Our 2023 Lecture Series was a Roaring Success! What Will 2024 Bring?

The 2024 AIA East Bay Lecture Series, Leaders Shaping Our Community, is going to build on the 2023 successes by continuing to highlight design excellence, contributions to architectural education, and/or advancement of the profession of architecture in the East Bay. In 2023 we highlighted the East Bay’s legacy. In 2024, we are going to concentrate on the relationships between owners and designers. This format will allow in-depth conversations about a single project. We will get an insider and in-depth conversation understanding how projects are conceived, why the owner hired the architect, review how objectives were met, acknowledge how challenges were overcome, and celebrate successes.

In 2023 we conceived of a lecture series to celebrate our new office in Berkeley, California. The AIA East Bay chapter hosted a dynamic nine-part series spotlighting architects, urban planners, and landscape architects who shaped the East Bay. Each of the nine events focused on a specific project type, the series offered a captivating exploration into the diverse facets of architectural design and innovation.

The 2023 series was organized to highlight the History of the East Bay, Renovation, Urban Design, Institutional, Civic, Higher Education, Multi-Family Housing, and Single-Family Housing.


History of the East Bay | ”The Bay Area’s distinct feature is the layering of water and topography.” John King

  • John King | San Francisco Chronicle urban design critic and a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist
  • Mitchell Schwarzer | Professor Emeritus at California College of the Arts and Author
  • Moderated by Pierluigi Serraino, AIA | Pierluigi Serraino Architecture and Author


Renovations | “The greenest building is the one that’s already built. The greenest building is one that’s been retrofitted.” Larry Strain

  • Larry Strain, FAIA, LEED AP | Siegel & Strain Architects
  • Eddie Hall, AIA, NCARB | MBH Architects
  • Kava Massih | Kava Massih Architects
  • Moderated by Heather Sanders-Jacob, AIA, LEED AP | Shelterwerk


Urban Design | “People used to be friends and allies, housing advocates and urbanists used to be on the same side. A wedge has been driven between housing advocates and urbanists.” Dan Solomon

  • Dan Solomon, FAIA | Mithun and co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism
  • Matt Taecker, AIA | WRT
  • Nancy Keenan, AIA, LEED AP | DAHLIN
  • Frank Fuller, FAIA Member Emeritus, NCARB | Urban Field Studio
  • Moderated by Sarah Kuehl | Einwiller Kuehl Landscape Architecture


Institutional | “I’m so sorry Chuck is not here with us. I hope the AIA East Bay does a reprise of this with Chuck, maybe just Chuck alone telling his stories.” Marc L’Italien  

  • Kit Ratcliff, FAIA, LEED AP, NCARB | Ratcliff
  • Marc L’Italien, FAIA, LEED AP | HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Clarence D. Mamuyac, Jr., FAIA, LEED AP BD+C | ELS Architecture and Urban Design
  • Moderated by Ursula Currie, 2023 AIA East Bay Board president  | Perkins & Will
  • Missed the event due to illness: Chuck Davis, FAIA Member Emeritus | EHDD 


Civic |A civic building should be set apart from the commercial realm, should provide a place of gathering, should be elevated, and interior space should have generous proportions and be filled with natural light.” Craig Hartman

  • Craig Hartman, FAIA | SOM
  • Rodney Friedman, FAIA | Fisher Friedman Associates
  • Rona Rothenberg, FAIA | NCARB
  •  Mark Cavagnero, FAIA | Mark Cavagnero Associates
  • Moderated by Susi Marzuola, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Siegel & Strain Architects


Higher Education | “Diversity, equity and inclusion focus is really very strong on campuses. What is the student experience and are you making it a welcoming environment, and how can we do that through our design.” Janet Tam

  • Janet Tam, FAIA | Noll & Tam Architects
  • Bill Glass, FAIA Member Emeritus | Glass Associates, Inc.
  • Emily Marthinsen, FAIA Member Emeritus | Brookwood Group
  • Gary Strang, FASLA, AIA | GLS Landscape Architecture
  • Moderated by Renee Chow, AIA | UC Berkeley

Affordable Housing | “We are change agents and the work that we are doing is transforming places.” Adrianne Steichen

  • Daniel Simons, FAIA, LEED AP | David Baker Architects
  • Toby Levy, FAIA | LDP Architecture
  • Adrianne Steichen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C & HOMES | PYATOK
  • Moderated by Mimi Sullivan, AIA | Saida+Sullivan Design Partners


Multi-Family Housing | “Europeans don’t build buildings out of kindling.” Stanley Saitowitz

  • Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc.
  • Richard Stacy, FAIA | LMS Architects
  • David Trachtenberg, AIA | Trachtenberg Architects
  • Rod Henmi, FAIA, LEED AP, NOMA | HKIT Architects
  • Moderated by Jessica Musick, AIA | KTGY


Single-Family Housing | “We do more experimentation in our residential work.” Anni Tilt

  • Anni Tilt, AIA | Arkin Tilt Architects
  • Eric Haesloop, FAIA | TGH Architects
  • Robert Swatt, FAIA | Swatt Miers Architects
  • Moderated by Devi Dutta-Choudhury, AIA | Devi Dutta Architecture, Inc.
  • Missed the event due to travel: Richard Fernau, FAIA | Fernau + Hartman Architects

 To watch the recordings of these lectures, please visit https://aiaeb.org/introducing-our-new-leadership-lecture-series/

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