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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

Transforming Spaces: The Power of Public Art

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Early registration (by June 26): Free AIA members and employees of chapter member firms / $10 Guests. Registration after June 26: $10 AIA members / $15 Guests.
Includes a wine & cheese networking reception.
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Eric Powell, Allied Member transforms environments through creating compelling, beautiful, unique works of art.  These works are responsive to the places where they reside.  They bring magnetism and unique character and businesses flourish.  His work marks and distinguishes these places by incorporating aspects of their history, natural surroundings and other relevant phenomena.

He will present images of his work and describe the arc of his creative journey and career, his sources of inspiration and the challenges of merging art with business. He will describe the richness and expansiveness of creating a personal language through art.

Eric will also discuss the collaborative process of public art and how the cross-pollination between art and architecture can enhance the outcome of a project.

About the Presenter:

With twenty-seven years of experience and five hundred completed commissions, Powell is well versed and highly experienced in the public art process and in working with cities, architects, landscape architects, designers, developers, arts commissions and other stakeholders. He is an effective problem solver, a skilled collaborator and a proactive and clear communicator.

Powell’s work is well rounded, comprehensive and site-responsive to the real needs of the client and of the project context. His body of public art works includes freestanding sculpture, wall-based sculpture and integrated architectural works such as gates, railings and sculptural screens. Powell finds that the diversity and range of his work allow him to respond to and take on virtually any project to create unique, timeless and enlivening works of art.


The Concord Reuse Project and New Town Planning

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Early registration (by June 4): Free AIA members / $10 Guests
Late registration: $10 AIA members / $15 Guests
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Come hear the story of the Concord Reuse Project and how the plan has evolved over the last ten years.  The project will redevelop the former Concord Naval Weapons Station to become a model for transit-oriented sustainable design.  North Concord BART serves as a gateway to the 2,300-acre site.  The project will include 12,200 housing units, over 6 million square feet of commercial development and hundreds of acres of parks, open space and greenways.

FivePoint and Hart Howerton are working with the City of Concord to develop a Specific Plan and EIR by the end of 2018.  Rachel Flynn, AIA, Vice President with FivePoint Communities and Eron Ashley, AIA Managing Principal at Hart Howerton will present plans for this exciting project.

About the Presenters:

Rachel Flynn, AIA joined FivePoint in 2016 as Vice President of Planning where she oversees Lennar’s redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.  Prior to this, she was Director of Planning and Building for the City of Oakland. Rachel is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition from organizations such as the Jobs and Housing Coalition of Oakland, the SF Business Times, the Sierra Club of Virginia, the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association, and the Governor of Virginia.

Eron Ashley, AIA is a Managing Principal with Hart Howerton in San Francisco and his skills span from early master-planning, design and construction. Eron has led a variety of assignments including: community master plans in Abu Dhabi, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and Hawaii; full-service design of Pearl Island, Panama; a master plan for San Francisco’s Olympic Club; new clubhouse facilities in Phoenix and Park City; the mixed- use Emeryville Public Market; and The Island House boutique hotel in Lyford Cay, Bahamas.


Observation and Speculation: Artist Talk and Reception

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Free and open to all. No charge at the door.
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Join us for the opening of our latest exhibit where the artists, Doug Wittnebel, AIA, Peter Gee and Future Cities Lab will say a few words about the creative process.

About the Exhibit:

Observation and speculation are central to the creative process whether that process occurs in the interest of pure art, architectural design or place-making. The work exhibited here is a sampling from three unique practitioners. Their work spans the spectrum from fantasy landscapes to real places or having no site whatsoever. The work presented deliberately mixes genres to invite a dialogue about creative products and processes.

Doug Wittnebel, AIA is an architect and Principal at Gensler’s Oakland office. He describes his work as ranging “from landscape studies, paintings of buildings, and some work that is about speculation and dreaming.” Future Cities Lab is an experimental design studio, workshop and architectural think tank operating globally out of San Francisco. Their proposed public art piece “Anemone” inspired by the eponymous California native plant is a structural canopy and gateway element within a new retail development at UC Village in Albany designed by Lowney Architecture. Peter Gee’s work includes paintings and a collection of  functional pottery that encompasses a variety of influences and methods. He lives and practices his art in Oakland and San Miguel de Allende.

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.