March 2022

Home Tours is Looking for Homes In Napa
Get Your Project Seen!
After a long and (sometimes) lonely lockdown, we are thrilled to announce that our 2022 Home Tours will be IN PERSON!

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 Mike Wilson at [email protected].
Letter From AIA East Bay President Brian Stryzek
I am honored to be serving as the 2022 AIA East Bay Board President and humbled by the long list of talented architects who I follow. I have watched the past three presidents and staff effortlessly deal with the challenges of chapter and society. This year is an exciting one for our chapter, and I am very glad to be president now.

Our 2022 Joint Lecture was a Joyous Reunion
Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Joint Lecture Series: An Evening with Sandra Barclay & Jean Pierre -Crousse! It was our first in-person, public lecture in two years, and we glad we were able to share it with many of our members. Click the link below to take a look at some wonderful snapshots from throughout the night, and make sure to mark your calendar for next year’s program!

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
March 15th | 11am - 2pm

You're invited to join CSI East Bay-Oakland Chapter for an in-person presentation: "45 Years of Architectural Journeys" with Cathi & Steven House of House + House Architects. 
March 17th | 6pm

Diablo Valley College is hosting their annual Architecture Lecture Series! Join us for a lecture by Ed Saliklis, PhD, PE, professor of Architectural Engineering at Cal Poly.
No registration required, simply click here to be taken to the Zoom link.
March 23rd | 6pm - 7pm

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this event will examine the historical representation and modern day activism of women in architecture. It will touch on architectural history with references to the text Race and Modern Architecture, and highlight women who are leading in research and activism within architecture.
April 14th | 12pm - 1:30pm

California legislators passed the California Housing Opportunity and More Efficiency (HOME) Act, commonly known as Senate Bill 9 (SB 9), to address the ongoing housing crisis. Come explore how SB 9 is being implemented at the local level and how the recent slate of Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) laws work with SB 9. There will be an analysis on the best and worse cities when it comes to SB 9 implementation. This event will involve a quick presentation and a lengthy Q&A with the audience.
IMPORTANT REMINDER! Architects, It’s Time to File a New Business Entity Report Form (BERF)

If you are currently providing professional services in California, you must have a BERF on file with the California Architects Board. And, since the BERF form was updated in 2021, architects need to update their BERF and fill out TWO notices: one to disassociate, and one to associate.

Financial Incentives Available for Energy Efficient New Construction and Major Alterations

New construction in the East Bay area continues to boom. This provides a unique opportunity to advance the state's carbon reduction goals and provide long term energy savings that also creates healthy, comfortable buildings. AIA East Bay members can now take advantage of the California Energy Design Assistance (CEDA) program for new construction and major alterations throughout the state of California to learn which measures will benefit their project the most. 

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AIA is here to support your career, enhance your practice, and advance the architecture profession. Renew your membership and stay connected to everything AIA has to offer. And let’s keep designing a better world, together.

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) - Which Code? by Kerwin Lee

With this article I want to explore the question, “Which building code applies to an ADU?” Should the California Residential Code (CRC) or the California Building Code (CBC) be applied to ADUs?

Call for Early Stage Real Estate Development Projects

A call for projects is open for a pilot effort funded through the American Institute of Architects Upjohn Research Initiative. The goal of the pilot is to identify new approaches to streamlining the real estate development process by centering community goals for climate, health, and equity. Its results will be compiled into a framework report with nationwide relevance. The deadline for submitting an initial statement of interest is March 21.

ABI January 2022: Entering 2022, architecture firms continue to see steady growth

Business conditions at architecture firms entering 2022 were essentially the same as when they ended 2021, with an Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 51.0 in January, the same as the revised December score (any score over 50 indicates billings growth). This makes 12 straight months of positive readings for the ABI. However, over this period the pace of growth of the ABI has clearly moderated.

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

At Studio KDA, we design for community. Our mission is to use architecture to bring people together, to create enduring buildings, to add value to our cities, and to enjoy the process of working together. As a Project Manager, you will leverage your attention to detail and interpersonal skills to deliver exceptional projects on time and on budget, collaborating with a team of designers, job captains and technicians.

The project manager works with owners and directs employees and consultants at all levels to ensure that proper steps and procedures are taken and that work is completed as planned, budgeted, scheduled and in conformance with the design intent and contract deliverables. The project manager will participate in office-wide initiatives aimed at improving or impacting practice, business operations or business development.

Daniel Fletcher / Architects is an award-winning architectural design firm based in Monterey, California. Founded over forty years ago on the principle of pursuing design excellence, we are committed to redefining the norm of custom residential design. Please visit for more about our firm. We are seeking a full-time Staff Architect / Project Manager to join our firm. This is a key position with the opportunity for promotion.

If you have a strong background in public education projects we would be excited to hear from you. TLCD Architecture is seeking a licensed architect or certified interior designer with experience in education (K12, Higher Education or both) design with leadership skills and an interest in business development.
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