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2018 AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture

Thirty-Fourth Annual AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture:  Sharon Johnston, FAIA and Mark Lee, Johnston Marklee, Los Angeles

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Cost: Free, Open to All, Seating is Limited
1.5 CES LUs

Reception and Dinner
Time: 5pm
Location: The Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Contact: 510/464-3600
Interested in sponsorship? Click here to register.
All dinner attendees enjoy reserved lecture seating. 

Sharon Johnston, FAIA and Mark Lee are the founding partners of the architecture firm Johnston Marklee. They have taught at major universities including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the Technical University of Berlin, and ETH Zurich. They have held the Cullinan Chair at Rice University and the Frank Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto.

Since its establishment in 1998 in Los Angeles, Johnston Marklee has been recognized nationally and internationally with over 30 major awards and numerous publications. Johnston and Lee were named the 2016 USA Oliver Fellows for Architecture & Design by the United States Artists. A book on the work of the firm, entitled House Is a House Is a House Is a House Is a House, was published by Birkhauser in 2016. This followed a monograph on the firm’s work, published in 2014 by 2G.

Projects undertaken by Johnston Marklee are diverse in scale and type, spanning seven countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Current projects include the renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, which opened in September 2017, the new UCLA Graduate Art Studios campus in Culver City, California, and the Menil Drawing Institute, on the campus of the Menil Collection, complete in 2018.

The firm’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Collection, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Architecture Museum of TU Munich.

Johnston Marklee are the Artistic Directors for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Lecture Dinner

Each year we ask East Bay firms to help underwrite the expense of bringing in a renowned architect to Cal. Through the firms’ generosity we are able to present international architects such as Andrea Leers, Fuhimiko Maki, Craig Dykers and Merrill Elam without charging for the lecture. One benefit of sponsorship is attendance at the lecture dinner. The traditional wine reception and dinner precedes Johnston and Lee’s lecture. Dinner guests have reserved seats at the lecture hall–a must for this popular lecture series!

Interested in sponsorship? Click here to register. 

2018 Sponsors include

Alexander Jermyn Architecture

Byrens Kim Design Works

Carol Shen, FAIA

Choi & Robles

Craiker Architects

Design Draw Build

Devi Dutta Architecture

ELS Architecture and Urban Design

Glass Associates, Inc.

Haviland Associates Architects

Interactive Resources




Siegel & Strain Architects

Swatt Miers Architects

Taylor Design

Urban Field Studio

Tolbert Design Architects

Design Tour: Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Location: 2530 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

Join AIA East Bay for a tour of COTE Top Ten Winner, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. Designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, this project was conceived by the College of Engineering as an interdisciplinary hub for students and teachers from across the university who work at the intersection of design and technology.

Founded on the conviction that design can help address some of society’s most pressing challenges, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley, is devoted to introducing sustainable design innovation at the center of engineering education and university life. It is designed as both a collaborative, project-based educational space and a symbol to the region of the University’s commitment to sustainable innovation.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will…

  1.  See demonstrations of collaboration in built form; a campus-wide design competition for wall and ceiling finish panels.
  2. Learn about designing educational spaces for both flexibility and performance.
  3. See how to incorporate architectural expressions of green principles for all to see and experience.
  4. Learn how to design and build an institutional building in two years; Learn a delivery method with fast-track scheduling and select design-build trades.

Hard-Hat Tour of the Cal Aquatics Center

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Meeting Location: To be sent to registrants
Limited to 15 people. Must bring a hard hat and wear closed-toe shoes.
$10 AIA Members/$15 Guests  Click here to register. 

ELS Architecture and Urban Design is designing the new home for the University of California, Berkeley’s Intercollegiate Aquatic Sports, a state-of-the-art aquatics facility aimed at providing additional training space for intercollegiate athletes. Currently, the university only has one aquatic venue, which student athletes share with recreational swimmers from the university and community. The new facility will be used solely by Cal’s intercollegiate aquatics teams for athletic training.

Consisting of three single-level buildings surrounded a 50M stretch pool, the new Aquatic Center features a two-centerline dive tower and adjacent 1M and 3M springboard dive platforms, a warm water spa for divers, locker rooms and a multi-purpose and special events room. The project is targeting LEED Silver. Construction is slated to be complete in August 2016.

Design Tour: Lower Sproul Redevelopment Project

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Location: Martin Luther King Student Union on the 2nd Floor (Upper Sproul Level.)
Cost: $5 AIA Members and Employees of AIA East Bay Member Firms; $10 Guests
Click here to Register. Space is Limited!

1.5 CES LUs

Join AIA East Bay for a tour of the Lower Sproul Redevelopment project led by Beth Piatnitza, Associate Director Planning, Real Estate Division, University of California and Teri Mathers, UC Berkeley Senior Project Manager. The tour will show how revitalized the area has become with new restaurants, bars and more. The program includes a number of different projects as well as improvements to the plaza. It will house the MLK Jr. Student Union which has been upgraded with the addition of new spaces.

Lower Sproul Redevelopment Project

The Lower Sproul complex was designed in the early 1960’s as a modernist urban center and an expression of its time. It is located at the south edge of campus adjoining a commercial district and although it is bordered by the formal promenade of Sproul plaza, it is separate and distinct from the classical core at the center of the campus. It is comprised of four buildings that surround a large, paved plaza that is also the roof of the parking garage below.

Over the past half century, as a result of changes in the size and character of the student body, transformative advances in instruction and technology, a lack of capital reinvestment and, most importantly, the identification of critical seismic deficiencies, the complex had become an anachronism that no longer met the needs of UC Berkeley students.

The Lower Sproul Redevelopment Project is a student based initiative that calls for recasting the existing facilities at Lower Sproul Plaza into a revitalized and state-of-the-art facility combining both new construction and adaptive reuse strategies. Led by architects Moore Rubel Yudell, the project program and design is rooted in sustainable practices. The project encompasses a site area of approximately 184,000 sf and includes a replacement to the existing Eshleman Hall, renovations and additions to Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, the plaza deck itself, and minor renovations to Cesar Chavez Student Center and Anthony Hall.

Learning Objectives:

1. Attendees will be able to describe three elements key to the master planning success.

2. Attendees will be able to identify changes to existing buildings.

3. Attendees will be able to state at least three features of the redevelopment’s sustainability program.

4. Attendees will be able to state improvements and benefits the redevelopment will have on the quality of student life.

The Making of an Avant Garde

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Reception: 5:30pm at UC Berkeley, Wurster Gallery (121 Wurster Hall)
Film Screening and Panel Discussion: 6:30pm at Wurster Hall Auditorium (112 Wurster Hall)

UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design is presenting a film screening of The Making of an Avant Garde: The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, 1967-1984 followed by panel discussion with Diana Agrest, Nicholas de Monchaux (UC Berkeley), Sylvia Lavin (UCLA), and Stanley Saitowitz (Natoma Architects).

About the Presenter:

Diana Agrest, Professor of Architecture at the Cooper Union and principal of Agrest and Gandelsonas Architects, presents a screening of her 2013 documentary on the lesser-known history of the Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS). The organization was formed in 1967 New York by a group of young architects at a time of questioning, when student revolts were happening around the world, and unknowingly became the center for the production of the International Avant Garde. Among the group’s most active participants were founder and director of IAUS Peter Eisenman, Diana Agrest, Kenneth Frampton, Mario Gandelsonas, Anthony Vidler, Richard Meier, Rem Koolhaas, Deborah Berke, Frank Gehry, and Aldo Rossi.

This program is sponsored by the College of Environmental Design, SFMOMA, BAM/PFA, and AIA East Bay.



Date: February 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Location: Wurster Hall Main Auditorium Room 112


2.30-2.35 General Introduction by MUD Co-Chair Elizabeth A. Deakin
2.35-2.40 Introduction into Water + City Conference and first speaker René Davids
2.40-3.20 Lorenzo Castro (Bogotá, Colombia)
3.20-3.25 Intro
4.25-4.05 Einwiller Kuehl (Oakland US)
4.05-4.15 Break
4.15-4.20 Intro
4.20-5.00 Sandra Iturriaga(Santiago Chile)
5.00-5.05 Intro
5.05-5.45 Francisco Burgos(Madrid Spain)
5.50-6.15 Panelist Introductions and Discussion
6.15-6.30 Open Floor Discussion

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In his book Water and Architecture, architect and educator Charles Moore wrote that the key to understanding the architecture of water is to understand the water of architecture: the physical laws which govern its behavior, the ways in which it engages the senses, how its presence relates to human life. For much of the twentieth century, extensive highway systems were built alongside degraded urban rivers and waterfronts, separating them from cities; their polluted waters were often diverted into underground culverts, creating barriers between city water and city dwellers. The renewed awareness of water as a finite and precious resource has had a major impact the environmental design professions such that conservation of water resources, restoration of aquatic ecosystems, and reintegration of the water supply with civic infrastructure have become widely shared goals among all disciplines engaged in urban design. These objectives are most successfully accomplished when architects, landscape architects, and urban planners work together to support the conservation, retention, purification, recycling, and remediation of water resources, but also to restore the droplets, sprays, trickles, splashes, ripples, waves, streams, and flows that are manifestations of water’s presence in the built environment.

City + Water: International Perspectives is a UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design conference sponsored by the Master of Urban Design Program in conjunction with the Department of Architecture, the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, and the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS).


Francisco Burgos

Francisco Burgos is currently a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and an Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural Projects at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) where he graduated with honors in 1985 and received a PhD in 2001; he has also lectured at the Politecnico de Milano, the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, the Universidad Javierana de Medellín, the Pontificia Univesidad Católica de Perú, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Arizona, among other institutions. Professor Burgos is a principal at Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos in Madrid, which has won numerous design competitions, including the 650-hectare Parque del Manzanares south of Madrid which follows the Rio Manzanares, a collaboration with Porras y la Casta Arquitectos, Rubio & Álvarez Sala Arquitectos, and West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture of Rotterdam, Netherlands, the winning project in an international competition with Eisenman Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, Kazuyo Sejima+Ryue Nishizawa/ SANAA, and Dominique Perrault Architecture; the latter firm was subsequently invited to design one of the bridges in the park. A monograph on the project Madrid Rio : Un Proyecto De Transformacion Urbana was published in 2011, and it has also been featured in numerous international publications.

Lorenzo Castro

Lorenzo Castro graduated from the Universidad Javeriana of Bogotá and is currently a professor at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. Serving with Mayor Enrique Peñalosa of Bogotá as the Director of the Taller Profesional del Espacio Público, from 1998 to 2001 he headed a team which designed and advocated for a 120-kilometer long network of alamedas and paseos, public promenades often running alongside rivers, wetlands, creeks, and parks in Bogotá, as well as 400 kilometers of bike paths; the project was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. His Parque del Agua in Bucaramanga, Colombia has received wide international recognition including first prizes at the 19th International Biennale of Bogotá and the 14th International Biennale Panamericana of Quito. Professor Castro received similar honors for his project revitalizing the urban perimeter of Medellín’s Botanical Garden, the National Prize at the 12th Colombian Architecture Bienniale and first prize at the 17th International Biennale Panamericana of Quito. With Shohei Shigematsu of OMA NY and Julio Gómez, Castro received first prize for the International Ideas Competition of the Ciudad CAN Master Plan, a redevelopment area in Bogotá and the future location of a major national administrative center, the largest Latin American urban enterprise since Brasilia and by linking the savannah and hills surrounding Bogotá, a project that will have a beneficial impact on its surrounding environment.

Elizabeth Einwiller and Sarah Kuehl

Liz Einwiller ASLA has an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign and an MLA from the Rhode Island School of Design. As a licensed landscape architect, Ms. Einwiller worked as a partner at PWP Landscape Architecture where she oversaw the preparation of all construction documents and supervised construction-phase services before founding Einwillerkuehl with Sarah Kuehl in 2012; their current projects include private gardens, corporate campuses, and the Gateway Park, with project budgets ranging from $50,000 to $104 million. Ms. Einwiller serves as leading expert in the field, most recently lecturing on manufactured soils at the American Society of Landscape Architects. Sarah Kuehl ASLA graduated AB Magna Cum Laude in Social Studies from Harvard College, obtained an MLA from UC Berkeley’s Department of Landscape Architecture in 1998, and was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 2004, and practiced for 13 years at PWP Landscape Architecture where she was a partner. Ms. Kuehl has lectured locally at SPUR, GOOD Design SF, and at numerous teaching institutions, as well as nationally at AIA and the ASLA conferences.

Sandra Iturriaga

Sandra Iturriaga studied architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago and obtained her Masters Degree in Architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Her work has received numerous awards, most recently during the XVII Biennale in Santiago de Chile for the Lodge Ani nii Shobo in the Peruvian Amazon. Since 2007, Sandra Iturriaga has been a professor and vice-director for external relations and researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. With architect Alejandro Aravena she has written “Material de Arquitectura” and “La Medida de la Arquitectura”, and “Casas, Jardines y Campus” with architect Cristián Valdés; for the past five years, her research has focused on the connections of rivers’ edges with transportation corridors and public space. Ms. Iturriaga is currently working on a policy planning study for the Paris Mercosur network entitled “Sistema integrado de Vias Verdes en los cursos de agua metropolitanos” and since 2009 she has headed a research team “Mapocho 42K, Sistema de Parques Integrados en las Riberas del río Mapocho”, a project which aims to transform the Rio Mapocho corridor into a grand public paseo linking eight Santiago boroughs with the natural landscape.


Margaret Crawford

Margaret Crawford is a Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design where she teaches courses on the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, and urban history, as well as urban design and planning studios. Previously Professor Crawford was affiliated with the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University where she was a Professor of Urban Design and Planning Theory; and the Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCIARC) where she was Chair of the History, Theory, and Humanities Program, among other appointments. Professor Crawford has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Fulbright Program, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the James Marsden Fitch Foundation, and the Graham Foundation. Professor Crawford’s publications include Building the Workingman’s Paradise: The Design of American Company Towns; Everyday Urbanism, co-edited with John Chase and John Kaliski, which explores the city as a social entity; The Car and the City: the Automobile, the Built Environment and Daily Urban Life, co-edited with Martin Wachs; and numerous articles on immigrant communities, shopping malls, public space, and other topics related to the built environment. Since 2003, Professor Crawford has been investigating the effects of rapid physical and social changes on traditional villages in China’s Pearl River Delta.

René Davids

Rene Davids FAIA, is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and a principal of Davids Killory Architecture. The firm’s work has been published internationally and honored with numerous awards including two Presidential Design Awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, three AIA National Honor Awards, and three Progressive Architecture Awards. Professor Davids’ research work focuses on topography, urban watercourses, buildings and cities and he has received a Senior Fulbright Fellowship, a Graham Foundation Fellowship, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for research on the hillside elevators of Valparaiso, Chile, included in a forthcoming book that examines the interrelationships of technology, topography, urbanism, and environment in selected Latin American cities. With Christine Killory, Professor Davids co-authors As Built: Theory of Practice, a continuing series published by Princeton Architectural Press on technical and material innovation in architecture. The books in the series to date are Details in Contemporary Architecture (2006) Detail in Process (2008), and Detail, Technology and Form (2012).

Elizabeth Deakin

Elizabeth Deakin is a Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, an affiliated faculty member of the Energy and Resources Group and the Master of Urban Design (MUD) group, and chair of the UC Berkeley division of the Academic Senatefor the 2013-14 academic year after serving as vice-chair last year, served as a fellow of the Urban Land Institute from 2000-2010 and is currently working on projects on sustainable development and sustainable infrastructure in China, India, Latin America, the EU, and the US. Professor Deakin holds degrees in transportation systems analysis and political science from MIT, as well as a JD from Boston College. A Fellow of the Urban Land Institute, she served as the director of the University of California Transportation Research Center from 1998-2008, and the co-director of the UC Berkeley Global Metropolitan Studies Initiative from 2005-2008. Professor Deakin is the editor of the journal Transportation Policy; her research focuses on the environmental impacts of transportation and land use policies and she has published over 200 articles, book chapters, and reports on a wide variety of related topics including environmental justice, transportation pricing, development exactions, and impact fees; currently she is working on a series of studies pertaining to urban development and transportation in China, Latin America, India, and California. Professor Deakin has been appointed to a number of government posts, including city and county transportation commissions as well as a state advisory board, and she serves on a number of committees and panels of the Transportation Research Board.

Louise Mozingo

Louise Mozingo is Professor & Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and a member of the Graduate Group in Urban Design at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (CED), also serving as Director of the American Studies program at the College of Letters and Sciences. Prior to joining the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Professor Mozingo completed a decade of professional practice as a senior landscape architect at Sasaki Associates. In 2009, Professor Mozingo became the founding director of the Center for Resource-Efficient Communities (CREC), an interdisciplinary research team at CED dedicated to supporting resource efficiency goals through environmental planning and urban design; her research and creative work focus on ecological design, landscape history, and the relationship between social process and public landscapes. Professor Mozingo’s articles and reviews have appeared in Places, Landscape Journal, the Journal of the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, Landscape Architecture Magazine, the Geographical Review, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians; she contributed chapters to Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies after J. B. Jackson, edited by Chris Wilson and Paul Groth; Healing Natures, edited by Robert France, and Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes, edited by Andrew Blauvelt. Her most recent book is Pastoral Capitalism: A History of Suburban Corporate Landscapes, published by MIT Press.

Michel St. Pierre

Michel St. Pierre, AIA is a Principal and Director of Planning and Urban Design for EHDD in San Francisco,managing principal for EHDD India and an advisory board member of UC Berkeley’s Master of Urban Design (MUD) program. Educated in Canada, the Netherlands, and the United States, an urban designer and architect with extensive international experience, specializing in projects which benefit from a collaborative approach to design, and has directed multidisciplinary teams master planning new towns and major urban revitalization projects. He is a member of the Steering Committee – Bangalore / India Water Crisis of the Sherwood Institute , a Nonprofit Think Tank consulting in Engineering & Sustainability; Policy Advocacy; Education & Outreach based in San Francisco. He is passionate about creating vital urban places that are sustainable, and provide models for regional growth.  Recent examples of his work include the Puxi District master plan in Shanghai, China, the Rivali Park master plan in Mumbai, India, and the India Institute of Management Raipur Master Plan, in India  Michel St. Pierre has lectured widely in the United States, China, and India on urban design, sustainable development, and low-carbon community design principles.

Thirtieth Annual AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture: Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA

Thirtieth Annual AIA East Bay/UC Berkeley Joint Lecture: Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA

Monday, February 3, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley Campus
Cost: Free, open to all, seating is limited
1.5 CES/LUs

Reception and Dinner
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Contact: 510/464-3600
Cost: $160 for sponsorship/includes one dinner ticket; $50 for extra dinner tickets
All dinner attendees enjoy reserved lecture seating. Click here to register


ponce 3Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA
Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA, was appointed Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning of University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in September, 2008. In 1991, she co-founded Office dA and in 2011 launched her own design practice; Monica Ponce de Leon Studio.

Dean Ponce de Leon received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1989 from the University of Miami and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1991. She joined the Harvard Graduate School of Design faculty in 1996, where she was a Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Digital Lab. She has also held teaching appointments at Northeastern University, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design and Georgia Institute of Technology among others.

She has received honors from the Architectural League of New York (Young Architects Award, 1997, and Emerging Voices, 2003) the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Award in Architecture, 2002), the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper- Hewitt National Design Museum (National Design Award in Architecture, 2007), and the United States Artists (Target Fellows in Architecture and Design, 2007). Her practice has received over 60 design awards including the AIA’s Institute Honor Award for Architecture (Macallen Building, 2010), Honor Award for Design Excellence, AIA New York Chapter (200 West Street Project Team (including Office dA), 2010), Wallpaper Design Awards Best New Restaurant (Banq, 2009), the AIA/LA Design Award (Helios House, 2007), the AIA/ALA Library Building Award (Fleet Library at RISD, 2007), the AIA/Committee on the Environment’s Top Ten Green Projects (Macallen Building, 2008), five I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review Awards and eight Progressive Architecture Awards.

ponce 1Lecture Dinner

Each year we ask East Bay firms to help underwrite the expense of bringing in a renowned architect to Cal. Through the firms’ generosity we are able to present international architects such as Andrea Leers, Fuhimiko Maki, Craig Dykers and Merrill Elam without charging for the lecture. One benefit of sponsorship is attendance at the lecture dinner. The traditional wine reception and dinner precedes Ms. Ponce de Leon’s lecture. Dinner guests have reserved seats at the lecture hall–a must for this popular lecture series!

Funds to underwrite the costs of this program are provided by the following 2014 sponsors:

Arkin Tilt Architects

Byrens Kim Design Works

Michael and Sandra Coleman

Dealey, Renton & Associates

Dougherty + Dougherty Architects LLP

Frank Fuller, FAIA

Glass Associates, Inc.

Graff Architects

Harley Ellis Devereaux

Haviland Associates Architects

Interactive Resources

Lowney Architecture

Murakami/Nelson Architectural Corp.

Noll & Tam

The Preview Group, Inc.

PSM Architects, Inc.


Carol Shen, FAIA

Siegel & Strain Architects

Swatt | Miers Architects

Interested in sponsorship? Contact Rochelle Yearwood at