Taking Vacation (1.5 LU)

As part of the EBAIA monthly Small Firm Forum, this session will focus on ways we as architects can include in our yearly Life Program a method for strengthening our “work / Life balance by integrally including “Vacation” planning into our “Work” planning.

The concept being that:

  • The more fully rounded we are as people, the better we can then be as architects and designers.
  • The more mentally rested we are the more creative and better decision makers we are able to be.

This Small Firm Forum session will discuss the many forms “vacation” can take in:

  • Length, geographic (local, domestic, international), typology (urban/cultural, nature-based) & seasonal
  • How one can plan their yearly calendar, possibly working backward to design workloads around vacation preferences.
  • How enforcing a Work/Life balance can better empower us to give meaning to the work that we call our life’s craft.

About Our Organizer

Alex Bergtraun is the Owner/Principal of Studio Bergtraun Architects in Emeryville, established in 1988. SBA’s portfolio includes a varied typology of projects each informing the other, smaller projects with larger intentions and bigger projects with personal attention to detail.

Extensive work experience and study in Italy and Denmark along with travels through Asia and Europe have provided a rich design background that informs the studio’s design and desire to integrate discoveries from travel experiences throughout all of it’s projects.

It is the Studio’s belief that Architecture can be a beautiful framework for enhancing the life stories of those who live and work within and around it and Alex will discuss this studio process, and how “vacation” has informed it, at this next Small Firm Session


Apr 13 2023


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 13 2023
  • Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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