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    Housing+ | Future Typologies for a Livable and Equitable San Francisco

    Thursday, June 16, 2022 @ 9:00 am - Friday, June 17, 2022 @ 11:00 am PDT
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    The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF) in collaboration with the Center for Architecture + Design and AIASF's Housing Committee present this year's two-day virtual symposium, Housing+ | Future Typologies for a Livable + Equitable San Francisco. Speakers representing organizations at the frontlines will address San Francisco's growing population, explore ways that can ensure more livable and equitable housing opportunities for more vibrant communities in the city, and take a deep-dive into The California H.O.M.E. Act (SB9), the product of a multi-year effort to develop solutions to address the state's housing crisis.

    Single Day Registration | 2.0 LU 

    AIA Member: $35 | General Admission: $45 | Student: $10

    2-DAY PASS
    Two-Day Registration | 4.0 LU
    AIA Member: $55 | General Admission: $70 | Student: $15

    Sponsorship helps us to continue these important conversations that bridge our industry with the communities in which we live and work.


    Frances Anderton
    Writer, Broadcaster, Curator


    Senator Scott Weiner
    California State Senate, District 11

    Frances is the former host of KCRW public radio's "DnA: Design and Architecture" for KCRW . Her DnA series "Bridges and Walls," about the infrastructure connecting and dividing communities in California, won the 2019 LA Press Club award for investigative reporting. That series was supported by the California Arts Council, which is now supporting “Wasted”, a DnA series on innovative approaches to processing, repurposing or preempting waste. Anderton has written extensively about West Coast design for publications including The New York Times, Metropolis and Dwell.



    Senator Scott Wiener represents San Francisco and northern San Mateo County in the California State Senate. Elected in 2016, Senator Wiener focuses extensively on housing, transportation, civil rights, criminal justice reform, clean energy, and alleviating poverty. He chairs the Senate Housing Committee and is Vice Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. He is the immediate past Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus. Before his election to the Senate, Senator Wiener served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing the district previously represented by Harvey Milk. He also chaired the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.

    Day 1: Thursday, June 16 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

    Where and how buildings are built in our cities is determined by laws and administered by code, with community input, as represented by public officials and volunteer advocates. San Francisco’s Planning Department identifies land-uses and effectively maps the future of our built and open spaces. We'll kick off Housing+ by addressing shifting attitudes — YIMBY vs. NIMBY — and means by which the next phases of our city’s growth will be defined, with an emphasis on the ways policy and activism converge to advance the delivery of housing to meet the enormous demand. (2 LU)


    Pedram Farashbandi, AIA, Principal, David Baker Architects
    Pedram is a visionary architect focused on mid-rise and high-rise design. He specializes in guiding projects in the initial phases, rethinking conventional approaches, and adapting workflows. Pedram leads DBA’s exploration of new technologies, including 3D and VR visualization software, multimedia presentations, and automation. A high school summer job building 3D digital models set Pedram on a path to a prolific, international career in architecture. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Azad University in Shiraz, Iran, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.


    Todd David, Executive Director, Housing Action Coalition
    HAC’s Executive Director since November 2016, Todd has been active in Bay Area politics throughout his professional career. His campaign experience includes serving as political director for Scott Wiener’s first successful California State Senate campaign (2016), campaign manager for the Recreation and Park funding measure (2016), and campaign manager for the Soda Tax (2014). A public school parent of three, Todd is an avid community volunteer and weekend pickleball player.

    Rich Hillis, Planning Director, San Francisco Planning Department
    Rich is responsible for overseeing long range city planning, development review, and environmental review for most physical development in San Francisco. He served on the San Francisco Planning Commission for eight years before becoming Director of the Planning Department. Prior to joining San Francisco Planning, Rich served as the Executive Director for the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture where he led its reinvigoration, investing over $60 million into the historic campus and providing a stable and vibrant home to dozens of arts organizations and events.

    Tamara Knox, CEO/Co-Founder, Frolic
    Tamara enjoys rethinking funding and ownership structures in order to expand who can own a home and see a future in their city. Prior to starting Frolic, she did urban economics and affordable housing policy consulting and worked as a developer focused on equitable economic development. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies with Honors from Stanford University and a Master in City Planning (MCP) and Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) from MIT. She grew up in Los Angeles and is now happily living in Seattle.

    Joshua Morrison, Creative Director, Co-founder, Frolic
    Josh worked in Copenhagen as an urban designer for 6 years before going to MIT and co-founding Frolic. His work focuses on just transformation of neighborhoods and he is a strong believer in soft density, informed by his experience at Gehl Architects. He holds a Master in City Planning (MCP) from MIT and a B.A. in Environmental Design through joint studies between Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

    Learning Objectives (2 LU)

    1. Learn about California’s state-wide mandates aimed to transform land-use to make way for new housing, and how local municipalities are responding through municipal zoning codes.

    2. Hear how local advocacy efforts can collaborate with lawmakers to sponsor and advance pro-housing legislation at the municipal and community level and how neighbors can be activated to support new housing initiatives.

    3. Understand the ways San Francisco Planning is working to shape the future of housing in the city by protecting affordable housing stock and encouraging affordable housing development, while minimizing displacement of vulnerable residents.

    4. Discover development business models that pool neighborhood investment to leverage homeowners’ property development potential and lower the cost barriers for first-time home buyers.

    Day 2: Friday, June 17 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

    The second day of Housing+ introduces a panel of architects who are pushing the boundaries of conventional practice. These practitioners are collaborating with innovative property developers and financial consultants to develop new housing typologies that enable higher residential densities. By employing creative design and, when laws permit, unconventional patterns of occupancy they are able to expand housing opportunities and reframe ideas of house and home. (2 LU)


    Christopher  Roach, AIA, MAUD, LEED AP
    Christopher is a San Francisco based architect and urbanist with over 25 years of experience in the profession and a deep commitment to both the craft and the intellectual ambition of architecture.  He is co-founder and principal of Studio VARA, a San Francisco-based practice working at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and design, and has engaged with a wide range of projects types, from custom residences and affordable housing to commercial offices and academic institutions. His professional work and academic design research extend beyond the boundaries of architecture to encompass an expanded field that ranges from exhibition design, graphic design, and art, to civic space, urban agency, and the design of practice.


    Lise de Vito, Design Industry Relations and Strategy, Henrybuilt;
    Owner, Zack | de Vito Architecture + Construction

    Lise’s passion for design, architecture and creative acts began early in life, influenced by a family of architects, industrial designers and artists. Evident in the graphic quality of her work is a strong ability to innovate. Lise’s professional experience covers a diverse range of project types including residential, retail and commercial. The design of award winning, urban-infill residential development work is a constant thread throughout Lise's professional focus; vertically integrated projects from land acquisition to design|build brought to market.

    Mark Macy, AIA, LEED AP, Founding Principal, Macy Architecture
    Mark has over 35 years of experience working with diverse clients on challenging and unique projects. Macy Architecture focuses on the multi-family and mixed-use sector and endeavors to optimize the political, financial, design and technological opportunities available to each project. Notable completed projects include the 200-unit "City Gardens", San Francisco's first application of the State Density Bonus Law to a market-rate development; "Project One" in Oakland, featuring the first multi-family application of mass-plywood panel construction; and "SBCAST", a non-profit live-work development in Santa Barbara that supports artist, scientist and technologist collaborative work. Current work includes the creation of a new15-acre neighborhood in American Canyon and a new YMCA complex in downtown Burbank with 249 market-rate and 55 affordable dwellings.

    Leah Martin, Architect/Partner, Allied8
    Leah is a founding partner of Allied8 Architects, a generalist firm with a strong focus on housing innovation, housing justice and policy. Leah began her career in the early 90’s in New York City and relocated to Seattle in 1994, before Seattle knew much about what a housing crisis would one day look like. In early 2019, Leah created a development arm to Allied8. For decades Allied8 had been active advisors/architects to developers. Leah and the Allied8 team realized that when architects become their own developers, they can solve problems differently. Allied8’s developments aim to solve big policy problems with small-scale projects that are replicable.

    Brian Phillips, FAIA, Founding Principal/Creative Director, ISA
    Brian serves as Creative Director across all aspects of the firm’s work and earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and BS from the University of Oklahoma. He has lectured widely on urbanism, housing, and the work of ISA. Brian was awarded a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and was named an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York in 2015. He is a Lecturer at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, and has taught visiting studios at the University of Miami and Parsons the New School for Design. ISA is a design and research office engaged with projects in cities across the U.S. The firm has leveraged the opportunities and challenges of its home city of Philadelphia to drive a busy, innovative, and thought-leading practice that takes on the complex context of the post-industrial American city.

    Learning Objectives (2 LU)

    1. Understand how creative land-use strategies and carefully designed urban-infill residential development can contribute to the housing stock while respecting traditionally-scaled urban contexts.

    2. Learn how architects, working as developers and designers, can employ typological variants and replicable development methods to address land-use policies that constrain density.

    3. Discover innovative design strategies that maximize the development potential for high quality housing in the complex contexts of the post-industrial American city.

    4. Discover how architects can collaborate with communities and developers to conceive innovative housing designs that integrate financial models and optimized construction methods, while addressing community and regulatory concerns, to realize the potentials of urban housing.

    2022 Symposium Sponsors




    Community Partners

    AIA East Bay
    California College of the Arts
    Housing Action Coalition (HAC)
    >Marin Builders Association

    Housing+ is an annual symposium that addresses a variety of housing issues in the San Francisco Bay Area with constituents beyond our city limits. Already in its seventh year, Housing+ is in collaboration with AIASF's Housing Committee.

    2022 AIASF Housing Committee
    Paul Adamson, FAIA, AIASF Housing Committee Chair / 2022 AIASF Board President
    Ben Chuaqui, Van Meter Williams Pollack
    Michael Cresanti, AIA, MBA, CPHC, Mayberry Workshop
    Lise de Vito, Henrybuilt / Zach de Vito Architecture + Construction
    John Lum, AIA, John Lum Architecture
    Jennifer Tulley, TEF Design
    Pedram Farashbandi, AIA, David Baker Architects
    Sarah Willmer, Studio Sarah Willmer Architecture

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