AIAEB Lecture Series: Affordable Housing
The Bay Area is experiencing a housing crisis and these architects pursue quality design for housing with tight budgets. Join us for a conversation about affordable housing in the East Bay with Peter Waller, Daniel Simons, and Toby Levy.
This panel will be moderated by Mimi Sullivan.
About Your Panelists
Peter Waller has more than 30 years of experience designing housing, mixed-use developments, and urban plans across the San Francisco Bay Area. For Peter, architecture is always part of a larger collective effort to shape neighborhoods and cities that are resilient, affordable, and interconnected. He guides collaborative design efforts on projects at various scales, building and sustaining relationships with the communities and clients we serve. Recent projects include a new, 1100-unit mixed-income neighborhood at San Francisco’s Balboa Reservoir, the Coliseum Connections modular project at Coliseum BART, and The Village SF, a community hub for American Indians in the Mission District led by Friendship House and a coalition of local American Indian organizations.
Daniel Simons, FAIA, LEED AP, has focused on multifamily housing for his entire career, leading award-winning projects that include affordable senior and family housing, supportive housing, modular, and market-rate mixed-use developments. He’s a principal at David Baker Architects, a nationally recognized, locally oriented firm with offices in San Francisco, Oakland, and Birmingham, Alabama, with a focus on sustainable, mixed-use communities. At the nexus of housing, climate, and community, DBA’s work seizes opportunities to enact meaningful change—forging strong partnerships to create livable density and resilient, human-centered places that uplift communities at all scales. Daniel is the author, with David Baker and Amanda Loper, of the new book 9 Ways to Make Housing for People (ORO Editions).
As founding principal of Levy Design Partners in 1979, Toby Levy brings years of highly-engaged leadership in the design profession and community. She oversees and participates in all aspects of the firm’s work from programming to design, design production, and construction. Her work has been widely recognized, and the American Institute of Architects honored her with the title of Fellow (FAIA) in recognition of her contribution to advancing the standards of architectural practice, education and training.
About Your Moderator
Mimi Sullivan has practiced architecture with the same values and commitment for over 28 years. Early influences from a developer-grandfather, and carpenter-dad meant she spent hours sketching places both imagined and real, and then discovering how they were built in real time. Traveling globally from an early age has proved pivotal to her discovering how the urban and rural systems work in different countries and cultures engaging her commitment to environmental, social and economic justice through design.
Mimi’s 28 years of diverse experience includes extensive design of affordable and supportive mixed use housing for families, seniors, formerly homeless veterans, and transitional age youth often in under resourced neighborhoods. In this time she has also taught architectural design at universities in the US and in Japan.