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2024 Lecture Series: Single Family

This project type allows for the exploration of ideas at an intimate scale – join us for a discussion between architect and client about how projects such as “Butterfly House” came to be.

Project 1: Butterfly House

The Butterfly House manifests the dream of its owner who lost her home of forty-seven years on the same site in the 2017 Nuns Canyon wildfire. Far from a re-creation of the original home, the 1,700 square foot Butterfly House presents a fresh vision of a sustainable and resilient structure to lift the spirits and gather the family, while working within the tight budget limited by insurance claim proceeds. 

 Two shed-roofed volumes – one for sleeping, the other for living – are joined around a glass link set on axis with a cluster of charred redwood trees, a tribute to these stately survivors of the inferno. Set on a north-east facing slope, the resulting butterfly-roof configuration opens the interiors up to the tree canopies, ridges and sky beyond.  North-east light is welcomed while more intense exposures are tempered by deep overhanging roofs and the building’s orientation.

Sarina Kennerly | Architect

Sarina is principal and co-owner of Kennerly Architecture & Planning, an architecture and urban planning practice based in San Francisco, California. She is licensed in the state of CA and has over 25 years of experience in architecture. Through a combination of strong management and communication skills combined with her thoughtful approach to the design process, Sarina successfully leads project teams as well as the firm’s operations. She is particularly interested in exploring issues of materiality and sensory experience along with sustainable design. Originally from Northern California, Sarina also worked in France for a few years where she had the opportunity to explore the intersection of contemporary design within an historic urban fabric, while appreciating the challenges of working in a foreign culture and language.

Joyce Bowen | Client

Joyce moved to Wall Road in 1971 and raised her two children on the remote and forested property.  A woman of many talents, she was an educator of different disciplines and ages including music, preschool, elementary, high school, and college.  She also served as a volunteer firefighter for many years.  From the early 1980’s, Joyce was a hot air balloon pilot with her own successful balloon company operating in Napa Valley; she also flew in international festivals in over 30 countries.

Her home was always a place of music, good food, and creative endeavors filled with artifacts and musical instruments from her adventures.

Project 2: TBD

Rudabeh Pakravan | Architect

Rudabeh Pakravan is a Continuing Lecturer in the Architecture Department. She is a registered architect and a principal at Sidell Pakravan Architects, a practice based in Berkeley. In her teaching, she approaches architecture as a physical exploration of space, form, scale, and volume that in practice translates to the ways architecture creates civic and social engagement. 

She is interested in how architectural form affects individual and collective experience, the rules and processes that influence building, and architecture’s influence on culture and the city. In her housing studios, she works with students to explore specific relationships between architectural elements and the public realm. Her research on architecture and public space has been published by the Annenberg School of Communication and Places Journal. Her practice currently has a number of residential, commercial, and civic projects under construction and has been recognized with Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard award for 2021.

TBD | Client

Tim Nystrom | Moderator

Tim is a licensed architect working in the Bay Area since 2008, with a diverse portfolio including residential, commercial, and educational facilities. He is the founder of his firm, NYS designs, where he specializes in residential architecture construction in the East Bay. Tim holds a bachelor degree in architecture from CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, and a Masters in Sociology from Arizona State University. He is passionate about education and giving back to the local community of Architects through the Young Architects Forum committee, where he has been co-chair since 2016. 


Oct 17 2024


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 17 2024
  • Time: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm


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