February 2023

Home Tours 2023 - Call for Homes!

Do you have a finished project in that you are eager to show off? Submit it to be featured in our Home Tours!⁠

Deadline for submissions is March 10th

 Home Tours will take place on May 20th!

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AIA East Bay Lecture Series

Leaders Shaping Our Community


Renovation & Interiors

Join us for a discussion about saving, preserving, and re-using buildings with Kava Massih, Eddie Hall, and Larry Strain.

This panel will be moderated by Heather Sanders-Jacob.

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History of

Bay Area Architecture

Join us for a conversation in understanding the history, trends, and analysis of architecture with John King and Mitchell Schwarzer.

Moderated by Pierluigi Serraino. 

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“Erase Me”: An Evening with Germane Barnes

 2023 UCB & AIA East Bay Joint Lecture Series

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Please join us on March 8th at 5:00pm for a reception and dinner with our guest speaker, Germane Barnes, at the Bancroft Hotel, followed at 6:30pm by a reception with CED students at Wurster Hall. The lecture starts in Wurster Hall Auditorium at 7:00 pm.

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Proceeds from this event help support Architecture and Design education in the San Francisco East Bay region.

Mentee Opportunity:

5x5x5 Mentorship Program

We're gearing up for our next cohort of our 5x5x5 Mentorship Program!

If you are an interested student/recent graduate looking for a mentorship opportunity, please fill out this interest indicator!

To everyone who has reached out previously to be a mentor: thank you! We will be reaching out to you to confirm your participation soon.

Berkeley Tuolumne Camp

by Siegel & Strain Architects

(LinkedIn / Instagram)

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 newsletter to see some of the other wonderful projects we plan to feature.

This past month also included projects from HOK (LinkedIn/Instagram), Swatt Miers Architects (LinkedIn/Instagram), brick. (LinkedIn/Instagram), and Brian Feagans, Architect (LinkedIn/Instagram).

Upcoming Events

February 23rd | 8am - 2pm

February ADA Day!

Complete your ADA Licensure Requirement in 1 Day with the Pacific ADA Center! The purpose of the Pacific ADA Center is to build a partnership between the disability community and the general public by enhancing understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through education and technical assistance.

February 23rd | 6pm - 7:30pm

Lecture Series : Renovation & Interiors

Join us for a discussion about saving, preserving, and re-using buildings with Kava Massih, Eddie Hall, and Larry Strain.

This panel will be moderated by Heather Sanders-Jacob.

March 1st | 6pm - 7:30pm

High Performance Insulation for Woodframe Construction

Come and learn how to improve the energy performance of your projects and how to do so affordably through high performance insulation systems, materials and strategies. This course will cover all the main methods of insulation practiced in wood frame construction today and cover the good and bad of different approaches.

March 2nd | 6pm - 7:30pm

Grand Boulevards and the AB2011 Revolution

Peter Calthorpe has advocated for a new “Grand Boulevards” approach to urban design that calls for repairing ubiquitous but outdated strip malls to build accessible workforce housing, investing in transit, and humanizing the asphalt wastelands that divide our communities. Join RUD to learn all about it!

March 7th | 6pm - 7:30pm

Lecture Series : History of Bay Area Architecture

Join us for a conversation in understanding the history, trends, and analysis of architecture with John King and Mitchell Schwarzer.

This panel will be moderated by Pierluigi Serraino. 

March 8th | 5pm - 8:30pm

“Erase Me”: An Evening with Germane Barnes (AIAEB & UCB Joint Lecture Series)

Please join us for dinner and then a talk with Germane Barnes, Principal of Studio Barnes, and Associate Professor and the Director of the Community Housing & Identity Lab (CHIL) at the University of Miami School of Architecture. Proceeds from this event help support Architecture and Design education in the San Francisco East Bay region.

March 9th | 12pm - 1:30pm

CALGreen and the Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance

The Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance is being implemented by every community in the State of California and affects building projects both big and small with new and renovated landscapes. Peter Wolfe, landscape architect, and allied member will discuss the ordinance and its implications on the permitting process and how it may affect your project.

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Important Updates

Update Your Professional Information

before we publish 2023 Member Directory

Our 2023 Member Directory is going to be published in April and mailed out to members soon after that. Please check your member profile and make any needed updates, to ensure other members know how to meet you!

NOTE: This information needs to be updated in your National member profile, not your AIAEB website profile.


Contact AIA Member Services to make updates and manage which information you allow others to see.

Call: (800) 242- 3837, option 2

Email: memberservices@aia.org

AIAEB Launches New Membership Outreach Program

With over 900 members spread across four counties, staying in touch and understanding what you want and need from the AIA is challenging.


Our new Membership Outreach Program seeks to remedy this. We are committed to speaking with every member at least once per quarter to stay connected, gather your feedback on how we are doing, and express our appreciation for your membership, all to strengthen the relationship and communication between members and AIA Staff.

Marjorie Santos is the face and “voice” of our Membership Outreach Program. Please welcome Marjorie to the AIA East Bay team and take the opportunity, when she calls you, to give her your feedback and share your ideas for how the AIA can serve you better.

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Meet Mark Steppan | Member Spotlight

Mark Steppan graduated from UC Berkeley School of Architecture in 1979 and his journey has taken him from firms with 13 employees to a firm with over 700 people in 10 offices worldwide. Yet, no matter where he lands, he is a consummate leader and professional, and he has used his years of experience to prove himself not only invaluable to startups and established firms, but as a leader in the AIA East Bay.  

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AIA East Bay heads to Capitol Hill to advocate for design freedom and resilient communities

AIA East Bay President Ursula Currie and Executive Director Mike Wilson traveled last week to Washington, D.C., to advocate for members of their organization as part of the AIAs National Leadership Conference. The purpose of their trip was to meet with lawmakers and promote policies that would support the architecture industry. 

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Accessibility Code Compliance by Kerwin Lee, AIA

Complying with all the required regulations for disabled accessibility is a daunting and confusing task. It is not as simple as complying with a single code. Your first obligation is compliance with the State Code, California Building Code (CBC), but then there is the Fair Housing Amendment Act (FHAA or FHA) and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Housing+ San Francisco 2050 Design Competition

Let a crisis become an opportunity! New rules intended to grow more density offer designers a chance to rethink the San Francisco home. Send us your visions for 21st century duplexes and quadriplexes that offer up innovative approaches to lifestyle and architectural style, and show that the single family house is not the only dream home in California. As society grapples with challenges including homelessness, a changing climate and social fragmentation, consider forms of housing that are light on the earth, obtainable in cost and social in nature.

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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.

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ABI December 2022: Architecture firm billings end the year on a soft note

While the value of new design contracts also declined for the third month in a row in December, the pace of that decline slowed as well. And inquiries into new projects continued to grow at a modest pace at the majority of architecture firms this month. Firms also continued to report robust project backlogs of 6.7 months, on average. While this is lower than the project backlogs throughout much of 2022, it is still higher than it was one year ago at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021.

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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

Architect / Senior Designer / Job Captain - Walnut Creek, CA

M I Architects, Inc. is seeking a full time Architect / Senior Designer / Job Captain. We are located in Walnut Creek. California. We specialize in commercial developments such as convenience stores, car washes, retail stores, restaurants, mobility stations and community centers. The candidate must have excellent skills and direct experience in commercial, retail and restaurant facilities.

Medical Planner - Emeryville, CA

Ratcliff’s Healthcare Practice is a regional leader in the planning and design of complex healthcare facilities, including acute and ambulatory care facilities as well as medical campus master plans. We are seeking a Medical Planner who demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of healthcare architecture and significant experience leading the design and development of such projects.

Senior Project Manager - Berkeley, CA

TRACHTENBERG ARCHITECTS is seeking an experienced individual for the role of Senior Project Manager who will take a leading role in our projects. The position involves overseeing projects from Entitlements through Construction Administration. Responsibilities and salary are commensurate to one’s abilities and motivation. We take good care of our people.

Administration Manager (Hybrid) - Pleasanaton, CA

DAHLIN is currently seeking an ADMINISTRATION MANAGER to join our PLEASANTON or SAN DIEGO, CA location. This professional will lead administrative staff and activities concerned with administrative operations in the areas of communication, training, documentation and standardization, ensuring consistency across sectors and geographic regions. As a member of the Administrative and Operations Team, responsibilities include collaborating with other staff across the firm and contributing to a positive and productive work environment.

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