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Transforming I-980: Regional Urban Design

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Free and open to all.
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Brian Stokle, a founding member of Connect Oakland, will give a presentation on transforming I-980 to create new public land for housing, jobs, and open space, which could be catalyst for future transportation connections throughout the region. I-980 corridor is a priority of the community and the City and has been included in the Draft Downtown Oakland Specific Plan.

  • John King of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “With imaginative engineering and design, [I-980] could be replaced by a boulevard lined with housing at all price levels, reknitting the urban landscape.”
  • “Our I-980 is a cautionary tale,” says Mayor Schaaf. “It was proposed as a part of a plan to build another Bay Bridge and a shopping mall—but this broken promise leaves us with a scar across our city that separates our residents from opportunity. In its place, we want to reknit our community, building infrastructure that creates local economic opportunity, reconnects neighborhoods, and helps connect the region.”
  • The Congress for the New Urbanism in 2017 listed I-980 on the Top 10 Freeways Without Futures.


This tour has been postponed due to speaker scheduling conflicts. We will hold the tour in the spring 2018, date TBA.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Nonmembers.
Click here to register. Space is limited.

3.5 CES LUs

Join the Regional Urban Design Forum for a BART tour of transit-oriented development in three East Bay neighborhoods. We’ll be learning about successes, lessons learned, and challenges facing all TOD. We will tour transit oriented developments at three BART stations: MacArthur, San Leandro and Fruitvale. 

Our intent is to explore existing, current and future developments, looking at the elements of development that were successful, lessons learned and partnerships that evolved. Invited speakers include architects, developers, city leaders and BART directors and staff. The tour will be limited to 20 people.


Micro-Retail and Principles for Instant Placemaking

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Free AIA Members / $10 Guests
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1.5 CES LUs

David Baker Architects and DDG are known for innovative city-making. Join us as principals David Baker, FAIA and Craig Hamburg discuss placemaking via micro-retail from conception to financing, design and realization.

Highspeed Rail in Europe: Lessons Learned

A Regional Urban Design Program

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Free and open to all. RSVP to


At a time when the new administration is promising huge investments in infrastructure, tech companies are constantly evolving the mobility scenario and California moves ahead with its contested $64 billion plan for highspeed rail (HSR), what are the lessons we can learn from the European experience? The session will explore the aspects of successful multimodal transit stations and describe the role this infrastructure can play in American cities.

About the Presenter:

Luca Giaramidaro, Perkins+Will, is an design professional, urban designer and planner who leads the design, planning, and programmatic services for a diverse range of projects, including transit stations, airports, transportation enhancement, mixed use, infill and brownfield urban development.

Luca’s interest in transit led to the development of a research trip to study successful European transit stations with a special focus on HighSpeed Rail. Luca is currently leading the design of the station site layout, accessibility, and connectivity for the California HighSpeed Rail proposed Bakersfield F Street Station Alignment Supplemental EIR/EIS and the Master Plan for the Sacramento Valley Station, future terminus of HighSpeed Rail.

Luca works at Perkins+Will, a global architecture and design firm considered a leader in sustainability, resilience, health and wellness, and mobility. Before moving to the US, Luca obtained his doctorate degree in sustainable design from the University of Rome “La Sapienza.”

Regional Urban Design Forum / Happy Hour

This happy hour is cancelled; see you next month!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Free and open to all; RSVP to

All who are interested about Regional/Urban Design are invited to join us for an RUD Happy Hour. We’ll chat about Bay Area issues and international innovations–what would YOU like to see a focus on?

Livable Transit Corridors

A Regional Urban Design Program

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Free and open to all.


Designers and planners often talk about livability, but few efforts have defined livability more exactly or recognized its potential to frame land use and transportation decisions.  Please join Christopher Ferrell, Ph.D., and Matthew Taecker, AIA AICP, as they describe research and provide a framework for “livable transit corridors,” where people have easy access to opportunities for improving quality of life and addressing a full spectrum of livability needs.

Chris and Matt will explain how livable transit corridors can better address persons’ basic needs, by moving beyond the geographic limitations of single station areas, such as to provide easy access to health care and other major destinations.  The project’s research and planning approach were developed for the Transportation Research Board, ending in a handbook called  “Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics and Strategies.”  By examining over 350 transit corridors throughout the US, it was discovered that people who live, work or shop in the most livable corridors made four times as many trips without a car compared with the least livable corridors, and make daily trips to 50 percent more destinations within their corridors.

About the Presenters:

Christopher Ferrell, Ph.D, received his doctorate in City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley, and began his career as a planner for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).  In 2010, he started CFA Consultants, which focuses on transportation / land use integration research and planning.

Matthew Taecker, AIA AICP, Principal, Taecker Planning & Design.  For three decades, Matt has been a leader in urban placemaking and transit-oriented development (TOD).  As a planner and designer, Matt shapes policy, masterplans, and implements development near transit.

Learning Objectives:

After this presentation, attendees will be able to…

  1. Identify at least three ways livable transit corridors can better a person’s access to resources such as food and healthcare.
  2. Discuss the findings of the research project “Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics and Strategies.”
  3. Learn how livable transit corridors cut down on car use.
  4. Identify at least two ways in how people reside in “least livable corridors” and how they differ from how people reside in “most livable corridors.”

Bridge the Gap: A Bicycle / Pedestrian Moveable Bridge Connecting West Alameda and Oakland

A Regional Urban Design Forum

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Free and open to all. Bring your own lunch.


While the vibrant West Alameda/Oakland corridor contains many key destinations, bicyclists and pedestrians have few and unattractive options to cross the Oakland Estuary: the narrow Posey Tube walkway, or the circuitous Park Street Bridge.  In response, advocates at Bike Walk Alameda have proposed a movable bike / pedestrian bridge as the most practical, convenient, safe and enjoyable design.  “Bridge the Gap” campaign supporters include bicycle advocacy groups and community leaders from both sides of the Estuary, who point to project benefits such as congestion reduction, health and recreation, access for underserved populations and increased economic activity.

About the Presenter:

Lucy Gigli began her bicycle advocacy career with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition in 1992. In 1999, she co-founded BikeAlameda. She is currently the president of Bike Walk Alameda, and coordinates all advocacy. Lucy is also on the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority’s (ACTIA) Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).

Symposium on Context-Sensitive Infill, A Monthly Program

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Free AIA Members / $10 Guests before 9/28
Late Registration (after 9/28): $10 AIA Members / $15 Guests
At the Door: $20 all
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1.5 CES LUs

While infill development plays a critical role for urban sustainability, infill development faces challenges from local constituents and lengthy regulatory procedures. Controversy and delays can often be attributed to fear that infill development will damage a community’s character.

Three award-winning architects will examine how new development should “fit in” – while remaining true to today’s building methods, economics and tastes – and each will distill the most essential considerations into a set of context-sensitive design principles.

About the Speakers:

Stefan Pellegrini, Principal, Opticos Design is an urban designer who emphasizes the creation of walk-able urban places and has a deep portfolio of award-winning new urban projects.  He recognizes the importance of analyzing places and has a passion for traditional architecture.  His firm, Opticos, is nationally recognized for the innovative creation of form-based codes.

Edward McFarlan, Director of Architecture, JRDV Urban International is responsible for award-winning infill buildings and mixed-use master plans, locally and internationally.  His street-oriented urban gestures focus on vibrant urban places that celebrate city life.  Ed’s forte also includes a deep understanding of financial complexities associated with delivering dense urban architecture.

David Trachtenberg, President & Principal, Trachtenberg Architects believes that effective design and implementation come from a critical understanding of site conditions, program, political realities and budgetary constraints.  Interpretation of site and context informs decisions regarding program, circulation, materials and light.  Placemaking must also consider scale from the measure of the hand to the scale of the city and must consider the needs of multiple constituents: client, neighborhood, advocates and city officials.

Moderator, Matt Taecker, AIA, Principal, Taecker Planning & Design chairs AIA East Bay’s Urban & Regional Design program and has been a leader in urban placemaking and transit-oriented development (TOD) for three decades.  He has developed policies and master plans across a full spectrum of settings, but especially in downtown centers.  He is also a national leader in the creation of integrated transit corridors that are livable and connect complementary uses and has co-authored the Transportation Research Board’s “Handbook for Livable Transit Corridors.”

Improving Communities on a Small Scale

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Free and open to all. Pizza will be served, please RSVP here for food count.

Meet Annie Ledbury Assoc. AIA, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow and see the incredible work she’s doing improving the local community. Currently in fellowship with East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), she’s facilitating five mini-projects to improve public spaces around the San Pablo Avenue Corridor.

Architects, urban planners and anyone interested in community design are strongly encouraged to attend.


Rebuilding Cities in China: The Debate over Urban Renewal versus Urban Revitalization

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland 94612
Free and open to all–please RSVP for room setup. Bring your lunch!

1.5 CES LUs

Massive economic growth in China since 1980 has increased the rate of urbanization. Growth has also increased the wealth of hundreds of millions of Chinese families. One of the few ways that households can invest their savings is in real estate. Urban governments have responded by facilitating investment in construction–especially the development of apartment towers.

However in coastal China, no land is “empty:” even farmland is densely settled. Therefore any new urban development must either acknowledge or erase existing settlements. There can be some overlap between these options, but usually the easiest option is “Urban Renewal:” the erasure of villages and historic landscapes and total replacement with new infrastructure and buildings.

Increasingly, Chinese planners are dissatisfied with the cookie-cutter effect of cities that look increasingly the same. Now that Chinese economic growth has dropped below 7% per year, some Chinese planners are calling for a reconsideration of the feasibility of the other option: Urban Revitalization, in which existing built and cultural landscapes are acknowledged, even as they are transformed.

Come to AIA East Bay at lunchtime to hear how Urban Revitalization may be the solution.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Pietro Calogero is a Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China. He received his PhD in City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011.

His professional experience includes construction, architecture, and urban design. He oversaw the construction of 193 units of public housing in San Francisco from 1998 to 2003. He also worked on the University Avenue Specific Plan and the initial stages of the Sonoma-Marin Regional Transit (SMART) plan at Calthorpe Associates. In 1992, he assisted Allan Jacobs in completing Great Streets (1993).

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, attendees will:

  1. Be able to state two core aspects of the idea of Urban Revitalization.
  2. Be able to provide ways in which urban revitalization and urban renewal differ.
  3. Be able to describe negative impacts of China’s current regional planning structure.
  4. Be able to compare and contrast how China’s current growth struggles to Bay Area growth.