March 2023

AIA East Bay Lecture Series

Leaders Shaping Our Community


Planning & Urban Design

March 21st

Join us for an event highlighting master planning and larger urban developments with Dan Solomon, Matt Taecker, Nancy Keenan, and Frank Fuller.

This panel will be moderated by Sarah Kuehl.

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April 25

Join us as we look at the influence of healthcare, education, recreation, and public works in the East Bay with Marc L’Italien, Clarence D. Mamuyac Jr., Chuck Davis, and Kit Ratcliff.

Moderated by Ursula Currie.

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2023 Home Tours


Join us for a beautiful trip through the East Bay as we tour a vast array of homes that remind us “home” has no single definition.

We are looking for people interested in volunteering to be docents for this year's Home Tours, which will be held on May 20th!

Docents receive a free ticket for working a 3 hour shift on the day of the event and an exclusive invitation to our afterparty celebrating this successful event. We only ask that docents attend a one hour training beforehand., so we can give you a rundown of the process.

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Upcoming Events

March 21st | 6pm - 7:30pm

2023 Lecture Series: Planning & Urban Design

Join us for an event highlighting master planning and larger urban developments with Dan Solomon, Matt Taecker, Nancy Keenan, and Frank Fuller.

This panel will be moderated by Sarah Kuehl.

March 23rd | 8am - 2pm

March ADA Day (5 LU|HSW)

Complete your ADA Licensure Requirement in 1 Day with the Pacific ADA Center!

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!

March 23rd | 5:30pm - 7pm

Gensler Firm Tour

We will see amazing 360 views of the east bay from our office and Gensler will point out some of their projects that we can see from their office. We will talk about the different studios that they host in the office (Interior Workplace, Retail and Core/Shell) and see how projects organize their materials, models and inspiration imagery. Gensler has a model shop which they will show us as well as interesting design elements they have included in our office, so you won’t want to miss it!

April 6th | 12pm - 1pm

DVC Architecture Lecture Series: Jacomina Versluis

Join DVC’s Architecture program for their Spring Architecture Lecture Series! 


No registration required!

April 6th | 4pm - 6:30pm

Downtown Berkeley's New Tall Buildings (2 LU)

Join ULI for a guided walking tour of the tall new buildings in Downtown Berkeley, concluding with remarks by a panel of architects, planners, owners, and construction managers who are delivering Berkeley’s next-generation core district. Drinks and networking to follow at a nearby establishment (location TBD).

April 6th | 5:30pm - 6:30pm

DVC Architecture Lecture Series: Michael Hennessey

Join DVC’s Architecture program for their Spring Architecture Lecture Series! 


No registration required!

April 13th | 12pm - 1:30pm

Taking Vacation (1.5 LU)

As part of the EBAIA monthly Small Firm Forum, this session will focus on ways we as architects can include in our yearly Life Program a method for strengthening our “work / Life balance by integrally including “Vacation” planning into our “Work” planning.

April 18th | 12pm - 1pm

Profit Motive & The Business of Design – The A+D Leader’s 101 of Firm Financial Management (1 LU)

Who deals with the money, and how? This session focuses on how finance, metrics, and performance influence an A+D practice’s well-being and its success moving forward, as well as the firm culture and bottom line. Join SO|arch founder Elisabeth Sporer, AIA CIC, for a presentation on the benchmark metrics behind the business of design.  

April 20th | 4pm - 5:30pm

RYSE Commons Design Tour

RYSE Commons, our 2022 BEYOND Design Award recipient, is a new campus dedicated to youth leadership in Richmond, California. It serves youth, ages 13-21, across Richmond and West Contra Costa County. The project resulted from Black, Brown, Indigenous and Young People of Color (BIYPOC) calling on adults to listen, invest, and rethink young people’s place in the city.

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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: [email protected]

Advocacy Alert

Show your support for two critical pieces of pro-housing legislation sponsored by our friends at the Housing Action Coalition.

These crucial pieces of legislation have the power to make a real difference in our community, but they need your voice to become a reality. Contact your representatives today and urge them to take action.

Senate Bill 83 (Wiener) - aims to regulate the timeline for Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) to connect projects to the electrical grid.

Assembly Bill 281 (Grayson) - sets shot clocks for Special Districts to respond to permit applications. 

We ask that you submit letters through the CA Leg Portal here.


Meet Kenneth Lin | Member Spotlight

Kenneth Lin grew up in Taiwan and took an unusual path to architecture. He initially came to the U.S. to study computer science but decided not to pursue it as a career after receiving his Master of Arts in Computer Science from Queens College in New York. During this time, his mother was a tailor on the New York fashion circuit, and he began work as a fashion designer. He worked in the fashion industry for 6 years, focusing on technical elements such as patternmaking. In 2008, after the economy crashed, he revisited his career path and decided to go back to school for architecture and became licensed in 2018.

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Attic Ventilation: From an AI Perspective by Jonathan Clark & ChatGPT

This article might not be like many of the articles that have been written before. This article was mostly generated by ChatGPT.  ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence chatbot developed by OpenAI and launched last November for the general public to use. A chatbot is a software application used to conduct an online chat conversation.

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Our 2023 Joint Lecture Was a Celebration of Intersectional Design and the Importance of Porches

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Joint Lecture Series: “Erase Me”, An Evening with German Barnes! We are especially grateful for our sponsors, who help to make each year’s programming the best it can be.

View Photos from the Lecture Here

Oaklanders Leading on Climate

Maria Katticaran, AIA East Bay Member, is one of 14 local residents and change-makers who participated in the inaugural Oakland Shoreline Leadership Academy in the summer and fall of 2021. Through the Academy, participants confronted their proximity to the water by studying shoreline issues (such as the presence of industrial toxins in the soil), visiting sites along the shore, and developing their own shoreline improvement projects.

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SAY IT LOUD California is Live!

AIA California Chapters are pleased to bring the internationally-recognized exhibition, SAY IT LOUD by Beyond the Built Environment, to the AIA Conference on Architecture in June of 2023. SAY IT LOUD – California will elevate the contributions of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and women designers and architects through the Conference Exhibition as well as regional exhibitions and events across the state in 2023 and beyond. 

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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 January 2023: Architecture firm billings decline at slower pace

While architecture firm billings declined for the fourth consecutive month in January, the pace of the decline continued to slow. The ABI score of 49.3 for the month indicates that fewer firms reported softening conditions this month than in December. In addition, inquiries into new projects and the value of new design contracts both strengthened in January, as firms reported an uptick of interest in new projects.

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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

Project Architect - Santa Rosa, CA

AXIA is looking for a Project Architect who can provide exceptional leadership, vision, and technical skills at a multitude of levels within the firm. Our project Architects are responsible for project management and implementation of all phases of project and teams under the direction of the principal in charge.

Project Manager- 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 Project Manager to join our team and contribute to positively transforming the built environment.

Job Captain - Community & Commercial Job Captain - Community & Commercial

William Duff Architects (WDA) is looking for a Job Captain with 3 -10+ years of experience to join our Community and Commercial Practices. We are an award-winning, inclusive architecture firm, comprised of bright, creative, motivated people. Built as a people-based practice, we were recognized as the only architecture firm to make it on the San Francisco Business Times Best Places to Work List (2020, 2022). With capabilities in multiple sectors, we specialize in residential, workplace, community, hospitality, and retail across the Bay Area and beyond.

Architectural & Interior Professionals - Napa, CA

Napa Design Partners is an established architectural and interior design firm located in the beautiful Napa Valley. Our place of work (office) and fun is conveniently located at the Napa Valley Corporate Park. We are always looking for career minded professionals and technical staff to join our team. We enjoy the work and we look for (and they seem to find us) unique opportunities and projects in the areas we work.

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