January 2023

Home Tours 2023 - Call for Homes!

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Welcome to Our New Leadership Lecture Series!

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

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.


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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

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 Ashley Rybarczyk | Member Spotlight

Ashley Rybarczyk was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and lived there until she was four. She then moved with her mother, stepdad, and baby brother to Oxford, Wisconsin, a small rural town of 500 people. She spent summers in the heat and bright lights of Vegas with her dad and returned to Wisconsin’s seasons for the school year.  

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Facades+ is Coming to San Francisco!

Presented by The Architects Newspaper, Facades+ continues to bring together the world’s most talented building professionals right next door in San Francisco! Earn up to 6 LU|HSW CEUs in one day.

Use Discount Code AIAEB23 for special AIA East Bay pricing!

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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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