AIAEB Lecture Series: Single Family Housing
This project type allows for the exploration of ideas at an intimate scale. Join us for a conversation on single family housing with Richard Fernau, Anni Tilt, Robert Swatt, and Eric Haesloop.
This panel will be moderated by Devi Dutta-Choudhury.
About Your Panelists
Richard Fernau, FAIA, was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated with honors with a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1969 and a Masters of Architecture in 1974 from the University of California at Berkeley. Richard opened his own practice in 1977. His work, including an unsolicited proposal for a “green” redesign of the Carter White House submitted in concert with the Friends of the Earth, won a number of awards and was published internationally. Richard is a Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley, where he has taught design and theory since 1981. He was profiled as a teacher/practitioner in the “ The Chronicle of Higher Education” in 1998. In 1980 he joined forces with Laura Hartman, forming Fernau + Hartman Architects. Elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1995, Richard has served on a number of architectural juries including the Progressive Architecture Awards and as an evaluator for the MacArthur Awards. Richard’s work ranges from furniture design to large-scale master plans.
Anni worked for eight years with internationally-acclaimed Fernau and Hartman Architects, and DEGW – an innovative London-based firm specializing in workplace design – as well as a construction coordinator for a major building contractor in Seattle. With a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University, Anni explored ecological use of wood in construction, taught structures and design, and was awarded the Branner Traveling Fellowship while pursuing an M.Arch at UC Berkeley. Always interested in the intersection of art and science, Anni is a founding member of CASBA, and has served on numerous award juries.
Robert opened his own firm in 1975. From 1977 to 1984 he was a principal of Swatt & Stein Architects, and in 1984 founded Swatt Architects in San Francisco. In 2009, Swatt Architects merged with George Miers & Associates, becoming Swatt | Miers Architects, based in Emeryville, California. Swatt | Miers has built an international reputation for design excellence. Projects Robert has worked on include award-winning and internationally acclaimed private residences throughout California and in Hawaii, Colorado, Canada, India, and Spain.
Eric Haesloop FAIA heads Turnbull Griffin Haesloop from the Berkeley, California studio. Eric graduated with honors from Washington University after studying abroad at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and the University of Tübingen, Germany. He received his Master of Architecture from Yale and worked for Cesar Pelli and Associates. Eric joined William Turnbull Associates in 1985 and worked closely with William Turnbull until his death in 1997 when Eric and partner Mary Griffin founded Turnbull Griffin Haesloop. Eric has taught architectural design at Stanford and UC Berkeley. At UC Berkeley he was a Friedman Visiting Professor in 2008. He continues to be inspired by the California landscape and leads the studio in seeking and developing new design responses to the changing environment.
About Your Moderator
Devi has been studying, designing, and thinking about architecture for most of her life. Having lived in varied environments, from college towns to Himalayan villages, Southern suburbia to coastal cities, Devi credits these cross-cultural experiences with shaping her understanding of lifestyles and the homes that support them. She attended Tulane University and UCLA, where she received her two master’s degrees in architecture.
Devi recently published House to Home: Designing Your Space for the Way You Live, by Roost Books. It’s an interactive guidebook to home design, based on her experience both as an architect, and in designing and building her own home in Berkeley, California, where she lives with her husband and 3 kids.
Devi has her own full-service architecture practice, specializing in modern, casual design. She enjoys working on a range of housing types from larger multi-family, co-living, and workforce housing to townhouses and single-family homes. She’s active in local planning and advocacy efforts that support a diverse and dynamic built environment. She loves working on homes the most because of the personal relationships she develops with the clients, helping them live more meaningful and realized lives in their new space.