Earn 3.5 Learning Units while learning about different attainable housing types and the policies and challenges that come with building attainable housing!

This is a fully virtual event focusing on different scales of Attainable Housing. The event will be broken out into four parts: Keynote speaker, a panel discussion, a presentation and discussion, and a featured architect presenting design precedents from all over California. 

Keynote: Affordable Housing and Policy –  Ben Metcalf of Terner Center for Housing Innovation
Panel Discussion: Exploring Supportive Housing –  Sally Hindman of Youth Tiny House Village, Crisand Giles of BIA-HomeAid, and Ellen Morris of Eden Housing with Brian Stryzek, AIA, of Kennerly Architecture moderating.
Live/Work and Artist’s Housing Projects:  Presented by Madeleine Zayas, Associate AIA, and Toby Levy of Levy Design Partners.
Featured Architect: Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

Participants will be able to identify challenges, discuss opportunities, and offer solutions in the Attainable Housing market and project delivery process.


Ben Metcalf
Managing Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Ben Metcalf is the Managing Director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley where he leads both the expansion and deepening of Terner Center’s work solving housing affordability challenges through policy, practice and innovations.

In 2015, Ben was appointed by former Governor Jerry Brown to lead California’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), a role he held until 2019. In addition, he served on the board of directors of the California Housing Partnership Corporation, the California Housing Finance Agency, and was the founding chair of the State of California’s Homelessness Coordinating and Finance Council. Prior to joining HCD, Ben worked in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., including as an appointee of President Obama in the role of Deputy Assistant Secretary overseeing HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs. 

Sally Hindman
Executive Director, Youth Spirit Artworks

Sally Hindman has been engaged in arts-anchored work to create justice with/for homeless/unsheltered people in the Bay Area for the last thirty-four years. In 2007 she founded Youth Spirit Artworks, a youth-led jobs training organization, which she continues to serve as Executive Director. In 2016 Youth Spirit leaders initiated efforts to create its Tiny House Empowerment Village, as part of a “100 Homes for Homeless Youth” Campaign, responding to the dire affordable housing crisis faced by young people locally. 

Crisand Giles
Executive Director, HomeAid Northern California

Crisand’s knowledge of Bay Area construction activities started in geotechnical engineering, where she worked with regional home builders to adapt to changing storm water regulations.  Her work opened opportunities with the Building Industry Association (BIA) of the Bay Area and Sacramento Region as an advocate to advance public policies that help ensure an adequate supply of quality, affordable housing and to preserve homeownership opportunities that promote a healthy regional economy.

Ellen Morris
Associate Director of Real Estate Development, Eden Housing, Inc.

Ellen Morris is an Associate Director of Real Estate Development at Eden Housing, a non-profit affordable housing developer based in Hayward, CA. She is currently facilitating Eden’s efforts to expand supportive housing opportunities in its upcoming development projects.  Ellen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Colby College and a Master’s degree in City Planning with a concentration in Housing, Community, and Economic Development from MIT.

Brian Stryzek, AIA
Senior Associate, Kennerly Architecture

Brian Stryzek is a licensed architect who has worked in the Bay Area since 2000. He is a senior associate  with Kennerly Architecture in San Francisco, where his current focus is on 100% affordable and market-rate multi-family mixed-use projects. He is passionate about sustainability, regional urbanism, collaboration with other local organizations, and inspired design. His love of modernist architecture was influenced by his Chicago-area childhood, and he received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky. He and his family put down roots in Oakland in 2010, and they enjoy participating in the diversity of what the city has to offer. Bryan is the Vice Chair of AIA East Bay and the co-chair of the Regional and Urban Design Forum (RUD), which aims to improve the quality of the urban environment of East Bay cities and surrounding areas by promoting excellence in urban design, land use and transportation planning, public policy, and implementation in the built and natural environment.

Toby S. Levy, FAIA
Founding Principal, Levy Design Partners

As founding principal of Levy Design Partners in 1979, Toby Levy brings years of highly-engaged leadership in the design profession and community. With over twenty-five years of experience in multifamily housing including work-live and developing her own commercial & residential building, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Throughout her years of professional practice, she has regularly taught architecture at institutions including the UC Berkeley, Columbia University and the California College of the Arts and Crafts. As a result of her participation on the University of California at Berkeley Design Review Team and the AIA Design Review Committee, she has developed a broad perspective on the successful resolution of design problem.

Madeleine Zayas

Madeleine Zayas, Associate AIA
Project Architect/Manager, Mogavero Architects

Madeleine counts with +20 years of professional experience in the fields of Architecture and Urban Design with a focus on multifamily and mixed-use, affordable housing, senior living. Madeleine’s breadth of expertise also includes award winning sustainable urban design and master plans throughout California and Oregon. Having completed two terms as Planning Commissioner for the City of Oakland, where she was Chair of the Design Review Committee, she brings special insight into the challenges faced by many Bay Area communities. She has a passion for Place and commitment to design that promotes human fulfillment and well-being, from public infrastructure to the residential unit. In her personal time, Madeleine is a cultural worker and community builder through music and art. She has recently joined Mogavero Architects as Project Manager/Architect.

Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA
Founder & Design Principal, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

Since founding his firm LOHA in 1994, O’Herlihy has built more than 90 projects across three continents, and has been published in more than 20 countries. His commitment to design excellence in commercial, educational, and residential projects earned him a nomination to the Academy of Arts and Letters, and over 100 national and international design awards, including the AIA California Distinguished Practice Award, AIA Los Angeles Firm of the Year Award, and in 2018 was named the #1 Design Firm in the US by Architect Magazine. O’Herlihy is currently a Professor at the University of Southern California, and serves on the Board of Directors of Storefront for Art and Architecture. He is a licensed architect in California, Michigan, Florida, and North Carolina and is a GSA Design Excellence Program Peer.

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During the month of August, the AIA East Bay chapter will host several public events which focus specifically on housing, including: