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    New Ideas, New Designs: Intersections of Urbanism + Home

    Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 9:00 am - Friday, June 25, 2021 @ 11:00 am PDT

    Single Day Registration (2.0 LU)
    AIA Member: $25 | General Admission: $35 | Student: $10

    Two-Day Registration (4.0 LU)
    AIA Member: $40 | General Admission: $60 | Student: $15

    Day 1: Thursday, June 24 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM (PDT)
    New Ideas: A Look at Cities / Post-COVID19
    American’s ideas about the form of cities are changing. We’ll examine the shifting definitions of urbanism, envisioning revised zoning for increased density, land use strategies that could green our streets and how these strategies can make our urban environments healthier and more equitable.

    Eric Shaw
    , Director, Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development, City and County of San Francisco

    Chelsea Johnson, AIA, Associate, David Baker Architects

    David Sim, Partner/Creative Director, Gehl Architecture
    Maia Small, Principal Urban Designer, SF Planning
    Alexandra Vondeling, RA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, Opticos Design

    (Day 1) Learning Objectives (2.0 LU)

    Learn how municipalities including San Francisco are addressing the need for more housing within the established urban fabric.

    Hear from practitioners and municipal officials about strategies for making housing more attainable and about recognizing the importance a dynamic and interactive urban fabric has on livability.

    Understand the meaning of missing middle residential development and the implications of this intermediate scale on domestic and public life in our cities.

    Discover ways architects can find opportunities in this growing development space and the regulation formulae and design implications of working in at this scale.

    Day 2: Friday, June 25 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM (PDT)
    New Designs:  A Look at Right-sized Urban Solutions / Case Studies
    What’s the current housing agenda for San Francisco, and how are architects responding to the demands and opportunities presented by the shifting parameters for new housing? We’ll review several case studies of current designs for San Francisco and other cities in California that offer progressive alternatives to the status quo.

    Kristen Sidell, AIA LEED AP, Founding Principal / Architect, Sidell Pakravan Architects

    Patricia Centeno, Associate Principal, BAR Architects
    Ken Lowney, Founder/President, Lowney Architecture
    Hector M. Perez, Design Principal/Owner, De-Arc; Graduate Programs Coordinator, Woodbury University, San Diego
    Patrick Tighe, FAIA, Principal, Patrick Tighe Architecture

    (Day 2) Learning Objectives (2.0 LU)

    Explore recent designs for missing middle housing in California cities and learn the challenges and potential gains these new developments offer existing communities.

    Hear design professionals describe their approach to design and project management strategies for delivering mid-scale infill residential projects.

    Learn about alternative residential programs, including co-living and co-housing, that enable greater density, attainable housing and sustainability benefits.

    Understand the challenges and benefits for architects working in these mid-scale typologies and where opportunities for design professionals lie in the future.

    Presented by AIASF and the AIASF Housing Committee in collaboration with the Center for Architecture + Design, San Francisco

    Speaker Bios

    (Keynote | Day 1) Eric Shaw, Director, Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development, City and County of San Francisco
    Appointed by Mayor London Breed in April 2020, Eric is an urban planning professional with experience establishing and leading cross sector, cross discipline and cross jurisdictional partnerships in the areas of community and economic development. He has been recognized for his work establishing strategic initiatives that support inclusive development and resilience in communities throughout the nation. In 2017, he was recognized in the OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Public Sector Executives List, presented by the Financial Times. Eric currently serves as chair of the board of the online publication Next City, is a member of Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council, a member of the UCLA Alumni Associate Board of Directors, and serves on the National Trust for Historic Preservation board of advisors.

    (Moderator | Day 1) Chelsea Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, Architect/Associate, David Baker Architects
    Chelsea Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, is an Associate at David Baker Architects, a progressive firm based in San Francisco that creates acclaimed buildings and communities in diverse urban environments. A skilled architect and project leader, she has extensive experience designing market-rate and affordable housing, with a focus on creating a vibrant public realm. Chelsea is committed to public interest design, innovative community outreach, and pro-bono design work. As part of DBA’s sustainability initiatives, she explores green-building strategies as they relate to climate resilience. She has guided two affordable multi-family projects through the ILFI Living Building Challenge Affordable Housing Pilot, focusing on all-electric design, climate-change resilience, and equity.  She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and is a Lecturer for the James Boyce Affordable Housing Studio, an interdisciplinary graduate level architecture and planning studio at the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

    (Moderator | Day 2) Kristen Sidell, AIA LEED AP, Founding Principal / Architect, Sidell Pakravan Architects
    Kristen co-founded Sidell Pakravan Architects to investigate, through building, how form affects individual and collective experience and how architecture profoundly influences cultures and cities. Sidell Pakravan is a practice firmly committed to built work, collaborative process, and social engagement. Kristen received a B.A. in Art history from Stanford University and a Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania. Kristen is a Design Review Commissioner for the City of Lafayette. She serves on the Board of Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, where she chairs the Buildings and Grounds Committee and co-chairs the Board’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Task Force. Kristen is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Architecture. She has taught at the University of Colorado and is a senior adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts.


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    Patricia Centeno, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, BAR Architects
    An Associate Principal with BAR Architects, creating multifamily and affordable housing has been the primary focus of Patricia’s career for over 20 years. A licensed architect, she has been instrumental in helping successfully realize numerous award-winning housing communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area that residents and the broader community embrace. Having worked with a variety of both market rate and non-profit developers on projects ranging from 60 to 330 units, Patricia brings current knowledge and best practices working together with the community and developers to achieve consensus to help enable projects to proceed. Recent selected Clients include UDR, Ensemble, Wood Partners, Prado Group, Wilson Meany, MidPen Housing, Mercy Housing and Eden Housing. Patricia also shares her knowledge generously, as a mentor to others as well as actively serving as Director at Large on the 2021-22 AIASF Board of Directors and SFLiA (Latinx in Architecture) Steering Committee. She is also active in numerous other professional organizations including San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH), Southern California Non-Profit Housing Association (SCNAPH) and the Urban Land Institute. Patricia received her B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Ken Lowney, Founder/President, Lowney Architecture
    Ken is the Founder and President of Lowney Architecture, a multidisciplinary practice offering architectural, interior and master planning services. With locations in Oakland and Honolulu, the firm focuses its practice on residential, mixed-use, and retail projects. Ken’s approach to architecture is rooted in his belief that architecture is more than simply buildings; and, if thoughtfully and responsibly done it can positively contribute to society and advance a community. In his hometown of Oakland, Ken leads discussions about community and economic development while serving in leadership roles for SPUR, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Oakland Land Use Committee.

    Hector Perez, Associate Professor, Woodbury University School of Architecture; Principal, De-Arc
    Hector is currently an Associate Professor at Woodbury University School of Architecture in San Diego and Principal at De-Arc, a small unorthodox design studio in La Jolla, California with projects that fluctuate between Art, Artifacts, Architecture and Academia. Alternating between solo and collaborative efforts, his projects include: in(fo)SITEs — Information Centers for In-SITE 2001 in Tijuana & San Diego / Lifeguard Stations — in La Jolla Shores & Cove / FrameWorks — a public art-fence commissioned by San Diego Museum of Art / South Oxnard Community Library, a 20,000 sf library. In 2012 Hector built his first Development project called LA ESQUINA (the corner.) This small 4,000-sf infill project breathed new life into a long-vacant corner lot and has been embraced as a positive addition to the Barrio.

    David Sim, Creative Director, Gehl Architecture
    For more than ten years David has been focusing on Masterplanning Frameworks and urban design, collaborating with other professionals in the planning and building process, applying Jan Gehl’s theories to large-scale projects. David is also renowned as an inspiring educator and lecturer, and has taught at architecture and design schools all over the world.

    Maia Small, Principal Urban Designer, SF Planning
    Over the past seven years, Maia has managed the City’s Urban Design and Design Review teams and, most recently, the Policies and Strategies team under the new Community Equity Division. She is currently overseeing the 2022 Update to the Housing Element and directing the Recovery Strategies, the City’s coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recession, both centered on racial and social equity. Prior work includes being the co-author of the San Francisco Urban Design Guidelines, lead urban designer for the Central SoMa Plan, and lead design reviewer for projects ranging from houses to high-rises to new neighborhoods.

    Patrick Tighe, FAIA, FAAR, Principal, Patrick Tighe Architecture
    Patrick is one of Los Angeles’ preeminent architects. The highly acclaimed namesake firm, Patrick Tighe Architecture, is committed to creating an authentic, contemporary Architecture informed by technology, sustainability and building innovation. Since its inception, the firm has produced a strong and diverse body of projects that includes city developed affordable housing, commercial, mixed-use projects, installations and award winning interiors.
    The firm’s work has received over 50 design awards including eight National AIA Honor Awards, American Architecture Awards, a Progressive Architecture Award, Los Angeles Architecture Awards, West Side Prize, Best of Year Awards as well as local AIA Honors. In 2011 Patrick Tighe was elevated into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, the highest honor bestowed by the AIA. Patrick Tighe was awarded the prestigious Mercedes T. Bass Rome Prize in Architecture, the American Institute of Architects’ Young Architect Award and the 40 under 40 Award. Tighe is a Fellow of the American Academy and The MacDowell Colony.

    Alexandra Vondeling, Associate, Opticos Design
    A registered architect who designs green, trend-setting buildings and neighborhoods with character. An architect with over 25 years of professional experience, Alex designs green buildings and neighborhoods for clients of all types. She is experienced in all stages of project delivery, from initial visioning through construction administration, with emphases on urban infill projects, LEED and LBC consulting, and charrette planning and facilitation. Over her career, Alex has guided numerous projects to LEED certification and beyond. Her interest in resilient and equitable communities has spurred her involvement with NorCal USGBC and Berkeley Food and Housing Project, among others. When she’s not working or volunteering, Alex spends her time cooking meals for friends from locally sourced food and exploring the Bay Area by bike or on foot with her dog, Milo.

    2021 AIASF Housing Committee

    Paul Adamson, FAIA, TCA Architects (Chair)
    Allison Albericci, City & County of San Francisco
    Patricia Centeno, AIA LEEP AP, BAR Architects
    Ben Chuaqui, LEED AP, Van Meter Williams, Pollack
    Michael Cresanti, AIA, MBA, CPHC, House & Home Group
    Lise de Vito, Henrybuilt / Zack | de Vito Architecture + Construction
    Robert  Edmonds, Edmonds + Lee  Architects
    John Lum, John Lum Architecture
    Rudabeh Pakravan, Principal, Sidell Pakravan
    Thomas Soper, AIA, Thomas Soper Architect
    Jennifer Tulley, TEF Design
    Sarah Willmer, Studio Sarah Willmer, Architecture

    Program Sponsor

    Community Partners
    AIA East Bay
    AIA San Mateo County
    Housing Action Coalition (HAC)
    Marin Builders Association
    The William J. Worthen Foundation

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