AIAEB Lecture Series: Civic
Civic architecture plays an important role in every community. Join us as we learn to understand how these architects sensitively created public icons in the East Bay with Craig Hartman, Rodney Friedman, Rona Rothenberg, and Mark Cavagnero.
This panel will be moderated by Susi Marzuola.
About Your Panelists
Craig W. Hartman, FAIA, is an architect and Design Partner in Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s San Francisco, California, office. He has received an Honorary Doctor of the Arts Degree, conferred by Ball State University and an Honorary Doctor of the Arts Degree from DePaul University.
In 2001, Hartman became the youngest recipient of the AIA California Council’s Maybeck Award—an Individual Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement expressed in a body of work. In September 2008, Hartman received the Vatican’s Knighthood for Service to Society (St. Sylvester) from Pope Benedictus XVI during the dedication ceremony for The Cathedral of Christ the Light. He is a member of the AIA’s College of Fellows and a Design Futures Council Senior Fellow.
In 1951, Rodney Friedman entered the School of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied under such noted architects as Erich Mendelsohn, William Wurster, Joseph Esherick, Paul Rudolph, and Charles Eames. Since the inception of Fisher Friedman Associates, the firm has been widely recognized as a national leader in residential design. Such recognition, comprising more than 250 awards for design and planning, and inclusion in numerous books and publications, attests to the firm’s success in finding imaginative solutions to the problems of each individual project. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, the work of the firm was almost completely residential in scope, but since the early 80’s it has included academic buildings, student housing, office developments, civic facilities, adaptive re-use, and large-scale urban planning. Fisher-Friedman Associates was acquired by NBBJ in 2010.
Rona has committed her long career as an architect to program and project, as she puts it, in the management style of “from the inside out,” within government and industry organizations. Her contributions including two decades as a government and citizen architect were recognized by the AIA 2020 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. In their remarks, the award jury noted: “By leading with an unwavering drive to instill design excellence and best practices, Rothenberg has been a guiding force in shaping California’s public realm through her work … “in state and local building programs.
Additionally, Rona served as the 2022 AIA California President.
Mark Cavagnero, FAIA, founded Mark Cavagnero Associates in 1988, and has guided its growth into a design-centered practice serving clients internationally. His work embodies a timeless quality, visible in a broad range of renovation and new construction work. Mark is focused on creating tangible spaces that encourage the ephemeral aspects of human interactions.
As the founding principal of the firm, Mark provides leadership over the design of all projects within the office. He brings over three decades of expertise in the planning, design and construction and has been recognized for seamlessly integrating environmental, cultural and contextual strategies to curate a holistic design approach, through various building types from education, museums, civic buildings, theaters, and residential buildings.
About Your Moderator
Susi’s passion for the particular and the greater good is the driving force behind her leadership at the firm. Her commitment to community collaboration is evidenced in the practice and all its work. Her collaborative leadership is central to the firm’s profile on advocacy issues; she speaks regularly in the community, within industry groups, and beyond. Susi is active with the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition’s Electrification Working Group and has taught at the University of California, Berkeley.