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Small Firm Forum 2018 Luncheon

Thursday, December 6, 2018
$15 First Registrant / $10 Friend
Click here to register by Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Please join the Small Firm Forum for their Annual Holiday Lunch. We will share a catered lunch, have good conversation and share up-to-two meaningful slides each from our practices.  Let’s celebrate the past year and look forward to 2019.  All monthly hosts for 2019 will be entered into a raffle to win a gift certificate to Builder’s Booksource.  Everyone is invited to bring a guest at a special price.

About the Slides:
Submit two jpeg images.  They can be meaningful images from your practice or related to your practice.  As a nod to years past, the images can even be of problems from your work.  Each person will have 90 seconds to tell us about their images.

Submit no more than two slides to when you register and be prepared to share why it’s a small-firm project.

A Walk in the Park: Five Critical Concepts for Design of Urban Spaces to Maximize Social and Ecological Benefits

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
Location: Bishop Floyd L. Begin Plaza, 2251 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

The renovation of Bishop Floyd L. Begin Plaza is one of the newest open-space contributions to Uptown Oakland. The plaza neighborhood has long served as a center of immigration into Oakland. Surrounded by the historic Greyhound bus station, social service support agencies, affordable family and senior housing, veteran’s services, offices, old and new residents, and within walking distance of downtown, the new plaza serves a truly diverse community. The site, originally designed as a forecourt to Oakland’s first Cathedral, became underutilized and abused for years after the Cathedral was declared un-salvageable due to structural damage from the 1989 earthquake.

Join principal designer and Allied Member, Peter Wolfe, landscape architect, on a tour and discussion of the newly renovated plaza.

About the Speaker:

Peter Wolfe, landscape architect and Allied Member, began his career over 30 years ago, after travels throughout North America and the world visiting great places. He received his MLA from Harvard Graduate School of Design. His current practice focuses on placemaking and sustainable environments for private, public, and institutional clients throughout the Bay Area.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program participants will…

  1. Be able to identify at least three crime prevention techniques through environmental design.
  2. List at least three effective public outreach methodologies.
  3. Learn features, materials and finish selections for difficult sites.
  4. Be able to identify landscapes for pollinators and learn about beneficial insects.

Building an Exterior Wall (With Wood): SFF

SFF Round Table Discussion (Highly Interactive)

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests

1.5 CES LUs

SFF Host:  Gregory True, AIA

Gregory True, AIA has built and designed a lot of walls during his decades as a licensed contractor and architect.  He admires building projects that meld design ideas, structure, materials, and an efficient building process to achieve their goals.  He is curious to know what his colleagues, with an interest in this topic, have to share.

Evolving building code & energy requirements demand more from the building envelope.   Wood frame exterior walls not only provide structure, but must provide the multiple barriers that protect from water and air infiltration, provide thermal comfort and prevent the deterioration that occurs when moisture is absorbed into the wall.  Some projects require fire protection. Many experts have differing opinions on what products, strategies and details work best.   It’s likely that on any given project, the designer, code enforcement agency, the contractor and tradesmen all would have input on the best way to meet that project’s requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a broader perspective on trusted strategies and products for water and air barriers, including housewrap, integrated air & water barriers, rainscreens and structural sheathing with air and water barriers.
  2. Learn how your peer’s thinking about thermal barriers has evolved with respect to fiberglass batts,  continuous Insulation and closed or open cell polyurethane products.
  3. Learn about innovative wall sections that have enabled unique project solutions
  4. Learn via highly interactive conversation, the range of knowledge your peers possess and where that leaves you relative to your standard of care.

Marketing And Your Online Presence

Small Firm Forum Round Table Discussion

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
Brown-Bag Lunch (BYO Lunch)

1.5 CES LUs

SFF Host: Alexandra Odabachian, Architect

Many sole practitioners and small firms have weathered more than one recession and have learned to take work when it is available.  Yet often the work that comes our way is via personal recommendations, not impersonal advertising.  Now that work is relatively abundant, should we take advantage of our online presence to stand out in a favorable way in the minds of potential clients?  Should we make a serious effort to expand our identity beyond those who already know of us?  What are the ways to do that?

Jillian Saxty will draw on her experience working with a variety of small businesses and non-profits to give a short introduction to online marking solutions. Jillian Saxty previously worked in digital media production, health care and adventure travel marketing. Jillian has a BA in English from St. Olaf College and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.  Jillian has provided web and print marketing services to small businesses and non-profits since 1998.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to create short and long term marketing goals for their architectural practice.
2.  Participants will learn the pros and cons of various online marketing techniques, including the use of social media, eNewsletters, SEO and other useful techniques.
3.  Participants will evaluate which marketing tasks they can do themselves, and when they need to hire outside help (website designers, social media experts, photographers, stagers, etc.) to reach their goals.
4.  Participants will learn strategies to prepare for lean times with ongoing marketing tasks to keep your firm’s presence alive in the minds of potential clients.

Fire and Sound Assemblies: Small Firm Forum

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Brown Bag Lunch (BYO Lunch)
Free for AIA Members / $3 Guests

1.5 CES LUs

The UL Fire Resistance Directory and the various sound assembly resources tend to intimidate professionals. Focusing on the UL Directory, we hope to make these resources easy to understand and apply while avoiding the common mistakes that have led to litigation.

Fire, Smoke, Heat and Sound Assemblies – Components of a safe and livable environment.
Fire and sound assemblies are like a transmission in your car. If one part is missing or assembled incorrectly, the car won’t run.  The UL manual tends to intimidate professionals and mistakes are made. Focusing primarily on the UL Fire Resistance Manual, this presentation is intended to explain and simplify the selection of fire and sound assemblies and illustrate common mistakes that have led to litigation.

About the Presenter:

Dennis Reilly, Architect/Structural Engineer (President of Reilly & Company & POSTEN Engineering Systems) has designed projects ranging from housing to hospitals and has provided forensic investigation services on projects ranging from housing to justice centers. 

Learning Objectives:

After this presentation, attendees will…

  1.  Have an understanding of the UL Fire Resistance Directory, its organization, components (fire, temperature, smoke, walls, floors, roofs, cladding, penetrations, etc.) and limitations.
  2. Identify at least three common issues related to Sound Assemblies.
  3. Know common mistakes (constructibility, coordination with consultants, application, installation, etc) that have led to litigation.
  4. Removed the intimidation factor in selecting and specifying fire and sound assemblies.


Sculpting Architectural Space with Light: Small Firm Forum

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Free AIA Members / $3 Nonmembers
Lunch will be provided by Apparatus Design; Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

Sculpting Architectural Space with Light gives designers fluency in LED lighting technology by demonstrating the use of LED products in residential applications. Product demonstrations will be used to clearly illustrate design and engineering innovation, quality of light concerns, and the lighting layers that enhance architectural spaces. After the training there will be a question and answer session and an opportunity to see the products and discuss how they can optimized for your projects.

We will discuss updates in architectural lighting technology and how they impact your current projects. Designers will learn how to guide clients towards informed decisions about LED lighting as the result of their increased understanding of quality of light and required to make design projects 100% successful.

The extensive research conducted in preparing the Innovators in LED Lighting presentation provides practical guidance for specifiers to gain fluency in LED Lighting technology.

About the Presenters:

Therese Lahaie is an independent consultant who connects lighting designers and manufacturers with LED lighting solutions. She serves as program advisor for the light & architecture conference Lightspace California and as juror for the architectural lighting competition 40under40 North America. Therese also has an active career as an artist working in the medium of light.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the four lighting layers needed to make the spaces you design look three-dimensional.
  2. Identify the benefits of color-tunable LED lighting for residential applications.
  3. Be able to list the ways that color temperature or degrees Kelvin and CRI color rendering index improves the final design project.
  4. Identify the biggest technical challenges for LED lighting manufacturers and how are these challenges addressed.

John Lewis Architectural Glass Studio Tour

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
Location: John Lewis Studio, 10229 Pearmain Street, Oakland
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

Join the Small Firm Forum for an inspiring tour and large-scale demonstration at John Lewis Architectural Glass Studios. The studio has created a diverse collection of cast glass sculptures, decorative vessels, and one of a kind tables, benches, and pedestals.

John Lewis Glass has been producing the finest architectural cast glass since 1969 when John Lewis opened his studio in Oakland, California. Since then, the studio has created a diverse collection of cast glass sculptures, art glass bowls, decorative vessels, and one-of-a-kind tables, benches, and pedestals. Today, the studio continues to push the envelope at executing the vision of architects, landscape architects, and designers worldwide.

John Lewis Glass collaborates on site-specific architectural projects and special commissions, incorporating its hand-crafted cast glass into immense and unique sculptural and functional designs in a variety of environments. JLG also works with interior and landscape designers to execute unique furniture and functional cast glass designs that add distinction and value to projects. From a pool-side bench to flights of glass stair treads to custom-coated countertops, the applications for cast glass are endless. Limited-edition art glass pieces can also be commissioned as originally designed or custom tailored to harmonize with specific installations.

About the Studio:

John Lewis Glass has been producing the finest architectural cast glass since 1969 when John Lewis opened his studio in Oakland, California. Since then, the studio has created a diverse collection of cast glass sculptures, art glass bowls, decorative vessels, and one-of-a-kind tables and benches.

Learning Objectives: 

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1. See how cast glass is made and how it can be used creatively in their own projects.
  2. Learn about the many potential applications of cast glass.
  3. Learn about the strength, durability, and functionality of cast glass.
  4. Be able to list advantages of cast glass over other cast materials.

Feng Shui and Architecture

A Small Firm Forum

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
Brown-bag lunch (BYO lunch)

1.5 CES LUs

Hosted by Rebecca Friedberg.

What is Feng Shui and how does it relate to our role as architects? Core concepts and demystification of the Feng Shui Bagua map, five elements theory, placement, enhancing interiors with Feng Shui design and examples of design approaches that have strong and weak Feng Shui will be discussed.

Please join us for a fun and content rich discussion with Michele Duffy, BTB M.F.S. who will share many obvious and nuanced design principles that infuse architecture and real estate across the globe. Within a contextual framework of what Feng Shui is and what it is not; core concepts and demystification of the feng shui Bagua map; & other relevant topics of Land Form Feng Shui and architecture, five elements theory, placement, enhancing interiors with Feng Shui design and examples of design approaches that have strong Feng Shui and those that are counter productive will be discussed.

About the Presenter:

Shui Master Michele Duffy studied under the Buddhist Tibetan Bon lineage of Grandmaster Lin Yun and his students, Dr. Edgar Sung and Stephen Post, Ph.D. In practice for 18 years, Michele brings her expertise in land form Feng Shui, real estate Feng Shui, geomancy, Taoism, mysticism, astrology, & five element theory to her professional practice. Michele’s passion is for sharing her skills and knowledge to facilitate others understanding of the art & science of feng shui, and in shifting their personal environments to open the way for new possibilities. Michele also offers annual empowerment charts which combine traditional Chinese Astrology & the I CHING.

Learning Objectives:

1. Gain and understanding of the Feng Shui Bagua map.
2. Have a working knowledge of Feng Shui for 21st century clients.
3. Gain an understanding of how Feng Shui might inform architectural and interior design.
4. Become familiar with Feng Shui vocabulary terms and core concepts.

Berkeley Lighting: Small Firm Forum Tour

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests. Space is limited.
Location: Berkeley Lighting Company, 1623 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

This event is sold out, click here to be added to the waitlist.

Join the Small Firm Forum for a presentation at Berkeley Lighting. Learn about: smart switches, setting lighting scenes, and controlling them on smart devices from anywhere in the world. Lighting types (LED, fluorescent, incandescent) and dimmer compatibility. New Title 24 lighting criteria for residential indoor and outdoor lighting. LED color temperatures and CRI (Color Rendering Index). LED undercabinet lighting, 12V vs. 120V differences and installation requirements.  Recessed lighting photometrics, lumen output, coverage/spread, and color temperatures. 

Lunch provided by Berkeley Lighting.

Learning Objectives:

After the program with Berkeley Lighting the participants will…

  1. Be knowledgeable of specifying lighting controls with smart switches.
  2. Be knowledgeable of various dimmer types and dimmer compatibility requirements for various luminaires (LED, Fluorescent, Incandescent).
  3. Be knowledgeable of new Title 24 residential lighting requirements for both indoor and outdoor lighting..
  4. Gain an overview of some LED applications such as 12V and 120V undercabinet lighting, and recessed lighting photometrics/spread. Also, gain an overview of LED characteristics such as color temperature, color rendering index, and lumen output.

Acoustical Design for Residential Projects

Thursday, February 1, 2018
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
BYO Lunch (brown-bag lunch)


The impact of sound and noise on human well-being is well documented, and yet acoustical design is often ignored by both design schools and design practitioners, unless the code requires it is addressed. Residential renovation and new construction projects both offer opportunities to address acoustics and greatly improve user experience. This presentation will offer guidance to both greater understanding of the acoustical issues and design solutions.

About the Presenter:

Nick Krause of Krause Acoustics is a Berkeley trained engineer and has provided acoustical design consulting to California building owners, developers, and architects for over 20 years, primarily for residential and mixed use projects.  His studies report on environmental noise assessment, room acoustics treatments, machinery noise reduction, and other sound-related issues.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the impact of sound on building users, the field of acoustical design, and current codes impacting residential projects.
  2. Learn to identify potential sources of sound in a given residential project, and to identify the “treatment” areas (exterior, interior, room), along with gaining an understanding of the tangible impacts of addressing acoustics in design.
  1. Gain an understanding of the construction elements and assemblies that can be modified to address acoustical issues.
  2. Learn about the project management impacts of addressing acoustical issues, including integration with other work, working with an acoustical consultant, impact on project sequencing, and construction cost.