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    2024 AIASF Housing+ Symposium

    Thursday, June 13, 2024 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT

    Building Tomorrow's San Francisco:
    From Legislation to Livability

    AIA San Francisco in collaboration with the AIASF Housing Knowledge Community present the 2024 AIASF Housing+ Symposium. Join us for ongoing conversations that navigate the future of housing in San Francisco. Discover insights from frontline organizations on the City's latest legislative landscape and its implications for residential zoning and design. Delve into the efficacy of these laws in supporting vulnerable communities and explore innovative approaches leveraging land values and financial strategies to enhance housing accessibility.


    AIA Member: $90 | General Admission: $125 | Student: $30



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



    Charles R. Durrett, AIA
    Principal Architect, The Cohousing Company

    Architect and co-founder of the Cohousing Company, Charles Durrett, will introduce and moderate the day's program. Drawing on his 30-year career as an activist architect, Charles will frame the discussion around the value of housing and the roles those involved in housing delivery — including architects — can play in changing the future of housing design.

    Keynote Bio

    Charles R. Durrett, AIA, is an architect, author, and advocate of affordable, socially responsible, sustainable design and diverse housing to serve a variety of populations. He has made major contributions to community-based architecture and cohousing. For a comprehensive understanding of cohousing communities, see Charles’ recent work, Cohousing Communities: Designing for High-Functioning Neighborhoods, published by Wiley & Sons; his other books include The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living as well as 14 other books about housing, including A Solution to Homelessness in Your Town.

    Charles is credited in the Oxford English Dictionary for coining the word: Cohousing. He has designed over 55 cohousing communities in North America, including the first Cohousing project in Davis, California, in 1989, and has consulted on many more around the world. He and his team of architects have also designed an equal number of affordable housing projects and schools. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The LA Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Architecture, Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and many more. Charles has also been a guest on a wide variety of televised talk shows such as The Today Show and a wide variety of other news programs including CNN, The McNeil Lehr Report, and others.

    Charles continues to devote his time to new and diverse community-orientated housing projects and start-ups. As an architect, he realized long ago that developing healthy environments requires starting with the culture and seeking a much wider array of issues than just the sticks and bricks. He lives in a 34–unit cohousing community, Nevada City Cohousing in Northern California, which he designed with the future residents in 2004.


    New Laws: What’s on the Books? | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Policy)

    Experts in planning and land-use law will offer knowledge, insights and current information regarding the making, enacting, negotiating and application of housing-related legislation, and the ways changes in regulations are affecting design and community growth.

    Lisa Chen, Principal Planner, City and County of San Francisco
    Mark Rhoades, AICP, President/CEO, Rhoades Planning Group
    Leah Rothstein, Co-Author, Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law
    Sujata Srivastava, Chief Policy Officer, SPUR

    New Ideas: What’s on the Boards? | 12:45 - 1:45 PM (Design)

    Architects, development strategists and a land use attorney will describe how new typologies and unconventional planning formulas can re-make housing design and community planning to be more efficient, equitable and humane.

    Tamara Knox, CEO/Co-Founder, Frolic
    Joshua Morrison, COO/Co-Founder, Frolic
    Karen Parolek, President, Opticos Design and author, Missing Middle Housing
    Derek Sagehorn, Attorney, California High-speed Rail Authority; Housing Advocate
    Vivian Schwab, Project Construction and Development Manager, Northern California Land Trust

    New Work: What’s in the Ground? | 2:00 - 3:00 PM (Development)

    A group of progressive developers will present recent and pending projects that capitalize on recent legislation and emerging ideas about housing design and community development.

    Doug Fowler, Director of Real Estate, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
    Jim Heid, FASLA, Founder, Building Small: The Network
    Alberto Benejam, Associate Director of Housing Development, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC)

    Closing Remarks

    Learning Objectives (5 LU)

    1 - Learn what new and recently enacted housing-focused legislation implies for land use and housing development, locally and regionally.

    2 - Discover how new typologies and creative land use is challenging and re-forming our cities and suburbs to be more dense, equitable, and pedestrian friendly.

    3 - Hear from developers who are reimagining housing production to address affordability, community and local controls, and delivering results that succeed at various scales.

    4 - Understand the intrinsic relationship between housing design and community health, and how recognizing this intrinsic interdependence can inspire designs that enable thriving and stable neighborhoods.


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    AIA Member
    $ 90.00
    $ 125.00
    $ 30.00
    Community Partner
    Reserved for Community Partners co-promoting the symposium.
    $ 90.00

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    Thursday, June 13, 2024
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT
    $30 – $125
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    San Francisco, CA 94108 United States