April 2022
Our New Portfolio Review Program is Looking for Reviewers!
We match Students with Architects offering one-on-one advice about how to make your portfolio the best it can be. This program is FREE and all costs are covered by the East Bay Chapter of the American Institute for Architects.

If you are interested in joining our program, please click the link below to learn more and to see some examples of student work that needs your feedback!
Home Tours is Looking for Homes In Napa!
Do you have a finished project in Napa county that you are eager to show off? Let us feature it in our first physical Home Tours since 2019! Our 2022 Home Tours will be held around the first week of June. If you are interested in us showcasing a finished home of yours, please email Kenneth Lin and Mike Wilson at [email protected].
Be on the Lookout for Our Upcoming Design Tours!
Our Design Tours Committee is hard at work on a number of interesting and exciting tours around the East Bay, from the Oxbow School in Napa to the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub in Berkeley!

View of list of our tours in the works at the link below, and be sure to sign up for email updates for when dates/tickets become available.

Selected Upcoming Events
April 21st | 6pm - 7pm

Join us for multiple in-person site visits hosted by SCB and Young Architect’s Forum / Emerging Professionals.
We’ll be walking through multiple recently completed high rises in downtown Oakland. Spots are limited, so be sure to get your tickets in advance!
April 21st | 6pm

Diablo Valley College is hosting their annual Architecture Lecture Series! Join us for a lecture by Emily Ashton White, a professor in Cal Poly’s Department of Architecture. No registration required, simply click here to be taken to the Zoom link.
May 5th | 6pm - 8pm

Often overshadowed by San Francisco, its larger and more glamorous twin, Oakland has a fascinating history of its own. From serving as a major transportation hub to forging a dynamic manufacturing sector, by the mid-twentieth century Oakland had become the urban center of the East Bay. Hella Town focuses on how political deals, economic schemes, and technological innovations fueled this emergence but also seeded the city’s postwar struggles.
May 7th | 9:30am - 1pm

A tour through Bakar BioEnginuity Hub, with a focus on analyzing and executing new programmatic uses in complex historical buildings. Bakar BioEnginuity Hub is the rehabilitation of a landmark University of California Berkeley building converting it into a well-equipped 94,000 SF life-science laboratory, while preserving its historical significance.
May 13th | 3:30pm - 5pm

Previously used as a surface parking lot for El Cerrito BART Station, the 6-story Mayfair development on a city-owned block brings 223 new housing units to a long-neglected block near the El Cerrito del Norte BART Station. The affordable and market-rate units will be in separate U-shaped buildings surrounding a pair of courtyards with a central open space between them that will be open to the public during daylight hours. 67 of the units will be affordable to low, ranging in affordability from 30% – 60% of area median income.
May 14th

Come help build a Tiny Home with Youth Spirit Artworks for homeless youth in our area. More details TBA.
Property Lines and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) by Kerwin Lee, AIA

Continuing our discussion on ADU’s and the placement of the ADU in association to property lines and to the main dwelling. The State Law for ADU’s does not specifically address the placement of an ADU in relation to existing property lines. The basic requirements from the Law is that the separation to a property line shall not exceed 4-feet for side and backyards. The actual requirement is left up to the local jurisdiction to establish and enforce what is normally found in local zoning ordinances. 

Practice Advisory: Learning How to Successfully Navigate Vulnerable Projects

Written by our very own Mark Steppan (AIA EB Treasurer) and published by AIA California - In “Leading Vulnerable and Complex Projects” Part 1, we discussed ways to identify if you have a “vulnerable” project on your hands and what creates this “vulnerability”. In Part 2 here we discuss jumping in to a “vulnerable” project and the impactful leadership techniques that one can employ for the project and staff.

City of Oakland Releases New Request for Proposals

City of Oakland is seeking qualified consultants with demonstrated expertise in 1) performing technical reviews of Planning entitlement applications including, but not limited to design review, variance, tentative maps, and conditional use permits; and 2) administration and review of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Bidders are invited to submit proposals to provide services in one or both areas. The Bidders for entitlement review should demonstrate a capacity to provide staff who can familiarize themselves with and apply the Oakland Municipal Code under the guidance of City Staff.  

Meet Your New State Architect, Ida Clair, AIA

We are pleased to report that the California State Senate, with a 40-0 vote, confirmed the Governor’s appointment of Ida Clair, AIA as the new California State Architect. She is not only the new State Architect, Ida is the first woman to hold this position.

ABI February 2022: Architecture firm billings continue to increase at a moderate pace

Architecture firm billings continued to grow at a moderate pace in February, with an Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 51.3 (any score over 50 indicates billings growth). This month marks one full year since the recovery began at architecture firms, following the pandemic-induced downturn that started in 2020. While billings growth has slowed from the explosive pace of mid-2021, the majority of firms are still reporting steady growth. In addition, inquiries into new projects and the value of new design contracts both remain strong, indicating ongoing interest from clients in starting new projects.

CA License Needs to Be Renewed?

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Learn ADA online courses such as accessible hotels and restaurants, the trouble with accessibility, urban inclusiveness, and building inclusive communities.

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Job Listings

The Urban Designer will assist in all aspects of the urban design work at VMWP including graphic production, presentations, marketing and production of documents. Candidates must work well within a team and individually in an interactive studio environment. A master’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, or urban design is preferred.

Levitch Architects + Builders is a family-owned design/build firm operating in Berkeley since 1960. We specialize in residential and light commercial remodeling projects. We are searching for a highly experienced designer and supervisor who can utilize their strong analytical and technical abilities to design carefully thought-out designs in a decisive and quick manner.

Start your career in a rewarding, creative atmosphere with our award-winning teams! We are currently seeking an entry-level ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTER/DESIGNER in our PLEASANTON, CA office. Working alongside other team members, this professional develops design or technical solutions under general supervision.

Do you want to work in a firm small enough to participate in all aspects of design and management, large enough to take on significant civic and institutional work, and committed to the professional growth of each employee? Are you seeking to grow professionally while being recognized for your contributions?
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