December 2022

Our 2022 Member Appreciation Party was a Blast!

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for this year's Member Appreciation Party! Weren't able to make it? No problem! We were able to capture some of the fun and celebration in photo form. View them by clicking the button below!

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Congratulations to our 2023-2025 Board Members!

Congratulations to Mark Steppan, Sanjana Parekh, and Todd Jersey - we are thrilled to welcome you to our Board of Directors for 2023-2025! This will be Sanjana's and Todd's first term with our Chapter's Board, and we are excited to include their perspective in future Board decisions.

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New Zero Net Carbon Design Mandatory Continuing Education Requirement!

Beginning with the 2023 Renewal Cycle, California architects must take 5 hours of coursework in Zero Net Carbon Design (ZNCD) in order to renew their license.

This 5-hour ZNCD requirement is in addition to the existing requirement of 5 hours in accessibility coursework. California architects need to complete 10 hours of coursework to renew their license in 2023: 5 hours in accessibility AND 5 hours in ZNCD.

Learn More About the New Requirement Here

Mentorship Opportunity:

5x5x5 Mentorship Program

We're gearing up for our next cohort of our 5x5x5 Mentorship Program! To everyone who has reached out previously to be a mentor: thank you! We will be getting in touch with you soon to gauge your interest in our spring program. If you haven't reached out previously, but are interested in being a mentor, please fill out this short form.

We are also looking for students interested in taking part in this upcoming cohort! If you are an interested student/recent graduate, please fill out this interest indicator.

December's Featured Firm

Farmworker Housing

by Arkin Tilt Architects


This project garnered the most interest on our social media channels so we wanted to bring it to you! We will be doing this over the coming months to celebrate some of the work of our wonderful firms, so be sure to tune in to our monthly newsletter to see some of the other wonderful projects we plan to feature.

This past month also included projects from PYATOK (LinkedIn/Instagram), TCA Architects, Inc. (LinkedIn/Instagram) and Fernau + Hartman Architects (LinkedIn/Instagram).

Upcoming Events

December 23rd - January 2nd

Holiday Break - Office Closed

Thank you to our hardworking team for making this year the best yet! Our office will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year's to let our team rest and enjoy the holidays with their families.

See you in 2023!

January 5th | 6pm - 7:30pm

AIA East Bay Regional & Urban Design: Annual Janus Brainstorming Event

AIA East Bay Regional & Urban Design (RUD) holds an annual event reflecting on the past year and developing next year’s programing. This brainstorming session is open to all and your involvement will help assist RUD develop 2023 programing. Having our input is critical to continue providing inspiring and informative dialogs about Urban Design in our four county chapter region.

January 12th | 12pm - 1:30pm

Small Firm Forum Annual Show & Tell (1.5 LU)

Join us as we showcase 2 architects sharing what they do and why they do it. It adds to the understanding of other small firm architects in what we do. This month: two Small Firm Forum Architects, Andrew Lee and Rebecca Schnier AIA, will share some of their lovely work with us!

January 14th | 10am - 11:30am

AFSF Saturday Design Studio 2023

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco (AFSF) announces AFSF Saturday Design Studio 2023 , a distance-learning workshop in sustainable design and architecture for high school students. This Studio is being offered 2 times (choose 1) – Saturdays, January 14 – February 18, 2023 or Saturdays, March 4 – April 8, 2023 – 6 weeks each, 1 1/2 hours per week (10:00 am – 11:30am).

January 26th | 9am - 3pm

2023 ADA Day!

AIA East Bay Members get $50 off our posted price, that's an over 50% savings. Just our way of saying "thank you" for being a member!

Complete your ADA Licensure Requirement in 1 Day with Steve Winkel, FAIA, PE, CASp!

January 28th | 12pm - 2pm

Kava Massih Architects Firm and Project Tour

Kava Massih Architects invites you to visit their office in West Berkeley!

See the behind the scenes of an architectural firm and get a glimpse of some of the projects they have done over the years. After the firm tour, they will guide you around the local projects they have done near the office like Berkeley Bowl West.

February 2nd | 12pm - 1pm

Minimalist Leadership for Maximum Results (1 LU)

Architects who lead a team or lead their own practice need to be MORE than an architect. You need to also be a leader. In this session, discover how to lead your team to new levels of performance with minimal effort and without wasting time on distractions. Leave with four proven leadership strategies that will transform your team, your leadership, and your bottom-line.

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Meet Ned Reifenstein | Member Spotlight

Ned Reifenstein has been working in architecture for 30 years. He discovered architecture in college, and was intrigued by the history, science, and creativity that melds into design. He was entranced by the problem-solving required of him in architecture and design and now works in public sector architecture. 

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Volunteer Opportunity! Engineers Alliance for the Arts 2023 Student Impact Project

ENGINEERS ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS (EAA) facilitates a unique bridge-building program in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. EAA is looking for volunteer engineers, architects, design and construction professionals to fill the teaching spots for our 2023 program. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community — particularly to inspire high school students to potentially pursue engineering or design in college — and also polish your knowledge of bridge design and construction. This teaching opportunity is open to professionals at all levels, whether you are new to the industry, a tenured professional or retired.

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ABI November 2022: Demand for design services continues to slow

The pace of decline during November accelerated from October, posting an Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 46.6 from 47.7 (any score below 50 indicates a decline in firm billings). The pace of inquiries into new projects slowed, but remained positive with a score of 52.0, however new design contracts remained in negative territory with a score of 46.9.

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CA License Needs to Be Renewed?

This 4 course ADA bundle satisfies your CA licensure requirement on your own time.

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

Experienced Architect Design to Build – Healthcare - Berkeley, CA (Remote)

We are seeking an experienced Architect Design Associate to join our growing mostly residential Design/Build Team. You are skilled, collaborative, creative, personable, and driven. You enjoy working in a fast-paced office and are comfortable working with senior leaders, principals, and high-profile clients.

Architectural Specifier - Oakland, CA

The Specifier’s focus is writing, editing, and coordinating project specifications to coincide with the project drawings in providing specifications for project manuals on a wide variety of projects. The position also includes periodic quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) reviews during document preparation phases and final production as defined by SERA’s Process Manual.

Project Architect/Manager - Lafayette, CA

We are growing and are looking to add a Project Architect/Manager who is self-motivated, hard-working, and focused with more than 10 years of full-time experience on educational, commercial, residential, ecumenical, community-driven building projects. The position will provide opportunities for technical leadership throughout a project process with long-term career advancement potentials based on performance.

Project Architect 5-15 yrs experience - Oakland, CA

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? Today, with a staff of 14, SKA is one of the Bay Area’s leading design firms with an excellent reputation for the projects that are sustainable and integral to our communities — from visitor centers, community centers, and fire stations; to educational, workplace and other civic buildings.

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