AIAEB Lecture Series: Renovation / Interiors
A discussion on saving, preserving, and re-using buildings with Kava Massih, Eddie Hall, and Larry Strain.
Panel moderated by Heather Sanders-Jacob.
5:30 Hors D’oeuvres accompanied by beer, wine, or non-alcoholic beverages
6:00 Program start
About Your Panelists
Since founding Kava Massih Architects in 1996, Kava has guided its steady growth, built its strong reputation, and garnered the respect of many repeat clients. Kava’s philosophy is to approach each project without preconceived ideas in order to find the best design solution for that project. His environmentalist views and dedication to public service are also reflected in the values of the firm. Through his service as a member of the Emeryville Planning Commission, he brings an in-depth understanding of how cities approach the planning and approval process.
Eddie Hall, AIA is A Project Architect at MBH Architects, a multi-disciplinary firm headquartered in the East Bay. He joined the firm in 2010, bringing a history of hands-on construction experience paired with enthusiasm for design and craftsmanship, emerging material technologies, and digital design practices. As a member of MBH’s Urban Studio, Eddie leads some of the firm’s most complex and challenging projects including the complete renovation of the historic Uptown Station / H.C. Capwell’s Department Store in downtown Oakland, now a tech company headquarters with ground floor retail and public amenity space.
Eddie is currently managing the construction of a 96,000 square foot life science laboratory on the San Francisco Peninsula as well as the development of a new public landmark project in San Jose, which won an international design competition.
Larry has been practicing sustainable design since the 1980s and believes in an architecture that serves the environment, is rooted in community, and supports equity and justice. His practical experience as a builder prior to becoming an architect and his problem-solving skills are great assets. His industry- leading research on embodied carbon has helped to establish methods and benchmarks for designing lower impact buildings, and has led him to advocate for reusing and retrofitting existing buildings. He shares his expertise by speaking and writing frequently. Larry has served on the boards of the Carbon Leadership Forum, USGBC–Northern California Chapter, and the Ecological Building Network.
About Your Moderator
Heather is a graduate from the University of Oregon’s Architecture and Allied Arts (now known as the College of Design) with a Bach. of Architecture. After relocating to the Bay Area in 1999, she worked with a number of firms, including Kava Massih, before opening her own practice, Shelterwerk, in 2009. Her experience has spanned many different project types, from Disneyland to healthcare and airports, but most of her career has focused on more modest renovations of existing spaces. At Shelterwerk, her client base is rooted primarily in private, single-family residential renovations and commercial tenant-improvement projects.