): Free AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms; $10 Guests
Late reg: $10 AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms; $15 Guests
At the door: $20
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Sometimes it can be difficult to talk about design and architecture in a way that’s clear to the non-professional. Will a potential client know how a building can “activate” a streetscape and why that’s a good thing? Would your neighbor understand “fenestration” or “typology”?

John King, the Urban Design critic for the SF Chronicle, will be joined by Tim Culvahouse, FAIA and Saskia Dennis-van Dijl to share their thoughts on how to write for real people: the public and clients. They will also discuss how to convey the value that architects provide to all communities and projects through writing. A wine and cheese reception follows the discussion.

About the Presenters:

John King is the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic, a beat that begins with architecture and goes from there. A history major from UC Berkeley with a masters in Journalism from Indiana University, he has been honored by the California chapter of the American Institute of Architecture and is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. His book “Cityscape 2: Reading the Architecture of San Francisco” was published last fall by Heyday.

As a professional development consultant and network catalyst, Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, helps fellow architects enrich their practices by sharing what they know. He is the editor of The Tennessee Valley Authority: Design & Persuasion, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2007, and was the editor of arcCA, the quarterly journal of the AIA California Council, from 2000 to 2012. He is past chair of the board of the San Francisco-based non-profit Public Architecture.

Saskia Dennis-VanDijl advises clients in business development and marketing. She counsels principals and senior marketing staff on best practices, marketing trends, and prospective clients. Her recent focus has been on strategic message development for architects, engineers and contractors: developing and organizing messages and creating visual/graphic support for those messages. In collaboration with Mark Cameron, she also teaches a presentation training workshop nationally to architecture, engineering and construction companies.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to…

  1. Be able to demonstrate ways of speaking plainly and clearly about architecture to the public.
  2. Learn ways to overcome the habitual use of archispeak and jargon when communicating with non-architects.
  3. Gain a better understanding of how to write vividly and clearly for marketing and business development.
  4. Learn how to express in written and verbal communication the value that architecture bring to communities.

The Architecture of Oakland: A Monthly Program

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Early registration (by February 1): Free AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms; $10 Guests
Late reg: $10 AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms; $15 Guests
At the door: $20
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Oakland is a true tapestry of architecture–picture its jade green art deco beauties, gleaming high rises and modern cathedrals. Moderated by Jeremiah Tolbert, AIA, of Tolbert Design Architects, AIA East Bay brings together three of Oakland’s “image makers” in a discussion about the current state of Oakland’s architecture, where it’s going and how it got there. A wine and cheese reception follows the discussion.

About the Presenters:

Rachel Flynn, AIA is the Director of Planning and Building for the City of Oakland. Flynn’s role is charged with managing 125 employees, improving the city’s planning and permitting functions and facilitating sustainable development. She has worked for a variety of public and private entities including two cities in Virginia, Cannon Design, and Otak International in Abu Dhabi. She earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard University and a master’s in engineering and construction management and a bachelor’s in architecture from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

For more than 20 years, Peter Waller, AIA has been leading the design of largescale multi-family housing developments for Pyatok, an Oakland-based architecture firm. Drawn to urbanism and high-density, he offers expertise in mixed-use, adaptive reuse in both affordable and market rate housing with a focus on creating transit-oriented developments that result in more livable and sustainable communities. Peter’s first priority on any project is to uncover solutions that relate to the larger community and create strong connections to the public realm. Peter is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

Doug Wittnebel, AIA, is the Principal & Design Director at Gensler’s Oakland office, Doug directs the vision of project teams as they collaborate with technology, energy and financial firm clients. He has more than 30 years of experience working in multiple countries across a number of practice areas. Doug’s award-winning projects have been published in the San Francisco Business Times and Forbes, among other media. His commitment to the East Bay community extends from a drawing tour of the wonderful classical historical buildings of Oakland to supporting a number of local art groups that include MOCHA, the Museum of Children’s Art. Doug holds an M.Arch from Tulane University.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to…

1. Identify four influences of architecture in Oakland.

2. Learn what impact fees mean for clients and projects.

3. Identify three ways in which historical buildings in Oakland have been transformed through the ages.

4. Learn what a building’s role is in the experience of Downtown Oakland.

President’s Letter: A Better Way

October_ArchNews DRAFT pg 1-5_Page_2_Image_0001Last spring, we held a monthly program on Lean Construction with a panel of practitioners representing architects, builders and owners. At the end of the meeting, we did a plus/delta (that’s where suggestions for improvements on the presentation, delta, and encouragement for continuation, plus, are noted). One of the deltas was that we didn’t have enough time to get more detailed information about Lean Construction.

As a countermeasure to that specific delta from the program, we have partnered with the LCI NorCal COP to present our first joint monthly program. Following to that monthly program from last year, the Lean Construction Institute’ s Northern California Community of Practice (LCI Nor Cal CoP) reached out to our chapter to host their monthly programs. Its been a great partnership between our organizations in building relationships and community around reducing waste and increasing value in projects using Lean Construction techniques.

In case you weren’t able to attend the program, here is a synopsis of Lean Construction. The three main goals of Lean are increase value, reduce waste and respect people. Increasing value is an easy goal to understand. Increasing value for the customer is first understanding what the customer wants and modifying the processes to deliver. Reducing waste is another goal in Lean. Eliminating steps that don’t add value (see previous goal) in the processes to focus on doing only those things that add value. The third goal is respecting people. This one is a little harder to understand. How does respecting people make for a better way?

One way to respect people as a part of Lean Construction, is to solicit input from people doing the work. Instead of drafting a detail in CAD, stamping it and issuing it as an ASI, the trade person doing the work can be tapped for specific knowledge on how to build that detail and improve it before it is issued to the field. Or the contractor can understand the design intent from the architect before building it and simply “follow the plans” that may not convey the intent. Each of us brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to the project and not utilizing them for the benefit of the project is a form of waste we try to reduce.

President’s Letter: The Other 1%

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Malvin Whang, AIA            Chapter President

We’ve heard a lot about the 1% in Oakland in the last several years. Long before there was Occupy Oakland, there was the other 1% I first heard in Thomas Edison’s quote “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” I think that aptly describes how we work as architects. We work that idea, distill it down to its essence and translate it into architecture. That is the ninety-nine percent of the work.

We get inspiration from different places for our projects. Sometimes we find inspiration in the context of the site or the work. Other times we find inspiration in the users and the work they do. Architecture that can further the mission of the users or their institutions can inspire designs that takes perspiration to bring the ideas to fruition.

Our June monthly program will focus on this kind of inspiration. The program will focus on projects that were inspired by the mission of the users and the institutions they serve. Imagine architecture that can inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold or architecture that can support multiple modalities of teaching and learning so that the classroom isn’t just for teaching, it’s also for learning how to teach.

It’s easy for us to take for granted that architecture has the power to do more than provide shelter. At times, the lyrical and inspirational parts of our craft can be hard to see between plan checks and value engineering. But without it, we’re just drafting and drawings lines on paper.

We’re going to try a couple of different things with this program in June. We’re going to have users and clients talk about how the architecture is furthering their mission and the work they do. It should be an interesting way to talk about architecture and an opportunity for our members to hear about the work. We’re also going to have the program sponsored and eliminate the registration fee for early registrants. If the registration is an impediment to our members participating in the monthly programs, we want to change that.

We’re so looking forward to seeing everyone at My Architecture, A Client’s Perspective on June 24.

My Architecture, a Client’s Perspective

an AIA East Bay Monthly Program

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
5:30pm, wine and cheese reception to follow.

Early bird rate before June 22:
Free for AIA Members and employees of chapter member firms; $10 for guests.
After June 22: $5 AIA Members & employees of chapter member firms; $15 guests.
At the door: $20

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Join us for our monthly program as a selection of owners and clients from four recently completed design 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.

Featured projects:

Oakland Museum of California (Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects)
UCSF Anatomy Learning Center (Harley Ellis Devereaux)
Girls Inc.’s Simpson Center for Girls (Anne Phillips Architecture)
EBALDC‘s Swan’s Market (Pyatok)

Featured speakers:

Lance Gyorfi, Vice Chair of the Oakland Museum of California Board of Trustees, will discuss Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects’ renovations to architect Kevin Roche’s original 1969 design.

Judy Glenn, Chief Operating Officer of Girls Inc., will share the non-profit’s new Simpson Center for Girls in downtown Oakland and the opportunities the new space has provided.

Joshua Simon, Executive Director of the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), will take us through how the renovations of downtown Oakland’s historic Swan’s Market has advanced the non-profit’s mission.

A panel of University of California San Francisco (UCSF) faculty will highlight how the renovations to the UCSF Anatomy Learning Center have helped them better teach anatomy to their students. The panel includes: Kimberly Topp, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and Department of Anatomy; Peter Ohara, Professor of the Department of Anatomy; and Kevin Souza, Associate Dean for Medical Education.

Cheese and wine reception to follow.


EBALDC's Swan's Market renovation, designed by PYATOK. Image courtesy of PYATOK.

EBALDC’s Swan’s Market renovation, designed by Pyatok. Image courtesy of Pyatok.

UCSF Anatomy Learning Center, designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux. Image courtesy of UCSF.

UCSF Anatomy Learning Center, designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux. Image courtesy of UCSF.

Oakland Museum of California Renovation and Expansion, designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects. Image courtesy of Tim Griffith.

Oakland Museum of California Renovation and Expansion, designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects. Image courtesy of Tim Griffith.

Girl's Inc.'s Simpson Center for Girls, designed by Anne Phillips Architecture.

Girls Inc.’s Simpson Center for Girls, designed by Anne Phillips Architecture.

Girls Inc.'s Simpson Center for Girls, designed by Anne Phillips Architecture.

Girls Inc.’s Simpson Center for Girls, designed by Anne Phillips Architecture.


The Design Process

An AIA East Bay Monthly Program

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
5:30pm, wine and cheese reception to follow.
Location: AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612

$16 for AIA members and employees of East Bay Chapter Member Firms; $21 for non-members

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The process of design can be equally invigorating and frustrating and every architect develops their own, unique way of creating order out of chaos and striving for innovation.

If you’re an architect, work with architects or are considering hiring one in the future, hearing first-hand about the means and methods different architects use to navigate this process can be invaluable.

Join AIA East Bay for an evening with 2014 Exceptional Residential Design Award winners, including Andrew Lee, AIA, Alexander Jermyn, AIA and Cary Bernstein, AIA who will share the design process that led to their award-winning projects.

Seismic Protection of Nonstructural Components: Six Months Since Napa

An AIA East Bay Monthly Program

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
5:30pm, includes buffet dinner.
Location: AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612

$16 for AIA members and employees of East Bay Chapter Member Firms; $21 for non-members

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Six months since the South Napa earthquake, this symposium will address the topic of nonstructural protection and some of the key design and engineering issues identified in the earthquake’s aftermath.

Our expert panel includes Janiele Maffei, S.E. of the California Earthquake Authority who was on the scene in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, Estructure’s Maryann Phipps, S.E. with over 30 years’ experience in designing and renovating buildings for seismic resistance and Roger Parra, S.E. of Degenkolb who has been working with wineries in Napa since the earthquake six months ago.

Our presenters will share with us some of the stories, key outcomes and lessons learned ‘post-Napa’ in addition to shedding light on code requirements and retrofits. Topics covered will include:

  • Residential damage in Napa / What to do about chimneys;
  • Residential Seismic retrofit and why it works;
  • Nonstructural damage to the wine industry: stacked wine barrels and stainless steel tanks;
  • Cladding damage to modern buildings;
  • Damage to contents and equipment in the Napa earthquake;
  • What causes damage to nonstructural components;
  • Code requirements for the seismic protection of nonstructural components.


Janiele MaffeiJaniele Maffei, S.E., California Earthquake AuthorityJaniele is Chief Mitigation Officer of the California Earthquake Authority in Sacramento, California. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she obtained her AB degree in architecture and an MS in civil engineering. Maffei is a registered structural engineer who has worked in the earthquake engineering industry for over 30 years. Her experience includes the design of new building structures and seismic strengthening of existing structures. She designed, launched and is now operating the Earthquake Brace + Program for the CEA, which provides resources and knowledge to homeowners trying to retrofit their wood-frame homes.

maryann phippsMaryann Phipps, S.E., EstructureMaryann is a Structural Engineer with over 30 years of experience evaluating, designing and renovating buildings for seismic resistance. Her hands-on experience designing hospitals for post-earthquake functionality has helped make Maryann a recognized expert in the field. She is President of Estructure, a structural engineering firm in Oakland specializing in health care and laboratory renovations, and recognized nationally for its expertise designing seismic protection for nonstructural components.

Roger ParraRoger Parra, S.E., Degenkolb. Roger’s experience includes design of new structures and seismic strengthening of existing structures. He also has strong experience in seismic analysis and seismic evaluations of existing structures. Roger has an extensive portfolio in highly specialized facilities such as manufacturing sites and laboratories. He has worked at length implementing the seismic upgrade program for technology sector clients.
Learning Objectives

In this presentation, attendees will learn about:

1. Post-earthquake residential damage and damage to nonstructural components.
2. Residential seismic retrofit and why it works.
3. Nonstructural damage to the Napa wine industry, damage to contents and equipment and cladding damage to modern buildings.
4. What causes damage to nonstructural components and code requirements for seismic protection.


Infill Development

By special correspondent Peter Tonner

On Wednesday, 17 September 2014, over 40 planning and architectural professionals from across the Bay Area attended our Regional Urban Design Monthly Program on the topic of ‘Infill Development’.

Infill1East Bay chapter member Matt Taecker, AIA, AICP and a panel of speakers with combined expertise in real estate development, urban regeneration and economic consulting led us through some of the core financial fundamentals of infill redevelopment.

After an overview of the topic was provided by Matt, Bill Lee of Land Econ Group–an economics consulting professional with over 35 years of experience–took us through his involvement in the LA Exposition Metro Line (Phase 2). When completed, this project will link Culver City and downtown Santa Monica by rail, thereby connecting Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, South Bay, Long Beach and dozens of points in between.

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Bill forecast the economic potential of the points in between Culver City and Santa Monica, highlighting a 10 year pro forma which included elements such as financing costs, capitalization costs, parking rates, rate of rent increase, etc. By utilizing this method Land Econ were able to deduce a number of reasonable projections with regards to which areas between Culver City and Santa Monica were likely to yield more attractive cost benefits based on area specific strengths and weaknesses.

Infill2Our second guest speaker of the evening, Steve Hixson of Hixson and Associates, trained as an architect prior to moving into real estate development and consultancy.

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Steve discussed some of the early obstacles of infill land acquisition (i.e. fragmented ownership, potential for urban speculators) and explained the financial challenges of developing small sites v large sites and low rise v high rise. Steve demonstrated that in the existing market cycle low rise buildings (five to seven stories) and super high rise buildings (seventeen stories) are likely to be more viable than mid-high rise (seven to seventeen stories).


Our final speaker was Alexander Quinn, Director of AECOM’s Sustainable Economics Division for the Americas Region. Alexander discussed a number of findings from financial modeling projects he had worked on in Oakland and Berkeley. 

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His research on Oakland closely resembled Steve’s analysis of the development potential of small and super high rise buildings and his Berkeley examples highlighted some of the potential impacts of Measure R on development. Additionally, Alexander demonstrated that rental-residential currently provided more cost benefits over office use and discussed ways in which developers can achieve project feasibility: such as partnering with the landowner, changing unit mix, and increasing building efficiency, etc.

Our panel took a wide range of questions from our audience to close the symposium and the conversation continued well into the reception where Ian Ross from OppSites gave attendees a demonstration of his firm’s innovative mapping platform.