2024 Lecture Series: Modular

Explore how modular techniques are revolutionizing the built environment, offering flexibility, sustainability, and affordability, through projects such as the MacArthur Annex.

Project 1: TBD

Project 2: MacArthur Annex

The project consists of 33 used shipping containers that are configured to respond to programmatic and contextual parameters. The resultant framework allows for individual expression and simultaneously, communal interaction. The modules carry the potential to be reconfigured, or removed and relocated, allowing for future modification and adaptation.

The project is connected to various contexts that include existing structures, the network of containers that run through Oakland, and the local community of creative entrepreneurs. The underlying containers created a canvas, and a community has populated the project with their own modifications, according to their own needs. The results are dramatically different from the container to container. The lack of top-down design direction engenders a rich and sometimes messy texture, which creates a vibrant place to live and work. The architecture becomes the backdrop to interactions, conversations, events, and the evolution of creative businesses.

Matthew Baran | Architect

Matt Baran is the founder of Baran Studio Architecture. He has 25 years of experience as a licensed architect, developer, and builder. His work spans across design disciplines and building typologies. he has experience in all project phases, including conceptualization, programming, design, project management, and construction in residential, commercial, community and theoretical projects of various scales. In addition to his background in architecture, his real estate development experience includes property evaluation and acquisition, financing, construction, lease up, and sale. His construction experience includes general contracting and construction management for site built and modular projects.

Matt has lectured and taught studios at UC Berkeley, USC, and The Academy of Art in Architecture and Real Estate programs. His work has been published by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Magazine and various other outlets. His has also recieved awards from the AIA, PCBC, and Architizer. He has been a speaker at events for the AIA, ULI, and SPUR. 

Caleb Inman | Client

Cal Inman brings 20 years of real estate investment experience to his role as ClimateCheck’s co-founder and CEO. His work as a developer of creative mixed-use projects in the Bay Area drove him to better understand the climate risk to his own investments. That real-world experience helps ClimateCheck develop products and services with our clients’ needs in mind. Our robust data and expert analysis give equity investors, environmental consultants, lenders, data analytics firms — and more — the insight they need to protect their portfolios and prevent losses caused by climate hazards.


Sep 19 2024


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 19 2024
  • Time: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm


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